The Wang Eagle
Week of December 19th, 2022
Building a Better Normal Together...
This issue is mostly all just learning & after-school opportunities for parents and a review of policies because we want to keep it brief and just say THANK you to everyone for an awesome first 75 days of school and we hope everyone has a restful and relaxing break with family and friends! We have 5 more days before we get the break and a BUNCH of fun activities planned between now and Friday in the classrooms and at school...so we hope our students have a ton of fun between now and Friday! However, remember...all of the reward activities must be earned with effective effort and respectful behavior!
After Friday, we'll see the kids back here on Tuesday, January 3rd...but until then...have a wonderful break!
Need to make up some work?
This will be an opportunity for students to come to school on Saturday morning to complete some of their missing work and try to move their grades back up in order to be sure they are eligible to be promoted to the next grade. We will be taking requests from parents for this program, but teachers may also be making recommendations to parents for their students.
This program will be optional and completely free and it is a great chance for students to get caught up before it is too late. There will be a staff member on hand (maybe a few if there are a large number of students) to help the students with their work. There will be no new lessons or teaching, just an opportunity for students to get some help finishing the work they owe up to this point of the school year.
If you are interested in your student coming in on Saturdays to catch up on their work to help make sure they are not in danger of being retained, email me at email@example.com.
Winter Rotation for After-School Programs...
Art Club - Set Design (7th & 8th GRADE ONLY): Join Mrs. Morgan, Ms. Faber, and Ms. Corcoran on Tuesdays and Thursdays to design the set and props for our school play, Seussical! For 7th and 8th graders only. We will only be accepting serious 7th and 8th graders who actively help and participate in art. Starting the week of Tuesday, January 3rd, 2022.
Debate Club: Do you have an opinion? Do you want to be heard? Do you like to argue? This is the activity for you! We will discuss, argue and debate all sorts of topics including current events to what’s happening in our schools. Come join us for debate club!
Fragrant Fun: In Fragrant Fun, students will take on the role of "chandlers", or candle and soap makers. They will learn how to make soaps and candles of different varieties and styles! Students will gain knowledge about the different ingredients and steps that go into the chandler process. From jelly soap to dipped candles, students will be able to customize their smelly creations to their liking.
Games - Bodaciously Grandioso, Big Grand Board Games: Come hang out with Mr. Buckley & Ms. Grady while having fun doing their favorite hobby! Board games! Come make new friends while we play familiar games and teach you new games. We'll help you build friendly competition and strategies to achieve victory!
Games - Online Trivia Building: Students will learn how to create and enhance online trivia games (with Blooket & Kahoot), which they can share with their peers. Tournaments based on the created games will be played during the second half of each class. (ONLY 20 SEATS AVAILABLE)
Guitar Ensemble: Want to learn how to play guitar? Join “Guitar Ensemble!” We’re going to learn the parts of the guitar, how to tune it, and basic maintenance. We’re going to learn about famous guitarists of the past and present. We’re going to learn about different styles of guitar playing. Finally, we’re going to perform songs that every guitarist should know. Join “Guitar Ensemble” after school every Monday and Wednesday!
Interior Design Library Club: Help us redesign our Thomas Varnum Library with your artistic skills and eye for decorating interior spaces. We will be creating an aesthetically pleasing environment for our newly reopened school library. Members will participate by designing, painting, and drawing to create a space that is harmonious, happy, and welcoming to all. Members will also discuss the 7 elements of interior design and how to implement those elements to create a space specific for our school's library needs.
Lego Robotics: Come join us to learn how to code and build functioning robots all with beloved Legos. Compete against your peers to see who's robot can complete challenges the most efficiently! Program lego robots to earn points in our First Robotics Competition!
Newsletter: Want to learn more about who we go to school with? Curious what's happening at our school? Student Newsletter is the program for you. Bring your ideas and your creativity and help write with us!
UML Science Club (TUESDAYS ONLY): UML students will be coming back with a new rotation for their Tuesday afternoon science club...join now before all the seats are gone! Topic will be announced ASAP.
SNL Sports Academy: Come join some college athletes from UML for team-building and collaborative games to help build character and tend to physical & mental health!
