February 19-March 4

Bulldog Celebrations & News

#WEstBulldogs

Remember to use the hashtag when posting pictures of events or great things your child is doing in the community or at our school events.

Booster Club and PTA

We are still looking for parents to join!  Any parent who is interested in participating in PTA or Athletic Booster Club, please contact the school.  For PTA, please email derek.mccoy@rss.k12.nc.us and for Athletic Boosters, please contact tara.hoffman@rss.k12.nc.us.  We need your help with quality experiences for our students inside and outside the school.  Please help us to grow our community of support for our students.

We will be starting our school fundraiser on February 23.  It will run from Feb 23 – Mar 13.  We will be selling coupon books.

Prizes –
Sell 1 – Blow Pop
Sell 2 –  Hat Day Pass
Sell 3 – Dress Down Day Pass
Sell 5- Fundraiser party in gym –   March 22 with music and concessions

Sell 6- Free Attractions Book – Attractions donates
Sell  8 – Free Jeans Day
Sell 10 –  $10 Gift card to The Pit
Top Seller wins $100

Reading Incentive Challenge/Achieve3000

Reading is one of the most important skills needed for all.  We are trying to encourage students to improve their reading every year.  Here are some of the incentives that we have at school.  If your student has read a book, then they need to complete this form for Mrs. Shue to receive credit.  https://goo.gl/forms/ko8XikEwDVuKoEKK2Screen Shot 2018-02-15 at 7.28.49 PMScreen Shot 2018-02-15 at 7.29.00 PM

Compassion Project

We have started our compassion projects.  Ask your student what they are doing for their compassion project.  We are excited to see what students do to show compassion in the community.

We have one group who was so successful last year that they are continuing it this year: Second Annual Fishing Derby, March 29,  called Compassion Bass Bash at the Arbors in Cleveland.  We would love to have more competitors at this new annual event for Rowan Helping Ministries.  These students worked hard to start this event and we can’t wait to see how it grows.

Annual Dodgeball Tournament

Signups for the 10th Annual Dodgeball Tournament to benefit Relay for Life will begin Monday, February 19! If your student would like to form a team, choose a captain and bring a list of all your team members’ names (1st and last) and your team name to Mrs. Horton.  She will give the forms to the team captain to give to the players.  Each team may have no more that 8 members. Cost to participate is $10 per teammate which includes a tshirt.  All forms are due by March 5th.  The actual tournament will be held March 23rd at 2:45.  Prizes will be awarded to the champions, 1st runner up and team with the best shirts and/or costume! Don’t miss one of the best events of the year!

Grade Level Information

6th grade

We are running low on classroom supplies like pencils, paper, and tissue.  If you are able to send any of these items in with your student, we would really appreciate the donations.

In Mrs. Burns’ science class, students are learning about plate tectonics.  In her enrichment, they are getting to “Design an Alien” and to learn about the Cold War Space Race!

In Mrs. Nussman’s math class, students are working with expressions and equations to solve word problems.

In Mr. Sells’ social studies class, students are working on their Black History Month projects.  In his enrichment class, they are learning about stars and black holes!

Parents check us out on social media: Twitter (@westrowanmiddle), Instagram(westrowanmiddle), SnapChat(wrmsbulldogs) & Facebook(https://www.facebook.com/West-Rowan-Middle-School-728683763858968/).

Also, we recommend parents check Remind.  Here is a link to app and then use code to join a class http://rmd.me/b?rid=45208224

Here are our codes for one of our teams:

  • Mrs. Nussman @nussman
  • Mrs. Hege @hegespeeps
  • Mrs. Burns @bkf836
  • Mr. Sells @keb6ek
  • WRMS @wrmsparent (to get remind messages from school)

Ms. Kennington’s class has just concluded a study of leadership in the ancient world with an exploration of the pharaohs and a project about one historical pharaoh.  We are also continuing to study history and timeline events to coordinate with Black History Month.  Next, we will embark on a journey into India and China.

