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Springfield, IL 62703
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2021 - 2022

September 22, 2021

Good morning and welcome to Wednesday, Sep 22, 2021. It’s a great day and we hope you are ready to have a great day of learning. 

Remember at WMS, we believe every student has the opportunity to learn and we hope you take advantage of that opportunity. 

Students a couple of new announcements for you—coming up tomorrow, students whose parents have given consent for testing. Will be called to a specific location for SHIELD testing throughout the day. 

We will also have picture day tomorrow. Students must be in uniform for fall picture day. 

Students attending home basketball games—please remember to follow all school policies when attending games. Students removed from games will not be able to attend these events for the remainder of the season. 

MAP testing is continuing in Language Arts classes and next week we will be assessing Math with the MAP tests.

Reminder students—please walk on the right side of the hall. Your mask should be covering your mouth and nose, and all students should be working to get to class on time. 

Spirit Wear is available for sale in the front office. We have sweatshirts and t-shirts. Sweatshirts are $20 and t’s are $10.

September 21, 2021

Good morning and welcome to Tuesday, September 21, 2021. It’s a great day and we hope you are ready to have a great day of learning. 

Remember at WMS, we believe every student has the opportunity to learn and we hope you take advantage of that opportunity. 

Language Arts  is continuing with MAP testing this week. Students we ask that you do your best on this fall assessment. 

We will be taking MAP again in the winter and spring. We are hoping that each time your RIT score improves. 

Math will be doing the MAP assessment starting next week. 

Reminder students—please walk on the right side of the hall. Your mask should be covering your mouth and nose, and all students should be working to get to class on time. 

Picture day is this Thursday. You must be in uniform for a picture this fall. 

Spirit Wear is available for sale in the front office. We have sweatshirts and t-shirts. Sweatshirts are $20 and t’s are $10.

September 20, 2021

Good morning and welcome to Monday, September 20, 2021. We are back after the weekend and I hope you had a good one. 

Remember at WMS, we believe every student has the opportunity to learn and we hope you take advantage of that opportunity. 

We have a lot going on so I hope you can  get focused this week to do your best to get done. 

Language arts classes will start MAP testing this week. 

Remember, this is the FALL assessment. We will take MAP two more times after this assessment. 

We will take the test FAll, Winter, and finally in the Spring. 

At each stage of the assessment, there is an expectation that you improve your RIT score and therefore show growth on this assessment. 

Please do your best on this FALL assessment—There is a belief out there that the scores for this assessment will be low because of the time we were out for the pandemic.

I don’t know. But I do know that if you do your best—we are going to see some great scores and have something that we can be proud of. 

So take you time—answer to the best of your ability and do your best. 

Good luck. 

Remember Fall Pictures are this Thursday—You must be in uniform for Fall pictures. 

Spirit wear is on sale in the front office—we have T-shirts and Sweatshirts for sale. 

Keep earning those brag tags—Keep up the good work Warriors.

September 17, 2021

Good morning and welcome to WMS. It is Friday, September 17, 2021. It is a great day and we are glad you are here. 

Remember at WMS, we believe every student has the opportunity to learn and we hope you take advantage of that opportunity. 

Today is SSR day. 

Spirit wear is in—we have a variety of options—including t-shirts and sweatshirts.

T-shirts are $10—Sweatshirts are $20

Remember MAP testing is coming up. Your teachers will share more information with you about MAP testing—but one thing to think about with MAP is committing to get a good night's sleep before the test—eating a good breakfast—and most importantly taking your time to read through the test so you can do your very best. 

If you are getting Brag Tags, make sure you are turning them into the proper grade level bucket in the gym. We will be drawing for prizes soon. 

Picture day is coming. Picture day will be Thursday, September 23rd. For fall pictures, students are expected to be in dress code. 

Congratulations to the 8th grade students of the week, Braelyn Smith, Alicia Adkins, Isaiah Simons, and Elijah Whalen.  These students will be wearing jeans on Today, please congratulate them on being excellent students in and outside of the classroom and demonstrating the warrior way!

September 16, 2021

Good morning and welcome to WMS. It is Thursday, September 16, 2021. It is a great day and we are glad you are here. 

Remember at WMS, we believe every student has the opportunity to learn and we hope you take advantage of that opportunity. 

