Weddington Middle School Newsletter
April 3, 2020
Notes from the Principal
I’m pleased to report that in some shape, form, or fashion, we have established contact and connected with ALL our students! Thanks to our student leadership, counselors, teachers, and others who have helped so much in this endeavor. Still, if and when our electronic means of communication fail us, you may always phone the school and leave a message at 704-814-9772 to let us know how we can reach you and help you (or someone else).
Our annual campaign with LLS officially comes to a close with the end of March, and we knew we were scaling back after a record-breaking performance last year. With our caliber of students, however, not even a global pandemic can stop them: special recognition goes to Keira Laoussadi, 7th grader from Mrs. Bentley’s Hero Squad, who spearheaded $1400 in contributions for her single homeroom…all this despite our interruptions to school mid-March. Check out Keira’s page here: https://events.lls.org/pages/nc/WeddingtonMiddleSchool-2020/KML.
Remote learning is underway and our students are effectively accessing Canvas. As many of you as parents step into more of an instructional supervisory role, we realize YOU might need some assistance with Canvas. In efforts to serve ALL our stakeholders, we’re offering some PARENT Canvas tutorials by way of Google Meet next week. If interested, please use the following link to schedule a 15-minute live tutorial with one of our Canvas experts: https://calendly.com/shane-rimmer/canvas-help-for-parents.
As we continue to build capacity for our virtual schooling efforts, I’m optimistic about new learning on the horizon. We still have what is now an awkwardly-timed spring break as we approach next Friday, but we will continue to work on supporting our students throughout this global crisis. We remain proud of our school and our students, and we wish you the best as humans everywhere work to “flatten the curve.” God bless you all, and enjoy your weekend.
Follow along with Mrs. Lundin's Art Challenge!
Teacher Office Hours begin Monday!
Thank you so much for those of you that have participated; Spirit Week continues next week!
Your LLS Dollars at Work!
I want you to see what YOUR school family made possible today! LLS Announces Patient Aid Fund for COVID-19 impact
Who benefits from the generosity at WMS? – be inspired! Meet Charlie
Attention 8th grade field trip parents:
We are working with our tour company to recoup some of those monies. We pre-pay for nearly everything as it pertains to that trip. As such, we are working through our tour company and the individual entities in both South Carolina and Georgia. We have a longstanding relationship with our company and individual tour manager, and he has assured us he’s working on it. We hope to get as much money refunded as we possibly can and, upon receipt, to process and mail checks as appropriate. We will share more information as it becomes available.
Please note that some carriers, including Verizon, do not support Canvas.
These can be scary, trying times for students.
The counselors will also provide daily email office hours:
Monday 9-11 & 11-1
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.
- 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: