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Farewell Letter from Principal Wilson

Published on Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Author - Toyia T. Wilson

Dear YWCP Families,

I would like to thank you for allowing me the opportunity to work with your daughters. My time at YWCP will be one that I will always cherish. It is with mixed emotions that I announce that I have taken a position in the Rochester City School District as a Chief of Schools.

Over the last two years, the YWCP school community has grown by leaps and bounds: (1) our girls took the PSAT in grades 8-11 for the second year, (2) our 11th grade girls took the SAT and they are prepared to take it again next year, (3) we increased our Advanced Placement (AP) offerings from 1 to 4 courses with plans to add 3 more courses next year, (4) we implemented a new schedule that allows us to offer academic intervention during the school day, (5) we expanded our support staff by increasing school counselors and adding a social worker, (6) we completed 10 different major college visits this year with plans to have 12 visits next year, (7) we developed the YWCP Day of Caring tradition of engaging our girls in community service, (8) we made major connections with college representatives through our work of College Day, (9) we moved into a new building with all the amenities of a high school, (10) we contracted a new food service company and now more girls eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, (11) we added new sports and developed plans to continue to add more next year, and (12) our charter was renewed by the NYS Board of Regents.

YWCP has been hard at work at offering consistent quality instruction for every student at every level. We implemented a learning recovery plan for those girls who struggle during the year and a credit recovery plan for those girls who need help getting caught up on courses required for graduation, we developed the YWCP endorsement which is awarded to those girls who earn 26 or more credits along with at least 2 AP courses, we doubled the interventionist support staff, and we had an intense focus on offering differentiated instruction in the classroom.

The plans that have been developed here at YWCP were both short term and long term, and the work will continue. The school community here has a trajectory that is headed to greatness. With the first graduation approaching our girls will begin to take their places as good citizens in our great city. I am proud and honored to have played a role in supporting the work to accomplish that.


Toyia T. Wilson