The Wildcat Weekly
What's happening at #woodmontmiddlecool
September 19th Edition
Greetings, Wildcat Families!
Lots of great things going on at Woodmont Middle this week! Parents, we want to make sure you've activated your LiveSchool parent account. By doing so, you can opt to receive a weekly email summarizing your child's progress, LiveSchool point balance, and DP/CP information. If you need us to resend your personalized activiation code, please contact your child's LIFT teacher or school counselor.
We are also in the process of implementing a new digital hallpass system called SmartPass. More information will be coming home to you about this system soon!
Tuesday, 9/20 After-School Program Begins - NO BUSES at this point!
Tuesday, 9/20 D-Team Football @ HOME
Wednesday, 9/21 PTA Pizza Day @ Lunches ($5 for 2 slices, chips, and a drink)
Wednesday, 9/21 Volleyball @ Hillcrest
Friday, 9/23 PTA School Store Open @ Lunches )
Friday, 9/23 WHS Homecoming - all middle school students attending the game are asked to bring their ID and be accompanied by a parent.
Students who would like to eat breakfast are reminded to report to the breakfast line immediately upon arrival to school. Students will not be allowed to return to the cafeteria once they have reported to their hallway/classroom.
We are here for you! Do not hesitate to contact us if there are additional ways we can support your child and family. We are STRONG when we are #woodmonttogether!
Students who participated in the Summer Reading Challenge were celebrated last week in the Media Center!
Students spent time during their lunches visiting an Ice Cream Bar in the Media Center.
We are proud of all of our Summer Readers!
Dear Evan Hansen Winner Announced!
The Woodmont Middle School Music Department sold raffle tickets to the blockbuster musical Dear Evan Hansen at the Peace Center on October 16....
House Crest Competition!
To enter, fill out the competition form handed to you by your lift teacher. You will create a crest for your house: Amur, Serval, Caracal, or Oncilla. A crest is a visual symbol that represents your house and what it stands for. It must include the color of your house, an image of your cat, and be unique and creative.
Due to Ms. Leeder (STEAM Lab room 505) by Wednesday, September 21st.
Each house winner will receive a free shirt with their stylized design.
PTA Pizza Day - Wednesday, 9/21
Thank you for your support of our amazing PTA!
WMS Donors Choose Projects
Founded in 2000 by a high school teacher in the Bronx, DonorsChoose empowers public school teachers from across the country to request much-needed materials for their students. Right now there are 2 current projects requested by WMS teachers that you can help bring to life with a gift of any amount.
Mrs. Armstrong's Project - Camera for Yearbook Staff
Mrs. Watson's Project - Choose Your Seat
Student Government Elections
Students need to have less than three unexcused absences, have a “C” average or above, and not have received more than 10 discipline points and no ISS or OSS.
Student Body Officers: All grades will vote on these four positions.
President (8th Grade only)
Vice-President (7th Grade only)
Secretary (open to any grade)
Treasurer/Reporter (open to any grade)
Grade level Officers: Each grade will vote on their grade level officers.
Grade level President
Grade level Vice-President
For those interested in running for office, there will be a meeting on September 21 in room 213 at 8 am.
Election Campaigns will run from October 10-14.
Voting will take place the week of October 17.
Basketball Conditioning & Tryouts
WMS Housequake & LiveSchool Parent Accounts
Parents, in addition to being a Woodmont Wildcat, your child also now belongs to one of 4 Houses that are unique to our school....Oncilla, Serval, Amur, or Caracal.
The link below will take you to an overview of our House system and show you how our new LiveSchool platform will play a HUGE part in the spirit of House competition AND keeping you even more in the loop at home.
Your child has been given information to bring home on how to set up your parent account (including 2 unique codes specific to YOUR child). After you set up an account, you can access the platform whenever you want...but we know how busy you are! You can also opt to automatically receive a recap email each week. We hope you will choose to partner with us to help bring Woodmont Middle to a whole new level!
