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West Side Collaborative is pleased to announced that we have received an "A" on our 2012-2013 Progress Report
from the NYC Department of Education. We also received a rating of "Well Developed" which is based on three major categories of school performance: instruction that prepares students for college and careers, school organization and management, and the quality of the learning environment. A school that receives a Well Developed rating earned the highest grade for highly effective teaching and learning practice, strategic school management and an excellent quality learning environment.
We are delighted to announce that West Side Collaborative Middle School has received a 2013 Blackboard Award!
Now in its 11th year, The Blackboard Awards celebrates excellence in local education, in all educational sectors (public, private, charter and parochial) and in all grade levels, from nursery through high school. WSC is one of 20 honorees this year. The honorees were nominated by many parents and educators, as well as a board of educational advisors.
The award was presented by Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President-elect, at a ceremony at Scholastic on Monday, November 18. The awards ceremony was emceed by Lisa Belkin, the former New York Times Motherlode columnist, and current senior columnist on life, work and family for The Huffington Post.
As part of the Blackboard Awards, which are sponsored by New York Family magazine, WSC will also be featured in New York Family’s annual Ultimate Guide to Education in New York City.
Congratulations to the West Side community on this well-deserved recognition!
Parents are invited to help with the Thanksgiving Toast, which will be held on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 from 9:00am-10:45am. A favorite annual WSC tradition, the Toast provides an opportunity for the West Side community to celebrate and appreciate the friends, families and special experiences that make WSC unique. We are looking forward to sharing a meal and enjoying great conversations. Students will not want to miss this event.
The WSC PA will provide apple cider, bagels, decorations and paper products. Each student is being asked to contribute a dish large enough to share with 5-10 people. We are requesting that the dishes be brought to school the morning of November 27.
How you can help: Parent volunteers are needed to help. Please meet in the WSC/PS 75 cafeteria at 8am. Each advisory will share a potluck brunch. Please discuss with your child what you would like to contribute.
Thank you for your support!
Thank you to all the parents who attended and assisted with our October Curriculum Night! At this annual event, parents and students were presented with important information about many important initiatives such as the iZone, a peak into the WSC curriculum and projects, highlights from their grade's school calendar, as well as the daily policies, procedures, and routines at WSC. Sixth grade families enjoyed a pot-luck dinner, and the Parent Association sold light refreshments as a fundraiser to benefit the school.
In partnership with the Department of Education, Wellness in the Schools operates the Cook for Kids programs in public school cafeterias and classrooms to promote healthy eating and combat childhood obesity.
WITS trains culinary school graduates, who partner with cafeteria staff to prepare daily scratch-cooked meals and educate families about the importance of eating healthy food. Through our WITS Labs and WITS BITS, a series of seasonal cooking and nutrition classes, WITS Cooks also teach children and their families how to prepare healthy, delicious, and affordable recipes using whole, unprocessed foods. Click here to view this month's alternative lunch menu.
As a member of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Chefs Move to Schools planning team, WITS recognizes the importance of engaging the culinary community and partners with local chefs and restaurants to lead special events, act as wellness ambassadors and inspire students.
At WSC we acknowledge the critical role that parents play in their child's education. WSC is pleased to announced a comprehensive schedule of workshops and events for WSC parents:
High School Articulation Process Workshop: Designed to help parents understand the complexity of the high school application process. (September)
Common Core Standards Workshop: There has been much discussion of the Common Core learning standards in the media, but what does it really mean? In this workshop you will receive an overview of the Common Core Learning Standards and how they relate to your child's education. Parents will be provided with a sample progress report. (September)
Curriculum Night: At this annual event, parents and students will be presented with important information about many important initiatives such as the iZone, a peak into the WSC curriculum and projects, highlights from their grade's school calendar, as well as the daily policies, procedures, and routines at WSC. Save the date! Thursday October 10
SLC process: Goal setting and your child's progress report: Parents are strongly encouraged to attend this workshop that has been designed to help parents use support their child in the goal-setting process. Participants will create a Parent Support Action Plan for their WSC student, to help them set and attain their academic goals. (October and November)
Raising Middle and High School Kids in a Digital World: This workshop was designed in collaboration with Common Sense Media and provides an opportunity for parents to explore technology use, discover methods of monitoring their child's technology use, and identify key programs/tools that are available to make their role as "media guardian" a bit easier. (December)
Student-Led Conferences: By appointment, students will present their progress to parents, under the guidance of their academic coach (December)
Goal Setting support- Addressing your child's report--Now What?: Parents are strongly encouraged to attend this workshops that have been designed to help parents use the information that was shared at the conferences to create or revise their Parent Support Action Plan for their WSC student. (January)
Honor Roll Ceremony: Students will high academic achievement are honored in a meaningful ceremony. (January/February)
A WSC parent account is required to access this information. WSC parents may sign up for an account by clicking on the link "Sign Up for your WSC Account" here or at the top of this page, and completing a request form.
