Woodland Park Middle School

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December 10, 2021

Good afternoon WPMS. We are so excited that December is here! We have several fun activities planned for students to empower them to reach their academic goals while taking time to enjoy the season. We know this time of year can cause anxiety in some families. Please reach out to us if you are in need of help or if we need to be aware of something in order to help your student through this time.



Sincerely,

Yvonne & Erin

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Holiday Staff Lunch: Parent Support Needed

Caring Active Parents are hosting a holiday staff lunch on Monday, December 20th. Please take a moment to sign up to volunteer or bring an item: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C49A4AE28A7FBC52-wpms2

Please send a water bottle to school with your child. We only have bottle filling stations available.

Enrichment Class: Trimester & Grades

WPMS switched to a trimester system this year for enrichment classes only. We did this in response to student feedback from last year where students took participated in every enrichment class because of our amended schedule due to Covid. Enrichment classes are an opportunity for our middle school students to explore a variety of course offerings including PE, vocal and instrumental music, art, STEM, video production, cooking, child development, and more. Here is what you need to know:
  • Enrichment class grades are posted in Infinite Campus.
  • Enrichments run on a trimester schedule. This allows students up to 6 courses per year.
  • Each student gets two enrichment classes per trimester.
  • The first cycle of enrichment classes ends on November 19th.
  • On November 29th students will receive a NEW printed schedule in the morning. There may be changes to schedules.
  • New enrichment classes begin on Monday, November 29th and end on Friday, March 4th.
  • Third trimester begins March 7, 2022.

We understand that it can get confusing when the traditional school calendar is broken up into quarters and semesters. We found that quarters are too short of a time for an enrichment class and a semester can be too long for most enrichment classes.


Our core classes of English, math, science and social studies are year long classes. You may check your student's progress on the Summit Learning Platform and in progress grades will be posted in Infinite Campus in January.


Please contact your child's teacher if you have questions about their progress in any class.

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WPMS Winter Athletics: Registration Open

Winter athletics are right around the corner. Registration is open. Forms can be found on the WPMS website. All athletes must have a current physical in order to tryout.


Girls Basketball

  • Coaches: Head A Coach Laurie Gutierrez, B Coach Ashley Owens, C Coach Savanna Valenzuela
  • Tryouts: December 16 & 17
  • WPMS will have three teams based on skills. First round tryouts open to 7th & 8th grade students. IF there are openings on the teams, a second round of tryouts will be open to 6th grade students.
  • Open Gyms December-January
  • Game Schedule Click Here
  • Official practices begin January 6
  • Practices: Monday-Friday 3:30pm-5:30pm


Wrestling

  • Coaches: Matt Hood & Assistant TBD
  • Season: January-February
  • Open to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade girls and boys.
  • Practices: Monday-Friday 3:30pm-5:30pm

WPMS Student Care Team

We know that the upcoming holidays can bring increased stress on students and families. The WPMS Student Care is here to help and support our community. Please don't hesitate to reach out for a listening ear or resources.

Holiday Help & Community Resources

WPMS:

  • The WPMS Holiday Chain Reaction kicked off this week. Our grade levels will be challenging each other with change donations. 25% of donations will stay at WPMS to support our student needs and 75% will be donated to the Youth Prevention Collaborative to fund youth activities during school breaks.
  • If you know of a family that may need extra support this holiday season, please let us know and our Student Care Team will connect with them. Submit nominations for yourself or for others here: https://forms.gle/mLjAkKSMrDbcSays7



Christmas Meals & Gifts:

  • The Community Cupboard: To arrange for pick-up of a box call (719)686-3663 or email wpcupboard@gmail.com
  • Community Partnership: In collaboration with Our Lady of the Woods, CP will accept referrals for Giving tree for family gifts. Email yvetter@cpteller.org by December 1.
  • Aspen Mine Center: Offering an Angel Tree for family gifts. Contact stephany@aspenmineter.org
  • Department of Human Services: Those families with an open care or in foster call will be sponsored by DHS for Christmas gifts.

