Dear West High Families:
I want to welcome you back for the 2015-16 school year. I had a wonderful time distributing registration packets because I saw many of our returning students, and met many of our incoming freshman. It is going to be a wonderful year. We are thrilled to have your student attending West High School.
Please encourage your student to get involved in athletics, clubs, activities and events outside of the classroom. Students often wait until their senior year to get involved and then regret the many opportunities they missed out on their first three years of High School. So get in there and have a great time!
One of my passions is river rafting. A number of years ago I was trained as a river guide, and so one of my favorite activities to do in the summer is take people down the river. I love white water rafting.
I get a thrill out of it every time and I enjoy seeing the excitement on my passenger's faces. It is a real rush.
One thing I have learned over my years of rafting is that the river is a little different every time I go. Even though I have been down the same river a hundred times, the river always changes just a little bit. I am always surprised by something on the river no matter how much I prepare each time.
School can be like that. Even though your student has gone to class a hundred times, there is always something just a little different each class period and each year. That is part of the excitement of coming back to school every year. There is something new to learn, or someone new to meet, or some great new experience to partake in. Students, look for the new and exciting from each of your classes. Look for someone new to reach out to and welcome to West High. Just like every trip down the river is a little different, make every day at school just a little bit different and exciting.