WGMS Tigers: Quarter 1 Recap
A Message from Mrs. Brown
Autumn Greetings, Parents and Guardians,
We’ve had a very busy 1st nine weeks and are looking forward to a powerful remainder of the year. As the seasons change and we prepare for our students’ re-entry to school in January, we are busily preparing our school for students’ return per COVID-19 guidelines. It is our first priority to ensure that our school community is safe and healthy.
The GCS Board of Education voted on a plan to phase in students’ return to classrooms, Students with specific needs will return on Nov. 16, including those attending public separate schools and those in grades 3 through 12 who are served in self-contained EC classrooms. Sixth grade will return to their classrooms on Thursday, Jan. 7. Seventh and eighth graders will return to schools for in-person learning on Monday, Jan. 11. More details are posted at www.gcsnc.com/reopening.
To prepare for reopening, we have asked all parents to confirm their preference for their students’ instruction as we prepare to return in January. Please complete the survey below asap. We will use this information to confirm student schedules and transportation. Thank you if you have already completed the survey!
Our Homeroom teachers are reaching out to each of their students to schedule conferences to discuss students’ current progress. Please be prepared to meet with parents virtually to discuss their progress before the Thanksgiving Holiday. It is so important that we work together to ensure your child’s success every day, especially this school year with remote learning. If your child is struggling, they should reach out to their teachers for support on Wednesdays, which is currently our flex day for instruction. Students can also apply to participate in Virtual Saturday Academy. Round 2 will be held on the following dates: December 18, January 9, 16, 23. If you are interested- please complete the link at https://rb.gy/bpyq9l asap- first come, first served!
As the holidays approach us, please continue to be safe and practice the 3 WWW’s as you enjoy your holidays! Wear your mask, wash your hands and wait as your practice social distancing. Parents, we truly appreciate are doing to support your children through these unchartered times. Please reach out to us if you need support- the front office is available from 8-4 each day, or you can email our staff as needed. We are in this together- and we are #WGMSTigerStrong!
Thank you for your partnership!
With Tiger Pride!
Patrice W. Brown
Congratulations to our September/October Students of the Month
Anti-Bullying Contest Winners
Please join us in congratulating the following students who submitted an original video or drawing for our Anti-Bullying contest last month on the Counseling Corner. Ms. Murray and I delivered a bag filled with several goodies and WGMS spirit wear. They were both surprised and appreciative. If you have them in class, please congratulate them:
Z. Davis – 1st place
J. Mustafa – 2nd placeV. Arredondo Salazar – 3rd place
Z. Davis also received recognition for his Red Ribbon Week submission!
Video Chat with Mrs. Brown - October 6th Virtual Event
We are excited to start welcoming students back to our buildings two days a week in January. The middle school day will be from 8:35 a.m. to 3:25 p.m. Students will either attend on Monday and Tuesday, or on Thursday and Friday. Students will participate in remote learning on the three days each week they are home. Wednesday will be a remote learning day for all students to allow the buildings to be deep cleaned. Deep cleaning will also happen on Friday afternoons.
We will be working on the scheduling for A day/B day and will get that information to you in the coming weeks.
At the 11/10/2020 meeting, board members discussed the latest county health metrics, but also considered the long-term effects of remote learning on students’ academic outcomes, social-emotional well-being and mental health.
Data released from the Center for Research on Education Outcomes shows that students could be losing as much as 183 days of learning time in reading and 232 days in math in an online learning setting.
Academic trends in GCS reveal similar patterns and concerns. According to a recent analysis of first quarter grades this fall, only 22% of students earned an A in courses in the first quarter of this year compared to 26% last year. Overall, 40% of GCS students failed at least one Q1 course compared to 29% in 2019-20.
In addition, numerous scientific studies conducted in the U.S. and worldwide indicate that children age 10 and under are at less risk of transmitting the virus to each other or to adults, and that having schools in session does not appear to increase community spread.
“Our children and their families are really struggling on multiple fronts, and when parents are feeling stressed, their children are as well,” says Superintendent Sharon Contreras. “In addition to academic learning, school personnel help students develop important relationships with their peers and with additional, caring adults who can support their overall social and emotional well-being.”
