WESTWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS
2023-2024 SCHOOL YEAR - NOVEMBER EDITION
The school year is moving fast!
It is hard to believe we are already 1/4 of the way through the school year. Report cards went out today. It is hard to believe, but we are going to be seeing snow soon. Our Chili cook off is next weekend and we are so exited about some of the prizes we have. We have amazing baskets like a Scentsy basket, a spa basket, a self pampering basket, a moving basket, and a tea basket just to name a few. There are lots of other items like jewelry, pots and pans, storage containers, and much, much more!
There are silent auction items which include:
Gatlinburg, Tennessee Vacation Package
Cleveland Vacation Package
Charleston, South Carolina Package
Florida Golf Coast package
Dallas, Texas Stay
Lots of local prizes and gifts.
Come support our 8th grade students while trying to win some awesome prizes. Tickets are only $10 and are available from participating 8th grade students or the Westwood Middle School office. Join us to see if Mr. Meikle's team will keep the trophy another year or if another team dethrones them!
Vocabulary Word Focus
We are starting to focus on important vocabulary words throughout the building and across grade levels. We are going to focus on 1 word per week in homeroom but it will also be discussed in each class to define it, discuss why it is important, and how it pertains to each subject. This would be a great conversation piece to talk about with your student at home.
November words are :
Conclude: to bring to a close; end; finish
Apply: to put to use
Develop: to build up, grow or improve
Identify: to recognize or be able to name
Our PBIS matrix for expected behavior here at Westwood Middle School. PBIS stands for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports.
Reminder: Hoods Down, Cell Phones Stowed
Now that the school year is 1/4 of the way through, just a quick reminder that hoods may not be worn up during the school day.
The Student Code of Conduct offers guidance on attire. Clothing must be school appropriate and may not present a health or safety hazard or disrupt the educational environment. Pants and tops must fit properly and be in good repair. Crop tops are not permitted.
Additionally, footwear must be school appropriate--slippers and slipper socks are not permitted. Blankets also may not be worn in school.
Students may bring their cell phones to school but they must be turned off and put away during the day.
Parents may contact Westwood Office to reach their student during the school day.
5th Grade celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
Our Girls Winter Sports Schedules
News From the Nurse
News from the Nurse-November
With the cold weather approaching Asthma will be flaring up.
Tips for better breathing for everyone in your home:
Maintain your home heating system.The furnace in your home goes unused for months at a time. The filters may contain dust, mold and other asthma triggers. Be sure to replace the filter to prevent blowing those triggers all over your home.
Changes in temperature and humidity can trigger asthma on their own, while cold, dry air may also be a trigger. Try using a humidifier to keep the humidity between 30 and 45 percent. That is high enough to make breathing easier, but low enough not to encourage growth of mold and mildew.
Along with the flu, people are more likely to get sinus and upper respiratory infections during the winter, both of which can cause flare ups of asthma. Do your best to limit your family's exposure to people who might pass along harmful germs and encourage your family to wash their hands frequently.
Having asthma does not make your child more susceptible to the flu but getting the flu can make asthma symptoms worse. Prevent this by getting a flu shot.
Smoke of any kind can trigger asthma, and it can also travel through your home. If using wood-burning stoves or fireplaces, sit farther away from them.
Your nose warms up air for your lungs, so encourage your child with asthma to breathe through their nose. Wearing a scarf or mask on the face will also help to warm and humidify winter air.
Holiday decorations may be covered in dust, so clean them thoroughly and throw away any decorations that have signs of mold, mildew or contact with pests.
Follow your child's Asthma Action Plan and give medications/inhalers as ordered.
Do not smoke around your child, especially in the car.
Rose Hess RN. BSN. LSN.
School Nurse-Westwood Campus
10/31 - Halloween costume day
11/4- Chili Cook Off
11/7- PD day - No School
11/10 - School Dance
11/22- Conference Make-Up day - No School
11/23- Thanksgiving - No School
11/24- Thanksgiving break - No School
11/30 - Westwood Band/Orchestra/Choir Concert
12/7 - Conferences
12/20 - Winter break begins