6 - Early Dismissal - Teacher PD
11 - Board of Education Meeting
14 - WMS Annual Spelling Bee
17 & 18 - No School - Presidents Weekend
28 - Logic Block
5 - Grade 6 Geography Fair
10 - Board of Education Meeting
11- Grade 8 WMS & WHS Band Concert
19 - Early Dismissal - Parent / Teacher Conferences
21 - Light on Westbrook
26, 27 & 28 - WMS Drama Production
27 - End of Q3
30 - Start of Q4
7 - Board of Education Meeting
10 - School Closed - Good Friday
13 to 17 - School Closed - April Vacation
24 - Logic Block
*** SBAC Dates ***
ELA - All Grades
- Tuesday, May 12
Math - All Grades
- Session 1 - Wednesday, May 13
- Session 2 - Thursday, May 14
Science - Grade 5 & 8
- Tuesday, May 19
Hello Westbrook Families,
Can you believe that we are already halfway through this school year and we breezed past the 100th day of school? All of our students are working diligently in their classes and we have a lot of exciting events happening here at Westbrook Middle School! From our always competitive Geography Bee to the many charitable fundraisers that our school holds. Many amazing things happen here at WMS on a daily basis; be sure to check them out below in the newsletter.
As we approach the second half of the year, the SBAC dates have been finalized. Please make every effort to get your child to school and on time during SBAC testing.
ELA - All Grades - Tuesday, May 12
Math - All Grades - Session 1 - Wednesday, May 13, and Session 2 - Thursday, May 14
Science - Grades 5 & 8 only - Tuesday, May 19
We understand that morning drop off and afternoon pickups can be slow at times, and we appreciate your patience as student safety is our number one concern. To help expedite the process, we ask again that all parents pull their cars up to the second crosswalk, which allows for more cars in the line. Also, parents should not drop students in the lower parking, teacher parking lot, or bus lane. These identified areas need to be clear for moving traffic. I want to remind everyone that the handicap parking spots in the lower parking lot are for cars that have handicap permits. These spots are not appropriate places to drop children off or to wait for your child and are critical to people who need access to them.
As always, we encourage you to regularly check your child’s grades on Powerschool and his/her assignments on Google Classroom. It is essential to review and stay up to date on your child’s work. If you have any questions about your child’s progress in any class, please contact the grade level Team Leader or Amy Spagone, our school counselor, to schedule an appointment with the teachers.
I hope that everyone has a great February break (February 17 & 18).
Taylor P. Wrye, Principal
December Student of the Month
5th - Sophie Furcolo
6th - Patrick Pluck
7th - Lily Creeron
8th - Leticia Pires
Art - Kevin Vidella Garcia
Band - Ben Stosse
Chorus - Katie Ford
Computer Science - Brynn Hoadley
FACS - Brendan Cusson
French - Joseph Rubio-Heredia
Health - Emily Gomez-Salguero
Library - Yareth M. Antunez Meraz
Physical Ed - Diana Caetano
Spanish - Matthew Hampton-Valentin
Tech / STEM - Anastasiya Mironenko
Female Athlete of the Month - Simone Morris
Male Athlete of the Month - Matthew Downie
January Student of the Month
5th - Riley Bogart
6th - Brooke Ouellette
7th - Diana Caetano
8th - Kevin Villeda Garcia
Art - Emily Case
Band - Abby Demers
Chorus - Noah Thomassen
Computer Science - Amy Caguana
FACS - Piper Selmont
French - Sophie Furcolo
Health - Evan Barnsfield
Library - Alaina Leete
Physical Ed - Julia DeSousa
Spanish - Lillian Freeman
Tech / STEM - Connor Jones
Male Athlete of the Month - Muhammad Arsalan Zaheer
Female Athlete of the Month - Leticia Pires
Youth Awareness Day
Students just completed a month-long investigation into Earth’s: Natural resources, energy resources, human activity and its effect on Earth's fragile environment. Students were inquisitive, insightful and eager to be the next great generation to save our Planet.
This year we will be hosting our 11th Annual Geography Fair on March 5th, 2020 inthe middle school gym from 6:30 to 7:30PM. Please come and join us for an evening of fun, learning and delicious food from around the world! It is always an exciting night for our students and guests. Be sure to participate in the students "quizzes" and do your best to get the question right, before you sample their, hopefully delicious foods.
Thank you, and hope to see all of you there!
In December, students wrote argumentative essays on an issue of their choice. Some popular topics were whether or not students should have recess, the use of social media and the positive and negative aspects of dress codes. Currently, the class is reading the historical fiction novel The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis. The “Weird Watsons” live in Flint, Michigan during the civil rights movement but travel down to Birmingham, Alabama, in order to teach their “official juvenile delinquent” various important life lessons. The story hilariously, yet poignantly, highlights the difficulties of a black family traveling to the South during a time when segregation was prevalent. Students will learn that during the Watson’s time in Birmingham, the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church was bombed- a true and devastating event that occurred in 1963. As we read, students will continue to learn about the basic rights everyone deserves. Concurrently, students are independently reading a second historical fiction novel that takes place during the same time period in history. Be sure to ask your children questions about their books as well as about the extension activities posted on Google Classroom.
