WMS Friday Forecast
January 8, 2021 - Week 18
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A wise parent sent me this story below. It sure resonated with me as the principal of a school in a very achievement driven district. Success is important, but so is failure. Being good at one thing in school or outside of school may be important, but trying lots of things may trump that in the long-term.
As you sit at dinner this week, ask your kids... what is the reason for learning? For trying something new? For failing? For winning or losing? For putting forth effort?
These conversations, though sometimes short or silly, mean something. They help us, as a family, define what is important to us and to our kids as they grow-up. Ask these questions... and you may be surprised by their answers... and yours!
“When I was 15, I spent a month working on an archeological dig. I was talking to one of the archeologists one day during our lunch break and he asked those kinds of “getting to know you” questions you ask young people: Do you play sports? What’s your favorite subject? And I told him, no I don’t play any sports. I do theater, I’m in choir, I play the violin and piano, I used to take art classes.
And he went WOW. That’s amazing! And I said, “Oh no, but I’m not any good at ANY of them.”
And he said something then that I will never forget and which absolutely blew my mind because no one had ever said anything like it to me before: “I don’t think being good at things is the point of doing them. I think you’ve got all these wonderful experiences with different skills, and that all teaches you things and makes you an interesting person, no matter how well you do them.”
And that honestly changed my life. Because I went from a failure, someone who hadn’t been talented enough at anything to excel, to someone who did things because I enjoyed them. I had been raised in such an achievement-oriented environment, so inundated with the myth of Talent, that I thought it was only worth doing things if you could “Win” at them.”
- Kurt Vonnegut
Dear District 303 Middle School Parents:
One of the best ways for educators to improve their practice and make an impact on student achievement is by collaborating with their peers. Beginning on January 25, our middle school teachers will have the opportunity to work together in their Professional Learning Communities (PLC) when we implement early release days at both Thompson and Wredling Middle Schools. As part of their PLCs, teachers will review student work and data that inform instructional practices aimed at raising student achievement.
The early release day schedule will include slightly shortened periods with dismissal at 2:42 p.m. Buses will be ready at that time to take students home.
2021 early release Monday schedule:
February 1, 8, 22
March 1, 8, 15, 22
April 5, 12, 19, 26
May 3, 10, 17, 24
We are excited for this opportunity as our teachers work to improve their instruction and raise student achievement.
Estimados padres de la Escuela Secundaria del Distrito 303:
Una de las mejores maneras de que los educadores mejoren su práctica y tengan un impacto en los logros de los estudiantes es colaborando con sus compañeros. A partir del 25 de enero, nuestros profesores de secundaria tendrán la oportunidad de trabajar juntos en sus Comunidades Profesionales de Aprendizaje (PLC) cuando implementemos los días de salida temprana tanto en las escuelas secundarias de Thompson como de Wredling. Como parte de sus PLC, los maestros revisarán el trabajo de los estudiantes y los datos que informan las prácticas de instrucción destinadas a aumentar el rendimiento de los estudiantes.
El horario del día de salida temprana incluirá períodos ligeramente reducidos con salida a las 2:42 p.m. Los autobuses estarán listos a esa hora para llevar a los estudiantes a casa. El horario de los días de salida temprana se puede acceder haciendo clic aquí.
2021, horario del lunes de salida temprana:
25 de enero
1, 8, 22 de febrero
1, 8, 15, 22 de marzo
5, 12, 19, 26 de abril
3, 10, 17, 24 de mayo
Estamos emocionados por esta oportunidad, ya que nuestros profesores trabajan para mejorar su instrucción y aumentar el rendimiento de los estudiantes.
NEW- NAVIANCE! --- NUEVA PLATAFORMA- NAVIANCE
We are excited to share that our D303 Middle School Counselors have been working to create opportunities to share a new web based platform that is a comprehensive website where you and your child can begin to have discussions and make plans about colleges and careers. Naviance Student, which is connected to Naviance, is a service that will provide experiences where students can explore and identify key elements that pertain to colleges and careers.
