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

Hello WMS Families,

Special thanks to our PTO parents and volunteers for your support, even during a pandemic year. Our PTO enhances the educational experience for all of our students. 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.

Most students have completed course selections, both primary and alternate, for the 2020-21 school year. If your child still needs to complete course selections, please see the information below or contact our school counselor if you need additional support.

Please note that March 22 is the end of progress period 3. On March 25th there is an opportunity to connect with teachers from 4:00pm - 7:00 pm during our middle school conferences. Conferences will be virtual and teachers will be sending information home next week. We will be using Sign-Up Genius, similar to fall.

Sincerely,
Chris D'Acquisto, Principal WMS
Ryan Relich, Assistant Principal WMS
The Dangers of Social Media and Sexting
For those parents / guardians that were unable to attend the two presentations held last week regarding The Dangers of Social Media and Sexting, here is the powerpoint that was used in the presentation: WMS Social Media & Sexting PPT. And here is a recording of the presentation that occurred on February 23: Social Media & Sexting Presentation 2/23/2021
 
In addition to these presentation resources, members of the pupil services team at each building helped to put together resources parents could use when addressing the topics of social media and cell phones with their child:
Upcoming Dates
March 22 - End of progress period 3
March 25 - Parent Teacher Virtual Conferences 4 - 7
March 29 - April 2 - Spring Break
April 5 - No Students Staff Development
April 6 - School Resumes
Parent Teacher Virtual Conferences

We will be holding our Virtual Parent Teacher Conferences on Thursday, March 25 from 4pm-7pm.

We are using a program called Sign-Up Genius to schedule our spring conferences. The conference will take place through a Google Meet with a link provided from your students teacher.
Course Selection
INCOMING 7TH & 8TH GRADE STUDENTS:
Students chose elective classes for next year in their Connect classes. Please review their selections in Infinite Campus. You can also review Course Selection materials for 7th grade here and 8th grade here.
INCOMING 6TH GRADE STUDENTS;
Whitnall Middle School Pupil Services visited with 5th graders about next year's schedule. Please follow up in Infinite Campus and ensure they have the correct music choice. Instructions are located here. You can also review Course Selection materials for 6th grade here. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us below.
 
Julie Sobush       Jim Gableman
Guidance School Counselor 

Yearbook Orders
You can now place an order for your yearbook at VIP’s website by clicking here.  
This year all yearbook orders will be placed online, and the deadline for ordering is April 1st - please be sure to place your order before this time. When it’s complete, your yearbook will be delivered directly to school. For questions or additional information please email support@vipis.com.

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! Feeling lucky today? Enter for a chance to win 5,000 Bonus BoxTops for your school. 7 schools will win!* March Sweepstakes information here.
Athletics
TRACK: Any 6th, 7th or 8th grader wanting to go out for track needs to be registered and have a current physical on file by April 12th. The season will start April 19th. YES this year we are having 6th graders on our track team. Any questions see Ms Sobush in guidance
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
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

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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