Hello Westmoreland Middle School Stakeholders!!!
The following is information YOU need to know.
Criteria for Advanced Middle School Course Placement, 2019-20 (03/22/19)
Sumner County Schools (SCS) believes in the integrity of evaluating students based on both quantitative and qualitative data; to that end, the following measures and percentages will be used to determine placement in advanced middle school courses:
50% - 2018 TNReady Scale Score for both ELA and math
25% - The student’s grades in ELA and math
25% - Current ELA and math teacher recommendations
Placement in any advanced middle school course will be dependent on the overall rubric score for each content area. As in previous years, SCS will still offer Advanced I and Advanced II in eighth grade math.
All 2019-2020 placement in advanced courses for students currently enrolled in grades five through seven will be determined by the above method for both English Language Arts and Math. This process provides the most equitable practice to ensure that all students in Sumner County Schools have the best opportunity for success. School personnel will review the spring 2019 TNReady results to add any students who qualify for advanced classes as a result of their most recent test scores.
Spring Fundraiser (03/15/19)
The WMS Spring Fundraiser is now in progress. The final turn in day is Wednesday 03/20. The final day to request a box of chocolate candy bars is Tuesday 03/19. If the student has not yet reached the desired prize level, a $30 donation may be made in order to count as a box of chocolate candy bars sold. Each $30 donation will count as one (1) box sold. As you know, the money raised will be used for technology needs as well as other areas based on need. Please continue to do what you can to help with the fundraiser.
State Assessment Information (Scheduled Changed 03/18) ...
The following is our schedule at this time:
- Day 1 (Monday 04/15)--ELA--Subpart 1 (Writing Assessment)
- Day 2 (Tuesday 04/16)--ELA--Subpart 2 and Subpart 3
- Day 3 (Wednesday 04/17)--ELA--Subpart 4
- Day 4 (Thursday 04/18)--Social Studies--Subpart 1 and Subpart 2
- Friday 04/19--Schools Closed in Observance of Good Friday.
- Day 5 (Monday 04/22)--Math--Subpart 1 (No Calculator)
- Day 6 (Tuesday 04/23)--Math--Subpart 2 and Subpart 3 (Both with Calculator)
- Day 7 (Wednesday 04/24) and Day 8 (Thursday 04/25)--Science--Subpart 1 (Online)
- Friday 04/26 will serve as makeup/cleanup days possibly extending into the next week if needed.
Attendance Information (03/04/19)
The following is additional attendance information regarding the Sumner County Schools Progressive Truancy Plan:
Attendance Contract: Students and the parents of students who have unexcused absences may be required to complete an attendance contract in order to address unexcused absences. This level of the Progressive Truancy Plan requires students and parents to collaboratively review the student's attendance record and plan how to prevent unexcused absences and improve attendance.
Attendance Assessment & Attendance Improvement Plan: Students and the parents of students who have 10 absences (excused, unexcused, or verified) may be required to meet with the principal and/or attendance clerk to complete an attendance assessment to try to determine why absences have occurred and then collaboratively develop an Attendance Improvement Plan to address absences for the future.
School Attendance Review Team (SART): Students and the parents of students who continue to have absences ... especially unexcused absences ... after the Attendance Assessment & Attendance Improvement Plan will attend a SART meeting involving the principal and attendance clerk and may include others such as the guidance counselor, grade level special education teachers, the school nurse, social workers from the Sumner County Schools Safe Schools Department, the truancy officer from the Sumner County Schools Attendance Department, etc. This group will plan further interventions to address attendance before a referral for truancy.
For more information regarding attendance, please see the section below "Revised Board Policy Regarding Attendance".
Exploratory Class Update (02/19/19)
Exploratory classes at WMS are a part of the regular related arts rotation that will be taken as arts and academic enrichment for students at any grade level. Most students will have an opportunity to go through one of these classes at some point during their middle school tenure. These classes are designed to enrich and expand their understanding of specialty area curriculum through real-world applications and performance-based learning. In Exploratory classes, Related Arts teachers will also be incorporating needed literacy and numeracy skills to help students better see the connections between their worlds, promoting critical thinking and growing their confidence as they move into high school.
