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WOODWARD MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS 
June 2021
FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Dear Woodward Families,

On behalf of the Woodward Staff, I want to thank you for your extra helping of partnership and support this year.  We are all tired of hearing the platitudes of how _____ this year was, but it could have been so much worse for our students without the teamwork it took to extend classrooms beyond our campus and into your homes.  Of course, there will be catch-up to do next year and many students will need to re-learn stronger work habits around homework and class participation, but like we met the challenges of this year, we will cross that bridge together.

One of the consequences of this year’s extensive computer-based learning and social isolation is that students have spent way too much time on screens.  While we are allowing families to keep school computers over the summer, please know that you are welcome to return them if you’d prefer.  So many students are facing the various stages of screen addiction which makes it hard for them to self-limit, even when they want to.  I sincerely hope that you will support your student by setting boundaries for screen use over the summer and actively model and encourage non-screen recreation.  They need our help with this like never before.

In this spirit, I’m pleased to announce that we’ve been hard at work to make Field Day and the 8th Grade Bash in-person celebrations to give our students the chance to socialize in COVID-safe ways before leaving for the summer.  Field Day is on Monday, June 14, and will feature a rotation of social game stations as our thank you to all students for working so hard this year.  These events will take place during the regular school day and our online-only students are invited to join in the afternoon session.  Then, after school on Tuesday, June 15, we will give our 8th graders a proper send-off with the 8th Grade Bash. The PTO has been working so hard to make this an amazing experience.  I hope that every 8th grader attends.  If money is a barrier, please reach out to our school counselors who will confidentially work with you to include your student.  Don’t let your student miss out on what is sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime memory!

We will be distributing yearbooks on Thursday, June 10, at the end of the school day.  Due to COVID-safety regulations, we are not able to sign yearbooks at school this year, so students will be asked to leave them at home the following week.  If your student will not be here that day, feel free to contact our office to make arrangements for pick-up.

Remember that Wednesday, June 16, our last day of school, is an asynchronous half-day. So the last in-person school day is Tuesday, June 15.  In previous years, there has been shenanigans in the community as students leave school that day, so I hope that you will support your neighbors in reviewing your expectations with your child that they be good community members that day. I say this because we want everyone to be safe, even after they leave school.

Over the summer, there will be major construction at Woodward Middle School.  The fire suppression system (think, sprinklers) is getting a massive overhaul.  The campus will be closed to all non-custodial staff starting June 21 until further notice.  We are hoping to reopen the office on August 16 to in-person traffic but that may not happen.  We will keep you posted over the summer.

To our 8th grade families, good luck in high school next year.  And to the rest of you, I can’t wait to turn the page on this year and welcome your students back to a more normal school experience next year.  Have a great summer!

Sincerely,

Sebastian Ziz
WMS Principal
PTO NEWS
Dear Parents and Guardians,

Our last meeting will be on Tuesday, June 15th at 9am.  We will meet outside at Woodward and we look forward to presenting the 2021-2022 Woodward PTO Board at that time.

Eighth Grade Parents ... don't forget to buy your tickets for the bash.  It is sure to be a fun event as it will be the first time our kids have all been together for a very long time.  A huge thank you to Elle Bullard and Kimber Wysong for putting this together and making it a fun event for our students while following all of the proper protocols. 

It has been our privilege to serve as Co-Presidents of the PTO over the last two years.  We witnessed great generosity with one of our largest fundraising events in the Fall of 2019 and tremendous resiliency as we pivoted to a new way of doing things in 2020, all while we worked with a cohesive team on the PTO board.  Thank you for the continued support during this unprecedented time.

Have a wonderful summer,

Julie Farley and April Murray
PTO Co-Presidents
COUNSELING CORNER
It's time! Our Annual Back-to-School Check-in process (ABC) is open and 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.  This process must be completed prior to receiving your student's class schedule/teacher placement in August.
NOTE:  If your student is not returning next year, please call the Woodward Counseling Office at (206) 780-4503 and let them know your intentions.
Welcome Future Families of Woodward!

We are pleased to share that we will be offering student tours next week for Sakai 6th graders.  The transition students experience from 5-6 to 7-8 is filled with unknowns that can feel exciting and overwhelming at the same time.  These tours are a part of our intentional work to acclimate new seventh graders to get them positively connected to Woodward before their summer break. 

