Wilson Ram Record

Wilson Middle School

Just a few weeks to go!!!

It is hard to think about the fact that there are only about 11 weeks of school remaining in the 2016-17 school year! Time sure flies by. Alas, we still have lots of good work to do, and we are going to get to work and get it done! This month's newsletter hopes to find you enjoying the rest of spring break and recharging your batteries for the rest of the year!

REAL time starting to work on respect

Students recently completed a survey that asked 20 questions about the climate and culture of Wilson. Many students report a generally favorable experience at Wilson; 86% report the things they are learning are important to them; 85% report feeling safe at Wilson, and 95% report that they feel their teachers expect their best each day.

One question asked if students agreed or disagreed with the following statement: Students respect each other at this school. Nearly 55% of students did not agree with that statement. We are setting out to change that.

Each Friday for the remainder of the school year, 8th hour homerooms will engage in what we are calling REAL time - Respect, Engage, Accept, Learn. We will work in conversation circles to get to know each other better, develop good conversation and listening skills, and discuss and plan for improving how everyone - students and staff - engage with each other.

We know Wilson is a great place to learn, and we continue to learn from each other every day. REAL time is a way for all voices to be heard and respected, and for all to feel like a part of the Wilson family.

Gym and Swim - Friday, March 24 @ Jefferson High School

On Friday, March 24th Wilson students are invited to join together at Jefferson High School for open gym and swim time. This will run from 6-8pm. Trained life guards will be on hand to supervise swim time (confident swimmers are encouraged). Gym will be open. Students in attendance must be a current Wilson student; guests from other schools and alumni from Wilson will be asked to leave. This is intended as a fun event for current Wilson Rams!

Iowa Assessments are coming!

The annual Iowa Assessment testing window is fast approaching. All students at Wilson are required to take the Iowa Assessments April 3-6. These assessments, while only one snapshot of a student's overall growth and progress, are the measuring stick the State of Iowa uses to monitor a school's growth. Some high school classes also use Iowa Assessment scores as a part of the criteria for entry. Doing one's best is the way to go!

Parents can help their children do their best by making sure they are in school ON TIME each day during testing. This will ensure no additional class time will be missed to make up tests. Additionally, make sure your child is well-rested each night, and if possible, has a good breakfast each morning. Breakfast is served as usual during testing week, and healthy snacks are provided to all students during testing.

Testing will occur from 7:55-9:55, and each class will meet for a shortened time after that. The goal is for all students to complete all tests, and for all students to show growth and progress from last year!

Door Decorating - WE ARE WILSON!!

Spring Sports

Sign ups for Spring Sports - boys and girls track, boys soccer, and girls tennis - will occur Tuesday, March 21st after school. Practices will begin Wednesday, March 22. Athletes will be outside as much as possible so please plan to have warm clothing for cooler weather.

All participants must have a current physical and concussion form on file in the health clinic. See Mrs. Stotlemyre to check on your status.

New Additions to the Family

Wilson welcomes Mr. Lustig to our teaching staff. Mr. Lustig works with students on their writing and reading, in addition to supporting our students in math and behavior. Mr. Lustig comes to us from Polk Alternative Education Center. Welcome Mr. Lustig!!!

5th Grade Transition

Wilson is busy preparing for a new crop of Rams that will make their first journey to the building on Wednesday, April 26th for 5th Grade Transition. Activities will include guided tours of Wilson, a game show quiz, lunch in the cafeteria, and a family cookout. More information will be heading home in April.