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Weekly Update – 4/14/19

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

The Washington Township Parent Council Network invites all parents/caregivers to join us for our next meeting at 7pm on Wednesday, April 17th. This month’s topic is the “Achievement Gap”. You’ve probably heard the phrase, but what does it really mean and how are our Washington Township students directly affected? Join us as we go beyond the headlines and have a discussion with Assistant Superintendent Dr. Jon Milleman about the performance gaps between subgroups of students. As always the meeting will also include updates from Dr. Woodson and Mr. Tony Dzwonar, our School Board Liaison. This event will be held at the H. Dean Evans Community and Education Center, located at 8550 Woodfield Crossing Blvd. You can find more information about Parent Council Network on our website (www.msdwtparentcouncil.org) or Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/wtparentcouncil/ ).  

–We will be testing for ILEARN and NWEA from 9:30-11:30 AM on April 23-25, April 30-May 3, and May 7-8.  Please limit appointments during this time.

-This is a reminder for all of our students that get dropped off – Students may not exit cars until 9:00 AM.  If you have set up a meeting with a teacher, then the teacher will let you in.

– PTO will be collecting school supplies in order to donate to our TERRIFIC teaching staff. Students who bring supplies in will receive a free slushee on Thursdays during their assigned lunch periods. Ask your advisory teacher for a brown paper bag to put your supplies in and complete the form attached to the bag. All supplies must be submitted to Mrs. Richmond in the bookstore. Know that all school supplies should be brand new.   Please contribute if you are able to do so.  Bags are also available at Ms. Clarkson’s desk.

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, April 15 (Advisory, 123456) – 8th Grade Softball and Baseball is home vs Lincoln (Pike)

Tuesday, April 16 (Advisory, 781234) – Tutoring is after school. 7th grade Baseball is home vs the Indy Kings; Girls’ Tennis is at Northview; Track is home vs. Guion Creek.

Wednesday, April 17 (Advisory, 567812) There is no Wildcat Wednesday this morning.  7th grade Softball and Baseball is at Brownsburg East; 8th grade Softball and Baseball is home vs Brownsburg East.

Thursday, April 18 (Advisory, 345678) – Tutoring is after School. Girls’ Tennis is home; Track is at Lynhurst (Ben Davis); and 8th grade Baseball and Softball is at New Augusta (Pike).

Friday, April 19 (Advisory – 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 – April 7, 2019

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

-In order to get ready for ILEARN – here are some videos that were made by the Indiana Department of Education.

NEW! Test Prep? Test Pep?

How is Indiana considering building a system of assessments?

How is Indiana assessing with technology?

How does ILEARN dig deeper into knowledge and skills?

You Nailed It! Writing on the ILEARN Assessment

You Nailed It! Mathematics Process Skills on the ILEARN Assessment

– I know that many of you are making appointments for students for April and May.  We will be testing for ILEARN and NWEA from 9:30-11:30 AM on April 23-25, April 30-May 3, and May 7-8.  Please limit appointments during this time.

-Our 7th grade is raising funds to buy a Water Buffalo through Heifer International.  They are hosting a 90s Decade Dance on Friday, April 12.  The cost is $5 and students must buy a ticket at lunch next week to come to the dance.  We will have concessions that evening for sale.

-This is a reminder for all of our students that get dropped off – Students may not exit cars until 9:00 AM.  If you have set up a meeting with a teacher, then the teacher will let you in.

-As part of our IXL and reading push, we are having weekly challenges for students to show they “Excel at IXL” and read 20 minutes an evening.  Students will receive a slip each Monday and when they work on IXL Diagnostic and their wall or read 20 minutes during the evening, parents can sign their slip.  We will collect the slips each Monday.  Mr. Thiems has put together a video of how to do Diagnostic IXL here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LB9jyp2ERrE&feature=youtu.be

– PTO will be collecting school supplies in order to donate to our TERRIFIC teaching staff. Students who bring supplies in will receive a free slushee on Thursdays during their assigned lunch periods. Ask your advisory teacher for a brown paper bag to put your supplies in and complete the form attached to the bag. All supplies must be submitted to Mrs. Richmond in the bookstore. Know that all school supplies should be brand new.   Please contribute if you are able to do so.  Bags are also available at Ms. Clarkson’s desk.

