Monday, July 29, 2013

Admin Conference

We believe in a solid team at WJHS and that begins with a strong Admin team. We are getting ready for an awesome year. 

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Follow Us!

Want to keep up to date with the Washington Principal Post but don't want the hassle of having to go through multiple steps to do it?  Now you can get email updates when there is a new post and view it with ease.  Simply enter your email address to the left, click submit and follow the instructions to set up the notices.  Then you will be in the know.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Continued Renovations at WJHS

For those of you that haven't been by WJHS lately, I thought that you'd like a quick update on the progress of our renovations.

The two pictures below are of the principal's office:

This is a shot of the front office...

The 200 Hallway...

Portable buildings are being removed...

Work continues on our outdoor commons area...

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Perfect Presentations with Prezi (well, almost perfect)

Our second Ed Tech Tuesday focused on the online Presentation tool called Prezi, which takes presentations one step beyond PowerPoint.  Teachers learned the basics of Prezi and got a chance to practice some of the techniques. We were reminded that getting our hands dirty in the tech tool is the best way to learn.  The Prezi on Prezi is presented below. (Sorry, the alliteration was just too tempting.)  The Prezi includes a user friendly video that walks you through the baby steps.  Pause the video and practice what you learn along the way to assist you with comprehension and retention.  Have fun with it!

Prezi: Letting Your Ideas Flow

Friday, July 5, 2013

Summer Contemplations

For me, professionally speaking, summer has always been a time for three things- reflection, growth, and commitment.

Each year, I ask myself a few basic questions.


What went well in the previous school year?  How can I at least continue those successes and ultimately improve upon them?

What didn't go well?  How can I eliminate mistakes that I made in certain areas?

Professional Growth

What can I do to improve my craft?  Who/what can help me (personal learning network, mentors, professional reading/conferences, etc.)?


How will I move from knowledge and beliefs to behaviors that:
  • Model our CORE (Communication, Observation, Relationships, and Expectations) values this year? 
  • Support The Wildcat Way (which is to strive for excellence beyond standardized test scores to develop students that are Welcoming, Involved, Leading, Dependable, Cooperative, Ambitious, Teachable, and Serving)?
That’s a LOT to think about!  It’s a good thing that we've got some time in the summer to contemplate.

Are you asking yourself similar questions?  Feel free to leave comments, observations, or suggestions below.