Today is SSR day. 

Students please continue to get to class on time. Tardies are in effect and the consequences you should know at this time. 

Remember MAP testing is coming up. Your teachers will share more information with you about MAP testing—but one thing to think about with MAP is committing to get a good night's sleep before the test—eating a good breakfast—and most importantly taking your time to read through the test so you can do your very best. 

If you are getting Brag Tags, make sure you are turning them into the proper grade level bucket in the gym. We will be drawing for prizes soon. 

Congratulations to the 8th grade students of the week, Braelyn Smith, Alicia Adkins, Isaiah Simons, and Elijah Whalen.  These students will be wearing jeans on Friday, please congratulate them on being excellent students in and outside of the classroom and demonstrating the warrior way!

September 15, 2021

Good morning and welcome to WMS. It is Wednesday, September 15, 2021. It is a great day and we are glad you are here. 

Remember at WMS, we believe every student has the opportunity to learn and we hope you take advantage of that opportunity. 

Tardies in full effect. Some of you may be experiencing the problems associated with coming to class late already at this time. 

Do know that if you continue to come to class late you will serve a noon detention, after school detention, and possibly have to be placed with a teacher for a day or two. 

Students as you check your grades this week, think about work you may have missed or did not complete. Progress report grades will be entered this Friday. 

So check your grades so you know where you are. 

Remember there are opportunities available to work at lunch and after school to get assistance with assignments. Talk to your grade level teacher to find out how you can be a part. 

MAP testing will begin later this month. Students you will be receiving more information on MAP testing for this school year and how you can set specific goals for success. The Fall session of MAP is coming up. 

Remember to turn in your Brag Tags to the grade level buckets on the stage in the gym.  We are drawing for prizes and rewards regularly so don’t hold off any longer getting those turned in. 

Picture day is coming. Fall pictures will be September 23 this year.

September 14, 2021

Good morning and welcome to WMS. It is Tuesday, September 14, 2021. It is a great day and we are glad you are here. 

Remember at WMS, we believe every student has the opportunity to learn and we hope you take advantage of that opportunity. 

Tardies are in full effect—remember students you should strive to get to class on time. 

Here is a quick review of the consequences for being late to class. 

The first tardy is a warning—after that you will receive a grade level detention. When you receive the detention, you will be expected to contact a parent to let them know the reason you were tardy. 

You will also be required to think of ways not to be tardy—and create a plan. 

If you continue to be late to class and accumulate 4 to 6 tardies in a quarter—You will receive an administrative detention where again, your parents will be notified, and you will be expected to come up with reasons not to be tardy. 

If you continue to be tardy after this—you will have to serve an after school detention—and your parents will be notified. 

Yesterday, 6th grade had 10 tardies, 7th grade had 26 tardies and 8th grade had 5 tardies. 

Students as you check your grades this week, think about work you may have missed or did not complete. Progress report grades will be entered this Friday. 

So check your grades so you know where you are. 

Remember there are opportunities available to work at lunch and after school to get assistance with assignments. Talk to your grade level teacher to find out how you can be a part. 

MAP testing will begin later this month. Students you will be receiving more information on MAP testing for this school year and how you can set specific goals for success. The Fall session of MAP is coming up. 

Remember to turn in your Brag Tags to the grade level buckets on the stage in the gym.  We are drawing for prizes and rewards regularly so don’t hold off any longer getting those turned in. 

Picture day is coming. Fall pictures will be September 23 this year. 

September 13, 2021

Good morning WMS and welcome to Monday, Sep 13, 2021. It is a great day and we are glad you are back after the weekend. 

Today, Monday—we are starting to count tardies for all students. Students again, remember you are supposed to be in class on time. 

We have given you a couple of weeks to get used to your locker, your schedule, and where your classes are, and how to get there. 

Now is the time to show what you have learned. 

So there are consequences for being late to class. 

The first tardy is a warning—after that you will receive a grade level detention. When you receive the detention, you will be expected to contact a parent to let them know the reason you were tardy. 

You will also be required to think of ways not to be tardy—and create a plan. 

If you continue to be late to class and accumulate 4 to 6 tardies in a quarter—You will receive an administrative detention where again, your parents will be notified, and you will be expected to come up with reasons not to be tardy. 

