Students have started taking the iReady Math & Reading Diagnostic. These are comprehensive assessments that give us important information about student academic strengths and weaknesses. Once students complete the diagnostic assessment, iReady will provide students with instructional lessons specific to what they need. Lessons are not available until the diagnostic has been completed and will be a part of students at home learning assignments once the diagnostics are finished. Another important piece of iReady is goal setting. Based on the results, each student will have a growth goal for reading and for math. We will take the diagnostic assessments two more times during the year to monitor progress towards meeting these goals.
Schoology Update: Teachers have been getting to know your students the last few days. They will slowly be introducing them how to use Schoology over the next few weeks and begin to put more and more assignments on the platform. When your student logs into Schoology, if they have any assignments with due dates these will show up on the right side of the screen or on their calendar. You can also find assignments by clicking on the Courses at the top and choosing each of the individual courses listed. These courses are auto populated based upon their official schedule. There may be courses that remain empty the entire time if the teacher chooses to put the assignments under another tab. If you need help with Schoology related questions, we have a help desk stationed at the school from 3:30-5:30. Many of the issues we have had is that the correct web link isn’t being used to login be sure to use https://wcswv.schoology.com or go to Wood County Schools Web page, Click on Menu, and then the icon that says Schoology. The app is installed on the iPads, but the web link is much more user friendly.
Tomorrow the day finally arrives that half our students(last names l-z) will be returning to school and the other half (last names a-k) arrive Wednesday, for their first day of school in 6 months, and for the school year 2020-2021. Please remember that students must be wearing a mask as they enter the school building and in common areas. In addition they will need: a filled water bottle(our refilling stations should be here any day), ipad charged and ready to go (you can keep the charger at home), a note of how they are getting home the first day of school and the rest of the year (teachers would normally get this info at open house), and a backpack to tote things back and forth (we had some donated if you still need one). See you in the morning!
This is a reminder that the 2020-2021 school year will begin on Tuesday, September 8th for students with last names beginning with L-Z. On Wednesday, September 9th, students with last names A-K will report to school. Due to Monday being Labor Day, students with last names A-K will report Friday, September 11th as well. Please visit the Wood County Schools website, and then click “2020-2021 Re-entry Summarization” for more details. Our re-entry schedule has not changed since being published. Students will attend school on a Blended-Model of instruction for 3 weeks, which is our Yellow Schedule, or until proper procedures, protocols, and new standards have been taught and implemented. Also, please do not confuse yourself with the WVDE color-coded map. The map is used as one of many tools to drive local decisions for our school system. As mentioned in previous communications, we will closely monitor the data each day to make well-informed and deliberate decisions, while keeping safety as the top priority for our students and employees. Over the last six months, we have worked diligently and methodically to create a well-rounded plan for re-entry. I’m sure we have not thought about every issue that may arise - please be patient as we work through making adjustments, changing protocols or procedures, and seeking feedback from our stakeholders to make this school year a great success. Although not a requirement, I am asking each student to bring their own mask and bottle of water on the first day of school. This will help expedite first day procedures and practices for our schools as they begin teaching expected behaviors for the year. Students will receive a Wood County mask on the first day and will be expected to possess and use it on a continual basis as we navigate through a new normal for our school system. We are so excited to see your children in our schools once again. We have greatly missed their presence the last six months. As always, make sure to Wear a mask, Watch your distance, and Wash your hands. To view our first WCS Newsletter, please click https://tinyurl.com/yxbaddej Have a safe and wonderful Holiday weekend.
Dismissal Procedures have changed for student picked up at Neale. All parents must remain in the car and drive thru the back lot's loop to pick up your student. Numbers were passed out during iPad distribution. These numbers will need to be visible in the dash of your car. Numbers 1-100 will be dismissed at 2:45. Numbers 101-200 will be dismissed at 2:55. If someone else is picking up your student for the day please send a note with your child or call the office, and give that person your number, if possible.
