03-24-23 WCSD Weekly Update
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Welcome to the Weekly Update!
I want to start by reminding our school community that next Tuesday, March 28th, the District will host a Budget Work Session and a Community Forum. The Budget Work Session will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the District Office. The Community Forum will follow at approximately 7:30 p.m. and will take place at the Casey Middle School Library.
If you do not attend the Budget Work Session but plan on attending the Community Forum, please use door 1 or door 10 to enter Casey. This townhall style meeting will give parents, students, residents, and staff members a chance to talk about any education-related issue they wish. There is no agenda or set topic. I’ll be there, along with our School Board members, to listen and answer questions.
At our high schools, #WillPower Spirit Week officially starts on Monday! This is a friendly competition between the three high schools to see who has the most spirit. Details and theme days have been shared on the high school social media pages and weekly newsletters. I can’t wait to see the fun and creative outfits students wear to show their school spirit and look forward to how this will be expanded so our entire school community can participate together!
Next week is also the last week before the Spring Recess. There is no school April 3rd – April 10th. Classes resume on Tuesday, April 11th. Please take time to relax, enjoy time with family, and reset before the push toward the end of the school year.
Speaking of the end of the year, I want to share that the dates for summer school have been finalized!
The Elementary and Middle Summer School programs for students will take place at Casey Middle School and run from July 11th through August 16th.
The High School Summer program will be at Williamsville North and also start July 10th through August 17th.
Our special education summer school program will take place at Mill Middle School and begin July 10th and wrap up on August 18th.
Additional information will be shared on the courses that will be provided.
This week for Women’s History Month, we highlighted Haben Girma, who became the first deaf and blind student to graduate from Harvard Law School in 2013. She is a human rights lawyer and disability rights advocate. Girma has traveled the world sharing her story and pushes for more access to schooling and improvements to the portrayal of deaf and blind people in media. In 2013, she was named a Champion of Change by then President Barack Obama. Be sure to check out the video project to learn more about her incredible work and advocacy.
Finally, Ramadan, which is a Muslim religious observation, began this week. And, some of our students, faculty, and staff will be fasting from dawn until dusk in observance of this – meaning they will not eat or drink during the fasting period. I want to assure our school community we recognize the importance of this and that we are here to support our community throughout the month Ramadan is observed. If you have any questions, please reach out to your building principal.
Please, enjoy the weekend! We’ll see you next week.