What a great week to be a part of WIS!  And I am not just saying that due to the 4 day week!!  It was great to see so many parents taking time to visit with their child’s teachers during parent/teacher conferences this week.  I know from my own experience how beneficial these meetings can be.  It is sometimes difficult to know what school looks like for our kids as they grow up and having that discussion with their teachers is critical.  We want them to become more independent while still maintaining our involvment in their education.  I appreciate the time and effort our parents and teachers put in to help our kids transition from the elementary world to middle school.

Our students had a rare event happen this week.  Two assemblies in on week!  On Tuesday morning we had a visit from the high school theatre group who shared some great skits with us about making healthy choices as a follow up to our red ribbon week.  Thanks to Mrs. Chappell and her group for their time and effort.  Today we met with each grade level to celebrate our first quarter iChoose winners.  9 students qualified for our Silver Dollar City field trip we will get to go on in the spring along with 9 others who will go on a Springfield trip next week.    We will have our first quarter iChoose store next Friday where each student will have the chance to redeem their iChoose stamps for some great prizes.  Thanks to all those who have made donations to our store.

Enjoy the long weekend!

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Book Fair

A reminder that the WIS book fair started last Friday and runs through this Thursday with extend hours this week for parent/teacher conferences.  As is always the case, there are lots of great books available for purchase.  Here is the link to our book fair homepage.  Stop by and check it out!

Red Ribbon Week

WIS enjoyed a fun filled week encouraging students to stay drug free. Red ribbon week was celebrated with a different theme each day for students to participate in. It was great to see so many students and teachers participate! Thanks to our student council for working to put this together for us.

A reminder to everyone that next week will be our parent-teacher conferences. All teachers will be available Tuesday evening from 3:30-7:30 for pre-arranged conference times. Teachers will also be available before and after school the rest of the week to accommodate schedule needs of parents. Make sure to contact your child’s teacher to set up a conference time.  First quarter grade cards and MAP scores will be distributed at your conference. We encourage all parents to take advantage of this opportunity to visit about your child’s progress so far this year.

Don’t forget that there will be no school next Friday.  4 day week here we come!

First quarter perspective

Today marked the end of the first quarter of the school year. I know that our students often measure time at school from a “half empty” perspective and see this as being that much closer to the end of the year. I hope we all encourage our kids to live in the moment and not wish their time at school away. I am very proud of our students and teachers this year. We have a great group of students and the building has a very positive feel to it. Being a 5th or 6th grader only happens once in a persons life and WIS has so much to offer everyone both academically and socially. My advice to our students is to take time to enjoy where you are in your educational career and life. You will never be given another today.

Look ahead to next week:
10/18-10/22 – Red Ribbon Week
10/18 – Title 1 reading night
Hot Cocoa Cafe
10/19 – School Board meeting
10/20 – Running Club
10/21 – Student Council Meeting
10/22 – AM Choir
Book Fair begins
Fall parties

October finds us all busy learning…

WIS teachers spent the day last Friday involved in professional development. Our focus was on grading practices, technology integration, and inclusion of special services students in the regular classroom. We are fortunate to have a high quality group of teachers that are always interested in getting better at what they do. We hope our students enjoyed the day off!

This week most classrooms have been busy finishing up fall DRA assessments. These reading assessments are given to every student two times a year to not only show where they are compared to their grade level, but they also guide teacher instruction to help each student improve their reading and comprehension abilities. Parents will receive a detailed report based on this assessment at the end of first quarter. This will replace the reading grade on student grade cards.

Next week WIS student council will host our first skate night of the year on Thursday, Oct. 7th, at 6 pm at Skateport on S. Glenstone. We want to encourage all students and their parents to attend as we will also be having our monthly PTO meeting as well. It will be a fun night! Don’t forget that next Friday is an early out for students with a 12:30 dismissal.

Enjoy your fall weekend!