February started with a special presentation by Dr. Jeffrey Rettew of the UVM Wellness Environment. During his hour long February 1st presentation, he shared practical advice for developing healthy living habits. He focused on the development of the adolescent brain and encouraged students to take three minute “mindfulness” breaks to help them focus and deal with stress. His dialogue with students included a question and answer session that expanded students’ knowledge of how different substances effect their brains. Afterwards a group of students and staff started meeting to address how we can make our WRVHS a healthier community!
Auditioning for this spring’s drama production of Arsenic and Old Lace is complete and practices have started after school. This spring’s shows will be April 25-27th; mark your calendars as you’ll want to see this. Stay tuned for more teasers as the plot develops.
This week we’ll be working on our first Wildcat Personal Learning Plans which we are calling MyPlan! All 9-11th graders will begin work on their own Google Slide presentations that speak to who they are as learners and what their goals and aspirations are for their education. This on-going effort will get students thinking about the direction of their studies as they look at the WRVHS course offerings and sign up for classes later in March.
Although we have a few weeks left in our winter sports seasons, we ready ourselves for spring and can finally announce that:
- Sandy Gates—Whitcomb’s former softball coach—has been hired to lead the inaugural Wildcat softball season.
- Devin Cilley—last year’s South Royalton baseball coach—has been chosen to lead the Wildcat baseball team.
- Shannon Palone—returning South Royalton Track and Field coach—awaits another exciting season with both the boys and girls.
In other news, our boys and girls basketball teams continue to show growth and have success on the court. Here are some photos from their victories against Mid Vermont Christian School last Tuesday.