Transition Hub

Welcome to the 2024-25 school year Transition Hub!

Find information about the fifth and sixth grade transition to West Middle School.
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Important Dates & Daily Schedule

 

School Hours

9:35 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
 

5th Grade Parents Open House Night

Date: Thursday, May 2, 2024
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.

 

5th Grade Step Up Day

Date: Friday, May 3, 2024
Time: 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

 

Get Your Stuff Day

Date: Wednesday, August 21, 2024
Time: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

  • Take school pictures
  • Locker assignment
  • Drop off school supply donations
  • Meet with school nurse to drop off
    • Immunization records
    • Health plans-Diabetes, Seizure Disorder, Asthma
    • Prescription medication needed during school hours
       

Open House

Date: Thursday, September 12, 2024
 

What I Need!

Scheduled time during the school day for students to select an activity during the week for what they need.

Enrichment/Recreational Options

  • Board Game Club
  • Chess Club
  • Basketball
  • Muslim Student Association
  • Etc.

Flex Schedule

The Flex Schedule at WJH provides twice weekly opportunities for students to engage in an academic, responsive schedule. Students have the option to participate in support sessions, enrichment sessions, and/or study sessions, all with an academic focus.
 

Daily Schedule

CREW 9:35 - 10:25 a.m. (50 minutes)
Block 1 10:29-11:44 a.m. (75 minutes)
Block 2 11:48 a.m.-1:37 p.m. (109 minutes)

1st Lunch
Lunch: 11:48 a.m.- 12:18 p.m.
Class: 12:20-1:37 p.m.

2nd Lunch
Class: 11:48 a.m.-12:25 p.m.
Lunch: 12:27-12:57 p.m.
Class: 12:59-1:37 p.m.

3rd Lunch
Class: 11:48 a.m.-1:05 p.m.
Lunch: 1:07-1:37 p.m.

Block 3 1:41-2:56 p.m. (75 minutes)
Block 4 3:00-4:15 p.m. (75 minutes)

 


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 Lockers & School Supplies

 

  • Students will be assigned lockers prior to the start of the school year for use throughout the school day as needed.

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 First Week of School

 

West teachers spend time with students to:

  • Establish routines
  • Establish classroom agreements
  • Find the way around the building
  • Understand how the lunchroom works
  • Getting students to buses

*this is a time of high support and connection with all members of our building community.


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 Meals

 

  • Breakfast & lunch served
  • Students can bring lunch from home
  • Please no fast food delivered to school for your student
  • Lunch daily has option of
    • Hot Entree
    • Salad bar
    • Made-to-order sandwich bar

The Free School Meals Program was signed into law in the spring of 2023. This state-funded program allows us to provide meals at no cost to all students. The Free School Meals Program offers one free breakfast and one free lunch to each student every school day. Additional food items will require payment. Rates are below.

Second Student Meal: $5.00
Extra Milk: $0.60
Extra Student Entree: $3.15
Extra Fruit or Vegetables:  $0.75
Students must have money in their accounts to purchase any additional item

Breakfast & Lunch Menus  Special Diet Request Form  Free Meal Benefit Application


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 Technology

 

  • All students will be given an iPad and iPad charger to use for the school year.
  • Students are allowed to use their personal technology between classes and at lunch. During class time, no personal technology use is allowed.
  • If a student needs to contact a caregiver, they can go to the SSC and use their phone or use the SSC phone.

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 Transportation

 

Bus Transportation Form
All families that are enrolled in Hopkins Public Schools are asked to fill out a bus transportation form. If your child does not need transportation, please complete the form and select "Bus Not Needed." 

Complete Form

Bus Route Assignments
The transportation department will contact families regarding their assigned bus stops, bus numbers and approximate bus pick up times. You will also be able to look them up using your child's district username and password. If you do not know your child's credentials, reach out to the Hopkins Technology Help Desk at 952-988-4111 on school days between 7 a.m.- 4 p.m.

If you have questions regarding your child's bus assignment, please email the Transportation Office at SchoolBus@HopkinsSchools.org or visit the Transportation web page.

Bus stop change requests: If your bus stop change request is based on a change of address, please contact the District Enrollment Department to make the address change first. Enrollment Office: Enrollment@HopkinsSchools.org or 952-988-4110. Find the bus stop change request form here.


