The Raider Professional
What's Going On In Raider Nation Vol. 2 Issue 39
Reflect and Make Improvements For What's To Come!
As we approach the end of another academic year, it is crucial that we take the time to reflect on our practices, celebrate successes, and identify areas for improvement. With this mindset, we can enhance academic achievement, foster better relationships with our students, and cultivate a positive school culture.
To improve academic achievement, we should focus on differentiated instruction that caters to the diverse needs and learning styles of our students. By adapting our teaching methods and providing personalized support, we can help every student thrive. It is also important to communicate clear learning goals to students, ensuring they understand what is expected of them. This clarity empowers students to take ownership of their learning and strive for excellence. Regular assessments that provide timely feedback on student progress are crucial for adjusting our instruction and providing targeted interventions where necessary.
Strong teacher-student relationships form the foundation for a positive learning environment. To foster these connections, we must actively listen to students' concerns, thoughts, and ideas. Showing genuine interest in their lives, experiences, and aspirations demonstrates that we value and respect them as individuals. Cultivating empathy towards students' challenges and creating a safe space for them to express themselves is essential. By understanding their perspectives, we can better support their social and emotional well-being. Encouraging open communication and collaboration between students and teachers, and regularly seeking and providing feedback, promotes growth and strengthens the teacher-student bond.
A positive and inclusive school culture fosters a sense of belonging and motivation among students. Embracing diversity by recognizing and celebrating the unique backgrounds, talents, and cultures of students and staff is crucial. Promoting inclusivity through culturally responsive practices, events, and curricula contributes to a welcoming environment. Implementing consistent behavior expectations and recognizing and rewarding positive behavior helps create a nurturing atmosphere that promotes kindness, respect, and a sense of community. Involving students in decision-making processes, such as planning events, clubs, and initiatives, empowers them to take an active role in shaping the school community.
In the upcoming school year, accountability will be a key focus. Accountability breeds excellence, and by taking ownership of how our students learn and what they learn, we can set them up for success. Let us embrace this responsibility wholeheartedly and commit to continuous improvement.
As the summer break approaches, take the time to reflect on your experiences, recharge your energy, and prepare for the exciting new school year ahead. Use this opportunity to refine your teaching practices, explore new pedagogical approaches, and gather inspiration for engaging learning experiences.
Together, let us embark on this journey with enthusiasm, dedication, and a shared commitment to our students' growth and achievement. We look forward to another amazing and transformative year!
Wishing you a restful and rejuvenating summer break.
We are W.J. Keenan High School. Home of the Champion Raiders!
There are a few things that we will need to make sure we are doing to keep the natural order and flow of our school:
- School starts at 8:00 a.m. Remind students they need to report to class before then to avoid a tardy.
- Stand at your door during the change of each class.
- You must not leave your students unsupervised for any reason.
- If you would like to have an end of year class gathering, food must be purchased and packaged to be consumed. Students/teachers may not bring food prepared at home.
- Please do not allow students into the hallway without a pass.
- Please do not allow students that are not on your roster in your classroom. Students need to be in their scheduled classroom to receive credit. You are accountable for every student in your room.
- You may only sign out to leave on your planning period and/or with administrator approval in an emergency circumstance if you do not have a scheduled absence.
- If you are absent from school, it is your professional responsibility to input the appropriate information in Frontline in a timely manner. Substitutes are limited. Please check Munis prior to doing this so you are aware of your available days for an absence.
Raider Dates to Remember
Monday, May 22, 2023
- Athletic Awards Banquet (W.J. Keenan) @ 7:00 p.m.
- W.J. Keenan Raiders Spring Game (W.J. Keenan) @ 5:30 p.m.
- “You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” — Zig Ziglar
Tuesday, May 23, 2023
- Faculty Meeting in the lecture hall @ 3:30 p.m.
- “Don't settle for average. Bring your best to the moment. Then, whether it fails or succeeds, at least you know you gave all you had.” —Angela Bassett
Wednesday, May 24, 2023
- Bradley Elementary School Promotion (W.J. Keenan) @ 8:30 a.m.
- “If you believe something needs to exist, if it's something you want to use yourself, don't let anyone ever stop you from doing it.” —Tobias Lütke
Thursday, May 25, 2023
Greenview Elementary 5th Grade Promotion (W.J. Keenan High School) @8:30 a.m.
W.J. Keenan High School's Graduation (Colonial Life Arena) @ 2:00 p.m.
- "Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. The slogan 'Press On' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race." —Calvin Coolidge
Friday, May 26, 2023
- Last Day of School for Students
- “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” —Amelia Earhart
4x400 Team Wins AA State Championship!
