Peter Danner's blog
Walker will be on a PM assembly schedule on Friday, November 8, 2013. The assembly is in honor of our veterans and will take place from 2:05 pm - 2:45 pm. We are grateful for all they have done for our country. Home of Wildcat Pride!
While taking my son to visit colleges I contemplated the years that had brought us to this point. He is a high school senior and wants to continue in college next year. It has not been a spur-of-the-moment decision. From the time he was in elementary school we talked about the possibility of college.
Research indicates most students have determined whether they will attend college, or other post-secondary school, by the time they exit the 8th grade. I found that really surprising. When I taught high school, I spent a lot of time talking to students about college not knowing most had already made up their mind. So, my wife and talked with our children regularly about college, and tried to do things that would make college seem accessible.
College is certainly not for everyone, but virtually every job, career, or profession will require some sort of specialized training after high school. Here are some things you can do to instill the idea that college is accessible:
* Talk about your experiences and/or the experiences of people you know who went to college.
* Take your children to college campuses. They are like parks. Have a picnic there, play catch, run the track, kick the ball around.
* Visit campuses when you travel on vacation or visiting friends and family. You can stop and walk the grounds, or, for a closer look, contact the admissions office and see if there is a tour you can take.
* Communicate openly about paying for college. If you can afford it, great, if not, your child needs to know that, too. It doesn’t mean college can’t be a reality, it just means the student will need to find other ways to pay for it.
Again, college is not for everyone. However, part of our philosophy at Walker MS is that we want every student to be able to confidently say, “I am well-prepared and will be successful in school.” As they progress, they can choose the direction they want to go. Whether it is college or not, the academic doors will not have been closed on them in middle school, and they will be able to envision themselves as a success at any level.
Peter Danner, Principal