Many say that the Wa-Nee community is a great place to raise a child and to grow a family. Anyone who lives or works here knows this is true, especially when it comes to our schools. We are blessed to employ passionate and caring teachers and staff who instill the pride of education in our students. We can see that when students proudly walk across the stage as Wa-Nee graduates. We all share in their hopes, dreams and aspirations for a better life for not only themselves, but for our community in general.
This success takes place in a time when high demands are placed on schools, teachers and staff, students and parents. Schools find themselves competing in a very public arena for students and funding and competing to have the best ISTEP scores. Some would say that small schools and small towns just can’t compete; I say they are looking at the wrong qualifier. The true factor lies in the quality of life: a good life surrounded by those who care about you, know you and who closely support you.
Wa-Nee’s positive tipping point is its ability to address the needs of each student, all of them. Small class sizes with effective and caring teachers and staff ensure students’ individual needs are addressed and met. As we increase our technology base, improve facilities, map out a successful curriculum and respond and intervene when needs arise, Wa-Nee is strategically aligning those best indicators that predict school success to generate success of epic proportions!
I hope you can feel the excitement like we can. I encourage you to be a part of it! None of us can do it all, but all of us can do a little.
-Joe Sabo, Superintendent of Schools