WMS Community Bulletin 5-10-20

EXCELLENCE*EQUITY*COMMUNITY

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Watertown Middle School 2019-2020

Hello Watertown Middle School Community,


Hello, Happy Sunday, and Happy Mother's Day! I hope this community bulletin finds you and your family, near and far, healthy and well. I hope you all are having a nice weekend, despite the snow yesterday.


On Friday, you should have received an email from me with the student login information for PowerSchool, so you may view your child's progress report in the form of Teacher Comments. If you have more than one child at the middle school, you should have received more than one email. If you did not, please email me and let me know. 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


We have about five 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.


For 8th-grade parents/guardians:


  • On April 28, 8th-11th grade students should have received an email from WHS Principal Shirley Lundberg via SchoolMessenger with information about accessing their course requests for the 20-21 school year. (Students should search "SchoolMessenger" in their email if they are having trouble finding it.) Students were also asked to complete an Elective Selection form by April 29 indicating their elective choices.


    In the next several days, those elective choices, as well as teacher recommendations, will be visible in PowerSchool. When all of these requests are visible, we will send an email to students asking them to:


    1. Log in to PowerSchool to view their course requests.


    2. Complete a form confirming that they have: 1) reviewed their course requests and 2) shared those requests with a parent/guardian. Within this form, students will have the opportunity to request changes to electives, note that they are in the process of appealing a course recommendation, or complete the elective selection form if they had not completed it by April 29.


    Rest assured that if your student missed the April 29 deadline they will be able to request their electives in this new form. Thank you for your patience as we work through this process differently this year!


  • We will be working together to determine ways to honor our 8th-graders in lieu of the traditional graduation and other fanfare. We will be able to make better decisions in a few weeks as we see the guidelines from the state, but we will certainly figure something out! If you have any ideas, please feel free to email me or any of the 8th-grade teachers, or join our next PTO meeting on May 13th.
  • DC Refunds: The refunds were sent from the WPS Administrative offices to Town Hall last Friday and will be processed there with all other payments, and will then be mailed out by the Treasurer's office as soon as possible.


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/rq3su-cluster-2-newsletter#email-report?utm_source=em&utm_medium=sys&utm_content=anltcs_faq&utm_campaign=new_sys2019


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 11 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

PTO News

Our next PTO meeting will be on Wednesday, May 13th at 7:00pm. Please join us!

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/95971402621


The PTO is still requesting your family recipes! WMS International Cookbook Information


We are also looking for students to submit designs for the cover of the Cookbook!

Mother's Day Walk for Peace event

Our Anti-Bias Coalition worked hard this year to develop a monthly calendar of events to address diversity and equity in our community. Due to covid-19, we have had to cancel and/or reschedule many of these events for future dates. We are happy, however, to announce that our May event, the Louis D Brown Peace Institute's 24th annual Mother's Day Walk for Peace, is still taking place as a virtual Walkathon fundraiser. If you are able, please join our local Watertown Walks for Peace team as a virtual walker here.
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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.

Digital Learning and IT Resources Links /Family Support

Greetings WMS Faculty, Staff, and Families:


Rashmi and George shared the following link to the 05/07/2020 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

  2. Link to WPS April 3, 2020, Remote Learning Professional Development Sessions & Resources

  3. Link to May 8, 2020, Remote Learning Professional Development Session Application

  4. Link to WPS Online PD Opportunities for WPS Educators

  5. Link to 1:1 WPS Educator Technology Collaboration Sessions (May 7 - May 14)

  6. **Link to Weekly WPS Family Technology Support Sessions (May 7 - May 14). Following are Links to Resources from Family Tech 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 14, 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