Learn Together, Succeed Together
In This Issue
- Message From Mr. Marshall
- Note From The Nurse
- IReady At Home
- WSMS Important Dates
- WSMS Important Information
- OASD Important Information
- Calendar of Events
- IC Parent Portal
- Canvas Parent Portal
- Community Events and Flyers
- Staff Directory
Webster Stanley Middle School
915 Hazel Street
Oshkosh, Wi. 54901
Message From Mr. Marshall
Dear Webster Stanley Families and Friends,
The OASD will again be participating in the IReady math and reading assessments for grades K-8. These tests are not for a grade. It helps your student's teacher give the best instruction possible. Testing for IReady will be open from December 1st through the 22nd from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. We are encouraging our WSMS students to take the assessments on December 2nd and December 9th. Below in this month's newsletter you will find more information on the IReady assessment, trouble shooting and how to support your child while taking an assessment at home. As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns you may be having. Our main office number is 920.424.0442.
On behalf of all the Webster Stanley Middle School staff, I want to wish you and your families a very safe and happy holiday season!
Note From The Nurse
It’s likely that flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 will both spread this fall and winter. Healthcare systems could be overwhelmed treating both patients with flu and patients with COVID-19. This means getting a flu vaccine during 2020-2021 is more important than ever.While getting a flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19 there are many important benefits, such as:
- Flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and death.
- Getting a flu vaccine can also save healthcare resources for the care of patients with COVID-19.
- Contrary to belief the flu vaccine does not make you sick, it does activate your antibodies which means your body is preparing to fight off the flu virus!
- As alway, please wash your hands or use hand sanitizer that contains at least
60% alcohol in it, distance and wear your mask!
Marni DePeau RN BSN
Webster Stanley Elementary
Webster Stanley Middle
Emmeline Cook Elementary
IReady at Home Winter Diagnostics for Middle School
The Oshkosh Area School District is continuing to use the i-Ready math and reading assessment for grades K-8. Your child’s math and literacy teacher will be assigning the winter iReady diagnostic to be completed at home between December 1-22, 2020. Step by step directions for taking iReady at home can be found here. Students may get an “Install Lockdown” message. If so, please follow these directions: Student Lockdown Instructions. Please note that the iReady assessment is open from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday.
Below you will find some helpful information on taking the iReady diagnostic at home.
What is i-Ready?
i-Ready is an online assessment platform that will help us determine your child’s needs, personalize his or her learning, and monitor progress throughout the school year. i-Ready allows us to meet your child exactly where he or she is and provides data for us to increase your child’s learning gains.
The i-Ready Diagnostic is an adaptive assessment that adjusts its questions to suit your child’s needs. Each item a student sees is individualized based on his or her answer to the previous question. For example, a series of correct answers will result in slightly harder questions, while a series of incorrect answers will yield slightly easier questions. The purpose of this is not to give your child a score or grade, but instead to determine how best to support your child’s learning in the classroom.
What if my child needs to take the iReady diagnostic at home?
You’ll be tempted to help on the test. We get it—the i-Ready test is hard. But this test is not for a grade. It helps teachers give your child the best instruction possible.
Think of it this way—would you help your child with a vision test? No, because hints won’t help the eye doctor help them. With i-Ready, hints on the test now could negatively impact your child’s instruction later.
What can you do to support iReady Diagnostic at home? Checklist for Administering at home
Thank you for supporting your child in taking this assessment at home. Your child’s teacher will use this information to plan lessons that best meet the needs of your child. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher.
Important WSMS Dates
Fun Friday Themes:
December 4th-Ugly Sweater
December 11th-Dress like a character from any Christmas show.
December 18th- PARTY ON-Dress in your holiday best
December 23rd through January 1st- NO SCHOOL!
Early Release Days
School day ends at 1:26 PM on Early Release Days!