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
- 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)
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:
Class fee information
Paperwork (immunization and birth certificates) collection
Medication forms and needs
Athletic Program Information
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).
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.
WPMS HOURS 8:05am-3:15pm Student Drop off begins at 7:40am
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
A Note from our Nurse
- 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
Renting An Instrument
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.
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.
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 email@example.com
WPMS Athletic & Activity Update
Click here for our website: https://wpsdk12.org/wpms/
If you have immediate questions or concerns, please contact Erin Street (WPMS Athletic Director) firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Yvonne Goings, Principal
Mrs. Goings is starting her 29th year in education and her 15th year at WPMS. She is also a graduate of the Woodland Park School District. Mrs. Goings enjoys walking her dog and spending time with her family. This year she is excited to be working with our 6th and 7th grade students, families, and teachers.
Mrs. Erin Street, Assistant Principal & Athletic Director
Mrs. Street is starting her 20th year a WPMS. She enjoys family snowboarding adventures and mountain biking. She is excited to launch into the new school year!
Ms.Claire Glover, Dean of Students
We are excited to welcome our new dean! Miss Glover comes to us via District 20 where she was a director of bands.