share this with your parent/guardian and keep for reference throughout the
Please familiarize yourself and share with your
parent/guardian the PCL website. You can
access this by going to Wilson’s website – Activities – Athletics and click on PIERCE
COUNTY LEAGUE WEBSITE. Then click on
the Wilson “W”. This is the website that
our Athletic Director (AD) uses to communicate sports related information. Athletic Clearance, schedules, try out
information, will all be located here. Also, on this page, is important
information about Final Forms Athletic Registration. Final Forms must be
completed by both the student and the parent to compete each sport session. Athletic
Clearance is a term that will be new to you.
You must get cleared through the AD’s office to participate in sports at
Wilson. This is done prior to each
sports session. Our AD will put the Athletic Clearance dates and times on the
PCL website. Come during the posted
clearance dates/times to meet with the AD.
If you come during non-posted dates/time, there is no guarantee the AD
will be on campus to clear you. Keep in
mind, both the AD and the Assistant AD’s schedules are very different than the
rest of the staff on campus, they may not always be on campus. Questions that can’t be answered on the PCL
website, can be directed to their email, email@example.com or
Good attendance is vital to your success at Wilson High
School and we want nothing more than for you to be successful while here.
Take a moment and think about how large and unique Wilson’s campus is. We
have 1300 students spread across a 14+ acre campus with several
buildings. Our campus is a “California Style Campus.” Depending on
the class, e.g. Music, PE/Swim, ROTC, it can be extremely difficult to locate
students in real time. Because of how large and vast our campus is, we do
attendance a little differently than what you have been accustomed to at middle
school. We want you to feel empowered to be a responsible adult and take
ownership of your attendance. For grades 9-11, you have one dedicated
Attendance Secretary, Ms. Ford. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org and her phone
number is 253-571-6113. Your Attendance Office is located at the top of the
ramp, west of the Main Office doors. For more
on our Attendance Policy, see pages 20-22 in the Student Handbook.
Early Dismissal (ED): On the day of your ED, we need
a signed note from your parent/guardian brought to attendance first thing in
the morning. Other options, your parent/guardian can email or leave a voicemail
first thing in the morning or the night before. Ms. Ford must have a
note, phone call, or email from your parent guardian prior to leaving school
for any reason, unless you are being dismissed by the Nurse, otherwise it may
be an unexcused absence. Please pick your early dismissal slip up during your
lunch time. If you are leaving before your lunch time, Ms. Ford will tell you
when to pick you early dismissal slip up. When it’s time for you to leave, show
your teacher your ED slip, and go meet your parent/guardian in the Main Office
parking lot. Your parent/guardian does not need to come inside Wilson to
get you when it’s time to leave. They are welcome to meet you in the
Attendance Office area, but the above process should have already been
completed. The following day, upon your return, bring Ms. Ford your signed
yellow ED slip for re-entry into school.
Absent or Tardy: If you are going to be absent/tardy
from school, your parent/guardian can either email Ms. Ford or leave a
voicemail. Please provide the parent/guardian name, student’s first and
last name with spelling of each, ID# if known, return phone number, and a brief
reason for the absent/tardy. A signed note from your parent/guardian can
also be returned upon your arrival back to school. If you are Tardy to
school or class for any reason, you must check-in with the attendance office
before going to class.
Sick: If you become sick while you are at school,
please do not text your parent/guardian and ask that they come get you.
You can tell your teacher that you are sick and need to go to the Nurse’s
Office. If you need to go home, the Nurse will contact your parent.
When your parent/guardian comes to get you, they can come to the Main Office
and tell the Main Office that their student is in the Nurse’s Office.
Becoming sick at school is not an Attendance Office matter, but a Nurse’s
Testing and Assembly Days: Please do not text your
parent/guardian after a test or before an assembly and ask that they come pick
you up from school. Unless it is a TPS District scheduled early release day,
the dismissal bell rings at 2:05.
Attendance Corrections: If you were marked absent in
a class period, in which you were present or tardy, you must come to the
attendance office and get an attendance correction form. Take this form to your
teacher to have it completed and your attendance corrected. If you were
absent/late to class, due to being with a teacher, counselor, principal, nurse
etc. you must get a note from the staff you were with to get your absence/tardy
excused. Attendance errors must be corrected by your teacher, counselor, etc.
through the above process, not by your parent/guardian.
website, www.tacomaschools.org/wilson, under the “Resources” tab, you will find
our Bell Schedule. Please note,
Wednesdays are “Late Start” AKA “Modified Staff Development Schedule.” An
exception to Late Start days will be state testing, finals and first day of
school. Usually, your teachers and/or administrators
will communicate if a Wednesday will not
be late start.
Important dates for the school district will be available on
the district’s website. A “calendar”
link is available on both the parents and the students tab on www.tacomaschools.org. A button that says, “More Calendars” is on
the top left and provides printable calendars for this and the next school
Closed Campus Policy
like visitors are not allowed on campus during the school day, students are not
allowed to leave campus during the school day without a yellow ED slip. For more information, including disciplinary
action, please see page 15 of the Student Handbook.
Wilson’s website, there is a blue banner with an option that says
“CONTACT.” If you click on that link, we
have provided all our staff’s emails and phone numbers. You can reach out to staff directly using
either method of contact. Next to the
teacher’s phone number, there is also a link to their classroom website. Teacher’s often post important information
about homework, supplies needed, etc.
top goals are your safety and your education.
