Every year, WCGS looks for new ways to provide a better education for its students. For the 2018-2019 school year, there were many new initiatives that are helping our students grow emotionally and academically.
One of the new initiatives involved the hiring of a school social worker, Mrs. Mandy Jasper. As the school social worker, she works on enhancing the academic and spiritual mission of WCGS. Her role helps bridge the home and school community by helping students with issues that affect their school performance, behavior, and socialization. During this first half of the school year, she has held new-student lunches where they play games and talk about life, as well as giving presentations in classrooms on how to handle various situations and to observe student behavior.
Another addition to the 2018-2019 curriculum is the integration of Spanish in grades K–2. Mrs. Valerie Busch was hired on this year to help further the WCGS mission “to educate, train, and nurture children for godliness and excellence, equipping them to engage and transform their world for Jesus Christ.” Students get taught multiple times a week to learn the Spanish language as well as Hispanic culture.
As STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) programs are growing all over the country, WCGS wanted to create a space for our elementary students to gain a deeper understanding of these topics. With the accelerating pace of social and technological change, the World Economic Forum estimates that 65% of children today will end up in careers that don't even exist yet.
Because of this, a classroom in the K–4 hallway has become a dedicated space for students to meet with WCGS STEAM leader, Mrs. Lauriat (pictured above), to develop complex problem-solving skills that will help them in their academics and future careers. A Robotics unit has also been added to the lower grades science curriculum to help expose them to the engineering design process
WCGS is grateful for the opportunity to help further grow our students’ hearts and minds so they can be equipped to better serve Jesus in this world.