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The Eagle Flyer Wellington Middle School

October 2021

A day in the life of an Eagle

Parents and/or Guardians,

Thank you for your support, feedback, and understanding as we continue to develop rhythms and routines at Wellington Middle School this year. September has been an incredible month of learning for all of us. We have been learning quite a bit about each other, our passions, and the content within our classrooms.

As we continue to learn and grow together, we value your questions and feedback. If you ever have any questions about what your students are learning in class, or at Wellington Middle School, please reach out to their teacher or our front office. We truly believe that we are in this together. Also, if you have not had the opportunity to fill out our connection survey, please take a moment to identify areas that you would like to be involved at Wellington Middle School. Those that have filled out the survey, please know that we will be reaching out to you in the coming weeks.

We are really trying to maximize our time in class to focus on connections and learning. Part of this is teaching students appropriate use of technology while at school. Here at Wellington Middle School our personal electronic device policy is as follows:

All personal electronic devices should be kept off and in the student’s backpack during class time. Students are encouraged to use personal electronic devices before or after school, during lunch/recess, or if they have teacher permission or a social media pass. The first time a cell phone is being used inappropriately, the student may have a conversation with instructor, the second time the student will be asked to turn in their phone to the office to be returned at the end of the day, the third time a parent will be asked to pick up the cell phone from school. However, there may be extenuating circumstances that warrant the use of students' personal electronic devices and exceptions can be made on a case by case basis.

What this means is that some classes use electronic devices for learning, while others may not use them at all. With this in mind, we ask that if you need to get a hold of your students outside of the times listed above, please call the front office (488-6600) and we will get a message to your student or pull them out of class in the event of an emergency. Thank you for your support as we continue to emphasize the importance of learning while students are at school.

Some of you may have heard that there were some trends and challenges on TikTok this last month that had negative impacts on schools across the nation. While we definitely felt that impact in our building for a short period of time, our students really stepped up when we called out the behavior and asked for their help in changing the culture in our building.

While we are hopeful that last month’s bathroom vandalism and theft challenge is behind us, we are getting word that there are ongoing monthly challenges for the remainder of the year that are being circulated on social media that involve inappropriate physical touch, lewd acts at school, and more theft and vandalism on school campuses. Please take a moment to talk to your student(s) about what they might be seeing on social media and/or what they might be hearing their friends talk about. We are making a big push in this coming month about what it looks like to be an upstanding Wellington Eagle and the positive impact that has on our community.

Thank you for your partnership and support in nurturing, teaching, and developing our future leaders here at Wellington Middle School and within our community.

Sincerely,

Kelby Benedict

School Social ~ Neon Night

Our WMS Student Council is hosting an optional, outdoor social night for all WMS students called "Neon Night" on Thursday, October 7th from 5:30-7:30pm at WMS. There will be music, dancing, games, and food available for purchase.

The event is free to attend and all students in grades 6th, 7th, and 8th grade are invited. Please remind your student to bring their mask in case they need to use the bathroom inside and cash for food if they would like to purchase pizza or snacks.

Students may also wear neon colors if they would like to match the theme!

Parent-Teacher Conferences

This fall we will be hosting conferences online through Microsoft Booking, more details will be coming in a separate email at the end of the week. You will have the opportunity to schedule a conference for 5 minutes with each of your student(s) teachers. If you anticipate needing more than 5 minutes, or you meet for 5 minutes and need more time, please coordinate individually with the teachers you need more time with. This is an opportunity for you to touch base with teachers as we approach the mid-point of the semester.

What: Parent-Teacher Conferences

Where: Online, Microsoft Teams Booking

When: Thursday, October 14th from 4:30 – 7:30 pm

Duration: 5 minutes with each teacher

After School Programming ~ Eagles Club & Athletics

In addition to our after school athletics, we have started our after programming in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Wellington. The program is offered five days a week from 3:00 - 6:00 pm. Currently the program is offsite at the Boys and Girls Club, however, soon it will be moving back to Wellington Middle School. If your student is interested, please reach out to our front office or call Megan Hale directly at the club. We are excited to get this up and going once again!

If you are interested in registering your student, please use this link.

Athletics

Cross Country wrapped up their season yesterday at districts. It was fun to see how much they’d all improved since the start of the season. Volleyball teams have their last games today & tennis will finish up at districts Wednesday & Thursday. It’s starting to feel like fall and we have two home football games this week to enjoy.

*We are still in need of fall game workers! If you are interested in making some extra money by keeping the book (VB), running the scoreboard(FB/VB), or running the chains(FB) please click here to sign up!*

Happy October! Winter sports registration is now open, click here to sign up.

7th & 8th grade Boys Basketball, 10/18-10/22

  • Optional pre-season camp 10/18 - 10/22 from 3:15-4:30
  • Tryouts will be 10/21, 10/26, and 10/27 from 3:15-5:15
  • Official practice begins 10/28 from 3:15-5:15
  • 7th grade ~ Coach Todd Genson tgenson@psdschools.org
  • 8th grade ~ Coach JT Brooks jbrooks@psdschools.org

Once you've registered your athlete for participation you will need to pay the fee on SchoolPay or bring a check to school prior to the first day of practice. You will also need to bring proof of a current (within the last year) sports physical if we don't already have one on file. We will be offering sports physicals at WMS on 10/12 if your child needs one please sign up here. Please let me or Mrs. Mohr amohr@psdschools.org know if you have any questions regarding registration.

