WESTWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS
2023-2024 SCHOOL YEAR - DECEMBER EDITION
The school year is moving fast!
Vocabulary Word Focus
We have been focusing on important vocabulary words throughout the building and across grade levels. We are going to focus on 1 word per week in homeroom but it will also be discussed in each class as to its definition, discuss why it is important, and how it pertains to each subject. This would be a great conversation piece to talk about with your student at home.
December words are:
Design: To plan or create something
Analyze: To separate into parts for close examination
November words were :
Conclude: to bring to a close; end; finish
Apply: to put to use
Develop: to build up, grow or improve
Identify: to recognize or be able to name
Our PBIS matrix for expected behavior here at Westwood Middle School. PBIS stands for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports.
Reminder: Hoods Down, Cell Phones Stowed
Now that the school year is almost 1/2 of the way through, just a quick reminder that hoods may not be worn up during the school day.
The Student Code of Conduct offers guidance on attire. Clothing must be school appropriate and may not present a health or safety hazard or disrupt the educational environment. Pants and tops must fit properly and be in good repair. Crop tops are not permitted.
Additionally, footwear must be school appropriate--slippers and slipper socks are not permitted. Blankets also may not be worn in school.
Students may bring their cell phones to school but they must be turned off and put away during the day.
Parents may contact Westwood Office to reach their student during the school day.
Our Girls Winter Sports Schedules
News From the Nurse
Since RSV is in the news so often, here are some facts and tips for staying healthy:
Respiratory syncytial (sin-SISH-uhl) virus, or RSV, is a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms. Most people recover in a week or two, but RSV can be serious. Infants and older adults are more likely to develop severe RSV and need hospitalization. If you are age 60 or older, a vaccine is available to protect you from severe RSV. If you are pregnant, you can get an RSV vaccine between 32–36 weeks of pregnancy to protect your infant after birth, or a preventive antibody can be given to your baby after birth.
Symptoms: People infected with RSV usually show symptoms within 4 to 6 days after getting infected. Symptoms of RSV infection usually include:
- Runny nose
- Decrease in appetite
These symptoms usually appear in stages and not all at once. In very young infants with RSV, the only symptoms may be irritability, decreased activity, and breathing difficulties.
RSV can spread when:
- An infected person coughs or sneezes
- You get virus droplets from a cough or sneeze in your eyes, nose, or mouth
- You have direct contact with the virus, like kissing the face of a child with RSV
- You touch a surface that has the virus on it, like a doorknob, and then touch your face before washing your hands
People are typically infected with RSV for the first time as an infant or toddler and nearly all children are infected before their second birthday. However, repeat infections may occur throughout life, and people of any age can be infected.
Take steps to relieve symptoms: Manage fever and pain with over-the-counter fever reducers and pain relievers, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. (Never give aspirin to children). Drink enough fluids. It is important for people with any illness to drink enough fluids to prevent dehydration (loss of body fluids).Talk to your healthcare provider before giving your child nonprescription cold medicines. Some medicines contain ingredients that are not good for children.
Severe RSV: Most of the time RSV will cause a mild, cold-like illness, but it can also cause severe illness such as Bronchiolitis (inflammation of the small airways in the lung) or Pneumonia (infection of the lungs)
Some people are at increased risk of severe RSV disease, including those who have chronic lung or heart disease or a weakened immune system.
Two to three out of every 100 infants and older adults with RSV infections may need to be hospitalized.
To avoid the spread of all diseases, wash your hands well, sanitize surfaces such as door knobs and remotes and avoid crowded places unless wearing a mask for protection. Stay home when sick and get plenty of rest.
Have a Healthy and Happy Holiday Season,
Nurse Rose Hess RN. BSN. LSN. Your Westwood School Nurse
12/7 - Conferences
12/20 - Winter break begins
1/3 - School Resumes
1/4 - 8th Grade Job Shadow day
1/11 - End of 2nd Grading Period
1/12 - No School - Records day
1/15 - No school -Martin Luther King Jr. Day
1/16 - No school - PD day for staff
1/25 - 5th/6th Beginner Music Concert
2/19 - No School - President's Day
2/20 - No school - PD day for staff
2/22 - Middle School Choir Festival
3/21 - End of 3rd Grading Period
3/22 - No School - Records day
3/25-4/1 - No School - Spring Break