Sept 14 PTSA Weekly Update

WVMS PTSA Weekly Update
September 14, 2017

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PTSA Membership Bash

It’s not too late to send in PTSA Memberships and Bash Permission Slips. Both are needed to attend the Glow-in-the-Dark Membership Bash and can be turned in this week. They will also be available at the sign in tables the night of the Bash (Friday, September 22nd 6pm-8pm)

***Please Note: If Memberships and Permission slips are received after Friday, September 15, the student’s ticket will be waiting for them at the door and the coupons will be sent home via their homeroom teacher.

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Volunteers Needed for Membership Bash

Volunteers are needed for the night of the PTSA Membership Bash. If you are interested in helping, please click on the link below

Membership Bash Volunteer Signup

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Reminders about the Membership Bash:

Arriving and Departing:

– All students must arrive via the front of the school (no early drop offs).

– All students must leave via the back doors of the school and must be picked up on time (no later than 8pm).

Memberships/Tickets/Permission Slips:

– To attend, a student needs a PTSA Membership ($10 – cash or checks made out to WVMS PTSA) and a Permission slip signed by a parent. NOTE: All those attending MUST be a student of WVMS

– The PTSA will have a list of all students whose families have purchased memberships and turned in permission slips.

– If not done before the dance, Memberships can be purchased at the door.

– Permission slips will also be available at the door for parents to sign

– If a Membership Envelope and permission slip is turned in after Friday (September 15th), the student’s ticket will be waiting for them at the door and the coupons will be sent home via their homeroom teacher.

Clothing:

– All students MUST wear clothing that follows Knox County Schools Dress Code Policy.

– To glow in the dark, students should wear clothes that glow under a black light.

– Students should wear casual clothing.

Money is needed for:

– Students whose families haven’t purchased a membership will need ($10 cash or checks made out to WVMS PTSA and also a signed permission slip).

– Candy and drinks will be available for purchase at the concession stand.

We’re looking forward to a fun night!

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WVMS PTSA Membership Drive Update

The PTSA would like to thank all the families, teachers, staff and administrators that have joined the PTSA for the 2017-2018 school year! We greatly appreciate your support and look forward to working with our WV Community in providing fun and educational events and programs for our school!

At last count, WVMS PTSA has a little over 900 members!!

Coupon envelopes should be coming home. If you have not received yours by Monday, September 18 and have purchased a membership, please contact the Membership Co-Chairs, Pam Canon – pandjcanon@yahoo.com and Kelsey Mitchell –Kelsey@graymitchell.com.

It’s still not too late to join and we will gladly accept memberships throughout the school year!

Thank you again!

Membership Drive Packet

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KCS Coupon Book Drive

Money raised by WVMS during the coupon book drive stays in our school and they need our help for it to be a success!

Parent volunteers are needed every morning from 8:00-8:45 to help distribute prizes and coupon books to students. It’s super easy to help! Volunteers will need to report to the Guidance room to pick up a cart for their grade level, wheel it to the appropriate hallway, and give out the appropriate prizes and number of coupon books.

At least two volunteers are needed per day, per grade.

Thank you for helping to make WVMS Coupon Book Drive a success!

**Please note: The Coupon Book Drive is a Knox County Schools fundraiser and is not run by the PTSA. For questions and more information about the drive, please contact the school.

Sign-Up Genius to volunteer

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WVMS PTSA 2017 Holiday Boutique

The WVMS PTSA Sixth Annual Holiday Boutique will be held on
Saturday, October 28, 2017!!

The holidays are almost here! Get your shopping done early by supporting local vendors and crafters while helping raise money for our school. Our 6th Annual Holiday Boutique will be held on Saturday, October 28th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and our Bake Sale and “Teacher Experience” Auction will be held the same day, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

We will have vendor booths, gift drawings, “Teacher Experiences” to bid on, food truck catering, a bake sale, student vendors, and so much more!!  This is a family fun event you won’t want to miss. All vendor table fees, donations, and proceeds go directly back to our West Valley Middle School students.

Vendor list and “Teacher Experiences” coming soon…

Keep an eye out on our WVMS PTSA Holiday Boutique Facebook page, as well as our web page for “Teacher Experiences” and lists of participating vendors!

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Vendors needed for WVMS PTSA 2017 Holiday Boutique

Do you want to be a vendor or know someone who does?

Vendor applications are due by October 6, 2017 and can be found on the WVMS PTSA webpage (www.westvalleyptsa.org), the WVMS PTSA Holiday Boutique Facebook page, as well as in the office. As always, priority will be given to West Valley families and Holiday Boutique-Returning Vendors.  We will limit the number of direct sales vendors to one of each company. Completed applications (all forms and payment) will be dated and priority for table selection will go to those vendors who turn their applications and checks in earlier.

