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Wea Ridge

Middle

December 2018/ January 2019 

NEWSLETTER

Message from the Principal

Fred Roop

I have heard Christmas music playing in stores which usually signals the start of December.  This is often a busy time of the year for many families:  trips to visit family members, shopping excursions to the mall and wonderfully prepared meals that we share with guests filling our homes with the sights and sounds of the holiday season.  The Wea Ridge Middle School family is no different. This busy month includes band and choir concerts, a school dance, and a final push to finish our first-semester curriculum. We have had a very productive 1st semester and it is important that our students finish strong in these final weeks.  Our final school day for the semester will be December 21st. Report cards will be available on the parent portal shortly after our return to school on January 8th. I would encourage you to continue to check the parent portal on a regular basis. This will give you a live look at your student's grade and his or her continued progress for each class.


With winter break approaching, a break from school shouldn't mean a break from learning.  Maintain your middle schooler's reading momentum by encouraging him or her to set aside at least 20 minutes a day for reading.  To motivate your child:

  • Give books for gifts.  If your child will receive gifts this month, consider giving a book or a gift card to a bookstore.
  • Give them a reason to read.  Practical reading - the kind people do to learn a skill or gain information - is both fun and informative.  If your child enjoys cooking, he could read a recipe and try it out. If she likes gadgets, have her read the instruction manual.  If she likes sports, she could go online and find out how her favorite teams are faring.
  • Link movies to books.  Your child may enjoy watching movies during winter break.  Suggest that he watch at least one movie that's based on a book.  But encourage him to read the book first!


We have had a tremendous 1st semester at Wea Ridge Middle.  I look forward to an exciting 2nd semester filled with student learning and growth.   I hope each of you has a wonderful holiday season that is both relaxing and filled with family fun.  Enjoy the rest of 2018 and best wishes as we start 2019.

 

McDonald's
Husky Parent Association
 
The Husky Parent Association will be sponsoring a restaurant night on January 15 from 5-7pm at McDonald's on Veteran's Memorial Parkway.  The HPA will receive a portion of all sales from dine-in or drive-thru orders.  Please consider supporting our parent association on January 15 with a meal for your family.
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Choir News 

 

The 6th, 7th, and 8th grade choirs will be giving their holiday concert in the Wea Ridge Middle School main gym on Wednesday, December 12th at 6pm. Please come join us for some winter and holiday music!

 

Congratulations to those singers that were selected to the Indiana State Elementary and Middle School Honor Choirs! They will be performing at the Indiana Music Education Association State Conference in Fort Wayne in January. Congratulations Huskies!

6th Grade:

Dynasty Battle

Brianna Chrust

Trinity Gilbert

Wyatt Houston

Natalie Kenner

Sarah Luban

Elizabeth Oswalt

7th Grade:

Cameron McPherson

Allison Welch

8th Grade:

Joslyn Bishop

Mariana French

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Parent Program

 

On January 31 at 6pm, Wea Ridge Middle School and the Husky Parent Association will be sponsoring a program called Teens & Social Media: Positives, Pitfalls and Trends.  Presentors will be TSC School Resource Officers Rob Rush and Aaron Gilman and Sheriff-elect Bob Goldsmith.  Join us at 6pm to learn more about the issues facing teens and parents in this digital age.  

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Speech Team

 

The 2018 Speech Team Season has come to an end.  Looking back at the team since the middle of August, the growth and progress that was made by each team member is astounding.  This year 27 students (grades 6-8) were a part of the WRM Speech Team.  Through piece selection, practice, memorization, and performance, each student committed to the work of competing at five speech meets. Throughout the season, our team earned 118 ribbons!  Also, our 8th graders brought home a second place County Tournament trophy – very exciting for us all!  The end of the season was celebrated on November 20, with pizza, games, and awards.  Ms. Shambaugh and Ms. Strawsma are already looking forward to the 2019 season with these fantastic Husky Speakers!

 

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Parent - Teacher Conferences

 

Wea Ridge Middle School teachers will be available for Parent-Teacher Conferences on January 28 from 4-6pm.  No appointments are necessary.  Teachers will be available in the gyms for parents to come as they are available that evening.  We hope to see you on January 28.

 

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NWEA Testing

 

The second round of NWEA testing for TSC students is in December.  Wea Ridge Middle will have testing from 7:55-9:55 on December 4, 5, and 7.  NWEA testing will include Reading, Math and Language Arts tests.  We look forward to seeing the improvement our students have made since the  initial testing in August.  Individual student reports will be sent home following the completion of testing window. We appreciate any efforts you can make to avoid appointments in the mornings during our three days of testing.

 

 
Intramural Sports

Student Council News

 

 

Gotcha!

For the month of November, the following students won Gotcha prizes during lunch.  On Friday, December 21st, we will have our end of the semester drawing for two Amazon gift cards per grade level!   Winners will choose their prize when we return from winter break.

