Warhawk Weekly 4/6/2020
#Be A Warhawk!
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The Hall Way...
We know that all of this can be overwhelming for students and parents, so please reach out if you need any help or support. The NMS staff is here for your student and our NMS families. In addition, if your student needs support and you would like one of our social workers to reach out to them or to you, please let us know. Mrs. Moore can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and Ms. Ortiz can be reached at email@example.com.
Please check out the resources linked below for access to the grade level learning plans, the A/B block schedule calendar for April, a quick video tutorial on how to navigate through the learning plan, resources from our social workers, and many other things to help you and your student during this time.
Stay healthy and take care of each other, Warhawks!
NMS eLearning Schedule
We hope that students and families are getting comfortable with the new block schedule that the D200 middle schools have implemented for eLearning. Please know that we are not expecting students to work the entire ninety minutes during the schedule. We went to the block schedule to help students focus on four of their classes each day and have more flexibility and time to work at their own pace. In addition, our teachers have more time to provide feedback and support to our students. During the blocks of time for each class our teachers also are able to schedule time to do an interactive part to their lesson to provide instruction, have classroom discussions, and keep our strong relationships with each other in place.
Our continued focus during this time is on learning and sustaining the home-school connection that we have developed throughout the entire school year. We hope this schedule allows us to support and meet the needs of families with different dynamics. The curriculum and lessons during eLearning are meant to prepare students for the next year and keep them engaged in learning.
What are the eLearning Plans for the week?
Students should still be logging into Canvas as all teachers are creating Canvas Announcements, Assignments, etc for lessons for the corresponding “A” or “B” Days.
Need help understanding how to use all of the links above?
Engagement and Grading in eLearning
Our district's continued expectation is that students actively engage in their teachers’ virtual classrooms and complete their eLearning assignments. Teachers will monitor engagement during eLearning block times as this is when they are available to directly support their students. Teachers have also assigned work for students to complete during the block time, and this is required to be completed in order to successfully complete the 4th quarter or 5th rotation in exploratories.
Progress reports will be run every Thursday in eschool and detailed reports on assignment completion will be entered for each class. You will see assignments entered for each class and a mark of a (P) Passing or (I) Incomplete. A student who does not satisfactorily engage with eLearning in their courses will receive an incomplete for the course at the end of fourth quarter and will work with administration directly over the summer to complete the required course.
If you have any questions about grading, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or Mrs. Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Earlier this week, Dr. Moan sent a message to middle school parents with information about eLearning engagement and grading. Please click HERE to link to the message on our district website
How can the NMS families stay connected and informed?
- Warhawk Weekly: Please remember that this newsletter is a live link. As things progress through the week, we will use it to provide any updated information. All you have to do is click the newsletter to go to the live page!
- eLearning Page on NMS Website
- Facebook: @northwoodwoodstock
- emails and texts: Messages sent through the school, just like how you received this newsletter.
- Canvas: Students should be checking Canvas for each of their teachers on the corresponding A or B day for announcements and assignments.
- Warhawks, We Got This Student Newsletter: The first edition of the student newsletter will be emailed to students on Monday morning. Please remind your student to check it out for announcements, special messages from our staff, and tips for success during eLearning.
Food Services During D200 School Closures
Governor Pritzker made clear in his stay in place message that feeding students is still a priority. Therefore, breakfast and lunch will be offered to families while school buildings are closed. Families may drive through or walk up to Olson Elementary School and Verda Dierzen Early Learning Center, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m - noon. Families will receive both breakfast and lunch at this time. In addition we will be delivering meals to families at the following locations at the following times:
Mapletree Apartments 10:30 - 10:50 am (Infront of the office building)
Willow Brooke Apartments 10:30 - 10:50 am (Back entrance, near the bus stop)
Autumnwood Apartments 11:10 - 11:30 am ( South parking lot next to the Building 717)
Woodstock Commons 11:10 - 11:30 am (Front entrance to the right of the Leasing Office)
Prairie View Apartments 11:50 - 12:10 pm (Parking lot next to the Rental Office)
Walden Oaks Apartments 11:50 - 12:10 pm (Picnic area near the pond)
Greenwood School 12:45 - 1:30 pm (School parking lot)
District 200 families who experience problems with a Chromebook, or who have other technology-related questions or concerns, are asked to reach out directly to the D200 Technology Department. District technicians are working hard to help keep our digital learning running as smoothly as possible, and will respond to emails sent to the following address:
A message from 6th grade:
Welcome back 6th grade! We miss you so much, but it was so good to see your smiling faces this week online. We hope you are all staying safe and healthy, and we are so proud of the work you have put in this week. You have tackled online learning in true Warhawk fashion. Please remember to join in on your class video conferences, and email your teachers if you need us. Warhawks, we've got this!
