Wednesday, December 21st, 2016
Williamsburg Middle/High School
From the Desks of Mrs. Powell & Mr. Tackett...
Williamsburg Middle/High Families,

We're excited to inform you that our leadership team will be sharing with our school community newsletters as part of our efforts to keep everyone informed and aware of the many great things taking place in our school district. We hope you find the format to be user-friendly and enjoy staying up-to-date with what our students are accomplishing with the help of our dedicated staff. We encourage you to forward our newsletter to family and friends so that they too can read about some of the things taking place in our district. 

It's truly a blessing to serve the students of Williamsburg Middle and High Schools. Each day we get to see first-hand our students' growth and accomplishments. We hope this newsletter provides a glimpse at the great things taking place at our school. 

Thank you for your continued support! We're always available to answer your questions and/or help!

Best Wishes,

Heather Powell & Jason Tackett
Principals
Williamsburg Middle/High Schools

Christmas Concert

On December 18, 2016, the annual Christmas concert was held at Williamsburg Middle/High School. Students in the 6th grade had the opportunity to share their talents for the first time in a concert for their families. The 7th grade was joined by the high school jazz band for their performance. Both the jazz band and concert band played some lively Christmas music for the audience.  

This year, the choral department added some vocal duets during transitions times.  There were some great selections, and the crowd was very appreciative of the work put into this production.  A favorite for most was the rendition of two popular Pentatonix songs complete with beat boxing and hand percussion.  Thank you to PJ Madigan for these pictures!

A big thank you also goes out to the community of Williamsburg for all their support of the Williamsburg Music Program.  On December 31st, the band will be traveling to Jacksonville to play in the halftime performance of the Taxslayer Gator Bowl.  This trip was made possible due to your generous support.

Mrs. Powell will have their performance on the Williamsburg High School Facebook page live (just in case the halftime show is not broadcast on ESPN).  Game starts at 11am.  If you have not liked our page yet, please go to:   www.facebook.com/WilliamsburgHS .   


Girls on the Run

Heart & Sole is a fitness and self-esteem program for girls in grades 6-8. We decided to bring the program to Williamsburg after the tremendous success of the Girls on the Run program for grades 3-5 at the elementary school. We wanted a way to reach out to girls at the middle school level and offer the opportunity to participate in a program that could boost their self awareness, self esteem, and fitness at the same time.

With the program, the girls had 18 lessons focused on topics such as making plans and reaching goals, our similarities and differences, and ways to be strong. Each lesson began with a healthy snack and ended with our chant. The girls received a pair of fitted running shoes, a program t-shirt, a 5k t-shirt, registration for the 5k, and valuable experiences along the way. 

The girls participated in a 5k at Sawyer Point on November 19th. It was a cold, windy, and rather dreary morning. However, our girls showed up and did an excellent job! Everyone showed a lot of spirit, dedication, and stamina to complete the run in the less than ideal conditions.

Coaches for the team were Sarah Weinkam, Brittany Gibbons, Annie King, and Layla Gregory.

The team members included Brooklyn Applegate, Lauren Batts, Abigail Couch, Jordan Davidson, Ella Durham, Megan Ellis, Mallory Felts, Kaitlyn Gregory, Liz Holcombe, Penny King, Savannah McClung, and Haily Yancey. Makena Roberts was our high school mentor.



Moment of Excellence
The Williamsburg High School Engineer Your World class participated in the Hand Challenge during the month of December.  Mr. Blimline and nine other Williamsburg staff members had the opportunity to got to the Google Summit held at Nagel Middle School the weekend of November 19th.  There, we learned about a creative way to use our school’s 3D printer.  By following a simple step by step process, our students created a 3D printed prosthetic hand to share with someone in need.  

If you would like to learn more about what our students created, you can check it out: http://www.handchallenge.com/


The Engineer Your World Class was recognized by the Board of Education as the December Moment of Excellence on December 19th. Way to go, class!

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Middle School Field Trip

On November, 21st 2016 the entire middle school went on a field trip to the Taft Theater in Cincinnati to watch the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra perform. With the help of the PTA, students were able to attend this field trip for just $4 each in order to cover the cost of transportation.  This was a great opportunity for our students to broaden their experiences.  As expected, our students represented our school wonderfully with their respectful behavior in public.

The students watched the show “An American Journey.”  This show demonstrated how America has been shaped by the rich diversity of the American experience. The concert explored the stories and people of our country through its musical soundscape. Selections included Dvorak’s New World Symphony , Bernstein’s “Mambo” from West Side Story , and John Williams’ music from Star Wars !
 
A huge thank you to the PTA for this opportunity!


TAB:  Teens Against Bullying

It is hard to believe we are already halfway through our Teens Against Bullying Program for this school year! With the help of junior and senior class mentors, our 6th and 7th graders have been working hard to help define, prevent and spread awareness about bullying. Some of their weekly activities have included:

Competing in an “Anti Bullying Chant-off”

Writing poetry to help spread awareness of the damaging feelings bullying can leave

Coming up with daily and weekly challenges for students to help prevent bullying

Creating Anti-Bullying art to be displayed at school

Our mentors are currently looking forward to teaching all of the new activities they have helped create for 2017!

