Weekly Update – August 18, 2019

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

-School Pictures are Monday, August 19.  We will take pictures during the day here at Westlane.  Order forms did go home in Advisory.  If you do not have a form, but would still like to order, you may go to inter-state.com/order – use the order code 40179JA to order.

NWEAwe will be giving our first round of NWEA tests this week.  We will give the tests first thing in the morning.  Please make sure your student is here each day on time.  If you wish to see previous scores on NWEA, please look on Skyward on the portfolio tab for previous reports.

Athletics start this week.  I encourage every parent to download the “Eventlink” app from the Apple store or Google Play.  After you download the app, you can select the sport or sports you wish to follow and will always know when events are.  Throughout all athletic seasons, we know that weather can impact our sporting events.  We will make our best safety judgements as early as possible and communicate them to the school community.  Please know that, when events are at other schools, we have to wait until the host school makes the call.  In all instances, we will use the email portion of School Messenger to let everyone know.  Also know that nearly all middle school athletic departments are sustained solely on ticket sales and do charge for all events.  This includes Westlane. EBiZ_pXUcAI-o8f

Speaking of Athletics, MSDWT is planning for our future.  As we plan for the future of WT Schools and continue our review of athletic facilities, we would like to Invite any stakeholder in the community to a tour of the current conditions of our athletic facilities. These tours are open to anyone in the community.

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-Renovations continue here at Westlane.  We are beginning excavation of the parking lot and sidewalk on the northeast side of the building.  This is in preparation for our new Cafetorium.  We are excited for the changes that are happening to Westlane.  We continue to be appreciative to the community for their support and all of your flexibility as we grow and change.

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-Limited Choice – Applications for Limited choice are now being accepted for the 2020-21 school year.  Limited choice applications should be filled out by every family that wishes to go to Westlane, but lives in the Northview or Eastwood Boundary.  Applications can be found at https://www.msdwt.k12.in.us/registration/ – Applications are due on Tuesday, October 15 at 11:59 PM.

2020-21 Announcement

North Central will play Fishers in the “Horseshoe Classic” on Friday, August 23 at Lucas Oil Stadium.  The tickets are $15 at the gate or $12 when purchased through North Central.  Mrs. Richmond will be collecting money through Wednesday afternoon for anyone wishing to prepay for tickets.  Kickoff is at 6:00 PM and the gates open at 5:30.  All students should have rides down and back from the game.

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Westlane Middle School is an International Baccalaureate World School and an AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction.  The mission of Westlane Middle School and Washington Township Schools is to develop lifelong learners and globally-minded citizens by fostering the academic, creative, and social skills needed to achieve excellence in a multicultural environment. 

Monday, August 19 (Advisory, 12345) – Don’t forget picture day is Monday.  NWEA is in the morning.

Tuesday, August 20 (Advisory, 67812) – NWEA Starts our morning.  Volleyball is at Chapel Hill (Ben Davis)

Wednesday, August 21 (Advisory, WIN, 3456) –NWEA Starts our Morning

Thursday, August 22 (Advisory, 78123) – NWEA starts our morning.  After school we have 7th Grade Football at Eastwood, 8th Grade Football home vs Eastwood; Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer is at Perry Meridian; Volleyball is home vs New Augusta; and Boys’ Tennis is home vs Northview.

Friday, August 23 (Advisory, 45678) – We will conclude our NWEA testing in the morning.

And remember families – We are happy you are here at Westlane Middle School – Where Every Wildcat in Every Class, Every Day – gets better.  Have a Great Week!

 

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Weekly Update – August 11, 2019

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

Tuesday, August 13 is Back To School Night

We will have a Fall Athletic Parents’ Meeting in South Gym – 5:45-6:15

 7-8 Grade Back to School Night – 6:15-7:15 – we will start all in the South Gym.

The 7th grade will meet and greet teachers from 6:30-7:15 in South Gym

The 8th grade will meet and greet teachers from 6:30-7:15 in Cafeteria

Parents should exit the building at 7:15 to clear our Parking lot for our 6th grade parents

6th Grade Back to School Night – 7:30-8:30 –we will start in the South Gym

The 6th grade will meet and greet teachers from 7:45-8:30 in South Gym

-Check out westlanehomework.com to see homework that is given each day.  Also, check out your child’s Agenda Book to see what is assigned each day.

