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6.5.20

Dear Whitehorse Students and Families,

Monday begins our last week of school for the 2019-20 school year. This year has been filled with new beginnings and change. We look forward to ending the school year, similarly to how it began, by nurturing our relationships and taking the time to support and connect with one another. Check your mail or the manila envelope you received when you picked up your personal belongings for a little something special for our students. 

Here is where you can find our last week’s slide deck: June 8th - 10th Whitehorse Virtual Learning Community 2020. If you are in need of resources or having difficulty accessing learning via our virtual model, please reach out to your homeroom teacher or our student services team. Their contact information can be found in the attached slide deck.   

If you have not picked up your locker content, there is still time. Stop by today, Friday, before 6 pm. We will also be distributing personal belongings to 8th grade students on Monday, June 8th from 10 am - 6 pm.

Stay safe, stay healthy, and if you can, stay home, 
 

Amy Wederath and Priscilla Watson


5.29.20

Dear Whitehorse Students and Families,

To the right you will find the slide deck for the week of June 1st. If you are in need of resources or are having difficulty accessing learning via our virtual model, please reach out to your homeroom teacher or our student services team. Their contact information can be found in the slide deck.   

Stay safe, stay healthy, and if you can, stay home.


Amy Wederath and Priscilla Watson


5.22.20

Dear Whitehorse Students and Families,

As we head into the extended weekend, we want to remind you that  there is no virtual instruction scheduled for Monday, May 25, 2020 due to the holiday.  We hope you and your family are able to take that time to enjoy the beautiful weather forecasted.  

We recently had an opportunity to come together for staff development.  We used some of that time to reflect on our practices in hopes of improving the experience for students and families. The field of education requires that along with our students, our teachers and administrators continuously grow and adapt. We used feedback from the parent survey to identify ways that we can prioritize relationships and improve communication, access, and the delivery of instruction. We received 78 parent survey results with a third of the responses represented at each grade level.

These are some of the actions we have taken to improve the effectiveness of the virtual learning experience at Whitehorse. 

  • Adjustments to Google Classroom Content and Format: Teachers met in groups in order to review and respond to feedback about their Google Classroom content in an effort to make the platform more consistent, clear and easier to navigate. 
  • Increase opportunities for student to student discussion.  Teachers shared ways to increase opportunities for student discussion so that they can collaborate and learn from each other. We know the importance this plays in helping students develop critical thinking.
  • Commit to providing feedback regarding attendance and assignments. We use attendance and grading of assignments as a means to communicate level of participation and student learning.  Students may receive a (M) missing assignment in two ways.  The first being that students did not complete the assignment. The second is when the submitted work does not reflect mastery of the standards targeted.  In these situations, teachers will be sending assignments back to students with specific feedback in an effort to allow and encourage the student to make changes and in order to improve their understanding, a score of  2 or higher. The feedback can be found in the private comments or embedded within the assignment. 
  • Review our communication routines. We are working on finding different ways to communicate with families at both the school and classroom level. Given schools limited access to phones, our first mode of communication is via email. We have begun to also send out a text message/sms with a link to this communication. Going forward we will also include a voice message, alerting parents to immediate updates and encouraging them to check their text and email for more information. If you have not received our text messages/sms and voice and text are your preferred method of communication for school wide updates, please email us at whitehorse@madison.k12.wi.us so that we can update your information.  Please also reach out to your teachers and let them know your preferences, noting that they will do their best with the resources at their disposal.

We continue to try to provide some normalcy and routine during these times, therefore here is where you can find next week’s slide deck: May 26th - 29th Whitehorse Virtual Learning Community 2020. If you are in need of resources or having difficulty accessing learning via our virtual model, please reach out to your homeroom teacher or our student services team. Their contact information can be found in the attached slide deck.   

Stay safe, stay healthy, and if you can, stay home.

Amy Wederath and Priscilla Watson
 


5.15.20

Dear‌ ‌Whitehorse‌ ‌Students‌ ‌and‌ ‌Families,‌ ‌

Each‌ ‌week‌ ‌we‌ ‌strive‌ ‌to‌ ‌communicate‌ ‌with‌ ‌you‌ ‌necessary‌ ‌information‌ ‌to‌ ‌support‌ ‌our‌ ‌students‌ ‌and‌ ‌families‌ ‌in‌ ‌virtual‌ ‌learning.‌  ‌We‌ ‌are‌ ‌receiving‌ ‌new‌ ‌information‌ ‌each‌ ‌day‌ ‌and‌ ‌adapting‌ ‌our‌ ‌approach‌ ‌as‌ ‌needed.‌ ‌Thank‌ ‌you‌ ‌for‌ ‌your‌ ‌feedback‌ ‌and‌ ‌continued‌ ‌communication‌ ‌during‌ ‌this‌ ‌time.‌  ‌The‌ ‌district‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌sharing‌ ‌general‌ ‌information‌ ‌today‌ ‌about‌ ‌summer‌ ‌school‌ ‌and‌ ‌closing‌ ‌out‌ ‌the‌ ‌end‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌school‌ ‌year.‌  ‌We‌ ‌are‌ ‌putting‌ ‌together‌ ‌a‌ ‌communication‌ ‌to‌ ‌be‌ ‌sent‌ ‌out‌ ‌on‌ ‌Monday‌ ‌with‌ ‌how‌ ‌this‌ ‌new‌ ‌information‌ ‌specifically‌ ‌impacts‌ ‌the‌ ‌Whitehorse‌ ‌Community.‌ ‌

We‌ ‌continue‌ ‌to‌ ‌try‌ ‌to‌ ‌provide‌ ‌some‌ ‌normalcy‌ ‌and‌ ‌routine‌ ‌during‌ ‌these‌ ‌times,‌ ‌therefore‌ ‌here‌ ‌is‌ ‌where‌ ‌you‌ ‌can‌ ‌find‌ ‌this‌ ‌week’s‌ ‌slide‌ ‌deck:‌ ‌‌May‌ ‌18th‌ ‌-‌ ‌22nd‌ ‌Whitehorse‌ ‌Virtual‌ ‌Learning‌ ‌
Community‌ ‌2020
‌.‌ ‌The‌ ‌slide‌ ‌deck‌ ‌contains‌ ‌the‌ ‌following,‌ ‌which‌ ‌we‌ ‌feel‌ ‌are‌ ‌helpful‌ ‌tools‌ ‌and‌ ‌helping‌ ‌families‌ ‌and‌ ‌students‌ ‌organize‌ ‌and‌ ‌engage‌ ‌in‌ ‌virtual‌ ‌learning:‌ ‌

  • Weekly‌ ‌Plans‌ ‌-‌ ‌Checklist‌ ‌of‌ ‌assignments‌ ‌and‌ ‌tasks‌ ‌that‌ ‌students‌ ‌are‌ ‌asked‌ ‌to‌ ‌complete‌ ‌ ‌
  • Important‌ ‌Announcement‌ ‌-‌ ‌Take‌ ‌a‌ ‌look‌ ‌at‌ ‌our‌ ‌spirit‌ ‌week‌ ‌flyer‌ ‌and‌ ‌any‌ ‌other‌ ‌important‌ ‌announcements‌ ‌specific‌ ‌to‌ ‌Whitehorse.‌ ‌ ‌
  • Content‌ ‌Slides‌ ‌-‌ ‌With‌ ‌the‌ ‌teacher’s‌ ‌contact‌ ‌information‌ ‌and‌ ‌Google‌ ‌Classroom‌ ‌code.‌ ‌
  • Google‌ ‌Classroom‌ ‌Codes -‌ ‌The‌ ‌directions‌ ‌and‌ ‌actual‌ ‌assignments‌ ‌are‌ ‌posted‌ ‌in‌ ‌Google‌ ‌Classroom,‌ ‌students‌ ‌need‌ ‌these‌ ‌codes‌ ‌and‌ ‌to‌ ‌log‌ ‌into‌ ‌the‌ ‌classrooms‌ ‌in‌ ‌order‌ ‌to‌ ‌complete‌ ‌the‌ ‌assignments.‌ ‌ ‌

