WPMS 8th Grade Newsletter

Woodland Park Middle School

Happy New Year!

Students chose ONE WORD to be a focus during 2022 - the year in which they will go to high school. This is a year of change for students. Change can be both exciting and scary. Having a core value to hold onto for the year ahead may help some students to stay centered, make wiser choices, and enjoy the possibilities this year has to offer. The 8th grade team is motivated to make the most of students' last semester of middle school!
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Passing Periods & Hallways

Passing periods are 3 minutes long and go very fast!

This time is for:

  • Restroom breaks
  • Water bottle refills (make sure to bring a water bottle daily)
  • Gather class materials for next class.


We have several students trying to socialize with friends during this time. As a result they are late for class and asking to leave class for the above tasks. When a student is late for class they receive a tardy. After 3 tardies students then have school consequences.

Away for the Day: Cell Phone Usage

We know that phones play an important role in the lives of our students. However, when they are in class we don't want them distracted by texts, social media, or email. We ask our students to keep their phones (AND ear buds) in their lockers during the day. If a student has a phone out during school hours, staff may give them a warning, but will ask them to turn it into the the front office. If a phone is taken to the office three times, it will require a parent pick-up to return the phone.

Dress Code Reminders

Please remember that we are a professional learning community. Hats (and wearing hoods up) and pajama pants are not appropriate for daily wear at the middle school. Hats are a safety concern and pajamas can also be a concern with our upcoming winter weather. Speak with your student about our dress code.

WPMS Academic Assistance

WPMS is now offering academic assistance after school. Every Tuesday and Thursday, students can stay in the library until 4:30 to finish school work. Our teachers are the supervisors, so students can get specific help with any topic. For more information, call the front office or reach out to your student's mentor.

Career & College Planning

Mrs.Stefanie Rohman has joined our Student Care Team. She will be working with our students on planning for Career & College. As 8th grade students, we know that high school and college planning is right around the corner. Exploring interest surveys and having conversations about the future is an important first step. We are partnering with our local Junior Achievement organization and will be implementing lessons in the classroom throughout the next few weeks.

Class Happenings

Math: Students are working on functions and volume.

Advanced Math: Students are working on advanced functions.


Science: Students are learning about genetics. Their final product will be researching and presenting about a genetic disorder.


Language Arts: In the Poetry Slam project, students are working on word choice, structure, and point of view. Poetry is unique in its expression of intense feelings and ideas.


History: Students are beginning the book An American Plague about the 1793 Yellow Fever Epidemic in Philidelphia.


Panther Time: Students are working on setting goals and following through with plans.

Staying Healthy!

Supporting the health of our students and staff is important for our learning environment. WPMS is committed to the following health practices:

  • We will encourage students and staff to wash their hands regularly.
  • All WPMS rooms have purifiers with new filters.
  • We will encourage staff to keep windows open and fans on for air circulation.
  • Masks are welcome.
  • Students and staff will be encouraged to physical distance.
  • Outdoor classroom spaces will be utilized.
  • Regular sanitization of classroom desks and shared materials.

WPSD Re-2

Woodland Park School District Re-2 does not unlawfully discriminate against otherwise qualified students, employees, applicants for employment, or members of the public on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, ancestry, or need for special education services. Discrimination against employees and applicants for employment based on age, genetic information, and conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth; is also prohibited in accordance with state and/or federal law.