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2300 East Jackson Street
Springfield, IL 62703
217/525-3182
 

2020 - 2021

Friday, January 15, 2021

Good morning Washington Middle School and welcome to Friday, January 15 2021. 

Today is a B day for students. 

We have completed our first week of hybrid in person instruction and the lessons are the same as when we started remote instruction at the beginning of the school year. 

So this is for all students—Remote and Hybrid—because we are all one school. 

Students please make sure you have charged your laptop at night. Make sure your computer is in good working order. 

Check keys, cursor pad, screen, and connections on a daily basis. 

Your device, at this time, is your instructional tool. It is the way you receive and send information about your learning. 

So it's important that you take care of it. 

Remember you can troubleshoot minor issues that may be affecting your device. 

The first thing to do is turn the device off—and log back in. 

You can also remove yourself as a user—turn the device off—and then log back in. 

So—try these things first to keep your computer in good working order and keep you engaged in the learning process. 

In building students again I have to remind you to please follow the social distancing and facemasks guidelines as outlined in the plan. 

I’m starting to get a lot “whys” when it comes to following the guidelines.

Students I will remind you—these guidelines were established by the CDC and state public health departments. 

Our plan for return must include them. 

I know this is difficult—because for many of you I know you probably have not had much practice with having to follow these guidelines.

Well we will continue to practice until we get it right. 

But I do want to recognize our sixth grade hybrid students—they have got it right. Coming in from lunch today—the girls did not need to be told to social distance—

They did it on their own. And perfectly.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Good morning Washington Middle School and welcome to Thursday, January 14, 2021. 

Today is an A day for students. 

Students we have had two days of hybrid learning. All the students that have chosen the hybrid option for learning have had an opportunity to experience the return to learn for WMS.

Students again I have to remind you to please follow the social distancing and facemasks guidelines as outlined in the plan. 

I know this is difficult—because for many of you I know you probably have not had much practice with having to follow these guidelines

And, honestly, I would not expect you to get it right on the first day. But as you come to the building more often—we do expect that you will get into the habit of following the guidelines like it's second nature. 

Wait a second, key phrase used in my last sentence. Did you catch it?

HABIT—what is a habit?  That's right, a routine. We have been talking about routines all January—Haven’t we? 

If we practice or do a task frequently it becomes a habit or a routine. 

A couple messages for in person students. Students in order to allow for adequate movement throughout the building, please be mindful of the following.. 

8th grade students—when going to lunch—please utilize the back staircase and come down the first floor to the cafeteria.

7th grade should use the front stairs to go to the cafeteria.

That is what we are working on as students. Getting used to this new normal. This new routine. 

All students should get focused on staying engaged academically. 

Review your performance from last semester and determine what you may to do to improve for this coming semester. 

What changes can you make to your routine to start seeing some improvement. 

Alright? 

Well that’s on you—Let’s get in it. We got this.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

 

Good morning Washington Middle School and welcome to Wednesday, January 13. 

What day is it?

Today is a B day for all students—again whether you are remote or hybrid in person, it is a B day for students. 

This will be the first day for hybrid B day  students to be in building. 

A couple of things I want to remind everyone about. Remember you have to make sure your mask is covering your nose and mouth. 

Make sure you are staying at least six feet away from the nearest person to you even when you are walking in the hallway. 

It is best to walk in a single line and pay attention to the floor markings in the hallway. 

These two things will have to become a part of your daily routine if you are returning to in person/hybrid learning. 

They are actually a part of all our routines whether we are in school or not. You have to follow these same guidelines if you go to any store in the community—might as well get accustomed to them now. 

I know many that came to in person learning yesterday and probably some that are coming today will note how a lot of things have changed. 

And, for some of us change is uncomfortable—but keep in mind that the changes in place are put in place by the CDC and IDPH.

We had to adapt to make things work according to their guidelines. It is not always easy but you have to change sometimes to make things better. 

John Maxwell said, “You will never change your life until you change something you do daily.”

We are definitely looking at school in a different way. We all need to start doing the same.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Good morning Washington Middle School and welcome to Tuesday, January 12, 2021. 

Today is our first day of hybrid—in person school and we are hoping that in person students can get on board with a new and different WMS. 

Today is an A day for students—so whether you are hybrid or remote, today is the day that you would have in person sessions with your teacher. 

The more I think about it. I may have to do two sets of announcements. 

One for you guys out there and one for the students that are here. 

Hmmm—something to think about. 

We had been talking about routines and making sure at the beginning of the year you establish a positive routine to set yourself up for success. 

It has been said that if we create daily routines, it can help us feel more in control of everything. 

Well we now will have to establish an in person routine and a remote routine. 

Sounds difficult—not really—we have done both before. We just need to hone in to make the most of it. 

Following a routine is not hard—in fact—if you practice enough—a routine becomes just a part of your daily habits—second nature. 

So, we will be working on getting it right. 

Setting up a routine. 

Everybody have a great Tuesday. Students welcome back.

Friday, January 8, 2021

Good Morning Washington Middle School and welcome to January 8th. 

It is Friday and it is a B-day for students.

Students, we hope you are working hard to establish a productive routine now that we are back from break. 

Again starting next week, we will be having our return to in person learning for hybrid students only on Tuesday for A day students. 

Students a few things to be aware of when returning to school. Students, upon arrival, you will be entering the building by grade level. 


  • 6th grade students will enter through the cafeteria doors. 

  • 7th grade students will use the front main entrance. 

  • 8th grade students will use the back entrance by the gym. 

Students you will have to wear a facemask over your mouth AND nose while in the building and throughout the school day. 

Students should be aware of proper social distancing guidelines. There are floor markers to remind you, but we do expect that you will practice maintaining six feet between yourself and others. 

Also students there is further information located on our website concerning return to learn. Please become familiar with the expectations as we approach next week.

We will continue to operate under the same A/B schedule with students attending in-person learning two days a week. 

Students will still have asynchronous assignments to complete when not in attendance for in-person school.

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Good morning Washington Middle School and welcome to Thursday, January 7th. 

Today is an A day for students.

Students welcome back. We have been talking about establishing a routine. Getting back to school habits as soon as possible for your success. 

Well obviously, the big news is out. Just when we were getting our routine right for remote learning—we learn of the recent decision by the school board on Monday that we will be returning to in person instruction on Tuesday Jan 12. 

This is for hybrid students only. If your parents chose the hybrid option for instruction—you will be returning to the building on Tuesday. 

Currently, we are getting bus information, rooms, and schedules ready for students to return.

Students you will still be following the A/B schedule, but students will be back to learning in building.

Students I know this raises a lot of questions—And we are working now to answer some of them. 

We will actually have some information put together with soon to explain what to expect when you return to school. 

A couple things for example that will be different—You will be expected to come into the building through different entrances by grade level. 

6th grade will enter by the cafeteria

7th grade through the front entrance

And 8th grade in the back by the gym. 

You will be required to wear a facemask at all times and practice social distancing 

More information will be coming over the announcements in the next couple of days. 

But for now do know we are looking forward to seeing many of you on Tuesday.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

 

Good Morning Washington Middle School and welcome to Wednesday, January 6th. 

Today is a B day for students.

Happy New Year B day students it is good to see you back. I hope you had a nice relaxing Winter break. We all know how good it is to take a break sometimes. 

But the problem with taking such a long break sometimes is that we are thrown out of our routine. Which makes coming back to school hard. 

I know. We’re tired. We have been up all night playing with the new Xbox and now I have to get up for school. That’s tough. 

That is why it is important to get back into routine everyday. 

What is a routine?—By definition a routine is a sequence of actions—frequently followed. 

So, setting an alarm clock—getting up—having breakfast—logging on to Canvas—checking your assignments.

That is all a routine—if you are doing that on an everyday basis—

So let’s get back to our routine as soon as possible. 

Big News I have to share and you may have already heard—starting next week—January 12—we will be returning to in-building instruction—

This will be for those students whose parents have chosen the hybrid option for 2nd semester. 

That is next Tuesday—

You will still be following the A/B schedule, but students will be back to learning in building.

Students I know this raises a lot of questions—And we are working now to answer some of them. 

We will actually have some information put together with soon to explain what to expect when you return to school. 

A couple things for example that will be different—You will be expected to come into the building through different entrances by grade level. 

6th grade will enter by the cafeteria

7th grade through the front entrance

And 8th grade in the back by the gym. 

You will be required to wear a facemask at all times and practice social distancing 

More information will be coming over the announcements in the next couple of days. 

But for now do know we are looking forward to seeing many of you on Tuesday.

