WBMS July Update
Important News for you: July 2022
Top Ten things our middle school parents should be doing now to prepare for fall 2022
2. If your student would like to participate in sports for the upcoming year, get the MHSAA physical form completed (details below)
3. If you believe your student needs free/reduced lunch please complete that request now. (link below) We do not have the grant--so no automatic FREE food like in the past
4. If you have a rising 6th grader, and s/he would like to explore the building you can sign up for the Bridge program. (link below)
5. If a parent would like a tour of the new building before school begin, register using the links below.
6. Check out the school supply lists--all recommended items not required. We will provide string backpacks for all students.
7. If you do not have a Power School account--make one now (instructions below)
8. Download the Power School app to your phone--it makes checking grades, attendance, etc. EASY!
9. Keep your kids reading! Supports for reading ideas are below
10. Take a breath and enjoy the summer as the craziness we parents experience during the hectic school year will be here August 29th! So please enjoy the time with your kids!
Bridge 6 at the NEW WBMS
Summer and Fall 2022 Dates for Middle School
Fall 2022 Dates for Middle School
See below for registration for summer tours of the new building for ADULTS
Students will explore the new building at orientation/jump start:
August 16th: 8th grade jump start (schedules, building access, yearbook and ID photos taken)
August 17th: 7th grade jump start (schedules, building access, yearbook and ID photos taken)
August 18th: 6th grade orientation: The purpose of 6th grade orientation is to share class schedules, pass out agendas, take the school photo (yearbook and school ID) and begin to become familiar with the building (find classes, etc.)
Orientation/Jump start times are normally during the day. Jump start is assigned by alpha but we do have some flexibility. Times will be in the August 1 newsletter.
There are no make up dates for these events. Students missing jump start/orientation events can view their schedules on Power School before the first day and get materials on the first day of school.
Picture make up day TBD.
First Day of school: August 29th
September 8th will be OPEN HOUSE. Stay tuned for details
NEW start and end times: 8:20 am to 3:12pm (students will be allowed in the building at 7:45 am. There will be AM Tween Time starting at 6:45 am)
Parent tours of the new building will be offered in July and August-click the link below to sign up for date/time. Parents only please.
WBMS Students: if you are on the list to get this newsletter--we are expecting you to be with us Fall 2022
If this is incorrect, and your student will be leaving the district (private school, moving, etc.) please email our registrar at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Power School Updates--this is important--please make sure you have an account BEFORE school begins
I have a PowerSchool Parent account, what do I need to do? The new system will not affect Parents that already have a PowerSchool Parent Portal Account. You do not need to do anything.
I do NOT have a PowerSchool Parent account, what do I need to do? If you do not have a PowerSchool Parent account set up, please contact your student’s school to obtain your PowerSchool Parent Access ID. Instructions to create your account can be found here: https://www.wbsd.org/parents/powerschool
I am new to WBSD, how can I enroll?
Visit our website at: https://www.wbsd.org/parents/enrollment.
Read the directions and complete the quick pre-registration form.
One of our WB administrators will approve or deny the request. If approved, the parent/guardian will receive an email on how to create a Parent Portal account in PowerSchool. If you are denied, you will be notified via email.
Fill out the enrollment forms on the Parent Portal in PowerSchool.
Once forms are complete and submitted, they will be reviewed by a WB administrator.
Welcome to Middle School
Your student should have made elective class requests and we are busy scheduling meeting with families who need specialized programs (504, IEP, etc.) If you have questions or concerns about your student's elective schedule we encourage you to reach out to one of our middle school counselors. Their names and assignments for fall 2022 are listed below:
Last Names A-K Ms. MacKenzie Peguese
Last Names L-Z Mr. Steve Levitan
Students with 504 plans and IEPs: email@example.com
Your Middle School Administration Team
Jermaine Evans, Assistant Principal
Blaine McDowell, Dean of Student Services
Lisa Graff, Assistant Principal
Lockers--WE will provide a string back pack to all students! See supply list for details
Lockers in the new building will be smaller than ones at our current school.
19th Orchard Lake Fine Art Show - call for Youth Art Competition
19th Orchard Lake Fine Art Show - call for Youth Art Competition
Call for Youth Artists
Raymond James Youth Art Competition
Grades K-8 or Ages 5-13
Deadline to Apply is July 10, 2022
As part of our commitment to bring art education into the community, Institute for the Arts & Education, the associated 501c3 non-profit organization integrates a Youth Art Competition within the art show. Sponsored by Raymond James, this unique and one-of-a-kind program encourages all students in grades K-8 or ages 5-13 to enter their original and handmade art that is publicly displayed duration of the art show. There is $250 in Youth Art awards as students are exposed to the rules and entrepreneurship opportunity of doing art shows for a living – something they love to do – create their art! Youth art deadline to apply is July 10, 2022. Up to two entries per student accepted ($3 per entry) which includes a “Family Pass” to attend the art show complimentary.
