WDMS SUMMER NEWSLETTER

Summer 2021

Thank you!

We want to thank all parents, staff, and students for making this ever-changing year a successful one. We look forward to next school year and want to provide you with some preliminary information. As always, please reach out with any questions that you may have.

Course Placements, Student Schedules, Bus Routes

Parents will be notified in the coming weeks if their child has been placed in the following courses: Advanced Math, Accelerated Math, Algebra I, Geometry, Gifted and Talented, Spanish I.


WDMS administration will send an email to parents notifying them when schedules are open in PowerParent.


Bus routes will be emailed to parents later this summer.

Summer Review Work

To help our students retain the skills they learned this past year, WDMS has put together a list of Summer Review assignments. Summer assignments for students enrolled in Algebra, Geometry, and Spanish I are required. All other assignments are optional for the summer of 2021. Parents will be notified in the coming weeks if their child is enrolled in any of the aforementioned courses.


OPTIONAL SUMMER READING INFORMATION

In terms of summer reading, we know how much students can gain from reading for enjoyment, so we encourage our students to continue to read based upon their interests. For those who would like to continue honing the critical reading skills taught in the classroom, we are making note-taking templates available to accompany the book of their choice. These can be found under the Curriculum tab on our school website by clicking “Summer Review Work”. Again, this option is also voluntary.


If you need assistance in selecting a book, please consider grade-level recommendations listed in the 2021 Summer Reading List: Association for Library Service to Children or book recommendations by both age and interest from Barnes and Noble's summer reading lists.


If you need additional recommendations for grade appropriate novels, please contact the Middle School for a list of novels available for distribution. (limited quantities available)


If you have any questions regarding borrowing a novel from WDMS, please email Kat Ziegler at kziegler@wdeptford.k12.nj.us.


OPTIONAL SUMMER MATH INFORMATION

Please utilize the information located in the Summer Review Work link located under the Curriculum Tab on the WDMS homepage.


Required Algebra I & Geometry Information

* Parents will be notified if their child is enrolled in these courses

All Algebra I and Geometry students will find their summer work on the West Deptford High School website. Direct Link


Required Spanish I Information

* Parents will be notified if their child is enrolled in these courses

Please utilize the information located in the Summer Review Work link located under the Curriculum Tab on the WDMS homepage.

Grade 6 - 8: LAL & Math Foundations Courses for All Students

After a difficult 16 month span in education as a result of the ongoing pandemic, we are focused on closing possible learning gaps that may have resulted from these unique instructional years. Therefore, in lieu of study hall, we will provide a semester of Foundations of Language Arts Literacy and a semester of Mathematics to ALL students in Grades 6 - 8 during the 2021-2022 school year. Each course will target individual skills and enhance overall comprehension and understanding in the respective content area. Please see more information below:


What is Foundations?

Foundations is a semester run course that takes place during the time in which your child would be in study hall. The Foundations coursework allows for students to receive personalized instruction thereby targeting specific skills and/or concepts identified based on multiple assessment data.


Is Foundations a graded course?

This course is graded based on classwork assignments only. There are no additional homework or assessment grades that are conducted during this course. The focus is to place emphasis on the classwork assignments which target the needs of the student to proactively strengthen literacy and math skills.


How will topics and standards be selected?

Foundations teachers will work closely with each grade level content area teacher to ensure that support is being provided for current topics and standards.


Can I opt my child out of taking Foundations of LAL and/or Foundations of Math?

Yes, parents may opt their child out of either or both Foundations courses. Students that opt-out of Foundations will be placed in Study Hall. If you would like to opt your child out of a Foundations course, please notify us via this form by Friday, July 2nd, 2021.


Questions:

Please feel free to contact Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction, Mr. Jeff Podolski at jpodolski@wdeptford.k12.nj.us with any questions you may have regarding our Foundations program.

5th Grade: Instructional Homeroom

After a difficult 16 month span in education as a result of the ongoing pandemic, we are focused on closing possible learning gaps that may have resulted from these unique instructional years. Therefore, in lieu of Reading Homeroom, we have created an Instructional Homeroom where additional Language Arts Literacy and Math instruction will be provided to fifth grade students during the 2021-2022 school year. Please see more information below:


This is my first child in WDMS. How long is homeroom, traditionally?

Homeroom is 18 minutes in length and was previously utilized as a Reading Homeroom.


How will the instructional time be built into the schedule?

In a six-day cycle, students will receive 3 days of additional instruction in Math and 3 days of additional instruction in LAL.


How much additional instructional time will be received with this new model?

Fifth grade students will receive an additional 54 minutes of Math instruction and an additional 54 minutes of LAL instruction per six-day cycle. In a school year, this will equate to 36 additional 45 minute periods of instruction for each content.


Questions:

Please feel free to contact Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction, Mr. Jeff Podolski at jpodolski@wdeptford.k12.nj.us with any questions you may have regarding our 5th Grade Instructional Homeroom.

2021-2022 Clubs & Sports

WDMS plans on reinstituting all clubs, sports, and extracurricular activities next year (and even adding a few new clubs!). We will send information via school messenger when all details are finalized!


Please CLICK HERE for Sports Medical Forms and Instructions.

Social-Emotional Learning

WDMS has plans for both universal and targeted support of our students' social-emotional learning in the year to come. Some of our plans include:


  • Staff Professional Development
  • Universal Needs Assessment
  • School Counselor Lessons
  • SEL Competency Lessons on "Why Should I Care About?..." Days
  • Morning Meeting Pilot
  • Reinstituting our Student Teacher Afterschool Mentor Program (STAMP)


More details to come!