Six committees forming at Wilmington High School

WILMINGTON — The new Wilmington High School principal said six committees are being formed based upon a survey that parents, students and teachers received prior to the opening bell of the new year.

Principal Stephanie N. Walker, who was Amelia High School principal for three years before Amelia schools combined this fall with Glen Este schools, gave her first report as WHS principal to the school board Monday night.

The focus areas of the six committees are: communication and community stakeholder engagement, technology, attendance, Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS for short), curriculum and instruction, and college or career readiness.

The goal is to increase communication with the school community throughout the 2017-18 school year, said Walker. Social media will be utilized, including Facebook aimed more toward parents, while the primary audience for Twitter will be students.

But anyone who decides to follow @WHSCane on Twitter will get a good taste of her personality as she works with students, Walker said. A weekly student/parent newsletter will get posted on both Facebook and Twitter.

She feels that as a building principal, communication is a strength of hers.

The Technology Committee will address how students’ Chromebook laptops can be used in the best way possible.

Walker said there is an issue regarding chronic absence at the high school that the Attendance Committee can take up.

The outcome of emphasizing PBIS expectations, she hopes, will be a better school community.

As for curriculum and instruction, they are “on the forefront of every single thing we do in the building,” said Walker.

And whether students will head off to university or go immediately to a workplace, “We need to make sure that we’re giving them skills to be successful. So that will be a big focus of the staff this year,” she added.

Feedback in committees will serve to develop goals, stated Walker.

Reach Gary Huffenberger at 937-556-5768.

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By Gary Huffenberger