The Owl Observer
Dear Students and Families,
Week 7 is here!
This week our students are inching closer to the end of 1st quarter. If you have not been able to review PowerSchool for your student, please do so soon. September 15 kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month! We look forward to sharing various student products and celebrations with you!
Important Family Notes
Please remember the WYWLA students are required to wear a uniform. This is an agreement all families make when applying to our school. Students in grades 6 –10 are required to wear school uniforms to school each day. Your student is required to meet the uniform requirement each day. Students must wear WYWLA jackets, sweatshirts, shirts, and approved bottoms, shoes, at all times.
WCPSS requires all schools to manage attendance and tardies through district provided guidance. On Monday, September 18, we will begin tardy and attendance notification and management. Students will be assigned lunch detention after they reach their 4th tardy in any class.
As always, we appreciate all that you do in our WYWLA OWL's Nest. It takes a nest to raise an OWL!
This newsletter has great information, please take time to skim through it for news and updates!
Have a wonderful week ahead!
Hispanic Heritage Month
Happy Hispanic Heritage Month, WYWLA!
WYWLA is home to many families and staff of Latin origin! Though this month focuses on the celebration of Hispanic Culture, we are fortunate to see the impact of a diverse community each day at WYWLA. We look forward to celebrating Hispanic Culture this month, but each day at WYWLA is a celebration of all cultures represented in our community.
Many of our students have been preparing projects to share with you related to Hispanic Heritage! We will be sharing those out throughout the month! Please enjoy this segment, from our Early College students last year!
WYWLA Field Trips
We are excited to begin all the amazing school field trips this year. As your student prepares for various trips with her grade/class/club, please remind her that field trips are a privilege, not a requirement. We expect the utmost character, respect, and reflection of our WYWLA community on field trips. Significant behavioral concerns, disciplinary offenses, and suspensions will result in revoked field trip privileges.
Parent and Community Volunteers Registration
If you wish to support field trips, you must register as a volunteer.
All WCPSS parent and community volunteers are required to register through the MyVolunteer system.
- On the MyVolunteer site, you will find disclosure and authorization forms, the WCPSS Volunteer Agreement, as well as a summary of rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act. You must review these documents and provide the requested information.
- Make sure you include your name and contact information when you begin the registration process. If you leave the CRC background site before completing your contact information, you will have to begin the process again.
- You must include your social security number to register to volunteer. If you do not have a social security number, please contact email@example.com or call 919-694-8233.
- You will be notified by the MyVolunteer system if you are approved to volunteer.
Volunteer Registration Link
Click the link below to start your volunteer registration:
Seeking Parent School Improvement Team Representatives
We'd love to have you join us as a Parent Representative on our School Improvement Team!
A Quick Health Note
We are back in school and indoors more often, which means germs are more easily spread! We've seen colds and viruses already in our school. We value consistent school attendance; however, we do not want our students to come to school when actively sick or exhibiting symptoms of illness. Medicating symptoms to mask illness still spreads germs to others. Remember to follow healthy school guidance noted HERE.
OWL-A-THON IS HERE
PTSA COMING SOON
Driver's Ed Information
In the past Jordan's Driving School has always advised students to take class through their base high school or their sister school during the fall and spring. Jordan's is now offering a virtual class for all the schools that do not hold a driver education class at their school. The information page below has updated information and how to register for a class. Jordan's will also offer winter break classes and Saturday classes, if the after school virtual class dates do not work for some students.
Optional Parent Book Study
Middle School Years
Parents are invited to learn more about an optional parent book study with our very own Middle School Counselor, Mrs. Kali Abu-Sharr. This book study is completely optional! Click below to learn more.
World Travel Opportunity
We’re going to Switzerland, Germany & Austria this coming Summer 2024, and your student is invited! We will also be visiting Vienna, Salzburg, Munich, Tyrol, Liechtenstein, Lucerne, & Heidelberg.
We wanted to open our EF fall enrollment to include our new families as well as students who have expressed their interest to travel.
