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WOODWARD MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS 
BACK TO SCHOOL ISSUE
August 2021

FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Dear Woodward Families,

We are so excited to welcome students back this fall to what will hopefully be a more normal school year.  So much of middle school is about relationships, our sense of community, and all the extras that go along with an academic education.  Bringing back our clubs, sports, and much of the social interaction that occurs during the day will be refreshing.

In many ways, this fall will be like opening a new school.  Given the oddities of last year, even our returning 8th graders may feel like they are new to Woodward.  Rest assured that we will be compassionately helping students through this transition back to full-day in-person school.

Of course, COVID protocols and some restrictions will still be a part of daily school life.  We will continue to wear masks, socially distance, and sanitize as described in BISD’s Return to Learn Handbook.  There are a number of important changes that parents need to know, so please take the time to read this thoroughly.

To leave room for hallway social distancing, we will again not be using hall lockers.  Students will bring their backpacks from class to class.  Our Wildcat students will bring their fully charged chromebooks to school with them everyday.  We’ll limit the number of textbooks that students carry around and teachers have simplified our School Supplies List.

With school-provided breakfast and lunch being free to all students this year, we will initially be limiting building access before school to only students having breakfast, starting at 8:30am.  With school starting at 9:00am, other students will be waiting outside and may enter at 8:55am to go to class.  Please do not drop off students before 8:30am and after 8:45am would be preferred if they are not eating breakfast.  Please encourage your student to wear weather-appropriate clothing while they wait outside before school.

Class schedules will be available next week, both online through Skyward and in-person pick up at our Back-to-School Day.  Please see additional information later in the newsletter about our Back-to-School Day.  It’s a great chance to take care of lots of school business and walk the school to see where your student’s classes are.

One of the things that I have always loved about school life is the yearly cycle of a fresh start, the opportunity to meet new people, and the chance to make this year better than the last.  Never has that been more true for staff, students, and families than this year.  I look forward to meeting your student and connecting with you at some point.  Please don’t hesitate to let us know if there’s something we can do to help you or your student make this an amazing year of
growing and learning.

Sincerely,

Sebastian Ziz
WMS Principal
REGISTRATION

Welcome to the 2021 - 2022 School Year at Woodward.  Registration for our school district is done online.
New Families to BISD:
If you are a new family to Bainbridge Island and have not already registered your student for school, please visit the Bainbridge Island School District webpage where you can enroll your new student.  (BISD website, Resources, Registration)

Families already enrolled in BISD:

Our Annual Back-to-school Check-in process (ABC) is available by logging in to your Family Access account.  Please take the time to complete this process ASAP.  It should take about 15 minutes (or less!) to complete the process for each child in your household.  The ABC 21-22 process must be completed for all students in the district whether they are brand new to the district or returning.  If your student will be enrolled in Running Start, the process must be completed for them as well.
COUNSELING CORNER
The Woodward Counseling Center welcomes you to our school!  We will be open to families beginning Wednesday, August 18th.  Below is the contact information for the Counseling Office which includes our Counselor caseload distribution:

Molly Orness - Counseling Secretary/Registrar
(206) 780-4503     morness@bisd303.org
Sue Constan - Counselor 7th Grade
(206) 780-4506     sconstan@bisd303.org
Patti Beer - Counselor 8th Grade
(206) 780-4507     pbeer@bisd303.org
Susan Irish - School Psychologist
(206) 780-4508     sirish@bisd303.org
Woodward’s Back to School Event will take place on Wednesday, August 25th. Please sign up for a 30 minute time slot using the Grade specific link below.  All visitors will enter through our South (Flag Pole) Entrance. Please arrive only during your reserved 30 minute window in order to keep our numbers predictable and as low as possible.
 
7th Grade Signup Link: https://bit.ly/2W3emGo
8th Grade Signup Link: https://bit.ly/3m3Db06

This event is meant to provide students with the opportunity to complete the following items on their to-do list.
  • Pick up their class schedule
  • Do a self-guided tour of the school to find their classes (We will not use lockers this year)
  • Take their school photo
  • Complete the state required vision and hearing testing (7th graders only)
  • Pay OPTIONAL fees for yearbook ($20), ASB Card ($20), Sports Participation Fees ($150) etc.
What if you can't attend?
We encourage every student to attend if at all possible. We have planned an efficient and safe experience for you that will result in your student feeling more comfortable and ready for their first day. If you are unable to attend, we will have a photo makeup day scheduled shortly after the school year begins, and items like fee payments can be done online. Hearing and Vision screening for 7th graders who do not attend this event will be done by the nurse during the school day at some point this school year.  For those who are unable to attend August 25th, we will open Woodward for a self-guided tour on the day before school, August 31st from 11AM-Noon. Our cashier’s office will be open for fee payments as well.  Please sign up using this link if you would like to reserve a time slot for August 31st:  https://bit.ly/3iRFocO
Safety Measures:
  • Each student may bring one parent or guardian with them.
  • Masks should be worn at all times when on our campus both inside and outside. If you do not have a mask we will provide you one.
  • All those who enter will be asked if they have experienced COVID-19 symptoms 24 hours prior to entry. Please do not attend this event if you have experienced any of these symptoms: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.
SCHOOL NEWS
Woodward Middle School hours for the 2021 - 2022 school year are as follows: 

