In the Middle
Whitnall Middle School Family Newsletter
Whitnall Middle School Message
February 12, 2021

Hello WMS Families,

Scheduling for next year's courses will be starting in the next few weeks. Students will be signing up for electives and alternates in Infinite Campus for the 2021-22 school year. At this time High School counselors will be meeting in 8th grade classrooms the week of February 22nd to go over course selection They plan on having a hard copy to be taken home for parent signatures and brought to school the following week. A similar format is planned for 6th and 7th graders. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to us. More specific information will be in next Friday's Connect.

Please check out information in this newsletter regarding the virtual presentations the district is offering on the dangers of social media and sexting. The programs take place on Feb. 23 at 6:00 pm and Feb. 25 at 6:00 pm via Zoom. Detailed information in the Connect and below.

Mark your calendars for March 25th for the WMS conferences from 4:00pm - 7:00pm. Conferences will once again be held virtually and by appointment invitation (from staff.) You are always welcome to contact staff about setting up a conference time if an appointment is not required.

Our 8th grade parents are looking to form a committee for 8th grade promotion. If interested, please send an email to wmspto@whitnall.com and share your interest. Also, with PTO board positions available due to parents moving on to the high school, the PTO is currently looking for parents interested in participating on the Board of Directors for the 2021-2022 school year. The board consists of four positions: President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary. Again, please email the PTO if this is something that would interest you. Thank you to our parent volunteers for all you do!

Sincerely,
Chris D'Acquisto, Principal WMS
Ryan Relich, Assistant Principal WMS
Upcoming Dates
February 15 - No School Staff Development
March 25 - Parent Teacher Virtual Conferences
Masks and Water Bottles
  • Students are encouraged to bring a reusable water bottle every day to school. The middle school office sells Whitnall Water Bottles for $3.00 which supports the WMS PTO. 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.

Bryan Wright Virtually Presents:
The Dangers of Social Media and Sexting
Whitnall is thrilled to be offering two virtual presentations on the dangers of social media and sexting from Bryan Wright, the owner of Dynamic Family Solutions LLC. Over the last 12 years, Bryan has worked as a youth / teen advocate. He hopes to share the information and knowledge gained through his research and work experience to address these important issues families and youth are facing today. 
In this presentation, Bryan will touch on the following topics:
  • Identity development, and awareness of hypersexualization in today's society and how it impacts youth's decision making
  • The influences and risks of social media and the dangers of sexting
  • What are preventative measures parents can take to promote safe technology use? 
  • The importance of having open conversations with youth and setting healthy boundaries
These presentations will cover sensitive matters, and are intended for a mature audience. Please be mindful of your audience at home while in attendance, as the information discussed may include language that is not appropriate for young children.
Presentation #1 | Intended for parents with students grades 4-8 | 2/23, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Presentation #2 | Intended for parents with students in grades 9-12 | 2/25, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
The presentations will be conducted via Zoom. The meeting information is listed below:
Topic: Social Media Sexting Parent Presentation 
Time: Feb 23 and 25, 2021 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 976 016 5769
Passcode: yBGXQ3
Dial by your location: +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
Box Tops Collection
If you've been shopping online for groceries lately, you can still earn BoxTops for your school, even if you don't have a paper receipt. Scanning tip: You can use the "Give Credit" feature in the BoxTops app to give credit to a specific child, teacher or classroom every time you scan a receipt. Just look for the star button!
FEBRUARY BOX TOPICS: Love My School Sweeps is returning in February! See all the ways to earn for your school next month and share with friends on social media.
Canvas and Infinite Campus
Hello Whitnall families,
We just wanted to remind you that you can continue monitoring your children's daily progress and communication from teachers through Canvas. Canvas allows parents to view course content, student work and teacher feedback for all of their students with one login.

Infinite Campus is continuing to be used for progress reporting, attendance, and district messaging. 

The Whitnall website provides online tutorials that can help families better understand how to navigate our online platforms. Please see the links below for more information:
1. Canvas
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.

Virtual Learning Resources
WMS In-Person Student (Temporarily Virtual)
Co-curricular activities will continue at WMS. Informational letter here
Does your child's device need repairs? 
Please contact https://helpdesk.whitnall.com/portal to arrange for a loner device. With advance notice, device swap out could take place at the same times as device pick up.

The technology department is offering additional, evening times for students and families to swap out devices for repairs. Monday, November 16 and Monday, November 23 from 3:30-5:30 PM, the team will be available to swap out devices at the high school’s main entrance. Prior to coming, please submit a Help Desk Ticket by visiting https://helpdesk.whitnall.com/portal.
 
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.

PTO
EAT AND EARN EVENTS: TBD

UPCOMING MEETINGS:

March 10
April 14 (Slate of Candidates)
May 12 (Election)
June 9

Kelly Peters- President
Sara Torres - Vice President
Jennifer Radke - Secretary
Rebecca Freek - Treasurer


8th grade parents - we are in the process of forming a committee for 8th grade promotion at the end of the year. Looking for parents interested in planning a celebration for the students. With COVID restrictions we will need to be creative this year. If you are interested in participating, please send an email to wmspto@whitnall.com.
 
WMS PTO Board of Directors - The PTO is currently looking for parents interested in participating on the Board of Directors 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.


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
Whitnall Middle School open positions:
Food Service Kitchen Helper. 4 hours per day.
Noon Hour Supervisors
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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