Bulldog News Week of 6.05.2017

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Thanks for a great week of testing! One more day! Keep kids focused and motivated to do their best!

Testing Essentials

We’ve got one more day of testing! We can do this! Here are some key things to keep in mind:

  • Make sure you check your email Monday morning for last minute changes and updates;
  • When your class is logged in, you may begin testing. We no longer need to wait for the entire grade level to start at the same time;
  • We are making shifts to proctors daily. Please make sure that you have a proctor before testing begins
  • Read Aloud iPads – If your student has read aloud accommodations they will not be able to use their iPad for testing. We will supply them an iPad to test with. If you are the test administrator for a student with read aloud accommodations, please make sure we have given you enough iPads. If you the that student’s homeroom teacher, please collect their iPad, they don’t need to leave the room with it.
  • When you are done with testing, please return all testing materials as soon as possible. Students should be finished with all questions, exited from the test they were logged in and returned to the NCTest main page and iPads collected.

This week of testing ended well because of your hard work – thanks for all you have done and continue to do!

nevererasedquoteTest Scores – We have shared scores, at least what we have, yesterday. While some scores are not where we want them, please keep in mind that we have all agreed to embark on this journey. This is the work we have agreed to. As one of my favorite superintendents used to say, ‘This is why we raised our hands.’

We will continue to collaborate, purposefully and come up with work that is aligned to standards and is engaging and empowers our students to be independent, critical creators and thinkers. Stay heartened because we need you to keep motivating kids!

We need to encourage and motivate all students who made a 1 or 2 to attend summer school. We want to encourage all these students to attend the two days, for summer school to retest. This is the opportunity to replace that 1 or 2 with a 3 or 4 or 5!

Give them an uplifting talk and a hug! Nothing is more invigorating to a student than hearing from their teacher that they believe in them! That’s what keeps them working hard!

Grades are downloadDue! – As soon as you can up in your exam grades, grades are due and need to be posted.

As part of your check out procedures we are asking that everyone email a pdf copy to grade level admin and Mrs Lipe.

Summer Meeting Dates – Please make sure you have given your summer planning dates to Mr Brown or Mrs Henley. We are arranging our days based on your feedback. We need this information to help us plan the best dates.`

Moving Rooms – If you are moving rooms next year, please begin preparations for what you will need help with moving. Have a good conversation with Mr Gillion about what needs to be done

Awards Days – This is one of the things we can be most excited about at the end of the year! What a great time to celebrate all students.

Many have already prepared their awards for students. A list of student with +200 Lexile growth was emailed to each grade level with a request for special recognition certificates. Please communicate with your team and determine who will complete the certificates. Students with growth between 100-199 will also receive a certificate. Those will be printed and handed out next week.

Special Recognitions

Our yard sign presentations were a huge success!

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MEDIA MADNESS

  • Yearbooks go home on June 6th. They are $53 while supplies last and they won’t last long
  • Encourage all students to return all library books. We are missing a little over 300 – lets get them in!

Over the summer the library will be undergoing some changes. We are switching from the traditional Dewey Decimal system to a genrefication system. I have spent a good bit of time researching this process as well as the pros and cons of this system. It is my hope that this new library system will excite our more reluctant readers and help make finding books that peak their interest a little easier. Here is an article about how this change helped change a schools culture for the better! http://www.slj.com/2013/11/reviews/ditching-dewey-hot-topic-in-hartford-aasl-2013/#_If you have any questions or concerns or would like to volunteer your help 🙂 let me know 🙂

INSPIRATION

Great Dance Success

Shout out to Mr Bowman and some dedicated band moms [talk about a dedicated group] and their fantastic success with the last dance of the year. What a great way to make some serious ‘BENJAMINS’ going into the summer!

This is a great lesson in not being afraid to innovate. Pre-selling Chick-fil-A and pizza and having some snacks available to fuel these middle schooler’s hyperactivity into the evening was an incredible success! Let’s not be afraid to change up practices and beliefs to try some new different things! We may realize more success than we envisioned and, like Friday night, we may give students a tremendous experience.

[It ain’t a middle school dance without The Wobble]

TECH AWESOMENESS

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We get new laptops and iPads June 12th at 10:45! Great way to start the summer getting acquainted with a new friend!

We are going to be chauffeured this day on one of our grand transports 😉

You will have to know you email and email password this day for the event. Like many, this is automatically populates in a field when we log in so you may be hazy with the password. Please take time now to retrieve it.

We also need your cords. Please make sure you bring your old cords so that you can receive new replacements.

iPad Collection – Instructions for collecting iPads from your students are here – EOY iPad Collection

Please make sure you have reviewed this prior to collection begins. If you have any questions, please make sure you speak to him. This includes login procedures and the schedule for when and where people are to return their iPads.

GO-TO GIRLS

Uniforms – Our uniform closet is a blessing to many. It also needs all of our work and attention to keep it up and going and available to serve.90f28484124508de395ef44b4e9c7d64

This Thursday, we will be allowing a Jean Day for any student who wants to turn in their uniform for us to restock and keep our closet effort going.

Encourage your students to clean and donate their uniforms!

UPCOMING EVENT

Monday June 5

  • Science EOG/NCFE
    • Check your email for updates
    • Once you are logged in you can begin testing
    • Make sure your proctor checks in with you. If you don’t have a proctor, notify a school administrator
  • Jean Day – WRMS

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  • Band Booster Meeting
  • Jean Day – WRMS

Wednesday June 7

  • Math 1 Testing
  • iPad Collection – 6th/7th Grade
  • JeanDay – WRMS

Thursday June 8

  • iPad Collection – 8th Grade
  • Visitors to Building – D.R.I.V.E. [Observing school and talking to some students and teachers]
  • 7th grade Awards Pixel A – WRMS Media Center This event has notifications.11:30 – 1:00pm
  • 7th grade Awards Pixel B – WRMS Media Center This event has notifications.1:00 – 2:30pm
  • Jean Day – Free for turned in uniform

Friday June 9

  • Last Day for Students/Early Release/Staff Workday
  • End of the 9 Weeks Grading Period/Report Cards Go Home

Monday June 12

  • Required Workday [Remember to TAC in]
  • New Tech Deployment @10:45 – BRING ALL CORDS FOR TURN IN

Tuesday June 13

  • 3253b7411ec18760804ff3f7127aea2b.jpgOptional Workday [Remember to TAC in]

Wednesday June 14

  • Optional Workday [Remember to TAC in]

Thursday June 15

  • RSS Summer School – Reading

Friday June 16

  • RSS Summer School – Reading

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Bulldog News Week of 5.21.2017

BULLDOG NEWS!