Attendance Support

We appreciate the diligence that our school community has demonstrated with keeping children that are ill at home. However, we know that returning to school can be a challenge. Here are a few tips to help support your child:

  • Help your child set small goals in making up missed work.
  • Connect with your child's mentor teacher. Email works great and they can help your child make a plan to get caught up.
  • Attend after school Academic Assistance on Tuesday & Thursday in the WPMS library.
  • Reach out to our school counselors if additional support is needed.

Next Caring Active Parent (CAP) Meeting on Friday, January 14th

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WPMS Yearbook

Parents next week is the last week to buy your yearbook at the discounted price of $35, after Christmas break the price will be $40 for the remainder of the year. If you'd like to purchase a yearbook during the christmas break email jdavidson@wpsdk12.org.


Also 8th grade parents be sure to get baby pics in with payment ASAP to secure your spot. Photos can be turned into the office for hard copies (please specify if you want the hard copy to be returned) or emailed to jdavidson@wpsdk12.org. a baby photo with a caption is $20 and baby photos without captions, just the photos are $15.

Anonymous Tip Line: Safe2Tell

Safe2Tell is an anonymous tip line for our community. Parents, students, staff, and community members can report concerns. Anonymously report anything that concerns or threatens you, your friends, your family or your community.

Safe2Tell is open 24/7, 365 to take reports.

https://safe2tell.org/

1-877-542-7233

What's Happening in the Library?

Thank you to Builder's Club for volunteering at Breakfast with Santa!

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School Health Protocols

Supporting the health of our students and staff is important for our learning environment. Woodland Park School District is committed to the following health practices:
  • We will encourage students and staff to wash their hands regularly.
  • Sanitation stations are located throughout the building.
  • All rooms have air 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 physically distance.
  • Outdoor classroom spaces will be utilized.
  • Regular sanitization of classroom desks and shared materials.

Please keep your student home if they have been placed on quarantine from any agency.

A Note from our Nurse

Cold and flu season is upon us and there currently is an uptake of illness within the school. PLEASE stay home if you are sick! Students may return to school only after they are symptom and fever free for 24 hours.


Be mindful of doing the at-home symptom screener before coming to school and any student with the following symptoms(s) need to stay home:

  • A fever 100 degrees or higher. A student should not come back to school until the temperature is normal for 24 hours WITHOUT medication. Please DO NOT give any Tylenol, Ibuprofen or any cold medicine before sending your child to school.
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • A new or persistent cough
  • Sore throat associated with a fever and/or rash
  • Headache or stomach ache in combination with other symptoms listed
  • Direct contact with a person that has tested positive for COVID.
  • If your student or yourself has been tested for COVID and pending results, please stay home until test results are confirmed.

As a reminder please remember to wash your hands, get plenty of rest, drink extra fluids and eat a balanced diet. Healthy children learn better! Thank you in advance for your cooperation and support in helping keep students safe and healthy. Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

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WPMS Lost & Found: Lots of items need claimed. After Winter Break, items are donated.

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WPMS Log-in Reminders

Google Log-In:

username: <first initial><middle initial><last name>

password: student ID number


Student Summit Learning Log-In: summitlearning.org

username: <first initial><middle initial><last name>@wpsdk12.org

password: student ID number


Student Infinite Campus: campus.wpsdk12.org

username: student ID number

password: <first initial> <last initial><6 digit date of birth> (month/day/year)

example: Mary Smith January 1, 2002 = ms010102



STUDENT HOURS 8:05-3:15pm Student Drop off begins at 7:40am

WPSD Transportation

Throughout the summer WPSD has been partnering with Durham Transportation to plan for the upcoming school year. Bus routes are posted on the front page of the district website: https://wpsdk12.org/ If you have urgent questions, please call Durham 687-4411.

Grade Level Newsletters

In addition to the whole school WPMS newsletter, each week the grade levels will also have information for specific grade level happenings! Click the links below:

6th Grade Family Newsletter

7th Grade Family Newsletter

8th Grade Family Newsletter

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WPSD

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.