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Springfield, IL 62703
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2020 - 2021

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Good Morning and welcome to Wednesday, June 2,  2021.

 

It’s a great day. It’s the last day of school. 

 

We have a few things to wrap up before we officially end the year. 

 

Yearbooks are in. Yearbooks are a little different this year—as everything has been, but yearbooks are available for $20. You can see Ms. Schaefer if you are interested in this year’s Yearbook. 

 

Please return your WMS Library books immediately!  You should now have your Summer READ! selection for your reading pleasure.  All books not returned will result in a book fine - get those library books to the library and place them in the blue basket or the quick-drop door.

 

Any student in need of a Summer READ book should speak with your Language Arts teacher or see Mrs. Daniels in the library during your lunch.  We will book shop!

 

If you are enrolled for summer school this year, you will keep your device for the summer. It will be collected at the end of the summer session. And this would be for any 8th grader enrolled in summer school at LHS or South east. 

 

The Moving Up Ceremony as well as the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade rewards ceremonies will be hosted virtually again this year. 

 

The 6th and 7th grade Honors Programs and the 8th grade Moving Up and Honors Program will be published on the WMS YouTube Channel today on June 1st.

 

We have many students to celebrate so make sure you are looking for those events on line coming up on June 1. 

 

If you are interested in playing baseball for WMS next school year please go to our school’s website and take the survey. It will be under the heading WMS/Iles 21/22 Baseball Interest Survey.There is information about a baseball Co-Op between JMS, Iles and WMS on the website. Students can click on the banner and it will take them to the flyer from JMS.

 

All students should remember to wear their mask properly covering their nose and mouth. Students hoodies should not be worn in the building. We are considering making some adjustments to dress code. We may have to say no hoodies if students continue to be defiant in taking hoods down.

 

Current 8th grade students, if you are interested in participating in sports in high school, please complete the High School Sports Interest survey on the WMS homepage.

Tuesday June 1, 2021

 

Good Morning and welcome to Tuesday June 1, 2021.

 

It’s a great day.

 

Please return your WMS Library books immediately!  You should now have your Summer READ! selection for your reading pleasure.  All books not returned will result in a book fine - get those library books to the library and place them in the blue basket or the quick-drop door.

Any student in need of a Summer READ! book should speak with your Language Arts teacher or see Mrs. Daniels in the library during your lunch.  We will book shop!

 

If you are enrolled for summer school this year, you will keep your device for the summer. It will be collected at the end of the summer session. And this would be for any 8th grader enrolled in summer school at LHS or South east. 

 

The Moving Up Ceremony as well as the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade rewards ceremonies will be hosted virtually again this year. 

 

The 6th and 7th grade Honors Programs and the 8th grade Moving Up and Honors Program will be published on the WMS YouTube Channel today on June 1st.

 

We have many students to celebrate so make sure you are looking for those events on line coming up on June 1. 

 

If you are interested in playing baseball for WMS next school year please go to our school’s website and take the survey. It will be under the heading WMS/Iles 21/22 Baseball Interest Survey.There is information about a baseball Co-Op between JMS, Iles and WMS on the website. Students can click on the banner and it will take them to the flyer from JMS.

 

All students should remember to wear their mask properly covering their nose and mouth. Students hoodies should not be worn in the building. We are considering making some adjustments to dress code. We may have to say no hoodies if students continue to be defiant in taking hoods down.

 

Current 8th grade students, if you are interested in participating in sports in high school, please complete the High School Sports Interest survey on the WMS homepage.

Friday, May 28, 2021

Good Morning and welcome to Friday, May 28, 2021.

It’s a great day.

Please return your WMS Library books immediately!  You should now have your Summer READ! selection for your reading pleasure.  All books not returned will result in a book fine - get those library books to the library and place them in the blue basket or the quick-drop door.

Any student in need of a Summer READ! book should speak with your Language Arts teacher or see Mrs. Daniels in the library during your lunch.  We will book shop!

Today we will be looking at collecting 8th grade devices. 8th grade students should plan to leave their devices at school today.

If you are enrolled for summer school this year, you will keep your device for the summer. It will be collected at the end of the summer session. And this would be for any 8th grader enrolled in summer school at LHS or South east. 

Please make sure your device is in good working order. Check for cracks, missing keys, broken screens, etc. 

All hybrid student devices at all grade levels will be collected by the end of the day on June 2. 

Remote student device collection with begin on June 3 from 8 to 4 and June 4 from 8 until noon. 

There are specific prices for any damage devices.

A Replacement Chromebook will cost 200

A Replacement Cord—30

A Replacement screen is 30

A Replacement hot spot is 80

Replacement cables for hot spots is 10

These fees will be charged for damaged or missing devices. 

So, start checking for your technology and get ready for the return. 

The Moving Up Ceremony as well as the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade rewards ceremonies will be hosted virtually again this year. 

These presentations will be posted on the Website for your viewing on June 1. You can find them on the WMS website. 

We have many students to celebrate so make sure you are looking for those events on line coming up on June 1. 

If you are interested in playing baseball for WMS next school year please go to our school’s website and take the survey. It will be under the heading WMS/Iles 21/22 Baseball Interest Survey.There is information about a baseball Co-Op between JMS, Iles and WMS on the website. Students can click on the banner and it will take them to the flyer from JMS.

All students should remember to wear their mask properly covering their nose and mouth. Students hoodies should not be worn in the building. We are considering making some adjustments to dress code. We may have to say no hoodies if students continue to be defiant in taking hoods down.

Across the board we are grateful for all of our community partnerships. When we ask for assistance, there are plenty of groups that answer the call.

Thursday, May 27, 2021

 

Good Morning and welcome to Thursday, May 27, 2021.

 

It’s a great day and we are glad to see you and glad you are here.

 

Students, we need you to start taking inventory of your devices/computers this week. We will begin collecting devices for return at the end of this week. 

 

Please return your WMS Library books immediately!  You should now have your Summer READ! selection for your reading pleasure.  All books not returned will result in a book fine - get those library books to the library and place them in the blue basket or the quick-drop door.

 

Any student in need of a Summer READ! book should speak with your Language Arts teacher or see Mrs. Daniels in the library during your lunch.  We will book shop!

 

If you are enrolled for summer school this year, you will keep your device for the summer. It will be collected at the end of the summer session.

 

Please make sure your device is in good working order. Check for cracks, missing keys, broken screens, etc. 

 

We will start device collection with hybrid 8th grade students on Friday. We will be asking for all eighth grade hybrid student devices on Friday. 

 

We will be sending communication about the following next week. 

 

All hybrid student devices at all grade levels will be collected by the end of the day on June 2. 

 

Remote student device collection with begin on June 3 from 8 to 4 and June 4 from 8 until noon. 

 

There are specific prices for any damage devices.

 

A Replacement Chromebook will cost 200

 

A Replacement Cord—30

 

A Replacement screen is 30

 

A Replacement hot spot is 80

 

Replacement cables for hot spots is 10

 

These fees will be charged for damaged or missing devices. 

So, start checking for your technology and get ready for the return. 


If you are interested in playing baseball for WMS next school year please go to our school’s website and take the survey. It will be under the heading WMS/Iles 21/22 Baseball Interest Survey.There is information about a baseball Co-Op between JMS, Iles and WMS on the website. Students can click on the banner and it will take them to the flyer from JMS.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Good Morning and welcome to Wednesday, May 26, 2021.

It’s a great day and we are glad to see you and glad you are here.

Students, we need you to start taking inventory of your devices/computers this week. We will begin collecting devices for return at the end of this week. 

Please make sure your device is in good working order. Check for cracks, missing keys, broken screens, etc. 

We will start device collection with hybrid 8th grade students on Friday. We will be asking for all eighth grade hybrid student devices on Friday. 

We will be sending communication about the following next week. 

All hybrid student devices at all grade levels will be collected by the end of the day on June 2. 

Remote student device collection with begin on June 3 from 8 to 4 and June 4 from 8 until noon. 

There are specific prices for any damage devices.

A Replacement Chromebook will cost 200

A Replacement Cord—30

A Replacement screen is 30

A Replacement hot spot is 80

Replacement cables for hot spots is 10

These fees will be charged for damaged or missing devices. 

So, start checking for your technology and get ready for the return. 
If you are interested in playing baseball for WMS next school year please go to our school’s website and take the survey. It will be under the heading WMS/Iles 21/22 Baseball Interest Survey. There is information about a baseball Co-Op between JMS, Iles and WMS on the website. Students can click on the banner and it will take them to the flyer from JMS.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Good Morning and welcome to Tuesday, May 25,  2021.

It’s a great day and we are glad to see you and glad you are here.

Students, we need you to start taking inventory of your devices/computers this week. We will begin collecting devices for return at the end of this week. 

Please make sure your device is in good working order. Check for cracks, missing keys, broken screens, etc. 

We will start device collection with hybrid 8th grade students on Friday. We will be asking for all eighth grade hybrid student devices on Friday. 

We will be sending communication about the following next week. 

All hybrid student devices at all grade levels will be collected by the end of the day on June 2. 

Remote student device collection with begin on June 3 from 8 to 4 and June 4 from 8 until noon. 

There are specific prices for any damage devices.

A Replacement Chromebook will cost $200

A Replacement Cord—$30

A Replacement screen is $30

A Replacement hot spot is $80

Replacement cables for hot spots is $10

These fees will be charged for damaged or missing devices. 

So, start checking for your technology and get ready for the return. 

Across the board we are grateful for all of our community partnerships. When we ask for assistance, there are plenty of groups that answer the call.

For example

Midtown Rotary

Northside Church of Christ

Capitol City Church of God

Lynn Eamon—community garden 

And the many other community partnerships that assist us in providing services and time to WMS. 

As stated before, we did get a call out to many of our community partners —and they were able to donate water to help us for the remainder of the school year.  I will remind you again you should be reusing your water bottle throughout the day. You can fill them up at the water stations. 

And, please make sure you are recycling. 

If you are interested in playing baseball for WMS next school year please go to our school’s website and take the survey. It will be under the heading WMS/Iles 21/22 Baseball Interest Survey.

Friday, May 21, 2021

Good Morning and welcome to Friday, May 21, 2021.

It’s a great day and we are glad to see you and glad you are here.

Members from Abundant Faith will be in attendance at WMS today to accept the donations and thank the AVID group for their support. Congratulations to all the students who supported this effort. 

Across the board we are grateful for all of our community partnerships. When we ask for assistance, there are plenty of groups that answer the call.

For example

Midtown Rotary

Northside Church of Christ

Capitol City Church of God

Lynn Eamon—community garden 

And the many other community partnerships that assist us in providing services and time to WMS. 

As stated before, we did get a call out to many of our community partners —and they were able to donate water to help us for the remainder of the school year.  I will remind you again you should be reusing your water bottle throughout the day. You can fill them up at the water stations. 

And, please make sure you are recycling. 

If you are interested in playing baseball for WMS next school year please go to our school’s website and take the survey. It will be under the heading WMS/Iles 21/22 Baseball Interest Survey.

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Good Morning and welcome to Thursday, May 20, 2021. 

It is a great day and we are glad to see you and we are glad you are here. 

AVID students in Ms. Daniels class are finishing up collecting donations for their AVID service project. The AVID students will be collecting donations for Springfield’s homeless population. 

Ms. Daniels and the AVID students would like to thank all the students and community organizations that were able to assist with donations this year. 

We had a great outpouring of support from everyone and are extremely grateful for your help in making this outreach possible. 

Members from Abundant Faith will be in attendance at WMS today to accept the donations and thank the AVID group for their support. Congratulations to all the students who supported this effort. 

Across the board we are grateful for all of our community partnerships. When we ask for assistance, there are plenty of groups that answer the call.

For example

Midtown Rotary

Northside Church of Christ

Capitol City Church of God

Lynn Eamon—community garden 

And the many other community partnerships that assist us in providing services and time to WMS. 