Westlane Middle School is an International Baccalaureate World School and an AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction.  The mission of Westlane Middle School and Washington Township Schools is to develop lifelong learners and globally-minded citizens by fostering the academic, creative, and social skills needed to achieve excellence in a multicultural environment. 

Monday, August 12 (Advisory, 12345) 

Tuesday, August 13 (Advisory, 67812) – Don’t forget to come to Back-To-School Night

Wednesday, August 14 (Advisory, WIN, 3456)

Thursday, August 15 (Advisory, 78123) 

Friday, August 16  (Advisory, 45678) – As a reminder, no sports have practice on Friday and we do not have a late bus on Fridays.

For future planning, School Picture Day is Monday, August 19.  Picture forms were sent home this last week in Advisory

And remember families – We are happy you are here at Westlane Middle School – Where Every Wildcat in Every Class, Every Day – gets better.  Have a Great Week!

Weekly Update – August 4, 2019

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

I wish to thank everyone for a fantastic start to the 2019-20 school year.  Our new students have done an outstanding job in their first two days.  Good job and keep it up Wildcats.

Starting this week, our teachers will be posting information about homework at westlanehomework.com.  We will update it each Monday.

REMINDERS – a few things to keep in mind

  1. Students may not be on campus until 9:00.  They should stay in cars until then.
  2. All medication must be taken in the nurse’s office and must be brought into Nurse Harris by the parent.  Exceptions to this are Asthma Inhalers and certain types of Epi-Pens
  3. We release from school at 4:20 and will dismiss buses by 4:30.

Now on to our Weekly Update-

Westlane Middle School is an International Baccalaureate World School and an AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction.  The mission of Westlane Middle School and Washington Township Schools is to develop lifelong learners and globally-minded citizens by fostering the academic, creative, and social skills needed to achieve excellence in a multicultural environment.

 

Monday, August 5 (Advisory, 12345) – Athletic tryouts after school – Cross Country for all students in all grades; Boys’ Tennis for all grades; Girls’ Soccer for 7th and 8th grade only and Boys’ Soccer for 7th and 8th grade only.  Cheerleading for 7th and 8th grades.  Late buses leave Westlane Monday – Thursday at 6:10.

Tuesday, August 6 (Advisory, 67812)

Wednesday, August 7 (Advisory, WIN, 3456)

Thursday, August 8 (Advisory, 78123) 

Friday, August 9  (Advisory, 45678) – As a reminder, no sports have practice on Friday and we do not have a late bus on Fridays.

For planning purposes, our Back-to-School Night is Tuesday, August 13.

And remember families – We are happy you are here at Westlane Middle School – Where Every Wildcat in Every Class, Every Day – gets better.  Have a Great Week!

Back to School Update – July 30, 2019

Good evening Westlane Families!!

Our staff and I are super excited and ready to meet all of our students on Thursday.  I want to make this call now to let you know what is coming up the first two days of school and beyond.

Schedule

On Thursday, August 1, we will be in our Advisory classes all day with our teachers.  We have several activities for students to do that day.  They will receive a new copy of your schedule that morning.  Students will also receive a lanyard, ID holder, ID, and Agenda Book that morning.

On Friday, August 2, we are going to have each of our classes, 1-8, to get to know our teachers and for our teachers to get to know students.

On Monday, August 5, we are going to begin our regular bell schedule.    Our 5 by 5 / Drop 3 schedule allows for 64 minute classes and each student sees their teacher three times a week.  Each day is the same bell schedule and it fits in to a five-day school week.  On Wednesday, we will have a WIN (Whatever I Need) period to helps promote, support and extend our students’ academic growth.

