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The Eagle Flyer Wellington Middle School

April 9, 2021

A glimpse into a day at Wellington Middle School!

Dear Parents and/or Guardians,

Thank you so much for you grace, support, and flexibility as we have navigated this year. Having all students back in the building has been an incredible opportunity to reconnect, check-in, and re-establish routines. While it is not a 4th quarter that looks like any other, we are so grateful to have all students back. Due to your communication and responsiveness regarding illness, feedback to improve our practices, and support of our entire community we really have been able to re-engage and reconnect with our students here at Wellington Middle School.

Next week, Wellington Middle School will administer the CMAS statewide assessments. These tests provide valuable information for our school and teachers, who use the data to understand where students are in their learning and tailor instruction accordingly. The district also uses these results to measure overall student academic progress and identify opportunities for improvement.

Like in years past, students will take the CMAS assessment at school. We recommend that they bring a book with them so they can read it if they finish early. If your child is ill on a testing day, they should not come to school and follow the Return to Learn guidelines or PSD COVID-19 protocols. Families may contact us to discuss makeup options.

There have been a few questions as to why we have not allowed student pick-up to happen off the north side of Grant Ave between our circle drive entrance and exit. We are doing our best to safely and efficiently get students off campus in cars, on sidewalks, and/or on buses. We are trying to get all students to exit campus on sidewalks and through crosswalks whenever they are available. For a student to get to the sidewalk adjacent to the arch, they would need to cross two lanes of traffic in our drop-off and pick-up circle. Thank you for your patience as we continue to reflect and refine our practices for safety and efficiencies.

In this Eagle Flyer, you will find more information regarding CMAS testing, summer school opportunities, updated bus information for the remainder of the year, and our most up to date April Calendar. As always, please don't hesitate to reach out, ask questions, or provide feedback as we are in this together.

Sincerely,

Kelby Benedict, Principal

2021 Wellington Middle School CMAS Testing

We would like to thank you in advance for your efforts in emphasizing the importance of the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS). This year’s CMAS Assessment will be April 13th-15th. Please note that the tests are only in the morning, and classes for all students resume each day after the testing sessions end. On April 20th, we will have a day of testing for our 8th graders (during this time, our 6th adn 7th graders will have a normal class schedule). A schedule of classes and testing for this week is included below. Thank you parents for all you do. We know that with parental support and academic preparation, our students will excel on this test.

The best way to prepare for these tests is to get a good night’s sleep in the days leading up to the tests and breakfast the morning of. Please remind your son or daughter to bring their laptops fully charged on all testing days. No cell phones, food, or drink (other than water) will be permitted in the testing rooms.

Our school’s testing schedule is as follows:

What: MATH or LANGUAGE ARTS (ELA)

When: Tuesday - Thursday, April 13th - 15th

6th, 7th, & 8th Grade CMAS Testing, April 13th-15th

What: 8th SCIENCE

When: Tuesday, April 20th

8th Grade Science CMAS, April 20th

Opting in or out of tests

To excuse your student from state assessments, you may complete a Parent Excusal form digitally by logging into ParentVUE and accessing Services Tracker. Instructions and screenshots on how to do this can be found here. Please note that you will need to fill out a form for each subject area. You may also print a PDF version of the "2020-21 Opt Out of State Testing Form" and return it to your school.

If you decide to opt out, we encourage you to keep your student home on our scheduled testing days. Absences will be excused. Due to COVID-19 protocols, students who are opted out of tests but come to school will still sit with their classmates during the testing sessions, so we do not mix cohorts. They may sit quietly or read a book, according to state guidelines.

For more information about state assessments, visit the Colorado Department of Education website here or visit the PSD District and State Assessments web page.

Summer School Opportunity

Enrollment is accessible through ParentVue. To access the ParentVue page click HERE.

If you think you do not have a ParentVue account, please contact your student's school for help. If you forgot your ParentVue password, click HERE.

For additional help with your ParentVue account, email covidtechhelp@psdschools.org

Once you are logged into your ParentVue account,

Click the “Online Registration” tab on the top right corner of the screen.

Select “2020-2021 Summer Registration for MS Connect & Engage (By Invitation ONLY)” from the drop-down menu.

Follow the prompts, complete all required questions, and submit your registration.

If you have questions during the registration process, please contact Tiffany Downey at tdowney@psdschools.org or (970) 218-4895.

Students that participate in the Connect & Engage Camp are also invited to participate in the PSD STEM-X Summer Program. After registration, STEM-X information will be shared with students and families to register for classes the following week. Check out the STEM-X Summer Program website - https://stem-x.org/ - for more information. Note: Students attending Connect & Engage Camp are not required to apply.

Transportation Update

This spring, PSD has been reviewing and approving some busing requests for students in need during Phase 4 in-person learning. To allow the Transportation Department the necessary time to plan bus routes for robust summer programming and fall 2021, the district will no longer accept requests for spring 2021 busing after Friday, April 16. More information >>

PSD is still only bussing a limited number of students when all students are in Phase 4. Due to current bus driver shortages and health guidelines, among other challenges, PSD is not adding routes and will not be able to return to full busing (approximately 13,000 students in a typical school year) this year.

If circumstances in your family's life have changed and you feel your student meets these criteria or your family has extenuating circumstances, please contact Wellington Middle School (970.488.6600) to see if busing can be provided. The Transportation Department has continued to evaluate requests and add riders during the second semester.

