• Western Middle School COVID-19 Response

    In response COVID-19 Governor Roy Cooper closed all public schools beginning March 16, 2020. Visit this page for updates from Western Middle on the Distance Learning Resources and any related information coming from our school to assist our students.

     

    On Distance Learning

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    March 16, 2020

    If a student's teacher is using Google Classroom, there is resource to introduce parents to the Google Classroom

    Here are the Google Classroom codes or Canvas links for all teacher classrooms online:  Google Classroom / Canvas Teacher Access 


    March 19, 2020

    Western Middle reached out to find out about the Spectrum Cable offer of free internet during this pandemic:

    Our investigator writes: I took the time to call Spectrum to see if there's any restraints with the free internet. I wanted to share some information regarding what families may encounter upon requesting internet:

     
    Qualifying students must meet the following:
    • Provide proof of at least one K-12 student
    • Must be a new customer (installation and activation waived)
    • Reside in an area serviced by Spectrum
    • Customers with existing phone and tv accounts are eligible
    • Customers upgrading their broadband speed to the 100 Mbps
    Services will not be offered if the following applies:
    • Bad prior debt (past due accounts, collections, non returned equipment)
    • Out of the Spectrum service zone
    • Must not have disconnected services within the last 30 days
    Although this helps ease the strain in this challenging time, there's still gray areas that will affect our students and communities.

     March 20, 2020

    Achieve3000 is hosting a series of webinars to assist with remote learning ... one is designed especially for parents.  See more on their website.

    Connect Ed Phone Message Transcripts

    May 17, 2020

    This is Greg Holland principal of Western Middle School. I want to start by saying thank you for all of your support during these last several weeks. Please continue to reach out with any questions or concerns.

    I want to take time to share some important dates with you so that you're able to plan accordingly. All text books in library books can be dropped off at any time in front of the building in the boxes.

    • Monday. May 25th is Memorial Day. Enjoy the day with your family. There will be no school work assigned that day
    • Tuesday May 26th is the last day for students to submit late work to their teachers
    • May 26th through June 5th students will work on review of important grade level standards.
    • June 3rd sixth grade material pick-up and drop-off will be in the car circle from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
    • June 4th will be seventh grade material pick up a key drop off in the car circle from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
    • June 5th will be 8th grade material pick-up and drop-off in the car circle from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. During this time. You can receive your child's report card and any items that they had at school.

    Also, please bring any school items including school Chromebooks and library books to return to us that day, Friday, June 5th will be the last day of formal instruction. Teachers will however provide activities for students to do as we close out the school year.

    March 24, 2020

    Hello Western Middle Families, this is principal Greg Holland with important information in regards to the upcoming transition to online distance learning. Western Middle, along with all ABSS schools, will officially begin online learning on April 1st. Teachers will be communicating with students through a variety of methods to deliver quality instruction during the mandated school closure. This is an unprecedented and challenging situation for all concerned, but we are committed to continuing to provide quality learning. We understand that some students do not have an internet connected device available. We are deploying devices for students who do not have a device, and there will be specific times by grade level to pick up a device. If you have a device please do not get one from the school. We have a very limited number of devices available, and we want to make sure that students who truly need one get one. 

    We will deploy the devices at the following time on Thursday, March 26 at the following times. 6th grade 11:00-1:00, 7th grade 1:00-3:00, and 8th grade 3:00-5:00. Pick up will take place in the media center. Parents and student will need to come because students will need to logon prior to taking the device. Please do not bring additional family matters or others into the building as we are trying to limit the number of people as we try to adhere to the guidelines for gathering and social distancing. Also, students may drop off any completed paper packets in bins at the front door marked by grade level.

    Stay safe and stay well.


    March 18, 2020 - morning 

    Two new locations for grab and go meals have been opened in the Western zone beginning today. The two new locations are AO Elementary School and Western High School. These nutritious meals are free for Alamance County children ages 18 and under. This special grab and go meal opportunity will be available each day Wednesday through Friday for this week and Monday through Friday next week because of the mandatory school closure.

    The pick-up lunch for Alamance County children ages 18 and under will be available between 11:00 am and 1:30 pm today March 18 through Friday, March 27. Eating in the cafeteria will not be permitted--this is a pick up and take with you option only. There will be signs at each school directing visitors to the cafeteria.
    Additionally, school buses will be in the areas of Durham St Ext Mobile Home Park, Brookside mobile home community, Triangle MHP, and surrounding areas making food deliveries today between 11am- 1:30pm. Thank you to our ABSS School Nutrition Program for making this opportunity available to our community.


    March 16, 2020 - 11:30 today on ConnectEd.

    Today, Monday from 3:00-5:30 parents can pick up student personal items, medicine or instructional packets. You only need to pick up instructional packets if you do not have access to the internet. The school will be closed after Monday.

    If you have technology access during the time that we are out of school students should work on the following: (If you need assistance logging into your child’s account, please reach out to your child’s teacher via email.)  ALL STUDENTS SHOULD CHECK EMAIL DAILY, TEACHER WEBPAGE AND GOOGLE CLASSROOM.

    Content

    Technology-based Option:

     

    6th Grade:

    Math: Imagine Math Goals daily. Math Textbook assignments on Google Classroom.

    ELA: Achieve 3000, 3 articles with activity a week.  Additional assignments posted on Google Classroom.

    Social Studies:  Assignments in Google Classroom and Canvas for Emoji Team.

    7th Grade: All Google classroom codes for 7th are on WAMS webpage.

    Math: Imagine Math daily. Other assignments will be on Google classroom (Mrs. Stephan’s assignments will be on her webpage).

    ELA:  Students have been assigned 3 Achieve3000, 3 Flocabulary and 3 News ELA articles.  Links can be found in Google Classroom.  Students should read 30 minutes a day and forms for book logs will be online.

    SS/Science: Check Google classroom for assignments, check codes in google

    8th Grade:

    Math: Imagine math daily.  Additional assignment on Google classroom and teacher webpages

    ELA: Achieve 3000, 5 articles with activity a week.  Additional assignments posted on Google Classroom.

    SS/Science: Check Google classroom for assignments

    If you need assistance please contact your child’s teacher or the WAMS office at 336 538- 6010.

     

    Outside Agency Support

    Food Resources (shared by our social worker Raina Roper) *Updated 3-17-2020*