Remote Roundup - March 20, 2020

Remote Roundup - March 20, 2020
Posted on 03/20/2020
Remote Roundup

The Google Doc version of today's Remote Roundup may be viewed at WJMS Remote Roundup Spring Break Issue.

WJMS Remote Roundup, Spring Break Issue

A Message from Administration

Dear West Jeff Middle families,

We did it! The first week of remote learning is under our belts, and what a success! Even though we encountered some bumps along the way, each of you persevered and moved forward to ensure that the learning continued. The adventure continues as the remote learning plan is scheduled to continue through April 17th.

Starting after the week of spring break, the learning schedule will be as follows:


Mondays - Teacher and School Staff Planning and Catch Up
Mondays will be non-student-contact (no remote learning) days, where teachers and staff will engage in planning and professional learning. Students can use this time to catch up on assignments.

Tuesday through Friday - Students Engage in Remote Learning with Teachers


During these uncertain times, it is more important than ever to stay connected as a community. The administration team is researching how we can provide greater opportunities for virtual social interactions amongst teachers, staff, and students. We want to ensure that students can access one another and our staff in a safe and effective virtual environment, which is why we are closely looking at all of our options. Please stay tuned for more information.

We'd love to be able to share our students' learning experiences via our Remote Roundup. We encourage you to get your cameras out and take pictures of the learning that is happening at your homes, then e-mail any pictures you would like to be considered along with a brief explanation to assistant principal Tricia Samuelson,

Finally, we wish all of you an enjoyable and rest-filled spring break. We look forward to reconnecting with everyone on Tuesday, March 31st.


Tricia Samuelson, Assistant Principal, and Kim Halingstad, Principal


Counseling Corner

How can we help support you? E-mail us:

Dan Keane, 8th Grade & 7th Grade (last name A-L)

Craig Enlund, 6th Grade & 7th Grade (last name M-Z)

Jen Baker, Social-Emotional Learning Specialist

Dr. Britni Dawson-Giles, School Psychologist


Mental Health Request Form for current WJMS students – this is a virtual counselor request note.


Photo: a golden retriever wearing a harness that reads "Therapy Dog, Please Pet Me" resting its head on its paws next to an open book.Archie's Comfort Corner is a Google Classroom for students and families to remain positive amidst changes by learning strategies for self-care, ways to support each other and our students, and enjoying positive vibes from Archie the therapy dog. There will be daily motivational messages and a link/assignment for class members to lift up those working to ensure continued student success.

To access Archie's Comfort Corner, login to Google Classroom, click on Add/Join Class and enter class code axmulug .



A huge thanks to students and their families for working to submit the daily attendance tasks for each class! Students should be completing a daily attendance task/Google Form for EACH class they are assigned to this week.

Teachers are being purposeful to label these tasks as "Attendance" tasks and they are mandatory. We are continuing to submit daily attendance as required by state law, so please be sure to complete the attendance tasks every day. You should continue to receive notifications if your student(s) have been marked as absent for a period and/or day.

Attendance for today, Friday, March 20th, will be submitted to our attendance secretary as of tomorrow morning at 8:00 am. Students will have all day today to complete their daily attendance tasks. Students should continue to submit their assignments by the due dates posted.

If your student is unable to complete their online work, please excuse them for the day by leaving a message on the attendance line, 303-982-3051.

Following spring break, we will be streamlining the attendance process to make it easier for both the students and teachers to manage. More specific information will be released about the new process before Tuesday, March 31st, so please be on the lookout for that communication.


WJMS Student Work

Two examples of student art projects in nature and and a student goal setting statement:

A cairn of stones stacked on an outcropping with smaller lines of stones swirling horizontally from its base. A circular array of 11 pinecones alternating with sprigs of pine on a snowy surface.

"One goal for myself to do with a growth mindset is to view this challenge of online learning, specifically unstructured time as an opportunity,  if not to enhance my learning then to try something new. This will take some effort, mostly to getting used to going to school online for the next 3 school weeks. In addition, it may be a bit of trouble getting back into a regular school routine, hopefully assuming we come back this year.

"Another goal I shall set is to value learning more than an end result. This is because sometimes I feel like I am just taking notes to get a good grade on the journal check more than learning. This will take some effort than I have put in for notes, but it will be worth it, I feel."


Please refer to our our WJMS Remote Learning Plan post and slide deck for specific information about remote learning.

Wash your hands, don't touch your face, and remember: always read the plaque.

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