WMS Community Bulletin 01-11-20


Watertown Middle School 2019-2020

Hello Watertown Middle School Community,

Happy Spring! Well, not exactly, but it sure does feel like it today! I think we still have a bit of winter left to go... It's these kind of ups and downs in the weather that lead to sickness, however, so we are constantly reminding the students to wash their hands and cough into their elbows. We are all trying to stay healthy! :)

Our second i-Ready diagnostic tests will be this week and next week. The Mathematics i-Ready will be on Wednesday, January 15th, and the Reading i-Ready will be on Thursday, January 23rd. We are looking forward to seeing the progress the students have made since the fall, and we will share the results with you all as well. Please help your child be prepared for the diagnostics by reminding them to bring to school a set of headphones/earbuds and a reading book on those days. Thank you!

As we enter the new calendar year and several important months of learning, I wanted to share some Attendance Reminders from the WMS Handbook:

Attendance is the most important aspect of educating our students. When students are not here, they do not have access to instruction. To focus attention on the importance of attendance, the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act or No Child Left Behind, specifically mentions attendance, reflecting the increasing awareness that attendance is a key indicator for assessing school and student success.

Students are expected to be present and punctual for all classes. All students must be in homeroom by 8:30 a.m. The school doors open at 7:45 a.m. for students participating in the morning programs, and at 8:20 a.m. for all others. Students are expected to arrive at school at 8:20 a.m. to be ready for the school day.


A student is considered tardy if he or she is not in homeroom by 8:30 a.m. Students who are tardy must report to the office window to sign in and get a pass before going to class or homeroom. Students arriving at school after 11:00 a.m. are considered “absent by tardy,” as they have missed a significant amount of the school day, and will be marked absent for the day.

Students who are frequently late to school will meet with a guidance counselor to problem solve and work with parents/guardians. Students will also be issued a detention for every five times they are late to school and may receive more consequences if the pattern continues. Additionally, if the pattern continues an administrative meeting will be held with parents/guardians, student, guidance and administration.

For Drop Off / Pick Up - Please be sure and use the Bemis Street entrance (NOT Waverly) before 8:30 am. The buses and vans use the Waverly entrance until 8:30 am and it is a safety issue to also have cars use that entrance.

Here are some important upcoming dates:

January 15 - Early Release Day - 12:30 pm dismissal

January 15 - i-Ready Mathematics Diagnostic (bring headphones/earbuds!)

January 15 - PTO meeting 7:00 pm WMS Library

January 16 - In School MLK Assembly

January 16 - Equity Event @ WMS 6:00-8:00 pm (see information and flyer below)

January 20 - NO SCHOOL

January 20 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Breakfast (information below)

January 22 - Grade 8 to visit WHS

January 23 - i-Ready Reading Diagnostic (bring headphones/earbuds!)

January 27 - Last day of Term 2 / Semester 1

January 28 - First day of Term 3 / Semester 2

January 28 - Anti-Bias Coalition meeting 5:30-7:00 pm

February 5 - School Site Council meeting 6:30-8:00 pm

February 7 - School Dance 7:00-9:30 pm


*** In the event there is a snow day at some point, the "A" and "B" days stay the same as currently assigned ***

Monday, Jan 13 - B day

Tuesday, Jan 14 - A day

Wednesday, Jan 15 - B day - Early Release - 12:30 pm dismissal

Thursday, Jan 16 - A day

Friday, Jan 17 - B day

Monday, Jan 20 - NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Tuesday, Jan 21 - A day

Wednesday, Jan 22 - B day

Thursday, Jan 23 - A day

Friday, Jan 24 - B day

Monday, Jan 27 - A day

Tuesday, Jan 28 - B day

Wednesday, Jan 29 - A day

Thursday, Jan 30 - B day

Friday, Jan 31 - A day

Monday, Feb 3 - B day

Tuesday, Feb 4 - A day

Wednesday, Feb 5 - B day

Thursday, Feb 6 - A day

Friday, Feb 7 - B day

Monday, Feb 10 - A day

Tuesday, Feb 11 - B day

Wednesday, Feb 12 - A day

Thursday, Feb 13 - B day

Friday, Feb 14 - A day

Monday, Feb 17 - Friday, Feb 21 - NO SCHOOL - February Vacation

Monday, Feb 24 - B day

Tuesday, Feb 25 - A day

Wednesday, Feb 26 - B day

Thursday, Feb 27 - A day

Friday, Feb 28 - B day

From the Nurse's Office - FLU ADVISORY:

Flu is most contagious the first 3-4 days after becoming sick. It takes 1-2 days after exposure to a flu virus before the illness becomes evident, and it may be contagious up to 7 days after becoming sick. The best two practices to prevent flu from spreading are proper and frequent handwashing and appropriate quarantine (e.g. coughing etiquette, wearing a mask, staying away when sick). If you have a fever, please stay at home for at least 24 hours since your last elevated temperature. If diagnosed with flu, please stay at home for a minimum of 3-4 days since the illness started.

Thursday 1.16.20: Undocumented and Unafraid: Lessons from a Dreamer

Join us at Watertown Middle School from 6-8 pm for an evening with Gaby Pacheco + the Watertown Middle School Chorus. Gaby Pacheco marched 1500 miles from Florida to D.C. as an undocumented student activist in the 2010 Trail of Dreams. Her courage + perseverance led to the passage of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). She was also the first undocumented Latina to testify for Congress. Her story reminds us that Dr. King’s legacy of nonviolence is still being used effectively today.

Register for dinner, childcare and interpretation at bit.ly/undanduna or follow link below:


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Monday 1.20.20: 20th Annual Unity Breakfast

Join us at the Hellenic center at 8:30 am for our 20th anniversary. Featuring Honorary Host Superintendent Dede Galdtson and Keynote Speaker Jonathan "Globe" Lewis. Follow link for more information.


Kingian Community Course Registration

This 16-hour course will provide an introduction to Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation. Participants will receive an overview of Dr. Martin Luther King’s philosophy and methodology of nonviolence. They will explore how these teachings have been applied in diverse settings across the globe and learn concrete tools for addressing and de-escalating conflicts within our families, schools, community and beyond. Using a variety of interactive techniques, participants will also reflect together on how to apply what they have learned in our current environment. Trainers will include faculty and students from Watertown Public Schools as well as Watertown police officers.

Dates: Saturday, February 1st from 9 am to 6 pm (12-1 lunch) and Saturday, February 8th from 9 am to 6 pm (12-1 lunch).

Registration Form **The link is fixed now**

Location: Community Room, Watertown Police Department, 552 Main St.

Registration deadline: January 24, 2020

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Parent Attendance Survey - please read and complete ***

In an effort to help students be in school regularly and on time, one of the teacher Professional Learning Teams (PLTs) is surveying students and parents/guardians about attendance. Please click the link below and complete the survey. Thank you for your input and help!

WMS Attendance Parent Survey

Digital Citizenship Lessons

Guidance counselors have started to work with small groups of students to talk about digital citizenship. Counselors are using lessons from Common Sense Education to work with students on making safe choices online. Please check out the website: Common Sense Education Digital Citizenship Curriculum. The goal of these groups is to foster authentic discussions around various social media experiences and help students learn the skills to navigate these experiences.

Guidance Counselors

Grade 6 - Ms. Ashley Cohen

Grade 7 - Ms. Amanda Skypeck

Grade 8 - Ms. Stacy Mahoney

Community Service - Get Involved! :)

Mr. McDermott has created a community service opportunity idea form. Through this form, anyone can submit an idea/request for WMS students to volunteer. Please click the link below and check it out!

The link will also be posted on the WMS website.


A Reminder from Student Council!

  • For plastic recycling, families can turn in plastic film and bags, especially after opening their holiday gifts. We are collecting plastic until April.


The Watertown Middle School website can be found HERE

The 2019-2020 WMS Student Handbook can be found HERE

The 2019-2020 Student and Parent Rights and Responsibilities Handbook can be found HERE

Classroom Supply Lists for 2019-2020 can be found HERE