WP News Brief 2020!

UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES and INFORMATION

Strive for Success-Own Your Actions-Act Safely-Respond Respectfully

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PRINCIPAL'S NOVEMBER MESSAGE

Friday, Nov 13, 2020

INSTRUCTIONAL MODEL SURVEY CHOICE


Be on the lookout for important emails on the following dates:


Friday, November 13 (Instructional Model Confirmation Email)


Monday, November 16 (3:00 PM): Deadline for changes to Instructional Model Confirmation Email Sent of Friday, November 13.


Friday, November 20 (Cohort Assignment Notice for Hybrid Model Students)

2nd Marking Period Material Distribution Opportunities

We conducted our formal distribution for 2nd MP Materials on November 4-6.

Last week we moved to a contactless pick-up during school hours 8:30-4:00 PM.


We are continuing this contactless pick-up daily during school hours 8:30-4:00 PM daily.

Tables with individual student bags are located outside our main entrance doors.


Tables are organized by grade level and student bags are alphabetized.


Please pick these up as soon as possible.

ATTENDANCE REMINDERS & GRADE ALERTS

Attendance phone calls and emails are based on your child’s attendance in their first period class of the school day. These calls & e-mails will be made at approximately 10:00 AM each school day.


In the Home Access Center, you can view your child’s attendance not only by the day but also by the class period of the school day. Please note, if your child is “absent” for 1 class period in the school day it appears as though he/she is absent for the entire day unless you HOVER over the day. Once you hover your mouse over the day it will show the periods that he/she was absent.


Please contact our attendance INBOX at wpattendance@pennsburysd.org with any questions or excuses for your child’s absence. In addition, you can submit pictures of doctor’s excuses as well if you need to electronically.

  • Feel free to use this attendance IBOX to also inform us of doctor appointments that would lead to your child being late to school or leaving early.

  • E-mail your child’s teachers directly if your child is leaving early or will miss classes due to an appointment.




GRADE ALERTS


A great new feature that was turned on in the Home Access Center (HAC) is a grade alert function.


You can now choose the parameters of your choice and receive automatic weekly emails to let you know if your child's grade falls into that designation.


For example, I can choose to be alerted if my child's grade falls at or below at 75% and at or above a 90%.


These percentages are completely up to you and allow you to provide both positive reinforcement and corrective action if necessary as a parent.


I already set mine up and they were great!

I highly encourage the use of this feature.


Click on Classes in the HAC and you will see the Option right at the Top.

End of 1st Marking Period Timelines

Monday, November 9: End of 1st Marking Period


Thursday, November 19: HAC opens for 2nd Marking Period 4 PM


Thursday, November 19: Half day of Virtual Instruction for 6th Grade Students Only. Students will attend their A period through D period Classes. The remainder of that day is scheduled for 6th-grade conferences.


Friday, November 20: 6th Grade Students are Off From School.

This day is set aside for 6th-grade conferences.


Tuesday, November 24: Report Cards Posted in Home Access Center 4 PM

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SAVE THE DATES: Virtual Town Hall Meetings

We will once again be holding virtual town hall meetings in preparation for the return of our students on Monday, December 7th.


Additional Information will be forthcoming regarding these virtual meetings but we wanted all of you to save the dates for your planning purposes.


Tuesday, December 1


6:00-7:00 PM: 6th Grade Town Hall Meeting


7:00-8:00 PM: 7th Grade Town Hall Meeting


Wednesday, December 2


6:00-7:00 PM: 8th Grade Town Hall Meeting

The Learning Hub...All Your Resources in One Spot

Power Up Your Chromebook!

Directions to charge your chromebook:

You will need to shut down your Chromebook. Do not charge the Chromebook in sleep

mode, it will not hold the charge. Make sure you plug in both parts of your charger until it

clicks into place, check for the Red light when Charging and a Green light to indicate a Full

Charge. Charge your Chromebook overnight, so the battery will last the entire school day.

Any questions, please stop in the library for additional help. Ms. Pecuch

Use the link above to access the Pennsbury School District's Academic Coaching Portal for students in Middle and High School. We experienced great success in the spring for students who utilized this support during our virtual learning model.


It's a very simple sign-up process for students to use at any point!


Check it out for more information!


This is strictly an online virtual opportunity for students. There is no in-person tutoring that will occur.

CHARACTER.ORG PRESS RELEASE!

WPMS RECOGNIZED AS A STATE SCHOOL OF CHARACTER

2020-2021 SPORTS PHYSICALS FOR STUDENT ATHLETES

Students need a physical completed on or after June 1, 2020 in order to participate in any PIAA sport during the 2020-2021 School year. Physicals completed before this date are not acceptable per PIAA Rules & Regulations - WE CANNOT MAKE ANY EXCEPTIONS TO THIS RULE! (if you cannot go to your primary physician, there are urgent care centers and local pharmacy clinics which charge lessor fees.)


