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New school, new ideas

Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 12:07 pm

Many have been getting excited over the prospect of a new high school, and speak of the benefits that such a new facility can bring, but a few folks remain skeptical.

The argument is that while the building may be new, it will still be the same students and the same faculty, with all that it entails. However, W&L Principal Coleman made it abundantly clear that he and the faculty were not going to be sitting on their hands while they awaited the eventual construction of a new W&L, and are seeking to bring floundering students up into the realm of success with the rest of the students.

One of the primary goals of the plans laid out was improving SOL test scores; not just into the realm of passing, but passing with advanced or perfect scores.

“Just passing the SOLs will keep us accredited, which is a great thing, but we’re looking for passing advanced, which demonstrates mastery of the subject on top of the accreditation,” said Coleman.

To that end, Coleman has teams that meet monthly to evaluate how the students are doing, which allows the teams to discern the strengths and weaknesses of each student group and come up with strategies. Each department also has a celebration and success walls, which put the names of students on walls when they pass with advanced scores.

For the full article, pick up the latest Westmoreland News 6/12/19