WMS Friday Forecast
February 3, 2022
Dear Middle School Parents & Guardians,
We are excited to announce a new tool that you may see in some of our classrooms or at home: Chat GPT. This is a cutting-edge AI (Artificial Intelligence) language model that can generate text based on specific prompts. We will work to see if Chat GPT will enhance our students' learning experience and make it more engaging and interactive. This type of technology will not completely replace traditional writing practices. It is simply a tool that can be used to supplement a student's work flow in the future.
Here are a few ways in which Chat GPT will be used in the classroom:
As a writing assistant: Students can use Chat GPT to generate ideas for writing assignments or receive feedback on their writing.
As a research tool: Students can use Chat GPT to help with research projects and generate summaries of information.
As a language tool: Chat GPT can assist with language learning by providing translations, pronunciation, and examples of usage for new vocabulary words.
Incorporating Chat GPT into our curriculum may provide a unique and exciting opportunity for our students to learn and grow. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.
Tim Loversky, Principal
PS- Please note that this parent letter was actually written by Chat GPT, though I did tweak it a little bit. If you have not yet experienced Chat GPT, it is worth looking at. Whether we like it or not, AI tools like this are becoming part of our at-home and school environment. You can find Chat GPT here. Please note that currently, Chat GPT is blocked from student use at school, though once we work with teachers on how to use this tool, we may become more flexible with its use.
We Still Need Some Donations!
The Staff Appreciation Committee is looking for donations for our staff luncheon on February 10th. The theme is "Pick Your Jersey" along with the Superbowl.
Please consider making a contribution to our amazing staff! Donations need to be sent for February 7th - 9th arrival. Sign up using this link.
RedHawk Pride Awards
Congratulations to our current RedHawk Pride recipients. Know that we appreciate your effort, how you treat others, and how you follow our Guidelines for Success!
Current recipients (presented by):
- Lucero Aguilar (RISE Teachers)
- Gianna Anticevich (Infinity Team)
- Angelie Baeza (RISE Teachers)
- Hayden Bastian (Infinity Teachers)
- Mairead Carlson (Team 7-3)
- Harper Charlson (Mrs. Wilzek)
- Jaxson Dunne (Mrs. Merchut & Mrs. Vitkus)
- Julie Guzman (Ms. La Fronza)
- Philip Hammer (Infinity Team)
- Nayeli Hernandez (Team 7-3)
- David Jahoda (Mrs. Jacobi)
- Jacob Karpilovsky (Mrs. Vitkus)
- Alex Koshy (Infinity Team)
- Mae Lumpp (Team 7-3)
- Liliana Margewich (Mrs. Sienko)
- Jaxson McInnis (Infinity Team)
- Ella McKenney (Mrs. Amadei)
- Brandon Morgan (Mrs. Bennett)
- Anjali Rajagopal (Infinity Team)
- Hannah Stone (Infinity Team)
- Molly Whitfield (Mr. McPeak)
- Abby Wilson (Team 7-3)
Important Reminders for After School Pick Up
We recognize that accessing our school can be challenging, especially at dismissal time. We really need everyone to remember the following:
You need to pick up kids at the Norris Center parking lot after school, NOT off the Dunham Road driveway, Kirk Rd, or Fox Chase Blvd roadways, or in the neighborhoods surrounding our school. CLICK HERE for our detailed parking lot safety protocol.
Go slowly and be aware of all students and cars in the lots, crossing the roadways.
You need to pull into a parking space in the Norris lot.
Please follow all posted signs and arrows.
Parents may NOT pick-up students from our back parking lot without permission from Mr. Loversky (ex. due to injury, on crutches). They will receive a pass for this purpose. We have too many smaller buses trying to pick up students from this area.
2nd Semester Non-Attendance Days for Students
February 20th - Monday - Presidents’ Day Holiday
March 3rd - Friday - Kane County Institute Day
March 27th - 31st - Spring Break
April 7th - School Improvement Planning Day
2nd Semester Early Release Dates for Middle School
February 22nd - Wednesday. Dismissal at 2:52 PM for all students
March 22nd - Wednesday. Dismissal at 2:52 PM for all students
April 26th - Wednesday, Dismissal at 2:52 PM for all students
WMS Attendance Reminder
Schools are required to follow legal guidelines for student attendance. Please help us document absences correctly by providing clear, detailed information when calling the attendance line.
