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Update from Dr. Champ

March 30, 2020

important message pictureGreetings Wilder Wolverines,

At this time, scholars should continue to complete the virtual learning assignments posted in Schoology. Refer to the virtual learning site as well by clicking on this link http://blogs.henrico.k12.va.us/hlp/virtual-learning/. Families will receive an update within the next few days regarding course grades. Don’t forget to bookmark and refer to this link https://henricoschools.us/covid19/commonquestions/ for up-to-date information. This page is being updated daily.

 

Attention 8th Grade Scholars:

The specialty center process is moving forward. Students must submit their intent to attend or remain on a wait-list by Friday, April 3rd. Candidates who were selected or wait-listed will receive additional information by email regarding virtual opportunities to connect with specialty centers the week of March 30th. Where appropriate, invitations from the wait-list will be made between April 13-20.

 

At this time, school buildings remain closed and we are not permitted to enter the buildings to retrieve personal items for students or staff. As soon as we have a plan in place for picking up and collecting items we will share that information with you. SOL assessments will not be administered this school year. We do not have an update regarding summer programming at this time. Thank you for your patience and we will keep you posted as information becomes available. Below is a recap of the communications made by HCPS this week.

 

Meals for students:
Remember, HCPS offers 14 sites where students and families can pick up “grab and go” lunches and breakfasts. The curbside distribution sites are open 11 a.m. until noon, Monday through Friday.
Computers for students:

 

The Henrico team is actively working on a plan to get laptop computers and internet hot spots in the hands of elementary school families who need them. An update will be provided as soon as the plan comes together. Also, this is a reminder that middle and high school families (whose students are already provided HCPS-issued laptops) can still visit one of our four mobile technology hubs for laptop repairs and internet access, Monday through Friday.

Have a great week!
Dr. Champ, Principal

A Message from School Counseling

March 27, 2020

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In the interest of public health and as the result of Governor’s orders , all Virginia Public Schools, including HCPS, are closed for the duration of the school year. At this time, school counseling staff are telecommuting and will respond to emails and voicemails within 24 hours.

During school closure, if your child experiences an emergency, crisis, or is in need of immediate assistance please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room. Please note that School-Based Mental Health Teams are not available to provide guidance, resources, or intervention services for mental health emergencies during school closure. In addition to contacting any private providers, Henrico Area Mental Health may be accessed at the following numbers: 804-727-8515 (same day access) or 804-727-8484 (emergency).

Update from Dr. Champ

March 25, 2020

important message pictureGreetings Wilder Families,

In response to the Governor’s order closing Virginia’s schools for the remainder of the school year many questions are being asked by students, staff, and families. Please know that as soon as information becomes available Henrico County Public Schools will provide you with an update and I will also provide you with an update. Also, bookmark and refer to this link https://henricoschools.us/covid19/commonquestions/ for up-to-date information. This page is being updated daily.

To answer some immediate questions:

  • At this time, school buildings remain closed and we are not permitted to enter the buildings to retrieve personal items for students or staff. As soon as we have a plan in place for picking up and collecting items we will share that information with you.
  • In regards to virtual learning, please continue to complete the assignments posted in Schoology. Refer to the virtual learning site as well by clicking on this link http://blogs.henrico.k12.va.us/hlp/virtual-learning/
  • SOL assessments will not be administered this school year.
  • We do not have an update at this time regarding grades, summer school, summer academy, Jump Start, retrieving items, and collecting laptops.

Thank you for your patience and we will keep you posted as information becomes available. Stay safe and please follow the CDC guidelines.

Dr. Champ, Principal

Weekly Updates

March 23, 2020

Post-it note with Reminder! textHappy Monday Wilder family!
We have a few updates for you from Dr. Champ.

Happy Monday! I hope you all are doing well, practicing social distancing and following the CDCs (Center for Disease Control) guidelines.  Last week scholars were engaged in their first week of distance learning and they have been providing us with valuable feedback via e-mail and questionnaires. Please encourage your children to reach out to their teachers for questions, assistance, and support as we are available during the school day. They can e-mail any staff member directly or through Schoology. Below is a recap of the communications made by HCPS this week:

As you know, the closure of Henrico County Public Schools and offices will be extended for an additional two weeks (through Spring Break). For your planning purposes, this means that the earliest possible date that schools and offices reopen will be Tuesday, April 14. (Monday, April 13 was already a staff and student holiday.)

As for the rest of this week:

School meals:
HCPS added seven additional food distribution sites and will add an eighth on Monday, bringing to 14 the number of sites where students can pick up free “grab and go” breakfasts and lunches during the school division’s closure for coronavirus. Food distribution is open to all students, regardless of what school they attend, as well as others 18 and under. Please note that adults must be accompanied by each child who needs a meal.
Pick-up hours are scheduled for 11 a.m. to noon.

