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Westwood newsletters for the 2019-2020 school year will be posted below on most Wednesdays throughout the school year. Click through the categories below to read this week's newsletter.

Newsletters will also be sent via email to families. If you are not receiving these emails, please review your contact information in Campus Parent Portal. If you still do not receive newsletter emails, please contact Westwood at 763-600-5300.

In this week's newsletter...

A Message from Principal Larson - June 3, 2020

Westwood Families

What a year it has been. We have much to celebrate as we close out the year with our students and families. Here are some of the highlights by the numbers:

  • 86 grade 8 students earned the Presidential Award for Academics
  • 84 grade 6 students earned the Presidential Award for Academics
  • 173 students earned outstanding attendance awards
  • Over the three trimesters, 2,425 students earned the A or B Honor roll 
  • Our students engaged in a combined total of over 216,000 hours of Extended Flexible Learning
  • Approximately 50% of our students engaged in before and after school programming from band, choir, plays, intramural and intermural sports, math groups, and more
  • I can’t count the number of high fives, hugs, and fist bumps our staff has handed out and received.  

Please take a look at the Need to Know section of this newsletter for several fun and important updates, including details on the following:

  • Drive thru parade: The parade is at Westwood on Friday, June 5 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. We invite you to take part in a community needs drive as a part of Friday’s parade as we collect food, paper goods, and hygiene items for neighboring communities.
  • Staff thank you videos: Access grade-level videos our staff made for our students to wish them well over the summer.  
  • Report card timing and access: End of the year report cards will be available June 10 in the Campus Parent Portal. Review an explanation of report card reporting and instructions for accessing report cards online starting June 10.

We know there are many unknowns and questions about the 2020-2021 school year. Planning for a variety of possible scenarios has begun. We plan for school to resume Tuesday, September 8 and will update families the weeks of July 6 and Aug. 3 with status on the situation and our planning. Watch for those updates.

What we do know as we end this year is that we will continue to ensure our students feel valued, inspired, have a sense of belonging and achieve the academic and life skills needed to be successful. Thanks for being part of the team and your encouraging words to your kids and staff throughout the year. Have a wonderful summer.

Tom Larson
Principal

The Need to Know - June 3, 2020

Summer Meal Services Start June 9

Spring Lake Park Schools are providing free meals to children ages 1-18 throughout the summer. The last day of the current meal services format will be Friday, June 5.  Beginning Tuesday, June 9 we will be starting the Summer Meal Program. Summer meals will be distributed at Spring Lake Park High School, door 32, Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Pickup will be curbside as it has been through the COVID-19 situation and will include a lunch and a breakfast.

Summer Camps and Clinics available for sign-up

A variety of summer camps and clinics will be offered throughout the summer for students of all ages. The current camps and clinics offerings were approved with requirements that follow the latest Minnesota Department of Health safety guidelines. 

Visit the Camps and Clinics section on Eleyo to check out what is available now for camps and clinics. If you had already registered for a camp prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Community Education staff will be contacting families to issue a refund or reassign the registrant to a new camp session. Any questions? Call SLP Community Education 763-600-5050.

Watch Westwood staff thank you videos 

The Westwood staff has created grade level videos for our students. Enjoy!

Outstanding School Fees: How to pay through Campus Parent Portal

As we wrap up the 2019-2020 school year, we encourage families to pay any outstanding fees they may have acquired throughout the school year. Fees could range from technology and iPad insurance to library books and music fees.

A few months ago, our district had to discontinue services with FeePay, our fee payment and athletic registration system. All historical information and outstanding fees have been transferred into Campus Parent Portal. To check for any outstanding fees and for instructions on how to make a payment, follow these instructions.

Over the summer, we will be working on installing a new athletic and activities system called Affinity. This will allow us to manage and register our families for school programs. More information to come.

Questions? Contact our technology team at techsupport@district16.org. Make sure to include your name, contact information and a brief description of your request. If you are unable to email, call 763-600-5555 and leave a message.

Trimester 3 Report Cards - Reporting on student learning during COVID-19 and extended flexible learning

Report Card information and instructions for 5th grade students

Report cards are just one of many ways that we report on student learning throughout the year.  Report card grades reflect student learning, and teachers look at evidence of learning, over time, to determine where students are at in their learning at the time of report cards.

Because all of Trimester 3 occurred in a flexible learning environment, we wanted to provide a guide specific to Trimester 3 report cards for students in grades K-5.