Check‌ ‌out‌ ‌our‌ ‌Spirit‌ ‌Day‌ ‌activities‌ ‌this‌ ‌week‌ ‌and‌ ‌continue‌ ‌to‌ ‌encourage‌ ‌your‌ ‌students‌ ‌to‌ ‌come‌ ‌see‌ ‌and‌ ‌interact‌ ‌with‌ ‌teachers‌ ‌and‌ ‌peers‌ ‌during‌ ‌the‌ ‌advisory‌ ‌zoom‌ ‌meeting.‌ ‌Please‌ ‌attempt‌ ‌to‌ ‌engage‌ ‌in‌ ‌our‌ ‌virtual‌ ‌learning‌ ‌environment‌ ‌and‌ ‌reach‌ ‌out‌ ‌to‌ ‌your‌ ‌teachers‌ ‌at‌ ‌least‌ ‌once‌ ‌a‌ ‌week,‌ ‌with‌ ‌questions‌ ‌or‌ ‌just‌ ‌to‌ ‌say‌ ‌hello.‌ ‌

As‌ ‌always‌ ‌we‌ ‌will‌ ‌continue‌ ‌to‌ ‌do‌ ‌our‌ ‌very‌ ‌best‌ ‌to‌ ‌provide‌ ‌communication‌ ‌around‌ ‌any‌ ‌updates‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ ‌effects‌ ‌of‌ ‌COVID-19‌ ‌on‌ ‌instruction‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ ‌Whitehorse‌ ‌community.‌ ‌If‌ ‌you‌ ‌are‌ ‌in‌ ‌need‌ ‌of‌ ‌resources‌ ‌or‌ ‌having‌ ‌difficulty‌ ‌accessing‌ ‌learning‌ ‌via‌ ‌our‌ ‌virtual‌ ‌model,‌ ‌please‌ ‌reach‌ ‌out‌ ‌to‌ ‌your‌ ‌homeroom‌ ‌teacher‌ ‌or‌ ‌our‌ ‌student‌ ‌services‌ ‌team.‌ ‌Their‌ ‌contact‌ ‌information‌ ‌can‌ ‌be‌ ‌found‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌attached‌ ‌slide‌ ‌deck.‌ ‌ ‌
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Stay‌ ‌safe,‌ ‌stay‌ ‌healthy,‌ ‌and‌ ‌if‌ ‌you‌ ‌can,‌ ‌stay‌ ‌home.‌ ‌
 ‌
Amy‌ ‌Wederath‌ ‌and‌ ‌Priscilla‌ ‌Watson‌


5.8.20

Dear Whitehorse Students and Families,

We appreciate all of the parents and students that have reached out to provide feedback on their virtual learning experiences. Please note in an attempt to gather as many perspectives and experiences as possible, the survey is still open. We want to hear your feedback so we can keep improving our logistics and content delivery. Please, if you have not done so already, fill out this quick Virtual Learning Feedback Survey and let us know your thoughts.   

Here is next week’s slide deck: May 11th - 15th Whitehorse Virtual Learning Community 2020. The slide deck contains the following, which we feel are helpful tools and helping families and students organize and engage in virtual learning:

  • Weekly Plans - Checklist of assignments and tasks that students are asked to complete 

  • Important Announcement - Take a look at our spirit week flyer and any other important announcements specific to Whitehorse. 

  • Content Slides - With the teacher’s contact information and Google Classroom code.

  • Google Classroom Codes - The directions and actual assignments are posted in Google Classroom, students need these codes and to log into the classrooms in order to complete the assignments. 

Check out our Spirit Day activities this week and continue to encourage your students to come see and interact with teachers and peers during the advisory zoom meeting. 

