Volume 5 | Issue 31 | April 9, 2021
Board Agenda | April 12
Interested in the items being considered at the next board meeting? Check out the agenda for April 12 on our Agendas & Minutes page. The agenda will be posted no later than 5 PM today.
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).
What's Up Whitnall?
Check out the 19th episode of What's Up Whitnall? from the Athletics and Activities Department!
Health Services Update
Hales Corners Library
Once again, the Hales Corners Library is reaching out to the Whitnall community to help with interviewing final candidates for their youth services librarian position.
On Wednesday, April 14, there will be two family story times, one at 10:30 am and another at 1:30 pm. The finalists will be conducting the story times on Facebook Live (https://www.facebook.com/HalesCornersLibrary). Please join, then send your comments using the survey link provided with the Facebook event.
If you’re unable to join on April 14, please watch the story times later. The library will be accepting comments through Sunday, April 18. 
"Thank you Whitnall families for your help. We’re looking forward to welcoming a new youth services librarian and re-starting our programs for children, teens, and families."
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.
Student ACT Scores
Students who completed the ACT assessment will receive their ACT scores 3-8 weeks after testing. Scores will be mailed to students and will also be available in each student’s MyACT account.
Home Sporting Events Streamed Live
Home sporting events are streamed live when there are spectator restrictions. Here is the link to watch games live and to watch current season games after they are over. If you want to watch an away event, go to the Woodland Conference site here.
Upcoming Forward Testing
In-person students in all grades will be taking the ELA tests on April 13 and the math tests on April 15. Eighth grade students will have two additional days of testing the following 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 with cord to plug into Chromebook
  • A pencil
  • Reading material in case they finish a test early 

Cell phones and all other personal electronics are expected to be powered down and put away in their backpacks while they are engaged in testing. In addition, we encourage that all students get a good night's rest and eat breakfast prior to testing as it does positively impact their ability to focus while testing.
Portrait Information
Team and individual portraits from 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.
PTO Meeting & Principal Chat
Our next PTO meeting is scheduled for next Wednesday, April 14th at 7:00 PM in the WMS STEM area. A Principal Chat is scheduled prior to the PTO meeting at 6:30 PM, same location.

We are in need of volunteers to fill officer roles for the 2021-2022 school year. The board consists of four positions: President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary. For the 2021-2022 school year we will have some open positions that we are looking to fill. If you are interested in volunteering or just getting more information, please email wmspto@whitnall.com.
Before School Reminder
Students should not play on the playground equipment before school. When students arrive at school, they should wait on the blacktop area until the bell rings. Please note that students should not be arriving before 8:20 am when adult supervision is available. Thank you for helping keep our students safe.
PTO Updates
Save the Date: Restaurant Fundraiser Night - Eat out at Cousins on April 19th and earn money for our school! A flyer will be available in next week's Connect. 

Like our Facebook page and stay up to date on all the PTO happenings.
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
Forward testing has started: EES Forward Exam Schedule. 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. Also please check with your child to make sure that they have a working pair of headphones, as they are needed for the test.
Student Absence Reporting
Please report all absences, late arrivals, and early pick-ups using this LINK or by calling (414) 525-8811. Classroom teachers are receiving attendance information that has not been reported to the office staff, where attendance is taken. 

As a reminder, all pre-planned absences (vacations, going out of town, etc) of 3 days or more must be approved by Mrs. Komas in advance of the absence.
Forward Exam Information
In-person students in grades 3, 4, and 5 will be testing in the upcoming two weeks. Here is the schedule. Please 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.
Students can ride bicycles to school. There are two bike racks. One is around the corner from the front doors on the south playground. The other bike rack is on the Godsell Avenue side of the building. Students are asked to walk their bike on the playground and sidewalks.