Back to School

Updated 28 August 2018

July 2018

We hope you are enjoying your summer months. In preparation for the start of the school year, we've posted information that will need your attention in the upcoming weeks. This information remains posted on this webpage throughout the school year. New this year, 9th graders will start school on Tuesday, September 4 and 10th-12th graders will start school on Wednesday, September 5.

2018-19 Back to School Letter Topics

Additional 2018-19 Back to School Topics

Fall Sports Registration

Registration for Fall Sports opened on July 16. Please make sure your student has a current MSHSL Sports Qualifying Physical Form on file--they are good for three years. You can check by going to the Health tab of your Parent Portal account. The physical form can be obtained from the WHS Activities website at WHSactivities.org. Physical forms can be emailed to Kari Tschida, faxed to 651.425.4412, or brought into the Activities Office.

English Department Summer Reading

Please visit the WHS English Department's webpage (Academics menu) for reading assignments and worksheets.

Schoology

District 833 is excited to announce that all secondary schools will be using the new learning management system (LMS) called Schoology this fall. Schoology allows for students, parents and teachers to engage with both learning materials and their school, from the classroom and beyond.

With Schoology, students can submit homework assignments, take tests, review grades, participate in discussions, receive announcements and more. As a parent, you will be able to view all your child's work and grades within the platform, as well as send private messages to your student's teacher.

Most parents have relied on the Parent Portal to receive their student's academic performance, but this fall Schoology will be your interactive window to the classroom. While the Parent Portal is important to maintain your student's contact information, retrieve bus routes, lunch balance, copies of transcripts, report cards and other important information, Schoology will now be the place to access your student's academic progress, including assignments and test grades. This platform allows teachers to enhance each student's academic engagement and provides you, as parents, even more feedback about their progress.

You and your student will receive login information in the upcoming weeks on how to access District 833 's Schoology system. To learn more about Schoology, and how it is currently used in our district, please watch this brief video.

Parking Permits

Students who intend to park on campus must purchase a WHS parking permit for the 2018-19 school year. Please read carefully through the Woodbury High School Parking Rules & WHS Parking Permit Form, which are posted on the Parking at WHS webpage under About Us > School Policies & Handbooks.

A permit for either the priority (senior) parking lot or the general parking lot can be purchased for $120. Permits for each lot will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. The permit is valid for the entire 2018-19 school year. Students must bring their completed application form with the agreement signed by both student and parent, along with a valid driver's license and the appropriate fee.

Permits will be sold on the following days in the Accounts Office:

  • Tuesday, August 21 (8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, August 22 (8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.)

Parking information remains posted on our website throughout the school year for any student who wishes to purchase a permit once school has begun.

Pictures

Lifetouch National Studios will take pictures of students from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. on:

  • Tuesday, August 21
  • Wednesday, August 22
  • Go to the Auditorium for pictures

Order Pictures: Please bring your money and an order form to Woodbury High School if you wish to purchase pictures. Download the Lifetouch order form or visit the Lifetouch website for more school picture information or clothing suggestions, online payment details and more. Order forms will be available at school on picture days also.

All students in grades 9-11 must have their picture taken on one of these days in order for their 2018 - 2019 WHS student ID to be generated. Seniors will have their student IDs issued using their 2017 school picture but may have their yearbook photo taken on these dates as well. Seniors' student IDs can be picked up on August 21-22 or on the first day of school.

For students unable to have their picture taken before school starts, additional picture days are scheduled for:

  • Thursday, September 6
  • Tuesday, October 2 (Picture Retake Day)

Picture Retake Day

  • Picture Retake Day is Tuesday, October 2, 2018 during school day. Retake day gives students a chance to take a new photo for the yearbook or to purchase.
  • Students are called down to take pictures by their last name.
  • View the Lifetouch order form or visit the Lifetouch website for more school picture information or clothing suggestions, online payment details and more. Order forms will be available at school as well on picture days also.

Planners

Student planners will be available to purchase for $5 on August 21 and 22 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Accounts Office. During the school year, planners will be available in the Accounts office from Ms. Robb Trebesch.

