WMS SWIM & DIVE TEAM
There will be an informational meeting for parents of 7th and 8th grade students interested in joining the swim/dive team on Monday, October 23rd at 7:00 PM in the middle school room 208. Please contact Beth Toerner (email@example.com) with any questions.
Hello Wyoming! I am Elise Blanco, the Central Kitchen Manager for Nutritional Services for the Wyoming District. I hope the new school year has started off great! I just wanted to go over some highlights of the program. We strive to make our meals balanced, nutritious, and flavorful. Students are offered all 5 components (Meat/Meat Alternative, Grains, Fruits, Veggies, and Milk). Students are allowed to decline 2 of the 5 components. 1 of the 3 required components must included 1/2 cup of fruit, 1/2 of veggies or 1/4 cup of fruit and 1/4 cup of veggies. We are beginning to introduce some cook from scratch foods to give the kids some good home cooked items. I am very excited to see what we have coming up this year and can’t wait to see how the kids enjoy it. Some background about myself, I have two kids that are in elementary grades, so I use their little minds on what they like as well. I have been in the food industry for 20 years and am excited to bring my knowledge here. If there are any questions or anything in particular, please feel free to email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!”
WMS LEARNING CENTER
From the Learning Commons:
Are you having trouble keeping up with tween and teen technology/social media? If you have not subscribed to Common Sense Media—please sign up today for their newsletter—it has a wealth of information for parents as well as educators! The newsletter is free and it reviews: books, apps, movies, websites, video games and much more! Here are three great articles. The first one has some great apps that I think are worthy to share with your children, the second one helps us to keep up-to-date with some apps that might raise the red flag both at home and at school and finally, if you are purchasing an iphone the last article has great tips for setting up your child’s iPhone.
10 Great Free Apps for Middle School
Apps Stirring Up Trouble in Schools
Step-by-Step Tips to Set Up Your Kid’s iPhone
Coming soon grand-opening on the Makers Spot and Makers Hallway! Ask your kids what’s happening in the Learning Commons.
Both 5th and 6th graders had an opportunity to hear author, Soman Chainani on Monday as he shared why he chooses to write both good and evil perspectives in his fairy tale like books, The School for Good and Evil. The first Monday of each month the Learning Commons hosts Literary Lunch Bunch during all recess/lunches, where Terry Barnum, the Wyoming Public Library’s teen librarian along with me talk new fiction and non-fiction with all who join in. Tech Club is in full swing—check out our Friday Video Announcements.
5th Graders: have been getting familiar with the WMS Learning Commons this quarter. They have used the Online Library Catalog several times—they know how to find books, renew their books from home () and have looked at our Light Box Books that are interactive (contains google maps, audio, videos—they are fabulous) and introduced them to databases within the catalog. The last two weeks we have been using hour of code and we have learned some basic coding terminology. This last week of the quarter students will be learning how to use Glogster, a multimedia online poster. Exposing students to great books is always a focus—book talks on dogs, 9/11, hurricanes and spooky stories.
6th Graders: have been working hard to get ready for second quarter research. Heavy emphasis on digital information literacy. We reviewed how to find to find books at the beginning of the year and have spent a lot of time on how to find credible and reliable information in this age of “fake news”. We are very fortunate to have an outstanding Online Library Catalog (Destiny Discover), a PSA that supported our paid databases this year, which are found in the catalog along with some excellent eBooks. The last two weeks have been spent in Website Evaluation—there are about 5 billion webpages on the searchable web so there is a lot to discuss! LOL! Ask your students how much bigger the deep web, the part of the web where libraries, universities and databases exist, than the searchable web! Not all work—we did log back into Symbaloo—a curating website for WMS students to use and created a collaborative PowerPoint packing only a book bag with essentials one might need if they were going to survive without electricity, minimal food and water for a couple of weeks—emphasis on the collaborative office 365 PowerPoint. This week your student will pick their topic for research project for second quarter!
Thanks for lending me your children and look forward to the rest of the school year!