Welcome to Wiesbaden Warrior country! We want to extend a warm welcome to all students and their parents—both new and returning.We look forward to getting to know you this school year. We will all be entering this school year of new experiences together. Nearly all the Wiesbaden High School faculty and staff are moving into portable classrooms to start this school year as we begin the 3-yearconstruction project for approximately 50 classrooms and office areas. The rest of the campus opened with new buildings over the past two school years(gymnasium, Multi-Purpose Room, and curriculum building).
This year, instead of only the freshmen and transfer students learning a new campus, even the returning Wiesbaden Warrior students have seven new buildings to learn. We will all experience a very dynamic physical academic environment this year. School employees are still adjusting to the temporary classrooms and offices, but we had a week longer than the students to do so. The campus will undergo many changes even this first year;by the end of September the temporary construction area that separates some of the buildings will be gone. In October, the demolition of the remaining original school buildings should begin.In the spring, construction will begin on their vacated sites; all construction areas will be separated from the rest of the campus by fences covered with green webbing.
The staff and faculty at WHS stand at the ready to meet yourneeds.Each is a highly trained professional, meeting the rigorous demands of the DoDDS system. Their backgrounds are as diverse as the student population they serve.They come from all over the United States, have amassed an incredible array of lifelong experiences to share in the classroom, and bring a unique global perspective to the educational process.
As we head into the new school year together, we urge you to make WHS the place where you create life long memories and friendships, where you explore diverse educational opportunities along the way to adulthood, and where you continue to discover who you are. Whether this is your graduating year or your very first year at WHS, it is our hope that you will take every opportunity to experience all this school has to offer through its many programs. Students who work hard in their courses and who participate in organized school activities will not only have a successful year, but will more fully enjoy their school experience.
The parent/student handbook is updated at the beginning of the school year and posted on the school website. It contains many important items of information that will help you organize your school year as well as answer questions regarding the expectations we have of students at our school. Together, we can make this year a student-centered experience that will shape your future.
Greg Hatch, Principal
Rick Renninger, Assistant Principal
Greg Hatch is the new principal at Wiesbaden High School for school year 2014-15.He has been with DoDEA since July1, 2006, serving as principal of Ramstein High School.He is accompanied by his wife of 30 years, Teri. Together, they have four children and five grandchildren, all of whom live in the USA. Their first assignment together was in Wiesbaden, 30 years ago. Their children attended Aukamm and Hainerberg Elementary schools; more recently,their grandchildren attended Hainerberg Elementary. Mr. and Mrs. Hatch are both very excited to be coming back to Wiesbaden.
Mr. Hatch has been in the education field for 20 years (five years in the classroom, three years as an assistant principal and 12 years as a principal). Before joining DoDEA, he was working in the Greater Chicago/Northwest Indiana area. He has been through several accreditation visits, experiencing the dynamic changes from NCA, to NCA-CASI, to AdvancED, both as principal of a visited school and as an accreditation team member.
He served for 20 years in the United States Army in the Military Intelligence Corps, retiring as a Command Sergeant Major in 1994. During his military career, he served in Germany at Field Station Berlin, at Field Station Augsburg, and on Clay Kaserne(WAAF at the time) in Wiesbaden. During his tenure, the unit on Clay Kaserne earned honors as the best tactical intelligence unit in Europe, and then in the US Army, in its 2nd and 3rd years of existence as a Guardrail unit in support of V Corps.
Mr. Hatch has previous experience coordinating efforts between construction crews and faculty. While he was the principal in Indiana, his grade 7-12 building underwent a $7.5 million renovation while maintaining educational services to all students. He understands that educators' and students' interests must be considered throughout a given project. He looks forward to working with the community, the faculty and staff, and the district project officer on the new school in Wiesbaden.
Unit 24313 Box 88
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