BREAKING OUT THE BIG BOOT

Well! October to November is usually a sprint for teachers and students, but this year, I felt like Tom Hanks. The events started rolling, I blinked, Thanksgiving Break is upon us. There’s only one more event to get through… Two words for you. TURKEY. BOWL. Send tissues with your kids on Monday… They’re going to need them. IJ is resting his knees. I’m breaking out the big boot. Joe has done plenty of stretching. Carrie has her pitching arm ready. The undefeated streak will continue!

  • Monday, November 20 – Pick up at Main Campus (Turkey Ball Game)
  • Tuesday, November 21st- Drop off and Pick up at Main Campus – Family Thanksgiving Feast, 12:30 pm Dismissal, No Aftercare that day
  • Wednesday, November 22nd-Sunday November 26th – Thanksgiving Break
  • Monday, November 27th – Classes Resume, 10:00 am Start
  • Wednesday, November 29th – Please join the 8th Grade for a special Sound Bath Meditation Presentation, on Wednesday November 29th from 8:15-8:45!! Students will share a short morning meditation by playing cross-cultural instruments that are used to help the mind and body relax. Please bring a yoga mat, towel or small pillow to sit on the floor with. 8th grade students must arrive at 8:00. Doors open at 8:15 in the Main Room on Middle School Campus. We hope to see you there!!!
  • Progress reports are now available on Veracross. If you have any questions or difficulty logging on to the Parent Portal, please contact Asylnn Belancic at abelancic@wcdsedu.com.
  • The Wheeling Symphony will present Symphony on Ice Thursday, November 30, at WesBanco Arena.  This spectacular event features the WSO along with professional skaters, area choir students AND Mrs. Chelsey as the guest singer this year, performing all of your holiday favorites!  Student tickets are available for just $10 anywhere in the arena. See the flyer below.
  • As we begin the new trimester, please remind your kiddos to continue coming to class prepared with a charged computer, pencils, and their books.
  • English w/ Mr. Rouse – Students wrapped up their reading of Refugee and did a presentation on it. One more day to go!
  • Pre-Algebra w/ Mrs. Boldrick – The students learned, practiced, and practiced some more, solving one-step equations with addition and subtraction. By the end of the week, they felt pretty confident about the process. After the Thanksgiving break, we’ll continue with one-step equations using multiplication and division. 
  • Algebra w/ Mrs. Murray-In algebra this week, we solved multi-step inequalities and compound inequalities.  Friday, we worked on Thanksgiving logic puzzles.
  • Music w/ Mrs. Chelsey – The students are doing well at getting their parts down on their instruments for “Silent Night”. I appreciate their focus and the hard work will pay off!!! 
  • Art w/Mr. KI’m late to the party, but middle school art has been working with washable markers to create watercolor style art work. The subject matter was to take a skeleton and have it do something in everyday life, lol. I know, right. The other goal was to understand techniques with marker and water and see how creative they could be with a commonly white skeleton. Another great thing in class was having a guest speaker, Mandy, who is related to one of the excellent 8th-grade middle schoolers. She works at the M+ museum located in Hong Kong. She spoke about her work at the museum as the Senior Registrar for M+ and what other behind-the-scenes activities happen in museums. I’m pretty excited to get into some digital work after the break, but until then, Great job!
  • Science w/ Mrs. Farris – Students have been challenged to connect science to their passion. A mini research project is underway. Students first identify reputable sources to gather background information, facts, and connections to science. They were challenged to think about how science could improve and potential careers related to their passion. 
  • Elective w/ Mrs. Boldrick – Design – We started the trimester in design class by designing and making “formal wear” using only trash bags, tape, and staples. Their creations were amazing! We also started a logo design project which involves creating a logo using their first and last initials. We’ll continue this project after Thanksgiving break.
  • Elective w/ Mr. McFadden- Cultural cooking is underway! The chefs learned a little about Canadian culture and made poutine and Tim bits.
  • Deep Dive-Deep Dive-  We kicked off our WCDS Zine deep dive this week with a presentation by Dr. Christina Fisanick who presented information on what zines are, how they got their start, and the endless creative possibilities they could use in their own zines.