The Wood Connection

05/14/2021

Welcome to Wood Middle School

We Grow as Learners

We Grow As Community Members

We Work To Improve the World Around Us

We Strive To Be the Best Version of Our Self

Don't forget to call the attendance line with any messages on tardies or attendance issues at 503-673-7502.

Principal’s Message

4/22/21


Hello Wood Families,


The 4th and final quarter has begun! Let’s keep kids on track to finish the year on a positive and successful note. If necessary, please communicate with your child’s teachers to ensure a strong school/parent partnership. Also, a reminder that Friday, April 23rd, is a teacher work day and there is no school for students.


Sincerely,


Mike Strande

Principal

Wood Middle School


State Testing (Smarter Balanced Assessment - SBAC)

Statewide testing will be offered this year; however, families can opt-out of testing by filling out the web form or by completing the following form and returning it to the school.

There are a few important shifts from how testing has been done in the past. Each test has been shortened and testing subjects will vary by grade level (6th grade: testing LA only, 7th grade: testing in Math and LA, 8th grade: testing in Math & Sci). Testing will only happen on-site and in-person. It will not be offered remotely. Specific testing dates are still to be determined but will likely take place at the end of May.


Forecasting for Current 6th and 7th Graders

In the next few weeks, we’ll be having our 6th and 7th grade students engage in the forecasting process. Forecasting is when we ask students and families to let us know what classes they are hoping to take next year. Our school uses this information to determine which classes to offer and build the master schedule for the school as well as individual student schedules. We do our very best in this process to give students classes in their top 3 choices, although that is not always possible. Please review a brief timeline for this process and start having conversations with your student about how they plan to complete their forecasting form for the next school year. As always, do not hesitate to reach out with any questions!

April 30th: Electronic forecasting forms & Related Arts videos are live in each grade level Google Classroom for students to access and complete.

May 12th: Forecasting forms due for all 6th and 7th grade students at Wood Middle School


Panorama Secondary Survey

WLWV is partnering with Panorama Education this year to elevate student voice and better understand issues of equity, the school climate and social emotional learning at school. Part of this partnership involves conducting brief surveys for all secondary students (grades 6 through 12). At Wood, we did the first round of these surveys in October and now we will be doing the second round on Thursday, April 29th during our Morning Meeting time. The results will be used to help guide our school and our district as we continue to create learning environments where every student feels safe, included, and empowered to achieve. For more information, please check out this flyer.

6th Grade Outdoor School to Take Place May 17-20 (CDL/Hybrid/WKOP)

Hosted by CREST, all West Linn-Wilsonville 6th grade students will participate in Outdoor School at the same time this year through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous Outdoor School activities. Outdoor School will include all students in Hybrid, CDL, and the Online Program.

A Parent Information Session will be hosted on Tuesday, May 4, at 6 p.m. Meeting information can be found on the CREST website.

Each day, students will engage in lessons and activities that highlight four themes: Water, Earth, Plants, and Animals. Students will receive an Outdoor School Materials Kit from CREST, providing them with the tools they need for an exciting and hands-on experience either at school or at home. Outdoor School activities and special presenters will occur during both synchronous and asynchronous learning days. Local organizations and guest presenters include the Oregon Zoo, OMSI, Portland Audubon, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Clackamas River Basin Council, Friends of the Refuge.

Message from the PTSA President, Amy Vasquez (CDL/HYBRID/WKOP)

We've organized (2) final restaurant fundraisers:


Wednesday, May 19th from 10:30am - 10:00pm at MOD Pizza in Wilsonville
20% of all sales will go towards the 8th Grade Celebration!
*Please mention "Wood PTSA Fundraiser" when ordering*


Monday, June 14th from 4:00pm - 8:00pm at Noodles & Co in Wilsonville
25% of sales will go towards the PTSA General Fund

*Please mention "Wood PTSA Fundraiser" when ordering*

Info from Nutrition Services

Meal Assistance and P-EBT Information for WLWV Families

The federal government has granted states authority, pending federal plan approval, to provide Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) for the entire 2020-21 school year. While Oregon is still awaiting approval from the federal government, the state is planning to provide benefits to eligible students. Benefits will be given to families of qualified students retroactively, providing food benefits to families whose children are missing the free or reduced-price meals typically provided at school.

P-EBT could become available for qualified West Linn-Wilsonville families (those who qualify for free and reduced lunch) in the coming months. Families who are eligible are encouraged to sign up for free and reduced lunch now to ensure they receive P-EBT benefits. Families who are signed up for free and reduced lunch are not required to fill out any additional information to receive P-EBT benefits. To learn more, please visit the nutrition services website, or access the informational flier below.

Families can also begin signing up for free and reduced lunch for the 2021-22 school year beginning July 1. For sign up information, please visit the nutrition services website.

Pride Team Tryouts Coming May 24-26th for Current 8th graders at Wilsonville High School!

