Parent Coordinator Updates October 17, 2019

From Dr. Werner

Dear WJPS Families,

It’s hard to believe that we are already five weeks into the school year and only two weeks away from the end of the first marking period of the fall semester. The first progress report period ends on October 23. Please remember that we have two semesters (fall and spring) and three marking periods within each semester. While the middle school is annualized and students receive one final grade for the year, high school students receive two discrete grades per year, one in the fall and one in the spring. At the end of each semester in January and June, marking period grades are averaged. For example, if a high school student earns a grade of 82 in the first marking period of the fall semester, 87 in the second marking period and 94 in the third, the student’s final grade will be an average of all three, in this case 88. Each semester awards credit toward graduation.

It is important that parents understand the expectations for each class. Our grading policy is available on our website WJPS.org and your child should have brought home a class description and policy for each class he/she is in. If a student is struggling in a subject, it is particularly important that there is communication between parents and teachers so that all parties (including the student) can be active participants in the student’s success. Please check your child’s progress through PupilPath and also use it as a way to communicate with teachers.

MTSS (Multi-Tiered System of Support)

We will begin our MTSS academic intervention sessions this month. If your child is recommended for extra support by his/her teacher, you will receive notification and your child will be invited to participate in targeted skills intervention after school. It is important that students follow through and attend. A schedule will be posted soon.


Our club fair was a huge success and many students joined the various student-initiated clubs at WJPS. We are excited about our new and returning clubs including Key Club, Gaming, Fashion, Environmental, Art, Do Something, Spirit, Green Team, and many more!


WJPS has formed a partnership with the local Huntington Learning Center, and we will be administering a full-length practice SAT for our 11th graders at WJPS on Saturday, October 19th at 9:00 a.m. The practice test will be given under testing conditions so that students can experience what sitting for the SAT is like. After the examination, Huntington will provide detailed results to gauge strengths and areas for improvement.


We had a great turnout at our October 7th PTA meeting. Two SLT members and two members to the PTA Executive Board were elected, filling all seats for both. Please join me in welcoming Stella Pappas and Vicky Troumouhis to the SLT, and Cynthia Pino and Vicky to the PTA Executive Board.

It is important that we keep up the momentum! Please attend our monthly meetings to make connections with other parents in our school community, ask questions, and lend support to our wonderful school. If you have an idea for a PTA event, please contact the PTA President, Paula Freyisen at wjpspta@gmail.com or our Parent Coordinator, Helen Reed at Helen.Reed@WJPS.org


High school students can sign up for January Regents now by completing the January Regents Registration Form through their WJPS school email account. Regents week is January 21 through January 24. Please note that students who are enrolled in a class that ends in a Regents do not need to sign up. This is only for students who would like to retake an exam they have already taken. We encourage all students who did not score a college-readiness score of 70 on the Algebra Regents to retake the test. Scoring at least 70 exempts students from the CUNY placement test. No high school students are in attendance during Regents week unless they are taking an exam.If you have any questions, please email the Program Office at Programoffice@WJPS.org.

During the month of October we have a number of fun events scheduled including Spirit Week, Field Day, Movie Night and our Halloween Dance. I look forward to our continued partnership!


Janine Polla Werner, Ed.D.

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Field Day

Our annual school-wide Field Day is Friday, October 25, 2019 at Crocheron Park in Bayside. Permission slips were handed out by the Social Studies teachers, but if your child misplaced theirs, another copy is attached (it is also on the school website). Please remind your child to return the permission slip to their social studies teacher.


Students can bring a bagged lunch from home or request one from the school cafeteria. Please look at the back of the permission slip and check one of those options. Snacks and drinks will also be sold at the park during Field Day.


Also, we would appreciate parent volunteers to help make the day a success, so if you are available, please fill out your contact information on the back of the permission slip.

Class Colors

We do not expect families to purchase special clothing for Field Day. Your child can represent their grade's color with an item of clothing they already own, including socks or a scarf.

The grade colors are (also listed on the permission slip):

6 grade: orange, 7 grade: blue, 8 grade: yellow,

9 grade: green, 10 grade: red, 11 grade: purple, 12 grade: black

Face Painting

The 11th grade is having a fundraiser for their class, and will be offering Face Painting on Field Day. A small design is $1, a medium is $2, and a half face is $3. Students can bring money to lunch during the week of October 21-24 to order face painting.

PTA Middle School Glow Dance

The WJPS PTA is hosting a Glow Dance on Friday, October 25 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm for students in grades 6 - 8. The cost is $5 at the door, but a reservation must be made. Reservations can be made online at wjpspta.ticketleap.com/wjpsglowdance Attendance is capped at 100, so don't wait to reserve your place! Admission includes a glow stick. Refreshments and drinks will be sold at the dance, so please send extra money.
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Spirit Week & Movie Night

Spirit Week is held from October 28 to November 1, 2019. Students who choose to participate can dress up according to a different theme each day. We ask that students refrain from wearing masks or open-back shoes, and that they keep their outfits tasteful.

In addition to the daytime activities, on October 30, there will be a Movie Night. The movie is Coraline. Tickets will be $5.00. Details will be announced soon!