WMMS Tiger Times
October 2019 Edition
A Note from the Principal's Office
Middle school is full of transitions for students and families alike. Students experience more independence and have opportunities to navigate educational and social situations on their own. Each student finds their own path to success. Some thrive with this new-found independence and others benefit from additional coaching and support.
One transition families may experience is a change in communication between home and school. Communication becomes more complicated when your child has up to eight different teachers at a time. A tip for staying in contact is to use email. Email is one of the best ways to communicate with several teachers. Here is a link to our WMMS staff emails. If you have any questions or would like to set up a time to meet with a teacher, email is a great way to do that. If you prefer to call, the office can take your phone number and have the teacher return your call before or after school or during their plan time. The office phone number is 660-665-3793.
Our annual Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for October 23rd and 24th from 3:30 - 7:00 pm. If this is your first child in the middle school, you will notice that our conferences are set up a little different than in the elementary schools. All of our teachers will be available each night in a drop-in format. This will allow you to visit with a few teachers that you would like to touch base with or all of them if you would like. We look forward to seeing everyone later this month!
I am including a few additional tips for families with middle schoolers in this newsletter. It is an honor to work with your child through these transitional years. Together we can make middle school great!
Students thrive on routines. When their life may seem more chaotic due to changing schedules, additional responsibilities, and new social opportunities, a stable daily routine can help them feel secure. Regular times for things like meals, homework, free-time, and bedtime help students meet the needs of their growing bodies and minds.
Keeping up with 7 or 8 different classes can challenge even the most organized teenager. Take some time with your child and help them figure out an organizational structure that will work for them. Folders, notebooks, and planners can help. The school has extra, so if you find yourself in need, please let us know.
Growing teens need lots of sleep. Setting a regular time to go to bed and to wake up will help them function their best throughout the day. Experts recommend a minimum of 8-10 hours of sleep a night.
- Tiger Strides Walking Club: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays after school. Contact Mrs. Stremel or Mrs. Waddle for more information firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
- Chess Club: Tuesday & Wednesday mornings at 7:00 am in Mrs. McFarland's room
- Boys Choir: Thursday mornings at 7:15 am in Mrs. McFarland's room
- Girls Choir: Friday mornings at 7:15 am in Mrs. McFarland's room
- FCA: Tuesday mornings at 7:15 in Mr. Cook's room
Calendar of Events
October 11: Homecoming Parade 4:00 pm
October 15: End of 1st Quarter
October 16: Parent Teacher Committee Meeting 6:00 pm WMMS office
October 18: CARES Center Tailgate and Open House 5:00 - 7:00 pm
October 22: Picture Retakes
October 23-24: Parent-Teacher Conferences 3:30 - 7:00 pm
October 25: No School
October 28: No School
CARES Center School-Based Health Center
The CARES Center is open from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday in the north end of the Kirksville Area Technical Center. Walk-ins are welcome!
The CARES Center has rescheduled their Tailgate and Open House Party to Friday, October 18th, from 5-7 pm. Come enjoy free food, prizes, and more! If you have any questions or would like a tour, please call 660-956-7011.