The weekly newsletter from Whiteford MS/HS - 02/09/2024
Good Afternoon MS/HS Families,
We are FINALLY off and rolling on our second semester of the 23-24 school year! Please be advised of the upcoming days off of school for students:
- Friday, February 16th - No School for students (staff professional development)
- Monday, February 19th - No School for staff or students
- Tuesday, February 20th - Half day for students; Spring parent-teacher conferences from 12-3 PM. We look forward to checking in with our parents/guardians on this day.
Finally, for National School Counselor's Week, we'd like to salute Ms. Jennifer Head for her work in supporting staff, students, and families at Whiteford! From her work with scheduling, Direct College/Dual Enrollment, 504 Plans, Standardized Testing, SPLT team and simply supporting our students' social-emotional health, we simply could not function as a school without her!
SPRING COUNT DAY
Our Spring Count Days are Wednesday, February 14th and Thursday, February 15th. If your student is absent on either day, please send in a note with your student's name, grade and the date and reason for the absence. Thank you for your help!
Our Robotics Team (Team 6570) has designed some pretty awesome spirit wear! To order, see the link below. The store closes February 15th and items should be delivered by the end of the month.
BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!!!
Tickets are now on sale for the Whiteford Music Booster's production of High School Musical! See the link below!
SPLT YOUTH SUMMIT
Our SPLT team attended the Youth Summit at MCCC on Tuesday, February 6th! They had a great time interacting with other schools and learning about how to prevent substance abuse and bullying.
The #IMatter Youth Summit focuses on substance misuse prevention and mental health awareness and wellness. Their mission is to provide education in the areas of substance misuse and emotional health. The day included engaging activities with keynote speakers and provided opportunities to connect with local organizations in their Wellness Center to learn more about positive mental wellbeing and coping strategies. The goal is to provide further education and hands on opportunities for students to learn positive coping strategies for a healthy lifestyle. These strategies can be used at home or school. Some of the strategies may include mindful breathing, yoga and art therapy.
The Monroe Plumbers and Pipefitter's Union is opening the Apprenticeship Application Window beginning Monday February 5th until Friday March 1st. See the attached flyer for details. Students must be 18 at time of application or turning 18 prior to start.
Three Apprenticeships are available for application:
- Building Trade Apprenticeship
- HVAC Apprenticeship
- Residential Plumber Apprenticeship
Digital Payments = Infinite Campus Fees
School meals are free this year, but students who wish to purchase additional lunch items will still have to fill out envelopes with cash/check, as in years past.
If your student will be taking medication during the school day (including over the counter meds) there are forms that need to be completed and turned in to the office. All medications are stored in the MS/HS office. Students are not permitted to keep any medication, including over the counter, in their locker. Parents must drop medicine off at the MS/HS office, as students are not permitted to do so. The office will be open at Registration Day and Open House to receive any medication that is accompanied with the appropriate forms, which can be accessed by clicking HERE and scrolling to the bottom/right of the page.
Updated Cell Phone Policy
Please be advised of the following policy changes regarding cell phones and other wireless communication devices:
Middle school students are prohibited from using cell phones and other personal devices during classes or passing times. Middle school students may use devices before school, after school, or during lunch only.
High school students may possess their device or store it in their locker during class, but the device must be powered off. If possessed in the classroom, the student is prohibited from using the device unless given express and direct consent from the teacher, dean, assistant principal, principal, or other school personnel. High school students may use devices during passing times, before school, after school, or during lunch.
Air Pods, headphones, or other wired/wireless listening devices are prohibited in hallways and classrooms unless given express and direct consent from the teacher, dean, assistant principal, principal, or other school personnel.
Students who need to communicate with parents in regards to matters of illness, safety, transportation, etc., should communicate through the school office so administration is aware of any visitors to the building, medications, or potential illnesses/safety concerns.
Cell Phone Discipline Protocol
First offense - Device is confiscated by school personnel. The administrator will return the phone or device in question at the end of the day. The parents will be informed. The phone or device may be prohibited from school for a period of at least two weeks, and may be prohibited for the remainder of the semester/school year, depending on the nature of offense. The infraction will be documented.
Second offense - The device is confiscated by school personnel and delivered to the office. The parents will be informed and the student will be assigned a detention, restorative action, or other disciplinary action will occur. The phone or device will be returned at the end of the school day; the phone or device will be prohibited from school for a period of one-to-two weeks and may be prohibited for the remainder of the semester/school year, depending on the nature of offense. The infraction will be documented.
Third and successive offenses - The device is confiscated by school personnel and delivered to the office. The parents will be informed and the student may be subject to a one-day in school or out-of-school suspension. The phone or device in question will not be returned until a parent comes in to pick it up. The phone or device will be prohibited from school for a period of at least two weeks, and may be prohibited for the remainder of the semester/school year, depending on the number and nature of previous offenses. The infraction will be documented.
734 856-1443 ext. 102
Assistant Principal/Athletic Director
734 856-1443 ext. 103
Dean of Students 6-12
734 856-1443 ext. 240
734 856-1443 ext. 216
MS/HS Administrative Assistant
734 856-1443 ext. 108
MS/HS/Athletics Administrative Assistant
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