Pictured Above: Students filled mittens with ideas on how to lend a helping hand this holiday season.




   Working with the Clermont County Library

The Clermont County Library continues to be a great partner for our literacy department. Youth Services Librarian Pat Schons comes over once a quarter to book talk new and old books to the 7th and 8th grade.  She provides valuable information to the students while promoting a love of reading.  In addition, Pat informs students about many community opportunities available through the library. Students can also still sign up the new 3 For Me library card offered to Williamsburg students.  

Pat Schons also visits the 6th grade ELA class monthly. She brings a combination of juvenile and young adult literature to book talk. She gives the kids a taste of what the book is about, and then leaves them hanging, which encourages them to visit the library and check out the book to read on their own. She also brings a bit of humor with her every visit, as she always reads an Elephant and Piggie picture book.

In December, the 6th graders traveled to the library. They were given book talks, had a brief tour of the library, and then had a chance to check out three books if they brought a library card that was in good standing.

Several students have been issued 3 for Me library cards, which they can use to check out up to three books at a time. The 3 for Me card is unique because it cannot acquire fines and there is no need to show a utility bill to obtain the card. If any student is interested in getting a 3 for Me card they can visit the circulation desk and a librarian will be happy to help.

   
Ed Tech Team Google Summit
On November 19th and 20th, Williamsburg Staff members were able to take part in a weekend Google Summit.  This summit focused on using Google apps and extensions in the classroom in order to enrich learning.  With the district's recent focus on using more Google Chromebooks, this training was invaluable.

Grant CTC
Sophomores had a fun filled day when they participated in the annual Grant CTC Sophomore Visit! Students had the opportunity to pick 4 of the 14 Grant programs and then spend 45 minutes in each of those programs. This gave students the ability to get a glimpse into what it would be like to be apart of those programs if they were to begin attending Grant their junior year of High School.

So far, Williamsburg has over 25 students who have submitted applications to Grant for next school year - and spots are filling quickly!

If you know of a student who is interested in attending Grant next year, make sure you encourage them to submit their applications ASAP.  

Applications can be found at: http://www.grantcareer.com and click on the "Sophomores Apply Now" button.


Earlier this December, Grant Ambassadors came to our Middle School to speak to our eighth graders about all that Grant Career Center has to offer. Students learned a little about each of the 14 programs that will be available to them when they become Sophomores. Coming up on January 12th, 8th graders will be taking a field trip to Grant and choosing 4 of the 14 programs that they would like to visit and learn more about.
Fall Sports League Champs

Congratulations to our fall sports teams!  We would like to highlight our 8th grade Girls Volleyball team as the undefeated league and tournament champions; our Varsity Volleyball team as league and sectional champions; and our Girls Soccer team as the first ever league champions in our school’s history.  

Way to go, girls!  


KC Jones was a state finalist in Cross Country this year and set a new school record with 16:26.


From the PTA

There are still 14 days left for the Schwan’s Fundraiser for the PTA. 20% from any/all purchases made using the link below will go directly to the Williamsburg PTA!  New customers can save 50% with the code: FIFTYOFF.  Please share this information.
https://www.schwans-cares.com/campaigns/30360-williamsburg-pta


Important Information for Juniors and Seniors
During the first three days (January 4th - 6th) when we return from winter break, Juniors and Seniors will not be in their regular classes. Instead, they will be participating in our Junior & Senior Bootcamp.  

During this three day boot camp, Juniors will be given a practice ACT to help assess their readiness for the newly state mandated test. Additionally, Juniors will participate in study sessions for each section of the exam to better understand any of the questions they may have missed on the practice test.  

Seniors will be participating in activities to help prepare them for life after high school. Some of these activities will cover financial planning, cooking healthy meals and drug and alcohol awareness.   We hope that it is both fun and impactful three days!

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From the Guidance Department
The Three E’s

This year, Seniors have a been given a tough challenge; to graduate with one of the “Three E’s”. It is a goal that each student will graduate either enrolled in a post secondary school or program, enlisted in the military or employed or in their career field. As students decide which “E” they are, we ask that they inform the school counselor, Morgan Capucini, so that we can celebrate them and their success!

Educational Talent Search (ETS)

ETS is a wonderful program that many of our students are able to take advantage of. The program works to identify and assist students that come from varying backgrounds so that they may succeed in higher education. Our students involved in ETS  have been meeting monthly with their advisor to discuss a variety of topics like, current classes, grades, homework help, future career goals, major college decisions, military options and so much more. Many of our students have also had the privilege of joining ETS on field trips to colleges like OSU and Morehead State. ETS is always looking to help out as many students as possible! If you or someone you know are interested in being a part of this program, please contact your school counselor, Morgan Capucini, at capucini_m@burgschools.org.

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