Westside Middle School
November 13, 2020
Important Dates to Remember:
We will now have No school the week of Thanksgiving. Monday 11/ 23 - Friday 11/27. We will resume in person learning on Monday, November 30th.
Due to moving to yellow mode, our MAPs testing will be moved to the end of January.
Please note that if your student is an in person learner and they are required to quarantine, we will not move them to extended campus learning. They will keep up with their work by logging onto google classroom and their email. They should be contacting their teacher if they need extra assistance or want to join their webex meetings.
2nd Semester Extended Campus Application
We have had some conversations with families regarding second semester extended campus learning and wanted to provide a reminder of the application deadline (tomorrow, Friday, November 13) and provide some guidance. Please remember even if your student is currently an extended campus learner, you will still need to fill out the application.
Guidance on Extended Campus Decision
Some families have indicated they are trying to make a decision based on whether we will be red, yellow, or green, not necessarily on health reasons. Stated more than once, “If you are green we will come back, if yellow we are going to do extended campus.” We cannot guarantee which schedule we will be in and it could change throughout the semester.
Please make your decision for health concern reasons.
Please make your decision on comfort level with green. Our goal is to be green as much as possible.
The previous two bullet points should be the beacons guiding decision making.
It is better academically and emotionally for students to be at school at “50%” or “100%”.
When you make this decision, it is for the duration of second semester. Your child’s extended campus learning schedule will be the same January to May.
Deadline and Links
Deadline to apply for 2nd semester extended campus for middle and high school is Friday, November 13, 2020 at midnight.
Please read information link for info on classes not offered to extended campus learners and other important information.
Information/Newsletter Link: https://www.smore.com/etpk0
Link to secondary application: https://forms.gle/Up5hT74deuVkR7FT7
Please respond by midnight on Friday, November 13, 2020.
Important WebEx Information
Also there is a new update that they need to complete. Below is a link to a video with directions on how to complete the update. In person students will do this during homeroom either Friday, Monday or Tuesday. This is also sent to students on Friday. If your student will not be in school, please make sure they have completed this. It should only take about 4 minutes.
Students with the last name A-K will attend Mondays and Tuesdays.
Students with the last name L-Z will attend Thursdays and Fridays.
There will be no in person learning on Wednesdays. However students will use this day to work on assignments such as additional practice, iXL, library lessons, and/or extension lessons.
Students will be expected to attend SPARK (homeroom) Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Fridays. When in person students are at home they will log into WebEx on those days. Extended Campus students will log onto WebEx all four days. Attendance will be taken!
Extended Campus students will keep the current WebEx meeting schedule.
Monday/Tuesday = A days
Thursday/Friday = B days
Music Combo Kids
Band/Strings = Mondays and Fridays
Choir = Tuesdays and Thursdays
ALL Assignments will be posted on Google Classroom!
Next week in SPARK, 7th and 8th students will be viewing the RESPECT Coping in Crisis presentation. As a response to current events, Coping in Crisis was developed to address the challenging circumstances students are currently facing. This program addresses the challenges of Covid-19, Gender Issues, Income Inequality, Special Needs, and Racism and Bias.
WMS Presents: Bad Auditions.....On Camera
We are bringing back Warrior Bucks as part of our Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) for students. Warrior Bucks are used to reinforce positive student behavior in alignment with our building expectations of Be Safe, Be Respectful, and Be Responsible. All students have the opportunity to earn Warrior Bucks from staff throughout the day. Then once a month they can redeem their Warrior Bucks for items in our store.
Homework During Quarantining
Students who have to quarantine or self quarantine will need to stay up to date on their work by logging onto their google classroom and checking their emails. All teachers have put their coursework and lessons onto Google Classroom for all students. If they are not able to do complete work, parents will need to contact their teachers. They will NOT be moved to extended campus learning.
If your student is an extended campus learner and have not picked up their school pictures, you may stop by the main office Monday-Friday from 7:30-4:30 to pick them up.
As many of you experienced last week, winter weather can make dropping off your student extremely stressful. Arbor street can be very difficult when when it is snowy or icy. We have contacted the city to get plows and sand trucks out there but that is not always happening. Here are few things that will help with our flow of traffic on winter weather days:
Homework During Quarantining
- Leave early and give yourself plenty of time!
- We are asking that no one takes a left hand turn out of the parking lot onto Arbor street. This will allow the cars coming up the hill to keep their momentum.
Help WMS earn free money through TAGG
National Junior Honor Society
The National Junior Honor Society chapter of Westside Middle School is a duly chartered and affiliated chapter of this prestigious national organization. Membership is open to those students who meet the required standards in five areas of evaluation: scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship, and character. Students in the second semester of seventh or eighth grade are eligible for membership. If students were inducted as a seventh grader, they will NOT need to reapply.
Those students who meet the scholarship criterion of a 3.8 on the 4.0 scale are invited to complete a Student Activity Information Form that provides the Faculty Council with information regarding the candidate’s leadership and service. This will be sent out late January-early February. A history of leadership experiences and participation in school or community service is also required. Examples of leadership may happen within the school building (student council) or outside of the classroom (team captains, scouting honors, etc.). Service to the community is considered volunteering in a capacity that does not benefit the student (getting paid for a service or merely helping an extended family member) services considered would be volunteering at a non-profit organization (Film Streams, the zoo, Do Space, among many others). Service learning is not considered volunteering for a team activity to raise money for team expenses (car washes for a soccer team, selling concessions for a concert the student might participate in at a later time.) A student should have at least 5 hours of service learning when filling out the application.
Once again the Student Activity Information Form will be sent out in late January-early February.
Kim Eymann - Principal
Brian Stevens - Assistant Principal (He will handle all questions on Busing)
Dean for 8A & 7C
Jenni Allen - Assistant Principal & Special Services Department Chair
Dan Carlson - Dean & Athletic Director
Dean for 7A, 7B, & 8B
Corrie Philo - Dean for 7D, 8C, & 8D