Westmoreland Middle School

 

Dear WMS Stakeholders,

Here's some info YOU need to know:

General Information  

 

Sumner County Schools ... Extended Hybrid Schedule Continues (12/02/20) ...

Westmoreland Middle School Families:
IMPORTANT MESSAGE. This is from Sumner County Schools.
Sumner County Schools will remain in the Extended Hybrid Schedule through December 18. All K-5, CDC, and Pre-K students will continue to attend school full-time, each day of the week. Middle and high school students will attend on the Extended Hybrid schedule through December 18 (last day before Christmas Break). The district’s goal is to return all students to in-person instruction daily as soon as possible, while protecting the health and safety of our students, staff and communities.
 
 
20_21_SCS_Hybrid_Schedule--11_13_20.jpg
 
 
 

 

 

School Messenger Message Sent 12/01/20 Beginning at 9 AM re: Our Fall Fundraiser ...

 
Hello WMS Parents & Staffulty,
We have just learned through our fundraiser representative that we need to close our Fall Fundraiser earlier than expected.  She shared that CherryDale had heard that there was a potential truckers' strike that could effect product delivery if we did not close out by midnight Wednesday 12/02.  Therefore, the new deadline is midnight Wednesday 12/02.
Please do what you can to help with the Fall Fundraiser.  Money raised in this fundraiser will be used for technology and classroom needs.
Also, if you wish to make donations in lieu of selling items, then each $8 donation will count as one (1) item sold.  These donations may be made on Thursday and/or Friday.
In closing THANK YOU for all that you have done in our Fall Fundraiser as we have faced the challenges of COVID-19 and an extended hybrid schedule.  I really appreciate everyone of you for all that you have done.
Thank You!
Danny Kay Robinson, Principal
 

 

School Messenger Message Sent 11/20/20 beginnning at 5 PM ...
 
 
The purpose of this communication is to share with you 4 items of interest.
#1--I want to remind everyone that school still requires work 5 days every week whether we are on our regular schedule or on the extended hybrid schedule ... or even if we go all virtual at some point.  The same applies for SVA students.  There is work that needs to be done everyday so we can be ready for the state assessment or whatever assessment we have.  Therefore, please help me encourage our students to do their work 5 days each week.  We call it the "Give Me 5!"  In connection with this effort, please be sure that your child has technology access at home.  Technology access includes a device that will work with Google Classroom and that you can do zoom meetings with and that you have internet connectivity.
#2--Our Fall Fundraiser will continue through Friday 12/04.  Since all sales are online, please make sure that your child is registered.  We tried to get everyone registered at school on the day of our kick-off, but if someone was missed, then please be sure to register.  Next, it is VERY IMPORTANT that you "share" with your "supporters" so they will make purchases to help you support WMS.  Our goal this school year is to sell $20,000.  The money raised will support our technology effort and other school needs.  (One note, if you would rather donate money, then each $8 donation will count as one (1) item sold toward prizes.)  If we reach our $20,000 goal, then I will "kiss a pig."  (Another note, I still owe a dance from the last Fall Fundraiser that is a work in progress.)
#3--If you child needs help with their homework, classwork, etc., then I would highly recommend you to contact our Unity.Learning Center Director, Mrs. Chandra Maxwell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 615-566-5157.  Unity.Learning provides an excellent opportunity for your child to receive extra help with WMS teachers so they can handle the academic rigors your child may be facing.  Please contact Mrs. Maxwell for details.
#4--Next week, all Sumner County Schools will be on Thanksgiving Break.  I hope that everyone who receives this message has a blessed Thanksgiving Break.
Thank You,
Danny Kay Robinson, Principal

 

 

Fall Fundrasier Info (11/19) ... 

126817729_229646361832985_5574879304774322625_o.jpg

 

SCS Extended Hybrid Schedule ...

The following is information referenced on the main page slide show regarding the Extended Hybrid Schedule:

 

20_21_SCS_Hybrid_Schedule--11_13_20.jpg

 

 

Sumner Virtual Academy Info (11/11/20) ...

Westmoreland Middle School Families,
The purpose of this communication is to share with all our parents information about the K-8 Sumner Virtual Academy: 3rd Nine Weeks Enrollment. Please see the two (2) documents below for full details and keep in mind that the enrollment window is from 8 AM 11/16 to 3 PM 11/30. We will also send this information to our parents (who we have email addresses on), through School Messenger. If you have questions, please call the school or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Thank You,
Danny Kay Robinson, Principal

 

20_21_SVA--11_11_20_1.png

 20_21_SVA--11_11_20_2.png

 

 

 

 

Fall Fundraiser Kick-Off Information (11/11/20) ...

The Fall Fundraiser for Westmoreland Middle School starts Thursday 11/12 and we need your help. Our goal is to raise $20,000.00 for classroom needs and technology.  