As stated before, we did get a call out to many of our community partners —and they were able to donate water to help us for the remainder of the school year.  I will remind you again you should be reusing your water bottle throughout the day. You can fill them up at the water stations. 

And, please make sure you are recycling. 

Attention 6th grade girls who are interested in volleyball. There will be open gyms on Tuesday through Friday for the next two weeks from 4-6 pm. All COVID procedures will be followed. You must wear a mask at all times and bring your own water bottle.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Good Morning and welcome to Wednesday, May 19, 2021. 

It is a great day and we are glad to see you and we are glad you are here. 

AVID students in Ms. Daniels class are reaching out for your assistance in making their service project a success. The AVID students will be collecting donations for Springfield’s homeless population. 

Here is their message for today. 

We’re doing something great this month. WE are going to help the homeless, but we need your help. Stop by the library and dontae essentials—like socks and t-shirts—for a free donut on May 20th. Donations end tomorrow. So, remember, bring your items for the homeless to the library tomorrow morning. Your donation can earn you a donut.  Collection day is May 19th. If you donate, you will get a donut for your help. 

We did get a call out to many of our community partners —and it looks like we will have enough water to make it through the school year. Now I will ask a couple of things. Don’t assume that because there may be a supply that you should be getting a bottle everyday—We still should seek to reuse the bottle and fill up at the stations. The second part is make sure you recycle. 

One of our partners specifically asked that we remind you to rinse, reuse, recycle—its the environmentally conscious decision to make. 

Attention 6th grade girls who are interested in volleyball. There will be open gyms on Tuesday through Friday for the next two weeks from 4-6 pm. All COVID procedures will be followed. You must wear a mask at all times and bring your own water bottle.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Good Morning and welcome to Tuesday, May 18, 2021. 

It is a great day and we are glad to see you and we are glad you are here. 

We should have completed the LA portion of the MAP test yesterday. I hope you all were able to log on and complete the MAP test on your asynchronous day yesterday. 

We will be reviewing MAP testing information to determine who needs to participate in make ups. If you have to take any make ups, you will be notified in the coming days. 

AVID students in Ms. Daniels class are reaching out for your assistance in making their service project a success. The AVID students will be collecting donations for Springfield’s homeless population. 

Here is their message for today. 

We’re doing something great this month. WE are going to help the homeless, but we need your help. Stop by the library and dontae essentials—like socks and t-shirts—for a free donut on May 20th. Donations end tomorrow. So, remember, bring your items for the homeless to the library tomorrow morning. Your donation can earn you a donut.  Collection day is May 19th. If you donate, you will get a donut for your help. 

We did get a call out to many of our community partners yesterday—and it looks like we will have enough water to make it through the school year. Now I will ask a couple of things. Don’t assume that because there may be a supply that you should be getting a bottle everyday—We still should seek to reuse the bottle and fill up at the stations. The second part is make sure you recycle. 

One of our partners specifically asked that we remind you to rinse, reuse, recycle—its the environmentally conscious decision to make. 

Attention 6th grade girls who are interested in volleyball. There will be open gyms on Tuesday through Friday for the next two weeks from 4-6 pm. All COVID procedures will be followed. You must wear a mask at all times and bring your own water bottle.

Friday, May 14, 2021

Good Morning and welcome to Friday, May 14, 2021. 

It is a great day and we are glad to see you and we are glad you are here. 

We will be completing the LA portion of MAP next Monday on the 17th in the same format. 

The MAP test shows your RIT score. A RIT score is an estimation of a student's instructional level and also measures student progress or growth in school

At each testing phase with MAP, we expect that students will improve their RIT score. There should be academic growth from testing period to testing period. 

Also, we do expect you to take the MAP test seriously and do your best to raise your score. 

AVID students in Ms. Daniels class are reaching out for your assistance in making their service project a success. The AVID students will be collecting donations for Springfield’s homeless population. 

Here is their message for today. 

Over 271 people are homeless in our community. That is 271 people that go hungry; 271 people that don’t have a place to sleep. Talk to Ms. Daniels in the library for information and donate food and other items. Your donation can earn you a donut.  Collection day is May 19th. If you donate, you will get a donut for your help. 

As the weather starts to change and temperatures rise, please think about bringing a water bottle to school for drinking. 

We did get a call out to many of our community partners yesterday—and it looks like we will have enough water to make it through the school year. Now I will ask a couple of things. Don’t assume that because there may be a supply that you should be getting a bottle everyday—We still should seek to reuse the bottle and fill up at the stations. The second part is make sure you recycle. 

One of our partners specifically asked that we remind you to rinse, reuse, recycle—its the environmentally conscious decision to make. 

Attention 6th grade girls who are interested in volleyball. There will be open gyms on Tuesday through Friday for the next two weeks from 4-6 pm. All COVID procedures will be followed. You must wear a mask at all times and bring your own water bottle.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Good Morning and welcome to Thursday, May 13, 2021. 

It is a great day and we are glad to see you and we are glad you are here. 

We will be completing the LA portion of MAP next Monday on the 17th in the same format. 

The MAP test shows your RIT score. A RIT score is an estimation of a student's instructional level and also measures student progress or growth in school

At each testing phase with MAP, we expect that students will improve their RIT score. There should be academic growth from testing period to testing period. 

Also, we do expect you to take the MAP test seriously and do your best to raise your score. 

Don’t forget to take the Canvas survey which should be on Canvas—we will be using this information to improve how we use Canvas as well as prepare you to use Canvas and other applications as we move forward. 

So, please take the survey on Canvas—the survey will close today. 

AVID students in Ms. Daniels class are reaching out for your assistance in making their service project a success. The AVID students will be collecting donations for Springfield’s homeless population. 

Here is their message for today. 

Our AVID team is helping 271 homeless people. If you can donate shampoo, conditioner, grease, brushes, and combs you can bring the donations to WMS on Wednesday, May 19 and donuts will be given to you on the 20th of May. We will deliver everything to Abundant Faith Christian. We are doing this because we can’t see the homeless struggle on the street and not do something.  Collection day is May 19th. If you donate, you will get a donut for your help. 

As the weather starts to change and temperatures rise, please think about bringing a water bottle to school for drinking. 

We did find out yesterday that there are some community organizations that will be donating cases of water to WMS in the near future. 

We are hopeful we will have enough to accommodate your thirst for the remainder of the school year. 

But, in the meantime students, please remember to bring a refillable water bottle to make sure you are staying hydrated. 

Attention 6th grade girls who are interested in volleyball. There will be open gyms on Tuesday through Friday for the next two weeks from 4-6 pm. All COVID procedures will be followed. You must wear a mask at all times and bring your own water bottle.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Good Morning and welcome to Wednesday, May 12, 2021. 

It is a great day and we are glad to see you and we are glad you are here. 

We will be completing the LA portion of MAP next Monday on the 17th in the same format. 

The MAP test shows your RIT score. A RIT score is an estimation of a student's instructional level and also measures student progress or growth in school

At each testing phase with MAP, we expect that students will improve their RIT score. There should be academic growth from testing period to testing period. 

Also, we do expect you to take the MAP test seriously and do your best to raise your score. 

Don’t forget to take the Canvas survey which should be on Canvas—we will be using this information to improve how we use Canvas as well as prepare you to use Canvas and other applications as we move forward. 

So, please take the survey on Canvas—the survey will close next Thursday. 

AVID students in Ms. Daniels class are reaching out for your assistance in making their service project a success. The AVID students will be collecting donations for Springfield’s homeless population. 

Here is their message for today. 

We need your help to help the homeless with donations of food. You can also donate toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, lotion, hand sanitizer, etc. Bring things in by May 19 in the library for a donut at breakfast on May 20. Students will receive a ticket upon donation to redeem the next day in the cafeteria for a donut.  Collection day is May 19th. If you donate, you will get a donut for your help. 

As the weather starts to change and temperatures rise, please think about bringing a water bottle to school for drinking. 

The office has tried to maintain a supply of water for student use, but this supply has become limited and may not be available at all times. 

So, students please remember to bring a refillable water bottle to make sure you are staying hydrated. 

Attention 6th grade girls who are interested in volleyball. There will be open gyms on Tuesday through Friday for the next two weeks from 4-6 pm. All COVID procedures will be followed. You must wear a mask at all times and bring your own water bottle.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021


 

Video announcements

Good Morning and welcome to Tuesday, May 11,  2021. 

It is a great day and we are glad to see you and we are glad you are here. 

One round of MAP testing in the books. On more to go. You should have taken the Math portion of MAP yesterday during your asynchronous learning time. 

I hope you all were able to get it done. 

We will be completing the LA portion of MAP next Monday on the 17th in the same format. 

The MAP test shows your RIT score. A RIT score is an estimation of a student's instructional level and also measures student progress or growth in school

At each testing phase with MAP, we expect that students will improve their RIT score. There should be academic growth from testing period to testing period. 

Also, we do expect you to take the MAP test seriously and do your best to raise your score. 

Don’t forget to take the Canvas survey which should be on Canvas—we will be using this information to improve how we use Canvas as well as prepare you to use Canvas and other applications as we move forward. 

So, please take the survey on Canvas—the survey will close next Thursday. 

AVID students in Ms. Daniels class are reaching out for your assistance in making their service project a success. The AVID students will be collecting donations for Springfield’s homeless population. 

Here is their message. 

There are over 271 homeless people that do not have any food. Many homeless people don’t have a place to sleep. We need to do something about this. We need to help the homeless. Please donate food, socks, essentials and anything to help the homeless. Collection day is May 19th. If you donate, you will get a donut for your help. 

As the weather starts to change and temperatures rise, please think about bringing a water bottle to school for drinking. 

The office has tried to maintain a supply of water for student use, but this supply has become limited and may not be available at all times. 

So, students please remember to bring a refillable water bottle to make sure you are staying hydrated. 

Attention 6th grade girls who are interested in volleyball. There will be open gyms on Tuesday through Friday for the next two weeks from 4-6 pm. All COVID procedures will be followed. You must wear a mask at all times and bring your own water bottle.

Friday, May 7, 2021


 

Good Morning and welcome to Friday, May 7, 2021. 

It is a great day and we are glad to see you and we are glad you are here. 

Coming up on Monday we will be taking the MAP assessment. In fact, we will be taking the MAP test the next 2 Mondays—in math and language arts. 

The MAP test shows your RIT score. A RIT score is an estimation of a student's instructional level and also measures student progress or growth in school

At each testing phase with MAP, we expect that students will improve their RIT score. There should be academic growth from testing period to testing period. 

Also, we do expect you to take the MAP test seriously and do your best to raise your score. 

Also students, please make sure you take the Canvas survey which should be on Canvas—we will be using this information to improve how we use Canvas as well as prepare you to use Canvas and other applications as we move forward. 

So, please take the survey on Canvas—the survey will close next Thursday. 

As the weather starts to change and temperatures rise, please think about bringing a water bottle to school for drinking. 

The office has tried to maintain a supply of water for student use, but this supply has become limited and may not be available at all times. 

So, students please remember to bring a refillable water bottle to make sure you are staying hydrated. 

Attention 6th grade girls who are interested in volleyball. There will be open gyms on Tuesday through Friday for the next two weeks from 4-6 pm. All COVID procedures will be followed. You must wear a mask at all times and bring your own water bottle.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Good morning and welcome to Thursday, May 6, 2021. 

We are glad you are here and it is good to see you. 

Coming up next week we will be taking the MAP assessment. This will be the second time we take the MAP this year. 

If you remember the MAP test shows your RIT score. A RIT score is an estimation of a student's instructional level and also measures student progress or growth in school

At each testing phase with MAP, we expect that students will improve their RIT score. There should be academic growth from testing period to testing period. 

Also, within MAP you get an estimated growth score from session to session. You should either meet the estimated growth or exceed—if possible. 

Now,  with MAP,  this will be taken on the next two Mondays—May 10th and May 17th. 

You will take this asynchronously on Monday from 9:00 am until 1:30. MAP testing can be completed during this window.

