Westport Middle School Newsletter

August 2021

Principal's Welcome!

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Wildcat Students:


Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! This is an exciting time for Westport Community Schools. While there has been a lot of change within the district, it is extremely thrilling to see the opening of a brand new building and the reformation of Westport Middle School! I am ecstatic to be working alongside the families and staff of Westport Middle School in supporting the educational, social, and emotional needs of students in Grades 5-8.


The mission of the Westport Middle School is to educate all students to become 21st century learners, to seek and value knowledge, and to emerge as productive citizens in a global community. I hold all students to high standards for their individual success and commitment to the school’s mission statement while fostering an inclusive Wildcat community. Education is a collaborative effort between families and the school community, and open communication is critical for a student’s success. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or concerns regarding your child(ren).


On behalf of the entire Westport Middle School administration and staff, I wish everyone a happy and healthy school year. Go Wildcats!


Sincerely,

Laura Charette

Westport Middle School Principal

Guidance Department

Marie Fallows - Grade 5, 6, and 7 Guidance Counselor (mfallows@westportschools.org)


Victoria Gong - Grade 8 Guidance Counselor (vgong@westportschools.org)


Jennifer Borelli - Grade 5, 6, 7, and 8 School Adjustment Counselor (jborelli@westportschools.org)


Jackie Corey - Guidance Clerk (jcorey@westportschools.org)

Community Portal

This year, we will utilize the Community Portal for student schedules, progress reports, and report cards. The Community Portal can be accessed through the Parents tab of the district website.


PAPER COPIES OF PROGRESS REPORTS AND REPORT CARDS WILL NOT BE MAILED HOME.


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

Transportation

The link below accesses the district website and this year's transportation plan.

Student Drop Off and Pick Up

Student drop off begins at 7 AM each morning. Student drop-off and pick-up will occur at the east entrance near the front of school building. Parents should use the west entrance near Westport Elementary School, drive behind the WMHS building to the east side, and exit at the east entrance near the Westport Library. Students will exit their vehicles at the east entrance near the front of the school building. At the end of the school day, students who are picked up will meet their respective vehicles at the east side of the building.


Bus riders will be dropped off and picked up at the Main Entrance of WMHS.

Morning Report Locations

Students in Grades 5-8 will report to the Auditorium prior to the start of the school and will remain there until dismissal to Homeroom at 7:25 AM.


Free breakfast is available each morning starting at 7 AM. Students in Grades 5-8 who choose to eat breakfast will have a designated space in the Cafeteria to do so.

Westport Middle School Bell Schedule

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Westport Middle School Daily Rotation

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September Rotation

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Building Maps

From the WMHS Athletic Director

Middle school Boys and Girls Soccer tryouts will begin after school on Tuesday, September 7. Please check the Athletics page of the website for additional info and updates.


Jason Pacheco

WMHS Athletic and Activities Director

jpacheco@westportschools.org

Upcoming September Events

First Day of School

Tuesday, Sep. 7th, 7:30am-2pm

400 Old County Road

Westport, MA

Grades 5 and 6 Student Assemblies

Thursday, Sep. 9th, 12-12:30pm

WMHS Auditorium

Grades 7 and 8 Student Assemblies

Thursday, Sep. 9th, 1-1:30pm

WMHS Auditorium

WMS Open House

Tuesday, Sep. 14th, 6-8pm

400 Old County Road

Westport, MA

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Picture Day

Thursday, Sep. 16th, 8am-12pm

WMHS Auditorium

All staff and students will need to have their picture taken. Please email Jason Pacheco at jpacheco@westportschools.org with any questions.

End of Summer Reminders

This year, Back to School Forms will need to be filled out electronically. Please contact Executive Secretary Michael Harrison at 774-309-3022 if you have any questions regarding this paperwork.


All parents/guardians and students should read the Student Handbook which can be accessed on the WMS website after September 2. Important information regarding attendance policies and the Code of Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook. All parents/guardians and students will need to use Docusign to sign off on receipt of the Student Handbook.


Summer Reading assignments for students in Grades 5-8 can be found on the Middle High School tab of the district website. You can also access these assignments through the link below. If you have any questions regarding Summer Reading, please contact Laura Charette, WMS Principal.


School Supply Lists for Grades 5-8 can be found below. SCHOOL SUPPLIES ARE PERSONAL SUPPLIES. STUDENTS SHOULD BRING IN WHAT THEY CAN COMFORTABLY CARRY ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL. EXTRA SUPPLIES WILL REMAIN IN LOCKERS AND CAN BE ACCESSED AS NEEDED.