Dear Parents, Grandparents, Guardians and Students,
The first quarter is near complete for the 2016-17 school year and there has been a great deal of work and spirit taking place at Warner Middle School. The effort to make Warner a great place to attend was showcased at the pep rally on September 21. Here is a photo of that tremendous event created by our 8th grade WEB leaders and staff!
In addition to the pep rally in September, Warner hosted a successful Interim Fair on September 15 for parents and guardians. The opportunity to connect with teachers is vital for a successful partnership. Thanks to all the parents who took time to attend the event. Our next event of a similar nature will be Parent-Teacher Conferences on January 12, 2017. We will be half way through the year at that point and the evening is set up to support parents and staff finding ways to maintain or improve student performance the second part of the year. At anytime, a parent can request to talk with one or more of their child's teachers so we can maintain a strong plan for student growth.
Spirit was rampant the week of September 19, 2016. Students had PJ day, Neon Day, Blue and White and Hat Day, and Athlete vs. Mathlete Day to get excited and involved. The response was great by students and staff. The data shows how successful spirit week was for our school. The average attendance that week compared to two prior weeks was 5% better!
Our 8th grade students had the opportunity to be a part of Muse Machine - Madness Behind the Method. This event brought an improvisational actor and musician to Warner gym on September 20 for students to experience and participate in a fun and energized assembly promoting collaboration and confidence building. Further Muse events will occur November 2 for our 7th graders and February 9 for our 6th graders. We will conclude the year with a second Muse performance for our 8th grade students on March 1. All Muse events are done at Warner and last approximately 1 hour.
The Warner Yearbook is shaping up to be one of the best created. Several yearbook staff and students attended a training to improve the development of the book. Students will be going around the school in October getting many candids of students to represent the spirit, fun and learning that shape a typical year. We are excited to give the students working on this year's book more opportunity to capture the true essence of Warner Middle School! Yearbooks will cost $25 for pre-sale and $30 for regular sale. Pre-sale will take place from January 3, 2017 until January 31, 2017. Regular sale will take place from February 1, 2017 until February 28, 2017. There will be no yearbook sales after February 28.
The new RTI (Response to Intervention) program is moving into the 3rd segment. Over 230 students at Warner have been included in the program over the past 6 weeks. Thirteen Warner teachers have a period of RTI to support students on specific sub standards in either Math or Reading. The program involves pulling students out of one of their exploratory periods for two weeks to work towards mastery at grade level with a specified standard/sub-standard. The approach is new to Warner this year and involves pre-testing and post-testing to assure students have met mastery. There is a sacrifice to missing two weeks of an exploratory class, but students are not required to make up the work missed. We hope to improve student achievement with this system of intervention.
The teachers, counselors and administrators at Warner are completing a book study and action plan implementation this year dealing with poverty. We are reading and discussing the book Engaging Students With Poverty In Mind by Eric Jensen. Our staff is focusing on three chapters a month for reading and discussion. Beginning in January 2017, we will develop action steps to implement specific strategies to support all of our students at Warner Middle School.
We have a vision at Warner to be the best school in the district. Many of the implementations above will help guide our staff and students to this distinction. We encourage all parents and guardians to get involved with Warner Middle School. An easy way to become connected is to join the Parent Advisory Committee (P.A.C) which is similar to elementary P.T.O. The next two P.A.C. meetings will be Wednesday, October 5 and Wednesday, November 2. The meetings take place in the library at Warner beginning at 4:00 p.m. Please consider the invite!