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Current highlights of Wheeler High School

2013-04-21T00:00:00Z Current highlights of Wheeler High SchoolJohn Gandy principal, Wheeler High School nwitimes.com
April 21, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Wheeler High School, where every student counts, every day!

Wheeler High’s faculty and administration believe our mission is to help every student succeed in all matters in their lives. It is an honor to serve our community in a manner that demonstrates this mission. This belief manifests itself in the success of our students academically, socially and athletically.

As was documented through our recent accreditation review, a process that includes a detailed survey of our parents, students and staff, we value a safe school. It's a school that has high expectations, rigorous courses, many opportunities for all students to participate and a family based environment.

Over the course of the past five years, Wheeler High has demonstrated to the community our mission to serve all students with a laser-like focus to help them succeed. I would like to highlight various programs and accomplishments that Wheeler High has enjoyed.

Freshman mentor program

The freshman mentor program plays an integral role in Wheeler’s goal to effectively support the success of our freshman students by easing the transition from middle school to high school. The purpose of the program is to nurture the personal, social and academic growth of each student through a resource course that includes information about school policies, procedures and programs, academic assistance and relationship building through upper-class student mentors.

Academics

Wheeler High School has been designated an “A” school by the Indiana Department of Education for its performance on the End of Course Assessments in Algebra I (89.3 percent) and English 10 (91.1 percent), its graduation rate (95.2 percent) and its College and Career Readiness performance rate (35 percent) as well.

Fine Arts

Our fine arts team of music, theater and art provide numerous opportunities for all students as well.

Athletics

State championships in the winter and spring of 2010 in men’s basketball and women’s softball continue to be the highlight of the athletic programs over the past several years. We continue to win sectional and regional tournaments in various sports, have high performing student athletes who are recognized statewide for their accomplishments, as well as winning numerous conference championships.

Clubs 

WHS enjoys the relationship it has with Kiwanis and a large number of our students (over 35) are involved in the KEY club.

The school values a safe environment, provides a challenging curriculum, affords students many opportunities, and has a family like feel to it. As the principal for the past six years, it has been an honor to serve this community. As I have said all along, WHS is a great place for students to learn, grow, and reach their potential. Every Student, Every Day!

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