Wolverine News

February 1, 2021

Dear Families,

Happy February!


How time flies! It's hard to believe we are already half way through the school year! Quarter 2 final grades have been posted in StudentVue and ParentVue. Quarter 3 begins today!


Here are some important Dates for the month of February:

  • National School Counseling Week, Feb 1-5
  • Presidents Day, Feb 15, No School
  • Q3 Progress Reports, Feb 24, No School


Have a great week!


Sincerely,

Ms. Elise Catanese

Principal


WOMS is EPIC (Engaged, Persistent, Intentional, Career & College Ready)

NEW! Library Connect

I have some very exciting news to share with you!


Gresham Barlow School District has partnered with the Multnomah County Library system to automatically provide all of our students with a Multnomah County Library account!


That’s right, your child now has a Multnomah County Library card. They don't have to do a thing to request a card - it’s already been done for them using their student ID number. Library Connect is free and there are no late fines. There are never fees for digital materials. Contact the library if items get lost, or if fees are stopping you from using the library. They can help!


With their new library cards, students can access all that the library has to offer:

  • Books and materials from any Multnomah County Library location.

  • Amazing digital materials including ebooks and audiobooks.

  • Ebooks in multiple languages including Chinese, Russian, Spanish and others.

  • Digital magazines.

  • Stream music, movies and quality television programs from sources like PBS, History Channel, and National Geographic.

  • Mango language programs.

  • TumbleBooks animated storybooks with audio.

  • Live homework help from tutor.com.


To get started with Library Connect, students should visit Multnomah County’s Library Connect webpage. They’ll find a link to the Library Connect page on Clever. There’s also a link on our GBSD Library Resources page, found under the parents tab. And of course, they can always just Google “Multnomah Library Connect”


Some of the library’s apps will require students to sign in. Logging in to Library Connect is SO easy! Student’s card numbers are 1-0 and their student ID numbers. And their passwords are their birthdays in number format: 2 digit month, 2 digit day and the 4 digit year.


If you or your student has any questions about using the new Library Connect accounts, contact your school library. Your building’s library media assistant is a Library Connect expert - and ready to help with Library Connect accounts anytime!


Your family can learn all about Library Connect accounts from a tutorial video on our GBSD website, Library Resources page, found under the parents tab.


Together, let’s keep kids reading!

Springwater Trail Applications - Due Friday, February 26

8th Grade Students & Families,


It's that time of year to start thinking about your high school plans. Are you interested in a small high school experience right here at home? Springwater Trail may be the school for you! Please review the important dates & information below:


Important Dates & Information


Springwater Trail Application


Applications are accepted now through Friday, February 26th and will be entered into their lottery. Contact Ms. Kinder or the Main Office if you have any questions. Be EPIC in your goal planning and consider being a Springwater Trail Titan!

Oregon state assessments and 2020-21 opt out information

Every year, students throughout Oregon take state assessments prescribed by the Oregon Department of Education. The purpose of these assessments is to show individual student growth over time and to provide student-specific data that teachers can use to ensure each and every child is on track and achieving learning goals. Results are also used to inform course placement and to provide focused feedback to students and parents.

Oregon state law requires us to inform you that a form is available from the Oregon Department of Education that allows you to opt your child out of state assessments for the 2020-21 school year. Should you wish to opt out your child, please fill out the form and submit it to the main office at your child’s school. The form can be accessed in English at

https://www.oregon.gov/ode/educator-resources/assessment/Documents/Opt-Out_Form.pdf

or in Spanish at

https://www.oregon.gov/ode/educator-resources/assessment/Documents/Spanish_Opt-Out_Form.pdf

Additionally, the Oregon Department of Education has sent us the following information regarding the state’s application for a waiver to pause state testing in English Language Arts and Math:

Under the Student Assessment Bill of Rights, the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and Oregon’s school districts must provide families with a “Notice of Statewide Tests and Opt-out Form” 30 days before the start of statewide testing.

This year, school has been significantly disrupted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and other factors. In response, ODE plans to ask the United States Department of Education for a temporary pause (also known as a “waiver”) in English Language Arts (ELA) and Math testing. A pause is also being requested for science testing, but science testing is not subject to this opt-out rule.

· If this waiver request is approved, then statewide ELA and Math testing will not happen this year, and there will be no need for parents to submit opt-out forms to their child’s school.

· If the waiver request is not approved, test windows will open on March 4, 2021.

ODE will update your district regularly with news about the waiver.

(Click this link to view the letter in Spanish: https://www.oregon.gov/ode/educator-resources/assessment/Documents/Spanish_Opt-Out_Form.pdf )

If you have questions or want more information about state assessments, please contact our Assistant Principal, Tadd Gestrin.


iReady Winter Assessments Begin February 1st


READING

2/1 - 2/5

Begin iReady Reading Diagnostic

2/8 - 2/12

Finish iReady Reading Diagnostic


MATH

2/15 - 2/19

Begin iReady Math Diagnostic

2/22 - 2/26

Finish iReady Math Diagnostic

New Student Health Center

Good news for students and families!

There is a new Student Health Center that just opened at Reynolds High School. The center welcomes all K-12 youth who live or go to school in Multnomah County.

More information is available here: https://www.reynolds.k12.or.us/rms/new-health-center-rhs

Wednesday Social Time

On Wednesdays students have an opportunity to meet with friends, hangout, and have fun in a supervised virtual setting. Staff members host social times and provide breakout rooms in which students can gather and socialize. Ideas include games, book clubs, topical conversation groups, and general conversation.


Students will receive information through their advisory classes in Google Classroom. Once students join the class, they’ll be able to go to that class and get the meeting links to enter the weekly social time on Wednesday.


  • 6th Grade: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM.

  • 7th Grade: 11:30AM - 12 Noon.

  • 8th Grade: 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM.


Let’s make this a fun time to see friends and reconnect!

Student Immunizations & Health Clinic Information

Just a reminder that students still need to have their immunizations up to date by the exclusion day on February 17th so that students are not excluded when we return to in-person instruction.


Locations for Immunizations: Click here!

WOMS Counseling Center

Hello again, Wolverine Students & Families!

Our "new normal" continues to impact us and those around us in many different ways. Whether it be housing, bills, food, mental health, or other needs, I am happy to help connect you to those resources. The links below are by category and can be translated to your home language. Other specific resource links can be found on the WOMS Counseling Website.


Rental & Housing Assistance

Utilities Assistance

Food Resources

Mental Health


Please don't hesitate to contact me! Students & Families can always email me or submit a Request Form.


-Ms. Kinder

School Office Hours

Due to the new COVID safety guidelines outlined by the governor, our office will be open by appointment only. Any families needing to visit the school will need to call ahead and schedule an appointment at 503-663-3323. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we navigate through these challenging times.

Do you need Technology Help?

If I have further technology related questions, where can I get help?

For further technology questions, please contact our school at 503-663-3323. Our school will work to get you in touch with a staff member who is able to assist you, or pass along further information to the Technology Department. You may now also get in touch by calling our Family Tech Assistance Line at 503-258-4733.