Weekly Update – May 19, 2019

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

-We are currently getting ready for our third annual Day of Good which will take place on Wednesday, May 22.  This is a day where all students and staff participate in activities that honor the memory and dedication of a fallen wildcat, Adam Goodman.  Not only did Adam attend Westlane as a student, but he was also a teacher here for over a decade.  He left a legacy that has greatly impacted our students and staff and will continue to do so for years and years to come.  In his name a scholarship fund was created.  Each year, on the Day of Good, students have the opportunity to purchase several different things such as buttons, bracelets, cupcakes, snow cones, chances to pie teachers in the face, as well as snacks.      All money from these sales goes directly into the Adam Goodman Scholarship Fund.  We are hoping to make this a record setting year! Be advised that your student is encouraged to bring his or her money with them through the following Wednesday, May 22. All fundraisers will last during that timeframe.  Thank you so much for your support in this effort!

-Yearbooks are still for sale in the Bookstore for $35.

– Nurse Harris would like you to know that all medication should be picked up from school by 4:00 PM by May 23, 2019.  If it is not picked up by that date, it will be disposed of according to district policy 5330.

-All Media Center books and textbooks need to be returned as soon as possible.

-Part of the Day of Good will be a PAWS Auction – You can still donate items for the auction.

-If you can help with the NEW Panther Day tomorrow – volunteer here https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0f48aca92ea4f58-newpanther

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, May 20 (White Day) –

Tuesday, May 21 (All 8 Classes) – The 8th grade Dance is from 6:30-8:30 PM for those that brought their money and signed up by last Friday.

Wednesday, May 22 (Advisory Day of Good) There is no Wildcat Wednesday this morning.  The Spring Athletic Breakfast is at 8:00 for all Spring sports.  This is also our Day of Good. T he whole school will be competing in a color war on the 22nd: 6th graders should wear blue, 7th graders should wear black, 8th graders should wear red.

Thursday, May 23 (All 8 Classes) – This is the last day of school

I know that many of you listening to and reading this message will be attending a different school next year.  To our 8th grade families – Good luck at North Central.  For students attending Northview, have a strong finish to your middle school experience.  Regardless, it has been a great year.  We thank each of you for your hard work.  Have a great summer! 

 

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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Weekly Update – May 12, 2019

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 last meeting of the 2018-19 school year at 7pm on Wednesday, May 15th. At this month’s meeting, we will vote on the slate of Parent Council Network officers for 2019-20 and facilitate a brainstorming session around what YOU want here from PCN next year. 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 are currently getting ready for our third annual Day of Good which will take place on Wednesday, May 22.  This is a day where all students and staff participate in activities that honor the memory and dedication of a fallen wildcat, Adam Goodman.  Not only did Adam attend Westlane as a student, but he was also a teacher here for over a decade.  He left a legacy that has greatly impacted our students and staff and will continue to do so for years and years to come.  In his name a scholarship fund was created.  Each year, on the Day of Good, students have the opportunity to purchase several different things such as buttons, bracelets, cupcakes, snow cones, chances to pie teachers in the face, as well as snacks and even a t-shirt that day.  The whole school will be competing in a color war on the 22nd: 6th graders should wear blue, 7th graders should wear black, 8th graders should wear red.  Day of Good T-shirts in those colors are currently on sale for $10.  Order forms and money are due to Mrs. Kleeman no later than 4:30pm on Tuesday, May 14th.  All money from these sales goes directly into the Adam Goodman Scholarship Fund.  We are hoping to make this a record setting year! Be advised that your student is encouraged to bring his or her money with them beginning Wednesday, May 15 through the following Wednesday, May 22. All fundraiser will last during that timeframe.  Thank you so much for your support in this effort! 

 

The yearbook staff is hosting a yearbook signing party on Tuesday, May 14th from 4:30-5:45 in the Cafeteria. This is the first chance that students will have to pick up yearbooks they have purchased or buy a yearbook if they didn’t pre-order.  Yearbooks are $35 if students wish to come and purchase this day.

 

 

– Nurse Harris would like you to know that all medication should be collected by Friday, May 17.

-All Media Center books are due by Monday, May 13.

Part of the Day of Good will be a PAWS Auction – Please look for a separate email following this message from our PTO about getting supplies for the auction.

8th Grade Parents – there will be an additional message after this regarding the dance and the NEW Panther Day.

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, May 13 (Advisory, 123456) – 8th Grade Softball and Baseball is home vs Guion Creek; Girls’ Tennis is home vs Northview; Track is at Heritage Christian

Tuesday, May 14 (Advisory, 781234) – The Yearbook Signing Party is after school.

Wednesday, May 15 (Advisory, 567812) There is no Wildcat Wednesday this morning.  Girls’ Tennis is home vs. Raymond Park after school

Thursday, May 16 (Advisory, 345678) – 7th Grade Baseball and Softball is home vs Raymond Park; 8th Grade Softball and Baseball is at Raymond Park.  The MIIC Track Championship Preliminary Meet is at Pike High School

Friday, May 17 (Advisory – Blue Day) –

For Planning Purposes, the Spring Athletic Awards Breakfast is Wednesday, May 22 at 8:00 AM.

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 – May 5, 2019

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

-This week is Teacher Appreciation Week.  If you wish to send a note or call of appreciation, our directory of teachers can be found here https://wl.msdwt.k12.in.us/directory-building/

-Lights-Camera-Action!  Our PTO would like your help in providing a delicious lunch for our teachers and staff in appreciation for a terrific year!  Please sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4ca4ac2ea0f58-westlane

-Thank you to all students, staff, and families for all the hard work in completing ILEARN testing.  Special thanks goes to Mrs. Patsel, our testing coordinator, for making ILEARN a smooth process.

