Westport Middle School Newsletter

March 2022

March Wildcat Students of the Month

This month, we had FIVE Wildcat Students of the Month. They are pictured below (left to right):


Victoria Cabral (Grade 8)

Kylie DeCambra (Grade 7) - Not Pictured

Angel Ledesma Gassmann (Grade 5)

Talon Medeiros (Grade 7)

Nathaneil Swauger (Grade 8)



Congratulations Wildcats! We are so proud of you!

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Welcome Mr. Pacheco!

Welcome to Mr. Pacheco, our new 7/8 STEM Teacher!


I am a K-12 graduate of Westport Schools. I played soccer and basketball as a student. In fact, the first thing I said when I found out I got the job here in Westport was "I'm really excited to be a Wildcat again!" I've been teaching science for 22 years. Teaching science has been awesome because it's easy to relate the material to the real and it's super fun. In my free time, you can find me enjoying watching my daughter play basketball, my son skateboard or play lacrosse, and marveling at my wife as she continually adds more chickens and peacocks to her flock. I am also an avid guitar player who records music in my home studio.

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Term 3 Report Cards

Term 3 ends on Tuesday, April 5. Term 3 report cards will be available on the Community Portal on Tuesday, April 12.


If you need Community Portal access, please email lhonohan@westportschools.org.

MCAS Schedule and Reminders

MCAS season is upon us, and our students have worked very hard in preparation for this year's ELA, Math, and Science assessments. The following is this year's MCAS schedule:


  • April 5 and 6: Grade 7 and 8 ELA
  • April 7 and 8: Grade 6 ELA
  • April 13 and 14: Grade 5 ELA
  • May 10 and 11: Grade 5 Math
  • May 12 and 13: Grade 6 Math
  • May 17 and 18: Grade 8 Science
  • May 19 and 20: Grade 7 Math
  • May 24 and 25: Grade 5 Science
  • May 26 and 27: Grade 8 Math


In preparation for the upcoming assessments, please note the following:


  • All assessments are taken digitally on student Chromebooks. Students should arrive to school on their testing dates with a fully charged Chromebook. They should have their charger with them in the event their device needs to be recharged.
  • Students should get plenty of sleep the night before their assessments and eat a healthy breakfast prior to arriving at school.
  • Exams will begin promptly at 7:30 AM. Tardies are disruptive to the testing environment, so students arriving to school after 8 AM will need to makeup their exam on a different day.
  • Makeups will be given for students who are absent on their given testing day.


If you have any questions regarding this year's MCAS administration, please email lhonohan@westportschools.org or your child's respective guidance counselor.

Scheduling for Next School Year

It's hard to believe that we are already at that point of the school year where we are planning for the upcoming year!


Last week, all students in Grades 4, 5, 6, and 7 were given a Music Choice letter to be brought home for guardian signature. We kindly ask that these letters are returned to Homeroom teachers no later than Thursday, April 14 so that all students have an identified music class choice for next school year.


If your student did not receive a letter, please email lhonohan@westportschools.org.


Additionally, if you have any questions regarding your child's schedule for next year, please reach out to their respective guidance counselor. Contact information is as follows:


Chromebooks

At this time, there are no more Chromebooks available for replacement. We are also very limited on loaner Chromebooks especially as we begin MCAS season. Students who come to the office for a loaner Chromebook may not receive one given what is available for the day.


If your student is experiencing any issues related to their assigned Chromebook, please have them come to the Main Office to have it looked at by Tech as soon possible.

Email for Grade 5/6 Students

At this time, email has been disabled for all students in Grades 5 and 6. Students still have access to their Google Calendars, Drive, and Classrooms.

Public Workshop on Bullying

SAVE THE DATE!


On Thursday, May 19, WMS building administration will be hosting a public workshop on bullying at 6 PM in the WMHS Auditorium. There will be two presenters for the evening - Christine Leeman of the Bristol County Sheriff's Department and Attorney Colleen Shea of Stoneman, Chandler, and Miller LLP. We encourage parents, guardians, students, and staff to attended this workshop and learn more about bullying and cyberbullying and their impact on the learning environment of schools.

PTO Updates

Hello Wildcats!


We would like to Thank everyone who volunteered for and donated to the Middle school dances. Also, For those who donated or attended the Casino night in March: We appreciate your support. A Big Thank You to our board members: Kathy Gillet and Rebecca Krzyszton who worked with our sisters on the Wes/ Mac PTO to make this event fabulous. These ladies work tirelessly for the youth in our town. All of our activities and events were fun and successful. Let’s keep it going…..