These sports are coming soon, we will send out reminders with more information once these seasons get a bit closer!

  • 7th & 8th grade Girls Basketball, 1/4-2/23
  • 7th & 8th grade Wrestling, 1/18-3/5
Come celebrate Coach Carlson on October 19
October Calendar

October 4 - October 8

10/4/21 7th Volleyball vs. Lincoln @Lincoln Middle School (2:05 release from class, 2:20 bus departs)

8th Volleyball District Tournament for 3rd place @Lesher Middle School, 4:45pm (1:55 release from class, 2:25 bus departs)

10/5/21 8th Football vs. CLP @Wellington Middle School (2:30 release from class)

10/6/21 7th Football vs. Blevins @Wellington Middle School (2:30 release from class)

10/6 & 10/7 Tennis District Championships @Rolland Moore Park All Day

10/7/21 Neon Night ~ School Social @Wellington Middle School 5:30-7:30pm

October 10-October 14

10/12/21 8th Football vs. Lincoln @Lincoln Middle School (1:50 release from class, 2:20 bus departs)

6th & 7th Grade Orchestra Concert @Wellington Middle School 7pm

10/13/21 7th Football vs. Kinard @Wellington Middle School (2:30 release from class)

6th & 7th Grade Band Concert @Wellington Middle School (6th grade @ 6:00 pm & 7th grade @ 7:00 pm)

10/14/21 Parent-Teacher Conferences, Online from 4:30 - 7:30 pm

10/15/21 NO SCHOOL

October 18 - October 22

10/18 - 10/22 Boys Basketball Pre-Season Camp (Wellington Middle School)

10/19/21 8th Football v Lesher @ Wellington Middle School (Coach Carlson's Retirement recognition at halftime)

October 25 - October 29

10/25 -10/27 Boys Basketball Tryouts

10/28 Boys Basketball - First Day of Practice

Student Rights and Code of Conduct

Each year, parents/guardians and secondary students must acknowledge that they have reviewed the Student Rights and Code of Conduct, which is a compilation of rules, policies and regulations regarding student behavior.

Parents/guardians will be asked to acknowledge they have reviewed the Student Rights and Code of Conduct when they log into the ParentVUE parent portal. Parents/guardians will not be given access to ParentVUE until they electronically sign the acknowledgment. This box only needs to be checked once per year (once for elementary students and once for secondary students, if you have students in the different grade levels) to gain access to ParentVUE.

Parents of students in secondary schools (6-12): Your student will also be asked to acknowledge having received and reviewed the Students Rights and Code of Conduct when logging into StudentVUE for the first time this school year.

Families new to PSD or those who have never accessed their ParentVUE account have received a separate email with instructions for how to log into ParentVUE. If you have questions regarding ParentVUE or StudentVUE, see the ParentVUE FAQ or contact your school.

Meals this Year

Thanks to an extension of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s school district reimbursement program, PSD will once again offer free meals to any enrolled PSD student during the 2021-22 school year. Ala carte items will be sold at the secondary level. Cash will be accepted but no change will be given, all change will go on the student’s meal account. Please email refund requests to nutrition@psdschools.org and include your student’s name and ID number.

Families are encouraged to apply for Free and Reduced meals for the coming school year. Those who qualify for benefits are eligible for school fee/charge waivers, possible P-EBT payments, and their school will also receive additional student funding. Many community programs and businesses (City of Fort Collins Parks and Rec, Comcast, Fort Collins Soccer Club) also waive or reduce fees with proof of free or reduced meal eligibility.

Families can also apply for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (FCC BB information) that provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying households. A qualification is a household that is approved under the free and reduced school lunch or breakfast program.

Qualifying Students may Apply for Fees/Charges Waivers

Did you know? If your child is eligible for free or reduced-price meals in Poudre School District, you may also be able to take advantage of another fantastic benefit: waivers for some school fees and charges. To be eligible for these benefits, you must be approved to receive free or reduced-price meals and complete an additional form each school year.

• Free and Reduced-Priced Meal Application: Families can apply on-line at https://www.myschoolapps.com/Application or pick up a paper application at your child's school. Applications must be completed annually to stay registered for the program. Answers to frequently asked questions can be found here - Letter to Parents. Your child's free or reduced-price meal eligibility status is confidential.

• Once approved for free and reduced-priced meals, complete PSD’s Permission to Share Information for Fee Waivers and Programs to Receive Goods and Services Form. This form is available on-line through the PSD ParentVUE portal. Completing this form gives PSD's Child Nutrition Department permission to share your child's eligibility status with other district officials. These officials must also maintain confidentiality of your child's eligibility status. You must fill out the Permission to Share form each year.

Waivers are available for some but not ALL school fees and charges, including summer school tuition, extra-curricular activities and supplies, curricular supply costs and more.

