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Welcome to Waverly High School!

September 12, 2017

 

Welcome to Waverly High School.  My name is Ryan Ricenbaw and I am proud to be serving in my eleventh year as the Principal at Waverly High School.  We take great pride in being a close knit school and community with the advantages and opportunities of a larger city.  At WHS, our students have many avenues to be involved, get connected to their school, build relationships with staff and peers in a safe, supportive and positive environment.    

We believe in the power of students being able to identify, understand, and develop their own talents through a rigorous and relevant personalized learning process.  We are prioritizing student growth and reflection as a critical element to best prepare them for success after high school.  We are in the early stages of defining outcomes, assessment processes, and instructional shifts, there are pilot programs that have been in action and will continue.  Currently, our freshmen and sophomore students are building and developing their own personalized learning plans.  The purpose of these plans is to help define their strengths and identity, capture the experiences that are shaping them academically through the development of the district essentials skills and their experiences that are impacting their growth as young men and women.  

Instructionally, our focus across the board is to provide students opportunities to demonstrate their learning as a result of the content they are exposed to.  This demonstration may be done trough writing, verbal explanations, projects, or reflections of the learning experience.  8 Teachers at WHS and  a number of teachers throughout the district are participating in the Project-Based Learning pilot, where students are able to gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge. In the next three years, all teachers in the district will have gone through the training!

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