VARDEN -   “On the outside, always looking in/ Will I ever be more than I’ve always been?/ ‘Cause I’m tap, tap, tapping on the glass/ Waving through a window,” are the lyrics Western Wayne Senior R.J. Clemens sang at the first day of teacher in-service for Western Wayne faculty, staff, and administration on Wednesday, August 22.

R.J. sang “Waving Through a Window” from the 2017 Tony Award Winning musical Dear Evan Hansen at the request of administration as a closing piece of a presentation on Pride in Differentiation which is the district’s focus for the 2018-19 school year. The song fit the occasion because it centers on a socially awkward teenage boy who struggles to be recognized among his peers and adults. In relation to this, all Western Wayne educators are dedicating themselves to acknowledging each of their student’s unique learning strengths and weaknesses and are working to provide interventions and support necessary for academic, social, and emotional success.

Pride in Differentiation will be seen in action in all parts of the Western Wayne educational system with teachers, counselors, and administrators all working toward the common goal of enhancing the educational experience of each specific student who attends Western Wayne.