WMS Friday Forecast
January 28, 2022
Dear Wredling Families,
My past few Friday Forecasts have been about bullying. These issues are nationwide and global and, sadly, every school has to face them. At Wredling we:
Have a student group that works on bullying issues
Have taught students about bullying prevention through our Tutorial lessons
Have worked with students on how to manage bullying issues
Use our Bullying Report Form to address bullying issues as they arise
Consequence bullying behavior and work with students and their parents on remediating this behavior
Recently I was told that Wredling does nothing about bullying. Please know that we deal with it on a daily basis and manage it effectively. My experience has been that parents have a child who has been bullied, they would like the student showing the bullying behaviors to be removed from the school. But that is just not realistic.
When we consequence a student after a bullying incident, we do a few things:
We get parents involved right away.
The student will meet with a counselor to discuss the incident and why it happened. They also talk about empathy, and how the victim may have felt.
We hand out consequences, from detentions to suspensions.
And when possible, we try to restore the relationship. (And this is not always possible.)
Bullying can have a long-term impact on a student and we address it aggressively. It is worth a conversation with your student about how they should manage a bullying issue should it arise, whether they are the one showing bullying behaviors, the victim, or a bystander.
And we appreciate your support when these issues do arise! Enjoy your weekend.
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Hello WMS Parents/Guardians:
Each year we ask you to take a short survey with the purpose of gaining insight into areas in which we are strong and areas in which we need to grow. Can you help me with our survey? I did it for my son's school and it took about 3 minutes.
Please note- for "county" please put in "Kane" so you can find Wredling.
Wredling Main Phone Line Update
It's Time To Pick Your Courses!
It's time for our incoming 6th, 7th, and 8th graders to select their exploratory courses for the next school year.
You should have received a separate email with details on how to make your student’s course requests and the associated deadline. For your convenience, we are including a link to the forms and the video directions below.
Please note: students who turn in their forms on time will be given the first choice for their courses. Those who turn them in late will be assigned courses as there are openings and will likely not get their first choices.
Imagine a school where learning occurs both inside and outside the classroom through student-directed projects, where students work in flexible spaces and have a schedule that is built around their needs and interests. This is what students experience at Compass Academy, a D303 high school program that's located at the Haines Center and is open to all interested D303 high school students. At Compass Academy, students:
Engage in “hands on” project-based learning throughout all courses
Have a voice and choice in personalized learning activities
Attend school on a schedule that is flexible and built around their needs
Can work at their own pace- whether they want to delve deeper into content or take additional time to learn a concept
Are part of a small learning community because enrollment is limited to 200 students
Interested students have one more week to register before high school course selection ends! Even students who completed course selection for East or North with their future high school counselor can still decide to commit to Compass full-time, where they attend all classes at Compass, or part-time, where they attend some classes at East or North and some at Compass. Students who attend Compass Academy part-time or full-time can still participate in extracurricular activities at their home high school. This Compass Academy Information Video gives you more information about the Compass experience through the eyes of current students, parents, and staff.
Are you interested? If so, complete this interested student form now and someone from Compass Academy will follow up with you soon! If you have questions, please contact Director Sharon Stanley at email@example.com.
Attention Wredling Students:
RedHawk Pride Awards
Congratulations to our RedHawk Pride recipients for this week. Know that we appreciate your effort, how you treat others, and how you follow our Guidelines for Success!
Anika Dodrill from Mr. Walker
Jaxson McInnis from the Infinity Team
Owen Romberg from the Infinity Team
Liam Aye from the Infinity Team
Emma Wright from Mrs. LaGrassa
Calleigh Bachelor from Mr. Ashline
Connor Gordon from Mrs. Lipecki
Tristan Soria from Mrs. Whitaker
Kealy Meyers from Mrs. Nelson
Daniel Perry from Team 8-1
Lincoln Pixton from Sra. Breiten
Nathan Soule from Srta. Parikh
Emma Lumpp from Team 8-1
Karaline Koehneke from Team 7-1
Savanna Klee from Team 8-1
Ben Hoag from Team 8-1
Christian Wachowski from Team 8-1
Lily Russom from Mrs. Salmon
Ryan Russom from Dr. McGuire
Audrey Drews from Mr. Teipel
Ella McKenny from Mr. Springborn
Aiden Bradley from Mrs. Goble
Grace Hadfield from Mrs. Stepien
Hayden Sujack from Team 8-2
Ray Nguyen from Team 8-2
Lucero Aguilar from Mrs. Gerety
PICK YOUR JERSEY!
We are looking for donations for our staff luncheon on February 11th.