A message from 7th grade:
Go the Distance 7th Graders!
A message from 8th grade:
Hello 8th Grade! There are so many reasons you are such a memorable class, but the eLearning will top the cake for our memories of you all! It's been an awesome, eye-opening week for us all. Thank you much for your participation in this new digital world. So far, so GREAT! Make sure you're checking in on Canvas daily and showing up for your Google Meetings! "See" you next week!
CALLING ALL INCOMING FRESHMAN PARENTS:
WE NEED YOU!
We are looking for more people to join the WNHS Booster Club!
For the past decade, the WNHS Booster Club has raised over $250,000 to support Thunder athletes and sports teams. We are 100% parent-volunteer run and need your help to continue to build upon this tradition of excellence as we enter the next decade of Thunder Athletics.
Board members participate in monthly meetings, and assume leadership roles for year-round Booster Club fundraising activities.
If interested please contact Shauna Crabill at email@example.com.
Useful tips to help calm fears, manage stress, and talk to your children about the coronavirus.
How can students "visit" Mrs. Parrent and the NMS Library during eLearning?
This is our last week to vote in Northwood's 5th Annual Tournament of Books! Wonder and Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus are our finalists! Vote for your favorite here .
Watch a book being written and shared in real time: Aiden Tyler, Quaran-teen -- A Weekly Webcast "Serial" with Author Rex Ogle! Not only that, they are also looking for student illustrations!
Please feel free to visit the library Google Meet. Join us for lunch on A Days and during Skills Lab on B Days. For exact library Google Meet times, please email Ms. Parrent at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to check out the eLearning Plan for your grade for resources as well. See you soon online!
Registration for the 2020-2021 school year is open!
Mrs. Butler (Spanish) email@example.com
Mrs. Dycus firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Maldonado email@example.com
Comcast is offering FREE internet (for 60 days) to those who qualify. Click this link for more information.
April is Poetry Month
April is Poetry Month! The NMS Library is accepting poetry submissions to share with the school. Our theme is "Shelter in Place." (Governor Pritzker is calling this time of staying at home "Shelter in Place.") Email your poems or share a doc with Ms. Parrent through April 30th.
Calling all writers! If you are interested in Writing Club, please email Ms. Parrent.
The Woodstock Public Library Is here to help too!
Here are some of the amazing services being offered by The Woodstock Public Library:
Parking Lot WiFi: The library's wifi signal has been extended into the parking lot allowing anyone to be online from the safe distance of their own vehicle
Food Pantry: There are two bins of food and a bin for diapers, toiletries, etc in front the of the library's front doors. Anyone is welcome to take what they need, donate what they can.
Free e-books, audiobooks, magazines: Thousands of ebooks and audiobooks are available via the library's website Download page. All that is needed to access is a Woodstock library card. If a family was unable to get a library card before the library closed, an e-resource card can be applied for on the library's website. E-Resource Application
Databases: Ancestry.com, Newspapers.com, New York Times, Transparent Language Online, Chilton Auto Repair Library, and a lot more e-resources are all available on the library's Databases page. Easily accessed with a WPL card or e-resource card.
Online Storytimes: Ms Pamela, the children's librarian is posting storytimes a couple times of week. They are available on the library's YouTube channel and Facebook. Spanish storytimes are being posted by the library's guest storyteller Ms Janet on Monday nights on Facebook Live.
Third quarter report card grades are updated in Home Access
We will not be mailing third quarter report cards due to the school closure. However, you can access your students report card in Home Access.
Directions to see Third Quarter Report Cards Grades in Home Access:
- Make sure you have selected the correct student.
- Click the grades icon at the top of your screen.
- Click the report card tab.
- Under where it says Report Card, select “View Report Card for Reporting Period” and select 3 from the drop down.
- View the final grades in MP3
NMS had 380 students make the honor roll for Q3. Wow! Click here to view the list of Q3 Honor Roll students. Congratulations to these students for working hard and BEING A WARHAWK!