Three weeks of school remain. I have seen a mix of joy and panic on the faces of students as I have reminded them of just how close we are to the end. For me it has been the fastest year of my life, second only to the first year I became a father. For many of our seniors, it may have been the fastest four years of their lives.
April was a busy month of assessments for our eleventh grade students. Over the course of the past month the junior class worked through a series of “testing Tuesdays” as they completed our statewide NeSA exams. They also spent half of a day completing the ACT exam. I was proud of their positive attitude as they arrived each day and managed the change in their regularly scheduled schoolwork. We will continue to have students participate in testing as we move farther along the calendar. The first week of May marks the beginning of Advanced Placement course testing. Students will begin working to demonstrate their proficiency on the national AP Exams with the hope of earning college recognition for their work. Students will take their final course exams for term four on May 18th and 19th.
All year long we have celebrated the many ways that our students have excelled beyond the classroom and April was no exception. On April 23rd the LSW Science Olympiad team successfully defended their title by winning their second consecutive state championship. Their victory qualifies them for the National Championship in Wisconsin later this month. Way to go Hawks!
The end of the year will come quickly along with several deadlines for assignments, make-up work, fees and fines, and, of course, GoPo hours. As the days wind down, we will continue to encourage students to plan ahead, finish strong, ask questions and take advantage of every opportunity that they have to raise their grade and demonstrate proficiency. Our message to students has been to expect excellence in everything they do and that directly connects to how we want them to approach this final month of the year. The same is true for our staff. As a community, we will work to put students in the best position to succeed and model what it means to finish strong!
Mike Gillotti – Principal
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