WSC's 8th grade Connections Curriculum has been certified by the New York City Department of Education to meet the requirements of a high school preparatory course and will be certified as such for the next three years. After a complete review of WSC curriculum materials and student progress, the DOE has determined that students enrolled in 8th grade Connections at WSC are more likely than similar students to be high school ready. Designed in-house by WSC teachers, our rigorous Connections curriculum is an interdisciplinary social studies curriculum which incorporates the arts and literacy, math and science.
This guide was created to help families prepare for the 2013-2014 school year by making sure they have an up-to-date WSC email account, access to their child's academic records in ARIS, and information about the Common Core standards. Resources for students to use to build their skills are also included.
1. WSC Family Email address
Do you have your West Side Collaborative email address? With it you will get updates, flyers, news, announcements, and everything you need to know about the WSC Community.
If you don’t have an account, click here to fill out this form
After the form has been filled out, WSC will contact you with the information you need to get started.
Note: This school account can be forwarded to an email inbox that you use regularly, so you don’t have to check a separate email account. If you’re interested in finding out how to do this, please contact the Parent Coordinator Ms. Tracy McClaire at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 347-563-5146.
2. ARIS Parent Access
The ARIS Parent Portal will give you access to your child’s basic academic records such as attendance, test scores and other data about your child.
If you need a username or password, please contact Ms. McClaire.
Click here to access ARIS
3. New York City School Calendar - by the Department of Education
On this Calendar you will find New York City’s dates for testing, Parent-Teacher Conferences, holidays, special events, and more.
Click here to access the 2013-2014 Academic School Calendar
4. ELA Common Core Information for the next year
Click on the grade your child will going into:
5. ELA Resources for practice during the summer
Here are some sites that can support your child with practice on ELA during the summer:
6. MATH Common Core Information for the next year
Click on the grade your child will going into:
7. MATH Resources for practice during the summer
Here are some sites that can support your child with practice on MATH during the summer:
Academic Practice: IXL http://www.ixl.com/ : here students can practive specific math concepts by topic or grade. They will get points, a timer and problems attempted. First problems are free, afterwards an account is required.
- Math Games: Sheppard Software - Math http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/math.htm : these are math games to reinforce basic math concepts and operations, and improve mental speed.
WSC hopes that all of our WSC students and families are enjoying a wonderful summer. We want to be sure that students have been working steadily through the summer to complete their summer assignments. Research shows that students who do not continue to engage in academic work lose ground when they return to school in the summer. By August 10th, students should have at least 50% of their summer assignments completed. Remember, not only should the work be completed, but should be of high quality. Please help your child pace themselves so that they will have all their assignments ready to submit when they return to school. If your child does not have their summer assignment, please call us at 212 866 6313
to arrange to pick up a packet. We hope you continue to enjoy the remainder of your summer and look forward to seeing you in September.
Beginning August 26th
, families can log on to ARIS Parent Link <http://arisparentlink.org/
> to see their child’s Spring 2013 State Exam results and to learn more about the new Common Core Standards and the Common Core aligned state tests. To help families access this information, NYCDOE staff members will be at participating public libraries during the week of August 26
to distribute ARIS Parent Link usernames and passwords to families.
On Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 8am and 5:30 pm, and Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 1pm, Parent Coordinator Tracy McClaire will be holding information sessions for parents about the high school articulation process.
At the beginning of their eighth grade year, public school students begin their high school articulation process. This process should not begin when students enter the eighth grade. Rather, it is a process that requires constant parental involvement and planning to ensure that students’ high school placements are appropriate. Given the importance of this choice, our school will be devoting time for parent workshops devoted to the complexity of the high school application process.
As a current 6th or 7th grade parent you can begin working with your child around their academics and to target schools that will be right for your child. That said, it is important to be aware of the selection process as you begin identifying the high schools you feel may be appropriate for you child.
To help you learn more about the process, I would like to invite you to one of three meetings to discuss the high school articulation process. Although attendance is not mandatory, it is highly recommended. We will be holding three high school articulation meetings for your convenience.
The dates are:
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 8am
Wednesday, May 29, 2013at 5:30 pm
Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 1pm
Please call the office at 212-866-6313 to register.