Drop-Off and Pick-up

Our Drop-off and pick-up procedures will be very different this year.  Westlane is undergoing renovations and additions to the building, and that has reconfigured our front lot.  As you are going to drop-off and pick-up children.  We ask that you continue to come in the west entrance and follow back around to the west side of the building.  When you get to the end of that drive, you will turn around and follow the drive to the front of the building.  You can drop off only in the green zone of the sidewalk.  Once you have dropped off or picked up, you will drive to the fence and turn left.  You will then drive back to the west entry and exit.  The exit is a right turn only.  You must go right out of the exit.  Our security team and I will be out to direct traffic each morning.  Students may not get out of cars or be on campus until 9:00 AM.

One new feature of our new configuration is that buses and cars will never mix during drop-off and pick-up.  The east entrance will be for construction and bus traffic only.  When construction is over, it will be bus traffic only.

Website

We do want to encourage you to visit our website – wl.msdwt.k12.in.us – for more information.  We have all supply lists on there and more information about Westlane in general.

We look forward to seeing all of our Wildcats on Thursday!

Summer Update #3 – July 22, 2019

Good evening Westlane Families!

This is Bill Pitcock, Principal of Westlane Middle School.  We are getting closer to the beginning of the 2019-20 School Year!  Our Schedule Pick-up and Registration day will be Thursday, July 25 from 12-7 PM in our cafeteria.  We do need help with schedule pick-up and registration – if you can help, please sign up here –https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090544aaaf2ea2f94-schedule

Sixth Grade Parents only:  Please be sure you bring verification of immunizations required for all sixth graders.  This includes the second chicken pox, Tdap and meningitis.  Also, if you did not complete the residency verification at your elementary school at the end of the 2018-19 school year, you will be required to submit that information to us before we can give you a schedule.

On Wednesday, July 31, our PTO is providing breakfast to the staff – you can sign up here to select an item to bring in – https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4ca4ac2ea0f58-westlane1

School Supply Lists – Our School Supply Lists can be found in our WL News tab here – https://wl.msdwt.k12.in.us/2019/06/supply-lists/.

Athletics – All athletic forms and information is on our website at https://wl.msdwt.k12.in.us/2018/07/athletic-forms/ and at westlaneathletics.com

Renovations – Thanks to the Referendum that was overwhelmingly passed by our community in 2016, Westlane is undergoing much-needed renovations.  These renovations began in June 2019 and are expected to be completed in 2021.  One of the biggest changes you will see immediately is how our front parking lot has been restructured.  The west entrance (closest to Ditch Road) is now an entry and exit for all traffic for Westlane.  The east entrance is for buses only during school hours.  The parking lot will serve two rows of cars up front and that will impact pick-up and drop off.  All of this will be experienced during Schedule Pick-up.

MSDWT Back-To-School Newsletter can be found at http://wl.msdwt.k12.in.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/BTS-2019-Newsletter.pdf

Important Dates

Thursday, July 25, 2019 – Schedule Pick-Up and Registration 12:00 – 7:00 PM

Sunday, July 28, 2019 – Open Hours for Families – 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Monday, July 29, 2019 – Wildcat Safari – 6th grade and New Student Orientation – 5:30-7:30 PM

Thursday, August 1, 2019 – First Day of School

I encourage all of you to visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Thank you!

Summer Update #2 – July 17, 2019

Good evening Westlane Families!

This is Bill Pitcock, Principal of Westlane Middle School.  We are getting closer to the beginning of the 2019-20 School Year!  Our Schedule Pick-up and Registration day will be Thursday, July 25 from 12-7 PM in our cafeteria.  I have mailed each of you a letter about registration and am attaching it here. Registration Letter.  We do need help with schedule pick-up and registration – if you can help, please sign up here – https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090544aaaf2ea2f94-schedule

Sixth Grade Parents only:  Please be sure you bring verification of immunizations required for all sixth graders.  This includes the second chicken pox, Tdap and meningitis.  Also, if you did not complete the residency verification at your elementary school at the end of the 2018-19 school year, you will be required to submit that information to us before we can give you a schedule.

