WBMS September 26th update
West Bloomfield Middle School Updates
Spirit Week concludes with High School Homecoming!
Tuesday: crazy sock day (good luck to Cross Country away at Beverly Park and girls basketball home 4:30 and 5:30 games)
Wednesday: Workout wear (good luck to Football-first home game at 4:30)
Thursday: Tropical day
Friday: Laker Spirit Wear
NWEA Math testing
Math: Wednesday Sept 28
This test will be administered in the morning starting at 8:30 am--please make sure your student is ontime for school
Model UN Info Meeting
8th Grade Sweatshirts Orders!
Home Sporting Events--procedure for spectators
Student Spectators: if the event begins at 4:00 or earlier, students may stay in the building, supervised before attending the game.
Games that start after 4, like the one coming up this week at 4:15, require student spectators to go home and come back.
This does not mean a student can walk to Orchard Lake Mall and return, students must be dropped off by a parent to attend games after 4:00 pm.
If you have questions, email: Lisa.Graff@wbsd.org
CONGRATULATIONS TO BOTH THE GIRLS AND BOYS CROSS COUNTRY TEAMS
CONGRATULATIONS TO BOTH THE GIRLS AND BOYS CROSS COUNTRY TEAM ON THEIR WIN VERSUS WEST HILLS SEPT 20th!
Aiden Scheidt led our boys on the hilly course with a time of 15:50, followed by Liam Alban, Josue Martinez, Ryan Brockdorf and Hudson Stamper.
Charlotte Hartley led the girls with a time of 15:10, followed by Olivia Berman, Monisola Fagbamila, Calista Calloway, and Hailey Jarco.
We are proud of all our runners on finishing their first race!
Shout out to Alex Hampton on displaying the best sportsmanship!
Bagel Fundraiser and Parent Volunteers
Parents who wish to support this fundraiser can volunteer by clicking on the link below. Once you choose a date/time on the Sign Up Genius please complete the parent volunteer form and return the completed form and a copy of your driver's license to the main office for processing at least 48 hours prior to the date. Thank you!
Brogan Gives Thanks to Teachers
For more opportunities to nominate a teacher to win $500, stay tuned to our Facebook page and visit https://buff.ly/374KTli.
From the I-center
RAP: Reading Appreciation Program
Thursday, Sept 29: ALL ELA Classes will attend the RAP Launch Presentation.
ALL WBMS students are expected to choose one RAP book to read. Students will accept the CANVAS course, developed by Mrs. Carson. Students earn a digital badge & be eligible for a variety of fun incentives!!
RAP books will be available for check out starting on Friday, Sept 30. Thank you to our West Bloomfield Township Public Library for providing books “on deposit” at WBMS.
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FOR SMore October
2022-23 Dates and Times for Middle School
Fall 2022 Dates for Middle School
Retake Picture Day is on 10/26 this year. This event date is for any new students moving into the school district after Sept 12th, and for those that were not satisfied with their previously taken portrait.
If you placed and order online with LifeTouch, your online order will be applied automatically, when your student has his/her portrait taken. There is nothing special required for you to do.
They will match your online order, to your student's portrait when we (LifeTouch) do (does) photograph them.
If you placed an online order with Lifetouch, and your student never gets photographed, please request a "refund" and we will gladly refund you your order.
Start and end times: 8:20 am to 3:12pm students will be allowed in the building at 7:45 am.
Dismissal is 3:12 pm. All students should be picked up by 3:30 pm.
Friday, October 7th is the beginning of our weekly Bagel Fundraiser. Students will have the opportunity to purchase a Detroit Bagel Company bagel for 2$ (cash only please no lunch account funds can be used) and this will serve as our annual school fundraiser.
District dates to make note of:
Sept 28: Dr Bazzi meet and greet (details below)
Parent-Teacher Conferences are VIRTUAL (ZOOM) Dates are November 16th and 18th-details to come soon
School wide dance: October 14th
This is a drop off event for students only.
Costumes are encouraged (this is our Halloween dance).
No weapons (fake or real) no costume masks and no fake blood please.
