WMS Community Bulletin 06-06-21

EXCELLENCE*EQUITY*COMMUNITY

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(Portuguese)

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(Spanish)

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إذا كنت تستخدم جهاز كمبيوتر ، فافتح هذا في صفحة جديدة. بعد ذلك ، لترجمة هذه النشرة الإخبارية ، انقر فوق الارتباط الموجود على اليمين.

إذا كنت تستخدم الهاتف ، فالمس الشخص الموجود في الدائرة السوداء للحصول على زر الترجمة. (Arabic)

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Եթե համակարգիչ եք, բացեք սա նոր էջում: Ապա, այս տեղեկագիրը թարգմանելու համար կտտացրեք աջ հղմանը: Եթե հեռախոսով եք, դիպչեք սև շրջանի անձին ՝ թարգմանության կոճակը ստանալու համար: (Armenian)

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Watertown Middle School 2020-2021

Dear Watertown Middle School Community,


Happy Sunday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and found ways to stay cool. I know many of you have family and friends who graduated this weekend - Congratulations to the Class of 2021!


In terms of the heat, Dr. Galdston sent this Smore Newsletter regarding mask-wearing outdoors in these high temperatures. Please be sure your children bring refillable water bottles with them to school each day so they may stay hydrated at all times.


For Grade 5 Families: The list of students who will be taking a World Language next year has been finalized. Those families will be receiving an email shortly asking them to choose between Arabic, Italian, and Spanish for next year in grade 6 at WMS. Additional information about each course will be included in that email, as well as who to contact if you have questions. Thank you!


From Dr. McGuinness: Here are the Teaching & Learning - WPS Summer Academic & Enrichment Offerings, June 2021 for your enjoyment and planning purposes. ​This document is a Prek-12 compilation.


Reminders:


PTO Meeting this Wednesday: 7:00 pm Join Zoom Meeting

This will be the final PTO meeting of the year, and we welcome all grade 5 parents/caregivers to join us and chat with current WMS parents/caregivers. We will also be discussing end-of-year events, particularly 8th-grade events.


Please keep in touch with your child's teachers and guidance counselors if they are having a hard time at all with anything: schoolwork, homework, stress, friends, etc. Communication is always the key to helping the children be as successful as possible! :)


Please also feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns. Thank you!


Please be well and take good care of one another.


Respectfully yours,


Donna Martin

Principal

Here are some important upcoming dates:

Monday, June 7 - Ms. Skypeck (rising gr. 6 school counselor) and I will be visiting Cunniff grade 5 classes


Monday, June 7 - School Committee Meeting 7:00 pm


Wednesday, June 9 - Ms. Skypeck (rising gr. 6 school counselor) and I will be visiting Lowell grade 5 classes


Wednesday, June 9 - PTO Meeting 7:00 pm Join Zoom Meeting

All Grade 5 parents/caregivers invited and welcome!


Thursday, June 10 - Ms. Skypeck (rising gr. 6 school counselor) and I will be visiting Hosmer grade 5 classes


Thursday, June 17 - Grade 8 Scavenger Hunt (Details TBA)


Friday, June 18 - Celebration of Juneteenth


Monday, June 21 - Grade 8 Semi (Details TBA)


Monday, June 21 - School Committee Meeting 7:00 pm


Tuesday, June 22 - Last Day of School (early release at 12:30)

Grade 8 Graduation (Details TBA)

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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

Watertown Middle School Math Department Updates

Last Tuesday, June 1, Mathematics Curriculum Coordinators Elizabeth Kaplan and Dan Wulf, along with Mathematics Coach Shephali Chokshi, presented to the Curriculum/Policy Sub-committee of the School Committee regarding mathematics at WMS. Below is the summary of their presentation:


Highlights of 2020/2021


  • All math teachers worked diligently and collaboratively to implement a common curriculum: Illustrative Math/Desmos.

  • WMS hired a new math coach, Shephali Chokshi, who supported and coached all math teachers. This included planning and implementing the curriculum, co-teaching, and working with students.

  • In addition to middle school staff, elementary coaches assisted in purposeful planning for students transitioning from 5th to 6th-grade math.


Updates for 2021/2022 School Year


  • 7th-grade math has historically had two levels of the same math content - PreAlgebra and Advanced PreAlgebra. For the upcoming school year, 7th-grade math will be similar to 6th-grade math in that it will be one level of math. Beyond 7th grade math, the following is currently offered in Watertown:

    • 8th Grade: Two levels of math (8th Grade Math & Algebra); 9th Grade: Algebra and Geometry

  • The math department will be conducting an external math program review in the fall of 2021. For this review, math education leaders from other districts will spend time in Watertown analyzing documents, observing classes, and meeting with teachers, students, and parents. We will be looking for parents to participate in forums with these external reviewers.