The month of November Gotcha winners are as follows:

6th Graders                7th Graders               8th Graders

Jacob Graham          Galilea Villegas             Declan Beam

Reymundo Munoz    Ayana Waldridge           Caleb Hamelman

Carmen Alcala          Caden Polmateer          TJ Brown

Katie Watson            Adrian Willert                 Audrey Clevenger

Alayna Wise             Joanna Bogetto              Alicia Arzate

Trinity Gilbert            Destiny Wright                Kevin Medrano

Katie Watson            Dominick Peterson         Cole Groshon

Nathan Ortiz             Allison Welch                  Jaidyn Tyrie

Miguel Barradas       Jaylynn Howard              Angel Teoba

 

6th Grade Student Council Elections
In January, 6th Grade Student Council Members will be elected. We are looking for students who are trustworthy, responsible, energetic, and have a good rapport with teachers and their fellow classmates.

What is student council? Student council members are responsible for planning and working dances, organizing the Gotcha program, Red Ribbon Week, our food drive, the Riley Walk-a-thon and other student activities. Student council members are the voice of their peers and the ones who make things happen at and for the school. Meetings are typically during homeroom and we sometimes meet before school when it is necessary. Those who are elected should be willing to participate in activities and should be available occasionally before or after school for meetings. Interested students need to pick up a form in the office. If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Wilson at jwilson@tsc.k12.in.us or 471-2164 ext 1890.

Timeline:

Forms available in the office starting December 17th, 2018

Forms & Posters due by Friday, January 11th, 2019, to Mrs. Wilson or Mrs. Crone

Combination of Student and Teacher voting will take place on Thursday, January 17th, 2019.

 

Upcoming Spirit Days
The first Wednesday of every month will be a school theme day!
Super Hero Day  -- Wednesday, December 5th
Ugly Christmas Sweater/Outfit -- Thursday, December 20th
School Spirit Day  -- Wednesday, January 5th
Pajama Day – Wednesday, February 6th

Text Alerts

TSC and WRM Text Alerts

 

Winter is just weeks away, so it is important to make sure you are signed up for TSC's emergency notification system. If you haven't done so in the past or need to add WRM alerts, please go to the TSC Alerts and Notifications section of the TSC Webpage. In order to sign-up you use your same username and password for the Parent Portal. Please let us know if you have any questions or need assistance. Once you have signed up for the notification system, you will receive the TSC's alert information, such as weather delays and cancellations of school. 

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TSC Volunteer Proceedures

 

It is a priority of the Tippecanoe School Corporation to provide a safe learning environment for all of our students and employees. In an effort to continue our due diligence, we now require all volunteers having ongoing contact with children and/or supervising students (field trips, etc.) to have cleared an expanded criminal background check. These background checks are conducted through Background Investigation Bureau (BIB).

 

The criminal background check will search national sex offender databases, court records,and other sources. The cost of the criminal history check is $17.95 (base cost) and is paid for by the volunteer through a link on our website.

 

Once approved, the volunteer will receive a TSC Volunteer identification card that will be valid for a period of three (3) years. If you volunteer in multiple buildings, you will only need to complete one background check.

Volunteer background checks may take several business days to process so it is important to plan ahead.

We appreciate your understanding of this important safety guideline.

Homework Help

Husky Homework Help

 

Husky Homework Help is every day after school. Students are expected to collect their belongings and come straight to room 209. If you don't have homework, you are asked to go home. This eliminates distractions for students working. We study from 2:30-3:15. Parents need to make sure there is a ride at school by 3:15. While here, students are expected to work quietly.  Mrs. Kellogg will be available for help with assignments.   

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TSC E-Flyers

 

TSC supports 'green' efforts and as such to help ensure students receive information about community services or events, flyers from non-profit outside organizations are posted online in a section called E-Flyers. All E-Flyers can be accessed from any TSC School Website: www.tscschools.com by clicking the 'students' or 'parents' link in the upper right hand corner of the webpage. E-Flyers will be posted on the 15th and 30th of the month so be sure to check regularly for newly posted information. If your qualifying organization is interested in posting an E-Flyer, go to www.tscschools.com E-Flyers section to submit the information.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

December 4  NWEA Math Testing 8-10am

December 5  NWEA Reading Testing 8-10am

December 7  NWEA Language Testing 8-10am

December 10  Winter Band Concert  6pm

December 12  Winter Choir Concert 6pm

Deember 21  End of 1st Semester

December 22 - January 7  Winter Break

 

January 8  Students first day of 2nd Semester

January 9  Husky Parent Association Meeting 6pm

January 15 HPA night at McDonald's  5-7pm

January 19  Purdue Jazz Festival 

January 22 Early College Meeting for 8th grade parents 6pm

January 28  Parent/Teacher Conferences 4-6pm

January 31 Social Media Presentation for Parents 6pm

 

 

 
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WEA RIDGE MIDDLE SCHOOL

4410 South 150 East • Lafayette, IN 47909 • (765) 471-2164

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