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West Branch
District Office
14277 S Main St
Beloit, OH 44609
Phone: 330-938-9324
Fax: 330-938-6815
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One Call Announcements

Damascus One Call 5-19-17

Today, at 11:25, we went into a precautionary modified lockdown because a few shots were heard in the surrounding area. During that time, students safely continued working in their classrooms, were brought in from recess, and all doors throughout the building were secured.  The Goshen Police investigated the matter, and it was determined to be recreational at a safe distance from the school. We were able to quickly lift the lockdown, and we are excited for the Right to Read Week events still to come this afternoon!

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WBHS One Call 5-2-17 (Juniors)

Reminder that immunization requirements include a meningitis shot for all 11th grade students prior to entering 12th grade.  This may be done through your student’s primary physician however, for your convenience the Mahoning County Health Department will be here on May 25th to administer the vaccine if you choose.  A letter went out about this a week ago.  Please call our school nurse, Mrs. Hall at 330-938-4466 to schedule an appointment with the Health Department.  We ask that you do this as soon as possible so we have time to prepare.

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WBHS One Call 4-7-17

Good evening.  This is just a reminder that all tenth grade students will be taking their English test on Monday, April 10th.  All ninth grade students will be taking the English test on Tuesday, April 11th.  Students will be asked to report to their testing locations immediately after morning announcements.  There are two parts to each test.  Part 1 will be administered in the morning and Part 2 after lunch, both on the same day.  Students are required to bring their own ear buds or headphones if they plan on using them.  If you do not have any, please see a counselor before you begin your test. Wake up early and eat breakfast on your testing day so you can come ready to do your best!  Enjoy your weekend. Thank you!

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WBHS One Call 4-5-17

Attention Seniors -- Senior Slideshow 2017
It is time to submit pictures for the senior slideshow that will be shown during the senior assembly.  The pictures will be uploaded as assignments through Mrs. Lough's school website.

  • You need to go to Mrs. Lough's teacher website and click on the senior slideshow page.
  • Follow the directions carefully on the webpage.
  • Pictures are due by midnight April 15th.
  • Each senior is guaranteed one picture in the slidwshow.  Upload this picture to the guaranteed folder.
  • You can submit up to 10 other pictures that may be chosen for the show.
  • Remember that the pictures MUST be appropriate for school
  • Pictures of friends together are better than individual pictures.
  • We cannot use ANY professionaly taken pictures.
  • Do not upload pictures as pdf.

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WBHS One Call 02-15-17

Good evening students and parents.  We would like to congratulate you on being named to the All A's Honor Roll, the Honor Roll, or the Merit Roll for the second nine weeks.  Your hard work and dedication to your studies has truly paid off and I am extremely proud of your effort.  Continue to work hard and do your best every day.  Your efforts have been noticed and I wish you continued success.

Have a wonderful evening and most importantly "keep up those good grades."
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WBMS One Call 02-15-17

Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held Thursday, February 16th.  Scheduled conferences take place from 2:45-5:00.  Open Conferences are from 5:30-8:40.  Grade 8 parents are encouraged to attend the Scheduling Meeting at the HS Auditorium at 6:30. 

Spirit Wear information for the PIE fund-raiser was sent home today along with Spring Picture Forms and other paperwork.  Please be sure to ask your students to see this information or go to the MS website to access the on-line ordering information.

Grade 6 parents – Reminder that every student in Grade 6 will participate in Mental Health Education this month, but permission is needed for a brief screening to be done with your student.  Those permission forms are due Tuesday, February 21.

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WBMS One Call 02-02-17

Report Cards will be carried home by students on Friday, February 3rd along with some other important information that is attached to them such as the February Newsletter, Conference Night, and PIE Business Directory information.  This information is also located on the school website.

For grade 6 there is a parent permission for Alta screenings and information about the immunizations that are needed for students prior to entering the 7th grade.

Students who have lunch charges over $10 and outstanding school fees will not receive their report cards and the parent access to grades will be disabled. 

Conference Night is February 16 from 2:50-8:40. 

Thanks for your attention to the information coming home.

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WBMS One Call 12-21-16

PIE is sponsoring a Stay-After Thursday after school until 4:45 for $5.  Music, dancing, food, and candle making will be available.  HOT POTS will be here and students can sign up to make a candle for $5 each.  Students can be picked up at the rear of the MS at 4:45 unless they are staying for the MS Girls BB Game.  For students who choose to stay for the game, admission is free and parents need to pick up students from the rear of the building at 7:30.

