WMS Community Bulletin 11-29-20

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

Hello Watertown Middle School Community,


I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend and a restful long weekend! A reminder that we have extra Remote Learning days next week. Please see details below.


Here are some important upcoming dates:


Monday, November 30 - First Day of Term 2


Monday, November 30 and Tuesday, December 1 - Remote Learning for ALL students


Wednesday, December 2 - School Site Council meeting 6:30-8:00 pm

Join Zoom Meeting https://watertown-k12-ma-us.zoom.us/j/96781118971


Thursday, December 3 - Covid testing for students in Cohort A (optional)


Thursday, December 3 - Virtual Parent/Guardian Conferences - 1-3 pm and 6-8 pm


Thursday, December 3 - Community Forum with Dr. Galdston at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom


Friday, December 4 - Covid testing for students in Cohort B (optional)


Friday, December 4 - Title 1 Parent Coffee Zoom Meeting 10:00 am https://watertown-k12-ma-us.zoom.us/j/95357574694. (see additional information below)


Tuesday, December 8 - Virtual Parent/Guardian Conferences - 1-3 pm and 5-7 pm


Wednesday, December 9 - PTO meeting 7:00 pm


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For the Thanksgiving holiday, please remember that it was important for all of us to follow state and CDC guidelines regarding social distancing and limitations on gatherings in order to keep you, your family members, and your children’s educators safe and healthy. If you did elect to travel to areas affected by the Massachusetts Travel Ban, MA guidelines require a PCR test prior to your child’s return to school, or they must quarantine for 14 days. Please note that out of an abundance of caution and to ensure appropriate staffing after the break, all students and staff, including our high-needs populations, will engage in remote learning on Monday, November 30, and Tuesday, December 1. This will allow WPS families and staff who traveled to high-risk states ample time to obtain PCR test results prior to returning to the school buildings on Wednesday, December 2, and still maintain teaching and learning. Please see Dr. Galdston's Smore Newsletter for all of the details.


Flu Shots Needed! As per state mandates, in-person students will need proof of the influenza vaccine by December 31, 2020. Please email (michelle.laracy@watertown.k12.ma.us) or fax (617 924-4125) paperwork to Nurse Michelle at WMS.


Parent/Guardian/Teacher/Student Conferences are starting this week. Please find all the information you need to sign up HERE. You may have also been contacted by your child's cluster teachers. Please reach out to your child's homeroom teachers if you have any questions. There is also a link below.


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

THANKSGIVING BASKET SUCCESS!!!

WOW! The Watertown Middle School Community really came together again this year to support families during the Thanksgiving season! 40 Baskets in all!!! Including:


$800 in gift cards

380 potatoes

280 carrots

100 pies and desserts

40 turkeys

60 cans of cranberry sauce

320 bread rolls

40 jugs of apple cider

160 sticks of butter

100 onions

100 cans of peas and corn


Just wow! Thank you to everyone who contributed! So proud to be a part of this caring and generous community!

COMMUNITY SERVICE!

Community service is up and running at WMS! Please see the attached document to view information on safety, tracking hours, and opportunities. Just as a reminder, it is recommended that 6th-grade students complete 10 hours of community service, 7th-grade students 15, and 8th-grade students 20.


Community Service Information


One main Community Service opportunity which is currently taking place is our annual Coats for Kids collection!


  • Coats For Kids

    • When you drop off coats for our annual Coats for Kids drive, you will earn 20 minutes for each coat (3 coats = 1 hour) The coat donation box will be placed right outside the Waverly Ave entrance Monday through Friday 8:30 - 12:30 until further notice.

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!

WMS Winter Sports Update from AD Ryan Murphy

Middle School Boys Basketball - No Program this winter

Middle School Girls Basketball - No Program this winter

High School Boys Ice Hockey - 7 and 8th Graders are eligible

High School Girls Ice Hockey - 6, 7, and 8th Graders are eligible

High School Boys Basketball - No Middle Schoolers are eligible

High School Girls Basketball - 8th Graders are eligible


Please see the official letter that was sent home to all families attached below.

PTO Update!

Please help us as we embark on new ways of fundraising for the WMS PTO for what will definitely be a new and challenging year! Click the campaign below to see our fundraising goals this year and what we are hoping to support.


https://go.rallyup.com/wmspto


Stop and Shop Program:

Our school, Watertown Middle School, ID#: 10628 has the opportunity to participate in and earn CASH from A+ School Rewards, a great fundraising program run through your local Stop & Shop! See the letter attached below for more information. It's an easy way to earn money for the students of the school!

