Important Back to School Information

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The first day of school is September 4 for all grades. Are you ready? Are you looking forward to meeting your teachers? Have you finished your summer reading? Do you have all of your school supplies? Here is some important information to help you prepare.


What’s New for 2018-19?

  • This year, students will receive digital literacy and computer science instruction in grades K - 8.

A-Z Guide of Helpful Information for the Upcoming School Year


Bus Information:

As a reminder, we encourage all students to take the bus to ensure safety. If your child will not be participating in the busing program for the upcoming school year, please notify the district at the earliest convenience in order that we can adjust routes and schedules accordingly. Bus routes will be available as we get closer to the first day of school and can be found under the “For Parents” section on www.windhamsd.org. You may also contact the bus company directly at bus@windhamsd.org with questions.


Calendar for Upcoming School Year:

2018-19 District Calendar (PDF)


Upcoming Districtwide Dates of Note:

First Day of School: 9/4 for all grades

Early Release Day: 10/5

No School/Columbus Day: 10/8


*Please refer to School District Calendar above for complete list of early release and no school  dates throughout the school year

Communications:

Events and helpful information for families will be posted on the Windham School District website along with each of the schools websites which can be accessed at www.windhamsd.org. Each of the schools will be sending newsletters and emails to families. We also encourage you to follow us on Facebook: Windham School District, Golden Brook School, Windham Center School; on Twitter at @windhamsd as well as Windham School District Counseling at @SchoolWSD or on YouTube at Windham NH School District.


New Schools Construction Project:

Our new schools construction project has entered Phase II and continues to be on time and on budget. Details on the construction project as well as a video tour and photos can be found on our website at www.windhamsd.org.  


Nutrition Services/School Menus:

Breakfast and lunch is available for purchase at all Windham Schools. Menus will become available later this month and can be found on www.windhamsd.org under the Administration/Nutrition Services section.  


One-to-One Technology - ChromeBooks and MacBooks:

Each student in the district will be equipped with 1:1 technology. With 1:1 technology, the Windham School District is able to provide a 21st century learning environment and effectively integrate technology into curriculum and instruction to improve student learning, increase learning opportunities, and encourage the use of different and innovative teaching methods. The Windham School District distributes MacBook Airs to every student entering grades 9-12, Chromebooks to every student entering grades 2-8, and iPad resources to kindergarten and grade 1 students.


PowerSchool Unified Classroom Utilized In Grades K through 12:

This year, the PowerSchool Parent Portal will be available at every grade level. PowerSchool streamlines communications and will help keep students and parents informed of upcoming assignments, grades, classroom activities and other important information. Tutorials and documents will be provided to parents in order to get their PowerSchool Unified Classroom accounts up and running.


Ready Set Go:

Studies have found that adding more recess time improves academic performance. Ready Set Go will once again take place at Golden Brook School and Windham Center School. Children will spend this time on the playground, weather permitting. The additional recess time can be found below:

Kindergarten and Grade 2, Golden Brook School : 8:20 to 8:40 am

Grade 1, Golden Brook School:  8:40 to 9 am

Windham Center School: 8:15 to 8:35 am


School Delays and Closings:

Our school cancellation policy is as follows:

The decision to cancel school on a particular school day will usually be made by 6 am. When appropriate, the district may also employ a delayed opening of Two (2) Hours (120 Minutes). If a delayed opening will change to school cancelation that announcement will be made no later than 7 am. School cancellations are made via the SchoolMessenger system, posted on the district's Facebook and Twitter pages as well as broadcast on several radio and television stations.


SchoolMessenger Communication System:

As a reminder, the District contracted last year with SchoolMessenger Solutions as our provider for parent notifications.  


Emergency Messages and Attendance Calls

Parents/Legal Guardians are automatically enrolled based on the information provided during the InfoSnap registration process. Cell phone numbers may be entered as the primary home number. Cell phone and email options will also be utilized. Please bookmark the SchoolMessenger page provided during the InfoSnap registration page or refer to the information below for instructions on how to opt-in to receive text messages and to designate message preferences. Also, it is strongly recommended that you provide personal email addresses during InfoSnap registration as work email addresses have had a tendency to block SchoolMessenger messages. If during the course of the school year you need to change contact information or address, please contact the school directly.   


infoCenter – Preferences

SchoolMessenger offers a variety of ways for parents and guardians to manage their communications preferences.  You can download the InfoCenter mobile app from Google Play or the Apple App Store, as well as sign up online by visiting infocenter.schoolmessenger.com, which will also be available as a link via your PowerSchool Parent Portal account.  In InfoCenter you may designate which of your numbers you wish to opt-in for text messages or select email only for newsletters and other non-emergency announcements.  For more information about SchoolMessenger and InfoCenter, please download the following document or visit our district website to learn more. SchoolMessenger InfoCenter for Parents.pdf


Student IDs:

Students at Windham Middle School and Windham High School will be provided with student identification cards. Students are required to have them on their person and will be required for printing documents, borrowing library books, etc. A $5 replacement fee will be charged to students for lost cards and can be paid via PayPal on the school websites under Links.


