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Winter is just around the corner and we're nearly halfway through the school year!  Be sure to stay in the know with our monthly newsletter.

In this Newsletter:
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Open? Delayed? Closed?

It's that time of year again, when weather can affect  our school day.  If you would like to know a little more about our process for making the decision to delay or close school, please be sure to check out our weather page online.  

On our weather  page you'll find:
  • FAQ's to learn more about how we make our delay/cancellation decisions
  • A list of media channels where we will post the information
  • A handy list of cold weather tips for parents
Be the Change

Our students are working hard to create a culture of kindness in our schools and our community. Whether you have been to East End and have their "Choose Kind" t-shirt, or you've visited the Middle School and checked out their new Kindness Garden, or you have read about Peers Helping Peers student groups in all 5 buildings, you can hardly miss the impact.

The elementary students have also been learning about giving thanks and giving back. In December, they will learn about different ways to give back during a character education assembly. This year the WCS Elementary buildings will be collecting various hygiene products for the local homeless shelter and for local families within our community.
If you'd like to donate please have your child bring the items to school the first two weeks after we return from Thanksgiving break. The items will be distributed the week before winter break.  Some ideas for possible donations:
shampoo, conditioner, bar soap, hair brushes, liquid soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, floss, body lotion, Q-tips, laundry detergent, wash clothes, towels, etc.

They are also making Christmas cards to share with senior citizens, people staying in the hospital over the holidays, and friends in need. You and your family are invited to help us by dropping off your cards in the office. We'll deliver cards over the winter break!  

At WCS, we are building community each and every day!

Progress Book
Tracking Student Progress

Education has come a long way since many of us were in school. As a parent, there are so many more ways to be involved in your child's education and to help them stay on track for graduation. You never have to wait till the end of the grading period to find out how they are doing in school.  Each student and parent can track assignments, grades, and attendance in ProgressBook, an online portal to your child's student data. 

Parents can even sign up for Progress Book Alerts for Missing Assignment(s) and Low Assignment Mark(s).  You also have the option to set the Low Assignment Mark.  For example, if you would like to know when you son/daughter receives anything lower than a C, you would mark a D for each subject.  Remember to click update once you have set the assignment mark.

Lastly, you are able to add multiple email addresses for notification.  Once you are finished, click the update button and you are set to receive alerts for missing assignments and low grades. You'll find a handy tutorial and other helpful links below.

If you have a student and have never tried Progress Book, there's no better time than the present.  As we tell our students - It's easier to keep up than to catch up!  

WMS students at Real Money Real World event
Real Money. Real World.

On November 28th our WMS students got a taste of what is like to be an adult!  Through the Real Money Real World program they discovered it's not as easy at it looks to manage a job/career, family, and a household budget. 

Real Money Real World (RMRW) is a financial literacy program that is offered to students through a collaboration between Ohio State University Extension Office and WMS. During the week prior to the event, students are assigned a job based on their GPA. Along with the job, they are given a spouse that is in college and only contributes a minimal amount to the monthly income and at least one child. The students calculate their monthly income based on the annual salary for their job as well as learn about the payroll deductions that are subtracted from their paychecks.  

During the event students must visit 16 different booths to purchase necessities as well as luxuries. Some of the booths are:  housing, transportation, food, utilities, clothing, entertainment, insurance, and financial aid. As students are visiting these booths and making purchases, they are keeping track of their money in a check register. 

We encourage parents to ask students about this event. It's a great opportunity to share your own experiences and have a meaningful conversation about their opportunities and the choices they make in school and in life.

Some of the comments from students have included:
 "Your grades really do matter." 
 "I didn't realize child care is so expensive."  
 "I need to bring my grades up so I have more options for jobs when I graduate."

WMS teacher, Tammy Sexton, says, " We really enjoy the conversations we have with students before, during and after the Real Money Real World simulation.  We talk about how success in school and attendance impact job opportunities and how expensive "stuff" really is.  We also share our own life experiences.  It's such a positive connection we get to make with students."

Thank you to the OSU Extension Office and our WMS staff for giving our students this experience. What a tremendously valuable lesson on the importance of education and planning for a successful future. This is truly what we mean when we say that we are educating for tomorrow.

If you would like to learn more about this program you can visit OSU Extension website  Real Money Real World.
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We've Been Busy

It's hard to believe that we are nearly halfway through the school year already! If you missed out on some of our recent news, we've collected a few article links for you on our website.  

Check it out today and see what's been happening at WCS. You'll be proud to be a Hurricane when you see what our students are accomplishing.

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Stay Connected

Each building has their own website, calendar, and social media channel for your convenience.

*Please double check each building's calendar for changes as an event approaches.

D istrict Highlights:
WCS District:  Website  Like us on Facebook    Follow us on Twitter
12/11 Board of Education mtg 7pm at WMS
12/16-1/2 Winter Break
1/2    Teacher Work Day - no school for students
1/3    Classes resume - 3rd Quarter begins

Additional Building Highlights:
Elementary Buildings - Note:  12/7 is the last day for Harvest of Gold activities, they will resume 1/16/18.

  Website     Like us on Facebook    Newsletter
12/4    PTO meeting 4:15
12/6    4/5th grade Book Club 4-5pm
12/11  Board of Education mtg 7pm at WMS
12/11-15 Santa Shoppe
12/13  4/5th grade Book Club 4-5pm
12/14  Monthly Behavior Incentive
           Student of the Month Lunch 11:30-1:30
12/15  End of 2nd Quarter, Holiday Celebrations
12/16-1/2 Winter Break
12/21 PTO Skate Date WCS Roller Haven 1-3pm
1/3     Classes resume - 3rd Quarter begins

East End :   Website      Like us on Facebook   
12/11  Board of Education mtg 7pm at WMS
12/13  Caught Doing Good Lunch
           PTO meeting 5:30
12/15  End of 2nd Quarter
12/16-1/2 Winter Break
1/3     Classes resume - 3rd Quarter begins

Holmes:   Website     Like us on Facebook   
12/1   VIP Dance 7:00pm
12/4-8 Santa Shoppe
12/11  Board of Education mtg 7pm at WMS
12/12  PTO meeting 4:00 p.m.
12/15  End of 2nd Quarter, Winter Celebrations
12/16-1/2 Winter Break
1/3     Classes resume - 3rd Quarter begins

WMS:   Website     Follow us on Twitter   Like us on Facebook   View on Instagram
12/3   OMEA District 13 Honor Band Auditions
12/11  Board of Education mtg 7pm at WMS
           7th Grade Band & Symphonic Band Concert 7:30 p.m.
12/12  8th Grade Band & Wind Ensemble Concert 7:30 p.m. 
12/14  6th Grade Choir Concert 6:00 p.m.
           7th/8th Grade Choir Concert 7:00 p.m.
12/15  End of 2nd Quarter, Grandparents Day 9:00 a.m.
12/16-1/2 Winter Break
1/3     Classes resume - 3rd Quarter begins

WHS:    Website    Like us on Facebook    Follow us on Twitter    View on Instagram  
12/6   Blood Drive
12/11 High School Choir Concert 6pm
          Board of Education mtg 7pm at WMS
12/15  End of 2nd Quarter
12/16-1/2 Winter Break
1/3     Classes resume - 3rd Quarter begins

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