Eighth grade social studies students have been learning about America's involvement in the Great War, beginning with the expansion of the United States to other areas of the world. To demonstrate their knowledge of this expansion, the students created "one-pagers" which display many main ideas and details of this time in history. When Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was upon us, the students listened to the iconic "I Have a Dream" speech and created blackout poetry to illustrate their understanding of the main messages delivered by this important leader of the Civil Rights Movement. The original text is covered by relevant illustrations, and the words which remain create the poem. These hang in our hallway in honor of Black History Month.
Eighth grade students recently completed their study of transformations on the coordinate plane. Pre-Algebra students are currently modeling expressions and equations with algebra tiles in preparation for learning how to solve equations with variables on both sides. Algebra students are developing an understanding of linear relationships, rates of change and slope as they begin their study of linear equations.
Wow! We are having a lot of fun learning about heredity and genetics in 8th grade science! From eye color to hair color, and Narwhal the puppy to cloning pets, this unit has led to great discussions and inquiry into how our DNA really works. We will continue to study the structures involved in genetics, but also spend a lot of time discussing and debating current research in genetically modified foods, gene editing babies and a number of genetic disorders that some of us may be familiar with in our own families. Don’t be alarmed if your children start asking if you have a crooked thumb, dimples, or attached ears...they are just observing some family traits!
We also continue with our current events on Fridays and continue to focus on reading scientific articles and research and gather important evidence to share with our peers. The bonus is giving the students more confidence in their presentation skills as well!
Library News with Mrs. Goad
Family Consumer Science with Mr. Becker
I am so excited to begin the second semester at Westbrook Middle School. It is wonderful to meet three new classes of great kids and explore learning together.
We have lots of exciting project-based learning to look forward to:
Our sixth graders will begin the semester by studying families and will design a family crest.
Our seventh graders will begin the semester by studying consumerism and will work on designing advertisements.
Our eighth graders will begin the semester by studying budgeting and will be working to design a room using a budget.
Most of all, I look forward to getting to know these awesome young people over the next few months.
All good things,
Health & Physical Education with Mr. Gombos
In adapted PE, we are continuing to work on individual needs and basketball. This includes full-court games with a modified hoop.
In 5th grade PE, we will continue to embrace the winter with our floor hockey unit. here students are put into a variety of teams and work cooperatively to share positions and responsibilities in the game.
In 8th grade PE, we will be working on fitness testing and team building for the first week. You can see the test score standards here: https://portal.ct.gov/SDE/Physical-Education/Physical-Education---Test-Administrators-Manual/Related-Resources
In 7th grade and 6th grade health, we are setting expectations and norms for the class and developing a Full value Contract.
5th grade has finished their clay slab bowls. Students glazed their pieces with matte as well as crystal glazes. All clay pieces came out wonderful. Students then began their Romero Britto inspired pictures. This artist is best known for his fusion of Pop Art, Cubism and Graffiti.
6th grade finished their cartoon strips, a difficult but fun project. Students are now working on building and drawing their own still life’s with materials found around the art room.
7th grade finished their birch tree paintings. This project helped them learn how to paint realistic trees as well as how to properly depict light. Students then began drawing their renderings of Disney/Pixar characters. This assignment is always a favorite!
8th grade finished their aboriginal dot paintings on black matte board. These works represent the inspiring story of the native people of Australia. Students learned how Australia’s history mirrors America’s in many way. We hope you enjoy them.
From the Band Desk
The Second semester has just begun and so has our music theory unit in band. After wrapping up two excellent winter concerts, band students are entering the writing phase of their journey toward increased music literacy. Students in grades 5 through 8 are learning to write and apply musical notes, symbols and terminology. They are gaining skill and knowledge rapidly and will soon be composing and arranging their own music! Below is an example of how students are demonstrating writing accidentals using different notes of various durations in different clefs (that takes a LOT of knowledge). They’re doing great!
Congratulations to the following students for being accepted into the Southern Region Music Festival as members of the World Drumming Ensemble:
These three students will be rehearsing with 22 other shoreline students for a concert on Saturday, March 7. This year's World Drumming Ensemble will focus on the traditional and indigenous music of Puerto Rico called "Bomba." Students will use hand/stick drumming, singing, and movement/dance skills as part of their work in this ensemble. Congratulations to Joe, Aiden, and Eli!
From the Chorus Room
In the new year we are really concentrating on getting back to basics. We have been reviewing elements of good singing posture, following a conductor, and spending time with solfege and Curwen hand signs, and how they can help us in music literacy.
