Colonel John Wheeler Middle School
PRINCIPAL’S WEEKLY PHONE CALL
February 18, 2021
Back to School Plan - Green Status
In light of the new guidance from ISDH and Lake County’s designation, all in-person middle school and high school students have returned to Green Status. Green status means students will attend in-person learning each day except Wednesdays.
Please keeps in mind the following information as we return to Green Status and implement the new close contact definition:
- At this time, all CPCSC schools will continue distance learning on Wednesdays.
- Mask-breaks may be implemented during the day only if it occurs outside the classroom AND students are 6 feet apart.
- Students who are already classified as full-time distance learners will continue virtual learning as they’ve done throughout the year.
Even though the definition of a close contact within the classroom setting has changed, safety protocols are still important. Washing hands, maintaining social distancing when possible and wearing a mask helps keep our schools safe. Please continue to monitor your student’s health every day before they come to school and keep them home if symptomatic. You can find more information at COVID FAQ or by visiting our corporation website at www.cps.k12.in.us/covid.
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In 2019, Crown Point School Corporation adopted a safety policy called ALICE. ALICE is a federally endorsed protocol that trains teachers and students to respond to a situation based on what’s happening around them. All CPCSC staff are trained in ALICE protocols.
The threat of an active shooter attack is rare but very real. ALICE seeks to eliminate the “It can’t happen to me” mentality. ALICE training recognizes that individuals should be empowered to make life-saving decisions. Once empowered, individuals must be trained in proactive response options, rather than a passive, mandated, one-size-fits-all response.
CPCSC - Nominations for Teacher/Administrator/Employee of the Year
The Crown Point Community School Corporation is accepting nominations for Teacher of the Year, Administrator of the Year, and Employee of the Year who will serve during the 2021-2022 school year. Please see the attached flyer for further information. Nominations can be made through direct links on-line or mailed to CPCSC at 200 E. North Street, Crown Point, IN 46307 and received no later than March 1, 2021 to be considered. Winners will be announced at a School Board meeting in May. The links and pdf copies can be found below.
We live in a fast paced world that can sometimes make it easy to take the little things for granted. When we have immense amounts of snow it keeps us at home, and in a sense forces us to slow down! Taking a step back and celebrating the little things can help us see how many positive things are happening in our lives, no matter how small or large. Let’s take this week to stop and celebrate the things we enjoy and that bring us happiness.
Bulldog Buddies Preschool Program
The Crown Point Community School Corporation will offer a new preschool program at three locations in our district during the next school year. This is an exciting opportunity for families who have children 3-5 years old. Pre-registration is now open! You can find more information at www.cps.k12.in.us/preschool.
CJWMS - Broadcast Committee
This is a new committee/activity starting up for students that enjoy interviewing, being in front of the camera, and reporting school news. Students who are interested in being a part of the new CJWMS Broadcast Committee can email Mrs. Newell, Media Center, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring Fundraiser - PTA
Our PTA fundraiser is in full swing! Chocolate Easter bunnies and Popcorn are now for sale. The sale will run from February 8th through February 23rd. Fundraiser packets were sent home with students this week and extra packets are in the Main Office. The ordering information can be found on our website at the following link: Spring Fundraiser Ordering Link. We appreciate your participation to help make this a successful fundraiser.
Students are reminded to bring a pair of earbuds/headphones, calculator, and their charged Chromebooks with them to school every day. Also, please remember that we are using the regular daily schedule as opposed to the block schedule that we were previously using.
NWI Times/Teacher Appreciation
Please select the following link to recognize your favorite teacher at CJWMS in the NWI Times. This is a nice way to acknowledge our teaching staff and their efforts.
Our ECA events and activities allow families (parents and siblings only) to attend. All patrons must wear a mask. Students who attend our events must be accompanied by an adult. Please select the following link for access to CJWMS Athletic Schedules. https://www.cps.k12.in.us/Page/10703.
Please find attached information regarding Jr. Bulldogs Flag Football.
- Feb 8-23 - PTA Spring Fundraiser
- Mar 1 - Teacher/Administrator/Employee of the Year Nomination Deadline
- Mar 14 - Move clocks ahead 1 hour, 2:00am
- Mar 29-Apr 2 - No School Spring Break
- Apr 19-May 14 - ILearn Test Window for Grades 3-8
Fireside Chat - Safety
Safety is our priority and is a focus of our everyday. From safety drills to COVID protocols, our goal is to be certain everyone is familiar with how we respond to any school concern. Currently, our students are doing a really good job of keeping Bulldogs safe with regular mask wearing, social distancing, and proper hygiene. We encourage all of you to continue to follow our safety guidelines as it directly relates to our return to green schedule. Your effort to maintain safety for all Bulldogs is greatly appreciated.
As always, let’s make it a great day to be a Bulldog!
Jacob Rodriguez, Principal
Col. John Wheeler Middle School