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Wea Ridge

Middle

March 2019 

NEWSLETTER

Message from the Principal

Fred Roop

For many people, the majority of the text that they read comes through an electronic format.  As a result, there has been an increase in studies that have looked closely at the differences between reading text on paper versus a screen.  Neuroscience, in fact, has revealed that humans use different parts of the brain when reading from a piece of paper or from a screen. So the more you read on screens, the more your mind shifts towards "non-linear" reading — a practice that involves things like skimming a screen or having your eyes dart around a web page.  Our teachers have learned about some of the key points to remember for reading on a screen and will be sharing these with students.  A few important points are the visual fatigue with a screen begins after 20 minutes.  Taking frequent breaks helps with concentration and eye strain.  Avoid scrolling through a document; try to read the entire page before moving to the next screen.  For more tips and suggestions, click on the link below.

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Youth Art Month

 

Every spring, local schools and the Tippecanoe Arts Federation commemorate Youth Art Month (YAM) with a visual arts exhibition and kickoff celebration.  YAM is a national effort that encourages support for quality school art programs and the importance of art in our children's daily lives.  This exhibition joins celebrations happening all around the U.S. and showcases the work of Greater Lafayette area students in grades K-8. 

 

Congratulations to our 2019 Youth Art Exhibitors:

  

Mackenna Wallace, 6th           Emily Nguyen, 6th
Seraphina Pelissier, 6th           Alma Macedo Olascoaga, 7th
Matthew Sayers, 7th                Abbie Talbot, 7th
Rachel Townsend, 7th             Brielle Young, 7th

Jadelynn Marchel, 6th

 

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Securly Parent App

 

Securely for Parents allows parents to track student activity and customize home internet policy. Securly, Tippecanoe School Corporation's choice in internet filtration, has recently launched a parent portal. Parents can now view their kids' activity across educational sites and time, in-school and at-home across all of their school-owned devices. All of this is delivered via beautifully designed dashboards and e-mail reports!

 

For more information on Securly for Parents, please watch this video for instructions on getting started with Securly today!  Additional information is available on the Technology Department's 1 to 1 Initiative Parent Resources page.


*Parents must have an email address listed in PowerSchool to gain access to the Securly parent portal.

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NWEA Testing

 

March 11, 12 and 13 will be the testing dates for our final round of NWEA testing for the school year.  It is important that all students are in attendance those days.  Please try to limit early morning appointments or delays in arriving at school.  

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Choir News

 

On Thursday, March 14th at 6:00 pm the Wea Ridge Middle School Choirs will be holding their mid-winter concert in the main gym.

 

The 6th Grade Choir will be performing at the Indiana Music Education Association Festival and Clinic on Friday, March 8th.

 

The 7th and 8th Grade Choirs will be performing at the Indiana State School Music Association Choral Competition on Saturday, March 16th.

Good luck, Huskies!

 

Intramural Sports

Student Council News

 

Make a Difference Dance & Food Drive Scavenger Hunt
The 2nd dance of the school year was held on Friday, February 15th.  This year we held a Make a Difference Dance where we bought in food to donate to Bauer Family Resources.  We were also able to donate $500 to help them give back to our community!  Following the dance, we had theme days to remind us to bring in items on a Food Drive Scavenger Hunt List.  We had a great response of food donations and Bauer Family Resources was very grateful for our donations!  Thank you to the following homerooms who accomplished their mission of donating every item on the list and will receive a treat in homeroom:

Ms. Bordenet, Mrs. Sanson, Mrs. Laber (twice), Mrs. Snowberger (three times), Mrs. VanArsdel, Mrs. Skelton, Mrs. Riley, Mrs. Burton, Mrs. Wilson (twice), and Ms. Sanders. 

 

Spirit Day
The first Wednesday of each month will be a spirit day:

Wednesday, March 6th – Mismatch Day
Wednesday, April 3rd – Hat  

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Text Alerts

Counselor Connection

 

Northwestern University's Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS) continues to provide opportunities for gifted students to participate in above-grade-level assesments in order to better assess educational needs of students.  They utilize PSAT, SAT,, and ACT as measures to assess academic ability, measure growth, and connect students to resources.  Additionally they offer a variety of courses that students can participate in on the Northwestern campus.  For more information, or to register students for these tests or programs please visit the NUMATS website.

 

Scheduling: In April we will look at entering scheduling information for our current students. Those looking to switch their music elective will be given instructions and an opportunity to do so through their current music course. We will also be looking at academic needs to determine placements in Learning Labs. If you have questions about options for your child for next year, please contact Mrs. Gilbert.


There is still plenty of time to enroll your student in the Twenty-First Century Scholars program. This is a wonderful program that can help pay for college. Students must enroll in this program by June 30 of their 7th or 8th grade year. You can find more information and enroll in the program at scholars.in.gov If you need help or additional information, please contact the counseling office.

 

You are welcome to contact me at the school anytime to discuss a situation. Email is easier than phone in case I am with a student or outside of my office. You may also use this counselor referral form as a streamlined method to request me to meet with a student.

 

Ebony Gilbert - ecgilbert@tsc.k12.in.us; (765) 471-2164 ext. 1816

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Husky Travel Club

 

The Husky Paws Travel Club is counting down the days until spring break! 52 Huskies will be traveling to the European capitals of Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris and London over our spring break.  Highlights of our trip include visiting the Anne Frank House, the Louvre, the Cathedral of Notre Dame, riding the London Eye, and seeing the Changing of the Guard in front of Buckingham Palace. We will also get to take part in a cheese and clog making class in Amsterdam and ride the Eurostar from Paris to London where we travel at a rate of over 185 mph. If you would like to follow along with our trip and see what we are doing each day, like our Facebook page.

Our group is already busy planning our 2020 trip to Greece. If you would like more information about traveling with the Husky Paws Travel Club to Greece please contact Mrs. Sanson We only have four spots still open for this trip.

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Please join us on Tuesday, March 12 from 5:00-8:00pm at Arby's on Veterans Memorial Parkway for a fundraiser to benefit the Husky Paws Travel Club. We will receive 20% of the profits that evening. Come eat before or after the band concert and support the travel club!

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McCutcheon HIgh School Information

 

The McCutcheon Athletic Department is hosting an informational meeting for all 8th grade students and their parents who are interested in participating in a sport at McCutcheon next year.  For more information, click this link for the Freshman Athletic Meeting Flyer.

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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

 

March 7  6th grade Science Consumer Night 6pm

March 8  6th grade Choir Festival  

March 11-13 NWEA Testing during school day

March 12  Band Concert 6pm

March 14  Choir Concert 6pm

March 15 Symphonic Band contest

March 16  7th and 8th grade Choir Contest

March 20  Battle of the Books  7pm

March 25-29  Spring Break

 

April 10  8th grade panoramic photo

April 18  5th grade parent meeting for 2019-20

April 19  School Dance 2:30-4:30

April 30  ILEARN Testing  7:55-9:55 am

WEA RIDGE MIDDLE SCHOOL

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

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