March 29, 2021
I hope you all had a restful Spring Break! We have just a few weeks until in-person hybrid learning begins. We are very excited to have students back in the building. With that said, students will need to have required supplies and materials such as Chromebook cases, ID badges, and face masks. Students and parents can pick up these essential items TOMORROW, March 30th from 4 - 7 PM. See additional details in this newsletter below.
Important Events for the Month of April;
- March 30: 4-7 PM, Materials Distribution
- April 14: End of Quad 3, No School - Teacher Grading Day
- April 15 & 16: No School, Staff Prep & Training for Return to Learn
- April 19: In-person hybrid instruction begins (Cohort A)
- April 22: In-person hybrid instruction begins (Cohort B)
Have a great week!
Ms. Elise Catanese
WOMS is EPIC (Engaged, Persistent, Intentional, Career & College Ready)
Materials Distribution Tomorrow
On March 30 from 4 - 7 PM, WOMS will be holding our 4th quarter materials distribution drive-thru. At this time students and families can come to school to pick up supplies that will be needed for the 4th quarter of the year. All students will need to pick up supplies regardless of whether they plan to participate in Hybrid learning or continue in Comprehensive Distance Learning. Supplies for hybrid learning return will include a Chromebook case, Student ID badge, and face masks. Content materials like math workbooks and novels will be distributed to all grades.
- 6th grade: Supplies will be distributed at the front of the school in the drive-thru near the main school entrance on Orient Drive.
- 7th and 8th grade: Supplies will be distributed in the same manner as the earlier distributions. Cars will pull to the back of the school through designated lanes. Enter at the upper gate on Orient Drive and exit onto Short Road.
There will be a drop-off bin for 7th graders to return their Maniac McGee novels.
Please practice safe social distancing by wearing a mask and staying in your vehicle during the event. See you soon!
As the transition to a new Hybrid learning schedule ramps up to begin the week of April 19th, there will be a lot of information about the new schedules and procedures that we will be sharing with all of our students. These changes will impact all students whether they stay in Comprehensive Distance Learning or move to Hybrid Learning.
Most of the instruction about these new plans will take place through students' Advisory class. It is very important that each student attend Advisory classes (and Core classes) each day during the lead up to the new schedule. Advisory lessons will provide students with information about the new schedules and the procedures that will be in place at school when students start back with in-person learning.
Please help us make sure that your child is prepared with all of the important information for making this schedule switch. You can help us by reminding your son /daughter to attend their Advisory class everyday. Lessons to support the new schedule will begin being shared with students later this week.
Thank you for your help with this important endeavor. We look forward to safely having students back in the building!
Forecasting for High School
Attention 8th Grade Families: Mark your calendars!!! Sam Barlow High School counselors will join Mrs. Bethmann's Social Studies classes for 9th grade Forecasting presentations on Tuesday, March 30th.
Students will hear an overview of 9th grade and what to expect as well as have an opportunity to ask questions to their Barlow Counselors.
Please make sure your student is in attendance on Tuesday, March 30th, as they'll also get a link to their Forecasting form to choose classes for next year. Please contact Ms. Kinder if you have any questions.
High School AVID
30-day Notice and Opt-out Form for Statewide Tests
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.
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 asked 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 April 13, 2021. ODE will update your district regularly with news about the waiver.
Parent Requests For IN-DISTRICT Transfers
Accepted March 1-31, 2021 * Deadline is March 31, 2021
The Gresham-Barlow School District will accept in-district transfer requests for the 2021-2022 school year during the month of March only.
If you live within the Gresham-Barlow district and want your child to attend a Gresham-Barlow school outside of your attendance area, you need to request an in-district transfer. If your student currently has an in-district transfer and is moving from elementary to middle or middle to high, please submit a new request.
A digital transfer request form will be available on the Transfers section of the district website, http://gresham.k12.or.us/Page/2249. The link to this form can also be emailed to you directly if you request it from any GBSD school or district office. Forms must be submitted by March 31, 2021.
You will be notified in writing after review of all requests. Please note: kindergarten and first grade requests may not be decided upon until late summer after elementary registration. For further information, contact the Gresham-Barlow School District Office at 503-261-4575.
Solicitud de los padres para Transferencias DENTRO DEL DISTRITO
Se aceptan del 1º al 31 de Marzo del 2021 * Hay plazo hasta el 31 de Marzo del 2021
El Distrito Escolar Gresham-Barlow aceptará solicitudes para transferencias dentro del distrito para el año escolar 2021-2022 durante el mes de Marzo solamente. Si ustedes viven adentro del distrito y quieren que su hijo(a) asista a una de las escuelas de Gresham-Barlow afuera del área de su vecindario, necesitan una solicitud de transferencia del distrito. Si su estudiante tiene una transferencia dentro del distrito corrientemente y pasará de primaria a secundaria o de secundaria a preparatoria, ustedes deben entregar una nueva solicitud.
La solicitud digital de transferencia estará disponible en la sección de transferencias del sitio web del distrito, http://gresham.k12.or.us/Page/2249. El vínculo a esta solicitud también se puede enviar directamente por correo electrónico si lo solicita en cualquier escuela del Distrito Escolar Gresham-Barlow u oficina del distrito. Las solicitudes se deben presentar antes del 31 de marzo.
Ustedes serán notificados por escrito después de haber revisado todas las solicitudes. Por favor noten: Solicitudes para kindergarten y primer grado no serán decididos sino hasta finales del verano después de las inscripciones para primaria. Para mas información por favor contacten a la oficina del Distrito Escolar Gresham-Barlow al 503-261-4575.
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.
Please don't hesitate to contact me! Students & Families can always email me or submit a Request Form.
Technology Assistance Update!
For further technology questions and support, 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.