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I want to take this time to thank you for all you have done, continue to do, and will do in the future to make West Rowan Middle a special place.

Our students appreciate it, our parents rely on it and I love you all for it. Without you and and your dedication, nothing happens. Thank you so much for what you do. dm

Engagement and Empowerment Everyday

By now, we have all seen the real success and power of Breakouts! Students are all about the challenge and diving deep into solving problems ahead of them. These are great, handy examples that we can teach and cover concepts in a fun way.

It is definitely not traditional. It takes some effort on our part to reconceptualize teaching and learning but it is worth it.

Here is a video I took from Mrs Powers room:

This wasn’t a breakout lesson but you can see students at all levels correcting others, engaging each in real talk.

Students know their material when they are defending their answers, collaborating with partners and correcting false thinking, building new knowledge, creating answers to questions that aren’t on the table. All these things are possible with vision and planning. Mrs Henley, Mr Pittman and Mrs Shue are available to help anyone plan deeper. Remember, when we change our practices STUDENTS win.

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Check us out celebrating our students who’ve read 80 Achieve articles!

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Thanks to Mrs Henley and Mr Brown for helping deliver signs to our students front yards [and media centers]! This was awesome!

We need your help in building up our reading culture. Mandates give us the minimum, we need to tap in our students love of reading, we even need to build UP a love for reading in some. Let’s think of that going into next year.

Celebrate > Mandate

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Summer School – West Rowan Middle will be a summer school site this year. We will only be hosting WRMS Bulldogs. If you are interested in teaching Math, ELA or Science for those days [see calendar below] please reply to the email from the central office.

INSPIRATION

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Imagine the school that transforms lives and the community – make WRMS that place.

TECH AWESOMENESS

  • Guided Access – We will be setting up the iPads for guided access on Wednesday in PE.  Please remind those students who seem to forget to bring their iPads to school to have the here on Wednesday.
  • Teacher iPads – If you are not using your teacher iPad please bring it to Mr. Pittman.  We want to use it for testing.  It will be erased and set up as a testing iPad.  This will help us greatly on the day of testing.  Thank you to Mrs. Horton, Mr. King, Mrs. Thompson, Mr. Brothers, and Mrs. Shue for already turning their iPads in!
  • Apple Classroom – Big shout out to Mrs. Powers for being the next teacher to try out Apple Classroom.  Mrs. Brooks has been using it in her classroom with great success!
  • Schoology – Some teachers have asked what needs to be done to save what they have in Schoology.  Essentially nothing has to be done. Once the grading period ends all active courses will automatically be moved over to the archived section of your Schoology account. Here teachers can still access their content and move it into active courses in the Fall. However if teachers would like to 1000% make sure they saved their content, all they need to do is move it to their Resources folder in Schoology.

GO-TO GIRLS

Compassion Project – Please e-mail or see Mrs. Horton to let her know of any students whose compassion project should be recognized as exceptional or truly making a difference.  So far she has heard from Branham, Shue, Henley, Wilkinson, K. Brooks, Bowman, Kohler, and Scearce.

I know it is on the end of the year checklist, but instead of waiting until June, please let Stone know of any students that should be kept separate next year as soon as possible.  Mrs. Lipe is already working hard on scheduling.  And thank you to Ms. Kohler for your quick response.  You are really on top on things!

All cumulative folders will be divided into homerooms prior to dismissal on June 9. You will have until the end of the required workday (June 12) to complete your folder responsibilities. More detailed instructions to come!

MEDIA MADNESS

For any students who are wondering about yearbooks we have about 50 left to sell. When we run out we will not have any more left to sell. They are 53 dollars and will be handed out on June 6th.

We want to show the world the awesome things that take place in your classrooms every day! In an effort to do this we are posting weekly picture albums on our schools social media pages! If you take any pictures in your classroom or at sporting events this week please load them onto this album: https://goo.gl/photos/54FYLniFxnXKZN6C7 Thank you!

Over the summer the library will be undergoing some changes. We are switching from the traditional Dewey Decimal system to a genrefication system. I have spent a good bit of time researching this process as well as the pros and cons of this system. It is my hope that this new library system will excite our more relucctant readers and help make finding books that peak their interest a little easier. Here is an article about how this change helped change a schools culture for the better! http://www.slj.com/2013/11/reviews/ditching-dewey-hot-topic-in-hartford-aasl-2013/#_If you have any questions or concerns or would like to volunteer your help 🙂 let me know 🙂

Our makerspace is being used daily! This is a great thing 🙂 but it also means that we are running through supplies quickly! If you have any old craft supplies, cardboard, glue sticks, Legos, magazines, construction paper, duct tape, etc lying around your house that you no longer need your donation to our makerspace would be greatly appreciated!

