The Wang Eagle
Week of November 21st, 2022
Building a Better Normal Together...
We're heading into a short week and looking forward to a nice relaxing time over Thanksgiving. However, we still have some loose ends to tie up this week and we want to try to make the most of the time we have before we all go our separate ways for Turkey Day.
Remember that Wednesday is a VERY short day with the students being dismissed at 11:10AM and lunch will not be served. Then we all have Thursday and Friday off to enjoy friends and family for a few days of relaxation and rejuvenation.
Thank you all for your support over the first 30% of the school year, but once we return remember that we have 70% of the year to go and we have a lot of work left to do in order to make sure our students are ready!
We wish you all an incredibly Happy Thanksgiving...we hope you all enjoy the downtime with friends and family. After break, we'll be back to work and trying to make the most of the time we have and working incredibly hard to continue building a better normal for our school community!
Report Cards & MCAS Results went home...
In addition, we also sent home all of the 2022 MCAS results with the students last week. We only have paper copies of these results, so we sent them home as hard copies with the students. If you need some assistance in understanding the results, please contact the school and we'll go over the results with you to let you know what they mean for your student. If your child didn't give you the MCAS results, ask them for them because they went home with them last week. If they can't find them...don't panic...call the school and we'll get you a copy.
Limited tutoring available...
If you are interested, please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we'll see if we can figure out something that works to get your child some after-school tutoring. Please know that we cannot provide transportation, so your child will either need to be picked-up at 4PM or be allowed to walk home at that time. Late pick-ups will result in the student being replaced on the tutoring list because there is such limited space for students.
Let us know if you're interested in getting some tutoring for your student and we'll see if there is a teacher available to support them a few days after-school each week.
Time to start thinking about high school options...
It is time for 8th graders to start thinking about their next steps after Wang School. Whether it is LHS, Latin Lyceum, Greater Lowell Vocational School, or some other option they are considering...we are here to help!
Check out the flyers and links below for information on the three primary options for 8th graders next year:
- LHS Latin Lyceum
- Greater Lowell Vocational School
We will be setting up tours at both the Voke and LHS to give the students insight into each school and we will be holding sessions for parents later in the spring to go over all of the options.
If you have any questions about the opportunities for your 8th grader next year, give us a call and we'll try to answer any questions you may have and figure out how we can help make the transition to high school as smooth as possible for your student.
Complete the application at this link for your student if you are interested in them being a part of the LHS Latin Lyceum
What a TURKEY!
A November FITNESS Challenge!
Emergency Forms are essential...
These forms and updated contact information are absolutely ESSENTIAL for us to have from EVERY student. In addition to contacting you about school events and/or updates on how your child is doing in school, having accurate contact information is essential in the event that there is some kind of emergency at the school that impacts your student.
If you have not done so already, please complete and return your child's Emergency Form to their teacher. Starting this week, we will be calling and emailing any and all families who have not completed the Emergency Forms until we have 100% of our forms completed.
Thank you for your help in making sure we have the most updated and accurate contact information on file for your child this year. If there are any changes as the year progresses, you can always contact the school to update your file.
We all know that being in school as often as possible is the best way for your child to make the most of their education. However, given the situation over the last few years...when to send your child to school and when not to send them has become a very difficult decision for families. We understand that at Wang School and we want to help families make the best decision for not only their child, but also for our school community.
The general rule of thumb is that if your child is experiencing significant symptoms (see the chart below) they should probably stay home. We do still have quarantine protocols for students & staff who test positive for COVID (5 days from symptoms or positive test), but being proactive is the best way to keep our school community healthy.
With that said, we also want to make sure that we don't have students taking advantage of these guidelines to avoid school when they truly aren't sick. Having a stomach ache or feeling tired do not really qualify for staying home, so please have an honest conversation with your child about the chart below regarding when they can/should stay home and when they can/should be going to school.
Monitoring Social Media at home...
First of all, speak to your child about how mostly everything they see on social media is not truly a reflection or reality. In essence, people most often post the "highlight reels" of their lives in order to portray an image that essentially is not real. In some cases, people blatantly lie or manipulate the truth in their posts to seem "more important" or "better off" than they actually are in real life. Many of our students are comparing themselves and their lives to these "highlight reels" or even "blatant lies" being posted by other people. Talk to your child about how mostly everything they see or read on social media is absolutely NOT reality. Everyone has problems and struggles...so don't let them believe that social media posts that portray a perfect body or face through filters or ones that brag about amazing lives are reality. Everyone has problems and struggles, but they use exaggerated of fake social media posts to hide them.