  • Teachers will continue to participate in math coaching focused on curriculum, instructional practices, and differentiating instruction to meet the needs of all math learners.

  • We will be using Zearn in grades 6 and 7 as a resource for the middle school WIN (What I Need) block.


Next Steps and Further Resources



Please feel free to reach out to Elizabeth Kaplan, K-7 Math/Science Coordinator, (elizabeth.kaplan@watertown.k12.ma.us) or Dan Wulf, 8-12 Math Coordinator, (daniel.wulf@watertown.k12.ma.us) with any questions.

Creativity Perseveres!

As our community transitioned from Remote School to Hybrid Classes to Fully In-person School, our students, our projects, the way we taught and the way we interacted adapted.


But throughout all those changes, the common thread of creative engagement persevered. Our amazing students came to art classes ready to engage, challenge themselves and learn new skills and concepts. The connections they made in class and the compliments and advice they gave each other, all contributed to the impressive body of student work you will see here. Our artistic community is resilient and creative. They find joy, strength and solace within themselves and share it with our community through visual art.

The Watertown Fine, Applied and Performing Arts Department believes in the power of art to heal, to empower, and to inspire.

We invite you to join us as we connect with and celebrate one another.

In this spirit, we offer you our second Virtual Art Show!

https://sites.google.com/watertown.k12.ma.us/wpsart/home

FREE Summer Enrichment Opportunities for Rising 6th - 12th Grade Students!

Watertown Community Education is pleased to offer FREE summer enrichment courses for Watertown Public Schools students entering grades 6-12! These in-person summer enrichment courses are designed to provide students with the opportunity to try a new hobby, explore an area of interest, engage in activities with their peers, be physically active, and simply have fun! We are most fortunate to share that for the 2021 Summer only, these enrichment courses are being offered FREE of charge to students as we have additional federal funding for schools. Please note that while some of these courses may have an academic component or complement a core subject area, these enrichments are not academic courses, are non-credit-bearing, and do not provide grades. For more information, including full program details, and a list of course offerings, please click here: https://www.smore.com/85u3z. Registration opens on Friday, June 11th at 6:00 PM. Please reach out to Jeff Bodner jeffrey.bodner@watertown.k12.ma.us 857-241-8499 or Debi Cornelius debora.cornelius@watertown.k12.ma.us 857-241-8067 with any questions.

Student Dress Code Reminder

With students coming back to school full time on April 12, we wanted to remind all students and families about the WMS Dress Code as published in the WMS Handbook. Please review this with your child(ren). Thank you!


Student Dress Code

Students’ clothing/dress should reflect their readiness to focus on learning, education and hard work. We recognize that students express themselves in many ways as young adults, but at the same time, school attire should support the scholarly culture that leads to academic success.

Student clothing should be neat, clean, and worn in the manner for which it was designed. If a student is out of dress code, he/she will first get a verbal warning and be asked to change. If the student can’t find appropriate clothing, he/she can use our stock of Watertown athletic clothing as an alternative. If it is a second or repeat offense, the student will be referred to administration for disciplinary action.

Students are expected to adhere to the following guidelines while in school, or while attending a school-sponsored event or field trip:

  1. No clothing or accessories with inappropriate or offensive symbols or statements shall be worn. Some examples include but are not limited to:

    1. References to drugs, tobacco or alcohol

    2. References to discriminatory slurs

    3. References to violence

    4. Sexual connotations

  2. Head coverings shall be worn in the case of religious or health reasons.

  3. Chests, stomachs, buttocks, and all undergarments should be covered at all times. Undergarments should not be visible at any time.

  4. All clothing, including shirts, tops, dresses, pants, shorts, and leggings, must be completely opaque (not see-through).

  5. Clothing must be free of holes, rips, and tears that are inappropriately located.

  6. Night clothing, including but not limited to pajamas, slippers, etc. may not be worn.


Administration reserves the right to evaluate the appropriateness of student dress when needed.

We will evaluate the dress code on an annual basis to adjust for cultural trends


Weekly Learning Plans

All teachers will be updating their Weekly Learning Plans by Friday afternoons, and they are available on the Grade Level / Cluster websites for you and your students to view and be able to plan out activities, expectations, and assignments for the upcoming week. They are linked to the WMS website, and also here:


Grade 6 Website and e-Learning Plans - click here

Grade 7 Website and e-Learning Plans - click here

Grade 8 Website and e-Learning Plans - click here


If you have any questions, please email (or have your student email) the teacher.

Thank you!

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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.