WBMS Friday Notes
Reflections from Ms. Perkins
WBMS Parents and Guardians –
Along with many other happenings at WBMS, this week we refocused our efforts on The Webb Way, which is part of our Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS). We started our PBIS journey last year and are currently recognized as an Emerging PBIS school. The focus of PBIS is to proactively recognize and encourage student positive behavior in hopes of avoiding discipline issues later. On Monday, our theme was Webb Way winners make great choices and we wore our favorite team jersey. On Tuesday, we tied up negativity and wore our favorite hair bow, tie, or bow tie. On Wednesday, we teamed up and showed the Webb Way by dressing in matching outfits. Thursday was my personal favorite. We blasted poor choices away by dressing as a blast from the past. Today’s theme is follow the Webb Way and we wore our favorite t-shirts representing kindness, positivity, or superheroes. The students loved spirit week whether they dressed up or simply enjoyed the crazy outfits our staff wore.
This week we also hosted our popcorn celebration during lunch with music provided by our counselors, and 30 additional student names from each grade level were drawn from the Webb Way Ticket box and those students received a prize. Thank you to our fabulous PTA for providing a new popcorn machine and to all parents for volunteering to pop 1, 200 boxes of yumminess. Additionally, thank you to the local school police officers who joined in the popcorn celebration adding a “pop with a cop” theme as they passed out the treat.
As we continue to strengthen our culture and community, we asked our students for feedback this week to see what is going well and where we need to grow. Additionally, we requested input on adding to our current Webb Way value words – Respect, Citizenship, and Responsibility. Our staff and parent community will soon offer feedback on the words the students put forward, so together we can better define what it means to be part of WBMS.
Look for information on our upcoming Kindness Week during the week of February 11th- 14th!
Rebecca Williams Perkins
Principal, Webb Bridge Middle School
No School 1/21 in honor of MLK Jr. Day
Congratulations to our Geography Bee Winner and Runner Up!
Vignesh Suresh Kumar-1st place
Amar Reddy- 2nd
Congrats to our All-State Chorus Finalists
A huge congratulation to the following students for passing last night’s final audition for all-state chorus.
> Rini Bokil
> Catelynn Cai
> Sofia Campisi
> Clare Cao (pronounced Tao)
> Leah Kearney
> Stephanie Krause
> Varnika Kosaraju
> Olivia McDowell
> Salem Sheets
> Shana Suhanthan
> Shreya Sunil
> Rose Yeager
> Sarah Beth Zimmermann
These students have been working hard since August to prepare for the two auditions. We are proud to have this fantastic group of singers represent WBMS in Athens, GA this February!
All Surfaces Should Be Turned Into the Media Center
Revved Up Kids Program at WBMS 1/22 and 1/23
In order to meet the requirements of SB401/Erin’s Law for 2018-2019, Fulton county Schools has contracted with Revved Up Kids www.revvedupkids.org to provide a personal safety/self-defense training program to help your student begin to understand how to respond to dangerous situations and people.
Here is more information about SB401: CNR SB 401 Erins Law handout.pdf
The training at Webb Bridge will take place on January 22 and 23, and we will provide a follow up resource to aid you in discussing the training with your student. We are going to host sessions during Connections classes and split our sessions by gender, females on Tuesday and males on Wednesday. The goals of the workshop are as follows:
• Teach the participants how predators select, approach, and groom their victims.
• Provide the participants with action steps they can take to reduce their risk of being targeted in their real worlds and their online worlds.
• Teach the participants how to use voice, body language and awareness skills to stay safer.
• Teach simple defensive tactics that can help participants escape an attack situation.
This program is taught in an age appropriate way that is empowering and informative. It should be noted that we will discuss sexual abuse, sexual violence and exploitation during the training. If you do not want your child to participate in the workshop, please print, sign, and return the form attached below to your student’s first Connections teacher by January 22:
Come discover A Whole New World with Aladdin and friends as he discovers a magic lamp revealing the Genie who has powers to grant Aladdin three wishes. Eager to impress Princess Jasmine, Aladdin embarks on an adventure that tests his will and teaches him a lesson about his true worth.
Webb Bridge Middle School and Amy Creamer Productions present Aladdin, Jr at Alpharetta High School Auditorium.
Friday February 1 at 7pm
Saturday February 2 at 2 pm
Saturday February 2 at 6 pm
Tickets are $10 and available online at the link below or at the door.