Secondly, monitor your child's access and interactions on social media. There is absolutely value in honoring your child's privacy and letting them maintain their own identity in these social media platforms, but to be completely oblivious to what they are doing on their phones and/or computers is simply not a good idea as a parent. We cannot and will not "police" the social media interactions of all of our almost 700 students...it simply is not possible. We will try to mediate things as best we can and support our students when there are issues, but it needs to be the parents who are truly "policing" their child's interactions on social media and communication platforms. It isn't being "nosey" to ask your child about their social media life...it's parenting. Never be afraid to look into your child's online activity or their communication via chat rooms, texts, or messaging platforms because then you can help educate your child on how to truly navigate the world of social media in a safe and healthy way.
We will be putting together some workshops for parents on the different social media and messaging platforms that students are using and also on how parents can stay on top of what their child is doing on these platforms; what they are saying, who they are communicating with, if they are being bullied, or if they are the ones doing the bullying. Remember, staying involved with and aware of your child's social media identity and what they are doing online is NOT being nosey...it's parenting.
Keep an eye out for our upcoming Social Media Parenting workshops...we hope to have them put together some time in October.
SSC & PTO...
Below are the dates for the SSC/PTO meetings this year and they will be hybrid, meaning you can attend in person or via Zoom. Please feel free to drop in, listen to what is happening at the school, ask any questions you may have, and find out how we can work together more effectively to keep our school moving forward during these crazy times! We hope to see you at our meetings this year.
- Monday, December 5th @ 5:30PM
- Monday, January 9th @ 5:30PM
- Monday, February 6th @ 5:30PM
- Monday, March 6th @ 5:30PM
- Monday, April 3rd @ 5:30PM
- Monday, May 1st @ 5:30PM
- Monday, June 5th @ 5:30PM
Wang School SSC/PTO Google Meets Meetings
- To join the meeting by video, click this link: Wang School SSC/PTO Meetings
- Otherwise, to join by phone, dial +1 570-415-1140 and enter this PIN: 347 973 276#
All LPS & Wang School Policies...
- LPS Student Handbook
- Wang School Dress Code 2022-23
- Wang School Technology Policy 2022-23
Wang School Dress Code for 2022-2023...
We appreciate your support in enforcing our dress code moving forward...we have put the rationale for each element of the dress code below.
No obscene/inappropriate images or words on clothing
No hats or hoods in school
This does NOT include religious items and the only other exception is hoods INSIDE a teacher's classroom if allowed by that teacher (some rooms are chilly sometimes)
The reason for this rule is it is a safety issue in the hallways for identification purposes in the case of emergencies
No pajama pants
Helping students learn how to dress for a professional environment
Helping instill proper morning routine and hygiene practices (not just rolling out of bed and coming to school in the same clothes they slept in the night before)
Ripped jeans are allowed...AS LONG AS...no underwear or pockets are exposed
Shorts fall into the same category as rips...AS LONG AS...no underwear or pockets are exposed
No sagging pants
Underwear or undershorts cannot be exposed
Must have straps...doesn’t matter how thick
No underwear or inappropriate body parts exposed above or below shirt line
Wang School Technology Policy for 2022-2023
Prohibited Items based on LPS policy: The following items are considered disruptive to the educational process in Lowell Public Schools and are not allowed in school:
Cell Phones and communication devices such as Apple watch
Radios, iPods and other Walkman Type Devices
Hand Held Laser Pointers
Tobacco Products (including hookahs)
Lighter/Matches (possession will lead to immediate suspension)
Other Items or Devices deemed inappropriate by the Principal or his designee
Wang School Policy has made some "flexible" accommodations for our students, but we must remind families that based on current LPS Policy:
Students displaying and/or using any of these prohibited items will have the item confiscated and may receive disciplinary action including suspension. Though the school will secure the device, the ultimate responsibility for any loss or damage remains with the student who brought the prohibited item to school. A parent or guardian must come into school to pick up the item.
Earbuds/Headphones: Students must be able to hear the intercom and directives from staff at all times to ensure safety. For this reason students are not allowed to wear earbuds in school. Ear buds will be confiscated and not returned until the end of the school year or until a parent/guardian comes in to collect the article. The only exception to this prohibition applies to teachers who allow the use of earbuds in the classroom for educational purposes, but the earbuds must be put away before exiting the classroom.
While we will be allowing students to bring phones to and from school, the Wang School Policy is that they must be turned in to the HR teacher or the main office each morning. Devices like cell phones or Smart Watches should not be in the school hallways or used during the school day UNLESS there is an academic reason. Phones are always available to students in the main office, there is no need in school for a student to have a cell phone or Smart Watch.
On the other hand, wireless earbuds, bluetooth connected headphones or AirPods ARE NO LONGER ALLOWED at Wang School for any reason. We have wired earphones the students can borrow if needed or they can bring their own wired earbuds for use at school when allowed/appropriate. Wireless earbuds, bluetooth connected headphones, and/or AirPods are not allowed for any reason.
In the event a student does not follow these policies, the image below diagrams how the school will respond and if confiscated too many times the student's phone or device may be locked in the school's safe and returned to the parents at the end of the school year.
Parents & students MUST review all of the provided policies and sign the form above or let us know if you have any questions.