Monday, February 17, 2020

Miss Abbott's Long Weekend

I ask you to share your lives with me every day.  It isn't always easy for me to try to reciprocate and allow you to see a lot of my life, but I do have all kinds of important parts of me represented in my office to try to help in that effort.  This is because I know that sharing information about who you are is easier to do when you feel that shared connection with the other person.  So, to help in that endeavor, I wanted to share with you about the incredible long weekend I just had.

I was invited to attend the wedding of one of my former student's who had graduated in 2008.  It is the 4th wedding of a former student that I have had the honor of attending.  Honestly, I am still blown away and a little confused that even after all this time students would invite me to share in their special day as they get married.  The wedding was absolutely beautiful and the experience was so meaningful, but the weekend was about far more than just a wedding for me.
Adam, my former student who got married, is pictured in the center of this photo wearing the white shirt.  He is surrounded by 5 of his friends who were all close friends of his during high school.  They are an incredible group of young men.  They are ridiculously smart, talented, and accomplished.  After graduating from WKHS they all went their separate ways to college (USC, OSU, Notre Dame, NYU, and Dartmouth) and they have lived the last 12 years separated by many, many miles and yet they have remained close.  (In fact, all of them were groomsmen.)  I love their connection.  I love their laughter.  I love their competitiveness.  I love their compassion and thoughtfulness.  I loved being able to meet who they have picked as their significant others.  I love the young men who they have grown into who are still so much like the boys I knew.  During their senior year of high school, they had 5th period lunch together and every day I would see them for at least a few minutes.  They would always make me laugh, often teach me something new, and never fail to touch my heart.  This weekend, as I got to see them all again, just as they had when they were seniors in high school, they made me laugh and they touched my heart!  It was truly a blessing and a memorable weekend that I will cherish.
The wedding was in Arizona so, of course, I could not take a trip and not squeeze in a college visit.  I took time to visit Arizona State University and got my "Oh the Places You'll Go photo" and I hope that if you took a visit over the weekend you will be sharing your photos with me too!

Looking forward to hearing about YOUR long weekend and hoping that it was as positive and memorable as mine.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Happy Valentine's Day

I hope you have a wonderful Valentine's day and that you will be reminded by your family members and friends that you are important and that you matter so that today, and every day, your heart is filled with love and joy!

Please have a safe and enjoyable long weekend!

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Columbus State Community College

Are you planning on attending Columbus State Community College next year after you graduate? This is a great option for a lot of students because it allows students to transition from the high school to college expectations in typically smaller classes and for a fraction of the cost. Students attending CSCC have much later deadlines for admission and so it can be easy to procrastinate on completing the application. It is an easy, online application and will not take you long to complete it so I would like to encourage you to apply sometime in this coming week.  Hop online and give the application a try and then if you have any questions, stop by to see me and I will help answer them for you.

If you are already taking classes through CSCC with College Credit Plus, you do not need to complete an application, but you do have some other steps that you still need to go through in order to make sure that CSCC knows you intend to enroll with them after graduation.  Here is a link to that information and it also features information about a scholarship that current CC+ students can be eligible to receive through CSCC.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

ACT for Juniors

All students in the Class of 2021 (juniors) will be taking the ACT free of charge during the school day on Tuesday, February 25th.  Because of the extended amount of time required for students to successfully complete the ACT, the rest of the students will be on a late-start bell schedule for the day with classes beginning at 12:20pm. 

During school tomorrow, all juniors will be meeting in the auditorium during 3rd period to complete your pre-ACT registration paperwork.  One of the most important questions that you will be asked to submit while completing your forms is to indicate where you would like to have your scores sent.  All students are able to select 4 colleges where you can send your scores to free of charge.  Since this is a national college admissions test your scores can be used for admission at colleges and I strongly encourage you to take advantage of sending these free scores.

One hint - for those of you who are are planning on participating in College Credit Plus next year (if you haven't already been taking classes with that same college this year) then I would strongly suggest that you send your scores to your intended CC+ schools (CSCC, COTC or whichever campus you were planning to go to such as OSU).

Please spend a few minutes tonight thinking about where you'd like your scores sent so that you are prepared tomorrow.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Important Notes for This Week

Lots of key details for this week to toss into one email for you tonight...

Friday is the last day to for students to change a class from conventional grading (A, B, C, etc.) to Pass/ Fail grading! The forms are in the counseling center and require a parent signature. If you plan to switch a class to pass/ fail, please be sure to pick up a form and return it before Friday! Friday is also the last day that students can drop a class without an F on their transcript. This is only possible if students have above the minimum number of classes required (5 for seniors and 6 for sophomores and juniors). And yes, it is way too late to add a class. Sorry.