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday May 22

  • Enrichment – Remediation

Tuesday May 23

  • Enrichment – Remediation
  • Rising 6th Grade Parent Meeting – 5:30 pm

Wednesday May 24

  • Enrichment – Remediation

Thursday May 25

  • Enrichment – Remediation

Friday May 26

  • Walk-Thru for Testing Locations during Enrichment

Monday May 29

  • Memorial Day Holiday
  • Happy Birthday Mr Sells
  • Happy Birthday Mrs Jordan

Tuesday May 30

  • Happy Birthday SRO Lindley
  • Happy Birthday Mrs Roach
  • EOG Pep Rally

Wednesday May 31

  • ELA EOG
  • Happy Birthday Mr Burns

Thursday June 1

  • Math EOG

Friday June 2

  • Social Studies NCFE
  • End of Year Dance – ALL Grades

Monday June 5

  • Science EOG/NCFE

Tuesday June 6

  • Band Booster Meeting

Wednesday June 7

  • Math 1 Testing
  • iPad Collection – 6th/7th Grade

Thursday June 8

  • iPad Collection – 8th Grade
  • 7th grade Awards Pixel A – WRMS Media Center This event has notifications.11:30 – 1:00pm
  • 7th grade Awards Pixel B – WRMS Media Center This event has notifications.1:00 – 2:30pm

Friday June 9

  • Last Day for Students/Early Release/Staff Workday
  • End of the 9 Weeks Grading Period/Report Cards Go Home

Monday June 12

  • Required Workday [Remember to TAC in]
  • New Tech Delployment – BRING ALL CORDS FOR TURN IN

Tuesday June 13

  • Optional Workday [Remember to TAC in]

Wednesday June 14

  • Optional Workday [Remember to TAC in]

Thursday June 15

  • RSS Summer School – Reading

Friday June 16

  • RSS Summer School – Reading

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Bulldog News Week of 5.15.2017

BULLDOG NEWS!

Our first Compassion Project Presentations are in the bag! This has been a great week of having students communicate and share the great things they’ve done to change a life change their community or change the world. Below are some pictures and video of presentations we’ve captured this week:

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We will be building up on our successes and opportunities for improvement to have an even better showcase next year.

WRMS is a Summer School Site This year, RSS will have summer school at four of its middle school sites and West Rowan Middle is one of those sites!

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Yes..it’s that time of year again…EOG testing is on the horizon, Spring Fever is at its peak, and what “worked” last month, last week, or even yesterday is not considered engaging per student perspective. What about dusting off the DE Techbook and using an SOS strategy?

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Simply log into Discovery Education, type SOS in the search bar and you have access to the strategies pictured above and many more. Not sure if the strategy is applicable to your content? No worries, tap on the name and access a PDF detailing  resources needed, set up, and implementation. Are you a visual and/or auditory learner? Videos are available narrated by DEN educators. Teachers give a brief bio, the purpose of the strategy, and how to successfully implement in your classroom.

Do you remember LDC (Literacy Design Collaborative)? We dipped our toe into the pool at the beginning of April during a whole group PD session, some in a smaller setting in an ISD format, and cohort 2 teachers have planned and implemented modules and mini-tasks. LDC skill clusters:

  1. Preparing for the Task
  2. Reading Process
  3. Transition to Writing
  4. Writing Process

Discovery Ed SOS strategies are easily aligned with the LDC literacy framework, as stand alone mini-tasks or mini-tasks within a module. Just another example of how many of the RSS initiatives and internet based programs available to educators and students integrate seamlessly or “play well with each other”:

  • Discovery Education
  • Achieve 3000
  • Literacy Design Collaborative
  • Problem Based Learning

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Compassion Projects:  Wow, I hope you all got to see some of the amazing projects that were presented last week.  We hope all students got to see some great ones and will be inspired to raise the bar.

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MEDIA MADNESS

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Monday May 15

  • Enrichment – Remediation

Tuesday May 16

  • Enrichment – Remediation
  • Spring Concert at WRHS – 7:00

Wednesday May 17

  • Enrichment – Remediation

Thursday May 18

  • Enrichment – Remediation
  • 6th Grade Band/Chorus Concert WRHS at 6:30

Friday May 19

  • Enrichment – Remediation

Monday May 22

  • Enrichment – Remediation

Tuesday May 23

  • Enrichment – Remediation

Wednesday May 24

  • Enrichment – Remediation

Thursday May 25

  • Enrichment – Remediation

Friday May 26

  • Enrichment – Remediation


Monday May 29

  • Memorial Day Holiday
  • Happy Birthday Mr Sells
  • Happy Birthday Mrs Jordan

Tuesday May 30

  • Happy Birthday SRO Lindley


Wednesday May 31

  • ELA EOG
  • Happy Birthday Mr Burns

Thursday June 1

  • Math EOG

Friday June 2

  • Social Studies NCFE
  • End of Year Dance – ALL Grades

Monday June 5

  • Science EOG/NCFE

Tuesday June 6

  • Band Booster Meeting

Wednesday June 7

  • Math 1 Testing
  • iPad Collection – 6th/7th Grade

Thursday June 8

  • iPad Collection – 8th Grade
  • 7th grade Awards Pixel A – WRMS Media Center This event has notifications.11:30 – 1:00pm
  • 7th grade Awards Pixel B – WRMS Media Center This event has notifications.1:00 – 2:30pm

Friday June 9

  • Last Day for Students/Early Release/Staff Workday
  • End of the 9 Weeks Grading Period/Report Cards Go Home

Monday June 12

  • Required Workday [Remember to TAC in]
  • New Tech Delployment – BRING ALL CORDS FOR TURN IN

Tuesday June 13

  • Optional Workday [Remember to TAC in]

Wednesday June 14

  • Optional Workday [Remember to TAC in]

Thursday June 15

  • RSS Summer School – Reading

Friday June 16

  • RSS Summer School – Reading

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Bulldog News Week of 5.08.2017

BULLDOG NEWS!

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Celebrating Our Kids!

With time winding down at the end of the year, one of the natural inclinations for educators it try to cover material we may have missed or spiral back to some topics that weigh heavily on the EOG. Its easy to make this time of the year about curriculum and lose focus on our students.

Kids do the best they can – sometimes they don’t do because they don’t want to or know how. That’s adds a lot of challenge to our job. But at the heart of what we do, we need to remember that everyone, all of our kids, want to feel valued and celebrated and important.

Take some time between now and the EOG and just have some downtime with kids. Give them an chance to press their happiness/engagement reset button! Charge them up to keep working hard. Sometimes just some time on the grass is what we need.

Roster Verifications We will be starting the roster verification process at the faculty meeting tomorrow. Those of us from last year remember this process. Please help along those new to process.

This involves us knowing when students enrolled and withdrew, calculating shared teaching responsibility for EC and some ESL students, and some other things.