Attention 6th grade girls who are interested in playing volleyball. There will be open gyms on Tuesday through Friday for the next two weeks from 4-6pm. All COVID procedures will be followed. You must wear a mask at all times and bring your own water bottle.

Students please remember to follow all COVID guidelines—please maintain adequate social distancing and wear your mask to cover your nose and mouth. 

Students should not be wearing hoodies in the building and cell phones should not be visible in the hallways.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Buenos Días y bienvenidos al cinco de mayo, veinte veinte uno.

We are glad you are here. It is good to see all of you. 

Coming up next week we will be taking the MAP assessment. This will be the second time we take the MAP this year. 

If you remember the MAP test shows your RIT score. A RIT score is an estimation of a student's instructional level and also measures student progress or growth in school

At each testing phase with MAP, we expect that students will improve their RIT score. There should be academic growth from testing period to testing period. 

Also, within MAP you get an estimated growth score from session to session. You should either meet the estimated growth or exceed—if possible. 

Now,  with MAP,  this will be taken on the next two Mondays—May 10th and May 17th. 

You will take this asynchronously on Monday from 9:00 am until 1:30. MAP testing can be completed during this window.

Any troubleshooting that needs to be done with testing during this time will be addressed on these days. 

Moving forward. With the weather changing, students should consider bringing a water vessel to school for drinking. 

We do have some water bottles available for students, but we did run out last week. 

If you receive a water bottle consider reusing it or keeping it—instead requesting a water bottle everyday. 

Today you should see a link to the Canvas survey when you log on to Canvas.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Good morning and welcome to Tuesday, May 4. 

We are glad you are here. It is good to see all of you. 

Coming up next week we will be taking the MAP assessment. This will be the second time we take the MAP this year. 

If you remember the MAP test shows your RIT score. A RIT score is an estimation of a student's instructional level and also measures student progress or growth in school

At each testing phase with MAP, we expect that students will improve their RIT score. There should be academic growth from testing period to testing period. 

Also, within MAP you get an estimated growth score from session to session. You should either meet the estimated growth or exceed—if possible. 

Now,  with MAP,  this will be taken on the next two Mondays—May 10th and May 17th. 

You will take this asynchronously on Monday from 9:00 am until 1:30. MAP testing can be completed during this window.

Any troubleshooting that needs to be done with testing during this time will be addressed on these days. 

Moving forward. With the weather changing, students should consider bringing a water vessel to school for drinking. 

We do have some water bottles available for students, but we did run out last week. 

If you receive a water bottle consider reusing it or keeping it—instead requesting a water bottle everyday. 

Today you should see a link to the Canvas survey when you log on to Canvas.

We are asking that everyone takes this survey. The information provided will help figure out how to better prepare Canvas and other pieces in the future. 

Please answer the questions to the best of your ability. 

Please make sure you are following the social distancing guidelines established by the CDC and  IDPH.

Friday, April 30, 2021


Good morning and welcome to Friday, April 30. 

We are glad you are here. It is good to see all of you. 

State testing is officially over. This week remote students were in the building to take the IAR test and 8th grade remote students also took the ISA assessment. 

Its all over except the make-ups. And, we need to figure out how to get that piece done also. 

The IAR test—is a state standardized test and it measures your performance with other students in the state. 

The data you will receive will be based on similar aged students taking the same test. 

Soon we will be taking another measure—and that will be the MAP assessment. You guys are familiar with the MAP test. We will actually be using this data to help assist planning pieces for school next year. 

So again, it is important that you do your best on the MAP assessment coming up. 

If you remember the MAP test shows your RIT score. A RIT score is an estimation of a student's instructional level and also measures student progress or growth in school

You should expect your RIT score to grow each testing session. 

We only had two this year, but we are hoping to see you make some progress. 

Now, MAP will be taken on one of those asynchronous Monday’s. And we will let you know when. 

Please make sure you are following the social distancing guidelines established by the CDC and  IDPH. 

You must wear your mask covering your nose and mouth. 

You must social distance and keep your hands to yourself. One of the easiest ways for the disease to spread is through direct contact with another individual. And, although you may not be displaying symptoms, you could be a carrier and spread it to others.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Good morning and welcome to Thursday, April 29. 

We are glad you are here. It is good to see all of you. 

We are winding down the month of April and winding down the school year. 

That does not mean we can take our foot off the gas. We still need to be focusing on our academics and improving our outcomes for next year.  

We have done our testing or at least some of it which gives us a baseline of how you are doing at a certain time of year. It is a measure of academic performance. 

The IAR test—is a state standardized test and it measures your performance with other students in the state. 

The data you will receive will be based on similar aged students taking the same test. 

Soon we will be taking another measure—and that will be the MAP assessment. You guys are familiar with the MAP test. We will actually be using this data to help assist planning pieces for school next year. 

So again, it is important that you do your best on the MAP assessment coming up. 

Now, MAP will be taken on one of those asynchronous Monday’s. And we will let you know when. 

Funny thing happened today. As I was reminding a student to social distance—as I do, the student said to me—Coronavirus is over. 

I hope you guys don’t really believe that—because it is alive and well and still causing issues. 

So, please make sure you are following the social distancing guidelines established by the CDC and  IDPH. 

You must wear your mask covering your nose and mouth. 

You must social distance and keep your hands to yourself. One of the easiest ways for the disease to spread is through direct contact with another individual. And, although you may not be displaying symptoms, you could be a carrier and spread it to others.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021


 

Good morning and welcome to Wednesday, April 28. 

We are glad you are here. It is good to see all of you. 

Ok. Today, I’m going to get right to it. 

Students I have to mention: we are still in a pandemic—there is still the possibility of the potential to spread COVID.

I am not sure if many of you realize that this is the case. 

And I say that because it seems we are becoming too comfortable with following the guidelines set forth by the CDC and IDPH. 

You must wear your mask covering your nose and mouth. 

You must social distance and keep your hands to yourself. One of the easiest ways for the disease to spread is through direct contact with another individual. And, although you may not be displaying symptoms, you could be a carrier and spread it to others. 

Students I don’t know how to stress this enough. We should not be purposely making contact with others—hugging, grabbing, hitting. 

Students if you come into contact with a person that is positive, you could be out of school for up to 10 days. 14 depending on the nature of the persons symptoms. 

Also, it is important in your classroom that you sit in the same seat daily. You should not be moving around the classroom switching seats. 

It is important that you stay in the same seat because if a person around you is positive, where you are located to that person determines whether or not you are infected—or affected. 

Again, this important information because we are still in a pandemic. 

Also a reminder with dress code. Hoodies should not be worn with hoods up in the building. 

Keep your cell phones off and out of sight during classroom time and in the hallways. 

Students continue to follow the social distancing guidelines in the hallways. We expect that students know how to adequately walk in the hallways and wear their masks properly. 

We will continue to remind. 

Also students be aware—hoodies should not be worn with the hood on anywhere in the building. We should not be wearing your hoodies with the hood on in classroom or hallways. 

Cell phones should not be visible in the hallways.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

 

Good morning and welcome to Tuesday, April 27. 

We are glad you are here. It is good to see all of you. 

Ok. Today, I’m going to get right to it. 

Students I have to mention: we are still in a pandemic—there is still the possibility of the potential to spread COVID.

I am not sure if many of you realize that this is the case. 

And I say that because it seems we are becoming too comfortable with following the guidelines set forth by the CDC and IDPH. 

You must wear your mask covering your nose and mouth. 

You must social distance and keep your hands to yourself. One of the easiest ways for the disease to spread is through direct contact with another individual. And, although you may not be displaying symptoms, you could be a carrier and spread it to others. 

Students I don’t know how to stress this enough. We should not be purposely making contact with others—hugging, grabbing, hitting. 

Students if you come into contact with a person that is positive, you could be out of school for up to 10 days. 14 depending on the nature of the persons symptoms. 

Also, it is important in your classroom that you sit in the same seat daily. You should not be moving around the classroom switching seats. 

It is important that you stay in the same seat because if a person around you is positive, where you are located to that person determines whether or not you are infected—or affected. 

Again, this important information because we are still in a pandemic. 

Also a reminder with dress code. Hoodies should not be worn with hoods up in the building. 

Keep your cell phones off and out of sight during classroom time and in the hallways. 

Students continue to follow the social distancing guidelines in the hallways. We expect that students know how to adequately walk in the hallways and wear their masks properly. 

We will continue to remind. 

Also students be aware—hoodies should not be worn with the hood on anywhere in the building. We should not be wearing your hoodies with the hood on in classroom or hallways. 

Cell phones should not be visible in the hallways.

Friday, April 23, 2021

Good morning and welcome to Friday, April 23. 

We are glad you are here. It is good to see all of you. 

IAR makeups will continue today. We will be doing makeups until all students have completed their assessments. 

Guidance will be notifying students and teachers of where to go for makeups.

Again those students testing need to perform their very best on the assessment if you are called for make ups.  

Progress report grades will be coming out this week. 

Students continue to follow the social distancing guidelines in the hallways. We expect that students know how to adequately walk in the hallways and wear their masks properly. 

We will continue to remind. 

Also students be aware—hoodies should not be worn with the hood on anywhere in the building. We should not be wearing your hoodies with the hood on in classroom or hallways. 

Cell phones should not be visible in the hallways.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

 

Good morning and welcome to Thursday, April 22. 

We are glad you are here. It is good to see all of you. 

IAR makeups will continue today. We will be doing makeups until all students have completed their assessments. 

Guidance will be notifying students and teachers of where to go for makeups.

Again those students testing need to perform their very best on the assessment if you are called for make ups.  

Progress report grades will be coming out this week. 

I hope that after four quarters you have made some improvement. 

If not, there is still time to get your grades up before the quarter ends. Remember you can get assistance through tutoring, office hours, or lunch time opportunities. 

Students it is proven that if you are aware of your status with grades and make efforts to improve, you start to feel better about school and yourself.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Good morning and welcome to Wednesday, April 21. 

We are glad you are here. It is good to see all of you. 

IAR makeups will continue today. We will be doing makeups until all students have completed their assessments. 

Guidance will be notifying students and teachers of where to go for makeups.

Again those students testing need to perform their very best on the assessment if you are called for make ups.  

Progress report grades will be coming out this week. 

I hope that after four quarters you have made some improvement. 

If not, there is still time to get your grades up before the quarter ends. Remember you can get assistance through tutoring, office hours, or lunch time opportunities. 

Students it is proven that if you are aware of your status with grades and make efforts to improve, you start to feel better about school and yourself. 

So, take a little pride in yourself and check what you may need to do to end the year successfully. 

Students a quick heads up. If you are asked to social distance in the hallway or elsewhere—it does not mean you have to stop or slow your pace. 

Walk at you normal pace and the person behind you should do the same. 

Now this does not mean walk fast and pass anyone—it just means try to walk with the flow of traffic. 

Please walk on the right side of the hall—not in middle—or on the left—everyone on the right side. 

Also students—I am seeing a lot of noses. I should not see your nose if you are wearing a mask. 

Remember—your nose is a potential entry way or exit for the virus—please be mindful of others and keep everyone safe.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Good morning and welcome to Tuesday, April 20. 

We are glad you are here. It is good to see all of you. 

IAR state testing is officially over except for the make ups. 

Guidance will be notifying students and teachers this week of students that are in need of making up any part of the IAR assessment. 

Again those students testing need to perform their very best on the assessment if you are called for make ups.  

Progress report grades will be coming out this week. 

I hope that after four quarters you have made some improvement. 

If not, there is still time to get your grades up before the quarter ends. Remember you can get assistance through tutoring, office hours, or lunch time opportunities. 

We have already seen students improve their grade by coming to tutoring or getting extra assistance at lunch. 

Students that what these opportunities are for—for you to learn and be successful. 

The problem is: it doesn’t work if you do not take advantage of the opportunity. 

So, know when you need assistance and know where to go for help .

Again,

It is your choice to improve.

Friday, April 16, 2021

 

Good morning and welcome to Friday, April 16. 