The theme is "Pick Your Jersey" to go along with the Superbowl. Donations
need to be sent in February 8-10th to the main office. Sign up using his link,
Volunteers Needed To Share Career and Education/Training Experiences
***Visitors choosing to come into the building must adhere to current D303 visitor protocols. As of 10/1/21 - all visitors must:
- Show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test received within 72 hours of arriving to volunteer at your building.
- Bring documentation to the front office of your building upon arrival. If you would like to present to our students, please complete this Google form.
Important Safety Reminder for WMS Parents
D303 Preschool Program Lottery
2nd SEMESTER Non-Attendance Days for Students
- Monday, February 21st - Presidents' Day Holiday
- Friday, March 4th - Kane County Institute Day
- Monday, March 28 - Friday, April 1 - Spring Break
- Friday, April 15th - School Improvement Planning
2nd SEMESTER Early Release Days for Middle School
- Wednesday, February 23rd
- Wednesday, March 23rd
- Wednesday, April 27th
PLEASE NOTE ON YOUR CALENDAR!
Do you enjoy working with kids?
Are you looking for a job where you can make a difference?
APPLY TO WORK AT OUR SCHOOLS!!!
LUNCHROOM SUPERVISORS NEEDED! We currently have 2 openings here at Wredling!
Please contact Patricia Burton at 331-228-5242 or firstname.lastname@example.org
iGen: Understanding the Smartphone Generation presented by Jean M. Twenge
February 9, 2022 at 6:30pm via Zoom
Click here to register - If you cannot attend, you will be able to view a recoding of this presentation which will be posted on the District website.
With generational divides wider than ever, parents, educators, and employers have an urgent need to understand today’s rising generation of teens and young adults. Born after 1995, iGen is the first generation to spend their entire adolescence in the age of the smartphone. With social media and texting replacing other activities, iGen spends less time with their friends in person. But technology is not the only thing that makes iGen distinct from every generation before them; they are also different in how they spend their time, how they behave, and in their attitudes toward religion, sexuality, and politics. As this new group of young people grows into adulthood, we all need to understand them. Members of iGen also need to understand themselves as they communicate with their elders and explain their views to their older peers. Because where iGen goes, so goes our nation—and the world.
Jean M. Twenge, is the author of more than 140 scientific publications and six books, the latest of which is iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy--and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood.
Support for Your Child if they are Quarantined:
If your child is quarantined due to Covid, our teachers will send work to your child and work with you and your child as we always have when a child is out of school. We want to recognize that quarantine offers some unique challenges for our students.
We will be offering instructional support through a certified teacher during quarantine. Ann Rose, a recently retired D303 teacher, will be available to support our quarantine students through Zoom. When a child begins quarantine, we will email both the child and the parent with information on how to access Mrs. Rose's Zoom for support. We encourage our quarantined students to access this instructional support!
E-Learning Plan and Emergency Days
The School Board has approved an E-Learning plan that gives the district the option to offer remote learning in place of emergency days. Currently, our last day of school is Tuesday, May 24, which is the week before Memorial Day. As we move into the winter months, we want to update you on the plan for how the district will manage emergency days and e-learning days.
If we experience inclement weather, the first three days will be “snow days” that will be made up at the end of the school year on May 25, 26, and 27 as needed.
Subsequent emergency days will be remote days so the last attendance day will still be before Memorial Day.
If there is a long stretch of inclement weather (blizzard, polar vortex, etc.), we may split the days into “snow days” and e-learning days so as to not have too many non-attendance days in a row.
Attention 7th & 8th Grade Students!
The AAUW is sponsoring its Creative Writing Contest for the 43rd consecutive year. All interested 7th and 8th grade students in the tri-cities may enter. Entries may be submitted in any one of 3 categories: fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Medals and certificates of achievement will be awarded in each category for the 3 entries that are judged best by the AAUW Creative Writing Contest Committee. 7th and 8th grade entries will be judged separately. There also will be 3 Honorable Mention awards in each category for both grades.
Entry forms are enclosed. There is no required topic for the compositions, although students are encouraged to submit their best work of the year. The Rules and Guidelines which appear on the Entry Form should be reviewed and applied by student writers in order to maximize the success of their work in this competition. All entries should be submitted no later than 5PM, Wednesday, February 16, 2022. Please arrange for the entries to be returned to your school’s main office prior to that time. Entries will be collected by AAUW members on the morning of Thursday, February 17. No late entries will be accepted under any circumstances.
Entries will not be returned.
Winners will be notified by March 25th and will be invited to attend a special ceremony in their honor on Thursday, April 7, 2022. We will let you know the location of the ceremony when the winners are announced. Their teachers are also encouraged to attend this recognition and celebration of their students’ talent. We appreciate your time and cooperation in bringing this opportunity to your students. We look forward to reading their submitted works.