If you continue to be tardy after this—you will have to serve an after school detention—and your parents will be notified. 

If you happen to accrue up to 10 tardies in a quarter, you will have be placed in a placement with one of your teachers. 

Your teachers will review this policy with you this week. We hope to see everyone getting to class on time and focusing on your learning. 

6th Grade boys basketball tryouts will be on Monday 9/13 from 2:30 - 4:00 at WMS. Please bring your shoes, clothes and water bottle to school with you. There will be an activity bus after practice to take you home. 

Students as you check your grades this week, think about work you may have missed or did not complete. Progress report grades will be entered this Friday. 

So check your grades so you know where you are. 

Remember there are opportunities available to work at lunch and after school to get assistance with assignments. Talk to your grade level teacher to find out how you can be a part.

September 10, 2021

Today is an SSR day, so I will be brief with the announcements. 

6th Grade boys basketball tryouts will be on Monday 9/13 from 2:30 - 4:00 at WMS. Please bring your shoes, clothes and water bottle to school with you. There will be an activity bus after practice to take you home. 

Students as you check your grades this week, think about work you may have missed or did not complete. 

Remember there are opportunities available to work at lunch and after school to get assistance with assignments. Talk to your grade level teacher to find out how you can be a part. 

Also, students you should be familiar with the building, lockers, and how to find your classes at this time. We expect students to get to classes on time. Tardies will start next week. Please manage your time to avoid being late to class. 

Congratulations to the 7th grade students of the week: Ryliegh Gibson, Anthony Welch, Michael Keller Jr., Kyndell Johnson, Rahkaem Nelms, Jaxson Comptson, Bryce Ceperich, Noah Woodson ,Kris Britts-Masters, Jasmyne Douglas, Remi Babington, Navehau Collier, Kaimen Smith

Congratulations to the 8th grade students of the week:  Marisol Rodriguez, Devontae Jordan, Kalora Lewis, and Maddysen Richno.  These students have demonstrated great student qualities in and outside of the classroom.  They will be wearing jeans tomorrow, make sure to congratulate them on being an outstanding Washington Warrior!

September 9, 2021

Good morning and welcome to WMS. Today is Thursday, September 9, 2021.

Today is an SSR day, so I will be brief with the announcements. 

Students as you check your grades this week, think about work you may have missed or did not complete. 

Remember there are opportunities available to work at lunch and after school to get assistance with assignments. Talk to your grade level teacher to find out how you can be a part. 

Also, students you should be familiar with the building, lockers, and how to find your classes at this time. We expect students to get to classes on time. Tardies will start next week. Please manage your time to avoid being late to class. 

Congratulations to the 8th grade students of the week:  Marisol Rodriguez, Devontae Jordan, Kalora Lewis, and Maddysen Richno.  These students have demonstrated great student qualities in and outside of the classroom.  They will be wearing jeans tomorrow, make sure to congratulate them on being an outstanding Washington Warrior!

September 8, 2021

Good morning and welcome to WMS. Today is Wednesday, Sep 8, 2021. And it is Hump Dayy!!

 

Remember at WMS, we believe every student has the opportunity to learn and we hope you take advantage of that opportunity. 

 

As mentioned before—students we have an opportunity for you to improve your academic performance and grow as a student. 

 

We have two options for you to get some more assistance—during your lunch time and now after school. 

 

Your teachers will be sharing information about opportunities for grade level after school tutoring soon. So listen up and monitor your grades. 

 

Students if you have a grade lower than C at this time, you might need to discuss options for improving. This part is up to you. 

 

Remember Progress Reports are coming up later this month. It will be your first time to determine you next steps to improve your grades. 

 

Also, students you should be familiar with routine and expectations at school at this time. If you are still having issues with your locker or other problems, please let your teacher or an administrator know. 

 

You will be expected to be in class on time. So, please manage your time to avoid being late for class. 

 

Getting to class on time is important. It shows that you are ready and willing to learn. So get to class on time. 

 

Please remember to wear your mask—covering your face and nose and do walk on the right side of the hallway socially distanced. 

 

Students please use caution when thinking of touching or hugging another student.

September 7, 2021

Welcome back to WMS after the long Labor Day weekend. Today is September 7, 2021. 

