Woodland Park Middle School

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August 13, 2021

Good Afternoon WPMS-


It is hard to believe that the start of the 2021-2022 school year is just around the corner. We know that both students and parents are excited to see schedules, tour the school and meet staff. Students schedules can be accessed in Infinite Campus on Monday, August 16th. We know students are excited to see their classes! We will have printed copies available at our Open House. Please note that schedules are subject to change based on fall MAP assessments in reading and math.


We are offering a new class this year! All students will have a daily Panther Time. The purpose of Panther Time is to provide students with the belief that they can improve and the tools to improve, through 7 Mindsets curriculum, study skills instruction, and targeted practice time. This class was developed from our student and family feedback surveys from last spring. We are excited to support our learners with this structure.



We hope to see you on Friday, August 20th for our Open House from 4:00-7:00 p.m.


Yvonne Goings, Principal

Erin Street, Assistant Principal

Healthy Kids at WPMS

Supporting the health of our students and staff is important for our learning environment. WPMS is committed to the following health practices:
  • We will encourage students and staff to wash their hands regularly.
  • All WPMS rooms have purifiers with new filters.
  • We will encourage staff to keep windows open and fans on for air circulation.
  • Masks are welcome.
  • Students and staff will be encourage to physical distance.
  • Outdoor classroom spaces will be utilized.
  • Regular sanitization of classroom desks and shared materials.

Save the Date for School Pictures: Wednesday, August 25th (Last names A-M) & Thursday, August 26th (Last Names N-Z)

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WPSD Back to School Open House

This year, in place of the traditional Meet and Greet, the district is hosting a WPSD Back-to-School Open House for all families and students. Our hope is to allow our families the opportunity to access every school and reconnect as a school community! In addition to traditional Meet and Greet activities, we will be giving district t-shirts to all students and enjoying some food and camaraderie. We are excited about coming together again!


When: Aug 20, 2021 from 4:00pm-7:00pm

Where: All district schools

Who: All district families and staff

What to expect:

Registration: The following stations will be set up for your convenience:

  • Registration help

  • Class fee information

  • Paperwork (immunization and birth certificates) collection

  • Medication forms and needs

  • Bus information

  • Athletic Program Information


Activities:

  • Dinner provided

  • Curriculum Previews

  • Meet teachers and see classrooms l

  • Tour the school

  • Sign up to volunteer

  • Pick up free student t-shirt

  • School supply drop-off

  • Decorate your locker (We ask students to not use tape or stickers for decorating. Magnets are preferred).

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Away for the Day: WPMS Cell Phone Philosophy

We believe that having phones in the locker is best practice. When students do not have the freedom of accessing their phones during school hours, they are more engaged socially and academically.

  • Students must adhere to the guidelines established through the Student Responsible Use Policy. Please be aware that students are not permitted to use or create a wireless access point (mobile hotspot, external access point, etc) that is not provided by the District.

  • Electronic devices must be kept in lockers and turned off during instruction and in the classroom. Unauthorized use of these devices disrupts the instructional program and distracts from the learning environment. School officials, including classroom teachers, may take the device away from students if used during the times not permitted. Repeated unauthorized use of such devices may lead to disciplinary action.

  • Students may not use electronic devices during the lunch period or passing periods.

  • Texting and recording are not permitted during the school day.

  • Absolutely no electronic devices with cameras will be permitted in the PE locker room.

  • Social media should not be used at school. These forms of communication often lead to increased conflict and are avenues for bullying. Students that use electronic media to harass or bully others will forfeit the right to have any device on school grounds.

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WPMS HOURS 8:05am-3:15pm Student Drop off begins at 7:40am

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WPMS Starting Schedule

The purpose of the phased opening is to start school in a very controlled environment so we can empower our students with some beginning of year information while developing relationships and setting school norms.


During this staggered start, students will have the opportunity to learn their daily schedule and meet their teachers. See the schedule posted above. Please make sure to review the school supply list that is posted above.


Tuesday, August 24 & Wednesday, August 25:
  • Students with the last name A-M at WPMS.

Thursday, August 26 & Friday, August 27:

  • Students with the last name N-Z at WPMS.


