Mrs. Wieland's Updates
September 11, 2020
Dress Code and Masks
Since we live in Wisconsin, we are all used to the extreme fluctuation in temperatures that come with our state. We experienced that to some degree this week with the low temperatures. Specific to our middle school students, we want to let them and their families know that it is permissible to wear sweatshirts with shorts during the school day. However, we want to reiterate to everyone that staff are keeping their windows open in an effort to keep air circulating and this can affect the temperature to a large extent. Please remind students to be prepared for this in their classes as teachers will discourage them from leaving class/instructional time to get an article of clothing.
Additionally, we will still be sending students outside whenever possible for mask breaks and physical education. So make sure students have sufficient clothing, while being mindful that morning temperatures can be a difference of sometimes 20 degrees compared to afternoon temperatures. Related to dress code, we also want to remind all middle school and high school students of our mask policy. Coverings must be school appropriate; graphics and/or advertisement of illegal substances, inappropriate or offensive graphics, references to sex, drugs, profanity, racial or ethnic slurs will be considered in violation of school policy.
At this time, I do want to thank all of the students and their families for the support they have shown toward wearing masks. We know that it is not something that we were used to prior to COVID but it truly helps to have the understanding of the students when it comes to face coverings. If you are someone you know is in need of masks, free cloth face masks are available to Wood County residents. Contact the Marshfield Area United Way at 715-384-9992 to request a free cloth face mask.
Student Services/Start of School
We hope that you are still navigating the start of school with as much ease as possible. There has been a lot thrown at our students with facial coverings, social distancing, and the like. We realize that these changes may be harder for some students than others and new concerns could develop because of that. Parents and guardians are the best predictors and accessors of these changes. If you have concerns for your student, do not hesitate to reach out to me for support. We have a number of resources available for students within our school, city, and county. Your needs request would be confidential.
New to our school this year is the ability to utilize the b.e.s.t. The Behavioral Emotional Social Traits (b.e.s.t.) is a universal screening tool generally completed by classroom teachers with an option to use an external assessor, including parents. The b.e.s.t is not a diagnostic test nor does it mean to categorize or label children, it is designed to help identify behaviors that might be interfering with student learning and provides classroom support and replacement behaviors that focus on reinforcing and improving behavioral health. Many students who struggle with external behavior problems (e.g., disruptions, disobedience, negativity) or internal behavior problems (e.g., anxiety, daydreaming, withdrawal) can be helped when they receive appropriate support and interventions that are matched to their needs. In school, universal screening with b.e.s.t. utilizes the teacher’s expertise, experience and familiarity with a child to help identify and reinforce healthy school behaviors and practices by targeting and matching interventions to student needs.
As mentioned in last week's updates, Tom Farley will be presenting to our area youth and community. The Marshfield Area Coalition for Youth (MACY) is proud to announce that Tom Farley will be presenting virtually in the coming weeks to our area. Tom is the brother of the late Chris Farley, who is best known for his time on the show Saturday Night Live, in addition to the movie roles he had. Chris had substance abuse struggles that eventually claimed his life. Being the older brother, Tom watched and lived through his brother's struggles. The perspective he offers has been known to captivate audiences.
Original plans were to have Tom come to the area but because of the pandemic, it has been adapted to be done virtually. Tom grew up in Madison, WI and graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in Marketing. He began his career in banking and finance, living and working in the New York City area. From 1999 to 2012, he ran The Chris Farley Foundation, a nationally recognized non-profit dedicated to substance abuse prevention. Like his brother, Tom was successful in opening the “eyes and ears” of youth audiences through the powerful and effective use of humor. In 2008 he wrote “The Chris Farley Show”, a New York Time bestselling biography of his late brother, the actor and comedian Chris Farley. He has been interviewed on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Larry King Live, Fox News and The View. He has also been featured in People Magazine, USA Today and several national and regional newspapers and publications. Today Tom is a motivational speaker, delivering messages on prevention and recovery, and the use of Improv as a tool to foster better communications in business. Tom lives in Madison, WI.
Funds to support this were received through the State Opioid Response Grant awarded to MACY. Columbus Catholic Schools is excited to have the opportunity to hear and see Tom speak, and we encourage you to spread the word as well as stay tuned for more information.
As always, thank you for choosing Columbus Catholic Schools!