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Happy New Year and welcome to 2021—

I hope you all had a nice and relaxing Winter break. It is good to take a break sometimes—

But we also know that sometimes—coming back from a break is hard. 

We’re tired. We’ve been up all kinds of hours playing with the new Xbox I got for Christmas

And now our routine is off. 

Well it is important to get back into that routine as soon as you can so you can be successful this semester—

What is a routine? A routine is a sequence of actions—frequently followed. 

Well that is the textbook definition. But what does that really mean?

What actions do I frequently follow?

Well, for example, I get up every morning—on work days—at five o’clock. I turn on the local news and I have two big cups of coffee— to watch the news. 

I then start getting ready for work. Routinely, I try to arrive at work around 7 o’clock everyday. 

That is a routine. 

You need to establish a routine for yourself with the goal of creating some success around academics.

Figure out what your goals are and create a plan to help you accomplish them. 

That is routine. 

Coming back at this time we are looking forward to helping you get into a routine as soon as possible. 

Let’s do it. 

Alright—so today is an A day for students. 

B day students—Well for that matter all students—on you asynchronous days you will either go to the district main page or the WMS website and sign in on the attendance banner for the day—

Friday, December 18, 2020

Good morning and welcome to Friday. It is December 18.

Today is a B day for students.

This is the last synchronous day of the semester. 

On Monday, there is school—you should log on to check for any assignments you would have to complete. 

The 21st is the last attendance day of the semester. So, make sure you attend your classes on Monday.

Again for this break—I hope you take some time to relax. 

We have had the strangest and in many cases the hardest of our existence. 

We have had to learn new process—new ways to communicate—news ways to learn—new ways to socialize—

The future would have us think that what we are doing now will only improve our opportunities for the future.

But right now— it doesn't appear that way.

Right now things are frustrating and some of us are ready to give up—the future can not come soon enough-

That’s why it important this break that you take some to gather your strength for the work to come—

Because in order to make the future we have to learn from the lessons of the past and put them behind us—

We are trying to build something better for your future—and we need you all to be a part of it.

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Good morning and welcome to Thursday. It is December 17. 

Today is an A day for students.

Just a couple more days students to get work turned in for the semester. 

I hope you are working hard to do so. 

Check your Canvas pages—and the info system for grades and assignment updates. 

Today is the last day to submit your sheets for the Virtual Scavenger Hunt. We are going to grab that information and tabulate scores to determine a winner in the next couple of days. 

Winners will be announced tomorrow and baskets available for pick up on Monday the 21st. So make sure you have completed the Google Doc for the Scavenger Hunt.

Yearbook information is also out there. There was an announcement on Canvas as well as information on our website about how you can submit your picture for this year’s yearbook. 

2020 it will be a year to remember—so put your best face on for this one. 

It  is getting closer and closer to break time and I think we all need it. 

I hope you take some time this break to relax, recharge, and renew. Spend some time with your family and most importantly—think about your future—what impact are you going to have?

It all starts right here—

Wednesday, December 16

 

Good morning and welcome to Wednesday—It is December 16

Today is a B day for students—

Again students, we are finishing up the semester this week. 

Students you have an opportunity to work this week to get any missing assignments in for this quarter. 

Check you Canvas assignments—Check your grades on the intranet—Figure out where you are at this time—and think about what you may need to do to bring your grade up—if you want—

That’s the key here—you have to want to be successful.

And, again, I know this has been difficult, but it is the process we are working with at this time—and we have to make this adjustment.

So the opportunity is there for you to improve—you have until this Friday.

You should have received some information about yearbooks for this year. You have a chance at voting for the cover and Ms. Schafer is also sending information about how to submit your picture for the yearbook. 

So get your best “Duck Face” on for that selfie—

Also this week you can log on to the WMS Virtual Scavenger Hunt sponsored by the FACE team. There you can find out important information about WMS and have an opportunity to win a prize basket provided by Midtown Rotary—here in Springfield. 

 

Tuesday, December 15

 

Good Morning and welcome to Tuesday. 

It is Tuesday, December 15 and it is an A day for students.

Students we are finishing up the semester this week. We have had a whole semester of remote learning to start school year 20-21 and for some…

It has worked out well and for others—not so well—

This week you have an opportunity to finish up strong. Check your assignments make sure you get any missing pieces in by the end of this week—December 18. 

December 18 is the last day that your teacher will be accepting late work from the 2nd quarter.

This week—you should have received a notice to vote on the yearbook cover. This announcement should have come over your Canvas page. There is a specific Google Form to complete and cast your vote. The link will be on the Canvas page all week. 

Also we are conducting our WMS Family Scavenger Hunt this week. The link for the Scavenger Hunt was on an announcement this morning on Canvas and it is located on the WMS webpage. 

Those of you participating in the scavenger hunt will explore the WMS webpage to find important information related to remote learning. 

At the end of the week, we will pick some winners and the winning family will win a prize basket sponsored by the Midtown Rotary. What fun!

So this week—check your assignments—choose a yearbook cover—participate in the Family Scavenger Hunt—

Friday, December 11, 2020

Good morning and welcome to Friday, December 11

Time is really flying by.

Before you know it it will be 2021.

Today is a B day for students. If I do not remind myself of that, it makes the day confusing—So B day for students

A day students are working on asynchronous assignments. 

Students the last day to turn in work for credit and grade improvement is December 18—That is next Friday

Check your assignments in Canvas and on the intranet, remember you have to check in both places, to find out what your current grade is and how you can improve. 

Also, check with your teachers—you can email or send a message in Canvas. 

You have to communicate to be in charge of your learning. 

I get emails from some of you and I appreciate hearing from you. Usually we are able to get whatever problem you have resolved. 

It is the same with your classroom—Zoom room—teacher.
Open communication—

This season is sometimes called magical or wishful season—

Here’s wishing you finish the semester strong

Let’s go Warriors—you got this

Thursday, December 10, 2020


 

Good morning and welcome to Thursday, December 10.

Today is an A day for students. I realized I forgot to say that yesterday. I say it more as a reminder for me than anything. 

But I noticed yesterday when I did not say it. I had to look at the calendar this morning to determine where we were. 

So A day today. 

What a great day it is going to be today. Temperatures will be rising and the temptation will be to get outside. 

Well, fortunately in this setting, you can do just that. Grab your computer and head on outside if you want. 

Make sure it is fully charged, though—so you can enjoy the great outdoors and participate in your learning. 

Students always remember to check your Canvas page as well as information contained in the information system on the intranet. 

You may have to do some comparison between assignments you may see on Canvas and the ones you see on the intranet. 

Currently we are working to get these programs to talk to one another seamlessly, but right now it may be a good idea to check both places to stay on top of your learning. 

Also don’t forget to check our website for other information that you might find important. 

We had a great turnout for our FACE meeting the other day and we look forward to seeing more of you at the FACE meetings in the future.

Wednesday, December 9, 2020


 

Good Morning and welcome to Wednesday, December 9. 

Reviewing those common issues that we are experiencing with our devices—There is some good and bad—

The good is that many of you are fixing your own issues and saving yourself a trip to the school.

I actually have received emails or phone calls from some of you either asking specific questions or sharing your success with troubleshooting. That is good news. 

The bad news is that many of you are trying to do some of the educational functions that are expected on your phone or another device—and that is not working for you very well. 

Students if you have a device that is damaged—and you can no longer use it for instructional purposes—please bring it in.

We need to get you a different device—This is important for you to continue learning and staying engaged in instruction. 

It is imperative that you have the right device to do this. 

So, two things: Keep your device working by troubleshooting on your own and if your device is damaged—bring it in—

Also, another piece of this. Keep in mind that you should not be using the device for anything other than completing tasks associated with education.

I know there is a temptation to “play” with the technology, but keep in mind that if you are adding applications—changing settings—or using the device for other purposes—you could be causing other issues with the device.

Alright—coming up on the end of the semester. As always students start taking the time to check your assignments and see what work you are missing. 

Students start taking a little responsibility for getting you work completed and turned in on time. 

Keep up the good work Warriors!!

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday, December 8. 

Student I want to share with you some common issues you may be having with your chromebook and how you might be able to fix them. 

First, if you notice your device seems slower or is not working properly, the first thing you can do is remove yourself as a user on the computer. In fact, you can take out all users currently on the device. 

You will then have to add yourself back to see if your device improved. 

Second, you may have to clear the cache. There are specific directions for this, but quickly—if you are in chrome—Click on Chrome at the top left of the toolbar—Click clear browsing data—make sure all boxes are checked and click clear data.