Permission Forms are located on the school website in the News section.  All money and permission forms are due by no later than noon on Thursday. 

School will not be in session from Friday, December 23 through Monday, January 2.  School resumes on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Go WARRIORS!

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WBMS One Call 12-8-15

  • Progress Reports will be carried home with students Friday.
  • PIE Meeting  - 11:00 on Tuesday the 13th
  • MS Band Concert @ WBHS Auditorium – 7:00 on Tuesday the 13th
  • Yearbook Activity Pictures – Wednesday the 14th
  • 7th grade Choir Concert – 6:30 on Friday the 16th
  • 8th grade Choir Concert – 8:00 on Friday the 16th

Thanks for your time and be sure to enjoy the Christmas Holiday Season!

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WBMS One Call 11-22-16

Congratulations to West Branch Middle School Students and Staff for earning the Momentum Award for the 2015-2016 State Report Card.  This award was given by the Ohio Department of Education for achieving all As in Student Growth.  This means that overall; students grew academically more than a year’s worth of growth last year.  WBMS is one of very few school buildings throughout the state to earn this award.  At this time of Thanksgiving, it is appropriate to thank parents, teachers, and students for a job well done!

Reminder to 8th grade parents – the next $100 deposit for the Washington DC trip is due by no later than Thursday, December 1.  Checks need to be made payable to West Branch.

Spirit Wear orders are due by Thursday, December 1.  This is a fund-raiser for PIE and order forms are located on our school website.

Thanksgiving Break is Wednesday through Monday, November 23-28.  Classes resume on Tuesday, November 29.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and enjoy this time giving thanks with your families.

Go Warriors!

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Knox One Call 11-14-16
This is Mr. Fowler with a few announcements: 

1. Fundraiser pick-up date is thie Wednesday, November 16th from 3:00-5:30 pm in the cafeteria. Please be sure to send someone that night as we do not have the freezer space for orders left. 

2. Due to lack of response, the 50s Dance originally scheduled for this Friday, November 18th has been canceled. Our PTO officers will be refunding money this week. 

3. Spirit Wear orders are due by Friday, November 18th. 
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WBHS One Call 11-4-16
Message from Mrs. Stitle, High School Counselor.  All sophomores and juniors were given a letter today in homeroom explaining the state testing, end of course exams, retake protocol.  This system has changed from when we took the Ohio Graduation Tests.  Please be sure to have a conversation with your student about this letter and what he or she will be taking this December during the retake window.  If you have any questions, please contact the counseling office.
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Knox All Call 11/1/16
The Veteran’s Day program is listed incorrectly on the back of the lunch calendar. Our program will be on Thursday, 11/10 at 9:45am.

Secret Santa will be held in December; not November as listed on the calendar.

Friday, 11/4 is the end of the 9 weeks.

Monday and Tuesday, 11/7-11/8 is 3rd grade English Language Arts testing. Please be sure your children know the importance of these tests. By Ohio law, students must pass the 3rd grade reading guarantee to be promoted to 4th grade. This is their first attempt to pass the test.

Wednesday, 11/9 is picture retake day.

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WBMS One Call 11-1-16

  1. Fall Sports Awards Program – 7:30 tonight
    1. Families bring a dessert to share
    2. Athletes arrive between 7:00-7:10 and report to their respective classrooms
  2. Cleveland Indians Day – will be the day after they win the World Series – Go Tribe!
  3. PIE Texas Roadhouse Roll orders are due Thursday, November 3
    1. Order forms located on website
  4. Fall Picture Make-up Day – Wednesday, November 9
  5. Veterans’ Day Program – Thursday, November 10 @ 2:00 in the large gym
  6. Report Cards will be carried home with students on Friday, November 11. 
    1. Students who owe fees from previous years will not receive their report card next Friday
  7. Student drop-off and pick-up needs to happen in the back of the building and not the front lot.
    1. Thanks for your cooperation with this for student safety!

Make it a great evening.  Go Tribe!  Go Warriors!

Damascus One Call -- 10-24-16
Hi, Damascus Families! It’s Mrs. Reash with an announcement about lunch changes.  Starting tomorrow, Tuesday, October 25th, lunches will begin at the following times:
    1st Grade: 10:55
    2nd Grade: 11:20
    4th Grade: 11:45
    Kindergarten: 12:10
    3rd Grade: 12:35

Thanks! Have a great evening!