Students will be receiving an email early next week from Naviance as it pertains to important information about setting up an account in Naviance. Plans are that students will be logging in during their tutorial next week and taking the “Career Interest Profiler” assessment. Please note that this account will be one that travels with the student through high school. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to your grade level counselor. Please click here to access the counselor contact information.
Las escuelas secundarias del D303 están muy emocionados de compartir que los consejeros escolares han estado trabajando para crear oportunidades para compartir una nueva plataforma digital que es una página de internet completa donde usted y hijo(a) pueden comenzar a explorar para poder realizar planes sobre posibles carreras y universidades. El servicio de Alumno Naviance/ Naviance Student, lo podrán encontrar en la misma página. Este mismo proporciona experiencias donde los estudiantes pueden explorar e identificar elementos claves que pertenecen a las carreras en universidades.
Los estudiantes estarán recibiendo un correo electrónico la siguiente semana de la plataforma Naviance que contiene información importante sobre cómo crear una cuenta con Navience. El plan es que los estudiantes estarán visitando la plataforma digitalmente durante su periodo de tutoría la siguiente semana, y estarán tomando la evaluación para obtener su perfil de interés vocacional. Tomen en cuenta que esta cuenta con Naviance es la misma cuenta que los alumnos utilizaran cuando entren a Preparatoria y durante su permanencia en ella. Si tienen alguna pregunta, por favor comuníquese con el consejero académico de su hijo(a). Oprima Aqui para acceder a la información de contacto de su consejero.
Deadline Extended to Order WMS Yearbooks!
Buying a yearbook is optional and not all students choose to own one. The price of a yearbook is $25. We are extending the due date for ordering books to Friday, January 22, 2021. This will be the last date that you can order this year's edition. Login to Pushcoin and then click on "webstore". Scroll down to the Wredling webstore. The WMS yearbook is at the very bottom.
Not sure if you already ordered one??? You can check in your PushCoin account. Once logged in, go to "Transactions" and adjust the start date to April 1, 2020. Look through your transactions for "WMS Yearbook 2020-2021."
WE STILL NEED YOUR PICTURE SUBMISSIONS FOR THIS YEAR'S YEARBOOK. Your participation is crucial to completing our yearbook!
Current theme: "Winter Fun" and/or "Family Celebrations"
- Pictures can be shared through the Google drive or email at Timothy.Massie@d303.org OR
- CLICK THE IMAGE BELOW (computer or smartphone) and use access code - redhawks)
Current Theme: "Winter Fun" and/or "Family Celebrations" Share how this looks for your family. Please upload your photos by clicking this button or email at Timothy.Massie@d303.org
MIDDLE SCHOOL TRANSFERS - REQUEST PERIOD OPEN FROM FEB. 1 - FEB. 26
Families who wish to submit a Middle School Transfer request may do so beginning February 1, 2021. Families must complete a separate form for each student they want to be transferred. Requests are granted based on space available. This means that siblings are not guaranteed placement. A written decision will be communicated to families before spring break.
Once the request is approved, a student may remain at that middle school throughout his or her middle school career, as long as the student resides in District 303.
Families of students granted permission to attend a school outside of their assigned attendance area are responsible for their own transportation.
Students will return to their assigned attendance area high school regardless of the middle school attended.
The Middle School Transfer request window will close at 4:00pm on February 26, 2021.
If you have questions, please contact Tammy Marsan at: 331-228-2397.
Chromebook Device Exchange
The IT device exchange takes place at the Haines building (305 South 9th Street), Door #2, between 12:00 - 4:00 pm Monday - Friday. You do not need to make an appointment.
Remote Academy Learning Resources
Welcome to remote learning! Remember that remote students have classes every day. Below are resources for our full remote learners:
You can check the attendance for any of your students at any time by logging into the Home Access Center and clicking on the attendance tab to view. Toggle between students using the arrow in the upper right hand corner.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call the main office at (331) 228-3100! We are here to help!
Compass Academy is a new D303 program that will open in the Fall of 2021 at the Haines Center. Key features of the Academy include flexible scheduling, project-based learning, interdisciplinary courses, competency-based education, and more. Any District 303 student entering grades 9-12 is eligible to enroll at the Academy. There are no entrance criteria and all students are invited to apply. This program is designed to support all students, including those interested in early college courses and/or career pathway experiences.
