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.

Science Olympiad
Science Olympiad
All For Books
Cheer Tryouts
BB Tryouts

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.

Lunch Bunch
FB 10/4

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;

  1. What do we want our students to learn?

To answer this question, we clearly identify the essential standards students need to know to be successful.

  1. How will we know if they are learning?

To answer this question, teachers are developing common formative assessments to effectively measure student progress on essential standards.

  1. What will we do if they did not learn?

This question requires the design of Tier 1 (Classroom) intervention strategies to help meet the needs of students as well as interventions beyond the classroom intentionally designed for students who need targeted supports as well as intensive supports.

  1. What will we do if they have already learned it?

This question helps our staff focus on enrichment opportunities that are designed to extend learning for students as they master essential standards.

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.

Fastbridge Reading
Fastbridge math

Book Fair
Pumpkin Painting

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 sprague@usd230.org 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.

22-9-26 WOW.mov