It has been a long week of testing and we are just about complete. 

Today, 8th grade will be finishing up the state series of test with the Illinois Science Assessment. 

Some of you may have make ups to complete over the next couple of days, but we will be returning to a regular schedule next week. 

Again, I hope you put some effort into your performance on this assessment. 

Progress report grades will be coming out next week. 

I hope that after four quarters you have made some improvement. 

If not, there is still time to get your grades up before the quarter ends. Remember you can get assistance through tutoring, office hours, or lunch time opportunities. 

It is your choice to improve. 
Information is available for interested 8th grade students on high school tryouts for Poms, Dance, and cheerleading tryouts. Please check the websites for more information.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Good morning and welcome to Thursday, April 15. 

For all grade levels this is the final day of IAR testing. Eighth grade students will take the Illinois Science Assessment tomorrow to end the week. 

I hope everyone is putting forth good effort in completing these tests. Again, all Illinois schools are taking the IAR and the scores will be examined and critiqued. 

I know anytime I am going to be examined or critiqued I want to make sure I am at my best. You should too. 

So let’s put forth some effort. 

Students continue to follow the guidelines set by the CDC and IDPH. We will continue to monitor your progress. 

Progress report grades are due Friday. Make sure you are checking your academic progress and are all caught up with any necessary assignments. 

We have run into some issues with eligibility and need for all students to make sure you are knowing and understanding what is due. 

Students don’t forget, if you need assistance with work you can contact your teachers during office hours or attend tutoring sessions. You can check the website for times. 

Information is available for interested 8th grade students on high school tryouts for Poms, Dance, and cheerleading tryouts. Please check the websites for more information.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Good morning and welcome to Wednesday, April 14. 

Great day yesterday in building. Across the board we are seeing students improve their behavior in the hallways. 

Great social distancing and volume level. 

Is it perfect? No, not yet, but we are getting there and that is a start. 

So good job, Warriors. 

So today, again we will be taking the IAR test. Students please become familiar with your schedule for the day. 

We know this is different from the regular school day, but it is important. 

Remember, every student in Illinois is required to take this assessment. 

It is important that you do your very best.

Testing will continue tomorrow for all grade levels and 8th grade will have an additional Science assessment on Friday. 

Make sure you are charging your computers every night and bringing your charge cord to school with you daily. 

Good luck. 

There is information out there on dance squads, cheerleading, poms for interested 8th graders. If you are interested in opportunities at Lanphier and now Springfield High, please check out their websites for more information.

Tuesday, April 13.

Good morning and welcome to Tuesday, April 13. 

 

Today you will be taking the Illinois Assessment of Readiness. This assessment is required by the state and all Illinois students will be taking this test

 

It is important that you do your very best on the test. 

 

In order to be a peak performance for this assessment, please make sure you are getting a good night’s sleep and you are well rested. 

 

Also, you should be sure to eat breakfast so you have all your energy. 

 

Please listen to your teachers carefully this week. The schedule has been modified to accommodate testing. All grade levels will test on a modified schedule through Thursday. 

 

Eighth grade will have one final test on Friday—This will be the Illinois Science Assessment. 

 

Again, students should be giving their very best effort on the assessments this week. 

 

Also make sure you are charging your computers every night and bringing your charge cord to school with you daily. 

 

Good luck. 

 

Students please remember to adhere to the social distancing guidelines as discussed over the last couple of weeks. 

 

These will remain in place until further notice. 

 

There is information out there on dance squads, cheerleading, poms for interested 8th graders. If you are interested in opportunities at Lanphier and now Springfield High, please check out their websites for more information.

Friday, April 9, 2021

Good morning and welcome to Friday, April 9, 2021. 

It has been a long week and we all have had to make a lot of adjustments, but we made it through. 

It has actually been a good week given the magnitude of what we have had to contend with. 

I know we were just getting used to doing school 2 days a week and now we have to go four. Man, give me a break, right?

Well no matter. You have made this adjustment and hopefully we will be able to continue getting better at this. 

As you may have heard, we have been making this adjustment with school and learning now for over a year. 

That is hard to imagine, but the district, the school, and your teachers have been working hard to try to provide you the opportunity to learn. 

And, as you see, we have multiple options for your learning. This has not been an easy process. 

It has also been a struggle for many of you. Your sleep habits have changed and it is hard to get back into a routine. There are a lot of difficulties still to overcome.

But I do want to mention, despite our best efforts to assist you in learning, none of it is going to work if you do not choose to educate yourself. 

Remember, it is your choice to learn. Your choice to open the Chromebook and go to Canvas and complete assignments. 

Your choice to gain an upper hand on your future. That is up to  you. 

Alright enough soapboxing...Students, please remember to follow social distancing guidelines in the hallways. 

Also, 7th grade students should use the front stairway at all times to pass to classes. Please do not come through the eighth grade hallway. 

Please use the front stairs.

Thursday, April 8, 2021


 

Big improvement yesterday with the social distancing in the hallways. It is not perfect yet, but it was a notable difference. 

I think it is important to remember that with anything new, there is a period of adjustment. We have to take time to get used to some things. This new transition is not any different. 

It will take us some time to get used to the expectations and how to work together to make it work. 

Key word there—we are going have to work together to make this work. So, the sooner we are all on the same page, the sooner we will all feel better about what we are doing. 

But I did want to say—we had a notable improvement from one day to the next. Let’s keep that up. 

Next Friday, The last progress report is due. This will be the last one for the school year—and the fourth quarter. 

I think I mentioned already the importance of finishing strong this quarter. 

Your grades this quarter affect quite a bit for next semester—classes, schedules, and eligibility—That is eligibility for athletics and for some of you driver’s education. 

This would be the time to show what you have learned and what you can do. So let’s rock this progress report and rock this quarter—I know you can do it. 

Students please make sure you are charging your computers every night and please bring your chargers to school with you everyday. 

Next week will begin taking our state assessment, the IAR. This assessment is required of all students attending public schools in Illinois. 

Please make sure you do your best on this assessment.  It is a measure of your academic progress to this point. 

There is information out there on dance squads, cheerleading, poms for interested 8th graders. If you are interested in opportunities at Lanphier and now Springfield High, please check out their websites for more information.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Good Morning and welcome to Wednesday, April 7,  2021.

Big news, we are now attending classes four days a week in the hybrid and remote setting. 

Four days a week and no alternating days. So make sure you are getting up to come to school Tuesday through Friday and make sure you are waking up for classes at home everyday. 

You will still need to use asynchronous attendance button on Mondays for attendance. 

It appears we are still struggling with a couple of things. I don’t want to specifically call out any grade level, but there is one in particular that is still having difficulty adapting to the 6 ft guidance in the hallways. 

Many of you have asked, is it 3 or 6 ft. Well, it is actually both. The CDC and Illinois Department of Health have issued new social distancing guidelines, but they are complicated. They do allow to bring more students into the class at a 3 ft distance, but they also recommend 6 ft under certain circumstances. 

We are still recommending at WMS, that in the halls, you maintain a six foot distance from the person nearest to you. So, we would expect that in the hallway you are walking on the right side of the hall at 6 ft. 

Also, you may notice that each grade level is in a particular part of the building. Also, each grade level has a particular stairway to use. 

Students please make sure you are charging your computers every night and please bring your chargers to school with you everyday. 

Next week will begin taking our state assessment, the IAR. This assessment is required of all students attending public schools in Illinois. 

Please make sure you do your best on this assessment.  It is a measure of your academic progress to this point. 

Information on Cheer and Poms tryouts is now available on the Lanphier High School website. Any 8th grader interested in trying out for Poms or Cheer at Lanphier High School must view this important information. Again, it is available on the LHS website. 

Let’s get this. Time to shine, Warriors.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

 

Good Morning and welcome to Tuesday, April 6, 2021.

Welcome back after the four day weekend. I hope everybody got an opportunity to relax and recharge as we head into the final stretch of the school year.

Big news, we are now attending classes four days a week in the hybrid and remote setting. 

Four days a week and no alternating days. So make sure you are getting up to come to school Tuesday through Friday and make sure you are waking up for classes at home everyday. 

You will still need to use asynchronous attendance button on Mondays for attendance. 

If you remember before the long weekend, we talked about a couple of things. 

Many of you have asked, is it 3 or 6 ft. Well, it is actually both. The CDC and Illinois Department of Health have issued new social distancing guidelines, but they are complicated. They do allow to bring more students into the class at a 3 ft distance, but they also recommend 6 ft under certain circumstances. 

We are still recommending at WMS, that in the halls, you maintain a six foot distance from the person nearest to you. So, we would expect that in the hallway you are walking on the right side of the hall at 6 ft. 

Also, you may notice that each grade level is in a particular part of the building. Also, each grade level has a particular stairway to use. 

6th grade has no stairs and classrooms are located in the hallway closest to the cafeteria. 

7th grade uses the front stairs and their classes are in the first hallway upstairs and 219—7th grade should use the front stairs only—please do not walk down the upstairs hallway to use the back stairs.

8th grade uses the back entrance as well as the back staircase to access upstairs classes. 

Students please make sure you are charging your computers every night and please bring your chargers to school with you everyday. 

We will be taking state assessments soon and we need your devices in working order. 
Information on Cheer and Poms tryouts is now available on the Lanphier High School website. Any 8th grader interested in trying out for Poms or Cheer at Lanphier High School must view this important information. Again, it is available on the LHS website.

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Good Morning and welcome to Thursday, April 1, 2021.

Today is a B day for students.

So, this is essentially the last day we will be using that sort of information to describe the beginning of the day. Next week, A and B students will be here in the hybrid setting. 

And, remote students you will be expected to be present on Zooms with your teachers everyday starting on Tuesday. 

So, no separation. Everybody coming to the same party at the same time ? Should be interesting. 

Again, that starts next Tuesday. Remember, we do not have school tomorrow or Monday. Monday you will not have to work on any asynchronous assignments, but Tuesday we return in the new setting. 

I am going to try and clear up a couple items before next week. 

Many of you have asked, is it 3 or 6 ft. Well, it is actually both. The CDC and Illinois Department of Health have issued new social distancing guidelines, but they are complicated. They do allow to bring more students into the class at a 3 ft distance, but they also recommend 6 ft under certain circumstances. 

We are still recommending at WMS, that in the halls, you maintain a six foot distance from the person nearest to you. So, we would expect that in the hallway you are walking on the right side of the hall at 6 ft. 

Also, you may notice that each grade level is in a particular part of the building. Also, each grade level has a particular stairway to use. 

6th grade has no stairs and classrooms are located in the hallway closest to the cafeteria. 

7th grade uses the front stairs and their classes are in the first hallway upstairs and 219—7th grade should use the front stairs only—please do not walk down the upstairs hallway to use the back stairs.

8th grade uses the back entrance as well as the back staircase to access upstairs classes. 

Students please make sure you are charging your computers every night and please bring your chargers to school with you everyday. 

We will be taking state assessments soon and we need your devices in working order. 
Information on Cheer and Poms tryouts is now available on the Lanphier High School website. Any 8th grader interested in trying out for Poms or Cheer at Lanphier High School must view this important information. Again, it is available on the LHS website.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Good Morning and welcome to Wednesday, March 31, 2021.

Today is a B day for students.

You may have heard the news from the district. After the Easter Break, on April 6, we will be returning to operating 4 days a week for hybrid and remote students. 

So what does that mean for you?

Well, it means you will have to come to school everyday—Tuesday thru Friday—no more every other day—no more A B schedule. 

This is true whether you are a hybrid or remote student. 

So, there are a number of things we need to work on before next week. I need all students to remember the social distancing guidelines. 

Someone asked me today if they had changed. 

There are some exceptions for 3 ft., but we are still maintaining 6 ft distance in the hallways. Which means—if you are walking on the right side of the hallway, you should be single file. 

There are many cases where we are having to remind students to not walk together in the hallways. 

I need you guys to get this right before next week. Remember—we will essentially double the number of students next week. 

