A recent change to the daily schedule has significantly improved our ability to apply intervention strategies for struggling students. Every Tuesday through Friday teachers have the opportunity to assist students they identify as in need of additional support. The time from 10:41 to 11:09 Tuesday through Friday is dedicated to accomplishing our mission of having ALL students learn at high levels. As was the case in the 2011 -12 schedule, this year’s schedule has zero impact on the start time or end time of the school day (see bell schedule on web page for details). The primary feedback from students, staff and parents on last year’s schedule was to fix the multiple changes in daily schedules – we’ve accomplished that with the 2012 – 13 schedule.
Our efforts this year to improve intervention will provide students and teachers more “tiers” of support so assistance can be better aimed at specific needs of students. In addition we will have more enrichment opportunities for students who are achieving at high levels and want to pursue additional interests. OurCareerCenterhas a robust guest speakers program that will bring in business and community members to provide students authentic perspectives on career related topics. Students can earn points towards school events and school privileges by serving as student-tutors during intervention. We will also continue to offer our traditional after school hours support programs such as; Fifth Period, Mandatory Tutoring, Homework Club, and Study Nights
WoodcreekHigh Schoolhas ideally positioned itself for the adoption and implementation of the Common Core Curriculum Standards (CCCS). These standards are nationally adopted standards that were developed with the goal to keep our students competitive in the global economy. Learning outcomes in the CCCS are more robust and relevant to our students’ future. Our commitment to Professional Learning Community (PLC) processes will assist us in our CCCS progress. Aligning our current curriculum and assessments with the CCCS is a powerful combination that will benefit students. Teachers in content areas are collaborating more than ever to insure every student at Woodcreek High School receives an educational experience that prepares them for “high school plus” – this phrase meaning any education beyond high school including vocational training, community college or university. Our goal of fulfilling our mission is getting closer with each passing year. Our performance data in almost all areas have shown gains because of our staff’s commitment and dedication. Most importantly we believe because of the partnership and support of our community the sky is the limit for student success at WHS.
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FAQ’s about Embedded Intervention at WHS
Will my student have to arrive earlier to school or leave later as a result in the new schedule?
No, the start and end times of the school day remain the same: 7:45 AM – 2:35 PM
Will my student be required to participate in intervention?
The time of intervention is completely to the discretion of the teacher, just as class time is treated now. If a teacher deems intervention is necessary for some students because of assessment results that is the prerogative of the teacher.
What if my student doesn’t require intervention?
This is good news for your student because this means your student is on a path of success for the course and is meeting all requirements established by the teacher.
If my student doesn’t require intervention in one class can they use that time to seek intervention support from another class where it is needed?
Yes, this is possible however it will be left up to the teacher of record in a given period to release the student.
Is my student losing instructional time because of the intervention schedule?
Not necessarily because we’ve moved minutes from passing periods and from the old second period class that was ten minutes longer in the current schedule to help offset that time. In addition we do not expect teachers decrease their learning targets as a result of the schedule. Therefore if your student is in a course and doesn’t require intervention then your student is on track to accomplish the course targets.
Will there be opportunities for enrichment if my student is released during EI?
Yes, however this will take some time to develop and implement. For students that are successful in their class and looking for something productive to do we foresee the following options; remaining the class and doing homework in that class or other classes, going to the cafeteria, library or theater where we will have administration or teachers who volunteer supervise a study-hall, attending a career center or counseling presentation, volunteer to tutor or assist other students in other classes, attend a teacher sponsored enrichment opportunity (these will be developed by teachers overtime who volunteer to do this).
Can my student leave campus during EI, if they are released?
No. WHS is a closed campus from 7:45 – 2:35. Students can leave only if they are in an unscheduled period or a note from parents to release them.
Please feel free to contact me or any other administrator if you have any questions regarding Intervention atWoodcreekHigh School.
Thank you and have a great year!
While you’re out enjoying the much deserved sunshine in April we want you to think about how you might help us solve an ongoing problem at WHS. In a nutshell, we’re not completely satisfied about how our dances are going. There seems to be some disconnect between what the students want and what we’re able to deliver. The goal is to provide our students with a safe and entertaining evening where they can socialize and decompress from the myriad of teenage pressures. For the most part we believe we do that at all our dances.
The fundamental problems we face at our dances is, over the top, inappropriate dancing and drinking before coming to the dances. Lately, another issue has come up – inappropriate attire that is too revealing for a public high school dance. We believe the attire issue is connected to the inappropriate dancing issue as well. So, how do we go about addressing these concerns? We think we start by having a dialogue with parents and students. The first opportunity to discuss this issue and give us your feedback is our Woodcreek Open Forum meeting on April 16thfrom 6 – 7 PM in the library. Our student government representatives will work with us during the school day to get us a student perspective. In addition, we’ll work with our Site Council to add another layer of input.
Our goal in taking this issue on is to examine the possibility of blending both our Jr. Prom and the non-school sanctioned Senior Ball. At this point in time the Senior Ball is run by parents and students and is held off-site per district policy. The school and school district is not responsible for any of the activities associated with Senior Ball. We believe it’s time to provide students an option for a school run formal dance in both their junior and senior year. By combining the dances we believe we can increase the safety and security of our students. Again, let’s look back at the fundamental goal stated about our dances – to provide students with a safe and entertaining environment where they can decompress from teenage pressures.
