WMS Family Newsletter

Connecting Families to School - April 2016


PARCC Information - from PARCC Updates' email

Parents: Help Your Child Prepare With this Checklist

PARCC has released a five-step checklist that will help parents get their kids ready for testing. The checklist features links to a host of assessment-related resources from both PARCC and partners such as the National Parent Teacher Association, Learning Heroes, Raise the Bar, and Great Kids, that will provide both parents and teachers with information about when the assessments will be given in their child's district, what will be expected of them when they are testing, and much more.

Both parents and teachers may also use the checklist to find practice tests, along with released items on the Partnership Resource Center.

PARCC Website Adds New Materials for 2016 Testing

PARCCOnline.org, the homepage for the PARCC assessment consortium, now features new information about the 2016 assessments. Parents, educators and students can find more information about what's different about this year's assessments (also be sure to view the graphic the New Jersey Department of Education created about the changes), and learn about the growing list of independent studies showing that PARCC measures what matters.

Tardiness - School Start Time - 7:25 am

Parents should be dropping off their children before 7:25 in the morning. Our school doors open at 7:25 am. Students are required to be in their homeroom seat by 7:35 in order to be considered on time.

Each morning robocalls are sent out to families whose child is tardy or absent. To ensure that you will receive these calls, see the details below under "Skyward" on how to get online parent access and the directions to update your information.

Team 6-4 - the Sea Stars News

In English, students are in the beginning stages of their Argument Writing unit. Some of the essential questions they are focusing on are, What does it mean to argue in support of a claim ? What makes an argument compelling ? How is Argument writing different from Narrative writing ? Students are continuing to complete homework assignments on No Red Ink and reading books as part of their independent reading book requirement.

In Social Studies, we are beginning our study of Ancient Greece. We will analyze its Geography, People, and Government over the course of the next few weeks. "In many ways we are all sons and daughters of Ancient Greece." ~Nia Vardalos

In science class, the students will continue their study about the Earth, Sun and Moon. Students have learned and completed activities explaining why Earth experiences the seasons. Next, the focus will turn to the moon phases and tides. Ending the astronomy unit, the students will look at the universe and where Earth is located.

Team 7-4

They will be participating in Law Day again this year. It has been over 10 years that they have participated. They will have Honorable Howard S. Portney and Stephen A. Smith Esquire visit. They will speak about the 50th anniversary of Miranda vs Arizona. This is the case that gave us Miranda rights.

Team 7-7

We have worked all year with students about teamwork and responsibility.

Ms. Faella's Class

Our 6th grade class is learning about Ancient Egypt. We are learning about the Ancient Egyptians, exploring and building pyramids, making a mummy, deciphering hieroglyphics and learning through videos, activities and games.

Financial Literacy - Mrs. Lorea's Classes

Sixth graders are learning about Income, Sales, Property and Payroll Taxes as well as Gross Pay and Net Income. Seventh and eighth graders are learning about the costs associated with owning and operating an automobile, such as Base Price, Options, Gasoline, Maintenance and Insurance.

Music Department

Congratulations to the Woonsocket Middle School Concert Band on their performance at the RIMEA Junior High Band Festival on March 31, 2016. The WMS Concert Band was the first to perform in the afternoon session, which allowed them the opportunity to listen to four other bands perform at the junior high musical level. Ensembles from Moses Brown, two East Providence middle schools and one from Pawtucket played beautifully. The Woonsocket Middle School band members were fantastic audience members and received an EXCELLENT rating!! Their performance was full of spirit and displayed their hard work. Mrs. Carnes and Ms. Denton have been working diligently with these students for the past few months. We are sure these dedicated musicians will continue to make the Woonsocket School District proud! Next festival is the RIMEA Choral Festival and we are cheering on the members of this fine ensemble!

Wednesday, April 13 7/8th Grade Chorus will attend the RIMEA State Choral Festival at Martin Middle School. We will leave school at 8am and return at 1:30pm. The cost is $10 and that includes a buffet lunch at B. Pinelli's in East Providence. Students are to wear their WMS Music Dept. shirt, and to order one if they need one. Permission slips are out right now. We still need chaperones, please volunteer at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f4faaa62ba7fd0-78th

Tuesday, May 17


We have been invited to sing the national anthem at the Pawtucket Red Sox. We are encouraging all students to participate in this optional event. The tickets will be free for singing students. We will have special rate tickets to sell to families and friends who would like to attend. Students will have the option of riding a bus or riding separately with their family to the park. Forms to follow. If you would like to chaperone on the bus, please volunteer at: http://www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E0F4FAAA62BA7FD0-pawsox


WMS Hamlet Library

April is School Library Month. This year’s theme is “School Libraries Transform Learning”. School libraries are an important part of your child’s education. Start a conversation with your child today about his or her experience in the WMS Hamlet Library. Learn more about the ways that school libraries and school librarians impact your student’s learning by clicking on this site by the American Association of School Librarians -


WMS Villa Nova Library

Thank You to the parents, students, and teachers who helped to make the Villa Nova Library book fair a success! Sales totaled $3,465 resulting in a 25% profit for the library or $866. All the proceeds from the book fair are used to buy books for the library and help supplement the library’s annual budget of $650. Congratulations to the 25 winners of the “Caught reading” raffle and the 25 winners of the book fair raffle. Every winner selected a prize from a variety of books and posters, and left the library with a smile!

