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WMS
FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Dear Families,

Believe it or not, we are already gearing up to register students for next year’s classes.  This starts with counselors sharing information in classroom presentations and then giving students a worksheet to select elective courses.  Also, math teachers will be working directly with families to consider which math class is the right fit for your student next year.

The counselors classroom visits are staggered by grade level, with the Course Request Sheets due at the end of that week.

  • Current 7th Grade: classroom visits are February 14, forms due February 18.
  • Current 8th Grade: classroom visits by BHS counselors are March 15, online registration closes on March 21.  Also, BHS is hosting an Incoming Freshman Parent Night on March 7, where parents can learn more about high school and their course offerings. Eagle Harbor High School has their information night on March 1.
  • Current 6th Grade: classroom visits by WMS counselors are March 3 and 4, forms due March 7.  Also, WMS is hosting an Incoming 7th Grade Parent Night on March 3, where parents can learn more about middle school and our course offerings.
All of the parent nights for students new to the school will be hosted in a webinar format via Zoom.  More information about these events will be coming from each school to applicable families.

I encourage you to help your student avoid the temptation to pick electives that their friends like or take only courses that are in their comfort zone of previous experience.  We have such a diverse array of outstanding electives that your student is sure to have a great experience whatever they take.  When reviewing registration materials with your student, it’s a great time to have a broader conversation about their current interests and thoughts about the future.  These middle years of education are a time when students should be broadening their interests and trying new things.

Following the classroom visits, your student will bring home their Course Request forms and registration information.  By then, our website will be updated with next year’s registration information.  In middle school, your main point of contact for registration questions is your student’s school counselor.  For 8th graders, that means your point of contact will be the high school counselors.  I’m also happy to help, so please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Respectfully,

Sebastian Ziz
WMS Principal
 
COUNSELING CORNER
Going Green – Semester 1 Report Cards

Semester 1 Report Cards have been uploaded to Skyward Family Access. 

To access report cards:

Go to the BISD website at https://www.bisd303.org

Under Popular Links – click on Family Access.

Login with your login/password information and click “Report Cards & School Info” on the left side of the page.

Note:  If you don’t remember your Skyward login information, use the Forget your Login/Password link on the login page (be sure to check your spam folder).  If that doesn’t solve the problem, email: mwebber@bisd303.org for assistance.

Report Cards will remain available to parents via Family Access as long as their student is ACTIVE in BISD.  Thank you for helping WMS be GREEN! 
NEW DAILY SCHEDULE
New Daily Schedule with Revised Lunch Changes

In the January District Newsletter, it was announced, "Beginning on Jan. 31, 2022 schools will have greater flexibility with seating spacing (3’-6’ apart) during mealtimes.”  When we return from Mid-Winter Break on February 28, we will be reconfiguring our lunchtime seating allowing students to sit as close as 3’ apart, instead of the current 6’ minimum.  Outdoor seating for eating will still be available.  8th graders will have first lunch and 7th graders will have 2nd lunch.

This will bring a few changes, so that lunches can return to a less rigid structure.  Currently, half of the students start their lunch period eating in the cafeteria or outdoors, and half start with free-time in the Library or Gym.  After the change, students will all start lunch eating in the cafeteria or outdoors, and then have the option to go to the Library or Gym if they choose.  Without the need to switch groups mid-lunch, lunch time will be able to return to it’s pre-pandemic length of 40 minutes, as opposed to the current 50 minutes.  This extra ten minutes will be recuperated as instructional class time.

Lunch-time is students' main opportunity to socialize with each other.  We are excited that they will get back more freedom and choice during this time, and be with all of their grade-level peers during their lunch-time.
SCHOOL NEWS
A Note about Vacation Absences

If you have plans for your child to miss two or more consecutive school days, they need to fill out a Pre-Arranged Absence form available in the Office. It is best to allow three school days for your student to complete this process.  On the form, teachers will let you know how the work can be accessed; whether it can be provided before or after the absence.  Unless noted, the student is expected to complete make-up work and/or equivalent work in order to earn full credit.  Please recognize that these absences generate extra work for teachers.  Also recognize that your student is going to miss important learning that cannot be captured in make-up work activities.  In-person learning is interactive and participatory, and not all of it is reflected in textbooks or graded assignments.
After School Traffic and Crossing Guards
The corner of Sportsman Club Road and New Brooklyn Road has been a challenge, both with unsafe student crossing behavior and as a contributor to the traffic problems next to WMS.  As you may have seen, we recently added crossing guards to that intersection.  This allows us to hold students and send them through the intersection in batches, allowing cars to rotate much more quickly through the four-way stop.  It will take some time for students to get used to this flow, so please continue to be patient with us.  Hopefully, this starts to help with the congestion a little.  It already is making it safer!
Save the Date!
Woodward is having its first public band concert since December 2019!  Please join Mr. Paul Meehan and his 7th grade, 8th grade and Jazz bands for a special evening of music.  The concert will be held in the WMS Commons, March 9th from 7:00 - 8:00 PM.
Woodward Spring Sports
Woodward offers two Spring sports for students that will begin on March 21st.  Cross Country is a coed no cut sport.  Girls Volleyball is a cut sport with tryouts on March 21, 22 and 23.  Registration is done in Family I.D. and will open several weeks before March 21st.  If you are interested in spring sports, make sure you have a current sports physical on file.  Stay tuned for more information.
World Language Proficiency Exams

Does your student speak a language other than English in your home?  Can your student speak, read, and write in a language other than English?

If the answer is yes to one or both of these questions, they should consider taking a BISD World Language Proficiency Exam.  For students who already speak Spanish, this is a much more appropriate pathway than taking first-year Spanish.
CEE SURVEY
CEE Surveys

As mentioned in the District’s January Newsletter, we are gathering feedback from students, parents, and staff on their experiences in the district using a survey from the Center for Educational Effectiveness.  Students took the survey this week.
 
Parents/guardians are encouraged to participate using the link:


The survey takes about 10-15 minutes.  Please complete one survey for each student that you have attending a BISD school.  Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback; it’s so important that we hear from everyone!
OSPI COVID-19 SURVEY
OSPI’s COVID-19 Student Survey

Bainbridge schools are participating in a statewide survey of students on Thursday, February 17.  This voluntary and anonymous survey is gathering information on students' thoughts, feelings, and experiences pertaining to school this academic year; what's gone well, what's been challenging.  It also asks questions about support from peers and adults, and COVID-19 precautions.  For more information or to view a copy of the survey, please see this Information for Parents and Students.
CALENDAR

PTO MEETING
FEBRUARY 11  @  9:30 AM

MID-WINTER BREAK
FEBUARY 21-25
NO SCHOOL
WALT WOODWARD'S BIRTHDAY
FEBRUARY 25



PLAN AHEAD

EAGLE HARBOR HIGH  SCHOOL INFO NIGHT VIA ZOOM
MARCH 1  @  7:00 PM
WMS INCOMING PARENT NIGHT VIA ZOOM
MARCH 3  @  6:30 PM


BHS FUTURE FRESHMAN GUARDIAN NIGHT VIA ZOOM
MARCH 7  @  7:00 PM

WMS BAND CONCERT
MARCH 9  @  7:00 PM
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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