Our repertoire this half of the year is drawn from folk music from around the world, featuring music from Ireland, United Kingdom, Brazil, and South America. In addition, students have been working to choose music to supplement this repertoire with popular music and music from movies.
S.T. E.A.M. - Science,Technology, Engineering, Art, Math with Mr. Abbott
Students are learning about engineering principles as they relate to bridge building. Students learn the types, materials, engineering designs and progression of bridge building in America. Then they explore the longest suspension bridge in the world. Then they build balsa wood bridges.
Fifth Grade - Students have completed an on-line safety test. They are now making lab safety posters so they are familiar with all aspects of a safe, fun, efficient wood shop. Then they will build their first wood project.
All students complete this test. It covers General Woodwork Safety such as: Personal Protective Equipment,Safety Signage, Behavior and Machine Guards.
Spanish - Señora Cassidy
Semester 2 students are getting to know each other in Spanish through basic conversation interactions that are useful in everyday life.
Students have been working hard on activities to describe people and use new grammar. They have incorporated readings, videos, and skits in the classroom.
Students are incorporating all of the Family Unit vocabulary and grammar to create their very own Family Trees. They can recycle old grammar rules and apply them to new authentic situations.
Spanish - Señora Ferro
Grade 6Students are learning how to describe nouns using descriptive adjectives. They love to describe their favorite characters, too. Students will be starting a project in which they need to choose different people, places things and describe them using Google Slides. They will also be creating comic strips using storyboard and then creating skits using their all-time favorite, Flipgrid.
Students are learning the preterite tense of ~AR verbs. They are beginning to be able to switch back and forth between the present tense and past tense. They will begin a project to demonstrate their skills using the past tense and then create a skit in Flipgrid. Later on, in the quarter, students will start a unit on technology and related vocabulary. They will then continue with the preterite tense of ~ER/~IR verbs.
French - Monsieur Beauchamp
Grade 5: Students will learn numbers 0-50, colors, the alphabet and conversational vocabulary as well as be exposed to aspects of French culture. This will lead to a skit project where students will be able to put into practice what they have learned in class.
Grade 6: Students will continue with the verb AVOIR and learn helpful expressions used with this verb. At the end of this unit, students will create an eBook where AVOIR and AVOIR expressions will take the center stage. Onward, they will also learn body parts in French.
Grade 7: Students have learned and will continue to learn the vocabulary, the conversational idioms and be exposed to the cultural backdrop around the French Café. This accumulated knowlege will result in students actively participating in the French Café where they will order in the language and consume French food and drinks.
Grade 8: Students have recently begun the leisure time and sports unit where they will learn to plan activities, extend invitations, accept/turn down invitations and the weather and seasons. Near the end of the unit, students will synthesize their knowledge in the form of a mind map project.
The Drama Club
The Westbrook Girls Middle School Basketball season is in full swing lead by coach Doug Werth in his second year with the nights. With the team playing seven games on the young season we are lead by team leaders Kayla Prisley, Leticia Pires, Simone Morris, Giovanna Silva, and Olivia Palumbo. In addition, the squad has returning player Lily Creeron and welcomes newcomers Natalie Palumbo, Adrianna Spash, Madeleine Valiante, Sydney Young, Eimy Novillo, and Gracie Magnani-Bailow.
During our games, we have been praised by the other team's coaches and referees on how hard we play throughout the entire game. The team is asked regularly - what we did well today and what we need to work on. Our goal is to improve with every practice and every game. In addition, each member of the team is striving for excellent academic achievement in the classroom. Please come out and support us on the court.
After a slow start due to a few snow days, the Westbrook Middle School Boys Basketball led by head coach Angelo Saba and assistant coach Joe Campbell has settled into their season. This year's team consists of eighteen boys - led by eighth graders, Tyler Casula, Matthew Downie, Trevor Jones, Elliot Koplas, Christopher Lohutko, Cooper Medeiros, Derick Novillo, Douglas Perrone-Gray, David Rowe, Carlos Solis, and Arsalan Zaheer, and they are supported by seventh and sixth graders, Charles Anderson, Tanyon Champagne, Mason Millburne, Brady Pill, Eli Susi, Michael Susi, and Kyle Leandri.
The team has gained valuable experience in learning the varying principles of man-to-man defense and man motion offense. In addition, the boys have learned how to break a full-court press while communicating when calling out screens. Thus far, a few highlights on the season include, the team favorite play, "one" being perfectly ran in the away game at Nathan Hale Ray and "the wheel" play running to near perfection during the away game at Old Saybrook.
The team motto, 18=1 has motivated the boys to perform to the best of their ability throughout the entirety of the season. Moving forward, the team will focus on improving their boxing-out skills when rebounding and their off-ball motion sets. There are high hopes for this dynamic team to reach success throughout the rest of the season and in the future. Please come out and support us on the court!