Dear WHS parents and friends,
The start of the school year always seems to bring a fresh sense of excitement teaming with school spirit. This year we have many reasons to be proud. Katherine Banner, WHS principal, has worked hard to establish the school as a community divided into small learning centers (SLC). This change raised our matriculation rate for the freshman class from 74% to 94%. The 2014 WHS International Baccalaureate (IB) students received more IB diplomas than the current national average. Last fall, our football team made it to the state championship game for the first time in the history of the school. This is a small sampling of the many recent achievements of WHS. As our programs from the classroom to athletic field thrive, we are seeing progress in every arena. This progress has gotten national attention as The Washington Post has ranked West High School as the 4th Most Challenging High School in Tennessee.
Schools thrive for a variety of reasons. West has a dedicated faculty, engaged and talented students, and families that work together to push towards a more conducive and engaging learning environment. With all those factors in place, we are still lacking. Unfortunately, the budget shortfalls of the Knox County School System (KCS) cannot cover the needs envisioned by the administrators, staff, and parents of the WHS community. The West High School Foundation (WHSF) is a parent run organization that functions to bridge that gap and provide the resources necessary to further implement the needs of the programs at West.
This year the WHSF will have 2 major fund-raisers: West 365 and the Spring Soiree, in which we will partner with the PTSO. The premise behind West 365 looks at how we financially value education. Is an education at WHS worth $1 a day? I would like to invite you all to take a look at the opportunities to be involved and give to the Foundation. We are only able to provide financial support because of the generous donations from families and friends that have dreamed of the difference resources could make. When we all work together, we can do so much.
As always, I am truly grateful for our donors for the 2013-2014 school year. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at WHSfoundation@knoxschools.org. I look forward to hearing from you.
Carney S. Ivy
For more information, you can download our free Foundation brochure here.
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