Communities in Schools is hosting a Way 2 Go College Night on February 18th 5:30 - 7:00pm.Universities, Community Colleges, Trade Schools and Military are coming to discuss student options to get students thinking about high school and beyond. A panel of High School and College students will be here to talk about transitioning and how to be succesful. There will also be information about financial assistance and the College Bound Scholorship. Please join us for a free dinner and informative family evening.
Westwood Summit students have been working after school at completing full scale Fender guitars to learn about circuits, sound and craftsmanship. Students have measured, drilled and filled their wood guitar bodies with hardware and circuits to produce professional grade electric guitars that will be played and enjoyed for years to come by Westwood Summit students. Led by Lucas Jensen and Dan White, students have been developing skills in soldering, wiring and constructing through the use of Science Technology Engineering and Math practices to achieve these "rocking" outcomes. While the finishing touches of paint and glamour are still to be added, students creatively have come up with designs to make their projects show that "Summit Rocks!"
"134 Westwood Wolverines had perfect attendance for 2nd quarter! These students are honored by being invited to the AttenDance on January 29th during 7th period." Pictures will be posted after the AttenDANCE!
In Mrs. Guske's Math Extension class we have started our "Walk to Math" rotation groups. Every other day during extension, our students get into their learning groups and rotate between stations that are tailored for their individual learning. the stations consist of Math Fluencies, Moby Max, iPad Algebra, SBA Stations, and a Teacher guided group where we work on individual skills and text analysis. These groups provide differrrentiated instructions for our kids and give them a great sense of responsibility as they track their own learning and set goals for themselves.
Can you "stack" water the same way you stack a tower of Legos? Several of our 8th grade students led this experiment during Windsor's Family Science Night, teaching our future Wolverines a little bit about water density. Thank you to Jaiden Drummer, Hannah Stewart, Colton Foster, Katie Clark, Kiearra O'Neal, Hope Zaragoza, and Nicole Burnett for showing Pride in our Learning and Pride in our Community!!
On Tuesday night, the halls of Westwood Middle School were transformed into amazing art galleries. Original student work, produced in a variety of art classes was on display to the enjoyment of the young artists, fellow students, friends, family, and staff. Some of the highlights included Fauvist-style paintings and 3-D Doodles of "What's In Your Locker" by the 6th grade art classes. The 7th and 8th graders proudly exhibited oil pastel Van Gogh drawings, ceramic kiln monsters, clay gargoyles, and pointillist portrait paintings. Wolverine families appreciated refreshments provided by class parents and the PTO while talking with student guest artists about their work and inspiration. Creativity is in the air at Westwood!
On Thursday, December 10th, over 100 6th, 7th, and 8th graders at Westwood participated in the Hour of Code as a part of Computer Science Education Week. In their classrooms and in the library, students practiced Scratch, a coding language developed at MIT, to write code for Disney, Star Wars, and Minecraft games. By the end of the day, students at WMS had written over 3,000 lines of code! Great job, Wolverines!
Learning about coding doesn't have to end with the Hour of Code. Visit Code.org/learn for more information.
The weather has been cooling down, which means FISH class has moved inside. Recently, we began our racket sports unit, starting off with badminton. Badminton is a great cooperative game that translates well into other skills such as tennis and pickle-ball. We start out learning basic skills, such as proper serving form and hand positioning on the racket, then progress into game play. Badminton is a great game to play indoors during the cold months and can easily be set up in your yard when the weather is warmer.
Westwood National Junior Honor Society and Ms. Pring recently went to Second Harvest Food Bank for our community service project. Our mission was to sort through bins of pears donated by local farmers. We took out all the bad pears in order to serve only good ones to families in need. We grabbed our food handler gloves and boxed up to 18,200 pounds of pears! The director told us that our work translates into 15,166 meals!! We listened to music and talked while we sorted, and that made the work go by fast. We had a lot of fun having a competition to see which group could sort their bin the fastest. After about two hours, we took a coffee break. Then we were back to work. Once the sorting was completed, we helped clean up the warehouse floor. We took a bunch of funny group photos after a job well done. We showed PRIDE in ourselves and our community.
This year in 7th & 8th grade band, students elected officers that meet with Mr. Wisswell once a week. These students have decided that they would like to have another piece of music commissioned by Alex Thode. Last year Alex Thode wrote the 7th & 8th grade band a piece of music called "Warrior Rising." This year it has been decided that the piece will be written about the aftermath of the wind storm that just blew through Eastern Washington. Donations will be collected at our winter concert to help pay for the cost of the music, on December 17th at 7pm. The piece will be premiered on March 17th at 7pm at our mid-year concert.
3:45 PM - 5:45 PM 7th Grade Girls Basketball VS Centennial
3:45 PM - 5:45 PM 8th Grade Girls Basketball Team VS Centennial
7:30 AM - 8:00 AM Staff Meeting- Library
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM Color Guard
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM Math Is Cool
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM Prime Time Mentoring
3:45 PM - 5:45 PM 7th Grade Girls Basketball VS Freeman
3:45 PM - 5:45 PM 8th Grade Girls Basketball VS Freeman
4:00 PM - 7:30 PM Safe Sitter Babysitting Program
3:15 PM - 5:25 PM Homework Club