Chaparral's Good News!

Second Semester 2020-2021

Week 18: May 3-7, 2021

On behalf of our Administrative Team...

Weekend Highlights

Hello Cougar Families,


Our school recently emailed a TEXTBOOK COLLECTION notice to the parents of our students. Please carefully review the email(s) sent this past week prior to Monday, May 3rd to be aware of the date/time(s). Also, next week is Teacher Appreciation Week and our Community Club parents have planned a wonderful set of events to recognize our teachers. If you would like to "Thank-A-Teacher" or more, then you may post a note of gratitude onto this moderated Padlet HERE. The following is a brief overview of this month's time-sensitive activities:


  • Week of May 3rd - 6th gr. Textbook returns; Teacher Appreciation Week!
  • Week of May 10th - 7th gr. Textbook returns; Band (05/10 or 05/11) & Guitar collections
  • Week of May 17th - 8th gr. Textbook returns; Gold Cord/Awards/Yearbook distributions
  • Week of May 24th - Modified Schedule w/email news coming soon; 8th gr. Promotion!


Carefully scroll down to review the areas below:

  • Updated BLOCK Calendar/Schedule
  • Reopening Traffic Flow
  • CAASPP Testing
  • Good News on PBS episode and more!


Lastly, Chaparral is currently in 3rd place and we really need our parents and students to support the school by joining our staff in a virtual FUN RUN & WALK. Please consider registering at wvusd50.org by May 2nd! (Click on the link or image below for more information.)

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Weekly Schedule: Student Reminders

Hello Cougar Students,


Remember to check out our ASB's weekly activity for "Arbor Day" and post it onto the Padlet found on your counselor's Google Classroom for a chance at earning a Spirit Pack! Students should click on the image or link HERE for our revised calendar and zoom in to view the remaining school days for important information.


IMPORTANT:

"In-Person" Learners - 7:50 AM Gates #1 or #2 are OPEN

    "Remote" Learners - 8:00 AM log onto your teacher's Google Classroom for Zoom access


    MONDAY: May 3rd

    • Period 4 @ 8:00 AM - 9:20 AM;
    • Period 6 @ 9:35 AM - 10:55 AM;
    • Period 2 @ 11:10 AM - 12:30 PM;
    • Structured Tutorial @ 1:10 PM -2:30 PM
    • In-Person 6th graders return books during their scheduled Social Studies class time

    TUESDAY: May 4th

    • Period 5 @ 8:00 AM - 9:20 AM;
    • Period 1 @ 9:35 AM - 10:55 AM;
    • Period 3 @ 11:10 AM - 12:30 PM;
    • Structured Tutorial @ 1:10 PM -2:30 PM
    • In-Person 6th graders return books during their scheduled Social Studies class time
    • OPTIONAL - BOOK CLUB with Mrs. Ebel @ 1:10 PM


    WEDNESDAY: May 5th

    "Remote Learning" - ALL students learning online; no "in-person learning" on campus

    • Virtual 6th-grade learners' parents return books during scheduled time (sent by email)
    • Period 1 @ 8:00 AM - 8:40 AM;
    • Period 2 @ 8:45 AM - 9:25 AM;
    • Period 3 @ 9:30 AM - 10:10 AM;
    • Break @ 10:10 AM - 10:20 AM;
    • Period 4 @ 10:20 AM - 11:00 AM;
    • Period 5 @ 11:05 AM - 11:45 AM;
    • Period 6 @ 11:50 AM - 12:30 PM;
    • GRADE LEVEL MEETINGS for STAFF @ 1:10 PM


    THURSDAY: May 6th
    • Period 6 @ 8:00 AM - 9:20 AM;
    • Period 2 @ 9:35 AM - 10:55 AM;
    • Period 4 @ 11:10 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Structured Tutorial @ 1:10 PM -2:30 PM
    • In-Person 6th graders return books during their scheduled Social Studies class time


    FRIDAY: May 7th
    • Period 1 @ 8:00 AM - 9:20 AM;
    • Period 3 @ 9:35 AM - 10:55 AM;
    • Period 5 @ 11:10 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Structured Tutorial @ 1:10 PM -2:30 PM
    • In-Person 6th graders return books during their scheduled Social Studies class time
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    Reopening Guidelines

    Click on the link(s) to view the emailed notification sent to parents in April.

