WMS Family Newsletter

Connecting Families to School - May 2015


Family Night - This Thursday 5 to 7 pm Hamlet Building - FREE

Activities to complete from many different subject areas including math, English, science, SMILE club, and more. Our community partners who will be in attendance are local boy scouts, Thundermist, YWCA, Community Care Alliance, Woonsocket Parks and Recreation, SELAC, Woonsocket Boys & Girls Club and martial arts.

We will have a planetarium and a special Bwana Iguana show. Free pizza and raffles just for attending!

Mrs. aRusso's Reading Class

Students will be working on in-depth science projects that range from general science topics to chemistry, social science, ecology, optics and more. Students have chosen topics that support their interests. They are currently researching their topic and will continually test their ideas in order to draw conclusions. They will be presenting a science fair exhibition towards the end of fourth quarter.

Team 7-1

Team 7-1 is working on a Chick Project in science class. We are attempting to hatch seven Ameraucana chicken eggs using an incubator and keeping track of the chicks’ embryo development. The project has its own Instagram page where students can check on the progress, offer suggestions for names and show their love for the chicks. They should hatch soon so come to Family Night to see some live chicks!

Mrs. Lorea's Math Classes

Our math students are working diligently to solve word problems algebraically. Our AP students used their creativity to construct three-dimensional landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, Taj Mahal, Golden Gate Bridge, Rhode Island Sate House and even WMS out of toothpicks and marshmallows!

Ms. Campopiano's Social Studies Classes

On Friday, May 1st, students participated in the Rhode Island Law Day Classroom Program. The presentation was delivered by the Honorable Howard S. Portney and Stephen Smith, Esq. The topic discussed was Bullying: Students’ Rights and Responsibilities. The focus was on how is bullying different from teasing, differences of bullying for girls versus boys, what to do if a victim of bullying, how are bullying and cyberbullying punished by law, and the difference between verbal bullying, cyberbullying and free speech.

Music Department

The WMS Music Department will be presenting its annual Spring Concert on June 2 at 6:30pm in the Woonsocket High School Auditorium. Admission is free. The band and chorus will present a variety of musical selections that they have been working on diligently for months.

The Advanced Band and the 7/8th Grade Chorus recently participated in their respective state festivals. The students performed excellently for a group of adjudicators and other middle school music students from around the state. Woonsocket Middle School is the only urban middle school in the state to participate in these high level events.

We are very excited to announce the return of chorus and band to the school day schedule. Seventh and eighth grade students will be able to choose chorus or band as one of their encore selections, receiving instruction every other day. Chorus will take place on A days, and band will take place on B days. The students will remain in their own building for these rehearsals, the groups from each building will combine for occasional after school rehearsals and for special events/performances. It is important to remember that chorus and band will be offered as academic classes, but also require participation in performances outside of the school day. A commitment to fully participating in the group’s activities is expected of all students who enroll. Also, band members must have an instrument to play. There are numerous options, including rental (there will be a rental night at the beginning of the school year with a local music store), purchasing of an instrument, and there are a limited amount of school owned instruments available for loan. Chorus members do not need an instrument.

Please contact Mr. Burns for a registration form (jhburns@woonsocketschools.com or 401-235-6125 ext 4090).

From Your School Nurses

Thundermist Dental will be at Hamlet during the month of May. Students who were signed up for the free dental program in September will be getting a second cleaning.

Sixth grade students need up-to-date physicals and immunizations before returning in September. Any physical you had in the sixth grade would be acceptable. If you are going during the summer, please call and let us know when. Have the physician fax a copy to our offices when completed. Non-compliance could mean being excluded from school.

Hamlet Phone 401-235-6110 ext 5 Fax 401-235-6122

Villa Nova Phone 401-235-6125 ext 5 Fax 401-235-6139

WMS Hamlet Library

What should I read next? Does your child sometimes have difficulty selecting a book? There are some terrific websites available to help students select books based on their interests. Explore some of these sites with your child today. Also encourage your child to visit our school library for guidance. We are here to help!

A Book and a Hug http://www.abookandahug.com/

Great Reads for Teens http://www.saclibrary.org/teens/Great-Reads-For-Teens/

Most Popular Teen Book Matches http://www.librarypoint.org/bm_covers_teen

Teen Readalikes http://clermontlibrary.org/readalikesteen.shtml

WMS Villa Nova Library

It’s not too early to think about summer reading! If your child is looking for recommended middle school books, the Rhode Island Teen Book Award list is a good place to start. The books can be borrowed through the public library. Since these are popular titles, you may want to request them now in case there is a waiting list. The current nominated titles, as well as previous lists and winners, can be accessed directly by clicking on “Featured Lists” on the Ocean State Libraries web page: <<https://catalog.oslri.net/>>. Available audiobooks and ebooks can also be viewed by clicking on “eZone Digital Downloads” on the OSL web page.

If your child enjoys listening to books, check out SYNC, a program that gives away two FREE complete audiobook downloads — a current young adult title paired thematically with a classic summer reading title — each week to teen listeners from May 7th - August 13th. You can access the site through this link: <<http://www.audiobooksync.com>> Two new free titles are available each week, but only for a week. Check it out!


Yearbooks are still on sale. Hardcover is $30 and softcover is $25. Please make checks payable to Woonsocket Middle School.

8th Grade Semi-Formal - May 15th



Time: 6:00-9:30PM

Attire: FORMAL

Price: $18.00-$20.00

A professional photographer will be taking pictures with packages available for purchase.


Social Probation Starts: April 27, 2015

SOCIAL PROBATION POLICY Any student placed in P.A.S.S. and/or Out-of-School Suspension will receive three weeks of social probation to commence from the day they enter P.A.S.S. or from the day the student returns from suspension. These students will not be allowed to attend the Semi-Formal (page 38 in student handbook).

LIBRARY BOOKS: All 8th graders library accounts must be clear of any owed books and payments for lost books.

Free Summer Math Program to Combat the Summer Slide

TenMarks is offering a FREE online summer math program (for all grades 1 through Algebra 2) that requires only one hour of commitment per week. The program claims to help kids reverse summer learning loss and prepare them for new concepts! You can register at http://summer.tenmarks.com

Community Service Projects

WMS school community is collecting: First aid kits, rain parkas, and crew socks for HOMELESS BACKPACKS FOR RHODE ISLAND. Please bring all donations to the main office in Hamlet or Villa Nova. They will be used to fill backpacks that will be distributed to the homeless in Woonsocket! Thank you for helping! Also, the Family and Consumer Science classes are collecting can goods and mittens.

Calendar of Events

Thursday, May 7th

  • Family Night - 5 - 7 p.m. in the Hamlet
  • SELAC meeting - 6:30 pm. room 124 Hamlet
Friday, May 8th

  • WMS Theater Club - Beauty and the Beast Jr. Doors open at 6 pm. Performance at 7 pm Tickets $8 in advanced $10 at the door

Monday, May 11th

  • SIT meeting - 2 pm room 124 Villa Nova
  • PTO meeting - 6:30 pm Hamlet cafeteria
Tuesday, May 12th
  • 4th quarter progress report distribution

Friday, May 15th

  • 8th grade semi-formal - 6-9:30 pm at Savini's
Thursday, May 21st
  • Faculty vs Students basketball game - 6 pm Hamlet
Be sure to visit our school web site often to view our school events calendar to see any updated events.