It all starts with our EVAAS login. If you have forgotten it or don’t remember it, the process to have it reset is on the website. Here is the link – https://ncdpi.sas.com/ Logging in before the faculty meeting and getting the password reset if needed will save a lot of time.

Congrats to Our Bulldog Volleyball Team!

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With hard fought effort, our girls took home RunnerUp in the conference tournament! Thanks to Coaches Hester, Everhart and Dowling for coaching our girls to be tough competitors til the end!

West Rowan Middle hosted the volleyball tournament. We want to thank West Rowan High for allowing us to run games concurrently to help us finish the day early. Thanks Mr Kepley, Ms Brumley, Ms Poole, Coach Greene for helping at the high school site and Coach Epps, Coach Hoffman, Ms Hege for helping at the middle school.

Survey Virtual Learning Day

If you have not taken the survey for our March 17th Virtual Learning Day, please do so today. We will be making a presentation to Board of Education and we need input from the staff. Right now we have input from less than a 1/3 of staff – we need all voices heard. Virtual Learning Day Teacher Survey http://bit.ly/2qQ3gkh 

INSPIRATION

Compassion Projects Presentations are tomorrow. I’m sure we all excited about some of the things our students will surprise us with.Compassion-infographic

I’ve been in lots of conversations with people about some of the great presentations and work we will see tomorrow and some opportunities for improvement. This is a great chance to talk about how we view work and growth at WRMS.
We want this to be an impactful character building and development opportunity for our students. This project should be such create a lifelong memory for students as when they really made a difference. With this being our first time out, there are bound to be some things that can be improved, some things we could have done better to help more students see more success, made more impact. Those are all things we will reflect on, brainstorm on and plan for better results next year.

Growing is about learning from first attempts and embracing a state of ‘beta’ – testing and redevelopment and retesting. This applies to the Compassion Project and it should apply to our classroom instruction, behavior redirection, character building, mental/physical health, planning as a team, grade level recognitions/celebrations and what we do as a WRMS Community.

Celebrate the good things this presentations this week. When we come together to reflect, bring all suggestions that will help make this a world changing event! Lets encourage students this year to be world changers.

TECH AWESOMENESS

  • New Laptops: On June 12th when you receive your new laptop you will need to know your school email address and your email password.  Also if you don’t bring your charger they will not give you another charger.
  • Loaner iPads: We have 40 loaner iPads at school and all of them are currently being used.  Also, we have about 20 students who are waiting for a loaner iPad.  If you have a student waiting for a loaner iPad please make sure they aren’t missing out on their work. Parents are calling and saying their children are falling behind.
  • Apple Classroom:  If you are interested in trying out Apple Classroom with one of your classes please contact Mr. Pittman.

HENLEY’S HURRAHS

At this past week’s SIT meeting, it was mentioned not many teachers are aware of the monthly Achieve 3000 recognition celebration. If you take a look at the “All about Achieve 3000 Wall” you will see data representative of each grade level:

  • total number of articles read at 75% or higher
  • progression toward 40 article goal
  • top scoring class and student

After several months of recognizing the top scoring class for each grade level, always ELA, all classes, with the exception of math, are included in the competition. Daily and weekly top scoring students are recognized each week via Schoology. Thank you to those teachers who take the time to recognize and encourage their students. Also, the date, time, and location for monthly recognition is posted on Schoology.

Achieve 3000 has sponsored several contests. The current contest…Spring to Success began several weeks ago. An email with an attached flyer was sent to all teachers, as well as posted on each grade level Schoology group.

We are nearing the end of the year, the level set window opened yesterday, but yet a huge majority of students are not close to 80 articles @75% or higher for the year. As shared in previous emails and weekly Bulldog News posts, students MUST complete AT LEAST 4 articles a month at 75% or higher the first attempt in order for Lexile adjustment to occur. At that rate, an average student CAN complete 40 arScreen Shot 2017-05-03 at 11.16.50 AMticles for the year. However, IF each content area implements Achieve with fidelity (5 step literacy routine), “assigns” two articles a month, and students complete at 75% or higher they are much closer to their 80 article goal.

However, it has been stated by many the lack of motivation if a grade is not “attached,” so why should students “do it.” It’s called “buy in” and positivity. I had the privilege of being a part of a Breakout EDU “whole class style.” Planning and preparation were key to the flow, but WITHOUT the teacher’s excitement, energy, and authentic interest, students may not have enjoyed the learning experience. Body language, inflection, stop and thinks, and probing questions added dimensions of complexity.

Students are very perceptive….they can tell when WE are not:

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GO-TO GIRLS

Core schedule this week.

Compassion Project Presentation time is here! Jenny, Mindy, or Lynn will be sitting in each room keeping track of which students present to ensure they get credit for a social studies grade.  Please see schedule that was e-mailed to you to see when you present and who is covering.

We would like to gather ideas for how compassion project could be improved.  Please e-mail us with your ideas for improvement.

Remember we will be on Core schedule this week so that compassion projects will take up 4th block from 1:15-2:20.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday May 8

  • Compassion Project Showcase 1:00-2:20 pm
  • Faculty Meeting 2:45 pm

Tuesday May 9

  • Compassion Project Showcase 1:00-2:20 pm

Wednesday May 10

  • Compassion Project Showcase 1:00-2:20 pm


Thursday May 11

  • Compassion Project Showcase 1:00-2:20 pm

Friday May 12

  • Compassion Project Showcase 1:00-2:20 pm

Saturday May 13

  • Bulldog 5k and Fitness Run – Come out and support Your Bulldogs!

