Message from the Principal
Week Of August 17th, 2020
Woodbury Middle School staff members are very excited to have the school year begin. We know it definitely will be a unique experience from other school years, but please know we will continue to prioritize our students physical/social/emotional safety and academic learning in the days/months ahead despite any challenges we will encounter.
Woodbury Middle School will open to kick off the new school year with a “Transition Week” Monday, August 31st through Thursday, September 3rd. We are excited to have our students returning in all formats chosen (hybrid or Virtual Learning Academy), and we are eager to meet our new students who will be attending Woodbury MS for the very first time! Welcome EVERYONE!!!
Something else new in 2020-21 is that WMS will be a one-to-one technology school. Each student will be issued a chrome book. *Important note: please fill out the Acceptable Use form and opt in or out of the insurance for the chrome book.(See Below under chrome books) Before we can issue chrome books this has to have been completed. Secondly, please make sure all your information is up to date in Infinite Campus.
We will continue to share information in the days/weeks ahead on our webpage and through Blackboard Connect Messages (which is how you received this communication!). If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the front office directly at 651.425.4501. We are here to help!
Thanks to each of you in advance for your continued support, and involvement in your child’s education. We are all very fortunate to be part of such an exceptional school district and learning community!
Karin Lopez, Principal
Josh Eidem Assistant Principal
Kelli Isakson Assistant Principal
Woodbury Middle School Hybrid Schedule
The schedule for Hybrid students is below. Students will attend school onsite two days per week based on the A/B schedule.
Hybrid students will be receiving content through Schoology each school day (Monday through Friday) from their periods 1, 2, and 3 teachers the first six weeks of trimester 1. Students will receive content for periods 4, 5, and 6 the second six weeks of trimester 1. This is in addition to students' two days in person each week.
Whether or not students are ONSITE, they will be responsible for content that will be assigned to them through Schoology each day of the week (Monday through Friday). All teachers will have online office hours/distance learning opportunities each day (Monday through Thursdays) from 2:15pm to 3:20pm for additional support as needed on a daily basis.
The schedule for "Flex Fridays" will include teachers being available via WebEx (per the class schedule below) AND students will attend Advisory online from 11:15-11:45am every Friday.
Transition Week August 31st- September 3rd
The week of August 31st through September 3rd is considered "Transition Week" across District 833. Students in the Hybrid Model will be attending school per the schedule below. During this time, 6th Grade students will be experiencing "Camp 6 Programming" and our 7th and 8th grade students will also be experiencing orientation while on site. The school day schedule will run from 7:50am to 12:55pm. *Reminder there is no transportation for this week.
*Please note that 6th grade Hybrid Students will be attending via their A/B days starting Monday, August 31st and 7th/8th grade Hybrid Students will be attending via their A/B days starting Wednesday, September 2nd. See schedule below!
Virtual Learning Academy (VLA) students will be receiving transition information online. (More information will be shared at a later time.)
The Virtual Learning Academy (VLA) students will be receiving content through Schoology each school day (Monday through Friday) from their periods 1, 2 and 3 teachers the first 6 weeks of trimester 1 and periods 4, 5 and 6 the second 6 weeks of trimester 1.
Students from Woodbury Middle School who are in the Virtual Learning Academy will be scheduled for their course work with staff members/teachers from Woodbury Middle School. (Schedules will be available online through student/parent portal in Infinite Campus Monday, August 24th.)
VLA students will have access to each of their classroom teachers via WebEx during staff office hours on Mondays through Thursdays from 2:15pm to 3:20pm. On Fridays, they have access to each of their class periods via WebEx AND will participate in a 30 minute Advisory experience from 11:15am-11:45am every Friday, per the schedule below. (Their hybrid classmates will also be part of those classes/office hours and Advisory experience on Fridays - this will hopefully give our VLA students direct contact with their Woodbury Middle School teachers and classmates!)
Is my child an "A" or "B" Day Student?
Important Information about School Issued Chrome Books
All families will be required to sign an acceptable use device agreement form with the option to sign-up for an accidental damage device protection plan. You either have to purchase the protection plan or opt out of the protection plan. You may access these forms through our new fee payment system at sowashco.org/fees.
You will be asked to create an account through the SmartSchoolK12 website.
· Instructions for creating a new SmartSchool account
· How to add a new student relationship to an existing account
· Questions? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any issues with the process, please contact email@example.com.
Chromebooks will be distributed during the first week of school. 6th, 7th and 8th grade students will receive their chrome books during transition week. Virtual Learning students will receive their chrome books on Thursday August 27th from 9:00-5:00.
Parent Schoology: What is It?
Schoology is a learning management system and networking service for schools to allow all users (students, parents and staff members) to create, manage and share academic content online. Each instructional staff member at WMS has an individual Schoology site and will be working through the site for each of their individual classes.
The intended outcome of individual Schoology sites is to increase the effectiveness and consistency of our communication of individual classroom content, standards and outcomes, classroom resources, expectations, activities/events, etc. to our students and their families. All staff contact information can be found on WMS Middle School’s website located at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are experiencing problems with Schoology, please send an email to the following email address for support: email@example.com
*Students will receive login and access instructions during the first week of school.
More information to come on this.
*All students will also be given a Student Planner (free of charge)
*Please note that at the start of the school year, individual student AND phy. ed lockers will NOT be utilized (until further notice.) Students will need an individual backpack to use to keep their belongings with them (i.e. Chromebook, binder/school supplies, tennis shoes, etc.) as they transition to each class throughout the school day onsite.
*There will NOT be any “shared classroom school supplies” at this time.
*Virtual Learning Academy (VLA) students should determine what items they believe they need from the list in their home environments for their coursework.
6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Open House
Students should have a water bottle that can be refilled at the bottle filling stations around the school. Please label it with your student's first and last name. Unclaimed water bottles without names will be disposed of after two days.
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES/TIMES
Thursday, August 27th from 9am to 5pm
Virtual Learning Academy (VLA) Students Chromebook Dispersement (more information about the process will be shared at a later time.)
August 31st through September 3rd 7:50am-12:55pm
TRANSITION WEEK - For: Hybrid Student Groups A and B only
This week includes “Camp 6” Programming for our Hybrid students who will be onsite and all hybrid students will be receiving their chromebooks per the schedule below. *Reminder no transportation will be provided during transition week.
*Transition items for VLA students will be presented/completed online – more information to be shared at a later time.)
First Day of School (Content Begins) for both Hybrid and VLA students.