By Mr. Douglas J. Wildes, Elmwood Park High School Principal
PLEASE NOTE: Mr. Wildes' welcome message for 2021-22 will be posted here soon.
Dear Tiger Students and Families,
I am extremely honored and privileged to begin my fourth year serving as the principal of Elmwood Park High School. The 2020-21 school year will certainly be unique. As was announced on Aug. 6, we will begin remote learning due to health concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since that announcement, the staff has been working incredibly hard on developing an improved virtual education plan we are calling Remote Learning 2.0. This plan encompasses high quality virtual instructional practices, revised grading and attendance expectations, responding to health and safety concerns, and fully supporting the needs of all students.
In addition to the school year beginning virtually, there are also a number of other changes we will implement at EPHS for the 2020-21 school year. Starting this year, EPHS has changed to a seven-period day schedule to allow students to take more courses focused on our new College & Career Pathways Program of Studies. We have revised our school day schedule to better support students in a virtual learning environment. We are also welcoming a number of new staff to the Tiger family whom we cannot wait for you to meet.
With every year, our number one priority at EPHS is to provide all students the most challenging, inspiring and well-rounded educational experience possible. We understand this task is incredibly challenging in a virtual environment, but we will continue to make it our mission to mentor our students at EPHS on what it means to be positive and engaged citizens in our community. As we warmly welcome our incoming Class of 2024 and all new students, we are also excited to prepare all our returning students, especially those of the graduating Class of 2021 for their final year.
We are excited to build upon the strong foundation established at Elmwood Park High School over the years and are looking forward to a great virtual start to the 2020-21 school year. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, concerns, and ideas you would like to discuss.