Student Vendors

Are you an artist?  Jewelry designer?  Baker?   WE WANT YOU!!  We are looking for West Valley students who are interested in showcasing their talents.  There are no table fees to set up your items; however, a 10% donation of your proceeds is expected.  Applications can be found on the WVMS PTSA webpage, WVMS PTSA Holiday Boutique Facebook page, as well as in the office. Forms need to be completed and turned in by October 6th.

Vendor Form

Student Vendor Form

Rules and Agreement Form

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Box Tops

The PTSA will be collecting Box Tops throughout the school year. If you have any you would like to send in, please either bring them into the school office or have your child turn them in to their homeroom teacher.

Please check the expiration date of your Box Tops before sending them in.

Due date for submitting: Friday, October 6

For more information contact: Marianne Benson at benson.marianne13@gmail.com

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Clinic Volunteers

The school clinic is in need of volunteers to help our children during the school day. If you’re interested, please contact:

Kelsey Mitchell at Kelsey@graymitchell.com

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Treats for Troops

Treats for Troops is a yearlong Student Council project that’s aimed at providing treats for those that serve our country. If you are able to donate any non-meltable snacks please send them into school and the Student Council will make sure that are passed along to our troops.

Note: It takes 2 weeks for items to reach the base and they need to be donated in boxes.

Examples of treats: Goldfish, peanut butter crackers, beef jerky, energy bars, gum, mints

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Yearbooks

It’s time to order your yearbook!  If you send in an order to the school, your student can give it to his/her homeroom teacher or send it to Ms. Webster. Yearbooks are $55. Remember, as in years past, we will NOT be ordering extra yearbooks. Please reserve your yearbook today!

Order your yearbook with personalization by September 15, you will receive free icons! As always, if you have any questions, please email Ms. Webster at brittany.webster@knoxschools.org

Yearbook Flyer

Yearbook Order Form

Online Ordering

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YOKE

West Valley Middle School YOKE is for any 6th, 7th or 8th grade student who attends West Valley.

It is a faith based program where students participate in games, skits, songs, devotions, relays.

First Meeting: Tuesday, September 19 – 7:00 pm in the lecture hall.

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September is Attendance Awareness Month

A word from your school social worker on school attendance

Starting back to school is a good time to think about your child’s attendance to school.  Missing 10% or more school days (18 days of school in a year) is considered chronically absent.  The average student in Tennessee misses no more than 6 days in a school year.

Did you know?

  • By 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three signs that a student may drop out of high school.
  • By 9th grade, regular and high attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th grade test scores.
  • Missing 18 days a year or 2 days a month, can drastically affect a student’s academic success.
  • Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, or facing some other potentially serious difficulty.
  • Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and on the job.
  • Attendance is an important life skill that will help your child graduate from college and keep a job.

What you can do:

  • Make school attendance a priority, talk to your child about the importance of it and make daily attendance to school the expectation.
  • Try not to schedule dental and medical appointments during the school day.
  • Don’t let your child stay home unless truly sick.  Just because your child doesn’t feel good doesn’t mean they should stay home from school.  Throwing up or running a high fever are good reasons to stay home from school.  Having a headache or feeling tired are not good reasons.
  • Help your child stay engaged at school:  Stay on top of their academic progress as well as their social contacts.  Encourage meaningful afterschool activities.
  • Plan family vacations on breaks from school rather than at times when they will need to be absent from school.
  • If your child or family is experiencing things that makes him/her struggle with school attendance please communicate this with WVMS’s school social worker, Katie Allen for help and/or support.
  • Know and follow KCS’s attendance policy:  If your child is too sick to attend school or has another valid excuse for being absent, please send in a note within 5 days of them returning to school.  According to school board policy, a student can have unlimited medical or other official documentation and up to 10 parent notes each year to excuse an absence.  Excuse notes are to be turned in to their homeroom teacher.  This communication helps us to better address attendance problems.  The complete School Board Policy for attendance can be found on the KCS website.

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Upcoming Dates: September

September 15: PTSA Teacher Tailgate Luncheon

September 19: PTSA Board Meeting – 9:30am – 11:00am – PTSA Room

September 22: PTSA Membership Bash – 6:00pm – 8:00 pm

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WVMS PTSA Website

WVMS PTSA Facebook Group

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Yearbook 

West Valley Parents,

It’s time to order your yearbook! Attached you will find a yearbook flyer with directions for ordering your yearbook online (jostens.com), or an order form that you can send into the school (checks made out to Jostens). If you send in an order to the school, your student can give it to his/her homeroom teacher or send it to Ms. Webster. Yearbooks are $55. Remember, as in years past, we will NOT be ordering extra yearbooks. Please reserve your yearbook today! We are currently running a special. Order your yearbook with personalization by September 15, you will receive free icons! As always, if you have any questions, please email Ms. Webster atbrittany.webster@knoxschools.org

Have a great day!

