In the Middle
Whitnall Middle School Family Newsletter
Whitnall Middle School Message
October 16, 2020

Hello WMS Families,

Hopefully everyone is transitioning into fall, which brings in the colder weather. Please help to remind your student(s) to dress for the weather as we will continue to go outside as much as we can. The students really enjoy the fresh air and an extended mask break so long as we maintain good social distancing practices.

October is National Bullying Prevention month. As previously communicated, we are having a virtual presentation with Matt Wilhelm, a professional BMX rider and motivational speaker who will touch on a variety of topics including anti-bullying. Students and teachers have been recording questions this week in their Connect classes for Matt to be included and answered in his virtual presentation at the end of the month. This presentation was paid for through our Act Now - Anti-Bullying Grant we received through Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. This program also provides free educational modules and resources around bullying prevention that we hope to have students engage in throughout this year.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please reach out.

Sincerely,

Chris D'Acquisto, Principal WMS
Ryan Relich, Assistant Principal WMS
Upcoming Dates
November 2 - No School
November 3 - No School
November 25 - 29 - Thanksgiving Break
Outdoor Recess
With cooler temperatures approaching we want to remind you that students go outdoors for recess.
It is important that all children be able to participate in outdoor recess. Appropriate clothing for outdoor temperatures is essential. Please be certain that children come to school with warm jackets, hats and gloves in cold weather.

Water Bottles & Masks
  • Students are encouraged to bring a reusable water bottle every day to school. Our water fountains are equipped with a touchless, sensor activated bottle filler.  

  • Please remind your student to come to school with their mask. If possible, be sure your child has an extra mask in their backpack or locker if needed.

  • Please check to make sure your child's mask fits properly. We are asking that students wear their mask properly and that it covers their nose, mouth and chin.
Fee Questions
School fees, chromebook insurance fees (optional), and athletic fees are all accessible through your infinite campus portal. Please be sure to check that you are current, as fees are required to be paid before students can participate in activities. If you have any questions regarding fees you can contact Julie Sobush at 414-525-8661 or jsobush@whitnall.com. If you need assistance with your infinite campus account you can contact Kay Larson at 414-525-8526 or klarson@whitnall.com.
Distance Learning Resources
Does your child's device need repairs? 
Please contact helpdesk@whitnall.com to arrange for a loner device. With advance notice, device swap out could take place at the same times as device pick up.
 
If at any time during instruction you are not able to access the classroom link, or lose access during instruction please contact the WMS main office at 414-525-8660 or dmjones@whitnall.com
Please refer to this informational letter regarding attendance reporting for distance learners. **If your student will be absent for all or part of any scheduled distance learning day please report absence via this link.

PBIS Attendance
Being tardy and or absent to class is a lost opportunity for students to learn. Students who attend school regularly have been shown to achieve at higher levels than students who do not have regular attendance. If your student has had excessive tardies or absences it will be addressed according to the attendance policies. Please reference the WMS Student Handbook
WMS Sports
To join any WMS sport you must have a current physical on file and register online prior to tryouts or practice.
Girls Basketball tryouts begin November 9th
Boys Basketball tryouts begin January 4th
Girls volleyball tryouts begin February 15th
Dance TBA
Wrestling TBA
Track TBA
If you have any questions please reach out to Julie Sobush at jsobush@whitnall.com
Grading Update
Grading Scale CHANGE for WMS fall of 2020:
Beginning in the fall of 2020, WMS will use a grading scale similar to the scale used at Whitnall High School. Rather than using the terms No Evidence (N), Beginning (B), Developing (D), Proficient (P) or Exceeding (E), WMS will now use a scale that builds from F through A. Please reference this document to view the grading rubric.

WMS New Staff Highlights

Mr. Ulrich Orchestra Teacher

What is one of your hidden talents?
I speak German and Japanese.

What would the students be surprised to find out about you?
I lived in Germany for 6 years and in Japan for 5 years, and I have a 20 year old son named Simon who plays the cello.

How do you spend your summer breaks?
Every summer (except this last one) my son and I visit our relatives in Germany.

What’s the best thing about being a teacher?
When someone gets excited about something they just learned, that's the best

If you could pass on any wisdom to your students, what would you share?
It's amazing how good you can get at something. Just keep at it.
Ms. Bril Art Teacher

What is one of your hidden talents?
I'm particularly good at ping pong.

What would the students be surprised to find out about you?
I am from Iowa.

How do you spend your summer breaks?
I spend my summer breaks hiking and biking.

What’s the best/worst thing about being a teacher?
Building relationships with students, learning from them and seeing them engage with art in a positive way, as well as connecting art to something in their life. worst part about being a teacher- time management!

If you could pass on any wisdom to your students, what would you share?
Be kind, work hard, use your voice!
School 'Stuff'

Student Absences: .
Please report your students absence to the school by 8:00 a.m. You may use the Absence Reporting Form or call the attendance line at 414-525-8650. .
No call and no note will result in the absence being recorded as truancy. If a student has a medical/dental appointment, we encourage you to provide an excuse from the provider.

Appointments/Planned Absences
If your student has an appointment, special event, leaving early, etc. Please contact the office prior to the event so we can have your student waiting for you in the office. You may use the Absence Reporting Form or call the attendance line at 414-525-8650. . If the student will be gone more than two days, please utilize the Planned Absence Form


Pick Up & Drop Off Information
As shared previously - busing and car drop-off/pick-up have been adjusted to decrease congestion near the Edgerton intersection where many students cross. While it may take some time to adjust we appreciate your patience with us and one another.

The map attached HERE shows an aerial view of the drop off.

PTO

Kelly Peters- President
Jennifer Radke - Vice President
Rebecca Freek - Treasurer

Your comments, questions and suggestions are always welcome and we're always looking for new faces. You can send us a message at wmspto@whitnall.com 
We also encourage you to like our Whitnall Middle School PTO Facebook page.

WMS Leadership
Please use the following information to determine whom to contact for different questions. If you have any questions on how to direct you call/questions please contact Ms. Dawn Jones, WMS Secretary at 414-525-8660.

Chris D'Acquisto Principal
414-525-8652

Ryan Relich Assistant Principal
414-525-8663

Building Daily Operations and Events/Teaching and Learning
Primary Contact: Chris D'Acquisto Email

Student Attendance and Behavior
Primary Contact: Mr. Ryan Relich Email

School Counselor
James Gableman
414-525-8654

School Psychologist
Nicole Lussier
414-525-8795

School Social Worker
Courtney Fleishmann
414-525-8655
Whitnall Employment Opportunities
Did you know that you can find employment opportunities at Whitnall through WECAN and daily substitute opportunities through Teachers On Call? Consider taking a look at what's available!
 (Athletic Coach, Custodian, Food Service, Kitchen Worker, Noon Hour Supervisor, Paraprofessional)
 (Educators and Paraprofessionals)
 (Educators/DPI Licensed Positions)
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