Support Lab Update (02/19/19)
The opportunity for Support Labs just began this 3rd 9 weeks. The grade level teams will plan targeted standards or topics to be covered each week, and the team will be working together to select students to attend sessions.
*Lab lessons are planned per week for instruction, focused on one main anchor standard or focus (science labs, etc.)
*ELA/SS example: Close reading practices, with an emphasis on student group reflection and discussion on text-dependent questions, will be the instructional model.
*These classes are not designed just to “catch students up,” but to also enrich and expand their understanding of standards content through real-world applications, project-based learning, and student discussions. Students receive direct instruction and guided practice each week to reinforce concepts. Teachers take the opportunity to pre-teach upcoming standards, re-teach past focuses using a different approach, and offer homework and strategy support in a small group atmosphere.
Homework Hotline (11/20/18) ...
Details about the Homework Hotline may be found on the side menu. Please check it out. It is a wonderful opportunity for students to receive help at home.
Revised Board Policy Regarding Attendance ...
The following is Board Policy JB revised. Please note the sections highlighted in GREEN.
The Board recognizes that good attendance at school is basic to student learning. Attendance is a key factor in student achievement: therefore, students are expected to be present each day that school is in session. Parents have both a legal obligation and a moral responsibility to see that children are present every day that school is in session.
The Compulsory School Attendance Law in Tennessee requires children to attend school each day. A student who has been absent five days (this means a total of five days during the school year and not necessarily five consecutive days) without adequate excuse is considered truant and may be summoned to court. Whenever possible, attendance issues should be resolved at the school level. Prior to referral to a truancy officer, a meeting shall be held at the school to assist the family and improve student attendance via an attendance contract. If unexcused absences continue to accumulate, the Director of Schools or his/her designee will report the parent and student to the Juvenile Court for further action.
The following are official/adequate excuses that should be turned in to the attendance secretary in the school office"
- Medical note for the student (doctor, dentist, hospital, etc.)
- Student illness not requiring a doctor visit ( five parent notes per semester)
- Court note for the student
- Funeral notice
- Recognized religious holiday
- College Visits
- Military deployment paperwork for parent
Appeal Procedure for Unexcused Absences
The initial appeal shall be to the building principal or designee. If not resolved at the building level, the parent can request in writing an appeal to the Attendance Office at the Sumner County Board of Education. The appeal will be heard by the Appeals Committee consisting of Director of Schools Designee, an Attendance personnel representative and a principal/assistant principal representative. The burden of proof rests on the student or guardian. The appeal process for determining unexcused absences is ancillary to a truancy decision rendered by a juvenile court judge as described in T.C.A. 49-6-3010.
A principal may verify absences for the following:
- Approved school activity that is school sponsored and school supervised
- Extenuating circumstances on a case-by-case basis
Tardies: Any student not in the classroom when the class begins is tardy. Students who accumulate excessive unexcused tardies are considered truant and will be reported to Juvenile Court. A tardy is only excused by a doctor's note.
Unexcused Early Dismissals: For any student that is dismissed from school without a valid reason, the absence will be considered an unexcused early dismissal. A doctor's note excuses the early dismissal. A parent note may only be used to excuse a full day of absence.
Make-up work: Upon the first day of returning to school, it is the student’s responsibility in middle and high school and the parent’s responsibility in elementary school to make contact with the teacher(s) regarding make-up work. During the school year, make-up work must be completed within a number of days equal to the number of consecutive days of the absence.
Attendance Information …
Attendance at school every day is very important to student success on state assessments and for the next grade. Please encourage your child to be present every day.
If your child does need to miss school, then please be sure to send a note to school with your child when he/she returns. Notes may include, but are not limited to, parent notes and notes from a doctor, dentist, court, funeral, etc. Students may have 5 parent notes to excuse absences. Students may have an unlimited number of notes from a doctor, dentist, court, funeral, etc.
Students who do not have a note for an absence are considered unexcused. Students with unexcused absences will have their participation in non-graded extracurricular activities limited. In addition, if students do not have a note when they return, then we do not have proof that the absence was legitimate. Therefore, it is very important for students to bring a note to school and turn it in after being absent.
***For calendar information, please see the “Calendar” section of the school website.***
Danny Kay Robinson, Principal