Student Success Center strives to help students soar

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Student Success Center strives to help students soar

Eric Ravenscraft, Kevin “K.P.” Phelps and Hadrian Dwyer, ‘23, collaborate on their homework at the Student Success Center (S.S.C.). The S.S.C. is a place where all students are welcome to ask questions and receive help, whether regarding schoolwork, extracurriculars or their future at Walnut.

Eric Ravenscraft, Kevin “K.P.” Phelps and Hadrian Dwyer, ‘23, collaborate on their homework at the Student Success Center (S.S.C.). The S.S.C. is a place where all students are welcome to ask questions and receive help, whether regarding schoolwork, extracurriculars or their future at Walnut.

Rehme Leanza

Eric Ravenscraft, Kevin “K.P.” Phelps and Hadrian Dwyer, ‘23, collaborate on their homework at the Student Success Center (S.S.C.). The S.S.C. is a place where all students are welcome to ask questions and receive help, whether regarding schoolwork, extracurriculars or their future at Walnut.

Rehme Leanza

Rehme Leanza

Eric Ravenscraft, Kevin “K.P.” Phelps and Hadrian Dwyer, ‘23, collaborate on their homework at the Student Success Center (S.S.C.). The S.S.C. is a place where all students are welcome to ask questions and receive help, whether regarding schoolwork, extracurriculars or their future at Walnut.

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Imagine. You’re a new student at a huge school. There are a lot of older students walking the halls with you. You’re half-nervous, half-excited. You want to make new friends and want to see if you can play your favorite sport or try to join a club at your new school.
The first couple weeks go pretty well, you’ve made some new friends, got a sense of the bell schedule and, even better, you found a secret hallway that gets you to class quicker, how awesome!
Now it’s midterm, you’re struggling in class, finding it hard to focus, not able to have fun in your extracurriculars because you’re worried how long it will take you to do that math homework you don’t know how to do.
Many new students at WHHS experience this, who try their best but seem to come up short. No more! No more study nights until two in the morning, no more taking four hours doing math homework and definitely no more taking six hours to write that English essay!
Students of WHHS, this year the Student Success Center (S.S.C.) was formed to help you be the best you. Christina Wickemeier, Sally Updike, Peggy Groeber and Meg Dietz, the staff at the Student Success Center, are enthusiastic to meet and help students in any way possible.
All staff members can be found in the S.S.C., room 2701.
The team dedicated to helping students at the S.S.C. all come from different backgrounds, such as English, Math and Study Skills: “We are so compatible because we are aware of our strengths and that will lead us to be successful at the Student Success Center,” Wickemeier said.
The Student Success Center offers a plethora of services, such as individualized student success plans, metacognitive awareness instruction (thinking about how you learn), academic tutoring and support, study skills intervention, as well as organization and time management support, just to name a few.
“All of us have different backgrounds, which reinforces that we look at the whole student,” Groeber said.
One of the differentiating factors between the Student Success Center, the College Information Center and the Writing Center is that the S.S.C. “helps students with social and emotional support.” Groeber goes on to add that “[students] deserve to be here [at WHHS], and we don’t want to lose them.”

Rehme Leanza
Samuel Wright, ‘24, works on the famous seventh grade Scavenger Hunt at
the Student Success Center with the help of Sally Updike. The Student Success
Center is a place where students can develop writing skills that can help them in
both personal and academic situations.

The staff at the Student Success Center are dedicated to helping students perform at their best ability, both in and out of the classroom.
A handful of student-help programs don’t actually help the students address problems that hold them back from succeeding: “Traditional tutoring puts a band-aid on the problem; we go in and try to fix the problems that a student has,” Wickemeier said.
Through their mind-print assessments, the staff at the Student Success Center are also able to help you determine your strengths and weaknesses in order to help you get back on track.
Don’t wait another minute, if you’re struggling, whether at school, in extracurriculars or if you just need some advice, the Student Success Center will always be available to help.