Warren County High School teachers and school officials want to educate the community concerning the importance of end-of-course tests and the ACT, which students will be taking soon.
Clark George, WCHS teacher, started what he is calling Pioneer Partnership. This is a union between family, school, community and the Southern Standard to increase awareness of the importance of education in Warren County.
“We want parents, grandparents and everyone who is in any way connected to a student at WCHS to be actively engaged in their learning process. We have to have that ‘It takes a village’ mentality. I love Warren County and our kids are great. I want to do everything to help them achieve and succeed,” said George.
“The Warren County School District has developed goals to increase test scores and to become one of the best school systems in the state of Tennessee. We, as educators, are asking for help from students’ families and the community to convey the importance of education to all students and prepare them for all their after-graduation endeavors whether it is attending college, university, technical school, entering the military, or joining the workforce,” said George.
George is asking all parents, grandparents and guardians of WCHS students to take the time and help their student with homework and studying for tests. Emphasizing the importance of education at home is also valuable.
The Pioneer Partnership articles will include explanations and dates of the upcoming state-mandated tests such as ACT, PLAN, End of Course, Think-Link, etc. Sample tests will also be included in the articles to better acquaint the community with the types of questions on each test. The questions can be correctly answered and mailed in to enter WCHS students into a drawing for prizes.
WCHS principal Tony Cassel said, “Kids need the skills to understand how to take tests and they need the skills to be successful. I can send someone into a house to build it with a screwdriver but no hammer and nails. If I do that, I have not done my job preparing them for how to build a house. Our kids will be taking these tests. We need to help our kids be prepared for the tests.”
Cassel said the newly formed ACT prep classes at WCHS have been a success. According to Cassel, 63 students took the class in the fall and 61 students are presently taking the class.