West Carrollton Middle School News
Enjoy Your Holiday Break!
All students will return on Monday, January 5, 2015.  
Olivia Davis, Asset Builder

WCMS seventh grader, Olivia Davis, is the Asset Builder of the Month. Here's what her teachers say about her ... Olivia is an extremely hardworking student who is an asset to every classroom she enters. Her cheerful disposition and friendliness make her a positive role model in and out of the classroom. Olivia is responsible, motivated, respectful and actively engaged in learning every day. She is shining brightly in all of her classes.  Her hard work and dedication should be admired by her classmates. Olivia Davis is an excellent leader and asset builder at WC Middle School!

 
5 Quick Questions about Our Communication with You
More than 200 parents have completed our communication survey.  Thank you for helping us focus our communication efforts.  We will keep this survey open until January 30th.  We are striving to provide you with better information in the ways you most need. Here's the survey - - please share it!   FIVE-QUESTION Parent Survey 
Asset #26 - Caring
More than 80 National Junior Honor Society WC Middle School students raised $500 for the Care House this month. The Care House is an advocacy center for children who have been abused and neglected. The money they raised will go toward purchasing huggable comfort items, like stuffed animals, that will be used during therapy sessions. "We practiced asset # 26 - CARING. I'm proud of all of our amazing students who helped to raise money for such a great cause," said WCMS Guidance Counselor, Sharon Petrick.  "There is no better gift during the holiday season than the gift of giving!"  For more information on the Care House click HERE.
 
WC City Schools - Our Key Messages
We are highlighting a different key message each week.  These messages were developed by our staff as a result of our community survey in May of 2013. This is the seventh: 

We strive to engage students in meaningful learning.
 
WCMS Parent Communication
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Join Dr. Clifford and Mr. Slone
Parents and community members are invited to attend our Ask the Superintendent and Treasurer meeting on Monday, January 26th from 6-7 pm in the WC High School Cafeteria. Please bring your questions.  
"I'm just not a math person"
A teacher's perspective - Ellen Dahlin   “I’m just not a math person." This has not only become a popular quote students share when they first walk into my classroom, but in math classrooms nationwide. I tell my students that math is its own foreign language. And, as their teacher, I am trying to help translate that language in a way that makes sense.  “I’m just not a math person." This has not only become a popular quote students share when they first walk into my classroom, but in math classrooms nationwide. I tell my students that math is its own foreign language. And, as their teacher, I am trying to help translate that language in a way that makes sense.

While teaching the new math standards this year, my students have been walking into a NON-CALCULATOR classroom. In order to better understand the math language, my students have been "getting back to the basics".

Without the calculator, West Carrollton Middle School students are rebuilding a stronger foundation in basic skills of adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing with numbers, decimals, and fractions. What has been the result? In one quarter alone, my students’ basic math skills have grown tremendously. It has been breathtaking watching their confidence grow in “speaking” math. It has been a blast hearing the number of aha moments students express when they start to understand how math works and why it works the way it does.

Shifting to a non-calculator classroom is also better preparing my students for college and career readiness. Many nearby colleges require students to take a math placement test without a calculator.

It’s important for my students to realize that they ARE indeed “math people.”

Dahlin has been teaching middle school students for 10 years. She said, "middle school is a fascinating time in a student's life." Her eighth graders used these words to describe her:
"energetic, enthusiastic, happy, and (wildly) humorous." When did Dahlin decide to become a math teacher? In sixth grade - Mrs. Johnson's class at Clermont Elementary in North Canton.
 
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7th Grade Boys Basketball
Sat Dec 20 2014
8th Grade Boys Basketball
Sat Dec 20 2014
Winter Break, No School
Mon Dec 22 2014
to Fri Jan 2 2015
7th Grade Boys Basketball
Mon Jan 5 2015
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Mon Jan 5 2015
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Mon Jan 5 2015

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