This should reset your browsing history and clear all cookies from your device.

Some of the more common issues can be fixed at home, but if your device is visibly damaged—you are missing keys, keys are sticking, you receive an electric shock everytime you touch the device—then you will need to bring the device in. 

There are specific How To’s you can try located on our website under Chromebook and Canvas How to’s. Check that out and you may be able to solve your own problem.

Remember, we are wanting to keep you in engaged in the learning and the best way we know to make sure you are is keeping you connected through your device. 

FACE Meeting is today 8—from 5:30 to 6:30. This meeting is for parents and students as well. Please contact the school for more information.

Friday, December 4, 2020

Good morning and welcome to Friday, December 4. 

Who doesn’t love Friday?

I wanted to take a couple of minutes to review technology troubleshooting. 

This is you figuring out what is wrong with your device if you do not find it working—

We are finding students are having multiple issues at this time with their devices—

Something you can do to minimize the possibility of running into an issue with your device is something called Clear the Cache. 

This where you clear the history on your device—removing cookies, and other data that is taking space on your device. Your chromebook is going to operate a lot better if you clear the cache. 

It is also probably then—going to allow you to log on to some applications that you may have been having difficulties with. 

So directions for clearing the cache can be found on the school website. If you are on the school’s website look on the left hand side of the page. You should see a link for Chromebook and Canvas How to’s. Information on clearing the cache and other troubleshooting skills you can do are contained there. 

There are other tips contained in the How To document also that may help you troubleshoot on your own. 

We want you to try these steps on your own first—before you have to bring the device to the school. It may fix your issue.

Another thing, if your device has visible, physical damage, and is not working please bring it right away. We want you to stay engaged and working—and I know some of you are trying to work on your phones—

But we have discovered that many phones do not work as well as the Chromebook. So, you do need your device in working order. 

Also, always make sure your device is charged and ready for the day. Charge it overnight so it is ready for the morning. 

8th grade students, coming up on Monday we have the superintendent’s roundtable. 8th grade students will receive an email and Zoom link with more information on attending the roundtable on Monday. 

And, Tuesday night at 5:30 pm we will have our FACE meeting. Please let your parents know—we need their voice at the table for FACE on December the 8th—

Students and teachers have a great day and enjoy your weekend.

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Good Morning and welcome to Thursday, December 3. 

Hope you are ready for a great day. 

Students here are some basic troubleshooting tips you can perform on your device before you have to bring it into the school.

One of the things we have discovered and it is something I have mentioned this week—first and foremost—make sure your device is charged. If your device is not charged and your run out of battery usage—you will lose access to Zoom meetings are any work you are doing at the time.

Make sure you charge your device in the evening—overnight—so you have a fully charged laptop for classes the next day—plug that thing in!

Also—if you find you are having issues with your device overall—one of the first things you should try is removing yourself as a user on the computer—restart the device—and then add yourself back.

This reboots the device and returns normal functions. You can also remove the other users—if their are more than one—from the device—At this time, you should be the only one using your laptop—so deleting all users is fine. 

If you are still having issues after these troubleshooting tips—you can call and usually we can help you over the phone.

If all else fails and your device is not working after trying all the tips—do bring it up to the school to get it fixed. We need you to stay engaged with your learning—so you have to stay connected. 

Mentioned yesterday a bit about the superintendents roundtable for 8th grade students. This is coming up on Monday, December 7—There are two times for this 9 and 1 and the 7th. 8th grade students will receive and email and Zoom link to attend these meetings. 
Also on Tuesday, we will have our Face meeting at 5:30 pm. Students and parents can attend. If you know someone that would like to attend the FACE meeting on December 8—have them email Ms. Allbritton—she is our new parent educator—at tallbritton@sps186.org for the zoom link.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

 

Good morning and welcome to Wednesday, December 2. 

Now would you believe this?...I had to be reminded that today was Wednesday. 

Can you believe it. I had to be reminded that today was—Wednesday. 

Because we all know what Wednesday is right?

Imagine that reminded that today was Wednesday. 

Today is a B day for students. 

Again, getting right back in to the learning—working to complete our assignments and attend our Zoom meetings. 

As you get ready for your day, don’t forget to come for the day with a fully charged laptop. Charge your laptop overnight so that you are ready and fully charged when your school begins. 

Also remember to check for any of your work in Canvas and also on the infosystem. It is always a good idea to check both areas to be assured you are not missing anything. 

An important announcement for 8th grade students. 8th grade, next Monday, December 7 the district will be conducting the High School Roundtable. The High School Roundtable is an opportunity for 8th grade students to meet with high school students and discuss expectations and receive specific information about high school.

8th grade students will receive an email with more information about the roundtable later this week. The times for the roundtable are from 9-9:30 and 1-1:30 pm on Monday. Students interested will receive a Zoom link for attending. 

Don’t forget to tell your parents about the FACE meeting coming up next Tuesday. The FACE meeting will be from 5:30 until 6:30 pm on December 8. All are welcome. Please contact the school office for the Zoom link.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Good morning and welcome to Tuesday, December 1. 

Today is an A day for students. 

Welcome back after the Thanksgiving break. 

We are going to get right back into it this week with our learning. We are back to completing assignments and attending our Zoom meetings. 

So, students shake off the turkey and get after it. 

A couple of reminders—make sure you are coming to school or getting ready for school with a fully charged lap top. 

You should be charging your laptop at night and making sure it is fully charged and ready for class. 

Check all of your assignments in Canvas and the info system—or intranet. Sometimes you may find other assignments to complete—but you should be checking both areas. 

You must sign into the Google Doc on your asynchronous day for attendance. 

Coming up next week: We will be having our next FACE meeting on December 8. That is next Tuesday at 5:30 pm. Tell your parents and students you are welcome to attend. The next FACE meeting will be a virtual meeting so you will have to call the school to get information on receiving the Zoom link.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020


Good morning and welcome to Wednesday. 

Today is a B day for students.

Students and teachers there will be no school starting tomorrow through the weekend. 

So, no school Thursday and Friday. School will resume on Monday for asynchronous activities. 

Students I hope you all have a safe and healthy Thanksgiving break with your families. 

The holidays are always that time to begin reflecting about the past year and planning for the new year. 

It’s probably time to get into that mode of planning and setting goals for the remainder of this year as well as the beginning of next semester. 

We will talk more about this after the break. 

Warriors have a great break!!

See you after!!

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Good morning and welcome to Tuesday. 

Today is an A day for students. 

Students we are heading to the Thanksgiving Break which means we are at the midpoint of quarter two.

It is once again time to assess where you are with your work and assignments. It seems like that is all we do, but that is how important it is. 

We talked a bit earlier on about responsibility and independence. Well, that is where we are.

You have to be responsible to be a remote learner. That means you are going to be checking independently—on you own—for your work. 

Those asynchronous days are where we are struggling and you need to know—that is your responsibility—

You are responsible for getting up—logging on to your device—checking you assignment—completing your assignments.

That is all for you to do on your own.

Synchronous days are for you to learn with your teacher—ask questions—check to see if you were right—

You can also do this during your teachers office hours.

Seems like I have said all of things before? I have. We just need to get better. 

Also remember, if you device is not working correctly, call the school office. Let us know and we can troubleshoot with you to find the issues.

Don’t let a broken device be the reason you are not participating in learning. 

So, let’s keep working Warriors—

We will see you tomorrow.

Friday, November 20, 2020

Good morning and welcome to Friday. 

Today is a B day for students.

Students your teachers will start entering in 2nd quarter progress report grades this evening. 

Make sure you have your assignments updated and submitted to your teachers today. We hope you have made an effort at doing your best and having a great progress report. 

Students remember—if you are having any issues with your device—Camera not working on zoom—microphone not working—keyboard issues—anything

If your educational device is not working properly—you need to contact the school. 

We may be able to help you over the phone—but we may have to have the device serviced at the tech department—you have to let us know. 

Please don’t sit at home not being able to engage in the learning because of your device—

We can either fix your issue or arrange for another device to stay up to date with your classes. 

Next week and continuing throughout the school year—teachers are available for office hours to assist you with work and difficulties you may be having. There are also tutoring sessions available for extra assistance—check the website for dates and times—

Next FACE meeting is December 8—This meeting will be virtual starting at 5:30.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Good morning and welcome to Thursday.

Today is an A day for students. 

Students only one more day to work on getting assignments in and improving your grade before progress reports. 

The deadline is Friday—tomorrow—So, please check your Canvas page and the info system to determine which assignments you may need to work on before the deadline. 