We want everything to go smoothly—so let’s get it right now. 

Remember we are in the fourth quarter—this is time to shine Warriors.

Let’s show that we know how to do this. I know that we can. 

So, remember—social distancing in the hallway at 6 ft, your mask must cover your nose and mouth, and remember to wash your hands. 

Information on Cheer and Poms tryouts is now available on the Lanphier High School website. Any 8th grader interested in trying out for Poms or Cheer at Lanphier High School must view this important information. Again, it is available on the LHS website.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Good Morning and welcome to Tuesday, March 30, 2021.

Today is an A day for students.

You may have heard the news from the district. After the Easter Break, on April 6, we will be returning to operating 4 days a week for hybrid and remote students. 

So what does that mean for you?

Well, it means you will have to come to school everyday—Tuesday thru Friday—no more every other day—no more A B schedule. 

This is true whether you are a hybrid or remote student. 

Students in school, you may notice over the next couple of days, more desks will be added to the classrooms to accommodate more students being in the classroom. 

We do know that some of the guidance has changed concerning seating in the classrooms, with students wearing masks. 

That is the only change that is in place at this time. 

Otherwise in the building, students are still expected to wear their mask—covering their nose and mouth. You are also still expected to social distance in the hallways, cafeteria, and other spaces of the building at 6ft. 

As I have mentioned over the last couple of days, students these guidelines will be in place for a while, so please make sure that you follow them on a regular basis. 

As the time nears, please make sure you anticipate this change. We will continue to monitor your needs and make adjustments prior to April 6.

Friday, March 26, 2021

Good Morning and welcome to Friday, March 26, 2021.

Today is a B day for students.

You may have heard the news from the district. After the Easter Break, on April 6, we will be returning to operating 4 days a week for hybrid and remote students. 

So what does that mean for you?

Well, it means you will have to come to school everyday—Tuesday thru Friday—no more every other day—no more A B schedule. 

This is true whether you are a hybrid or remote student. 

Students in school, you may notice over the next couple of days, more desks will be added to the classrooms to accommodate more students being in the classroom. 

We do know that some of the guidance has changed concerning seating in the classrooms, with students wearing masks. 

That is the only change that is in place at this time. 

Otherwise in the building, students are still expected to wear their mask—covering their nose and mouth. You are also still expected to social distance in the hallways, cafeteria, and other spaces of the building at 6ft. 

As I have mentioned over the last couple of days, students these guidelines will be in place for a while, so please make sure that you follow them on a regular basis. 

As the time nears, please make sure you anticipate this change. We will continue to monitor your needs and make adjustments prior to April 6. 
 

Attention 7th and 8th Grade Girls Basketball players. There will be practice on Monday 3/29 from 1:45 - 2:45. Pictures will also be taken during this practice so please be sure to bring your uniforms with you.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Good morning and welcome to Thursday, March 25, 2021. 

Today is an A day for students. 

Students—some good news. In just the short time that we have been having students work during the lunch hour, 

Guess what has occurred? 

That is right, students that have been attending for this short time, have already seen their grade improve. 

Yes. Why is that? Well we know that sometimes just getting clarity on an assignment or being able to ask a question about something you’re are not clear on, can help you to better understand what you are to be doing or help get you started. 

And, you may not be able to ask during your regular class time, but in a smaller setting or when you are given time to get it done, you may be more comfortable asking. 

I don’t know. We do know that many students are making improvements by taking advantage of the time. 

Don’t forget there are other opportunities also to improve your academics—teacher office hours—after school tutoring

Check our website for dates and times and talk to your teacher about their availability.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Good morning and welcome to Wednesday, March 24, 2021. 

Today is a B day for students. 

Students, as the fourth quarter is in full swing, please be aware of those opportunities to improve your learning and your academics.  

I mention it all the time and some of you may think—why is he talking about this again….

Well..for a couple of reasons. Students when we look at our overall school data, we can see that many of you are struggling with getting work done, or in some cases, doing any work at all. 

To address this, we have many opportunities set up for you either to ask questions about work, receive clarification on work, or have the time to complete work. 

Teacher office hours, tutoring at grade levels, and the opportunity to work on assignments over the lunch hour are all options for you to improve academically. 

The next step is up to you. You have to be aware of the opportunities that are afforded to you. Take advantage of them. 

We want to see you all be successful. You have to want to be successful. So start determining how you want to end this school year. 

Let's make it the best you can do. That’s what we expect. You’re best. So let’s do it.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Good morning and welcome to Tuesday, March 23, 2021.

Today is an A day for students. 

Students, as the fourth quarter is in full swing, please be aware of those opportunities to improve your learning and your academics.  

I mention it all the time and some of you may think—why is he talking about this again….

Well..for a couple of reasons. Students when we look at our overall school data, we can see that many of you are struggling with getting work done, or in some cases, doing any work at all. 

To address this, we have many opportunities set up for you either to ask questions about work, receive clarification on work, or have the time to complete work. 

Teacher office hours, tutoring at grade levels, and the opportunity to work on assignments over the lunch hour are all options for you to improve academically. 

The next step is up to you. You have to be aware of the opportunities that are afforded to you. Take advantage of them. 

We want to see you all be successful. You have to want to be successful. So start determining how you want to end this school year. 

Let's make it the best you can do. That’s what we expect. You’re best. So let’s do it.

Friday, March 19, 2021

Good morning and welcome to Friday, March 19,  2021.

Today is a B day for students. 

Welcome to Friday. 

Hope you had a great week this week. The first week of the fourth quarter. 

I did however discover that I was misspeaking when it came to how many weeks were left before the end of the year. 

There are actually about 11 wks left—so my apologies for likely giving you false hopes for getting out a little early—

Nonetheless, we are in the fourth quarter and there a few weeks, some weeks, weeks left in this school year. 

Clean slate for many of you. A chance to show what you really know and what you can really accomplish these next few weeks. 

We’re excited to watch you get to work and grow this quarter. 

Remember tutoring, office hours, focusing in class, checking assignments, using the attendance banner—are all ways that you can improve your current academic standing.
 

8th grade student of the week

  • Avery Gentry-Remote
  • Heaven Stewart- Remote
  • Javon Washington- Hybrid
  • Quincy Thomas- Hybrid

If you are interested in running track please listen to the following information. Girls track tryouts will be held on 3/22 from 2:30 - 4:00 at WMS. Please make arrangements for your own transportation to and from tryouts. Please wear a mask and bring your own personal water bottle.

Thursday, March 18, 2021


 

Good morning and welcome to Thursday, March 18, 2021.

Today is an A day for students. 

I have repeated this much of the week. The fact that we are in the fourth quarter and the fact that we only have a few weeks left before the end of the school year. 

To some degree, both of those things are true statements. 

I did however discover that I was misspeaking when it came to how many weeks were left before the end of the year. 

There are actually about 11 wks left—so my apologies for likely giving you false hopes for getting out a little early—

Nonetheless, we are in the fourth quarter and there a few weeks, some weeks, weeks left in this school year. 

Regardless, you still have time to make sure you are finishing the year the best you can. 

Remember tutoring, office hours, focusing in class, checking assignments, using the attendance banner—are all ways that you can improve your current academic standing.

If you are interested in running track please listen to the following information. Girls track tryouts will be held on 3/22 from 2:30 - 4:00 at WMS. Please make arrangements for your own transportation to and from tryouts. Please wear a mask and bring your own personal water bottle.

 

8th grade student of the week


  • Avery Gentry-Remote

  • Heaven Stewart- Remote

  • Javon Washington- Hybrid

  • Quincy Thomas- Hybrid

Wednesday, March 17, 2021


Good morning and welcome to Wednesday, March 17, 2021.

 

Today is a B day for students.

 

Students in case you didn't know, we are now officially in the 4th quarter. 

 

I know—it is a little hard to believe, but we are about 8 weeks away from the end of the school year. 

 

What does that mean for you?  Well it depends. It depends on a lot of things. 

 

First you should continue to check your grades and monitor your assignments as always. Some of you may have the opportunity to improve your performance by just seeing and completing a missing assignment.  Others may have to get more assistance. 

 

Do know where you can go to get that extra help—check your teacher’s office hours—or check for tutoring times and dates. 

 

You can attend either of these to help raise your performance. 

 

Boys track practice will be today after school from 2:30 to 4:00 pm. 

 

There will be 7th and 8th grade girls basketball practice today from 2:30 - 4:00. Please wear a mask, bring your own water bottle and make arrangements to and from practice if needed. There will be an activity bus leaving WMS at 4:15. In order to play basketball you will need to have a current sports physical on file at the school. Please speak to Mr. Richardson if you have any questions about physicals or basketball in general.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Good morning and welcome to Tuesday, March 16, 2021.

Today is an A day for students. 

And today—we are officially in the fourth quarter of the school year. 

Again, it may be hard to believe, but in as little as about 8 weeks we will officially call this school year over. 

Amazing isn’t it?

So what does that mean for you from here on out?

Well, first and foremost, as always—you should continue to monitor your performance on a daily basis. 

Make sure you are checking your assignments and keeping up with your attendance by either coming to class—or using the attendance banner located on our website. 

You can also take advantage of tutoring or other opportunities to either get help or take some time to get work done. 

That is a start—

Because honestly, moving forward, if you are not doing those things at a minimum, you are going to make it difficult for yourself in the future. 

The district has started making plans for summer school and the possibilities for next year. 

You can make your plans for next year now also. Plan to be productive, plan to your best, and plan to be a success. You have all the tools you need to do just that. 

If you are interested in running track this year at WMS please listen to the following information. Boys track tryouts will be on Tuesday 3/16 from 2:30 - 4:00 at WMS. The first practice will be on 3/17 from 2:30 - 4:00 for team members. Please make arrangements to school and home if needed. There will be an activity bus leaving WMS at 4:00.

Friday, March 12, 2021

Good morning WMS and welcome to Friday, March 12. 

Today is an B day for students. 

A couple of reminders—please be sure to check our website or contact your teachers for help sessions if you find you are falling behind. 

For the third quarter, the last day to turn in assignments for improvement is actually today. March 12. 

This week, I have seen a lot more students taking an interest in coming to tutoring. So kudos to you kids for staying on top of things. 

We would like to see more of you getting involved in your learning and improving your academics. 

You can check for the tutoring times and dates on our website, or as always, you can check with your teacher and sign up for office hours. 

Office hours are everyday. 

I know to many of you this may sound like a broken record, but, again, we need you to be aware of your learning—and if you are needing help to improve your grade, we are trying to create that opportunity for you. 

 8th grade girls who are interested in playing basketball for WMS. 8th grade tryouts will be on Friday March the 12th from 2:30 - 4:00. Please make arrangements for your own transportation to and from the tryout if needed. An activity bus will be available leaving WMS at 4:15 as well. Please wear a mask and bring your own personal water bottle. In order to be eligible to try out you must have passed four out of six of your classes or five out of your seven classes from the first semester. 

Also, starting next Tuesday, track tryouts will start for boys. Tryouts will be held after school starting at 2:30. If it is raining, boys will tryout on Wednesday at the same time. You need to make arrangements for transportation to and from the tryouts. Although if needed, activity buses will be available. 

Participating students must have a current physical on file. So, boys interested in running track, tryouts are next week.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

 

Good morning WMS and welcome to Thursday, March 11. 

 

Today is an A day for students. 

 

A couple of reminders—please be sure to check our website or contact your teachers for help sessions if you find you are falling behind. 

 

For the third quarter, the last day to turn in assignments for improvement is actually tomorrow. March 12. I know that time kind of snuck up on us, but that is what it is. 

 

The good news is that I have seen more students taking an interest in their learning by staying after school for tutoring sessions. So kudos to you kids for staying on top of things. 

 

We would like to se4e more of you getting involved in your learning and improving your academics. 

 

You can check for the tutoring times and dates on our website, or as always, you can check with your teacher and sign up for office hours. 

 

Office hours are everyday. 

