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Weekly Update – January 13, 2019

This is Bill Pitcock, Principal of Westlane Middle School with the Westlane Wildcat Weekly Message.

-The Great North Run and Fitness Fair is coming up on Saturday, March 9 at North Central High School.  You can get registered at https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=131067– between now and January 15, use the code NEWYEAR2019 and receive 15% off of all registration fees.  Make sure you select “Westlane Middle School” as your school when you register.

-Report cards for Quarter 2 were distributed to students this past Friday.  If your student had a GPA of 3.2 or higher, we are having our Quarter 2 Honors Ceremony at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, January 15.  It will be in the North Gym.  If you did not receive your child’s report card, please visit the “Portfolio” tab on your Skyward account.

-Just a reminder that our Lunch times are as follows: A – 11:28, B – 12:10, C – 12:52. 

-Parents, please stress the importance of getting to class on time and staying in class.  We are stressing both as we return and want to make sure that we have your partnership in this effort.  We have great teaching and learning here at Westlane, and we don’t want our students to miss a minute of it!

– The Washington Township Parent Council Network would like to invite all parents/caregivers to our next meeting on Wednesday, January 16th at 7pm at the H. Dean Evans Community and Education Center, 8550 Woodfield Crossing Blvd. The Parent Council Network is in need of representatives from every Washington Township school and all parents & caregivers of Washington Township schools are encouraged to attend. For this month’s meeting, we welcome back Joel Hand, General Counsel for the Indiana Coalition for Public Education. Joel is the lead public education legislative expert in the state of Indiana and he will be sharing information about upcoming legislative topics and their potential impact on MSDWT. You can find more information about Parent Council Network on our website (www.msdwtparentcouncil.org ) or Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/wtparentcouncil/ ).

-Please visit wl.msdwt.k12.in.us for all things Westlane.  Our Parent Corner has a wealth of information on it for all parents – including a Blue/White Calendar, lunch menus and renovation updates.

Westlane Middle School is an International Baccalaureate World School and an AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction.  The mission of Westlane Middle School is to provide a safe, inclusive environment where children develop and demonstrate proficiency in academic, social, and life skills.  The faculty and staff of Westlane Middle School encourage the entire Westlane school community to participate in this process.

Now onto the weekly update:

Monday, January 14 (White Day) –

Tuesday, January 15 (Blue Day) – Girls’ Basketball is home vs Guion Creek (Pike); Wrestling is at Chapel Hill (Ben Davis) and Boys’ Basketball is at Lynhurst (Ben Davis). The 2nd Quarter Honors Celebration is at 7:00 PM in the North Gym.

Wednesday, January 16 (White Day) Wildcat Wednesday begins our day at 8:00 AM.     Academic Pursuit is home vs Perry.

Thursday, January 17 (Blue Day) Boys’ Basketball teams may have a game in the first round of the MIIC; Girls’ Basketball is at Tindley and Wrestling is home vs Creekside (Carmel)

Friday, January 18 (White Day) –

For future planning, Monday, January 21 is a school day.  It is a make-up day from the November missed snow day.

And remember families, whether it’s a Blue day or a White day, a Monday or a Friday, it’s always a Great Day to be a Westlane Wildcat!

Weekly Update – January 6, 2019

This is Bill Pitcock, Principal of Westlane Middle School with the Westlane Wildcat Weekly Message.

-The Great North Run and Fitness Fair is coming up on Saturday, March 9 at North Central High School.  You can get registered at https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=131067 – between now and January 15, use the code NEWYEAR2019 and receive 15% off of all registration fees.  Make sure you select “Westlane Middle School” as your school when you register.

-We will be moving Advisory to the morning in a six-week pilot schedule.  This will not affect afternoon classes and will have very little impact on morning classes.  It will however shift lunch times.  Our Lunch times will be as follows : A – 11:28, B – 12:10, C – 12:52. 

-Parents, please stress the importance of getting to class on time and staying in class.  We are stressing both as we return and want to make sure that we have your partnership in this effort.  We have great teaching and learning here at Westlane, and we don’t want our students to miss a minute of it!

-As we enter the winter months, I do want to make sure that you are aware of changes in schedules and how we are communicating.  If we are canceled or under a 2-hour delay, the district will communicate that over this messenger system.  If we are at school and need to cancel athletic events, I will use this system to notify you.  Please know that student safety is our highest priority, but we do have to wait for the other schools to make the athletic cancellation call when the event takes place at the opponent’s school.  We will do our best to make any calls by 1:00, but we also know that the weather can change in an instant. 