Monday, August 30:

  • All WPMS Students

WPSD Transportation

Throughout the summer WPSD has been partnering with Durham Transportation to plan for the upcoming school year. Bus routes are posted on the front page of the district website: https://wpsdk12.org/ If you have urgent questions, please call Durham 687-4411.

A Note from our Nurse

Let's kick start this school year healthy! Myself and my health aides are here to help make this happen and below are a few helpful reminders.

  • If your student has a known health condition (Asthma, Allergies, Seizures, Diabetes) or needs special care such as medications, treatments or monitoring please bring in required health care plans and/or permission for medication forms which need to be signed by a physician. If possible, please bring medication and required forms to the Open House on August 20th.
  • All students are required to have up-to-date immunizations, especially those entering 6th grade needing a Tdap. Please provide a copy to the health office.
  • If your student has a non-medical immunization exemption there are new requirements. Either the form needs to be signed by a physician OR you must complete the online immunization education module and provide the certificate to the health office.
  • Remember to keep your student home if exhibiting any signs or symptoms of illness.

For more information or to download any forms please visit the District Webpage under Departments on the Health Information tab. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns. Healthy students learn better!


Cheri Maniak, RN

cmaniak@wpsdk12.org

719-686-2267

Instrument Rental

Renting An Instrument

There will be an instrument rental night at WPMS Thursday, August 26th from 5-7pm. This is a great chance to rent your instrument in Woodland Park instead of driving down to Colorado Springs. You can rent an instrument, purchase reeds, valve oils, music stands, other important supplies, and buy your required method book.


Graner rental rates range from $25-40/ per month depending on the instrument. This includes tax, all maintenance and repairs. Additionally, Graner incorporates all rental fees into a rent-to-own plan if you continue to rent after the first year.


Graner will also be selling the required method books at this time. All students will need to purchase a method book. Each method book with tax runs between $10-15 dollars.


If you are unable to attend this rental night, you can visit Graner Music at 4460 Barnes Road, 80807. Tell them that your student is attending WPMS and they will make sure you have all the necessary supplies.


School Rentals

The school owns many instruments, except for Alto Saxophones. The cost is $15 per month. You must have cash or a check made out to Woodland Park Middle School for $15 upfront to rent an instrument. All subsequent payments go to Debbie Medcalf at the front office. This is a first come, first serve basis starting with the 8th graders, then 7th graders, then 6th graders. The rental fees goes to covering deep cleaning fees, maintenance and purchasing of new instruments. This does not cover the cost of repairs if your student damages the instrument during the school year.


If you are experiencing financial difficulties, please email Mrs. Garcia. Mrs. Garcia believes that all students should be able to experience band despite any financial difficulties.


Buyer's Beware!

Please be cautious if purchasing an instrument from an outside source like Walmart, Amazon, pawn shops, and Facebook marketplace. While there is a chance of stumbling across an excellent instrument, the majority of these places sell instruments of poor quality or mislabeled instruments. These instruments typically come with white gloves! This means that once the instrument breaks, the repair shops will not be able to repair them due to the poor craftsmanship of the instrument. This results in extra expenses in the long run. Mrs. Garcia would be happy to provide a list of reputable brands to look for if you do choose to go this route.


If you have any questions about obtaining an instrument for your beginning band student, please reach out to Mrs. Garcia at kgarcia@wpsdk12.org

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WPMS Athletic & Activity Update

WPMS is ready for fall athletics to kick off on August 23rd! All participants need an updated physical and completed paperwork. This paperwork can be found on our building website or stop by WPMS. Paperwork needs to be turned into Mrs.Suillivan in the front office. It may be dropped off throughout next week and at WPSD Open House.


Click here for our website: https://wpsdk12.org/wpms/


If you have immediate questions or concerns, please contact Erin Street (WPMS Athletic Director) estreet@wpsdk12.org

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WPSD

Woodland Park School District Re-2 does not unlawfully discriminate against otherwise qualified students, employees, applicants for employment, or members of the public on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, ancestry, or need for special education services. Discrimination against employees and applicants for employment based on age, genetic information, and conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth; is also prohibited in accordance with state and/or federal law.