WMS Community Bulletin 04-23-22

EXCELLENCE*EQUITY*COMMUNITY

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(Spanish)

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Newsletter Table of Contents

  1. Remarks from Principal Martin (MCAS, Yearbooks on Sale, Covid updates)
  2. Important Upcoming Dates and A day/B day schedule
  3. Superintendent's Newsletter
  4. Upcoming Grade 8 DC trip dates
  5. WHS Course Selection newsletter
  6. Information for Community Forum regarding the Equity Audit
  7. SEPAC Relaunch Event information
  8. Watertown Race Reels Flyer
  9. Your Voice Matters! event Flyer
  10. Art Show - Final Week!
  11. Cluster/Department Smore Newsletters
  12. Project 351 - Cradles to Crayons Clothing Drive
  13. Dr. Wornum event information
  14. Community Service Information
  15. Watertown Recreation Updates and Flyers
  16. WMS Diversity Council Dates
  17. School Site Council Dates
  18. PTO Dates
  19. Contact Information

Watertown Middle School 2021-2022

Dear Watertown Middle School Community,


Happy Saturday! I hope you all have been having a wonderful vacation week! It has been nice to rest and rejuvenate before the final 9 week push! Very hard to believe that we are into Term 4 and summer is around the corner! Please continue to check in with your students about their schoolwork, and they in turn can check in to their Google Classroom sites to be sure they stay current with all of their work. We know everyone can finish the year strong! :)


There is a lot going on this week, so I wanted to get the newsletter out early to you all to be sure all are informed. Please see the calendar and flyers below for the several important evening events this week.


Makeup ELA MCAS Testing will continue this week. If your child missed one or both sessions, they will be able to make up the sessions this week.


Don't miss out!

***Yearbooks are on sale!*** - Use this LINK to purchase your WMS 2021-2022 Yearbook!


We will be continuing our COVID pool testing on Tuesday this week.


As a reminder, especially as we return from vacation:

Please keep your child(ren) home from school if they have any symptoms of COVID (fever, chills, headache, sore throat, coughing, shortness of breath, congestion or runny nose, muscle aches, loss of taste/smell, nausea, or diarrhea).


Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns.


Please be well and take good care of one another.


Respectfully yours,


Donna Martin

Principal

Here are some important upcoming dates:

April 18-April 22 - No School - April Vacation


Monday, April 25 - Community Forum on the Equity Audit - 6:30 pm in the WMS Auditorium

(see flyer below for more information and to register for childcare)


Tuesday, April 26 - SEPAC Relaunch Event 6:30 pm on Zoom

(see details and SMORE newsletter link below)


Wednesday, April 27 - Watertown Race Reels (see flyer below)


Thursday, April 28 - Listening Session for School District Leaders with BIPOC Community

5:30 - 7:00 pm in person and on Zoom (see flyer below for more details)


Monday, May 2 - School Committee Meeting 7:00 pm. Zoom link: https://watertown-k12-ma-us.zoom.us/j/85741017316


Tuesday, May 3 - WMS School Site Council 6:30 - 7:30 pm Join Zoom Meeting


Sunday, May 8 - Watertown Walks for Peace


Wednesday, May 11 - WMS PTO Meeting 7:00 pm


Thursday, May 12 - WMS Diversity Council Meeting 6:00 - 7:00 pm (postponed due to Listening Session and WMS Principal Interviews)


Tuesday, May 17 - Dr. Kalise Wornum event 6:30 pm on Zoom (see information below)


Wednesday, May 18 - EARLY RELEASE DAY - 12:30 pm Dismissal



MCAS - MATH

Thursday, May 19

Friday, May 20


MCAS - SCIENCE (Gr 8)

Tuesday, May 24

Wednesday, May 25


2021 - 2022 District School Year Calendar

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A Day / B Day schedule - For all students, specialist classes (Art, Health, Music/Drama, and Tech. Ed) occur on alternate days with Physical Education. I will include the A Day/B Day schedule in my newsletter to help you support your children with materials they may need for each day, for example, sneakers on their PE (gym) days.


Mon. 4/25 - A day

Tues. 4/26 - B day

Wed. 4/27 - A day

Thurs. 4/28 - B day

Fri. 4/29 - A day


Mon. 5/2 - B day

Tues. 5/3 - A day

Wed. 5/4 - B day

Thurs. 5/5 - A day

Fri. 5/6 - B day


Mon. 5/9 - A day

Tues. 5/10 - B day

Wed. 5/11 - A day

Thurs. 5/12 - B day

Fri. 5/13 - A day


Mon. 5/16 - B day

Tues. 5/17 - A day

Wed. 5/18 - B day - EARLY RELEASE DAY 12:30 dismissal

Thurs. 5/19 - A day

Fri. 5/20 - B day


Mon. 5/23 - A day

Tues. 5/24 - B day

Wed. 5/25 - A day

Thurs. 5/26 - B day

Fri. 5/27 - A day


Mon. 5/30 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day

Tues. 5/31 - B day

Wed. 6/1 - A day

Thurs. 6/2 - B day

Fri. 6/3 - A day


Please email me with any questions, concerns, or input you may have. As always, we will work together as a community! #wmsstrong