Course Recommendations for next year at WBMS
Our teachers are currently engaged in the course recommendation process using The Webb Bridge Indicators of Success. Earlier this year, teachers analyzed student data to re-evaluate these recommendation guidelines specifically for our community; however, they do not replace the district course guidelines. These course recommendations will be sent home with students on Tuesday, February 5th and are due back on Tuesday, February 12th. It is important to review your student’s course recommendations at this time. You will be able to indicate a change to your student’s schedule if you feel it is warranted and fits within the county guidelines. Please know this is the first round of course recommendations, and teachers will revisit students’ recommended placement in May and make changes, if necessary, based on second semester progress. Here is a copy of both the WBMS Indicators of Success and the county guidelines: Middle School Initial Placement Guidelines 2019-2020 Indicators of Success 1-17-19.xlsx
Navigating Course Placement Parent University
We want to educate and partner with our parent community throughout this process; thus, we will be hosting a Parent University “Navigating Course Placement” on Thursday, February 7th from 6:15 – 7:30. It will begin in the WBMS gym for a general overview of the recommendation process and content class offerings. Parents will then have the opportunity to select break-out sessions hosted by our teachers for more in depth information on specific subjects. Please mark this date on your calendar and join us for a night of learning.
Transition Night- 2/12 at AHS
STEAM DAY- 3/29/19- Presenters Needed
ATTENTION ALL WEBB BRIDGE FAMILIES:
Are you in a career or have a degree in one of the following areas? Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math….
If so, WE NEED YOU!!!
We are looking for members of our community to come share their expertise with our students on our first annual WBMS STEAM Day on March 29, 2019.
Examples of confirmed presenters include:
Pilot, city administrator, chemical/electrical engineer, biochemistry, physician, computer science, meteorologist, earth scientist
We are looking to expand our group of presenters to provide a large variety to our student population.
Please consider donating your time and experience with us….
Feel free to forward to friends and family who also might be interested.
For more information, please contact Mrs. Hurst at email@example.com
If you are interested in presenting, please complete the following: bit.ly/steamday19
If you can only commit for a part of the day, that’s great, we have time options available.
CALLING ALL TALENTED PEOPLE OF WEBB BRIDGE!!
Do you have an amazing talent that you want to share with our school community? If so, you need to consider auditioning for the 2019 Talent Show! The show is happening on Friday, March 22nd. The Talent Show committee really wants this year’s show to include a wide variety of acts. In years past we have had Chinese yo-yo performances, Bollywood dancing, piano playing, singing, comedians, and rock bands just to name a few. But our show is NOT limited to these types of acts. Students who are interested in auditioning for the show, MUST attend ONE of the information meetings taking place on Wednesday, January 23rd. There is one at 8:00 AM and one at 4:15 PM and both meetings will be held in Mr. Bernhardt’s room #813. Again, you only have to attend one of those meetings and if you come to the after school meeting, you must have a ride ready to pick you up from school by 4:45. If you have any questions, Mr. Bernhardt can be reached via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
WBMS Track Team
The WBMS Track Team will have tryouts on February 7, 11, and 12. Information packets are available outside of the gym. Any interested 7th or 8th grade students must have all paperwork completed in order to tryout. All forms are also located on the WBMS website. See Coach Sell for questions.
Our Regional Leadership Conference results have been received, and emails are being sent to students and parents regarding placement awards. Students and their families are welcome to join the chapter at Alpharetta High School on Tuesday evening, January 22 at 7:30 p.m. for the awards ceremony. In addition, registration for the State Leadership Conference online competitive events will take place next week. Information will be emailed over the weekend to all members regarding event options and the registration/payment process.
Please Support Our Business Partners!!
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Register now for upcoming Building Character Acting classes. Improv is the main focus this session! Check out more information at www.buildingcharacter.org Classes run from Feb 21st –May 16th 4:15-5:45. Come join the fun!
Volunteers Needed for the school store
Volunteers are needed to staff the school store Monday through Friday from 8:15-8:50 a.m. Your student can volunteer with you to earn Jr. Beta hours but they do not have to be in Jr. Beta to volunteer with you.
Click here, School Store Sign Up, to choose a day that works for you.
Thank you for all of your support!WBMS PTA
If you would like to donate to the PTA and help us reach our goal, Please click here wbmspta.org.
All donations are tax deductible.
Thank you for your support!
It is almost School Governance Election time, and WBMS will have one parent and one teacher opening this year. The candidate declaration phase will begin on Monday, February 4th and will end Friday, February 20th at 5pm. Candidates who wish to run for election should visit our charter system website on February 4th. We will post more information as the declaration phase gets closer.
Meetings and Public Comment
Webb Bridge’s School Governance Council meets in the morning one Friday each month in @ 7:30 in the PLR room.
Our next SGC meeting is scheduled for Friday, February 8th at 7:30 am in the PLR Room. Public comments are welcome at 7:35 am or via the Virtual Comment link below.
2018-2019 Community Balance
We want to create a community filled with more balanced lives. On these nights there will not be any homework assigned, and no assessments will occur the next day.
August – 15th
October – 25th
November – 7th
December – 5th
January – 16th
February – 13th
March – 6th
April – 18th
May – 8th