From the School Nurses

A great resource for parents of students with allergies: SnackSafely.com

Parents of students entering 7th grade in September:

Students need an updated physical and immunizations including Tdap, Meningitis, HPV and #2 Varicella before entering 7th grade. Students can drop these off in the nurse's office or your doctor can fax these to the school nurse.

Parents of students entering 8th grade in September:

Students need a 2nd HPV vaccine.

Parents please check with your pediatrician if your child is up-to-date or call your school nurse.

The school nurses continue to collect can tabs to benefit the Ronald MacDonald house.

Please remember if your child is ill or has a temperature of 100 or above,do not send them to school. Your child must be fever free for 24 hours before returning. They can spread the illness to others in the building.

Students should not be out of class to see the nurse for cough drops,lip balm or other items they should bring from home.Many students fall behind from missing valuable class time.

Mrs. Trudeau

Hamlet 235-6110 Fax: 235-6124

Mrs Pare

Villa Nova 235-6125 Fax: 235-6139


Check out the WMS school counseling website by visitinghttp://novaguidance.weebly.com/ or going on to our school website and looking under the School Counseling tab. Learn about many of our exciting leadership programs, access resources to support your child's social and emotional health, read about our Students of the Quarter and find helpful information about grade reporting and making the middle school transition.

CCF - 21st CCLC Program

CCF-WMS 21st CCLC Program

The Spring After-school Program Session began on Monday, March 21st and ends on Thursday, May 19th. There is still time to sign up for programs with the exception of Creative Chef, Minecraft and Soccer.

Spring Adventure Camp

There is a camp available for students during April vacation week (April 18th - 22nd) from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Villa Nova. Breakfast is provided. Please bring a bag lunch. Activities include: sports, arts & crafts, games and field trips. Cost - CCF members: $10.00 camp fee/New members: $25.00 ($15.00 CCF membership/$10.00 camp fee)

Upcoming Events:

Thursday, April 14, 2016 - Family Sports and Games Night at Villa Nova cafeteria and gym from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Friday, May 13, 2016 - Theater Club's presentation of "Hairspray Jr." musical at Villa Nova cafeteria at 7:00 p.m. ($10.00 at the door)

Thursday, May 19, 2016 - After-school Program End of the Year Celebration at Villa Nova cafeteria from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Please contact Ms. Costa at 401-235-6125 or scosta@woonsocketschools.com with any questions.

Pennies for Patients

The Pennies for Patients campaign was another great success this year. WMS raised over $1500.00 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society! Congratulations to Mrs. McCarthy (Hamlet) and Ms. Ducharme's (Villa Nova) homerooms. These homerooms raised the most in their respective buildings and will enjoy a pizza party. Thank you to all who donated and helped with this very worthy cause.

Yearbooks are on sale!

Pre-sale price is until April 15: Hardcover $25 or Softcover $20 After April 15th the price is: Hardcover $30 or Softcover $25. Check us out on Facebook and find the quick link to pay online or pay in your school office!


Goodwill Clothing Bin

Please deposit any used clothing that you no longer need. All proceeds raised go to our Student Council. You can find the bin at the back entrance of the complex behind the Hamlet building.

Calendar of Events

Tuesday, April 5th
  • During school hours only - Career Day - Hamlet building

Wednesday, April 8th

  • During school hours only - Career Day - Villa Nova building
Thursday, April 9th
  • 6 pm - 8 pm -9th Grade Informational Night for 8th Graders - Hamlet cafeteria

Monday, April 11th

  • PARCC testing begins
  • 5:30 pm - SIT committee meeting - Hamlet cafeteria
  • 6:30 pm - PTO meeting - Hamlet cafeteria

Wednesday, April 13th

  • 7 pm - School Committee Meeting - Hamlet cafeteria
Thursday, April 14th
  • 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm - Family Sports and Games Night - Villa Nova cafeteria and gym
Monday, April 18th to Friday, April 22nd
  • NO SCHOOL - Spring Recess
  • 9 am - 2 pm - Spring Adventure Camp - must register - Villa Nova building
Tuesday, April 26th
  • NO SCHOOL - Presidential Primary Day
Wednesday, April 27th
  • 7 pm - School Committee Meeting - Hamlet cafeteria

Save the Dates

  • 8th Grade Semi-Formal will be on June 3rd at Savini's Restaurant from 5:30-9pm
  • 8th Grade Celebrations will be held between June 14th-16th (specific dates and times to be announced soon)