Hello Whitford Families,
I feel lucky to be principal here at Whitford. Over the past months, I have seen so much growth in our students, staff, and our community. I was able to spend time over Thanksgiving with friends and family bragging about how our Whitford community continues to strive for rigor, equity, and giving our students the needed tools for success in our global society.
It was more than evident this past Tuesday during the Whitford Showcase. We welcomed 5th grade parents and students to Whitford and were able to show off all the great teaching, learning, and community involvement, that Whitford has to offer. Parents left impressed and students left excited knowing Whitford in a good position for the future.
As you may know, our state report cards were released at the end of October. I’m sort of a data geek and dove into our school data as compared to other school around the state. I’m proud to announce that as compared to like schools, there are 22 of them around the state, Whitford scored 2nd highest in English Language Arts and Math in terms of meeting and exceeding on the state test. We have a long way to go, but comparatively speaking, we are doing quite well. I believe this success is due to keeping our lessons rigorous, the dedication of our teaching staff, our AVID program, our Dual Language program, parent involvement, and the fact that students feel safe at school.
There are two major district committees which are currently ongoing and will directly affect the future of Whitford and middle schools in general. The Middle School Boundary Committee will hold the next meeting on Thursday, December 19th at Mt. View Middle School from 6:30-8:30. This is a fascinating process and all schools will see some shifts, some more than others, but Whitford is in a position to most likely only gain students as we are the smallest comprehensive middle school. This process should be completed by May and given to the superintendent for his approval.
The other group that’s meeting is the Common Middle School Experience Committee. The superintendent and school board have charged the middle schools to develop a common schedule and set of electives for all comprehensive middle schools. The goal of this process is for all students to receive the same amount of instructional time for each core subject as well as offering the same electives at each building. This is a challenging task which requires stakeholders to be mindful of the middle school brain, choices, and outcomes. Needless to say, there are pros and cons to any decision made. This process should be completed by February in time for staffing.
I hope everyone has an enjoyable Winter Break and hoping you get some time with friends and family.
Brian Peerenboom - Principal