Class Schedules

Beginning August 6, parents and students may access their Woodbury High School Student's 2018-2019 class schedule by logging on to the Parent Portal. Please be aware that we continue to work on the school's Master Schedule throughout the summer, and while your class selections won't change, the class period and teacher could change as we balance class sizes. Once you are able to view your schedule, please look for the following details:

  • Check for a complete schedule; 18 courses, 6 each trimester.
  • Check that you have the required courses for your grade level in English and Social Studies.
  • Check that you are not repeating a course you have already taken and passed.
  • Note that a 3 trimester class (i.e. English, Social Studies, Science, Math) may or may not change class periods from trimester to trimester. We also attempt to keep students with the same teacher for our core content areas, but it is not always possible due to schedule constraints and/or student elective course selections.

Essential schedule change requests that will be considered:

  1. "Empty" or "Missing" on your schedule
  2. Already had the class
  3. Did not take or did not pass the prerequisite
  4. Elective changes may be considered on a space available basis
  5. Inappropriate academic level

Non-essential schedule change requests will NOT be considered:

  1. Teacher Requests
  2. Lunch Requests
  3. To have the same class as your friend

Counselors are not able to see students individually about schedule changes. The last day to make a schedule change request is Monday, August 27. Please plan accordingly.

Seniors: If you are considering senior study, student aide, AP study hall or independent study, please stop by the counseling office for a form or view the Counseling & Career Center webpage.

Textbook Pick-Up

Our summer back-to-school procedures include picking up textbooks. Students should plan to bring their class schedule to school on either August 21-22 and report to the Media Center to check out any needed textbooks for the year. We are hopeful this additional opportunity to pick up books in the summer will reduce time out of class during the first weeks of school for our students.

Transcripts

We are assisting Seniors only in ordering their Official Transcripts through Naviance. Seniors can pay a fee of $15.00 for unlimited transcripts to colleges for the 2018-2019 school year. Checks should be made payable to Woodbury High School. Students on Free or Reduced lunch may send their college transcripts electronically for free. However, they need to bring a copy of the letter from Nutrition Services documenting the free and reduced status to the counseling office in order to receive this service for free. If a student pays for this service and is later placed on free or reduced lunch status, refunds cannot be made. Seniors can pay for this service on August 21 & 22 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Counseling Office. Once school begins in September, counselors will be reviewing with seniors the college application process, including how to order transcripts. 

9th Grade Orientation

New this year, Orientation for all 9th grade students is on Tuesday, September 4 from 8:35 AM to 3:05 PM at Woodbury High School, which will be the official first day of school day for incoming 9th grade students. All students in grades 10-12 will begin school on Wednesday, September 5.

Orientation will begin at 8:35 AM in the Main Gym. We'll work together in large and small group activities where students will meet their Link Crew Leaders and each other. It is also a great opportunity to meet building administration, counselors, and other key personnel, as well as learn more about school culture and procedures. Wear comfortable clothes and get ready to have some fun! Lunch will be available for all students in the cafeteria. Students will be able to access their lunch account from middle school or should bring money to pay for a regular school lunch. After lunch, students will receive their schedules and run through a mock schedule which will allow them to find their classes, meet their teachers, determine their lunch period (A, B, or C lunch), locate their locker, and try their combination. Students will also be able to check out any needed textbooks for the upcoming school year. Link crew leaders and staff will be on hand to assist with all activities and to lead tours and/or help locate classrooms.

9th Grade Counseling Meetings

All 9th grade students and their parents/guardians are invited to come meet your Woodbury High School counselor this summer! As a Counseling Department, we are excited to offer these meetings because we want to get to know our students right away. It is our intention that you will have the same counselor for the next four years. The sooner we can get to know each other, the more we can assist you throughout your high school years.

9th grade students and parents/ guardians are encouraged to come in for a 15-minute appointment to meet with the student's counselor in August. Your counselor is assigned to you based upon your last name.

Please schedule your counselor appointment as soon as possible! During this appointment we will review your 9th grade schedule, get to know each other, and give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

WHS Supply List

Woodbury High School does not maintain a list of supplies for students. Since each student has their own unique schedule when they get to the high school it is difficult to create one master supply list that would work for everyone. We ask that each student have a notebook, pen and paper on the first day of school. Some teachers may have supply lists on their websites; teacher websites are on their Academic department page.

Information for All Grades

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