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Middle School Expectations and Resources for Continued Learning

Please read our letters from the Principal outlining our continuing teaching and learning:

April 22nd - Woodland Middle School is a "State Recognized" School again, and more...

April 9th - New learning plan for Woodland Middle School...


Grade Level Expected Learning

Please click the grade level below for a list of weekly expected lessons, activities and assignments. These are updated every Monday by 9 a.m.



Academic Plan Overview and FAQ

What can I expect each week?

  • Classroom teachers will provide weekly assignments/lessons in their instructional area. Teachers will be posting these assignments each Monday morning by 9am on the district website main page listed under “WMS 5-8th Grade Expected Learning'' tab. Teachers will work to follow the curriculum by providing content that includes both new learning and review work focusing on the “essentials”.
  • Weekly assignments will be posted by Monday at 9am. Each assignment should take no longer than 1 hour with the following assignments provided:
    • ELA-2 assignments a week
    • MATH-2 assignments a week
    • SCIENCE-1 assignment a week
    • If currently enrolled in 8th WA St. Hist., 7th SS, 6th Personal Finance, or 5th Tech- 1 assignment a week
    • Optional PE/Elective activity: Choose 1 or more assignments a week
  • Students are expected to do approximately 90 minutes of home learning each day in their core classes with additional “fun” flex time in electives and PE. Some families may want additional challenges so it is appropriate to reach out to your teacher with those requests, understanding that they are also working from home which makes it more complex.
  • WMS Remote Teacher office hours:
    • Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30-11:30 am.
    • Feel free to email or ask for a phone call to support your child’s learning.
  • Students on IEP’s or served in our ELL program will be contacted by their case managers to work with the family and provide support/accommodations.
  • Please remember that the safety and well-being of your family comes first over academics, but hopefully we can create a great learning environment together.

What if my family does not have technology?

  • Please contact one of the secretaries listed below and we will work to accomodate your needs by putting in a help desk ticket with our technology office. Unfortunately, due to the seriousness of this pandemic, this may take some time to facilitate and supplies are limited. Please note that if another child in your home has a Chromebook, we may not be able to accommodate additional Chromebooks over a 2-1 ratio. However, please don’t hesitate to ask.
  • Please note- While Woodland Public Schools does not have the resources to provide internet access to all families who do not have it at home, we are working to provide WiFi access in many of our school parking lots where families could utilize it from inside their cars. Please note these wifi locations and remember that they will only work on district sponsored chromebooks/devices:
    • High School: Exterior access point at the side entrance in the south wing facing the car park
    • Middle School: Exterior AP at the District Office entrance pointing towards the cafeteria car park (where the buses line up)
    • TEAM: Outside the portable.
    • CES: Outside the portables.
    • Yale: Outside the front of the building
  • If you do not have internet access at home or the capacity to print items on the expected learning list, please reach out to your homeroom teacher so they can make other arrangements for materials.

Communication

  • Our primary communication tools are phone calls and emails.
  • Teachers will make weekly phone calls to check in with their homeroom students. Feel free to ask for help and reach out to any of our staff if you need support or have a question about an assignment.
  • We will post weekly materials/lessons under right here on the website.
  • Some teachers will use Google Classroom, Google Meet, or Skyward to communicate directly with families. Skyward will be used to communicate building-wide messages.

Grading and Assignments

  • Grading-We received guidance from the state yesterday regarding grading for the remainder of the school year so I want to provide an update. Since we ended a few weeks before the third quarter was completed, all students will receive a “Pass” grade for the third and fourth quarter this school year. However, they are expected to stay engaged with the weekly lessons so they don’t fall behind. Official letter grades have been suspended until further notice. We do not want student GPA’s to suffer during this pandemic so middle school transcripts will just show “Pass”. 
  • PLEASE NOTE: The exception to the grading guidelines above is students taking Algebra or Geometry for high school credit. We are going to follow the high school grading guidelines and students will receive the grade that they had on March 13th with the opportunity to increase that grade if it is not an A. Please work directly with Mr. Bejcek for these accommodations.
  • Students should turn in assignments to the teacher for feedback. It is the student’s responsibility to complete work and submit it to their teachers in order to receive this feedback. Students unable to complete an assignment or needing additional support should reach out to the teacher. Students have the flexibility to complete lessons throughout the day and/or when it is convenient for them and their families.

Tips for remote learning

  • Create a dedicated workspace.
  • Focus on one subject at a time.
  • Establish a Daily/Weekly schedule
  • Do some “fun” activities and take some stretch breaks.
  • This upheaval is tough on students so make sure to celebrate progress. Feed the positive.
  • Reach out with questions but remember that perfection is not necessary.

Forecasting for next school year

  • All students will be sent a Google survey form via Skyward or email in the next several weeks to forecast for next year’s electives. Please make sure you complete this with your student as soon as possible.
  • There have been some questions about placement in reading interventions and advanced classes next year and how we will do that since there are no state tests. We will be looking at students’ prior assessments, current progress, trendlines, rank order and teacher recommendations to make the best placements possible.

Who can I contact for help

  • Academic Concerns: Please contact your homeroom teacher or any one of your child’s teachers
    • Email is the best.
    • Call the classroom teacher’s district phone number/extension and leave a message as they are checking those at home or email the classroom teacher
    • Check-in (electronically) with the classroom teacher during their office hours
    • Please click HERE to access WMS Teacher email information or use the following link for the teacher’s direct lines: Direct Extensions
  • Hardships (food or housing): Please contact FCRC coordinator - Gabby Meador
    • Click HERE to be taken to her contact information
  • Technology: If you are in need of assistance, please reach out to the WMS office team listed below. If they are unable to help, they will put in a help desk ticket for you.
  • Social/Emotional Concerns: If you are in need of support for social or emotional issues, please reach out to one of our counselors listed below.

What if stuff was left in my locker

Many students have items that they left in their regular and/or PE lockers. We hope to develop a plan for families to retrieve these items once the Governor lifts the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. Stay tuned for more information as we navigate changes.

Yearbooks

Don’t forget, you can still purchase your WMS yearbook! The yearbook might look a little different this year considering the circumstances, but WMS will still be producing and selling a yearbook to help us all remember a school year like no other.

ALREADY purchased your yearbook for the 2019-2020 school year? Your yearbook will be distributed to you before the end of the school year. Information will be posted with distribution details once yearbooks are mailed to the school in June.

HAVEN’T purchased your yearbook for the 2019-2020 school year, yet? Use the link below to purchase your yearbook directly from our manufacturer Bell Studios.

They are providing a secure way to purchase the yearbook directly from them, and you will have the option at checkout to pay an additional $2.50 to have it shipped directly to your home.

https://bellstudios.simplephoto.com/prepay/40983877?code=2111yearbook