I hope you are rested and relaxed and ready to have a great day of learning at WMS.

Remember at WMS, we believe every student has the opportunity to learn and we hope you take advantage of that opportunity. 

Students we will be looking to assist you making that opportunity a reality with lunchtime tutoring. If you need some educational assistance with completing assignments or would just like a quiet place to read. 

Check with your teachers to find out which room you can go to during lunch for assistance. Again, students this is an opportunity for you to find success with you academics.

So again, check with your teachers for that opportunity. 

Students remember the expectations for the hallways. Walk on the right side and get to class on time. Getting to class on time is important. It shows that we are ready to learn. 

Students are allowed to bring their own water bottle to school. You can fill up your water bottle at the fountain. Remember students,  your water bottles should contain only clear liquids.

Seventh grade girls basketball tryouts will be next Tuesday from 2:30 to 4:00 pm and 8th grade girls tryouts will be on Thursday from 2:30 to 4:00 pm.

September 3, 2021

Remember at WMS, we believe every student has the opportunity to learn and we hope you take advantage of that opportunity. 

Today, you will see six 8th grade students wearing jeans for Student of the Week. Congratulations to the following students: Bailey Standridge, Alphonz Hamilton, Latrelle Givan, Michelle Lin, and Zakayla Collins.

Students remember the expectations for the hallways. Walk on the right side and get to class on time. Getting to class on time is important. It shows that we are ready to learn. 

Students are allowed to bring their own water bottle to school. You can fill up your water bottle at the fountain. Remember students,  your water bottles should contain only clear liquids.

Seventh grade girls basketball tryouts will be next Tuesday from 2:30 to 4:00 pm and 8th grade girls tryouts will be on Thursday from 2:30 to 4:00 pm.

Today is an SSR day. Everyone should be reading during this time. Reading is the foundation of learning so make sure you are focusing on improving your reading.

September 2, 2021

Good morning WMS and welcome to Thursday, September 2, 2021. 

Remember at WMS, we believe every student has the opportunity to learn and we hope you take advantage of that opportunity. 

Students remember the expectations for the hallways. Walk on the right side and get to class on time. Getting to class on time is important. It shows that we are ready to learn. 

Seventh grade girls basketball tryouts will be next Tuesday from 2:30 to 4:00 pm and 8th grade girls tryouts will be on Thursday from 2:30 to 4:00 pm

On Friday, you will see six 8th grade students wearing jeans for Student of the Week. Congratulations to the following students: Bailey Standridge, Alphonz Hamilton, Latrelle Givan, Michelle Lin, and Zakayla Collins.

Remember today is an SSR day. Everyone should be reading. Reading is the foundation of learning so make sure you are focusing on improving your reading.

September 1, 2021

Good morning and welcome to Wednesday, September 1, 2021. It is the first day of the month. 

At WMS, we believe every student has the opportunity to learn—and we hope that you take advantage of that opportunity. 

And as we head into the second week of school, we will be moving into a bigger focus on teaching and learning in the coming days and it is very important that you pay attention and listen in the classroom. 

Please become familiar with the features of your Chromebook and the expectations for accessing your learning through technology.

So, for this second week, remember: All students should strive to get to class on time. Getting to class on time shows that you are ready to learn. We will be counting students tardy in the coming days.

Please continue to walk on the right side of the hall. Students should try to social distance in the hallways as much as possible. We expect about only two tile spaces between you at any given time. 

6th grade students—and all students—if you arrive before 7:50 and want to eat breakfast, please head on down the sidewalk to the gym to get your breakfast. We ask that you not wait until the 7:50 bell or later to eat your breakfast. Please do this upon arrival. 

Attention 7th and 8th grade girls who are interested in playing basketball this year for WMS. There will be an open gym Wednesday September 1st from 2:30 - 4:00. Please bring a mask and personal water bottle. 7th Grade Girls tryouts will be on 9/7 from 2:30 - 4 at WMS. 8th grade tryouts will be on 9/9 from 2:30 -4:00. 

August 31, 2021

Good morning and welcome to Tuesday, August 31st. It is the last day of the month. 

It is also the second week of school. We will be moving into a bigger focus on teaching and learning in the coming days and it is very important that you pay attention and listen in the classroom. 

