WMS Friday Forecast
September 18, 2020 - Week 5
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The Good, The Bad, and The RedHawks
- As we talk with our students, we find that they are mostly happy in the setting they are in.
- Our teachers are seeing most students attend to tasks and learning with their synchronous and in-person learning.
- Students are getting involved at WMS through some athletics, and soon with clubs.
- Our hybrid students are showing good judgment with safety by maintaining social distance and wearing their masks. (What I feared might be a concern has really been a non-issue.)
- Many of our students, on asynchronous days (hybrid) or days they don't have a specific class (remote), think it is a day off. We need your help in changing that mindset and making sure that work gets done. There are some very low grades because of this.
- Some of our kids are trying to fool their parents into thinking they have work completed by submitting blank documents to Google Classroom. This is not a Google Glitch. It is kids trying to get out of work. Please be aware that this is happening regularly and our teachers will be in touch with students and parents when it happens.
- I will address this issue separately with remote families, but some of our remote students are logging in to a class (video) session, then doing something else. When we try to get their attention or get them to respond, the teacher gets no response. We need to see our students and to get them to participate in their remote sessions to know that they are learning!
Overall, most of our kids are showing responsibility by getting their work done! They are modeling our Guidelines for Success in many ways and I am proud of them!
Enjoy your weekend!
PICTURE RETAKES ARE RE-SCHEDULED FOR NEXT WEEK!
We are pleased that we have been able to move photo retakes and first-time photos to an earlier date! Picture Retakes scheduled for NEXT WEEK.
CLICK HERE for the Pre-Order Form
- Wednesday, September 23rd - 8:30 AM -11:30 AM
- Thursday, September 24th - 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
- Students who are on a hybrid schedule will be called down to get their photo taken on the day they are in attendance
- Students who are remote can come in anytime during these hours to get photos taken. Please DO NOT come 3:00 PM-4:00 PM due to bus dismissal
- IF YOU ARE CHOOSING TO HAVE PREVIOUS PICTURES RETAKEN - YOU MUST RETURN YOUR INITIAL PACKAGE AT THE TIME OF RETAKES
- ALL PICTURES WILL BE TAKEN IN THE WMS MAIN FOYER
PICTURE PACKAGES FROM PHOTOS TAKEN DURING MATERIAL PICK-UP:
- REMOTE LEARNERS: Your photo package or preview calendar has been available in the Wredling Main Office for pickup.
- HYBRID LEARNERS: Students have received their photo packages or preview calendar.
Photo ordering information is on the card/calendar with the preview photo of the student. It has the code number for that student's picture.
Color Portraits currently has limited office hours. Please contact Color Portraits Customer Service via our Help Center. Here you can ask for your student's Ticket Code (if you cannot find it on your preview), how to place an order, or any other question you may have including returning an order
A School-Parent Partnership in WMS Student Discipline
A wonderful article about discipline from a mom/principal’s perspective, A Principal (and Mom) on School Discipline, is well worth the read! As the author says, “There's more going on behind the scenes than most parents realize. Keeping these insider tips in mind will help you and your child.” I want to give you our view of discipline at Wredling and how we manage things when an issue arises.
As our kids grow and develop, we expect them to make mistakes. Our kids send inappropriate messages, start rumors, act out on the bus, swear in the hallways, throw food at lunch… or are just defiant about something making them angry. I want to share with you how we handle discipline at Wredling.
We set clear expectations around our school. We have taught our students specific behaviors we want to see at WMS. We spent time reinforcing those behaviors and re-teaching them where needed. We also had teams and teachers work on a Charter for their grade level that outlines how we want to act and feel. Wredling students from 2018 worked collaboratively and created the WMS Student Charter.
Teachers typically do the hard work first! Most often, we give gentle reminders for most issues. “ID around the neck, please. … Remember to put your cell phone in your locker. …” For lesser infractions, the teacher talks to the child. For more serious infractions, we start to track negative issues. For a second infraction, teachers should communicate with home. At the third infraction, a discipline referral is sent to the office. When a teacher calls you with a concern, we hope you work with them- in a partnership- to help make things better.
We take the time to investigate the issue. We interview other students and get statements from any adults who might be involved. We also ask the student to write a statement.
Sometimes when a student comes in angry or agitated, we give the student time to calm down before we interview the student. We have found that, if you give a student some time to recover, they respond better to questions.
In the office, when we get a referral or a student is brought in for a major issue (i.e., vaping, alcohol, or fighting) we look at several factors. How serious was the issue? Does that child have a past history of serious incidents? How honest has the child been in helping us determine what has happened? Has this impacted the learning environment in a classroom? Has it created a safety issue?
When we decide on a consequence, we again look at the above factors. We determine consequences based on each issue separately. We know that what may have an impact with one child may not with another. If our goal is to change behaviors or prevent the issue from happening again, we have to figure out what consequence works.
