The Weekly Jr. Oiler

September 6, 2019

Welcome Back, Jr. Oilers

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! On Thursday, we welcomed approximately 1,300 smiling faces to our halls. Entering the buildings with all the new construction was exciting for all, as a tunnel full of staff and parents greeted students and high-fived them into school. The excitement continued all day with every classroom now being updated and our GRIT theme throughout the halls! It is truly a great time to be a Jr. Oiler!

Students have one-to-one technology access in all classrooms! This means that students have access to a device (Chromebook) all day! Thank you, Measure Q. In addition, we are starting our school year with an all school read-aloud of the novel Bystander. This book will help students talk about middle school issues and have a school-wide common language to follow. More details are to come.

Below we have highlighted some of the fun activities that students and teachers took part in during the first two days of school. The focus was on relationship building and GRIT. It is so important that we all feel a sense of belonging and get to know each other. So much of middle school is finding out who you are and who you want to become. Our Jr. Oilers are going to grow so much in the next 180 school days!

A note from Mrs. Cronin

As many of you may already know, Mrs. Cronin, one of our Assistant Principals, has been out for the beginning of the year. Please see below to read a letter from her explaining why. Our whole Dwyer Family is behind her and sending her positive thoughts each day.

Important Reminders of School Policies

This year, we will continue our no cell phone policy and want you to be aware so that students do not incur consequences. We would much rather have students be rewarded for following school rules and having GRIT!

Cell Phones: Now that students have Chromebooks in class, cell phones are not needed for educational purposes at school. Due to recent statistics and the rise in anxiety and depression in youth linked to social media and phone use, students will not be allowed to use cell phones or smart watches during the school day. We want to give them time to be kids here at school without the pressure of the phone. Please help us enforce this policy by not texting or calling your child during the school day (before school or after the final bell is fine). We are happy to pass along important messages to your child through the office.

Students with their phones or earbuds out will have them confiscated and turned in to the office. After the first infraction, parents will be required to pick up the device and students will begin to accumulate detentions and demerits.

Drop-off and Pick-up Reminders

Please make sure to use 14th Street or Palm Avenue to drop-off and pick-up your child. There are crossing guards on both streets to help out, so either side of those streets are safe. Please make sure your child uses a crosswalk at all times.

The back parking lot is not a safe area for student walkways and therefore is not a drop-off and pick-up location. It will be under construction for much of the year and is closed to all but staff. Thank you.

What's Happening in September?

September 9 - Student Welcome Back/Expectations assemblies during PE

September 9 - Bystander all school read-aloud begins

September 13 - Picture Day

September 20- PTSA Meeting, 8:45 AM in Media Center

September 26 - Back to School Night