The Wigwam Express

October 2021

Wigwam Creek Middle School

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A Message from the Principal

Dear Jaguar Families,


I hope this newsletter finds you recharged and rested after fall break.


A few reminders and announcements:


  • Remind101-Please sign-up for Remind101. It allows us to text you with real-time information if/when necessary.

  • Picture Retake and Club/Team Picture Day is October 19, 2021. If you would like your child to participate in retakes, please plan accordingly. Coaches and Club Supervisors will let their students know what to wear and where to meet on the afternoon of the 19th.

  • Booster Club-We welcome Mrs. Brook Hawkins Blaylark as our new Jaguar Booster Club president. We appreciate your dedication to our Jaguar family.

  • Conferences-Conferences are scheduled for October 27, 28, and 29. We will offer two days of virtual conferences on the 27th and 29th. We will offer one day of in-person conferences on the 28th. More information will come from your child's homeroom teacher.


  • Site Council-I am happy to announce that we have had several families volunteer to be a part of our school site council. Please read below to follow the next steps in the selection process.


Thank you and have a great month!


Respectfully,


Mrs. Tassin and the Wigwam Creek Staff

Remind101

Sign-up at the link above to receive real-time information via text message. This is a new link for the 21/22 school year. I use Remind for emergency, real-time, after hours, and weekend messaging. I encourage all families to sign up.

Site Council Members

In the section below you will find the names of parents who are interested in becoming representatives for this year's site council. Since we had more than 3 interested parties, I am required to put the selection to a vote. Following the names and biographies below you will see a link to the electronic voting form. Please consider taking a moment to vote.


Jean Lowry

Student in 7th Grade
I am a woman who came from a family who did not have the resources to send me to college. I was working jobs that paid very little and struggling to get by to raise my daughter on my own after a divorce. My former husband did not work, so provided no support to my child. I decided to find to put myself through college. I worked and went to college, got scholarships and was able to graduate with a BS in Business/Economics with an Accounting specialization. Once I got working in that field, my company paid for my MBA. I greatly value education.

Eddie James
Student in 8th Grade

As a licensed financial planner and licensed pastor here in the West Valley. Eddie is very active in volunteering his time to teach financial literacy and building healthy churches in Arizona, throughout the country, and globally. Eddie has a beautiful wife who is an educator in the Agua Fria School district and two beautiful daughters who are both in the Litchfield Elementary School District.


As the son of a former Phoenix principal, Eddie understands the importance of serving all stakeholders.


Eddie feels a great sense of responsibility to work with other parents, community partners, school administration, and staff to ensure all of our children in the district have the opportunity for a quality education here in our community.


Eddie, believes that though we may not agree on everything, "who ever does", he believes our community has the capacity to help solve our education needs ourselves. His vision is a West Valley community with mutually supportive partnerships between the district and the community. These partnerships between LESD and the community will manifest to a win-win-win. A win for our district students and parents, a win for our district administration and staff, and a win for for West Valley community partners.

Michelle Lowry
Student in 7th Grade

I'm a working parent with a 7th grader. I have a college degree and I'm very interested in the education of my 7th grader and all other students.

Mogey Lovelle
Student in 6th Grade

I have been a licensed attorney in Texas for over 17 years and received my Arizona license in May. The majority of my career has been as a government regulator related to investigations and prosecutions of securities fraud. I currently am an enforcement attorney for the Arizona Corporation Commission where I also investigate cases related to violations of the Arizona Securities Act and Investment Management Act. I received my law degree at Texas Tech and my Psychology undergraduate degree at Angelo State University.

Tammy Ngeno
Student in 7th Grade


Neva Street
Student in 8th Grade

Cell Phones and Smart Watches

We are seeing a significant increase in the use of cell phones and Apple watches on and around campus. Students are using them in the bathroom, during class, out on the field during lunch/recess, before classes begin, and at dismissal as they leave campus. Over the next week we will be working diligently to remind students of the district's cell phone and Smart watch policies. We ask for your support at home by talking to your child about the appropriate use of cell phones and Smart watches during school hours. They are to remain off and in their backpacks at all times.


We will begin to strictly enforce district policy on these items in order to not only maintain the integrity of the learning environment, but to protect the privacy of our students.


