The Old, the New, the Exciting: Charter’s 2016 Into 2017
By Isabel Snyder
With the conclusion of 2016, many people breathed a sigh of relief and looked forward to the new year. However, reflecting on the highlights of the past year at the Charter School of Wilmington can help students and staff relive memories and excitement. After all, there were good things that happened in 2016, despite the many people who claim to have disliked it.
In the 2015-16 school year, there were memories made that may have faded by now. In early 2016 an obvious highlight was Prom, as students danced the night away. In June, the Class of 2016 graduated, moving on to bigger and better places. As Mr. Anderson, Charter’s vice principal, said, “It’s always good to highlight graduation.”
Later on, as the 2016-17 school year began, there were new teachers and changes in school policy. Joining the staff was Ms. Anania, a freshman science teacher; Mr. Valenti, also a freshman science teacher; Madame Lacombe, a French teacher; and Ms. Bui, the special-ed coordinator. For Mr. Anderson, hiring Madame Lacombe was personally exciting, as she was his high school French teacher.
In terms of policy, Mr. Anderson explained, “If anything, I think we’ve given more leniency towards dress code...I think the reason we were able to do that is because this is the first time that Dr. Paoli and my administration have had all students for all four years, so all the students in the school know only our administration.”
One more change was the bring-your-own-device wifi network that was implemented. Further into the current school year, hosting exchange students was exciting. For two weeks in October, exchange students from countries such as France and Italy came to school here at Charter. In later October, Homecoming was another highlight, being the first dance of the year. At last, students and staff were given two full weeks off for Winter Break, something that few schools were lucky enough to enjoy this year.
Looking forward to 2017, there are some projects and plans that will excite students and staff. Over the coming summer, the school cafeteria will be remodeled. Mr. Anderson explained, “It’s going to be really state-of-the-art. It’s going to have booths and high-top tables.” A second change is that rising sophomores will be required to take a class about their junior research project to help guide them—guidance that some juniors felt was lacking for their research projects. An ongoing project is that of matching each student with a computer, something that administration would really like to see happen for the next school year. Finally, staff and students enjoyed the two-week-long Winter Break. Administration is planning on continuing this length.
In review, there were changes for the better and fun events during 2016, and there will be more change and excitement that will take place in 2017. Change means improvement, and Charter is constantly changing to make everyone’s experience better.