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    Second Semester Town Hall
    Posted on 03/01/2021
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    While we can’t see you in the building – we need you to know…photo of the hallway

    …we miss you!
    …we care about you!
    …we are wishing you all the best!
    …we are proud of you!
    …and we are really…

    Excited for the rest of the year!!!

    …even if it’s still not quite what we’re used to

    Mr. Cohrs
    Mr. Cohrs – House Administrator

    Principal Hunt
    Principal Hunt


    Mr. Murphy
    Mr. Murphy – Assistant Principal

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    ? Do My Classes Change Second Semester?

    ? Wait, Remind Me - How Do I Read My Schedule?

     

    screen shot of a sample schedule highlighting the Humanities Block (LA 6 an World History)

    6th Grade:
    House 1 & 2 Course Key

    1-2 = 1st Period
    3-4 = 2nd Period
    5-6= 3rd Period
    7-8 = 4th Period

    Period 15 notes your assigned school counselor.

     


    sample schedule 6th grade house 36th Grade:
    House 3 Course Key

    1-2 = 1st Period
    3-4 = 2nd Period
    5-6= 3rd Period
    11-12 = 4th Period
    Period 15 notes your assigned school counselor.

     

     


    7th Grade Sample chedule

    7th & 8th Grade:
    Course Key

    1-2 = 1st Period
    3-4 = 2nd Period
    5-6= 3rd Period
    7-8 = 4th Period
    8-9 = 5th Period
    11-12 = 6th Period
    Period 13 is Advisory.

    This class will ONLY be attended on specific days. Period 15 notes your assigned school counselor.

     


    Bell Schedule: 6th Grade House 1 & 2Available on the WMS Website

    Monday/Thursday
    9:00-10:30 - 1st Period 
    10:45-12:15 - 3rd Period
    12:30-1:30 - Lunch
    1:45-3:15 - Small Group
    3:30-3:50 - Enrichment Activities 
    (a blend of social emotional learning/ independent learning and/or small group appointments set by teacher)

    Tuesday/Friday
    9:00-10:30 - 2nd  Period 
    10:45-12:15 - 4th Period
    12:30-1:30 - Lunch
    1:45-3:15 - Small Group
    3:30-3:50 - Enrichment Activities
    (a blend of social emotional learning/ independent learning and/or small group appointments set by teacher)


    Bell Schedule: 6th Grade House 3Available on the WMS Website

    Monday/Thursday

    9:00-10:30 - 1st Period
    10:45-12:15 - 3rd Period
    12:30-1:30 - Lunch
    1:45-3:15 - Small Group
    3:30-3:50 - Enrichment Activities
    (a blend of social emotional learning/ independent learning and/or small group appointments set by teacher)

    Tuesday/Friday

    9:00-10:30 - 2nd Period
    10:45-12:15 - Small Group
    12:30-1:30 - Lunch
    1:45-3:15 - 4th Period
    3:30-3:50 - Enrichment Activities
    (a blend of social emotional learning/ independent learning and/or small group appointments set by teacher)


    Bell Schedule: 7th & 8th GradeAvailable on the WMS Website

    Monday/Thursday

    9:00-10:30 - 1st Period
    10:45-12:15 - 3rd Period
    12:30-1:30 - Lunch
    1:45-3:15 - 5th Period
    3:30-3:50 - Enrichment Activities
    (a blend of social emotional learning/ independent learning and/or small group appointments set by teacher)

    Tuesday/Friday

    9:00-10:30 - 2nd Period
    10:45-12:15 - 4th Period
    12:30-1:30 - Lunch
    1:45-3:15 - 6th Period
    3:30-3:50 - Enrichment Activities
    (a blend of social emotional learning/ independent learning and/or small group appointments set by teacher)


    What about Wednesdays?

    • Our bell schedule is based on the memorandum of understanding between Seattle Public Schools and the Seattle Education Association.
    • Early-release Wednesdays are a time for small groups and dedicated supports for our students.
    • Appointments may be set and sent by teachers and this is a time for students to work on asynchronous independent activities.
    • Whole-class live instruction will not be the expectation on these early-release Wednesdays.
    • Wednesdays are divided up into 35-minute class periods, so students are not receiving invitations to small groups for multiple classes at the same time. 

