WMS Parent News
September 12th, 2023
WMS Parent Newsletter - Tuesday, October 31st
November 6th - Culver's Night - 5-7:00pm
November 7th - NO SCHOOL
November 11th - 7th and 8th Grade Honor Orchestra (district wide) 9:00am-1:00pm at PHS
November 13th - Orchestra Concert - 8th Grade - 7:00pm (WHS)
November 14th - PTO meeting 6:30pm - Office Conference Room
November 17th - Fall School Dance 2:30-4:30pm
November 21st - End of Tri 1
November 22nd - Teacher Workshop - NO SCHOOL
November 23-24th - Holiday - NO SCHOOL
School Pictures are Ready to View and Order
November 7th Election
SoWashCo School Board Candidates
A seven-member School Board governs SoWashCo Schools. Board members are elected at-large on Election Day in November of odd-numbered years. The Board has five primary responsibilities: district governance and policy development, operational oversight, governance policy implementation, superintendent relations, and public engagement.
This year, SoWashCo has 3 open Board seats and eleven candidates. To learn more about the candidates, watch the League of Women Voters SoWashCo/ISD833 School Board Candidate Forum that was held Tuesday, September 19, 2023. Here is a link to the recording: League of Women Voters Link
South Washington County Schools (SoWashCo Schools) will be hosting two information sessions about the bond and levy questions that will be on the November ballot.
- Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 6 p.m.: SoWashCo Schools is hosting a final Community Information Session to present information and answer any questions you may have about the bond and levy. The information session will be held in the Board Room at the District Service Center, 7362 East Point Douglas Road S., in Cottage Grove.
Take a night off the kitchen and bring the whole family to Culver's Night!! Invite your neighbors and share the word with the whole block to join us this coming Monday, November 6th, 2023. Be sure to mention you are with Woodbury Middle School so the school can receive a percentage of the sales. Staff from "PUMA HOUSE" will be on site delivering food and treats to your table! Make sure to stop by and say "HI" to them.
November PTO Meeting
The next PTO Meeting will be on November 14th, 2023 at the Conference Room by the Front Office at WMS from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend! We hope to see you there.
A big "Thank You" to all the students and families that have been selling World's best chocolate bars! If by any chance you forgot to turn in your money, please send it with your student to the front office ASAP.
Woodbury High School Fall Musical - Footloose the Musical!
Woodbury High School will be performing Footloose the Musical November 3rd-5th and 9th-11th. There are many WMS alumni who will be performing onstage and helping out behind the scenes. Check out the high school theatre website for more info and online ticket sales. Tickets can also be purchased at the door before each show.
WMS is currently hiring for two paraprofessional positions.
Do you know someone who is passionate about working with kids and would like to join our team at Woodbury Middle School? We are currently hiring for paraprofessional positions for the 2023-24 school year.
If you or someone you know might be interested, please reach out to assistant principal Josh Eidem at 651-425-4509 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants can also go online at: https://www.applitrack.com/sowashco/onlineapp/default.aspx?Category=Paraprofessional
SoWashCo CARES and Community Ed. Winter Clothing Drive
Community members and organizations can donate items by filling out the donation form, fulfilling an item from the Amazon wish list or contributing financially. Winter clothing donors will be paired with students in need. You will then be contacted with the requested winter clothing items for a specific child and which school to drop off your donation. To sign up, visit the ‘Give Help’ section at sowashcocares.org.
Donated winter clothing will be available for families in need of assistance through your school’s social worker or at pop-up shopping events beginning in Nov. We will do our best to fulfill every request, however, requests are not guaranteed. For more information, visit the ‘Get Help’ section at sowashcocares.org.
Paper copies of the request forms are available through your school’s social worker or principal. Completed paper forms can be returned to your school’s front office. For more information or a translated version of the form, please contact email@example.com or call 651-425-6671.
How Will the Money Be Spent if Question 2 Passes?
We are less than two weeks away from Election Day 2023. SoWashCo Schools will have three questions on the ballot on Nov. 7 that address safety and space in our schools.
Bond Question 2 addresses elementary school space at schools projected to exceed capacity and renovations for bathrooms at five elementary schools. If this question passes the tax impact will be about $1 per month on a median valued home of $409,000.
Bond Question 2 is contingent on the passage of Question 1, meaning if Question 1 fails to pass, Question 2 automatically fails as well.
