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West Middle School

Principal - Scott Cole / Assistant Principal - Rachelle Wiersma / Dean of Students - Zach Davis

December 2019 / January 2020

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Upcoming Events

12/2 SPED to Tyson Events Center 9-11:45 A.M.

12/10 WMS Band Concert @ WHS 6:30 P.M.

12/12 7th gr. TAG to Morningside College 9:00 A.M.-2:00 P.M.

12/13 PBIS Assembly 1:45 P.M.

12/17 Jazz Choir Caroling (in the community)

12/20 1:45 P.M. Early Dismissal

12/23-1/3 NO SCHOOL - Winter Break

1/6 Classes resume @ 7:45 A.M.

1/14 Pizza with Parents Informational Meeting @ WMS 5-6:00 P.M. (all WMS parents and students welcome)

1/16 End of 2nd Quarter / 1st Semester

1/17 NO SCHOOL - Teacher Workday

1/23 Strong Foundations Honor Band (6th grade) / Concert @ EHS 6:00 P.M.

1/24 Career Academy Tours (8th grade)

1/30 NWIA Honors Orchestra @ Northwestern College

Pizza with Parents Informational Meeting

West Middle School will be hosting an informational meeting for parents & their students on January 14th from 5:00-6:00 P.M. The main focus of this evening will be Title I Literacy Awareness. Other topics up for discussion are International Baccalaureate, transition to 2nd semester classes, & transition to high school for 8th graders. Pizza will be served and students who attend will receive an age appropriate book to take home. All West Middle parents and their students are welcome. We hope to see you there!

Note from the Principal...

December is here and will be going quickly. We have many things going on in the three weeks before Christmas break. Please look at the calendar of events within the newsletter to assist with dates and times for these activities.

We will be taking the second round of assessments towards reaching our building goals this month. December 3rd and 4th is our Lit assessment, December 9th – 12th is our Math assessment. We are looking for 10% growth throughout the year on both of these goals. This will give us valuable data as to how we are doing. You can assist us at home by making sure your student gets a good night’s sleep prior and is at school on time during the testing dates.

We are continuing on our IB journey as well this month. In the newsletter, you will see the two learner profiles we will be working on in all classes this month. The profiles are Inquirers and Knowledgeable. Please ask your student(s) about these. We will be working on a couple each month until students have been exposed to all ten profiles.

With the holidays approaching, we ask that parents/guardians stay in contact with us concerning student attendance. Attendance needs to know right away in the morning if your student is going to be absent for the day. We also need to know if your student is leaving before the break begins. We are out of school December 20th at 1:45 and return Monday, January 6th, at regular time.

Have a great Holiday season!

Scott Cole 279-6813

IB Update

West Middle's IB Learner Profile focus for December will be INQUIRERS and KNOWLEDGEABLE. Teachers will be discussing, modeling and practicing these learner traits within their content lesson in the month of December. We would encourage parents to ask their children about the different ways learners can demonstrate inquiry and knowledge as life-long learners.

As IB learners, we strive to be INQUIRERS. We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquire and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.

As IB learners, we strive to be KNOWLEDGEABLE. We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.

How can parents encourage these traits at home?

  • Visit the library and allow your child to explore topics they are learning at school, or other topics of interest. Allow your child to develop their natural curiosity.
  • Model inquiry in everyday life. Show your child what you do when you do not know the answers or solutions to life situations.
  • Show your child how they can actively enjoy learning new things!
  • Encourage your child to read books.
  • Discuss currents events, watch the news or read the newspaper with your child.
  • Talk about the local or global significance of current events and how it may affect individuals, communities, regions or the world.

Strong Foundations Honor Band

Congratulations to the students selected for the 6th Grade Strong Foundations Honor Band! These talented students will be performing on January 23, 2020, at East High School at 6:00 P.M.

Christhel Bracamonte, Lillian Hansen, Max Kuehl, Reygan Mann, Jeovanni Ramirez-Hansen, Jozefinah Ramirez-Hansen, Juniper Roach

8th grade Highlights - Social Studies...

Come One, Come All to the New Colonies!

In history class, the 8th graders recently created colonial recruitment posters to get Europeans to consider moving across the Atlantic Ocean to join one of the 13 colonies. Now we are studying the buildup to the revolutionary war and will really focus on the propaganda the Sons of Liberty used to get support to rebel against King and Crown.

Ask your student if their poster would convince people to move to the Colonies.

8th grade Highlights - ELA (English/Language Arts)...

Free Tutoring @ WMS

Free Tutoring at West Middle

Room 332 / Mrs. Moerman

7:00-7:35 A.M. Mon.-Fri.

1:45-2:30 P.M. Monday

2:45-3:30 P.M. Tues.-Fri.

More Tutoring Available

Media Center / Assorted Teachers

2:45-4:15 P.M. Tuesday-Thursday

All students are welcome. A free activities bus will be available for students to ride to the feeder elementary closest to their home at 4:30 P.M.

Health / Fitness Tip: Play a Video Game...Really?

Who says video games aren't good for us? Ever think about a Wii Fit? Do you already have one of those in your home? If so, just like the online workout videos, a Nintendo Wii Fit is a fun and convenient way to stay fit during winter and have fun at the same time. This gaming device provides virtual workouts to direct the user through a number of exercises including strength training, aerobics and more. It can be adjusted to fit your personal goals from cardiovascular improvement and disease prevention to muscle building and weight loss. So if you have a Wii Fit at home, why not dig it out and have some family fun on those cold winter days? **Suggestion adapted from pinnaclehealth.org/wellness-library

Community Service Project - Donations Welcome!

In Business and Marketing, students are learning about helping the community through service learning projects. Students chose to help the homeless and are asking for your help. They will be collecting sample/hotel sized hygiene products, storage size Ziploc bags, and non-perishable protein foods (peanuts or beef jerky). The products will be used to put together blessing bags that will be delivered to local shelters. Donations may be sent with students or dropped off at the school. Thank you in advance for your help.

Community Service Project - Donations Welcome!

West Middle School Can Change Hunger! From now until December 19th, we will be collecting cans and pocket change for the Food Bank of Siouxland.

Students can make a difference by bringing spare coins to their advisory teacher. For every dollar collected, the Food Bank will be able to secure 13 pounds of food to help nourish people in our community. Homerooms that collect the highest dollar amount will earn weekly incentives.

Non-perishable food items such as cereal, canned soups, meats, fruits and vegetables; peanut butter and jelly; boxed pastas and spaghetti sauce (cans only as no glass jars can be accepted) can be brought to the library. If students have library fees for lost or missing books, now is their chance to pay them off with donations. For every canned/boxed food item donated, we will delete one dollar of existing book fees.

These simple donations change lives, give hope, and provide food for those in need. Together, we can change hunger!

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The Sioux City Community School District offers career and technical programs in the following areas: Business & Marketing, Family & Consumer Science, Health Science, and Industrial Arts, Technology, & PLTW.

The Sioux City Community School District is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. It is an unfair or discriminatory practice for any educational institution to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information (for employment), national origin, religion, age (for employment), disability, socioeconomic status (for programs), marital status (for programs), or veteran status (for employment) in its educational programs and its employment practices.

Inquiries or grievances, including Section 504 grievances and grievances under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, may be directed to Jen Gomez, Director of Student Services & Equity Education at 627 4th Street, Sioux City, IA 51101, (712) 279-6075, gomezj2@live.siouxcityschools.com. Please see District Board policies 103 and 504.4 for additional information on available grievance procedures.