Thanksgiving Food Drive

WIS students and teachers came through in a big way again this year to help with our Thanksgiving Basket food drive.  Through their efforts over 20 local families in need received a giant food basket of canned fruits and vegetables, soups, box dinners, desert mixes, and a Turkey just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.  Thank you to our student council and counselors for planning and organizing everything.  We hope those on both the giving and receiving end find this as a reason to give thanks this year!

Be safe, stay warm, and enjoy the 5 day weekend!

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Ahead of the curve

I had the opportunity today to spend some time along side a group of our teachers during some proffesional development training. This trainig was specific to finding ways to successfully reach all the learners in a classroom. This is an incredibly tough challenge when you recognize the diverse needs and abilities that exist in a class of 25-30 students. Our teachers must find ways to engage those students that are struggling learners along with those that come into the lesson already knowing the concept. Teaching to the “middle” is no longer adequate. We must always be looking for ways to improve our instructional practices to reach the broad range of students we have been entrusted to educate. Being a teacher has never been easy but I think this is even more true today than in the past. This is a challenge WIS teachers are ready to meet head on. I appreciate the extra time and effort that our staff puts in to stay ahead of the curve and move all students forward. It is this “extra” that makes Willard a great place to work and learn!

Veterans Day 2010

It is very normal as we go through life to spend a large amount of our time thinking and talking about what is wrong in our lives. We spend so much time focusing on the problems in our world that we often overlook the “little” things that happen every day that make us truly blessed people. The service our veterans have given to maintain our freedoms is an example of this. WIS took some time on Thursday to reflect on and honor the men and women of the armed forces. Veterans day is always a special day in our building and we were proud to host over 100 veterans and their families. Thanks to everyone that was involved! Below is a link to a short video created to honor our Veterans day guests.

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