Westwood Middle School
Happy November Westwood Families-Time flies! We are in the first week of the second grading period. We have come a long way from August and are continuing to work with our students on our PBIS matrix emphasizing the importance of Being Respectful, Responsible and Ready to Learn. Please encourage your students to come to school with all necessary supplies. For those students who are still waiting on lockers, we have been told that installation of those lockers will be occurring Mid- November. We wish all our families a Happy Thanksgiving. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns to our main office at 440-284-8017.
Peek at November
November 4- All school PBIS Incentive Day
November 5- Chili Cook OffNovember 8- No school In-service Day
November 9/10/11- 5th grade CoGat Testing
November 9/11- 8th grade to JVS
November 10- Tech E Club
November 11- School Dance 2:15-4:15
November 14-18- Canned food drive
November 17- Student Council Meeting
November 23-25- No School
Thanksgiving Food Drive
Bullying is an age-old problem that one-in-five students report as happening sometime during their lives. The federal government, state government, and local school boards have all worked diligently to develop policies to address these detrimental behaviors which have affected so many young lives over the years. I have been working with Westwood’s fifth graders during their Bridge classes in hopes of building a more positive environment for all of Westwood’s students.
The three necessary components to identify a true bullying situation are as follows:
-Behavior that is repeated on a frequent basis
-Intentional behavior that seeks to harm another person.
-Action that involves an imbalance of power such as: physical size, age, or superior athletic or academic ability, just to name a few.
Studies have shown that bullying happens more frequently in places where there is less supervision such as hallways, buses, the cafeteria, and outside on school grounds. There is not one definitive answer why people choose to bully others but amongst the reasons is the sense of power that it gives the bully, especially when others join in.
There are many types of bullying and technology has added exponentially to the ways that people are bullied. We now have what seems like unlimited access to others via the internet. There is not a clear definition of why bullying happens, but the research has found that bullying happens mostly because of differences such as: physical appearance, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, or some sort of a disability .
The solution to this problem is not a simple one, but one that all of us need to keep working towards. The most effective strategy in helping kids deal with bullies is to encourage them to tell a trusted school official. Simply avoiding the situation by walking away is also a good strategy in many cases. Another piece of advice in helping students to reduce bullying at school is to simply refuse to join in when pressured to join the bully game.
News from the Nurse
Its Chili Time
Interested in making a donation? We are accepting basket donations to help with our auction that night. All donations can be dropped off in the office.
Tech E Club
Tech-E Club has met in September and October so far this year. The students have completed 1-hour coding and did some building with Keva Planks. They are having an amazing time! Tech- E Club will meet again on Thursday, November 3 and Tuesday, November 15th.
Ms. Yates and Mr. Wise
A Look Ahead
WWMS Band and Choir Holiday Concert
Wednesday December 14
Students will need to report before 7 pm at a time TBD by their teacher closer to the date.
Choir students need to be dressed professionally with a white top and black dress pants with neutral-colored dress shoes (white, black or grey).
Band students need to be dressed professionally in all black.