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Athletics and Activities

 

We recognize that our middle school end times conflict with the starting time for athletic practice for 7th and 8th grade students participating in after school sports. Our transportation department has built in flexible options that will allow athletes to travel to practice locations.

If a student needs to be released for a high school sport:

  • Educators will work to accommodate kids missing school
  • Students and teachers will work together to identify scholar needs and supports.
  • Typically content will have been delivered to class prior to the last 20 minutes of class

Registration

Sports Physical Form


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 Attendance

 

If your child is ill or will not be in school for other reasons, please fill out our attendance form or call the absentee number at 952-988-4410.

Leave the following information: student's name, teacher's name, and reason for absentee or tardy. If your child will be absent due to travel or for some reason other than illness, please contact the school for instructional activities.

If your child has COVID-19 symptoms, the school nurse may provide you with specific instructions.

Attendance Form


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Before- and after-school care

 

Royal Zone is a middle school before- and after-school program offered on days that school is in session, Monday through Friday, in 8 week sessions at North Middle School. Participating West Middle School students will have transportation before and after school, to and from North Middle School.

Classes offered in each session will include student input and choice. Students will pick from a list of options including sports, cooking, music, homework help, and more.

Registration is required.

Register for Royal Zone


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Building Hours & Security

 

The doors open for our students who are not a part of Kids & Company 15 minutes before school begins at 9:20 a.m.

All doors are locked once the bell rings for school to begin.

Caregivers picking up students early from school will need a picture ID to release their student.


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Canvas and Infinite Campus


 

Canvas Learning Management System
Canvas is our District-wide learning management system. Using Canvas, teachers can collaborate to build world-class, student-centered experiences delivered in person, distance, or hybrid. Canvas allows each student’s learning to be in one central place. In addition, parents are able to observe and access their child’s classroom experience.

All parents and caregivers should create a Canvas Observer Account (parent account). 

  • With an CanvasObserver Account, a parent/guardian can see your student(s)
    • course pages & daily agendas
    • teacher feedback on formatives

Infinite Campus Parent Portal
Parents and guardians can access attendance, schedule, fees, and final grade reports in their Infinite Campus Parent Portal. If you have not logged in for a while, this is a great time to check your contact information and to verify that your census and ethnicity information is up to date. If you have a student attending North Junior High or West Junior High, you will also use the parent portal to view assignment scores. If you do not currently have an account, you can request an account on our website.

With Infinite Campus, a parent/guardian can:

  • View most recent IB scores
  • Check attendance

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Communication

 

CREW Leader: First point of contact

Student Dashboard on Canvas Classroom: Information and student progress information

Conferences: Student progress information

Principal’s Weekly e-newsletter: Building information

Hopkins Royal Report: Bi-weekly e-mail newsletter with District wide information


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Team Teaching

 

West Middle School will use a team-based approach to learning and teaching with 6th grade students, beginning in the Fall of 2023. All 6th grade students will be part of a single team, meaning they will be supported by a group of adults who work exclusively with 6th grade.

Team members will include:

  • four full-time teachers
  • a reading specialist
  • a Special Education teacher
  • and three paraprofessionals.

This team will utilize a flexible Project Block each morning to deliver curriculum in the following areas: Math, Science, Language and Literature, and Design. In the afternoons, 6th grade students will follow our traditional block schedule, as they engage in their remaining classes.

In the team-based model, staff will have flexibility in terms of how they group students, and grouping will be guided by student needs. At times, whole group instruction will be utilized, and at other times, small group learning will occur. We will use our flexible learning spaces to help facilitate this process.

  6th Grade-A Day 6th Grade-B Day
  CREW
1 Project Block: Science, Math, Language & Literature and/or Design Project Block: Science, Math, Language & Literature and/or Design
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  LUNCH
3 Language Acquisition: Chinese, French or Spanish PE/Health
4 Arts Individuals & Societies

This team-based approach to learning, founded by Arizona State University, will provide our 6th grade students with an experience founded in relationships and conducive to deeper and personalized learning. Staff are currently being finalized and will be provided additional professional development to support their work in the team-based model.

Resources
The Benefits of Teaming for Students & Educators
The connection between distributed expertise and deeper & personalized learning