In Mrs. Powers’ ELA classes we are continuing to work on using context clues to discover the meaning of unknown words in our reading. We recently wrote letters to celebrate our love for learning on Valentine’s Day. Ask your student to read his or her letter! They were fabulous, unique and quite humorous! We learned the correct format for typing a letter and creating a watermark to make our papers visually appealing.  This week, we will continue with our theme of “Overcoming Obstacles” by reading the novel Out of My Mind (Blocks 1-3) and  and Touching Spirit Bear (Block 4).
We are excited to welcome Mr. Owens as the new Tsunami math teacher.  We can already tell he is a big Star Wars fan and we are looking forward to all he will teach us.
We are also continuing to encourage all students to read informational text  articles on Achieve 3000. We have many students who are very close to reaching their reading goals for this quarter. Thanks for your encouragement, parents! If you haven’t checked out the huge selection of article topics on Achieve, take a look. There is an article for everyone.
During this season of flu and colds, we are in need of tissues for our classrooms and Clorox wipes for cleaning desks and tables. We want to keep your kids healthy and in school! If you donate either of these items, they would be greatly appreciated. You can send them to school with your student anytime.

7th grade

Another Week for the  PIxel X Team

We just finished Black History Month observance by honoring important people who made an impact on all our lives.  In Social Studies we created a product with interesting facts and some very impressive presentations. KIds were challenged to find a person who was over forty years of age who had made an impact on history. This coming week we will  wrap up WWI with an assessment on Monday.  Later in the week, we will move forward with WWII.

Our ELA class collaborated with the Social Studies class by creating an essay that extended the Black History project.  We practiced research, using graphic organizers, rough drafting, editing, and finally typing it on laptops!  It was a lot of work!  We all knew  well known details;  however, through the process, even the teachers  learned something new about these historical figures!  Next for ELA, will be identifying and understanding how quotes support a text, then how to apply them to EOG style questioning.

Science classes took our data tracking to a higher level.  Students learned the meaning of tracking data…the”how” and the “purpose” of using data.  The kids even learned about what “estimated growth” means.  We know it’s hard to believe, but it is time to start thinking about end of year strategies for creating growth in scores.  Ask your child to show the data tracker to you and explain what they have learned.

Our next unit for Science will be “The Reproductive System” beginning this coming week.

Math is beginning a new project this week .  Students are creating a scale model called “My Town”. They will be moving from station to station to reinforce the skills needed to complete this task.  We can’t wait to see the final products!  The kids will enjoy this one for sure!

REMINDERS

1. Please ask your child about a permission slip so you can sign for our field trip.  We will be going to Corriher LIpe Middle on March 8th to hear the author, Alan Gratz, speak.  He is the author of the novel we read, Prisoner B3087. 

2. Please check Parent Portal for grade updates.  This is a maintenance weekend, so the grades may be delayed by a few days, but always keep up with this so you can help support us in completion of work. 

3. We have a separate ACHIEVE CHALLENGE for our classes. Our completed articles still count toward the school rewards and recognition, but we added another incentive.  By the end of each month students are asked to complete a certain number of articles at 75% or higher.  

In December we had a pizza party and extra recess time.

In January we had a movie and snacks after school. 

In February students have not decided yet, but are leaning toward a movie and bring your own snacks during the last hour of school.  That way everyone has a ride home and can participate.  

PLEASE ENCOURAGE YOUR CHILD TO READ THE ACHIEVES AND READ THEM WELL.  DATA SHOWS 

      THAT ACHIEVE ACTUALLY DOES IMPROVE TEST SCORES.

Thank you for being so supportive and concerned with your child’s education.

PIXEL X TEAM TEACHERS

PIXEL Y TEAM

For social studies, we have just finished our unit on WWI and will soon be diving into what happened during WWII. We will be doing a simulation from the perspectives of multiple people during the war to give students a different look at what was going on during the time period.
In English, we are finishing up with the novels Prisoner B-3087and The House of the Scorpion. These novels have introduced us to the controversial topic of cloning as well as a real person’s experience with the Holocaust. Our upcoming field trip will allow us to speak with the author of Prisoner B-3087, so students need to make sure they get their permission forms in as soon as possible.

