Principal's Corner

October 22, 2019

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  

Early dismissal PD:  Last week, we were lucky enough to spend 1.5 hours with the staff working on our building goals.  The staff discussed learning walks, why our value-added data improved, ways to recognize positive behavior of our students, as well as ways to get student support with missing/late work.  The best part of our PD is that it is tied directly to our building goals and is vetted through our building leadership team.                

PBIS: Wapakoneta Middle School is planning for full implementation of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) starting next year.  PBIS is a decision-making framework that guides selection, integration, and implementation of the best evidence-based academic and behavioral practices for improving important academic and behavior outcomes for all students.  Our goal is to be fully implemented by the end of the 2022-2023 school year.  The building has developed an action team consisting of teachers, administration, and counselors to oversee this process.  As the team meets to look at future implementation, they will identify what we are already doing well, what we are doing that needs improvement, and what we need to add.      


Positive Behavior Fridays:  I attended a presentation at the Ohio Association for Secondary School Administrators (OASSA) conference a couple of years ago that was focused on building culture and the impact of the students on it.  The major point that came back with me was taking the opportunity to reinforce positive behavior during lunch. Basically, we have a party to celebrate the attributes of all the wonderful students that we have at WMS.  After a year of experimentation, our new Assistant Principal, Mr. Cutnaw, has taken off with this concept. He is celebrating attendance, positive behavior referrals, school spirit, and being a Redskin. Our guidance counselors, Mr. Koch and Mrs. Fisher, also have “character corn pops” every five to six weeks where students are rewarded for showing one of the WMS pillars of character.         

Other INFO:

  • Students sold over $22,000 worth of merchandise in the PTO Fundraiser.

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

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


Upcoming Events:

October 28, 2019 - November 1, 2019 - Red Ribbon Week

October 29, 30, & 31, 2019 - 7th Grade Field Trips to Armstrong Museum

October 29, 2019 - Grades due by 9:00 AM

October 29, 2019 to November 1, 2019 - Book Fair 

October 30, 2019 - DLT

November 1, 2019 - Red Ribbon Week Assembly

November 8, 2019 - Veteran’s Day Assembly

November 4, 2019 - PTO 5:00 PM

November 13, 2019 - PTO Fundraiser Pick-up

November 14, 2019 - Speaker 

November 21, 2019 - Student Led Conferences (PM)

November 25, 2019 - Teacher PD Day

November 25, 2019 - Student Led Conferences (PM)

November 26, 2019 - Student Led Conferences 

November 27, 28, & 29, 2019 - No School

December 2, 2019 - PTO 5:00 PM

December 10, 11, & 12, 2019 - MAP Winter Test

December 19 , 2019 - PTO Reward Bowling to Astro Lanes

December 20, 2019 - Spelling Bee 9:00 AM

December 20, 2019 - Group Pictures 1:00 PM

December 23, 2019 - January 3, 2020 - No School

January 6, 2020 - Back to School

The Year In Review

Will Snyder
William Snyder, Principal
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