Monday - Early Release Seminar Schedule (9:00am - 2:00pm

Tuesday through Friday - Regular Schedule (9:00am - 3:30pm)

Student Drop-Off and Pick-Up
We will continue to utilize the snaking traffic pattern of last year.  The student drop-off and pick-up area is located in the South Parking Lot.  While our main goal will always be student safety, we strive to make this as efficient as possible to respect your time.
  • We need to get as much traffic off of Sportsman Club as possible.  Once in the parking lot, minimize space between cars, like ferry parking!
  • Pull as far forward in the loading zone as possible before coming to a stop.  This allows more cars to load/unload at the same time.
  • Students may only enter/exit cars in the designated area at the sideway next to the portables.
  • We will be holding cars in the parking lot to let the buses out, maybe up to a five-minute delay.  Please be patient.
  • Please be courteous to staff.  We are working together to keep kids safe by following the plan.
HEALTH CARE PLANS AT SCHOOL

If your child has an Asthma, Allergy Anaphylaxis Emergency Plan or a 504 Health Plan that was not completed last spring, it will need to be completed and turned in before they can attend school September 1st.  You will also need to provide emergency medications and/or equipment needed for your student prior to or on September 1st.  
Washington State law (RCW 28A.210, Section 1) requires that all students with life threatening health conditions have the needed medical orders, medication and/or equipment, and a nursing care plan in place, before the child may attend school.
MEDICATION AT SCHOOL
A medication at school form must be on file for ANY medication taken at school, even if it is over the counter.   Medication orders at school need to be renewed each school year.  The form must be completed by a physician and parent before the student may take medication at school.  Medication Permission Forms are available in the school office and also on our district website.
If your student has a medical need or if you have any questions or concerns, please contact:

Nurse Emily Candelaria
(206) 780-4511
WOODWARD ATTENDANCE
(206) 780-4579


ABSENCES

Please call the Attendance Line to report an absence the day of each absence.  If you have not called in your child's absence prior to 9:30AM, you will receive an automated phone call that evening asking you to call in the absence.

LEAVING EARLY
A note from a parent is required any time your student needs to leave school.  Your student should bring the note to the Attendance Office before school in order to get a pass.  By sending a note, instead of calling the school or simply dropping in, we avoid disrupting the classroom.

ARRIVING LATE
Students arriving late to school must sign in at the Attendance Office as soon as they arrive.  A parent may excuse late arrivals by calling the Attendance line, sending a note with the student, or signing in with your child.
If you have any attendance questions, please contact:
Beth Guy, Attendance Secretary
(206) 780-4504
bguy@bisd303.org 
BISD FOOD AND NUTRITION SERVICES 

This year, the USDA is offering free breakfast and lunch to all students to help with the COVID transition back to school.  If a student brings a sack lunch from home and wants milk or juice, the cost is $0.75.
If you have any questions regarding your student's account, please contact the Food & Nutrition Services office at (206) 780-1844.

Meal Prices for 2021 - 2022 are:
Breakfast     No Charge
Lunch           No Charge
Milk/Juice     $0.75

Our 7th and 8th Grade Recommended School Supply list for 2021 - 2022 can be found below:

7th and 8th Grade Supply List

Please Note:  Students will not have lockers this year. 

Summer Reading

Summer Reading Lists for 7th and 8th grade are available on the Woodward Website and can also be accessed here:

Summer Reading Lists for 7th and 8th Grades

We ask that all Woodward students read at least one title from their reading list and be prepared to discuss on the first day of school, September 1st.

WMS Fall Sport - TRACK
Woodward sports are back in full swing!  This fall we will be offering Track & Field.  Track & Field is a co-ed no cut sport with the first practice starting on Wednesday, September 8th.  The season will conclude with the Futurist Meet Tuesday, October 19th and League Championships Thursday, October 21st.  Practice will be held Monday  through Friday from 3:45 - 5:15pm.  To participate, students must register using Family ID (Registration closes on September 3rd), submit a physical no more than 2 years old, and complete the ASB and participation fee payments.  For more details on the season, please visit the Woodward Track athletics page.  Go Wildcats!
PTO News
We have a need for a PTO President for the 2021-2022 school year.  If you are interested in this position or other PTO Board positions, please contact Sebastian Ziz at (206) 780-4501 or sziz@bisd303.org.
CALENDAR

BACK TO SCHOOL DATE
AUGUST 25 - BOTH 7th & 8th GRADES


FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
SEPTEMBER 1  @  9:00AM

PLAN AHEAD

TRACK BEGINS
SEPTEMBER 8

WMS PARENT OPEN HOUSE VIA ZOOM
SEPTEMBER 22  @  6:00PM
Nondiscrimination Statement:  Bainbridge Island School District School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.  For questions, please contact Civil Rights Coordinator, Erin Murphy at emurphy@bisd303.org.
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