-Please visit wl.msdwt.k12.in.us for all things Westlane.  Our Parent Corner has a wealth of information on it for all parents.

Westlane Middle School is an International Baccalaureate World School and an AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction.  The mission of Westlane Middle School is to provide a safe, inclusive environment where children develop and demonstrate proficiency in academic, social, and life skills.  The faculty and staff of Westlane Middle School encourage the entire Westlane school community to participate in this process.

Now onto the weekly update:

Monday, January 7 (Blue Day) – All student should report to Advisory when they arrive.  We will give all students their 2nd Semester schedule and their locker combination.

Tuesday, January 8 (White Day) – Boys’ Basketball is at Stonybrook (Warren Central).

Wednesday, January 9 (Blue Day) There is no Wildcat Wednesday this week.   Boys’ Basketball has a make-up game vs Chapel Hill (Ben Davis) here at Westlane.

Thursday, January 10 (White Day) Boys Basketball has a game here at Westlane vs Park Tudor

Friday, January 11 (Blue Day) – Report Cards will go home with all students for Quarter 2. 

And remember families, whether it’s a Blue day or a White day, a Monday or a Friday, it’s always a Great Day to be a Westlane Wildcat!

Weekly Update – December 16, 2018

This is Bill Pitcock, Principal of Westlane Middle School with the Westlane Wildcat Weekly Message.

-The PTO is hosting a Holiday Luncheon for the Westlane Staff on Tuesday, December 18 – to sign up, go to https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0444a4ac2ba4fa7-westlane – the PTO will be outside on Tuesday for curbside pickup of any meal drop-off.

-Is your child missing a coat, jacket, or that awesome pair of shoes you bought them?  Have them check our Lost and Found – it is quite full. Our LOST items can be FOUND by our bookstore. We do donate all clothing items at the end of each semester, so make sure to check it out.  Any lost keys, lanyards and glasses are at Mrs. Anderson’s desk.

-We have a group of students that are leading a “Spread the Warmth” drive – A winter clothing donation for those in need. Please donate any winter clothing such as new or gently used blankets, coats, jackets, shirts, pants, and shoes.

-Our Homework Hotline can be found at westlanehomework.com.

-Have you ever wondered if a particular day is a Blue Day or a White Day?  Want to know what is for lunch? Did you miss a Weekly Message? Go to wl.msdwt.k12.in.us and check out our Parent Corner.

-We are having a Spirit Week this week – please see each day to learn what to wear!

Westlane Middle School is an International Baccalaureate World School and an AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction.  The mission of Westlane Middle School is to provide a safe, inclusive environment where children develop and demonstrate proficiency in academic, social, and life skills.  The faculty and staff of Westlane Middle School encourage the entire Westlane school community to participate in this process.

Now on to the Weekly Update-

Monday, December 17 (Blue Day) – Our Spirit Day on Monday is College Day in honor of our 8th grade AVID College Fair. Our 7th grade Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball teams are home vs Northview and our 8th grade Boys’ and Girls’ teams are at Northview.  Remember, this is a Pink-out for the game and we will have our Pink Shirts available for sale at the game ($12)

Tuesday, December 18 (White Day) – Our Spirit Day is Twin Tuesday – find a friend or friends and dress alike!  We have Tutoring after school – make sure you sign up at Mrs. Anderson’s desk.  The 8th grade Girls’ and Boys’ Basketball teams are home vs Eastwood.  The 7th Grade Girls’ and Boys’ Basketball teams are at Eastwood.  Remember, this is a Pink-out for the game and we will have our Pink Shirts available for sale at the game ($12)

Wednesday, December 19 (Blue Day) We will not have Wildcat Wednesday this week.  Our Spirit Day is Pajama Day.

Thursday, December 20 (White Day) Our Spirit Day is Decades Day – dress like your favorite decade.  We have Tutoring after school – make sure you sign up at Mrs. Anderson’s desk.

Thursday marks the end of the Second Quarter and the First Semester.

There is no school on Friday, December 21 – this is a Teacher Records Day. 

The Second Semester will begin at 9:20 on Monday, January 7, 2019.  Students will report to Advisory.  My next call to you will be on Sunday, January 6, 2019.  I would like to wish all students, families and staff a relaxing break.