At WMS, we believe every student has the opportunity to learn—and we hope that you take advantage of that opportunity. 

Students, as always at the beginning of the year, we like to go over important procedures that can help throughout the school year. 

One that I’d like to point out is right now at bus time. I know we have had some late buses—so let's do this—

All students should leave the building in an orderly fashion and board their bus right after school. 

If your bus has not arrived when the school bell rings, please wait under the canopy until your bus arrives. 

Students must wear a mask covering your nose and mouth at all times while in the building.  There are no exceptions to this rule. Everyone must wear a facemask while indoors. 

Also sixth and seventh grade students should be using the front staircase to go upstairs . Eight grade students should be using the back stairway by the gym. 

So, for this second week, remember: All students should strive to get to class on time. Getting to class on time shows that you are ready to learn. We will be counting students tardy in the coming days.

Please continue to walk on the right side of the hall. Students should try to social distance in the hallways as much as possible. We expect about only two tile spaces between you at any given time. 

6th grade students—and all students—if you arrive before 7:50 and want to eat breakfast, please head on down the sidewalk to the gym to get your breakfast. We ask that you not wait until the 7:50 bell or later to eat your breakfast. Please do this upon arrival. 

Attention 7th and 8th grade girls who are interested in playing basketball this year for WMS. There will be an open gym Wednesday September 1st from 2:30 - 4:00. Please bring a mask and personal water bottle. 7th Grade Girls tryouts will be on 9/7 from 2:30 - 4 at WMS. 8th grade tryouts will be on 9/9 from 2:30 -4:00.

August 30, 2021

Good morning. Welcome back from the weekend and welcome to Monday. Today is August 30th 2021. 

Hope you had a nice weekend and are well rested and ready for the start of the school week. 

We had a great week last week and we are looking forward to another great week this week. 

Now that most students have received their Chromebook, it is important that you know how to access particular sites to help you with the learning process. 

Please listen to your teachers this week as they assist you in learning about Canvas, where to submit assignments, and other features that will become part of the everyday. 

Please make sure to keep your device charged and carry it in the bag provided. If you need a bag for your device, please stop by room 115 to pick one up.

So, for this second week, remember: All students should strive to get to class on time. Getting to class on time shows that you are ready to learn. We will be counting students tardy in the coming days.

Please continue to walk on the right side of the hall. Students should try to social distance in the hallways as much as possible. We expect about only two tile spaces between you at any given time. 

Also sixth and seventh grade students should be using the front staircase to go upstairs . Eight grade students should be using the back stairway by the gym. 

Students must wear a mask covering your nose and mouth at all times while in the building.  There are no exceptions to this rule. Everyone must wear a facemask while indoors. 

Tryouts for 6th girls basketball will be tonight  August 30th from 2:30—4:00 pm. An activity bus may be available Monday after tryouts.

Attention students: if you are interested in participating or being a part of the WMS cross country team please see Mr. Ruble.

August 27, 2021

Good morning WMS—today is Friday, August 27, 2021.

And it’s a happy day—It’s Friday. 

What a great returning week here at WMS. 

Students I hope you are getting comfortable being back and learning the routine of school. 

As we head into the second week of school, it is important to start focusing on a couple of expectations that we need to nail down. 

The first is getting to class on time. Students we will be counting tardiness coming up soon. All students should strive to get to class on time. 

Try to become familiar with your schedule, your locker, and the time it takes you to move about the building so you can be on time to class. 

We need to make sure that we are on time and ready to learn for every class. 

Also students please become familiar with the school dress code. The dress code is specific and students should not be wearing hoodies to class or in the building. 

Students as you come into the  gym/cafeteria please make sure you fill up the tables first prior to sitting on the bleachers. Also boys sit on the blue and girls sit on yellow.

More information on these items will come in future announcements. 

Remember in the hallway—students—please try to walk on the right of the hall and watch your distance from others. We are practicing social distancing in the halls. 

Also you must have a mask. The mask has to cover your mouth and nose at all times. 

This is from the state and local health department. 

This is part of their guidance. 

Now, we know next week this guidance could change, but for now this is what is expected. 

The more we practice, the better we will be. 

Today, —we will be participating in SSR—that is silent sustained reading—We are encouraging everyone—including your teacher — to read during this time. 