    Accessing your new classes

    1. Go to the https://www.seattleschools.org
    2. Hover over 'Students' toward the top of your screen.
    3. A drop-down menu will appear, click on 'Schoology'. If you are not on a District computer, the system should prompt you to sign in.
    4. Once in Schoology, click non 'Courses' toward the top left of the screen.You should see all the courses that the student is assigned to.
    5. Select the course that you are trying to enter.

    Accessing your new classes

    Find your student’s online classes on Schoology:

    https://www.seattleschools.org/departments/dots/support_training_forms/schoologylms

    Or Google: Seattle Public Schools Schoology


    Pro Tip

    Log Off, Shut Down, and Restart Your Student Laptop Before Friday Morning

    *To be sure you receive any updates


    Looking forward…

    Upcoming Events

    • Jan: Thursday 1/28
      No School – day between semesters
    • Jan: Friday 1/29
      Second Semester Begins
      Strong Second Start & Pep Assembly
    • Feb: Week of 2/8
      First Semester Grades Sent Home
    • Feb: Week of 2/15-19
      No School – Mid-Winter Break
    • March: Thursday 3/11
      PTSA Meeting & Budget Info Share

    Peek Behind the Curtain

    • April: Details Forthcoming
      Student Centered Conferences
    • April: Details Forthcoming
      2021-22 Incoming Student Event
    • May/June: Details Forthcoming
      Chat with Katrina and Krishna
    • May/June: Details Forthcoming
      Student Showcase
    • June: Details Forthcoming
      End of Year Celebrations!

    Partners

    Seattle University

    LaKesha Kimbrough
    Ramp & Change Makers
    TO Register go online to: www. seattleu.edu/cce/local-families/

    Form available online and paper versions in English, Spanish, Somali, Vietnamese, Oromo, Tigrinya, Simple Chinese, Amharic

    RAMP Cohort Communities

    • Small communities for every grade (6th, 7th, 8th)
    • Fun activities with SU mentors and classmates! 
    • Support with school subjects and skills
    • Meet once a week during school

    Change Makers

    • Learn helpful skills for high school
    • Explore college and career options
    • Join a community of 8th graders learning together
    • Fun activities with SU mentors!
    • Afterschool Tuesdays & Thursdays through HOST

    Seattle Parks and Recreation

    Husky Out of School Time (HOST)
    Won Choi


    Connect The Dots

    Dalisha Phillips


    Creative Learning Experiences for Educators that cultivate restorative Learning Environments  School Liberation Collective  Racial Equity Mental Wellness Learning Culture  Ti'Esh Harper Anti-Racist Activist Capacity Builder Systems Changer  Hannah Williams M.Ed K-12 Arts Educator School Change Activist Teacher/Leader Coach  Dalisha Phillips LMHCA, ATR-P Art Therapist Youth Ally & Advocate Change Maker

    • Serving Washington Middle School by co-constructing a vision of restoration centered on 
    • Healing & liberation

    When we're connected, students are connected


    Dalisha’s Dots

    Mental health counseling art therapy

    Students Services

    1. Individual Counseling - Wednesdays (Enrolling Now)
    2. Group Counseling - Will Host Creative Journaling Groups 2nd Semester With The Goal Of Boosting Self Esteem, Creating Coping Strategies, Conflict Resolution And More (Day/Time TBD)
      - BIPOC Girls / BIPOC Boys / Girls / Boys
    3. Dropping-In To Classes To Collaborate With Teachers

    Staff Services

    Drop-In and Decompress with Dalisha - Mindfulness, meditation, and discussion. Tuesdays 4-5

    To connect your student to counseling and art therapy with Dalisha send her an email, call, or text: (253) 260-6139

    dalisha.phillips@lovelightenergyarttherapy.com


    Therapeutic Health Services

    Artosha Lyde


    Student Assistance Specialist

    Margaret Balderama


    Student Assistance Program
    Distance Learning 2020

    Our program supports students who are vulnerable to substance use and who need social-emotional supports. We do this by developing trusting, supportive relationships between students and our staff.

    The program facilitates skill-building activities & strategies proven to reduce the use of substances among adolescents, and connects youth and families to behavioral health services and resources.

