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“October's poplars are flaming torches
lighting the way to winter."
School Tool Sign up Today!
The Watkins Glen School District is pleased to offer “SchoolTool™
Parent Portal”, a program specifically designed to enhance the involvement
of parent/guardian’s in their child's education. The Parent Portal provides
password protected online access in a secure - timely manner allowing you
the ability to monitor your child's grades and other data. This is made
available to you in our ongoing efforts to improve communications to you,
as well as to save the taxpayer money on paper and postage.
Examples of Available Information:
Progress Report grades Attendance
Report Card Student Schedule
Grades by Assignment/Homework Discipline
To register, contact Rosanne Doane at the district office at
535-3219 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wally, do you have
homework tonight? Golly Gee Dad, You can
look that all up on the
There Was Something Neat And Clean About September-
Like Starting All Over Again.
Even though we are well into our 2nd month of the school year and some of
the shine has worn off, we still want to tip our hats to our in-house cleaning
crew! Our building was sparkling and it's all because of a hardworking group
of people intent on creating a clean and safe environment for the occupants
of the middle school. The floors were so shiny and mirror polished you could
almost see your reflection! Evidence of quality work from a staff that is
invested in their work is everywhere.
Our cleaning staff worked tirelessly all summer. They are the unsung heros
that work behind the scenes when teachers and students leave for summer
break and are the same good folks that keep our building in working order day
in and day out. It is obvious they take pride in their job and are a true asset
to the Custodial Services Department.
Should you see Mrs. Grady, Mr. Smith, Mr. Rumsey, or Mrs. Soper be sure to
compliment them on the cleanliness and freshness of our school.
KUDOS to our outstanding maintenance
and custodial crew!
Modified Girls Volleyball
Modified Boys Basketball
Energy-Caffeinated Drinks—Too Risky for Kids The latest dangerous trend affecting children is energy drinks. There are no age restrictions, so
young children are routinely purchasing energy drinks at grocery and convenience stores.
What Are Energy Drinks? ⇒ Carbonated beverages claiming to increase alertness and endurance ⇒ Contain up to 3000 mg of stimulants per serving, compared w/34.5 mg in Coca-Cola
⇒ Common brands include Red Bull, Monster, and Rockstar
What Are the Risks? Energy drink companies are marketing these drinks to children through TV shows and sports
advertisements. Adolescent males are quickly becoming the top consumers of energy drinks in the $10 billion industry. A recent study titled “Epidemic: Teen Perceptions and Consumption” indicates that by age 12, one in three students had tried these drinks. By age 14, 80 percent had tried an
energy drink and nearly 50 percent consumed the drinks on a routine basis.
Energy drinks have large amounts of stimulants, including guarana (one of the most potent sources
of caffeine). While companies are required to state caffeine as an ingredient, they are not required to list other stimulants or to include the amounts. Companies are not required to list
the potential risks of the beverages. Known side effects of consuming excessive stimulants in energy drinks include:
* Heart palpitations * Jolt and crash episodes * Severe headaches
* Caffeine addiction * Jitteriness and nausea * Insomnia
* Rapid heartbeat * Increased risk for strokes
The long term effects of children using energy drinks are unknown. Research indicates that childhood energy drink consumption might be linked to future illicit drug use.
What Can We Do?
Talk to your kids about the risks of energy drinks to prevent first trial. “Our children don’t need more drugs (or more stimulants) like the caffeine these drinks contain, not to mention the
empty calories provided by these drinks”, says Denise Koo of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Speak to your pediatrician if you suspect that your child may have these symptoms.
Prevent energy drink consumption at schools. Talk to your child's school about your concerns. Limiting students’ access to unhealthy foods and beverages is important to their health.
Restricting the use of energy drinks, particularly for elementary and middle schools, can send a strong message about the potential harms of these beverages., The Los Angeles school district took the step to eliminate energy drinks from vending machines and school stores as part of its ban on
sale of sugar sweetened drinks.
We want to wish Colin Pritchard,
Middle School Library Media Specialist,
safe passage on his assignment in
Afganistan for the next nine months.
We are asking families to donate bags of
individually wrapped candies, stickers, or small
tokens to give away as trick or treats.
Please send items to the main office.
Come dressed in a Halloween costume.
(no violence themed costumes or costumes
with weapons permitted)
We will be distributing candy to all students and give
prizes for the best costumes.
For more information, please contact the
main office staff at 535-3230.
HALLOWEEN FUN DAY MONDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2011
Ghoulish Good Time on Halloween Night at the Middle School!
The Watkins Glen Faculty Association will sponsor a “trick or treat” night at the Watkins Glen Middle School, Monday, October 31.
Stop by and get a trick or a treat from the teachers and staff members.
Home and Careers Guest Chef Day
Friday, October 14 Good smells filled the hallways when parents and grandparents of 8th grade students
came in to the Home and Careers classes, hosted by Mrs. Bristow, and demonstrated
how they make a family favorite traditional dish.
What a great way for relatives to share with their loved ones and friends their own
unique recipes, techniques, and cultural traditions.
Learning This year the 8th grade team of teachers will again
offer our students a program of Adventure Based
Learning (ABL) that is woven into the total 8th
grade curriculum. This program includes a focus on
each student treating each other with respect.
They learn how to work together in a team through problem solving challenges and
sometimes frustrating situations. The adventures are out of the ordinary classroom
routine and involve physical challenges that can only be solved when all members of the
team work cooperatively together. We start at the beginning of the year with simpler
challenges and gradually increase the difficulty and levels of mutual trust throughout
the program. We make three visits to the Ropes Course at BOCES in Elmira and by
the end of the year, students can successfully enjoy a thrilling experience, soaring 50
feet above the ground supported and encouraged by their team.
Grade 7 Science—Mr. Pettet Students have been working all month on their cell projects. On Tuesday
the 11th, the parade of models began entering the building in all kinds of
different shapes and sizes. Cakes, cookies, jello molds, and literal
interpretation were presented. WOW!
The kids really used their imaginations to understand just exactly what a
“cell” is and what is does. GREAT JOB KIDS!
Computer Skills—Mrs. Wood
Type to Learn
This course if required for ALL 5th and 6th graders.
20 lessons are to be completed by 10 weeks (2 a week). This software is
installed on their netbooks and can also be downloaded from the internet on
home computers. Practice Makes Perfect!
TYPING IS FUN!
5th Grade Now that we are well into the school year, our 5th graders have
made the huge leap into the middle school environment and have
transitioned beautifully! They have memorized their locker combi-
nations, figured out the time schedule passing from class to class,
become familiar with new teachers and subjects, and adjusted to
the rules and guidelines specific to middle school.
Parent Reminder! Always check your child’s planner for homework, and review any or
all work on netbook. Make sure your child has all their
school supplies and to keep their netbook charged
overnight for the next day.
Grade 7 ELA—Mrs. Bubb
Mrs. Bubb’s classes visited the racing museum in Watkins Glen this
month to coincide with their studies of the Grand Prix racing history
in our community.