Congratulations to our 4x400 team. AA State Champions with a time of 3:23.29!! Excellent work by our athletes, Coach Logan, and our coaching staff.
Raiders Celebrate Pink Out Day for Ms. Barton!
Congratulations to Our Raider Dual Enrollment Students!
CHERYL LAWSON-WILSON, ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR INSTRUCTION
Welcome to another week in Raider Nation!
We have 5 more days of school remaining. Please be diligent in monitoring students and providing quality instruction. You should also be mindful that leaving your classroom for any reason without calling Ms. Erving or another staff member for coverage is an unsafe practice.
Final Grade verification is due to Ms. Sims' office by 2:30pm on Wednesday, May 24th. At least 15 grades should be reported in your gradebook for the end of the year. Please adhere to the district minimum of a 50 if applicable. You will need to submit your final comment and verification page, a list of student failures and their grade (only students that failed for the year not quarter) and your entire gradebook. All of this needs to be submitted to Ms. Sims in order to be officially checked out with me on your checkout sheet for the summer.
If you have student recommendations for scheduling next year, please send those recommendations to your department chair. Department leaders should compile a student list and forward that information to Ms. Humphrey. We can no longer make recommendations in Power School. If you have questions about this process, please email me or call for clarification.
Be advised that there will be classroom changes for the 2023-2024 school term. Please make sure that you pack up your room in preparation for this. You will be emailed your classroom and schedule for next year as soon as it is available.
Dates to Remember:
Grade verification due - May 24
Graduation - May 25
Last day of school for students - May 26
Teacher workday - May 27
For those of you who will not be returning to Keenan and starting new chapters, I hope that you will be blessed in whatever you are embarking on next. Thank you for your service here at our school.
Have an outstanding week and enjoy your summer break!
Teacher Appreciation Was A Big Hit!
Coding Opportunity For Students (Win $5,000!)
PLEASE SHARE WITH OUR STUDENTS!
In this video, MacKenzie Glover and Jiliane are excited to announce that we are giving away thousands of dollars to student coders like you. It’s time to put all those coding skills to work. Black Girls CODE and GoldieBlox want to see your final projects. Students are invited to take what they learned from CODE Along modules one and/or two and submit a final project showcasing your skills for a chance to win one of two $2500 scholarships.
Eligibility: Applicants must be female-identifying or gender non-binary students of ALL races. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents.
Applicants must be between the ages of 13 and 18 years old. Applicants must provide parent/guardian consent and contact information (if under 18 years old) To enter to win a scholarship, complete the following form and submit your completed project here: bit.ly/CODE-ALONG-ART-SCHOLARSHIP Must submit by 11:59pm EST on July 8, 2023.
Good luck and happy coding!
FFA Holds Final Pet Grooming Event For The Year!
Students in W.J. Keenan High School’s Animal Science II class will held a special dog grooming event for the community on Saturday, April 8 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the school (361 Pisgah Church Rd, Columbia, SC 29203).
Proceeds from this event will help cover registration fees for students in the Animal Science II class to attend the South Carolina FFA leadership camp this summer.
Do Your Habits Match Your Goals? - Kimberly Jeter. Assistant Principal
As we are quickly making our way through the 22-23 school year; conversations with our 9th grade students have centered on this simple, but complex question, "Do your habits match your goals?"
The Raider Freshman Academy, emphasizes the importance of positive habits and character traits such as a strong work ethic, resilience, perseverance, self-determination, and self-regulation. High school presents all students, especially 9th graders with opportunities to grow in each of these areas. High school studies as well as life will present both successes and failures. As we approach the 4th quarter it is my continued task and mission to work together with Raider Academy teachers to teach, cultivate, and foster the growth of these skills to ensure our students have the best shot at academic, emotional, and behavioral success.
A Scene From Our Theater's Spring Performance!
The Raider Academy News!
Shalise Wine, Magnet Lead Teacher
The Raider Academy is Coming
Changes are coming in 2023-2024 school year. We are now a school within a school. We are called The Raider Academy. You will be receiving a letter discussing all of the changes that are coming up by the end of this week.
We have been invited to attend camp at the University of South Carolina's Hospitality program over the summer for two days. If you are interested in this amazing opportunity, please reach out to Mrs. Wine.
Please view the attachment below for more details!
Absence Reporting/Morning Routine
Teachers and staff, please help us keep our students and school safe by reporting to work by 7:30 (morning duty) or 7:45 am. Please be at your doors ready to receive students by 7:50 am.
