Champions of Wayne Blog
Consider the recent happenings at Wayne Memorial High School:
• Record high ACT scores (breaking last year's record year)
• Another student accepted to Harvard University
• Another student selected for the Gates Millennium Scholarship (for those scoring at home, that's four in the past three years)
• A substitute teacher recently told me he'd rather sub at WMHS than at any other school in the area
How can this be? Shouldn't educators be downtrodden this time of year? What about the budget cuts and the pay freezes? Aren't our seniors supposed to be apathetic? What's the explanation for this?
Strong leadership? I'm sure that's part of it. Excellent teachers? Of course. Champions of Wayne? Upward Bound? Bright Futures? Man, there sure is a lot going on at WMHS these days. The more I think about it, it all boils down to one ambiguous word: Culture. We have quite a positive culture at Wayne Memorial.
I looked up culture in a dictionary and got this: The customs, arts, social institutions, and achievements of a particular people.
Ok...then I google-imaged culture and found this:
After considerable thought and some half-arsed googling, I have concluded that there is no simple answer to the culture question. There's no one person or program at WMHS that can be credited for these amazing achievements. Instead, it truly is a collaborative effort from everyone. Off the top of my head, the following are cool things about WMHS culture that I'm not sure other schools have:
• Staff Fantasy Football League(s)
• Friday Golf League after work
• Friendly and positive teachers/administrators/counselors all in the hallways during passing times
• A Champions of Wayne 5K Walk/Run (coming up soon, everyone! May 6th!)
• An August Leadership Camp that people actually want to attend (I'll be there this August, Rousseau)
• Goosby (seriously, can you imagine anyone else in his role?)
• NCAA March Madness Pool every year (I'll take credit for that one. Congrats to D-Nice Brennan, by
• Teachers that are very, very intelligent
• Approachable and friendly administrators (all of them)
• An unrelenting counseling staff that pushes a college-going culture despite the fact that the term
"Kha-llege Thursday" is beyond ridiculous
• Staff meetings that are actually fun to attend (Weber's "laser" analogy comes to mind)
I'm proud of our school, proud of our accomplishments, and--most importantly--proud of our culture here at Wayne Memorial.
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