WMS Community Bulletin 01-28-20


Watertown Middle School 2019-2020

Hello Watertown Middle School Community,

And what a community it is! :) I continue to be impressed and moved by how generous and supportive so many of you have been in wake of last Friday's fire. Thank you again for all of your donations! We will continue to accept gift cards, toiletries, and non-perishable food in the WMS main office this week. When I receive more information about specific needs, I will share it with you. The Housing Authority at 55 Waverley is also accepting items. Much appreciated!

Our second i-Ready diagnostic tests are concluded for most students. Students worked very diligently on both the Mathematics and Reading i-Ready diagnostics. The teachers have started to meet in grade-level groups to analyze the data. We are looking forward to seeing the progress the students have made since the fall, and we will share the results with you all as well.


For Drop Off / Pick Up - Please be sure and use the Bemis Street entrance (NOT Waverley) before 8:30 am. The buses and vans use the Waverly entrance until 8:30 am and it is a safety issue to also have cars use that entrance.

Here are some important upcoming dates:

January 28 - First day of Term 3 / Semester 2

January 28 - Anti-Bias Coalition meeting 5:30-7:00 pm

February 5 - School Site Council meeting 6:30-8:00 pm

February 6 - Anti-Bias Coalition Event - WHS 6:00 pm (see information below)

February 7 - School Dance 7:00-9:30 pm

A reminder for dance dismissal: 6th grade dismissed out the Waverley Ave. doors

7th and 8th grades dismissed out the Bemis St. doors

*Students should be picked up promptly at 9:30 pm please*

February 10-14 - Spirit Week

February 12 - PTO Meeting 7:00 pm

February 14 - PTO Cookbook (see info below)

February 14 - Faculty/Student basketball game

February 17 - February 21 - NO SCHOOL - February vacation

February 25 - Anti-Bias meeting 5:30-7:00 pm

February 28-March 1 - Chicago Musical at WHS


*** In the event there is a snow day at some point, the "A" and "B" days stay the same as currently assigned ***

Monday, Jan 27 - A day

Tuesday, Jan 28 - B day

Wednesday, Jan 29 - A day

Thursday, Jan 30 - B day

Friday, Jan 31 - A day

Monday, Feb 3 - B day

Tuesday, Feb 4 - A day

Wednesday, Feb 5 - B day

Thursday, Feb 6 - A day

Friday, Feb 7 - B day

Monday, Feb 10 - A day

Tuesday, Feb 11 - B day

Wednesday, Feb 12 - A day

Thursday, Feb 13 - B day

Friday, Feb 14 - A day

Monday, Feb 17 - Friday, Feb 21 - NO SCHOOL - February Vacation

Monday, Feb 24 - B day

Tuesday, Feb 25 - A day

Wednesday, Feb 26 - B day

Thursday, Feb 27 - A day

Friday, Feb 28 - B day

Monday, March 2 - A day

Tuesday, March 3 - B day

Wednesday, March 4 - A day

Thursday, March 5 - B day

Friday, March 6 - A day

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Anti-Bias Coalition Event - February 6 at WHS

Please see the flyer below for the upcoming ABC event on February 6. This event "Fostering an Inclusive & Welcoming Watertown: A Facing History & Ourselves Conversation" will begin at 6:00 at the Watertown High School. We will start with dinner from 6:00-6:30 and then move to the presentation and conversation in the auditorium. It will be a wonderful evening!

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From the PTO - WMS International Cookbook!

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From the Nurse's Office - FLU ADVISORY:

Sick Child Protocol

With flu season upon us, here is a reminder of the district's sick child protocol

1. 24-Hour Rule:

A child must stay home for at least 24 hours to rest if the following symptoms are present the morning of school or the previous night:

· Fever over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. A child should not come back to school until the temperature is normal for 24 hours without medication

· Excessive coughing or sneezing

· Ear pain and/or eye drainage

· Vomiting and/or Diarrhea

· An unusual rash

2. Antibiotic has been prescribed: If an antibiotic medication is prescribed to your child for any illness, they should also stay home until they have been on the antibiotics for a full 24 hours.

FLU ADVISORY: Flu is most contagious the first 3-4 days after becoming sick. It takes 1-2 days after exposure to a flu virus before the illness becomes evident, and it may be contagious up to 7 days after becoming sick. The best two practices to prevent flu from spreading are proper and frequent handwashing and appropriate quarantine (e.g. coughing etiquette, wearing a mask, staying away when sick). If you have a fever, please stay at home for at least 24 hours since your last elevated temperature. If diagnosed with flu, please stay at home for a minimum of 3-4 days since the illness started.

**Also please note, that students are not to "self-dismiss" by texting home as cell phone use is not allowed during the school day. Please encourage your student to go see Nurse Michelle in the health office where she can assess and call home or have them use the phone in the main office.**

Wonderful Music Opportunity for Students - free tickets for them!

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Community Service - Get Involved! :)

Mr. McDermott has created a community service opportunity idea form. Through this form, anyone can submit an idea/request for WMS students to volunteer. Please click the link below and check it out!

The link will also be posted on the WMS website.


A Reminder from Student Council!

  • For plastic recycling, families can turn in plastic film and bags, especially after opening their holiday gifts. We are collecting plastic until April.


The Watertown Middle School website can be found HERE

The 2019-2020 WMS Student Handbook can be found HERE

The 2019-2020 Student and Parent Rights and Responsibilities Handbook can be found HERE

Classroom Supply Lists for 2019-2020 can be found HERE