A Message From Your Principal

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Dear Walton Community,

We have had wonderful first semester! You will find highlights from this semester below, but I want to take a moment to say how honored I am to be in a position of leadership with such an awesome learning community. Our students are dedicated, curious, and enthusiastic. Our parents are supportive, generous, and true partners. Our teachers and staff are committed, continuously learning, and always student-focused. I could not ask for a better combination of traits in a learning community.

We started this year with some exciting changes in learning spaces with the soft opening of our Learning Labs. Students have been using these every day for learning, primarily in science class. They are nearly 100% complete and we are excited to start using the spaces for all content areas. These spaces encourage collaboration and creativity with natural light, open plans, and flexible furniture. We will be showing them off during our Science Fair on February 15, 2018.

Teachers have been implementing P-Based Learning (Project, Problem, Passion) in classes this past semester and students will have even more opportunities to engage in this experiential and personalized learning this semester. Examples of P-Based Learning from this semester include student designed energy efficient homes, exploring and creating monuments, studying accessibility at WMS and designing improvements for it, and writing collaborations between different musical groups at WMS. We plan to showcase student learning with an Expo in the spring where students can choose one of their favorite experiences to take to the next level and then exhibit for the public.

One highlight from this semester is our commitment to student voice. Our WMS Ambassadors and WMS Student Council Association are powerful groups for student voice and advocacy. They have planned student celebrations like our Winter Extravaganza. They attend and contribute to team meetings. They act as peer mediators for students having disagreements. They complete community service in and out of the school. And these are just some of the ways our students work for each other and our community. We are proud of them and proud that their work has been highlighted in the January edition of Charlottesville Family’s Bloom Magazine. Please take a moment to read about their good work: https://issuu.com/ivypublications/docs/charlottesvillefamily_s_bloom_janua_cba4f27e9d5bcb/13

I look forward to some awesome learning this semester!

Josh Walton

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