And remember families, whether it’s a Blue day or a White day, a Monday or a Friday, it’s always a Great Day to be a Westlane Wildcat!

Weekly Update – December 9, 2018

This is Bill Pitcock, Principal of Westlane Middle School with the Westlane Wildcat Weekly Message.

-Mark December 14 on your calendar!  Our PTO will be sponsoring a dance that evening from 6:30-8:30.  The dance will feature a game truck, food and drink to purchase, and a photo booth.  If you would like to volunteer to help – click here – https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0f48aca92ea4f58-westlane

-The PTO is hosting a Holiday Luncheon for the Westlane Staff on Tuesday, December 18 – to sign up, go to https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0444a4ac2ba4fa7-westlane

-COME OUT and SUPPORT our 7th and 8th grade Boys’ and Girls’ basketball teams, December 17th and 18th @ our first PINK OUT vs. Northview and Eastwood. We have t-shirts that are now available in the Bookstore with Mrs. Richmond for $12, and Westlane cheerleaders will be selling them during lunches December 10-14. (A donation will be made towards Breast Cancer Awareness from our proceeds!!!) – Check out the design here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jNAtFormLkucHRkRRfmJhvTYBKbUe4tC/view?usp=sharing

-Is your child missing a coat, jacket, or that awesome pair of shoes you bought them?  Have them check our Lost and Found – it is quite full and can be found by our bookstore. We do donate all clothing items at the end of each semester, so make sure to check it out.  Any lost keys, lanyards and glasses are at Mrs. Anderson’s desk.

-Our AHANA Scholars Club and Best Buddies are sponsoring a food drive – bring in canned goods, rice, pasta, peanut butter, jelly and bottled water to the different lunch periods.  All donations will go to Washington Township families in need.

-We have another group of students that are leading a “Spread the Warmth” drive – A winter clothing donation for those in need. Please donate any winter clothing such as new or gently used blankets, coats, jackets, shirts, pants, and shoes. 

-Our Homework Hotline can be found at westlanehomework.com.  If it is still showing an old date, refresh the screen and it should work.

-The Marion County Public Library is opening a Michigan Road Branch on December 15.  Their flyer can be found here – https://drive.google.com/file/d/1GWpmKDeV9PEr8kYe-ElG3aG5w8zx0cwV/view?usp=sharing

-Have you ever wondered if a particular day is a Blue Day or a White Day?  Want to know what is for lunch? Did you miss a Weekly Message? Go to wl.msdwt.k12.in.us and check out our Parent Corner.  (The Blue/White Calendar has been updated to reflect the missed day on November 15)

Westlane Middle School is an International Baccalaureate World School and an AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction.  The mission of Westlane Middle School is to provide a safe, inclusive environment where children develop and demonstrate proficiency in academic, social, and life skills.  The faculty and staff of Westlane Middle School encourage the entire Westlane school community to participate in this process.

Now on to the Weekly Update-

Monday, December 10 (White Day) – Boys’ Basketball is home vs Lincoln (Pike)

Tuesday, December 11 (Blue Day) – We have Tutoring after school – make sure you sign up at Mrs. Anderson’s desk.  The Intermediate and Advanced music classes have their Winter Concert beginning at 7:00 PM

Wednesday, December 12 (White Day) Wildcat Wednesday begins our day at 8:00 AM – you may begin drop-off at 7:45 AM.  The Academic Pursuit teams are at Guion Creek (Pike) and the Boys’ Basketball teams are at Creston (Warren).

Thursday, December 13 (Blue Day) We have Tutoring after school – make sure you sign up at Mrs. Anderson’s desk. 

Friday, December 14 (White Day) – The Winter Dance begins at 6:30.  The cost is $5 and students must be picked up by 8:30 PM.

And remember families, whether it’s a Blue day or a White day, a Monday or a Friday, it’s always a Great Day to be a Westlane Wildcat!

Weekly Update – December 2, 2018

This is Bill Pitcock, Principal of Westlane Middle School with the Westlane Wildcat Weekly Message.

