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Monday Update

June 1, 2020

Greetings Wilder Wolverines,

I hope you all are well and are continuing to follow the CDC guidelines.  Please see the notices and announcements below.

Student Items Pick-up: We will begin distributing items to students in a drive-thru format the week of June 1, 2020.  We will deliver items to your vehicle from your child’s hall and PE lockers, band/string instruments, elective courses, etc.  We will need students to return items such as library books, athletic uniforms, etc. We will not collect student laptops unless you have moved.  Please see the schedule below.

June 1
6th grade only
8:00-11:00 and 1:00-4:00

June 2
7th grade only
8:00-11:00 and 1:00-4:00

June 3
8th grade only
8:00-11:00 and 1:00-4:00

June 4
For any families who are unavailable on the designated days above.
8:00-11:00 and 1:00-4:00

**If you have multiple students, you may pick a day to pick up items.

 

Here is a recap from the weekly HCPS communication.

Summer student pathways:
Summer learning pathways are part of HCPS’ “Henrico Edflix” learning plan and will enable all students to build skills directly related to the grade-level content they will encounter during the 2020-21 school year.  Some of the pathways are designed for students who may have gaps in learning, while others are designed for review, enrichment and acceleration.  There are also several exceptional education options under consideration for students with disabilities.  The plan will include students who, in other years, might have taken part in HCPS’ Summer Academy, accelerated learning or extended-school-year programs.  For details about the pathways, go to HCPS’ On-Demand Learning webpage at https://henricoschools.us/covid19/ondemandlearning/.

 

Fall options for 2020-21 school year:
Henrico County Public Schools is considering five possible formats for 2020-21 school attendance, depending on factors related to the pandemic.  New safety measures would be adopted for on-campus options, and under all options, the pace of learning would be adjusted to include content students may have missed in the spring.  The five options under consideration are:

  • Option A: On-campus learning.  All students would be back on campus, with new, possibly unprecedented, safety measures in place.
  • Option B: Remote learning that is structured and enhanced.  All students would participate in required daily remote learning that includes graded schoolwork.  While HCPS’ March closure necessitated emergency distance-learning measures, this option would more closely resemble the traditional expectations of a typical school day.
  • Option C: Interrupted on-campus learning.  All students would be back on campus for several weeks or months at a time, which could be interrupted by periods of structured remote learning in response to health concerns that may arise.
  • Option D: Hybrid learning.  One portion of the student body would attend classes on campus for a period of time, while another portion would learn remotely.  The two groups might switch after a number of months, or alternate days on campus to build a blended learning environment.  Having fewer students on campus would make it easier to implement distancing guidelines.
  • Option E: Parallel learning.  Part of the student body would attend all classes on campus while another group would learn remotely for the entire school year because of choice or necessity.  This option would not require students to alternate days, unless a student needed to shift from one track to the other.

Each of the five options would require extensive coordination and planning by HCPS staff members.  At this time a final plan has not been determined.  The school division will make additional announcements as plans continue to be developed in accordance with health and safety guidelines.

 

Kindergarten and new student registration for 2020-21:
Enroll your kindergartner (or any new student entering grades K-12) online! Visit our registration page to get started.  The online registration portal is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week (Registration page link).

 

2021-22 school calendar survey:
We want to know what you think about starting the school year before or after Labor Day in the year 2021.  Visit the Calendary Options page for more information about the two options, and to take a survey (calendar options link).

 

HCPS Annual Financial Plan for 2020-21:
A message was sent to all HCPS employees earlier this week about the amended HCPS Annual Financial Plan for the fiscal year that begins on July 1.  Please visit the following link to the Budget and Financial page for more information (Annual Financial Plan link).

 

Virtual Learning– Please continue to have your children to engage in the virtual learning opportunities provided via School.  Don’t forget if your child is taking a high school credit course, they need to complete all required learning by June 12 (Henrico Edflix Timline link).

 

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to e-mail me, your child’s teacher, grade level school counselor, or grade level administrator.  Have a great week!

Dr. Champ, Principal

Summer Reading 2020

June 1, 2020
Summer Reading Kickoff
Watch the Kick-off video for the perfect way to start your summer. Listen and laugh as 15 of Virginia’s own authors, illustrators, and community partners help YOU kick off a summer full of reading and fun. Visit the Summer Reading 2020 Kick-off Landing Page for ES, MS, and HS readers. All activities are optional, engaging, and designed to encourage learners to read widely all summer long.

Tuesday Update

May 26, 2020

Greetings Wilder Wolverines,

I hope you all are well and are continuing to follow the CDC guidelines. Please see the notices and announcements below.

Student Items Pick-up:
We will begin distributing items to students in a drive-thru format the week of June 1, 2020.  We will deliver items to your vehicle from your child’s hall and PE lockers, band/string instruments, elective courses, etc.  We will need students to return items such as library books, athletic uniforms, etc.  We will not collect student laptops unless you have moved.  Please see the schedule below.
June 1
6th grade only
8:00-11:00 and 1:00-4:00
June 2
7th grade only
8:00-11:00 and 1:00-4:00
June 3
8th grade only
8:00-11:00 and 1:00-4:00
June 4
For any families who are unavailable on the designated days above.
8:00-11:00 and 1:00-4:00

**If you have multiple students, you may pick a day to pick up items.

 

Here is a recap from the weekly HCPS communication.