The tour signup below is for current in-district 6th graders only.  If your student will be new to our district, or will be an 8th grader next year, please contact Travis Tebo directly to arrange a tour during a different date and time. 

Tour Dates:  Monday, June 7th and Wednesday, June 9th from 4-6PM each day.  Tours are 20 minutes in length.

Details:  Safety measures, how to dropoff, etc.can be found here.


NOTE:  There will be an additional opportunity to tour the school in August when students have their schedules so they can map out their classes prior to the first day of school.  We are looking forward to seeing you soon! 
SCHOOL NEWS
BOOKS DUE
Textbooks and Library materials are due by June 10th.  Please do not return materials to classrooms - the library is where it's at!!   All materials will be posted to "fine" status if not returned.  We would really like the material back, so please don't quickly pay the fine if you can't find it.  There is also a possibility of book replacement instead of a fine.  Please email Mr. Patrick with questions or concerns.

CHROMEBOOKS

WMS will NOT be collecting student chromebooks at the end of the year.  Since, students will continue using their assigned chromebooks next fall, whether they remain at WMS or advance to EHHS or BHS, we ask that students keep their devices over the summer.  However, if you'd rather not have this device at home during summer break, or if you are leaving the district, please have your student drop off their chromebook, power cord, and bag at the WMS library on June 15 or June 16 (Last Day of School).  All 8th Grade devices will be sent on to their next school. 

If you have any questions or concerns about this process or your student's chromebook, please contact our Building Tech, Dani Stoehr
SUMMER CHECKOUTS
Students who have accounts in good standing can check out materials over the summer.  At summer's end, WMS graduates can return their materials either to WMS or BHS.  As always, patrons will be responsible for the care and return of the materials.  Happy Reading!
To the Parents of our Future 7th Graders:
 
We are looking forward to having your student at Woodward Middle School next year!  We want to make sure that you are aware of a change in the Tdap requirement.  Now, students must have a Tdap immunization BEFORE the 1st day of 7th grade.  If you have a student moving up to 7th grade, please read the following information.
  
In Washington State, the Tdap vaccine is required for school attendance on or before the start of 7th grade (RCW 28A.210.080).  The Tdap is a booster vaccine which continues to protect your child against the tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis diseases they were immunized against as a young child.  As of August 1, 2020 the Tdap school requirement changed from 6th to 7th grade to better align with the updated 2019 national immunization schedule (https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/hcp/imz/child-adolescent.html). 

To update your child’s Tdap immunization (or other vaccine) record at the school, you will need to turn in a medically verified immunization record.  Your child’s health care provider can print this for you, or you can print it from MyIR, which is a free Department of Health online tool that allows families to view and print their official immunization records themselves.  Go to https://wa.myir.net/register to begin the sign-up process.

For more information on Washington State immunization requirements, please visit https://www.doh.wa.gov/YouandYourFamily/Immunization/SchoolandChildCare.

Please feel free to contact Nurse Emily if you have any questions or concerns. 
Builders Club recently wrapped up their final project of the year - a brand new one for the club!

Working in conjunction with community member, Karla Mather, Builders Club launched a book drive to support the African Library Project organization.  This organization collects donated children's books to build community and school libraries in various African countries.  Thanks to the generous donations of students, staff, and families, we collected almost 900 books that will be shipped off to Ghana.  Club members were excited to sort and box up this huge collection of books and to give the gift of reading to students halfway around the world!  See photos below.
SUMMER READING LISTS 7/8
Creating a culture of reading is a priority for the Language Arts Department at Woodward. Summer is a perfect time to find books to read for pleasure, and it is also an opportunity to hone reading skills and maintain fluency. We would love to see our incoming students arrive refreshed, relaxed, and ready to learn. The following reading lists are for incoming 7th and 8th graders. We ask that all students read at least one of these titles from their list by the first day of school in September 2021.
CALENDAR
WMS TOURS FOR SAKAI STUDENTS
JUNE 7 & 9  @  4:00-6:00 PM
TEXTBOOKS &  LIBRARY BOOKS DUE
JUNE 10
YEARBOOK DISTRIBUTION
JUNE 10
FIELD DAY
JUNE 14
PTO BOARD MEETING
JUNE 15  @  9:00 AM
8TH GRADE BASH
JUNE 15    3:45-6:00 PM
LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
JUNE 16    HALF DAY

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