Woodlawn Principal Blog 9/11/20

Hello!  There are a couple of very important items in the blog this week.  

  • As advertised last week, we will have a materials pick up this Monday.
  •  Just added, we will have Picture Day this Tuesday. 

Early Release

Here is the link of the schedule for our early release this Tuesday.  Click here to see it.  We will be sure to talk to the students about the schedule on Monday.  

Picture Day   **IMPORTANT ITEM #1**

This happened quickly and I felt like I needed to jump at this opportunity.  Our original choices were to have picture day in mid October, but when something came open this week, I  made the executive decision and jumped at the opportunity while the weather is nice.  

Picture Day is this Tuesday, September 15th (Early Release Day)

* 6th Grade     2:30-3:45pm 

* 7th Grade     4:00-5:15pm 

* 8th Grade     5:30-6:45pm 

* Anyone who missed!     6:45-7:30pm    

Orders will need to be placed online.  No paper orders will be taken this year.  These will be the pictures we use in the yearbook and as well as the student ID pictures.  Even if you do not buy any pictures, I hope that you have the picture taken for those two reasons.  The pictures will be delivered directly to your home.  

  • The photos will be taken outside by the front door of Woodlawn
  • Please drop off in the Woodlawn lot and proceed to the bus lot.  By the time you get there, your student should be finished.  
  • If you have any combination of 6th, 7th or 8th grade students, they can come at the same time. 
  • If you cannot make it to Picture Day, no problem.  We will set up a make up day!  


Please drop off your student in the Woodlawn lot and drive to the bus lot.  Your student should be ready by that point to head home!  

The pink circles are where students will be getting their picture taken.  


Material Pick Up - This Monday, September 14th

We ask that you pick up materials for your student this Monday, September 14th.  All grades need to pick up materials.  Listed below are the items that need to be picked up.  

PE bag: All students, generic materials (every student gets a bag) PINK STAR 1

Art kit: All students, generic materials (every student gets a bag) PINK STAR 2

Science bag: By grade level, everyone gets a grade level appropriate bag PINK STAR 5,6, OR 7

TASOL: 6th grade students currently in TASOL -  6th grade students ONLY - PINK STAR 3

Music: recorders to select 6th grade students  PINK STAR 4

Pick Up Details:

Safety is our top priority.  We will try to be as efficient as possible.  We will maintain social distancing and wear masks and gloves. Here’s what we ask of you:

  • Have a sheet with your students full name and grade level.  Please make it large enough for us to see.  Especially me!  
  • Have a mask. 
  • Be prepared to have your materials placed in your trunk or back seat.
  • Students do not need to be with you.  
  • Pick up will be in the Woodlawn main lot from Noon until 7p.m.  

District Reading Screening

During the week of 9/14, the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students will be participating in our tri-annual reading screening. This will take place during Language Arts class over zoom. He/she will be put in an individual break out room on Zoom.  A staff member will join the child in the break out room at some point during the half hour window and ask him/her to read 3 timed grade level passages.  They may also be asked to answer some questions. During this time, please make sure your child has a quiet place to work.  As we are using this information to determine what additional support a child may need, please do not help your child to read or answer questions.  The teacher will guide him or her through the process.  Thank you for your support and flexibility!

Volunteer Opportunities for 7th and 8th Grade Students

The Vernon Area Public Library has opportunities for teens in grades 7–12.

There are no applications to complete, a library card is not needed, and no training is required. Teens can volunteer as their time permits, with no required days or minimum hours.

Students in grades 7–12 can CHOOSE PROJECTS from the Vernon Area Public Library online list of Volunteer activities. Scroll down on the web page linked above to the heading Volunteer activities. (Because District 96 does not track volunteer hours, please skip the information related to earning hours and receiving certificates.)

Two listed volunteer projects the library is promoting are Letters of Love and #WeWereHere Project.

Any of these opportunities will benefit others, allow self-expression and creativity, and give your student a chance to give back without leaving home. Invite your students to take a look….


Attendance is required as we return to school this August. This is different from remote learning in the spring. Please contact the school office if your student will be absent from class at any time throughout the school day. Parents will be required to provide a reason for the absence. If your student is ill, symptoms will need to be provided to the school office. If your child will be absent for any portion of the day for any reason, please contact the office to let us know. 

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Finally, it is hard to not think about September 11, 2001.  Time seems to go by very quickly, but the memories of that day remain vivid for all of us.  I am certain that we all remember where we were, what was going on in our lives and the emotional impact of that day.  My emotions ran the gamut of shock, confusion, disbelief, horror, anger, sadness and resolve.  Before technology was in the hands of every man, woman and child, we went through the school day without telling our students of this tragedy until the very end of the day.  We couldn’t do that now.  As a father of three very young children at the time, I remember holding them that night and appreciating my moment in time with each of them.  At the beginning of every school year, Mrs. Miller and Mrs. Ufheil create a project with our 8th graders.  It is called "I am America" and it is one of the best things I see all year.  Our 8th grade students put their name, a selfie, a cultural component, their favorite quote and a word to describe themselves.  It is a powerful reminder of who we are, what we value and it gives the students a little insight into each other..  

I am, have been and always will be a proud American.  Take a moment to remember the victims of September 11, 2001 and examine your emotions.  We will never forget.