parents, guardians and community members,
March has been a
very busy month for the students and faculty alike of Grace Wilday Junior High
PARCC testing took
place during the first two weeks of March with make-ups taking place during the
third. Overall, the implementation of this new state test was a success here at
GWJHS. A schedule was put into place that allowed a smooth and seamless
transition of classes, while the students who were in their testing sites
remained focused and distraction-free. There will be a second round of testing
beginning in late April.
Pi Day was celebrated on Friday,
March 13th honoring the beauty of mathematics. In honor of this
special number that is calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point, teachers volunteered to have pies thrown at them. Students
had a very enjoyable time participating in this entertaining annual event.
The Future Leaders Academy continues
to meet at Abraham Clark High School on a regular basis. Additionally, we also
held a JROTC assembly here in which information was given as to the
requirements and expectations of becoming a JROTC member next year. There was a
lot of excitement and enthusiasm as this is an outstanding program at our high
Teen Arts Festival was also held this month on March 20th. Over 120
student participants attended this fun filled, annual event. Samples of student
art work were put on display for all to see. The students were also given the
opportunity to participate in exciting activities while attending this event,
such as taking photographs with a “selfie-stick” and making floral hair pieces.
On March 24th, four students
participated in a rare opportunity of being an administrator for a day. For the
second time this school year and second group of students performed in the
roles of acting principal, acting vice principal, acting school counselor and
acting dean of discipline. Students walked away with a wealth of knowledge and
respect for these administrative roles. These activities were not limited to classroom
visits, lunch duty, mediation and participating in professional learning
community (PLC) conversations.
The final marking period of the year
begins mid-April. I
hope that all parents are reviewing and discussing academic and behavioral
performance with their child(ren) for the remainder of the 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 at our monthly events.
Josue B. Falaise