-Our district is looking at school hours for next year.  Information and a survey can be found here – https://www.msdwt.k12.in.us/2018/11/school-hours/

-COME OUT and SUPPORT our 7th and 8th grade Boys’ and Girls’ basketball teams, December 17th and 18th @ our first PINK OUT vs. Northview and Eastwood. We have t-shirts that are now available in the Bookstore with Mrs. Richmond for $12, and Westlane cheerleaders will be selling them during lunches December 10-14. (A donation will be made towards Breast Cancer Awareness from our proceeds!!!) – Check out the design here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jNAtFormLkucHRkRRfmJhvTYBKbUe4tC/view?usp=sharing

-Is your child missing a coat, jacket, or that awesome pair of shoes you bought them?  Have them check our Lost and Found – it is quite full and can be found by our bookstore. We do donate all clothing items at the end of each semester, so make sure to check it out.  Any lost keys, lanyards and glasses are at Mrs. Anderson’s desk.

-Mark December 14 on your calendar!  Our PTO will be sponsoring a dance that evening from 6:30-8:30.  The dance will feature a game truck, food and drink to purchase, and a photo booth.  If you would like to volunteer to help – click here – https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0f48aca92ea4f58-westlane

-Our AHANA Scholars Club and Best Buddies are sponsoring a food drive – bring in canned goods, rice, pasta, peanut butter, jelly and bottled water to the different lunch periods.  All donations will go to Washington Township families in need.

-Our informational meeting about our Spring 2020 trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos will be Wednesday, December 5 at 6:00 PM.   For more information, please email Mrs. Monroe at amonroe@msdwt.k12.in.us.

-Our Homework Hotline can be found at westlanehomework.com.  If it is still showing an old date, refresh the screen and it should work.

-The Marion County Public Library is opening a Michigan Road Branch on December 15.  Their flyer can be found here – https://drive.google.com/file/d/1GWpmKDeV9PEr8kYe-ElG3aG5w8zx0cwV/view?usp=sharing

-Have you ever wondered if a particular day is a Blue Day or a White Day?  Want to know what is for lunch? Did you miss a Weekly Message? Go to wl.msdwt.k12.in.us and check out our Parent Corner.  (The Blue/White Calendar has been updated to reflect the missed day on November 15)

Westlane Middle School is an International Baccalaureate World School and an AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction.  The mission of Westlane Middle School is to provide a safe, inclusive environment where children develop and demonstrate proficiency in academic, social, and life skills.  The faculty and staff of Westlane Middle School encourage the entire Westlane school community to participate in this process.

Now onto the weekly update:

Monday, December 3 (Blue Day)

Tuesday, December 4 (White Day) – We have Tutoring after school – make sure you sign up at Mrs. Anderson’s desk.   Boys’ Basketball is at Carmel.

Wednesday, December 5 (Blue Day) There is no Wildcat Wednesday this week.   The Academic Pursuit teams are in action at Westlane vs Chapel Hill (7/8 only).  Our Galapagos Trip meeting is at 6:00 in the Forum.

Thursday, December 6 (White Day) We have Tutoring after school – make sure you sign up at Mrs. Anderson’s desk.  

Friday, December 7 (Blue Day)

And remember families, whether it’s a Blue day or a White day, a Monday or a Friday, it’s always a Great Day to be a Westlane Wildcat!

Weekly Update – November 25, 2018

This is Bill Pitcock, Principal of Westlane Middle School with the Westlane Wildcat Weekly Message.

-Girls’ Basketball starts this week.  7th grade tryout dates are Monday, November 26 and Tuesday, November 27.  8th grade tryout dates are Tuesday, November 27 and Wednesday, November 28.

-Mark December 14 on your calendar!  Our PTO will be sponsoring a dance that evening from 6:30-8:30.

-Our informational meeting about our Spring 2020 trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos will be Wednesday, December 5 at 6:00 PM.   For more information, please email Mrs. Monroe at amonroe@msdwt.k12.in.us

-Have you ever wondered if a particular day is a Blue Day or a White Day?  Want to know what is for lunch?  Did you miss a Weekly Message? Go to wl.msdwt.k12.in.us and check out our Parent Corner.  (The Blue/White Calendar has been updated to reflect the missed day on November 15)

Westlane Middle School is an International Baccalaureate World School and an AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction.  The mission of Westlane Middle School is to provide a safe, inclusive environment where children develop and demonstrate proficiency in academic, social, and life skills.  The faculty and staff of Westlane Middle School encourage the entire Westlane school community to participate in this process.

