Lane Intermediate Community Message

November 17, 2017 Patriot Pride @LaneWAWM

Understanding Secondary Grade Reports

Like all schools, the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District, has defined learning standards (what students must know and be able to do) embedded in the curriculum in each of its classes and courses. Teachers, using a variety of assessments both summative and formative, provide accurate, specific, and timely feedback designed to improve student performance through grade reports. Throughout the year, Skyward Family Access* will be used to communicate how students are progressing toward meeting learning standards.

Secondary Schools Grades 6 - 12

Every intermediate and high school teacher uses the Gradebook feature in Skyward to process progress reports, grade reports, and semester grade reports. As always, grades are calculated using points which are converted to a percentage and configured using the District grading scale. Once compiled, grade reports are posted online*. Parents and students use Skyward Family Access to view these reports on the Main Menu under GRADE REPORTS.

This year, after quarter grades are posted, there will be a continuous grade across semesters. In the past, because quarters have an unequal number of assessments (e.g., points) there was inequity when both quarters were averaged together at semester. Total points across a semester eliminates this imbalance and equally values the work a student does throughout the course. At semester, the grade is configured using the percentage of total points.

In high school, the semester grade will also include a final exam grade. Students will, as always, have access to their transcripts, a cumulative grade point average, and class rank as part of the grading system.

As always, we urge parents to contact the teacher if there is a question or concern regarding a grade. Skyward has an easy email feature for this purpose. For login information or assistance with Skyward access, contact the School Main Office.

*Paper copies of grade reports are available upon request in School Main Office.

Parent Project Dates and Update

We greatly appreciate the support and desire of those that participate in the LPP. Admittedly, we have jumbled ourselves and in an attempt to preplan have created some conflicts.


The good thing is that conflicts are coming from our partnership with the Institute for Personalized Learning, our own musical concert series, and our work with some outside organizations around trauma. The bad is that it has created conflict with our dates that we sent out earlier.


With some reorganization we will be having the LPP on the following dates:


January 16 (7-8:30pm) - focus learning trends & update on a Trauma Parent Night in Feb


March 20 (7-8:30pm) - Student safety & trauma


May 15 (7-8:30pm) - Updating the community on our building goals and setting the stage for 2018-2019


We apologize for having to readjust, cancel, change, but we appreciate your willingness to help us continue to grow and cultivate the best environment for the students at Lane.

FBLA

Meet and make friends with members of your own school and other schools across the country! Join in the fun and participate in local activities like pizza parties, business tours, and social activities.

Interested in joining? Fill out the attached local chapter membership application form by Friday, December 1st and return it to Mr. Napoli in room 220 (computer lab).

Don’t miss out on the fun!

Sincerely,

Matt Napoli

Lane FBLA Chapter President

FBLA Intro Video

FBLA Sign-Up Form

Please return to Mr. Napoli with check to Lane for $11, by December 1st

Yes, I want to join FBLA!

First Name:_________________________________________

Last Name:__________________________________________

Address:____________________________________________

City:________________________________________________

State: WI

Zip:__________________________________________________

Phone:______________________________________________

Email:_______________________________________________

Year in School:______________________________________

I was recruited by: Mr. Napoli

Skyward Family Access

Skyward Family Access Goes Live!


Skyward Family Access (similar to Parent Portal on Infinite Campus) is now available to parents with students in the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District. It enables you to make payments, update telephone numbers and email addresses, view student schedules and attendance, and check on student grades using any personal device! This important tool will help you monitor your child's progress in school and allow for increased communication with teachers.

While most records for Skyward Family Access are maintained by the District office (e.g., address changes can only be made at the WAWM Enrollment Center) there are some records that parents can maintain to ensure accuracy. We are asking parents to review and/or revise their home, cell, and work telephone numbers and email addresses. In addition, parents will be able to make food service and fee payments online.


Each parent/guardian active in Skyward has been sent a letter with personalized login and password information.


How do parents connect to Skyward Family Access?

  1. Go to www.wawm.k12.wi.us

  2. Click on the Quick Link: SKYWARD FAMILY ACCESS

  3. Enter the login: <<XXXX>>

  4. Enter the password: <<XXXX>>

  5. Users will be prompted to change their password.


Which devices can parents use to connect to Skyward Family Access?

Skyward Family Access works with any laptop, ipad, or personal device. On an Android (google play store) and the Iphone (App Store); search for the SKYWARD application and download the free Skyward App to any personal device.


What help is being provided to parents using Skyward Family Access?



  • Parents should call their School Main Office with questions regarding logins and passwords. Secretaries have been trained on how to reset accounts.


  • Parents can visit the WAWM Administration Building for individual assistance with logins and passwords.

8th Grade Planning Conference

Dear Grade 8 Parents/Guardians :


The School District of West Allis-West Milwaukee would like to make every effort to prepare your child for a smooth and successful transition to high school. We want to help scholars make informed decisions and strongly believe that it requires a collective involvement of the student, the family, and the school. To assist in this important endeavor, our Student Services staff will be holding Individual Planning Conferences with all 8th grade students and their parent(s)/guardian(s) during the months of December, January and February 2017-2018. A link to Sign-Up Genius was sent out to all emails, please sign up through this.