From 7:00- 9:00 PM in the Dance Room.
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Pandemic EBT (P-EBT)

Pandemic EBT (P-EBT)

2020-21 School Year


  • Pandemic EBT Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) provides food benefits to families whose children are missing the free or reduced-price meals usually provided at school.
  • The federal government granted states authority, pending federal plan approval, to provide P-EBT benefits for the entire 2020-2021 school year. Oregon plans to provide benefits to eligible students retroactively, starting in October 2020.
  • Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) provides food benefits to families whose children are missing the free or reduced-price meals usually provided at school.
  • The federal government granted states authority, pending federal plan approval, to provide P-EBT benefits for the entire 2020-2021 school year. Oregon plans to provide benefits to eligible students retroactively, starting in October 2020.


Oregon has not yet received federal approval. Updates about how the program will be implemented will be on this page as soon as they are available.


There is not a P-EBT application. Eligible families and guardians with school aged children should make sure that their school has their most current mailing address on file and are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.


There is still time to apply for free or reduced meals. You can apply online through the Oregon Department of Education or contact your school for more information.


Eligibility


To be eligible your child or student must meet one of the following:


  • Attends a school that participates in the National School Lunch Program and the school determined your student is eligible for free or reduced meals or the school provides free meals to all students.
  • Your student attends a school where free meals are provided to all students.
  • Your household has a child under 6 years old and has received SNAP benefits in any month since October 2020


Benefit Amounts and Distribution


Information about benefit amounts and supplements and when they will be received will be shared as soon as they are available.


Benefits will be issued on Oregon EBT cards.

  • One P-EBT card will be issued per student.
  • Students who received P-EBT in 2020 will have their benefits deposited on the same card for one student. If there is more than one student in a household, a card will be mailed for each student.
  • Students that receive SNAP will receive P-EBT benefits on the same card.
  • New student to P-EBT will receive an Oregon EBT card in the mail with instructions.
  • Children, under 6 years old, will have benefits deposited on the same Oregon EBT card the household receives their SNAP benefits on.


Opting Out

Benefits are not transferrable and cannot be gifted or donated. If you still wish to decline the benefits, email ODHS by email at mailto:ebt.schoolmeals@dhsoha.state.or.us.


P-EBT is intended to reimburse families for the cost of the free meal missed at school. If you opt out, you are letting ODHS know that you don’t wish to receive P-EBT benefits for any student in your household. Benefits will not be issued to families who have decided to opt out and will carry over to future years.


You can change your student’s opt-in/opt-out status at any time by contacting ODHS at mailto:ebt.schoolmeals@dhsoha.state.or.us.

Attendance (Hybrid/CDL)

If your student will be absent from school, please call the attendance line at 503-673-7502 and let us know and please specify if the absence is for a specific period or for all day.


If a student needs to leave during class they should have a note from their parents. They should then show their teacher the note and sign out at the office. Parents/Guardians should not enter the school to pick up their student. Instead, please call the office at 503-673-7500 and let us know you are in the parking lot waiting for your student.


Starting the week of April 5, we are changing how attendance is taken for students in Hybrid/Comprehensive Distance Learning. The change will allow us to better account for students who are in school every day for safety purposes.


The most important thing for families to remember is for parents to report student absences ahead of time when possible either through ParentVue or by contacting the school office.

Starting the week of April 5, attendance phone calls will be made in the following circumstances:

  1. An attendance call (plus email and perhaps text message) will be placed in the morning when a student whose cohort group was at school for in-person learning is unexpectedly absent. For example, a student who is participating in hybrid learning in Cohort 'A', who is not at school in person an 'A' Day, and who was not previously excused through the school office, would be marked absent and would receive a morning phone call in this circumstance.
  2. An attendance call (plus email and perhaps text message) will be placed in the afternoon when a student whose cohort is NOT expected in school has not yet been present for CDL learning.

Attendance notifications will not change for students who are in the WLWV K12 Online Program. Thank you for your help in attendance reporting.

covid-19 testing in wlwv schools

In the coming weeks, West Linn-Wilsonville schools will begin offering COVID-19 rapid testing in extra care rooms. Rapid Testing for COVID-19 will only take place if a student is exhibiting symptoms and only with parent-guardian permission. If it is recommended a student take a rapid COVID-19 test at school, a parent-guardian will be contacted to discuss important details and gain permission. A consent form will need to be signed when the parent-guardian comes to pick up the student. Testing will be conducted by trained district nurses or health assistants. Student/family privacy will be prioritized during the testing process.

WLWV Covid-19 District Dashboard

To ensure our community is provided with the most recent and accurate information, our school district has created a COVID-19 Dashboard to be update weekly. The COVID-19 Dashboard reflects all cases connected to West Linn-Wilsonville Schools as of February 24, when Hybrid Learning began.


In accordance with public health, our schools work diligently to ensure that proper guidelines are followed to isolate the student/staff diagnosed with COVID-19, identify close contacts, and disinfect areas of the school when notified of a positive case. If you have been identified as a close contact as a result of exposure in our buildings, you will receive a personal and confidential notification, along with additional guidance.