Wangenheim Middle School

Vol V: November 9, 2020

Being Thankful:

There are lots of reasons why it’s important to be thankful and show gratitude for the people and things we have in our lives, but did you know that being thankful is also good for your health? Here’s a list of why it’s great to be grateful not only at Thanksgiving but all year long!

  • Showing thanks to others makes them feel good.
  • Being thankful gives you confidence.
  • Thankfulness makes you a more positive person.
  • Writing a gratitude journal can help you sleep better.
  • It just makes you happy.

Veterans Day

Veterans Day is a time for us to pay our respects to those who have served. For one day, we stand united in respect for you, our veterans.

This holiday started as a day to reflect upon the heroism of those who died in our country's service and was originally called Armistice Day. . It fell on Nov. 11 because that is the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. However, in 1954, the holiday was changed to "Veterans Day" in order to account for all veterans in all wars.

We celebrate and honor veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

We want to thank all of our families, teachers, and staff who have served our country.

  • Leroy Alicea, Mathematics
  • David Dill, Building Services Supervisor II
  • Linde Forte, Adapted PE
  • Glenn Mendoza, PE
  • Daniel Perez, Social Studies

Red Ribbon Week Winners

Congratulations to the following Red Ribbon Week winners! Thank you for taking part in our events last week. We appreciate your spirit and enthusiasm. Please pick up your prize Saturday, November 7th, between 10 am- 1 pm.

Wangenheim ASB

Anne Gopez

Alghaliah Rizq

Dania Al Obaidi

Emily Schafer

Rebecca Durant

Joseph Rojas

Santiago Silva

Fathima Zoya

Wed, Nov 11(no attendance)................Veterans Day

Mon, Nov 16......................................Choice Deadline

Mon-Fri, Nov 23-27(no attendance)...........Fall Break

Wed, Dec 2......................................Principal's Coffee

Mon-Fri, Dec 21-Jan 1(no attendance).Winter Break

Mon, Jan 18(no attendance)................MLK Birthday

Feb 12 & 15(no attendance)..............President's Day


Follow the link to Wangenheim's Virtual Media Center where you will find forms to reserve textbooks and library books as well as other useful resources. Please contact Mrs. Minezaki with any questions or concerns.




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Lesson Learned, not to be Forgotten

I want to make sure our students have exactly what they need to succeed, so I've created a project through DonorsChoose, the nonprofit classroom funding site for public schools.
Right now, any contribution you make to my project will be doubled by Chevron for projects promoting equity, inclusion, and antiracism. I am hoping to get sets of historical graphic novels.
To have your donation matched, just make a contribution our project (donations will be doubled automatically, but only while funding lasts).

Here's my project: Lesson Learned, not to be Forgotten

Please enter the code LIFTOFF to match donations up to $50. Thank you for considering a gift to our project! If you know anyone who may want to help, please pass this along!

Mrs. Minezaki

Wangenheim, School Library Tech

Social Justice Hunger

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Wangenheim's Broadcasting Class has been producing videos involving social justice. This time we’ll look at a problem that many are facing this holiday season: hunger. Rebecca investigates this critical issue, and suggests some ways that you can help those facing hunger during the pandemic.



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Thanksgiving during COVID

The CDC has assessed the risk level for some common Thanksgiving traditions:

Lowest risk: A virtual dinner with family and friends

You can invite as many people as you want, everyone can eat whatever they want, and no one has to travel. All you have to do is set up a video or zoom call. It’s pretty safe.

But hey, we get it. This option can feel disconnected — literally.

That said, we firmly believe you can still make it fun and memorable by being extra communicative about how much you love and miss each other.

Try out new activities or make up new traditions, like:

  • Do a recipe swap a few days beforehand so that you can all try cooking the same thing (and you can compare results on the call).
  • Send each other cards or care packages with a fun treat.
  • Make dinner decorations, then hold a virtual vote over who made the best ones.
  • Plan a virtual game.
  • Have the kids host an “opening” ceremony before dinner with a song, prayer, joke, speech, or dance.
  • Decide on a parade, movie, or sports event to watch and start a group chat to message each other while you watch.

Lower risk activities:

  • a small dinner with the people in your household
  • preparing food for family and neighbors and delivering it without person-to-person contact.
  • shopping online rather than in person

All of these activities have about the same risk as your normal day-to-day because you’re keeping contact with people outside your immediate household to a minimum.

Just make sure you’re not shopping for your groceries during busy times and that you wear a mask and wash your hands if you’re dropping food off anywhere.

Find these and other ideas on