Tuesday is the Black History Month Assembly.  Two of my students, Sasha Estice and Sasha Bomser, have worked with Mrs. Glaros and the administrators to plan for this year's assembly.  WKHS is excited to welcome back a Kilbourne Grad, Kyle Strickland, who works as a Senior Legal Analyst for the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity.  It should be an impactful assembly.  Please note that we will be on a 3A/ 3B assembly tomorrow and that students who are in CC+ classes during the assembly will still need to attend their college course as scheduled.  (You will be able to catch the end of the assembly after class ends.)  Below is the bell schedule for tomorrow.

1st period: 7:45 - 8:27
2nd Period: 8:32 - 9:14
3rd Period: 9:19 - 11:09
4th Period: 11:14 - 11:57
5th Period: 12:02 - 12:44
6th Period: 12:49 - 1:31
7th Period: 1:36 - 2:18
8th Period: 2:23 - 3:05

And then, for the parents, on Wednesday, February 12th, the online system to schedule Parent/ Teacher Conferences will open.  Conferences will be held on ThursdayFebruary 20th from 5:00pm - 9:00pm and Monday, February 24th from 3:30pm – 7:30pm.  Each conference will be scheduled in 15 minute time blocks.  Conferences allow parents the chance to learn about your student’s classroom performance from the teachers, it allows the opportunity for you to ask questions and they provide an opportunity to build a dialogue with the teachers regarding any thoughts and concerns you might have.

Parents, if you are interested in arranging to meet with one of your son or daughter’s teachers during conferences, you should be able to sign up starting Wednesday.  Conferences will be scheduled as people sign up for them, so if you want to make sure you have times that work well for you, I strongly encourage you to register right away.
Please follow the steps below to register for a parent/ teacher conference:
  •      Go to  This will take you to the conference scheduler.
  •       Click on the teacher you would like to meet with for a conference.
  •       Sign up by entering your child’s last name, first name, your name and your e-mail address and then click Submit.
  •     The next screen will direct you to check your e-mail inbox for a message with the subject “Select Date/ Team for Teacher Conference Now.”
  •     Open the e-mail and click on the link to select a conference time.  If you do not receive an e-mail, please check your junk/ spam folder.  Please note, you MUST follow the link in the email in order to complete the sign-up process.
  •      The link will take you to a Time Picker.  Available time slots will appear on this page.  If there are no available appointments that suit your schedule, please e-mail the teacher directly to set up an alternate meeting time.
  •      After submitting your time slot, you will be prompted to finish, schedule another appointment for the same student or register another student.  Once you have completed your reservations, you will receive an e-mail confirming the date and time of your conferences and a link by which you can make changes to your date or time if you need to do so.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Impressive Students

Over the last few weeks we have had many impressive students be showcased for the positive contributions they make to WKHS and the community.

NyKelah Rowe was recognized by the VFW Post 2398 for winning first place for their post in the Voice of Democracy competition.

Sam English celebrated his goal of receiving an invitation to play football at Robert Morris University during Wednesday's Letter of Intent Signing Day ceremony.  This moment was a recognition of the dedication Sam has displayed when pushing himself to work hard on and off the football field.  Congratulations Sam and best wishes at RMU!

The Talent Show was another fund-raiser for the winter charity that was held this week.  I am so impressed by the incredible students who perform as I truly cannot imagine the courage that it requires to walk out on the stage.  And I also love seeing the students in the audience demonstrating their support for all of the performers.  The respect and encouragement for your peers is what makes WKHS such a special place.  I had quite a few of "my" students participate including: Austin Aldous, Chidima Anaraodo, Blair Andrews, Jacob Antolik, Matteo Chavez, Sam Cottrill, Averie Eckstein, and Nevaeh Spencer.

And last, but certainly not least, Friday morning was the ceremony to recognize the February Students of the Month.  Students are nominated by staff members in honor of the impact they are making in the classroom and beyond.  This recognition can only be given once in a student's entire high school career.  I am so proud and thankful for "my" students who were among those honored as students of the month including (left to right): Faith Falgiano and Emily Cline and, not pictured, Amyia Clark.

Thank you all for the positive impact you are creating at Kilbourne and beyond!

Saturday, February 8, 2020

King and Queen of Hearts

I love the King and Queen of Hearts tradition. As you are aware, tonight is the Winter Formal and I hope you all have a wonderful and safe time this evening.  Tonight the King and Queen of Hearts will also be announced. In order to be crowned as the King and Queen of Hearts, the nominated students have spent the last few weeks raising money for the selected winter charity. The male and female students who raised the most money will be the individuals crowned.  How awesome that we, as a school, celebrate the goodness of volunteering your time, energy and effort to raise money for a good cause.  Several of "my" students were among the group working to raise money as King and Queen of Heart candidates - good luck and congratulations to (alphabetically): Will Alban, Sasha Bomser, and Lindsey Buterbaugh.