Shamrock Blast

August 20, 2021

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Mask Mandate

As a reminder, starting Monday, August 23, masks will be mandatory in all WWS buildings for staff, students and visitors.


Transportation

Per federal mandate, students must wear masks on school buses. Face shields do not meet this mandate, so students must wear a face mask on the bus at all times.


Mask Breaks

Students will have opportunities to take mask breaks. Students do not need to wear masks at lunch or while outside.


Contact Tracing

The Indiana Department of Health mandates contract tracing. Wearing a face covering can greatly reduce the number of students who must quarantine due to being close contacts.

Mask Mandate Exit Strategy

In an effort to provide as much transparency as possible, the district has decided to create and maintain a COVID-19 dashboard. It will provide the building-level case and quarantine information that we provide to the Indiana Department of Health. The dashboard will be posted in each Shamrock Blast with a scheduled start of next week.


In order to determine when and how we will roll back the mask mandate, we will monitor a number of state, county, local and district data. When we are ready to change the plan, we will inform the community as soon as possible. The district will also release a monthly COVID-19 message to keep everyone informed.


No one mitigation measure will solve this problem by itself. Vaccines, masks, social distancing, and hand washing can help. If we all team together and implement these measures, we can reduce the spread of the virus and keep kids in school!

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Monitor Students for COVID-19 Symptoms

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Indiana Online Academy

Indiana Online Academy is a direct partner with Westfield Washington Schools. If you enroll, your 7-12 student can still participate in middle school and high school extracurricular activities. Please see your school academic counselor for additional information.


The deadline to sign up is Wednesday, August 25, 2021 for this semester.

WWES Principal Named Principal of the Year

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Tom Hakim, principal of Washington Woods Elementary School, will be recognized as the IASP District 5 Elementary Principal of the Year!


We are so proud to have him leading students and teachers in our district. He works very hard to bring out the leader in all of us, so please join us in congratulating Mr. Hakim on a well-deserved recognition!

Dr. Kaiser plays Can't Beat Deb

CBD - Dr Kaiser

Dr. Kaiser goes head-to-head with Deborah Honeycutt for "Can't Beat Deb," the fun-filled trivia game on the Jim, Deb & Kevin show on WFMS 95.5FM this morning!


If you thought that was fun, join us at Westfield High School when Honeycutt gives us some inspiration and levity during these crazy times. She will about how embracing the chaos can go a long way toward improving our mental health. There might even be some cake involved.

BAC on Extended Learning Days

BAC is open for all day care on the district's scheduled professional development days (September 15th, January 12th, April 20th). Each elementary school and the intermediate school will offer care on these days but enrollment is limited and spots will be filled on a first come first serve basis.

Dear 4th Grade Parents,

Westfield High School’s Theatre Department is producing The Wizard of Oz this fall and we would love for your 4th grader to be a part of it! We will be hosting a parent informational meeting at the Westfield High School Auditorium on Monday, August 23 at 6:30pm. This opportunity is open to all 4th graders in the WWS district. If you have any questions, or cannot attend the meeting on August 23 but would like more information, please email one of the Theatre Directors below.


Sincerely,

Lance Grubb

grubbl@wws.k12.in.us


Jon Majors

majorsj@wws.k12.in.us


Jennifer Paul

paulj@wws.k12.in.us

Grant for WWS Teachers

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The Westfield Education Foundation is proud to provide WWS teachers with grants, each year, to help support their classroom teaching! Any and all WWS teachers are eligible to apply and it only takes a few minutes.


Click the button below and you could be the next happy face on the picture!

What to Do if You Suspect a Disability

If you suspect your child may have a disability or have concerns related to your child’s IEP, please contact your child’s teacher, school principal or call the student services/special education office at 317-867-8006.


For children at least two and a half years of age, but not yet age-eligible for kindergarten, you should contact the Early Childhood Assessment Team at Washington Woods Elementary (317) 867-7900.

Oak Trace Elementary Adopt-a-School

Cub Scout Pack 129 and Boy Scout Troops 1910 and 1920 recently completed a service project at Oak Trace Elementary School. The PTO provided an amazing assist with the purchase of the dirt used on the field.


The project was completed as a part of the scout council-wide "Adopt-A-School" initiative and as a way to give back to Oak Trace Elementary School. This is the school that the majority of the pack's scouts attend, as well as the primary venue for the pack's meetings. It is important to the pack and troops that we give back to the school!


The project revitalized the baseball diamond by picking up trash and debris, pulling weeds from the infield and dugouts, spreading a layer of dirt over the dugouts and infield and fixing divots, and minor fence repair to the backstop. The scouts and troops did an amazing job!

Get your Shamrock Swag!

Is your student a kindergartener or new to the district? Get them some Shamrock gear from the Rock Shop! It is a student-operated apparel shop that provides our community with official Shamrock gear! You can snag the latest hoodies, shirts, hats, phone accessories, pajama pants and much more! Whether you're new to the district or need to revamp your spirit wear, the Rock Shop is the place for you!

Apply for Financial Assistance

Even though school lunches are free to all students, to receive financial assistance for curricular materials (Chromebooks, textbooks, workbooks, classroom novels, online resources, and supplies like science lab chemicals, and art supplies) families still need to apply to the free and reduced program.


The application must be completed online. If you need access to a computer or assistance filling it out, please contact Gladys Salas at Central Office at 317-867-8002.

If you do not qualify for the free and reduced program, there are payment plans designed to help parents pay their student(s) fees in smaller amounts.

Sign Up for Cub Scouts

Youth Talk #1
On Monday, August 23, all WWS elementary schools will host a virtual Cub Talk where parents can get more information about Cub Scouts and everything that the organization offers.

Work in the District!

Want to work in our district and be a key part of the future of our Shamrocks? We are hiring for all types of positions! Whether you want to be a teacher, computer technician, secretary, bus driver, childcare professional, substitute or some other district position, we have a spot for your on our team.


Southwest Foodservice Excellence, our foodservice provider, is hiring for lots of positions. They have full-time and part-time positions available for cooks, cashiers, and general kitchen staff with salaries starting at $13/hr.

To apply, contact Joey Healy at healyj@wws.k12.in.us or (317)-867-8060

Shamrock Shout Out

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This week's Shamrock Shout Out goes to Marcie Durbin from Oak Trace Elementary Principal Jane Hitch!


"I want to spotlight Marcie Durbin because she's starting her 49th year in education! She's one of our early literacy teachers and she's a master at teaching kids to read!"


Keep on Rockin', Marcie!

Questions or Concerns?

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