February Findings

Westwood Middle School

We Love our New Building

Change can be hard, and while moving mid year can have its challenges- we have SO much to be thankful for! We are so grateful for our new building and the students and staff alike are making it our home. We LOVE it here!

Thank you for your patience as we work through the changes.

We hope you are staying well. Please remember that students should not come to school if they are showing ANY signs of illness, such as headache or fever, cough, sneezing, shortness of breath, stomachache, etc.

This cannot be overemphasized: Please do not send your student to school if they are feeling ill.

I’m sure, regardless of the groundhog, we have another couple of months of winter weather ahead of us. Our custodial staff works hard to keep our walkways clear of snow and ice. However, there are times where we simply can’t keep up when precipitation is falling. Please remind your child(ren) of the importance of being careful when they are walking on snow and ice, it’s important for them to pay attention to where they are walking.

I would like to remind parents to continue to check their child’s progress on PowerSchool. If you need your login or password information, please contact Mrs. Cunningham in the main office. It’s important to continue to watch your child’s grades so you are aware of any areas to focus on at home or areas to celebrate with your child.

Thank you for staying connected with us, I appreciate us working as a team for our students.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.

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Our New Building

Even though we have a new building, our address has not changed;

42350 Adelbert Street

Elyria, OH 44035

(440) 284-8017

Parent Teacher Conferences

Conferences will be held on Wednesday, February 16th between 2:30-5:00. Our Winter Conferences are usually by teacher invite only, however if you feel you need a conference with your grade level team, please contact the school and it will be forwarded to the appropriate staff members.

Student Drop-off and Pick-up

This is a new building with new routes.

Please be patient- drop off and pickup takes time.

Here are Four things we need you to do during drop off and pickup:

1. Do not let students out of the car before 7:05, if you arrive early you will need to keep your student(s) in the vehicle with you. Doors will open at 7:15.

2. In the afternoon, please do not plan to come before 2:00. This will cause a traffic backup.

3. Car riders can ONLY ENTER at Adelbert, at the current Middle School entrance. You can not enter for drop off or pickup using Griswold. See map below.

4. Once in the lot, please park closely to the car in front of you, as this will allow more cars to enter the lot, and not be in the street.

Doors open at 7:15am.

The tardy bell rings at 7:30am. Any student who arrives after 7:30am must enter through the main office and sign in.

We appreciate your help in keeping our students safe.

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Information is just a text away!

Have you opted in to receive text messages from Elyria Schools?

It's a simple process and offers another avenue for instant information from the district.

The text feature lets us deliver information quickly to a large number of people at once. This is a valuable tool in an emergency or when there's important, time-sensitive information to share.

The service is free and opting in is easy.

Parents or guardians simply need to send a text message of “Y” or “Yes” to our district's short code number at 67587.

Just as simple, you can opt out at any time by replying to one of our messages with “Stop.”

The text feature and the robo-call system are tied directly a student's contact information that is on file with your child's school. Please make sure this information is kept up-to-date to ensure you continue receiving calls or texts from Elyria Schools.

News from our school nurse

How long can you test positive for Covid?

Most people will stop testing positive within 10 days of starting to experience symptoms, or receiving their first positive test.

However, it is possible to continue testing positive for weeks or even months after having the virus. The good news is that even if you are continuing to test positive after a long time, it is highly unlikely you are actually contagious.

The time taken to test negative after contracting Covid-19 depends on the severity of the case, and also on the test itself. PCR tests that hunt out parts of viral genetic material (RNA in the case of Covid-19) in our bodies and magnify it so we can detect it are extremely sensitive and can even pick up the presence of a few viral fragments. This is because fragments of viral RNA can remain in our bodies long after the infection is over and the virus has been cleared from our system.”

When are you most infectious?

For previous variants, the World Health Organization said symptoms could begin to develop anywhere between two days and two weeks after infection.

However, the incubation period for Omicron is believed to be much shorter – between three and five days.

It is believed people are at their most infectious one to two days before the onset of symptoms, and during the two to three days afterwards.

This helps explain why Omicron has been able to spread so quickly, as people have passed the virus on before even realising they have it.

As we’ve seen these new variants develop – Delta, now Omicron – what we’re seeing is everything gets sped up.

It is taking less time from when someone is exposed to Covid to potentially develop infection. It is taking less time to develop symptoms, it is taking less time that someone may be infectious and it is, for many people, taking less time to recover. A lot of that is because many more people are vaccinated.

For more information you can visit: https://www.loraincountyhealth.com/

Stay well.

Mrs. Rose Hess

School Nurse

Girls on the Run

Westwood Middle School has the opportunity to particiapte in a program this spring called Girls on the Run. It is open to all girls in grades 5 and 6. More information can be found below. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Clark at clarkcourtney@elyriaschools.org.

Spirit Week and Valentine's Dance

Spirit Week is February 7th-14th

Monday-Wear Red

Tuesday-Duo Day

Wednesday-Wear Pink

Thursday-Favorite Sports Team Day

Friday-Elyria Color Day

Monday (Valentine's Day)-Wear your favorite clothes

Valentine's Dance is on Friday, February 11th from 7:00-9:00

Tickets are $4.00 and will be sold in the mornings in the lobby

7th grade Greenfield Village Trip

There are still seats available for the 7th grade trip to Greenfiled Village. The trip is on Tuesday, May 24th and the cost is $60.00. The trip is open to the first 45 students that bring in their payment.

8th grade Washington DC Trip

It's still not too late to register for the 8th grade Washington DC trip. Packets are available in the office. The trip is from June 2-4th. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Hofmann at hofmannbrian@elyriaschools.org.