Good evening, Each Sunday evening, from this day forward, I will provide all stakeholders an update from the WVDHHR and WVDE Covid-19 metrics data for Wood County. The metics data will be used to govern activities and other requirements in our school system for the upcoming week. This week, Wood County has a 2.74 average seven day trend, which includes 16 probable and confirmed positive cases the last seven days. We will continue to analyze the data of the metrics, and make necessary adjustments on protocols and procedures in our schools based on current trends. For the upcoming week of August 31, Wood County is “Green” on the metrics; therefore, all co-curricular and extra-curricular activities are allowed to participate. However, three counties in WV - Kanawha, Monroe, and Logan are orange or red in the metrics and will not be allowed to participate in any activities this week. As you can see, this is a community driven metrics, which has serious implications for our school system. Please do your part and encourage others on the 3 W’s to help our students return in-person to our schools - Wear a mask, Watch your distance, and Wash your hands. Once again, please download our mobile app on our website and continually check the “News” feed to stay up to date on what is happening in our schools. Keep up the great work. Have a great evening.
Back to School Schedule - Code Yellow - Tuesday, Sept. 8 and Thursday, Sept. 10 students with last names L-Z attend school in person----- Wednesday, Sept. 9 and Friday, Sept. 11 students with last names A-K attend school in person. When students do not attend school in person, our new Schoology platform will be utilized to engage students. Due to September 7 being a holiday, we have modified the schedule for the first week of school to accommodate students with last names A-K on Friday, September 11. For more information, please visit the Wood County Schools website, or click https://tinyurl.com/yy9mmrxv for the schedule summary.
1st Week School Schedule: Tuesday, September 8th Students with last names L-Z Wednesday, September 9th Students with last names A-K Thursday, September 10th Students with last names L-Z Friday, September 11th Students with last names A-K (This is Monday’s group, but do to the Labor Day Holiday will be in school this day.) 2nd Week of School Schedule and Beyond: Monday- Students with last names A-K Tuesday- Students with last names L-Z Wednesday-Students with last names A-K Thursday- Students with last names L-Z Friday- ALL students Remote Learning via Schoology Assignments assigned by their teacher.
Virtual Schools Registration is now CLOSED. If you would like to get on the waiting list, please contact Shelia Belcher at the Wood County Board of Education. Please remember that if you choose to do virtual school, you need a reliable internet connection. Virtual School students will not becoming to the building at all. Virtual School is very rigorous and requires high student motivation and parent involvement. We would love to answer any questions you may have about sending your child to Neale or keeping them at home to do virtual school. Please remember virtual school is a computer based program on the grade level of the student. There will not be a “live” teacher teaching your child. Your child will be expected to spend several hours a day working on assignments. Teachers will be available to answer questions in the evenings. Students not doing virtual school, will be coming to school two days per week and will be given assignments to do at home on the days they are not here at Neale.
Everyone is getting excited to get back to school. We are making final changes to class lists and those will be posted on the back doors Friday, August 21 at 4:00 pm. Please be sure that students have a backpack with their name on the inside. If you are in need of a backpack, we do have some here at the school on a first come first serve basis. The school provides all needed student supplies. There will be a class donation list sent home for those who are interested in donating to the student’s classroom teacher the first week. IPAD distribution will start August 31st, ALL students enrolled at Neale will be receive an IPAD. This INCLUDES students who are registered for virtual school. Please remember that the IPad will need to go back and forth to school every day—charged and ready to go. Please see iPad distribution plan for more information. We will begin serving meals at all school locations, Monday, August 24th, you must pre-register for those meals at https://5il.co/jmzy by the Friday before.