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High School One Call -- 10-20-16
Good evening Seniors.  Senior class group photo will be taken on Friday, October 28th at 7:20 a.m. in the old gym. Students arriving after 7:20 will not be in the picture.  If you ride the bus, the drivers will let you off immediately upon arrival to school.  The Career Center bus will leave immediately after the picture.  I encourage everyone to wear your green and white on this day!  Mark your calendar for Friday, October 28th at 7:20 a.m. in the old gym for the senior class group photograph. 
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High School One Call -- 10-10-16
Good evening Senior Parents.  Recently your student received an information pack from Jostens about ordering cap and gown and announcements.  Orders will be taken on Wednesday, October 12th during lunch.  Career Center students will place orders on Thursday, October 13th during their lunch.  Please ask your students to share their order packet with you and have them submit their order to the Jostens representative this week.  Thank you, have a good evening and as always -- Go Warriors!
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Damascus One Call -- 10-9-16

  • Tomorrow, Monday, October 10th, the Pretzel Fundraiser is over. Please be sure to send the money, along with any unsold products to school with your child.

  • The Scholastic Book Fair begins tomorrow as well and runs through Thursday.  

  • Parent Teacher Conferences are Thursday, October 13th. If you would like to have a conference, but have not signed up, please contact your child’s teacher as soon as possible.

  • There is no school for students on Friday, October 14th or Monday, October 17th.

Thanks and have a great night!
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Knox One Call – 9-20-16

This is Mr. Fowler calling with a few reminders

  1. Please remember that our drop-off time for car-riders is between 8:45-8:54am.
    1. We start school this year at 8:55am but are still seeing some students being dropped off after this time. Once your child hits their 6th tardy to school, they will be assigned an after-school detention.
    2. If a student eats breakfast, they can be dropped off at 8:40am.
    3. Please do not drop off students earlier than these times as our staff have meetings each morning and we do not have supervision for students before this time.
    4. At dismissal, students can be picked up between 3:30-3:40pm.
    5. Please be very careful in the parking lots and keep your speed to 5mph at all times. We want to keep all children safe.
    6. Please remember that smoking on school grounds is prohibited under Ohio Law.
  2. Opening year forms should have been returned by this time. Please be sure any forms that have not yet been turned in are sent with your child to school this week. If a child does not return their internet agreement form, they cannot use the internet at school.

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Damascus One Call – 9-18-16

Hi Damascus Families! It’s Mrs. Reash, and I’m calling because we’ve been having some issues with electronics and toys at school.  

Please note the following rules:

  1. Pokemon cards are not permitted. If a student brings them, the cards will be kept in the office until the end of the day.
  2. Electronic devices including: cell phones, smart watches, tablets, etc. are to be kept in the student’s bookbag.  They are only to be out at the discretion of the teacher, recess aide, or bus driver. If electronics are being misused, they will be kept in the office or permission to have them in their book bags may be taken away if the misuse continues.
  3. In the case that there is indoor recess, use of electronics will be at the discretion of the recess aide. No devices should be taken outside for recess.


Thank you for your help with this and have a great night!

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Damascus One Call – 9-14-16

Hi Damascus Families! This is Mrs. Reash with a Fundraiser Update from PIE.

The Damascus PIE is thankful for the continued support from our parents, staff, and community.  We would appreciate your participation in this year’s pretzel fundraiser, but we understand if you are unable to participate at this time.  All fundraisers at Damascus are voluntary, however, participation is encouraged.  All monies raised from any and all fundraisers go towards field trips, events, and activities hosted by Damascus PIE.

If an opt out form has not been received, a box will be sent home on September 21st.

Please send in your form or a note if you choose not to participate.

Thank you.

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Damascus One Call – 9-12-16

Hi Damascus Families!  It’s Mrs. Reash with a couple quick reminders:

  1. The PIE meeting for Damascus Elementary is at 9am on Wednesday morning and not at 6pm. If anything is sent home that says 6pm, please disregard it.
  2. Please also make sure that if your child is absent or tardy, that you promptly send a note into the office. If it applies, please also send a doctor’s excuse, so that the absence/tardy is excused.

Thank you! Have a good night!

 

WBMS One Call 09-07-16

1.       We had a great, successful first day of school!
2.       Students have carried home important information and forms that need to be completed and returned to school.

a.       Parents, this is your night for doing homework!

