2010-07-29 / News

Students, parents invited to be part of W-WES T.E.A.M.

The hallways of Washington-Wilkes Elementary School are empty and quiet for now, but on Friday, August 6, things at W-WES will look and sound quite different as approximately 350 Pre-K, fourth-, and fifthgrade students return for the first day of the 2010-2011 school year. Principal Wanda Jenkins, Instructional Coach Sherry DuBois, and the entire faculty and staff will be very busy over the next few days as they prepare for the big day.

“When our students and their parents arrive on the first day of school, we want them to know they are walking into a great place to learn. We want them to immediately feel like a part of the W-WES TEAM,” stated Jenkins.

At W-WES, the letters T.E.A.M. stand for Together, Everyone Achieves More, and it has become evident that the TEAM approach has certainly enhanced the elementary school’s success rate. This year, W-WES made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) based on its scores from the Spring 2010 administration of the Georgia Criterion Referenced Competency Test (CRCT).

Since this is the eighth year in a row of AYP for W-WES, the school will once again be recognized as a “Title I Distinguished School” by the Georgia State Department of Education. Jenkins expressed her thanks to the teachers, students, parents, volunteers, business partners, and the Wilkes County School Board for the support extended to the school over the years.

“This is a great accomplishment for everyone who has contributed to the success of our instructional program. I cannot say enough about the dedicated faculty and staff members at the school, the hard working students who made such excellent test scores, and about the parents who sent these children to school each day ready to learn,” commented Jenkins.

This year, the elementary school welcomes three new members to the W-WES T.E.A.M. These new faculty members are Amy Long – Media Specialist, Kim White – Fifth Grade Social Studies Teacher, and April Wheatley – Pre-K Paraprofessional. Principal Jenkins added that although she is pleased to add new personnel, she is equally as proud to retain the talented and hardworking faculty and staff members who have chosen to return to W-WES year after year. “For a principal, it just does not get any better than this,” she said.

The W-WES Open House will be held on Thursday, August 5, from 1-3 p.m. Students and their parents can visit their homerooms and tour the school. A more in-depth open house will be held in conjunction with the first PTG meeting of the school year on Tuesday, August 17, at 6:00 p.m.

On this night, fourth and fifth grade parents will meet with the teachers in their classrooms for a closer look at the instruction that takes place during the school day, goals and expectations for success, and the school-wide discipline plan. Pre-K parents are welcomed to attend PTG, but will visit their children’s classrooms at a separate Pre-K Parent Orientation planned for Thursday, August 26, at 6:00 p.m.

The school day begins at W-WES each morning at 7:50 a.m. as the students are dismissed from the gym or lunchroom and into their homerooms. The first instructional segment begins at 8:15. School is dismissed each day at 3:05. The W-WES Parent Teacher Group (PTG) meets on the third Tuesday night of selected months. The School Council meets on the second Thursday night of selected months. A number of Title I Parent Involvement and Bright From the Start parent workshops are planned for the coming year. An active volunteer program is in place at the school, and all interested individuals are encouraged to contact the school at 706-678-7124.

Supply lists are posted on the front windows of the school and are available in the front office, on the school website, and at local businesses. For the first day of school, students will be fine as long as they have something to write with and some paper.

Students are expected to follow the school dress code, which will be distributed on the first day of school. There are no major changes in the school dress code, but fourth and fifth grade boys are reminded they must tuck in their shirts and that pants must fit at the waist. Girls in these grade levels are reminded that dresses, skirts, and shorts should be long enough to reach the fingertips of a student standing in an upright position or should not be higher than two inches above the knee. Additionally, no tank tops, spaghetti strap tops, seethrough or body-hugging tops may be worn by boys or girls.

Washington-Wilkes Elementary School invites the public to visit the school at any time.

“Our motto remains, ‘We are a TEAM, and we will ACHIEVE our goals by putting students first and working together for their success,’” Jenkins said.

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