WMS Parent News
September 12th, 2023
WMS Parent Newsletter - Tuesday, November 7th
November 11th - 7th and 8th Grade Honor Orchestra (district wide) 9:00am-1:00pm at PHS
November 13th - Orchestra Concert - 8th Grade - 7:00pm (WHS)
November 14th - PTO meeting 6:30pm - Office Conference Room
November 17th - Fall School Dance 2:30-4:30pm
November 21st - End of Tri 1
November 22nd - Teacher Workshop - NO SCHOOL
November 23-24th - Holiday - NO SCHOOL
December 2nd - District 8th Grade Honor Band - 8:00am-12:00pm (at PHS)
December 4th - Culver's Night 5-7:00pm
December 12th - Band Concert - 7th Grade 6:30pm/8th Grade - 8:00pm
December 13th - Orchestra Concerts - 7th and 8th Grade and Chamber - 6:30pm
December 14th - Choir Concerts - 6th Grade - 6:00pm and 7th grade 7:30pm
December 22nd - January 1st - Winter Break - NO SCHOOL
School Pictures are Ready to View and Order
November 7th Election
SoWashCo School Board Candidates
A seven-member School Board governs SoWashCo Schools. Board members are elected at-large on Election Day in November of odd-numbered years. The Board has five primary responsibilities: district governance and policy development, operational oversight, governance policy implementation, superintendent relations, and public engagement.
This year, SoWashCo has 3 open Board seats and eleven candidates. To learn more about the candidates, watch the League of Women Voters SoWashCo/ISD833 School Board Candidate Forum that was held Tuesday, September 19, 2023. Here is a link to the recording: League of Women Voters Link
School Dance November 17, 2:30-4:30pm
WMS Student Council is hosting a “Night in Paris” themed dance on Friday, November 17th from 2:30 – 4:30. Students should dress to impress. Think semi-formal clothing or anything that makes them feel their best, while of course following the school dress code.
Tickets will be sold for $5 during lunch from Thursday 11/9 through Thursday 11/16. THERE WILL BE NO TICKETS SOLD THE DAY OF THE DANCE. Activities at the party include gym games, bingo, a photo wall, face painting, inflatables and a dance! Concessions can be purchased in the cafeteria (pizza, snacks and pop) for $1 each.
After the party, students should be picked up at the athletic entrance by 4:30.
We need parent volunteers! If you are interested in helping with this event, we would LOVE to have you! Here’s the link to sign up: Fall 2023 Volunteer Sign up
We split the time into two sessions (2:15 - 3:30 and 3:30 - 4:45). You are welcome to sign up for one or both sessions. You will receive an email with more information closer to the dance. The more parent volunteers that we have the better :)
Thank you so much for your support!
Ms. Herzog, Ms. Swanson, Ms. Beebe
Wooodbury Middle School Clubs
Dungeons and Dragons Club -Advisor Chris Jordan
Dungeons and Dragons is an inclusive roleplaying game of limitless imagination and creation. Join together with friends or meet new people who share an interest in adventure, fantasy storytelling and humor. No experience is necessary. The game is easy to learn and a lot of fun to play! Students can play a pre-made campaign or learn how to develop their own home-made campaigns to run for others.
The Adventure Begins November 15th!
Complete this Google Form to join the club: https://forms.gle/u1zg7HcjfhTqPa7z7
Wednesdays 2:30-4:00 Art Room D122
November 15 to April 30
Questions Contact: Cjordan@sowashco.org
November PTO Meeting
The next PTO Meeting will be on November 14th, 2023 at the Conference Room by the Front Office at WMS from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend! We hope to see you there.
Thank you so much to all those that ate at Culver's yesterday! Another Culver's night will be coming up at the beginning of December.
A big "Thank You" to all the students and families that have been selling World's best chocolate bars! If by any chance you forgot to turn in your money, please send it with your student to the front office ASAP.
Are You Interested in Being Our Parent Ambassador?
WMS is currently seeking a parent/guardian to serve as our SoWashCo District Ambassador. Members will provide feedback to district administrators, learn about the challenges in the sixth large school district and will establish themselves as ambassadors to their school community. More information and a list of dates for a once-per-month evening meeting can be found here.
If you are interested in serving, please email principal Kari Lopez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join the Nordic Ski Team!
Woodbury High School Fall Musical - Footloose the Musical!
