WMS Family Newsletter

Connecting Families to School - October 2015


Team 6-3

The students of 6-3 are being given a new kind of training... This summer, the cluster's four teachers spent two weekends learning how to "step back" and look at stressful situations in a new way. Now, along with a group called, "Resilient Kids", those teachers are trying to help their own students be "Mindful". The program involves deep breathing, meditation, yoga and exercise. The hope is that, with enough time, training, and consistent practice, students will be able to deal with both school and home in a relaxing, thoughtful, and committed way.

Team 6-4 - the Sea Stars

They have had a great start to the 2015-2016 school year. Students have settled into their schedules and how to open their lockers! The first week of school the students were rewarded with a special treat from the teachers. Every student received a KONA icee due to their great behavior and kind manners! The good manners and wonderful effort by all continues daily!

In Math, students are finding ratios using our new Math curriculum by Engage New York. Students have been participating in groups and presenting their findings. From ratios, students will move onto finding rates during the first quarter.

In English class, students are currently learning about the Fundamentals of ELA. This includes how using proper conventions in writing help it flow better. Students are studying vocabulary words, and they are learning how knowing the meaning of those words will help them in answering questions on PARCC. This quarter students are also starting to learn how to construct a well - written response to literature with text evidence.

This year in the English as a Second Language classroom, many students are from Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Thailand. The students will be working on advancing their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in English.

In Social Studies class, students are beginning the year with a review of the seven continents and five oceans along with some introductory mapping skills. After this we will begin analyzing historical thinking skills and exploring our first civilization of study, Mesopotamia.

In Science class, students learned about lab safety, what is a scientist and what is an engineer. The first unit of NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) students will be learning about animal behaviors and special plant structures.

Team 7-4 - The Jaguars

Help the Jaguar cluster raise funds to defray the costs of field trips, transportation, prizes and rewards for our students great efforts in their academics! Every order counts and I'm hoping you can take a moment to shop online & support our cluster at Woonsocket Middle School. Our Fundraiser code is 384390 and all orders need to be in by October 26th. The bags are great quality and fun colors! The kitchen catalog offers many items one can use everyday! Thanks in advance for any support you can give us!


Team 7-7

Mrs. Porrazzo's ELA classes completed a unit "All about me". The seventh & eighth graders composed an autobiographical poem about themselves, memorized and presented it in front of their peers. They did a fantastic job and Mrs. Porrazzo is very proud of them!


Check out the WMS school counseling website by visiting http://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.

Music Department

The WMS Music Boosters need you! The boosters is an organization made up of parents and guardians of students in the band and chorus. They are instrumental in planning and coordinating all of the various fundraisers, concerts, field trips and other events that we have through the year.

Our first meeting is Tuesday, October 6 at 7pm in the Villanova band room. (Please enter through the main entrance of the building). Hope to see you there!

Please also like the WMS Music Department Facebook page for the most up to date information. www.facebook.com/WMSRIMusic

Our website is http://wmsmusicdepart.weebly.com. All forms and flyers that are sent home are also posted on the website. There is also an up to date calendar on the home page.

News from the WMS Hamlet Library

September has been a very busy month in the library. Every team has visited the library for an orientation and book selection. The students were excited to explore the wide variety of books available.

Celebrate Teen Read Week from October 18th – October 24th. This year’s theme is “Get Away @your library”. All students who visit the library from Oct. 19th to Oct. 23rd will be eligible to enter a raffle for some terrific prizes. Don’t miss your chance to win!

News from the Library at Villa Nova

September was a busy month in the school library!

Sixth grade students came to the library for orientation and to select books for personal reading and class projects. Popular series with sixth graders include: Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Big Nate, Dork Diaries, Dear Dumb Diaries, and the Maze Runner. Favorite nonfiction topics include animals, recipes, and sports.

One seventh grade team came to the library to select nonfiction books while the other team chose fiction books and learned about the Scholastic Reading Counts program. Popular nonfiction titles with seventh graders include books about forensic science, sports, and unsolved mysteries. Favorite fiction series include: The Maze Runner, Divergent, Legend, and Cinder.

Eighth grade students visited the library to select books from the horror and mystery genres. Students selected works by Heather Brewer, Joseph Bruchac, Mary Downing Hahn, April Henry, and Vivian Vande Velde. Some eighth graders selected biographies for a class assignment; popular choices included sports figures and entertainers.