We want all students to have a good report this Progress Report.

Students remember if there is any issue with your device—you need to call the school immediately.

This includes keyboard issues, microphone issues, camera issues—Most issues we can solve in house—but if it something that needs to be repaired by tech—you need to get it in so we can fix the issue or get you another one—

As your means of communication is through technology it is a good idea to keep it in working order—but you have to let us know. 

Parents interested in joining FACE—the next meeting is December 8 at 5:30.

This will be a ZOOM meeting so you will have to contact the school for the ZOOM link

Students can be a part of FACE also—we need your voice—think of getting involved. 

If you are needing assistance—check the WMS page for tutoring dates and times and don’t forget to check with you teachers about their office hours.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020


Good morning and welcome to Wednesday—

That’s right it is…

Today is B day for students 

Students again, a reminder—progress reports are coming up next week. 

Most of you teachers have a deadline of Friday for turning in student work. Students any missing assignments from the beginning of the 2nd quarter will need to be completed and submitted by this Friday.

Again, progress reports are coming up next week.

Also, students as the year continues and you find you are having issues with assignments—remember you teacher’s do have office hours for you to meet with them to get assistance—Check with you specific teacher to learn how to sign up for office hours.

The next FACE meeting for parents and students is December 8 at 5:30. If you would like to know more about FACE and how you can be a contributing member to your school—Come to the next meeting on December 8

Currently these meetings are being conducted on Zoom—so call the school for more information.

Students keep working—checking those Canvas pages and being awesome—because that is what you are—

Let’s get to it Warriors!

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

 

Good morning and welcome to Tuesday, November 17th. 

Today is an A day for students.

I have a couple quick announcements for you—the first: students if you are participating in the tutoring sessions—the ones that are taking place after school—Please try to arrive on time—

Teacher will wait for you for the first 15 minutes of the scheduled time—but if nobody arrives—they may end the session—so try to be on time

The second is the big one—Quarter 2 progress grades go in at the end of this week. Most of your teachers have set a deadline for work as this Friday—So, if you are behind with any of your work or have an assignment out—this is the week to get it turned in—

Check your Canvas assignments and you can check your grades on the intranet to find out what you may be missing.

Try to get as much work turned in as possible before Friday to improve your grade.

A reminder also to parents our next FACE meeting is scheduled for December the 8th at 5:30. 

FACE is our Family and Community Engagement committee—parents and students are welcome to attend these meetings.

Currently, the FACE meetings are being held virtually. If you would like to attend you would contact the school for the ZOOM link.

We hope to see many parents at our next meeting on December 8th.

Friday, November 13, 2020


Good Morning and welcome to Friday, November 13

Ooo..do you know what to today is...its Friday the 13th. 

What does that mean if you are superstitious? Means today is a good day to stay home.

Is that what that means?

I might mean that you don’t walk under any ladders...or try not to cross the path of a black cat…

I think another one is don’t break any mirrors---

There are plenty of them—Think of some of the superstitions you know that may be heightened on a day like today—Friday the 13th---oooo

Students today is a B day for students.

If I am not mistaken this will be the first time this week B day students have met—

B day students I hope you worked on getting your assignments done while you had time. 

MAP information has been sent home.

Students check your RIT scores and check out that line on the chart—You should strive to be at the line or above for the next MAP session.

That is your goal.

You teacher’s will be talking to you more about setting that goal in the coming weeks. So, pay attention.

Parents—We had our first FACE meeting on Tuesday Night. I would like to take this opportunity to invite more of you to the FACE meetings.

The meetings are all virtual—by Zoom—and you just need to contact the school to let them know you would want to attend.

In our FACE meetings we discuss events, issues, and problems associated with WMS.

Students we also have room for you on the FACE team. So, if this something you would like to do to have your voice heard—Join us next month for FACE on December 8th.

The meetings start at 5:30.

I will give you more information as we get closer.

Thursday, November 12, 2020


Good Morning WMS and welcome to Thursday, November 12.

This week is flying by—and with all the days off, it is hard to keep up, but it is Thursday which makes this 

An A day for students—

B day students are working on assignments independently today.

All students should have had the opportunity to catch up on some work with the day off for Veteran’s Day yesterday. 

Students remember to continue to check your grades and assignments daily. 

If you find you are falling behind or need assistance, make sure you are in contact with your teacher. 

Your teacher has office hours everyday in which they are available to answer questions or clear up any pisces you may have not understood. 

You have to reach out to let your teachers know you will be meeting with them during office hours.

Also, there are opportunities to receive extra assistance with grade level tutoring. 

Check the WMS website for tutoring hours and days. 

Again, it about responsibility and accountability. You have to take responsibility for your work and be held accountable when it is not complete. 

Second quarter—great time to do something different.

Let’s go Warriors—You got this.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Good Morning WMS and welcome to Tuesday, November 10. 

Today is an A day for students. 

Students as MAP testing is complete—please let your parents know they will be receiving results from this assessment in the next few days. 

This year students your parents will be receiving the MAP Student Goal Setting Worksheet. 

This report will show your current RIT score over time and also allow you to discuss your goals for the next testing session.

Your teachers will be reviewing your RIT score and conferencing with you over the next couple of weeks to help you set a goal for the next testing session. 

So, let you parents know that they will be receiving information on your MAP scores for the fall—coming up in the next couple of days. 

Students as I have mentioned before, you have an excellent opportunity to try to stay current with your grades this second quarter. 

Continue to check your grades and assignments on a daily basis. 

Complete any missing assignments on you own as much as you can—but if you need assistance—remember your teachers have office hours in which they are available to assist you if needed. 

There are also some opportunities for tutoring and extra help available on our website—Check the WMS calendar to determine a date and time that would work for you.

The big thing students is to try and create a little responsibility and accountability around your independent learning—but if there are things you don’t understand—you have to let us know—let your teachers know so that we can figure out how to help you solve your problems.

Thursday, November 5, 2020


Good Morning WMS and welcome to Thursday, November 5.

Today is an A day for students.

A quick reminder students please check with your math or language arts teacher if you have not completed the MAP assessment. The last day for MAP is November 6.

So if you have not taken or need to complete either  the reading or math portion of MAP, please try to get that done today. 

The MAP data can be used to help you set goals for your learning this year—and can be a guideline for you to reflect on your learning to this point. 

Parent/Teacher conferences start tomorrow. They are all day tomorrow. No school for students tomorrow. 

Again, students I would encourage you to check your assignments and work on getting in anything that is missing to this point. 

Monday is an asynchronous day and you should be checking assignments in Canvas on Monday also. 

Students you have had excellent opportunity to stay up to date with your assignments at the start of this second quarter—do take advantage of these days to complete work and maintain your grades.

Parent/Teacher conferences continue on Monday and Monday we go after school until 8:00 pm. So, talk to mom and dad—grandma, grandpa—tell them we have parent/teacher conferences and have them call the school for an appointment.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Welcome to Wednesday.

Today is a B day for student attendance. 

Students—as always make sure you are checking in with Canvas if you are an A day student to record your attendance on the Google document—Asynchronous attendance is recorded on the document and is counted in for your daily attendance. 

2nd quarter is officially underway

Stay up to date with your assignments and make sure you are checking with you teachers about emails, any assignments you may be missing—and so on. 

This is an excellent time to stay on top of learning. 

Students—if you have to set a goal for learning this quarter—what would say.

What would your goal be—where would you like to end up at the end of the year?

Coming up. We have Parent/Teacher conferences on Friday. Have you parent sign up to meet—to talk about you—

Parents can call the school to set up a conference. 

Parent/Teacher conferences are Friday all day—There is no school for students on Friday—and conferences continue on Monday from 5-8.

Friday, October 30, 2020


Welcome to Friday—

 

Today is a B day.

Students hopefully you have checked your grades this week for second quarter and gone in to complete any assignments that you may have missed. 

This should be something you get into the habit of if not daily—at least weekly.

Go into Canvas, check for any missing assignments, make sure they are submitted and be ready to relax for the weekend.

As I stated yesterday, there is a lot going on this weekend—you have Halloween, maybe some of you have to rake leaves, and the big time change. 

Makes for a busy weekend—

But nothing beats what is coming up on Monday—

Students on Monday you are going to have an opportunity to cast your vote. That’s right—just like the National Election that will be held on Tuesday, you can cast your vote on Monday—

Make sure you get the details from your history teacher and make you vote count for this year’s election.

The reading challenge is out there. Students check out a book either through Sora or Book Dash and increase your home reading. 

Remember there are a lot of good reads out there. 

Alright—Enjoy your weekend.

