New Drop-off / Pick-up Traffic Pattern for WCMS
The West Clermont School District, after consulting with the Clermont County Engineer’s Office and The Clermont County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Safety Unit, has evaluated the traffic flow pattern for parent drop off and pick up at West Clermont Middle School. It has been determined that there will be a change in the traffic pattern effective October 2, 2017. There will be one entrance and one exit during parent drop off and pick up. The attached maps highlight the new routes. The yellow arrows indicate the current parent entrance, drop off and pick up. This entrance, drop off and pick up will remain the same. The blue arrows indicate the new exit behind the football field.
The district is working hard to clear the exit in preparation of the new traffic pattern. In cooperation with the Clermont County Engineer’s Office and Batavia Township, additional signage and lights are going to be placed on Amelia Olive Branch to increase awareness of the school zone and slow traffic during student drop off and pick up.
The main entrance on Clough Pike to West Clermont Middle School will only be open from 7:00am – 1:00pm. The district must rely on prompt bus service at the middle school to accommodate the elementary schools in the district. In order to avoid a disruption in the bus service there is no viable option to use the Clough Pike entrance while the buses are there. The district appreciates your patience during the transition to your new middle school. The safety of our students, parents and staff is always are primary concern.
Parent Teacher Conferences – October 5th
Parent-Teacher conferences are scheduled for Thursday, October 5th at WCMS. If you would like to schedule a conference, please contact your student’s ‘Team Facilitator’ to schedule. Conferences are done with teams, so that you can get as much information and perspective as possible to support your child’s academic needs. Please see the attached organization charts per grade to find your child’s team facilitator email. If you would like to schedule a conference with an encore teacher please email the individual teachers! /userfiles/922/my files/team facilitators - west clermont middle school.pdf?id=10769
We have had a few parents/guardians ask about bringing in outside food to eat with their son and/or daughter during the school day in one of our cafeterias. We cannot allow this for several reasons - the primary one being that we have no room to provide this! We are providing healthy food options and space simply doesn’t allow for it. We thank you for understanding!
WCMS Dress Code
This past week we have had several rumors circulating regarding the dress code. We have attached the WCMS dress code again. To clear up all rumors – girls are allowed to wear all types of braids, ponytails, have pixie cuts, etc. The rumor that girls cannot have their necks exposed is not and has never been true. Girls and boys are allowed to wear joggers, jogging pants, sweatpants, athletic shorts and leggings. The rumor that they are not allowed to wear joggers, jogging pants, sweatpants, athletic shorts and leggings is not and was never true. Please see the attached dress code if you have any questions or feel free to call and speak to an administrator (513-947-7400) – 6th grade Julie Nichols; 7th grade Josh Young; 8th grade – Bret Bohannon /userfiles/922/my files/wcms dress code 2017.pdf?id=10592
We would like to update you regarding a procedure change we have put into place regarding attendance and the automated all call that occurs when there is an absence. When your student is absent, we ask that you notify the school via a phone call or email with the details of their absence and send in any doctor's notes when they return to school. In the past, if you notified the school, you did not get an automated call about their absence. From now on, you will receive a call stating that our records indicate your student is absent even if you have already notified the school. There is no need to call or email again. The attendance line is 947-7404 or you may email the absence information to WCMS_attend@westcler.org If you receive the automated call/email and your student is NOT absent, please call the office at 947-7413 right away.