To allow for social distancing on buses and to assess the need for transportation, we are asking all parents to fill out a transportation preference form asap indicating whether or not you need transportation. https://app.perfectforms.com/PresentationServer/Form.aspx/Play/_2IGggMo?f=_2IGggMo
This form can be found on our website at www.gcsnc.com/reopening and on our school page. If you are able, please consider alternate ways to transport your child to school. Parents of bus riders will need to sign an attestation verifying that the child is healthy before he or she gets on the bus.
We will be maintaining social distancing in our buildings, so some of our classes may be in alternate spaces such as the gym or cafeteria. Students will be eating meals in their classrooms to minimize movement throughout the building. Children will be required to wear masks while in the building, unless eating/drinking or exercising strenuously.
Students will have their temperatures checked and will answer a series of questions when they enter the building. We are deep cleaning the buildings on Wednesdays and on Friday evenings.
Also, school visits will be strictly limited and by appointment only. Those who are allowed to enter the building will undergo the same check-in process as students.
You can find more information about the reopening process, including specific health protocols and procedures for returning to the building, on our website at www.gcsnc.com/reopening.
Congratulations to the following parents who are in leadership positions at WGMS this school year!
2020-21 WGMS PTSA Officers:
President: Alicia Moultrie-Stewart- email- firstname.lastname@example.org
Co(Vice) President: Richard Dailey
Recording/Corresponding Secretary: Alison Ludemann
Treasurer: Latonya Allen
Staff Representative: Julie Pirtle
Our Parent Leadership/Lighthouse Team Representatives:
6th grade- Stacy Masters- email- email@example.com
7th grade- Richard Dailey- email- firstname.lastname@example.org
8th grade- Natalie Torres-Castro- email- email@example.com
Please reach out to them if you have questions that you would like them to share with the leadership team on your behalf.
We are looking forward to working with our PTSA Board and Parent Leadership/Lighthouse Team representatives this year-Stay tuned for more information soon!
Red Ribbon Week - Virtual Spirit Week
To celebrate Red Ribbon Week, WGMS hosted a virtual Spirit Week! Students and Staff participated in the following themed days:
WGMS RED Ribbon/Virtual Spirit Week October 26th- October 30th
Students and staff can participate and share their photos on the counseling canvas page or FB Page.
Monday: “Sock It to drugs” – Wear crazy socks
Tuesday: “Give Drugs the Boot” – Western wear
Wednesday: “Red Ribbon Day”-Students and Staff wear Red
Thursday: “Team Up Against Drugs”-Students and Staff wear your favorite team jersey or t-shirt
Friday: “Book-O-Ween”- students and staff dress as your favorite book character
Our wonderful Student Support Team facilitated discussion questions on the Counseling Corner Canvas page each day. Our Virtual Spirit Week finished off with one of the WGMS Staff's favorite days of the year - "Book-O-Ween"!
Leader in Me - A Change in Thinking
Years Teaching: 23 years- all in Guilford County
What is your "Why" for teaching? To provide emotional and academic support for all kids- nothing is more important than a strong support system.
Other than teaching, what are your other areas of interest? Musician, songwriting, golf, movie buff
Share anything else you would like to share about yourself: Grateful to become part of such a great team at Western!
Grade/Specialty: Curriculum Facilitator/Instructional Coach
Years Teaching: 24
Schools/Districts you have taught at/in: Edgecombe, Pitt, Guilford
What is your "Why" for teaching? To pique curiosity and help others realize possibilities are limitless.
Other than teaching, what are your other areas of interest? Jeep Adventures, Camping, Photography, Running/Walking, Reading, Quality Family Time
GCS Calendar November 2020 through January 2021
- Please note that GCS school buildings will be closed from 11/25 through 12/4. Schools will be available by phone 11/30 through 12/4.
Western Guilford Middle School
Vision: Inspiring community minded students who value life-long learning, are accomplished critical thinkers, and are prepared to be tomorrow's leaders
Mission: Western Guilford Middle School seeks to create opportunities for all stakeholders to work collaboratively. Staff, parents, and community members will model the characteristics students need to develop strong leadership skills. Our school promotes rigorous goal setting to support students in reaching their full academic, personal, social and cultural potential in a global society.