In the Middle
Whitnall Middle School Family Newsletter
Whitnall Middle School Message
October 2, 2020

Hello WMS Families,

It's hard to believe that we are already into the month of October. Since October is bullying prevention month, as a special event, WMS is planning a dynamic and entertaining virtual presentation with guest speaker Matt Wilhelm. Matt Wilhelm is a BMX Flatland rider and motivational speaker. See his website linked here for more information about him and his school programs.

As the weather gets cooler and we begin to prepare for the possibility of snow, please remind your WMS students to dress for the weather. Students will continue to go outside through fall and into the winter months. Recess, outdoor class activities, and trips to our Whitnall School Forest are good opportunities for students to get exercise and take breaks from wearing the masks.

Mr. Relich and I want to continue to thank our students, both distance learning and face-to-face, and our families and staff for a great start to the year during these challenging times. Everyone is doing their best to stay safe, while focusing on learning and growing together. Let's keep it up!

Sincerely,

Chris D'Acquisto, Principal WMS
Ryan Relich, Assistant Principal WMS
Upcoming Dates
October 2 - No School Staff Development
October 8 - Cross Country Meet
October 13 - Picture Makeup Day
School Supply Assistance
School Supplies Assistance
Last year, we received donations from students and families of new or lightly used school supplies at the time of school closure. Therefore, we now have some available supplies for students or families in need. Examples include:

Pens/Pencils
Erasers
Highlighters
Pencil Cases
Loose Leaf Paper
Notebooks
Folders
Markers/Crayons
Scissors
Basic Calculators (minimal)

If interested, please contact Mrs. Fleischmann at 414-525-8655 or Cfleischmann@whitnall.com 
*Disclaimer: We may not have every item on the supply list, therefore, items will be based on availability.

Fall Interventions
Fall interventions began Monday, September 28th. For participating students, the parent/guardian should have received an Infinite Campus message to your email. If you have any questions you can contact:
Math Intervention: Jenell Swick via email at jswick@whitnall.com or phone at 414-525-8735.
Reading Intervention: Katie Malovec via email at kmalovec@whitnall.com or phone at 414-525-8735
Water Bottles & Masks
  • Students are encouraged to bring a reusable water bottle every day to school. Our water fountains 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 and mouth.
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.

**If you have been designated as a homebound student you will be contacted by the district teaching learning coordinator. If you have questions regarding homebound instruction please contact Laura Fowle at 414-525-8603 or lfowle@whitnall.com
Picture Makeup Day
WMS Picture Make-up date will be Tuesday, October 13th.
How to order school portraits: For safety and convenience, this year all orders will be placed online. Images will be posted to view and order within a week after your photo day. You'll receive an email alert when images are ready to view, and all orders will be delivered to your home. To place your order after photo day, go to vipis.com. For additional options and information email support@vipis.com.
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

Mrs. Emerson Special Education Teacher

What is one of your hidden talents?
I speak fluent Spanish

What would the students be surprised to find out about you?
My sister and I are both teachers at WMS!

How do you spend your summer breaks?
Swimming, at the park, and outside with my children

What’s the best thing about being a teacher?
working with kids, forming positive relationships

If you could pass on any wisdom to your students, what would you share?
Never give up!
Mrs. McPoland 8th grade Math

What is one of your hidden talents?
I was a coxswain on the men’s rowing team at Miami University of Ohio

What would the students be surprised to find out about you?
I’m from Charleston, SC but just moved from Massachusetts

How do you spend your summer breaks?
I spend my summer breaks with my husband and dog, Daisy, getting outside as much as possible

What are some traditions or superstitions you have for the First Day of School?
When I was a student my mom baked homemade cookies for me to have when I got home from my first day of school - I guess I should bring that back!

What’s the best/worst thing about being a teacher?
The best thing about being a teacher is being inspired by your students achieving their goals.

If you could pass on any wisdom to your students, what would you share?

The best thing about being a teacher is being inspired by your students achieving their goals.
School S


upplies
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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