    Program Prevention
    Education
    Skills &
    Support Groups
    Family 
    Engagement
    School Staff
    Assistance
     Purpose  Awareness  Behavior change Engagement Whole-child
     Goal Student well-being Increase
    self-regulation & help seeking behaviors
     Parent-child connectedness Tier 1 universal student supports
     Interaction Asynchronistic & Synchronistic Asynchronistic & Synchronistic  Asynchronistic & Synchronistic  As requested
     Opportunities  Aligned with Washington health standards & SEL benchmarks Responsive to student needs

     Family Events & Parent Nights

    Highly interactive

    Staff meetings, MTSS teams, consultation

     


     

    Hello from the Counseling Team!

    Alfreida McKinney Head Counselor  All 6th & (A-L) 8th

    Alfreida McKinney
    Head Counselor
    All 6th & (A-L) 8th

    Brianne Pan  All 7th & (M-Z) 8th

    Brianne Pan
    All 7th & (M-Z) 8th


    The WMS Counseling Team is Here for YOU!

    Upcoming & Continual Groups

    • Second Semester (Schedule Change Window: January 29th – February 10th)
    • 6th Grade Hangout
    • 7th & 8th Grade Hangouts (Coming soon!)
    • Mindfulness Group (First Session is Feb 3 at 11:45)
    • Naviance Lessons (High School & Beyond Planning)

    Resources & Information:

    • 1-on-1 Check In’s with Ms. McKinney & Ms. Pan
    • High School Transition Information
    • 2021-22 WMS Class Registration Process
    • Connect with The WMS Wellness Center!
    • List of Community Resources
      • (See WMS App; For additional resources and information, reach out to the WMS Counseling Team)

    graphic of a sunFirst Semester Bright Spots

     

    • Hundreds of Laptops and Tech into the hands of students
    • Upwards of 97% Attendance
    • Sidewalk Library
    • As a school committed to justice and equity, we connected with nearly all the families and caretakers of our students furthest from educational justice during Parent/Teacher Conferences in the fall.
    • Due to the overwhelming & positive response to our virtual Curriculum Night in September, we’re looking forward to hosting a virtual Student Showcase community event this spring.
    • Increasing student independence, comfort, and participation in live classes
    • Tech support showing some love and helping us out
    • Strengthening partnerships with families
    • Building creative ways to connect with each other
    • 6th grade Project Feedback Day
    • Strengthening partnerships with outside organizations
    • Teachers putting their dedication on full display
    • PTSA teacher appreciation lunch and gifts
      Custodians have the building SPARKLING!

    Looking Forward to Second Semester

    • Strong Start and Pep Assembly (Friday 1/29/21)

      screen shot of assembly schedule period 2 9am to 10am 4th period 10:05 to 11:05 6th or small group 11:10 to 12:10 lunch 12:30 - 1:30 assembly 1:45 to 2:30 asynchronous time 2:45 to 3:15

    • Expanded library services (look for updates in Principal Hunt’s weekly emails)
    • SBA update – awaiting guidance from the state and dist.

    Washington Middle School Battle of the Books 2020-2021 Read Books! Join a Team! Battle for Prizes! sponsored by the WMS PTSA and Third Place Books Battle of the books

    Partnership with ELA/Humanities teachers, WMS library, and PTSA



     

     

     


    Tech Support Reminder

    Tech Helpline

    Students/families can get support by contacting Student Tech Line at: 

    206.252.0100
    laptops@seattleschools.org

    • Support with:
    • Technology support 
    • Laptop and SPS devices 
    • Remote learning & educational resource access. Ex:
    • Schoology
    • Internet Access (WiFi Hot Spots)
    • Technology resource information 
    • Translated services will be available

    Stay Connected

    Keep an eye on your email each week for updates and information shared out by Principal Hunt


    Stay up to Date

    • Robo calls
    • Email
    • Website
    • WMS app

    QR Code to download Washington Middle School app


    Katrina  BeckwithUpdating Contact Information

    If you need to update phone number, email addresses or any other contact information, please reach out to Ms. Beckwith, our Registrar. ksbeckwith@seattleschools.org

     

     


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