Original meal distribution sites (M-F, 11 a.m.-noon):
• Fairfield Middle School, 5121 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. 23223
• Glen Lea Elementary School, 3909 Austin Ave., Henrico, Va. 23222
• Hermitage High School, 8301 Hungary Spring Road, Henrico, Va. 23228
• Highland Springs Elementary School, 600 Pleasant Street, Highland Springs, Va. 23075
• Quioccasin Middle School, 9400 Quioccasin Road, Henrico, Va. 23238
• Henrico Volunteer Rescue Squad 31, 5301 Huntsman Road, Sandston, Va. 23150

Additional meal sites:
• Campus of Virginia Randolph, 2204 Mountain Road, Glen Allen, Va. 23060
• Henrico High School, 302 Azalea Ave., Henrico, Va. 23227
• Longan Elementary School, 9200 Mapleview Ave., Henrico, Va. 23294
• Montrose Elementary School, 2820 Williamsburg Road, Henrico, Va. 23231
• Ratcliffe Elementary School, 2901 Thalen St., Henrico, Va. 23223
• Ridge Elementary School, 8910 Three Chopt Road, Henrico, Va. 23229
• Sandston Elementary School, 7 Naglee Ave., Sandston, Va. 23150
• Ward Elementary School, 3400 Darbytown Road, Henrico, Va. 23231

 

Internet access for our students, laptop repair:
During Henrico Schools’ closure for coronavirus, vans are being stationed at four HCPS high schools to act as mobile technology hubs for students and school division staff. The hubs are designed to support virtual learning in two ways: enable up to 400 students and staff members who don’t have home internet access to get it through distribution of Wi-Fi hot-spot devices; and provide a way for HCPS-issued laptops to be repaired and exchanged. The vans are open weekdays from 8:30-10:30 a.m. and 2-4 p.m. at:

• Deep Run High School, 4801 Twin Hickory Road, Glen Allen, Va.
• Douglas Freeman High School, 8701 Three Chopt Road, Henrico, Va.
• Hermitage High School, 8301 Hungary Spring Road, Henrico, Va.
• Highland Springs High School, 15 S. Oak Ave., Highland Springs, Va.

 

Distance learning:
Students have been provided access to instructional activities through virtual and distance learning approaches. Our goal is to ensure that all students have digital and nondigital resources that allow them the option to learn and grow, even outside of school.

 

Stay informed:
Do you have questions about how the COVID-19 coronavirus is affecting Henrico County government operations? Henrico County has set up an information line for citizens at 804-501-5655. The line is staffed by county employees, and operates Monday through Friday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
A similar line has been set up to answer Henrico County employees’ questions at 804-501-5623.
Also, the Richmond and Henrico Health Districts have opened a public hotline at 804-205-3501 for health and medical questions related to COVID-19. The line is staffed every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
For more information, including health recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Virginia Department of Health, go to the Henrico County government’s COVID-19 dashboard.
For all of this information and more, visit us on the web: www.henricoschools.us/covid19

Have a great week!
Dr. Champ, Principal

Upcoming Dates:

Friday, March 27th and Saturday, March 28th
The Lion King Performances (6:30pm – 8:00pm)  POSTPONED

Monday, March 30th
Student 1/2 Day  TBD

Tuesday, March 31st
Wellness Night (5:30pm – 7:00pm)  POSTPONED

Medication in the Clinic

March 13, 2020

important message pictureIf you have medication in the clinic for your child the clinic will be open until 3:30 today and 8:30-3:00 on Monday, March 16th for you to pick up the medication if needed while schools are closed. Feel free to contact the nurse if you have questions.

COVID-19: An important announcement

March 12, 2020

Concern about COVID-19 (coronavirus) has created a rapidly evolving environment where changes are being made quickly in the interest of public health.

Starting Monday, March 16, Henrico County Public Schools will be closed for students for two full weeks of school (through Friday, March 27). We will continue to assess the situation, and decide later if we need to extend this period of closure.

We realize this creates many questions about how students will continue their learning. We have a thorough plan in place, and detailed information about student learning will be communicated in a separate message.

Our teachers and staff will use Monday, March 16, to continue their preparations. “Virtual learning” experiences (digital and non-digital) will be available to students of all grade levels starting on Tuesday, March 17.

During this unprecedented experience, we will continue to do everything possible to ensure the health and safety of our community. The HCPS Facilities and Pupil Transportation departments will conduct additional cleaning of school buildings and buses, and continue to assess the best cleaning practices.

Additionally, for many of our students, the meals provided at our schools are a crucial part of their daily nutrition. Additional plans are being made to address this vital need across the Henrico Community.

Please know that this is not a decision that we make lightly. We realize that any change to educational schedules is disruptive and inconvenient. However, our priority must always be the health and safety of our students, staff members and community.

Again, more details about student learning will be forthcoming in separate communications. Visit the “COVID-19” page on our website for full information from HCPS.

Upcoming 8th grade SOL test

March 2, 2020

important message pictureOn March 17th and 24th, Wilder Middle School 8th graders will be administered the Grade 8 Writing Standards of Learning assessment.  Please read the attached letter from our Coordinator of Assessment for more details.  You can also find the letter on the Resources page, under the Parent Information and Flyers section.

Grade 8 2020 Writing Letter

VIDEO: College Fair

February 27, 2020

CRC students from Wilder Middle recently held their annual College Fair. Students researched colleges and presented what they learned.

Update from the Testing Coordinator

February 24, 2020

important message pictureWilder Parents/Guardians,

Please take a moment to review the letters below concerning upcoming testing dates for your student.  These letters can also be found on the Resources page, under the Parent Information and Flyers section.  If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Golden, the Coordinator for Assessment and Remediation.

Grades 6 and 7 HATs Writing Letter

Grade 8 2020 writing Letter

VIDEO: Heart of Henrico

February 20, 2020

Learn why staff at Wilder Middle School think Eddie Handsome is the Heart of Henrico.

WilderSchool

6900 Wilkinson Road, Henrico, VA 23227
Phone (804) 515-1100 | Fax (804) 515-1110
School Hours: 8:35 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Half-day dismissal time: 12:10 p.m.

School Administration:
Dr. Deia Champ, Principal
Joseph Amico, Associate Principal
John Elmore, Assistant Principal
Linda Hill, Assistant Principal
Silvanus Thrower, Assistant Principal