wRight Choice Program

wRight Choice

Suspension.  Not a word school administration like to say or parents like to hear.  But in reality, it is needed for some discipline cases in schools to maintain a safe learning environment for students.  But how does keeping a student out of school, help that student learn from his or her mistakes?

That is exactly the question Buffalo High School (BHS) Assistant Principal Kris Thompson had as she was disciplining students.  With a suggestion from BHS Principal Mark Mischke about an alternative suspension program in his former district in Stillwater, MN, and input and support from Wright County Court Services and the district's Safe Schools committee, which includes members from the district, city and county agencies, and various health service, wRight Choice was created.

Located in the lower-level of the Buffalo Courthouse, wRight Choice is an alternative to out-of-school suspension for Wright County students in grades 6-12.  Students attending wRight Choice can keep up on their schoolwork with help from a licensed teacher.  The day is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. with the morning devoted to academic support and the afternoons alternating between probation; presentations about chemical health, children's mental health and public health; truancy intervention; and community service.

Principals have to recommend or parents have to request that a student attend the program.  Currently the program can only accept a maximum of 10 students per day.  An average student is suspended anywhere from one to three days.  Those attending wRight Choice are expected to write a "restorative justice letter" that is submitted to the school and families.  Students write about what they did, who it affected, how it harmed people and what they learned.

The pilot program began March 3, 2011 and has already serviced students from Buffalo, Monticello, Maple Lake, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, Delano, Rockford and Big Lake.  Thompson says they will be gathering data and feedback to determine if the program will continue.

"Parents appreciate that we are not sending the kids home," explains Thompson.  "Teachers appreciate that students are supervised, getting their homework done and gaining decision making skills so they don't end up in this situation again."

Please contact Nate Hanson, wRight Choice teacher with any additional questions by email or phone, 763.684.2395.

wRight Choice Parent Survey/Evaluation Form: Parents, please take a moment to fill out this survey if your student has participated in the wRight Choice Program.

wRight Choice award recipients
Tuesday Dec 15, 15

wRight Choice is Recognized as an Innovative Program

Awards Presented by the Humphrey School and the Association of Minnesota Counties

Just three short years ago, Buffalo High School and Wright County Court Services teamed together to start a program called "wRight Choice," an alternative to out-of-school suspension. Just this month (December 2015), wRight Choice was recognized for two prestigious awards-one from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota and the other from the Association of Minnesota Counties.

wRight Choice brochure cover
Friday Sep 7, 18

wRight Choice Brochure (PDF - 366.61 KB)

Here is a quick reference about the wRight Choice program.

Monday Oct 1, 18

wRight Choice Protocol

The Protocol includes a generic breakdown of what to expect during a day at wRight Choice as well as information for those arriving to wRight Choice on their own.     Read on for additional information.

Thursday Sep 19, 13

wRight Choice Promo Videos

This short video presentation tells what the wRight Choice program is all about from a variety of perspectives (including administration, teacher and student view points).

Nate Hanson

wRight Choice Teacher

Nate Hanson
Raquel Groetken

wRight Choice ESP

Raquel Groetken