April Calendar

Monday, April 12 - Friday, April 16 : All students, in-person learning

Monday, April 12th : Varsity Softball vs Kinard @ Kinard; Girl's Golf vs Boltz @ Collindale

Tuesday, April 13th : 6th, 7th & 8th Grade CMAS Testing; Varsity Softball vs CLP @ home; Boy's Golf vs Boltz @ Collindale

Wednesday, April 14th : 6th, 7th & 8th Grade CMAS Testing; JV Softball vs Lincoln @ Lincoln, Girl's Golf vs Lincoln @ Mountain Vista, Unified Basketball vs Lesher @ Home

Thursday, April 15th: 6th, 7th & 8th Grade CMAS Testing; Varsity Softball PSD District Championship; Boy's Golf vs Lincoln @ Mountain Vista

Eagles After Hours ~ Tuesday, April 13 & Thursday, April 15

Friday, April 16: NO SCHOOL for students

Monday, April 19 - Friday, April 23 : All students, in-person learning

Monday, April 19: NO SCHOOL for students

Monday, April 19th : JV Softball vs Kinard @ Kinard; Girl's Golf vs Blevins @ Mountain Vista

Eagles After Hours ~ Tuesday, April 20 & Thursday, April 22

Tuesday, April 20th: 8th Grade CMAS Testing; Boy's Golf vs Blevins @ Southridge

Wednesday, April 21st : JV Softball vs Preston @ Home; Girl's Golf vs CLP @ Collindale; Unified Basketball vs Kinard @ Kinard

Thursday, April 22nd : Boy's Golf vs CLP @ Collindale

Friday, April 23rd : Girl's Golf vs Webber @ Mountain Vista

Monday, April 26 - Friday, April 30 : All students, in-person learning

Monday, April 26th : Girl's Golf vs Preston @ City Park

Eagles After Hours ~ Tuesday, April 27 & Thursday, April 29

Tuesday, April 27th : Boy's Golf vs Preston @ Collindale

Wednesday, April 28th : Unified Basketball vs Boltz @ Boltz

Thursday, April 29th : Boy's Golf vs Webber @ Mountain Vista

Phase 4 - Continued Safety Protocols

As we look to close out the school year well, we really appreciate your support. Each morning, please screen your student(s) for any of the symptoms below and keep them home if they are experiencing one or more of them. When a students reports to us any of the symptoms below, we are required to call you to come pick them up from school. In order to keep everyone safe and schools open, students should not come to school under any circumstances if they have any of the symptoms below.

  • In the event you are unable to pick your student up from school, please be sure your emergency contacts are up to date in ParentVUE (you can also call the school to update or verify emergency contacts)
  • Please also use the return to learn guidance to determine when your student(s) is able to return to in-person learning after experiencing any symptoms.

All staff are required to use the COVID-19 Daily Screening app and must get a "green light” from the app to work before entering a PSD facility. Staff who are sick must stay home, following staff protocols.

Families must check their student(s) for COVID-19 symptoms daily and not send them to school if they are experiencing any of the following, or are too sick to go to school, following student protocols.

COVID-19 symptoms:

Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell, fatigue, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, runny nose or congestion.

If any of the above symptoms are present, please keep your child at home; call your school and leave a message on the attendance line; and contact your health care provider.

If your child develops symptoms while at school, they will be removed from class, parent/guardians will be notified, and the student will be isolated from others until their parent/guardian is able to pick them up. Under current protocols, students experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, not from another diagnosed condition, should isolate at home until at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, and if the student has had no fever for 24 hours, and if other symptoms have improved.

Phase 4 Learning Schedule
All students will return to in-person learning on March 22nd
Eagles After Hours

We are working hard to offer safe after school opportunities for students through Eagles After Hours. After Spring Break, Eagles After Hours will move back to Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.

We are excited to add to our Eagles After Hours programming by partnering with the Boys & Girls Clubs to bring you Eagles Club! Our Wellington Middle School Staff will be leading a majority of the activities including homework help/tutoring and it will be packed with innovative programs around tech, music, STEM and sports.

Please see attached flyer for more information and click this link to register!

Please contact Megan Hale, Club Director, at 970-568-7338 or mhale@bgclarimer.org for more information.

Drop Off and Pick Up

Thank you for your continued patience with drop off and pickup. As we know with less students on buses it has increased the numbers of cars at Wellington and Eyestone. Please remember not to park, meet, or drop off your students along the north side of Grant Ave in front of the arch. Students must cross Grant Ave at the crosswalk, and we do not want them walking through the drop-off circle.

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 arrival plan
Afternoon dismissal plan
Upcoming Summer Opportunities
Summer STEM Program
Absences Throughout the Phases

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.

Meals this Semester

The district will provide free meals to PSD students (PreK-12) through the end of the 2020-21 school year. PSD Meals During 2020-21 web page

There is no cost for meals: Meals are currently free through the 2020-21 school year, as part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture school district reimbursement program. Parents are encouraged to still apply for free and reduced-priced meals, which helps with school funding (apply on the Free and Reduced-Priced Meals website).

Designated school and mobile sites: Sack meals are available to students (any child 18 or younger) 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday (on scheduled school days). People must wear face coverings and maintain social distancing at meal sites. See the latest list of meal sites below.

Social Media Sites

Please do not hesitate to contact the school for any questions or concerns while our students are learning within any of our phases. 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 new Wellington Middle School website. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all learn to navigate through this continuously adapting school year! We will navigate through this challenging time together because EAGLES SOAR TOGETHER!!

Contact Us
  • Principal: Kelby Benedict - kbenedic@psdschools.org, 970-488-6603
  • Assistant Principal: Steven Watkins - swatkins@psdschools.org, 970-488-6604
  • Dean of Students/Athletic Director: Hilarie Bartling - hbartlin@psdschools.org, 970-488-6671
  • 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/psd2020-21.

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