Hope to see you on Monday, April 16that 6PM in the WHS library if you’d like to discuss and offer solutions.
Happy New Year – a time for goals!
The start of a new year brings the opportunity to set new goals. We believe it is important to challenge our school and community. Every year we should examine the possibilities for success with new goals. We also believe a constant pursuit of excellence has to be balanced with reason and pleasure. The connection between success and pursuing an endeavor that pleases the human spirit has been researched and well-documented.
We want our students to pursue learning and opportunities for learning with a “growth mindset.” Carol Dweck, psychologist and author, suggests that when someone has a growth mindset they are able “to love what they’re doing – and to continue to love it in the face of difficulties.” We encourage parents to monitor their student’s course load and activity commitments to insure their student is managing in a healthy and productive manner. As Dweck advocates in her book, Mindset; The New Psychology for Success, this balance does not, “make it look like a choice between fun and excellence.” Many people who achieve top-tier success in their field, “arrive [to the top] as a by-product of their enthusiasm for what they do.” It is also critical that your focus as a parent is more on process than on outcome. Outcomes tend to be finite whereas habits and good practice are lifelong attributes that can be improved over time. Assist your student in developing good habits and the results will take care of themselves.
An exercise for parents and students to engage in suggested by Daniel Pink, author of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, is the “DIY” strategy. “Do It Yourself” report cards allow student and parent to focus on effort and behaviors that contribute to positive outcomes. Start with your student writing what they want to learn in each class and what they want to accomplish in each class. At the end of each grading period have your student write a small paragraph about their performance in each of their classes. Compare their self-assessment with what is actually being reported by teachers. The conversations along the way can be very helpful in many ways. Make sure to offer praise and as Pink advises; praise effort and strategy not intelligence, make praise specific, praise in private, and offer praise only when there’s a good reason (Don’t kid a kid).
As you work with your student during the spring term and consider registering for classes next year consider the strengths, talents, and interests your student has and encourage them to pursue them. Woodcreek is filled with a variety of opportunities for students to explore and develop their talents. We wish you and your student the very best in 2012!
Carol Dweck citations are from page 48 of her book, Mindset; The New Psychology for Success
Daniel Pink citations are from pages 176 – 179 of his book, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
Holiday Greetings Everyone!
If you are a parent who has contributed one minute of extra time to support your student’s learning pat yourself on the back because the importance of the parent-student connection in learning is unquestioned. If you are a parent who has taken the time to drive your student to any school sponsored activity, club or sport, then kudos to you. The connection between student success and school involvement is supported by volumes of research. If you are a parent who has made any contribution to WHS’ many programs you must know your contributions provide our students with an exceptional high school experience. Thank you!
In the spirit of appreciation I encourage you to take a moment and let your student’s teachers know about their contributions to your student’s development this year. Our staff works hard at providing the best possible experience for every student. Although we are a human organization with all the fallibility that comes with that, the intent is always golden. A kind word is a great way to say, Thank you!
So as you gather with friends and family take the time to enjoy their company. Don’t hesitate to let them know how important they in your life. Giving thanks and appreciating the simplest of what life has to offer will lift spirits and fortify hearts. In the words of Henry W. Beecher:
The unthankful heart…discovers no mercies, but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so will it find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!
Have a safe and wonderful Holiday Season!
Parent participation at Woodcreek High School is at an all-time high. We couldn’t be more pleased with the number of parents we have participating in auxiliary groups supporting performing arts, sports, and clubs. Parent participation that is related to learning is our last but most important endeavor that remains. A recent survey we conducted through our WASC accreditation process showed the need to educate our parents more about their role in the learning process. Renowned educational researcher, Robert J. Marzano*, lists parent and community involvement as the 1stnon-teaching related factor contributing to student achievement - parent involvement is ranked 3rdoverall.
Woodcreek High School is developing ways for parents to get more engaged in the learning aspects of the school. Here are just a few:
In addition to the groups mentioned above Site Council meetings are the second Monday of each month at 7 PM in the library. Other ongoing efforts to inform and engage parents include our website, Homelink access for parents and students to review attendance and grade records, many teachers have their own website or Blackboard site, and of course we have our wonderful people in our office to assist you
We understand the limitations on time for all parents and truly appreciate your support ofWoodcreekHigh School. Please continue to find ways to support your student’s academic success.
I’ll leave you with what a parent recently wrote about our WOF meetings:
Do you have questions about Woodcreek High School? About how we operate, how we are improving, where we are focusing our efforts? Do you want to suggest how we go about doing things or offer your expertise? Join the principal, teachers, counselors, students and parents at WOF meetings the second Monday of each month in the library at 6 PM.
*What Works in Schools; Translating Research into Action, by Robert J. Marzano
The 2011 – 2012 school year is going to be another outstanding year for the Timberwolves. We are committed to providing every student a challenging and rewarding experience in preparation for success beyond high school. We believe all students will succeed at
To improve communication we have updated our web page (woodcreekhigh.com) with a friendlier presentation to ease the search for important information. Our student government has launched a fan page on Facebook “Woodcreek ASB Events” this year for students and parents to access information about events and activities. Please be sure to complete the e-mail address space on the student information card so we can send you timely updates of school information. The e-mail address also serves as a secondary emergency communication path to inform parents of any safety and security issues the school may experience. Our goal is to keep our community informed and engaged.