Monday May 15

  • Enrichment – Remediation

Tuesday May 16

  • Enrichment – Remediation
  • Spring Concert at WRHS – 7:00

Wednesday May 17

  • Enrichment – Remediation

Thursday May 18

  • Enrichment – Remediation
  • 6th Grade Band/Chorus Concert WRHS at 6:30

Friday May 19

  • Enrichment – Remediation

Monday May 22

  • Enrichment – Remediation

Tuesday May 23

  • Enrichment – Remediation

Wednesday May 24

  • Enrichment – Remediation

Thursday May 25

  • Enrichment – Remediation

Friday May 26

  • Enrichment – Remediation

81b05027683c65213ed382e3a599466dMonday May 29

  • Memorial Day Holiday
  • Happy Birthday Mr Sells
  • Happy Birthday Mrs Jordan

Tuesday May 30

  • Happy Birthday SRO Lindley


Wednesday May 31

  • ELA EOG

Thursday June 1

  • Math EOG

Friday June 2

  • Social Studies NCFE

Monday June 5

  • Science EOG/NCFE

Tuesday June 6

  • Band Booster Meeting

Wednesday June 7

  • Math 1 Testing
  • iPad Collection – 6th/7th Grade

Thursday June 8

  • iPad Collection – 8th Grade

Friday June 9

  • Early Release/Staff Workday
  • End of the 9 Weeks Grading Period
  • Last day for students
  • Report cards go home

Monday June 12

  • Required Workday [Remember to TAC in]

Tuesday June 13

  • Optional Workday [Remember to TAC in]

Wednesday June 14

  • Optional Workday [Remember to TAC in]

Thursday June 15

  • RSS Summer School – Reading

Friday June 16

  • RSS Summer School – Reading

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Bulldog News Week of 5.01.2017

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Its Teacher Appreciation Week! Thanks for all you do! There aren’t enough words to talk express our gratitude for what you do everyday for our students.

They love you for what you commit to doing everyday! We love you for agreeing to all the hard work that goes into making West Rowan Middle a great school and taking care of all our students.

Compassion Project We will have two days this week to have students finalize presentations! Let’s do our best to to help students have great presentations:

  1. Look at all presentations to make sure there are presentable and students know their content.
  2. Keep the print off the slides – Presentations should let pictures tell the story. We do not want students reading information from the slides. Help them either use notecards or memorize talking points from their slides
  3. Give them a pat on the back to encourage them!
  4. Make sure they have invited their families to their presentations

INSPIRATION

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TECH AWESOMENESS

HENLEY’S HURRAHS

Albert-EinsteinThis week have you noticed students frantically searching for boxes? Have you heard hoops and hollers of success? Sixth grade math teachers are using Breakout EDU to facilitate EOG standard re-engagement. Collaboration and communicate are HUGE when students are working together to answer questions, debunk codes, and break into the next box. The same core values were evident in brainstorming, planning, creating, and setting up the Breakout experience for students. Nussman, Roach, Warren, and myself met several times to determine the sequence, incorporate complexity, and how to encourage productive struggle for students without added frustration.

After the April faculty meeting numerous teachers approached me to assist in thinking through the process and how to adapt the format to their content and curriculum. ANY content can be used for a Breakout EDU learning opportunity, it just takes some critical thinking and creativity to adapt locks, ciphers, and “boxes.”

Not quite ready to Breakout in your class this year…no worries, all students will experience at least one, maybe two by the end of the fourth quarter. I have already received requests from students to create more, with an increased level of difficulty.

SEA System Update: Please make sure to drop by Rm. 708 and sign off on all meeting dates. I need to turn in the PBL SEA System roster so you can receive CEU’s. Poverty book study participants, make sure to initial all but the last.

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GO-TO GIRLS

Compassion Project- Look for information coming soon that will tell you what day your groups will present. All presentations will happen the week of May 8-12 from 1:00-2:20 pm on those days.

We will meet with our compassion groups this Thursday and Friday. before presentation week. Please allow your groups to practice their presentations and give them some encouraging pointers.

The Student Assistance Team will meet on Friday during your planning time. Please email Mrs. Horton if you have student concerns.

We are in the process of speaking with all grades about digital citizenship. Our goal is to improve decision making when it comes to social media and cell phone usage, including helping our students think about current and future impact to self and others prior to digital activity.  We also encouraged them to report concerns they may have about other students.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday May 1

  • Enrichment Block – Remediation

Tuesday May 2

  • Enrichment Block – Remediation
  • Baseball and Boys Tennis vs Knox Away
  • Soccer and Volleyball vs Knox Home
  • Band Booster Meeting 6:30-7:30 pm

Wednesday May 3thetruthaboutlettergradesc

  • Enrichment Block – Remediation
  • Happy Birthday Mrs Brawley

Thursday May 4

  • Enrichment Block – Compassion Project [Finalizing Presentations]
  • Soccer and Volleyball vs China Grove MS Home

Friday May 5

  • Enrichment Block -Compassion Project [Finalizing Presentations]
  • WRMS Band Carowinds Trip

Monday May 8

  • Compassion Project Showcase 1:00-2:20 pm

Tuesday May 9

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Wednesday May 10

  • Compassion Project Showcase 1:00-2:20 pm


Thursday May 11

  • Compassion Project Showcase 1:00-2:20 pm

Friday May 12

  • Compassion Project Showcase 1:00-2:20 pm

Saturday May 13

  • Bulldog 5k and Fitness Run – Come out and support Your Bulldogs!

Monday May 15

  • Enrichment – Remediation

Tuesday May 16

  • Enrichment – Remediation
  • Spring Concert at WRHS – 7:00

Wednesday May 17

  • Enrichment – Remediation

Thursday May 18

  • Enrichment – Remediation
  • 6th Grade Band/Chorus Concert WRHS at 6:30

Friday May 19

  • Enrichment – Remediation

Monday May 22

  • Enrichment – Remediation

Tuesday May 23

  • Enrichment – Remediation

Wednesday May 24

  • Enrichment – Remediation

Thursday May 25

  • Enrichment – Remediation

Friday May 26

  • Enrichment – Remediation

Monday May 29

  • Memorial Day Holiday
  • Happy Birthday Mr Sells
  • Happy Birthday Mrs Jordan

Tuesday May 30

  • Happy Birthday SRO Lindley

Nikos_KazantzakisWednesday May 31

  • ELA EOG

Thursday June 1

  • Math EOG

Friday June 2

  • Social Studies NCFE

Monday June 5

  • Science EOG/NCFE

Tuesday June 6

  • Band Booster Meeting

Wednesday June 7

  • Math 1 Testing
  • iPad Collection – 6th/7th Grade

Thursday June 8

  • iPad Collection – 8th Grade

Friday June 9

  • Early Release/Staff Workday
  • End of the 9 Weeks Grading Period
  • Last day for students
  • Report cards go home

Monday June 12

  • Required Workday [Remember to TAC in]

Tuesday June 13

  • Optional Workday [Remember to TAC in]

Wednesday June 14

  • Optional Workday [Remember to TAC in]

Thursday June 15

  • RSS Summer School – Reading

Friday June 16

  • RSS Summer School – Reading

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Bulldog News Week of 4.24.2017

BULLDOG NEWS!

