Wolsey-Wessington High School
375 Ash Street SE
Wolsey, SD 57384
phone: (605) 883-4221
fax: (605) 883-4720
Principal: Jennifer Boomsma-Kelsey email
Welcome back, Warbirds and Lady Warbirds! I am looking forward to working with all of you and seeing what you can accomplish this year-in the classroom, in your activities, and in your own lives. When you left the school on March 12, I never would have dreamt that I would not see you again in the school setting until fall. Even now, it seems surreal. I am extremely proud of your overall effort and how you handled the school closure from March until May. I know it was not easy, and I would like to thank the students, staff, and parents for all of the adjustments that were made. The situation was difficult to handle at times, but it was handled with grace and patience. I ask that you head into the 2020-21 school year with a positive attitude that includes that same grace, patience, flexibility, and compassion that helped us get through the fourth quarter of the 2019-20 school year.
We will continue to show integrity; own our learning; accept responsibility; respect self and others. Our SOAR motto is perhaps now more important than ever. Our lives are not the same as they were, and many people have gone through extremely difficult circumstances. It is so important that all of us treat each other with the same respect that we wish to be treated with. We understand that each person has his/her own views and opinions, but our school must remain a place where everyone is treated equally, with fairness and respect. I want your daily goal to be to make someone’s day better!
As the oldest group of students in our school community, you are natural leaders. Our staff looks to you to provide strong examples of SOAR on and off school grounds, and your leadership helps guide our younger students and leads them to be more successful! All of your teachers, administration, and other staff members have high expectations for you and strive to not only teach you the academic skills you need for your future, but also work hard to help instill the characteristics that will help you throughout your life.
Show integrity; do what is right even when no one else is watching. Having integrity includes treating each other fairly, being sincere and honest, and being truthful. Be someone that others can count on; be trustworthy and a good friend to others. If there is an expectation to do a task a certain way according to COVID guidelines, have good character and complete the task as expected to keep yourself, classmates, and staff as safe as possible.
Own your learning. All of the skills you are presented with in high school help prepare you for your future. Whether you go to vocational school, college, the military, or directly into the workforce, owning your learning and doing your very best while in high school will pay off. We found during our closure that perseverance in owning our learning and motivation were crucial. These traits will help you succeed as an adult.
Accept responsibility. All of us make mistakes every day. The most important part of making mistakes is what happens after the mistake. Learn from what went wrong and work hard to not make the same mistake next time. Don’t expect to be perfect because none of us are. This year will be so full of learning opportunities for all of us, as our routines must change to keep everyone as safe as possible.
Respect self and others. You need to respect yourself to feel good about yourself. If you are struggling with that, please do not hesitate to talk with a teacher, an adult outside the school, or Mrs. Stevens. Respecting yourself and feeling good about who you are will help you respect others and everything around you. You will find that if you show respect to another person that you will earn his/her respect, and everything else becomes easier to deal with. As I said, do not hesitate to talk with Mrs. Stevens. Our school board and administration feel strongly about mental health, which is why we added another counselor. Our counselors are trained to help you through difficult times; please let them.
Respecting each other and each other’s viewpoints will be more important this year than it ever has been. We may not all agree with each other, but we will respect each person so that we get that respect in return. We are WARBIRD STRONG, and we will stand united and support each other during this trying time in our lives.
Here’s to an amazing 2020-21 school year! Remember to SOAR every day and to always work hard to make someone’s day better!!
Welcome to Wolsey-Wessington High School, home of the Warbirds. Wolsey-Wessington is a consolidated school district which includes Wolsey and Wessington as well as the Virgil Area. The high school currently has an enrollment of 110 students 9-12. Wolsey-Wessington began a 1:1 computer initiative and a four-day school week in the fall of 2009.
Wolsey-Wessington High School offers a wide variety of courses including the use of Transdisciplinary Problem Based Learning. The offerings include Advanced Math, English and Science courses and numerous Career and Technical Education classes. We are proud of our academic success and extra-curricular success.