Take good care of each other,

All my best,


Donna

Upcoming Grade 8 DC trip dates

Tuesday, April 26th - Give out final payment form and med forms in homeroom


Monday, May 2nd - Final payment due


Wednesday, May 4th - Parent/Caregiver meeting (Zoom) 6:00 pm


Thursday, May 5th - Student meeting (what to pack, what to wear, how to behave, example itinerary of the week, money) - auditorium during 8th-grade WIN

  • Give out dress code, packing, behavior contract - “bus ticket” and FAQ


Thursday, May 12th during WIN in the cafe- submit roommates - everyone’s payments must be in, must all write the same 2 or 4 names.


Friday, May 13th - All med forms due


Tuesday, May 31st - Meet with chaperones and finalize chaperone groups & busses


Friday, June 3rd - Finalize Details with students briefly during WIN


Monday, June 6th - Check-in in the morning - fill out form for luggage, tell kids their chaperone and bus

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SEPAC Relaunch Event

The new SEPAC leadership board invites all interested members of the Watertown Community to join us at our upcoming Relaunch Event Tuesday, April 26, at 6:30 via Zoom.


Here is the SMORE Newsletter about the event.


Come meet the new leadership board, learn about the mission of the Watertown SEPAC, find out about upcoming events, and connect with other caregivers invested in accessible education for all Watertown students. SEPAC membership is open to all and we are striving to include all voices, contributions, and perspectives. If you have additional questions you can reach the SEPAC at wps_sepac@watertown.k12.ma.us

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FINAL WEEK OF THE AMAZING ART SHOW!

We are having an in-person Grades 6-12 Watertown Public Schools Art Show again this year at the Watertown Mall.


Show Dates:

Tuesday, April 12 - Thursday, April 28.


**Please see the list below for Art Show Participants!**


Karen Stern

Art Teacher

Watertown Middle School

http://watertownmiddleschoolart.blogspot.com/

Instagram: wms_artroom_

Cluster / Department Smore Newsletters are Here!

Please click on the Smore links to read all about the exciting teaching and learning taking place throughout the school!


Cluster 1


Cluster 2


Cluster 3


Cluster 4


Cluster 5


Cluster 6


World Language / Reading (look in Smore for conference sign-up times)


Ms. Sorenson: Wilson Reading


Math with Mr. Donato


Specialists

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Community Service Updates!

The Snow Shoveling program is back at WMS! If your child is interested in earning community service hours by shoveling snow for an elderly neighbor this winter, this is the program for them! Permission forms are available in the main office, or you can print the form attached below. Shortly after the form is submitted to the main office at the middle school, someone from the rec department will reach out with your child's assignment.


This form will be used by all students to log their hours.


This is the form for caregivers to submit ideas for community service opportunities.


At WMS, it is recommended that 6th graders complete at least 10 hours of community service, 7th graders complete at least 15 hours, and 8th graders complete at least 20 hours.

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. McDermott at christopher.mcdermott@watertown.k12.ma.us

Updates from the Watertown Recreation Department!

  • Information/Links for the April Vacation Programs are attached below



  • The Watertown Recreation Department Pequossette Summer Program Packet is now available for viewing.

    Online registration will begin Wednesday, March 23 at 12:00pm by selecting the Online Registration link on the Recreation website.

    The website is: https://recreation.watertown-ma.gov and then select Online Registration at the top.

    In addition to registering online, you must fill out all the forms completely which are now fillable.

    Remember to use your child’s grade that he/she will in the fall of 2022.

    Please reach out to the department at 617-972-6494 or recreation@watertown-ma.gov if you have questions, comments or concerns.

WMS Diversity Council

Thursday, May 12 from 6:00-7:00 pm


Upcoming Meetings:

Thursday, May 26


We look forward to having both WMS Staff and Parents/Caregivers join us!

WMS School Site Council

Tuesday, May 3, 2022 Join Zoom Meeting

6:30 - 7:30 pm


Meetings will be held on the first Tuesday of each month, and are currently scheduled for:

May 3

June 7

PTO Meetings

It's not too late to get involved with the WMS PTO! In the next few meetings, we will be discussing end-of-year events and celebrations! We hope to see you there!

Meetings are typically held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm and are currently scheduled for the following:


May 11

June 8


Looking forward to seeing you there!

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**EMERGENCY ALERTS**

To get Emergency Alerts from the Town of Watertown text WATERTOWNMA to 888-777. Your cell phone number will be into the system without having to establish an Everbridge account. You also have the opportunity to add your email address into the system at this time. You would then receive all emails and/or texts from the system. If you already have an Everbridge account, this is not necessary, as you will continue to receive the notifications sent by the town.