Volunteering in Windham Schools:

Windham Schools love our volunteers and we welcome family volunteers for classroom help, field trips and holiday parties. As a reminder, our volunteers need to be fingerprinted and go through a background check, which can take several weeks. For those who are interested in volunteering and have not yet gone through the process, we encourage you to begin the process over the summer in order to be ready for the fall, as we have been experiencing some recent delays. Volunteer packets with detailed instructions must be obtained from the SAU or any of the schools.

The following outlines important WMS events and related information:


WMS School Hours:

7:40 am to 2:15pm

School drop-off: Begins at 7:15 am

On Early Release Days: Students will be dismissed at 11:15 am

On Delayed Opening Days: Delayed days due to inclement weather, school begins at 9:40am


WMS Handbook:

The handbook can be found here


WMS Staff Directory:

The handbook can be found here


School Supply Lists:

Suggested school supply lists for each grade can be downloaded here. Individual teachers may have additional supply needs and will provide those once school starts.


Summer Reading Information:

Summer reading assignments for each grade can be downloaded here


New-to-the-District WMS Student Orientation:

8/23, 9:30 to 10:30 am


Athletic and Tryouts Information:

Tryouts: (PLEASE NOTE: In order to participate in tryouts, athletes need to complete the Activity Permission Form found here and bring it to tryouts)

Girls Soccer: 8/27 and 8/28, 8:30-10am as well as 8/29, 3-4:30pm

Boys Soccer: 8/27 and 8/28, 10am to 12pm as well as 8/29, 4 to 6pm

All soccer tryouts will be held at the soccer field at Windham Middle School.

Please bring shin guards and water bottle. Also, Tri-County rules require a mouth guard to be worn at all tryouts, practices, scrimmages, and games.    

Field Hockey: 8/27 and 8/28, 9-10:30am as well as 8/29, 3-4:30pm.

Please bring shin guards, mouthguards, eye guards and a water bottle.

Girls Volleyball: 8/27 and 8/28, 9-10:30am as well as 8/29, 3-4:30pm in the Windham Middle School Gym. There will be 2 teams selected. One team will be playing in Division 1 and the other team will play in Division 3.

Cross Country: Cross Country begins 8/29 from 3-4:30pm.

Students should bring shorts, t-shirt, sneakers to school that first day. Cross Country is not a try out sport. All athletes that come out to practice make the team. We start running and workouts on the first day, so it is highly recommended that athletes do some running over the summer.

Game Schedules:

We are working to provide information on the Windham Middle School website in coming weeks. In the interim, you may find fall athletics game schedules here and you should refer to the Tri-County Athletics site (www.tricountyathletics.org) for updates or changes.


Meet and Greet Information:

8/29, 12:30 to 1:30 pm, Grade 6

8/29, 1:30 to 2:30 pm, Grades 7 and 8


WMS Chromebook Program:

In order to have them available for the first day of school, Windham Middle School will distribute its student Chromebooks during the Meet and Greets on August 29. Families will need to agree to the district’s technology policies during registration verification and students will need to pay a $15 insurance fee via PayPal prior to the meet and greets. Students will need to show a printed PayPal receipt or proof of payment in order to receive Chromebook. Sixth grade students must have a parent or guardian present or a note from a parent/guardian granting permission for the child to receive his/her Chromebook in order to receive Chromebook. Seventh and eighth grade students may pick up their Chromebooks during the Meet and Greets without a required parent or guardian, provided that the student shows proof of payment. For those students who do not pick up their Chromebooks during the Meet and Greet, they will receive them during the WMS Open Houses provided that insurance fee has been paid and proof of payment is provided. Students will still be allowed to use them during the school day on the first day of school and teachers will make accommodations for homework.


The PayPal link for paying the insurance fee was provided during InfoSnap registration verification and can also be found here or on the WMS website under “WMS Links/Student Chromebooks.”


Seventh Grade Nature’s Classroom Trip Parent Information Night:

9/6, 6 pm


Picture Day:
Wednesday, 9/12

Please note picture ordering forms will be sent home with your students prior to picture day. However, pictures can also be ordered online through our school photographer.


Open House Information:

9/12, 6 to 7:15 pm Grade 6

9/13, 6 to 7:15 pm Grades 7 and 8


Eighth Grade Health Parent Information Night:

9/18, 6:30 pm


Seventh Grade Nature’s Classroom Trip:

October 1-3


Eighth Grade Washington, DC Parent Information Night:

10/4, 6:30 to 8 pm



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