8th grade

8th grade students are currently working on a 5 page persuasive paper on an amendment of their choice in social studies classes.  The final paper will be due in May.   However, we are currently finishing our outlines for the paper.  They should be submitted on schoology by next Thursday to their social studies teachers.  We are trying to chunk the paper to make it less intimidating to our students. Parents, please have a conversation with your child about their paper and see where they are and what assistance they may need.  Please feel free to contact your child’s social studies teacher regarding this project.

We had lots of fun with Spirit Week, but we will need to revisit the dress code on Monday. All teachers and principals will be sticking to the dress code from Monday through the rest of the year. The dress code is based on Rowan Salisbury schools uniform policy. Things to remember: Only solid colored hoodies/jackets (white, blue, and gray) no black jackets/hoodies. Uniform shirts should be on at all times, even if you have an approved West Rowan sweatshirt/jacket on. Student are not allowed to wear the hood part of the hoodie at any time while in the school.

Teachers will also be checking iPads for charge levels. Please, ensure that your child is coming to school with a charged iPad. The iPad’s are used all throughout the day.

Also, it is almost progress report time! Please, check Parent Portal to stay up to date on your child’s grades. If you are unable to access Parent Portal, contact the school office for further direction.

Lastly, THANK YOU for being flexible with the field trip change this week! We were able to work together to have a successful field trip!

Exploratories

The band boosters also has a GoFundMe page that we are collecting donations in hopes to raise back the money that we had taken from us. That link is… https://www.gofundme.com/west-rowan-middle-school-bands.

Tech News

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Media Center

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  • Check out the awesome week we had this week https://photos.app.goo.gl/bxw2MV4QHdsNXMmz2
  • We need supplies for your makerspace! If you have cardboard, old craft supplies, old Legos, anything that can be used to create and make amazing products that you don’t mind donating it would be greatly appreciated!
  • The county SROs are holding a fundraiser please take a moment to view it at https://www.gofundme.com/RowanCountySRo any donation would be greatly appreciated, if you cannot donate please share the link on your social media pages! Thank you for your support of our county SRO’s!

Tips for Helping Your Students

Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers

High profile acts of violence, particularly in schools, can confuse and frighten children who may feel in danger or worry that their friends or loved-ones are at risk. They will look to adults for information and guidance on how to react. Parents and school personnel can help children feel safe by establishing a sense of normalcy and security and talking with them about their fears.

  1. Reassure children that they are safe. Emphasize that schools are very safe. Validate their feelings. Explain that all feelings are okay when a tragedy occurs. Let children talk about their feelings, help put them into perspective, and assist them in expressing these feelings appropriately.
  2. Make time to talk. Let their questions be your guide as to how much information to provide. Be patient; children and youth do not always talk about their feelings readily. Watch for clues that they may want to talk, such as hovering around while you do the dishes or yard work. Some children prefer writing, playing music, or doing an art project as an outlet. Young children may need concrete activities (such as drawing, looking at picture books, or imaginative play) to help them identify and express their feelings.
  3. Keep your explanations developmentally appropriate.Early elementary school children need brief, simple information that should bebalanced with reassurances that their school and homes are safe and that adults are there to protect them. Give simple examples of school safety like reminding children about exterior doors being locked, child monitoring efforts on the playground, and emergency drills practiced during the school day.
    • Upper elementary and early middle school children will be more vocal in asking questions about whether they truly are safe and what is being done at their school. They may need assistance separating reality from fantasy. Discuss efforts of school and community leaders to provide safe schools.
    • Upper middle school and high school students will have strong and varying opinions about the causes of violence in schools and society. They will share concrete suggestions about how to make school safer and how to prevent tragedies in society. Emphasize the role that students have in maintaining safe schools by following school safety guidelines (e.g. not providing building access to strangers, reporting strangers on campus, reporting threats to the school safety made by students or community members, etc.), communicating any personal safety concerns to school administrators, and accessing support for emotional needs.
  4. Review safety procedures. This should include procedures and safeguards at school and at home. Help children identify at least one adult at school and in the community to whom they go if they feel threatened or at risk.
  5. Observe children’s emotional state. Some children may not express their concerns verbally. Changes in behavior, appetite, and sleep patterns can also indicate a child’s level of anxiety or discomfort. In most children, these symptoms will ease with reassurance and time. However, some children may be at risk for more intense reactions. Children who have had a past traumatic experience or personal loss, suffer from depression or other mental illness, or with special needs may be at greater risk for severe reactions than others. Seek the help of mental health professional if you are at all concerned.
  6. Limit television viewing of these events. Limit television viewing and be aware if the television is on in common areas. Developmentally inappropriate information can cause anxiety or confusion, particularly in young children. Adults also need to be mindful of the content of conversations that they have with each other in front of children, even teenagers, and limit their exposure to vengeful, hateful, and angry comments that might be misunderstood.
  7. Maintain a normal routine. Keeping to a regular schedule can be reassuring and promote physical health. Ensure that children get plenty of sleep, regular meals, and exercise. Encourage them to keep up with their schoolwork and extracurricular activities but don’t push them if they seem overwhelmed.