Come hear all the details, including the itinerary, activities, academic opportunities and the cost of our trip at our upcoming informational meeting on Tuesday, September 26 at 5:30 PM. Please click here to register for the meeting https://bit.ly/3YriSut.
There are limited spots on this tour, so we would love to have you attend this meeting to learn more about this exciting opportunity!
Community News & Opporutnities
Artspace, a non-profit visual arts center located in downtown Raleigh.
We are looking for more volunteers to assist with our fall programs including:
- Open Studio // Every Wednesday from 3-5pm and select Saturdays from 1-3pm
- First Fridays // Every first Friday of the month from 6-10pm
- Día de Muertos programming // October 29 + November 2 from 4-8pm
- Sunday Funday // October 15 from 3-7pm
- A Lens Between the Pines Film Screening // October 20 from 7-9pm
Those interested in volunteering with Artspace can register for shifts using this link: https://signup.com/go/qafiSLk
If you have any questions please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-821-2787.
Service Academy Day
The office of Congresswoman Deborah Ross is excited to be hosting our Virtual Service Academy Day on Thursday September 21 from 7-9PM. We welcome all students, families, teachers and staff to join us virtually to learn about our Nation's Service Academies and the process for a Congressional Nomination from Congresswoman Ross.
The link to RSVP is: serviceacademyross.eventbrite.com. The Zoom link will be sent upon RSVP and there is space on the form to ask any questions. Attached is a flyer to share with your school, and if you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to let our office know.
WYWLA students who are eligible may try out and participate in interscholastic athletic programs at Broughton High School and Oberlin Middle School. Interested students should visit each school’s website for more information. Students must complete a physical form prior to the start of tryouts and must meet all WCPSS athletic eligibility standards.
🔴Carpool line begins at the bottom of the hill at the WYWLA sign. Please DO NOT pull up until signaled to do so!
Visit our website for more!
Uniform Dress Code & Reminders
⭐Students in grades 6 –10 are required to wear school uniforms to school each day. Please visit our website to review the complete uniform policy which contains guidelines for each uniform item and vendor information.
We've been reviewing uniform expectations with students.
If you have concerns related to agreed upon school uniforms, please email Mrs. Walker at email@example.com.
Wake Bus Service
The Wake County Public School System provides bus transportation to all eligible students based on their school assignment. The system's transportation department is committed to providing students with safe, efficient, and reliable transportation service that contributes to their overall academic success.
WYWLA students will use the Southeast Raleigh High School Express Bus transportation system. Each student will be assigned a bus and route number. Students will only be allowed to ride the assigned bus. You may have received an email from WCPSS Transportation this week requesting that all families double-check their route information. Please take this opportunity to do that.
Please visit the WCPSS website and click on Transportation for more information.
Families can find up-to-date transportation information (including route number and stop location) in your student’s Home Base/PowerSchool account. https://www.wcpss.net/Page/41
September & October Events
SeptemberSeptember 15: SAU Fall Convocation, 11:00 AM
September 15: SGA Election Results
September 21: Athena Leadership Luncheon (10th Grade Only)
September 21: Financial Aid Night, 6:00 PM (Virtual)
September 22: WYWLA Spirit Day
September 25: Teacher Workday
September 26 - 28: SAU Midterm Exams
October 6: Teacher Workday
October 7: SAT Test Date
October 9: Teacher Workday
October 11: Day of the Girl Empowerment Sessions
October 11: Day of the Girl Celebration, 12:30 PM
October 16: 8th Grade Tea
October 16 – December 15: WCPSS Early College Application Window
October 16-October 20: College Week
October 18: WCPSS Orange Unity Day (Orange Spirit Day)
October 19: PSAT Day
October 20: WYWLA Spirit Day
October 22: ACT
October 25: Fall Picture Retakes
October 27: Academic Celebration Date
October 27: Fall Dance, 6:00 - 8:00 PM (PTSA)
October 28: ACT Test Date