Brittany Webster

6th Grade Mathematics – West Valley Middle School
Yearbook Adviser

brittany.webster@knoxschools.org

Yearbook Order Form

Yearbook flyer

PTSA Weekly Update August 9, 2017

PTSA Weekly
August 9, 2017
Open House Nights
6th Grade

Thursday, August 10th

Health Curriculum Presentation – 5:30pm-6:00pm

Open House – 6:00pm-8:00pm
7th Grade

Thursday, August 17th

Open House – 6:00pm-8:00pm
8th Grade

Tuesday, August 15th

Health Curriculum Presentation – 5:30pm-6:00pm

Open House – 6:00pm-8:00pm
***PTSA will sell Spirit Wear at all Open Houses***

Volunteer Opportunities



The school clinic and library are in need of volunteers. If interested contact:
Clinic: Pamela Canon – jandpcanon@yahool.com

Library: Kelsey Mitchell – Kelsey@graymitchell.com


Deployment Information

* 6th grade – Laptop deployment for 6th graders will be Monday, August 14, during school. The required training video for parents that must be viewed prior to deployment will also be viewable at 6th grade open house on August 10. 

* 7th grade – Deployment will be Tuesday, August 8, during school. The required training video, like last year, can be viewed online or at open house.   

* 8th grade – Deployment will be Thursday, August 10, during school. The required training video, like last year, can be viewed online or at open house. 

* New 7th and 8th grade students to WVMS – Will receive devices the week of August 14.

Required Deployment Video


  Laptop Covers



Laptop covers are required for all laptops and there are several inexpensive options online. When searching for covers look for ones that fit:

13” MacBook Pro produced mid 2012 (non-Retina display)

6th Grade Supply List

7th Grade Supply List

8th Grade Supply List

CDC School Supply List

Bus Transportation

Students needing to ride a different bus home than normal will need a parent note. These notes are to be brought to the main office for confirmation by the student upon arrival to school. Notes are then given back to the student with approval marked by the office staff. Bus drivers not receiving an approved note from the office will not allow student to ride the bus. 
For information about bus transportation, please refer to the links and phone number below.

Knox County Schools Transportation Website
Bus Stop Locator
Transportation Number – 594-1550


Upcoming Dates: August


August 10 – 6th Grade Health Curriculum Presentation – 5:30pm-6:00pm/Open House – 6:00pm-8:00pm

August 11 – Welcome Back to School Donuts for Students – provided by PTSA

August 14 – PTSA Board Meeting 12:30pm-2:00pm (PTSA Workroom)

August 15 – 8th Grade Health Curriculum Presentation – 5:30pm-6:00pm/Open House – 6:00pm-8:00pm

August 17 – 7th Grade Open House – 6:00pm-8:00pm

August 21 – No School – Solar Eclipse

August 22-September 5 – PTSA Membership Drive

 

 

TN Ready Testing Information – week 2

WVMS Family,

Good evening to all of you. Please find below the schedule for testing this week. In spite of the rain delay for Monday, we will begin the math testing tomorrow morning around 10:00 AM. Thankfully, the first part of the math testing is the shortest portion and does not require the use of a calculator. Please remind your student(s) that calculators are allowed for Tuesday’s math testing.   Monday, April 24 = Math – Part 1 ; Algebra I (non-calculator portions)

Tuesday, April 25 = Math – Parts 2 and 3 and Algebra I (calculator portions)

Wednesday, April 26 = Science

Thursday, April 27 = Social Studies

Friday, April 28 = Make-up tests

Monday. May 1 = Make-up tests

Other notes:

* We have a limited number of calculators for student use, so please remind students to bring their calculators to school on Tuesday, April 25. 

* Cell phones should not be present in testing environment. Please remind your student(s) that the middle school policy for cell phones is that they are to be turned off between 8:30 AM and 3:30 PM everyday. 

* Please encourage your students that getting plenty of rest and eating a nutritious breakfast are helpful in successful testing outcomes.

* Please be on time to school as we have a strict testing schedule and testing protocols to follow each day. 

* Due to maintaining a consistent school-wide testing environment, please note that we will not be able to make our usual calls into rooms during testing to collect students for appointments. Thank you for your understanding.

We are all excited to see the results from the collective efforts of our greater school family for the TNReady Testing. Our supportive parents, wonderful teachers, and dedicated students have prepared for these upcoming moments all year. I have every confidence that we will once again see our students shine! Thank you for your continual support of West Valley Middle School today, during the upcoming testing season, and always.

Go Wolves,

David Claxton | Principal