Weekly Stallion Update
October 3, 2022
Notes from Mr. Sprague
It was a fun week at WSMS as our Stallions celebrated our fall sports season with our first spirit week of the year. Students and staff dressed up and had a great time throughout this week which concluded with a pep assembly on Friday. We are excited to see our volleyball teams compete in the Frontier League Tournament this weekend.
Girls Basketball Tryouts will begin on October 3rd. Please remember that all students participating in athletic events must have a current physical on file in our office. In addition to basketball tryouts, our Cross Country Team will compete in the Frontier League Cross Country Meet and our football teams will have their final game of the regular season with Ottawa.
As the fall seasons wind down, we are very proud of the hard work our athletes have put in as they have grown with their skills in their sports and in the life lessons they have learned from being part of a team working toward a goal.
I also want to thank our coaches. Without their dedication and willingness to invest their time and talents in our students, we would not be able to provide after-school opportunities.
Parent Teacher Conferences
Parent Teacher Conferences are coming soon. This is an opportunity for you to meet with your child's teachers, get to know them, and ask questions about your child's performance in their classes.
Parent Teacher Conferences at the middle school level are a little different than at the elementary level. You will not need to schedule your child's conference. Our teachers will be available at the following times.
Wednesday, Oct 12th - 4-8 pm
Thursday, Oct 13th - 1-3 pm and 5-8 pm
Conferences will be held in the gym. You can arrive during the times listed above and visit with all of your child's teachers. We look forward to seeing you hear as we partner together with you to provide the best educational opportunity possible for your child.
What is PLC all about?
The answer is simple. PLCs are about our students.
Wednesday is a Late Start PLC Day. During this time our staff will be meeting with all content area teachers at the middle school level to continue to meet our students academic needs. They will be studying our essential standards, and looking at data to plan quality instruction for our students, as well as plan for intervention and enrichment for students.
Some may wonder why we believe so strongly in Professional Learning Communities. We believe that PLCs give our students the best opportunities to learn. As we build teacher collective efficacy, our students benefit. John Hattie, an education researcher studied thousands of research studies on the factors that influence student achievement. The one factor that had the greatest impact on student achievement was collective efficacy. The number one goal of PLCs is to build collective efficacy.
That is all great but how does that apply to Woodland Spring Middle School? We are very early in our development as a PLC and we have a lot of work to do in building our expertise as a PLC. This work is focused on four questions;
What do we want our students to learn?
How will we know if they are learning?
What will we do if they did not learn?
What will we do if they have already learned it?
The PLC process is completely driven by student data. For the first time, our teachers are able to collaborate with the right tools in place to effectively meet our students needs. The data paints the best picture. We are excited about the future for our students and are grateful for the opportunity to work as a PLC to get there.
We Need you!
At Woodland Spring Middle School we need paraprofessionals and Nutrition Services Workers. If you are interested in a rewarding opportunity to work with great students and staff, we would love to talk with you. WSMS is a great place to work. If you would like to find more information about employment opportunities in our district you can apply online at Job openings: Classified Instructional Support Webpage or you can reach out to Mr. Sprague at email@example.com and he would be happy to visit with you about the opportunities at WSMS.
Stallion Station Video 3
Words of Wisdom
Every morning at WSMS we start the day with a few Words of Wisdom from Mr. Sprague. This is done through a short 1-minute video that highlights skills that we all need to be successful in life. In these videos, we use quotes from famous people throughout history from all over the world.