The Compass Academy brochure is linked below for your review. More information can be found by viewing this presentation from a recent BOE meeting. Interested parents or students should contact Director Sharon Stanley at email@example.com or via this form.
Click HERE for the Compass Academy brochure
Dear Parents and Future North Stars-
SCN is a great place, but it’s also a big place. Peer Leadership (PL) hopes to make the transition to high school more comfortable and fun, while offering opportunities for growth.
The goals of Peer Leadership are to:
Match incoming freshmen with selected upperclassmen mentors.
Foster lasting friendships and bonds between the freshmen, their mentors, and the kids in their PL Groups.
Improve freshmen self-confidence and self-advocacy.
Prepare freshmen to become participants in clubs, sports, classes, and other activities at SCN.
Prepare freshmen for future leadership roles.
PL Students meet together in groups every day. PL is formally added to student schedules and takes the place of lunch/ study hall. There are weekly themes that are educational, informative, supportive, and fun. PL also attends a day of teambuilding “Camp”, has several “all PL” activities during the year, and meets together in groups both formally and informally.
We would like to be able to offer PL to all interested incoming freshmen, but our numbers are limited. In order to start the selection process, interested students (or their parents) should fill out this Preliminary Interest Form before February 5th.
Contact Stephanie Stavropoulos @ firstname.lastname@example.org with specific questions.
Peer Leadership... a great way to start high school!
Parents and Future Saints-
Peer Leadership is an extracurricular program that matches selected incoming freshmen with juniors and seniors who make the transition into high school fun and easy and mentor them throughout the year. Because this program meets during the school day, it has to be put into a student’s schedule when registering for next year’s classes. Although we would like to be able to offer this to all interested incoming freshmen, our numbers are limited by available classroom space and our budget. Therefore, in order to start the selection process, interested students should apply using THIS APPLICATION.
If your child is interested in the program, please fill out the application and e-mail it to Jim Reed, the Peer Leadership Coordinator (James.Reed@d303.org). Completed applications must be received no later than Tuesday, January 19th, 2021. For more information about Peer Leadership, please attend Future Saints Night in January.
We hope to hear from you!
WANTED: WREDLING PTO VICE PRESIDENT
Looking for a job?
One of the more flexible positions available is that of a D303 Substitute. You can choose to work, or not work, as your schedule permits. Take a moment and read the Substitute Handbook to see what this job entails.
If you are interested and hold a:
- Bachelor's degree in any field you would qualify to apply for a substitute license with the state which allows you to sub for teachers or teacher assistants. You would apply using THIS link.
- Associate's degree you apply for a Paraprofessional license which only allows you to sub for Teaching assistants. You would apply using THIS link.
- High School diploma you have to take an aptitude test with the KANE ROE office. Once you pass that, you apply for a Paraprofessional license which only allows you to sub for Teaching assistants. You would apply using THIS link.
Contact Julie Wenger (email@example.com) with any questions.
Wake Up Call
February 2, 2021
Wake Up Call is a three-part drug and alcohol prevention presentation. The first part of the presentation focuses on current trends such as vaping, marijuana, alcohol and prescription pills. Next, attendees will virtually walk through a life-size teen bedroom with more than 20 “red flags” that can signal drug or alcohol use. The bedroom identifies spots where drugs can be hidden, household items that can be used as drug paraphernalia and ways teens try to cover up drug and alcohol use. Lastly, attendees will learn practical prevention strategies to prevent substance abuse and where to go for help if they are concerned. Please fill out this form if you are interested in attending.
Winter Reading Program
AAUW Writing Contest for 7th and 8th Grade Students
Attention 7th and 8th graders: Do you like to write? Do you have a story that you are really proud of? Or a poem that you wrote this past year? Maybe an essay or report that is awesome?
Then the 42nd Annual AAUW Creative Writing Contest could be for you! Please click on this link for more details. Entries are due by February 3, 2021.
ALL INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS NEWSLETTER IS CURRENT AS OF THE PUBLICATION DATE. NEW INFORMATION WILL BE ADDRESSED IN FUTURE NEWSLETTERS.