Only WBMS students can attend.
This would take the place of dressing up and coming to school in costume on Halloween.
Tickets will be on sale for 5$ every day at lunches from Oct 3rd-14th.
Location: The dance (we have a DJ) will be in the gym
Concessions will be in the auditeria and everything will cost 1$
More info to come!
Our new neighbors and car pick up and drop off
If you drive your student to school or pick your student up, we ask that you utilize our car line and parking lots. Our neighbors prefer that you not park and wait in their neighborhoods (neighborhoods surrounding WBMS).
Although parking on the neighborhood streets is not illegal and the township cannot restrict people from parking on a public roadway in order to retrieve their children as long as they are parking legally, we would appreciate your assistance in respecting the request of our new neighbors.
Congratulations to our Summer Readers
1500 Minute Summer Reading Challenge Results
In collaboration with the West Bloomfield Township Library, our WBMS students were challenged with the task of reading & logging in 1500 minutes of summer reading.
Congratulations to the following students who reached the 1500 minute goal or higher:
Our Top Five Readers Were:
Giovanni Massa - 16,800 minutes!
Owen Calvin - 16,225 minutes!
Fabrizio Clemente - 7,507 minutes!
Isabella Hanna - 7,375 minutes!
Ben Donnelly - 6,165 minutes!
The top 5 readers from WBMS received a special medal from WBTPL.
Thank you to Mr. Steven Ketchum from WBPTL for attending the luncheon Thursday, September 22 where all 13 students received special recognition.
Watch for more exciting opportunities to participate with WBTPL programming as we LAUNCH our RAP Reading Program this coming week!!!
Pre season Wrestling Opportunity
Ages: Kindergarten thru 8th Grade (boys and girls)
Location: West Bloomfield Middle School
Days of Week: Tuesdays & Thursdays
Season: November (11/1) thru March (3/21)
Coaches: Tom DeGrand, Carlos Acosta, Mike Zimnicki, James Hitchcock, & Tim Burzynski
Cost: $175 (includes a West Bloomfield Wrestling Club T-Shirt)
Required Equipment: Wrestling shoes, headgear (competitions only), hair cap (boys/girls with long hair- competitions only)
Optional Equipment: Headgear (for practice), hair cap (boys/girls with long hair- practice)
They have a facebook page: "West Bloomfield Wrestling Club"
The STEMi is coming to WBMS!
In an innovative partnership with Oakland Schools, we’re excited that our sixth graders can experience the STEMi coming to West Bloomfield Middle School from October 10-14. All sixth graders will explore the STEMi as part of West Bloomfield’s technology integration initiative while incorporating our Portrait of a Graduate 4C’s with the rest of their Science class peers.
In the weeks leading up to the STEMi visit, students will experiment with STEMco kits in our all new innovative WBMS iCenter. They’ll have the opportunity to code an animated character related to video game design, connect circuitry to complete engineering challenges, and program a robot to follow multiple commands.
See below for photos
STEMi publicity writeup
Please help us support your student by:
1. keeping personal laptops at home (we provide devices in school)
2. checking your student's lunch account to ensure funds are available
4. download the Power School app on your phone to keep updated with info
HOW TO EFFECTIVELY COMMUNICATE WITH SCHOOL OFFICIALS
HOW TO EFFECTIVELY COMMUNICATE WITH SCHOOL OFFICIALS
WBSD understands that parents/families often have questions or concerns that need to be addressed. To prevent frustration and obtain the most effective outcome, WBSD asks that you follow the Chain of Communication sequence listed here on our website.
Many parent/family and community questions are easily answered by communicating directly with the educator in charge of the class or program. Each situation should first be addressed at the level the initial action was taken, with appeals moving on to the next level in the Chain of Communication. The most effective method of communication is via email and telephone is the next preferable way. We look forward to serving you more effectively in the future!
Blessings in a Backpack
If your child is a student (3 to 26 years of age) in the West Bloomfield Schools, s/he can also
participate in the 2022-2023 Blessings in a Backpack program. This program sends six non-
perishable meals home each Friday of the school year. Its goal is to make sure that no child goes hungry on the weekend. Run by volunteers, there is NO cost to you.
