Michael R. Williams, M.Ed., M.S., NBCT | Principal
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Happy Summer, Winkler Family! I hope you are all having a wonderful summer, getting lots of rest, and reading books! Although we still don't know very much about what our next beginning will look like, we are working diligently to get ready. Our custodians are cleaning and sanitizing, our administrators are building the schedule, and many of our teachers are attending workshops.
I will be sending more information later in July about our return to school. Governor Cooper will share the protocols we will follow in early-July, then the district and school will put our local plans in place. I am serving on the back-to-school district committee to help guide the conversations to keep students safe, learning, and supported. I will share all of this with you as soon as I can.
Over the summer, we will be holding our annual summer book clubs again this year. Each year, I meet with interested students who would like to read a common book and participate in a discussion. Usually, we meet in the media center, but this year, we have some extraordinary circumstances. Instead, we will hold our first discussion on Microsoft Teams, our follow up discussion on Microsoft Teams, then meet face-to-face for a socially distanced wrap up discussion when school starts back.
Our incoming sixth grade students will be reading All's Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson. Seventh grade students will be reading Alan Gratz's Refugee. And, eighth graders will be reading Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose. I will have the books available for students to pick up from school in early July. Our first meeting dates will be:
6th graders: Tuesday, July 7 at 10:00am on Microsoft Teams
7th graders: Tuesday, July 7 at 1:00pm on Microsoft Teams
8th graders: Tuesday, July 7 at 3:00pm on Microsoft Teams
If your child would like to participate, please have them sign up at this link. I'll send more information next week. Also, please know students can participate even if they can't make all of the meeting sessions.
For families of rising 6th graders, we will be holding a version of Transition Camp this summer! I will send information about this as soon as we have a little more guidance about the back-to-school protocols. If we can't meet face to face, we will hold our camp virtually.
I know these are unusual times, but please know we will do everything our power to keep our students and staff safe. Each year, I always start the year by telling students I have two very important jobs: (1) to keep everyone safe; and (2) to make sure everyone learns. Those two jobs are even more important now. I will be writing soon with information about how we will make sure our students get the safest, greatest education we can give them.
As always, I thank you for choosing us to educate your child!
With Winkler Pride,