DISMISSAL and AFTER SCHOOL EVENTS
Students who are not participating in a sport, or club are NOT allowed to remain in the Middle School building or on the school grounds. We have noticed an increased number of students are staying at the school to attend athletic events that are hours after the school day ends. This is not permitted due to lack of supervision. If your student would like to attend an event after school, they will have to leave school grounds and return at the time of the event. Students who are found to be at the school property during these times will be instructed to call a parent for a ride.
The PTO is kicking off it’s fall alternative fundraiser. They are pleased to offer you the opportunity to not be hated by your family, friends, neighbors and colleagues. No selling, begging and being shunned by all who know you. Simply send in your donation - that is all there is to it. Every dollar received from this fundraiser will be used to benefit the WCMS students and faculty. To meet our goal, we are asking that every family give at one of the levels listed below. Turn in this form and donation to the front offices or your child’s advisory teacher to be entered into weekly drawings each Friday starting September 7th and running through September 28th for a $25 Amazon gift card. All proceeds will be used to make this year amazing for our students and faculty at WCMS! /userfiles/922/my files/wcms alternative fundraiser (4).pdf?id=11633 /userfiles/922/my files/tshirt order form_half sheet.pdf?id=11634
West Clermont Middle School is partnering with Child Focus, Inc., with funding from the Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board Levy, to bring a mental health education and screening program to our students. The purpose of the program is to try to find the best way to help the students in this school who may be experiencing symptoms of depression or even having suicidal thoughts. Often, young people don’t like to ask for help because they are embarrassed or don’t know whom to ask. This prevention program is designed to make it easier for young people to find help for any emotional or behavioral health concerns that trouble them. Identifying these issues early will allow us to provide the appropriate support in the most efficient and beneficial manner possible. To proactively address this issue, we are offering depression screening and suicide prevention training as part of the SOS: Signs of Suicide Prevention Program. This program has been used by thousands of schools over the past ten years. It has proven successful at increasing help seeking by students concerned about themselves or a friend and is the only school-based suicide prevention program to show a reduction in suicide attempts in a randomized, controlled study (American Journal of Public Health, March, 2004). Our 8th grade students will be participating in this program on September 12, 13, 18, and 20.
Our goals in participating in this program are straightforward:
· To help our students understand that depression is a treatable illness, and help them assess whether or not they may have symptoms consistent with depression,
· To explain that suicide is a preventable tragedy that often occurs as a result of untreated depression,
· To provide students training in how to identify serious depression and potential suicidality in a friend, and,
· To impress upon students that they can help themselves or a friend by taking the simple step of talking to a responsible adult about their concerns.
If you do not want your child to participate please complete the form that was sent home on Monday, August 27th and turn it into your child’s advisory teacher by Friday, August 7th.
Clubs for Wolves
Students were given an opportunity this week to explore the many clubs that are available at WCMS. Below is the meeting information for each club offered:
WCMS Show Choir
Show choir auditions will take place after school on September 19th and 20th until 4:00pm. Students must attend both days of the audition in order to be considered for the group. Students can pick up an audition permission slip outside of room 133. The slip must be signed by a parent and returned to Mrs. Steuver no later than September 19th. There is no preparation necessary for auditions - students will learn a song and dance combo on the 19th and demonstrate it on the 20th. Showchoir is a year-long commitment and will meet every Tuesday and Thursday after school until 4pm; students must have reliable transportation home after every rehearsal. ? Email Mrs. Steuver with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Ambassador program
This is for for our new 6th grade members only
Meetings will be once a month during the advisory period on the first Thursday of the every month in room 149.
Defend a Friend
Every Tuesday 2:15-3:15 in the library starting September 4th
Every other Thursday 2:30-3:20 in room 210 September 27th
Every Thursday from 2:20-3:15 in the Learning Lab September 6th
First and Third Tuesday of Every month from 2:20-3:15 in room 211 October 2nd
International Community Club
Every other Tuesday 2:30-3:30 in room 207. September 4th
West Clermont Middle School Robotics OPEN BUILD time will continue September 4 and 6 in room 143 2:15-3:00. Applications and references for the 2018-2019 VEX Robotics Team are due to Mrs. Edler no later than September 7.
Wolves in the Wild
Interested in wildlife and nature? Check out Wolves in Wild Club! First meeting will be September 6th in room 302.
Board Game/Chess Club
Every Friday 2:15-4:00 in room 324. The starting date for the board game club is yet to be determined. Please email Mr Sedam at email@example.com for more information.
Every Thursday 2:20-3:20 in the North Cafe starting October 4th (tentatively)
Boys & Girls Club
Boys & Girls Club will once again be at WCMS this year from after school until 6pm. Attached is the application which can be completed and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or brought in to one of the main offices at WCMS. This is a club and students MUST participate in all club activities to be a part of the club. Students must report to room 163 and check in with the club sponsors by 2:20pm each day that they stay for the club. Students do not have to stay until 6pm but can be picked up at any time in front of the 6th grade entrance. BGCGC Membership Application 2018pdf.pdf
West Clermont Education Foundation Race to the Future 5K
The inaugural West Clermont Education Foundation Race to the Future 5K will be a cross-country type run/walk that will take place entirely on the West Clermont High School campus. The race will be held on Saturday, September 29, and it will begin with a mass start at 8:00 AM. Participants will follow a course that loops throughout the fields and parking lots of the high school property, and all runners/walkers will finish inside the football stadium. To register for the West Clermont Education Foundation Race to the Future 5K visit https://runsignup.com/Race/OH/Cincinnati/WestClermontEducationFoundation5K.
WC Connects Parent Education Series
In partnership with local community partners, the West Clermont School District is launching the West Clermont Connects Parent Education Series. These monthly sessions will focus on different topics ranging from: Mental Health, Teen Substance Abuse, Physical Wellness/Nutrition, Technology Safety, and Teen Driving. Our next session called, “Current Mental Health Issues and Trends” will be held on Thursday September 20th during Parent/Teacher Conferences at West Clermont High School. There will be two sessions: 4:30pm-5:30pm and 6:00pm-7:00pm. All sessions will be held in Community Room A. The sessions are free and the entire community is welcome to attend. Click here to get a full schedule of sessions being offered.
8th Grade DC Trip Informational Meeting
DUE TO AN AWAY FOOTBALL GAME AT KINGS, THE WASHINGTON DC PARENT/GUARDIAN INFORMATION MEETING WILL NOW BE HELD ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4TH AT 7PM & 7:45PM IN THE WCMS PAC! We hope to see you there if your child(ren) are interested in attending the Washington DC trip. Due to space, Parents/students on teams 8-1, 8-2 and 8-3 will have their meeting at 7:00pm and Parents/students on teams 8-4, 8-5, and 8-6 will meet at 7:45pm. Here is a link for more information: S43417 West Clermont Middle DC PF.pdf The first deposit for students going on the trip is $100 by September 19th. Everyone who books the night of the parent meeting is guaranteed a spot on the tour (you will need to pay a $100.00 deposit per child to book on the trip). After that, reservations will be taken based on availability. Students will NOT be eligible to attend the 8th grade Washington DC trip if they:
• Received OSS (Out of school suspension) as a consequence beginning Jan 3
• Are failing 2 or more classes (includes core & encore) for 2nd quarter (December 21 is the last day of 2nd quarter)
• Are habitually truant (unexcused absences of 30 consecutive hours or 42 hours in one month or 72 hours for the school year)
Insurance is built into the trip so if a student cannot attend for any reason after paying they will receive their money back however All cancellations will result in a $55.00 penalty.
Homework help sessions are available for your student after school:
Monday: Room 112 with Jennifer Lyons
Tuesday: Room 305 with Kaylin Henninger
Wednesday: Room 302 with Kimberly Perry
Thursday: Room 324 with Faith Manker
Advisory TLC (Thriving Learning Communities)
West Clermont Middle School is Building Strong Character to Build Strong Learners! Each Tuesday & Wednesday during advisory, 6th , 7th and 8th graders take part in a character building lesson taught by their teacher. The lesson is part of a program called Thriving Learning Communities. This character education program is designed to improve students’ social and emotional well-being by focusing on 24 character strengths. Students will soon be taking an individual online assessment to determine their top 5 strengths. Many parent have enjoyed talking this assessment as well and comparing strengths with their child (ren). Here is the link: https://www.viacharacter.org/survey/account/register You could discuss with them how they think their own strengths help them at home and at school. We are excited about taking a strengths-based approach with your child this school year. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
7th Grade Immunizations
7th Grade Immunizations - All students entering the 7th grade are required by Ohio law to provide proof of the following vaccinations BY SEPTEMBER 4, 2018!. TDap and Meningicoccal (MCV4) vaccination. If your student does not receive the TDap and Meningicoccal (MCV4) vaccinations by September 3, he/she will be excluded from school beginning September 4th, 2018 in accordance with Ohio Revised Code 3313.671. If you have already turned in an updated vaccination form there is no further action required on your end. If your child's immunization records are not up to date, we encourage you to contact your primary care physician to schedule an appointment for the vaccinations as soon as possible. You may also contact the Wolves Wellness Center at West Clermont Middle School at 513-732-5082 to schedule an appointment. However, if you do not have health insurance the vaccinations will be provided by the Wolves Wellness Center at no cost to you. Vaccinations are also available at many local pharmacies. Once a student has received the vaccination please fax their updated vaccination records to the attention of the Health Clerk Assistant to West Clermont Middle School (513-753-1070) or you can also have your child turn in their updated vaccination form to the school health clinic.
Talking to your students
In light of the tragic loss of a student at West Clermont High School I want to remind you to make sure you take time to talk to your students about how school is going. Engage with them. Ask them how they feel and if they are doing okay. If you notice any changes in your student encourage them to speak with an adult. We have several resources in place to help our students thanks to our partners at Child Focus and the Clermont County Crisis Response Team. You or your child can contact at anytime the Clermont County Crisis Hotline at 513-528-SAVE (7283). We know that everyone processes events like this differently. Some will still need time, while others will be ready to get back to normalcy. We will respect the rights of everyone and allow students to see counselors if they still feel the need. I appreciate the patience and sensitivity shown by everyone in this situation. Together, we will take care of each other and come together as a Pack.
FBall at Kings – 4:30/5:30
Golf vs Nagel @ LMR
Navy VBall (7th) @ Little Miami JH – 4:30
Navy VBall (8th) home vs Withrow – 4:30
Navy VBall home vs Winton Woods – 4:30/5:30
XC at Felicity-Franklin – 9:00
Boys Golf @ Little Miami Open – 8:00