Communication is a critical component in creating a productive, positive, and trusting educational environment. Working together we can establish efficient and effective communication allowing us to fulfill our mission of teaching and learning. The complete listing of communication procedures are found in the James Williams Middle School (JWMS) Handbook.
The JWMS Student Planner is our first line of communication between School and Home. Students are required to list their assignments and note important information by using this tool. Parents are encouraged to check the Student Planner daily, and to share any questions or concerns by writing a note to the teacher. This will allow teachers to respond in a timely manner and keep the lines of communication open.
The JWMS Welcome Back Night kicks off the school year. All students and their families are welcome to attend this relaxing School/Family event. Students receive a free meal, their schedules, general information session, meet teachers, and tour the school. Parents can also use this night to turn in forms and pay fees.
Parent Teacher Conferences are held 4 times per year. The 1st and 3rd quarter conferences invite all parents to meet briefly with individual teachers. At the request of our Parent Advisory Committee (PAC), individual conferences are not to exceed 5 minutes. In the event the teacher and/or parent need to meet beyond the scope of the time limit, a meeting may be scheduled at a mutually convenient time. The 2nd and 4th quarter conferences are called "By-Request." Teaching teams select students whom they feel are necessary to communicate with parents. The parents will be called and scheduled through our secretaries and Pupil Services staff. The teaching team meets together with the family for ~15 minutes, allowing more time to discuss specific student concerns.
The School District of Rhinelander policies regarding Public and Parent Concerns can be found on the District website.
Students who are involved in activities are expected to follow the policies outlined in the School District of Rhinelander Activity Handbook.