Wilson Middle School Newsletter

December 2021/January 2022

Note to Parents

Thank you parents and guardians for the great turn out for parent-teacher conferences. Thank you for showing support and interest in your child’s education. Students receive a clear message that their education is important when you participate in school activities and collaborate with teachers to plan for their success. Remember to put into action any plans made with teachers and follow up with your student at home. Make sure your child is taking advantage of the opportunities offered at school to encourage their success. For more information about these programs, please call the counseling office at 573-2406.

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12/6 - 2nd Quarter Mid Term

12/13 - Winter II Sports Registration Opens

12/14 - Choir and Orchestra Concert @ 7pm in the Main Gym

12/16 - Band Concert @ 7pm in the Main Gym

12/20-12/31-Winter Break

01/03 - Classes Resume

01/03 - Winter II Sports Practice Begins

01/17 - NO SCHOOL - MLK Jr's Birthday

01/23 - Last Day of 2nd Quarter

01/24 - NO SCHOOL - 2nd Quarter Break

Events

Choir and Orchestra Concert

Tuesday, Dec. 14th, 7pm

902 South 44th Avenue

Yakima, WA

Come and enjoy beautiful music sung and played by our Cavalier choir and orchestra. The concert will be in our Main Gym.

Band Concert

Thursday, Dec. 16th, 7pm

902 South 44th Avenue

Yakima, WA

Our fantastic band is preforming in a concert in our Main Gym for all to enjoy.

Counselor's Corner

"Kids come first" gift tree

In the office area starting on Nov. 29th there will be a tree with paper ornaments on it. The ornaments will have written on the tag the gender of a child and their age (i.e.: BOY age 11) A student or staff can take a tag, purchase a gift (under $20.00) for that child, leave it unwrapped and return it to the counseling office with the tag attached to the top. The gifts will be delivered to children in our community after Dec. 15th.

Counseling Groups

The counseling department has started their first round of counseling groups. The titles of the groups currently being offered included: friendship, organizational boot camp, grief and loss and family concerns. If you would like your student to be involved in one of the groups offered please contact the counseling office at 573-2406.

Sports Information

Registration opens on Dec. 13th

Girls Basketball is open to all grades, however, 6th graders will play only if there are not enough 7th and 8th graders. Wrestling is open to all students, boys and girls 6th-8th grade. To register please go to www.familyid.com. We no longer do registrations packets here at the school. Please note that a current sports physical is required for participation. First practice will be on January 3rd.

Basketball and wrestling are considered by the state as "close contact sports". Therefore, all athletes will be tested for Covid-19 twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays unless they have been fully vaccinated.

**NOTE: Vaccinations are NOT required for participation in these sports.


If you have any questions regarding sports, please call our Athletic Director, Mr. Gonzales at (509)573-2403 or our Athletic Secretary, Ms. Thomas at (509)573-2406

Student Projects

Art

For Veteran's Day in Art we learned about the poem "In Flanders Fields" by John McCrae. Students had their choice of creating several different projects to commemorate the Day, including thank you cards for local veterans. Student Liam Price holds a card with his watercolor interpretation of Flanders Fields.

6th Grade Social Studies

Mrs. Suhm's 6th grade Social Studies class did a Cuneiform Project while studying Ancient Mesopotamia. Their first activity was to learn about cuneiform...a writing system developed in ancient Sumer more than 5, 000 years ago.

Students created their own cuneiform, giving each of the letters in our alphabet a wedge shaped symbol or character. Once their alphabet was completed, they wrote a message using their cuneiform. Each student discovered the message of a partner by using the partner's alphabet.

Finally, we used some creativity and made our own "clay tablets" and wrote in the tablets using our new writing system. It was a ton of fun and we learned a lot about ancient Mesopotamia and early written language.

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Parents if you have made arrangements to be out of town ahead of time & you know your child will be absent from school please fill out our pre-arranged absence form three weeks before student is absent. It is important to get those days cleared & taken care of. We understand that emergencies happen, if your student is unable to complete a pre-arranged form please call our attendance secretary (509)573-2410 to notify her of your child’s absence.

CHARACTER WORDS OF MONTH

December's Word of the Month

Curious

Marked by a desire to investigate and learn.

January's Word of the Month

Inquisitive

Given to examination or investigation. / Inclined to ask questions.

When inclement weather hits Yakima, many YSD staff are up (very) early consulting with city management, driving the bus routes and putting teams in place to best remove safety hazards at our buildings.

Our procedure includes making a delay or closure decision by 5:30a.m. but often it is made by 5:00a.m.

What is the procedure for determining to close school due to inclement weather? Check our policy here: Operational Procedure 2221 - Emergency School Closure (PDF).

We post messaging about delays and/or closures to (in this order):

We realize there are many opinions as to when we should delay, close or remain open in full operation. We take this decision very seriously and do our best to keep school open and on time. However, should we need to close school, we will make up each day lost. Please check the district calendar for a listing of designated snow make-up days. If we do not need to make up days, there will be no school on the scheduled snow make-up days. We do not make up time from delays.

If the weather is poor, allow extra time to get where you need to be and make sure you have prepared your children with warm coats, boots, hats and gloves. To prepare for delays and closures, please make sure you have a care plan in place for your children should you need to report to your employment. It's also time to be prepared for winter driving.

During the winter, we often run "Snow Routes" for our buses. Keep in mind that the buses do their best to stay on schedule but will drive slowly and safely. Please be prepared for possible delays at your bus stops. If a route is more than 30 minutes behind, an update will be posted to our transportation web page. If we run snow routes in the morning, we will stay on snow routes in the afternoon. Please be familiar with your child's snow route: View Yakima School District Bus Routes.

Wilson Parent Booster Club welcomes parents and staff to the 2021-2022 school year! We meet the first Monday of the month virtually at 6:00 p.m. We are confident that this year will be one of the best ever! Boosters is a great way to help students, teachers, and staff. We will need your support to make this happen. Check our Facebook page “Wilson Parent Booster Club” for information. Please plan to join us to see how you can be involved. Feel free to call us if you have any questions (573-2403). If you would like to be added to our email list, please let us know.

Cell Phone and Electronic Device Policy

All student cell phones, earbuds, and electronic devices are to be turned off and stored in student's backpacks once students arrive on campus 7:30 am to 2:30 pm. Wilson Middle School staff will not be responsible for lost or stolen cell phones or electronic devices. If the student is caught with their phone out, the phone will be taken to the office and the student will pick it up at the end of the day. If the incident happens, again the parents will be asked to come and pick up the cell phone.

If students need to reach parents for any reason they can use the phone in the office.

Yakima School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender DISCRIMINATION (OP 3210) and (OP 5010) identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:

Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator (Students): Title IX / ADA / Section 504 – Amanda Jewell, Executive Director of Student Services, 105 N. 4th Ave., Yakima, WA 98902, (509) 573-7004, jewell.amanda@ysd7.org;

Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator (Non-Students): Title IX / ADA – Robert Noe, Chief Legal Counsel, 104 N. 4th Ave., Yakima, WA 98902, (509) 573-7039, nondiscrimination@ysd7.org.

You can report discrimination and discriminatory harassment to any school staff member or to the district’s Civil Rights Coordinators who are listed above. You also have the right to file a complaint (see column to the right under “Complaint Options”). For a copy of the district’s nondiscrimination operational procedure, contact your school or district office, or view it online: www.ysd7.org (OP 3210) and (OP 5010).

Office Hours

Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM