Wednesday Messages

News and Updates for Families of Cook-Wissahickon School

The School District of Philadelphia

Family Engagement Policy and School-Parent Compact

Parental Input Meeting

2021-2022 School Year

Cook-Wissahickon School


Dear Families,

You are invited to attend a meeting to provide input into our school’s Family Engagement Policy and School-Parent Compact. We need the assistance of our entire school community to prepare our students academically and emotionally for college, career and life. As our students’ family, you are the most important part of our school community. Families are most poised to assist us with knowing our students’ needs. As your Principal, I value your input and need your support, please plan to attend.

The meeting will take place:

Date: Tuesday, June 8, 2021 Time: 7:00 pm Location: Via Zoom

PSSA Testing Grades 3 - 8

Students returning to hybrid instruction will be participating in the state-mandated tests beginning the week of May 10th.

In-person students will be administered the tests in their classrooms while virtual students will engage in asynchronous assignments. Families who chose to opt-out may do so by completing an opt-out request form. Opt-out students will complete asynchronous assignments during testing.

Please see the testing schedule: Cook-Wissahickon PSSA Schedule


Attention Grades 6 to 8 Families who are currently enrolled in Digital Learning!

Phase III Learning Model Selection Survey Opens Tuesday, April 20

Hello Families,

On Tuesday, April 20th, the School District will open its Phase III Learning Model Selection Process, allowing families of all students in grades 6-8 the opportunity to opt into hybrid learning this school year. The selection survey closes on Tuesday, April 27th.

Phase II families will be able to choose between the hybrid learning model and the 100% digital learning model — whatever works best given the needs of your child and family. If you choose hybrid learning, your child will transition to a mix of in-person and digital learning each week, based on an assigned schedule, beginning the week of Monday, May 10, 2021. These schedules are designed to safely limit the number of students in schools each day and help maintain social distancing in all school spaces throughout the day.

I encourage you to view these Safe Return to School and Clean and Healthy Schools videos, and visit philasd.org/aes to learn more about the many layers of safety we have in place to protect the health and well-being of everyone in our schools. If you still have questions, you can call our hotline for English-speaking families at 215-400-5300, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Hotlines in other languages can be found here.

Be sure to check your email on Tuesday, Tuesday, April 20th, for a link to the Learning Model Selection Survey. The email will come from portal-notification@philasd.org and the subject line will read “School District of Philadelphia – Fully Digital vs. Hybrid Learning Model Selection.” If you do not receive the email, first check your junk or spam folder. You can also call your child’s school directly to sign up for hybrid learning. If you do not respond by April 13th, your child will remain with 100% digital learning. Families selecting hybrid learning will be contacted by their child’s school by April 19th regarding next steps. As always, families that choose hybrid learning can return to 100% digital learning at any time.

Thank you for your continued partnership as we strive to meet your child’s learning needs

Report Conferences

Half-Day Schedule

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Friday, April 9, 2021


Teachers will communicate their schedules for virtual conferences this week. There will be no in person conferences.

Report Card will available to view through backpack on the Parent and Student Portals.

Attention Grades 3 to 5 Families who are currently enrolled in Digital Learning!

Phase II Learning Model Selection Survey Opens Tuesday, April 6

Hello Families,

On Tuesday, April 6th, the School District will open its Phase II Learning Model Selection Process, allowing families of all students in grades 3-5 and students with complex needs in grades 6-8 the opportunity to opt into hybrid learning this school year. The selection survey closes on Tuesday, April 13th.

Phase II families will be able to choose between the hybrid learning model and the 100% digital learning model — whatever works best given the needs of your child and family. If you choose hybrid learning, your child will transition to a mix of in-person and digital learning each week, based on an assigned schedule, beginning the week of Monday, April 26, 2021. These schedules are designed to safely limit the number of students in schools each day and help maintain social distancing in all school spaces throughout the day.

I encourage you to view these Safe Return to School and Clean and Healthy Schools videos, and visit philasd.org/aes to learn more about the many layers of safety we have in place to protect the health and well-being of everyone in our schools. If you still have questions, you can call our hotline for English-speaking families at 215-400-5300, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Hotlines in other languages can be found here.

Be sure to check your email on Tuesday, Tuesday, April 6th, for a link to the Learning Model Selection Survey. The email will come from portal-notification@philasd.org and the subject line will read “School District of Philadelphia – Fully Digital vs. Hybrid Learning Model Selection.” If you do not receive the email, first check your junk or spam folder. You can also call your child’s school directly to sign up for hybrid learning. If you do not respond by April 13th, your child will remain with 100% digital learning. Families selecting hybrid learning will be contacted by their child’s school by April 19th regarding next steps. As always, families that choose hybrid learning can return to 100% digital learning at any time.

Thank you for your continued partnership as we strive to meet your child’s learning needs

Grades K to 8 Schedule Change

Beginning on Wednesday 3/10/2021 - All students will be on a half-day asynchronous schedule every Wednesday. Friday's will be a full-day schedule.

The specialist schedule on Friday's will be the former Wednesday specials.


Academy At Palumbo

Arts Academy @ Rush-Art

Bodine High School for International Affairs

Building 21

Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA)-Dance

Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA)-Theatre

Central High School

Constitution High School

Dobbins-Cosmetology

Franklin, Benjamin High School

High School Of The Future

The Future is Bright for the Class of 2021


Lankenau High School

Mastbaum-Graphic Design

Parkway Center City Middle College High School

Philadelphia High School For Girls

Philadelphia Military Academy (PMA)

Randolph-Automotive Tech

Randolph-Construction Tech

Randolph-Culinary Arts

Roxborough High School

Roxborough-Digital Media Prod

Roxborough-Sports Marketing Management

Saul, Walter B. High School

Science Leadership Academy (Sla) At Beeber

West Phila-Digital Media Production

Cook-Wissahickon Proudly Presents:

Second Marking Period

Perfect Attendance Exemplary Attendance (95%)

Meritorious Honor Roll (A's & B's) Distinguished Honor Roll ( All A's)

We are proud of how hard all of our students and families have worked over the last ten weeks to achieve the results everyone has earned. We will continue to work hard to maintain and improve the results of this first marking period during the rest of the school year.

The entire Cook-Wissahickon Community is Thankful for our teachers and staff who have been working remotely since March of last school year. We enjoy supportive leadership that leads provides us the guidance to navigate this difficult time.

Thank you to our parents who have done all they can to support the learning process at home and have made the time to retrieve technology, materials and supplies for their students' learning to continue uninterrupted.

Important Dates for February

Report Card Conferences - Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 12:09 Dismissal

Report Card Conferences - Thursday, February 4, 2021 - 12:09 Dismissal

Report Card Conferences - Friday, February 5, 2021 - 12:09 Dismissal

K to 2 Parent Town Hall - Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Staff Development - Friday, February 12, 2021 - 12:09 Dismissal

President's Day - Monday, February 15, 2021 - No School

Class Schedule Change - Monday, February 22, 2021 (Updates to come.)

School Budget and School-Wide Plan

Parental Input Meeting

2020-2021 School Year

Cook-Wissahickon School

Dear Families,

You are invited to attend a meeting to provide input into the School-Wide plan and the School Budget. We need the assistance of our entire school community to prepare our students academically and emotionally for college, career and life. As our students’ family, you are the most important part of our school community. Families are most poised to assist us with knowing our students’ needs. As your Principal, I value your input and need your support, please plan to attend.

The meeting will take place:

Date: January 12, 2021 Time: 7:00pm Location: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5832646859


Festive Friday!

To make our December a little brighter, the next two Friday's will be school spirit days:

  • Friday, December 11 will be Holiday Friday where students can dress up in their holiday best, festive colors to match their holiday or their traditional holiday attire.

  • Friday, December 18 will be Hero Friday where students can dress as a superhero, a personal hero/shero or everyday hero/shero.

Remember to send a picture to class dojo!

Google Classroom Workshop

Cook-Wissahickon Proudly Presents:

Perfect Attendance Exemplary Attendance (95%)

Meritorious Honor Roll (A's & B's) Distinguished Honor Roll ( All A's)

We are proud of how hard all of our students and families have worked over the last ten weeks to achieve the results everyone has earned. We will continue to work hard to maintain and improve the results of this first marking period during the rest of the school year.

The entire Cook-Wissahickon Community is Thankful for our teachers and staff who have been working remotely since March of last school year. We enjoy supportive leadership that leads provides us the guidance to navigate this difficult time.

Thank you to our parents who have done all they can to support the learning process at home and have made the time to retrieve technology, materials and supplies for their students' learning to continue uninterrupted.


Annual Title I Family Survey

Face Mask Fundraiser

Get a Cook Wissahickon mask and support the HSA. Please fill out the Order Form, make Payment through PayPal and check your email for pick up information! Masks will need to be picked up in Roxborough near Kendrick Rec Center. Please note masks are limited, so order as soon as possible.

PayPal: @COOKWISSHSA2021 (include @ symbol when ordering)

Order Form: https://forms.gle/RTNxMonDzToUveWu7

Wednesday October 14, 2020 Updates

District Announces Reopening Plan for Kindergarten to Second Grade.

The school leadership is developing plans based on the district guidelines provided. Updates will announced as information becomes available.

Office Hours

The Cook-Wissahickon Building continues to be closed at this time due to major renovations. Office hours are offered weekly on Thursday from 9 am to 12 noon, by appointment only.

Interim Reports

Interim Reports covering the first 5 weeks of school will be generated on Monday, October 19, 2020. All assigned student work and assessments must be complete for students to receive passing grades. Missing assignments are considered failing marks. If you have questions about grades, please check the parent portal, discuss school with your child and verify with the teacher.

Parent Portal Workshop

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday October 13th to October 15, 2020 from 2:00 pm to 3:15pm

Facilitated by John Holland Family Engagement Liaison (Jholland@philasd.org)

The School District of Philadelphia’s Parent and Family Portal gives you access to valuable information about your child’s education and school.

WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!! (use the link below)

https://philasd-org.zoom.us/my/jhollandsdp?pwd=YnA4UExrenZwMTRCMUFRNGUzUXZvZz09

Google Classroom

How to do I see what my child is doing in Google Classroom? – Get Guardian Updates

How Are We Measuring Student Success?

10/9/2020

There are numerous ways we have been making sure our students are successful in this virtual learning environment. Some measures are formal measures of success like Aimsweb and STAR and others are more informal like daily check-ins during class meeting.

We are monitoring attendance and enrollment closely. The results are strong. Our average daily attendance is consistently over 95%. As of October 1st, over 83% of students attended 95% or more of school days, meaning they missed one day or less!

Our teachers and staff continue to be professionally developed in ways they can support students, present lessons and use results from assessment to make sure students remain on grade-level.

Our building staff and facilities are working hard to prepare our building for a return to hybrid learning in the near future. The district will be releasing information on our return within the coming weeks.

The Wissahickon Sustainability Council has generously provided a major greening initiative to make our school yard more attractive, comfortable and environmentally friendly.

At Cook-Wissahickon we truly are Trailblazers!

Back-to-School Night

Each Grade and Middle School will be holding their own Back-to-School Night between September 24th and October 2nd. The schedule can be found here.

The schedule is updated with links.

Wednesday Updates 9/9/2020

The teachers and staff of Cook-Wissahickon returned on Monday and have been working to plan a great start to the school year. We look forward to welcoming back familiar faces and greeting new friends virtually at 8:30am on Wednesday, September 2, 2020.

First Day Resources

Please Read all Materials Carefully!

Book Mark This Site and Check Frequently - Most Answers to Your Questions Can be Found Here.

Chromebook Distribution for Cook-Wissahickon Students is being done at the School DO NOT go to a regional center