As always, if you are in need of resources or having difficulty accessing learning via our virtual model, please reach out to your homeroom teacher or our student services team. Their contact information can be found in the attached slide deck. Stay safe and healthy.

Amy Wederath and Priscilla Watson


5.1.20

Dear Whitehorse Students and Families,

Thank you all for continuing on this journey with us as we continue to adjust and do our best to provide engaging and thoughtful activities to help students master standards. Along with working towards academic proficiency and the success of all students, we are also working diligently to continue to prioritize their social and emotional well-being. 

Many of you have questions about the different traditional celebrations that would normally take place at the time. We are working on virtual plans to still acknowledge and congratulate our students for their hard work and effort. More information will be arriving soon in regards to the Honor Ceremony and other ceremonies as we approach them. Thank you for your continued understanding and grace as we improvise and redesign our approach. 

In our continued efforts to provide organized information and support for student learning we continue to provide the slide deck: April 27-May 1st Whitehorse Virtual Learning Community 2020. The slide deck contains the following, which we feel are helpful tools and helping families and students organize and engage in virtual learning:

  • Weekly Plans - Checklist of assignments and tasks that students are asked to complete 

  • Content Slides - With the teacher’s contact information and Google Classroom code.

  • Google Classroom Codes- The directions and actual assignments are posted in Google Classroom, students need these codes and to log into the classrooms in order to complete the assignments. 

Principal Wederath and Assistant Principal Watson will continue to visit homeroom zoom meetings and are looking forward to seeing you all. 

As always, if you are in need of resources or having difficulty accessing learning via our virtual model, please reach out to your homeroom teacher or our student services team. Their contact information can be found in the attached slide deck. 
 

Amy Wederath and Priscilla Watson


4.17.20

Dear Whitehorse Students and Families,

Today we finished another week of virtual learning. During this time we also learned that the remainder of our school year will continue to be conducted via the MMSD Virtual Learning model. Although this news comes with the realization that the school year will not end with traditional celebrations and laughter ringing through the halls at Whitehorse Middle School, we can assure you it will continue to be prioritized and approached with your academic and social-emotional well being as our primary focus.  

In our continued efforts to provide organized information and support for student learning here is the slide deck for the upcoming week: April 20-24th Whitehorse Virtual Learning Community 2020. 

Our Unified Arts teachers would also like to remind students of the expectations for participation and attendance in their 4th quarter UA classes. More information can be found in this attachment from our UA teachers

Please be assured that we will continue to do our very best to provide communication around any updates and the effects of COVID-19 on instruction and the Whitehorse community. If you are in need of resources or having difficulty accessing learning via our virtual model, please reach out to your homeroom teacher or our student services team. Their contact information can be found in the slide deck above. 

We look forward to our continued collaboration to support your student’s learning.

Amy Wederath and Priscilla Watson


4.10.20

Dear Whitehorse Students and Families,

Each week our staff will be putting together information to support student learning. A summary of that information will be organized in a slide deck that we will share. 

April 13 - 17: Whitehorse Virtual Learning Community 2020

Here you will find communications from staff, announcements about upcoming events, and information about the week’s instruction. Teachers will include weekly updates and information needed to access Google classroom.  We will send that information to you each Friday via email.  We will also post the information on the Whitehorse Middle School Webpage at whitehorse.mmsd.org/virtual-learning.

We look forward to our continued collaboration to support your student’s learning.

Amy Wederath and Priscilla Watson


4.3.20

Please visit the Whitehorse Middle School Library Media Center page for Virtual Learning Support!  The links included there will be updated weekly to help students and families stay informed.

We believe that our Whitehorse Community is broader than what exists within the physical building.  We look forward to connecting with you virtually to learn, grow, and redefine our community.  Here is the communication shared by Principal Wederath and Assistant Principal Watson introducing our move to virtual learning. Additionally, each week our staff will share a virtual learning slide deck. Here families and students can find detailed grade level and course specific information specific to our virtual learning. You will also find a featured message from Principal Wederath. 

Resources

Stay well,

Principal Wederath and the Whitehorse Team