Greetings Walter Reed Families!

This is our school message for the week of October 15th.

Parents, please check with your child to review their 10-week progress report that was sent home on Friday. In addition, log into the Schoology platform through the Parent Portal to view each teacher’s online gradebook for your child. This will allow for more efficiency and transparency in monitoring and supporting your child’s success. For additional support in accessing the Schoology platform, please go to www.parentportal.lausd.net. Here you will find resources for validating your child’s new security PIN number or resetting your email address associated with your Schoology account.

LAUSD is now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 academic year for the following programs: Magnets, Permits with Transportation, Dual Language Education, Schools for Advanced Studies, and Admission Criteria Schools. The deadline is November 9th and you may learn more and apply online by going to http://echoices.lausd.net

Coming up this week, we have our School Site Council meeting on Tuesday at 3:10, our Prospective Parent and Student Orientation on Wednesday night, our Great Shakeout Drill on Thursday, and the annual Reed’s Got Talent Show on Friday night. Also, please mark your calendar for our student-led parent conferences on Thursday, October 25, from 5:30-7:30, with a 5:00 counselor presentation meeting for 6th and 7th grade parents in the Auditorium.

Did you know that October is College & Career Awareness month? At Walter Reed, our counselors have been coordinating activities and the culminating event is our Career Day on Friday, November 9th. If you or anyone you know is available to participate as a speaker to a classroom of students on the morning of November 9th, then please contact the counseling office. We have developed this event into a successful and engaging session for our students to learn about the many options for college and career pathways.

Finally, our Walk to School Day was a fun event last week, which included a walk around our campus with our Period 1 PE students and Board Member Mr. Scott Schmerleson. This is also a time to highlight the importance of talking to your children about safe practices to use going to and from school.
These may include:

  • Avoid walking alone
  • Never take a ride with or walk with a stranger
  • Students should use precautionary measures, even while waiting inside of the school yard, until parents arrive
  • Parents and students should maintain good communication about pick-up/drop-off times and locations
  • Never walk in an isolated area or alley
  • Never walk with head phones on

We tell our students to immediately report anything that makes them feel unsafe or uncomfortable to the police and/or a school staff member. Together, we are a community promoting safety first for our children.

As a final note, I am pleased to let you know that the plans from Councilman Krekorian’s office to have a lit crosswalk installed at the corner of Moorpark and Irvine are moving forward. I look forward to providing more details on the completion date in the near future.

We look forward to seeing you soon, and remember, I NEVER fail; I either succeed or I learn.