Woodland Middle School Report
To: Michael Green
From: Jake Hall
Re: WMS September 2016 Board Report
WMS families, students and staff are excited for the 2016-17 school year! The following topics are explained in more detail below:
- District Directed Professional Development (DDPD) Days
- Lunch & Lockers
- First Days
District Directed Professional Development (DDPD) Days
Before school started we had four DDPD days at WMS. We used this time to go over the WSD Vision, WMS Mission, WMS Operating Principles and overall WMS guidelines and information. Staff also used the time to complete required safety trainings, lesson plan for the first weeks of school and set up their classrooms. We are grateful for this time to be able to do this crucial work together.
Lunch & Lockers
We also managed to have our “Lunch & Lockers” event during one of the DDPD days. After monitoring last year we adjusted this year by having the check in at the Green Gym instead of the Commons, providing plenty of room to greet families. This year there was a bit of confusion about the details of Lunch & Lockers. To ‘monitor and adjust’ for next year, in June 2017 we are going to post information about Lunch & Lockers on our school website calendar and we are going to promote it as truly Lunch & Lockers instead of promising schedules.
Our first days of the 2016-17 school year have been terrific! Compared to last year when over 75% of the student body and 50% of the staff were new, this year the majority of WMS students and staff know their way around the campus, understand the schedule and are moving right into the routines. We had a fun first day assembly in the Green Gym where we showed a 4 minute video of WMS pictures from our first year as the New WMS, complete with shout-outs from Willie Robertson from the television show “Duck Dynasty” and Larry The Cable Guy from the movie “Cars”. When you have a moment, check out the WMS Facebook page to see the video as well as a 1 minute video montage of the first week. Here’s a link to our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/wmstrojans/