The Raider Professional

What's Going On In Raider Nation Vol. 2 Issue 9

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The W.J. Keenan Community Dog Wash!

Our Ag Science and FFA programs had a nice turn out this weekend for a community dog Wash from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students, administrators, parents, and members of the community brought their pets. Thank you to everyone for coming out to support the event. See the photos below. We are planning to do a second one before Christmas break!

Congrats to Ms. Amie Barton, Our Teacher of the Month!

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Give your teen opportunities for open communication!

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Teens’ lives are really busy—between sports, school and their friends—so it can be challenging for you to find time to communicate with them. When teens no longer need their parents for rides, that connection to family is even harder to find. Be intentional about connecting with your child by creating natural opportunities.


Instead of saying “Oh, we need to talk,” plan family mealtime, walk the dog together or take a trip together to the grocery store. That way, the conversation feels more natural instead of forced and stressful.


When they do talk to you (even if it’s something you really don’t want to hear):


  • Actively listen without judgment.
  • Thank your teen for coming to you.
  • Let your teen know you’ll get back to them if you don’t know the answer right away.
  • Ask for permission before sharing any personal stories or advice.

Shalise Wine, Magnet Lead Teacher



  • November 5th- University of South Carolina Hospitality Enrichment Day Camp!
  • Thursday, October 20, 2022 - Our engineering students will be attending the Lead Academy at the University of South Carolina



A magnet program education offers several benefits including:


  • Academic success that prepares students for a lifetime of academic achievement
  • Diverse student body that encourages respect, empathy, and collaboration
  • Family and community involvement that instills a passion for learning and growth
  • Flexible and innovative curriculum centered around a unifying theme
  • Small class sizes that ensure connection to the content and foster positive student/teacher relationships

Homecoming Was Dynamic!

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Student Success Conferences!

Mr. Hankins (11th and 12 Grade Administrator) and Mrs. DuBard (Graduation Coach) are meeting with each of our Senior Raiders (9GR 20). The goal is to look at students’ current progress and grades, chart next steps, and build a plan toward successful completion of courses for graduation. The conferences also focus on planning for success after graduating from Keenan. It is our aim to help ensure ALL of our Raiders are successful and are equipped with the tools they need to change the world.

Congratulations To Our October Students of the Month!

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We Love To See Students In Action!

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Chris Allen Is Our Raider Treasure of the Week!

Mr. Chris Allen wears many hats around W.J. Keenan High School. He is a football coach, ISS Coordinator, and Chief ID Machine Producer. He came in the clutch this week to start our ID distribution plan after the machine has been down a while.


He is always willing to help out in any capacity and is known for saying, "We are doing the Lord's work!"

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Cheryl Lawson-Wilson, Assistant Principal for Instruction


Hello Raiders,


  • Progress Learning (formerly USA Test Prep) is now available for use. You should be able to use your login credentials from USA Test Prep. Let me know if you need support.
  • Grade Reporting is October 12 Grade Verifications are due to Ms. Sims. Please have them available for your department leaders.
  • Teacher Workday (student holiday) is October 14.


Teachers demonstrating three important factors of feedback:


  1. Purpose: Ms. Lewis was purposeful about the amount of times the feedback was given. She paused every time she saw the need for it. Students didn’t go on to next steps without hearing from her.
  2. Compassion: Ms. Covington used the need for compassion in her feedback. This required her to be attentive to how she wanted to feel on the opposite end of the feedback. She encouraged her students along the way.
  3. Action: Both teachers feedback led to immediate action for improvement. The students understood the correction and felt confident in their abilities to make change.

Ultimately, both teachers used feedback that directed students to the outcome for success that they expected. I enjoyed being in both spaces, having the opportunity to see our students and teachers display their talents.


I am looking forward visiting you and having more positive observations to share this week.


Enjoy Homecoming week!



Raider Reminders:

October 12 is a school-wide testing day, last day of the reporting period and grade verification due date


October 14 is a teacher workday (student holiday)

October 20 is report card distribution

October 24 early release/parent conferences

Care Packages for the Math Department!

Department Leadership At It's Best! Thank you Mrs. Young.
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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 engage? 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.

The Raider Engineer!

Click Here to see the latest edition of The Raider Engineer! Make sure to check out the video of the robot program to travel in a perfect square! Thank you to Ms. Davis for putting this resource together for our students and parents.
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More Pictures From Homecoming!

Our Raider Freshman Academy! - Kimberly Jeter. Assistant Principal

Greetings, 9th Grade Parents!


The 2022-2023 school year is in full swing. We have completed the Fall STAR Testing, our 1st Quarter interim period is upon us, and we continue to look forward to supporting our newest Raiders as they begin "Shaping their Future."


Freshman students at times need extra support in adjusting to high school and its demands. Goal setting, organization, and receiving specific feedback are skills and strategies used to ensure personal and individual success. As partners in our students' success, we need parents and guardians to commit or to recommit being an engaged and informed parent. When there's a positive partnership between home and school it exponentially increases a student's chances to be academically, behaviorally, and emotionally successful.


Below are some tips for parents to assist their 9th grade student.


Tips for 9th Grade Parents: (sourced in part from Wren High School Freshman Academy webpage)


  • Be interested in what is going on at the school.
  • Communicate with the school to show interest and concern.
  • Discuss daily activities with your child.
  • Make sure contact information is current.
  • Make concerns known to school.
  • Utilize school resources as needed.
  • Emphasize the importance of education.
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Homecoming Video Featuring "It's A Different Type Of Flavor" Rap Song!

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W.J. Keenan High School

Our Mission

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

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.