STEM Club: The STEM club will focus on the students finding a project that they would like to discover. The students can focus on an Engineering and Design project. A Kitchen Chemistry experiment. Would you like to participate in discovering how you might grow food on Mars. Maybe you want to improve the accuracy of your football throws, or soccer kicks. If this sounds like you then join STEM Club!
Writing & Illustrating a Book: Students will work in teams to brainstorm, write, and illustrate a 20-30 page book for the student book scholar contest through the National Youth Foundation. The winner will be published! More details here: http://b04.417.myftpupload.com/student-book-scholar-contest/. (ONLY 15 SEATS AVAILABLE)
WWWE: We will be exploring to world of wool, specifically making scarfs by Knitting, crocheting and weaving. We also may be doing some wet felting and of course Needle felting.
Yearbook: Have an 8th grader interested in helping design and put together this year's Wang School Yearbook? Sign them up for Yearbook Club on Tuesdays & Thursdays! (8th grade ONLY and LIMITED seats available)
December is Upon Us...'tis the season for fun & charity!
Time to start thinking about high school options...
It is time for 8th graders to start thinking about their next steps after Wang School. Whether it is LHS, Latin Lyceum, Greater Lowell Vocational School, or some other option they are considering...we are here to help!
Check out the flyers and links below for information on the three primary options for 8th graders next year:
- LHS Latin Lyceum
- Greater Lowell Vocational School
We will be setting up tours at both the Voke and LHS to give the students insight into each school and we will be holding sessions for parents later in the spring to go over all of the options.
If you have any questions about the opportunities for your 8th grader next year, give us a call and we'll try to answer any questions you may have and figure out how we can help make the transition to high school as smooth as possible for your student.
Complete the application at this link for your student if you are interested in them being a part of the LHS Latin Lyceum
Emergency Forms are essential...
These forms and updated contact information are absolutely ESSENTIAL for us to have from EVERY student. In addition to contacting you about school events and/or updates on how your child is doing in school, having accurate contact information is essential in the event that there is some kind of emergency at the school that impacts your student.
If you have not done so already, please complete and return your child's Emergency Form to their teacher. Starting this week, we will be calling and emailing any and all families who have not completed the Emergency Forms until we have 100% of our forms completed.
Thank you for your help in making sure we have the most updated and accurate contact information on file for your child this year. If there are any changes as the year progresses, you can always contact the school to update your file.
Monitoring Social Media at home...
First of all, speak to your child about how mostly everything they see on social media is not truly a reflection or reality. In essence, people most often post the "highlight reels" of their lives in order to portray an image that essentially is not real. In some cases, people blatantly lie or manipulate the truth in their posts to seem "more important" or "better off" than they actually are in real life. Many of our students are comparing themselves and their lives to these "highlight reels" or even "blatant lies" being posted by other people. Talk to your child about how mostly everything they see or read on social media is absolutely NOT reality. Everyone has problems and struggles...so don't let them believe that social media posts that portray a perfect body or face through filters or ones that brag about amazing lives are reality. Everyone has problems and struggles, but they use exaggerated of fake social media posts to hide them.
Secondly, monitor your child's access and interactions on social media. There is absolutely value in honoring your child's privacy and letting them maintain their own identity in these social media platforms, but to be completely oblivious to what they are doing on their phones and/or computers is simply not a good idea as a parent. We cannot and will not "police" the social media interactions of all of our almost 700 students...it simply is not possible. We will try to mediate things as best we can and support our students when there are issues, but it needs to be the parents who are truly "policing" their child's interactions on social media and communication platforms. It isn't being "nosey" to ask your child about their social media life...it's parenting. Never be afraid to look into your child's online activity or their communication via chat rooms, texts, or messaging platforms because then you can help educate your child on how to truly navigate the world of social media in a safe and healthy way.
We will be putting together some workshops for parents on the different social media and messaging platforms that students are using and also on how parents can stay on top of what their child is doing on these platforms; what they are saying, who they are communicating with, if they are being bullied, or if they are the ones doing the bullying. Remember, staying involved with and aware of your child's social media identity and what they are doing online is NOT being nosey...it's parenting.
