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Principal's Message

Greetings Parents and Families of Winslow High School

 

My name is Justin Hartman and I’m extremely excited to be the next Principal of Winslow High School. I was born and raised in Winslow and am emotionally invested in this community. I’m very passionate about education and I look forward to partnering with you to provide our students with a rigorous, engaging, and high-quality high school experience. As the parent of two teenage girls, I recognize the importance of a strong home-school connection. Parents are every child’s first teacher and I believe that by working together, we can make sure your child’s social, emotional, and academic needs are met.

Part of the Mission and Beliefs Statement of WHS is that students will be challenged to become college and career ready.  With that philosophy in mind, a few changes need to take place for the benefit of all WHS stakeholders.  Here are some of those changes:

  • There are no excused tardies. Either you are on time, or you are late. In most college settings when you are late, the door is shut and you miss out on that class. In addition, employers expect their employees to be punctual without excuses. We understand that life happens and students may be late.  That is why students are allowed to have two (2) “free” tardies per class period before any discipline will take place. 
  • Cellphone use will be prohibited in all classrooms. Students must keep their cellphone in their bags or in the cellphone case located at the back of each classroom. We have discovered that even when placed on a desk, phones can be a major distraction to the learning environment.  If you need to contact your child, we ask that you do not text them during class and that you please call the front office.  We have six designated phone lines that receive incoming calls.   
  • WHS is currently looking at making changes to the retesting policy. There is validity in having students retest on material to demonstrate comprehension and show mastery. However, retesting can create an environment not consistent with college and career readiness standards.  We strive that our students prepare diligently, take every test seriously, and give maximum effort the first time a test is given. 
  • Student I.D.’s must be worn at all times. The purpose of this policy is to ensure safety and security at Winslow High School. In addition, this policy supports our College and Career Readiness culture. EVERY Student must wear their I.D. card at all times while on school grounds. 

 

 In addition to the changes, WHS is going to do a more efficient job in tracking student attendance.  Studies show that there is a direct correlation between student attendance and success.  As stated in WUSD Board Policy JH-RB, students are at jeopardy of losing credit in any class in which they accumulate ten (10) absences during a semester.  This accumulation of absences include all excused and unexcused absences. WHS has adopted the following guidelines:

  • Sixth (6) Absence: A member of the WHS Admin Team, and the student’s counselor will proactively meet with the student and guardian to explore solutions for the attendance problem.
  • Eighth (8) Absence: A member of the Admin Team will facilitate a mandatory meeting with the student and guardian to design an Attendance Contract.
  • Tenth (10) Absence: The student will be given an Attendance Appeal Packet that is due back to WHS Administration within two (2) school days. If returned in ample time, the student and guardian will meet with the Attendance Appeal Committee. The decision of the Committee will be final with no appeal process. 

   

I believe that great schools are the results of great teachers, so my primary objective will be to ensure that every student is receiving high-quality instruction from every teacher at WHS. In order to do this, the Admin Team will be providing teachers with feedback on their instruction, access to professional development, time to collaborate with both department and district Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), and reaching out to parents for support with academic and behavioral concerns to prepare our students for college and 21st century careers.

I will be working closely with our Assistant Principals, Mrs. McKinney and Mr. Hernandez, to guarantee that all of our scholars are intellectually challenged and have access to the social and emotional support critical to students during their time at WHS. Please get involved….. your voice is important to your child and to Winslow High School.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve your families in this role! Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas you would like to share.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

 Justin M. Hartman