Title 1 Schoolwide Program, K-8

The Watertown Public School System and its Title I Schoolwide Program, K - 8 are committed to continuously improving the opportunities for parents to be actively involved in their child's learning at home and in school. We have found this general education support to be highly valuable in helping students improve their math and literacy skills. Title I is the largest Federally funded supplemental education program. It does not replace what the school does; instead, Title I gives schools and students additional resources and instruction in math and reading. Title I partially funds our math and reading support and after school tutoring. Our tutors work closely with the classroom teachers to help improve students’ skills in reading and writing.


This district Parent Involvement Plan serves to outline overall expectations for parent involvement activities and programs, establish an environment for parental participation in Watertown's Title I programs at the school level, and identify the support which the Title I program can provide to assist schools in achieving their goals of supporting student learning. The Title I Home/School Compact outlines school, parent/guardian, and student responsibilities.


We welcome you to join us for an informal meeting for parents at our upcoming Parent Coffee on Zoom where we can talk in more detail around the Title I Schoolwide Program in grades K - 8 and answer any questions you may have, which will be held Friday, December 4th at 10 am. If you have any questions, please contact the school at 617-926-7783.


Title 1 Parent Coffee Zoom Meeting https://watertown-k12-ma-us.zoom.us/j/95357574694

Watertown Recreation - Winter Session I information

LUNCH/MEALS PROGRAM UPDATES


  • School meals are free for ALL students for the entire school year.

  • Students can order a lunch in Community Meeting each morning and will be given out at the end of the day.

  • Lunches should be eaten after you leave school at 12:30

  • The meals will be packaged in easy to carry bags and will contain multiple breakfasts and lunches.

  • If a student requests meals on both of their in-person days they will receive breakfast and lunch for 7 days.


SEE SCHOOL NUTRITION WEBSITE FOR MENU.


GRAB & GO MEAL SITE WILL BE OPEN:

EVERY MONDAY

12 - 1:30PM

&

4:30 - 6PM

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Technology Information for WPS Families

We look forward to supporting you with your educational technology questions.

Please visit the WPS Family Ed-Tech for ALL websites for updated resources.


Here is a link to the weekly 11/15 Family Ed-Tech for All Newsletter, LIVE Ed-Tech Family Support Sessions, Resources, Tutorials & tips that are curated and created, just for you.


Need support! Please complete the WPS Ed-Tech Support Request Form if you need support with Ed-Tech. A member of the WPS Ed-Tech team will reach out to you asap.


Additional Resources:

Below is a curated collection from the extensive PBS LearningMedia and Early Childhood education Libraries hosted on WGBH’s Distance Learning Center. You can use these resources in school or at home as needed.


Thank you and have a terrific day,

Rashmi Pimprikar (District Ed-Tech Coordinator), Digital Learning Team and IT Team

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WMS Attendance Policy and Procedures

From the Handbook (with some Remote Learning updates):


Attendance is the most important aspect of educating our students. When students are not here, they do not have access to instruction.


At Watertown Middle School, we pride ourselves in maintaining a very high attendance rate throughout the year. Understandably, there will be times when our students will need to take time away from school for a variety of excused reasons. The following procedure is in place to ensure good attendance, support our families, and follow state and federal laws.


Students are expected to be present and punctual for all classes. All students must be in Homeroom/Community Meeting (in-person or Zoom) by 8:30 a.m.


If you are having trouble with your Chromebook or have any Tech Difficulties (computer, camera, charging cord, hot spot)...


Call 617-926-7783 and let Ms. Cardillo or Ms. Brackett know.


“My name is (your name) and I have (teacher name) right now and I am having Tech Trouble. Can you please let my teacher know?”


Tardiness

A student is considered tardy if he or she is not in homeroom by 8:30 a.m. Teachers will mark students tardy when they are late to homeroom and/or late to class.


Absences

In the event that a student is tardy or absent, a parent or guardian must call the absence hotline at 617-926-7783 before 8:30 a.m. Please state the name, grade, and homeroom of the student. In the event that the absence is not reported, the school will call the student’s home or the place of employment of the parent or guardian to verify the absence.


Please see the Handbook for further details describing Excused Absences versus Unexcused Absences.


Resulting Actions:

● After 3 days of unexcused absences with no contact to the school from the parent, the Assistant Principal will be notified.

● After 5 days of absences (both excused & unexcused) per quarter, a letter of concern will be sent to parents/guardians. At ten absences, a support meeting will be scheduled with parents/guardians, guidance, and administration to create an Attendance Plan, which clearly outlines the school, parent, and student obligations to improve the problem. If absenteeism continues, further action will be taken, up to and including petitioning the Juvenile Courts with a Child Requiring Assistance, (C.R.A.).

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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.