February 20, 2020
Hello, this is Mr. Rodriguez with some information from The Colonel:
PBIS- We are continuing to work on Mindfulness. We consider Mindfulness as a great coping skill for Anger. More specifically we share with students that mindfulness occurs when we pay attention to what is happening in the present. We observe our emotions, our thoughts, our surroundings, in an even-minded, nonjudgmental way. We apply this same focus of attention to situations both good and bad. Learning to be mindful of what’s happening in the moment helps students make healthy decisions rather than by their emotions. Negative emotions are difficult to deal with. Fear and anger can hit us unexpectedly and when we do not have a prior plan for dealing with feelings, we can sometimes be thrown off balance and react poorly. Practicing mindfulness calms the amygdala and reconnects us to our calm, clear prefrontal cortex, so that we can make thoughtful choices for how to respond. Mindfulness helps us regain access to our executive functions: the intention to pay attention, emotional regulation, body regulation, empathy, self-calm, and communications skills—even when under stress arousal. Mindful thinking happens when the prefrontal cortex can process the information. Following your breath or counting to ten when you’re angry or sad gives time for the amygdala to allow the information to flow to the prefrontal cortex to be properly analyzed.
This is a reminder that your student’s Textbook Rental and Fees were due in full by November 26, 2019. Additional charges may have been added to your account due to schedule changes and/or Chromebook repairs/damage. Unpaid accounts will be turned in to the Collection Agency on March 1, 2020. A collection fee will also be assigned to your student’s RDS account. Payment by check or cash can be made at Colonel John Wheeler Middle School. Credit card payments are taken on-line at www.cps.k12.in.us using your Parent Access account. Thank you for taking care of this matter promptly.
Track - The Boys’ and Girls’ Track Sign-up meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 4th from 5:00 – 6:00pm in the Cafeteria. If your child is interested in joining the 2020 Col. Wheeler Track and Field team, please see below:
- Sign up for the remind app (this is our primary means of communication during season)
- Submit the “sign-up/uniform order form”
If you choose to complete both these steps listed above, you do not need to attend the March 4th sign-up meeting. However, if you still plan on attending the March 4th sign-up meeting, you will need to bring a laptop or smart device for the coaches to assist you in completing the forms.
Girls’ Basketball – 7th and 8th Grade Girls’ Basketball season is ongoing. You can find the schedule of games on our website under Athletics or at the following link: https://www.cps.k12.in.us/Page/10703
National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) - For the month of March through the beginning of April, the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) will be collecting baby supplies to donate to the Department of Family Services of Lake County. The supplies that are needed include: diapers (ages newborn to 8), pull-ups, wipes, and various varieties of Good Start Formula.
Academic Super Bowl - Academic Super Bowl practice has started. The students meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Mr. Camery’s room (C217) from 3:00 – 4:00pm for any student interested in joining. Our focus is on “The Roaring 20’s” and what life was like during that era. It’s a great way to get involved and spend some time with friends after school. Please contact Mr. Camery at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Paw Pals- Paw Pals launched the Presents for Patients Arts and Crafts drive. Mrs. Andrews and the group are collecting crafts, coloring books, puzzle books, new crayons, colored pencils, markers, and Legos for kids who are on a long-term stay in a hospital. All donations will go to Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn. The Arts and Crafts drive began on February 10th and will continue through the remainder of the school year.
Community Love Closet
The CJWMS Community Love Closet is now open. This is a new program for students who may not have the resources at home to purchase personal care items. We have several items available such as soap, shampoo, conditioner, oral hygiene and much more. Forms are located in the Nurse’s office in the clinic. All information provided is kept confidential.
Teacher and Employee of the Year Nominations
The Crown Point Community School Corporation is accepting nominations for the “Teacher of the Year” and “Employee of the Year” who will serve during the 2020-2021 school year. Nomination forms must be received no later than Monday, March 2, 2020 to be considered. Please find below the links to access the nomination forms.
Fire Side Chat Principal’s message to students every Friday. (Simultaneous weeks)
February 7, 2020
“What does being courteous have to do with being a great human being? To be courteous simply means to be considerate of others, to be respectful of others, and to be attentive of others. What kind of person is considerate, respectful, and attentive? Someone who understands that all human beings are part of a greater whole and that when you hurt others, you hurt yourself. Someone who understands that there is no greater act than an act of kindness. I believe that every one of you has the potential to be great. Today, show off your greatness! Be courteous to others.
February 14, 2020
“People often do not believe they can make a difference. The truth is, when we wait for all the right circumstances, we usually have a very long wait, and in the meantime our problems don't get solved. Here's some really good advice about making a difference in your family, your school, and your community. President Theodore Roosevelt stated, do what you can, with what you have, where you are. Today, look for ways to contribute. Commit a random act of kindness. Offer to help a teacher. Do an extra chore at home. Remember, you don't need to wait or make excuses. You can make a difference right now.”
March 4th – Track Sign-up Meeting 5:00-6:00pm
March 8th – Spring Time Change – Move clocks forward 1 hour – 2:00am
March 23rd – 27th – Spring Break – No School
April 21st, 23rd, 24th – ILearn Testing – English and Language Arts
April 28th, 30th – ILearn Testing – Math
May 5th, 7th – ILearn Testing – Science
May 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th – Make-up Testing
Website – Please visit our school website for further information.
Thanks and as always, make it a great day to be a Bulldog!
Jacob Rodriguez, Principal
Col. John Wheeler Middle School