All grades received reflect student learning that occurred during Trimester 1, Trimester 2, and/or Trimester 3. Grades for K-5 include:

  • MS: Minimal progress toward standard
  • AS: Approaching the standard
  • S: Met the standard
  • ES: Exceeds the standard
  • You may see two other marks on the report card:
  • An NA indicates that students did not have opportunities to learn this outcome throughout the school year. Any learning outcomes marked as NA for 2019-20 will be addressed in Fall 2020.
  • An NE (No Evidence) grade indicates that students had opportunities to learn this outcome during Trimester 3, but did not submit any evidence of their learning. As a result, there is no evidence to determine where they are at toward meeting the learning outcome.
  • All life skills, for all grade levels, will be marked as NA (Not Reported) for Trimester 3.

Trimester 3 report cards will be available beginning Wednesday, June 10 and can be accessed through Campus Parent Portal. Note, this is the same way families accessed Trimester 2 report cards. Watch a video tutorial on how to access your student’s report card.

Report Card information and instructions for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students

Report cards are just one of many ways that we report on student learning throughout the year.  Report card grades reflect student learning, and teachers look at evidence of learning, over time, to determine where students are at in their learning at the time of report cards.

Because all of Trimester 3 occurred in a flexible learning environment, we wanted to provide a guide specific to Trimester 3 report cards for students in grades 6-12.

  • Course grades for Trimester 3 are based on student learning for academic outcomes that were designated in the Trimester 3 overview, developed for each course at Grades 6-12 and shared with students and families in Schoology at the beginning of the trimester.
  • Students will receive a grade of NY (Not Yet) for any courses where they have submitted evidence of learning but have not demonstrated proficiency in their learning to result in a grade of A, B, C, or D. Grades of NY will replace an F for Trimester 3.
    • Students who end Trimester 3 with a grade of NY will be required to participate in summer learning opportunities to continue their learning until they demonstrate proficiency on course learning outcomes that result in a grade of A, B, C, or D.
  • Students will receive a grade of NE (No Evidence) for any courses where they have submitted no or limited evidence of learning in Trimester 3.
    • Students who end Trimester 3 with a grade of NE will be required to participate in summer learning opportunities to continue their learning until they demonstrate proficiency on course learning outcomes that result in a grade of A, B, C, or D.
  • Any course grades that remain at NY (Not Yet) or NE (No Evidence) by early August will turn into an F at that time and continued learning for course learning outcomes, and/or recovery for any lost credits needed for graduation, will occur in Fall of 2020.
  • Some students may receive a grade of P (pass) or NC (no credit) for courses if they followed the process to select this option. The process to make this choice was communicated to students and families throughout the trimester. 

Trimester 3 report cards will be available beginning Wednesday, June 10 and can be accessed through Campus Parent Portal. Note, this is the same way families accessed Trimester 2 report cards. Watch a video tutorial on how to access your student’s report card.

Summer School and Summer Programming

Families of students referred to summer school will be receiving direct communication about the program and plan from their teacher and a follow up with an invitation to register. We also anticipate offering some online only, fee-based summer enrichment programming beginning in July. More information on the options will be communicated with families the week of June 22.

Yearbook Distribution

Typically yearbooks are distributed to students the last week of the school year, however, yearbooks will be arriving over the summer as their plant was also shut down during this time. The tentative arrival date will be mid-July. We will send out more information about distribution once they arrive at school. Thank you for your understanding. 

Last Day of End of year drop off and pick up of materials, tomorrow, June 4

Grades 5 – 8 students and families will be allowed to pick up materials, tomorrow, Thursday, June 4 during these scheduled times. 

  • 8-11 a.m. – Last names letter J-Q
  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Last names letter R-Z
  • 1-4 p.m. – Last names letter A – I
  • 5-8 p.m. – Students and/or families who cannot make the day times and/or are high risk with health concerns

While you are at Westwood:

  • Follow safety protocols: We are asking all families to be cognizant of social distancing and wear a mask while at Westwood. Staff will be practicing social distancing and following safety precautions. Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance and exit, in hallways, and in the locker bay.
  • Follow designated traffic flow. There will be signage as you enter the building to direct traffic flow. We will enter and exit through the main entrance – staying to the right. The two doors on the right as you enter will be used for entrance. As you leave, the two doors on the right will be used to leave. Doors will be propped open.
  • Drop off materials in designated areas: Follow the pathway in the cafeteria to drop off any school materials you have at home in the designated area. Materials to drop off include things such as:
    • Library books
    • Curriculum books – place in a bag with student name and teacher name on bag
    • Band instruments – for all grade 8 students, students not taking band next year, and students moving over the summer – please label with student name
  • Clean out desks and/or lockers. Students and/or families will need to clean out their desk and/or locker. Classroom doors will be propped open. Lights in classrooms will be on. We have motion sensor lights so when you walk in the room the lights will go on. Only one family per room at a time is allowed to retrieve materials. Have knowledge about and bring the following to clean out desks and/or lockers:
    • A bag/backpack to place materials in
    • Know your child’s teacher and room number
    • Know your child’s locker number and combination
    • Know your child’s gym locker number and combination (grades 7 and 8)

