To the WMS Community: Welcome Back!

EXCELLENCE*EQUITY*COMMUNITY

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year at Watertown Middle School!

Hello Watertown Middle School Community,


I hope you all have had a wonderful summer with joy, relaxation, and rejuvenation! I certainly enjoyed my summer with family and friends, but I am truly excited to see everyone next Tuesday, September 3rd, for the first day of the school year! I also hope you have finished (or nearly finished) your summer reading of the 1S1B selection, I Will Always Write Back. What a fabulous book; I have been recommending it to everyone I see! I am looking forward to talking about it with all of you and hearing your thoughts on the story. :)


Here are some important upcoming dates:



August 27-29 - Educator Professional Development Days


August 29 - Grade 6 and students new to WMS - Scavenger Hunt/Tour (information below)


September 3 - First Day of School


***Note - Before school programs (library and gym) do not begin until Monday, September 9th.***


September 4 - PTO Meeting - 7 pm - WMS Library


September 5 - Fall Sports Information Meeting - 6 pm - WMS Auditorium


September 5 - Parent Chromebook Information Meeting - 7 pm - WMS Auditorium


September 6 - One School One Book assignment due


September 6 - Parent Chromebook Information Meeting - 9 am - WMS Auditorium


September 7 - Before School Supervision begins


September 11 - Picture Day


September 25 - Early Release Day - Professional Development


September 26 - WMS Back to School Night

Grade 6 and students new to WMS - Scavenger Hunt / Tour

Thursday, August 29th at 3:00 pm


Students and Parents/Guardians - please meet in the WMS Cafeteria at 3:00 pm. You will have the opportunity to see your schedules, tour the building, ask questions, and take part in a scavenger hunt! We look forward to seeing you there.


If you are unable to make it on Thursday, no worries! :) Everyone will get a copy of their schedule on the first day of school and be walked to their classes for the first days of school.

PTO Meeting

Wednesday, September 4th - 7:00 pm - WMS Library


Parents/Guardians - Please join us for the first PTO meeting of the year! It is a great time to meet other parents/guardians and get involved (a little or a lot) with WMS!

Reminders

The Watertown Middle School website can be found HERE


Classroom Supply Lists for 2019-2020 can be found HERE


Information about Summer Assignments can be found HERE



Fall Sports Information

Dear Student, Parent and/or Guardians:

Hope you are all enjoying your summer and are getting ready for a successful 2019-2020 sports season and academic school year!

This year the fall athletic season starts on Monday, September 9, 2019, immediately after school is dismissed, and we are offering the following sports:

· Boys Cross Country

· Girls Cross Country

· Boys Soccer

· Girls Soccer

· Girls Field Hockey

Registration is now open. Please use the following link to register.

LINK: 2019-2020 FALL ATHLETIC REGISTRATION

If you are an incoming 6th grade family, you will need to setup a new account. However, if your student participated in a sport during the last two years at the Middle School, you do NOT need to start from scratch. Login to FamilyID using your account name and password. You then pull up your student from the family list and apply them to the Fall Sport they will participate in. However, you will need to re-sign all permissions areas as well.

If you cannot remember the login/password information on your account, please contact FamilyID (their contact info is on the login page) for your account information. Please do not setup a new account as we will lose your/your student's athletic history.

FEES

The current fee structure is $160.00 for the year. This fee allows your student to participate in up to 3 sport for the year. Fees are due at the time of registration.

There are reduced fees available to students included in the *Free or Reduced Meal Plan Application. In order for us to qualify your student for a reduced athletic fee, you will need to complete the permission by checking the 'Yes I Do' box and sign the electronic signature box in FamilyID. You will be notified via email of your fee contribution.

* Present Free and Reduced Meal Plan Applications from last school year are valid for fall Athletic Registration. If you think you are eligible but do NOT have a meal plan in place, follow this link to the form to apply for Free or Reduced Lunch Meal Plan:

LINK: MEAL PLAN APPLICATION

If you do not want to use the online payment system and you can submit a MONEY ORDER in person or via mail to the Athletics Office at:

Watertown High School

Attn: Athletics Jae Smith

50 Columbia Street

Watertown, MA 02472

Please put the name of the athlete and the sport in the memo section of the money order. This fee is due at the time of registration. Unfortunately, no student may participate or receive a uniform with an outstanding balance.

PHYSICALS

All student-athletes must have a physical examination from their doctor on file. The physical examination must have taken place within 13 months in order to practice or play and should be turned in to the Nurse's office. This is an MIAA requirement and will be strictly enforced. For incoming 6th grade students, PLEASE ATTACH A COPY OF YOUR CURRENT PHYSICAL when prompted in FamilyID. It will save a lot of time clearing you to participate.

The School Nurse will be the contact person for having your son or daughter cleared medically with the processing of the annual physical examination or other medical conditions. Please check the renewal date of your physical examination now and make appointments in advance so your son or daughter does not miss any athletic time.

Middle School Nurse, Ms. Michelle Laracy, may be reached at 617-926-7783 or by email at michelle.laracy@watertown.k12.ma.us. Physicals can be mailed to:

Watertown Middle School

Attn: Nurse Michelle Laracy

68 Waverly Avenue

Watertown, MA 02472

I hope you/your student has a successful year in the classroom and an enjoyable experience at Watertown Middle School.

Ms. Jae Smith is the Athletic Administrative Assistant. She will assist with questions you may have about athletic issues. She also will be able to assist you in online registration and online payments and she may be reached at 617-926-7748 or via email at judith.smith@watertown.k12.ma.us.

GO RAIDERS

Ryan Murphy,

Athletics Director