Waxahachie Global High has a full schedule to begin its 2007-2008 academic year.

An enrollment of 101 students is set to begin the inaugural class, with additional students holding a spot on a waiting list to see if any openings arise.

Headmaster Portia Butler said excitement for the upcoming year is apparent for both students and teachers as they look to the activities ahead, including Quest Fest.

Quest Fest, originally known as Fish Camp, begins at 8:30 a.m. each day from Wednesday, Aug. 8, through Friday, Aug. 10, on the third floor at the campus, formerly the Wilemon building.

Quest Fest will include a ropes course, meeting new people and seeing old friends, receiving schedules, choosing a type of school government, choosing school colors, mascot and song, having a scavenger hunt and celebrating with a cookout.

“Excitement is building as the countdown is on until Quest Fest,” Butler said. “We have three great days planned for the first-ever Waxahachie Global High students.”

Eight instructors have signed on with the Global High staff including Teresa Megahan, science teacher; Jalynn Chapman, technology education teacher; April Moon, engineering teacher; Jody Shepphard, mathematics teacher; Claudia Williams, language arts teacher; Bill Covington, social studies teacher; Carol Bush, Spanish teacher; and Jamie Mills, art/multimedia teacher.

During the teachers’ first week on campus, the staff reviewed the accomplishments of the past year, explored the framework of project-based learning and added the finishing touches on Quest Fest, Butler said.

“The level of professional dialogue that has taken place throughout the week has been short of inspiring,” she said. “There is an incredible sense of expectancy as the school year draws closer.”

As the start of school approaches, renovations continue under way at the campus, including the replacement of the exterior windows on all floors.

“The renovation is moving at a hurried pace as the date of completion for the ground floor and science lab is projected for the first part of August,” Butler said. “The main floor of the building is scheduled to be completed by the end of the fall semester. The beautiful windows that are being installed are the most noticeable outward change.

“Waxahachie ISD will have a beautiful campus to add to the collection of schools that are about the business of educating our students,” she said.

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