A letter from Principal John Gibbons & Assistant Principal Phil Oates

Dear Weston Middle School Community,

Let me first state how wonderful it was to see our students today.  They were very well behaved both in school and remotely.  Overall, we had an awesome day!  One piece of feedback for our students was to consistently maintain social distancing of 6 feet when taking their breaks or moving through the hallway.  Our students were incredibly well prepared for our entry and exit form our building, and navigating inside our school to and from breaks was seamless.  Thank you for adhering to our drop-off and pick-up procedures.  Cohort B parents received high marks and we are hoping Cohort A parents do the same tomorrow!

Thank you for your patience throughout the opening process.  We realize that it was frustrating not to have schedules, but we needed to get a few things right before we opened the portal.    We are happy to say that

Student schedules have been posted to the IC (Infinite Campus) Portal. http://portal.weston.org

We will  certainly still have some things to adjust in student schedules, and if you need an issue addressed, please contact your child’s counselor with an email.

Grade 6, Kari Anne Wye

Grade 7, Kim Roslonek

Grade 8, Phoenix Aiello

We realize that some students were not able to get into some zooms in the remote orientation today.  Those issues appear to have been fixed.  We should have a smoother day tomorrow.

On Wednesday afternoon, we will send out the orientation slides from Tuesday/Wednesday.  On Friday afternoon, we will send out the slides from Thursday/Friday.  These can be used for general review, or to read something your student may have missed due to technology issues.

There is a lot of information in this document.  So, please read through it multiple times to maximize understanding.

Here is a reminder of the schedule for the rest of the week:
Wednesday, 9/16
Hybrid In-Person – Cohort A
Hybrid REMOTE – Cohort B
RLA Academic Subjects Day – RLA Cohort A
RLA WL/Music/Arts/Wellness – RLA Cohort B
Thursday, 9/17
Hybrid In-Person – Cohort A
Hybrid REMOTE – Cohort B
RLA Academic Subjects Day – RLA Cohort A
RLA WL/Music/Arts/Wellness – RLA Cohort B
Friday, 9/18
Hybrid In-Person – Cohort B
Hybrid REMOTE – Cohort A
RLA Academic Subjects Day – RLA Cohort B
RLA WL/Music/Arts/Wellness – RLA Cohort A

A reminder that we will only have Hybrid Cohort A students in the building tomorrow.  We have sent each of them an email with their Room # to go to upon arrival.  When they come in they should follow these entrance protocols:
Grade 6 Entrance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7Aua4FVvrE&feature=youtu.be
Grade 7 Entrance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJdKM8xwCqw&feature=youtu.be
Grade 8 Entrance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_JhSXdlFmc&feature=youtu.be

Our Hybrid Remote (Hybrid Cohort B and RLA Cohort B) students are going to be participating in virtual orientation.  The zooms have been organized by Student Last Name, and can be found here:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1H3BHfymaVL-AmuyBEfeXjRzauCRe0E332XAU5Ol95Ts/edit?usp=sharing

RLA Cohort A students will also have an orientation.  Their zoom links schedule can be found here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1KjUhfBs3bn4zojwkChlFAEz5DT5lRHMAz7wBYuHH0rs/edit?usp=sharing

For folks experiencing technical difficulties, please submit a ticket to mshelpdesk@weston.org so you can start a dialogue with the tech team.

Liz Heichelbech is the person to contact if your student is having difficulty getting into a Zoom link during the Remote Orientation. Her email is: heichelbeche@weston.org

Please be sure your student eats a hearty breakfast before coming to school or joining a virtual classroom.  It is one of the best ways for a student to feel prepared for the day.

We hope you have a good evening and we look forward to meeting more RLA and remote students tomorrow in their orientation classes and welcoming Cohort A students into the building in the morning.

John Gibbons, Principal and Phil Oates, Assistant Principal