Reminder - On Monday, August 24-September 3, Wood County Schools will be providing breakfast and lunch for all students. Meals can be picked up each day from your student's home school. All meals must be pre-ordered starting today, August 19th at 9:00 a.m. through Friday, August 21 at 12:00 p.m. Please visit www.woodcountyschoolswv.com , then click menu and wellness to complete the form. You can also find the meal flyer under the "News" feed or https://5il.co/jmzy
In preparation of the Wood County Schools iPad distribution on August 31 - September 3, please take time to review the student acceptable use policy(AUP). This will help expedite the iPad distribution process at our schools. For the K-2 AUP, click https://5il.co/hx3i For the 3-12 AUP, click https://5il.co/hx3h As a reminder, the iPad rollout schedule is as follows: Wood County Schools will provide iPads to students in grades Kindergarten – 12. IPads will be distributed August 31 – September 3; parents/guardians must accompany students to pick up iPads from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM, following this schedule: August 31: Students with last names A-K September 1: Students with last names L-Z September 2: Students with last names A-K September 3: Students with last names L-Z Both the parent/guardian and student must sign/agree to the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) agreement before the iPad can be taken home. Students who do not pick up an iPad August 31 – September 3 will be assigned an iPad on September 8 or September 9; however, the iPad will not be able to be taken home until both the student and parent/guardian signs the AUP.
Technology Update: Wood County Schools will provide iPads to students in grades Kindergarten – 12. IPads will be distributed August 31 – September 3; parents/guardians must accompany students to pick up iPads from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM, following this schedule: August 31: Students with last names A-K September 1: Students with last names L-Z, September 2: Students with last names A-K, September 3: Students with last names L-Z. Parents must accompany students to pick up an iPad at the school in which the students are enrolled. Both the parent/guardian and student must sign/agree to the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) agreement before the iPad can be taken home. Students who do not pick up an iPad August 31 – September 3 will be assigned an iPad on September 8 or September 9; however, the iPad will not be able to be taken home until both the student and parent/guardian signs the AUP.
Technology Update - Wood County Schools will provide iPads to students in grades Kindergarten – 12. IPads will be distributed August 31 – September 3; parents/guardians must accompany students to pick up iPads from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM, following this schedule: August 31: Students with last names A-K September 1: Students with last names L-Z September 2: Students with last names A-K September 3: Students with last names L-Z Parents must accompany students to pick up an iPad at the school in which the students are enrolled. Both the parent/guardian and student must sign/agree to the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) agreement before the iPad can be taken home. Students who do not pick up an iPad August 31 – September 3 will be assigned an iPad on September 8 or September 9; however, the iPad will not be able to be taken home until both the student and parent/guardian signs the AUP.
Good morning, last evening the Wood County BOE approved the revised 2020-2021 school calendar. The calendar can be found on our website at woodcountyschoolswv.com then click "menu" then "COVID -19". Also, the WCBOE approved our draft re-entry to school plan, which is subject to change as new guidelines are being established each day. The draft re-entry plan can be found on our website in the "News" feed. Please take time to review the re-entry plan and provide feedback so changes can be considered. As of tonight, Wood County Schools will begin school September 8 in the "yellow" phase and will continue in "yellow" for the first three (3) weeks. On September 21/22, after analyzing community data related to COVID-19, we will make an informed decision to hopefully go "green" (5 days) beginning Monday, September 28. Please continue to follow all safety protocols to help our school system return to normal as quickly as possible. Stay safe and healthy. Have a great day.
Good evening, To better prepare for the upcoming fall semester, Wood County Schools is seeking an accurate number of students who would like to participate in a full-time virtual school program. Students would be a Wood County student choosing to take their classes online in a rigorous, web-based learning environment. The virtual school teachers are West Virginia teachers teaching West Virginia content standards. Students will still be able to participate in extracurricular (sports, clubs) and co-curricular activities (Band, ROTC) as would any other student. This is not an easier pathway, but a different pathway to utilize during these uncertain times. The program is for students in grades K -12 interested in a virtual school learning environment. If interested in pursuing the virtual school option for your child, please visit our webpage woodcountyschoolswv.com, click “Menu”, “Parents and Students”, “Virtual School”. You can also email Jason Potts at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Please stay safe and healthy - Have a wonderful evening.
Stop by the back entrance to Neale Elementary each Tuesday and pick up a free book and learning packet for your child. A different packet will be put out each Tuesday! Make sure to get your book and have fun with the projects. You will also be able to take an AR test when we come back to school. Be sure to read every day this summer!