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Welcome to Thursday. 

Today is an A day. 

This week is really getting away from us. It is already Thursday. The first Thursday of the second quarter. 

Students do me a favor. Check out your Canvas pages and look for any assignments that you may not have done. 

Get those assignments completed. Cause chances are—at this point in the quarter—if you get all your work done this week—You are going to be acing it.

I bet that’s true. So take a look. 

But seriously, the week has flown by.

A lot going on this weekend—All Hallow’s Eve, or Halloween, Witches Day—what ever you want to call it—Trick or Treat Day—

Is this weekend—Check you local times in your neighborhood to find out where it is safe to go out get treats—Key word—be safe!!

Also this weekend—Daylight Savings Time—Or Daylight Saving Time—however you would say it. It likely is Saving time as opposed to Savings Time—

Savings time is something you would take care of at the bank—but Saving time is just that—looking to save some time—in this case daylight. 

Here something—look up why we having Daylight Saving Time and why some think it time we stop turning the clock back—

Good research project for you—

Anyway, setting the clock back an hour this weekend—Falling Back an hour for fall—They say you’ll get an extra hour of sleep—but I tend to wake up anyway—I’m just early—

The challenge from yesterday—remember I showed you some reading data—

Students at your level should be reading at least 30 minutes a day—Our data shows what?

So the challenge is to start reading some challenging material—

You can check out books through Sora or Book Dash—

And improve this number by next the end of next month. 

That is the challenge—Also talk about Bruiser—by Neal Schusterman as a good read—I also heard Ghost by Jason Reynolds is a good read also. I will have to read that one—after my current book—

So get to reading Warriors—Let’s get after it. 

We go this

Have a good day—We will see you tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

 

Welcome to Wednesday

Today is a B day for students.

The second quarter is officially underway. Again, students please make sure you are aware of how to complete all assignments and get them turned into your teacher. 

Many of you are probably becoming aware of how important it is to keep deadlines and make sure you are on time. 

If you check on your Canvas site, you will notice that you are able to see assignments and grades for most all of your classes. Make sure you are checking this site daily to stay up to date. 

Also, don’t forget to log your attendance on your independent day to show that you were in attendance and working.

We want to make sure you are getting credit for working as you should be. 

Students don’t forget about the opportunity to get engaged with a book. Remember there are two opportunities to check out a book—you can use the online resource Sora—which is on you LA teachers and Canvas library page

Or you can do the somewhat old fashioned way and use Book Dash. Through Book Dash you will choose a book—come and get at WMS—and when you finish you bring it back to the school and pick up another one.

I can’t tell you how important it is that you continue to hone your reading skills. And, I’m not just saying reading Diary of Wimpy Kid—

I’m talking about reading some really challenging books by authors like Neal Schusterman and Jason Reynolds—Books that substance. 

I read a Schusterman book—Bruiser—I’m not sure if any of have read it.

It’s all about a...well, I’m not going to tell you—someone read it and tell me what you thought about it. 

It is a good book to read though. 

Anyway, that’s the challenge. Let’s get started doing some real reading. 

The average time a student your age should be reading daily is 30 minutes—

So, again—what an opportunity—read for knowledge—read for entertainment—read just because you can—and you know it—

Let’s get to it Warriors

Have a great day.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Good morning and welcome to Tuesday, October 27. 

Today is an A day for students. 

Students we are actually in the second quarter of the school year at this time.

That is correct. One quarter is in the books.

As we start the second quarter,  students I’d like to you to reflect on your performance. 

Did you do all you could this quarter? What can you do differently this quarter to better improve your outcome?

These are the areas we should be focusing on as we start the second quarter. 

Your teachers are going to review their expectations and explain opportunities for you—Remember—you can meet with your teachers during office hours or get extra assistance in tutoring sessions if there are things you are having difficulty understanding. 

You should know where and how to submit any work you would have due to the right place at this time—

So essentially we should not have excuses for working and getting it turned in a reasonable amount of time.

Correct?

OK. A couple of quick announcements for you

Big shout out to Avion Guillory

Avion has read over a million words this first quarter and is the first member of this year’s million word club.

I cannot express how much of an accomplishment this is given our current circumstances. 

Avion has read these books mostly on line using our online check out process with Sora. 

And, boy we know how hard it is to stay engaged with a book online. 

But—it obviously is possible—So, again a big shout out to Avion—our first Million Word Club reader this school year. 

Students if you would like to get engaged with a good book, remember you have a couple of options—You can check out books through SORA and read on line—or we have a check out system established with Book Dash where you can check out a book the old way. 

Either way students take some time to get your read on—and you too can become a Million Word Club reader this school year. 

Lot of good things happening students if you stay engaged. 

Remember keep in touch with your teachers during office hours and check tutoring times on the school website calendar to stay on top of your work

Let’s rock this second quarter.

We got this Warriors—Have a good day.

Friday, October 23, 2020


Good morning and welcome to Friday, October 23

Today is a B day for students

Students today is likely the last day your teachers will be accepting assignments for the first quarter.

Make sure you have made arrangements to turn in your assignments to have the best outcome for grading this quarter. 

Just a reminder you should be checking Canvas for attendance and assignments on a daily basis. 

With the end of the quarter—we have been at remote learning for about 9 wks now. And although remote learning is difficult—we hope you are having a better understanding of the expectations and can seek to improve coming up second quarter.

MAP testing for Math will be Monday. Students your attendance for Math will be based on your participation on this assessment. Please make sure you are logged in and doing your best on this test.

Remember, take you time. If you go to face the test may stop because of Rapid Guessing. 

There are tutoring options available for students as well as teacher office hours for students to get assistance with assignments or just to get clarifications with certain assignments. 

You can find information on tutoring on the WMS website as well as looking at the WMS calendar on the website to determine when tutoring sessions are being offered and the times. 

We are also looking to provide opportunities for enriching activities during remote learning. Keep an eye out for listings with those opportunities coming soon. 

Warriors—Have a great weekend. We will see you next week.

Thursday, October 22, 2020


Good morning and welcome to Thursday, October 22

Today is an A day for students.

Students there still seems to be some confusion on what to do on your asynchronous day.

There are two things—You need to log into one of your teacher’s Canvas and find the asynchronous attendance tab—Fill out the Google Form

And, two—you need to check all of your teachers Canvas pages for assignments that may be due that day.

The Google form is for attendance purposes.

The check for assignments is for your work for that class. You have to check each teacher’s page for an assignment. 

I would have thought this was pretty clear—but I want to be sure you do know what you should be doing daily—particularly on the asynchronous learning days. 

Again, end of the first quarter is coming up—students you are in the last stretch to try and get some things done before grades are posted. 

Make sure you have checked with your teacher about assignments and what, if anything—you can do to improve your current status.

And, if you have improved or if you are rocking in during remote learning as I am sure many of you are—kudos to you—great job!

Maybe you can reach out to assist some of your peers you know might not be doing as well—

MAP testing for Math will be this upcoming Monday—The assessment will be given the same way as last Monday with reading.

You will take this test on your asynchronous Monday—Your attendance for this assessment will be based on your participation and completion of the MAP assessment—

So—as always students do you best—Remember do not go too fast during this assessment because the application will boot you out if it feels you are rapid guessing. 

MAP math on Monday

Tutoring opportunities for all grade levels are happening now and coming in the next couple of weeks. 

There is specific information on grade level tutoring located on the WMS website. IF you feel this is something that can assist your student success at WMS—check the dates and make sure you show up for tutoring sessions to improve your academic performance—

There will also be opportunities for enrichment or fun activities in the virtual world coming soon. Stay tuned to the WMS website for further information.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Good morning and welcome to Wednesday, October 21

Today is a B day for students.

Those students not meeting in person with their teacher today are reminded to make sure you are filling out the Google Form located on your teacher’s website for attendance. 

This must be done everyday on your asynchronous school day for attendance. 

The end of the quarter is coming up. Students make sure you are aware of your current academic status. 

There may be an opportunity for you to improve your grade before grades have to be entered in the system.

Check with you teachers about any outstanding assignments you may be able to get in before the deadline this Friday. 

Students also remember your teachers have office hours where you can meet with them to get assistance also. 

Some grade levels are also offering other tutoring opportunities for students to attend and receive assistance. Check with you teachers and other adults to find out specific times. 

MAP testing will return on Monday, OCT 26—Students you will test in Math this go around. Please remember to take you time and do your best on this assessment. 

Teachers will be looking for those students that need to do make ups for the MAP assessment in reading some time in the next couple of weeks. 