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, April 8 (Advisory, White Day) – 7th Grade Baseball and Softball is at Southport.

Tuesday, April 9 (Advisory, 123456) – Tutoring is after school.  We have 8th Grade Baseball and Softball at Northview; Girls’ Tennis at Belzer (Lawrence Central); Track and Field is at Lincoln (Pike)

Wednesday, April 10 (Advisory, 781234) Wildcat Wednesday starts our morning at 8:00 AM.

Thursday, April 11 (Advisory, 567812) – Tutoring is after school.  We have 7th grade Baseball and Softball home vs Fall Creek Valley (Lawrence North); 8th grade Baseball and Softball is at Fall Creek Valley; Track is at Zionsville; Girls’ Tennis is home vs. Lynhurst (Ben Davis)

Friday, April 12 (Advisory – 345678) – Our 7th grade is hosting a dance this evening from 6:30-8:30.  Tickets must be pre-purchased at lunches during the week.

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 – April 1, 2019

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

-Starting this week, we are piloting a Drop 2 Schedule.  The Drop 2 schedule has students taking six of their eight classes each day, dropping two classes each day.  The classes will be 53 minutes in length.  There are two reasons we are doing this: first, Northview and Eastwood has success with it.  Second, Northview is running the schedule in 2019-20.  I want to make sure that our students that are going to Northview next year have exposure to it.  Our students and teachers have been planning for the change since before Spring Break.  Here are some things you are going to need to know:

The Bell Schedule for the Drop 2 can be found here – https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1dDWZOtf7TjuePfTBxxKWO4ZGXaiDOH80XUKLU3AEscg/edit?usp=sharing

Students will experience different classes each day as they come about.  It takes four days to go from period 1 at the start and end at period 8.  Here is what it looks like on the four days:

Day 1 – Advisory, then classes 123456

Day 2 – Advisory, then classes 781234

Day 3 – Advisory, then classes 567812

Day 4 – Advisory, then classes 345678

Our students will receive a sheet each Monday that has their weekly schedule on it.  Lunches are also based on the class they have during the third class each day.  Students will still report to Advisory.  I will also tell you each day in our weekly update and you can see our long-term calendar here – https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1FQ4IORe84LuglNdPA1WQkMDDqdcZzga9t6fV8H7UG2o/edit?usp=sharing

-If you have any questions about the schedule or classes, please email me in response to this message.

-Speaking of long-term schedule– I know that many of you are making appointments for students for April and May.  We will be testing for ILEARN and NWEA from 9:30-11:30 AM on April 23-25, April 30-May 3, and May 7-8.  Please limit appointments during this time.

-This is a reminder for all of our students that get dropped off – Students may not exit cars until 9:00 AM.  If you have set up a meeting with a teacher, then the teacher will let you in.

 -As part of our IXL and reading push, we are having weekly challenges for students to show they “Excel at IXL” and read 20 minutes an evening.  Students will receive a slip each Monday and when they work on IXL Diagnostic and their wall or read 20 minutes during the evening, parents can sign their slip.  We will collect the slips each Monday.  Mr. Thiems has put together a video of how to do Diagnostic IXL here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LB9jyp2ERrE&feature=youtu.be

-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 an updated Long Term Calendar, lunch menus and renovation updates.

– PTO will be collecting school supplies in order to donate to our TERRIFIC teaching staff. Students who bring supplies in will receive a free slushee on Thursday, March 21st or Thursday, April 4th during their assigned lunch periods. Ask your advisory teacher for a brown paper bag to put your supplies in and complete the form attached to the bag. All supplies must be submitted to Mrs. Richmond in the bookstore. Know that all school supplies should be brand new.   Please contribute if you are able to do so.  Bags are also available at Ms. Clarkson’s desk. 

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, April 1 (Advisory, 123456) – All Spring athletics will be practicing after school.

Tuesday, April 2 (Advisory, 781234) – 

Wednesday, April 3 (Advisory, 567812) There is no Wildcat Wednesday this morning.  Girls’ Tennis is at Franklin East.