We don’t tend to call parents for a small issue unless they become chronic, and we don’t notify parents of every small consequence like a lunch detention. We always call parents for larger issues that have bigger consequences, when issues are chronic, or when a student does not change behavior.
When we do call parents, please understand that we have investigated the issue and are calling to let you know what has happened. Our goal is that we work together to change the child’s behavior. We sometimes find that parents don’t believe us or want to blame other students. Again, we want you to know that we take these issues seriously, investigate them, and then give out an appropriate consequence.
Discipline is not always timely. Sometimes our schedule is packed, or investigating takes a long time. Your child may be in the office for a few periods while we investigate. While we try to communicate early and get kids back to class quickly, it is not always possible. But it is a goal for us to improve upon this.
And we need your support. This quote, from the included article, tells you how. “You can support your child's relationship with his teachers by explaining that school rules are to be followed, even if your rules are different at home.” If you or your child feels they have been treated unfairly, please come to us with some suggestions as to who we might need to talk to or what we may have missed. We are not perfect, and we sometimes do an additional investigation and change consequences based on new information we have learned.
The partnership that we form between school and home is vital! While we prefer not to ever have to manage discipline with your child, we hope that we form a strong bond to help your child grow and learn from their mistakes. (And mistakes are important!)
Click here for the latest Newsletter for our 6th Grade Hybrid Families
Conferences with Counselors, Speech Pathologist, and Social Workers
Our counselors, speech pathologist, and social workers are available to meet with you during conference times. If you would like to set-up a conference (video or phone) with a counselor or social worker, please email or call them in advance to set-up an appointment. They look forward to talking to you!
- Counselor- Bridget Hult, 331-228-6200
- Social Worker- Terri Kinsella, 331-228-6675
- Counselor- Kirsten Cwinski, 331-228-6156
- Social Worker- Coleton Hrgich, 331-228-2485
- Counselor- Ethan Wood, 331-228-5576
- Social Worker- Becca Campbell, 331-228-5424
- Kameron Cluchey, 331-228-5652
Student Assistance Counselor:
- Jacques Slaiher, 331-228-5168
- Leanne Brockmeyer, 331-228-6165
Sign‐up for Parent-Teacher Conferences opens up on SEPTEMBER 21st at 7:00 am and will close OCTOBER 7th at midnight. All conferences will be held via Zoom this year.
From the Health Office:
Our new FAX is up and running! To fax medical forms directly to the office: 331-228-3707
If you have one child who has any symptoms that could be related to COVID (fever of 100.4 or higher, new onset of moderate to severe headache shortness of breath, new cough, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain from unknown cause, new congestion/runny nose, new loss of sense of taste or smell, nausea, fatigue from unknown cause, muscle or body aches) keep all of the rest of the siblings home, even if they are feeling well, until a clearance note is provided to return to school (see chart).
If you pick up one child from school with any symptoms related to COVID, you must pick up their siblings as well. If you work in the district and you or your child goes home sick with these symptoms, all family members in D303 must go home until the individual with symptoms is cleared. Their clearance, when it is provided by a physician note that indicates an alternative diagnosis, clears all other family members to return. Your school nurses can help you in determining your options for the symptomatic child and the siblings to return to school.
The steps school nurses are taking to mitigate COVID 19 by following the IDPH exclusion guidance promotes a decision-making process that ensures the safer return of students who have depicted symptoms associated with this virus. Thank you for your cooperation in help[ing us mitigate the spread of COVID-19
STUDENT ID Expectations for Middle and High Schools:
- Students received 1 ID and can get 1 additional ID for free.
- Students received 1 lanyard and can get 1 additional lanyard for free.
SUBMIT YOUR YEARBOOK ITEMS!
This week's theme "Sports and Activities during a pandemic"
- Pictures can be shared through the Google drive or email at Timothy.Massie@d303.org OR
- CLICK THE IMAGE BELOW (computer or smartphone) and use access code - redhawks)
WMS QUICK LINKS FOR FAMILIES
- HYBRID A/B Calendar - current month September next month October
- Who to contact at WMS for what?
- STUDENT MEAL ORDER FORM - contact our kitchen manager, Deb Badali at email@example.com with any questions related to student meals
- Student COVID-19 Certification plus the LUGGAGE TAG TEMPLATE
- D303 COVID-19 Response Protocol
- D303 Reopen School Plan
- D303 Face Coverings Guidance
- 6th-grade support referrals
- 7th-grade support referrals
- 8th-grade support referrals
- REQUEST MEETING WITH MR. SLAIHER: 6th grade, 7th grade, 8th grade
- Community resources as posted on the district website
- Resources from the state
ALL INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS NEWSLETTER IS CURRENT AS OF THE PUBLICATION DATE. NEW INFORMATION WILL BE ADDRESSED IN FUTURE NEWSLETTERS.
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