Call in your child's absence daily to 331-228-3700
Speak slowly, clearly and include the following:
First and Last Name (spell name for clarity - we have a lot of students with similar names)
ID# if you have it
Specific reason for your student's absence - if they are sick, please state their symptoms
Turn in the Dr note or Dr visit summary for absence to be marked excused
Use a “Pre-Arranged Absence Form” for any planned absences of 3 days or more
D303 Administration has worked with the Board of Education to establish a routine summary on the health of District 303 through a Data Dashboard. This chart, which will be updated monthly on the District website, provides an overview of nine important measurements in the categories of Academics, Operations and Belonging.
Vape: What Parents Should Know
February 16, 2023 (Virtual), 6:00 - 7:00 pm
- Vape: What Parents Should Know is a one-hour informative and engaging presentation that focuses on common devices used for vaping, substances vaped such as nicotine and marijuana, and the health risks associated with vaping and the substances vaped. The presentation includes a backpack demonstration of where teens can hide their devices and examples of common devices.
- Click here to register! A recording will be available after the presentation.
Identifying and Supporting Students with Anxiety
March 1, 2023, 9:30 - 10:30 am and 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Haines Center, Community Room 140
Presenter: Allyse Rehak, MA, LCPC with Riverview Counseling Services
- As anxiety becomes more prevalent in our children, parents want to be able to support their child in managing worries. Come learn more about anxiety and how to build your child’s emotional health.
- Click here to register!
Silent Disco Dance Parties at the St. Charles Public Library
Join other middle schoolers (Grades 6-8) for a silent dance party on Friday, February 10th from 6:30 - 7:30 pm in the Huntley Community Room of the St. Charles Public Library. They will have headphones, playlists and glowsticks! You bring your blacklight reactive clothing and dancing feet! Choose from one of three playlists to listen to or switch between them all. Colored lights on the headphones will show you who else is dancing to your music.
Another party for families will be held the next day, Saturday, February 11, at 3:00 pm! REGISTER
True North Adventure Camp - Don't Miss Out!
Activities Included: High Ropes course, zip line, Rock climbing at Giant City State Park, Kayaking, Orienteering, Archery, Survival skills, campfires, swimming, capture the flag and other fun activities.
Mr. Kohler has been running True North Adventure Camps for over 20 years and setting up outdoor adventure programming for students and their families during the summer. Take advantage to this wonderful opportunity to go down to southern Illinois and stay on Southern Illinois University's beautiful outdoor education center, Touch of Nature, situated on 3,400 wooded acres off of Little Grassy Lake.
Please contact Mr. Kohler if you have any questions. Tom.firstname.lastname@example.org
Random Acts of Kindness Week 2023 - February 13th-19th
Join Random Acts Matter during this special week dedicated to Keep Kindness Growing STC! It’s easy to get started, simply look for opportunities to share kindness, care and compassion. NO ACT OF KINDNESS IS TOO SMALL!
Acts can be informal and simple, share a smile even with a mask, open a door for someone, greet a person in public or share an act of kindness in your own home.
Acts can be more organized like those hosted by Random Acts Matter.
Acts can benefit one person, a larger group like your co-workers, neighbors, or the whole community.
Please share your Acts, big or small with them on Facebook at Random Acts Matter, Twitter @RandomActsSTC, Instagram #randomactsmatter. Your kindness may inspire someone to Keep Kindness Growing.
Children's Theatre of Elgin (CTE)
From beanstalks, to adventures with Jill, to jumping over a candlestick, Jack has captivated the imaginations of people for hundreds of years. See his story come to life in a whole new way in this CTE-original show!
Auditions are open to 2nd through 9th graders
Auditions: Feb 6th & 7th, 2023
Journey of Hope Church
37W040 Highland Ave
Elgin, IL 60124
Registration Deadline: Feb 2nd
Wredling Middle School - Home of the RedHawks
Location: 1200 Dunham Road, St. Charles, IL, USA