In the Middle
One Word - Feather Mural
PBIS Flight Plan Review
A visit from Flash!
What a week it has been!

We welcomed students back into the building on Tuesday, with a completely unique schedule including PBIS boosters (reminders), as well as advisory and transition activities. Students experienced the day with their advisory groups, moving around the building to participate in various activities including PBIS Flight Plan Reviews, One Word Feather Creation and Social Contract Development. What does all that mean you might be wondering?

Social Contracts: an opportunity to gather students input in classroom behavioral expectations which will allow us to function as a self-managing group. Students were asked to consider the following four questions in order to thoroughly consider all perspectives: How do you want me to treat you? How do you think I want to be treated? How do you want to treat one another? What should we do if someone violates the contract? We worked through unique contracts at each grade level which will allow for consistent expectations in all of the classrooms of that particular grade level.

Flight Plans: a set of behavioral expectations for a particular area or situation students will encounter during the school day. Students reviewed expectations in the cafeteria, hallways and about cell phone use.
**Please reinforce to your children that cell phones are to be turned off during the day. **
**Calls or texts to parents need to be made from the office.**

One Word Feather Creation/ Goal Setting: students chose one word to focus on for 2018. Rather than a New Year's Resolution, students and staff chose one word to describe an area of focus and improvement, then created a feather which will form a mural on display in the cafeteria.

All students participated in some transition time as well! 6th grade focused on learning about friendships versus acquaintances and bullying. Our 7th graders heard from student council about leadership opportunities they will be able to participate in next year. While 8th grade spent some time with the Whitnall High School administrators which included time to ask questions of them related to their 9th grade experience.

The day ended with a celebratory all-school assembly where students were recognized for participating in the various clubs and athletic opportunities offered at WMS, as well as viewing a slideshow of pictures taken throughout the day.

We are thrilled to have all our kiddos back in the building! Thank you for sharing them with us every day!
Celebration
Congratulations to Mr. Seavert, who is one of the ten finalists in the Green Bay Packers Fan Hall of Fame contest. You can vote once per day online at  www.packers.com/FHOF . Make sure to spread the word and have your family and friends vote too.

Mr. Seavert will be on tonight's CBS 58 News at 4:00 as an in-studio guest to talk about his nomination. He'll be on live around 4:30. Tune in or set your DVR!
Upcoming Events
Tuesday
January 9th
Parent Learning Academy (6 PM)
6th Grade Band/ Orchestra/ Choir Concert (7 PM)

Wednesday
January 10th
WMS PTO Meeting (6 PM)
7th Grade Band/ Orchestra/ Choir Concert (7 PM)

Thursday
January 11th
8th Grade Band/ Orchestra/ Choir Concert (7 PM)

Tuesday
January 16th
Coffee and Conversation with WMS Admin (11 AM)
"Pop" in for conversation with WMS Admin (5:30 PM)

Friday
January 19th
End of Quarter 2

Monday
January 22nd
No School for Students

Thursday
January 25th
8th Grade Information Night @ Whitnall High School (5:30 PM)

Friday
January 26th
WMS Milwaukee Bucks Night
Tickets need to be ordered by January 12th
You can order online at Bucks.com/buckpass
Enter promo code  WMS  in the "Access An Offer" box
Parent Learning Academy
Social Emotional Learning
“Good mental health is fundamental to the health and wellbeing of every person
and of the nation as a whole. We want all people to understand how to protect and improve their mental health and know when to seek help for themselves or someone close to them." - Mental Health Association of Wisconsin

Join us for the next Parent Learning Academy session on social emotional learning
(Tuesday, January 9th at 6PM).

There will be an opportunity to learn about how social emotional learning is taking place in our district and then a chance to dive deeper into a breakout session of your choice. Attendees will have the chance to choose between the topics of:

Mental Wellbeing and Suicide Prevention (high school students are welcome to join)
or
The Zones of Regulation (strategies to help our children regulate their emotions)

In order for us to properly prepare, please use the link to  Sign Up .
8th Grade Transition Night
January 25th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm prospective parents and 8th graders are invited to an information night at the high school.  

  Attendees meet in the High School Auditorium at 5:30. This informational evening will include an overview of the Freshman Academy, course offerings and the course selection process for 9th graders along with school tours and the opportunity to learn about the many activities and clubs available at Whitnall High School.

Attendance at this evening event is highly encouraged!
WMS Milwaukee Bucks Night
Parent Teacher Organization
In January we will hold our first
Whitnall Middle School Parent Teacher Organization
meeting!!

They will be held on the 2nd Wednesday of every month through the end of the school year.

Please join us at 6:00PM on Wednesday January 10th
(prior to the 7th grade Band Concert)
for our first meeting.
Hales Corners Library Upcoming Events
Staff Recognition
Is there a staff member who you feel is ALL IN and you want them to know it? What about that staff member who is going above and beyond what you expected to make the learning experience positive for your child? Or maybe you have been wondering, how do I let my child's teacher know that I appreciate them?

Well, here is your chance! Please take a moment to click the link and fill out
Whitnall Middle School's Positive Staff Referral
for any WMS staff member that you believe deserves recognition!
We will take care of the rest!
Whitnall Middle School | 414.525.8660 | ljennaro@whitnall.com | http://wms.whitnallschools.com/