Back to Wheeler Middle School 

Federal Survey forms were sent home with students on September 5.  Impact Aid (funds are allocated based on numbers of Federal Surveys returned) goes to our local school districts to hire teachers, purchase textbooks and computers, pay for utilities, etc.  The information you provide by filling out this survey allows the schools to receive federal funding and provide additional programs and services.  See this link for more information:

http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/MilitaryFamilies/Pages/About-Impact-Aid.aspx

If you haven't done so already, please fill out (and sign) the form your child brought home and return it to school with your child.

Mandatory student dues:  Please ensure your child's student dues have been paid.  Dues are $15 if your child was at school at the beginning of the school year, and are prorated if he/she started school later.  Please check with the office if you are not sure if your child's dues have been paid.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 8 - FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12:  Fall Break (no school).

MONDAY, OCTOBER 15:  Professional Development Day (no school for students).

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26:  Halloween dance/haunted house, 6:00-9:00 pm, in our school cafeteria.  Flyers were sent home with students.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1:   School pictures retake day.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10:  Come to our 5th annual holiday bazaar, being held in the Wheeler Middle School cafeteria and in the parking lot, from 9:00 - 1:00.  Crafters, small business owners, bakers, and direct sellers are invited to participate in this bazaar.  Contact Mary Rice, at ptso.wheeler.middle.hi@gmail.com for more information.  

YEARBOOK PHOTO CONTEST:  The yearbook class is holding a photo contest to find the best "Aloha" themed photos!  Students may submit their photos to  yearbook@wheelermiddle.k12.hi.us, for a chance to have their photo featured in this year's yearbook.  Photos are due by December 3 (no late entries accepted).  Photos must be original, school appropriate, current, and only WMS students can be in the photo.  Students whould include their name, grade, and homeroom with their submissions.  1st place winner will have his/her name plate on the yearbook, 2nd place - digital name imprint on yearbook, and 3rd place - plastic dust jacket.  If you have any questions, please email Ms. Michelle Lee, at michelle.lee@wheelermiddle.k12.hi.us, or students can stop by her room (D-6).

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STANDARDS-BASED GRADING:  Please see the information at the end of this write-up to learn about the standards-based grading philosophy that is used at Wheeler Middle School.  

CHALLENGE FIVE! :  Leilehua Complex schools are challenging all students to have less than five absences in one school year!  

SCHOOL PHYSICALS:  If you have not already done so, please drop off a copy of your child's school physical (or you can also send it with your child).

SCHOOL LUNCH:  Wheeler Middle School uses a software program called "EZSchoolpay."  Please register for an online account at ezschoolpay.com.  You will be able to view your child's breakfast/lunch activity, pay online, and set up low balance notifications.  There is a 5% convenience fee added to online payments.  We still accept cash or check payments in the front office.  Even if you will not be using the online option to make payments, it's beneficial to register for an account so you can receive the low balance notifications and ensure your child has money in his/her account for daily lunch.

SCHOOL PICTURES INFO -- PICTURE RETAKES:  Students who did not have their pictures taken on August 9th or 10th will be able to have them taken on November 1.  Students who purchased portrait packages but were not happy with their pictures, may bring them back and have them retaken on November 1.  

Do you shop at Office Max/Office Depot?  Here's an easy way to give back to your child's school!  Simply make a purchase of qualifying school supplies (the list is endless and is available on Office Depot's website:  https://www.officedepot.com/a/content/back-to-school/5percent/?cm_sp=FooterLinks-_-products-_-5PercentBack.

All you need to do is provide our school ID at checkout (our school's ID is 70027417), and our school will receive 5% back in credits for free supplies! It's a small act that can really make a difference!

PTSO NEWS:

 

PTSO (Parent, Teacher, Student Organization):  Wheeler Middle School has an active PTSO and we welcome new members throughout the school year!  Family membership is only $10. Joining does not obligate you to volunteer, but we do welcome volunteers!

....and speaking of volunteers:  We LOVE our volunteers and welcome you!  Stop by the office and fill out a volunteer survey and let us know how you’d like to help!  

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION:  We are also a Box Tops school!  To encourage families to collect and turn in Box Tops, we offer an opportunity raffle every other month!  Students can pick up submission forms in the office and attach (tape or glue) ten Box Tops to each slip for a chance to win a $25 gift card to the Exchange, Game Stop, iTunes, or Amazon!  