Hope your Spring Break was spectacular! Looking forward to seeing you all bright and early Monday!

The Challenge We have been doing a lot of professional development since I’ve been here on how to make the learning activities we design for students engaging and different and fun and thought provoking. We have made concerted efforts to show and model that things can be different in our classrooms and school.

It takes a lot to make that change but training and commitment are two major things. We have been trained – let’s commit to doing different and better.

We have incredible resources in Pittman, Shue, Henley and Brown who regularly lead PD in focus areas that can help. I would put our PD team up against any other in RSS, NC and the US. Our support is second to none. Are you utilizing it? Are you inviting them to your planning to review what you have created with the express purpose of enhancing it? Do you ask them to about new tools and opportunities for PBLs or LDC modules that can further challenge student learning?

We are all here to help but to help we need to value the challenge. The challenge is where we grow and more importantly where students get more of what they need.

Seeing that student-centered learning is taking place and they are getting what they need is everyone’s mission. Accept the challenge and invite in the different perspectives and see thing different. Students win.

With that said, please give some special thought to your review and ‘EOG’ preparation. We should focus on creating opportunities that are engaging, not drill and kill. Challenge your planning partner to come up with even more rigorous ways to review. Find the balance between letting them practice in format they will see and challenging them with better design.

Survey for Teaching Assignments

We are collecting information for building teams and grade levels for next year. We hope to have critical information from the within WRMS and from central office over the next few weeks to be able to make announcements for team configurations very soon. Before the school year is over its also our goal to let all teachers know their teaching assignments for next year.

Please keep in mind that we know teachers do better where they are comfortable and have experience teaching. Any changes that need to be made are made for the good of the school. Change is difficult but sometimes needed. We want to build strong teams that will do the best for students.

This survey is confidential. Any information collected will used for planning purposes only. Click here for the link.

Summer Planning

In anticipation of next year’s large scale PBLs, adjustments to our Compassion Project, and other planning needs we are starting plans for summer planning now. Our goal is to bring in groups for 2-4 days of planning, including resequencing of objectives, how things can better be taught, partner teaching, etc.

We need everyone to send an email or text to Mr McCoy stating what weeks in the summer are off limit. We will work gladly work around to accommodate and adjust. We will keep you well fed.

Best Practices Reminders – Achieve3000

Can the Achieve 3000 tests be used as a grade?    The short answer is no.

The purpose of Achieve 3000 is to help students grow in their reading ability and become excited about reading as those skills improve.  Averaging assessment scores from first or second attempts of independent articles read would not be appropriate.  The score on an Achieve 3000 article should not be used as a stand-alone grade.

There are times when teachers may use an additional article as part of other classroom activities that are graded.  In this case the overall grade would not be dependent on the Achieve 3000 article alone but would be part of multiple pieces of work students are doing to demonstrate understanding of a concept.

Achieve 3000 Level Sets          Achieve3000’s Post LevelSet assessment is scheduled to begin on May 2.  All students are scheduled to take this assessment.

Teachers can refer to ‘How to prepare students for LevelSet’ here.

INSPIRATION

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This Wednesday after school we have the privilege of being inspired by national speaker.

We are moving our after school meeting time Monday afternoon to Wednesday to hear an inspiring message from Jeffrey Dean.

Dean is national speaker and radio host on teen life and culture. We will be getting a small group inspirational talk from him after school. He will be in our school earlier around 1:00 to visit classes and have some conversations with students and teachers.

This is a great message to kick off our week back and to get us in a good headspace to finish the year strong.

TECH WIZARDRY

iPad Collection will tentatively begin on Wednesday, June 7th.  For those who were here last year the process will be pretty much the same.  As the time gets near I will have directions for all of you.  Please keep reminding your students that they will need to turn in their iPad (no damage), cord, and block.

TeacherTech – An email was sent out with directions on how to save items off of your laptop and how to sign out of your apple id on your laptops and iPads at the end of the year.

If you want anything announced on the news in the morning please email Mr. Pittman.

MEDIA MADNESS

Donations to Media Center – If any staff members has left over craft supplies at home that they no longer need to please donate them to the media center. They will go towards building up our maker space supplies.

WRMS Pictures Please We are making an effort to share the great things happening at our school with our community. You can help us by taking pictures of things from your classroom, what you’re doing classroom or what your students are excelling at. If you will please send them to this link, we will do the posting for you. Thanks – https://goo.gl/photos/UHJCdK6kJcc9gKKK8

HENLEY’S HURRAHS

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Thursday, April 13th, I was privileged to attend the first Compassion Bass Bash organized by an amazing group of 6th grade young men. Reaching out to their neighbors and community members, and with the help of family, $170 was raised for Rowan Helping Ministries. 

A large number of our students are interested in affecting the lives of homeless people. However, once in groups how to raise money to either donate to a charity or purchase supplies needed was a topic of conversation. Also, after several phone calls and emails reaching out to Rowan Helping Ministries, the logistics of middle schoolers volunteering became an unfortunate reality.

So, what do a group of West Rowan boys who love to fish do…organize a fishing derby! Due to the intermittent Compassion Group meeting dates, email and phone tag with the owner of The Arbor Events in Cleveland, advertising was not as timely as would have liked…but that did not hinder the excitement and eagerness for the day to finally arrive. 

