Dear Parents, Guardians and Community Members,
The month of December was filled with activities. Grace Wilday Junior High School was an official drop-off location for “Toys for Tots.” As a school, we collected a ton of new gifts that were given to local families in need of gifts for the holidays. It was a great collaborative effort and learning experience for the students! They learned the importance of giving back.
The beginning of the month started with this year’s first Honors Achievement Breakfast in which students who earned Distinguished and Merit Honor Roll were rewarded with a special breakfast and were asked to share this special occasion with their parent(s)/guardian(s) and schoolmates. We had over 100 students earn Honor Roll during marking period one.
Smile! Students and teachers alike took their yearbook pictures this month, as well. Grace Wilday Junior High School yearbooks will be available for sale later in the year. It will be filled with captured memories and highlights from your son/daughter’s school year. Be sure to order one!
The highlight of the month, despite many wonderful things happening at GWJHS, was the Winter Concert and Art Showcase. Chorus and band students joined together to create a magical, musical evening filled with the joyous sounds of music. Both novice and experienced musicians performed excellently. Stop by to take a look at our main hallway when you are in the area. It is completely decorated with a wide array of our students’ artwork. It is truly amazing!
The month ended off with Mrs. Nike Awoleye, a parent, displaying a special gesture of providing each staff member with gifts and articulating the significance behind each one. This was the first time this sort of action has ever occurred in Grace Wilday history. We can truly say that our staff was touched by Mrs. Awoleye’s generosity. Additionally, this is evidence that staff is touching the hearts and minds of students and parents.
In my previous correspondences to you, I requested for more parents to become involved with the school staff to better help the academic progress of their child(ren). I must say that there were a number of parents fulfilling this request. Since learning has to occur over a lifetime, so should the support from parents. Therefore, our teachers will continue reaching out to you for assistance. This task of educating our future cannot be performed by the school staff alone. So stay tuned for many other events and activities set to occur during this 2014-2015 school year. Finally, it is important to remind grade 8 families that the Grade 8 Promotional Exercise will be held on June 19, 2015 at 11am on the Grace Wilday field. We hope to see you present and participating.
Dr. Josue B. Falaise