Things To Know
Holiday season is here and we are busy as ever here at WMS.
I want to first thank you all for completing our recent survey sent out by the district. Your feedback is valuable as we move forward to continue to grow and create a truly awesome WMS! Students also completed a climate survey that we will dig in to this month. Here are things we will be looking at to improve on immediately and implement ideas next semester:
Student and Staff Respect and Trust
More Rigor in the Classroom
Increase Parent Contact and Relationships
One item that was brought up in the survey, that we also spend a lot of time on here at school, is bullying. We realize that there is a lot of lack of respect for others as mentioned above. We will definitely brainstorm ideas around how to more directly address this concern. We are currently working on social skills and emotional strategies. We are also focusing on a climate of happiness. However, we know that we can't do this alone. We desperately need your help at home. Please have a conversation with your child about respect and how to treat others. We really appreciate you partnership on this and will keep you posted how we move forward on your survey suggestions.
Drama Club is in full swing and meets after school on Tuesdays.
Thursday, December 1 - Last regular season girls' basketball games
Saturday, December 3 - Basketball and Wrestling Conferences
Tuesday, December 6 - Choir Concert at 7:00 pm
Monday, December 12 - Board Work Session in the Media Center 6:00 pm
Tuesday, December 13 - Band Concert at 7:00 pm
Monday, December 19 - Board Meeting at the Admin Building 6:00 pm
Thursday, December 22 - Will be our Holiday Mayhem Celebration where students will complete various activities that include ornament making, Christmas Thank You Letters, recognitions assembly, and many more exciting things. Students are out at 1:00 pm to begin their Christmas Break.
Wednesday, January 4 - Return to school!!
Middle school students are characterized by rapid physical growth, curiosity about their world and an emerging self-identity. Middle school counselors have an impact on these years by implementing a school counseling program and collaborating with school staff, parents and the community to create a safe, respectful learning environment whereby young adolescents can maximize personal and academic achievement. At Wheatland Middle School (WMS), we utilize In-Control, a series of videos developed by a school counselor that discuss many topics of personal and academic goals. After the 5-8 minute videos once a week in homeroom, there are discussion questions that the students can but are not forced to talk about with their homeroom teacher. Our topic for December in 6th and 7th grade is “Holiday Wishes” – and it focuses on taking time to be grateful for what you do have. Tips for home: • Encourage your child to recognize things they can be grateful for. • Help them for look for opportunities to help others. • Allow your child time to reflect about what they CAN offer others. Our topic for 8th grade this month is “Mindfulness” – learning to be present in the moment. Tips for home: • Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment. • It’s important to have something to do with your stress when it arrives. • Millions of people around the world, regardless of religion and culture, practice mindfulness and meditation as a way of becoming more calm, focused, and happy. • Mindfulness meditation takes silence and commitment. • You can do this at home, in school, or anywhere, and nobody will even know you’re doing it. Do it when you need to.
Middle school counselors enhance the learning process and promote academic, career and social/emotional development. School counseling programs are essential for students to achieve optimal personal growth, acquire positive social skills and values, set informed career goals and realize full academic potential to become productive, contributing members of the world community. At WMS, we are working hard to expand our students’ knowledge in Hathaway Scholarship opportunities so they can prepare for high school (more info on that coming this spring!). We are also working hard on expanding our transitions from elementary school to middle school and middle school to high school including many site visits and activities!
At Wheatland Middle School, Mrs. Sandlian is also the 504 Coordinator. Students that need accommodations for things that aren’t specific learning disabilities could be considered for a 504. Mrs. Sandlian’s door is also always open for students who need a shoulder to cry on, someone to talk to, or someone to cheer them on!
Middle school counselors hold a master’s degree and required state certification in school counseling. Maintaining certification includes ongoing professional development to stay current with education reform and challenges facing today’s students. Professional association membership enhances the school counselor’s knowledge and effectiveness.