Now onto the weekly update:

Monday, November 26 (White Day) – 7th grade Girls’ Basketball tryouts are after school

Tuesday, November 27 (Blue Day) – We have Tutoring after school – make sure you sign up at Mrs. Anderson’s desk.  7-8 grade Girls’ Basketball tryouts are after school.  Boys’ Basketball is home vs. Lincoln (Pike) in the first round of the Marion County Tournament.

Wednesday, November 28 (White Day) There is no Wildcat Wednesday this week.   The Academic Pursuit teams are in action at Northview after school. 8th grade Girls’ Basketball tryouts are after school

Thursday, November 29 (Blue Day) We have Tutoring after school – make sure you sign up at Mrs. Anderson’s desk.  Boys’ basketball is at Belzer for the second round of the Marion County Tournament. 

Friday, November 30 (White Day) –

And remember families, whether it’s a Blue day or a White day, a Monday or a Friday, it’s always a Great Day to be a Westlane Wildcat!

Weekly Update – November 11, 2018

This is Bill Pitcock, Principal of Westlane Middle School with the Westlane Wildcat Weekly Message.

-The Book Fair is this week!  All students will have the opportunity to go to the Book Fair through their Language and Literature classes and can go at lunch.  There will be extended hours during the Beginning Musicians Concert Tuesday evening and Grandparents Day on Friday morning.

-Each of our Advisories will be having a Loose Change Drive in each of their classes to get extra books for classroom.  The winning Advisory Class at each grade level gets a juice and donut party.

-We still need some volunteers to staff the Book Fair.  You can sign up here https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c094facad2aa3f85-book – thank you to those who have already signed up and to those that will sign up. 

-Westlane is hosting Grandparents’ Day on Friday, November 16 at 8:00 in the cafeteria.  We will have donuts, juice, muffins and coffee.  Afterwards, they can tour the building and visit our Book Fair if they wish.  It is important to note that the students will need to be dropped off at Westlane at 8:00 or come with their Grandparents.  In order to get an accurate count for food and supplies, sign up here https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090544AAAF2EA2F94-grandparents1

-Order your yearbook today! Turn in your order form and $30 to the bookstore by Friday, November 16th to be entered to win a $20 gift card to Target or Studio Movie Grill!  If you need an order form, please see Ms. Randles or Mrs. Richmond in the bookstore.

-Have you ever wondered if a particular day is a Blue Day or a White Day?  Want to know what is for lunch?  Did you miss a Weekly Message? Go to wl.msdwt.k12.in.us and check out our Parent Corner.

Westlane Middle School is an International Baccalaureate World School and an AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction.  The mission of Westlane Middle School is to provide a safe, inclusive environment where children develop and demonstrate proficiency in academic, social, and life skills.  The faculty and staff of Westlane Middle School encourage the entire Westlane school community to participate in this process.

Now onto the weekly update:

Monday, November 12 (White Day) – We will have Picture Retakes this day.  If you were absent August 20 or enrolled after that date, we will take your picture.  You can order online prints online (we will send the code home with your child) if you wish.  If you ordered pictures from August 20 and want them re-taken, please send those pictures in.  7th grade AVID – make sure you dress warmly for your Marian University field trip.  Boys’ basketball opens their season at home vs Guion Creek (Pike).

Tuesday, November 13 (Blue Day) – Our Beginning Music classes will have their concert in the South Gym at 7:00 PM.  The Book Fair will also be open during and after the concert.

Wednesday, November 14 (White Day) Wildcat Wednesday starts our day at 8:00 AM.  You may begin drop-off as early as 7:45. The Academic Pursuit teams are in action at Westlane vs Eastwood

Thursday, November 15 (Blue Day) Boys’ basketball is home vs Chapel Hill (Ben Davis) after school.  There will be an informational meeting at 6:00 PM about our Spring 2020 trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos.  For more information, please email Mrs. Monroe at amonroe@msdwt.k12.in.us

Friday, November 16 (White Day) – Grandparents’ Day begins at 8:00 – remember that grandchildren should be driven to school that day in order to have breakfast with their grandparents.  Midterms will be sent home during W8.

The end of school Friday marks the beginning of Thanksgiving Break.  I hope you all enjoy time with family and friends.  My next call will be Sunday, November 25.

And remember families, whether it’s a Blue day or a White day, a Monday or a Friday, it’s always a Great Day to be a Westlane Wildcat!