West Weekly Update

Volume 12, Issue 4, 9/12/21

From the desk of Mr. Jolliffe

Staff – We are at the point where students that play school well are making strides but those students that haven’t transitioned back to in-person learning are struggling. Unfortunately, you are going to have to spend extra time on rituals and routines each and every class period. Being deliberate about your instructions and having your students share them back to you will be important. Many of our kids are still in couch mode along with wanting to move around without regard to others. You will need to be intentional with every instruction you make. With that said, once you have directed, re-directed and given your students steps to get it right, if they continue to be off task they need to be sent to an administrator. We have several 9th and 10th graders that are still engaging in 7th and 8th grade behaviors. This is unacceptable and administration wants to be a part of the solution to help you move forward with your instruction. Starting this week administration will be visiting several CTE classrooms as our students need some attention. If you have a classroom that needs some attention please reach out to your academy administrator. Please keep in perspective that a good chunk of our students have had their laptop in one hand and their phone in their other over the past 18 months. This will be a transition back to in-person learning. Together we can help our students get on track.


Parent-Teacher Conferences – Thursday, September 16 and Wednesday, September 22 – 4-7PM

You are responsible for reaching out to your Academy Time families and scheduling a time to meet virtually with them. I would like for you to discuss the following items with them:

1. Thank them for having their kids back in school and supporting the COVID protocols. Share with the parents that we appreciate their support.

2. Before you get to grades you would like to talk to them about their child’s path to graduation:

a. As a 9th, 10, 11, 12th grade student they should be at _____ credits and your child is at__

b. Congrats you are on track…. OR …. We have some resources to get your student on track

c. Your child is in the _________ Academy and working on __________ strand. They are on track or need these classes to complete their strand.

d. Your child’s GPA is ______. Our goal is to have our students above a 2.5 GPA and above 3.25 if they have ambitions of qualifying for post-secondary scholarships.

e. Then, discuss their current grades AND attendance.

3. Please document the conferences you have via virtual, phone, text or email. Mrs. Cooley will send out a form for you to complete and send back in to her at the end of conferences.

4. You are expected to conduct your conferences while in the building on both nights.


This will be a busy week for activities and our kids will need your support. On Tuesday at 3:30pm we will be hosting a homecoming parade meeting in the library. Please review the email I sent out last week for details. Students involved in the parade will be allowed into the game for free. Go Pioneers!


Be Kind – Be Nice – Be Respectful – When asking kids to address their mask issues. Most of our kids will do a great job with their masks and will need simple, kind reminders to address the issues. Your tone and body language goes a long way in how a student will respond to your request. DO NOT FOLLOW students and hound them about their mask. Look for a camera and point towards the person you asked and then report that to administration and/or security. Let us pursue those more difficult cases. DON’T make this personal. Control what you can control and then let others handle the more interesting scenarios.


Together we are better – Go Pioneers!!!


Relationships, relationships, relationships…..Pioneers lead the way!!! - Mr. Jolliffe

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Academy Time Activities

Refer to calendar:


Calendar



Academy Time 2021-22 - OneDrive (sharepoint.com)



  1. Are you on track to graduate?
  2. What classes do you need to graduate?
  3. What academy strand did you complete?
  4. What is your GPA?
  5. YOU will be college and career ready!

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PD Information from Mrs. Traylor

Check back here next week for weekly updates on Professional Development!

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West High Wellness Initiative

Check out all the information in the Teams Channel


If you are interested in offering your talents, please email Sross2@usd259.net

Let’s work together!

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Events at West

After School Learning Center

Monday, Sep. 13th, 3pm to Thursday, Sep. 16th, 5pm

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3:20-5:00pm

Mondays

Tuesdays

Thursdays

Nerd Night

Monday, Sep. 13th, 3:30pm

West High Library

Golf at Sim

Monday, Sep. 13th, 3:30pm

2020 West Murdock Street

Wichita, KS

Freshmen Football @ Southeast

Monday, Sep. 13th, 4:15pm

2641 South 127th Street East

Wichita, KS

Fall Pictures

Tuesday, Sep. 14th, 8am-3pm

West High Wrestling Room

Staff please stop by to have your picture taken as well!

Anime Club

Tuesday, Sep. 14th, 9:30am

Cafeteria

Sisterhood

Tuesday, Sep. 14th, 9:30am

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Golf at Sierra Hills

Tuesday, Sep. 14th, 3pm

13420 East Pawnee Street

Wichita, KS

Tennis vs Bishop Carroll

Tuesday, Sep. 14th, 4pm

West High Tennis Courts

Soccer vs Northwest

Tuesday, Sep. 14th, 4:30pm

West High Turf

Volleyball @ North

Tuesday, Sep. 14th, 5pm

1437 North Rochester Street

Wichita, KS

Pioneer Booster Club Meeting

Tuesday, Sep. 14th, 6pm

Library

Fall Pictures

Wednesday, Sep. 15th, 8am-3pm

West High Wrestling Room

Staff please stop by to have your picture taken as well!

COVID Vaccine Clinic

Wednesday, Sep. 15th, 5-8pm

West High Wrestling Room

Brotherhood Meeting

Thursday, Sep. 16th, 9:30am

West High Cafeteria

KS Kids GEARUP

Thursday, Sep. 16th, 9:30am

Library

Parent Teacher Conferences

Thursday, Sep. 16th, 4-7pm

Virtual in your classroom

Tennis @ Heights

Thursday, Sep. 16th, 4pm

5301 North Hillside Street

Wichita, KS

Soccer vs Kapaun

Thursday, Sep. 16th, 4:30pm

West high Turf

Football @ Garden City

Friday, Sep. 17th, 7pm

2720 Buffalo Way

Garden City, KS

Cross Country @ Cessna

Saturday, Sep. 18th, 8am

2744 George Washington Boulevard

Wichita, KS

KASBC Regional Meet

Saturday, Sep. 18th, 9am-2pm

West High Cafeteria

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Around West

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West High Pioneer Booster Club

Our Booster Club has the following t-shirts and hoodies available. Please contact Mrs. Ramsey or Mr. Wanger if you are interested in any of these items.

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Wichita High School West

VISION

Wichita High School West will be the school of choice in our district, where all students and staff are empowered to dream, believe and achieve.


MISSION

The Academies at West will ensure graduates are career, college and life ready.


SHARED BELIEFS

Everyone feels safe, valued and connected.

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