Elementary School Additions:
Bailey Elementary $8.7 million: Construction of classroom addition and new cafeteria and kitchen
Grey Cloud Elementary $9.4 million: Construction of classroom addition and new cafeteria and kitchen
Pine Hill Elementary $10.9 million: New classroom additions, gym space addition and new bathrooms
Red Rock Elementary$4.3 million: Construction of new classroom addition
Elementary School Bathroom Renovations:
Crestview, Hillside, Pine Hill, Pullman and Royal Oaks $6.9 million: Construction of additional bathrooms, each of these schools currently only contain a single set/four stall
- If Bond Question 1 and/or Question 2 do NOT pass, elementary boundary changes will be in effect starting the 2024-2025 school year. In addition, middle school boundaries will be adjusted to keep elementary school cohorts together as much as possible.
The elementary school boundaries adjustments would impact about 427 current students. There will not be any boundary changes for high schools next school year.
Please use this boundary changes tool to see if your address would be impacted by the potential changes.
If you would like to learn more now please visit sowashco.org/facilityplanning.
To learn more about Question 1, check out last week’s Election 2023 newsletter.
Check out all of your voting options online. Learn more about the bond questions at sowashco.org/facilityplanning. Use our Tax Impact Calculator See potential boundary changes if Question 2 fails using our Boundary Adjustments Tool Watch SoWashCo Schools Vote 2023 video. Learn more about elections at sowashco.org/vote-2023/election.
Check out all of your voting options online.
Learn more about the bond questions at sowashco.org/facilityplanning.
Use our Tax Impact Calculator
See potential boundary changes if Question 2 fails using our Boundary Adjustments Tool
Watch SoWashCo Schools Vote 2023 video.
Learn more about elections at sowashco.org/vote-2023/election.
Early Voting is Underway
About SoWashCo Schools Request
On Nov. 7, 2023 SoWashCo Schools is holding a special election to ask voters to consider two bond questions and a Technology Projects levy.
Taking staff and community feedback and input into consideration, the School Board approved a plan to present the district’s new 5-year facility plan, called Securing Our Future. Supporting Our Students, to the community with two bond questions.
Question 1 addresses safety and security enhancements and expansions and renovations at secondary schools.
Question 2 addresses elementary school space at schools projected to exceed capacity (Bailey, Grey Cloud, Pine Hill and Red Rock elementary schools); and construction of additional bathrooms at schools only containing a single set/four stalls (Crestview, Hillside, Pine Hill, Pullman and Royal Oaks elementary schools).
The second bond question addressing elementary school space and bathrooms is contingent on the passage of Question 1, meaning Question 2 cannot pass without the approval of Question 1. If Question 2 fails, elementary school attendance boundary changes will be implemented for the 2024-25 school year.
Question 3 is a Technology Projects levy that revokes our current technology levy and replaces it with a new levy that would increase funding for infrastructure, safety and security relating to technology.
This Week in Advisory
Our theme for the month of November is "Responsibility."
Monday - Morning Meeting
Tuesday –AVID grade check
Wednesday – "The Responsibilities Game"
Thursday – Lip Dub Premiere
Friday – Wildcat Weekly
Setting Up Notifications in Schoology
Did you know you could set your Schoology Notifications up so that you can receive a message any time your child has a missing assignment? This will be beneficial for checking in with your student about their grades and helping them keep up to date with assignments.
Special note: You may need to set this back up this school year even if you had it set up last year.
Notifications are daily or weekly opt-in messages that notify parents, via email or text, of their child’s academic progress. Parents will be notified about homework, graded tests and assignments, recent activity, upcoming tests and other due dates.
Once you are logged into Schoology and you have connected to your child(ren) you can set up notifications.
NOTE: Notification settings affect all children so you only need to setup notifications for one child.
- Click the dropdown arrow next to your name at the top right
- Choose any child that you are connected to in Schoology
- Click the dropdown arrow next to your child's name at the top right, then click 'Settings'
- Click the Notifications tab and change the settings to your preference. Don't forget to click 'Save Changes'
https://www.sowashco.org/services/technology - schoology for more information
Email for help: firstname.lastname@example.org
SoWashCo Community Education Youth Activities
South Washington County Schools (SoWashCo Schools) offers activities and classes for youth through SoWashCo Community Education. Activities and classes are conveniently offered at your child's school, partner locations within our community and online.
The latest activities and classes can be found on our website under Get Involved > Youth Activities.
Middle School Girls Basketball:
Start Date: Nov. 6 for girls in grades 7th and 8th
Middle School Boys and Girls Wrestling:
Start Date: Nov. 6th for boys and girls in grades 6-8