Parent and Student Information
- How does the Remind app work?
- How do I report an absence?
- I don't know my passwords. Where can I find them?
- Can I bring my cell phone to school with me?
- Can I use the Internet at school?
- When and where are the drop off and pick up locations?
- How can I get a student ID?
- How can I get involved in sports at Watson?
- How can I meet with my child's teacher?
- What is the grading system?
WHY USE REMIND?
You are your child’s first teacher. Student success depends on the support of networks that include parents, teachers, and other key stakeholders in their school communities. To strengthen these partnerships, teachers are using Remind to bring learning home. Remind is a free, safe messaging app that keeps families up to date with what’s happening in the classroom. Teachers can send messages to an entire class, smaller groups, or individuals. These quick, simple messages can help you and your student stay informed about:
- Homework assignments
- Field trip updates
- Schedule changes
- Personalized support or feedback
- And more! Remind is safe
REMIND IS SAFE
- Personal contact information stays private.
- Phone numbers aren’t exchanged between teachers, students, and parents.
- Messages can’t be edited or deleted, so a complete message history is always available to access and download.
- Everyone has the ability to report users who violate Remind’s Community Guidelines.
- Students under the age of 13 need to enter a parent or guardian’s email address before using Remind.
- They can only receive messages from their teachers.
SETTING UP REMIND
Here is a video demo to see how Remind works.
When parents download the app, push notifications are turned on and text and email Remind messages are automatically disabled - so they do not receive duplicates.
Parents can manage all of their notifications from their phone using the Remind app. First, make sure they are logged into the app on their phone. Second, click on the three vertical dots in the upper right of the screen. Next, click on Account. Then, click on the gear in the top right and choose “Notification.” There, they can choose any combination of Push notifications (for the app) email, and text. At least one needs to be turned on.
Please contact Kelly Stone for additional questions 719-246-2052 or email@example.com
Reporting an Absence or Tardy:
Please contact the front office at 719-391-3256, before 9 a.m., to report your student's absence or tardiness. If we have not heard from a parent or guardian regarding an absence, attendance calls will be made beginning at 10:00 a.m.
- If we do not hear from you regarding your student's absence or tardiness he/she will be marked unexcused.
- If no notice is given within two weeks of the absence, the absence will be unexcused and the student may receive consequences per the Watson Discipline Guidelines.
- If your student was absent due to an appointment, we highly recommend you bring a copy of the doctor's note so we can document that on your student's attendance record.
All passwords can be found in your student and parent Infinite Campus portal.
Directions for logging into IC:
- username: student ID number
- password: student's lowercase initials followed by two digit month, two digit day, two digit year. For example: John Smith born January 3rd, 2002 would be js010302
- If the password doesn't work try a four digit year instead of a two digit year.
Student Cell Phone Guides
Although we understand that cell phones are useful tools for parent/student communication, we must maintain an academic environment within the building. It is our strong recommendation that students keep their cell phones in their lockers during the school day. Cell phones should not be heard or seen in the building during the school day. Students using cell phones are only permitted to use them before and after school while they are outside of the building.
Cell phones that are seen or heard within the building during the academic day will be confiscated and appropriate consequences will apply. Students causing a disruption within the classroom with a cell phone will be given consequences applicable to a disruptive student. Cell phones should not be used during concerts or drama productions unless being used outside of the building. Watson shall not be responsible for loss, theft or destruction of electronic communication devices brought onto school property.
Student Internet Usage
Widefield School District offers access to school computers in order to enrich student learning. Watson has 1 PC mobile computer lab, 10 mobile Google Chrome carts, and 3 CTE/STEAM/PLTW carts. Students must login to computer with their WSD3 Google username and passwords in order to use computers.
