Principal's Corner


October 23, 2018

Subject: Principal’s Report


DLT/BLT Goals: Currently, WMS has two building focuses:

  • Promote high expectations for students with extra help and time; provide interventions for at-risk students

  • Engage in data-driven, continuous improvement through strong leadership and quality professional development  

DLT:  On Tuesday, October 22, 2018, the district held its quarterly District Leadership Team (DLT) meeting.  The objective of the meeting was to check progress towards our building focus and goals; revisit and create action steps; identify strengths, weaknesses, and areas of improvement from the building report card; establish a to-do list; and share #bebetter observations.  WMS team members did a fantastic job of problem solving and planning, while looking at what we want to be in the future.

Robotics Team Beginning:  WMS is beginning a partnership with the YMCA to start a First Lego League team.  First Lego League teams consist of up to 10 members in grades 4-8.  They research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc., and are challenged to develop a solution. They also must design, build, and program a robot using Lego Mindstorms, then compete on a tabletop playing field. This year, the program will be for seventh and eighth graders and, hopefully, opening up to fifth and sixth graders in the future.  Lindsay Zielonka from Wapakoneta YMCA will be the primary organizer, along with Laura Folger from WMS.   

Power of ICU:  We are excited to be studying the book Power of ICU.  This month, we began to cover the chapters that deal directly with building up the school and how to revive engagement and responsibility.  We have also begun to try out the ICU list. This list is a building-wide document that is accessible by all staff members. Teachers load student assignments that are missing or not up to the standard of passing (commonly known as a C) on to the list.  Once a student is on the list, the school works together to provide the needed support, so they may be removed from the list.

Student Assist Time:  One support for the ICU list is Student Assist Time (SAT).  The PTO is sponsoring this opportunity for all students to receive FREE tutoring and homework help on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 3:15 - 4:30 PM in the library.  It is currently staffed by two certified teachers. The purpose of the program is to help students in math and reading as well as with homework and basic study skills. We are looking to add morning times also as we grow this program.    

Red Ribbon Week: This week we have kicked off our Red Ribbon Week. Throughout the week, we will be continuing our fundraiser, which will benefit the community in its efforts for a new K-9 for the Wapakoneta Police Department. Lieutenant Welker and his K-9, Ricco, have visited WMS several times this month to speak with students about the K-9 program. At the end of the week, we will be hosting a culminating assembly with personnel from WPD. At the assembly, we will learn which student will be the lucky winner who gets to spend a day with Lieutenant Welker and Ricco.

Other INFO:

  • Students sold over $31,000 worth of merchandise in the PTO Fundraiser.

  • WMS had a student section for the homecoming football game.

  • 5th, 6th, and 7th graders went to the Wapa Theater to see First Man.

  • 5th grade students went to Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm.

  • On September 26, 2018, our staff had a PD where they shared their observations from visiting each others’ classrooms.  

  • This Friday will be the end of the 1st quarter.


Upcoming Events:

October 22 - 26, 2018 - Red Ribbon Week

October 22, 2018 - October WMS Fall Choir Concert at WHS PAC from 6:30-7:30 PM

October 22, 2018 - BLT

October 24, 2018 - 7th grade walking to Wapa Theatre to see First Man, leaving at 11:40 AM

October 26, 2018 - Red Ribbon Week Assembly at 1:30 PM

October 26, 2018 - 5th grade walking to Wapa Theatre to see First Man, leaving at 8:05 AM

October 26, 2018 - End of the 1st Quarter

October 30 - November 1, 2018 - Scholastic Book Fair

October 30, 2018 - Grades due by 9:00 AM

October 30, 2018 - Action Team Day

October 30, 2018 -  7th grade field trip to Armstrong Museum (Crow, Wade, Conkle) 11:40 AM - 2:20 PM

October 31,  2018 - 7th grade field trip to Armstrong Museum (Law, Larkin, Riffle) 11:40 AM - 2:20 PM

November 1, 2018 - 7th grade field trip to Armstrong Museum (Folger, Maurer, Smalley, Dietrich) 11:40 AM - 2:20 PM

November 2, 2018 - Grade cards go home

November 5, 2018 - BLT

November 8, 2018 - Elec Simon Motivational Assembly 1:30-2:30 PM

November 12, 2018 - Veterans Day Assembly

November 14, 2018 - Choir Auditions for Winter Solos from 3:10-4:30 PM

November 15, 2018 - PTO Fundraiser Pick-up

November 15, 2018 - Parent Teacher Conferences from 5-8 PM

November 19, 2018 - Professional Development

November 19, 2018 - Parent Teacher Conferences from 5-8 PM

November 20, 2018 - Staff Breakfast at 8 AM  

November 20, 2018 - Parent Teacher Conferences from 8 AM-3 PM

November 21 - 23, 2018 - No school

November 27, 2018 - BOE Meeting at WHS at 7:00 PM

November 28, 2018 - Mike Tizzano Second Presentation

December 4, 2018 - MMGW Teacher and Student Interviews

December 6, 2018 - MMGW Site Review

December 10, 2018 - Choir Concert at WHS PAC from 6:30-7:30 PM

December 11, 2018 - MMGW Site Review Snow Date

December 11, 2018 - Mary Poppins, Jr. Auditions from 3-5:30 PM

December 14, 2018 - 7th Grade Choir to Wapakoneta Manor

December 18, 2018 - BOE meeting at BOE Office at  5:00 PM

December 20, 2018 - PTO Fall Fundraiser Reward Party at Astro Lanes from 8:10-10:45 AM

December 21, 2018 - Spelling Bee in WMS auditorium at 9:30 AM

December 21, 2018 - Group photos in gym from 1-3 PM   

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