Keep an eye out for our upcoming Social Media Parenting workshops...we hope to have them put together some time in October.
SSC & PTO...
Below are the dates for the SSC/PTO meetings this year and they will be hybrid, meaning you can attend in person or via Zoom. Please feel free to drop in, listen to what is happening at the school, ask any questions you may have, and find out how we can work together more effectively to keep our school moving forward during these crazy times! We hope to see you at our meetings this year.
- Monday, January 9th @ 5:30PM
- Monday, February 6th @ 5:30PM
- Monday, March 6th @ 5:30PM
- Monday, April 3rd @ 5:30PM
- Monday, May 1st @ 5:30PM
- Monday, June 5th @ 5:30PM
Wang School SSC/PTO Google Meets Meetings
- To join the meeting by video, click this link: Wang School SSC/PTO Meetings
- Otherwise, to join by phone, dial +1 570-415-1140 and enter this PIN: 347 973 276#
All LPS & Wang School Policies...
- LPS Student Handbook
- Wang School Dress Code 2022-23
- Wang School Technology Policy 2022-23
Wang School Dress Code for 2022-2023...
We appreciate your support in enforcing our dress code moving forward...we have put the rationale for each element of the dress code below.
No obscene/inappropriate images or words on clothing
No hats or hoods in school
This does NOT include religious items and the only other exception is hoods INSIDE a teacher's classroom if allowed by that teacher (some rooms are chilly sometimes)
The reason for this rule is it is a safety issue in the hallways for identification purposes in the case of emergencies
No pajama pants
Helping students learn how to dress for a professional environment
Helping instill proper morning routine and hygiene practices (not just rolling out of bed and coming to school in the same clothes they slept in the night before)
Ripped jeans are allowed...AS LONG AS...no underwear or pockets are exposed
Shorts fall into the same category as rips...AS LONG AS...no underwear or pockets are exposed
No sagging pants
Underwear or undershorts cannot be exposed
Must have straps...doesn’t matter how thick
No underwear or inappropriate body parts exposed above or below shirt line
Wang School Technology Policy for 2022-2023
Prohibited Items based on LPS policy: The following items are considered disruptive to the educational process in Lowell Public Schools and are not allowed in school:
Cell Phones and communication devices such as Apple watch
Radios, iPods and other Walkman Type Devices
Hand Held Laser Pointers
Tobacco Products (including hookahs)
Lighter/Matches (possession will lead to immediate suspension)
Other Items or Devices deemed inappropriate by the Principal or his designee
Wang School Policy has made some "flexible" accommodations for our students, but we must remind families that based on current LPS Policy:
Students displaying and/or using any of these prohibited items will have the item confiscated and may receive disciplinary action including suspension. Though the school will secure the device, the ultimate responsibility for any loss or damage remains with the student who brought the prohibited item to school. A parent or guardian must come into school to pick up the item.
Earbuds/Headphones: Students must be able to hear the intercom and directives from staff at all times to ensure safety. For this reason students are not allowed to wear earbuds in school. Ear buds will be confiscated and not returned until the end of the school year or until a parent/guardian comes in to collect the article. The only exception to this prohibition applies to teachers who allow the use of earbuds in the classroom for educational purposes, but the earbuds must be put away before exiting the classroom.
While we will be allowing students to bring phones to and from school, the Wang School Policy is that they must be turned in to the HR teacher or the main office each morning. Devices like cell phones or Smart Watches should not be in the school hallways or used during the school day UNLESS there is an academic reason. Phones are always available to students in the main office, there is no need in school for a student to have a cell phone or Smart Watch.
On the other hand, wireless earbuds, bluetooth connected headphones or AirPods ARE NO LONGER ALLOWED at Wang School for any reason. We have wired earphones the students can borrow if needed or they can bring their own wired earbuds for use at school when allowed/appropriate. Wireless earbuds, bluetooth connected headphones, and/or AirPods are not allowed for any reason.
In the event a student does not follow these policies, the image below diagrams how the school will respond and if confiscated too many times the student's phone or device may be locked in the school's safe and returned to the parents at the end of the school year.
Parents & students MUST review all of the provided policies and sign the form above or let us know if you have any questions.