Volume 5 | Issue 32 | April 16, 2021
Board Brief & Video | April 12
The latest board brief (for the April 12 meeting) has been posted. Check it out on the right sidebar of our Agendas & Minutes page.
Click here for a video of the April 12 meeting
Learning Model Dashboard & Case Data
Our learning model dashboard and our case data can be found by visiting our Navigating 20-21 page. The dashboard is updated every Sunday evening. Student and staff case data is updated twice weekly (Friday and Tuesday evenings).
Meal Pick Up for Distance Learners & Students in Quarantine or Isolation | April 19
What's Up Whitnall?
Check out the 20th episode of What's Up Whitnall? from the Athletics and Activities Department!
Summer School 2021 Update
As previously shared, the Whitnall School District will be offering summer school to address credit deficiencies and learning gaps in reading and/or math. Therefore, opportunities for identified Kindergarten through eighth grade students will be provided to work in small reading and/or math intervention groups / courses. Credit recovery courses will also be offered for high school students that are credit deficient. In addition, we will be offering enrichment groups / courses in the areas of math and reading for interested K-8 students.
More detailed information will be provided on April 23rd regarding the small intervention group / course details and who is eligible, as well as the enrichment groups / courses. Details covering the registration process for summer school using Infinite Campus will be shared on April 30th.
Whitnall Summer Basketball Camp
The Whitnall Boys Basketball Team will be hosting a 2021 summer basketball camp for students entering grades 3-8. See this flyer for more details.
Substitute Teacher Opportunity
The Whitnall School District is looking for qualified substitute teachers who are looking to make a difference for our students!

2020-21 Yearbooks | Limited Copies Available
There are only a very limited number of yearbooks available to be sold online. Once they are sold out, there is no guarantee there will be extras available for purchase. Go to www.yearbookforever.com. The price is $75.00.
Forward Exam
Eighth grade students will have two additional days of testing this upcoming week for science on April 20 and social studies on April 22. In-person testing sessions will take place from 8:00 am until 10:30 am. On testing days students are expected to bring the following:
  • A fully charged Chromebook
  • Headphones
  • Reading material in case they finish a test early
Portrait Information
Team and individual portraits from your picture day are now available to view and order online. Please use the link and instructions below to access your photos:

  1. Go to: https://www.vipis.com/group/a5bfe614/whitnall-middle-school
  2. Select "View now" on the green Sports Team & Individual tile
  3. Select your school year and team photo (individual images will appear in the gallery with your team photo)
  4. Follow the instructions to select your package or products and enter your information
  5. You will receive a confirmation email

If you can't find your team, it may have been photographed at a later date, so please check back within 2 weeks of your picture date. If you have any questions, please contact support@vipis.com.
Act Now Anti-Bullying Grant at WMS
We realize that bullying is a serious issue that affects thousands of students each day and we're aware these students are at greater risk for poor school adjustment, sleep difficulties, anxiety, and depression. Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is committed to keeping kids healthy and safe, both at home and at school and therefore, created Act Now!, a continuum of bullying prevention e-learning courses designed for k-12th grade students, school staff, and parents.  

WMS applied for and was awarded a $1,500 Act Now! Grant in 2019. The pandemic delayed us in using this grant during the 2019-2020 school year. This year we have used the grant money to provide virtual speakers / presenters for our students and parents regarding bullying and the dangers of social media and sexting. These e-learning courses were developed in collaboration with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. We recently completed our staff training and are now looking to begin the e-learning modules in the next week with students at each of our grade levels during their Connect time.
Wisconsin Spring Weather
Please make sure that your child is coming to school dressed appropriately to go outside for recess. It would be a good idea to send a jacket or sweatshirt for the cooler spring days we are having.
Virtual Lost & Found
Please click here to visit our virtual lost and found. If an item belongs to your child, please comment with your child’s name, grade, and teacher.  We will then be able to return the item to its owner.
Forward Exam
Students in grades 3-5 will continue with Forward testing next week. EES Forward Exam Schedule for in person learners. Fourth grade distance learners begin testing on Friday, April 23rd at the district office. Make sure your child is well rested and has eaten breakfast before coming to school. Please try to avoid scheduling doctor appointments/etc during these testing days if possible.
PTO Updates
Cousins Night - Join us for a Battle of the Classrooms at Cousins on Monday, April 19th. Each student should have received a flyer with their teacher's name on it. When you dine at Cousins on Monday, present your flyer at checkout. The students in the classroom that has the most flyers turned in will receive a coupon for a free sub! Click here to print additional flyers. Be sure to write your teacher's name on it.

Like our Facebook page and stay up to date on all the PTO happenings.
Arrival and Dismissal Mask Reminder
We request that anyone dropping off or picking up students continue to wear a face covering when on school grounds and around others. While there isn’t a policy that masks should be worn during this time we are asking that you would help us with this safety routine and consider wearing a mask as you are coming out of your vehicle to drop off or meet your child. We also ask that everyone continue to practice physical distancing when conversing with other parents at arrival and dismissal. We greatly appreciate your partnership with this health and safety issue. We want to keep our school a safe and healthy place to learn.
Lunch Menu Change for April 21
The main entree for hot lunch Wednesday, April 21 has been changed to French Bread Cheese Pizza.
Forward Exam
Forward Exam testing continues this coming week. It is important to send your child on time as we have sessions in the morning after announcements. Please make sure they have their charged Chromebook and headphones. Here is the schedule. Encourage your child to get a good night's rest and eat breakfast prior to testing as it does positively impact their ability to focus while testing.
Fitness Challenge
The April fitness challenge is half over! Information about the challenge is located here and the calendar, complete with video exercise demonstrations, is here. Remember to turn in your calendar the week of May 3.
Earth Day
Earth Day is Thursday, April 22. If your child has a Whitnall School Forest shirt, please encourage them to wear it Thursday.
Lost & Found
Photos of Lost & Found items are added regularly and are only viewable at this LINK. Please email jleonard@whitnall.com or ablaedow@whitnall.com to claim items. Be sure to include your child’s first and last name and a description of the item(s) that are being claimed.