Woodbury High School will be performing Footloose the Musical November 9th-11th. There are many WMS alumni who will be performing onstage and helping out behind the scenes. Check out the high school theatre website for more info and online ticket sales. Tickets can also be purchased at the door before each show.
Boys Volleyball will become a Minnesota State High School League Sport in the 24-25 school year during the spring sports season. During the 23-24 school year, Woodbury will host a boys volleyball club.
There will be an informational meeting for Boys Volleyball tomorrow Wednesday, November 8 at 3:15 in the Lecture Hall of Woodbury High School. The meeting will share preliminary information about Woodbury Boys Volleyball for the spring of 2024. The meeting is intended for students and not parents. A meeting at a later date will include parents. If you want to be on the emailing list for boys volleyball please fill out this form. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please make sure you have completed the form to receive communication.
The league will be run through MN Boys high School Volleyball Association. Games will start the second week of April and playoffs will start June 3-7. Practices will start late winter, early spring, practice dates and times are not determined. Practice dates and times will vary based on gym availability. There will likely be Saturday practices as there is more gyms available. The number of players per team and if there will be cuts or not will really depend on the number of students interested. The league operates a varsity, Junior Varsity and a Junior Varsity 2 Team. Because this sport is still a club status for the spring of 2024 practices dates are not within a set period of time like all other MSHSL sports. In the spring of 2025, when Boys Volleyball is sanctioned and operated under the MSHSL, there will be more defined rules.
The cost of playing club volleyball the spring 2024 will be covered exclusively by the players due to the fact that this is a club activity. League fee, officials, coaches, uniforms and equipment (such as boys volleyball, not standards). Fees will be distributed among the players. The registration and fees will likely go through Community Education this year.
WMS is currently hiring for two paraprofessional positions.
Do you know someone who is passionate about working with kids and would like to join our team at Woodbury Middle School? We are currently hiring for paraprofessional positions for the 2023-24 school year.
If you or someone you know might be interested, please reach out to assistant principal Josh Eidem at 651-425-4509 or email@example.com.
Applicants can also go online at: https://www.applitrack.com/sowashco/onlineapp/default.aspx?Category=Paraprofessional
SoWashCo CARES and Community Ed. Winter Clothing Drive
Community members and organizations can donate items by filling out the donation form, fulfilling an item from the Amazon wish list or contributing financially. Winter clothing donors will be paired with students in need. You will then be contacted with the requested winter clothing items for a specific child and which school to drop off your donation. To sign up, visit the ‘Give Help’ section at sowashcocares.org.
Donated winter clothing will be available for families in need of assistance through your school’s social worker or at pop-up shopping events beginning in Nov. We will do our best to fulfill every request, however, requests are not guaranteed. For more information, visit the ‘Get Help’ section at sowashcocares.org.
Paper copies of the request forms are available through your school’s social worker or principal. Completed paper forms can be returned to your school’s front office. For more information or a translated version of the form, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 651-425-6671.
This Week in Advisory
Our theme for the month of November is "Responsibility."
Monday - Morning Meeting
Tuesday –(No School)
Wednesday – "Responsibility and Self-Discipline"
Thursday – DEAR Day
Friday – Wildcat Weekly
Setting Up Notifications in Schoology
Did you know you could set your Schoology Notifications up so that you can receive a message any time your child has a missing assignment? This will be beneficial for checking in with your student about their grades and helping them keep up to date with assignments.
Special note: You may need to set this back up this school year even if you had it set up last year.
Notifications are daily or weekly opt-in messages that notify parents, via email or text, of their child’s academic progress. Parents will be notified about homework, graded tests and assignments, recent activity, upcoming tests and other due dates.
Once you are logged into Schoology and you have connected to your child(ren) you can set up notifications.
NOTE: Notification settings affect all children so you only need to setup notifications for one child.
- Click the dropdown arrow next to your name at the top right
- Choose any child that you are connected to in Schoology
- Click the dropdown arrow next to your child's name at the top right, then click 'Settings'
- Click the Notifications tab and change the settings to your preference. Don't forget to click 'Save Changes'
https://www.sowashco.org/services/technology - schoology for more information
Email for help: email@example.com
SoWashCo Community Education Youth Activities
South Washington County Schools (SoWashCo Schools) offers activities and classes for youth through SoWashCo Community Education. Activities and classes are conveniently offered at your child's school, partner locations within our community and online.
The latest activities and classes can be found on our website under Get Involved > Youth Activities.