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Williamsport High School

August 17, 2007

5 S. Clifton Drive
Williamsport

Principal: Henry Bohlander

Phone: 301-766-8423

Fax: 301-223-9610

Web site: www.wcboe.k12.md.us/custom_pages/430/Main/index.html

Starting time: 8:45 a.m.

Dismissal: 3:30 p.m.

Grades: 9-12

Date of construction: 1970

Age of building: 37 years

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Latest renovation: 1995

Size of building: 150,139 square feet

State-rated capacity: 935

Projected 2007-08 enrollment: 969




From the principal



Q. What are the goals for the school year?

A. The goals for WHS for the 2007-08 school year are:

Develop and implement an initiative to focus on classroom instructional improvement that will assure 100 percent pass rate on all of the state high school assessments. This plan will utilize the "classroom focused improvement plan" model to promote teacher collaboration and team building schoolwide.

Increase the rigor and relevance of our school's teaching and learning process. This includes increasing the number of students enrolled in advanced placement classes as well as the number of students earning a score of 3 or higher on the AP exams. This goal also includes increasing SAT scores and the number of students taking this assessment.

Develop a WHS culture that emphasizes the importance of staying in school by decreasing the number of students who annually drop out at WHS.

Q. What will help ensure a successful school year?

A. Successfully building teams of students, parents and teachers who work together collaboratively to meet school goals that will benefit all students. A successful year also will be indicated by common teacher assessment results throughout the year to help gauge progress, as well as end-of-year national and state assessment results.

Q. Can students and staff expect any changes this school year?

A. Williamsport High School will continue to build on its tradition of excellence by focusing on improving academic rigor and achievement for all students.

Q. What message would you like to send as the school year begins?

A. It is extremely important for parents to be aware of what they can do if their children are not being academically successful in the classroom. WHS will be offering a variety of intervention support systems for all students in need of academic assistance. This includes before school, during school and after school tutoring. All students learn differently and teachers are encouraged to utilize differentiated instruction strategies to identify student learning strengths and weaknesses and adjust instruction to assure success. All parents are encouraged to contact teachers, counselors or administrators at any time for assistance. Our goal is for all students to have a successful year.

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