Check out the full list of pick-up/drop-off schedules for all students in grades K-12

 Materials to drop off at school

Grade 5

  • All Students - Houghton Mifflin Orange Anthology - Expeditions
  • School Rental Band Instrument if you are moving or not taking band next year
  • Library Books checked out from Westwood Media Center

Team 5A

No other materials

 

Team 5B

Specific items

Novel individually assigned

Team 5C

Novels

Dave', Fields, Olinger - A Long Walk to Water

Team 5D          

No other materials

Grade 6

  • All Students - Holt Blue Anthology – Elements of Literature
  • School rental band instrument if you are moving or not taking band next year
  • Library books checked out from Westwood Media Center

Team 6A

No other materials

Team 6B

Specific Items

Allen, Becklund, Cox - Touching Spirit Bear

Team 6C

Novels

Major, Post - Novel - A Monster Calls

Fritze, Rosales - Novel - Mockingbird

Robasse - Novel - Shadow

 

Team 6D

No other materials

Grade 7

  • School rental band instrument if you are moving or not taking band next year
  • Library books checked out from Westwood Media Center

Language Arts

Honors students –

The Outsiders

Math

No other materials

Science

No other materials

Social Studies

No other materials

Grade 8

  • School rental band instrument
  • Library books checked out from Westwood Media Center

Language Arts

No other materials

Math

No other materials

Science

No other materials

Social Studies

No other materials


Westwood Drive by Parade, June 5, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Westwood staff looks forward to seeing students one last time as the school year comes to an end. Families are invited to “drive by” Westwood during designated times on June 5 as staff wave good-bye.

In order to help limit the amount of traffic in the neighborhood we are asking families to come during the following times:

  • 11 – 11:30 a.m. families with last names A-H
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. families with last names I – R
  • 12 – 12:30 p.m. families with last names S – Z

Please follow these guidelines to make the parade as safe as possible for all:

  • Each household should be in a separate car; carpooling does not comply with social distancing.
  • People with COVID-19 symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath, etc.) should not attend. You can watch the virtual video of the parade we will be sending out after the live event is over.
  • Attendees must remain in the vehicles for the entire route and stay 6 feet apart from the vehicle in front of them.
  • All attendees must be in a vehicle.
  • Food and beverages will not be served.
  • There will not be access to restrooms.
  • No objects will be passed between vehicles and between attendees and staff.
  • Follow the traffic flow and parade route as shown, click here for a map.

We have one more way to celebrate the year – by giving back to the communities in Minnesota.  There are great needs due to the pandemic and the recent events in our neighboring communities due to the death of George Floyd. We are organizing a community needs drive. Students and parents can drop off the items listed below that are being requested to assist families. Items can be dropped off during the car parade. The drop off area will be in the bus circle as to not inhibit the flow of the parade and exiting vehicles.  

Items for donation:

  • Non-perishable food items
  • Baby products - Pampers / Diapers / baby wipes / formula / baby food 
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper towels
  • Hygiene products 

Turning in an iPad? What to know and do

Only students who are leaving the district, including our graduating seniors, need to turn in their school-issued iPad this spring. If you are a returning K-11 grade student, DO NOT turn in iPads or chargers. 

For students turning in an iPad and charger, please prep your device before dropping it off.

  • [Optional] Follow instructions for backing up the device.
  • [Required] Follow instructions for wiping and erasing the iPad.
  • [Required] After the wipe is complete, power off the iPad (Hold power key, and slide on-screen button to turn-off.)

During each school’s designated pick up and drop off times, students and families leaving the district will drop the prepped iPad in a "hands-off" turn-in process. Students will be directed to place charging bricks, charging cables, and iPads (with case installed) in designated boxes. Technical support will not be available to verify prep is complete or to assist onsite with things like backup or wipe questions. We will take devices as-is. Any questions about prepping iPads need to be addressed before drop off. Email techsupport@district16.org or call 763-600-5555. Include name, contact information and a brief description of your topic.

District Information -June 3, 2020

The Panther Foundation seeking applications for their Board of Directors

The Panther Foundation is seeking candidates for their Board of Directors who have a passion and commitment to the students and families in Spring Lake Park Schools. The Foundation is looking for individuals who are ready to share time, talents and resources with the Foundation to support and enhance the efforts that contribute to our success. 

Learn more about joining the Panther Foundation Board and apply today.