WMS Community Bulletin 4-12-20

EXCELLENCE*EQUITY*COMMUNITY

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Watertown Middle School 2019-2020

Hello Watertown Middle School Community,


Hello and Happy Sunday - I hope this community bulletin finds you and your family, near and far, healthy and well. For those of you who celebrate Easter or Passover, I hope you enjoyed the holidays and were able to relax with family members. From my walks around the neighborhood this weekend, it is evident that spring has sprung! There are so many beautiful flowers and blossoms already!


We are entering Week 2 of Phase 2 of Remote Learning, and many students are having success by following a schedule, attending scheduled Zoom meetings, and checking in with their teachers. If your child finds any part of the routine overwhelming, please contact their teachers or guidance counselor. We are here to support the students and help them access their academic work, as well as support their social-emotional well-being.


All students should be attending the four "core" subjects: Math, ELA, History, and Science. Additionally, students have a World Language or Reading class, PE, and a Specialist class. Specialist classes are new for Term 4 starting Monday, 4/13, and the schedule is posted below.


The Zoom meetings / Community meetings have been going well, but I will emphasize again that school appropriate behavior is the expectation at all times, and that student safety is at the forefront of our minds. Please reinforce with your children that when they sign in to Zoom, they must use their real first and last name. If they do not, they will not be admitted to the class and will receive no credit for the class. If there is a security issue with using their first and last names, please contact the teacher, Mr. Del Porto, or me. We want to keep all students safe and ensure that only WMS students are present during Zoom meetings.


Mr. Cloherty and I have been working with WHS to continue the process of transitioning the 8th graders to the high school. More information about this process will be coming out this week. Information about the incoming 6th-grade process will be coming out soon as well.


I hope to see many of you at the Zoom PTO meeting on Wednesday night. More information is below. Please tell your children we miss them very much and hope everyone is well. We are looking forward to seeing pictures of them during Spirit Week this week! (More information below). Have a wonderful week.


Take good care of each other,

All my best,


Donna

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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.

Weekly Cluster Schedules / Links to Schedules

Cluster 1: Here is the link to the Cluster 1 weekly schedule/Smore:

https://www.smore.com/0udap-cluster-1-update?ref=email-content#w-0768531109


Cluster 2: Here is the link to the Cluster 2 weekly schedule/Smore:

https://www.smore.com/yg53p-cluster-2-schedule-assignments?ref=email-content#w-4476694851


Cluster 3: Here is the LINK to the Cluster 3 weekly schedule and the LINK to the Cluster 3 Smore.


Cluster 4: Here is the link to the Cluster 4 assignments and information: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1UFZ3vtTrGSC6f38mKHPAYIGNH6mImvtzbemFoYpr-rc/edit


Cluster 5: Here is the link to the Cluster 5 weekly schedule/Smore: Cluster 5


Cluster 6: This document has all of the Cluster 6 assignments for next week. We will also be posting this doc to the Cluster Google Classroom.

Weekly Specialist Schedules - TERM 4 begins Monday, April 13th

All students will be changing their specialists on Monday, April 13th. They should be rotating to the Specialist they have not had so far this year. If they do not know which specialist they have, they should contact their HR teacher, guidance counselor, Mr. Del Porto, or me, and we can let them know which class they have.


Here is the link to the Specialist Zoom Schedule for all grades:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1qvtrWi-puKctgIHPznOrl3qk_ZdxSJkCoiM_aNdNyRY/edit

An Update from Senora C to her students and families

Updates from Ms. Maroni-Wagner in the WMS Library

For the latest information on digital literary resources and WMS Library happenings, read the weekly WMS Library Newsletter.

Family Educational Technology Support Sessions

Please see information about Upcoming Family Educational Technology Support Sessions:


https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WC8RbmHI2L4aH6FPe4Go3zpbAPavLQSf6wOcQnxoPnM/edit?ts=5e8f38af

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PTO News - PTO Meeting Wednesday, April 15th

We will have a PTO Meeting on Zoom this Wednesday, April 15th at 7:00 pm. It would be great to see as many of you as possible! Here is the Zoom information:

Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/650959799?pwd=enJBV3N3azI5Z3VEZS9seGx1ZnRSdz09 Meeting ID: 650 959 799 Password: 841684


The PTO is still requesting your family recipes! WMS International Cookbook Information


We are also looking for students to submit designs for the cover of the Cookbook!

8th to 9th grade transition letter

Please see this LETTER which contains a great deal of information about the transition from 8th grade at WMS to 9th grade at WHS.

2020-2021 Middle School BUSING - REGISTER ONLINE NOW

Please find the information regarding busing for WMS for the 2020-2021 school year HERE.
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Read Aloud BINGO!

Please check out this LINK to see the fun Read Aloud BINGO activity! See many of your favorite teachers read the first chapter of some terrific books! :)

Community Meetings and Expectations

Many teachers and students have started meeting on ZOOM or Google Hangouts/Meet for face to face Community Meetings, and it has been great to "see" each other and re-connect and catch up with each other. :) However, there are certain expectations we have for these meetings. The teachers have conveyed them to the students, but we ask that you please reinforce them with your child(ren).


  • Please follow school dress code (no pajamas)

  • School appropriate language and behavior

  • Respect each other during the meeting

  • Students (and teachers) have the option to turn off their video if they are more comfortable participating that way

  • The Community Meeting will not be recorded by the teacher, and no part of it should ever be recorded by a student.

  • This is a fun way to re-connect, but we also need to keep it school/professional. Everyone should be sitting up as we would in a classroom. It is possible to change the background of the video if you would rather no one sees your location.

  • Should anything inappropriate occur during the Community Meetings, the teacher will report the behavior to Mr. Del Porto or me, and parents/guardians will be contacted. The incident will be recorded just as if we were in school.



If you have any questions, please reach out to your child's teacher or me. If you have technology issues or questions, please reach out to Mr. Del Porto at jason.delporto@watertown.k12.ma.us

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources

The SEL section of the WPS Extended Learning Opportunities website is up and running, and it is fantastic! Check it out here: WPS Social Emotional Learning Resources
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Watertown Library Updates - Let's all get Reading!!

Many of you have asked how to help...

One important way to help is by donating to the WATERTOWN FOOD PANTRY.


The Watertown Council on Aging administers the Watertown Food Pantry, which provides food assistance to any Watertown resident in need.


LOCATION: The Food Pantry is located at the rear of the Belmont-Watertown United Methodist Church at 80 Mt. Auburn Street. The entrance to the Food Pantry is around the left corner of the church (formerly St. John's) from the parking lot at the side of the building, basement level. Look for the Watertown Food Pantry signs.


DAYS and HOURS: The food pantry has changed their days and hours due to COVID-19. They are only open Tuesdays from 10am to 2pm until further notice. This is a link to the town website with the information.


https://www.watertown-ma.gov/250/Watertown-Food-Pantry


CONTACT: Call the Council on Aging/Senior Center at 617-972-6490 for more information, to volunteer, and to donate.

Dr. Galdston's Update 4-9-20

Here is the information that Dr. Galdston sent out on 4-9-20:


Smore for Translation of Community Overview of Extended Learning Plan

Watertown Middle School

While we are out of school, please email with any questions, or text/call my work cell (617-631-6807)

Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.


Thank you,

Donna Martin, Principal