I have included a snapshot of handbook pages below, addressing the improper use of technology, electronic devices on campus, and electronic devices on the school bus.

Improper Use of Technology

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Electronic Devices on Campus

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Electronic Devices on the School Bus

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American Dream Academy

Consider attending the ADA

Don't forget about the wonderful opportunity to attend American Dream Academy. It's a great program to help parents become active participants in their child's road to success in school and in life!


The next meeting is at 6pm on Thursday, October 14, 2021-Virtual

The following meeting is at 6pm on Thursday, October 21, 2021-In-Person-Wigwam Media Center

Attendance

It is very helpful when parents/guardians call our attendance clerk for absences and tardies. Please be sure to reach out to Ms. Smith when your child is going to be absent or tardy.


The attendance line is 623-547-1103.

Ms. Smith's email address is smithk@lesd.k12.az.us


We appreciate your support with this.

Communication is Essential

We encourage all parents/guardians to keep the lines of communication open. If you have a question do not hesitate to reach out to your child's homeroom teacher and/or advisor for support.


6th Grade Advisor-Ms. Hale-hale@lesd.k12.az.us

7th Grade Advisor-Ms. Baczynski-baczynski@lesd.k12.az.us

8th Grade Advisor-Mr. Whitman-whitman@lesd.k12.az.us


To reach Ms. McQuarrie or me, please reach out to Ms. Brownlee, our Office Manager, at brownlee@lesd.k12.az.us.

Weekly Progress Report

Tuesday, Oct. 12th, 6pm

This is an online event.

Progress reports are sent home via email each Tuesday by 6pm. The only exception is when mid-term or report cards go home. In that case, the mid-term and/or report card can be found in ParentVue and StudentVue on a Thursday afternoon.

Cheer Clinic

Wednesday, Oct. 13th, 6pm

4510 North 127th Avenue

Litchfield Park, AZ

Report Cards Available on Studentvue/Parentvue

Thursday, Oct. 14th, 4pm

This is an online event.

1st quarter report cards will be available online today.

Cheer Tryouts

Thursday, Oct. 14th, 5pm

4510 North 127th Avenue

Litchfield Park, AZ

Picture Retake and Club/Sports Picture Day

Tuesday, Oct. 19th, 9am

4510 North 127th Avenue

Litchfield Park, AZ

Coaches and Club sponsors will inform students of what to wear and where to meet.

Weekly Progress Report

Tuesday, Oct. 19th, 6pm

This is an online event.

Progress reports are sent home via email each Tuesday by 6pm. The only exception is when mid-term or report cards go home. In that case, the mid-term and/or report card can be found in ParentVue and StudentVue on a Thursday afternoon.

Weekly Progress Report

Tuesday, Oct. 26th, 6pm

This is an online event.

Progress reports are sent home via email each Tuesday by 6pm. The only exception is when mid-term or report cards go home. In that case, the mid-term and/or report card can be found in ParentVue and StudentVue on a Thursday afternoon.

Early Release & Parent-Virtual Teacher Conferences

Wednesday, Oct. 27th, 2-4:30pm

4510 North 127th Avenue

Litchfield Park, AZ

  • Early Release is at 1:50pm.
  • Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place virtually from 2:00pm-4:30pm.

Early Release & In-Person Parent-Teacher Conferences

Thursday, Oct. 28th, 2-7pm

This is an online event.

  • Early Release is at 1:50pm.
  • In-Person Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place from 2:00pm-4:30pm and again from 5:00pm-7:00pm.

Early Release & Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences

Friday, Oct. 29th, 2-4pm

4510 North 127th Avenue

Litchfield Park, AZ

  • Early Release is at 1:50pm.
  • Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place virtually from 2:00pm-4:30pm.

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Bullying Information and Reporting

We take bullying very seriously. One of the most important pieces of prevention is reporting. If your child shares a concern at home, contact us at school or use the link above to submit your concern.

Contact Us

Communication is crucial! Do you need to contact a teacher or administrator? Simply click the link above and we will respond within 24-48 hours.

Recognize Excellence

Would you like to recognize a student, teacher, or staff member for the great things he/she is doing? Click the link above and recognize the great things going on in and around our campus.