All the series by Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, the Kane Chronicles, and the Heroes of Olympus) are popular with all grade levels!

The library will celebrate Teen Read Week (October 18th - 24th) with displays of awarding winning teen books, free bookmarks, and a free raffle. Prizes will include books, journals, posters, and locking diaries. Every student who visits the library that week will receive a free raffle ticket.

Recommended Internet links for parents:

The Common Sense Media web site features a list of age-appropriate books to help students with the transition from elementary to middle school: 34 Books to Help Your Kid Survive Middle School <<https://www.commonsensemedia.org/lists/34-books-to-help-your-kid-survive-middle-school#>>

For Homework Help, don’t forget to visit AskRI.org. It’s a valuable, free resource for Rhode Islanders of all ages.

From Your School Nurses


If your child has a fever(100 or higher),diarrhea,severe coughing,vomiting:

Please keep them home. The flu and cold season is approaching. Prior to returning to school, they need to be fever free for 24 hours.

7th grade students:

It is important that your child meet the department of health immunization/physical guidelines. If the nurse does not have the mandatory documentation, your child could be excluded from school until compliant. Call today at 235-6125 or 235-6110 ext 5 to verify.

6th grade students:

When your child completes their yearly physical and immunizations, please make sure you get copy of the documents to the nurse so that your child is ready for entry into the 7th grade.

Hamlet Phone 401-235-6110 ext 5 Fax 401-235-6122

Villa Nova Phone 401-235-6125 ext 5 Fax 401-235-6139

CCF - 21st CCLC Program

The Fall Session will begin on Tuesday, October 13th and end on Friday, December 4th. Registration booklets are available in homerooms and the main offices in each building as well as the WMS and CCF websites. Please return completed registration forms and fees to the main office in each building. Programs will take place in the Villa Nova building. Students should report to the Villa Nova cafeteria at dismissal. Please contact Ms. Costa, Site Coordinator at 401-235-6125, x4253 or scosta@woonsocketschools.com with any questions.

Halloween Dance

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Villa Nova Cafeteria

5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Admission: $5.00 at the door

This is an After-school Program Fundraiser. Prizes will be given to students with the best costumes. Food and drinks will be sold at this event.

Messages to Students

Due to the volume of calls the main office receives each day, we are asking families to refrain from requests to speak to or to give students messages unless it is an emergency.

Box Tops for Education

WMS is once again collecting Box Tops for Education. The PTO will use the funds to help support student activities throughout the year. Collection is very simple. Just cut out Box Tops for Education from the many participating sponsors and seal them in a bag or envelope with the student's name and homeroom on it. Students hand in the bag or envelope to their homeroom teacher. The homeroom that has collected the most Box Tops will be rewarded with a pizza party from the PTO. Thank you for your support.

School Store

WMS has a school store. It is located in Student Services. The store has a wide variety of school related supplies (pencils, erasers, locks, notebooks, etc) at reasonable prices.

In the Hamlet building, it is open to students on Tuesdays and Thursdays during advisory and Tuesdays during all enrichment periods.

In the Villa Nova building, it is open to students every advisory and Mondays during enrichment periods.

Calendar of Events

Thursday, October 1st
  • 5 pm to 8 pm Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • 6:30 pm - SELAC meeting for family members of special education students in Hamlet room 124

Friday, October 2nd

  • Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer walk during enrichment periods with the Kona Ice truck
Wednesday, October 7th
  • 10 am - PESLO meeting for family members of ELL students in Villa Nova room 124
Friday, October 9th
  • Picture Re-takes - Villa Nova in the morning and Hamlet in the afternoon

Monday, October 12th

  • NO SCHOOL - Columbus Day
Friday, October 16th

  • PTO Glow Dance - 7 pm to 9 pm
Monday, October 19th
  • 5:45 pm - SIT meeting in Hamlet cafeteria
  • 6:30 pm - PTO meeting in Hamlet cafeteria
Thursday, October 22nd
  • 5 pm - Student vs Faculty Dodgeball Tournament
Monday, October 26th
  • Team 7-4 fundraiser orders are due today
Thursday, October 29th
  • 5 pm - 8 pm - Halloween dance sponsored by 21st CCLC After school programs
Monday, November 9th
  • 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm - Flu Clinic at both schools