Weekly Update From Principal October 25

Angela Hinrichs

Good Evening Walker-Grant Tiger Families,

 Monday is a "B" day for WGMS and begins an Orange Week. 

Early Dismissal

Wednesday, October 27th will be an early dismissal day for students and an afternoon teacher workday. Students are dismissed at 12:00 noon. Students will report to the following classes on Wednesday, October 27 (B Day):  1B, 2B, 6B, 4B, 5B

Sign-Up for Parent Teacher Conferences

WGMS will hold a Virtual Parent-Teacher Conference Night on Wednesday, October 27th 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, October 26th at 3:30 p.m. 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4BA8AD2AA4F4C07-parent

HMH Into Math Growth Measure  

During the week of October 25th, Math students will take the HMH Into Math Growth benchmark assessment. Please encourage your students to do their best on these assessments.The assessment scores will be used to help identify students who may need tiered supports. 

SCA Officers and Executive Board 2021-2022

Congratulations to the 2021-2022 SCA Officers and Executive Board Members:

President:  Jackson Gravatt

Vice-President:  Ryan Willging

Secretary:  Eve Wenger

Historian:  Isobel Hornung

SCA Executive Board:  Ryan Wolfenbarger and Cyrus Linsner

 

National Junior Honor Society

As report cards have just gone home for Quarter 1, please remind your seventh-grade students to continue to strive for excellence. Nominations for National Junior Honor Society candidates will begin in Quarter 3, and we will be looking for our honor students to maintain their academics throughout Quarter 2.

If you would like more information about the Walker-Grant Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society, please feel free to reach out to Ms. Schooler in the English Department at vschooler@cityschools.com.

Jeantober

Faculty and Staff who are participating in Jeantober Month are reminded of this week's spirit wear:

  • Monday-Motivational Monday- Wear a tee with inspiring vibes
  • Tuesday-Give Bullying the Boot- Wear your boots for bullying prevention month
  • Wednesday-Patriot Pride- Wear yellow and green or Hugh Mercer Elementary gear
  • Thursday-Tiger Pride- Wear orange and black or Walker-Grant Middle swag
  • Friday- Fun Friday-Free Choice

Water Bottles

Students are encouraged to bring a plastic water bottle to school each day to be used at the refillable water stations. No glass bottles are allowed as a safety precaution.

Reminders:

Tiger Pride Tutoring Academy

WGMS is proud to announce the opening of our Tiger Pride Tutoring Academy designed to offer after-school assistance to your Tiger student. If you are interested in having your child receive extra help with English, Math, Science, or Social Studies during our new after-school tutoring academy, please see the form below for more details.  Complete the form in the link below to enroll your student in our tutoring academy.

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=nOtJEi86KECeR4iL0tXrz2WyMNPbo4lIhYdDjD5JEYlUNFY0OVcxOVdaSk5LSUMzN0w2R05KS1o2Vi4u

October is VSBA Bullying Prevention Month

Laptop Charger Fees

Effective October 4, there will be a $15 fee to replace lost laptop chargers.  Damaged chargers can be exchanged and replaced with a new charger for a $7.50 fee. 

Earbuds

Earbuds are a required school supply item.  Students are responsible for bringing earbuds to school.  Earbuds will be available for sale for $1.00 should students need earbuds while at school. 

Vaccination Requirement for Winter and Spring Athletics
Remember that our athletes who play on Virginia High School League (VHSL) teams will need to provide proof of vaccination to participate in winter and spring sports. You can visit FCPS Athletics COVID Guidelines at our website at https://www.fxbgschools.us/resources/covid-info

See below the most relevant points related to exemptions.

  • Students who are not receiving the COVID-19 vaccine due to religious reasons will be exempt from the requirement. They will need to provide the reason for their religious exemption to the school in writing. Students who are not receiving the COVID-19 vaccine due to documented health or medical reasons will be exempt from the requirement. They will need to provide documentation of a medical exemption from their physician. Students can do this through a letter from the doctor stating the student has a medical condition that prevents them from receiving the vaccine on the doctor's office letterhead.  
  • These students must submit negative test results on a weekly basis. Also, unvaccinated students will be required to submit a negative test before returning to play after exposure to a positive COVID-19 case.

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 Tigeriffic Week! 

Always Tiger Strong,

Mrs. Hinrichs