Wilson Middle School Newsletter

December 2022/January 2023

Note to Parents

Thank you parents and guardians for the great turn out for parent-teacher conferences. Thank you for showing support and interest in your child’s education. Students receive a clear message that their education is important when you participate in school activities and collaborate with teachers to plan for their success. Remember to put into action any plans made with teachers and follow up with your student at home. Make sure your child is taking advantage of the opportunities offered at school to encourage their success. If home sick, students can still keep up with their school work and assignments by completing assignments on Canvas or emailing their teachers. For more information about these programs, please call the counseling office at 573-2406.

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Dates to Remember

12/6 - 2nd Quarter Mid Term

12/7- High School Selection Process in English for 8th Graders @ 6pm Franklin Middle School

12/8- High School Selection Process in Spanish for 8th Graders @ 6pm Washington Middle School

12/13 - Choir and Orchestra Concert @ 7pm in the Main Gym

12/15 - Band Concert @ 7pm in the Main Gym

12/19-01/02-Winter Break

01/03 - Classes Resume

01/03 - Winter II Sports Registration Opens

01/16 - NO SCHOOL - MLK Jr's Birthday

01/17- Winter II Sports Practice Begins

01/24- Last Day of 2nd Quarter

Events

Choir and Orchestra Concert

Tuesday, Dec. 13th, 7pm

902 South 44th Avenue

Yakima, WA

Come and enjoy beautiful music sung and played by our Cavalier choir and orchestra. The concert will be in our Main Gym.

Band Concert

Thursday, Dec. 15th, 7pm

902 South 44th Avenue

Yakima, WA

Our fantastic band is preforming in a concert in our Main Gym for all to enjoy.

Projects at Wilson

8th Grade Students in Mrs. Hill (Abell) and Mrs. Suhm's classes recently did a project making Colonial Houses while learning about the early colonies and regions of the United States. Students researched the Southern, Middle and New England Colonies and created houses that were historically accurate and included features that matched the 1600's. The classrooms were covered in rocks, moss and glue for many days. They presented the houses in a gallery walk located in the library to the Social Studies and Resource students. It was a fun way to show what they learned.

Counselor's Corner

"Kids come first" gift tree

In the office area starting on Nov. 28th there will be a tree with paper ornaments on it. The ornaments will have written on the tag the gender of a child and their age (i.e.: BOY age 11) A student or staff can take a tag, purchase a gift (under $20.00) for that child, leave it unwrapped and return it to the counseling office with the tag attached to the top. The gifts will be delivered to children in our community after Dec. 14th.

Counseling Groups

The counseling department has started their first round of counseling groups. The titles of the groups currently being offered included: friendship, organizational boot camp, grief and loss and family concerns. If you would like your student to be involved in one of the groups offered please contact the counseling office at 573-2406.

Wilson Booster Club

Wilson Parent Booster Club welcomes parents and staff. We meet the second Thursday of the month at 6:00 p.m. in the cafeteria. We are confident that this year will be one of the best ever! Boosters is a great way to help students, teachers and staff. We will need your support to make this happen. Please plan to join us to see how you can be involved. Feel free to call us if you have any questions (573-2400). If you would like to be added to our email list, please let us know.

November's Students of the Month!!

Congratulations to these shining stars.....

Alexa Garcia, Noah Garzia, Raymond Rochester, Dante' Douthit-Mitchell, Emma Walker, Diego Araiza, Shayla Escalera, Isai Fuentes, Issabella Vera, Alysza Villa, Mariah Ornelas, Natalie Boucher, Amaya Bustos, Destanie Ontiveros, Kimberly Martin, Ryker Hatley, Ramon Juarez, Izaiah Trillas, Denise Miramontes Iniguez, Kaylynn Valenzuela, Marcos Delgado, Alyssa Venegas, Isaak Anguiano, Ezra Wells, Jackson Warner, Ellowyn Zeigler, Zandyr Bell, Vanessa Cardenas Perez, Ernesto Rosales.

Sports Information

Registration opens on January 3, 2022

Boys Basketball and Girls Bowling are Winter 2 sports. To register please go to www.familyid.com. We no longer do registrations packets at the school. Please note that a current sports physical is required for participation. First practice will be on January 17th.


If you have any questions regarding sports, please call our Athletic Director, Mr. Gonzales at (509)573-2403 or our Athletic Secretary, Ms. Thomas at (509)573-2406

Message from the Nurse

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Library News

A huge thank you to all of the parents and students who supported our fall SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR! We sold over $4.6K worth of books and other merchandise during our two conference days which is a new school record! We were able to keep over $2K worth of new books for every student at Wilson to read and enjoy. Parents were also willing to support our PBIS store and raffles by rounding up their purchase. Some even donated extra cash toward purchases to reward our students for their positive behaviors in addition to what they bought for themselves. Once again, Wilson staff, students and parents made our school a better place by encouraging reading and shopping at our book fair. See you all again in the spring for more new books and fun at the SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR.

