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Fall Sports Awards Night

sports awards

The middle school fall sports program will be held on Monday, October 29th at 7:00pm in the middle school large gym. Desserts will be served in the cafeteria immediately following the program. A flyer will be coming home soon with more details. 

 

Social Media Safety - Please Read

October 3, 2018

Parents and Guardians:

Please be aware of a social media "game" that has been popping up around the country and world. The "Momo Challenge" is another social media threat our kids are facing. School internet filters are flagged any time threatening or suspicious words are searched from a student's school account. We have had at least one case of a student searching "Momo Challenge" that we want all parents to be aware of. While this particular case appears isolated, we felt all parents should be aware of this potentially dangerous "game."

Below are links to an article and video about this new threat (similar to the Blue Whale Challenge from the past few years). PLEASE monitor your child's internet and phone useage daily and discuss with them the appropriate use of technology. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our school counselors (Ms. Knowles, 330-938-4304 for grades 5-6 and Mrs. Ruark, 330-938-4308 for grades 7-8).

YouTube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UM8puiZbb7k

Article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/09/05/the-momo-challenge-a-sinister-threat-to-young-people-or-an-urban-myth/?utm_term=.e46e69acdd71

 

October is Depression Awareness Month

Mental Health continues to have major stigma associated with its name but is similar to any other illness. When we're sick, we go to the doctor and ask for help. Mental Health should be no different. Ohio has placed a great deal of resources on improving the mental health of all students through Project Aware Ohio. Click the icon below for information about the risks and protective factors of mental health. 

West Branch partners with Pathway Counseling group. Pathway counselors are available right in the middle school building as a resource for our students when they are experiencing difficulty. Services range from one-on-one therapy to group counseling. Click their icon for more information. 

Project AwarePathway

WBMS October Parent Newsletter
We need your used Legos and K'nex

Legos

Tired of stepping on your kids' Legos? We will take them! To enhance our STEM and to help us supply Maker Spaces in the library, we're asking for donations of used Legos and K'nex. Thanks for your help! Please place them in a plastic bag and mark attention "Mrs. Woods, Library."

 

Ohio Department of Education District Report Card Release Date is Scheduled for Thursday 9/13/2018
Community Levy Forum Presentation
Safe Schools Tip Line Information

 

Safe Schools Tip Line is Anonymous...844-SaferOH (844-723-3764) and is available 24/7...

Substitutes Needed

West Branch Local School District is currently accepting applications for substitutes in all classifications (teachers, custodians, bus drivers, secretaries, aides, and cafeteria workers).

If you wish to serve as a substitute, you will need to complete an application and provide us with BCI and FBI background reports (dated within one year from hire date).  In addition teachers, bus drivers and aides must have appropriate certification.

Applications can be found under the employment tab, which is located on the District tab near the top of our webpage.  For information please contact Mona McNeely at 330-938-9324.