October Newsletter

Rolland-Warner 6/7 Campus

Stevens Scribbles

What a great week having students back in the building! As we shared in the return to school plan and the RW FAQ document, we are implementing many safety precautions to ensure that our students and staff remain as safe as possible! Please take the time to screen your child daily and help stop the spread!


Looking forward to a great week 2!!!


Wyatt

Picture Retakes October 12th

Picture retakes will be ran during iConnects, from 11:15-1:15. This is for those wanting retakes, those that didn't have theirs taken during schedule pickup, OR those that are virtual that would like to be included in the RW yearbook. Virtual individuals please come to the office and buzz in. The student only will be allowed to enter while the parent waits in their vehicle.

To order online:

Geskusphoto.com/fallorders

Online webcode: 584XJVDLUCFBB

District Wide Procedures for Sick Students

The district has a detailed process and form for any student that reports they have ANY of the symptoms associated with COVID-19. These symptoms include but are not limited to sore throat, headache, nausea, stomach ache, coughing, difficulty breathing, etc.

Students are required to be picked up immediately and the office staff must fill out a form that is sent to the Superintendent's Office. You will receive a letter from the Superintendent's Office in collaboration with the Health Department detailing the next steps.

We understand the challenges that this may pose for parents, however, this is necessary to keep our students and staff safe and to mitigate the possible spread of COVID-19. Please ensure that your emergency contacts are up-to-date and carefully screen your students prior to sending to school to help us reduce the spread and lessen the chance that you will need to be called possibly leaving work to drive to pick up your child!

Student Daily Self-Screening

PLEASE be aware that you must self-screen students daily prior to sending to school.

Should the student exhibit any of the COVID-19 symptoms while at the school they will be isolated and parents must come pick up the student and follow the procedures laid out in the LCS COVID-19 Preparedness & Response Student Procedures.

A free app is available for any Michigan Resident to self-screen at https://misymptomapp.state.mi.us/

OR

Utilize the LCS COVID-19 Parent Screening Tool below:

Masks Required

Masks are required for Staff and Students unless medical documentation is provided prior to student arriving at school. Masks MUST be worn correctly covering the nose.

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND:

  • Sending multiple masks. As the masks get moist from our breathing, the student may feel much better with a new dry mask!
  • Send facial wipes in student's backpack. Wearing a mask will cause student's to sweat. Certainly not the end of the world, however, using a facial wipe in the middle of the day maybe just what the student needs to feel fresh again.

Virtual Bookfair!!!

Please consider purchasing a book that will be delivered to your house and support RW ELA department who receives a portion of the profits! You can log in starting October 12 and the virtual fair ends October 25.


https://www.scholastic.com/bf/rollandwarnermidsch

Water Bottles

Due to restrictions placed on us, drinking fountains are closed so we encourage students to bring multiple insulated water bottles!

Mental Health Counselor

I want to introduce Tricia Regentin, our new part-time Mental Health Counselor provided by the Lapeer Intermediate School District. Ms. Regentin will be sending home permission slips and meeting with students for individual and group services. Don't hesitate to call the office to speak with her or contact Tricia at tregentin@lapeerisd.org.

We welcome her to Rolland-Warner!

Positivity Project

I hope that you have had the opportunity to have conversations with your child about the Positivity Project. I have attached a calendar below so you know the Character Traits that are being taught in iConnect each week and can reinforce these at home! I encourage you to go to https://posproject.org/ and check out the program. Below is a brief description:

The Positivity Project is not a program with strict guidelines. Instead, it educates teachers on the character strengths and relies on them to teach in a way that best meets their students’ needs. It is a school-wide endeavor, grounded in the consistency of classroom instruction. Their model is holistic; it incorporates students, educators, and parents through regular interaction with character strengths vocabulary and concepts.

Drop-Off/Pick-Up Reminders

  • All student drop off and pick up must occur in the Athletic Lot off Demille unless going to the office. With Kids N Company and the buses using the lot off M-21 safety is our primary concern for our students and parents are only to use this lot during the day, not at drop off or pick up.
  • Students must remain in their vehicles until 9 AM. No supervision is provided outside prior to that time.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

To sign up for Parent Teacher Conferences this year, we are utilizing Sign-Up Genius and teachers will be using Zoom for individual conferences. We will push out a document on Wednesday, Oct 14 that will have all teachers sign-ups!