 

I know to many of you this may sound like a broken record, but, again, we need you to be aware of your learning—and if you are needing help to improve your grade, we are trying to create that opportunity for you. 


 

Attention 7th and 8th grade girls who are interested in playing basketball for WMS. 7th grade tryouts will be held on Thursday March the 11th from 2:30 - 4:00. 8th grade tryouts will be on Friday March the 12th from 2:30 - 4:00. Please make arrangements for your own transportation to and from the tryout if needed. An activity bus will be available leaving WMS at 4:15 as well. Please wear a mask and bring your own personal water bottle. In order to be eligible to try out you must have passed four out of six of your classes or five out of your seven classes from the first semester.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Good morning WMS and welcome to Wednesday, March 10. 

Today is a B day for students. 

Welcome back. I hope you all enjoyed your break. It was welcomed and needed. 

As we return to learn, again we are constantly looking for ways to improve this process. 

And yes, we are coming up on a year of doing school differently. It has been challenging. 

How are we looking to help? Students remember there are multiple opportunities for you to gain a better understanding of assignments or improve your grades. Teachers have office hours everyday—

This is a chance for you to touch base with your teacher about assignments or even have a chat about something you may not understand. But you have to let them know you would like to meet. Office hours are available everyday. 

Also, there are opportunities for you to attend tutoring sessions to help improve your grade or give you a greater understanding of content. The days and times for tutoring are available on our website. 

Check our website for updates and more information concerning athletics and other important pieces to keep you up to date. 

Also, students remember to check you Canvas page for attendance and assignments on your asynchronous days. 

Attention 7th and 8th grade girls who are interested in playing basketball for WMS. 7th grade tryouts will be held on Thursday March the 11th from 2:30 - 4:00. 8th grade tryouts will be on Friday March the 12th from 2:30 - 4:00. Please make arrangements for your own transportation to and from the tryout if needed. An activity bus will be available leaving WMS at 4:15 as well. Please wear a mask and bring your own personal water bottle. In order to be eligible to try out you must have passed four out of six of your classes or five out of your seven classes from the first semester.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

 

Good morning WMS and welcome to Tuesday March 9. 

Today is an A day for students. 

Welcome back. I hope you all enjoyed your break. It was welcomed and needed. 

As we return to learn, again we are constantly looking for ways to improve this process. 

And yes, we are coming up on a year of doing school differently. It has been challenging. 

How are we looking to help? Students remember there are multiple opportunities for you to gain a better understanding of assignments or improve your grades. Teachers have office hours everyday—

This is a chance for you to touch base with your teacher about assignments or even have a chat about something you may not understand. But you have to let them know you would like to meet. Office hours are available everyday. 

Also, there are opportunities for you to attend tutoring sessions to help improve your grade or give you a greater understanding of content. The days and times for tutoring are available on our website. 

Check our website for updates and more information concerning athletics and other important pieces to keep you up to date. 

Also, students remember to check you Canvas page for attendance and assignments on your asynchronous days. 

Attention 7th and 8th grade girls who are interested in playing basketball for WMS. 7th grade tryouts will be held on Thursday March the 11th from 2:30 - 4:00. 8th grade tryouts will be on Friday March the 12th from 2:30 - 4:00. Please make arrangements for your own transportation to and from the tryout if needed. An activity bus will be available leaving WMS at 4:15 as well. Please wear a mask and bring your own personal water bottle. In order to be eligible to try out you must have passed four out of six of your classes or five out of your seven classes from the first semester.

February 26, 2021

Good morning and welcome to Friday, February 26. 

Today is a B day. 

We made it. Remember starting next week we will be on Spring Break. Spring Break is March 1 thru March 5. We return to school on March 8—or rather 9 for A day students. 

Students you will have to check on March 8 for any assignments you may have in Canvas, the intranet, and Google Classroom. You will also have to use the attendance link on the 8th. 

Please try to remember—

Attention Warriors! If you are interested in trying out for 7th/8th grade girls basketball and/or participating in track and field please fill out the athletic interest survey on the WMS website. Tryouts will be held after spring break. Please pay attention to the announcements for times and dates.

We are starting to see more sports opportunities open up as we head into the spring. 

The big discovery for many potential athletes this year has been in order to participate in sports, you must not be failing any classes. 

In other words—you must be in good academic standing. 

So keep in mind, if you are wanting to participate in track, or you are wanting to participate in girls basketball, you must maintain….what? That’s right, good grades. 

It is up to you students.

Some great opportunities coming up for athletes. 

We have our YouTube channel up and running and we are live streaming athletic and other events at the school. Make sure you have signed up for the WMS YouTube channel. 

Alright, it is Friday—Everybody have a good day and enjoy your break. We will see you after next week. 

Take care.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Good morning, and welcome to Thursday, February 25. 

Today is an A day for students. 

Students it is the Thursday before Spring Break. The countdown continues. —

So next week you have some time off. How about before that time comes, you head down to the library and find that book you may need to read during the break. The library has tons of titles and they are just right for your reading needs. 

Check out the library before break. It would be a good way to spend your time. 

Take that time over break to reevaluate the rest of this school year and plan to move forward in a positive way.  

Continuing on this week with our BHM celebrations. 

Tonight we wrap up with our BHM showcase. 

Our BHM quote today comes from Oscar winning african american actor Denzel Washington—he states, “You pray for rain, you have to deal with the mud too. That’s a part of it.”

 

8th grade students of the week- Way to go!

Carma Little - Hybrid

Heaven Stark- Hybrid

Ian Cook- Remote

Kamryn Warfield-Remote

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Good morning, and welcome to Wednesday, February 24. 

Today is a B day for students. 

Students you may not know this, but this is last Wednesday before spring break—

That’s right spring break. It kind of snuck up on me this year. But spring break starts next Monday March 1 thru March 5th. Isn’t that great news?

So next week you have some time off. How about that? How many of you are finally going to read that book you have been wanting to read, but haven’t had time?

Right—

But Spring Break is a time for you to relax and get away from the routine for a while. 

It is my hope that you take some time during this break to set some goals for yourself and think about coming back to finish the year strong. 

Continuing on this week with our BHM celebrations. 

Thursday we will have our final event of the month as February wraps up. Thursday will be the BHM showcase. We hope to see you all there. 

Our BHM quote today comes from Michelle Obama—she states, “Just try new things. Don’t be afraid. Step out of your comfort zone and soar.”

8th grade students of the week- Way to go!

Carma Little - Hybrid

Heaven Stark- Hybrid

Ian Cook- Remote

Kamryn Warfield-Remote

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Good morning, and welcome to Tuesday, February 23. 

Today is an A day for students. 

Students here is a revelation for you—

Next week we will be on Spring Break. That’s right—Spring Break will be March 1st through the fifth this year. 

So next week you have some time off. How about that? How many of you are finally going to read that book you have been wanting to read, but haven’t had time?

Right—

But Spring Break is a time for you to relax and get away from the routine for a while. 

It is my hope that you take some time during this break to set some goals for yourself and think about coming back to finish the year strong. 

Continuing on this week with our BHM celebrations. 

Tonight we will be having our movie night. Again, the movie is RACE the story of African American Olympian Jesse Owens. That starts at 5:30 tonight.

And Thursday is our BHM showcase—hope to see you there. 

Our BHM quote today comes from Barack Obama—he states, “A change is brought about because ordinary people do extraordinary things.”

8th grade students of the week- Way to go!

Carma Little - Hybrid

Heaven Stark- Hybrid

Ian Cook- Remote

Kamryn Warfield-Remote

Friday, February 19, 2021

Good morning and welcome to Friday, February 19, 2021.

Today is a B day for students. 

Students, remember to check out our website. There is a lot of information under those banners. Remember you can use the website to find out information about Canvas, troubleshooting your own device, yearbook information, and more. 

You really should just take some time to look at the site and become familiar. 

In person tutoring opportunities have started this week. There are a couple of options. You can attend grade level tutoring as well as 21st Century. Applications for 21st Century are available in the front office. 

Don’t forget you can stream the games live from our YouTube channel. If you subscribe to the channel, you can watch the game from the comfort of your own home. 

Next week for BHM we have movie night coming up on the 23rd. We will be viewing the moving Race. It is the story of Jesse Owens and his bid to win at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. What was going on in Germany in 1936? Something to think about.  Also next week on the 25th we will host our third annual BHM Showcase. These are virtual events and the links will be shared prior to the show. 
Today’s BHM month quote comes from Olympic legend, Jesse Owens. He states, “We all have dreams. In order to make dreams into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.”

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Good morning and welcome to Thursday, February 18,  2021.

Today is an A day for students. 

Students, remember to check out our website. There is a lot of information under those banners. Remember you can use the website to find out information about Canvas, troubleshooting your own device, yearbook information, and more. 

You really should just take some time to look at the site and become familiar. 

In person tutoring opportunities have started this week. There are a couple of options. You can attend grade level tutoring as well as 21st Century. Applications for 21st Century are available in the front office. 

Couple of things coming up tonight. First, we have a Boys Basketball game with Franklin Middle school that starts at 3:30 tonight. 

Don’t forget you can stream the games live from our YouTube channel. If you subscribe to the channel, you can watch the game from the comfort of your own home. 

And tonight is our trivia night for BHM. The trivia presentation is all set up and ready to go. We are excited about trivia tonight. We hope to see many of you there. Remember, participants have an opportunity to win some cool BHM prizes. 

Also for BHM we have movie night coming up on the 23rd and the 25th we will host our third annual BHM Showcase. This is a virtual event and the link will be shared prior to the show. 
Today’s BHM month quote comes from Maya Angelou. Ms. Angelou was a well known Africa American Novelist and Poet. She was considered  the national poet laureate although she officially was never named. She states, “If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.”

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Good morning and welcome to Wednesday, February 17,  2021.

Today is a B day for students. And we are back from the long weekend and also our first Remote Learning Day.

Those A day students should have been checking in synchronously with the teacher yesterday. It would have been a remote day for everyone. Due to the weather. 

We had quite bit of snow and cold over the last couple of days and that resulted in not really a day off, but a day without hybrid learning. 
 

Don’t forget our YouTube channel is up. You can stream the games live from the channel. You can sign up for the channel on our website. 

This week Boys Basketball  Thursday night. The game Thursday will be against Franklin Middle School. The game starts at 3:30.

Coming up this week for BHM, we will be having trivia night on Thursday starting at 5:30 pm. It should be a lot of fun. And don’t forget you get opportunity to win one or more of these fine prizes from our SWAG bag. 

You could also win the bag. 

Also for BHM we have movie night coming up on the 23rd and the 25th we will host our third annual BHM Showcase. This is a virtual event and the link will be shared prior to the show. 
Today’s BHM month quote comes from African/American Politician and Lawyer, Carol Moseley-Braun. Shee states, “Defining myself, as opposed to being defined by others, is one of the most difficult challenges I face.”

Tuesday, February 16, 2021


 

Good morning and welcome to Tuesday, February 16, 2021.

Today is an A day for students. And we are back from the long weekend and the time we had off for President’s Day. 

I hope everyone is rested and ready to go on a great learning journey this week. 

That will be the way we think on this for awhile. It will be a journey. A journey through education. 

And with every journey we will go through some twists and turns. Go up some hills and down others. Either way we are working for the same goal—and that is to have a successful educational career. 

I think we can do that. Don’t you?

Don’t forget our YouTube channel is up. You can stream the games live from the channel. You can sign up for the channel on our website. 

This week Boys Basketball plays Thursday night. Tonight’s game against Lincoln Magnet has been canecled.

Coming up this week for BHM, we will be having trivia night on Thursday starting at 5:30 pm. It should be a lot of fun. And don’t forget you get opportunity to win one or more of these fine prizes from our SWAG bag. 

You could also win the bag. 

Also for BHM we have movie night coming up on the 23rd and the 25th we will host our third annual BHM Showcase. This is virtual event and the link will be shared prior to the show. 

Today’s BHM month quote comes from African/American Novelist James Baldwin. He states, “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it faced.”

