Washington Technology Magnet School

Family Newsletter February 2022

Principal Update

Principal Bonnick is on leave to tend to family matters. In her six week absence, Peter Christensen, a retired St. Paul principal will be covering for her.

February 2022 Dates to Know

February 21, 2022 No School

Washington Eagles Nest School Clothing Store

Check out the items at the ONLINE Washington Eagle's Nest School Clothing Store. Order online by February 11, 2022, items will be dropped off at Washington the week of March 7, 2022!

ONLINE Spring Conferences

Washington Spring Conferences will be held online, your students Foundations/Advisory Teacher will set up an appointment with you on one of the following dates.


Grades 6-11

-Thursday March 3, 2022 ONLINE Conferences 5:00-8:00 p.m.

-Tuesday March 8, 2022 ONLINE Conferences 3:30-6:30 p.m.


Grade 12

-Thursday May 5, 2022 ONLINE Conferences 5:00-8:00 p.m.

-Tuesday May 10, 2022 ONLINE Conferences 3:30-6:30 p.m.

Athletics Updates

Turning the page on the calendar to February means it is time to think about spring sports. WTM spring sports registration for High School opens Tuesday, February 1st; high school registration is done online. Students must have an up-to-date physical on file (good for 3 years) and complete the MSHSL Eligibility form. Middle School (grades 6-8) sports info will go out in the March Newsletter. Please note that 7th and 8th grade students are welcome to try out for high school sports. Spring sports at Washington include Girls' Badminton, Baseball, Softball, Boys' Tennis, and Track & Field. Please consider coming to cheer on your Boys/Girls' Basketball, Boys' Swim & Dive, and Wrestling teams at a Washington game/meet. All things Washington Eagle Athletics can be found here: https://washingtontechnologymagnet.rschoolteams.com/


Go Eagles!

Your WTM Athletic Director,

Jesse McCann

ACT for Grade 11 Students

For parents/guardians of 11th graders:

Student sign-up for the March 8th ACT exam at Washington open on February 3rd and closes two weeks later on February 17th! The ACT can be used (and in some cases required) for college applications and scholarships.


Please speak with your Juniors about registering using their school email on this linked Google Form. Learn more about the ACT Here


Please email Ms. Wozniak (11th grade counselor) with any questions: anna.wozniak@spps.org

ACCESS Testing

ELL supported students will be taking the ACCESS for ELLs assessments in February and March. The ACCESS is a suite of English language proficiency assessments for students who have been identified as English language learners. The assessments cover four language areas: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. Contact Laurie Chouanard, the Washington Technology Assessment Coordinator, with any questions, laurie.chouanard@spps.org or 651-744-3738.

No Cost COVID Testing for all Minnesotans

Minnesota and Vault Medical Services have teamed up to offer at-home COVID-19 saliva testing for any person who believes they need to be tested, with or without symptoms, at no cost. Order a test at https://learn.vaulthealth.com/state-of-minnesota/

Mask Requirements

Please remind your students that they must wear their face mask covering their mouth and nose at school and on the bus. Wearing a mask (face covering) has proven to be an effective strategy in slowing the transmission of COVID-19. It is important to wear a mask in some settings to help limit the spread of COVID-19. In accordance with CDC and MDH recommendations, and per Board of Education approval on August 17, 2021, SPPS will require universal indoor masking for all people in a school setting (ages 2 and older), including all teachers, staff, students and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, unless they have a qualifying exemption.

Winter Fresh Produce Pickups

Pick up FREE fresh fruit and vegetables for your family by driving up in your car, more information can be found at http://neighb.org/freshproducepickups/


407 Bates Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55106

Events will be held at 1 – 2:30 p.m.


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Right Track Summer Jobs for Students Ages 14-21

Do you have a student who is looking for a summer job? Right Track St. Paul is hiring! Students will develop their employment skills, build their network, and earn money.


To be eligible for a Right Track job, students must:

-Saint Paul youth ages 14-21 can apply

-Meet income criteria OR have a barrier to employment


Apply online February 1st - February 28th, more information and application

https://www.stpaul.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/right-track

What's happening at the Rice Street Library?

· Homework Center (M/T/W) 4-7pm: Students have the opportunity to work 1-on-1 with tutors on their homework. Tutors can help with homework from elementary to college.

· FunLab (T/Th) 3:30-5pm: STEAM drop-in program for ages 7-11 years old. Kids have access to VR, video games, arts and crafts, and more!

· Createch (T/W/Th/F) 5:30-7:45pm: Teen drop-in hang out space. Lots of tech (VR, video games, iPads), art and crafts supplies for teens to geek out with! For ages 12-18.

· Family Storytime e/o Saturday 12:30-1pm (upcoming storytime 2/5): Stories, songs, rhymes, and more for children ages 2-5 and their caregivers. Older and younger siblings are welcome too!

· Passive enrichment activities Sun-Sat all day: self-guided arts activities for kids ages 2-11 in the Children's Area.

· Snack provided by SPPS: Free snack for youth 0-18 years old participating in programming

· Career Labs (M/Th) 1-3pm: 1-on-1 Resume and career help for adults looking for work or career changes. By appointment: Career Lab-RC

· Read Brave, our citywide intergenerational reading program kicks off February 8th. More information on programming is still coming. Find out more information at: Read Brave Saint Paul | Saint Paul Public Library (sppl.org)

Translation Services

English

All school documents can be translated, or interpreters made available upon request

Spanish

Todos los documentos pueden ser traducidos o interpretados oralmente si usted lo solicita

Hmong

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Somali

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