The Westport Middle-High PTO has some exciting events planned for students this spring!


Mark your calendars for the following upcoming events:

  • April 8th, 2022 - Tentative 5th, 6th & 7th Grade Dance - details to follow

  • April 9th, 2022 - Harlem Wizards Game Sponsored by the WES-MAC PTO

  • June 1-4th 2022 - 8th Grade Washington D.C. Trip

  • June 17, 2022 - 8th Grade Semi-Formal @ Rachel’s Lakesider - more info to come….

  • 2022 MA Walk Challenge - sign up after 4/1/2022 and get ready for the October walk/run for Westport.


We need New Board Members and New Volunteers - without the support of parents, teachers and community we could not run successful events. Please volunteer your time, talents or donate to our organization. Every contribution helps! We can’t continue to offer events for the students and staff without you!!


Visit our Website for the latest PTO information and updates! There you will also find a link for donation and the link to purchase mugs or bracelets. If you have questions or need to contact us, please email us at whspa02790@gmail.com or call 508-493-7671.


Thank You for your support,

All of Us at The Middle-High School PTO

WAB Update

Attention Wildcat Families!!

A note from the Westport Athletic Boosters!!


The Athletic Boosters would like to Congratulate all of our Winter Athletes and the Pep band for a terrific season. Also, to our Spring athletes: We wish them a great season ahead!!!


  • Thank you to everyone for the support at the Mattress Fundraiser!! WE sold over 35 Mattresses!!!

  • To everyone who donated or who purchased our Gift Card Calendars, we thank you! The drawing will start this Friday: April 1st. One name will be drawn each day and the winner posted on facebook and contacted by the board.

  • Did you know the WAB supports our Wildcat athletes each year with stipends for team wear, varsity jackets, senior game posters, flowers, and more. In the past we have purchased score boards, flags, and provided celebratory breakfasts at the end of each season. We also provide scholarships to 4 Athletes each year in the amount of $500.

  • We need your help to keep our organization going!!! We are looking for new board members, volunteers, and ideas for the new year, new school, and a new and bright future for our Wildcat family.


Our Next meeting is on Monday, April 11th at 7 PM:

It is in the Media Center at the New School and always a fun time!!!

Please join us!!!!

Music Boosters Updates

Congratulations to both the Middle School Drama Club on their performance of Matilda, Jr. and the High School Drama Club on their performance of Pippin. Our audiences were spellbound by the exceptional talent that was exhibited on stage! Many thanks to our staff: Mrs. Carvalho, Mrs. Dennis, Mr. Shivers, Mr. Nunes, Mr. Sullivan, Mr. Frost, Mrs. Bedard, our costume coordinator, Tayla Page assistant director and choreographer, our pit orchestra musicians and conductor, Mr. Russell for dedicating countless rehearsal hours to our students after school. Finally, thank you to our students for sharing your talents and your passion for the theater arts with our community. We were extremely proud of you!

WEF Update

Please see the update below from the Westport Education Foundation.

Project 351 Update

Spring Donation Drive to Benefit Cradles to Crayons!


Project 351's Spring Service Project is being led by 8th-Grade Ambassador Abigail Krzyston. The drive is collecting donations of new socks, underwear, and pajamas in sizes newborn to size 14. The drive runs from March 23rd - to April 6th, 2022. Donation bins are located at all Westport Community Schools and at StacyCakes on Main Road in Westport, MA.

For more details visit the Project 351 Web Site or donate directly via the project's Amazon Wishlist. Please contact Abigail directly with any questions.


Thank you for supporting Project 351 and Cradles to Crayons!

WES-MAC PTO Hosts the Harlem Wizards

Saturday, April 9th, 2pm

400 Old County Road

Westport, MA

This event will take place in the WMHS Gymnasium. Please use THIS link to purchase tickets.

No School for Students (Staff Professional Development)

Tuesday, April 12th, 7:30am-2pm

400 Old County Road

Westport, MA

Good Friday - No School

Friday, April 15th, 7:30am-2pm

400 Old County Road

Westport, MA

April Vacation - No School

Monday, April 18th, 7:30am to Friday, April 22nd, 2pm

400 Old Colony Road

Norton, MA