The LEGEND Scroll
Week of February 24 - March 2, 2019
Learning for Empowerment, Growth, Equity and the Needs of our Diverse School
“Empowering every student, every day”
It is the mission of Waggoner Road Junior High School to create a positive, safe, and equitable environment that addresses the unique needs of our students and empowers them to take ownership of their academic and personal growth in order to become informed and compassionate global citizens.
To the Parent(s) and Guardian(s) of WRJH 6th Grade Students:
During the week of March 4th, all 6th grade students will be participating in a suicide prevention presentation during their Raider period. The presentation will last approximately 45 minutes. The goal of the presentation is to prevent and reduce suicidal behavior by expanding the safety net for students who may be experiencing mental and emotional distress. The information presented will share basic information and videos to help guide discussion. Students will be trained to recognize warning signs of depression and suicide in a friend and will learn how to respond appropriately.
There is clear evidence that using suicide prevention programs lowers the risk of a child making a suicide attempt and does not put the idea in a child’s mind. Talking about depression reduces the stigma of mental health and allows students to understand that there are multiple ways to ask for help and teaches students that they are capable of helping their friends in need of support. Students will have the opportunity to speak to a school counselor or social worker if they are concerned about their own emotional well-being or concerned for a friend.
If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Knight, school social worker, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Social Media & Cell Phones: What RCS Parents Need to Know
RCS Presents a Special Screening of the Angst!!
LIMITED SUPPLY OF YEARBOOKS AVAILABLE! It's not too late to order your students yearbook! Time is running out! We will not be ordering extras this year and we have very few left. Don't miss this opportunity to guarantee a copy of the yearbook for your child. Order by March 1st!
Spring State Assessment Windows
Before we know it, the Ohio State Assessments (AIR Assessments) will be upon us. More information will come closer to that time, but please make note of the following dates when considering scheduling for appointments.
April 16th and 17th -- English Language Arts (Grades 6 - 8)
April 24th and 25th -- Mathematics (Grades 6 - 8)
April 30th -- Science (Grade 8)
7th/8th Grade Baseball Tryouts to Begin!
Boys and Girls Tennis Information
- The start date for Boys' Spring Tennis is March 4th at 4:00pm at the Summit Road courts. Dates and times of practice will be determined after that day.
- Parents meeting March 5 at 7pm at Summit Campus Cafeteria.
- Girls' Tennis starts August 4, 2019. Coaches will be in touch over the summer.
Please remember, students DO NOT have to be tennis players in order to participate. We will work with the kids to develop them.
NEW!!!!! 3rd Quarter Incentive Trip Criteria
Criteria: No more than 2 tardies, 2 Educlimber Incident Reports, and no ISS, OSS, or bus suspensions.
Tier 1 students met all of the above criteria.
Tier 2 student have no more than two tardies to class.
Tier 3 students have either a suspension (OSS, ISS, or bus), more than two tardies and/or more than two Educlimber Incident Reports.
Students will be attending Gahanna Lanes- March 20th and 22nd. Permission slips go out 3/01 to be returned by 3/08 (with payment).
Modeling Expected Behaviors in School
We want to thank our LEGENDS for displaying expected behaviors in classrooms and common areas. Parents, you can help us by reminding your child(ren) of the following:
Cell phones should be put away unless directed otherwise in the classroom.
Ear buds, headphones and air pods must be put away while students are in common areas (hallways, cafeteria, gym)
Career Speaker Sign-Ups
Sign-ups to hear a career speaker in the Government field are happening now until April 2. Sign up in the office.
Awards Ceremony -- Save the Date!!
Distinguished Scholar, Honor Roll, Merit Roll and Perfect Attendance Awards ceremony will be May 16. More information to come.
7th GRADE TEAMS
8TH GRADE TEAMS
Washington D.C. Payment FINAL PAYMENT REDUCED!!
Families, the dates for DC Trip payments are quickly approaching! Please make note of the upcoming due dates:
Families have 1 remaining payment of $145 to pay. The payment dates are:
Final payment of $145.00 is due the week of: February 25 - March 1, 2019
Payments can also be made via credit card this year at dc-trip.ticketleap.com/washington-dc/
8th Grade Field Trip!!
When: Feb. 28 from 11:15 – 1:30
Where: Eastland Career Center
There is no cost to students or families. Students need to have their permission forms and Emergency Medical Forms completed and turned in by Feb. 14 or prior.
Students will be eating at school prior to leaving for the field trip.
Permission slips will be distributed on Feb. 5. Again, they must be returned by Feb. 14 or prior so we can get an accurate count of students for the buses and the tour.
Interested in more information?? Contact Mrs. Wallace at email@example.com or at 614-501-5700.
Yearbook Promotion for 8th Graders!!!
The 9X Impact Presentation
UPCOMING EVENTS. . .
