Weddington Middle School Newsletter

June 5, 2020

A note from the principal:

If all goes as planned, this very well could be our parting message for the bizarre 19-20 school year! We’ve learned a lot about life and adapting to unforeseen circumstances, and I’d like to think lessons here will serve us all well during opportune times in our future.

With “PC-19” as our designation for successful course completion this year, we will NOT be providing traditional report cards this year. Instead, we will mail UCPS Feedback Forms to relay student progress. Expect those by US Mail during the latter part of next week.

On June 15, UCPS will begin summer hours. Weddington Middle School will be open Monday through Thursday from 8am until 3pm. The school will be closed to the public on Fridays. If you still have items at the school to collect, you can begin doing so on Monday, June 15. Contact us beforehand and we’ll try to have your things waiting on you.



On Tuesday, June 9, we invite our 8th graders back to the middle school car loop for perhaps their final time. June 9 was Promotion Day, and it’s still the day after which you become 9th graders! We have readied any personal items you left in your lockers, your promotion certificates and small souvenirs, and we’ll include your UCPS Feedback Form along with these other belongings on Tuesday. We invite our 8th graders and their families to view our virtual promotion recognition, available on the 8th grade Canvas page at 9am on June 9.

Mateials will be available during the scheduled homeroom times: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1OV6RpD9_imsNajXDZqxz6pH5tuB8YmlmLCDeNE_YSHg/edit#gid=39847658

It has been a year for the ages, and if you and your loved ones are safe and healthy come August, we should consider that a blessing! During the summer, we’ll fine tune our remote learning efforts and prepare for some planned virtual instruction next year. Our UCPS BOE has approved a new school calendar for next year, and I share that with you here: https://www.ucps.k12.nc.us/cms/lib/NC01910453/Centricity/Domain/4/2020-2021%20Revised%20Traditional%20School%20CalendarV2.pdf.

On August 17, we’ll try it all again, and we have a couple days still to complete this one. It’s a pleasure to serve this community, and we appreciate your support of our school. I congratulate our 461 8th graders on their upcoming promotion to high school, and I wish all of our stakeholders a safe and splendid summer! Happy Friday Weddington, and enjoy your weekend.

We're dreaming...of fall sports!

Please take a look at our virtual Fall Sports Meeting--full of info you need for the upcoming school sports year!
WMSABC

UCPS received additional Hotspots for this summer; this will be very important as the students are able to keep chromebooks. These Hotspots will be offered to students that complete a survey that will be provided to them on Monday.

The WMS PTSO shop is now open!

June 1st - July 25th

All summer uniform orders placed by July 25, 2020 will be available for pick up prior to the beginning of the 2020-21 academic school year.

Congratulations to this year's Principal and Superintendent Award Winners!

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With the end of the school year quickly approaching, we would like to inform you that the School Social Worker and the Behavioral Health Therapist will be available throughout the entire summer (office hours will be Monday-Friday 7:30am-3:30pm). Therapeutic services will continue with current students and schedules will be arranged with the therapist. School Social Worker will be available to assist with resources, school information, etc.

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

We can be reached at:

Joseph Walker, Behavioral Health Therapist

Joseph.Walker@ucps.k12.nc.us

704-242-2722

Stacey Lopez, School Social Worker

Stacey.Lopez@ucps.k12.nc.us

980-699-8756

We look forward to seeing you this summer!!! J

More important than ever...

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Calling all interested VIRTUAL CAREER DAY volunteers.

Every Wednesday we will share a Lunch and Learn: Career Day Series! We are asking our career day volunteers to share a short video about their career that we will post to our classroom canvas and social media pages. The video should be 5-10 minutes and answer some or all of the following questions:

  • A brief history/background of yourself that led to your current career or job
  • Description and responsibilities of your career/occupation
  • Education/training required – (please emphasize the importance of life-long learning)
  • Skills needed, i.e. good communication skills, hand-eye coordination, etc.
  • Positive and negative aspects of your career/occupation (e.g., you like working outdoors)
  • Salary range/pay (and benefits, as applicable)
  • Any extracurricular activities in school and how they may have helped you.

Please email us your video files to Ashley.elsaesser@ucps.k12.nc.us. If your file size is too large, email us and we can figure out the easiest way for your to share it with us! Thanks for your help!

End of the Year Grading Information

The North Carolina State Board of Education approved measures addressing student grading for the remainder of the school year. Under a temporary grading policy approved by the board, elementary and middle school students will not receive traditional grades for the year, and high school students in grades 9-11 will have the option of choosing between a grade of pass/no credit or a numeric grade for their spring semester courses this year. Middle school students will get a PC19 or WC19 grade for the final course grade based on how they were performing on March 13, but can improve it to passing during remote learning. Students who get a withdrawal grade won’t be considered to have failed. Please encourage your students to complete the work assigned each week by teachers.
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Leader in Me has opened all resources to educators and families at this time. This site provides resources that will help you teach the 7 Habits and other powerful leadership skills. Click here to learn more.
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First Priority club members looking for club updates please visit Ms. Millen's math canvas page.

Video Library

Setting up Canvas Notifications

Please note that some carriers, including Verizon, do not support Canvas.

Using Libby to check out e-books

These can be scary, trying times for students.

Please know that the staff of Weddington Middle is here for your child(ren). If your child would like to speak with a counselor, please have him/her fill out this form: https://forms.gle/3GYr7eZxh9yQETT9A

The counselors will also provide daily email office hours:

Monday 9-11 & 11-1

Tuesday 12-2

Wednesday 9-11

Thursday 12-2

Friday 11-1


This information can also be found on their Canvas page.

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Please read below to make sure your student is ready for digital learning

1. As many of you know, Canvas is the primary learning management system at Weddington Middle School and will be used in the weeks ahead in our efforts with online teaching-and-learning. When we begin to provide students with online learning opportunities, it will be extremely helpful and informative for parents to be Canvas course observers. This will allow a parent to stay updated on what kinds of things are happening with the courses that his/her child is taking. Directions on setting up your account can be found here.

There are now general grade-level and related arts Canvas pages for students to use for discussion, counselor connections and general activity ideas.

6th grade

7th grade

8th grade

Related Arts

2. To make sure you and your student don't miss anything in Canvas, you need to turn on notifications!

  • Login to your Canvas Account
  • Click "Account" (on left side of screen)
  • Click "Notifications" (Under your Profile)
  • Click "Notifications Preferences" (on far Right)
  • For any category you want immediate email notification, click the check mark (when it’s a GREEN box it is ON)

Suggested categories to check:

Announcements

Discussion

Discussion Posts

Conferences

3. Any Chromebook or home computer can be used for Canvas and/or Google. Students can login to their Google accounts using their email address (student#@student.ucps.k12.nc.us) and password.
4. At some point, students may receive a prompt to login to Zscaler (picture seen below). To do so, they will enter their email address, minus the word student, and their password
(student#@ucps.k12.nc.us).
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5. If your student is having technological issues, please have him/her submit a tickets through the Student Technology Help Desk