We take both extremely seriously.
We strive for limited classroom disruptions. If you forget items at home and it gets
delivered to you at school, you will not be called down from class. You will have to come to the Main Office
during lunch or passing periods (but don’t be late to your next class) to pick
up your item. It is not staff’s responsibility
to find you on campus when a delivery has been made. We ask that you know when something is being
dropped off for you. Most often, the
person delivering will shoot the receiver a quick text to let them know it was
dropped off in the Main Office. Then you
can come during passing, lunch or after school to pick up your delivery. The
following items are not permitted at WHS and will not be given to students
during school hours: balloons, cake or any other food related celebratory
items, flowers, etc. Birthdays should be celebrated after school hours, and not
on Wilson’s campus. This policy is to
support our goal of making sure all Wilson students are healthy, safe and are
being provided a conducive learning environment.
Delivery Services: Food, e.g., Uber, Eats, Door Dash, cannot be
ordered and delivered to Wilson. It will be refused upon delivery. This policy is put in place for the health,
safety and security of all students.
want our Rams to be responsible, respectful young adults. What you wear cannot be offensive, gang
related, promote drugs/alcohol, or disrupt the classroom learning environment.
The complete dress code policy is located on page 16, in the Student Handbook,
located on Wilson’s website.
When you call Wilson HS at
253-571-6000, we have created an option to expedite your call, saving you
time and providing you ease. Please use
the following options:
Athletic Office – Opt. #1
9th-11th Grade Attendance – Opt. #2
12th Grade Attendance – Opt. # 3
Guidance/Counselor’s Office - Opt. # 4
Cashier’s Office/Office Coordinator - Opt. #5
Nurse’s Office - Opt. #6
Also, the contact tab in the blue banner of Wilson’s website
has a complete staff directory. You are
more than welcome to reach out to staff using their email or direct line.
Leaving class is not conducive to the learning
environment. We ask that you use your
time wisely to take care of business outside of the classroom. The best time to
take care of needs is before or after school, or during lunch. Some examples of things to take care of
during your own time, and not during class time are: Making purchases or paying
fees, getting a bus pass, asking the Guidance Office if you can make an
appointment to see your counselor.
of how large and spread out our campus is, you will notice students at Wilson
don’t really use lockers. Students have
all their supplies in their backpacks and carry their backpack with them all
day. With that said, you are more than
welcome to request a locker. See Ms. Howell in the Main Office for assistance
Another great tool to know about is our nutrition
or tacomaschools.org – parents – school meals.
You can load money to your account, check your account balance and set
alerts. This is also where you would
apply for free or reduced lunch. It’s a very convenient and informative
School Supply List
does not have a school supply list. Your
teachers will tell you during the first week of school what supplies they want
you to have, if any. Students use most often: a backpack, pencils, pens and
highlighters. Students use whatever they
prefer for: spiral notebooks, a 3-ring binder with loose leaf paper, or
composition notebooks. If you choose
notebooks, you will at least 1 notebook for each class, possibly even a few
extras. The Student Store has some basic supplies.
not give hard copies of our handbook.
You can find an electronic version on Wilson’s website under
“Resources”. It is recommended that you
and your parent/guardian spend time familiarizing yourself with the Student
Handbook. It is very informative and
includes helpful information on things like: The attendance policy, dress code,
graduation requirements, bell schedules, clubs and athletics, to name just a
has an amazing Student Store. The
Student Store sells spirit wear, snacks, drinks, and some school supplies. The Student Store is located near the
Attendance Office. It is available to you daily during your lunch break only.
become familiar with the “BUS ROUTES” section of TPS’ website under the
Parent’s section. www.tacomaschools.org/transportation. There is a lot of great information and tools
on this website. This is where you will go to find out if a bus is provided for
you, and its route information. If you are going to take the school bus, you
will need to register with Ms. Brooks-Johnson sometime during the first few
weeks of school. Ms. Brooks-Johnson will
be available daily in the Main Office, after 12:30. It is OK to begin the
school year riding the bus, while you wait to meet with Ms. Brooks-Johnson. If you need to apply for an
Orca card, please get an application from the Cashier’s Office or the Main
Office on or after the first day of school.
safety of staff and students, TPS is a closed campus district. Visitors are not allowed on campus during
school hours, unless they have prior approval from a principal. Non-Wilson
students are not permitted on campus during the school day.
Wilson’s Website –
recommend that students and their parents/guardians become familiar with
Wilson’s website. It has important and
useful information. The “Contact” tab
has every staff member’s phone number and email. Parents are welcome to contact their
student’s teachers and counselor using their direct contact information. Under the “Resources” tab are important
links to other sites. Bell Schedules,
Student Handbook, Counselor’s Office section, our Anti-Bullying Pledge, Lunch
Money site, etc. Also, check out the
Programs/Activities menu option. You can
look at Wilson’s clubs and access our Athletics site.
yearbook class has a helpful website link on Wilson’s website, found under
Resources. Yearbooks can be ordered online,
in advance, at yearbookforever.com. The
school cannot order a yearbook for you. To
advance order, please go straight to yearbookforever.com. We do keep a few
extras on hand that can be purchased in person, at the cashier’s office, at the
very end of the school year. We highly
recommend ordering the yearbook mid-August through September, as that is when
the advance payment discount is the biggest.
The longer you wait, the smaller the advance payment discount gets.