As each vehicle came down the drive and asked where to park, students and their families became more excited. Several times, I found myself smiling seeing former students trudging up the hill with rods and tackle boxes ready to begin fishing. 

Along with the intentional compassionate purpose of the fishing derby, benefitting the homeless via raising funds for a local agency, another thread of generosity was evident in the relationships emerging. Three of the four boys have “fishing in their blood.” Listening to their conversations, problem solving when a rod or line needed fixing, and sharing of fishing stories, it was apparent they are fishermen. However, one group member has no experience and was definitely a “fish out of water.” The fishermen of the group offered rods, advice how to bait hooks, cast, and subtle nuances needed to catch bass and brim. They saw a need and responded in true Bulldog fashion.

At the conclusion of the derby, after prizes were awarded, parents were already talking about plans for next year! The owner of Arbor Events has already offered to host the next derby.


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GO-TO GIRLS

Compassion Project! Look for information coming soon that will tell you what day your groups will present. All presentations will happen the week of May 8-12 from 1:00-2:20 pm on those days.

We won’t meet with students again until the Thursday or Friday before presentation week. Take some time to check up on your students when we get back to see where they are with their projects and give them some encouragement to do their best.

Hope you all had a wonderful Spring Break and were able to rest and have fun. Summer is coming quickly, let’s #finishstrong!

UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday April 24

  • Enrichment Block – Remediation

Tuesday April 25

  • Enrichment Block – Remediation
  • Baseball and Boys Tennis vs Mooresville Middle Away
  • Soccer and Volleyball vs. Mooresville Middle Home

Wednesday April 26

  • Enrichment Block – Remediation
  • Spring Pictures – Media Center

Thursday April 27

  • Enrichment Block – Remediation
  • Baseball and Boys Tennis vs SEMS Home
  • Soccer and Volleyball vs SEMS Away

Friday April 28

  • Enrichment Block – Remediation
  • Happy Birthday Mr Brown

Monday May 1

  • Enrichment Block – Remediation

Tuesday May 2

  • Enrichment Block – Remediation
  • Baseball and Boys Tennis vs Knox Away
  • Soccer and Volleyball vs Knox Home
  • Band Booster Meeting 6:30-7:30 pm

Wednesday May 3

  • Enrichment Block – Remediation
  • Happy Birthday Mrs Brawley

Thursday May 4

  • Enrichment Block – Compassion Project [Finalizing Presentations]
  • Soccer and Volleyball vs China Grove MS Home

Friday May 5

  • Enrichment Block – Remediation
  • WRMS Band Carowinds Trip

Monday May 8

  • Compassion Project Showcase 1:00-2:20 pm

Tuesday May 9

  • Compassion Project Showcase 1:00-2:20 pm

Wednesday May 10

  • Compassion Project Showcase 1:00-2:20 pm

Thursday May 11

  • Compassion Project Showcase 1:00-2:20 pm

Friday May 12

  • Compassion Project Showcase 1:00-2:20 pm

Monday May 15

  • Enrichment – Remediation

Tuesday May 16

  • Enrichment – Remediation
  • Spring Concert at WRHS – 7:00

Wednesday May 17

  • Enrichment – Remediation

Thursday May 18

  • Enrichment – Remediation
  • 6th Grade Band/Chorus Concert WRHS at 6:30

Friday May 19

  • Enrichment – Remediation

Monday May 22

  • Enrichment – Remediation

Tuesday May 23

  • Enrichment – Remediation

Wednesday May 24

  • Enrichment – Remediation

Thursday May 25

  • Enrichment – Remediation

Friday May 26

  • Enrichment – Remediation

Monday May 29

  • Memorial Day Holiday
  • Happy Birthday Mr Sells
  • Happy Birthday Mrs Jordan

Tuesday May 30

  • Happy Birthday SRO Lindley

Wednesday May 31

  • ELA EOG

Thursday June 1

  • Math EOG

Friday June 2

  • Social Studies NCFE

Monday June 5

  • Science EOG/NCFE

Tuesday June 6

  • Band Booster Meeting

Wednesday June 7

  • Math 1 Testing
  • iPad Collection – 6th/7th Grade

Thursday June 8

  • iPad Collection – 8th Grade

Friday June 9

  • Early Release/Staff Workday
  • End of the 9 Weeks Grading Period
  • Last day for students
  • Report cards go home

Monday June 12

  • Required Workday [Remember to TAC in]

Tuesday June 13

  • Optional Workday [Remember to TAC in]

Wednesday June 14

  • Optional Workday [Remember to TAC in]

Thursday June 15

  • RSS Summer School – Reading

Friday June 16

  • RSS Summer School – Reading

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Bulldog News Week of 4.10.2017

BULLDOG NEWS!

The academic year is quickly drawing to a close, and the date for testing is just around the corner. In an effort to protect PLC time during the school day, next Thursday the 12th after dismissal will be utilized to develop re-engagement (remediation) plans by grade level and content area.  Creating a strategic, focused, and effective plan for our students incorporating the ideas, strengths, and suggestions from our colleagues is the goal for the  day.

Content colleagues will decide what points of data to use when grouping students, determining best strategies, and needed resources to implement effective standard re-engagement.

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This is a short week but we still have an opportunity to brighten a student’s day! Make a decision to see attend a game this week and let a player know you are looking forward to see her/him. Many of our past students are thrilled to see us at the high school games – same is true for our current students. Students care that we care.

(In case you missed it:)

Surveys Please remember to take your surveys for our recent virtual learning day. We will be presenting this information to the board at a meeting very soon. Here is the link – https://goo.gl/forms/FAuagJafv2RVBJYp2.

slider6Printer Copies – As we begin to make plans for next year, one of the considerations we have to look at critically is the number of copies we are making. We recently received a report regarding the number of copies we’ve made over the last several years [this was actually a copier usage report] and two things are striking: 1) there has been very little decline in the number of copies we’ve been making over the years and 2) we are already very close to

this is a concern of practice. Copies has always been a concern of schools but with the resources available to us, we must have continuous, critical conversations about the copies we have been making. Specifically, in our 1:1 environment do we really need to make the copies we are making?