Library Guest

Wilson is pleased to announce we are the winners of a school visit by the internationally famous Tacoma, WA author Marissa Meyer! Marissa is celebrating the 10 year anniversary of her fractured fairytale sci fi series The Lunar Chronicles. She was first published after winning a writing contest which began with Book #1 of her series titled Cinder based in a futuristic world where Cinder (based on the fairytale Cinderella) has been transformed into a cyborg with bionic body parts and brain implants. Instead of losing her glass slipper at the ball, her whole foot falls off! Wilson will also get a class set of the novel Cinder so more students can read her first novel before she comes to visit in March. A small group of students will be chosen to meet her in person, and they will need to have read at least her first book.

Homework Center

is available after school Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays after school from 2:30 to 3:30 pm in the library. Snacks are served and tutoring is available. We keep attendance and can send home a slip to confirm your student attended during this time.

MakerSpace

Wilson MakerSpace is meeting again after school on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:30-4 pm in Room #71 next to the library and Room #80. Students get a snack and can learn about various arts and crafts in a calm, supportive place. We are starting the year off with friendship bracelets, crocheting and water colors. Later we will do more with robotics and clay. We are open to suggestions, and we would LOVE TO HAVE SOME PARENTS with a skill or craft they could share come and join us! Remember, volunteers need to have a background check through the main office on file before being able to help out. Please contact Mrs. Madrinich madrinich.kari@ysd7.org/ 573-2422 if you have any questions or ideas to share!

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Parents if you have made arrangements to be out of town ahead of time & you know your child will be absent from school please fill out our pre-arranged absence form three weeks before student is absent. It is important to get those days cleared & taken care of. We understand that emergencies happen, if your student is unable to complete a pre-arranged form please call our attendance secretary (509)573-2410 to notify her of your child’s absence.

CHARACTER WORDS OF MONTH

December's Word of the Month

Curious

Marked by a desire to investigate and learn.

January's Word of the Month

Inquisitive

Given to examination or investigation. / Inclined to ask questions.

Winter Weather Messaging

Winter weather is here! You live in a climate where roads can become slick and temperatures can be cold and uncomfortable. It is time to prepare your household and your children for winter weather. Schools are preparing too!


If the superintendent calls for a change in school status due to winter weather, a message similar to this (via ParentSquare and StudentSquare) will be sent by 6:00 AM. Other ways to find out if Yakima School District schools are delayed or closed due to weather is:


  • check the school or district websites at www.ysd7.org (websites are the first place the information is posted - sometimes by 5:15 a.m.)
  • check official district social media accounts www.ysd7.org/socialmedia
  • watch the local media (but also check our websites as occasionally media accidentally confuses their report with information from another district).


Please note that if the Yakima School District calls for a delay, buses will also be delayed. Note that winter road conditions can delay buses further. Only four of our bus routes have snow routes as they are on a hill, so be sure to know if your route has a snow route and where you should meet your bus should snow routes be called. For more info, visit www.YSD7.org/busroutes or the transportation department at 509-573-7200.


If you feel your contact information is not current, please contact your school immediately.


Stay warm and stay safe this winter!

Cell Phone and Electronic Device Policy

All student cell phones, earbuds, and electronic devices are to be turned off and stored in student's backpacks once students arrive on campus 7:30 am to 2:30 pm. Wilson Middle School staff will not be responsible for lost or stolen cell phones or electronic devices. If the student is caught with their phone out, the phone will be taken to the office and the student will pick it up at the end of the day. If the incident happens, again the parents will be asked to come and pick up the cell phone.

If students need to reach parents for any reason they can use the phone in the office.

Non-Discrimination Statement

Yakima School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:

Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator (Students): Title IX – Dr. Robert Darling, Deputy Superintendent, 104 N. 4th Ave., Yakima, WA 98902, (509) 573-7003, darling.robert@ysd7.org;

Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator (Students): ADA/Section 504 – Omar Santoy, Director of Student Services, 104 N. 4th Ave., Yakima, WA 98902, (509) 573-7221, santoy.omar@ysd7.org;

Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator (Non-Students): Title IX/ADA – Robert Noe, Chief Legal Counsel, 104 N. 4th Ave., Yakima, WA 98902, (509) 573-7039, nondiscrimination@ysd7.org.

Individuals with disabilities who require assistance or special arrangements to attend a program or activity sponsored by the Yakima School District should contact one of the ADA Coordinators 24 hours in advance of the event to inquire about reasonable accommodation. Deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing, and/or speech impaired individuals may access Washington Relay Services by calling 7-1-1- or 1-800-833-6388.

Drug Free, Weapons Free, Tobacco Free Statement

The Yakima School District is a Drug Free, Weapons Free, Tobacco Free district. Possession of firearms on school property will be classified as exceptional misconduct and will result in the following required steps:

  1. Mandatory 1-year expulsion
  2. Subject to appeal
  3. Notification to parents
  4. Notice to law enforcement

RCW 9.41.280, RCW 69.50.435, RCW 28A.210.310(2), Sec 4141(b)(1), Sec 4141 (h) (1)

Office Hours

Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM