The Wang Eagle
Week of Nov. 13th, 2023
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Report Cards and Parent Conferences!
Coming up this week, we have 1st Quarter Report Cards being released in the Parent Portal on Wednesday and Parent Conferences with your child's team on Thursday!
Wednesday, November 15th, your child's Report Card will be available in the Aspen Parent Portal. If you need assistance accessing that portal, we are now asking that you contact the school directly and we can provide help to access it. If you would like a printed version or a version emailed to you of your child's report card, please call the main office.
Thursday, November 16th are the first opportunity for you to meet with your child's teachers. Please reach out directly to them for times available for a quick conversation about your child's progress. We will be holding the event from 5-7 pm.
Finally, we have noticed a disturbing trend of racist statements being made by students to each other. We have zero tolerance for any kind of speech that demeans someone's race, ethnicity, sex or disability. This week, our 8th grade students will be viewing a brief video from CBS News on Racism and its effect on pre-teens and teenagers. They will be discussing the themes in that video and how this can be prevented at the Wang. After Thanksgiving, the other grades will be viewing the same video and have that same discussion with their teachers. It is important that we are helping our students achieve in the classroom and learn how to develop safe, respectful relationships with each other that do not include things of this nature.
We hope you had a great long weekend and we look forward to seeing your children tomorrow morning at 8 am!
November Attendance Standings!
Let's Talk About Homework....
We have begun to notice some trends involving student homework. Please read the following, taken directly from our Student Handbook:
Homework is a tool to be used for reinforcement and/or for review of material previously presented to students and/or for independent study and research assignments. Homework is assigned on a regular basis, a minimum of 4 nights weekly – Monday through Thursday. Indicated below are the grade level and the suggested amount of time students should be spending on homework each night. Homework may also be assigned on Friday, along with special long-range assignments, such as book reports and class projects.
Grade 5 Suggested Amount of Homework Time Nightly 45 - 60 minutes
Grade 6 Suggested Amount of Homework Time Nightly 45 - 75 minutes
Grades 7 / 8 Suggested Amount of Homework Time Nightly 60 - 120 minutes
Your cooperation as a parent, in monitoring the time that your child spends on homework is requested in the interest of improving student performance.
Teachers may not be assigning this much each night, however, the expectation is that your child completes their homework each night, however much, when assigned.
iReady Superstars - Week of November 13th!!
Students can work on this on Friday!!
8th Grade Washington DC Trip!!
8th Grade Parents - the link below is all the information you need for our Washington DC trip at the end of May 2024. Registration and the first payment of $225 are due by December 1st! See the link below for more details.
8th Grade Parents - Important Information!!
8th Grade Parents - see below for upcoming High School Open Houses at Greater Lowell Vocational
Dates to Remember
- November 13th - 21st Century After School Enrichment 3-5 pm
- November 14th - 21st Century After School Enrichment 3-5 pm
- November 15th - Team 72/82 Field Trip to Ted Kennedy Institute
- November 15th - 1st Quarter Report Cards available in Parent Portal
- November 16th - 21st Century After School Enrichment 3-5 pm
- November 16th- Parent Conferences 5-7 pm
- November 17th - Team 71/81 and Team 73/83 Field Trip to Ted Kennedy Institute
Wang Art News!!!
Attention Parents & Families!
Please encourage your child to take home and show you their artwork that they made in art class with Mrs. Morgan & Ms. Faber! Our students have been working SO hard since the start of the school year with their artwork and we want you to see all of their hard work!
Physical Education Monthly Fitness Challenge!
Each month, our Phys Ed Teachers, Mrs. Kattar and Ms. Williams, will be posting the monthly fitness challenge for all students to complete! See below for the month of October - it will be here for reference each week until November. Get those heart rates rising and add some physical activity to your day to do along with your kids!
Notes from Our Counseling Staff!
PTO and School Site Council
SSC & PTO...
In the picture to the left are the dates for the SSC/PTO meetings this year. We would love to have everyone who is able come in, ask any questions you may have about what makes the Wang great and what we are working on improving, and how we can, as a Wang community, find a common ground for our students. We hope to see you at our meetings this year.
Mrs. Doole and Mr. Chase are looking for assistance to make our library beautiful for the holiday season. Please see the link below and help if you can!!
Parents, please remind your child to check our Lost and Found shelves outside the Cafeteria each day if they misplaced an article of clothing! We will begin donating items to Goodwill each week if they are not claimed!
WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!!
Boys' and Girls' Basketball seasons begin in January. Look to the Wang Eagle for the final schedule when it is completed!
Girls Practice - Mon and Tuesday 3-5 pm
Boys Practice - Wed and Thursday 3-5 pm
November - Native American Heritage Month!!
Happy Native American Heritage month!
I wanted to take the time to share the resources I shared last year around this time.
A bit of history: The month of November was declared Native American Heritage Month by President George H. W. Bush on August 3, 1990. This month is a celebration of the traditions, contributions, and achievements of Native Americans and Alaska Natives. The state of Massachusetts recognizes the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah); however, it was home to numerous tribes, including the Agawam, Pawtucket, Massachusett, and many more.
Here are some additional facts:
- There are 574 federally recognized tribes in the contiguous 48 states and Alaska– each with their own traditions and customs.
The sport we know today as lacrosse was created by Native American people. It is known as stickball, and it is still played by many tribes today. Here is a short video of men and women in my tribe playing stickball at our annual powwow a few years ago.
- Before colonialism, there were over 300 different languages spoken among Native American tribes (with about 250 currently being used today), and languages like Navajo, Comanche, Choctaw, and Cherokee were used in WWII to create secret codes used by US Military branches to protect their operational plans.
- Native Americans are known for developing around 60% of the world’s agricultural crops. These crops include– but are not limited to– what many tribes refer to as the “Three Sisters,” corn, beans, and squash.
If you would like to learn more about the past, present, and future of Native Americans, here are a few ways you can celebrate this month:
COME JOIN SPED PAC!
The Lowell Special Education Parent Advisory Council invites you to participate in the monthly Sped Pac Meetings to discuss topics in Special Education and supports available to our families in Lowell. Please click on the link above to get more information about meeting dates!