I am writing to officially welcome you to the 2020-2021 school year at Winslow High School (WHS). Due to the recent executive orders, we have opened the school year in a fully online learning model beginning August 3, 2020. Although we are all experiencing multiple challenges due to COVID-19, WHS faculty and staff would like to assure you that we are committed to establishing and nurturing lasting connections, delivering high quality instruction, and providing necessary support for every student. It is our hope to continue to build and foster relationships with our Winslow High School families, so together we can ensure academic success and social emotional growth in all students.
As we plan for an upcoming “soft opening” like no other we have seen in the past, our focus is to ensure that: every child, every day is finding a way to feel connected; being challenged by new learnings and experiences; and knows they have a champion they can turn to.
Spring of 2020 has already challenged staff and students to find a new normal for learning, connected us in new ways, and required our champions to champion from afar. What I have most learned through this process is how much I appreciate the expertise our teachers bring to Winslow High School, the ways our students continue to work hard to grow, and overall, appreciation for the little things in life. What I MOST appreciate about Winslow High School is how, even under circumstances we have never experienced, we are still a learning and caring community.
Normal is such a simple word and it is our goal at Winslow High School to not only find our new normal, but to use this time as a learning experience that will forever impact the learning environment of Winslow High School. Every week there are new types of learning experiences teachers are piloting and much of what is learned will continue to be used in the future. Our August and September of 2020 may not be “normal”, but our learning will not only continue, it will thrive. We can’t wait to move on to the next phase of our “soft opening” for in-person instruction on October 12, 2020, and we know, all returning and new students to WHS will be welcomed with open arms (from 6 feet away when possible) to our campus and community!!
We are committed to maintaining the highest standards so that there will be no shortage of opportunities for your students to feel challenged on a daily basis with high quality instruction and have a wide variety of options to get connected to their school and fellow students. Champions come in all shapes and sizes, and at any point in time. There will be champions by your student every day, with relationships built over time, but some champions just appear when you need them the most.
Together, we will continue to build on our prior successes and dedicate ourselves to moving the school forward in a positive direction by providing the highest quality education for every student. I would like to thank you for your continued support during these uncertain times. Most importantly, we want you to know that we miss our students and we are working hard to provide them with meaningful connections and relevant instruction.
Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year, Bulldogs!!
W. James Donner, Ed.D.