During some of our walk-thrus, we make note of the opportunities when activities could have been paperless such as print copies with questions wherein students have to record short sentence answers or text, stories and narrative, printed front and back. While these activities may be needed the format can absolutely be different and it needs to be different.

This is a time when we need to have critical talks in our planning teams about what format we will deliver activities – be intentional in your talks. Take the time to consider alternatives like Google Forms [which can grade some assignments for you], Google Docs wherein students can collaborate and build together as well as Schoology. If you need help with any of these, please send out a message – someone will come running to offer some alternatives.

INSPIRATION

This week in 7th grade:

Anchor charts, by Ss for Ss! Purposeful communication & collaboration needed for success! Three of core values

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Why should I use anchor charts?

The purpose of anchor charts is for students to have ownership over their learning and to “anchor” unknown topics to their own own experiences.  They are created as a teacher presents a mini-lesson.  7th grade Science flipped a teacher centered instructional strategy, allowing students choice, voice, and creativity – learner centered.
                                           7th grade ELA incorporating College and
                                          Career Readiness Anchor Standards via hot topic debates
                                         
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Debate, argumentation, and focused discourse can be used as a Transition to Writing Process skill in the LDC (Literacy Design Collaborative) literacy framework. Seventh grade ELA wove together several instructional resources to prepare for classroom debates. Topic,  supporting or opposing the death penalty. Students read paired texts from Common Lit : Do juvenile killers deserve life behind bars? and Stanley Williams, leader of the Crypts.

TECH AWESOMENESS

  • If you would like a desktop computer from the computer lab in your room for those students who didn’t charge their iPads or “forgot them at home” please email Mr. Pittman to let him know.
  • I will be coming by classrooms this week to check student iPad’s for any damage.

MEDIA MATTERS

This week during lunch I will hold our first Lego robotics/ coding class in the makerspace. For students who are interested they may bring their lunch into the makerspace.

Tuesday our school will host the middle school Battle of the Books competition. Schools will start arriving around 930 and will be gone around noon. The competition will take place in the Library, Makerspace, and Computer lab. Please do not send students to these areas during that time.

If you or someone in your house is a crafter and you have spare supplies lying around, and are looking for a good cause to donate to during your spring cleaning please consider the  Makerspace! If you have yarn, magazines, scrap booking paper, Legos, glue, etc I would really appreciate the donations 🙂

In hopes to help publicize our school and the awesome things happening in your classrooms we are going to start sharing pictures on social media every Friday. Below is a Google photo link, please use this to add your pictures to our Photo Fun Friday publication! I will post the album every Friday at noon, please make sure all pictures you would like to share are loaded by then. If you have any questions please feel free to ask me 🙂

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HENLEY’S HURRAHS

Thank you for participating in this week’s Literacy Design Collaborative PD. LDC is not “just one more thing” or a lesson plan template. LDC is…intentional planning and instruction for the purpose of effectively incorporating reading, writing, speaking, and listening and other fundamental literacy skills in any subject area. LDC is not an initiative singular to WRMS, but a district wide best practice strategy.

If you have not already joined the WRMS LDC PLC course in Schoology, please use this code to join:

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Once you are a member, you will have access to frameworks for planning, videos (LDC in   action), on-line resources, and rubrics.

At the conclusion of a PD session, several teachers remained and conversation wrapped around “if we already are doing this” what is the point of using the LDC instructional framework?  Why? Because when educators take time to pre-plan literacy based instruction, students benefit from the intentional inclusion of not only content standards, but speaking and listening, writing,  and some we may unintentionally “leave out.”

Literacy Alignment

Take a moment and review the chart above…each instructional framework or strategy includes four key components to intentionally integrate literacy into all content areas: get them interested, students interact with text, active discussion, brainstorming, etc. and an authentic final product.

Hat’s off to Mr. Bowman! During whole group PD on Tuesday, he was trying to “wrap his head” around how to utilize the LDC literacy framework with his content. After more discussion, he adapted the framework to fit the needs of his student population and has a completed module ready for implementation!

GO-TO GIRLS

Project Compassion!  Remind your students they should be working on their presentations this week. We will be meeting with our Compassion Project groups during Enrichment Monday- Wednesday (April 10-12) to hopefully allow the students time to finalize their projects.

Also, we had a phone conversation with a kind woman at the Rowan County Animal Shelter.  They are grateful for all the offers of support; however, it has been overwhelming each time we have met for the compassion project as they get flooded with phone calls from West Middle during that time.  She said all students have the same questions so here are the answers:  You must be 18 or older to volunteer there, however you can collect things for them.  Most needed items are cat food, kitty litter, puppy food, old blankets, and old towels. So, any of you who have groups of kids doing their project that involves the animal shelter, please pass this information along to them.

Thank you 6th grade and exploratory teachers for welcoming our rising 6th grade students!  We have received several e-mails from 5th grade teachers and counselors saying the students are now excited to come here.  And thank you 7th grade for switching schedules to make this happen.

Remember we have one more visit!  On Wednesday, April 12th we will welcome rising 6th grade students into the building from 9:15-10:30.  They will be meeting exploratory teachers as well as the 6th grade teachers to get a taste of what being a WRMS Bulldog is all about! Remember that 6th and 7th grades will be switching schedules that day.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday, April 10th

  • Baseball vs. Erwin @ Home
  • Soccer and Volleyball vs. Erwin @ Home
  • Track Boys Conference @ NRMS
  • Faculty Meeting
  • Enrichment – Compassion Project

Tuesday, April 11th

  • Enrichment – Compassion Project
  • ISD PD – Blended Learning, Apple Teacher, or Breakout EDU
  • Track Girls Conference @ NRMS

Wednesday, April 12th

  • Enrichment – Compassion Project
  • 5th Grade School Visits
  • Baseball vs. CLMS Away
  • Boy’s Tennis vs. Knox Away
  • Soccer and Volleyball vs.CLMS @ Home

Thursday, April 13th

  • Early Release Schedule
  • Grade level remediation planning after dismissal

Friday, April 14th

  • No School
  • Good Friday

 

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