The Raider Professional

What's Going On In Raider Nation Vol. 2 Issue 5

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What Are The Benefits of Classroom Engagement?

It helps foster interaction and community

Engaging students in the learning process through group discussions allow them to better interact with them. When you make a conscious effort to use engaging techniques when teaching your students, they will develop a positive attitude towards school. Additionally, they are more likely to develop close ties with their fellow students.


It nurtures students communication skills

A school is a place where students should hone their communication skills. Interactive learning helps create eloquent communicators who know how to engage their audiences.


It helps nature students’ creativity

When you use engaging students to teach your students, the chances are that you will be able to identify their interests and help them nature them. Students with creative skills are in high demand due to technological advancements. You should challenge your students to think outside the box to discover their inner creativity.


Student engagement can help you determine who is contributing in a class and to what extent.

When teachers use non-engaging teaching methods, there is a high probability that they won’t be able to identify students who are having difficulty with a given subject. Making use of engaging teaching methods helps teachers control how much a given student talks. Additionally, it can help them create a rapport with the less vocal students.


It improves student performance

When students are engaged in the learning process, they are less likely to lose interest in what they are taught. Engaged students are more likely to excel in standardized tests and less likely to drop out.

W.J. Keenan's Engagement Room!

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Our Students of the Month

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Congratulations To Our Varsity Football Team On The Win Against North Central!

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Cheryl Lawson-Wilson, Assistant Principal for Instruction

I hope school is starting well for you and you enjoyed your extended weekend!

  1. Fall evaluation cycles begin September 21st for teachers that are evaluated this year. Evaluators will reach out to you regarding your meetings.
  2. September 12-30 SLO initial conference meetings will be held. You will be contacted about your meeting with Mr. Whaley. Please begin collecting your student data that will support your SLO.
  3. Thank you to 9th grade teachers that participated in STAR testing with their students! STAR will continue through Sept. 6-7.
  4. Open House will be held on Wednesday, September 14th from 5:00-7:00 pm. Please be prepared to meet parents.
  5. Mastery Connect provides a digital assessment platform to administer standards-based formative & summative assessments. The district will continue to administer CASE/TE21 practice tests through MC. Be sure to have your Mastery Connect trackers set up this week. Staff who are new to R1 will receive a welcome email from Mastery Connect. Follow the prompts to set up your password. See your department chair if you need support with this.
  6. Gradebooks should be updated this week.
  7. Congratulations to our Raider Treasure for the week, Ms. Wendy Jacobs! She has been working hard to keep our campus clean. She is a great addition to the Raider family!

https://www.richlandone.org/cms/lib/SC02209149/Centricity/Domain/85/2022-2023%20Testing%20Calendar_July%2020%202022.pdf

Mrs. King is Our Teacher of the Month!

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Shalise Wine, Magnet Lead Teacher

Magnet Students will have their first meeting on September 13, 2022, in the auditorium at 11:05 AM. Magnet Parents will have their first meeting September 12, 2022, virtually at 5:00PM.


Students and Parents will have updates about the program and how to remain in the program.

Our W.J. Keenan PTSO Sponsors ICEE Day!

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Congratulations to Ms. Ausburn's Homeroom For Winning The Hottest Bar Challenge. They Will have A Pizza Party!

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We Are Proud Of Our JROTC Cadets Who Were Recently Promoted!

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The W. J. Keenan Engagement Library Soft Opening Coming Soon:

Our Engagement Library is a room full of manipulatives such as balls, dice, mini white boards, and other resources, teachers can check out to keep students actively involved during class. We have been enhancing this room for months and plan to have a soft opening soon.


According to Andrew Bauld, (2022), Student engagement is defined by “the degree of attention, curiosity, interest, optimism, and passion that students show when they are learning or being taught, which extends to the level of motivation they have to learn and progress in their education.” Students who are engaged in their learning do better in school.


W. J. Keenan Professional Educators are moving from Theory to Practice.

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Quick Reads For Motivation and Growth

Why Social-Emotional Learning Is Suddenly in the Spotlight - Growing up can be tough. As young people’s bodies and brains are changing rapidly, they’re also grappling with new ideas and influences that will shape who they become. Click Here For The Entire Article


6 Strategies for Building Community in the Classroom - I used to pride myself on my knack for building community in the classroom. I spoke to students about what it would take. I displayed our class mantra at the beginning of each school year: “We are a community of independent flexible thinkers working interdependently to solve problems.”. Click Here For The Entire Article

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.