West Sylvan Family Communication
June 20, 2023
PPS has shared out the approved calendar for NEXT school year for your planning purposes.
Dear West Sylvan Families,
We hope that your family enjoys the Summer Break and all of the opportunities that the free time together will bring! Our Eighth Graders had their last moments together last week as Middle School students, and the Promotion at LHS was a fun event to culminate their experience.
Enjoy your Summer Break,
Jill & Ben
SUMMER BUILDING CLOSURE
Over Summer our Administrative team (the only people who work some of the days in July and early August) will check emails and that will be the most efficient way to communicate, given the construction constraints. Thank you for your patience and understanding with delays as we work through the construction over Summer.
STUDENT CLASS SCHEDULES
2023-24 BELL SCHEDULE
Thank You to Educators Who are Departing! We understand that family needs, retirement, and professional goals may take Educators in different paths over time, and we are grateful for the time that these Educators have devoted to our school community. We are sorry to see them go, and we wish them success in their future endeavors!
Mr. Azuma Bearden, PE/Health Teacher
Ms. Lauren Carmichael, ISC Paraeducator
Mr. Matthew Gilley, Media/Tech Educator
Ms. Rachael Jones, Speech Therapist
Ms. Genevieve Ma’yet, ELA/SS Teacher
Ms. Heather Straube, ELA/SS Teacher
Mrs. Dorothy Wierth, Math Educator
Mx. Riley Wolff, ISC Teacher
SIXTH GRADE OUTDOOR SCHOOL
If you would like to send a final note of appreciation to any Staff member, please share here. The kind notes go a long way in making our Staff members feel seen and thanked!
If you missed the WSMS Dance Recital on June 8th, click the image for the link to the video.
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WSMS WRITING CLUB MAGAZINE
Writing Club Magazine created by our young Scholars during Advisory Club time is linked to the image for your enjoyment. Thank you to Seventh Grader, Miranda Yesser, for sharing this publication!
SOCIAL MEDIA MONITORING
Summer time may lead to extra time on phones and social media. We encourage you to continue to actively monitor your student’s social media presence to help them make responsible decisions.
Some recommended tips are below:
Get online family protection. Programs that provide parental controls can block websites, enforce time limits, monitor the websites that your child visits, and their online conversations.
Follow your child's online accounts, and tell them that you are monitoring their online activity to help keep them safe.
Interrupt any chats or conversations that are harmful. Tell your child to disengage from chats and harmful groups that do not support your family values.
Block social media apps using your parental controls.
Shut down cell access during specific times of the day so that your child may use their phone before and after school for safety reasons and is not tempted to engage in harmful activities during the school day.
Enforce screen times, limiting time online on such apps or video games where there are also active chats that are often full of concerning content.
Use a GPS parental control device that your child carries to help you monitor their location throughout the school day.
Only allow children to sign up for apps if you have a joint log-on with them so that you can help monitor their interactions for safety.
BLACK EXCELLENCE GROUP
You belong. You are valued.
You are loved. You are able.
You are excellent.
The Center for Black Student Excellence (CBSE) Vision has been released. View it here. The Center for Black Student Excellence is A Place, An Approach, and a Redesign of the System. Learn more about the vision.
Mashari Tyson, Founder
Click here for directions for Parents/Guardians to access CANVAS and view Student course information.
INFORMATION FOR EIGHTH GRADE FAMILIES
Your Eighth graders are now on their way to High School, so please contact your new High School Counselor and Administration team for any help with the transition to High School. Ms. Rebecca Cohen can also help coordinate connections and supports with the new team, as needed.
If your Eighth Grader accepted the High School credit for their advanced Math or their World Language course, and you change your mind, you need to notify your High School Counselor of this change once the new school year begins.
Get your young people involved in sports to keep them active and connected to other students!
Khan Academy will help students continue their math education over the Summer months.
Encourage your student to read! Set goals for the number of chapter books per week/month to read!
Counselors’ last day of work is 6/23/23.
If you try to contact them after that date,
they will not respond until the new school year begins for them.