We have completed the first semester of the 2016-2017 school
year and are looking forward to numerous new and exciting learning experiences
and challenges in the new year. Each of
our grade levels will be taking the state assessments this spring. Daily, our teachers are preparing our
students for these challenging tests. Our
students have been diligently preparing and we anticipate great results!
This spring, each of our classes will be traveling on their class trips. Our sixth graders will be attending 6th Grade Camp at Camp Fitch, our seventh graders will travel to Chicago, and our eight graders will culminate their experiences at WGMS with a trip to Washington D.C. and Williamsburg.
We have had several new addtions to West Geauga Middle School this year. Here is a brief detail of the improvements:
The main restrooms in our building have been remodeled! Each bathroom has had all new sinks, hand dryers, and partitions installed to these aging facilities. We have also replace and cleaned much of the tile work. These changes will not only be more aesthetically pleasing; they will also function much more efficiently with the addition of motion detected sinks. We appreciate the support of Dr. Markwardt and The Board of Education in these endeavors.
I.S. – Independent Study
We have added an 8th period to each student’s schedule called “Independent Study” or “I.S.” During this time all students will have a period of time to organize the events of the day and prepare for the next school day. This time will also allow our staff members to meet with individual or groups of students to review or reteach key concepts. Teachers will also use this time to meet in Professional Learning Communities to enhance the experience of all students. We will also be continuing our OLWEUS anti-bullying program during this time.
Writing in The Content Areas
We are incorporating more writing in each of our classrooms. Writing will be emphasized across the curriculum in to better prepare our students to organize and articulate their ideas in written form. Our teachers have participated in extensive training on this topic and are embracing this district initiative.
Overall, we are looking forward to a great year full of learning experiences for your child. As always, please contact me if you need anything or have any questions. (440) 729-5940 or (440) 465-5339.