Please be reminded if you are going to be absent, report your absence by:
1. Submitting your absence in Frontline (Aesop).
2. Sending an email that you will be out.
a. To: Mr. Hankins
b. CC: Ms. Erving and Mrs. McIntee
c. Subject: Your Name Absent Date of Absence (Ex: Jabar Hankins Absent 1/16/23)
3. Calling the school (if an emergency happens on your way to work).
Substitutes and staff members covering classes should arrive by 7:45 am.
Thanks for your cooperation and for all you do for our students.
Attendance Recovery (Seat Time)
Please be reminded that the deadline to make up attendance recovery (seat time) hours is Saturday, February 4. After this date, FAs (Failure due to Absence) will become a grade of F in students’ historical grades, if they have not completed seat time for their courses. This will mean students will have to re-take some courses to satisfy graduation/promotion requirements. This may also mean that some students may not graduate on time or may not be promoted to the next grade level.
Students who have seat time hours to make up may see Mrs. Wine, Mrs. DuBard or Mr. Hankins to get information for sign up and completion. Attendance recovery hours are offered Monday-Friday from 3:30 pm-5:30 pm and Saturdays (January 28 and February 4) from 9:00 am-1:00 pm.
Let's Talk Tutoring - Jabar Hankins, Assistant Principal
We strive to ensure that all our Raiders are successful and receive their high school diplomas. To help reach these goals, we offer our students ways to achieve academic success both during and after school.
Students or parents may sign up for after school tutoring to receive support with their studies.
Students can sign up for tutoring by using the following link: https://forms.office.com/r/hzBTPzSQMa
Our student athletes are automatically eligible for Athletic Tutoring. This program meets Tuesday-Thursday immediately at the end of the school day. In addition to Athletic Tutoring, we also offer two other means of school support.
Raider Ready Tutoring is offered to students in grades 9 and 10. Tutoring is offered after school and offers help in core subjects (English, math, science and social studies). Raider Ready meets Monday-Thursday from 3:30-5:30. Students receive an after school meal and bus transportation home (with the exception of Magnet students).
Raider Priority Tutoring is available to all students in grades 9-12. This program offers students some flexibility in study support, as students may choose face to face assistance, or may select the virtual (online) option to receive help from home. Assistance is offered in English, math, social studies and science, Tuesday-Thursday afternoons. Face to face hours are from 3:30-4:30. Transportation is NOT provided. Students/parents must provide transportation home. If students do not have transportation, they may choose the online option, which meets Tuesday-Thursday from 4:30-6:30.
We are committed to offering as many avenues to success as possible. Students may talk with Coach S. Gilley (Athletic Tutoring), Mrs. S. DuBard (Raider Ready Tutoring) or Mrs. S. Wine or Mr. J. Hankins (Raider Priority Tutoring) with questions or for sign up information.
Use The QR Code Below to Sign Up For Tutoring!
Notes for Raider Teachers!
Feedback From Observations: Focus on engaging students and having them do the work. Rather than standing up and writing on the smartboard as you are explaining, have students come up to the board and share what they know. Put students in groups and give meaningful activities. Use balls and other manipulatives to identify students for a response. Make these engaging strategies apart of your daily routine.
Handling Conflict: Please talk with our students about how to properly handle conflict. Encourage them to reach out to adults in the building to get help with situations that can potentially get them in trouble. Please convey the importance of working together resolve problems before they become bigger issues. It takes a village!
Student Work: Please start posting your best student work inside and outside your classroom in the hallways. You may also share by tagging WJK on social media.
Ask Yourself: What is the hook for today’s lesson that will keep them engaged? Is there an opportunity for my students to get up and move around with my lesson? How am I going to check for understanding? Am I giving students the opportunity to show me they have a grasp of the content? Am I using the DLE to enhance the lesson or am I simply giving electronic skill sheets?
Signing In and Out: If you need to leave campus for an emergency, please get approval from an administrator, and sign out in the main office. We are professionals.
PTSO: Please consider joining our Parent Teacher Student Association. It is a big part of communicating to our parents that we want to build a stronger partnership this year. The application is in the main office with Ms. Golston.
W.J. Keenan High School
The mission of W. J. Keenan High School is to provide engaging educational opportunities through a rigorous curriculum, cutting edge technology, and partnerships to extend to our diverse community and produce first class citizens who will contribute to the present and excel in the future. WE ARE KEENAN!
Our vision is to create a nationally known high school that is highly regarded for its academic excellence, leadership in cutting edge technology, science, environmental, and career based programs. A high school that builds strong relationships with all stakeholders and continues a culture where the expectation is to lead, set the example, and raise standards for all to follow.
Location: 361 Pisgah Church Road, Columbia, SC, USA