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    In-Person Learning: Resources

    • Map to classrooms HERE - use WVUSD (student) Google account to view
    • Counselors' video on our Reopening HERE


    Students at school should bring:
    1. Student ID card (or write Student ID # onto flashcard; show at Health Checkpoint)
    2. Face Mask - MUST be worn by ALL on campus; recommended 2 masks
    3. Laptop with charger - Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

    Testing the Week of May 3rd

    State Testing Notification:


    • English Language Arts (ELA) will be testing on May 3rd and/or May 4th
    • Mathematics (Math) will be testing on May 6th and/or May 7th
    • Contact Ms. Aquino at caquino@wvusd.org for more information


    • Letter on CAASPP from the district HERE
    Good News!

    Featured news!

    Chaparral featured on PBS!

    "ARTBOUND" on PBS showcased the importance of the arts in schools, and a portion of the filming took place at Chaparral Middle School in 2020. Take a look and watch the spectacular programs by clicking on the video below or HERE.
    Artbound: Arts Education (Preview)
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    ART SHOWCASE

    A collection of true masterpieces by our ART students under the direction of Mr. Nicoll.
    Chaparral 2021 Virtual Art Show

    Extra! Extra!

    Check out our BAND outdoors practicing while adhering to all safety measures. Our band director, Mrs. Schroerlucke, has issued PPE gear to cover instruments in accordance with the health department's guidelines for in-person band members,
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    STEAM via Mathematics & Art!

    Our amazing 6th grader, Rohan Jain, designed the Fibonacci spiral. His artwork was recorded using a time-lapsed creation for his math class with Mrs. K. Lee. Thanks for sharing the fantastic work for our Good News!
    Good News in STEAM by RJ

    SUMMER SCHOOL

    Registration began on March 15th! Our Summer School 2021 courses will be taught by several of our Chaparral teachers. Here is the link to Dedicated-2-Learning for our summer school options with complete course descriptions.


    (Sign up promptly, as courses are now generating a WAITING LIST. Anyone who is now on a waitlist will be contacted by a D2L staff member prior to Summer School.)

    Health Office

    Immunizations and more!

    Immunizations

    Our health office is asking parents to be sure their child's immunizations are up to date. For more information on the required immunizations for school (i.e., in-person learning), click HERE. If you have questions about your child's health records after visiting our nurse's website, then feel free to contact the following staff members:


    Librarian's Corner

    Visit Ms. Carlson's website for books and more information on our library media center.

    More BOOKS!

    Attention all bookworms! Click on the link HERE to view more books available to students for checking out from our library. Email our librarian, Ms. Carlson, if you have any questions at kristencarlson@wvusd.org

    SSRA(s)

    6th Grade Counselor - Mr. Tran htran@wvusd.org

    7th Grade Counselor - Ms. Aquino caquino@wvusd.org

    8th Grade Counselor - Mrs. Ebel kebel@wvusd.org

    Need Emotional Support?

    Your SSRAs are available to check-in with students.

    Click the link here.

    Community Club: Website

    Click on the link to view information on our monthly parent group meetings.

    Meeting(s)

    Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

    • Our district has a Diversity Think Tank (DTT) focused on celebrating our ongoing steps towards equity, inclusion, and diversity. Feel free to review the link HERE to see resources provided by our community.
    • Chinese American Parents Association (CAPA) website at chaparralcapa.weebly.com for more information. The next meeting is on May 6th at 1:30 PM, and additional information is linked HERE.
    • April 12-May 11 (sundown to sundown): Ramadan, an Islamic holiday marked by fasting, praise, prayer, and devotion
    • An overview of the month of May:

      - May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in the United States to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks on the project were Chinese immigrants.

      - May is Older Americans Month, established in 1963 to honor the legacies and contributions of older Americans and to support them

      - May is Jewish American Heritage Month, which recognizes the diverse contributions of the Jewish people to American culture.

      - May is Mental Health Awareness Month (or Mental Health Month), which aims to raise awareness and educate the public about mental illnesses

    • May 1: Beltane, an ancient Celtic festival, signifying the beginning of summer.

    • May 2: Orthodox Easter (also called Pascha), a later Easter date
    • May 3-7: Teacher Appreciation Week!
    • May 5: A day to commemorate the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla. This day celebrates Mexican culture and heritage.
    • May 6: National Day of Prayer, a day of observance in the United States