-We are still having Schoolwide testing in the next 10 days.  NWEA will be given school-wide on May 7-8 and several classes are giving final exams.  Continue to get plenty of rest, eat breakfast and be at school on time each day.  Please limit appointments, as students may be testing at different times in the day.

– Nurse Harris would like you to know that all medication should be collected by Friday, May 17.

-All Media Center books are due by Monday, May 13.

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, May 6 (White Day) – Students will report to their Advisory classes.  8th grade Softball and Baseball teams are home vs Chapel Hill; Track is at North Central for the District Make-Up Meet.

Tuesday, May 7 (Blue Day) – Students report to testing locations for our NWEA Reading test.  Girls’ Tennis is Home vs Lincoln.  Our Spring Big Band Extravaganza is at 7:00 in the North Gym.

Wednesday, May 8 (White Day) There is no Wildcat Wednesday this morning so that teachers may set up their NWEA locations. Students report to testing locations for their NWEA Math test. 7th grade Softball and Baseball is at Zionsville.  Girls’ Tennis is at Eastwood.

Thursday, May 9 (Blue Day) – Students report to Advisory classes.  7th grade Softball and Baseball teams are home vs Eastwood; 8th grade Softball and Baseball is at Eastwood

Friday, May 10 (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 – April 28, 2019

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

-ILEARN continues this week.   We will be taking a large Math test on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Science will be Thursday and Friday.  The whole school will be testing at one time, so it is important, as it is every day, for every student to be on time, get plenty of rest and have a good breakfast. 

-There is a listening portion to ILEARN.  Westlane has more than enough earbuds and headphones for the test, but we know students may be more comfortable using their own technology for the test.  Students may use their own listening devices as long as they have the analog needle jack.  Bluetooth devices and lightning jacks will not work.

-Lights-Camera-Action!  Our PTO would like your help in providing a delicious lunch for our teachers and staff in appreciation for a terrific year!  Please sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4ca4ac2ea0f58-westlane

– North Central’s National Honor Society is sponsoring a big event next Friday from 5:30 – 8:00, with the proceeds going to Riley Hospital.   It is at the football field, with a backup of the South gym.  Admission is $5, which includes tickets for the booths.  Additional tickets can be purchased as desired.  There will be booths with games, a live band playing music, a bouncy obstacle course and food to eat. 

 

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 29 (Blue Day) – Students will report to their Advisory classes.  8th grade Softball and Baseball teams are home vs Lynhurst; Track is at Fall Creek Valley.

Tuesday, April 30 (White Day) – Students report to testing locations.  Girls’ Tennis is at Creston; 7th grade Baseball is at Northview.  Our Spring String Orchestra Concert is at 7:00.

Wednesday, May 1 (Blue Day) There is no Wildcat Wednesday this morning so that teachers may set up their ILEARN locations. Students report to testing locations.  8th grade Baseball is home vs Northview.

Thursday, May 2 (White Day) – Students report to testing locations.  7th grade Softball and Baseball teams are at Zionsville West; Track is at North Central for the District Meet.

Friday, May 3 (Blue Day) – Students will report to their testing locations.  The North Central NHS will have their Riley Hospital fundraiser starting at 5:30 at North Central

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 21, 2019

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

-ILEARN begins this week.  We will be meeting in our testing locations each day this week.  We will finish the practice tests tomorrow and begin our English and Language Arts portion on Tuesday.  The whole school will be testing at one time, so it is important, as it is every day, for every student to be on time, get plenty of rest and have a good breakfast. 

-There is a listening portion to ILEARN.  Westlane has more than enough earbuds and headphones for the test, but we know students may be more comfortable using their own technology for the test.  Students may use their own listening devices as long as they have the analog needle jack.  Bluetooth devices and lightning jacks will not work.

-Lights-Camera-Action!  Our PTO would like your help in providing a delicious lunch for our teachers and staff in appreciation for a terrific year!  Please sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4ca4ac2ea0f58-westlane

-MSD of Washington Township is currently studying the implementation of the MYP as part of the IB evaluation process.  We have created a short survey for parents/families to fill out and share your input.  We estimate that the 13 question survey will take each family less than 10 minutes to complete. Please complete the survey before April 26th so that we can act on this information and improve implementation. 

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1WdMXvE3xUgcV8R7QdHmrQ_kFa6vjVI0PlD8V49TRBu0

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 22 (White Day) – Students report to testing locations.  7th grade Baseball and Softball is at Eastwood; 8th grade Baseball and Softball is home vs Eastwood; Girls’ Tennis is home vs Eastwood; Track is home vs Belzer and Creston.

Tuesday, April 23 (Blue Day) – Students report to testing locations.  Tutoring is after school. The Choir “Spring Sing” is at 7:00 PM.

Wednesday, April 24 (White Day) There is no Wildcat Wednesday this morning so that teachers may set up their ILEARN locations. Students report to testing locations.  8th grade Softball and Baseball is at Belzer.

Thursday, April 25 (Blue Day) – Students report to testing locations.  Tutoring is after School. Girls’ Tennis is home vs Stonybrook; Track is home vs Brownsburg East and Chapel Hill. 

Friday, April 26 (White Day) – Students will report to their Advisory classes this morning.

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 – 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!