WMS Family Smore

August 28, 2022

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Dear WMS Families,

We have been working hard to get WMS ready for the school year from preparing the building, ensuring student schedules are accurate, to welcoming new teachers to the WMS community.

As you prepare to send your children back to school, please review the WMS SOARS principles: Success, Ownership, Achievement, Respect and Service with your children, as core values of our WMS school community. We are in the process of bringing the school website up to date, and the 2022-2023 Family Handbook with more information about SOARS and other WMS practices will be posted in the coming days.

Moving forward, I will send family smores on Fridays/Sundays, in preparation for the following week. In next week’s Smore, I will share the most important information for the first day of school, September 6th, 2022.

In the meantime, keep reading your One School One Book.


Ms. Jennifer Chen Fein


Watertown Middle School


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Beginning of School Year placements and forms were mailed yesterday. Students will receive their cluster and advisory placement in the mail and will receive the rest of their schedule on the first day of school. Students and families are reminded that cluster placement is a complex process made with a team of dedicated and knowledgeable educators. Opportunities to see old friends happen on and off cluster, and one of the best parts of middle school is the opportunity to make new friends.

The name on the sticker in the letter is your child's advisory teacher, which indicates their cluster.

Cluster 1 - Grade 6

Zack Allen (English)

Ann Palermo (Math)

Jessie Daigneault (Science)

Megan Lipson (Social Studies)

Jim Duffy (Special Education)

Keila Campos (ESL)

Cluster 2 - Grade 6

Kara Conceison (English)

Alison Tammaro (Math)

Margaret Ferguson-Maltzman (Science)

Chris McDermott (Social Studies)

Lori Murphy (Special Education)

Cluster 3 - Grade 7

Ellen Fitanides (English)

TBD (Math)

Heather Smith (Science)

Jim Kirkcaldy (History)

Andrew Allegro (Special Education)

Sarah Schoenbeck (ESL)

Cluster 4 - Grade 7

Lisa McDonagh (ELA)

Phil Martin (Math)

Karen MacAulay (Science)

Kerri Lorigan (SS)

Mary Sullivan (Special Education)

Sheila Gilmartin (ESL)

Cluster 5 - Grade 8

Dan Skop (English)

Eddie Cafua (Math)

Elissa Willoughby (Science)

Karen Kline (History)

Meg Griffin (Special Education)

Cluster 6 - Grade 8

Aine Dirrane (English)

Aram Manoukian (Math)

Katherine Poulin-Kerstein (Science)

Laura Shock (History)

Kathy Kiernan (Special Education)

Zara Rix (ESL)

WMS Schedule Information

Schedules for the Year:

Here are some helpful links to schedule information at WMS for the year.

First Day Of School Schedule:

The first day of school can be exciting, intimidating, and fun, all at once! To ensure a smooth transition into the school year, we will have a modified schedule on the first day of school. This will allow students and teachers to start the day together in advisory to build community, set school expectations, and understand their schedule. Then, every class will meet for 44 minutes (instead of 53 in our typical schedule), so that students can meet every teacher and practice traveling to their next class. Specials and PE classes, which alternate days, will have students spend about 20 minutes in each class, starting with the class they have listed first. We will end our day in WIN, which will be the advisory groups from the morning, to check in about how the day went, before dismissal. See below for sample student schedules.

What I Need (WIN):

One final schedule structure I want to share with families is for WIN or “What I Need”. This is a period of the day where students can get support and/or enrichment in a number of classes. We plan to have three phases of WIN this year, with these approximate timelines:

  • September: Students and teachers are in Advisory groupings to establish a sense of community and learn digital literacy lessons.

  • October - January: Students have some choice and/or are placed in WIN activities, with a “WIN ⍺” and “WIN β” day which alternate. This gives students and teachers the opportunity to work with two groups of students, every other day. Students will be placed in intervention groups based on i-Ready assessments taken in September. Students may also have services such as Resource, be in one or two performance groups, or extend their thinking with teachers who are not working with students needing intervention or academic support.

  • February - June: Using mid-year i-Ready assessment data, students will be placed again in a “WIN ⍺” and “WIN β” class, similar to those run in the previous months. This gives an opportunity to be in different WIN groupings throughout the year, while still providing consistency.

You are invited to...

August 29: SEPAC Back to School Family Picnic

Watertown SEPAC invites all families to our Back to School Family Picnic on Monday, August 29 from 5:00-6:30pm at Fillippello Park. Please see the attached flyer for more details.

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August 29: Popsicles with the Principal

Students and families are invited to Moxley Field on Monday, August 29 from 3-4pm. The WMS PTO is generously providing popsicles, so stop by. I hope to see many of you!

*Popsicles are on August 29th, not August 30th as the flyer below states*

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August 30: Tour Watertown Middle School

School Tours will be on:

  • Morning, August 30th at 9:00 am

  • Afternoon, August 30th at 3:00 pm

We will meet at those times in the WMS Auditorium for a brief welcome and overview of middle school and a Q & A session. Please enter through the Waverley Street entrance.

After the Q & A session, we will break into smaller groups and tour the school. We will have some 8th-grade experts join us to share their knowledge of WMS!

ALL students are welcome to come with their families! We know there are many entering 6th graders who are excited to see the building and start learning their way around. We also welcome any 7th and 8th graders who are new to Watertown Middle School or would like to refamiliarize themselves with the school.

We look forward to seeing you on these two tour sessions! The custodians have been working tirelessly to get the building ready for everyone, and it's starting to shine!

If you have any further questions please feel free to contact Mr. Patrick Dayton (617) 926-7783, patrick.dayton@watertown.k12.ma.us

Summer Work and School Supplies

Here is the link for the SUMMER WORK website. There is a navigation video at the bottom of the homepage if you have any questions. There are grade-level math activities as well as the One School One Book Information.

Some teachers have a supply list shared at the website above, and the rest of the supplies will be communicated in the first few days of school. It is a good idea for students to arrive with basic materials including: pens, pencils, notebooks, and a fully charged chromebook. Reach out to your child’s guidance counselor (see below for contact information) for information regarding supplies available at WMS for students and families who may need them.

Chromebook reminder:

  • Grade 6 students will receive a chromebook at WMS during the first week of school. Families do not need to purchase a new chromebook for their child.
  • Grade 7 and Grade 8 students should have brought their chromebooks home for the summer. Students are responsible for bringing that chromebook back to school on the first day, fully charged, and ready to use.

WMS Parent Teacher Organization

The WMS PTO is seeking parents and caregivers to join this year. Meetings are held virtually on the second Wednesday of each month. The first meeting will be on September 14. Reach out to the PTO President Erin Macomber at erin_macomber@neds.org with any questions or to express interest.

Upcoming Dates

  • August 29: 3-4pm Popsicles in the Park, sponsored by the WMS PTO

  • August 29: 5-6:30pm SEPAC Back to School Picnic

  • August 30: 9-10am, 3-4pm Optional tours of WMS for incoming 6th grade students and any new students.

  • September 6: 8:30am-3pm First day of school for students (doors open at 7:45am for breakfast in the cafeteria)

  • September 7: 6pm Fall Sports Information Meeting (WMS Auditorium)

  • Watertown Public Schools Calendar 2022-2023

WMS Family Smores Archive

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