Willow Creek Newsletter
February 19th, 2021
Mid-Year Registration Confirmation
A generic version of the email with more information can be found here.
Schedule for the week
Block Scheduling for Distance Learning
Also note that students will not be meeting with teachers during Target classes. Target is similar to a study hall. However, help is available via Google Meets using code: WCtarget.
Distance Learning + Supports
We are able to allow students to enter the building to receive support from staff on a limited basis. If you are interested in your student receiving support in person, please contact their Counselor. Email links are below:
Jessica Olson - 6th Grade
Tracy Lund - 7th Grade
Dawn Johnson - 8th Grade
Willow Creek has several things in place to provide virtual support for your student during distance learning.
- Support during Target hours by utilizing the Google Meets code: WCTarget.
- Our Schoolwide open hour for students following their Advisory from 8:55 - 9:20 on day 1's. All teaching staff are available using the Google Meets codes attached here.
- Please connect directly with Teachers and Counselors to set up further individualized supports in specific classes as well.
Conferences - March 4th
New Community Education offerings start soon. Click the link to see this sessions offerings.
Emotional and Mental Health Well-Being Team
Buy your full color, hard cover, 2020-2021 Willow Creek Middle School yearbook for just $33! Prices go up January 30th.
Grade Level Weekly Student Planners
*Please do not only notify a teacher of an absence. They do not have a way to excuse it in the Skyward system. Please route all absence reporting through the Main Office.
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has provided a Decision Tree for individuals with COVID-19 Symptoms in Youth, Student, and Child Care Programs. To keep students and staff safe and healthy, Rochester Public Schools will follow this guidance to determine the length of time students will need to remain away from school when exposed or exhibiting symptoms. This exclusion guidance is designed specifically for schools and child care programs by MDH, therefore, these guidelines may differ from businesses or employers.
Prior to coming into a school building, students and staff should use the At-Home COVID Screening tool to determine if they are well enough to come to school that day. Individuals experiencing symptoms should remain home and talk to their health care provider about being tested for COVID-19. A Daily Symptom Monitoring Tool is available to help families track their child's symptom screening each day.
We understand that these are challenging times. The safety, security, and health of students and staff is our top priority. Thank you for your partnership in keeping our school community safe and healthy.
This week’s Second Step® Lessons at Middle School
6th Grade - Managing Your Emotions
In this week’s lesson, your child will learn and practice several emotion-management strategies to help them make good decisions when they’re feeling a strong emotion.
Ask your child what strategy they like to use when they realize they need to manage their emotions. Share a strategy you like to use and see if it’s also helpful for them.
7th Grade - Reframing Unhelpful Thoughts
In this week’s lesson, your child will learn ways to reframe unhelpful thoughts into helpful thoughts.
Ask your child to explain the difference between helpful and unhelpful thoughts. Tell your child about an unhelpful thought you had today and how you were able to change it to a helpful thought. Ask your child if they had an unhelpful thought and how you can support them in changing it to a helpful thought.
8th Grade - Strategies for Managing Stress
In this week’s lesson, your child will learn some strategies for managing stress. These strategies include: slow breathing, reframing unhelpful thoughts, positive self-talk, and progressive muscle relaxation.
Ask your child what makes them feel stressed and how they cope with that stress. Share your own stressors and helpful ways you manage stress.
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