The theme for February at Andrew High School is Diversity. As educators and as parents, we know the value for our students to be able to understand, connect, and learn from others who are somehow “different” than ourselves. Albeit, many times our minds of diversity go to race, ethnic background, and religion - the ability to recognize diversity goes way beyond into diversity of ideas, experiences, perspectives, and outlook on the future. At VJA, we don’t teach students to be tolerant or even appreciative of people for their differences - we expect them to listen, consider, and be open to things of which they are not familiar. To be truly prepared for life after high school, we need kids who are open to ALL ideas so they can truly define who they are and what they believe.
Throughout the month, during Advisory and regular classes, we are hoping to engage students more in these topics. We do this through collaboration among students - both live and online - as well as having them read, think, and learn through voice about the perspectives of others (authors, scientists, historical figures, and contemporary figures). This month is highlighted by the Diversity Dance Show sponsored by our Project Diversity organization. This showcases dances and fashions from all over the globe and encourages our students to learn about their peers.
February also marks our Senior Academic Recognition Night. This night highlights our seniors who, after seven semesters, have reached exceptional heights during their time at VJA. Students will be recognized for high academic accomplishments including our Top 20th Percentile students, National Merit Scholars, Illinois State Scholars, Presidential Scholars, as well as our Outstanding T-Bolt Awardees. This is a great night to recognize these outstanding students.
Finally, February is an exciting month for our Winter Athletes. Ideally, we will be celebrating the successes of our Cheerleaders, Poms, and Boys’ Bowling teams on their conference and state success. In addition, our Boys’ Swim & Dive, Girls’ Bowling, Girls’ Basketball, Wrestling, Boy’s Basketball, Chess, and Speech teams will be wrapping up their seasons - ideally with many individual and team accolades to celebrate. It has been exciting to watch many of these teams compete, and I know their hard work will pay off!
Again, I value my role as the Principal of Victor J. Andrew High School. If you have any thoughts, ideas or questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out at email@example.com.