Principal's Update from Ms. Hinrichs January 11

Photo of WGMS principal Angela Hinrichs in front of tiger mural.

Happy New Year!  I wish everyone a prosperous, safe, and healthy 2022!  The start of the year has been interesting, but we are relaxed and ready to begin Semester 2 of the 2021-2002 school year! We are excited to have our Tigers back in the building tomorrow.

The start of a new year is a time for reflection and for new beginnings.  We are proud to have met many challenges head-on last semester, but want to continue striving for greatness with a few reminders:

Please follow all safety protocols to mitigate the spread of Covid-19. Please help our students understand the importance of proper mask wearing for the safety of self and others, along with the importance of social distancing, and handwashing.

For academic progress, encourage our Tigers to practice the skills they are learning from homework, participate in class, and use our online programs, Math 180 and Success Maker, to build their Math and Reading skills.

Socially, encourage our Tigers to be kind to one another.  We want to honor our positive behavior initiatives of ROAR:  respect (to self and others), order, achievement, and responsibility.   

Tomorrow begins a White Week and is a "B" day.

Beginning tomorrow, some students will experience a change in their schedules as they begin new semester courses. Here are some procedures we will implement to help make a smooth transition for those students, as well as new students, and students returning from virtual learning last semester:

6thgrade Exploring Cultures change

Students should first report to their 1st semester language class.  There they will receive a copy of their new schedule and be told where to go. 

Brand new students & those returning from virtual

These students will check into the main office where Mrs. Cunningham, School Counselor, will have a welcome packet and a printed schedule.  They will then report to the cafeteria where Mr. West, School Counselor, will greet them and go over their schedules, some building protocol and Q&A.  Returning students will be given the option to report directly to their 1st period class OR stay with the few brand new kids to get a mini tour with Mrs. Cunningham and/or Mr. West.

New School Counselor

Students with last names beginning with H-M will have a new school counselor in a week or so.  We have been working diligently to find a suitable candidate to fill this position. As soon as the new school counselor has been secured, you will be notified.  In the meantime, Mrs. Cunningham will work with students whose last names begin with A-J and Mr. West will work with students whose last names begin with K-Z.

Here are a some noteworthy items for your January calendar: 

Thursday, January 13:  Family FEV Tutoring Webinar at 5:30 p.m. will be rescheduled

Monday, January 17: MLK, Jr. Holiday-Schools Closed

Tuesday, January 18:  Report Cards Distributed

Wednesday, January 19: Parent Teacher Conferences, 4-7 p.m., Virtual appointments:

Sign-Up for Parent Teacher Conferences

WGMS will hold a Virtual Parent-Teacher Conference Night on Wednesday, January 19th from 4:00-7:00 pm.  We have created a link in Sign-Up Genius below to use to schedule your 10-minute conference with your student's teachers. The School Counseling Office will also have access to schedule appointments. You may reach the School Counseling Office at (540) 372-1145.  Appointments must be requested by Tuesday, January 18th at 3:30 p.m. 

Friday, January 21: Division Spelling Bee (WGMS 12 pm)

Monday, January 24: Asynchronous Day/Teacher Workday

Wednesday, January 26:  Make-Up Day for School Portraits.  Forms are online.

COVID Symptoms

 As we continue our in-person learning, we are again asking parents and guardians to assist us in keeping our schools safe by closely monitoring your child’s health. Please keep students home who are sick or are showing signs of COVID-19 symptoms. The symptoms are:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

The Importance of Communication

Parents, guardians, and caregivers are asked to report new diagnoses of COVID-19 to the school and public health authorities to facilitate contact tracing and communication planning for cases and outbreaks. As families become aware of positive and presumptive positive cases within their household, as well as close contacts with positive cases, we encourage you to contact Mrs. Hinrichs's office by phone so we may complete the processes for contact tracing. Please leave a message with the Principal's Secretary if you are unable to connect with Mrs. Hinrichs directly.

Thank you to all families who have contacted the school regarding new diagnoses or close contacts with positive cases. Without your communication, it would have been even harder to stop the transmission of COVID-19 in our school. You are greatly appreciated! 

Have a Wonderfully Tigerrific Week!  

Mrs. Hinrichs