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WOODWARD MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS 
December 2021
FROM THE PRINCIPAL | PTO NEWS | COUNSELING CORNER |

FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Dear Woodward Families,

Brrr!  It’s been getting pretty chilly outside, which I know the students are feeling as we wait for the school doors to open in the mornings.  Hopefully, you are reminding your student to pack a jacket, even when so many of our students are still wearing shorts to school!  Also, please encourage them to stop in for a free breakfast if they didn’t get one before leaving the house.

As we head into a well-deserved break from school, I hope that you will also encourage your student to check in on their classwork to see if there’s catch-up work to complete.  Once we get back, we’ll have just sixteen school days until the end of the semester.

At the end of first semester, there are three non-student days on January 26-28.  We have traditionally used them for Student-Led Conferences, where families are invited to meet with their students at school to review a portfolio of their learning from first semester.  It’s a great way for students to take ownership and pride in their learning, while emphasizing that this learning and personal growth are more important than letter grades.  With continued concerns over COVID, we’re working to rethink how we use those conference days to meet these goals.  Regardless, you can still plan on those being non-student days.

In the spirit of the holidays, I hope that you will encourage your student to participate in our Toy Drive, sponsored by our service-oriented Builders Club (see details below).  I wish you all a relaxing break with family and friends.

Sincerely,

Sebastian Ziz
Principal, WMS
PTO NEWS

Our next PTO meeting will be held on Monday, December 13th at 9:30 am.  We hope you can join us.  The ZOOM link to the meeting follows:

Fallapalloza Fundraiser

Thank you to all who donated to our annual fundraiser.  We collected over $26,000.  Check out the School News section to see how our funds are enriching students this school year!  If you missed the deadline, there is still time to donate!
COUNSELING CORNER
Hello Woodward Parents,

From January 3 - May 2 of 2022, I am taking a short leave of absence from my position as the 7th grade counselor to participate in a Fulbright Research Fellowship in Singapore called the Distinguished Awards in Teaching Research Program.  I will be researching and learning about Singapore's national character and citizenship education program.  My hope and plan is to bring ideas that are making a positive impact on student development back to Woodward, BISD and the school counseling profession.  In my absence, I will have a leave replacement who will be working with my 7th grade students.  Interviews take place this week and I will work with this person next week to help transition them into my position and introduce them to the school.    

My last day at Woodward will be Thursday, December 16th.  Please make sure to reach out before I leave if you have specific questions or information that you would like for me to share with my leave replacement.

Warm Regards,

Sue Constan
Woodward Middle School Counselor - 7th Grade
206-780-4506
SCHOOL NEWS
Builders Club has had a busy and productive fall.  Students are currently involved in two community service projects.  On Wednesday mornings, we are making "no-sew" fleece blankets to deliver to PAWS and a local vet clinic to use for comforting animals when they are adopted (PAWS) or coming out of surgery.  Thanks to Kiwanis for a generous purchase of fleece which will allow us to make more than 25 blankets this year!  (see photo below)
Additionally, students have launched our Toys for Tots Campaign (December 6 - 15) making Woodward an additional drop-off location for this holiday season.  Last year, Woodward was able to deliver an enormous donation including games, art supplies, toys, sporting equipment and more.  We are hoping to repeat this success for 2021. Please see the flyer below for details and feel free to contribute.
Builders Club members make fleece blankets to comfort animals after surgery.
Woodward After School Choir Debut Performance
The Woodward Choir sang at the annual Bainbridge Island Tree Lighting event on Saturday, November 27th.  The singers braved rain and wind to sing festive carols for our community.  They had great fun singing for a crowd in their first performance for the season.  They look forward to more performances like this one in the near future.  If you would like to join the Woodward Choir, email Mrs. Katie Gibbs to join the group!  kregan@bisd303.org.
The WMS Choir sings for our community at the tree lighting ceremony.
This month, our Language Arts/Social Studies Department invited Living Voices to perform "Northwest Passages" for our 8th grade students.  Living Voices is an educational theatre company that combines archival film footage with live performance.  The Northwest Passages production looks at diverse immigrant communities in the Pacific Northwest at the turn of the 20th century.  This production was made available to our students by our PTO!  (see photo below)
Winter Sports Updates
Boys Basketball
The short (but sweet) boys basketball season ends in the next two weeks.  Three games remain, two away and one home; our last home game is Monday, December 13th in the Woodward Gym beginning at 4:00 pm.  Woodward students can attend and support the teams provided they wear a mask and socially distance in their seating.  Several photos of the season follow.
Girls Basketball
Registration for Girls Basketball opens Wednesday, December 8th and goes until January 10, 2022.  Basketball is a cut sport with tryouts beginning on 1/10/2022 at 3:45 pm in the WMS gym.  Sarah Spray will coach the 8th grade team and Dave Walker will coach the 7th grade team.  Practices will run daily, Monday through Friday, from 3:45 to 5:15 pm.  For more details, see our Athletics page on our website. 
CALENDAR

PROGRESS REPORTS
DECEMBER 9


PTO MEETING
DECEMBER 13    9:30 AM

WINTER BREAK
DECEMBER 20 - 31
NO SCHOOL


PLAN AHEAD
SCHOOL RESUMES
JANUARY 3

MLK HOLIDAY
JANUARY 17 - NO SCHOOL

WMS STUDENT  CONFERENCES
JANUARY 26, 27, 28
NO SCHOOL


SECOND SEMESTER BEGINS
JANUARY 31
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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