To use the computers, students must adhere to the following Acceptable Use Policy:
The Internet has links to material which may not be considered appropriate for reading or viewing in a school setting. When using Watson’s computers, students must avoid these areas. They must also agree not to vandalize any computer system or software. Students must understand that the software they use while on the Internet tracks all “surfing” conducted on these computers. Students must also understand that computer access privileges may be revoked, and school disciplinary action and/or appropriate legal action may be taken if they do not use the Internet in a responsible manner. Students must stay on task and topic, which will avoid wasting valuable on-line time.
The Widefield School District desires for your student to have an information rich education. We believe this requires all students to have access to the Internet at school. Our board policy regarding the Internet has changed to reflect this philosophy. Under the new Board Policy JS-Student Use of Internet Electronic Communication, we no longer require parent permission before we will let your student access the Internet at school on a school owned device. Instead, we expect that students will use the Internet unless you as the parent/guardian explicitly and annually submit the Annual Internet Opt-Out Form (See Board Policy JS-E) and return it to your student’s school.
Drop Off and Pick Up Locations
Before school, 6th grade students should report the large field on the west side of the building (near the softball field). 7th & 8th grade students should report to the courtyard on the east side of the building.
Students are required to go to their specified entry doors for admittance at 7:19 a.m.
Exceptions: Late arrivals-go to the office through the front doors
Note: Students should not arrive at Watson any earlier than 7:00 a.m.
When students are dismissed at the end of the day, they are allowed to exit through the appropriate door depending on their pickup arrangements. Exiting through the front doors at dismissal is not permitted for safety reasons.
Students who walk home may not leave school grounds by way of the west parking lot. Students going to the west of Watson and staying on the Watson side of Fontaine must exit through the Northwest gate, and students who cross Fontaine must use the stoplight at Dartmouth.
Please attend the Back to School Event to obtain your student ID for the school year. If you are unable to attend, please visit the Library on Fridays to get your ID. New students also need to come to the Library on Fridays to get their student ID. Every student will receive a student ID; if the ID is lost or destroyed, the student can obtain a new student ID through the Library on Fridays for $3.
Athletics suspended until further notice
Watson Junior High offers interscholastic competition to 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls and boys. Girls are eligible to participate in softball, volleyball, wrestling, basketball, and track. Boys are eligible to compete in basketball, football (7th & 8th only), wrestling, and track. Cheerleading is open to both boys and girls.
Widefield School District 3 is partnering with four other districts to create the South Metro League! The districts joining us will be Harrison District 2, Fountain District 8, Cheyenne District 12, and Falcon District 49. With this new league comes changes.
- We will now have an A and B team for all sports except football. Football will remain 7th and 8th grade only.
- All students, including 6th graders, have the opportunity to try out (except in football). This means 6th graders must have physicals to play sports.
- Cross Country will now be an interscholastic sport instead of an intramural.
- Softball will now be fast-pitch.
- We will no longer charge for indoor events except wrestling tournaments.
- The order of sports seasons has also changed:
- August - Beginning of October = Football, Volleyball, and Cross Country
- October - December = Boys' Basketball
- December - February = Girls' Basketball
- February - March = Wrestling
- March - May = Softball and Track
- We will still have an Intramural Program for 6th grade only.
Teacher conferences are set up through the counseling center. Parents or guardians may request a conference from the counseling center at any time. The purpose of these conferences is generally to review their child’s academic progress and behavior. If a parent or guardian feels that a conference will be necessary or beneficial, they they should contact the counseling center. Before any conference, parents should fill out the Pre-Conference Checklist. To schedule an appointment before or after school, please call 391-3278.
Grading at Watson
Our school year is set up on quarters for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. Report cards are issued four (4) times per year (every nine weeks). In an attempt to keep our students and parents informed, Watson issues mid-term/progress reports during the fourth week of each quarter.
Watson uses a standard grading system for scholastic performance. The following grading marks are used:
A - Superior work
B - Above Average work
C - Average work
D - Below Average work
F - Failing work
I - Incomplete work
NM – No mark
Certain work must be made up one week after the end of the grading period, or the incomplete grade will become a grade of F.