All spring sports will start after Jan—This includes boys and girls basketball, girls volleyball, Track and field, cheerleading, etc. Students must have passing grades first semester in order to participate in spring sports next semester. 

Parent Teacher conferences are coming up on Nov 6 and 9. Students tell your parents we need to talk to them. Make sure you have them sign up for parent/teacher conferences coming up soon. 

Warriors always do your best.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020


Good morning and welcome to Tuesday October 20

Today is an A day for students

Students yesterday you should have worked on completing the reading portion of the MAP assessment. You had all day to complete the reading portion.

Remember your attendance was tied to your working on the MAP assessment and completing the reading portion. 

We know there were some glitches with logging on, and some or you were being kicked out, but for the most part, you should have been able to resolve your issues with the assessment if you were in contact with your teacher. 

For those of you who have not completed the assessment or need to finish the assessment please make sure you are communicating with your language arts teacher about opportunities to make up the MAP for reading. 

Students next week—on Monday—you will take the MAP Math assessment on your asynchronous Monday. 

A couple of hints—do not answer questions too quickly. They call this rapid guessing and the system will stop your test if you rapid guess. 

Your teacher will have to reset and then reopen your test—if you are rapid guessing. 

Also, students again—when you are emailing anyone—please make sure you are using proper grammar and filling out the subject and address line completely.

I did receive a couple of emails from some of you recently and I do implore you to practice emailing in proper form. 

This is a skill that will help you in the future. 

End of the first quarter is coming up. Students make sure you have checked with your teachers and checked your grades to see how you are doing at this time. 

You may still have time to improve. 

Also, just a reminder—spring sports will start after Jan—all students wanting to participate in spring sports must be passing classes first semester in order to participate. 

So—second quarter you have to get down on it. 

Students and teachers—have a great Tuesday—We will see you tomorrow.

Friday, October 16, 2020

Good morning and welcome to Friday. 

It is Friday, October 16 and we are ready for the weekend. 

Today is a B day for students. 

The first quarter is just about coming to end. Students this is the time to knuckle down and work on getting those assignments completed and or reaching out to your teachers to better understand what is needed to improve your grades at this time. 

Students who are interested in participating in spring sports (Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Volleyball, Cheerleading and Track/Field) must make sure they pass all of their classes and maintain a 2.0 GPA this semester in order to be eligible.

So if you are interested in participating in any of the following spring sports, make sure you have improved your grade before the quarter and certainly before the semester is over. 

MAP testing begins Monday. Remember MAP is Measures of Academic Progress. This Monday we will be testing in Reading. Next Monday, October, 26 the assessment will cover Math. 

You will be taking these assessments on your asynchronous Monday. 

You should not have any other work to complete this day. 

And you should be logging in to take the assessment at 8:00 am.—just like it was a regular school day. 

Work through the assessment independently. Attendance will be taken based on your participation in the MAP testing. 

Try to do your best on this test. Remember, you should be improving your RIT score from test session to test session.

Make sure you get plenty of rest this weekend and wake up ready to show your stuff on this assessment on Monday. 

Good stuff—Warriors!! Let’s keep it up.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Today is Thursday, October 15. 

Welcome to Thursday—

Today is an A day. Students believe it or not—the quarter is almost over. 

That’s right. We are hoping that you are now able to figure things out enough to raise your grade to something presentable by the quarter. 

Which reminds me—students make sure you checking your emails. Your teachers could be sending you important information about assignments and other message that could be helping you improve your grades. 

Keep in mind that many teachers may be sending zoom links for office hours or extra help session through email. 

You may also be receiving messages in your Canvas inbox. Your Canvas inbox may contain assignments, information about due dates for assignments or even grade information. 

So make sure you are checking these areas often to stay up to date. 

MAP testing is coming up on Monday for reading and the following Monday for Math. 

MAP is the measures of academic progress assessment that gives you an idea of how you are improving from one point of time to the next. 

Your teachers will be providing you with more information about the MAP assessment—but just to provide you with some information.

Remember you will be taking this assessment on your asynchronous Monday. You need to make sure you are not using any other electronic device that could interfere with the assessment. 

You may also want to have another device available to connect with your teacher if necessary through zoom because once you are logged into the MAP system you will have to log out to use any other application. 

Your attendance for Monday will be taken through your participation in this assessment. Make sure you log in to complete the test. 

We hope you do your best. Try to find out your current RIT score and try and beat that score on this assessment. 

I know you can do it. Get after it, Warriors!!

Students who are interested in participating in spring sports (Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Volleyball, Cheerleading and Track/Field) must make sure they pass all of their classes and maintain a 2.0 GPA this semester in order to be eligible.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

 

Welcome to Wednesday.

Today is a B day. A reminder students please make sure you are checking all of your assignments on a daily basis..

This is whether you are with your teacher in a synchronous setting or working independently on your own. 

Students should be getting in the habit of looking at their Canvas sites, checking email, checking the intranet on your own. Make sure you are doing this on a daily basis. 

Students you are going to be hearing a lot about the MAP assessment coming up starting on Monday. 

Again, the MAP is Measures of academic performance. And, that is just what the assessment does. It measures your performance over time. 

All of us should be gauging our performance in anything we do. 

So you should be hearing more information about MAP this week to get you ready for the first session of testing coming up on Monday. 

Students get familiar with your RIT score so you can judge your performance over time. We will be taking this assessment in the spring and the expectation will be that you improve from one space to another. 

So the MAP is coming up on Monday, October 19 for reading and Monday, October 26 for Math. 

Let’s go Warriors—we got this!!

Also, remember—keep checking in with your teachers during office hours. 

This is a way for you to get any questions answered and get extra assistance with assignments.

All of your teachers should have scheduled office hours. So, make sure you know when your scheduled teachers have them. 

Also keep an eye out for other opportunities for assistance coming soon. We will be setting up tutoring sessions in the next couple of weeks. 

You can check your grade level tutoring sessions for even more assistance. 

Remember you have to take the responsibility to take advantage of these opportunities. 

We hope you do. 

OK—that’s Wednesday—and that’s a wrap. 

Have a good day.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Students we are going to start talking up the MAP assessment all this week. You guys remember MAP...This is the measures of academic performance test we usually take three times a year. And each time we want your RIT score to grow. 

You remember MAP!!

Right?

Well this year obviously it is going to be a little different. We will be taking the assessment twice this year. Once coming up on the next couple of Mondays and then again, sometime in the spring.

Now—here is the thing about right now. You will be taking this assessment on  asynchronous Monday.

Your teachers will provide you with some information to better understand the expectations

But you are still expected to do your best. 

So all this week—we will be talking up the MAP test getting you ready for the first assessment. Next Monday. 

All students!  You are invited to Ms. Baker and Mrs. Manning's social hour beginning 

TODAY at 2:00 and continuing every Tuesday.  Please email either Ms. Baker (rbaker@sps186.orgor Mrs. 

Manning (Pmanning1@sps186.orgto receive your ZOOM invite.  This is the ZOOM NOT to miss….

Are you failing in some or maybe all of your classes?  Are you not doing as well as 

you know you could?  Are you just not motivated and can't figure out why?  Why not try the WHY TRY group?  Please email Mrs Manning if you are interested.  Pmanning1@sps186.org

Students continue to check those office hours with your teachers. Your teacher report they like seeing come in to ask questions and get assistance. So that is good news. 

Keep up the good work. 

Also remember—we are working towards the end of the first quarter, we are expecting you to keep improving. Not for us, but for you.

Keep up the good work, Warriors!!

Friday, October 9, 2020

Welcome to Friday—

It is October 9 and it is a B day for students attending Zoom sessions with their teachers.  

Sixth grade students we are getting some physicals in, but have a great deal still out there needing to be complete. Please get your physicals in as soon as possible. 

Remember the deadline for turning them in is October 15.

Students a reminder: If you find you are needing assistance with your work or working with technology, please make sure you aware of the office hours for your teachers.

Teachers are available after 1:30 to assist you with work or other questions you may have. There should be no reason you should not be getting work turned in or understanding your assignments. 

Take advantage of those office hours and get some assistance. 

Also remember to use proper subject line and headings when emailing your teachers. Keep in mind Email could be considered a formal document—you want to make sure you are showing you know the right way to send them. 

Everyone—There is no school on Monday—Can you guess what Holiday it is?

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Good Morning students today is Thursday, Oct 8th. 

Today is an A day for students. 

A day students should be meeting with their teacher virtually through Zoom today. 

B day students remember to check in Canvas to sign in for attendance. You must sign in everyday for attendance through Canvas. 