Student Handbook Notes

Each month a couple areas of the student handbook will be highlighted. Don’t forget the full student handbook can be found under the “Parents & Students” tab on our website at http://rw.lapeerschools.org/ This month’s focus is on transportation.

Transportation

Its imperative students follow appropriate procedures and rules on buses. If they fail to do this, it poses a major safety hazard due to distracted drivers. If you’ve ever driven even a few children in a car (as most of us have) you know how difficult it can be to concentrate if there is excessive noise, movement, or confusion coming from the back seat. For that reason, I’d like to highlight bus transportation as it reads in the student handbook.


At RW, we generally go with a 3-step process for dealing with poor bus behavior. Drivers fill out referral slips that are sent to the RW office at which point we keep track.

· 1st Offense – Warning to student. We expect the student to remedy the problem. Most will take care of it.

· 2nd Offense – Parents are contacted by the office explaining this is the 2nd referral the student has received and that further referrals will result in bus suspensions.

· 3rd Offense – Students will receive a bus suspension for a length of time consistent with the severity of the offense.


Appendix H – Bus Rules for Students (p.58)

Bus transportation to and from school is provided by Lapeer Community Schools for all students who live in the district and outside of the no service areas. We want our students to enjoy a safe and orderly ride to and from school and school related events.

The school district establishes procedures, guidelines and rules to govern school bus operation in order to 1) protect the health and safety of the passengers, 2) avoid disruption of transportation and school-day schedules, and 3) prevent damage to school district property. School bus transportation is a privilege and not a right. Students are expected to observe the rules and be a safe citizen. Passengers are on school property when they are on the school bus and are expected to observe the same behavior that is expected in school. The “Student Code of Conduct” as well as these “Bus Rules for Students” are in force and govern the behavior of bus passengers.

Passengers are expected to follow the rules here in. Passengers who break the rules will be reported to the appropriate school administrator for disciplinary action. The driver may take action designed to address issues and correct problems. Seat assignment, contacting parents, seeking assistance of transportation and/or school administrators and filing written rule violation reports are some of the driver’s remedies. Drivers may recommend suspension of service to the administrator for severe or repeated infraction.


Parents who have questions or concerns about the transportation service or a school bus driver may call the Transportation Department at (810) 667-2433 during school days between 5:30 AM and 5:00 PM.

Bring Your Own Device

We are strongly encouraging students to bring their own device, with the student's bringing theirs we are able to say we have a 1-to-1 technology ratio!!! I understand the hesitancy of parents to send devices to school where they risk being broken, however, in order for us to effectively continue Google Classroom (in case of shutdown or students quarantined) it is imperative we have enough technology for students to utilize throughout the day.

Students who were loaned LCS technology during virtual instruction MUST bring the Chromebook and charger daily!

Virtual - Google Classroom Continues

We are aware that even with the safety precautions we are currently taking, many factors are outside our control with the spread of COVID-19 and there is the possibility of future quarantine of students from time to time.

For this reason, the vast majority of teachers are continuing to update their Google Classrooms. This will allow sick or quarantined students to still participate in our curriculum by accessing assignments, resources, and instruction from home. Obviously this will not be as robust as during full virtual instruction, however, it will be sufficient to allow students to continue to meet learning targets while they cannot attend school physically.

Washington DC Kick-Off/Fundraiser

Washington DC Informational Meeting will be held on Monday, November 16th at 7 pm in the RW cafetorium for all 7th grade students and their parents interested in traveling to Washington, DC in November 2021. Sign up information will be distributed at this meeting and we will fill buses at a first-come first-serve basis based on the date of registration on the BrightSpark website. Please attend this meeting if you have any interest or the possibility of future interest as this will be the location to have all questions answered!

Due to time constraints and trying to get in as many fundraisers as possible for these students, each 7th grade student will be offered a complete DC fundraiser packet in their social studies classroom on October 12th. Additional packets will be available in the main office. The packet will contain both a Cheesecake and Christmas Wreath Fundraiser Forms; for dates please see below:

Cheesecake & Wreath Fundraisers

Due Date - Monday, November 2, 2020 (Order Form must be totaled) Turn in AM in Hallway or during Lunch in the Cafe

Delivery Date (1-5 pm) - Monday, November 16, 2020 (Gymnasium Entrance)


We encourage you to participate in these fundraisers if you are even contemplating going to DC as many students have fundraised a majority of the cost to go in these two fundraisers! We are also in need of assistance with delivery on Monday, November 16, please contact Mrs. Prill!

Interested in Employment with LCS?