After you submit the form and your child is approved, SchoolPay will automatically update fees/charges that are eligible for a waiver, displaying a $0.00 balance due once you proceed to checkout in SchoolPay.

SchoolPay is Poudre School District's online payment partner. SchoolPay allows convenient online payment to all Poudre School District fees. To set up an account, view meal activity, view balances or make payments visit https://psdschools.schoolpay.com. Purchase activity and balances are updated each evening.

Drop Off and Pick Up

You may have noticed some new cross-walks and lights for students on both the north and south end of campus. We are currently working with the Town of Wellington to improve access to the crosswalk on the south end of our building. Please continue to remind students to use sidewalks and crosswalks as they are making their way to and from school.

With this there might be some changes to signage, parking updates, and traffic flow in the near future. Please pay attention to signage and curb markings when dropping off and picking up your students.

All WMS students that will be riding a bus will unload and load at Eyestone Elementary, and all parent/gaurdian drop-off and pick-up will occur on the south end of Wellington Middle School in our loop.

As our transportation department continues to try to increase the number of students on busses, we will still have quite a few students being dropped off by car or walking to school. We need all non-bus riding students to be dropped off and picked up on the south side of our building in our cirlce drive. This is for both safety and efficiency as we look to start and end the school day. Students must cross both Grant and Wilson Avenues at the newly installed crosswalk signals.

Also, if you have an older elementary student, and you are okay with them walking a bit, you are welcome to drop them off with your middle school student, and then they can walk to Eyestone on the sidewalk to the west of our building in the morning.

Morning Drop Off
Afternoon Pick Up
COVID-19 Screening Tool

The at home COVID-19 symptom screening tool for parents and staff can be found below. In alignment with all Poudre School District buildings, all students, staff, and visitors are required to wear a mask at Wellington Middle School regardless of vaccination status.

Parents and guardians can use these symptom checklists to determine when to keep their child at home. School staff can also use this tool to determine if they need to stay at home. ​Any student or staff diagnosed with COVID-19 or who is a close contact of a COVID-19 case should not go to school and should ​isolate or quarantine​ according to public health recommendations regardless of current symptoms.

This symptom screen refers only to ​new symptoms or a change in usual symptoms​. A student/staff should not be kept home for usual symptoms they experience due to a chronic condition unless they are worse than usual. These guidelines are ​in addition to​ your regularschool guidance (for example, a child with vomiting should also not attend school based onusual school guidance). Please refer to the ​Return to Learn​ guidance to determine when it is appropriate to return to school.

If your child is/you are experiencing any potentially life-threatening symptoms please call 911.

Symptom Screen:

If any of the following symptoms are present, keep the child at home/stay at home, inform the school of symptoms, and reach out to a health care provider about COVID-19 testing and next steps for treatment.

  • Feeling feverish, having chills, or temperature 100.4°F or higher.
  • New or unexplained persistent cough.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Loss of taste or smell.
  • Fatigue.
  • Muscle aches.
  • Headache.
  • Sore throat.
  • Nausea or vomiting.​
  • Diarrhea.​
  • Runny nose or congestion.
Attendance

Teachers will take attendance through Synergy in each synchronous class period. It is important that students log on at the start of each class period so they do not miss anything and don't get marked absent. There is a new feature in ParentVue, so if you know your child will be absent you can go into ParentVue on the child's page and click on the Report Absence (blue tab with alarm bell). You are also welcome to call the attendance line at 970-488-6601.

Need help with ParentVUE or StudentVUE?

Accessing and Activating a ParentVUE Account;

ParentVUE Frequently Asked Questions;

or call Peggy Hunter at 488.6607 or email her at phunter@psdschools.org.

Technology Support

If a student is having issues with their laptops, the following links can be used to help troubleshoot before calling or emailing the PSD IT department.

PSD's IT Department is providing support to students and families with a new tech help website and IT support phone line and email. Community tech help website offers device troubleshooting and application technical support information, how-to guides, a calendar with important upcoming dates related to PSD technology and more. IT support for Wellington Middle School can be found by calling Andrea Bock at 970-488-6623 or by emailing her at abock@psdschools.org.

Social Media Sites

Please do not hesitate to contact the school for any questions or concerns as we launch into this school year. Our office will be staffed Monday through Friday from 7:30 am - 3:30 pm to answer questions and provide you with the resources you may need. Important information as well as contact/email addresses for teachers and staff can be found here on the Wellington Middle School website.

Contact Us
  • Principal: Kelby Benedict - kbenedic@psdschools.org, 970-488-6603
  • Assistant Principal: Steven Watkins - swatkins@psdschools.org, 970-488-6604
  • Assistant Principal/Athletic Director: Hilarie Bartling - hbartlin@psdschools.org, 970-488-6671
  • Dean of Students: Marc Buffington - marcb@psdschools.org, 970-488-6648
  • Main Line: 970-488-6600
  • Attendance Line: 970-488-6601
  • Fax Line: 970-488-6602

For more information regarding PSD's health and safety protocols, COVID-19 response, and meals for students please visit: https://www.psdschools.org/2021-22-School-Year.

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Created with an image by Dane Deaner - "Eagle on the Way"