February 2017

Chromebook Questions? Please contact Mrs. Stacey Johnston at sjohnston@pwschools.org or call 989-587-5100 ext. 5113

Dear Pride of P-W,
     Please see the following updates/reminders:

- please read the newest edition of our MS newsletter (all thanks to Mrs. Griffith for producing it!!!):   https://goo.gl/BJYti1

- a huge thank you to the 3 community members/families that have donated nearly $20,000 to our strength/athleticism program and also to our athletics dept. - these alumni and supporters have passionately given back to our great school, in an effort to come alongside our kids, and for that, we are very, very appreciative!

- good article encouraging our P-W student-athletes to participate in as many opportunities as possible:  http://www.mlive.com/spartans/index.ssf/2017/01/the_unique_football_education.html

- please see the following link, and please alert me to any of our kids living in the listed situation(s):   http://nche.ed.gov/downloads/parentposter_eng_color.pdf

- prom is May 06th, 2017 this year

- "Why do our MS students have to fill out their planner?" = Each day, your MS student should be writing the "P" (Purpose/Learning Target) and the "H" (Homework) for each of their courses within their planner/student handbook.  As a parent, please take a peek at your student's planner, and thus, see what they learned that day and what responsibilities they have at home, on a daily basis.  From a student perspective, this process/expectation is intended to grow organizational and study skills, and is especially helpful with students who tend to forget that they have homework, projects, meetings, and/or upcoming tests.  From a parent perspective, we envision the planner being a communication tool between home and school.  In other words, if our parents look at their child's planner every night, they can see exactly what the learning target was for each class, not to mention the homework they can help their child with that evening.  We hope that the student planner can better connect our parents to their student's education, and encourage the support from home that is always needed.

- as a reminder, please assist us at home by encouraging and affirming our vision for a champions' culture - a vision where a champion process is valued much more than results, one's personal best equals one's success, and failures provide the soil by which growth occurs (let's keep encouraging and valuing effort/attitude/character over just outcomes)

- senior service learning hrs. (40 total) are due to Coach Rad. by Jan. 31st, 2017, in order to walk at commencements - if your student is seeking service learning opportunities, please have him/her contact Mr. Simmons

- we are attempting to increase our Substitute Teacher pool, as there is a real shortage of Subs. - we have increased our rate of pay! - please consider applying online @ edustaff.org, as we believe you would love working alongside our students and Team here!

- please call in your child's absence/tardy by 8am the day it occurs to assist us w/ student safety (989.587.5100)

- if you are the Parent of a current Junior, please sit down w/ your student at home to garner additional SAT practice via the Khan Academy website - your Junior knows how to get on the site, how to navigate it, and due to the fact that your student's PSAT data is directly linked to Khan, it will individualize his/her practice reps., and thus, better prepare your child for the SAT on April 11th (our SAT Prep. course will end in Jan., and thus, your student will need reps. at home)

- as a reminder, our new student-athlete attendance policy states that all student-athletes must be in school for the entire school day in order to practice/participate (physician's notes from a medical appt., Faith matters, etc. can be the exception)

- please see the following video so you can jump on PowerSchool to track your student's attendance, tardies, and assignments:  http://www.pwschools.org/our-district/power-school-tutorial/
- in regards to PowerSchool grading updates, our Educators are expected to update their online grades 1 time per week, when applicable, unless otherwise communicated in their syllabus or on a special project (ex. research papers, project-based learning, etc.), where more grading time is warranted - if you are not able to access your student's online grades/attendance in a timely fashion, please contact Mr. Simmons

- our strength/athleticism program runs for our current students on Mon., Wed., and Thurs. @ 4:15pm, starting outside of our auditorium (all students are welcome!) - we also have community hrs. for our weight room that are posted in the MuscleFarm

- our summer "dead periods" have been set = June 27, 2017-July 3, 2017 and July 31, 2017-August 6, 2017 (during the "dead periods", our campuses and facilities are off limits to current students, and there can not be any staff-to-student contact during the listed dates, on nor off campus)

