Waggoner Road Junior High Legends

November Edition 1

Message From Dr. Black

NO SCHOOL TUESDAY NOV. 5 - WE WILL SEE THE STUDENTS ON WEDNESDAY!


We have begun our second semester. Students have received their first report card and thus we are all becoming aware of the areas in which we need to work harder to ensure our students are appropriately preparing themselves for high school. Parents please make sure your are checking in on PowerSchool (note: Canvas is going away). If you need assistance on how to navigate Powerschool talk to your students teachers, they can help you become more familiar. Check in with your students to see where they need assistance and help them to meet educational deadlines. Lets continue to work together as a team to move our students to the next level.


GROW WHERE YOU ARE PLANTED!

GENERAL INFORMATION

Disrespect

Please talk to your students about respecting their teachers. We have noticed an increased amount of profanity and students who are feeling as though they can be openly non-compliant when requested to do things by the teachers. It takes all of us parents, teachers, and administrators to curve this behavior. Within the school we are working on modeling techniques/activities and as we already have in place, incentives for corrected behaviors. We are asking parents to support us in enforcing this expectation, else we will unfortunately have to send those who are repeatedly violating home on school removals for disrupting the school environment.


Concerns

Parents, please be mindful that we credit ourselves on being a responsive atmosphere. If you have questions, concerns, etc. please connect with us here at the school first. Please give us an opportunity to respond to any questions or concerns you might have before you request assistance elsewhere. We want to have a welcoming environment and do not mind explaining any protocol or clarifying any procedure.



Cellphone/Earbud Policy

We understand that technology is presently a commonality within our society and thus we have permitted our students to utilize their cell phones during specific times of the day. Students are not permitted to have their cell phones and earbuds in-between classes. They are permitted to utilize their cell phones in class if the teacher allows them as a part of the lesson for the day. Additionally, students may use their cell phones during their lunch period but may not have earbuds or headphones on their neck or visible during that time. The only appropriate time for use of head phones is during class quite time, reading passages, or working through lessons at the direction of their teacher. Parents please note; should we have to confiscate cell phones, earbuds, or headphones for inappropriate usage, we will hold them in the office for parent retrieval.

EDUCATIONAL UPDATES!

Parent Teacher Conferences

Conferences will be held next Thursday October 29 from 3:45pm - 7:30pm.

Please click on the link below to sign up to meet individually with any of your students teachers. In order to accommodate more parents we have kept each scheduled meeting to 15 minutes. If you desire to meet with all of your student's teachers at one time, pease contact the teachers directly via email so that they can schedule a group meeting time. Please be mindful that group meeting can be no loner than 1/2 hour.


Conference Schedule

You are still able to sign up for conferences.

To schedule your preferred time for a parent-teacher conference,

  1. Go to www.myconferencetime.com/waggoner
  2. Click on the name of your child’s teacher.
  3. Select the desired date/time for your conference by clicking on “Sign Up.”
  4. Submit the requested information.

If you have several children attending our school, click on “Register for Multiple Conferences” and follow the prompts to schedule your children for several conferences.

After you schedule a conference online, the date and time are reserved for you. If you entered your email address correctly, you will receive email confirmation of your conference.

If you are unable to sign up for a time and date online, please send a note with three preferred times and dates to your child’s teacher. Once we receive your note, we will attempt to schedule a conference for your desired date and time but cannot guarantee your top choices as time slots fill up quickly.

Thank you for your support of your child’s education.


In January, as we begin to rotate students to new electives, we will be instituting an enrichment class for some students. This enrichment will be in English and and Mathematics.


Yearbooks!

The WRJH yearbook is on sale until March 2020! The price is a flat rate of $25. For this price you receive a hardback yearbook with 52 pages of bright colored photos from this school year. You may order online using the link below. If you have any questions please email Mrs. Asbrock at brittany.asbrock@reyn.org

The link to purchase on line: https://commpe.pictavo.com/PictavoSchool/FindSchool


Student of the Month

Teachers are being asked to nominate students, on their team, who best represent our school as true “Raiders of the Month”. We will have each team’s Raiders posted outside of the office for the entire month. We will do this each month so we can recognize our Raiders who are doing the right thing(s).


