Five Full Days in 2024!


Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, January 15 – MLK Day of Service – Students can dress casual.
  • Wednesday, January 17 – Parent Coffee in the Community Room and 5th grade to WCDS Branch Campus at WV Northern in Downtown Wheeling. Details below and sent via email. 
  • Wednesday, January January 24 – 6:00 pm – Reimagine Middle School 
  • January 26 – EARLY DISMISSAL. After care available until 3:00 pm. 

Important Info:

  • We are looking for your help to ensure that our students are not bringing unrelated toys, props, and fidgets to school each day. There are times where students are allowed to bring in an item for a show and tell prize, or they may want to keep a craft or activity in their backpack for recess, but stuffed animals, video game consoles, and loud fidget toys should be left at home to avoid distractions from our learning. 
  • Please make sure your child is eating breakfast prior to the start of school.

On Wednesday, January 17th, we will be spending the majority of the day at the Wheeling Soup Kitchen. Students are invited to dress in WCDS casual, meaning a top that represents the school with jeans or pants they can get a little dirty in.

In doing so, we’re requesting students be dropped off and picked up at our WV Northern Branch Classroom. Students also need to bring a packed lunch for the day. We will return from the Soup Kitchen and eat in our classroom. We will be having normal school hours at our branch campus and will walk to the Soup Kitchen and serve from 9:30-1:00 pm. We will be escorted by the ever so wonderful Officer John of the Wheeling Police Department and our DARE Officer. 

Drop off is between 8:15 and 8:45 and pick up will be between 3 and 3:30. If your child is typically before care or after care, please confirm with us ahead of time if they will need transportation to downtown Wheeling on Wednesday.  Here is some information about the branch classroom location to assist you.


Congratulations to our WCDS Math Field Day 5th grade participants! Isaac, Jadon, Lincoln, Rosey, and Frankie will compete against other Ohio County 5th graders at Wheeling Park High School on January 23rd beginning at 2:00 pm. 

If you would like to donate to the 5th grade animal shelter donations, we will be accepting them all week! Donations will be given to the Brooke County Animal Shelter. They will accept dog/cat food, leashes, collars, blankets, towels, cat litter, toys, etc. Donations can be sent into school! 

Language Arts:

  • Literature Circles began with a mashup of 4th and 5th graders (check nightly reading and homework)
  • New spelling list – check yellow folder for list to practice words. Test on Friday, January 19th
  • Beginning a new unit on Verbs next week


  • Students were assessed on long division and dividing decimals 
  • We continue to practice and ensure fluency with our multiplication facts 
  • Began a new chapter on the order of operations 

Lego Robotics:

Table access has been awarded to those groups displaying a basic level of programming skills through a one meter and square challenge. Once on the table, groups are working to navigate the board and figure out which route is the cleanest way to success. We’ll continue progressing through the challenges until we reach a competition date at the end of February or first week(s) of March. Each team wrote letters requesting a WCDS faculty member be their team’s coach, and Wednedsday was the first day some of our coaches were permitted at practice! 

Leadership & DARE

On Tuesday, our students embarked on an activity involving teamwork and skittles. Teams were divided and tasked with going into a separate room, looking at a shape made of different colored skittles, and had to recreate it by placing one skittle at a time. Each team member had a different role to play, which had the class thinking there was a suspect on your team whose job was to disrupt your chances of winning. The children were shocked to find out there was no suspect on their team. We then reflected and explored this quote, “The only walls that exist are those you have placed in your mind. And whatever obstacles you conceive, exist only because you have forgotten what you have already achieved.” We discussed how great leaders control what they can, and focus on encouraging the good and not only looking at the negatives in certain situations. On Thursday, Officer John came back to answer more questions from our DARE box and shed some light on bullying and peer pressure. We will see him again on Tuesday as we get closer to our final presentations and DARE graduation!