Physical Form Link


Physical Form Link 2

CELL PHONE REMINDER

We follow a simple saying and rule at William Penn regarding cell phones.

"Off and Away During the Day"


There are detailed expectations regarding cell phone use in the District's Code of Conduct on Pgs 9-11. At William Penn, we try to make these detailed expectations simple to remember and follow with our mantra "Off and Away During the Day."


At this point in the year, we have provided our students with multiple notices and reminders regarding the expectations of cell phone use during the instructional day. Because of this, future violations for students will lead to both disciplinary action (up to and including after school detentions) and the requirement of parents/guardians to pick up their child's cell phone from school at their earliest convenience. This also includes expectations for headphones during the school day during non-instructional time.


We recognize that many parents desire that their child have a phone for various reasons but we do not want to interrupt or distract the learning environment at school. Please do not call or text your child during the school day. If there is a need for your child to call home they are required to report to the office and use our student designated office phone. There has been a recent increase in situations where students and parents have texted each other during the school day. This has led to interruptions to the learning environment and confusion in our main office regarding arrangements being made between students and parents. We thank you in advance for your support regarding this matter.

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PTO NEWS

News and Information:


BOXTOPS:


USE THIS LINK TO FOR A BOX TOP UPDATE



We encourage this free fundraising for our school opportunity for all parents! All that's necessary is for you to download the app, click a few buttons, shop, scan your receipt, and the rest is history!


Scanning is the way to go...especially in this environment!


Eventually, going forward, instead of clipping and checking expiration dates, all Box Tops will be earned digitally by scanning your receipt within 14 days of purchase. The new app will scan your receipt, find participating products, and instantly add Box Tops to our school’s earnings online. (Apple Link) (Android Link)


And while there are still traditional box tops that you can clip and collect for credit, you can scan your receipts for credit as well - earning 2x for our school. So please scan your receipts within 14 days of purchase and give credit to your child.

FREE FUNDS FOR WPMS BY BUYING WHAT YOU NEED!

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GIANT A+ SCHOOL REWARDS PROGRAM @ WILLIAM PENN!

William Penn is enrolled in the Giant A+School Rewards program. Some of you may participate through your child's school but if not, please consider enrolling into WP's program. ***You are allowed to support 2 schools! All you need to know is your Bonus card number and our school ID #. William Penn Middle School ID# is 23835

If you have enrolled before, you do not need to re-enroll.


Directions to Enroll using your Bonus Card

Giant Rewards Login

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BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION

Be on the lookout for future information about our spring box top contest. In the meantime continue shopping, cutting, or scanning those Box Tops!
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ShopRite For My School

ShopRite has teamed up with BoxTops! Use the link to register your ShopRite member card and ShopRite "match" your earnings for us on some level! That's right, 2 for 1!

Are you receiving the PTO Eblast?

If you didn’t receive this from the PTO directly, but got it forwarded from a friend...please sign up directly so that we can include you on future blasts. The PTO does not get any contact information from the school, so if you have to sign up with us either online or by filling out a paper form.

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William Penn Middle School PTO

Email: wp.ptocommunications@gmail.com

Website: http://www.williampennpto.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/WilliamPennPTO/

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In the Know

HAC (Home Access Center)

All William Penn student information (Homeroom/Team assignments, and

Transportation Information) will be accessed online. In the near future, additional

information will be sent regarding when this information will become available in The

HAC system. Please make sure to contact the William Penn Guidance Office at (215)428-4280, Ext. 50850 if you do not have access to the HAC system.

Chromebook 1:1 Website & FAQ's

Use this link to access the district's Chromebook 1:1 Website for all FAQ's and forms.

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Nurse's Corner News & Updates

Our mission is to provide a positive and safe environment that inspires students to become responsible, well-rounded, civic-minded, global thinkers who are equipped with 21st-century skills and are prepared for the academic rigors of high school and future challenges.

A student that requires the use of ANY medications during the school day must have permission by the school nurse. To ensure we are providing a safe and healthy school environment please note the Pennsbury School District Medication Policy, which can be found at the following link: http://www.pennsburysd.org/Forms1.aspx

This link will bring you to the Pennsbury School District Nursing Services page where many important forms can be found, including:

  • Immunization and Medical History Report

  • Physical Exam Form

  • Dental Exam Form

  • Acute Concussion Evaluation Form

  • Permission to Administer Medication Form

  • Asthma Questionnaire

  • Diabetes Questionnaire

  • Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan

  • Seizure Questionnaire

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REMIND OVERVIEW

The following link provides families with an overview of the REMIND application.


https://assets.remind.com/marketing/pdfs/remind-overview-parents.pdf

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School Lunches

The price of a full student lunch is now $2.80. Cafeteria account envelopes will be handed out in homeroom on the first day as well as free and reduced lunch applications (must be updated yearly). You may also manage your student’s cafeteria account online by going to www.schoolcafe.com.


Student Insurance

Information regarding the cost of coverage and application forms are located on the Pennsbury website.