Spring is in the Air!Posted by Carolyn Segal on 3/25/2019 11:00:00 AM
At Woodrow Wilson, we are thrilled that Spring is finally upon us! It has been wonderful to see students playing outside again after the long and cold winter. Recess is incorporated into the schedule daily, either before or after lunch. This gives students a break from learning, but also encourages physical fitness. When students participate in recess, they are much more able to focus for the remainder of the school day.
This year, students have set their own personal reading goals for each trimester, and a school-wide W.I.G. (Wildly Important Goal) also is set each trimester. For the second trimester, the W.I.G. was that 70% of students will reach their AR goal – and students did it! For the first time ever, we reached this amazing goal! To celebrate, students were treated to a special surprise assembly from Nickel City Reptiles. The teachers were thrilled at how hard students worked to reach their goals and now they will be trying again for the third trimester. Parents, please be sure that your child is reading at least 20 minutes each night so that they can reach their goal.
As we head into the final months of school for the 2018-2019 school year, there are many events taking place. We will have additional celebrations for reaching high levels in reading, and also our annual Leadership Day on May 17th. The Spring Concert will take place on May 23rd to showcase our musicians. Students in Drama Club will also perform on June 5th. Parents, we welcome you to Woodrow Wilson to enjoy these events and celebrate all of the hard work that students put forth. Thank you for your continued partnership and support with everything that we do to make Woodrow the best school for learning, and also for educating the whole child through music, art and other activities!
As always, please don't hesitate to contact the school office with any questions or concerns. We can be reached at 716-891-6419.
Celebrating the School YearPosted by Carolyn Segal on 12/3/2018 10:30:00 AM
Greetings to Students and Families!
It is hard to believe that we are already in the winter months at Woodrow Wilson. This has been one of our best school years so far, due to our positive theme of “Celebrate!” We are focused on highlighting the positive choices that students are making, celebrating accomplishments whether it be social/emotional or academic, and coming together as a school to celebrate together. Here are some highlights from our year so far of all the different ways that we have celebrated:
- Had a Welcome Back Ice Cream Social with over 400 students and their families in attendance, played lawn games and had a dance party hosted by DJ Schulz
- Celebrate Assembly – recognized a student from each class who was “on the ball” for the start of the school year
- Selected a new group of students for the Student Lighthouse Team, those students met to work on their goals for the year and how they will lead the school in a positive way
- Set Reading WIGs (Wildly Important Goals) for each student, with an overall goal of 70% of students to meet their AR goals
- Had a huge Halloween celebration including a costume contest with a winner for each class and a teacher costume contest where students voted on the winner
- Celebrated students who reached their WIG, including 62% of the entire school making their WIG
- Selected students to represent the school on a Cafeteria Action Team dedicated to improvement in the cafeteria
- Had almost 200 students and families attend “Celebrate Reading Night” where we focused on literacy and reading and how it can be fun
- Worked with the Gierlach Post and the Student Lighthouse team to organize a food drive for families in need
- Celebrated students who were standing out as being outstanding in both behavior and academics
- Had performances from the choirs and band to celebrate the holiday season
- Invited families into our school to celebrate traditions and share a story with their classrooms
I wish everyone a wonderful Holiday Season. Please do not hesitate to contact the office with any questions or concerns.
Welcome Back!Posted by Carolyn Segal on 8/17/2018 10:00:00 AM
Greetings to Woodrow Wilson Students and Families,
Welcome back to the 2018-2019 school year. It is with great pride and pleasure that I can lead Woodrow Wilson as your principal and am determined to make this our best school year yet. Here are some highlights of what will be happening as you walk into school on September 6:
- Continuation of our Leader in Me program with the 7 Habits:
- Focus on how students can "lead themselves" to make good choices both behaviorally and academically
- Celebrations of students who are going above and beyond to practice the Habits through monthly school-wide assemblies
- Implementation of the Student Lighthouse Team for the second year, which will put leadership in the hands of our students (applications taken in September)
- Focus on Literacy:
- Continued implementation of our Reading Workshop program in all classrooms, where students engage in reading books on their level each day for 30 minutes or more
- AR Program - setting individual goals and self-monitoring each day to see progress toward the goal, and celebrating school-wide when progress is made
Please make note of our important September events that will be taking place:
- PTO Meeting: 5:45pm on Wednesday, September 12
- Bring $5 to join the PTO and see what it is all about! We welcome all parents to attend.
- Open House: 6:30pm on Wednesday, September 12
- Join Ms. Segal in the gym for a presentation and then meet your child's teacher following the presentation. This night is so important for starting the year out on the right foot and to start a connection with your child's teacher.
- Welcome Back Ice Cream Social on Thursday, September 20
- Join teachers and staff as we enjoy sundaes and music outside on the lawn in the back of the school! Music by DJ Mr. Schulz and lawn games will take place. We hope to see many families there!
I look forward to a successful and exciting school year, full of celebrations of student achievement. We always focus on the whole child - social, emotional, and academic. If you have any questions as we begin the year, please do not hesitate to reach out. You can call the school office anytime at 716-891-6419.
- Continuation of our Leader in Me program with the 7 Habits:
Message From Mrs. SegalPosted by Mrs. Segal on 8/17/2017
Welcome back to the 2017-2018 school year! Teachers and staff have been busy getting ready for the first day of school with students. As part of the District Capital Project, there have been many renovations taking place at Woodrow Wilson this summer. Classrooms have been updated with new floors and ceilings and there will be a brand-new kitchen for our cafeteria staff to serve lunches out of. We are always working hard to keep the 100 year old building updated and current.
This year, we are adopting a new reading program called Reading Workshop. Using this model, teachers instruct a short mini-lesson to all students in their class on the rug. Then, students independently read on their own level for the remainder of the reading time, while teachers conference with students and work with small groups. This model is proven to show great gains in reading and increase time that students have reading books on their level. Teachers have had extensive training and each classroom will be equipped with hundreds of new books for students to read during Reading Workshop. You will learn more about this new model at Open House.
Another continued focus is on The Leader in Me and the 7 Habits. It will be our second year of implementation at Woodrow Wilson and this year, we will be forming a Student Lighthouse Team consisting of student leaders. Students will continue to practice the habits each and every day. The impact on the school environment was so positive after last year and I know it will continue this year.
I am pleased to announce that after carefully reviewing the daily schedule, I was able to add 20 minutes of recess each day following lunch for all students. This will allow for increased movement and physical activity. Research has proven that students do better academically when movement is infused into the day. We are excited to allow for daily recess starting on the first day of school.
Parents, please be aware of the following:
- The Weekly Menu will be sent home each Friday with students and posted on the school's website. This contains important information about after school activities, the lunch that will be served each day and other important announcements. Be sure to review this so that you are aware of all activities and events that are taking place.
- All students have an agenda where they write their daily homework. This is a great way to communicate with your child's teacher as well. Be sure to check the agenda each day to ensure that your child is completing all homework.
- Students need to master their multiplication and division facts. They can use flashcards, games on the computer, or any other way to memorize their facts. They have the opportunity to become "Math Masters" by taking quizzes at school. Please help your child at home to know their facts!
- Students are required to read 20 minutes each day at home. Please ensure that this is taking place and encourage your child to read daily.
Please always feel free to contact the office if you have any questions. I am always here to help and support all students and families. By working together and having a positive partnership, students at Woodrow Wilson will have great success. I look forward to working with all students throughout the 2017-2018 school year!
Mrs. Carolyn SegalPrincipal