A New Year

Dear Western Families,

The start of the new year has been amazing.  We were so excited to see your children back in the building.  I will begin sharing more information on this blog and I encourage you to subscribe via the link below.  You can unsubscribe at anytime.

My next post will highlight many of the new employees at Western who have joined our staff.  Below I have provided some insight and information from our first few days.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.  It’s great to have your kids back at school.

Best,

Darah Bonham, Principal
#TWB — Together We Are Better


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Parking

With increased enrollment, we realize parking is a concern at Western.  We continue to look at both short-term and long-term solutions to support our student, faculty, and visitor needs.  Please be patient through these first few weeks while we assess the parking situation.

To help alleviate some of the concerns, we ask students to look at alternative methods to get to school other than driving when possible.  ACPS buses are one of the most reliable and safe options available to all students.

If you have specific parking questions regarding your child, please contact Mr. Schaffer, Assistant Principal.

 


New Renovated Spaces

See the brief video below highlighting some of our newly renovated spaces at Western.

Click LINK HERE to view.


Student Schedules

I appreciate all the hard work our school counselors have put in these past few weeks to make accurate schedules for our students.  Our counselors continue to call students down to address their individual needs.

Reminder that the drop/add period ends September 5th.

 


Safety and Security

In our continued effort to review safety practices with our students and staff, we will be conducting school-wide lockdown drills September 5th and 6th, during fifth and sixth periods.  Teachers will review the lockdown procedures with students so they are aware of the process and procedures.

Western has also added a Safety and Security Specialist to our staff.  Pronte Crawford is a full-time employee at the school and assists with monitoring areas inside and outside the school.  She joins Officer Ronald Vanderveer, our full-time Safety Resource Officer at Western who was with us last year.

I would also remind all families of our visitor pass system located in the main office.  Please follow the procedures when entering the building as directed by our office associates.


Student Attire

As we start the school year we ask our students to be mindful or their attire as they come to school.  Please make choices that are respectful and appropriate for an educational environment.  Your support in helping this at home is greatly appreciated.

 


Culturally Responsive Teaching

I thought you might be curious about areas we are focusing on this year as a school.  While we continue to look at student engagement and P-based learning (Project/Passion/Problem) in our classes, we are also taking a dive into the work of culturally responsive teaching as a staff.  Following the work in the division centered around Zaretta Hammond’s book, Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain, the staff at Western is reading this book as a study to current practice and to create ways that we can create positive experiences for all our kids along with ensuring we are fostering independent thinkers as our students leave high school.

We are excited to be involved in this study as a school and as a feeder pattern as we partner with our elementary and middle schools in this work.


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