Friday, February 12, 2021

 

Good morning and welcome to Friday, February 12, 2021.

 

Today is an B day for students. And it is still cold outside. 

 

I am going to take a minute to recognize these 6th and 8th grade students of the week. You may see them sitting next to you in class or you may know them from other times you have met. 

 

6th grade students of the week are Amiah Alexander, Kaylee Anderson, Malik Brown, Kysen Ray, Lamarrian Rainey, and Landon Rainey. 

 

8th grade Students of the Week are Jaylin Haley, Bree Moore, Trashawn Malone, and Miara Prior Ellis, way to go!

 

Next week, we will have more opportunities available for students to get assistance with completing work. 

 

We will have more opportunities with 21st Century and some tutoring with your teachers in building. 

 

Check with you teachers if you need some extra help. 

 

If you would like to attend 21st century you can pick up an application in the front office. 

 

These are some of options offered for you to think about improving you academic outcomes. 

 

Students our Youtube channel is up and going. You can watch all WMS sports on the Youtube channel including volleyball and basketball. 

 

You can find the link for the channel on our website. 

 

BHM we have tons of events coming up this month—

 

Including an opportunity for you to create a Live History Expressive Response to Amanda Gorman poem, “The Hill We Climb.” This can be a visual, artistic response, a rap, a song, or a poem. However you want to express yourself about the poem. 

 

Coming up next Thursday, we will have our Trivia Night starting at 5:30 pm. The link for participation will be made available. There will be prizes for participating students and families. 

 

We also have a movie night coming up on the 23rd and our Showcase on February 25th. So stay tuned for more information on BHM at WMS.

 

Today’s quote comes from former African President of the United States, Barak Obama. He states, “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones that we have been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

Thursday, February 11, 2021


Good morning and welcome to Thursday, February 11, 2021.

Today is an A day for students. And it is cold outside. 

I am going to take a minute to recognize these 8th grade students of the week. You may see them sitting next to you in class or you may know them from other times you have met. 

8th grade Students of the Week are Jaylin Haley, Bree Moore, Trashawn Malone, and Miara Prior Ellis, way to go!

So, again, progress reports are in the books for the third quarter. 

This time, when you get your report, I want you to do me a favor. Take a deep hard look at the report. 

Ask yourself—Is this the best I can do, or could I have done better? I believe you are the only one that can answer that question. 

We can only hope that you will do better, but we know that is not going to happen until you realize you could have done better. 

So, ask yourself—have I done my best?

Students our Youtube channel is up and going. You can watch all WMS sports on the Youtube channel including volleyball and basketball. 

You can find the link for the channel on our website. 

BHM we have tons of events coming up this month—

Including an opportunity for you to create a Live History Expressive Response to Amanda Gorman poem, “The Hill We Climb.” This can be a visual, artistic response, a rap, a song, or a poem. However you want to express yourself about the poem. 

Coming up next Thursday, we will have our Trivia Night starting at 5:30 pm. The link for participation will be made available. There will be prizes for participating students and families. 

We also have a movie night coming up on the 23rd and our Showcase on February 25th. So stay tuned for more information on BHM at WMS.

Today’s quote comes from National Poet Laureate Maya Angelou. She states, “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Good morning and welcome to Wednesday, February 10, 2021.

Today is a B day for students. 

This week and today I am going to take a minute to recognize these 8th grade students of the week. You may see them sitting next to you in class or you may know them from other times you have met. 

8th grade Students of the Week are Jaylin Haley, Bree Moore, Trashawn Malone, and Miara Prior Ellis, way to go!

So, again, progress reports are in the books for the third quarter. 

This time, when you get your report, I want you to do me a favor. Take a deep hard look at the report. 

Ask yourself—Is this the best I can do, or could I have done better? I believe you are the only one that can answer that question. 

We can only hope that you will do better, but we know that is not going to happen until you realize you could have done better. 

So, ask yourself—have I done my best?

Students our Youtube channel is up and going. You can watch all WMS sports on the Youtube channel including volleyball and basketball. 

You can find the link for the channel on our website. 

BHM we have tons of events coming up this month—

Including an opportunity for you to create a Live History Expressive Response to Amanda Gorman poem, “The Hill We Climb.” This can be a visual, artistic response, a rap, a song, or a poem. However you want to express yourself about the poem. 

Coming up next Thursday, we will have our Trivia Night starting at 5:30 pm. The link for participation will be made available. There will be prizes for participating students and families. 

We also have a movie night coming up on the 23rd and our Showcase on February 25th. So stay tuned for more information on BHM at WMS.

Today’s quote comes from reluctant civil right activist Rosa Parks. She states, “I had no idea history was being made. I was just tired of giving up.”

Tuesday, February 9, 2021


Good morning and welcome to Tuesday, February 9, 2021.

Today is an A day for students. 

So, we have just ended progress reports for the third quarter—which means just that—we are three-quarters through the school year. 

That means that here in a few more weeks we will be well into the 4th quarter and quickly coming to the end of the school year. 

I wonder if we have thought that far ahead and whether or not we have reflected on our performance this school year. 

If you have not given it your best effort, there is still an opportunity to improve. 

Again, I can only let you know about the opportunities available if you need assistance. 

You always have your teacher office hours, but there is still tutoring available at different times. 

That information is available on our website. 

Attention Warriors. If you would like to view our up and coming athletic events please subscribe to our new youtube channel. The WMS youtube channel can be accessed with the following link: WMS Youtube channel or go to our school website and click on the Youtube banner.

A reminder about the yearbook. Remember you can find more information about how to submit a picture and other info about yearbooks on our website under the banner for yearbook information. 

BHM activities

First: Living History Expressive Response

Using “The Hill We Climb” by Amanda Gorman students will create a personal response to the entire poem or a portion of the poem through visual art, written response, poetry, rap or song to represent how the student connected to the poem. All submissions are due February 19, 2021.

 Tomorrow Wednesday February 10, 2021 at 2:00pm all students are invited and encouraged to attend an Informational Zoom Meeting to participate in our Black History Month Student Showcase. Similar to years past students will have an opportunity to sing, dance, recite a poem, etc. They will record themselves and submit it to be put together in a video presentation that will be viewed and shared on February 25, 2021. 

 And finally today’s quote is from Dr. Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. He states, “The time is always right to do what is right.”

Friday, February 5, 2021

Good morning and welcome to Friday, February 5, 2021.

Final work before progress reports is today. Make sure you are getting any missing work turned today to, hopefully, raise your grade. 

As I have stated before, work to make yourself proud—work to make someone proud of you. 

I know you can do it. 

Recently, we distributed our Parent Compacts which we completed with our FACE team. We announced if these were returned in a timely fashion, we would have three winners of a WalMart Gift Card. 

The three winners are—Easton Bybee, Aiden Flynn, and Delaney and Danae Mckenzie. Ms. Allbritton will contact your parents to arrange pick up of your gift card. 

Attention Warriors. If you would like to view our up and coming athletic events please subscribe to our new youtube channel. The WMS youtube channel can be accessed with the following link: WMS Youtube channel or go to our school website and click on the Youtube banner.

A reminder about the yearbook. Remember you can find more information about how to submit a picture and other info about yearbooks on our website under the banner for yearbook information. 

Black History Month today I have a couple of things:

First: Living History Expressive Response

Using “The Hill We Climb” by Amanda Gorman students will create a personal response to the entire poem or a portion of the poem through visual art, written response, poetry, rap or song to represent how the student connected to the poem. All submissions are due February 19, 2021.

Next Wednesday February 10, 2021 at 2:00pm all students are invited and encouraged to attend an Informational Zoom Meeting to participate in our Black History Month Student Showcase. Similar to years past students will have an opportunity to sing, dance, recite a poem, etc. They will record themselves and submit it to be put together in a video presentation that will be viewed and shared on February 25, 2021. 

And finally today’s quote is from the famous former slave Frederick Douglas. He states, “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.”

Thursday, February 4, 2021


 

Good Morning, and welcome to Thursday, February 4, 2021. 

Today is an A day for students.  

Students you have one more day to make sure you are setting yourself up good for the third quarter progress report. 

All assignments for the progress reporting period are due tomorrow, February 5th. 

Remember to check your grades on the intranet and Canvas to find out what you still have to do and get it done before tomorrow. 

You can check with your teacher during their office hours to make sure you are on track for a good report. 

Let’s not wait until the last minute to get this done. 

Wouldn’ be nice with all the struggles we have had this year to be able to get a progress report that you are proud of?

Because doing well in school should make you proud. It should give you that little bit of confidence that you can say I did something nice or good for me. 

Believe those around you will recognize when you are doing something good for yourself—and they will feel proud of you also. 

So, do yourself a favor and work this thing out—work for a positive report this third quarter. 

A reminder about the yearbook. Remember you can find more information about how to submit a picture and other info about yearbook on our website under the banner for yearbook information. 

Black History Month today I have a couple of things:

First: Living History Expressive Response

Using “The Hill We Climb” by Amanda Gorman students will create a personal response to the entire poem or a portion of the poem through visual art, written response, poetry, rap or song to represent how the student connected to the poem. All submissions are due February 19, 2021.

Next Wednesday February 10, 2021 at 2:00pm all students are invited and encouraged to attend an Informational Zoom Meeting to participate in our Black History Month Student Showcase. Similar to years past students will have an opportunity to sing, dance, recite a poem, etc. They will record themselves and submit it to be put together in a video presentation that will be viewed and shared on February 25, 2021. 

And finally, today’s quote comes from Shirley Chisolm who is noted as being the first black woman elected to the U.S. Congress. 

Ms. Chisolm states: “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.”

Wednesday, February 3, 2021


 

Good Morning, and welcome to Wednesday, February 3, 2021. 

Today is a B day for students.  

Well it happened yesterday. What was yesterday—that’s right. It was groundhog’s day and from what we know—we are in for six more weeks of winter. 

And if you listen to the weather forecast—it is going to be cold. 

All assignments for the progress reporting period are due this Friday, February 5th. 

Remember to check your grades on the intranet and Canvas to find out what you still have to do and get it done by Friday. 

You can check with your teacher during their office hours to make sure you are on track for a good report. 

Let’s not wait until the last minute to get this done. 

Start motivating yourself by saying you can do it. Don’t say it is hard—say, boy this may take some time, but I can do it. The more you use positive self-talk, the easier things become. 

Students, the yearbook is going to be a little different this year. Currently we are asking students to submit a photo if you would want your picture in the yearbook. 

There are specific directions on the school website—click the banner that says yearbook information. 

Don’t delay. 

And, this month is also Black History Month. In honor of BHM at WMS we will do a daily quote from a famous African American. 

Today’s quote comes from the wife of one of our most celebrated African American Leaders, Martin Luther King.

Coretta Scott King states, “Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.”

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

 

Good Morning, 

Today is Tuesday, February 2, 2021. 

Welcome to February.

Today is Groundhog’s Day. I believe that is when a groundhog is encouraged to come out their den and tell us what the weather is going to be like for the next 6 weeks. 

If the groundhog sees his shadow we are in for a harsh winter—if he does not see his shadow—we will see an early spring. 

So what is it going to be? Six more weeks of winter or an early spring—

What’s you vote?

Well we shall see—they will report on Puxatawny Phil—that’s the groundhog—later today. 

So watch your local weather tonight. 

Students make sure you check with your teachers about getting assignments complete this week. 

All assignments for the progress reporting period are due this Friday, February 5th. 

Remember check your grades on the intranet and Canvas to find out what you still have to do and get it done by Friday. 

You can check with your teacher during their office hours to make sure you on track for a good report. 

Let’s not wait until the last minute to get this done. 

Students, the yearbook is going to be a little different this year. Currently we are asking students to submit a photo if you would want your picture in the yearbook. 

There are specific directions on the school website—click the banner that says yearbook information. 

Don’t delay. 

And, this month is also Black History Month. In honor of BHM at WMS we will do a daily quote from a famous African American. 

