“With organization comes empowerment.” - Lynda Peterson
Technology is an unbelievable thing! We know life can get a bit hectic when kids start school and deadlines can become overwhelming. This year at Robert F. Wagner Middle School we are introducing you to a text reminder application that will allow us to periodically send out school reminders via text message to help take the burden of remembering off of you. It's call MS167 Remind. You can sign up for important updates from MS167 Remind. You will get information for Robert F. Wagner Middle School right on your phone—not on handouts. Remind messages can be received by text, app, email, or web—no smartphones necessary. It is our hope that this will help strengthen the home-school connection, so that you feel informed.
You will not receive advertisement texts, and your phone number will remain private. MS167 cannot see your phone number, nor can anyone else. Standard text messaging rates apply to text notifications, but there are no additional costs. In other words, getting a Remind message is just like getting a message from a friend. You may choose to opt out at anytime by messaging ‘stop’ to the number. By connecting school communities, Remind makes it easy for everyone to succeed together Please do not hesitate to contact Ms.Elias at Jelias@mail.wagner167.org f you have any questions.
Remind was started by two brothers, Brett and David Kopf, who still run the company. They grew up in Illinois, and Brett, the younger brother, used to struggle in school. Although he was bright, he was dyslexic and also had ADD. But one teacher, Mrs. Whitefield, decided that she wanted to help. She recognized that Brett was smart but just needed some extra systems and supports in place to succeed, so she spent hours working with Brett's parents and older brother David - building a relationship, communicating and re-communicating about what Brett should be studying and working on, and making sure that the systems were in place at home so that Brett could study uninterrupted.
And it made a huge difference - Brett turned a corner that year and became a very successful student thereafter and through college. And when the brothers decided to start their own company, they asked, "What should the company make?" Brett thought about it and said, "I want to make it easier for all the teachers like Mrs. Whitefield to do for their students what she did for me." And that's where Remind came from.
To this day, there's a big picture of Mrs. Whitefield in the Remind headquarters, and Brett and Mrs. Whitefield are still in touch - here's a photo of the two of them together.