WMS Community Bulletin 10-28-19

EXCELLENCE*EQUITY*COMMUNITY

Watertown Middle School 2019-2020

Hello Watertown Middle School Community,


It's almost November! Don't forget to "fall back" this weekend with daylight savings time!


Here are some important upcoming dates:


October 29 - Anti-Bias Coalition Dinner and Speaker (see info below)


October 30 - WMS School Picture Makeup Day


October 30 - Putting the "Public" in Public Arts - here is the flyer


November 3 - Daylight Savings "Fall Back"


November 5 - NO SCHOOL - Voting Day - Professional Development for teachers


November 5 - PTO Election Day Bake Sale - sign up below!


November 6 - End of Quarter 1


November 6 - School Site Council meeting 6:30-8:00 pm


November 11 - NO SCHOOL - Veteran's Day


November 13 - PTO meeting 7:00 pm


November 14 - Afternoon (1-3 pm) and Evening (6-8 pm) Parent Conferences (details below)


November 15 - Peter and the Starcatcher at WHS - walking field trip for all WMS students


November 19 - Afternoon (1-3 pm) and Evening (6-8 pm) Parent Conferences


--------------------------------------------------


Monday, Oct. 28 - A day


Tuesday, Oct. 29 - B day


Wednesday, Oct. 30 - A day


Thursday, Oct. 31 - B day


Friday, Nov. 1 - A day



Monday, Nov. 4 - B day


Tuesday, Nov. 5 - No School - Voting Day


Wednesday, Nov. 6 - A day


Thursday, Nov. 7 - B day


Friday, Nov. 8 - A day



Monday, Nov. 11 - No School - Veteran's Day


Tuesday, Nov. 12 - B day


Wednesday, Nov. 13 - A day


Thursday, Nov. 14 - B day


Friday, Nov. 15 - A day



Monday, Nov. 18 - B day


Tuesday, Nov. 19 - A day


Wednesday, Nov. 20 - B day


Thursday, Nov. 21 - A day


Friday, Nov. 22 - B day



Monday, Nov. 25 - A day


Tuesday, Nov. 26 - B day


Wednesday, Nov. 27 - A day - EARLY RELEASE


Thursday, Nov. 28 - NO SCHOOL - Happy Thanksgiving! GO RAIDERS!


Friday, Nov. 29 - NO SCHOOL

Big picture

Watertown Talks Equity: Getting Comfortable with Discomfort

An evening to come together to talk about race, bias, and equity in Watertown

Sponsored by the Watertown Anti-Bias Coalition


*** Dr. Darnisa Amante ***


October 29, 2019 - Please see the FLYER


Watertown Middle School Auditorium

5:30 dinner, 6:00 event


5:30-6:00 pm Free family-style dinner


6:00 pm What is the Anti-Bias Coalition all about?


6:15 pm Dr. Darnisa Amante shares her thoughts about how we as a community can dig deeply into the issues of race, bias, and equity


7:00 pm Table talk: What brings you here?


7:30 pm Q & A


Hope to see you there!

Watertown Middle School Pride Alliance!

A new club is just getting started! The Watertown Middle School Pride Alliance! This is a fun, social group for LGBTQ students and allies. Meetings will be on Mondays from 3:15 to 4:15 pm in Mr. Cochran's room - B-159. Come join us and bring your friends. We will be meeting each other and talking about what we would like to do this year as a club. Talk to Mr. Cochran, or see Ms. Mahoney, the 8th-grade counselor, if you have any questions.
Big picture

Election Day Bake Sale - Nov 5th

Please click on the link and consider donating baked goods for our Election Day Bake Sale. Also looking for students to volunteer selling items while earning community service hours. All proceeds to support the Watertown Middle School PTO. Thank you.

WMS - Election Day Bake Sale

STEM Week - October 21-25 - A Great Success!!!

Hopefully, your students came home talking about STEM Week from last week! We calculated and ALL WMS students participated in at least one STEM activity. All 6th graders did a STEM book 'testing" and science fiction Contamination writing challenge, all 7th graders did the Library book math estimation challenge, and all 8th graders did the science fiction Contamination writing challenge. In addition to those, individual classes also did other activities throughout the school, including attending a STEM playground in the library and listening to a panel of STEM professionals in the auditorium. Thank you to Leah Maroni-Wagner, Justin Schmidt, Rashmi Pimprikar, Laura Alderson Rotondo, and Sarita Spillart for organizing and running these activities! Such fun and enthusiastic learning!

Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences

We schedule two sets of student/parent/teacher conferences, one in the fall and one in the spring. These conferences, led in part by the students themselves, allow for them to reflect on their strengths, progress, and areas that need improvement. Parents, guardians, and teachers discuss the next steps and help plan for future goals. All students are expected to attend their conferences with their parents or guardians.


Each cluster has their parents/guardians sign up for conferences individually - some online and some with sign up sheets they sent home. The links may be found on the WMS home page or below:


Cluster 1 - Click here to sign up
Cluster 2 - TBD
Cluster 3 - Click here to sign up
Cluster 4 - Click here to sign up
Cluster 5 - Sign-up sheet sent home with students
Cluster 6 - Sign-up sheet sent home with students

Band/Percussion - Click here to sign up


If you have questions, please contact your student's homeroom teacher or guidance counselor.

SPORTS EQUIPMENT DRIVE SEPTEMBER 16 TO OCTOBER 31

Collecting: Hockey equipment, lacrosse equipment, sporting sticks, balls, football equipment, shin guards, cleats, running shoes, golf clubs, tennis racquets.


Drop off locations: Watertown High School Athletic Office or Watertown Middle School Main Lobby.

Reminders

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

HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEK!