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Lumberjack Families,

On behalf of the entire staff at Wausau East, I would like to take a moment to welcome you and your family back for the 2021-2022 school year! We are hopeful your summer has been restful, re-energizing and safe. We are also hopeful that you are as excited to begin this next school as we are!

The beginning of a new school year provides opportunities to begin fresh, while building on our learning and experiences of the past. This is especially true this school year. The last year and a half has had its fair share of struggles and challenges. However, it has also provided us opportunities to develop and enhance our resiliency and our perseverance. We have been able to overcome challenges together. Circumstances have caused our school to “look” differently than in years past, but it has also resulted in us growing together in our skills and abilities...and learning about ourselves. I am confident that our grit through difficult times has made us stronger as we move into a more normalized school year.

We are extremely excited to welcome our newest Lumberjacks into the mix this year with our freshman class. They will be joining a fantastic group of upperclassmen in our building and will help contribute to our building culture. As freshmen, their high school experience is only beginning, but it will move by quickly. The best advice we can give to all of our freshmen is to become involved. Take advantage of all the opportunities afforded to you at Wausau East. Join a club, organization, sport or activity. Students who are the most involved are most successful.

For our upperclassmen, this year will provide continued opportunities to contribute to the great traditions of Wausau East. Our upperclassmen will also have opportunities to be leaders in helping to establish our building’s daily culture and norms. Student leadership from this group of outstanding students will be important as we begin the school year. We encourage all of our upperclassmen to get involved in extracurricular activities and leadership opportunities. The connections made, and school pride that is developed, from outstanding participation is immeasurable.

As we begin the 2021-2022 school year, it will be important for our building to commit to the development of social-emotional connections that make Wausau East special. During the first days of school we will be providing orientation opportunities for our students with a focus on relationship development and making connections. During this time, we will also be providing orientation activities to help our students understand processes within the school such as homework completion, attendance, and the general operational routines of a normal school day.

As we move forward, I would like to emphasize the importance of the home-to-school relationship. In my opinion, this is one of the most important factors in a successful school. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the school if you have any questions or concerns. We are all here for the same reason and are committed to the same goal...the success of our students.

With Lumberjack Pride,
Cale Bushman