WC Fun Run
The West Clermont Education Foundation will be holding a fun run that will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at the West Clermont High School Track Field. Registration is only $5.00 prior to September 20th and includes t-shirt! See the attachment for more information on this exciting community event. Students from grade K-8 are able to participate this year! /userfiles/922/my files/fun run registration 2017.pdf?id=10570
PTO Alternative Fundraiser
The WCMS PTO is now having their alternative fundraiser! Parents in the past have told us that they would much rather give a donation to the PTO and let the PTO receive 100% of the funds rather than sell/buy items that they really don’t want (candles, cookie dough, etc.) and the PTO only receive 40% of the money! Please see the attached flyer for prizes that students can earn! Thank you so much for those parents who have actively supported the West Clermont Middle School teachers and students in this endeavor. One week left – Let’s finish strong! You can fill out the attached form to send into school or go to PayPal and send money directly to WCMSPTO@westcler.org Please put your student’s name and grade in the notes field so we can get their prizes to them! This week’s winners of the $25 gift card are: Jessica Day (8th Grade) Jacob Lindsey (7th Grade) Don Souders (7th Grade) Katelyn Boynton (6th Grade) Scott Goewey (6th Grade) /userfiles/922/my files/alternative fundraiser 2017.pdf?id=10568
Chromebook insurance will cost $30 for the full year and covers one incident of breakage. Chromebook insurance purchased BEFORE 9/22 will be retroactive back to 8/30. Meaning if a student breaks his chrome book on the 15th, and the parent buys insurance on the 20th. The insurance will cover the break. After the 22nd, insurance will not kick in until 1 week after the payment. For example if a parent buys insurance on the 23rd and the student breaks a chrome book on the 24th. It is NOT covered by the insurance and they will have to pay the full cost of the repair. Their insurance if purchased on the 23th wouldn't take effect until the 30th. Parents/Guardians pay by checks made out to “West Clermont Schools”. Unfortunately ez-pay does not work for these fees! We have attached a sheet including chrome book repair and replacement costs. /userfiles/922/my files/wcms chrome book insurance form.docx?id=10549
Chromebook Charger (Power Cord)
We have a few reports already of students losing their chargers and requesting new ones. The replacement cost for a new charger is $30. Students must return their Chromebook with its associated charger, each with matching, district-issued barcodes. Failure to do so with result in a $30 charge, even if they return a charger with a different (or no) barcode. A fully charged Chromebook should last an entire day, so students should take their chargers home and use them there. The expectation is that a fully charged Chromebook should come to school each morning. /userfiles/922/my files/2017-2018 repair schedule - dell 11 3180.pdf?id=10770
Girls Basketball Information
There will be a meeting on Monday morning for all 7th and 8th grade girls interested in playing basketball this year. Information and a calendar will be handed out. 8th grade will have an open gym after school Monday from 2:30 – 4:00. 7th grade 4:30 – 6:00. Thanks!
Washington DC Trip for 8th Graders
Meetings about the Washington DC trip for 8th graders were held this week. There are only approximately 250 spots available for students to go to Washington DC this year and spots are filling fast. The $100 deposit is due by October 16, but there’s a good chance that the spots will fill before then so do not wait to contact Croswell bussing and reserve today. The number is (513) 724-2206. /userfiles/922/my files/washington dc 2017-18 .pdf?id=10771
We have several clubs beginning soon – please see the attachments and look below for info!
WCMS Student Council Mrs. Wendel firstname.lastname@example.org
WCMS Student Council elections will soon be taking place! Student council is composed of students with school spirit who are willing to help with school activities and service projects. Student council builds character and helps develop leadership, confidence, responsibility, organization and teamwork. All of this takes time and energy. There will be times when students need to stay after school. This includes, but is not limited to, meeting the first and third Tuesday of every month from 2:20 to 3:15pm. The first student council meeting will be Tuesday, October 3, 2017 in Room #211. This permission slip gives your approval for your child to run for student council, serve if elected, and attend meetings after school. Questions? Please contact student council faculty sponsor Elizabeth Wendel at email@example.com
Boys & Girls Club
Boys and Girls begins this Monday on September 25th. Applications are due into the office. Space is limited.
Homework Help Club
Homework Help Club is also starting September 25th as well on Monday through Thursday each week after school until 3:15. This club is for students who need help with homework assignments.
Horticulture Club – Mrs. Stemmer firstname.lastname@example.org
Open to 6th grade students, Green Paws is an after-school club that allows students to have hand on experiences with plants. Activities include, guest speakers, possible field trips to the conservatory, zoo, arboretum and walks around school groups. In addition, projects may include working on plants for all 6th grade classrooms and the courtyards.
Green Paws will meet every Tuesday from 2:15-3:15. Meetings will be held in room 161. Please bring clothing that can get dirty.
Vex Robotics – Mrs. Edler email@example.com
Every school day after school 215-300, October-January Room 143. Students will be excited and eager to learn how to build and program a robot to compete in this year’s competition. Students are expected to show up to every meeting, on time, and working the entire time. There will be 2 middle school teams for the 2017-2018 year with up to 8 people on each team. We need builders, programmers, secretaries, and photographers. Please fill out an application and recommendation forms and return to Mrs. Edler. Robotics Team will meet every school day after school from 2:15-3:00. This team will run from October-January. Meetings will be held in room 143.