Do you order from Amazon.com?  If so, did you know that you could support our PTSO with every order?  You can support WMS by accessing Amazon through this link:

https://smile.amazon.com/ch/47-2924503 .  You may also access this link from our school's website.  If you have any questions, please email:  ptso.wheeler.middle.hi@gmail.com.

PTSO sells school t-shirts ($10) and sweatshirts ($25).  They can be purchased in the front office.

Check out our school on social media:

Facebook: Search "Major Sheldon Wheeler Middle School" and Click "Like"

Twitter: @wheelermiddlehi

There is a free online tutoring website that is offered to military families.  I've provided this information in the past, but for our new families who may not be familiar with it, here's the link:  http://military.tutor.com/home.  Tutor.com is a program that allows eligible students (grades K-12) and service members in US military families to connect to a live tutor online at any time for one-on-one help with homework, studying, test prep, proofreading, and more, at no cost.

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Standards-Based Grading at WMS

At Wheeler Middle School, we work diligently to provide a high-quality standards-based education for all our students. We use leading academic research to evaluate our practices and inform school-wide improvements and initiatives. All of this is to ensure the realization of our Wheeler Middle School mission to ensure success for every student.

As part of providing a standards-based education for our students, we will also be implementing grading practices that more closely align with standards-based grading philosophy. In this document, we outline how this looks at Wheeler Middle School.

Standards-based grading practices are utilized to assess student performance on academic standards. According to this system, students are graded on a 4-point scale to indicate the level of standards mastery that a student has achieved. A score of a 4 indicates that the student is exceeding proficiency; a score of a 3 indicates that the student is meeting proficiency; a score of a 2 indicates that the student is approaching proficiency; a score of a 1 indicates that the student is well-below proficiency; and a score of a 0 indicates that there is insufficient work to evaluate student performance. On student assignments, teachers will indicate grades with a score from zero to four. Sometimes this grade will be reported to the ones place value (i.e. 4, 3, 2, 1, 0); other times, it will be reported to the tenths place value (i.e. 3.5, 2.4, etc.).

In the school’s online grading platform (Infinite Campus), teachers will input student assignment scores on a four-point scale. However, please note that, when outputting student grades for each class, Infinite Campus will use these numbers to compute a percent grade for each class. At the end of each quarter, these percents are then converted into a letter grade. The table below summarizes the correlation between these grading scales.

WMS Grading Scales

Letter Grade Standards-Based Range Proficiency Meaning Percentile Range

A 3.5 - 4.0 Exceeding Proficiency 87.5% - 100%

B 3.0 - 3.499... Meeting Proficiency 75% - 87.499%

C 2.5 - 2.999... Approaching Proficiency 62.5% - 74.999%

D 2.0 - 2.499... Approaching Proficiency 50% - 62.499%

F Below 2.0 Well Below Proficiency Below 50%

If we can help clarify this grading system, please let us know. We would be happy to do so. Please note that this grading scale applies to the core classes (ELA, Social Studies, Math, and Science).

Frequently Asked Questions

When will I see grades reported on a four-point scale?

Whenever students received graded work from their teachers, the score will be reported on a four-point scale.

When will I see grades reported on a percent scale?

The online grading platform (Infinite Campus) will always compute a weighted average of student assignment scores in order to report a student’s class grade. So, a student’s overall grade in a class will be reported on a percent scale.

How will I know how my student performed on an assignment if s/he scored, for example, 2.7 on an assignment?

Using the table on the previous page, you can see that a score of 2.7 falls within the range of 2.5-2.999. This means that a student is approaching proficiency on that assignment and is not yet proficient at the standards assessed. If you are interested, you can convert that score to a percent-basis by computing (2.7 ÷ 4) * 100 = 67.5%. These scores correlate to a grade of a “C”.

I noticed that my student can get an 88% in a class and still earn an A. Is this grading scale easier than a percent-based grading scale?

This is a common misconception that arises when converting standards-based grades from a four-point scale to a percent scale. The reason is best illustrated with an example. If a student earns a grade of 3 on an assignment, that indicates the student meets proficiency on the standards being assessed. When a student meets a standard, that corresponds to a “B”. However, if you were to convert this score to a percent, (3 ÷ 4) * 100 = 75%. Many schools that exclusively use a percent scale interpret a 75% to equate to a “C” rather than a “B”, which leads some people to incorrectly conclude that a four-point scale is a less rigorous grading scale. However, the conversion of four-point standards-based grades to a percent scale actually deflates student grades (as shown in this example). Therefore, the expanded range of 12.5% for each proficiency band is designed to accommodate this conversion. Rest assured that teachers at Wheeler Middle School have high standards for student achievement.