On Wednesday, July 31, our PTO is providing breakfast to the staff – you can sign up here to select an item to bring in – https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4ca4ac2ea0f58-westlane1

Academics – Our students did a tremendous job finishing last year strong.  Our percentage of students that met their NWEA Math and Reading goals last May were really high.  We want to maintain that growth over the summer so they can continue to make growth on the first NWEA test when they return.  There are two ways to help students continue growing in the summer.  The first is to participate in the summer reading challenge.  All students received a sheet at the end of the year from their 5th Grade teachers or their Language and Literature teacher at the middle school level.  All information can be found on our website wl.msdwt.k12.in.us/ – the Reading Challenge is under the Parent Center.

Another way our students can stay fresh academically is by working on IXL.  The website for IXL is https://www.ixl.com/signin/msdwtownship

School Supply Lists – Our School Supply Lists can be found in our WL News tab here – https://wl.msdwt.k12.in.us/2019/06/supply-lists/.

Athletics – All athletic forms and information is on our website at https://wl.msdwt.k12.in.us/2018/07/athletic-forms/ and at westlaneathletics.com

Renovations – Thanks to the  Referendum that was overwhelmingly passed by our community in 2016, Westlane is undergoing much-needed renovations.  These renovations began in June 2019 and are expected to be completed in 2021.  One of the biggest changes you will see immediately is how our front parking lot has been restructured.  The west entrance (closest to Ditch Road) is now an entry and exit for all traffic for Westlane.  The east entrance is for buses only during school hours.  The parking lot will serve two rows of cars up front and that will impact pick-up and drop off.  All of this will be experienced during Schedule Pick-up and we will send out detailed maps next week.

MSDWT Back-To-School Newsletter can be found at http://wl.msdwt.k12.in.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/BTS-2019-Newsletter.pdf

Important Dates

Thursday, July 25, 2019 – Schedule Pick-Up and Registration 12:00 – 7:00 PM

Sunday, July 28, 2019 – Open Hours for Families – 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Monday, July 29, 2019 – Wildcat Safari – 6th grade and New Student Orientation – 5:30-7:30 PM

Thursday, August 1, 2019 – First Day of School

I encourage all of you to visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Thank you!

Summer Update – July 8, 2019

Happy July Westlane Families!

This is Bill Pitcock, Principal of Westlane Middle School.  I want to use this message as a reminder of several things our students and you have access to over the rest of the summer.

Academics

Our students did a tremendous job finishing last year strong.  Our percentage of students that met their NWEA Math and Reading goals last May were really high.  We want to maintain that growth over the summer so they can continue to make growth on the first NWEA test when they return.  There are two ways to help students continue growing in the summer.  The first is to participate in the summer reading challenge.  All students received a sheet at the end of the year from their 5th Grade teachers or their Language and Literature teacher at the middle school level.  All information can be found on our website wl.msdwt.k12.in.us/ – the Reading Challenge is under the Parent Center.

Another way our students can stay fresh academically is by working on IXL.  The website for IXL is https://www.ixl.com/signin/msdwtownship

Your username and password is your single sign on from 2018-19 School Year (incoming 7/8 students) – for incoming 6th grade students, your username and password is what you used for Dreambox and Lexia.

To get a list of what to practice on – click here https://docs.google.com/document/d/1uhdEd1d-LtCOWhdOBv1zgFfk4PwKil8GfXecwkuUdZA/edit?usp=sharing

You can also work on skills that you need help with in Diagnostic IXL.  Please view this video, starting at the 1:46 mark, for directions on how to use the Diagnostic assessment and recommendation wall – IXL DIAGNOSTIC

School Supply Lists
Our School Supply Lists can be found in our WL News tab here – https://wl.msdwt.k12.in.us/2019/06/supply-lists/.

Important Dates
We will be sending home letters and emails about registration and the first day of school, but I did want you to know the important dates coming up for this summer

Thursday, July 25, 2019 – Schedule Pick-Up and Registration 12:00 – 7:00 PM
Sunday, July 28, 2019 – Open Hours for Families – 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Monday, July 29, 2019 – Wildcat Safari – 6th grade and New Student Orientation – 5:30-7:30 PM
Thursday, August 1, 2019 – First Day of School
I encourage all of you to visit our web page and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Thank you!