Staff Bulletin - Sept. 21, 2012

posted Sep 21, 2012, 5:50 PM by Matt Horne

Waimea Middle School Staff Bulletin – Sept. 21, 2012

 

 

FACULTY-STAFF ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

SUBSTITUTES & STIPENDS FOR ADDITIONAL WORK

This announcement is a repeat from last week just to clarify: there are funds set-aside for substitute pay and/or additional salary in order to complete accreditation work.  If your accreditation focus group decides there is a need for additional planning time, please send me an e-mail request in advance including 1) who will be participating, 2) what you’ll be working on, 3) the date and approximate times for the work, 4) substitutes or approximate hours needed.  I’ll give you the green light and we’ll either set up substitutes or you will complete the attached stipend sheet (also on the S-Drive under “forms”) when the work is completed.  Your rate for additional salary, in this case, will be your average hourly rate calculated based on your annual salary; Tanya or I have a chart and can show you your hourly rate if you’d like to know.  I’m currently having a difficult time figuring out how to pay for classified staff to work over 40-hours per week, but I’m investigating options.

 

ACTIVITY DAY – FRIDAY, SEPT 28

Special Schedule

 

JUPTIER GRADES UPDATE (INCLUDING STUDENT PICTURES)

In case you haven’t already noticed, I uploaded all of the student pictures to Jupiter Grades last week.  You can now use the seating chart feature to make a photo seating chart for your classes.  The students’ pictures also show up on the student information page of your interface.

 

We’re up to 30% of parents who have logged in (83 total).  Additionally, teachers have been working with students and 91% of students have now logged in (255 total).  This is GREAT!

Subtotals

Parents

Students

Combined

6th grade

26

28%

85

91%

90

97%

7th grade

29

32%

81

90%

81

90%

8th grade

28

27%

89

86%

90

87%

Other

0

0%

0

0%

0

0%

Total

83

30%

255

91%

261

93%

 

Great work getting grades updated yesterday!  Parents and students are checking and that’s a very encouraging thing.  Thank you!

 

MID-TERM REPORTING PROCEDURES

Next Friday is the end of first quarter.  Because DOE is not allowing us to upload information into the eSIS system, we’ll need each teacher to perform the extra step of entering quarter, letter-grades into eSIS once they are finalized in Jupiter Grades (I’m sorry for the extra step, I tried).  Please plan to finalize your grades before going home on Thursday, October 11.

 

When your first-quarter grades are complete in Jupiter Grades, please ”LOCK” the grades by clicking on the “Report Cards” button in the top-right corner of the “Class” page and then clicking the “Lock/Unlock” button to lock first-quarter grades.  Once we see everyone’s grades locked, we’ll run quarter reports from Jupiter Grades to be sent home.

 

LUNCH COUNTS UP SLIGHTLY

This was a much better week than last week for lunch counts – please keep encouraging students.  The September counts affect funding for a number of different programs we offer for our kids.

·         Mon, 9/17 – 147

·         Tues, 9/18 – 182

·         Wed, 9/19 – 177

·         Thurs, 9/20 – 168

 

CHERRYDALE CATALOG FUNDRAISER – MONDAY, SEPT 24 DEADLINE

Payment for orders must be turned in Monday.  Orders must be written in blue or black ink, please.  Checks payable to Waimea Middle School.  Items available to take home at Student-Led Conferences in November.  Questions?  Call or see Mrs. Onaka-Winters. 

 

LAP MEETING MONDAY, SEPT 24 – 4:30 to 6:00 in K-04

Agenda includes discussion about revising the current WMS LAP ByLaws.  Special guest:  Ho’okako’o Corp.’s new Board Chair (and long time board member) Pauline Lo Bailey.  This is her first visit to WMS.  All invited to attend all LAP meetings.  Agenda was emailed out via LOTUS to All Staff and is posted on the WMS website. 

 

PICTURE RETAKE DAY – WEDNESDAY, SEPT 26 (NOT A FREE-DRESS DAY)

Students re-taking their picture may change into an appropriate change of clothing immediately before taking their picture during the first half of Period 3 in L-04, then change back into uniform before heading back to class.  If students are re-taking pictures, the entire, uncut package of the first round of pictures must be returned on Retake Day.  For those who will be taking for the first time, they should have received a picture order envelope in this week’s Tuesday Envelope.  Questions?  Please speak to your Advisory Teacher or Mrs. Onaka-Winters. 

 

 

KUDOS (This section will never be comprehensive, but definitely representative)

               To everyone who has helped get STAR reading and math assessment rolling.  It will be a valuable additional tool for everyone. 

               To our WMS Cross Country students who really out-did themselves at last Saturday’s first track meet of the season!  Congratulations to all and mahalo to our coaches and families who supported them including providing transportation to the Hilo meet.