3.       Please be sure to complete and return the following forms:

a.       Emergency Medical  Forms – front and back

b.      Student Information Update

c.       Health Screening permission form – will take place Wednesday, 09-14

d.      Waiver of School Fees – if applicable to your family

e.      Stay-After permission slip and money for this Friday

f.        Free and Reduced Lunch Application – if applicable

g.       PIE Volunteer Sign-up Form

h.      School Picture Order Form – school pictures will be taken Wednesday, 09-14.

4.       Thank you so much for completing and returning these forms right away to ensure that your child is ready to have a great, safe school year!

Make it a great evening, and GO WARRIORS!

One Call - Timothy Saxton, Superintendent
Tuesday September 6, 2016

Good evening Warrior Families! This is Superintendent Timothy Saxton with a quick reminder that school begins on Wednesday September 7th. Students riding district transportation are reminded to be at their designated stops 10 minutes prior to their scheduled pick-up time. This allows for our transportation department to establish a routine in the first week of school.

Classes at the middle school and high school begin at 7:35 a.m. and end at 2:40 p.m.

Elementary classes begin at 8:55 a.m. and end at 3:25 p.m.

Parents, please make sure that you take the time to read and/or complete any information or forms that may be sent home during the first week of school. Additional Information can always be found on our district web page.

If you should have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s school office or building principal.

Let’s work together to have a great year!

Have a fantastic evening, and Go Warriors!

Follow me on twitter @saxton_tim

Damascus Elementary One Call 9-1-16

As a follow up to the call last night, I would also like to add that Picture Day is Thursday, September 8th. Forms will be sent home on the 1st day of school, so please be sure to check your child's book bag. I can't wait to see all of your smiling faces!

 

Damascus Elementary One Call 8-31-16

 

Hi Damascus Families! It’s Mrs. Reash, and I’m so happy to be a part of Damascus Elementary!  I have some important information to note:

  • First off, class lists will be posted starting tomorrow, September 1st from 8-4.  

  • Open House will be on Tuesday, September 6th from 4-6pm.  Please bring in your supplies and come meet your teacher.  I know that they’re excited to meet you!

  • Car rider tags will be available at Open House and will be $4. Please see Mrs. Sands.

  • Our school day this year will start at 8:55am and end at 3:20pm. Students who are car riders may be dropped off starting at 8:30am. Please do not arrive any earlier. Students may be picked-up at 3:25pm.

  • Kindergarten parents-we know you and your little ones are excited and nervous about starting their first year of school. They will have lots of stories for you after their first few days, and while we understand that some students are apprehensive about coming to school, we ask that parents do not walk their children to the classroom. We will have plenty of staff on-hand to help get your kiddos to the correct place and make them feel comfortable. Please feel free to take pictures in front of the building or during open house with teachers, but again, please do not take your child to his or her classroom.

  • Our first day of school is Wednesday, September 7th.

I look forward to meeting you over the next week and can’t wait to start the school year! On behalf of the entire staff, welcome back and let’s have a fantastic year! See you next week!

WBMS One Call 08-23-16             

Parents of 5th grade students:

Open House and schedule pick-up will take place from 4:30-5:30 on Monday, August 29th.  Orientation with parents and students will take place in the MS Cafeteria beginning at 5:30.

The first day of school is Wednesday, September 7.  School starts at 7:35 and students may enter the building at 7:22.  Dismissal is at 2:40.

I am looking forward to a great school year with our 5th grade students!

Go WARRIORS!

 

WBMS One Call 08-21-16

I hope that you summer break was a relaxing one and that you had quality time with your families.

This is Mr. K calling to remind you that students entering grades 6-8 will be able to pick up their schedules in the front of the MS between the hours of 8:00-3:00 on Friday, August 26.

New Student Orientation will be held on Monday, August 29 @ 5:30 in the MS.

The first day of school is Wednesday, September 7th and start time is 7:35.  Students may enter the building at 7:20.

Please visit the MS website for much more additional information regarding the start of the school year.

Enjoy the remainder of your summer and I look forward to seeing you soon!

Go Warriors!!!

 

WBMS One Call 07-06-16 - To incoming 7th grade students

The Ohio Department of Health requires that all students entering 7th grade have a Tdap and MCV4 vaccine.

Every incoming 7th grade student must provide proof of having received these two vaccines to the school or provide the school with a medical, religious, or philosophical exemption form.  

Students will not be permitted to enter Grade 7 without the Tdap and Meningococcal vaccines.