Weir High welcomes the Class of 2029

WEIRTON – Weir High School wrapped up a week of promoting the importance of graduation by welcoming the Class of 2029 — this year’s kindergarten class.

Weir Principal Kristin Bissett explained the promotional push is part of a county-wide program, noting activities took place throughout Hancock County.

“We are promoting graduation as a priority, not just at the high school level, but in the lower grades and in the community,” she said.

As part of that, Weirton Elementary School kindergarteners were invited to visit the high school, where they received a “class schedule,” and visited six different classrooms, where they explored a variety of opportunities from foreign languages to the Robotics Club to family and consumer sciences to drama.

“We want to get kids excited about school, instead of dreading it,” Bissett said. “They love it when they’re in kindergarten, but that excitement can go away. We want to keep that and keep them looking forward to (high school).”

CLUBS — The Weir High School Robotics Club showed Weir Elementary School kindergarteners the robots they had built and spoke about the club’s meetings and activities and allowed the children to try their hand at controlling them during a session meant to encourage children in the lower grades to look forward to the opportunties that attending high school presents.

Weir High student Travis Lowther came up with one of the program’s slogans: “Keep Hancock County on Top — Graduate on Time,” and student-created slogans grace promotional materials, including billboards as the county school system makes a push to promote the program in the community as well.

Bissett noted school officials had been working with local businesses, pointing out the economic advantages of a well-educated workforce and asking businesses to participate in “Help Keep School Going” by asking school-aged children “how is school going?”

West Virginia’s goal is a 90 percent graduation rate, and although Weir and Oak Glen high schools have both met that bench mark, school officials will continue to promote graduation for all.

“We’re not going to stop until we get 100 percent,” Bissett said. “We want to get all students to graduate.”

BONJOUR — Rachel Keyser’s French I class teaches kindergarteners to recite the alphabet in French and sing “The Alphabet Song” in French.

GETTING TO KNOW YOU — Sherri Lengthorn’s English 11 class chats with Weirton Elementary School kindergarteners as they help the children make their own pet rocks and necklaces during a visit to the high school Friday.

GETTING CRAFTY — Students in Weir High School’s family and consumer sciences class sewed pillows, which they then helped Weirton Elementary School kindergarteners decorate before the children took them home.

TRODDING THE BOARDS — Weirton Elementary School kindergarteners do some acting “warm-up” stretches as they get a chance to be on stage at Weir High School’s Milton J. Weinberg Theater.


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