Call centers:
The HCPS “hotline” at (804) 501-5655 will be closed this Saturday, Sunday and Monday.  Operators will be available on Friday, May 22, and resume normal hours on Tuesday, May 26, from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., seven days a week.  The technology “Help Desk” number of (804) 328-5207 will also be closed this Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Mobile technology hubs:
Our four mobile technology hubs will be open from 8:30-10:30 a.m. and 2-4 p.m. each weekday.

Kindergarten and new student registration for 2020-21:
Enroll your kindergartner (or any new student entering grades K-12) online!  Visit our registration page to get started (registration page link).  The online registration portal is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

2021-22 school calendar survey:
We want to know what you think about starting the school year before or after Labor Day in the year 2021.  Visit the calendar options page for more information about the two options, and to take a survey (calendar options page).

HCPS Annual Financial Plan for 2020-21:
A message was sent to all HCPS employees earlier this week about the amended HCPS Annual Financial Plan for the fiscal year that begins on July 1.  Please visit the following link to the Budget and Finance page for more information (Annual Financial Plan link)

Virtual Learning:
Please continue to have your children to engage in the virtual learning opportunities provided via School.  Don’t forget if your child is taking a high school credit course, they need to complete all required learning by June 12.  Click on the following link for the Henrico Edflix Timeline.

Family Learning Series:
Please click on the link to attend virtual sessions.
FCE Family Learning Series Spring 2020

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to e-mail me, your child’s teacher, grade level school counselor, or grade level administrator. Have a great week!
Dr. Champ, Principal

No Place for Hate designation

May 20, 2020

Monday Update

May 18, 2020

Greetings Wilder Wolverines,

I hope all is well with you and your family.  Please join me in congratulating Ms. Dorota Ceglarz who was selected as the 2020 Christie Award recipient for Henrico County Public Schools.  This award recognizes teachers for their exceptional work with students and families.

Student Items Pick-up:
We will begin distributing items to students in a drive thru format the week of June 1, 2020.  We will deliver items to you from your child’s hall and PE lockers, band/string instruments, elective courses, etc.  We will need students to return items such as library books, athletic uniforms, etc.  We will not collect student laptops unless you have moved. Additional information will be provided prior to June 1.  Please see schedule below.

June 1
6th grade only
8:00-11:00 and 1:00-4:00

June 2
7th grade only
8:00-11:00 and 1:00-4:00

June 3
8th grade only
8:00-11:00 and 1:00-4:00

June 4
For any families who are unavailable on the designated days above.
8:00-11:00 and 1:00-4:00

**If you have multiple students, you may pick a day to pick up items.

Family Learning Series:
Please click on the link to attend virtual sessions.  Family Learning Series – Spring 2020

Henrico Edflix Timeline:
5/6 – 6/12 – New Learning for MS Students in Credit-Bearing Courses
Middle School students currently enrolled in a high-school credit-bearing course (click here to see list of courses) will engage in required* new learning experiences that will include essential missing content that would have been taught after March 13, 2020.  This content will not be graded, however, there will be a denotation on the transcript that will be removed upon completion of the missing content/new learning modules.
*Students who are unable to complete the modules during this window will have another opportunity in the 2020-21 school year.  Students enrolled in a course with an associated verified credit (e.g., related SOL) who need the associated verified credit to meet graduation requirements and have received the standard credit will be awarded a Locally Awarded Verified Credit (LAVC).

5/6 – 6/12 – Review and Enrichment for All Other MS Students
All middle school students in grades 6-8 not in HS credit-bearing courses will be provided with continued optional opportunities for review and enrichment of content that was previously taught as well as content that would have been delivered (or introduced) in Marking Period 4.  This will be delivered in Schoology by the current class teacher for classes in which the student was enrolled.  Social-emotional learning modules will also be available.

Hotlines and Help Desks
The HCPS call center is staffed seven days a week from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. by HCPS Central Office personnel who routinely respond to calls from our families.  The number is 804-501-5655. When you call, say you have a question for Henrico County Public Schools.
There’s also a hotline for parents to call in regard to computer/technology issues with HCPS laptops and Chromebooks.  Call the “Helpdesk” at 804-328-5207 and leave a message.  You can also send an email to helpdesk@henrico.k12.va.us.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to e-mail me, your child’s teacher, grade level school counselor, or grade level administrator. Have a great week!

Dr. Champ, Principal

Monday Update

May 11, 2020

Happy Monday!  Here are your weekly updates:

Medication Pick-up:
This is a reminder that we will have two days for medication pick up this Monday, May 11 and Tuesday, May 12 from 1:00-4:00 in a drive thru manner.  Any medications not picked up by 4:00 Tuesday, May 14 will be discarded.