Some final reminders about physicals. Sixth grade students make sure you get your physicals in here to the nurse before October 15. 

Also, as we go through this school year we are discovering interesting pieces about student learning and our reactions to remote expectations.

Students if you are emailing your teacher, make sure you are filling the email address and subject line correctly. 

Just like in your writing students, you should be using full sentences and proper grammar. 

Make sure you are also stating your reason for contact for clarity. 

This is your responsibility students. 

Also, be aware of your teacher’s office hours. Office hours are a time when you can check in with your teachers, get extra help with work or technology. 

Everybody have a great day of learning.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Good morning students and teachers. Today is Wednesday, Oct 7. 

Today is a B day for students’ attending synchronous Zoom meetings with their teachers. 

We are hoping everyone is familiar with their schedules at this time and are able to find their assignments in Canvas, Google Classroom, or somewhere in the virtual universe.

Students make sure you are taking responsibility for doing your work. 

As I stated yesterday, progress reports are out—take this opportunity to improve your grade before the quarter. 

6th grade students still need to work to get their physicals into the school if you have not done so already. 

At last nights’ board meeting, it was stated that the deadline for getting physicals in is October 15. 

A reminder for asynchronous attendance—students you must fill out the Google for located on your teacher’s Canvas page for attendance.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Good morning and welcome to Tuesday, October 6th. 

Today is an A day for students. 

We are still seeking any physicals from sixth grade students. Students remember physicals are required by the state for students attending Kindergarten, sixth, and 9th grade in Illinois.

If you have your physicals, please get them up to the school and turn them in in the nurses’ office. 

Students you should have received a email message from Ms. Nosa yesterday. The message should have mentioned a new procedure we are implementing this week for asynchronous attendance. 

Students now all you have to do on your asynchronous day is log into canvas and complete the asynchronous attendance document located on all of your teachers’ Canvas’s page. 

This is a Google form and you must fill it out for your attendance to count for the day. 

Students you are still responsible for completing any assigned work for your classes on the asynchronous day—but attendance will be monitored on the form. 

Also students, with Progress Reports being delivered, many of you may need clarification on assignments or extra help with particular assignments. 

You can check with your teacher to determine their office hours. During a teacher’s office hours you can receive assistance as well as ask questions about your work. 

Check with your teacher to find out when they are holding office hours to assist you.

Friday, October 2, 2020

Today is Friday the second day of October

Today is a B day for students attending Zoom classes with their teachers

Again students working independently are considered self directed and should be working independently

Still asking for sixth grade students to get their evidence of physicals into the nurse here at WMS

If you have not made an appointment this year for a physical please do so as soon as possible

The state has mandated that all Kindergarten, sixth grade, and ninth grade students have evidence of a physical exam before the can attend public school in IL

Also on Monday we will be trying something a little different. Students in Canvas you will log in and fill out the attendance form for your asynchronous attendance. You will only need to fill this form out once for the day. 

But students you will still be responsible for completing all assignments due that day.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Today is Thursday 

It is the first day of October

And it is an A day today.

Students remember to continue check in Canvas for your assignments. 

Especially asynchronous students. Check in for attendance and also check for any class assignments you may have to work on today.

Asynchronous work days are intended for students to work independently and complete assignments

Students asynchronous days considered self-directed learning—In that you can complete work on your own with minimal guidance.

If a question about your work arises during asynchronous work time—make sure you check with you teacher on synchronous days to get a better understanding

Also, another reminder particularly for 6th grade students—Students you must get your physical complete right away. 

If you have not had this done—make sure you get your parents to make an appointment right away. 

We are coming up on exclusion day on Oct 15!!

If you have the physical complete—please make sure you bring it into the school asap so it can be on file.

It is a state mandate that all 6th grade students have a evidence of a physical on file at the school

So let’s get those in—

Students and teachers on Monday—we will be looking to try something different for attendance. On asynchronous days student will log into Canvas and fill out the attendance Google form in one of your classes. You will only need to fill this form out once—but you will still be responsible for completing assignments for the rest of the day

Have a great day Warriors

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

And welcome to Wednesday

Today is a B day. 

Progress reports will be going out towards the end of the week. 

Remember progress reports just report where you are right now.

In fact, knowing where you are at this point in the quarter is an excellent way to plan to finish the quarter strong. 

We hope that now you know the how and what involved with remote learning and can channel that into some productive action to show your learning. 

Again, navigating Canvas and learning new things is hard. Let’s take what we know now to do better for the rest of the first quarter.

Let’s go Warriors—you got this.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Welcome back to Tuesday

Today is an A day. 

Progress reports will be going out towards the end of the week. 

These will be gaging your progress with remote learning up until now.

This has been difficult learning for some of you—but do use this just as measuring stick to determine what else you need to do

Check with your teachers to find out specific expectations and where to find work and turn in assignments.

Again, navigating Canvas and learning new things is hard. Let’s take what we know now to do better for the rest of the first quarter.

Cross Country is in action today at Lincoln Park—as they compete against Springfield Christian and Jefferson Middle School

If you get the opportunity stop out and cheer them on—The meet starts at 3:30 at Lincoln Park.

Friday, September 25, 2020


 

Welcome to Friday WMS

Today is a B day. 

Students all students should be making sure they are up to date with grades and assignments. 

Next week progress reports will be distributed to families and everybody will get to see if you are being successful.

This will also be a gauge to determine what else needs to be done to make remote learning work for you.

Students make sure you are communicating with your teacher about assignments and grades.

Become familiar with turning in or submitting your work in the right place. 

Students you can also check your progress on the intranet where you can see your assignments and monitor your grades. 

Again, the big thing about remote learning is student autonomy—your ability to work independently and problem solve and student responsibility—being aware of your specific expectations.

This is tough, but we know you can do it. 

Warriors always do their best. 

Coming up on Monday—it is teacher inservice so no school for students

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Welcome to Thursday

Today is an A day. 

That means A day scheduled students are working synchronously with their teacher today via Zoom.

B day students should be checking their assignments and completing any work that may be assigned for the day. 

Students this Friday—teachers will start to work on submitting grades for Progress Reports.

This is a mid term report to assess how things have gone so far. 

If you have any work you have not completed or any work that still needs to be submitted for credit—

Make sure you are taking care of that work today. Tomorrow is Friday and teachers are expecting you to have all work turned in for credit. 

Students remember to check your assignments on Canvas and Google Classroom. 

If you have any questions about assignments, please email or get in contact with you teacher. 

You have to manage this piece on your own. 

Show your independence and responsibility for your learning. 

Again, progress report grades are coming due this Friday. 

You got this Warriors. 
Also, if there is any issue with technology, internet, hot spots, etc. Call the school to let someone know. We will try to assist and get the problem resolved. 

Alright then

Have a good day.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Welcome to Wednesday

Today is a B day.

Students should know the process for learning on asynchronous and synchronous days.

Make sure you are logging in for attendance everyday whether with your teacher or independently. 

Students another reminder—progress reports will be out soon. Teachers will be collecting grades for progress reports starting this Friday.

Please make sure you have checked with your teacher to determine if you have any work missing and what to do to complete it by Friday.

Students you have to be aware of your grades and what you need to get a passing grade.

If you have to email your teacher to find out about assignments, make sure you are following through. 

At this stage we assume you know where and how to submit and find your assignments. 

If you are having trouble you need to be able to communicate. 

We also have become aware of some of you having issues with technology. Again, make sure you are contacting the school or your teacher to explain why you may not have been present for Zoom or completing an assignment. 

And, make sure you are not overloading those hotspots. You may start glitching. And We know, glitches are bad.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

 

Welcome to another week of remote learning at WMS.

Today is an A day. 

Again, A day students will be working on synchronous learning assignments with their teacher.

B day students should be logging on to Canvas to check for assignments to complete independently and for attendance

Remember, students should be logging in everyday to Canvas to check assignments and more importantly, for attendance.

Even you asynchronous days—you need to be logging in for attendance. 

Tonight WMS cross country is in action at Lincoln Park. Come watch the team perform if you are in the area.

We will give you an idea of how they did—tomorrow. 

Progress reports start this Friday—

That means students should be checking to make sure they do not have any missing assignments out there that need to be graded. 

Most missing work is due this Friday—

Friday, September 18, 2020

Good Morning WMS and welcome to Friday—It is Friday—Fri-Yeah! Happy Friday—TGIF—Here comes the weekend!

Today is a B day

B day students are in synchronous activity with their teachers today.

