Warhawk Weekly 4/13/2020

#Be A Warhawk!

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The Hall Way...

Thank you to all of our students, parents, staff, and the entire NMS community for another great week of eLearning. We are grateful for the support and working with us to engage our students into connecting with their teachers, classmates, and the eLearning lessons. Teachers are exploring different ways to support our students with the use of class meetings, message boards, and other interactive resources. Please continue to encourage your student to participate and check Canvas for the times those parts of the lesson are occurring during their blocks. Teachers also have them listed in the eLearning plans linked below and on our website. We hope that providing these types of activities will give us opportunities to provide instruction, answer questions, and keep our strong relationships we built throughout the school year in place.

Stay healthy, safe, and take care of each other. We're all in this together. Warhawks, We Got This!

-Mrs. Hall

Warhawks,We Got This!
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Food Services During D200 School Closures

New Addition to D200 Food Services!!!

Every Thursday evening there will be a dinner drive-up option at Verda Dierzen from 4 - 5:30.

Breakfast and lunch will be offered to families while school buildings are closed. Families may drive through or walk up to Olson Elementary School and Verda Dierzen Early Learning Center, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m - noon. In addition we will be delivering meals to families at the following locations at the following times:

Route 1

  • Mapletree Apartments 10:30 - 10:40 am (Infront of the office building)
  • Autumnwood Apartments 10:50 - 11:10 am ( South parking lot next to the Building 717)
  • Prairie View Apartments 11:20 - 11:40 pm (Parking lot next to the Rental Office)
  • Greenwood School 12:00 - 12:20 pm (School parking lot)

Route 2

  • Willow Brooke Apartments 10:30 - 10:40 am (Back entrance, near the bus stop)
  • Woodstock Commons 10:50 - 11:00 am (Front entrance to the right of the Leasing Office)
  • Walden Oaks Apartments 11:20 - 11:40 pm (Picnic area near the pond)
  • Clay Academy School 11:50-12:10 (School Parking Lot)

Every Thursday evening there will be a dinner drive-up option at Verda Dierzen from 4 - 5:30.

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NMS eLearning Schedule

We hope that students and families are getting comfortable with the new block schedule that the D200 middle schools have implemented for eLearning. Please know that we are not expecting students to work the entire ninety minutes during the schedule. We went to the block schedule to help students focus on four of their classes each day and have more flexibility and time to work at their own pace. In addition, our teachers have more time to provide feedback and support to our students during the blocks.

Our continued focus during this time is on learning and sustaining the home-school connection that we have developed throughout the entire school year. We hope this schedule allows us to support and meet the needs of families with different dynamics. The curriculum and lessons during eLearning are meant to continue our strong relationships, prepare students for the next year, and keep them engaged in learning.

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What are the eLearning Plans for the week?

The new eLearning Plans for this upcoming week for each grade level are linked below. The NMS teachers have linked their lesson plans to these documents so parents do not have to go to Canvas. We appreciate your patience as teachers create, update, and make changes to their plans for the week.

Students should still be logging into Canvas as all teachers are creating Canvas Announcements, Assignments, etc for lessons for the corresponding “A” or “B” Days.

Need help understanding how to use all of the links above?

We understand we are sharing a lot of different information about eLearning with you right now. Our main goal is to keep you informed and help you understand what your students are working on during eLearning. If you need a little more guidance on what all of these resources are and how to use them, please check out the video below to see them in action.
eLearning Resource Link Overview 4/6/20

Engagement and Grading in eLearning

This past Thursday (4/9) our teachers posted their first eLearning progress reports. You can log into Home Access and see the progress of your student and the eLearning assignments they have successfully completed. Completed assignments and activities are indicated with a "P" for passing. A assignment or activity that has not been completed will be marked with an "I" for incomplete.

If you have any questions about grading, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or Mrs. Hall at bhall@wcusd200.org.

Dr. Moan sent a message to middle school parents with information about eLearning engagement and grading on 4/2. Please click HERE to link to the message on our district website

How can the NMS families stay connected and informed?

During this time we are trying to provide different opportunities for communication with our students and families. So where can you go to stay informed?

NMS Parents/Guardians/Families:

  • Warhawk Weekly: Please remember that this newsletter is a live link. As things progress through the week, we will use it to provide any updated information. All you have to do is click the newsletter to go to the live page!
  • eLearning Page on NMS Website
  • Facebook: @northwoodwoodstock
  • emails and texts: Messages sent through the school, just like how you received this newsletter.


  • Canvas: Students should be checking Canvas for each of their teachers on the corresponding A or B day for announcements and assignments.
  • Warhawks, We Got This Student Newsletter: The next edition of the student newsletter will be emailed to students on Monday morning. Please remind your student to check it out for announcements, special messages from our staff, and tips for success during eLearning.
D200 eLearning and School Closure Updates

Click here for D200 eLearning and school closure updates

Medical Information


(815) 337-8618

If your student or family members have been in contact with anyone experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, please call our attendance line at (815 ) 337 - 8618. This line is checked each day to help us monitor the health of our students.

Chromebook Issues?