During each conference the following information and topics related to your child’s future will be covered:

  • High School Course Offerings & 9th Grade Course Selection

  • High School Extracurricular Activities

  • Academic Achievement

  • Academic & Career Planning


We consider these collaborative home and school efforts extremely important. Our goal is to meet with 100% of families and their 8th grade scholars. It is always a pleasure to work with families, and we look forward to meeting you.


Sincerely,


Kyle Malin, School Counselor

malink@wawmsd.org

(414) 329-7438

Christine Piotrowski, School Counselor

piotc@wawmsd.org

(414) 329-6614

Weather Guidelines

Recess


  • We will always keep students in the building if the weather is below 15 degrees. (Wind chill will be a determining factor)
  • Students can stay in the cafe and aux gym if we are holding inside recess. There will be adult supervision.
  • Students are not allowed to exit the cafe or aux gym without adult permission and supervision.
  • Students are NOT allowed to go upstairs during lunch unless they have a pass from a teacher.
  • Staff inside the aux gym will be located near the exits and observing the climate inside the aux gym.


Morning


  • Doors open for students eating breakfast at 7:15 am and to all students at 7:35 am.
  • Students who arrive before that time will be outside until the doors open.
  • We will always keep students in the building if the weather is at or below 15 degrees.
  • Students can stay in the cafe if we are allowing them inside the building due to bad weather conditions. There will be adult supervision in the cafe.
  • Bad weather includes raining, temperatures below 15 degrees, icy conditions on the playground area, and hail.
  • We will use the aux gym, which is directly next to the cafe if the weather conditions are not friendly.
  • Students are not allowed to exit the cafe or aux gym without adult permission and supervision.
  • Students are NOT allowed to go upstairs during this time unless they have a pass from a teacher.
  • Staff inside the aux gym will be located near the exits and observing the climate inside the aux gym.


AM


  • Please be advised when the temperature is below 15 degrees and/or the windchill is excessive we will be opening up the cafe for students to enter the building at 7:00 until morning supervision is available at 7:15am.
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Happenings at Lane!

November 20 -- 8th Grade Career Fair

November 20 -- PTA Meeting at 7:00pm in the Cafe

November 22-24 -- Thanksgiving Break

November 29 -- 6th Grade Museum Field Trip

December 11 -- Dine-Out Night at Quaker Steak-N-Lube in New Berlin

December 25-January 2 -- Winter Break

Clubs and Sports at Lane Intermediate

Success in school and outside goes beyond academics. A major part of the success of student is being an active participant in the events that take place and create an opportunity for school and community pride! Below is a list of the sports and clubs that are being offered at Lane Intermediate this fall - please look for updates and have your student(s) look for times to sign up!


Times and dates for the following will be shared through the community message as well as by the staff leading the opportunities.


  • Cross Country - Season in Progress
  • Boy's Basketball - Season in Progress
  • Chess/Game Club - Wednesdays 3:00-4:15
  • Saturday Open Gyms
  • Student Council - In Progress
  • School of Rock - Wednesdays 3:00 to 4:30
  • Tech Club - Tuesdays 3:00-4:00
  • Robotics Club - Coming Soon - Tuesdays 3:00-4:00
  • Hallway Beautification Club
  • Yearbook Club
  • Math Club/Mathlete - In Progress...please see Mr. Kloiber
  • Media Club - Thursdays 3:00-4:00
  • Art Studio Club - Wednesdays 3:00-4:00
  • SkillsUSA - SkillsUSA is a professional organization that encourages students development of personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics. Being a part of SkillsUSA will allow students the opportunity to get involved in the community and be connected with professionals in their field of interest. This is new to Lane this year and our middle school students, yet is established at the high school level. Anyone is welcome to join and some will be asked due to teacher recommendations. limit 10 students and it is run by Mrs. Ustruck. See her for details.
  • Others to be announced.....

Washington, D.C. Trip

We're planning a fantastic tour to Washington, D.C. on October 3 - 5, 2018. This unforgettable learning experience of a lifetime is being coordinated by Brightspark Travel.

Register online now!

http://portal.brightsparktravel.com/

Use the code below and register no later than:

November 20, 2017


TOUR WEB CODE:

TF4DM8Q


*A registration fee of $150.00 is required to secure a place on the tour

PTA Update

Marcus Movie Fundraiser order forms and payments are due today Friday, November 17th. We will accept late payments until Monday morning till 8:00 am. Please make sure your scholar drops off their order form and payment in the office by Monday November 20th by 8 am.


Reminder Lane PTA meeting is Monday, November 20th at 6:00 pm with the 8th grade graduation committee meeting meeting after at 7:00 pm in the cafeteria.


Lane Dine Out Night at Quaker Steak - N - Lube in New Berlin on Monday, December 11th from open to close! Mention Lane PTA for a percentage of your total to be donated back to us!


We wish all the Lane families a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving Break!