Yearbook Club – Lauren Krehbiel Krehbiel_l@westcler.org
Yearbook is a great way to meet new friends and express oneself creatively, and each student's contribution to the yearbook can be seen come to fruition when the yearbook arrives in May. After being trained in how to use the Lifetouch Yearbook Online Design Program, students are partnered up and given the opportunity to design a yearbook spread that they can work on both at our monthly meetings or at home. In addition to designing pages, throughout the course of the year students also help-out with various other yearbook-related tasks including selling yearbooks, photography, working on promotions, and eventually yearbook distribution. There is a place for everyone on the yearbook staff, whether one is interested in designing, writing, photography. Although editors are usually eighth graders, students of all grade levels are encouraged to join and given a role in designing the yearbook and helping to make it successful! Yearbook will meet on the second and third Tuesday of every month from 2:15-3:15. Meetings will be held in room 127 in the North Building. The first meeting will be on October 10th.
Defend A Friend Mrs. Bolig firstname.lastname@example.org
The Defend a Friend (DaF) Club is a student-led group focusing on engaging students to become UPstanders at West Clermont Middle School and in their community. DaF members work to create a positive school environment. Weekly meetings focus on developing different activities to promote positivity such as UPstanders Rally, bullying prevention activities, positive post-it notes on each locker, No Name-Calling Week and Random Acts of Kindness Week. Each meeting students are given a chance to discuss how school is going, their struggles and their triumphs, from the week. All members are supportive of each other, work together and develop leadership skills. Defend a Friend will meet Tuesdays after school from 2:15-3:15.Meetings will be held in the Learning Lab.
Student Ambassadors Mrs. Hater email@example.com
Current 7th and 8th grade Students applied and were chosen to be student ambassadors last Spring. 6th graders may NOW! A Student Ambassador at West Clermont Middle School is someone that will represent our school positively and help build community within our school. Student Ambassadors are asked to provide new students with an introduction to West Clermont by giving them a tour of the school, helping them with their locker, introducing them to their teachers and providing them with a familiar face on their team. 6th graders should pick up an application packet from Student Services and have it completed and returned by Friday October 5th. ? New 6th grade Ambassadors will be announced on October 20th. .
Girl’s Running Club Mrs. Pierce firstname.lastname@example.org
Every Monday from 2:05-3:10; Participants will learn about creating positive relationships, building self-esteem, and becoming a positive role model through physical activity. Participants can walk or run and enjoy making new friends along the way. Girls Running Club will be held every Monday from 2:15-3:10 in the Auxiliary Gym *North Campus. The first meeting will be held September 25th.
Drama Club Ms. Hallquist email@example.com or Ms. Lusheck firstname.lastname@example.org
Every other Thursday, first meeting September 28th 2:30-3:20 Drama Club strives to develop poise, confidence, and teamwork within our members each day. Whether on the stage or behind the scenes, drama club will teach students about acting, play production, and stage work through bi-weekly meetings leading up to an end of the year production! Drama Club will meet every other Thursday from 2:30-3:20. Meetings will be held in room 210. The first meeting will take place on September 28th.
Bowling Club Mr. Bultman email@example.com
This year, Cherry Grove Lanes will be hosting Bowling Club again. It’s a great way for students to have fun and learn an activity in a safe and supervised area. The league will run every Thursday for 10 weeks. Transportation will be provided from school to the bowling alley. The cost is $95.00. Please see the attached flyer for more information on the Bowling Club at Cherry Grove Lanes.
WCMS Athletic Events for the week of September 23 – September 29
Friday, September 22
TBA Girls 7N Volleyball OPEN Eastside Classic Away TBA Girls 8N Volleyball OPEN Eastside Classic Away
Saturday, September 23
TBA Girls 7G Volleyball Walnut Hills High School Walnut Hills Invt. Away
TBA Girls 8G Volleyball Walnut Hills High School Away
TBA Girls 8G Volleyball Walnut Hills High School Walnut Hills Invt. Away
5:00 PM Coed Middle School Cross Country Centerville Middle School Away
Monday, September 25
4:30 PM Girls 7G Volleyball Kings JH Away
5:30 PM Girls 8G Volleyball Kings JH Away
4:30 PM Girls 7N Volleyball Williamsburg High School Home
5:30 PM Girls 8N Volleyball Williamsburg High School Home
Wednesday, September 27
4:30 PM Girls 7N Volleyball Walnut Hills High School Home
5:30 PM Girls 8N Volleyball Walnut Hills High School Home
Thursday, September 28
4:30 PM Girls 7G Volleyball Little Miami Junior High School Home
6:00 PM Boys 7th Football Milford Junior High School at West Clermont High School Stadium Home
7:30 PM Boys 8th Football Milford Junior High School at West Clermont High School Stadium Home