On August 23rd at 7pm we will offer Athlete Night. All 7th and 8th graders are eligible to participate in all sports.
6th graders may participate in some middle school sports determined by state guidelines. The sports include: cross country, swimming, wrestling, and track. (the MHSAA official form is linked below)
On Athlete Night, we provide an opportunity to meet some coaches, and get information about middle school sports including practice information, paperwork, etc.
The sports we offer include: Football, Swimming, Cross Country, Track and Field, Basketball, Volleyball, Wrestling and Cheer (sideline and competitive seasons)
We will be sending more detailed information out in the August 1st newsletter. This event is for parents (adults) only.
Important things for sports:
1. Students must have a physical on file dates AFTER April 15, 2022 to be eligible to try out and/or participate. I would encourage you to get that paperwork completed now.
2. Registration forms are found on the district athletic site however we are moving to a NEW system provides by Final Forms--stay tuned for details.
3. The district has removed the pay to participate requirements therefore we will have caps on all sports for safety reasons.
Additional information can be found on the District Athletic Site below:
Our School Day
Students can be dropped off at the building as early as at 7:45 am.
Our community education department offers "Tween Time" after and before school care--see below for links to registration.
Tween Time Update and registration
New for the 2022/2023 school year, our program will be offering both AM and PM services to those families that are in need. For these services to be offered, a daily number of registered students MUST be in attendance. Families will be notified the week of August 15, 2022 if we are unable to offer AM and/or PM services due to low enrollment numbers.
Tween Time services will be held at WBMS located at 3380 Orchard Lake Road. Tween Time allows students the opportunity to complete homework assignments, utilize art and craft materials, board games, outdoor activities and socialization amongst friends.
There is a non-refundable registration fee of $60/per child or $90/family.
AM services start at 6:45 a.m. until school starts
$10.25 daily rate
PM services start at dismissal until 6:30 p.m.
$13.75 daily rate
Half Day services
$36 per day
Registration is open until Friday, August 12, 2022 at 4PM.
If you are interested in AM or PM services, please visit: wbsdec.ce.eleyo.com to register.
Tips for Middle School
We also have a few shuttles for out of district families. The exception to transportation forms become available on the website August 1 and we will email you a link to the page as well. These shuttle requests are first come first serve.
At the new building, we will have a bus loop AND a car drop off loop.
Meals at School--NO free meals unless paperwork is submitted and approved
This past school year we had a grant and offered FREE breakfast and lunch to all students. For the upcoming school year, we will NOT continue with our free breakfast for all grant, so it is important that if you may be eligible for free or reduced lunch to complete that paperwork. This paperwork is available beginning July 1 at the link below.
This application must be completed EVERY year to be considered.
We also encourage parents to deposit money into their student's account so students do not have to carry cash to school. You can do that at the Food Services tab on the website-the link is also below. Funds are carried over from school year to school year.
Blessings in a Backpack support for middle school families
If your child is a student (3 to 26 years of age) in the West Bloomfield Schools, s/he can also participate in the 2022-2023 Blessings in a Backpack program. This program sends six non-perishable meals home each Friday of the school year. Its goal is to make sure that no child goes hungry on the weekend. Run by volunteers, there is NO cost to you.
To enroll in this program, please fill out the form below and return it to your school office or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. This registers your child/ren in the Blessings program and alerts us to any allergies they might have. The first backpack of food will be distributed to your child at his/her local school the first week of October.
Blessings Application Letter--22-23
The new middle school--access and entry
The new middle school--access and entry
Please note that although the new middle school site may look open and safe, students and parents should not plan to enter the building until the official dates/events. We do not have full occupancy at this time. Thank you for your cooperation.
Summer Reading Opportunity
West Bloomfield Middle School is gearing up for summer break. While summer presents an opportunity to relax and enjoy the sunshine, we want our students to continue to find ways to learn while away from the classroom.
We have an exciting reading service available through Sora, the student reading app, which provides free 24/7 access to ebooks and audiobooks. What better way to engage your student’s mind than through reading?
Starting May 4 – August 17, 2022, the Sora Sweet Reads program will offer a collection of Juvenile and Young Adult titles that will be prominently displayed in Sora for quick and easy unlimited access. You can explore the title offerings and learn more about the program here.
How does it work?
Sora provides the quickest and easiest way to get started with digital titles from our school. Students can simply log in using their school account and instantly access hundreds of ebooks and audiobooks on virtually any device. Get started today at https://soraapp.com or download the free Sora app for Android or iOS. For easy access, our school’s setup code is westbloomfield.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Digital Literacy Specialist
West Bloomfield Middle School