Please make sure are choosing an interesting book for you to read—your LA teachers have a variety of choices in their classroom

Also students you will be receiving your Chromebook devices over the next couple of days. 

Students you are expected to be responsible for your device. Any damage incurred to the device is your responsibility so please take care of it. 

7th and 8th graders if you have the black computer bag from last year, please bring that to school to keep your device in. If you are in need of a bag for your computer, please let your teacher know. 

Students, you should carry your Chromebook in the bag at all times to protect your device. 

Please report any damage done to the device to your teacher right away. 

Tryouts for 6th girls basketball will be Monday, August 30th from 2:30—4:00 pm. An activity bus may be available Monday after tryouts.

Attention students: if you are interested in participating or being a part of the WMS cross country team please see Mr. Ruble.

August 26, 2021

Good morning WMS—today is Thursday, August 26, 2021.

 

Remember in the hallway—students—please try to walk on the right of the hall and watch your distance from others. We are practicing social distancing in the halls. 

 

Also you must have a mask. The mask has to cover your mouth and nose at all times. 

 

I know this is difficult—but we are charged with following guidelines and recommendations from the State and local health department. 

 

This is part of their guidance. 

 

Now, we know next week this guidance could change, but for now this is what is expected. 

 

The more we practice, the better we will be. 

 

Today, Thursday and Friday during what is normally advisory—we will be participating in SSR—that is silent sustained reading—We are encouraging everyone—including your teacher — to read during this time. 

 

Please make sure are choosing an interesting book for you to read—your LA teachers have a variety of choices in their classroom

 

And the library, of course, has lots of interesting choices for your reading pleasure. 

 

Also students you will be receiving your Chromebook devices over the next couple of days. 

 

Students you are expected to be responsible for your device. Any damage incurred to the device is your responsibility so please take care of it. 

 

7th and 8th graders if you have the black computer bag from last year, please bring that to school to keep your device in. If you are in need of a bag for your computer, please let your teacher know. 

 

Students, you should carry your Chromebook in the bag at all times to protect your device. 

 

Please report any damage done to the device to your teacher right away. 

 

6th grade girls interested in playing basketball this year, there will be an open gym tonight from 2:30 to 4:00 pm. Students attending open gym will have to make their own arrangements for getting home tonight after open gym. 

 

Tryouts for 6th girls basketball will be Monday, August 30th from 2:30—4:00 pm. An activity bus may be available Monday after tryouts.

 

Attention students: if you are interested in participating or being a part of the WMS cross country team please see Mr. Ruble and or attend practice tonight after school.

August 25, 2021

Today is Wednesday, August 25, 2021

 

Good morning and welcome to WMS. Welcome back for the new school year. We are already off to a great start and are looking forward to a fantastic school year for 21-22. 

 

I have a couple of quick reminders for students. 

 

Remember in the hallway—students—please try to walk on the right of the hall and watch your distance from others. We are practicing social distancing in the halls. 

 

Also you must have a mask. The mask has to cover your mouth and nose at all times. 

 

I know this is difficult—but we are charged with following guidelines and recommendations from the State and local health department. 

 

This is part of their guidance. 

 

Tonight—make sure you tell your parents about the WMS Open House which will be tonight from 5:00 until 7:15 pm. Open House will be by grade level this year in order to minimize crowding. 

 

6th grade open house will be from 5 until 5:45

7th grade open house will be from 5:45 until 6:30

And 8th grade open house will be from 6:30 until 7:15 pm

 

Tell you parents—and students you can attend also. Those students attending with their parent will receive a free jeans pass for Friday.

 

Moving forward this week—this Thursday and Friday during what is normally advisory—we will be participating in SSR—that is silent sustained reading—We are encouraging everyone—including you teacher to read during this time. 

 

Please make sure are choosing an interesting book for you to read—your LA teachers have a variety of choices in their classroom

 

And the library, of course, has lots of interesting choices for your reading pleasure. 

 

So please pick up a book for SSR on Thursday and Friday. 

 

Students, obviously because of construction, we have limited options for our outside entertainment. 

 

Please remember if congregating within three feet out side—you must wear a mask—

 

If you are distanced six feet or more you can take your mask off outside. 


 

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