Suggested Points to Emphasize When Talking to Children

  • Schools are safe places. School staff works with parents and public safety providers (local police and fire departments, emergency responders, hospitals, etc.) to keep you safe.
  • The school building is safe because … (cite specific school procedures).
  • We all play a role in the school safety. Be observant and let an adult know if you see or hear something that makes you feel uncomfortable, nervous or frightened.
  • There is a difference between reporting, tattling or gossiping. You can provide important information that may prevent harm either directly or anonymously by telling a trusted adult what you know or hear.
  • Although there is no absolute guarantee that something bad will never happen, it is important to understand the difference between the possibility of something happening and probability that it will affect you (our school community).
  • Senseless violence is hard for everyone to understand. Doing things that you enjoy, sticking to your normal routine, and being with friends and family help make us feel better and keep us from worrying about the event.
  • Sometimes people do bad things that hurt others. They may be unable to handle their anger, under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or suffering from mental illness. Adults (parents, teachers, police officers, doctors, faith leaders) work very hard to get those people help and keep them from hurting others. It is important for all of us to know how to get help if we feel really upset or angry and to stay away from drugs and alcohol.
  • Stay away from guns and other weapons. Tell an adult if you know someone has a gun. Access to guns is one of the leading risk factors for deadly violence.
  • Violence is never a solution to personal problems. Students can be part of the positive solution by participating in anti-violence programs at school, learning conflict mediation skills, and seeking help from an adult if they or a peer is struggling with anger, depression, or other emotions they cannot control.  NASP has additional information for parents and educators on school safety, violence prevention, children’s trauma reactions, and crisis response at www.nasponline.org.©2016, National Association of School Psychologists, 4340 East West Highway #402, Bethesda, MD 20814

Upcoming Events

Monday Feb 19

  • Snow Make-up day

Tuesday Feb 20

  • JV Basketball vs Mooresville @ home

Thursday Feb 22

  • Volleyball parent meeting –after practice 6:30-7:00

Friday Feb 23

  • All County Band Clinic @ JCHS

Saturday Feb 24

  • JV Basketball tournament @ Erwin

Monday Feb 26

  • JV Basketball tournament @ Erwin 4pm

Tuesday Feb 27

  • JV Basketball tournament @ Erwin 4pm
  • Band PRE MPA Concert @ WRHS 7:00 – 8:00pm

Wednesday Feb 28

  • JV Basketball tournament @ Erwin 4pm

Thursday Mar 1

  • Club Pictures 8 – 11am

Friday Mar 2

  • WRMS Bulldog Wear Day
  • WRMS Reading Store available after lunch

Monday Mar 5

  • SIT Meeting @ 2:45

Tuesday Mar 6

  • Soccer & Volleyball @ Erwin
  • Tennis & Baseball Home vs Erwin

Wednesday Mar 7

  • Band MPA @ Wingate University

Thursday Mar 8

  • Soccer & Volleyball Home vs Corriher-Lipe
  • Tennis & Baseball @ Corriher-Lipe

Friday Mar 9

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