Wangenheim Middle School

Vol XV: April 27, 2021

Hello Families!

This is a message from the Wangenheim ASB students. Wednesday, May 5th is Teacher Appreciation Day. What a year it has been! Teachers have been the most flexible they have ever been. They have put in their all under these unfortunate circumstances & adapted to online learning and then prepared the classrooms for us to come back to school. They deserve the appreciation now more than ever. Here are some ideas. Teachers LOVE letters and cards with true authentic words of appreciation. Students can also make a video, slideshow, or artwork that can be presented online or in person. Please feel free to do whatever you can to best show your teachers the appreciation you feel for their hard work this past year. Thank you so much for your time.

California Health Kids Survey (CHKS)

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The district is asking each school to administer the California Health Kids Survey (CHKS) to all 7th grade students at Wangenheim MS. They will take the survey in their period 6 class, in the coming weeks. Please click on this link for an informational flyer: If you do not want your student to participate, please e-mail Naomi Paige (

Estimados padres / tutores:

El distrito está pidiendo a cada escuela que administre la Encuesta de Niños de Salud de California (CHKS) a todos los estudiantes de séptimo grado en Wangenheim MS. Tomarán la encuesta en su clase del período 6 en las próximas semanas. Haga clic en este enlace para obtener un folleto informativo: Si no desea que su estudiante participe, envíe un correo electrónico a Naomi Paige (

SDUSD Summer Experience

This year, SDUSD will be offering a Summer Experience for all students. Classes will be held M-F 8:30-12:30 from June 21st to July 16th on the Challenger Middle School campus in Mira Mesa. Online options will also be available.

Summer Experience is a human-centered learning opportunity that will meet students where they are. Classes are designed around interdisciplinary hands-on, minds-on projects (English, History/Social Studies, Math, and Science) connected to key industry/community partners in San Diego. Space may be limited. If you are interested, please fill out the form below. Contact your student’s counselor with any questions.

English Application / Spanish Application

Karena Doan

Head Counselor, Last names A-L

619-605-2250 x3012

Naomi Paige

Counselor, Last names M-Z

619-605-2250 x3056

Orders will be delivered to the school

Please click on the classroom to check out all our eFair has to offer. Please contact Mrs. Minezaki if you have any questions or problems ordering. Thanks for your support.

April's Student of the month

Congratulations! The Student of the Month was chosen by his/her teachers, counselors, and/or staff. The selection is based on character, leadership, citizenship, and not necessarily academics. April is Month of the MIlitary Child. This month PAWS awards achknowledged our military student population. Please visit the Main Office, Mon-Thurs 7:30-2:30 and Fri 7:30-1:00 to pick up your special treats.

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wangenheim clubs

Mindful Moment Drop-in

Wednesdays, starting 4/28 at 12:30, join Ms. Doan in a Mindful Moment. We will take 30 minutes to relax, practice mindfulness and connect with ourselves. Join Ms. Doan in room 503 or find her to get more information.

Club meets: 12:30-1:00 on Wednesdays

Please see the article for how Mindfulness helps in all aspects of your life!

Fitness Club

Wangenheim students interested in extra PE time should sign up for the Wildcat Fitness Club! We will spend part of the time working on cardio and/or strength training and part of the time focusing on a game or physical activity!

Club meets: 1:00-2:00 on Tuesdays

Please contact Coach Menden, advisor, for more information.

History Myth Busters Club

Meets to research a myth about history (inspired by book "Lies My Teachers Told Me")

Grass in front of 804

Bring lunch or snack

Club president: Autumn Hunter

Safe, social distanced and outside!

Club meets: 12:30-1:00 every other Thursday (5/6, 5/20)

Please contact Ms. Slezak, advisor, for more infomation.

Math Counts

MathCounts is a national math program for middle school students giving them the opportunity to engage in fun math games in a non-competitive and social environment in order to help build confidence in their math skills. We also are meeting with other schools: Marston MS & Knox MS.

Club meets: 1:30 - 2:30 pm every other Monday virtually on Zoom (5/10, 5/24)

Google Classroom code: x6y4wi6

Please contact Ms. Esmende, advisor, for more information.


NO place for HATE is a self-directed program helping all stakeholders take the lead on improving and maintaining a positive school climate so all students can thrive. Students, parents, and staff are invited. Everyone is welcome.

Google Classroom code: xgzcrei

Please contact Ms. Coppola, advisor, to see how you can get involved.

ICAT (Python)

ICAT (Python) is a coding club.

Club meets: 1:00-2:00 pm Fridays virtually on Zoom

Google classroom code: jnzptv6

Please contact Ms. Blain (Software developer for 9 years & minored in computer science) and Ms. Vu (Marston MS), advisors, for more information.

Ukulele Club

Club meets: 1:30 - 2:30 pm every other Monday virtually on Zoom (5/03, 5/17)

Google classroom code: 7ibgmrl

Please contact Ms. Blain, advisor, for more information.


We are now in the 4th Quarter of instruction. If you have any library and/or textbooks from last year or this year that you no longer need, please return them. There are carts conveniently located outside the Media Center or you can drop them off in the Main Office, Mon-Thurs 7:30-2:30 and Fri 7:30-1:00. Please contact Mrs. Minezaki if you have questions or concerns. Thank you.

April's ASB Contest

Create something new out of something old (Google it. There are lots of cool ideas). Entries are due May 1. Have fun!


The 2020-21 yearbook is complete! This year’s book will be one that you will look back on for the rest of your life. We have been collecting photos from students throughout the year. We are documenting distance learning, Covid, current events, and so many fun topics. If you haven't ordered a yearbook yet, the link is

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Groceries are either Shelf-Stable Items, or Produce or USDA Mixed Items. Extra food items are limited, and families are recommended to arrive in the early part of the designated distribution time.

Friday, April 30............Mira Mesa High


SORA-SD County Library and now also available Excel-SD Public Library

SORA which you can access through your Clever portal offers an opportunity to check out eBooks and AudioBooks from a collection curated for our District along with offerings from the San Diego County Library without a library card.

The San Diego City Public Library is now offering access eBbooks and AudioBooks, visit: Students and their families are welcome to check out digital materials, including books and magazines. If students do not have a physical library card, they may access the digital collection by using their student Excel card. The student school ID number will serve as the library account number, i.e. 590876. The password is the numeric form of the birth month and birth date, i.e. May 1 would be 0501. To check out the materials, they need to download the appropriate app, i.e CloudLibrary, then create an account.

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Library next: May-June Programs


Library NExT (Network of Education x Training) is a STEAM (Science-Tech-Engineering-Art-Math) collaboration between the San Diego Public Library, UC San Diego Extension, & Sally Ride Science. Every program is designed to teach students STEAM concepts with interactive activities. All programs are virtual via ZOOM. Your will receive the link and instructions after you have registered.

To register or view more programs, visit:

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Mira Mesa High School students are offering free virtual tutoring. A group of MMHS students along with Sabrina Bazzo (our new Board rep) created a free tutoring program for students. Our students will be paired with a high school student for one on one personalized support. The point of contact is high school student Sindhu Perubotla. She and Mallory Asis, another high school student, co-lead the program.

Please contact Sindhu directly with questions or wanting to get help.

CDC Guidelines for masks

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Look for activities and information in our next issue.

May is Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) month

Please join us in recognizing AAPI month. If you have a family picture and recipe you would like to share, please send to Mrs. Minezaki. We will include them in our next issue.