Asynchronous students should be logging on to Canvas to check for assignments and  for attendance

Remember students to check into Canvas everyday to check assignments and stay up to date on your work

Students remember you should also be checking your grades on the intranet to be aware of your current status in your classroom.

Students I will give you a heads up. Progress reports are coming due next week. So make sure you are checking with your teachers about making up any assignments. 

Students I feel this is also a pretty good time to tell you about making sure you know what your classroom late work policy might be. 

You need to know when you can get assignments in for credit. 

If you are using a Hot Spot for internet—Keep in mind if you have other devices hooked up to the Hot Spot it is going to slow your connectivity and or cause problems with Zoom and other applications

Please limit the number of devices connected to the Hot Spot.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Today is an A day

Students be sure to check your assignment due dates. Some assignments are due on specific days and you may not have extra time to complete and turn in the assignment.

So please check to see if your assignments have a specific time to be turned in so you can get it in on time. 

Check all of your assignments on Canvas or Google Classroom and check with your classroom teacher to make sure you are staying on track. 

RIght now it is your responsibility to independently check for your work to be successful. 

Also, make sure you know how to submit assignments when you have completed them. 

We’d hate to have you do all the work and not receive credit because the work was not submitted. 

Again, students we hope you are checking Canvas everyday for your assignments as well as signing in for attendance everyday.

Grades can still be accessed on the intranet for your progress.

Wednesday, September, 16, 2020


 

Today is a B day

Students we hope you are getting familiar with your schedule and the times you are scheduled to meet with you teacher via zoom. 

Also we hope that you are familiar with checking into canvas everyday for attendance as well as checking your assignments. 

Monday is considered an attendance day and students should be checking in on Monday’s as well. 

Students can still check their grades by logging in on the intranet and pulling up their assignment. 

Students should be checking their grades regularly and determining way to maintain a passing grade or improve a failing grade.

Tuesday, September, 15, 2020


 

Students today is an A day

Yesterday (Monday) was considered an independent learning day. This day was asynchronous for all students. Students on all asynchronous days you should be checking in with all your classes during the day. Attendance is taken on asynchronous days. 

Remember your attendance counts.

Congratulations to Wyatt W. for winning Thursday’s Cross Country meet against Lincoln Magnet School and Jefferson Middle School. All of the team members did a great job! Keep up the hard work. 

The next cross country meet is tonight at Lincoln Park starting at 3:30. Please come out and support your fellow Warriors. Face masks will be required if you are not able to socially distance while watching the meet.

Friday, September 11, 2020

 

Today is a B day

Students we hope that you are now getting used to remote learning. I have seen many of you on Zooms and appreciate how attentive and active in your learning you have been. 

We hope this continues in the coming weeks. 

Students remember to check in every class in Canvas even when you are not learning with your teacher for attendance. 

Again, on asynchronous learning days, students still must check in every class in Canvas for attendance. 

Students are reminded again to observe appropriate behavior when attending zoom classes. 

Have a great day.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Today is an A day.

Students remember to check your Canvas page every day for assignments and for attendance.

Congratulations to the boys and girls cross country runners for placing in their first meet on Tuesday at Lincoln Park against LMS and FMS. Congratulations to Wyatt W. for winning the race. 

The next cross country meet is tonight at Lincoln Park starting at 3:30. Please come out and support your fellow Warriors. Face masks will be required if you are not able to socially distance while watching the meet.

Students we are hearing of some incidents involving students misrepresenting themselves on Zoom by using the wrong name or typing inappropriate names coming on to Zoom. 

We are also hearing of students using profanity on Zoom calls with teachers.

This is unacceptable—students should not be sharing Zoom invites or entering Zoom meetings with any other teacher than your scheduled class.

Students there are and will be consequences for this type of behavior. Please be on your best behavior during your learning time.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020


Today is Wednesday—It is a B day.

B day students are in synchronous learning with their teacher today. 

A day students are working independently.

A day and B students are reminded to check in with Canvas everyday for attendance purposes. 

Students remember to check in with their teachers as the learning progresses to get clarity on assignments and other problems with logins or passwords. 

Zoom reminders—please be appropriate—and use this time to learn and grow as a Warrior. 

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

 

Today we are back to remote learning after the Labor Day weekend. I hope everyone has a great holiday. 

Today is an A day. A students are working synchronously with their scheduled teacher. 

B students are working independently on assignments.

Teacher make sure all of you are doing your best to listen and complete classroom assignments completely and on time. 

Students must in meetings with teachers or completing assignments for their attendance to count during remote learning. 

Students some important reminders again. Please make sure you have learned all of your logins and passwords for remote learning. 

Also be familiar with your scheduled teachers emails in case you need to contact them. 

Students should be using appropriate language and behavior while in attendance during Zoom meetings.

Students should not be using negative or inappropriate language when participating in chats during class. 

Students not able to abide by these procedures may be removed from the Zoom session and parents will be contacted.

Students this is your opportunity to learn. Please make the best use of your time and do your best. 

Everyone welcome back and have a great day.

Friday, September 4, 2020

 

Today is Friday which means we have made it through the first week of remote learning. We hope you have been able to lean into this learning experience and have a better understanding of what remote learning is going to entail. 

Today is a B day. Students with last name L-Z are in synchronous learning activities with their teachers.

A students, be sure to check your Canvas page to complete any assignments for today. 

Remember, attendance is taken every day whether you in person with your teacher or doing planned asynchronous activities. 

Students please make sure you are not causing mischief during instructional time. 

We know the temptation to be a movie star and act out is great on Zoom, but we should not be taking away valuable instructional time from other students.

Students should also not be using inappropriate language or using the chat rooms for inappropriate comments

This Monday there will be no school for the Labor Day holiday so students enjoy your three day weekend. 

We will be back on Tuesday with A students. 

Everyone have a great day and enjoy your weekend. Welcome back Warriors.

Thursday, September 3, 2020

 

Students today is an A day. Students with last names A-K are in synchronous attendance today with their teachers.

B students should be checking and completing their assignments in Canvas today. 

A reminder students—your attendance matters everyday. Students learning independently need to make sure they completing activities in Canvas for attendance. 

Another reminder students—As you are attending Zoom meetings—you should be using your actual name and using appropriate language and behavior in Zoom meetings.

Students should not be using any inappropriate language in chat rooms or making any inappropriate gestures on camera. 

Students if this becomes an issue you will be removed from the session and parents will be notified of the behavior.

Students remote learning is a little different from the way we have done things in the past. 

With remote learning there is an expectation that you take greater ownership of your learning. You are learning at home and should be giving your best effort. 

Your teachers are here to assist you and help you be successful

Please don’t ruin this opportunity to show you are capable of being successful in your learning.

If you need assistance, please contact your teacher or the school office at 525-3182.

Students continue to check the district website and teacher website to stay current on information.

Students today is a B day for students learning with their teachers.

A students should be checking their email and Canvas applications for any assignments to complete for the school day.

Remember students, attendance will be taken for both A and B students today.

Those students working independently will be counted based on their activity within Canvas and completing assignments.

Students should be making sure they are checking Canvas everyday to check on and complete assignments.

Students should also check the district website for updates and other information concerning remote learning.

For any further information please contact the school at 525-3182.

Students today is an A day for students learning with their teachers.

B students should be checking their email and Canvas applications for any assignments given by their teacher.

Attendance will be taken for both A and B day students today.

Once again, all classes are online this quarter. Students please become familiar with your logins and passwords for the intranet, email, google and Canvas.

Teachers will be posting assignments in Canvas for students to complete.

Attendance will be taken through Canvas on days when students are not in person with their teacher. Students should make sure to log in to Canvas everyday to check assignments.

Students should also check the district and school website for important updates and information.

For further information on devices or technology issues, please contact WMS.

Again, Welcome back Warriors!

Good morning Washington Middle School and Welcome to the new school year. Today is the first day of school. Things will be a little different this year. We are starting the school year remotely.

Students this means all of your classes will be online in some form. Students should become familiar with their student logins for the intranet, email, Google Classroom, and Canvas.

Teachers will be posting assignments in Canvas for students to complete.

Attendance will be taken everyday—even on the day that you may not meet with your teacher. Your teacher will take attendance through Canvas on the days you are not meeting for classes.

Please make sure you are checking the Canvas website everyday.

You should also be checking teacher websites and school websites on a regular basis to find important information on remote learning.

Currently, the WMS website has important information for students in parents regarding remote learning. Please tell your parents to visit the website and click on the banners for each grade level.

We welcome you back in this remote setting. As Warriors, we know you will do your best and make yourselves, your teachers, and parents proud.

Welcome Back Warriors.

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