Thursday, April 4 (Advisory, 345678) – 

Friday, April 5 (Advisory – 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 – March 17, 2019

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

-The “Greatest Night in Literacy and Math” is coming up on Tuesday, March 19 from 6-8 PM.  Our Literacy and Math Carnival is free fun for the entire family.  We hope to see you there. The Spring Book Fair is also open this week.  You can order online at https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/cptoolkit/homepage.do?method=homepage&url=westlanemiddleschool1 – the Book Fair is also open during our Literacy and Math Carnival.

Ms. A’Lelia Bundles, an alumna of Westlane and a Hall of Fame Inductee at North Central High School, is coming to Westlane for a visit.  Ms. Bundles is the great-great granddaughter of Madam C. J. Walker and she is the consultant on the upcoming NETFLIX film about Madam C. J. Walker.  If a student would like to attend the author visit on April 15th, they are to read her book about Madam C.J. Walker.  Students are able to pick up a free copy of the book at the bookstore, but must commit to reading it before the visit.  Students should listen for announcements as to when the books will be available at the bookstore the week of March 18th through March 22.  Space and books are limited so first come first serve. 

-As part of our IXL and reading push, we are having weekly challenges for students to show they “Excel at IXL” and read 20 minutes an evening.  The challenges will go from Friday to Friday.  Students will receive a slip each Friday and when they work on IXL Diagnostic and their wall or read 20 minutes during the evening, parents can sign their slip.  We will collect the slips each Friday.  Mr. Thiems has put together a video of how to do Diagnostic IXL here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LB9jyp2ERrE&feature=youtu.be

-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 an updated Blue/White Calendar, lunch menus and renovation updates.

-Each day next week, our PTO will be collecting school supplies in order to donate to our TERRIFIC teaching staff. Students who bring supplies in will receive a free slushee on Thursday, March 21st or Thursday, April 4th during their assigned lunch periods. Ask your advisory teacher for a brown paper bag to put your supplies in and complete the form attached to the bag. All supplies must be submitted to Mrs. Richmond in the bookstore. Know that all school supplies should be brand new.   Please contribute if you are able to do so.  Bags are also available at Ms. Clarkson’s desk. 

-Right after Spring Break, Westlane will be piloting a Drop 2 schedule that the other two middle schools in the district have been running.  They have been having success with this schedule and we are going to try it out.  We will be working with students this week in Advisory to examine the schedule and change.  I will be sending out a separate phone message and email next week that will deal specifically with the schedule, as well as posting documents on our website.

-Speaking of the schedule after Spring Break – I know that many of you are making appointments for students for April and May.  We will be testing for ILEARN and NWEA from 9:30-11:30 AM on April 23-25, April 30-May 3, and May 7-8.  Please limit appointments during this time.

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, March 18 (White Day) – We will have our Winter Athletic Awards Breakfast beginning at 8:00 tomorrow morning.  Girls’ and Boys’ Basketball, Wrestling and Cheerleading teams should attend. 

Tuesday, March 19 (Blue Day) – Our Math and Literacy Night is from 6-8 PM and is free family fun for all.

Wednesday, March 20 (White Day) There is no Wildcat Wednesday this morning.

Thursday, March 21 (Blue Day) – This is an Early Release Day.  Buses will roll off the lot at 3:10. 

Friday, March 22 (White Day) – Report Cards will be distributed at the end of the day.  Also, the report cards will be posted in the “Portfolio” section of Skyward.

Spring Break will begin immediately after school on Friday, March 22.  We will return on April 1, 2019. 

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 – March 10, 2019

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

-The “Greatest Night in Literacy and Math” is coming up on March 19 from 6-8 PM.  Our Literacy and Math Carnival is free fun for the entire family.  We hope to see you there.

-Thank you to all who supported Westlane in the Great North Run this past Saturday.

