Principal's Message

Dear Wahconah School Community,

I am very excited to be reaching out to you as Wahconah prepares to embark on its 61st school year! Mr. Messina, our Assistant Principal, and I are looking forward to working with the staff, students, and families of our great school. As you know, this year is a year of transition, as we prepare to leave our aging but beloved building for a new, state-of-the-art one. While we hoped to move in for the first day of school, our timeline has been delayed just a bit. But we are still quite excited about our eventual move in October!

On top of that, we are entering our third school year dealing with Covid. While the state regulations regarding Covid in schools is not as stringent as it was last year, it's still very much a reality in our lives and one we must contend with.

Even though Covid and the building project are very much on our minds, our attitude going into this school year is quite simple: We have work to do. So it is our intent to buckle down, dig in, and get to work...all of us!

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! 

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

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 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) so that she can prepare a dismissal for your student. 

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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