District 200 families who experience problems with a Chromebook, or who have other technology-related questions or concerns, are asked to reach out directly to the D200 Technology Department. District technicians are working hard to help keep our digital learning running as smoothly as possible, and will respond to emails sent to the following address:


A message from 6th grade:

We are so proud of the hard work our students are putting into e-learning. A couple of reminders:

1. Make sure you are logging into Canvas every day to see what you need to be doing that day for your teachers.

2. Make sure to attend your class's assigned Google Meet time. A lot of important information is given during this time.

3. Check Home Access to see what you are missing for your teachers. A "P" means the assignment is turned in, an "I" means it is incomplete and missing, so you need to complete it as soon as possible. Try not to let the work pile up.

4. Email your teachers if you ever have any questions. We are here for you and want to help you.

A message from 7th grade:

If your child hasn't completed the Extra Credit Taxonomy Escape Room yet, Mrs. Simonton has extended the due date. You could even try it together for some family fun!

Mr. Laidig will be sending out the U.S. Constitution material starting on Monday. Parents, please ask your kids about this.

Mr. Medinilla's literacy class is reading their novel and working on literary analysis chapter by chapter.

Mr. Medinilla's history class will start the U.S. Constitution next week during their Google Meets sessions.

A message from 8th grade:

Reading a screen all the time getting you? Consider ordering a copy of The Outsiders from Amazon. Click HERE for a link. Mrs. Bochat, Mrs. Dahlin, Mrs. Healless, Mr. Kunzie and Ms. McDaniel all got theirs in UNDER 24 hours with Amazon Prime!



We are looking for more people to join the WNHS Booster Club!

For the past decade, the WNHS Booster Club has raised over $250,000 to support Thunder athletes and sports teams. We are 100% parent-volunteer run and need your help to continue to build upon this tradition of excellence as we enter the next decade of Thunder Athletics.

Board members participate in monthly meetings, and assume leadership roles for year-round Booster Club fundraising activities.

If interested please contact Shauna Crabill at shaunacrabill83@gmail.com.

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We know that all of this can be overwhelming for students and parents, so please reach out if you need any help or support. The NMS staff is here for your student and our NMS families. In addition, if your student needs support and you would like one of our social workers to reach out to them or to you, please let us know. Mrs. Moore can be reached at tmoore@wcusd200.org and Ms. Ortiz can be reached at aortiz@wcusd200.org.

Coping During COVID 19 - Resources for Parents

We know parents are struggling to balance work, child care and self-care while keeping worries — both your children’s and your own — under control. You don’t have to do it alone.

Supporting Kids During the Coronavirus Crisis

Useful tips to help calm fears, manage stress, and talk to your children about the coronavirus.

How can students "visit" Mrs. Parrent and the NMS Library during eLearning?

Calling All Writers! The Writing Club Google Meet is on Wednesdays at 3:30. If you are interested, please email Ms. Parrent.

The champion of Northwood's 5th annual Tournament of Books is Wonder by R. J. Palacio. Thank you for voting and see you next year!

Checkout the Library eLearning Plan for information about Library Google Meets and more!

April is Poetry Month

April is Poetry Month! The NMS Library is accepting poetry submissions to share with the school. Our theme is "Shelter in Place." (Governor Pritzker is calling this time of staying at home "Shelter in Place.") Email your poems or share a doc with Ms. Parrent through April 30th.

Calling all writers! If you are interested in Writing Club, please email Ms. Parrent.

Registration for the 2020-2021 school year is open!

Registration for the 2020 - 2021 school year is open. Please refer to the registration link you received in your email or visit our website here . As a reminder, payment is not due at the time of registration. If you have any questions or need help registering your child, please feel free to email one of our secretaries.

Mrs. Butler (Spanish) sbutler@wcusd200.org

Mrs. Dycus sdycus@wcusd200.org

Mrs. Maldonado cmaldonado@wcusd200.org

Need internet?

Comcast is offering FREE internet (for 60 days) to those who qualify. Click this link for more information.

The Woodstock Public Library Is here to help too!

Here are some of the amazing services being offered by The Woodstock Public Library:

Parking Lot WiFi: The library's wifi signal has been extended into the parking lot allowing anyone to be online from the safe distance of their own vehicle

Food Pantry: There are two bins of food and a bin for diapers, toiletries, etc in front the of the library's front doors. Anyone is welcome to take what they need, donate what they can.

Free e-books, audiobooks, magazines: Thousands of ebooks and audiobooks are available via the library's website Download page. All that is needed to access is a Woodstock library card. If a family was unable to get a library card before the library closed, an e-resource card can be applied for on the library's website. E-Resource Application

Databases: Ancestry.com, Newspapers.com, New York Times, Transparent Language Online, Chilton Auto Repair Library, and a lot more e-resources are all available on the library's Databases page. Easily accessed with a WPL card or e-resource card.

Online Storytimes: Ms Pamela, the children's librarian is posting storytimes a couple times of week. They are available on the library's YouTube channel and Facebook. Spanish storytimes are being posted by the library's guest storyteller Ms Janet on Monday nights on Facebook Live.

BINGO: The library has two versions of BINGO, filled with fun-activities to keep people of all ages thinking and moving. Youth Version and Adult Version

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Congratulations to the NMS Q3 Honor Roll Students!

NMS had 380 students make the honor roll for Q3. Wow! Click here to view the list of Q3 Honor Roll students. Congratulations to these students for working hard and BEING A WARHAWK!

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Keep in Contact with Northwood!

24 hour Attendance Line: (815) 337-8618

If your student will be late to school or won't be in school please call the 24 hour Northwood Attendance line.
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