-As part of our IXL and reading push, we are having weekly challenges for students to show they “Excel at IXL” and read 20 minutes an evening.  The challenges will go from Friday to Friday.  Students will receive a slip each Friday and when they work on IXL Diagnostic and their wall or read 20 minutes during the evening, parents can sign their slip.  We will collect the slips each Friday.  Mr. Thiems has put together a video of how to do Diagnostic IXL here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LB9jyp2ERrE&feature=youtu.be

-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 an updated 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, March 11 (Blue Day) – Tryouts for Girls’ Tennis, Track and Field and Softball begin after school.

Tuesday, March 12 (White Day) – Northview is having their Open House from 7:00-8:30 for all new Northview families for the 2019-20 school year.  Northview Middle School is located at 8401 Westfield Boulevard.  If you are attending Northview next year, I encourage you to attend.

Wednesday, March 13 (Blue Day) Wildcat Wednesday starts our day at 8:00.  Drop-off can begin as early as 7:45. We have tutoring after school.  

Thursday, March 14 (White Day) – We have tutoring after school.  

Friday, March 15  (Blue Day) – Friday ends Term 3 – Report cards will be sent home Friday, March 22.

For planning purposes, Thursday, March 21 is an Early Release 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 – March 3, 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–make sure you select “Westlane Middle School” as your school when you register.  Thursday, March 7 at 11:59 PM is the last day to register online.  Monday, March 4 is the last day to register and order T-shirts.

-As part of our IXL and reading push, we are having weekly challenges for students to show they “Excel at IXL” and read 20 minutes an evening.  The challenges will go from Friday to Friday.  Students will receive a slip each Friday and when they work on IXL Diagnostic and their wall or read 20 minutes during the evening, parents can sign their slip.  We will collect the slips each Friday.  Mr. Thiems has put together a video of how to do Diagnostic IXL here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LB9jyp2ERrE&feature=youtu.be

-Here is more on IXL – Parent message (English)  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-2KaWHOa_z7WDZRVWNUZFFVRVU/view?usp=sharing  (Spanish) https://drive.google.com/file/d/10rPA_lfjp1D1w0lyMcpCVB8CKI0NaVbo/view?usp=sharing

-Screenagers has been rescheduled for this Wednesday, March 6 at 6:00 PM at Northview Middle School at 8401 Westfield Blvd.  There will be a community discussion after the movie. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xTd_5haeEGThlT9eu_Wb4n9mA3KZzg6w/view?usp=sharing

-Mark on your calendar!  Tuesday, March 19 is our Math and Literacy Night at 7:00 – this event is free and full of family fun!

-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 an updated 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, March 4 (White Day) –

Tuesday, March 5 (Blue Day) – We have tutoring after school.

Wednesday, March 6 (White Day) There is no Wildcat Wednesday this morning.

Thursday, March 7 (Blue Day) – We have tutoring after school.  We are having our AVID Showcase this day.  Please do not park in the spaces we have marked off up front.

Friday, March 8  (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 – February 24, 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–make sure you select “Westlane Middle School” as your school when you register.  Early-Bird Registration ends Thursday, February 28.

-As part of our IXL and reading push, we are having weekly challenges for students to show they “Excel at IXL” and read 20 minutes an evening.  The challenges will go from Friday to Friday.  Students will receive a slip each Friday and when they work on IXL Diagnostic and their wall or read 20 minutes during the evening, parents can sign their slip.  We will collect the slips each Friday.  Mr. Thiems has put together a video of how to do Diagnostic IXL here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LB9jyp2ERrE&feature=youtu.be

Thank you to all of you that joined us this past Friday for “Donuts with Dads” – it was a great time.  Our next family event is coming up on Tuesday, March 19.  Our Math and Literacy Family Night is going to be a lot of fun!

-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 an updated 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, February 25 (Blue Day) – Girls’ Basketball is at Stonybrook (Warren Central)

Tuesday, February 26 (White Day) – We have tutoring after school.  Girls’ Basketball is home vs New Augusta (Pike).  An Evening of Dinner and Jazz will be in our Cafeteria at 7:00 PM.

Wednesday, February 27 (Blue Day) Wildcat Wednesday starts our day at 8:00.  Drop-off can begin as early as 7:45. 

Thursday, February 28 (White Day) – We have tutoring after school.  Girls’ Basketball is playing in the MIIC Tournament.

Friday, March 1  (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!