- New Sunday Policy Takes Affect (article taken from our webpage) = Last April, in an effort to balance meeting the needs of our students, while also safeguarding our facilities and protecting important family time, the P-W School Board voted to adopt a new facility usage policy.  Since the greatest savings in utility costs are through limiting access to areas beyond the front of the building, and to more clearly define participation times, the new policy restricts all activities other than off-season conditioning in the JH gym.  We believe that this policy helps protect our facilities, honors the needs of our sports/extra-curricular/community programs, and also will help define for parents what they can expect regarding their student's commitment to school activities on the weekend.  For example, an in-season athlete knows that they may have a Saturday practice, but they are free all day on Sunday. An off-season athlete knows that they may have their conditioning workout on Sunday, but they are free on Saturday.  We will continue to emphasize with our coaches and students that in-season athletes are not to participate in off-season workouts so every student will have at least one day every weekend where they can be confident they won't have any school activity.  Any proposed activity, whether sports or extra-curricular, that would take place on a Sunday needs approval from the Superintendent.  Exceptions will be granted for things such as our varsity teams wanting to practice in the fieldhouse on a Sunday before the district playoffs begin, making up for days of practice missed during the week due to weather, an end-of-the-season award night or drama rehearsal.  Generally speaking, we hope this policy makes things very straightforward for our students and their families in terms of weekend obligations and also protect the facility while reducing costs.  If you have any questions please contact Dr. Cooper at (989) 587-5100.

- please remind your student-driver about stopping whenever they see the yellow or red flashing lights on our school buses - we have had several reports of cars passing our buses when their flashers are on and we are attempting to prevent a tragedy

- please encourage your child to "plug into" some before/after school activities - our vision is that every student in our building joins at least 1 co-curricular group/organization/team - ex. robotics club, PWSTC, student council, PLANK, art club, quiz bowl, strength/athleticism training, etc.

- even with the colder temps., we are seeing a lot of students show up here in the morning without coats, hats, wearing shorts, etc. - please let me know if you are in need of any winter clothing

- if your student is driving, please encourage him/her to leave the house in plenty of time (shooting for an ETA of 7:50am), so not to be in a rush, and then to drive safely to and from school, in our parking lot, and at all times

- if you would like to arrange a peer-tutor for your student, please contact Mrs. Bartlett @ bartlett@pwschools.org

- a few reminders for Parents/students: 1) cell phones are to remain in lockers during the school day and only HS students are permitted to use their cell phones during passing time and lunch, 2) please attempt to make plans w/ your student before school each day so to not ask Mrs. H. nor Mrs. D. to interrupt instruction, 3) please call our attendance line @ 989.587.5100 by 8am for any and all absences or tardies, and 4) our dress code calls for modesty

- please see our 2016-17 MS/HS Educators office hours (please encourage your student to take advantage of the extra time our Teachers are volunteering by making appts. to garner assistance before/after school):
Mrs. Adams ~ W 3-4pm; other times by appointment
Mrs. Aldrich ~ Th 3-4; other times by appointment
Mr. Bashore ~ M-Th 3-4pm; other times by appointment
Ms. Blair ~ T 3-4pm; other times by appointment
Mrs. Butcher ~ W 3-4pm by appointment
Mrs. Christensen ~ M-F 7:30am-8am (in front office); after school by appointment
Mr. Cornman ~ M-Th by appointment
Ms. Dyer ~ M-F 7:30-8 am; during lunch; after school by appointment
Mrs. Esch ~ any day after school by appointment
Mrs. Griffith ~ Th 3-4pm; other times by appointment
Ms. Kent ~ M-F 7:30am-8am by appointment.
Mr. Keyes ~ M-Th 3-4 by appointment
Mr. Klein ~ M, T 3-4 pm
Mr. Kurka ~ M-F 7:30-8:00, other times by appointment
Mrs. McCord ~ M-F after school by appointment; HS lunch
Mrs. McGee ~ W 3-4pm; other times by appointment
Mr. Pohl ~ any day after school by appointment with 24 hrs notice
Mr. Rademacher ~ before school, during lunch, after school with 24 hrs notice
Mr. Rehmann ~ during lunch and after school by appointment with 24 hrs notice
Mrs. Sedlacek ~ M-Th after school by appointment
Mrs. Tien ~ M,T, Th, F 3-4pm; W 7-8am; after school by appointment
Mr. Voisinet ~ Any day, any time by appointment
Mr. Wrzesinski ~ T, Th 3-4pm; W 7-8am; other times by appointment

- we are still in need of additional P-W Booster members - despite the many contributions the Boosters have made to both academic and athletic causes, our membership has declined over the past few years - please consider jumping on board, and please contact Mr. Simmons if interested.

- please consider checking us (P-W Schools) out on Facebook or Twitter to see a lot of the wonderful things going on around here throughout the year!

2016-2017 P-W MS/HS Vision Targets
 1. We will grow our champions' culture (we expect personal best).
 2. We will make technology an effective ingredient to quality instruction.
 3. We will implement proven, effective instructional methods.
 4. We will utilize data to drive instruction via interim assessments
 5. We will increase the rigor, frequency, and HOTS of our formative, interim, & summative assessments.
6. We will keep our Atlas curriculum maps "alive."


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