927-A South Street
Pataskala, Ohio 43062
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School Safety Day

Letter to Parents,

On September 26th, we will have our first “School Safety Day”, which will focus on steps students and staff can take to keep our school safe. A district focus is on student safety and taking proactive measures to keep everyone safe, and this is a vital component of that focus. Last year, our district partnered with the Licking County Sheriff’s Office and the West Licking Fire Department to train administration, teachers, and classified staff in A.L.I.C.E. training. After a very positive response from staff, an open community meeting was held where community members were supportive of taking additional steps involving students in the training. This day is simply the logical progression of our evolving focus on school safety.

This will be a normal day of school. Attendance will be taken as normal. The morning will consist of many of the same activities which our staff took part in: Learning about A.L.I.C.E., learning about emergency medicine, practicing barricading in place, and additionally watching some videos regarding bullying and some conversations about bullying. The afternoon will be spent in a simulated drill, in conjunction with law enforcement and the fire department. The drill will involve simulated gunfire (conducted by law enforcement) and we will select certain students to be victims. All students will be evacuated from the building by the end of the drill. At the end of the day, students will return to the building and will undergo a quick “debriefing” in the gym with myself and the emergency responders.

While I truly believe in the importance of this day, if you should choose to pick your student up before the afternoon session, we will not mark it as an unexcused absence. However, in our current society, I truly believe it is necessary to take these steps in order to better prepare our students. It is the sincere hope that we will never have to implement any of this training. Being in the Boy Scouts, we were taught to “Be Prepared”. This will hopefully assist us in keeping our school safe.

I will hold an informational meeting on this at 6:00-6:30 P.M. on Tuesday, September 23rd in the high school library. If you have more questions or want to hear more details, I would love to see you then. You are also more than welcome to email me specific questions at brichards@laca.org.

Proud to be your Principal,

Ben Richards

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Watkins Memorial High School’s 2014-2015 enrollment is is roughly 1,200. The school houses grades nine through twelve. The school’s academic day consists of seven periods. Courses which award one credit meet five periods each week for a year, and courses which award one-half credit meet five periods each week for one semester. Exceptions are: physical education, weight lifting & conditioning, adaptive P.E. and transition support, which meet five periods each week for one semester for one-fourth credit. Students are encouraged to take Advanced Placement courses and there are course offerings with dual credit with COTC and Columbus State. Junior and Senior level students have the option of attending C-TEC with a variety of career advancement opportunities.
Parent-Teacher Conferences
Use the links below to sign up for Watkins Memorial High School parent-teacher conferences. 

All parent-teacher conferences for the 2014-2015 school year will be scheduled online. 
Conferences will take place on the following dates:
  • September 25
  • November 11
  • February 19
  • April 28
To sign up for parent-teacher conferences, choose a department from the list and click on the link below: 
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  • Click here for Math Department parent-teacher conference
  • Click here for Science Department parent-teacher conferences
  • Click here for Social Studies Department parent-teacher conferences
  • Click here for Art/Business/Consumer Science/Foreign Language Department parent-teacher conferences
  • Click here for P.E./Music/Freshman Foundations/Peer Tutoring Department parent-teacher conferences
  • Click here for Support Teachers parent-teacher conferences
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Watkins Memorial High School
8868 Watkins Road, S.W.
Pataskala Ohio 43062
Phone: 740-927-3846
Fax: 740-964-0088
Start time 7:19 am
Dismissal  2:13 pm
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Mrs. Clear
School:             Watkins Memorial High School
Department:      Science
Courses:            Honors Chemistry, Physical Science
Email:                kclear@laca.org
Phone:              740-927-3846 
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