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What's Happening at Willard? | September 18, 2020

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Monday CLAWS Club (Advisory) Lesson

Excitedly, even "Asynchronous Mondays" will have a CLAWS Club (Advisory) lesson available for students. This week's lesson will focus on evaluating the strengths in our differences. Students may access this lesson from their CLAWS Club (Advisory) teacher's Schoology page. The overview of the assignment may be found here. Please check out this lesson as it highlights the work of the talented Mr. McCoy, one of our amazing seventh grade science teachers!

Attendance Information

Monday is an asynchronous day for middle and high school students; therefore, there will be no synchronous learning. In order to be counted present for the academic day, your child must open the permission click link that will be sent to their LCPS email account and respond by 1:00 p.m. on Monday, September 21. If they do not respond, your child will be counted absent on Monday. If you are also a parent of an elementary age student, attendance will be taken during their synchronous morning meeting. Please note that if there are issues with permission click, as seen last week, we will notify our community and provide the next steps.


In addition, you may have noticed that you are now receiving emails when an attendance event is recorded for your child. If you notice an error in the attendance, please email the classroom teacher, and he/she will be happy update the attendance for your child. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this new process. Information on opting out of these notification may be found here.

Wake Up Willard Announcements

Each school day, students will have the opportunity to hear our morning announcements. We would recommend listening either before school or after CLAWS Club (Advisory). Currently, the best way to access this gem is to go to https://www.lcps.org/Willard. Our second week of broadcasting highlighted Hispanic Heritage Month. Next week, anchors Amanda Hoelscher, Abigail Kane, The Miles Family, Justin Schafer, and Jamie Ochoa will be keeping us energized with their inspiring introductions of autumn.So, get ready to fall into a fabulous week!

WildLife Club Sign Up Coming Soon

On Monday, September 28, we will open up registration for students to join our 2020-2021 WildLife Clubs. We believe that students will have an opportunity to choose from groups such as: the Student Council Association (SCA), Wake Up Willard Broadcasting Team, and Best Buddies organization. Students on Monday, September 21, during our Asynchronous Monday CLAWS Club lesson, will be able to complete this club interest form (they are welcome to complete it earlier than Monday). This effort, supported by our Parent Teacher Association (PTA), is a great way to stay involved, even from a distance.So, get involved today!

Building a Strong Community

At Willard, we want to recognize students for excellence in the areas of: character, leadership, attitude, work ethic, and service. When students show our CLAWS values they could receive a CLAWS Card postcard in the mail. In addition, teachers may also recommend that students receive a Positive Referral, which is an opportunity for the grade level dean to reach out to thank the student for his or her great work. We are excited to celebrate our scholars!

House Office Support Launches

Often, during a traditional school year, students would stop by the House Office for information about the school such as: where do I find information on clubs or I'm having a difficult time accessing this website, can you help? In addition, they have asked the House Administrative Assistants if they could help connect them with one of our amazing counselors. We have decided to launch a space for this outreach to still occur in a virtual setting. Starting on Monday, September 21, students may go to meet.google.com and type in the nickname WMS-HouseOffice. Once there, we will be able to assist them with their concern. Our hours of operation will be from: 8:00 a.m. to 8:35 a.m., 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. See you soon!

The Spark Movement Ignites

Our Literacy Committee has officially launched The Spark Movement, our effort to ensure that students are reading nightly, books that challenge them, bring them joy, and ignite a further passion for reading. In sparking a love of reading (and all things literacy), over the course of the school year, we will provide a variety of book talks to help students find that "just right book." To get started on reading, check out this book talk from Grade 6 Dean Mrs. Russell. Happy Reading, Scholars!
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Curbside Library Book Pick Up

Students can now check out books from the Willard Library. To get started, place a book on hold in Destiny Discover (click here to learn how to do this). You and your parents will receive an email when the book is ready to be picked up at Willard. Pick up times are Mondays, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Tuesday through Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more detailed information, please click here and to watch the associated interactive video click here as well.

AMC 8 Math Competition Announced

This year, Willard is participating in the AMC 8 Math Competition. The AMC 8 requires students to answer 25 multiple choice questions on the topic of middle school mathematics. This virtual contest, open to all Willard students, will last for 40 minutes and aims to promote the development and enhancement of problem solving skills. Registration will be open from Monday, September 21 until midnight on Tuesday, September 29. Late registrations will not be accepted. If your child is interested, please be on the lookout for more information from your child's math teacher next week.

Breakfast & Lunch Meal Service Available

Did you know that our LCPS School Nutrition Services department served 1,529,569 from March 13 to September 3 to our community students? This effort to support and nourish our community will continue here at Willard. Monday through Friday, from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., students will be able to come to the cafeteria side entrance at Willard to pick up both breakfast and lunch free of charge for any student under the age of 18. We are thankful for our cafeteria staff, led by Raheela Rana, for their amazing work!

MAP Testing Begins This Week

As we prepare for the upcoming MAP Assessment, we wanted to share a Preparing for MAP Testing video with our families. This video thoughtfully walks through how to prepare for the test. If you do not wish for your child to participate in either the math, reading, or both of the assessments, please complete this form with your decision by Friday, September 25. In addition, for detailed information about MAP, please visit last week's Wildcat Chat here.

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LCPS Virtual Calming Room

LCPS has created a Virtual Calming Room in which students may access pages such as those focused on: exercising, meditation, coloring, healthy cooking, mindfulness, podcasts, puzzles, games, self-care, podcasts, and more! This free resource is filled with opportunities for students to de-stress and gather a rejuvenating energy. If you are interested, please view the website here. Enjoy!

Academies of Loudoun

The Academies of Loudoun, an LCPS STEM magnet school, whose mission is to empower students to explore, research, collaborate, innovate, and to make meaningful contributions to the world in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, is now accepting applications. If your child has an interest in STEM, they may apply to by visiting this admission page and flyer. Please note that the window closes on Friday, October 23. For any questions about the admissions process, please contact AcademiesAdmissions@lcps.org .
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Virtual Learning Environment & Discipline

A week ago, LCPS sent an email communication referencing student behavior in a virtual environment. During our Phoenix Friday CLAWS Club meeting we reviewed with students the associated LCPS Student Rights & Responsibilities documentation that they acknowledged before receiving their student schedule. LCPS has also developed an overview video regarding this effort here.

Showing our CLAWS Online

We wanted to point out a few reminders to our Wildcat community, so we may an honor our learning time together. Students should not enter Google Meets for classes that are not their own; students should not use the chat or mic function unless prompted by their teacher; students should be aware of their environment and take advantage of the blur function if needed; and when possible students should have their cameras on to help create a community of learners. Below, we have a set of virtual working agreements to support us in our new distance learning environment.
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Schoology Student Support Course

Are you struggling to figure out all the coolness and awesome learning content that is part of your Schoology Courses? Look no further! Use the access codes below to add yourself to the correct grade-level Schoology Course for Students. These courses will show the basics and get you on your way to easily navigating your coursework. So, checkout the codes below and happy technology navigating!

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PTA Looking for Vice President for Events

The Willard PTA is looking for a Vice President for Events. Our PTA is energized and ready to make a difference in our school community, but we need your ideas to help us continue to grow as the organization that supports students, teachers, and our community at Willard. If you are interested in this board position, please contact our PTA president, Rebecca Giron at giron5111@gmail.com.

Spirit Wear on Sale

The Willard Spirit Wear Store is now up and running for the 2020-2021 school year! By visiting this website, our Willard community may purchase sweatshirts, t-shirts, pajama pants, and even hats. So, show your spirit today and gather your spirit gear soon, as this online store will close on Friday, September 25.
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