Hispanic Heritage Month
As a reminder, ID sets are always available for sale in the media center for $7, or broken down as follows:
Photo ID - $5
Grade Level Lanyard = $1
House Color ID Cover = $1
Please send a check or exact change with your child.
WMS Clubs & Activities
Our extracurricular clubs are ramping up! Please click HERE for a complete list of offerings.
Students of all grades are invited to participate in our clubs. Please contact the sponsor directly if you would like more information or are interested in having your child participate. We are always looking for volunteers to assist as well! If you have a talent or passion and would like to sponsor an afterschool student club, please contact Ms. Couch. Level II volunteer clearance is required.
Wildcat News Broadcast!
WMS is SO EXCITED to be starting a student-created news broadcast!
Broadcasts will be aired on our YouTube Channel every Wednesday and Friday mornings. See Ms. Gosnell if you're interested in being a part of the crew!
Dress Code Reminders
Please be sure you've reviewed our student dress code with your child. We want all our students to be able to remain in class once they arrive to school! In the past, we have provided tape to cover up holes in pants that are above the knee. This year we would like to ask your help in making sure this is taken care of before students arrive to school.
CELL PHONES OUT OF SIGHT!!!
Parents, we need your help. Please talk with your child about responsible and ethical use of technology. It is a school rule that cellular devices and wireless earbuds remain out of sight (preferably stored in bookbags) while in the school building. It is our hope that students are able to adhere to this rule and keep the privilege of carrying these devices on their person throughout the day.
Please note, parents of students who violate this policy will be contacted by a teacher and/or administrator and assigned a locker and combination on their grade level hallway. Students will be required to lock up their cell phone upon arrival and retrieve it at dismissal. The requirement to keep the cell phone locked in the assigned locker will remain in effect for the rest of the school year. Again, this consequence will only happen if students are unable to abide by our request to keep phones and earbuds stored out of sight throughout the day.
Our school phone lines are always available for two-way communication between students and parents. Thank you for helping us maintain a safe and effective learning environment. Please contact administration if you have any questions.
Our doors open at 7:30 a.m. Please do not drop off students before that time, as no supervision is available. In order to keep a long line from forming, please PULL ALL THE WAY DOWN before unloading your child.
Breakfast is provided FREE OF CHARGE to all students. Breakfast for car riders closes at 8:15 a.m. Breakfast for bus riders extends until the last bus arrives. All students should arrive before 8:30 a.m. to be counted present and on time for the day.
Parents, I know mornings are a busy time for us all, and many of you head to work after dropping off your child. However, please note that parents are not allowed to "skip the line" in morning drop-off. This creates a safety hazard for your child!
We have a SINGLE LINE drop-off. Once our doors open at 7:30, we do our best to quickly clear the line by having parents PULL ALL THE WAY DOWN before unloading their child. It does take a few minutes when there is heavy traffic.
If you need to ensure drop-off right at 7:30, please arrive by 7:15 so you can be at/toward the front of the line.
Afternoon Dismissal: Parents who pick up their child each day, please observe the following procedures:
- Form double lines while waiting for dismissal.
- Display your dismissal number so we get your child into the queue.
- The use of cell phones while the line is moving is prohibited.
- MERGE at the cones, taking turns from each line (one from right, one from left, etc.). Be courteous.
- PULL ALL THE WAY FORWARD before stopping and loading your child.
- Stress to your child to report to the carline as soon as their name is displayed and WATCH for their car. Pickups requiring extra time due to student delays will be asked to circle back through the carline.
Backpack Blessings is a program that the Columbia Baptist Church organizes and provides to our Woodmont Middle School students. We are so thankful for their generosity! If your student is in need of school supplies, boxed lunch/dinners, hygiene products, or clothing, please fill out the Google Form Survey below. If you have specific needs or questions about this program, you may contact the 6th Grade Counselor, Ms. Genova.