               To the coaches of our 6 volleyball teams:  Cherise Mundon, Bernie Marsh, Andrea Anastacio, Malia Ahloy and Maile Lewi – and of course, Warren Tamaye!

               Great blogpost featuring WMS-Na Kalai Wa’a-sponsored teacher voyaging workshop several weekends back:  http://pacificvoyagers.org/wisdom-words-from-a-hawaiian-perspective

               Mahalo again to students, community resources and teachers-staff for the now annual Pa’u Horse Lei Making Project.  In all, our students created 4 horse lei, 4 neck lei and also lei for the Ikua Purdy monument and Manau’a (rain rock).  Mahalo, too, to faculty and resource practitioners for integrating this with a history lesson on the art of pa’u, and also to a math lesson related to pa’u budgeting. 

               To North Hawai’i Rotary for inviting Matt Horne to speak at this past Wednesday’s meeting.  He used this opportunity to thank them for past support and ask for continued support for our students.

               Mahalo Starbucks for donating flavored coffees to WMS Leadership as a fundraiser.  Bags of coffees are available for a $5 donation in the office or please see Mas. 

               To The Kohala Center, especially Betsy Cole, for helping our community continue to explore the possibility of a high school here in Waimea.  It’s still “early in conversation” but involves some interesting potential partners. 

 

 

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS:

                                       

NEWLY ELECTED 6TH GRADE LAP STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES

Congratulations to Serenidty “DeeDee” Delos Santos, Representative and Hailey Witchcraft, Alternate Representative.

 

WEDNESDAY ‘UKULELE CLASS

We apologize to students who didn’t get the word about the class being re-located this past Wednesday, and we thank WES teacher Sean McNealy for making his room available on short notice and to Diane Kimura Sugiyama for keeping the program going in Iris Thompson’s absence.  There will definitely be a class this coming Wed., Sept. 26 from 1:30-2 p.m. but we don’t know yet if it will be in P12A (Mrs. Iris Thompson’s room) or Mr. McNealy’s (X105).  We will let faculty/staff know soonest. 

 

 

 

ELL & MEP FAMILY NIGHT – WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 26 from 5:00-6:30 in P-03

RSVP forms sent home but not essential – Advisory teachers, please encourage your ELL/MEP students to attend.  Questions?  See/email Helene McTavish please. 

 

WMS CROSS COUNTRY MEET – SATURDAY, SEPT. 29

Everyone is invited to support our student athletes – and/or help!  If you’d like to kokua, please see Mr. Tamaye. 

 

WMS SCIENCE DEPARTMENT COMMUNITY SERVICE LEARNING DAY

WMS Science department is organizing another community service learning day w/ the Kohala Watershed Partnership – 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Sat., Sept. 29.  Please see science teacher for details. 

 

CLUB/ATHLETIC SHIRT FRIDAYS

In order to promote pride and participation in our clubs and athletics, please announce to students that they may wear their Waimea Middle School club and athletic shirts on Fridays in lieu of their regular uniform shirts.  (We’re not opening this up to any club or athletic shirts, just WMS clubs and athletics.)

 

SAVE-FIRST PROGRAM DEADLINE – FRIDAY, SEPT 29

Students urged to participate and become eligible to earn $20 just for participating!  See Mrs. Onaka-Winters w/ questions. 

 

 “DOUGH-RAISING” FUNDRAISER W/ NEW DOMINO’S PIZZA IN PRC

Various WMS groups are now earning 10% of the proceeds for the day’s sales on the following days – please encourage family, friends, students, community to support this fundraiser.  Special pricing too - 1 Large/2-topping pizza is $8:  

·         1st Wednesdays - Student Leadership/Yearbook

·         2nd Wednesdays - Robotics

·         3rd Wednesdays - 8th Grade Exit and activities

·         1st Mondays – Mawi/Mental Karate

·         4th Mondays - East Coast Trippers

 

VOLLEYBALL PRACTICE SCHEDULE

Mon., 9/24:      Teams 5 & 6 – 2:30-3:45 pm

Tues., 9/25:     Team 2 – 2:30-3:30 pm

Wed., 9/26:      Teams 1 & 2 – 1:30-2:30 pm

Teams 3 & 4 – 2:30-3:30 pm

Thurs., 9/27:    Team 4 – 2:30-3:30 pm

Team 1 – 3:30-4:30 pm

Fri., 9/28:         Teams 5 & 6 – 2:30-3:30 pm

Team 3 – 3:30-4:30 pm

 

Coaches: 

Team 1:  Malia Ahloy

Team 2:  Maile Lewi

Team 3:  Bernie Marsh & Andrea Anastacio

Team 4:  Warren Tamaye

Team 5:  Cherise Mundon

Team 6:  Warren Tamaye

 

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