Greater Columbus STEM & Arts Expo

    • When: November 16th (Saturday, 9AM - 2PM)
    • Where: Olentangy Orange Middle School (2680 E Orange Rd, Lewis Center, OH 43035
    • Admission & Parking: Free!
    • Competitions to Enter (all competitions are free - enter online before the event): Minecraft, Video Game Building, Robot Race, Columbus Music Talent Competition, Candyland Tournament (yes, the classic game!), Spelling, Math Quiz Bowl, Paper Airplane Challenge, Art Competition and Chess Tournament!
    • What you can do at the expo: Free education expo for families! Great way to find educational resources, products, STEM items, classes, programs and activities to help your child’s education future. Tons of hands on activities, Mr. Game Room, robots, video game building, arts, college planning, shopping, face painters, balloon artists and more!
    • Get there early: 1st 50 attendees receive $5 Dave & Busters Card + 1 free ski pass to Snow Trails / 1st 100 receive admission pass to the Works / 1st 200 BOGO to Lazer Kraze / and 1st 300 free appetizer card to Texas Roadhouse & kids meal to Subway!
    • Website & more Info and register for competitions: www.kidslinked.com/STEM

    TEAM/TEACHER UPDATES

    Orange Iguanas (Electives) News:

    • Choir- First Choir Concert is scheduled for December 11th at 7:30 in the WRJH Cafeteria.

    • Orchestra- In Orchestra we are continuing our work in the Essential elements books and sight-reading our contest music.

    • Design- In Design we will be continuing to use the design process and practicing measurement while we begin our new unit on Sketching & Dimensioning.

    • Spanish- Spanish 1 students are practicing describing people and things using adjectives and the verb SER. Spanish 2 have learned all the vocabulary for house chores and will move to learn Irregular Yo verbs!

    • College & Career Readiness- Students are creating informational brochures to share their college/career research with others. Soon CCR students will be learning about job applications, interviews, and writing elevator speeches.


    From Mrs. Robinson, Middle School Band:


    "Since the junior high bands combine with students from other buildings, it is necessary to have a few evening rehearsals before each concert. The band students will be having rehearsals on Mondays 11/11 and 11/18. Seventh graders will rehearse from 6-6:50 PM, and eighth graders from 7-7:50 PM. The seventh grade band concert is Tues 11/19, and the 8th grade band concert is Thurs 11/21. We can't wait to show off what we have learned so far!"


    Purple Parrot News:

    ​In Mr. Carr’s math classes students are finishing up proportional relationships and will begin working on slope and understanding equations and lines. Mrs. Case ELA classes are reading And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie and working on Figurative Language. ​In Social Studies class with Ms. Hardin, we will be taking a look at the progression from the Articles of Confederation to the Constitution. And in Science with Mrs. Prohaska, we will continue to work with Physics and build Rube Goldberg contraptions. Composition book check will be on Friday, November 22nd and a Comprehensive assessment, over all of the physics standards, the week of the 18th.

    FOR PLANNING PURPOSES

    Thursday November 7th

    Parent Teacher Conference Night 3:45pm - 7:30pm


    Tuesday November 12

    Popcorn/Slushy Day $1, College Sweatshirt Day

    PTO Meeting 6:30-7:30


    Thursday November 14th

    10:30am-10pm Mod Pizza Pickerington

    DC Fundraiser

    Flyer will be sent home next week.


    Friday November 15th

    PTO Movie Night: Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark (PG-13)

    6:30-9:30, Ticket Price to include Dinner


    November 18th-22nd

    2nd payment for DC trip Due


    Saturday December 7th

    Waggoner Road DC Craft Fair

    9AM-2PM

    We are still looking for vendors and music/dance groups that would be willing to perform - email dcfundraiser0@gmail.com to request more information


    Wednesday December 11h

    First Choir Concert

    WRJH Cafeteria 7:30 PM

    BUS AND STUDENT PICK UP INFORMATION

    THANK YOU, PARENTS!!!


    We appreciate your help in making our lot safe. Please be continue to line your cars IN A SINGLE-FILE LINE. Remember to keep cars running and move forward as you wait for your student. This AGAIN keeps us from putting our children in danger should they need to walk through the lot.


    When it begins to snow we will continue to line up in a single file line next to the plowed snow, utilizing the same process.

    Here is a link to the map which shows how we will line the busses up.

    FROM THE PTO

    The next PTO Meeting will be Tuesday November 12th from 6:30-7:30 PM. We need as many parents as possible to participate as we work towards increasing our funds that go directly towards the students here at WRJH and their activities.


    Anyone interested in donating items to the teachers for their dinner during Parent Teacher conferences, please contact the PTO president: hannahelijah1981@yahoo.com


    TENTATIVE PTO CALENDAR FOR THE YEAR.

    TEACHER SPOTLIGHT

    MRS. KELSIE NICKOLAS, DESIGN TEACHER


    I graduated from Ohio University in 2013, where I majored in Management & Strategic Leadership and was a proud member of the Marching 110. After graduating from college, I spent several years working as an office manager in the Natural Gas industry. I enjoyed the nature of the work but did not feel completely fulfilled by the job. Having grown up in the Licking County 4-H program, I developed a love of learning and a passion for helping others so transitioning into the education field seemed like a natural step forward for me.


    In my free time I enjoy spending time with my husband, dogs, and family. We love to travel and try to go camping on most weekends. We also spend a lot of time on various "projects" around our house and the vintage camper that we are still working on remodeling.