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Newsletter Week of May 18, 2020

PROMOTING SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL LEARNING AT HOME

This week's focus is Self-Management

TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT

If your student is having issues with technology, the following resources and supports are avail

  • Email (preferred method)

    • Parents/guardians can get help by emailing: ParentSupport@oshkosh.k12.wi.us

    • Students can get help by emailing: StudentSupport@oshkosh.k12.wi.us

    • INSTRUCTIONS: In the email, please state:

      • Your and/or your student’s name

      • Preferred contact method and contact information (ex. email, phone, text)

      • Hours you can be reached

      • Description of the issue (i.e. What is wrong with the Chromebook or Kajeet? (black screen, losing power, etc.))

  • Phone

    • Dial 920.424.4411 and press option 9 (Monday - Friday from 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.)

 

WILDCAT WORKOUT

Hello Wildcats,
The Stay At Home order has changed many things in our lives.  We have lost out on numerous opportunities academically, socially, and athletically, but there are brighter days ahead!  One of the best ways to get through the darker days, is to focus on those brighter days and begin preparing for them!  A group of West coaches and trainers have put together a workout for you to begin your preparations.  We don’t know exactly when we will get back to school and begin our summer CATS training, but this workout should get you prepared to pick up right where you left off.  Obviously, many of you don’t have exercise equipment at home, so this is designed so that you can do it without equipment, but you certainly can add it if you’ve got it.  This is also a general strength and conditioning program for anyone in any sport (or not in a sport) to continue to increase their fitness level. 

The Workout:  We have a weekly workout for you that takes us to the first week in July.  At that time, we will hopefully be able to transition to something else, but we will have to wait and see.  The spreadsheet has a different tab along the bottom for each week, and each day’s workout for the week is laid out in a column.  It starts with a warmup similar to what you would have done in Strength class for the lifting days and similar to the outside dynamic warmup from CATS class on the running days.

Differentiation:  If, for example you’re doing an exercise and it’s too easy, there are many ways you can add resistance.  You could fill a backpack with books, use cans of soup for shoulder complex, fill milk jugs with water or sand to make dumbbells.  The options are only limited by your creativity and what is safe.  Remember, safety is a priority.  Getting injured by doing something with too much weight, or in a hazardous way does not get us ready for those brighter days!

Improvisation: You will need to find what works best for you.  For instance, if the running workout tells you to run 100’s, you don’t need to go to a track to do that.  Find a safe place and pace off 100 big steps.  This could be a sidewalk, field, or a safe road with no traffic.  The keys are:  Is it safe?  Is it about the right distance?  Am I going to give it everything I’ve got.

Reminders:
-Make sure your workout area and any equipment you decide to use is safe!
-This is designed for you to do on your own without needing equipment.  We love working out with our teammates, but right now it just isn’t a smart thing to do.  You could, however, set up challenges with classmates, or use technology to share accomplishments, or even video of yourself working hard.  Do not meet at West, or other places, to work out together!
-At some point in the future, we hope to be able to loan out some weight equipment to those that may need it.  Stay tuned on this!
-SIGN UP FOR CATS!!!!  We don’t know exactly when CATS will start up, but we want to be ready when it does.  Get signed up on Infinite Campus and follow this program so you’re ready to go!

LMC NEWS

Digital Citizenship topic of the month: Gaming and Chat Rooms
ConnectSafely.org is a non-profit organization devoted to educating technology users of privacy, safety and security. They offer valuable resources. Check out their Parent Guide to Instagram. 

LMC Website - Wildcats Read!
Staff and students can respond to various prompts each week to develop a culture of reading. This week, Wildcats are asked to share where they are reading on the LMC Website.  

The Flash Fiction Short Story Contest Deadline is May 22. Check out our website for details!
Be sure your students check the LMC Website to determine Fees and Fines in Destiny. If you have any questions, feel free to email your Media Specialist, LeeAnn.Morrill@oshkosh.k12.wi.us .

Stay tuned for more information on the West Summer Reading Program - details will be announced soon!

YEARBOOKS

Did you pre order your yearbook? If not, no worries! Late sales are happening now! You can purchase yours online here: https://yearbookforever.com/, or mail a check to the school bank for $60; be sure to indicate that it is for a yearbook.

AP EXAMS

IMPORTANT AP TESTING UPDATE: The College Board has released the 2020 AP Testing Guide . Please read through the guide with your AP student and follow the directions to prepare for testing at home on the test date and time. 

Students will still have the opportunity to earn college credit by taking their Advanced Placement exams this spring. The College Board is working to prepare exams students will take at home on their electronic device. Here is a link to information on the College Board website.  Some of the key details are 

  • Exams are at a scheduled day and time (see schedule below)
  • Exams are streamlined and limited to 45 minutes instead of the typical 2 1/2- 3 1/2 hours.
  • West students will be able to access the exams via their chromebooks.
  • Students may choose to handwrite or type their responses. Directions will be provided for both choices.
  • College Board will be providing specific directions, simulation videos, and opportunities for students to access the test portal before their test day. These will be provided to students in late April.

Your student's teacher contacted your student with specific information about the type of question(s) that will appear on this updated test. If you have questions specific to your student's test, please contact the teacher. For general questions about AP testing this year, please contact Heather Kangas, West's AP Coordinator. You can reach her at heather.kangas@oshkosh.k12.wi.us.

Exam Schedule 
Friday, 5/15/20 AP US History 1:00 pm
Wednesday, 5/20/20 AP English Language 1:00 pm
Thursday, 5/21/20 AP World History 1:00 pm
Friday, 5/22/20 AP Statistics 1:00 pm

FROM THE HEALTH OFFICE

As we wrap up this school year, we are already looking ahead to next year.  If your student has a change in their health or has a healthcare need at school, please contact me via email over the summer and I will get back to you before the start of next school year.  If your student will need to take a medication at school, please work with your doctor to have the medication request form completed and signed before the start of the school year.  As a reminder, the directions on the medication bottle must match the written order on the medication request form.

If your student has a health plan or emergency plan on file with the school, you will be receiving a copy to update for 2020-2021 school year over the summer.  

I hope you are all staying healthy and that you enjoy your summer.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Email:  stefanie.rebholz@oshkosh.k12.wi.us

Stefanie Rebholz RN