Building Access:
Plans are currently being developed for students to pick up and return items to school.

Family Learning Series:
Please click on the link to attend virtual sessions.  FCE Family Learning Series_Spring 2020

Henrico Edflix Timeline:

5/6 – 6/12 – New Learning for MS Students in Credit-Bearing Courses
Middle School students currently enrolled in a high-school credit-bearing course (here is the list of courses) will engage in required* new learning experiences that will include essential missing content that would have been taught after March 13, 2020.  This content will not be graded, however, there will be a denotation on the transcript that will be removed upon completion of the missing content/new learning modules.
*Students who are unable to complete the modules during this window will have another opportunity in the 2020-21 school year.  Students enrolled in a course with an associated verified credit (e.g., related SOL) who need the associated verified credit to meet graduation requirements and have received the standard credit will be awarded a Locally Awarded Verified Credit (LAVC).

5/6 – 6/12 – Review and Enrichment for All Other MS Students
All middle school students in grades 6-8 not in HS credit-bearing courses will be provided with continued optional opportunities for review and enrichment of content that was previously taught as well as content that would have been delivered (or introduced) in Marking Period 4.  This will be delivered in Schoology by the current class teacher for classes in which the student was enrolled. Social-emotional learning modules will also be available.

Hotlines and Help Desks
The HCPS call center is staffed seven days a week from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. by HCPS Central Office personnel who routinely respond to calls from our families.  The number is 804-501-5655. When you call, say you have a question for Henrico County Public Schools.
There’s also a hotline for parents to call in regard to computer/technology issues with HCPS laptops and Chromebooks.  Call the “Helpdesk” at 804-328-5207 and leave a message.  You can also send an email to helpdesk@henrico.k12.va.us.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to e-mail me, your child’s teacher, grade level school counselor, or grade level administrator. Have a great week!

Dr. Champ, Principal

Medication Pick-Up

May 6, 2020

important message pictureDear WMS Families,

Medication pick-up from the school clinic will take place on Monday, May 11th and Tuesday, May 12th from 1pm – 4pm at the front of the school in a drive-through format.

To expedite this process, please email our school nurse at aahaines@henrico.k12.va.us by Friday, May 8th at noon with your student’s name, date of birth, and medication(s) to be picked-up.  This will allow us to have your medication ready when you arrive.  Please remain in your car as you arrive at the school and proceed to the pick-up line.  As we do each year at the close of school, we are asking for all medications to be picked up as we close our clinic.  Medications not picked-up will be destroyed at the completion of this session on Tuesday, May 12th at 4pm.

Dr. Champ, Principal

Monday Update

May 4, 2020

Happy Monday!

Please join me in wishing our teachers and instructional staff a Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!  This is an unconventional way of showing our appreciation for our teachers, but I’m sure they would love hearing from you and your children via Schoology and/or e-mail this week.  Our teachers and students have embarked on a new way of teaching and learning and we appreciate their commitment, creativity, and time spent to ensure our scholars have engaging lessons available through Schoology.

 

Below is the updated timeline from the Henrico EdFlix page to keep you posted with our instructional plan.  Students in high school credit courses will begin new learning this Wednesday, May 6th.  Remember in order to meet high school diploma requirements students will need to complete the learning missed during marking period 4. More information is included below.

5/6 – 6/12 – New Learning for MS Students in Credit-Bearing Courses
Middle School students currently enrolled in a high-school credit-bearing course (click here to see list of courses) will engage in required* new learning experiences that will include essential missing content that would have been taught after March 13, 2020.  This content will not be graded, however, there will be a denotation on the transcript that will be removed upon completion of the missing content/new learning modules.

*Students who are unable to complete the modules during this window will have another opportunity in the 2020-21 school year.  Students enrolled in a course with an associated verified credit (e.g., related SOL) who need the associated verified credit to meet graduation requirements and have received the standard credit will be awarded a Locally Awarded Verified Credit (LAVC).

5/6 – 6/12 – Review and Enrichment for All Other MS Students
All middle school students in grades 6-8 not in HS credit-bearing courses will be provided with continued optional opportunities for review and enrichment of content that was previously taught as well as content that would have been delivered (or introduced) in Marking Period 4.  This will be delivered in Schoology by the current class teacher for classes in which the student was enrolled. Social-emotional learning modules will also be available.

 

Hotlines and Help Desks
The HCPS call center is staffed seven days a week from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. by HCPS Central Office personnel who routinely respond to calls from our families.  The number is 804-501-5655. When you call, say you have a question for Henrico County Public Schools.
There’s also a hotline for parents to call in regard to computer/technology issues with HCPS laptops and Chromebooks.  Call the “Helpdesk” at 804-328-5207 and leave a message.  You can also send an email to helpdesk@henrico.k12.va.us.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to e-mail me, your child’s teacher, grade level school counselor, or grade level administrator. Click on the link below for e-mail addresses.

Email Addresses of Admin and Support Staff

Have a great week!
Dr. Champ, Principal

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.

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.

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