WMS Community Bulletin 5-18-20

EXCELLENCE*EQUITY*COMMUNITY

To translate this newsletter, click on it then use the link to the right. (English)

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لترجمة هذه الرسالة من المدرسة ، اضغط عليها ثم استخدم الرابط الموجود على اليمين. (Arabic)

Այս տեղեկագիրը թարգմանելու համար կտտացրեք այն, ապա օգտագործեք աջ կողմում գտնվող հղումը: (Armenian)

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Bu bülteni çevirmek için üzerine tıklayın ve ardından sağdaki bağlantıyı kullanın (Turkish)

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Watertown Middle School 2019-2020

Hello Watertown Middle School Community,


Good morning and Happy Monday! I hope this community bulletin finds you and your family, near and far, healthy and well. I know my family and I are enjoying the warmer weather!


I am hopeful that you all were able to view your children's Progress Reports on PowerSchool. If you had issues with this process, please email me. We would like to know that everyone was able to view the progress reports, as well as get some feedback on the process.

** If you would take a couple of minutes and fill out the following brief Google Form, it would be much appreciated. Please fill out one form for each WMS child. Thank you in advance!

Progress Report Survey


Where is the time going? We have about four weeks left before summer vacation, and we will be continuing to encourage students to keep their focus on their learning as new content is being taught and our expectations are high. If students have any questions at all, they should reach out to their teachers or guidance counselor. We are all here to support them both academically and with any social-emotional issues they may have.


***Important*** If your contact information has changed at all (phone numbers, email, home address) please contact me as soon as possible. We want to be able to get important information out to families without delay.


I hope you all have a wonderful week.


Take good care of each other,

All my best,


Donna

Weekly Cluster Schedules / Links to Schedules

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

https://www.smore.com/dgmje


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

https://www.smore.com/mkg28-weekly-update-from-cluster-2?ref=email-content#w-3345841935


Cluster 3: Here is the LINK to the Cluster 3 weekly schedule and the link to the Cluster 3 Smore newsletter: https://www.smore.com/s1wr3


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 Schedule and Assignments and Smore


Cluster 6: This link:Cluster 6 Week of May 18 has all of the Cluster 6 assignments for next week. We will also be posting this doc to the Cluster Google Classroom.


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

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

VIRTUAL MUSICFEST - Submit by May 27th!

Calling all musicians!

Corona may be keeping us apart but it isn't keeping us silent. The music lives within us, bringing us laughter, joy, strength and solace. The Watertown Public Schools Fine, Applied and Performing Arts Department, in collaboration with Friends of Watertown Music, invites all Watertown musicians, students, teachers, families, and community members to join us in a musical celebration.

If you would like to be part of the first ever Virtual MusicFest, please use this form (link below) to submit a video of yourself performing. By submitting a video, you are giving permission for this video to be posted on the internet via our soon-to-be-created Virtual MusicFest website and various social media platforms.

You will need a gmail account to access this form. If you do not have a gmail address and are unable to easily acquire one, please contact Ms. Schneider (morgan.schneider@watertown.k12.ma.us) or your music teacher for an alternative way to join Virtual MusicFest.

Let's spread the joy of music beyond our homes and share it throughout our community!

DEADLINE: Wednesday, May 27th

Virtual MusicFest Submission Form

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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.


***We are now accepting library book returns from the WMS Library. If you have a library book to return, you may place your books in the touchless bin outside the main entrance of the school. The return bin will be outside 8 am-6 pm every weekday. Students will receive an email reminder Monday morning if they have any Library books.***

Digital Learning and IT Resources Links /Family Support

Greetings WMS Families:


Rashmi and George shared the following link to the 05/14/2020 Digital Learning/Technology Weekly Newsletter, which includes application updates, Famly and Educator Tech collaboration session information, and other helpful resources. This information is posted on our WPS Extended Learning Website.


IMPORTANT NOTES:

  1. Please use Applications that are “in progress or approved” in the WPS Online Applications Database

    • Recently Approved: Tumblebooks, Quaver Music, SoundTrap and Peardeck

  2. **Link to Weekly WPS Family Technology Support Sessions (May 14 - May 21). Please check for upcoming sessions.

Links to Few Resources from Family Technology Support Sessions:

Link to Portuguese Zoom Screencast | Spanish Zoom Screencast | Portuguese Google Classroom | Spanish Google Classroom


IMP: Please review the WPS Tech Apps/Services Guidelines that are posted on the WPS Extended Learning Site. Please view the Online Resources Database for apps/services and use the Digital Resource Request form to request applications and services.



Join us for WMS Family Technology Support Session Information

Upcoming Dates: May 28 and June 11

Time: 6:00PM - 6:30PM

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/97345120815?pwd=R0Vqc01VVjk2a1llQzgzWGpmZVk2Zz09 Meeting ID: 973 4512 0815 Password: 590587



Questions? Please email Library Media Specialists & Digital Learning Specialists at your school & CC District Digital Learning Coordinator Rashmi Pimprikar (rashmi.pimprikar@watertown.k12.ma.us). Please contact ‘Computer Repairs’ if a Chromebook is broken and needs repair.


Thank you so much for all that you do!

-Rashmi & George

2020-2021 Middle School BUSING - REGISTER ONLINE NOW

Please find the information regarding busing for WMS for the 2020-2021 school year HERE.

Free Daily Support Groups for Parents

Please use this link to see the information. The Spanish meeting is on Fridays.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/11Fg5EvfInKPNNjGTIbUpDOohvL9LCvgat_4SuTXUizA/edit

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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

Dr. Galdston's Update 5-1-20

Here is the information that Dr. Galdston sent out on 5-1-20:


Good afternoon, WPS Families, Faculty and Staff,

Happy first day of May! Please see the following Smore link for the Superintendent's May Newsletter.

In the May newsletter, you will find information on the following:

  • Teacher Appreciation Week
  • Extended Learning- Phase III
  • Today is School Lunch Hero Day!
  • Census 2020
  • Community Resources During the COVID-19 Closure
  • Upcoming WPS Events:
    • May 4-Watertown School Committee Meeting
    • May 6- SEPAC meeting: Q and A with the Director of Student Services
    • May 11- Superintendent's Coffees

Be well,

Dede Galdston, Ed.D., Superintendent

**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.

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