July 11, 2017
Dear Booker T. Washington High School Families,
As we prepare for another great school year, I am reminded of the African proverb “it takes an entire village to raise a child.” It seems fitting when I consider the accomplishments achieved and those to come! Parents, your commitment to your child’s education is a good example of what is required of that village to achieve success. Therefore, one of the goals this school year is to help build and support an even stronger village by relying on you, the families who are our most important partners, to ensure a quality education for every student!
As the Principal, I am thrilled to be a part of a school community where family and community members are visible and actively engaged, as well as an integral component of Washington High School. I am honored and privileged to lead a dynamic community where teachers and staff cultivate an environment where students achieve and believe in themselves and their school.
As mentioned previously, your input, feedback, and support will be critical to my leadership, the teaching and learning environment and above all to the success of your child at Washington High School. As we begin another school year, we highly encourage all parents to continue to be actively involved.
We are excited to continue to implement Social Emotional Learning and implementation of Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS). Our PBIS core values are: Be Respectful, Be On Time, Be Willing To Learn…That’s The BTW Way! Using these as our guiding principles, each child will be encouraged and supported in working to his/her full potential academically, socially and emotionally. Below you’ll find several ways that parents can support their children to meet the aforementioned expectations:
- Send your child to school every day on time.
- Make sure your child gets the proper amount of sleep each night.
- Establish a routine for studying. Give your child a quiet corner to read and regular time to do homework.
- Keep in touch with your child’s teacher via e-mail, telephone, or notes.
- Attend school-wide events, classroom events, and conferences
- Celebrate your child’s success (giving verbal praise), no matter how small it may seem. This will keep your child enthusiastic about learning and proud of their work.
Open House will be held on Friday, July 28 from 1 – 3 p.m. During this event, you will have an opportunity to tour the building, meet your child’s teachers and learn about the many extracurricular opportunities available at Washington High.
Schedule Changes: All schedule changes for the 2017-18 school year will be completed on Friday, July 28 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (inside the Media Center). All families are encouraged to come early and verify schedules so that the first day of school is seamless.
Remember, it takes a village to raise a child. We welcome your participation, support and input. To keep up to date with the latest news and great things happening at Washington HS, please follow me on Twitter @PrincipalBTW. We love you and look forward to seeing you on 7/28 for Open House and on Tuesday, 8/01 for the first day of school!
Tasharah Wilson, Ed.D.