Weddington Middle School Newsletter

February 14, 2020

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Notes from the Principal

Dear Parents,

Happy Valentine’s Day! Our students participated in our (rescheduled) Souper Bowl of Caring, and they enjoyed some modified football inside our gymnasium while raising over $1,000 to support the Union County Homeless Shelter! Just before we kicked off our games, Deputy Andrade and I discussed with each grade level some safety procedures and proactive measures to help keep our school safe. We reminded students about Code 500/Lockdown protocols, and directed them to stay calm upon hearing the signal, to listen and adhere to teacher/staff directives, and to remain behind a locked door until we can signal an “all clear.” Deputy Andrade reiterated my comments, and emphasized general safety procedures as well. There are no immediate safety concerns at our school.

We touched on social media and the consequences for some of those lingering posts and commentaries that can get kids (and adults) in trouble, and encouraged your children to stay positive, to keep our school both safe and clean (cafeteria and restrooms were points of emphasis), and to “say something” if and when they see or hear something that warrants adult intervention. Students listened attentively and we segued into good times for a good cause with our Souper Bowl Tournament.

Thanks to our PTSO for helping us “Love the Bus” this week, and join me in appreciating our bus drivers ALL year long! As part of our reschedule from last Friday’s inclement weather, PTSO also delivered some Panera soup for teachers to enjoy during lunch on Tuesday. Each afternoon this week (weather permitting), we have also taken off with our Athletic Booster Club and the start of another spring sports season. SO much good stuff, but still so little time….

Students today are bringing home perhaps our last major push for the fall edition of The Wildcat Word, our inaugural literary magazine. Produced by students for students, it’s a uniquely Weddington piece of memorabilia, and there will only be ONE first edition. Get yours before they’re gone!

School is closed to students on Monday as teachers hold a workday, but we’re open in the office from 8am-3pm. Happy Friday, enjoy the holiday, and we wish you all a wonderful weekend!

Coming up next week:

Monday--Teacher Workday, no school for students

Tuesday--7th Grade ELA Check-In

Wednesday--6th Grade ELA Check-In, Site Base Mtg.

Friday--7th Grade Math Check-in

Congratulations to this week's (and last week's) Weekly Weddington Wildcats!

Information about the Wildcat Word is headed your way!

Articles and features by students you know: Sam Neely, Madison Wright, Naomi Udenze, Carson Lee and many more. Do you have a 6th grader in Mrs. Sweet's language arts class? Check out the amazing poetry from some of her students. Do you have a student in Mrs. Lundin's art class? Check out the amazing talent from some of her students. SO MUCH MORE awaits when you open the pages of The Wildcat Word!
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Yearbooks sales are HOT this year and are on target to sell-out before the deadline!

PLEASE purchase NOW so that your student will have a yearbook when the greatly anticipated yearbook distribution day arrives. Order now at www.balfour.com.
ATTENTION PARENTS OF ALL 8TH GRADERS! The time for purchasing an ad to acknowledge your 8th grader in the yearbook will soon come to a close. Send your 8th grader to high school by acknowledging your pride and love for them in the 2019-2020 yearbook. What a great way to record a special memory in the pages of our WMS history! Purchase an ad when you purchase a yearbook for your 8th grader at www.balfour.com.

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Symptoms of the flu:

  • Fever, anything 100.5 or over.
  • Body aches, which may be severe
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Cough that gets worse
  • Tiredness
  • Runny or stuffy nose

Students should be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school.

Info from WMSPTSO and WMSABC:

WMSPTSO:

  • The uniform shop will be open February 1-15th.
  • Your help is needed to count change on Fridays in March for the WMS LLS (Leukemia and Lymphoma Society) Pennies for Patients fundraiser. Signup Here
WMSABC:

  • The Spring Sports Spirit Wear Store will open this week and will remain open until 2/24.
  • Summer WMS Dead Periods June 25 – July 5th & July 7 – 26th

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WMS 6th Grade Dance will be held on February 28, 2020. The Committee is in need of items to make the event a success. Please consider donating an item on the sign up link below. All items need to be delivered to the front office no later than February 26th. Please label "6th Grade Dance".

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0948aea829a31-wms6th
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Career Day 2020 will be Friday April 24th from 8:30am-11:00am. If you know anyone interested in sharing their career with our middle school students, please share the sign-up link below. The Career Day Information for Presenters link has a video that outlines answers to frequently asked questions by our presenters. If you know anyone who is interested that doesn’t live in the area, we are also able to setup video conferencing. Mr. Vreeland’s son presented for us last year from California, and it was a great experience. We are also able to accommodate a speaker if they are only available for one or two sessions, we just need to know up front.

Please let us know if you have any questions, and thanks for your help in recruiting for career day 2020!

Career Day Sign-Up for Presenters:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScnuL-BxxcooJb305OwkrDcfEY5rCvs3uZkoM-JwbH_w5sLxg/viewform

Career Day Information for Presenters:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2DqyS2w9jX4ZGVFRHVZMHY5dlE/view?usp=sharing

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Is there a teacher or staff member that has had a positive influence on your child? Nominate him/her for a UCPS "Influencer Award" here: https://ucpsinfluencers.com/
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PAWS-itively Important Information

Helpful WMS Info

Please remember you need to bring your driver’s license to visit, volunteer, or check out students. You will need to present identification to be allowed into the building. Please note that you may only drop off materials until 10:30 each morning.

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BUS INFO

  • Download the Here Comes the Bus app or visit herecomesthebus.com
  • Click the Sign Up button
  • Enter school code 74436 and click “Next” followed by “Confirm”
  • Complete the “User Profile” box
  • Under “My Students,” click “Add”
  • Enter your child’s last name and student ID number



Car riders are not permitted to ride school buses.

Absence/Early Dismissal

Parents, if your child will be leaving school early, please send a note to the homeroom teacher with the dismissal time. Students who leave before or arrive after 12:15 pm will be marked absent for the day. There are no dismissals allowed after 3:15 pm. If you send a note for your student to be in the office at 3:00 pm and you arrive after the 3:15 pm deadline, if your student is not in the office waiting for you the office staff will not call your student out of class. Also, all early dismissal and late arrivals from medical appointments must have a note from the doctor in order to be excused.

When students are absent it is not necessary to call the school. Be sure to send a note to the homeroom teacher stating why the student was not in school. UCPS will notify you through Connect-Ed if your student was

absent.