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!


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