Gary Walsingham Academy Leads the Way

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While the school has only been open to students since 2021, A. Gary Walsingham Academy is making great strides with student involvement in student-led organizations. Staff and students have partnered together to create student-led ITV shows, Safety Patrol, monthly Pep Rallies and PBIS celebrations. These student-led activities give greater power to students to become more aware of their personal strengths and develop confidence. Principal Amy Harvey says, “It has been amazing watching our students flourish with the added responsibility of their leadership roles here on campus. Our student leaders are empowered to take an active role in their own education, are a daily inspiration to our younger Wahoos and play a vital role in maintaining our collaborative positive school culture.”

Wake Up Wahoos CrewNew to students in the 2023-2024 school year is the “Wake Up Wahoos” Morning ITV show. Fourth graders applied and auditioned for a coveted spot in the programming. Mykenzie, who auditioned and made the crew, said, “I was nervous when I was speaking in the microphone and sitting at the desk… I was scared that someone else might get picked. Now that I am on the crew I’m glad I made it and I like being the anchor because I can show other kids what they might get to do and inspire them.” Crew members arrive early to school each morning and work together to write daily scripts, practice and run the cameras and audio. Crew members have shown creativity and initiative with bringing in new ideas for daily shows. The show has become a highlight in the daily routine of students and staff. 3rd grade teacher Mrs. Cox says, “I love to see how much the fourth graders have grown over the years. I point out to the 3rd graders that they too can do all of the cool things that the 4th graders are doing by working hard and staying focused.”

Safety PatrolAnother involvement opportunity open to students is the Safety Patrol. This student organization requires students to apply and submit two teacher recommendations. Similar to the TV crew, this group of students arrive early to receive their designated patrol area. After reporting to their assignment, they assist students with carrying heavy items and finding their designated waiting area, giving high fives and smiles to start the day off right. One of the safety patrol members Khaley Kim says, “I like meeting new people and smiling a lot. I also like seeing everyone in the morning and helping them start their day.”

In addition to their duties, both of these crews of leaders assist in Walsingham Academy’s monthly pep rallies. Walsingham pep rallies recognize the Wahoo Student of the Month and introduce the Core Value for the coming month. Wake Up Wahoo crew members serve as greeters as Wahoos walk to the cafeteria. Safety Patrol members assist in helping classes find their designated area. The Wake Up Wahoo crew leads live announcements and performs a skit to introduce the core value for the upcoming month.
Walsingham Wahoos are leading the way!