Middle School UpdatesTop of Page

January 4, 2018

Middle School Updates
The Middle School staff has spent time the last few months developing two new policies that will apply to all Middle School students moving forward in 2018.  Through the help of the SEL committee and the Middle School staff, we identified two areas of need. 

First, from a discipline perspective, all students who receive a Tier 1, regardless of the type of infraction, will automatically serve a lunchtime detention with the Principal.  In addition, each student will write a reflection during the detention and call his or her parent/guardian to explain what happened.  It is our hope that more attention to the initial infraction will help to create more accountability in students moving forward.  Making wise decisions are always the ultimate goal; however, being accountable and willing to take blame and admit responsibility are qualities that High Schools are looking for, and it is very important that we help prepare our students so that they are ready to meet the expectations of High School. 

Finally, the Social-Emotional Learning Committee has worked with the Middle School staff to begin a program that emphasizes the basic SEL tenets of Know Yourself, Choose Yourself, and Give Yourself.  The Elementary School has the Paws of Praise student recognition program; however, after surveying dozens of Middle School students, they were not interested in that type of public recognition.  In order to recognize Middle School students for their positive behaviors, the Middle School staff has developed postcards that can be filled out by any Middle School staff member at any time.  When they witness a behavior worth recognizing, that particular teacher will fill out the card at a later time.  There will be no immediate reward.  Students were adamant that it must be authentic and not "extrinsically motivated" by a potential reward.  The teacher will then mail home the postcard, addressed to the student.  The ultimate goal is that students make the correct decisions all of the time because it is the right thing to do.  Rewarding this in a less public way is important to the students because it reinforces to them that somebody else saw the good in what they did.   

8th Grade High School Registration 
Address verification for the Sequoia Union High School District is now open.  All 8th grade parents should visit the Sequoia Union High School District’s main office on James Ave. in Redwood City to provide address verification.  Please visit the SUHSD’s website for more information.  

Recess/Lunch Activities
Please take a moment to take a look at the various activities that are available to both the Middle and Elementary students during morning and lunch recess.  Sometimes it can be hard to spend your free time productively.  Our goal is to offer a wide array of activities for kids to participate in, and it is good to know that they have options to put themselves in the most productive environment possible.  Please refer to the Recess and Lunch Activities Schedule.  

7th & 8th Grade Travel Opportunity - Cuba!
This summer, Sr. Wickstrom and Ms. Mull will be taking current 7th and 8th grade students an an eight-day tour through Cuba, where students will experience Cuban history, lifestyle, and culture.  Key destinations include Havana, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, and Santa Clara.  For more information, please refer to the Cuba trip flyer.  

Soft Serve Ice Cream
The Student Council will sell organic soft serve ice cream immediately after school each Friday (or the last day of the school week).  The cost per serving is $3, and it will be sold out of the kitchen in Sellman each week.    

PowerSchool Portal
A letter with both the parent and student usernames and passwords for PowerSchool was sent home with students. Please refer to it to access PowerSchool. If you have questions, please contact Monique Hunt at mhunt@woodsideschool.us.

7th Grade Tdap Vaccine Requirement
All students entering 7th grade in the fall MUST have proof of the Tdap vaccine in their school health file before school starts. For more information, please read Nurse Abbe's letter HERE

Follow the Middle School on InstagramTop of Page

You can now follow our Middle School events (e.g., dances, spirit days, field trips, etc.) @woodsidemiddleschool on Instagram for updates and live action.

Please know that this is a private account that you will need to request to follow if you would like to view the pictures.  The Middle School staff will verify all requests before they are accepted.  We will have complete control over the posting of photos, and the intent is to spread information quickly to parents.     

MS Barbecues and DancesTop of Page

The dates for the Middle School barbeque lunches this year are as follows:
  • Friday, October 6, 2017
  • Friday, February 2, 2018
  • Friday, May 25, 2018
All 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students are invited to the barbecue lunches, so please plan accordingly for those days.  Also, the 5th grade students are invited to the May barbecue as a welcome to Middle School. Thank you in advance to the PTA and all of the parent volunteers who help make these lunches so special for the kids!
The dates for the Middle School dances this year are as follows:
  • Friday, December 1, 2017 (7th and 8th grade only) - "50's" Dance
  • Friday, February 9, 2018 - "Valentine's" Dance
  • Friday, May 11, 2018 - "Under the Sea" Dance
The cost for each student is $10 and it will be collected at the door.  The dances begin in Sellman at 7:00 p.m. and end at 9:30 p.m.