The Clipper Chronicle
Information for Wagner Families
Our school doors open at 7:23. Breakfast is served to students beginning at 7:15. Students are expected to be in their home room by 7:35 when attendance is taken. Academic classes start at 7:45. The school day ends at 2:08pm. Dr. Glencross, principal, and Ms. Ashey, secretary, are in the office.
Lunch for fifth and sixth grade will be at approximately 11:42, and seventh and eighth grade will eat at 11:22. Nutrikid numbers used in the previous year will remain the same. Wagner students also have a short break at mid-morning to visit their locker or have a snack. Snack may be brought from home or purchased in the cafeteria.
Attending school and arriving on time is important. Students who arrive after announcements will be marked tardy. Absences should be reported to the main office, either by phone (223-4309) or by emailing Ms. Ashey (firstname.lastname@example.org). If your student is absent due to illness, please contact the office on the day of the absence. If your student will be absent due to a planned vacation, we ask that you contact the office in advance. This type of communication with the office is needed in order to have your student’s absences be considered excused.
The academic schedule will be on a six-day rotation and there are eight academic classes in the school day. Math, science, social studies and language arts make up our core content area classes. Students in grade six through eight receive Spanish instruction three times per week and one time per week at fifth grade. Specials include physical education, art, library, health, computer and guidance. Students are provided with planners to record assignments and school events.
During the school year, students are expected to come prepared daily with materials needed to be successful in their classes – something to write with, assignment book, notebooks, sneakers and/or gym clothes, library books, lunch money, etc. Students are encouraged to remember all of their materials, uniforms, and instruments, and make all social plans before leaving for school each morning. In an emergency, students may ask to use the phone in the office.
The Wagner staff relies on students to be messengers and bring home important information such as notices, progress reports, and report cards. Academic progress can also be monitored through PowerSchool. Students and parents/guardians will receive a user name and password (grades 6-8) at the beginning of the school year to be able to access this information. School information is also available on the school website or on our Facebook page.
Participation in band and/or chorus is optional. Mr. Ross is a familiar face to students and he would love to see everyone participate. Students who are not in band and/or chorus will be included in a structured study hall or targeted academic intervention.
In order to try out and participate in team sports at Wagner, an RSU22 interscholastic sports physical form must be completed annually and turned into the school nurse or athletic director prior to tryouts. Academic standards must also be met in order to remain eligible to participate. Fifth graders are able to participate in cross country running, chess, and track as well as other extra curricula activities such as the school play, library helpers, or art club.
Wagner’s Student Handbook states that “clothing you wear to school should be appropriate for the academic environment”. Students are expected to show good judgement in dressing for school. Clothing that is distracting or provocative does not meet expectations. We depend upon our Wagner families to ensure that our students are dressed in a manner that is compatible with our learning mission.
In general, we discourage the use of personal electronic devices at school. These items include: iPods, tablets, cell phones, and gaming devices. However, students are permitted to use eReaders for reading books. Such items should remain in a back pack or locker when not in use. Electronic items are allowed on the bus to and from school. Students, not the school staff, are responsible for all electronic items they bring to school.
CELL PHONES ARE TO BE IN A LOCKER AND TURNED OFF WHEN IN SCHOOL. In some cases, with special teacher permission, students may be allowed to use their cell phones to make a phone call home.
We do have a lost and found basket at Wagner. With the expectation of bringing a change of clothes for physical education and many students with practice clothes for afternoon activities, there are often items left behind. We encourage the placement of a name on items, if you can, so that clothing can be returned to whom it belongs.
It is the goal of the Wagner Middle School staff to have every student leave school wanting to come back tomorrow. Please contact us at school if this is not the case.