Thanksgiving Food Drive

WIS students and teachers came through in a big way again this year to help with our Thanksgiving Basket food drive.  Through their efforts over 20 local families in need received a giant food basket of canned fruits and vegetables, soups, box dinners, desert mixes, and a Turkey just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.  Thank you to our student council and counselors for planning and organizing everything.  We hope those on both the giving and receiving end find this as a reason to give thanks this year!

Be safe, stay warm, and enjoy the 5 day weekend!

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Ahead of the curve

I had the opportunity today to spend some time along side a group of our teachers during some proffesional development training. This trainig was specific to finding ways to successfully reach all the learners in a classroom. This is an incredibly tough challenge when you recognize the diverse needs and abilities that exist in a class of 25-30 students. Our teachers must find ways to engage those students that are struggling learners along with those that come into the lesson already knowing the concept. Teaching to the “middle” is no longer adequate. We must always be looking for ways to improve our instructional practices to reach the broad range of students we have been entrusted to educate. Being a teacher has never been easy but I think this is even more true today than in the past. This is a challenge WIS teachers are ready to meet head on. I appreciate the extra time and effort that our staff puts in to stay ahead of the curve and move all students forward. It is this “extra” that makes Willard a great place to work and learn!

Veterans Day 2010

It is very normal as we go through life to spend a large amount of our time thinking and talking about what is wrong in our lives. We spend so much time focusing on the problems in our world that we often overlook the “little” things that happen every day that make us truly blessed people. The service our veterans have given to maintain our freedoms is an example of this. WIS took some time on Thursday to reflect on and honor the men and women of the armed forces. Veterans day is always a special day in our building and we were proud to host over 100 veterans and their families. Thanks to everyone that was involved! Below is a link to a short video created to honor our Veterans day guests.

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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!

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