“God and Nature first made us what we are,and then out of our own created genius we make ourselves what we want tobe. Follow always that great law. Let the sky and God be our limit and Eternityour measurement.” – Marcus Garvey
“To question well,is to teach well.” Questioning is aninstrumental part of instruction. Itfosters imagination, ideas, attitudes, appreciations and most importantlycritical thinking skills. Whenskillfully phrased and strategically implemented, good questions can turn anordinary lesson into an elegant work of art. However, poor questioning techniques interferes with the learningprocess by creating confusion, discouraging students involvement, engagementand inhibiting the free open exchange of ideas and opinions. Effective questions are purposeful, clear,though provoking and stimulate continuous discourse. Instead of telling students what to do,teachers should facilitate students’ thinking.
At WadleighSecondary School for the Performing and Visual Arts, critical thinking andproblem solving is strongly encouraged in all subjects. As we prepare for the 2013 – 14 school year,the DOE has expanded the Citywide Instructional Expectations. The effort will involve changes in practicesfor teachers, school leaders and all students including special education andEnglish language learners. The goal isto develop quality instruction, while incorporating the Common Core LearningStandards. All classroom teachers mustset high expectation for all students. Teachers must provide opportunities to work with students on criticalacademic and personal behavior necessary for college and career readiness. In order for us to prepare our students forthe future the following must be mandatory:
· Studentsmust come to school every day and on time (Seat time in class is mandatory andpromotes better grades).
· Comeprepared for every class with notebooks, binders, paper, pens and pencils.
· Comewith a sense of discipline (wearing uniforms and following rules, regulationsand routines) and respect for each other, as well as for teachers,administrators, support staff, etc.
· Stopusing profanity, foul language and the “N” word. It is not a term of endearment. It is notacceptable and will not be tolerated.
· Respectour school by not littering both the inside and outside of the building. Keep our building, and community clean andpresentable.
· At theend of each week ask yourself the following two questions: 1) What’s the mostexceptional thing you’ve done this week? 2) What’s the most exceptional thing you will do next week?
As you begin yourschool career, I encourage you to establish both educational andextra-curriculum goals. Get involved inthe life of this school, as your cohort makes its mark in the history of theschool. I urge you to continually strivefor greatest and build on the foundation you will receive here.
The following arelisted as non-negationables at Wadleigh. We are a uniform school and students are expected to be in uniformdaily. The school is centered on the following fourconcepts (R. A. P. L):
Respect yourself, your peers, and all the adults in the building andaround you. Because you will onlyreceive respect when you respect others.
Be accountable for your actions. Only you can truly control your actions. Make sure that if you do something, be prepared to be held accountablefor it. Everyone in life has to makechoices and you have to live with these choices.
Be prepared for success. Alwayshave a plan. A man without a plan is aman without a vision or future. No oneis going to hand you success. You willhave to work for it.
Always remember what you do today is your legacy for tomorrow. Your action today is what society will use tojudge you tomorrow. So always considerwhat kind of legacy you want to leave behind.
TheWadleigh Secondary School for the Performing and Visual Arts is a schoolcommitted to combining the pursuit ofeducation with character building and preparingstudents to function in the global market. We are determined to provide an academically rigorous program for all ofour students, inclusive of our ELL and special needs populations. Through a thematic art approach, whichincludes instrumental music, vocal music, theater, dance and fine artspartnered with a standard driven curriculum, our students will be prepared toattain the highest level of academic success and artistic proficiency. With the collective energies of our teachers,support staff and parents, our students will be equipped with the knowledge andskills necessary to become critical thinkers, problem solvers, active life-longlearners and productive competitive citizens in their communities and in theworld at large.
WadleighSecondary School for the Performing and Visual Arts emphasizes the well-balancedstudent. We strive to become the premierArts School in the Harlem community. AtWadleigh, students engage in a rigorous academic curriculum inclusive ofAdvanced Placement Courses, Honor classes, and College credit courses whiledeveloping their talents in the Arts and a multitude of extra-curricularactivities. The Students at Wadleighgraduate with the academic skills and artistic proficiency necessary for themto excel at top four-year colleges, universities and specialized Artschools.