The MS Scoop

December 2020 Edition

Dear Eagle Families,


We hope this newsletter finds you ready to relax this holiday season. Although things may be different for all of us this year it’s always good to take stock of all that we have to be grateful for and to connect with family and friends as safely as we can. While connecting by phone or virtually by video isn’t ideal, it is a way to catch up without putting others at risk.


Our school is one of the few districts in the area that hasn’t had to go fully into remote learning this year. That is due to the safety procedures everyone has been following both in and out of school. We really appreciate your continued support of those efforts because we know kids do better when they’re in school.


Overall the students have been doing a great job with following the safety protocols in school and completing their work, both in and out of the classroom. They deserve some time just to be kids over this holiday break. Please encourage them to relax and enjoy activities that they may not normally have time for.


From all of us at the Middle School we wish you and your families happy holidays!


Sincerely,

Scott Manne & Wendi Snyder

Middle School Administration

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December Artists on Display in the Middle School Conference Room

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LEADER IN ME INFO NEWS FLASH

LIM - Habit 3: Put First Things First

A message from our LIM Lighthouse Adult Learning Team

With so much going on in our lives it can be hard to slow down and remember what is most important. This video (see below) helps us put into perspective what is most important and how to prioritize all the things in our lives. Habit number 3, FIRST THINGS FIRST, focuses on finding what the big rocks are in our lives - those are our top priorities and if they don't come first then we often don't have time for them. Our small rocks are priorities but they aren't the most important things. Yes, we still need time for them but after our big rocks. Taking time to name your big rocks and your pebbles can help to identify what it is that needs your attention first and foremost. When we do this, we are able to strengthen our overloaded plates.

We hope that you are able to focus on those big rocks this holiday season!

Rocks, Pebbles and Sand: Prioritizing Your Life

And now, some holiday humor...

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Let's get FESTIVE in the Middle School!!!

On the final day of in-person learning (as our break draws near), staff and students were encouraged to show their holiday spirit and dress-up in ugly sweaters, holiday sweatshirts or festive holiday colors. Below are some pictures of our Cohort B students joining the FUN. Cohort A is encouraged to join in on the festivities on Tuesday, December 22, before everyone begins their holiday break on Thursday, December 24th.

Bringing the Lessons of Restorative Justice Home

Over the past few years we have been utilizing restorative practices to help students learn from their mistakes and process through disagreements or misunderstandings that they have with their peers or staff. While this process takes a lot more time and energy than traditional consequences, the students leave with a better understanding of how their behavior impacted the other people involved in the situation and strategies on how to avoid repeating the same behavior again. No, it’s not full proof unfortunately, but it helps everyone directly involved and works towards building a more positive learning environment for everyone.


We’re sharing this article because it offers you the opportunity to utilize some of the same strategies at home that we use in school. The questions highlighted in the article are how we help the students process through the situation. We hope that you will find the article useful in addressing situations that come up at home. You can read the article HERE.

Wayland-Cohocton Middle School

Helpful Links/Email Addresses

Chromebook Support: Chromebooksupport@wccsk12.org

SNAP Health Portal: https://www.studentehr.com/

MS Staff: https://www.wccsk12.org/o/wcms/staff

MS Administrative Team:

Scott Manne, Principal

Email: smanne@wccsk12.org

Wendi Snyder, Asst. Principal

Email: wsnyder@wccsk12.org