Wamogo Regional High School
March 13, 2018
Message from the Principal
As promised, I am writing to notify you of the plan for Wednesday, March 14 relative to the National Walk Out.
For safety reasons, we will not support our students leaving the building. Students that choose to leave the building will effectively be leaving school for the day. Parents should make arrangements to pick their student(s) up at school should they support this decision. Students will not receive credit for attendance or class work. I have included my first email below for your reference.
As I previously stated, we fully support students in their desire to have their voice heard. Students will be permitted to report to the auditorium from 9:30 to 10:24 a.m. should they opt to participate in a "sit in". During this time, they are encouraged to write a letter to Senator Blumenthal and Senator Murphy to outline their concerns about school safety and any proposed solutions they would like to share. Additionally, students can use this time for a moment of silence for the victims of the Parkland tragedy or also to create a banner/poster about school safety. Banners/posters that do not contain any political messaging will be put on display at Wamogo. Students that choose to participate in the "sit in" will be allowed to make up any work missed in their block 2 class for high school or period 2/3 class for middle school. Students will need to see their teachers for any missed work.
Students that do not wish to participate in the "sit in" will continue with their classes with no interruptions.
Thank you for your support.
Over the last few days, there have been increasing discussions from students about a walk out on March 14 at 10:00 a.m. This is a national effort that is seemingly well organized in an effort to demand safer schools. The message sent out via social media by one of our students is listed below. I also included a link to a Time Magazine article regarding the national effort sponsored by the Women's March's Youth EMPOWER group. This is part of a much larger national debate currently taking place regarding school safety.
First and foremost, I would like to say how proud I am of our students for expressing their desire to exercise their civic responsibility. We are consistently trying to reinforce the critical thinking skills behind developing a claim supported by a viable argument with relevant, accurate and coherent evidence. This is an opportunity to apply that skill within a real world context.
As a father, I am encouraged we are shining a spotlight on school safety and security. There has been far too much senseless loss of life and my heart goes out to the victims of such tragedies. As a principal, I must look out for the well being of our students while they are in school. As there are many safety concerns that arise from a walk out, Wamogo will not be participating and if a student chooses to walk out of the building they are, for safety reasons, effectively leaving school for the day and not be receiving credit for attendance or class work. However, my goal over the next few days is to develop a plan for Wamogo that includes a safe and focused way in which our students can make their voices heard. This plan will reflect respect for those that choose not to participate. I will be in touch later in the week with more details.
As always, thanks for your continued support!
Our next meeting is Wednesday, March 28th at 7 p.m. in the Library Media Center. All are welcome to attend.
The Wamogo PTO is still seeking a treasurer. Please contact WAMOGOPTO@gmail.com if you would be willing to volunteer a few hours a month to help with this function.
Wamogo Task Force on Prevention
Please click on the links below for information from the Wamogo Task Force on Prevention Council and HVCASA (Housatonic Valley Coalition Against Substance Abuse):
Helpful Information and Community Flyers
Wamogo Lunch/Breakfast Menus
March 15: Connections Schedule
March 20: Middle School Sports Awards, 5:00 p.m., Auditorium
March 20: High School Sports Awards, 6:00 p.m., Auditorium
March 20: Wamogo Baseball Pasta Dinner Fundraiser, 5:30 p.m., Cafeteria
March 21: PSAT/SAT Day
March 28: Wamogo PTO Meeting, 7:00 p.m., LMC
March 29: Connections Schedule
March 30: No School, Good Friday
For more information regarding upcoming events, please visit Wamogo's homepage.
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