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Dear Wildcat Families:
We, here at Wheeling High School, enjoyed a very exciting start to the 2016-17 school year! It began with a back-to-school full day event called Student Success Summit. All students were invited to attend well-orchestrated mini-conferences focused on how to succeed in high school. Some of the topics of these sessions included instructions on
using Google Apps, creating a digital presence, building strong teams, planning for future careers, advocating and caring for one's self, balancing life in high school, setting and achieving realistic goals, and accessing resources to meet and exceed high school expectations. Freshmen were introduced to our high school schedule, procedures and policies; and they had the chance to meet their classmates. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors found their friends, special teachers and coaches, and began preparation to take their place in their high school class. Students who went to the stadium were greeted with delicious ice cream, posed for a class picture, and received a special Wheeling t-shirt.
Once again this year each student received an ipad, a teaching and learning device and tool, which is as important and necessary to student progress and success as textbooks. Students and teachers are discovering new ways to incorporate technology into the various curricula, instruction, and learning at Wheeling High School. Ask your children to show you the innovative ways the iPad is used in their classes. It is truly amazing how quickly everyone has embraced technology integration in teaching and learning and how greatly it enhances and makes relevant the overall educational experience.
Wheeling once again hosted The Chicagoland Marching Band Festival. In September marching bands from all over Illinois proudly showcased their musical gifts, field-show training, and team-winning exercises. Wheeling, as usual, was competitively strong in their showing. We are thankful to our parents, teachers, students, and community who support and encourage these maturing and promising young musicians and their talented and dedicated instructors.
The month of October has been filled with more exciting events and triumphs.. We had our Homecoming and Hometown festivities. Of course, no Homecoming week would be complete without its sporting events; and on Friday, October 7 the Wheeling Wildcats' Football team beat the Buffalo Grove Bison! The team went on to make playoffs with a 5-4 record. Go Wildcats!
Continuing this winning trend, our boys' soccer team won the MSL Conference under the outstanding coaching of Kevin Lennon, This was Coach Lennon's first year as Head Coach of our Boys' Soccer! Our girls' volleyball team won the title of MSL East Co-Champion along with Hersey High School! We also had three volleyball players named to the all-conference team. They are: Timber Terrell, Hala Fakhoury, and Jessica
Janowski. What an exciting time to be a Wildcat!
Our staff is anxiously getting ready to meet parents and guardians at our parent-teacher conferences scheduled for November 16. However, please feel free to contact any of your children's teachers at anytime. It is this strong teacher-parent partnership that assures the best possible opportunities for our students.
Yes, it feels like the school year has just begun, nevertheless, this is the time of year in which we gear up for choosing courses for the next school year. November 7 through November 11, students will be presented with information about elective course selections for next year. Ask your children in which electives they are interested and why. This year from November 12-15 students will enter their proposed courses into Infinite Campus, our course scheduling computer program. Beginning November 16, counselors meet with students individually to discuss their course opportunities for the next school year. These meetings will continue through late January of 2017.
During course selection time, please continue the conversations with your children about their plans of study including both their required courses and their electives. If there's a high school senior in the family, focus your discussion on their post-secondary plans and opportunities. Your child should be actively involved in the college application process, or considering their post-high school choices and decisions. You will find very helpful
information through Family Connections. For additional information, please call John Hammond, our College and Career Counselor at 847 718- 7045.
Beginning in the school year, 2017-18, most courses for all our students will run as yearlong 45-minutes classes. Many of our classes are already scheduled yearlong versus semester blocks of 90 minutes. Yearlong course scheduling provides students with more opportunities for electives, reduces the number of students scheduled for multiple study halls, and provides students with on-going access to important core content. Now not
only will freshman and sophomore year English and social studies classes be yearlong but junior and senior courses will be as well. All students will have math and science all year, negating the regression that can occur during long periods without continuing instruction and review opportunities. Finally, this schedule will now be more consistent with other schools in District 214. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding the same.
In addition to the new class schedule for next year, District 214 has entered into a dual credit program with Harper College called the Power of 15. Starting next school year seniors can choose to enroll in courses offered at the high school but which offer both high school and college credit through Harper College. These high school/college courses include: Composition 101, Speech 101, Art 105, Physical Science 101, Math 101, and Math 103. Therefore, as seniors, your children will be graduated with their high school credits and one or more semesters of college credit. Additional college credits can be earned through the Advanced Placement courses, to which all our students have access each year in school.
In addition to the Power of 15 courses, Harper is continuing to offer a scholarship program to our freshmen. This program, "The Harper Promise," offers a Harper College scholarship to all current freshmen if they apply for this program by December 15, 2016, and they meet all program standards throughout their high school career. More information about these and other programs are available on our school website. And, of course, you may contact your children's counselors to get even more information.
Winter sports and activities are gearing up, so please join us at our events, support the Cats, and, stay in touch with your children's teachers. We thank you for all you do. This is a very busy, but fulfilling and fun time of the year. From our families to yours, have a happy and bountiful Thanksgiving, and our warmest wishes for a joyous and healthy holiday season.