Today’s quote comes from our first Black/Female Vice President—Kamala Harris—

She says: “Anyone who claims to be a leader must speak like a leader. That means speaking with integrity and truth.”

Friday, January 29, 2021

Good morning. 

It is finally Friday—yeah.. It is Friday January 29, 2021.

We are almost done with January and getting ready for February. 

February has President’s Day, Black History Month, and Valentine’s Day. 

February also has progress reports. They are coming out for the third quarter—So start getting those assignments turned in—

Deadline for this progress report for assignments is Friday, February 5. 

It strikes me—and I wonder—when I make that announcement—check Canvas and the intranet to find out your assignments and grades—do we really know how to do that?

Surely we do, right?

Of course we do, right?

Well I hope we do. If not you’ve got some splaining to do!

Lucy—you got some splaining to do!

No matter—make sure you are keeping up with work and get it turned in before the 5th. 

Have you been looking for a new book to read? Are you a fan of graphic novels? Sign up for a new book club hosted by Ms. Mccarthy and get a graphic novel and snacks for free! For more details and to sign up, go to Ms. McCarthy's web page or ask your Language Arts teacher for more information. 

If you are interested in joining Art Club, please get ahold of Mrs. Langer. She will be holding three weekly sessions- one for remote students, one for A students, and one for B students. Hybrid students, please be sure you have arrangements made to be picked up from school at 3 pm on your Art Club day. Also, in an effort to provide art curriculum to as many students as possible this year, do not request to join Art Club if you are in art class this semester. They will be working on very similar concepts and projects in Art Club that are already covered in class. Mrs. Langer has a flier with more information, come to room 109 to get it or please feel free to email any questions you have.

Thursday, January 28, 2021


 

Good morning and welcome to Thursday, January 28, 2021.

Today is an A day for students. 

Have you been looking for a new book to read? Are you a fan of graphic novels? Sign up for a new book club hosted by Ms. Mccarthy and get a graphic novel and snacks for free! For more details and to sign up, go to Ms. McCarthy's web page or ask your Language Arts teacher for more information. 

If you are interested in joining Art Club, please get ahold of Mrs. Langer. She will be holding three weekly sessions- one for remote students, one for A students, and one for B students. Hybrid students, please be sure you have arrangements made to be picked up from school at 3 pm on your Art Club day. Also, in an effort to provide art curriculum to as many students as possible this year, do not request to join Art Club if you are in art class this semester. They will be working on very similar concepts and projects in Art Club that are already covered in class. Mrs. Langer has a flier with more information, come to room 109 to get it or please feel free to email any questions you have.

Don’t forget tutoring opportunities are available for you to get extra help. Check the website for times and dates. 

And, as always you can check in with your teacher for office hours everyday if you need more assistance. 

Progress reports are coming up. Make sure you know when the deadlines are for turning work to improve your grade.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Good morning and welcome to Wednesday, January 27, 2021.

Today is a B day. 

Progress reports are coming out soon. Last day to turn in work for the third quarter to help your grade is by next Friday. 

So you have a little more than a week to organize yourselves and figure out what you have to get complete. 

After you have checked your assignments, you might want to determine if you know how to do the work or if you need some help. 

Your teachers have office hours available to assist you or you can take advantage of one of the many tutoring opportunities available to get some extra help. 

Check the school website for details on tutoring times and days. 

Students it time to start instilling a little pride into what you do everyday. 

Start determining how well you can do this quarter and set that goal. 

We’d love to see you be successful and I am certain you would also. 

It’s all about taking pride in your work and having something to be proud of. 

Have you been looking for a new book to read? Are you a fan of graphic novels? Sign up for a new book club hosted by Ms. Mccarthy and get a graphic novel and snacks for free! For more details and to sign up, go to Ms. McCarthy's web page or ask your Language Arts teacher for more information. 

If you are interested in joining Art Club, please get ahold of Mrs. Langer. She will be holding three weekly sessions- one for remote students, one for A students, and one for B students. Hybrid students, please be sure you have arrangements made to be picked up from school at 3 pm on your Art Club day. Also, in an effort to provide art curriculum to as many students as possible this year, do not request to join Art Club if you are in art class this semester. They will be working on very similar concepts and projects in Art Club that are already covered in class. Mrs. Langer has a flier with more information, come to room 109 to get it or please feel free to email any questions you have.

Tuesday, January 25, 2021

Good morning and welcome to Tuesday, January 26, 2021.

And a happy day! Today is an A day for students. 

Students obviously had some big news coming out over the weekend and last week concerning athletics and student participation. 

But—let’s back up first and think before we get all excited about a return to sports—

Because here is where we have the intersection—

This is when worlds collide—

Because what do you need to have accomplished before you can participate in sports?

Yes. You need a physical—you are right...but the most important thing you need is 

Good grades—right?!

You have to be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities. 

What is that eligibility?

Well it has been modified somewhat, but the gist of it is the same. You have to pass to play—

Currently, the modification to eligibility is you must have passed five of your seven first semester classes. 

We have had a lot of questions since this announcement was made on Friday. 

Currently, the practices for volleyball and Boys basketball are for 7th and 8th grade students only. Unfortunately, sixth grade students cannot participate at this time. 

This may change but these announcements are for 7th and 8th grade participants at this time.  

7th Grade Boys basketball tryouts will be on Tuesday, Jan 26 from 2:45 - 4:00 and

 8th Grade Boys basketball  tryouts will be on Wednesday January 27 from 2:45 - 4:00. 

District 186 covid procedures will be in place during all tryouts and practices. 

You will be required to complete the Covid-19 screener and wear a mask at all times. 

In order to be eligible to try out you must have a current sports physical by the time of tryouts
Currently, on these tryout days you must also make arrangements for your own transportation to tryouts and home (if the activity bus is unavailable). 

Please be sure to wear a mask and bring an extra one with you to tryouts along with a personal water bottle.

Have you been looking for a new book to read? Are you a fan of graphic novels? Sign up for a new book club hosted by Ms. Mccarthy and get a graphic novel and snacks for free! For more details and to sign up, go to Ms. McCarthy's web page or ask your Language Arts teacher for more information. 

If you are interested in joining Art Club, please get ahold of Mrs. Langer. She will be holding three weekly sessions- one for remote students, one for A students, and one for B students. Hybrid students, please be sure you have arrangements made to be picked up from school at 3 pm on your Art Club day. Also, in an effort to provide art curriculum to as many students as possible this year, do not request to join Art Club if you are in art class this semester. They will be working on very similar concepts and projects in Art Club that are already covered in class. Mrs. Langer has a flier with more information, come to room 109 to get it or please feel free to email any questions you have.

Friday, January 22, 2021


Welcome to Friday, January 22, 2021

Today is a B day for students.

If you are in 7th or 8th grade and you are interested in playing girls volleyball or boys basketball please see the WMS website for tryout information and to complete an interest survey. 

Girls volleyball tryouts will be held on Monday 1/25 from 2:45 - 4:30 for 7th grade and from 4:45 - 6:30 for 8th grade. 

7th Grade Boys basketball tryouts will be on Tuesday, Jan 26 from 2:45 - 4:00 and

 8th Grade Boys basketball  tryouts will be on Wednesday January 27 from 2:45 - 4:00. 

District 186 covid procedures will be in place during all tryouts and practices. 

You will be required to complete the Covid-19 screener and wear a mask at all times. 

In order to be eligible to try out you must have a current sports physical by the time of tryouts

Also, you must have passed five out of your seven first semester classes. 

On the day of tryouts, you must pass the Covid-19 screener and also turn in a signed waiver (which will be provided). 

Currently, on these tryout days you must also make arrangements for your own transportation to tryouts and home (if activity bus is unavailable). 

Please be sure to wear a mask and bring an extra one with you to tryouts along with a personal water bottle.

Have you been looking for a new book to read? Are you a fan of graphic novels? Sign up for a new book club hosted by Ms. Mccarthy and get a graphic novel and snacks for free! For more details and to sign up, go to Ms. McCarthy's web page or ask your Language Arts teacher for more information.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

 

Good morning WMS and welcome to Thursday, January 21, 2021. 

Today is an A day for students. Welcome A day students—

Hope all is well with you as we prepare to end our second week of hybrid learning. 

And again, whether you are in the hybrid/in-person setting or the remote setting there are some pieces that are common to both—

The main one being learning. 

In each setting we are delivering instruction to help you improve yourself academically.

Students a quick reminder—Yes,  before you know it—progress reports will be here—that date is coming up soon.

How are you planning to do on your progress report?

That is a question you should ask. 

If you are mindful of your learning—you will ask yourself that question and also then plan to reach whatever goal that answers that question.

Can you do that?

Can you think about what you would like your progress report to look like and then make a plan to get there?

What do you need to do? What tools do you need? What do you need to know?

These are the questions that you should ask. 

That is what we have been talking about the last couple of days. 

—meta-cognition.

Metacognition is, put simply, thinking about one's thinking. More precisely, it refers to the processes used to plan, monitor, and assess one's understanding and performance.

Your teachers do this everyday. Your teachers have to plan the instruction and think of everything that could possibly go wrong.

And then reflect to adjust for issues. 

Ask them. They use metacognition everyday in preparing you to learn. 

You just need to ask.

Hey students, Have you been looking for a new book to read? Are you a fan of graphic novels? Sign up for a new book club hosted by Ms. Mccarthy and get a graphic novel and snacks for free! For more details and to sign up, go to Ms. McCarthy's web page or ask your Language Arts teacher for more information.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021


 

 

Good morning WMS and welcome to Wednesday, January 20, 2021. 

Wait a minute. Did someone say Wednesday—Oh, Oh—you know what that means.

What Day is It? Hump Day—

Today is a B day for students. Welcome B day students—

We have been talking a lot about you self monitoring and being aware of your grades and progress. 

And, how do we do that? We check our assignments and monitor our grades in Canvas and the intranet. 

It is called being mindful of your progress. Or being mindful of your success. 

Students before you know it—progress reports will be here—and we want everyone to be able to have a good report—

But, just wanting everyone to be successful is not enough. 

I’d love to get everyone a pony—but I realize that is not possible because the cost would be too much—and unfortunately, believe it or not, not everyone wants a pony. 

So what can we do?

We can plan and be mindful of our own progress.

I’m gonna use that big word again—meta-cognition.

Metacognition is, put simply, thinking about one's thinking. More precisely, it refers to the processes used to plan, monitor, and assess one's understanding and performance.

It is about thinking about learning. Asking yourself—What do I need to do first? What do I already know about this? And, more importantly, Do I need help to do this?

Remember your teachers have office hours everyday to assist you in understanding. 

We will also have tutoring hours set up in the next week or so where you can sign up to get extra assistance. 

You just need to ask.

Hey students, Have you been looking for a new book to read? Are you a fan of graphic novels? Sign up for a new book club hosted by Ms. Mccarthy and get a graphic novel and snacks for free! For more details and to sign up, go to Ms. McCarthy's web page or ask your Language Arts teacher for more information.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021


Good morning Washington Middle School and welcome to Tuesday, January 19,  2021. 

Today is an A day for students. 

Welcome back after the MLK Holiday hope you are rested and ready for a great week of learning—whichever mode you choose. 

All students should continue to monitor their grades on Canvas and in the intranet. 

Remember, as we establish good habits and start a new routine. It is important to do key things everyday. 

Check your assignments

Check your grades

Determine what needs to get done

Determine how to get it done—is it something you can do on your own—or is it something you need assistance with

Do You know how to do it—

These are processes you should be asking yourself as you approach your learning.

Remember—your teachers have office hours if you need assistance with work or creating a better understanding.

There are also tutoring opportunities for students starting this week. 

If you are interested in tutoring please check the website to find out more information and to find the Zoom links.

Students—Progress reports will be coming out soon.

We hope every student has improved or can tell us how they are doing. 

I know it may not appear like it—but time is moving fast. 

So we need you to stay engaged. 

Stay focused. 

And stay tuned. There’s more tomorrow. We will see you then.

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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