To enroll in this program, please fill out the form below and return it to your school office or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. This registers your child/ren in the Blessings program and alerts us to any allergies they might have. The first backpack of food will be distributed to your child at his/her local school the first week of October.
Lanyards and IDs: Updates
We require that students wear the lanyard and ID around the neck every day. Students do not bring lanyards home, as they are stored in Advisory classes when not being worn.
If a student needs a replacement lanyard for any reason s/he may purchase one for 2$ in the office.
Replacement IDs are 5$ and are available in the office.
PBIS stands for Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies
PBIS stands for Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies. Each month we will have a special incentive. This month, from September 7-September 23rd students who don't have any office referrals and five or less tardies will earn the reward of being able to buy a Kona Ice during their lunch recess for $6 (cash only). Tickets for eligible students will be on sale from Sept. 26 - Sept. 30th during lunch. We love catching kids being good!
Kona Ice day is October 3rd
Important COVID-19 Updates and Sick Policy
1. It remains District policy that if your child is sick, please report their absence to the safeline number and keep them home until their symptoms have improved. The District's sick policy can be found HERE.
2. Please note there is no longer a COVID-19 Dashboard on our website. WBSD is in frequent contact with and follows the guidance of the Oakland County Health Department. If you would like more information about this guidance, please visit: https://www.oakgov.com/covid.
3. A distinction will no longer be made between potential exposures and “close contacts.” Families will receive a letter if a student is exposed to someone with COVID-19.
4. ALL Covid-19 updates can be found on this page: https://www.wbsd.org/parents/covid-19
Safeline--call for absence and/or tardy
The line is open 24/7
Absences must be excused within 24 hours of the date
Order your 2022-23 School Yearbook Today!
Yearbooks are not automatically included in school picture orders like elementary school.
Our yearbook is a hard cover book.
West Bloomfield Middle School PTO Board:
President: Katie Palazzolo: email@example.com
Vice-President: Kristi Law: firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer: Kelly Robrahn: email@example.com
Secretary: Renai Mayle: firstname.lastname@example.org
PTO Fundraising Goals:
Our main fundraiser for the school year will be a weekly bagel sale. We will be selling bagels for $2 before school every Friday starting in October. We will be looking for parent volunteers to help with the sales. If sales go well, this will be our ONLY fundraiser of the year!
What we support:
· Community Outreach Programs (Greater West Bloomfield Community Coalition, Family Fun Night, etc.)
· Fun Day (end of the year celebration for the students)
· House Party
· Staff Appreciation Week
PTO Meetings: in person at the middle school
· Wednesday, October 12 at 7pm
· Wednesday, January 11 at 7pm
· Wednesday, March 8 at 7pm
· Wednesday, May 3rd (Elections and Staff Appreciation Planning) at 7pm
Please join our “West Bloomfield Middle School PTO” Facebook page!
Free and Reduced Lunch--need to complete forms by Oct 1st
If you are not sure if you qualify please apply to be sure
Apply every year by Oct 1 or lose benefits. Benefits from year to year only carry over until Oct. 1st.
Medication at school
This includes, but is not limited to Tylenol, Tums, prescriptions, and Advil. Under no circumstances can a student be in possession of medication without the proper forms on file. Students possessing medication without the forms on file or distributing medication to other students will be subject to discipline following the district's Code of Conduct.
Transportation: Buses and Extra Riders
Soon we will allow extra guest riders on buses provided there is space available, the student has a note and the request is not daily. We will have more information to share shortly.
Superintendent's Excellence Award
Students will be nominated by WBSD staff and administration each month. Each month the staff will be reminded of the nominations and sent a link to complete the nomination application. Each staff member can only nominate one (1) student per month.
A student cannot receive the award more than once within a year.
Your Middle School Administration Team
Jermaine Evans, Assistant Principal
Blaine McDowell, Dean of Student Services
Lisa Graff, Assistant Principal