Band Concert (Grades 6 - 8)
Saturday, Feb. 23rd, 1pm
8579 Summit Road
1:00 pm -- 7th Grade
3:00 pm -- 8th Grade
8th Grade Field Trip
Thursday, Feb. 28th, 10am-2pm
4465 South Hamilton Road
3rd Quarter Incentive Permission Slips Go Home
Friday, March 1st, 4pm
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION. . .
THANK YOU!!!! WRJH PTO's Caring Closet
A HUGE thank you to our students, families, staff and community who donated to the WRJH PTO Caring Closet…we are overwhelmed from the support from each and every one of you who donated from our requested items list! The Caring Closet has been up and running for the last two weeks and so many of our students have been able to shop for their self and their family for items that they need. It has truly been a positive experience for everyone and we have YOU to thank!!
The WRJH Caring Closet is sponsored by PTO and contains hygiene products for students in need. Students are able to confidentially pick items that they need. Our hope is that it will ultimately help with the student’s learning, improve their self-esteem and allow families to feel a small financial burden to be lifted.
Every child should have access to the basic needs of life so that they can focus on their education. At WRJH, 51% of our students are on free or reduced lunch. This means that over half of our study body may struggle to overcome many of the things taken for granted by others such as access to hygiene products, clothing, school supplies or other simple necessities. As a community, if we can assist those who are struggling to keep their focus on education, we will not only be improving the individual lives we touch, we will also be improving our overall community.
We are continuing to accept donations. The following is a list of items that you can contribute to the Caring Closet if you are interested. Items can be dropped off in the WRJH front office. We ask that all items be unopened, full-sized products. If you have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
-NO RAZORS OR RAZORBLADES
B-Wiser Science Camp
Students love seeing pictures of themselves and photos they have taken in the yearbook. Josten’s has an app which makes it very easy! The app allows you to upload photos which the staff can then enter in the yearbook. If you have pictures this is a great way to do it, picture of the app is below. They get put on our software nightly. If you have photos from dances, extra curricular activities and more that you would like to share please add them to the app!
NEW SCHOOL STORE HOURS
Our School Store has been up and running with the help of some great student employees and student managers! Every week, students may visit the store to spend their hard earned pendants that they receive in classes for being RESPECTFUL, RESPONSIBLE, and SAFE. Due to the heavy volume of customers, the store will be open to students every Tuesday during Zero Period. We will also keep our normal Thursday hours.
iReady Incentive Launched Building-wide
IReady is a tool that our RCS uses in grades K - 8 to help students in closing gaps in areas of Math and Language Arts. Waggoner Road Junior High School is proud to unveil a building-wide incentive to get students excited about logging on and passing lessons! Interested in learning more? Please follow the link below:
School Hours and Cold Weather
RHS is Headed to Spain in March 2020!
Zero Period Expectations
Breakfast and Lunch is an important part of your child’s school day!
Reminder to parents/guardians…Breakfast and Lunch is an important part of your child’s school day!
Please fill out the Meal Application to see if your child qualifies for free and reduced breakfast and lunch! The application must be filled out each year for your family. This online application must be completed on a laptop or desktop. It is not mobile friendly.
RCS Food Department Information:
In compliance with the Ohio General Assembly and House Bill 410, absences are no longer counted as how many days missed, but by how many hours of school missed. Therefore, if a student misses 38 or more hours within a given month, or 65 or more hours within the year, excused or unexcused, we are required to send a letter to notify you of the hours missed. Our notification is not a judgment on the reason for the absence, simply the application of the law. Our team – including your child’s teachers, social worker and building administrators – is here to partner with you on your child’s educational journey.
Please remember that you must report school absences for EACH DAY that your child is absent by contacting Mrs. Bobbi Butler at email@example.com or calling 614-501-5700.
For more information, download the documentation below.
Meals on Wheels Partners with WRJH Students
Our school believes strongly in the importance of giving back to our community and beyond. We would like to offer your family the opportunity to participate in a unique service learning project. There is a strong need to provide meals for the elderly in Reynoldsburg. We have partnered with LifeCare Alliance’s Meals on Wheels program to help keep our aging neighbors in their homes...where they want to be. Our students have the opportunity to physically see the “good” they are doing for their community by handing over a hot meal to someone in need. WRJH has adopted a route of 6-8 seniors who we deliver hot meals to once a week. Parents or guardians will be asked to pick up meal containers at Parkview Presbyterian Church at 6969 E. Livingston Ave. The parent/guardian will then come and sign his or her child out for their lunch and recess period. Together, meals will be delivered. After meals are delivered, students are dropped back off to school, and the parent/guardian returns the empty meal containers to the church. Start to finish, this would take approximately 50 minutes. Depending on the number of interested families, you would be serving this route approximately once a month. If this is something you and your family might be interested in, please contact Ms. Knight at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once the group of new volunteers for the 18-19 school year is established, LifeCare Alliance will come to WJRH to conduct a one-hour training session so we can quickly get started on our mission!