The District is currently hiring for multiple vacancies in our support staff unit. We offer competitive wages, flexible schedules, reduced rates for employee childcare, free admission to athletic events and more! We are currently looking to fill full and part-time vacancies in the following areas:

  • Bus Drivers
  • Custodians
  • Food Service
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Substitutes in all areas

Please click the link to see all our openings and start the application process. If you wish to learn more about the available positions or how to apply, please call the LCS Human Resource office at (810) 538-1609.

http://www.lapeerschools.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=3097475&pageId=5529343

Organization is Key

You may have attended the 10 Steps for Academic Success presentation during our schedule pick-ups with Mrs. Taylor and found that a major roadblock for student's success is organization. While this certainly is not new news and should come as no surprise, we took a step back and determined that to this point in elementary students were told how to be organized (typically the nightly planner) and forced to daily use this organization. Then at middle school we allow the student to choose how to be organized (if at all) and don't necessarily force usage.


This year, lessons were specifically designed and implemented in iConnect to allow students the opportunity to peruse multiple organization systems and decide which would work best for them. Students were to bring in any supplies they needed and build this system with their iConnect teacher based on their Organization Action Plan (you should have seen this come home). We still have 10-Pocket Folders for sale in the office for $4!


Help your student by checking in weekly on their organization method and we will do the same with a weekly check-in during iConnect!

Curriculum

Workshop Model

Similar to science, math, and social studies, English language arts teachers employ an approach that engages students in the real-life work of readers and writers. Teachers and students create a community of readers and writers where they work together to engage in learning authentic reading and writing strategies, habits, and skills. A typical day in the classroom would involve a teacher using his/her own writers’ notebook or text to model a reading or writing skill, strategy, or disposition. Then students try out the strategy together, followed by using the strategy independently. While students do the work of readers and writers, the teacher monitors students, attends to individual needs during one-on-one conferring or small groups, and asks probing questions to promote self-reflection and growth. As often as possible, students are invited to choose their own texts and writing topics. Finally, like the other core teachers, the ELA instructors lead a discussion using students’ thinking and strategies to summarize the important ideas and skills learned.

PAC Meetings

Here is a list of the RW PAC meetings for the 20/21 school year that will occur close to the third Friday of the month at 9:30 am-10:30 am via Zoom, so you can mark your calendar: Oct. 16, Nov. 13, Dec. 18, Jan. 22, Feb. 26, Mar. 19, Apr. 16, and May 21.

Wyatt Stevens is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: 20/21 PAC Meetings

Time: Oct 16, 2020 09:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83791117606

Meeting ID: 837 9111 7606

Passcode: 969633

Mark Your Calendars!

October 10th-25th - Virtual Book Fair https://www.scholastic.com/bf/rollandwarnermidsch

October 12th - Picture Retakes & DC Fundraisers Start

October 14th - Parent Teacher Conferences Sign-Up Document Release

October 16th - PAC Meeting

October 21st - Winter I Sports Begin

October 21st & 27th - Parent Teacher Conferences

October 30th - No School for All Students

November 2nd - DC Fundraisers Due

November 16th - Washington DC Kick-Off/Fundraiser Pick-up

November 21-29 - Thanksgiving Holiday

Bee Club Honey for Sale

Our RW Bee Club has DELISHOUS honey for sale in the office!

Athletic Update

Winter 1 Sports (Wrestling, Volleyball) begin on October 21st. Sign up forms are available in the main office. Please stay tuned to our Facebook page and VNN for more information regarding tryouts/practice dates, times and locations.

Winter 1 Coaches

Wrestling – Drew Dixon drew88dixon@gmail.com

Volleyball – Amber Dixon adixon@lapeerschools.org & Jessica Kirk jk1176@yahoo.com

Title 1/31a Happenings

Did you know that each school has a written Parent Engagement Plan? It is developed and reviewed each year jointly with parents/families to establish meaningful parent and family engagement with schools. This plan includes things like surveys, newsletters, and family engagement activities. This was distributed this fall!

Rolland-Warner Contact Information

Rolland-Warner 6/7 Campus services about 700 sixth and seventh grade students with a year-round program and traditional program. Students have the option of Project Lead The Way (PLTW), which adds an extra hour to their day, and many other programming options and extracurriculars such as clubs and sports.

Wyatt Stevens, Principal

Rich Cross, Associate Principal/Athletics

Kent Meister, Dean of Students

Renee Shrontz, Head Secretary