The Howler

May 2023

From Principal McMillan

Dear Westfield Middle School Families,

Happy May! We are in the final stretch and summer vacation will be here before we know it. We have a lot of upcoming events, so please be sure to read the bulletin thoroughly for important information!

Memorial Day is upon us and, for many, it will be filled with outdoor get-togethers, deals at shopping centers, trips to favorite pre-vacation spots, or just time for a little solitude. As much as many of us are looking forward to the three-day weekend, we (i.e., the much greater "we" as a society) must not forget the purpose of the long weekend.

Each year, we honor members of the armed forces who, unfortunately, made the wrong step, took the wrong path, waited just a little longer or a little shorter than they should have, or sacrificed their own lives for others. It is an exceptionally challenging time for veterans and the families of loved ones who paid the ultimate sacrifice. These individuals fought for many of the freedoms that we have today and it is important that we remember them.

My father is a Vietnam Veteran and was a part of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team. For him, Memorial Day - and many, many other days throughout the year - is the day that he remembers his comrades from the team that he led through Vietnam. This includes, but is not limited to, Lieutenant Moulton, who lost his life a few moments after he and my father switched places.

On May 29th, while we should all certainly enjoy the warmer weather and opportunity to be with others, we can also do our part by taking the time to think about others' sacrifices and honor these individuals in our own way.

Westfield Middle School will hold its 54th remembrance assembly on Wednesday, May 24th at 9:00 a.m. All local veterans are welcome. Please RSVP to me via email.

As we begin to wrap up the school year, if you have any questions or need anything, please do not hesitate to contact me at

With appreciation,

Mr. McMillan

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Memorial Day Remembrance Assembly

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Entry Meetings

As a part of my entry plan process, I have been meeting with families to discuss the strengths and areas of growth for Westfield Middle School. If you would like to schedule an entry plan meeting with me, please contact Lisa Wood, Principal's Secretary, at Please include dates and times that are convenient for you. I look forward to meeting with you!

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Please like and follow Westfield Middle School on Facebook! Stay apprised of important events, classroom happenings, etc.

23-24 Class Placements

As the school year quickly comes to a close, we are beginning to plan for the 2023-2024 school year. As a district, we have been participating in essential conversations about equity. While there are many meaningful ways to define equity in education, we define it as a student’s access to resources and opportunities, ensuring they receive what they need to be successful. Westfield Middle School will approach our student placement process through the equity lens, which will enable us to provide every student with an opportunity for a successful learning experience, both academically and socially, by creating well-balanced teams and classrooms. This is an important process and one we take seriously.

As part of the student placement process, teachers will carefully review their students’ individual needs, including, but not limited to: academic; social/emotional; and peer interactions. The assistant principals and I will also meet with the grade-level teams as part of this process. The objective is to place students on a team and in classes that will best support their learning and growth. In an effort to remain true to our goal of equity, we are unable to honor specific parent/guardian requests for teams or teachers, as the process needs to be fair, consistent, and focused on the needs of all learners. We are fortunate to have strong, caring teachers at Westfield Middle School and, regardless of their placement, it is sure to be a wonderful experience next year. However, if you have any concerns with specific peer interactions, please email Peter Lurgio at and we will take this into consideration.

I would like to acknowledge that change can be difficult. Thank you for trusting that we will carefully create classroom communities in which every student has the opportunity to succeed in all aspects of their learning.

-Principal McMillan

8th Grade Recognition Ceremony

Please register for tickets below. Students may bring up to two (2) family members, but you may request additional tickets, which we will be sent out after June 1st, due to capacity. We hope you can join us! Please click here to reserve tickets.

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Transition Summer Program

Our transition program for incoming 7th grade students - as well as transitioning 8th grade students (by request and recommendation only) - will be held on Monday, August 7th through Friday, August 11th from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at Westfield Middle School. The cost is free. If interested, please click here to register.


Over the past few months, our attendance rate has been lower than previous months, which included many non-illness related absences. As we know, attendance is incredibly important; one lost day of instruction can add up quickly. We are in the final stretch and I'd love to see an increase in student attendance during the last few months of school. If you have an extenuating circumstance that you would like to discuss, please contact me directly. I'm here to work with you. Thank you for all that you do to get your students to school on-time each day.
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Nurse's Corner

April showers bring May flowers and…ALLERGY & ASTHMA SEASON!

What are Allergies?

Allergies are an overreaction of your body’s immune system to a harmless natural substance (such as pollen or animal dander). Allergic reactions can affect the lungs (asthma), nose, eyes, skin and gastrointestinal tract. Common symptoms include: coughing, sneezing, itchy eyes, runny nose, and scratchy throat. Common allergens and irritants found in and around the home are pollen, dust mites, mold, insect droppings, pet dander, and secondhand smoke. Exposure to these allergens can even bring about a serious asthma attack.

What is Asthma?

Asthma is a chronic disease due to inflammation of the airways in the lungs. Asthma episodes can be triggered by allergies, irritants and infections. When asthma flares up, the airways get narrow and produce excess mucus, which makes it hard to breathe. Symptoms include coughing, wheezing, tightness of the chest and shortness of breath. If not managed correctly, asthma can be life-threatening.

Learn How To Control Asthma Triggers

Common asthma triggers include inhaled allergens, irritants and viral infections. Because specific triggers can vary from person to person, it is important to work with a doctor to determine your triggers. Have an asthma action plan in place.

Indoor allergens (such as dust mites, pets, molds, mildew and pests) and outdoor allergens (pollens from trees, weeds and grasses and mold spores) are among the most common triggers of asthma. They can be controlled if you know how. (See tips, below.)

Dry wind, cold weather, humidity and sudden weather changes in the environment can trigger asthma symptoms in some people.

Here are some treatment tips during asthma/allergy season:

  • Avoid allergens and keep house clean and free of pests

  • Wash hands often, cover mouth when sneezing or coughing

  • Change clothes when coming in from playing outdoors

  • Use over the counter antihistamines and decongestants as directed

  • Keep air filters changed and use air purifiers and clean air conditioners, avoid window fans that draw in outside air.

  • Allergy testing and treatment by a doctor for persistent symptoms.

If your child has environmental allergies or asthma and is currently taking medication that may be needed during the school day, and the health office is unaware of the condition, please notify me at 572-4520.

~Nurse Crystal

From the PTO (Parent-Teacher Organization)

Upcoming PTO-Sponsored Events (keep an eye out for more information!)

  • Color Run
  • 8th Grade Dance

The Westfield Middle School PTO meets virtually on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. We would love to have you join us!

Click here to follow the WMS PTO on Facebook!

Meeting ID: 230 093 880 869

Passcode: wZZeYd

Appreciation Month

During April and May, we celebration appreciation days for assistant principals, secretaries, nurses, lunch heroes, paraprofessionals, and teachers! I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the WMS Staff for their dedicated and commitment to students. We appreciate you.
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Thank you, PTO, for celebrating our teachers during Appreciation Week!

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From the Boys' and Girls' Club

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Westfield’s last day for General Membership is Friday, June 16th. Registration for the 2023-24 School Year will begin August 1st.

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Anonymous Alerts

Students or parents in the school community can anonymously submit any suspicious activity, bullying, or other student related issues to a school administrator(s). We encourage you to report important issues. Once you complete the contact form below, you will receive a confirmation that your information has been submitted to the school district.

The link to the Anonymous Alert system will always be posted at the bottom of each newsletter.

Important Dates

Tue, May 16th: Grade 8 Math MCAS

Wed, May 17th: Grade 8 Math MCAS

Mon, May 22nd: Grade 8 STE MCAS

Tue, May 23rd: Grade 8 STE MCAS

Thur, May 25th: Starfires Field Trip

Fri, May 26th: Memorial Day Ceremony

Mon, May 29th: No School - Memorial Day

Fri, June 9th: Low Meadows and High Meadows Field Trip

Tue, June 13th: WIS Step up to WMS & 8th Grade Step Up to WHS

Thur, June 15th: 8th Grade Recognition Ceremony at 6:00 p.m.

Fri, June 16th: WIS Step Up to WMS

Mon, June 19th: No School - Juneteenth

Tue, June 20th: Last day of school

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Future Newsletters

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