Principal's Message

Dear Wahconah School Community,

I am very excited to be reaching out to you as Wahconah prepares to embark on its 59th school year! Mr. Messina, our Assistant Principal, and I are looking forward to working with the staff, students, and families of our great school. One of our main goals is to keep our line of communication open as often as possible in an effort to keep you apprised of all of the happenings at Wahconah. Here we go!

New Staff

We would like to take a moment to welcome our newest staff members to Wahconah for the 2019-20 school year:

  • Rocky Daley – Social Studies/English
  • Bridget Gormalley - Math
  • Pete Hiser – I/A Tech
  • Joan Roy – Nurse
  • Katy Wixsom – School Adjustment Counselor

We would also like to inform our families about a new support role at Wahconah this year. Mr. Jared Shannon will now be supporting our Asst. Principal Mr. Messina by providing more hands-on, initial behavioral supports to students. Mr. Shannon will continue his work as Athletic Director and will still teach one Gov’t/Econ class per day.

We would also like to take a moment to welcome the Class of 2023 as they embark on the first of four successful years here at Wahconah. We are certainly looking forward to helping them learn and grow over the next several years. And congratulations to the Class of 2020 as they begin what I’m sure will be a memorable Senior year!

Wahconah Online

We offer several different online platforms to get the latest information about Wahconah:

The Wahconah Wednesday Message

We will also be sending you weekly email updates. Our intent is to deliver you information in a straight-forward fashion. In it you will typically find:

  • Updates on special events
  • Updates on PSAT, SAT, ACT, and MCAS testing
  • A monthly Parent Professional Development series
  • Wahconah Building Project updates
  • and more!

School Advisory Council

If you would like to become even more involved and better informed, I encourage you to consider joining our School Advisory Council. SAC members typically meet with the Principal once per month to receive updates regarding school activities and initiatives as well as review the School Improvement Plan. In addition, the Principal fields questions and listens to concerns from parents. The commitment is minimal (no fundraising). We appreciate parental input and feel as though it's vital to a strong school community. If you are interested, please do not hesitate to contact me at arobb@cbrsd.org and I will respond to you as soon as I am able. I look forward to hearing from you!

Wahconah Building Project

As many of you are aware, we are in the midst of a building project that will result in the construction of a new Wahconah adjacent to our current building on the baseball field. Since 2016, the Wahconah School Building Committee has been working with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) to follow through with this process which included a feasibility study, community information/input sessions, as well as multiple design meetings. The Wahconah Building Committee meetings will continue throughout the construction project and will usually take place once per month. These meetings are open to the public and posted under open meeting law. Our current timeline involves a groundbreaking in March and an expected move-in at the start of the 2021-22 school year. If you would like to learn more about the building project and the MSBA process, go to the CBRSD website and click on the “Wahconah Building Project” tab toward the top of the page. We are extremely excited to be in the final planning stages for the creation of a new and improved Wahconah to serve the students of our district well into the 21st century!

Parent Guides to Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education sets learning expectations for all students in grades K-12 in the Commonwealth. These are referred to as “curriculum frameworks”. Below is a helpful link to learn more about them as they apply to grades 9-12.

http://www.doe.mass.edu/frameworks/pguide/gHS.pdf

Mark Your Calendars!

  • Back-to-School Night – Tuesday, Sept. 17th
  • Picture Day for Grades 9-11 – Monday, Sept. 30th
  • Daytime Parent/Teacher Conferences (district half-day) -Wednesday, Nov. 6th
  • Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences – Tuesday, Nov. 12th

MCAS Dates

  • ELA – March 24, 25 (Grade 10)
  • Math – May 19, 20 (Grade 10)
  • Bio – June 2, 3 (Grade 9)

End-of-Year Dates

  • Seniors' Last Day of Classes - Friday, May 22nd
  • Prom – Sunday, May 24th
  • Class Night - Thursday, June 4th
  • Senior Assembly (Freshmen Trip) - Friday, June 5th
  • Graduation - Sunday, June 7th

Anticipated 180th Day of School

  • Thursday, June 11th
  • PLAN ON HAVING AT LEAST 5 MORE DAYS OF SCHOOL AFTER THIS DATE DUE TO SNOW DAYS; please plan ahead!
  • The final four days of school at Wahconah are set aside for final assessments/exams for Grades 9-11. All students in those grades are expected to take those assessments at their designated times.

Attendance/Dismissal Reminders

Please remember that the proper dismissal procedure for ill students is for the student to go to the nurse first. The nurse will examine the student and determine whether the student needs to be dismissed. Ms. Roy (ext. 1131) will then make the call home if she determines that dismissal is warranted.

Also, if you’ve secured a last-minute doctor’s appointment during the school day, please call ahead to Mrs. Farley (our Main Office Administrative Assistant at ext. 1320) so that she can prepare a dismissal for your student.

Student Drop-Off/Pick-Up

Please remember that the driveway directly in front of the school should remain clear for school buses only during the following times:

  • 7:20-7:50am (morning drop off)
  • 2:15-2:30pm (afternoon pick up)
  • 3:15-3:30pm (late bus pick up)

Any parents/families dropping students off or picking students up can use the car lane which can be accessed by using the last driveway in the student parking lot. Please remember that school buses have the right of way. If a bus’s lights are flashing red, that means you cannot pass it regardless of whether it has a stop sign extended from it or not. Visitor parking is available directly in front of the building. Please note that parking around the inner perimeter of the driveway in front of the school is reserved for office staff.

The Importance of Regular Attendance in School

One of the most important things your student can do to achieve academic success is also one of the most basic: attend school every day. There have been multiple studies done regarding the effect of absenteeism on student success and the results point to the reality that a student’s attendance record is a significant factor influencing their academic success. The state of Massachusetts defines “chronic absenteeism” as missing 10% of the scheduled school days. So out of a 180 day school year that amounts to 18 school days. That’s a lot! 

Everyone gets sick and we certainly do not want students to come to school when that occurs. But our goal is to work with parents/guardians to cut down on the “other” absences that tend to pile up for certain students. That is why our school seeks to form a partnership with parents/guardians to help improve attendance for those students who are chronically absent. This partnership may involve our Asst. Principal and possibly your student’s Guidance Counselor, School Nurse, or School Adjustment Counselor. Our goal is to be more proactive in discussing attendance concerns regarding chronically absent students with the intent to help address the root of the problem far earlier in the school year. We look forward to working with families on this.

On behalf of Mr. Messina and the rest of the Wahconah staff, we are excited to be back and are ready to work with you and your student in the coming school year.

Sincerely,

Aaron M. Robb

Principal

 

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