Please watch the following parent video regarding our Fall Fundraiser:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6-UDPlhfPo&list=PL50fl90Wbvi-ZcMWhIKucfXzb8U0rAX7q&index=2&t=0s. Click or tap if you trust this link." data-auth="Verified">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6-UDPlhfPo&list=PL50fl90Wbvi-ZcMWhIKucfXzb8U0rAX7q&index=2&t=0s

To help ....it's as simple as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Register TONIGHT at https://www.shopfund.com/. Click or tap if you trust this link." data-auth="Verified">www.ShopFund.com
  2. Share custom support links with family & friends via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Email, Text and more.
  3. Student Goal: 5 Online Supporters.

REGISTER-SHARE-WIN: Sharing gets you tickets for chances to win over $100,000 in instant prizes.

Fundraiser Links:

On behalf of myself and the WMS Staffulty, thank you for doing your part to make our fundraiser a success.

 

 

 

"What To Do If My Child Is Quarantined" Info  (11/05/20) ...

The following is not the best version of our plan.  However, it is a copy of our plan regarding "What To Do If My Child Is Quarantined".  We are going to keep working on the technical side of this version so it will be more user-friendly.

 

 Quarantine_Info.jpg

 

 Parent TV Info (11/12/20) ...
 
 
Webinar banner
   
   
Hi NANCY MORRIS,

Thank you for attending Navigating addictive technology when it comes to our kids. We hope you enjoyed our event.


Please submit your questions or comments to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To watch the webinar again, please click on this link: https://parenttv.com/institute/sumner-county-schools/videos/addictive-technology-a-response-to-the-social-dilemma-documentary/

They say it takes a village to raise a child…

A village where the carers of our children can go to get the best researched-based information, from people who are experts in their field - psychologists, psychiatrists, paediatricians, occupational therapists, technology and bullying experts.

A village they can access at any time of the day or night, whether they have a quiet moment or are in the middle of a crisis.

A village where the answers are delivered in 2-5 minutes by someone who understands and can advise you on the best course of action in a nonjudgmental and encouraging way.

Welcome to ParentTV.

With support from newborns through to the teenage years at your fingertips, ParentTV provide access to the answers and advice that help you address parenting concerns. Sign up for $49 here: https://parenttv.com/parents-carers/
Webinar logo
   
 
 
 
 
Toys For Tots (11/04/20) ... 
123994855_225170722280549_3730285985501620941_o.jpg
 
 

 

 Attendance Information (07/11/19) …

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.

Additional 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.  

  

Progressive Truancy Plan Information for 19-20 ...

NOTICE TO PARENTS- NEW LAW- PLEASE READ

School attendance is extremely important to student success and is a popular topic with local law makers. This letter is to inform you of a few changes that will affect you and your family regarding school attendance for the 2018/19 SY. T.C.A. 49-6-3007 states the following:

               (A) If the student is absent from school for an aggregate of five (5) days during the school year without adequate excuse, then the student is subject to referral to juvenile court; and

               (B) It is a parental duty to monitor the student’s school attendance and require the student to attend school.

The law also states that each district shall implement progressive truancy interventions for students who violate the Compulsory Attendance Law. Below you will find Sumner County Schools tiered approach in reducing the amount of unexcused absences in effort to produce successful students.

Sumner County Schools Progressive Truancy Intervention Tiers

                  Tier 1-School level interventions and reward programs

                 Tier 2-initiated at 3 unexcused absences

                         *Parents must conference with administration

                         *Attendance contract signed at conference

               Tier 3-initiated with additional unexcused absences

                          * Individualized Assessment completed and one of the following:

                                   Individualized Action Plan or Improvement Plan

                                   Referral to school counselor

                                   Referral to community-based services

                                   Referral to school nurse-Health plan created

                                   Referral to Attendance Student Support counselor

               Tier 4-initiated with continued unexcused absence

                         *Referral to School Attendance Review Team consisting of administration, counselor, student, parent, teachers, nurse, attendance clerk, psychologist, and /or truancy officer.

               Tier 5-Referral to Truancy Officer

                         *Truancy officer intervention

                         *Parent could be required to attend Pre-Court Diversion Program

                Tier 6-Juvenile Petition filed

 These efforts of collaboration are to support your student to become a confident, productive and successful student.

 

Calendar Information

***For calendar information, please see the “Calendar” section of the school website.***

 

Thank You,

Danny Kay Robinson, Principal

  

 

          

 

Mission Statement

Westmoreland Middle School’s highly qualified teachers engage students through quality instruction based on the Tennessee standards and guide them toward becoming an integral part of the school and community. School leaders embrace their roles and conduct themselves with honesty, transparency, and respect. Collaboration among grade-level teams and content-area teachers is essential to achieving student success. We hone our craft through participation in Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) as well as other learning opportunities to meet the changing needs of all students. Resources are easily accessible by all educators for use in quality instruction and when collaborating with other schools within the district.

Vision Statement

The vision of Westmoreland Middle School is to establish an environment which will encourage our students to be actively involved in their learning, so they can be an important part of the school and community.

Beliefs

  • All students should be challenged to learn, achieve, and succeed.
  • A safe and physically comfortable environment promotes student learning.
  • Each student is a valued individual with unique physical, social, emotional, and intellectual needs.
  • Instructional practices should incorporate learning activities that include differences in learning styles.
  • Positive character education, including moral and leadership qualities, will encourage students to become productive citizens.
  • Parental involvement in the learning process promotes unity.