WMS Community Bulletin 12-18-19

EXCELLENCE*EQUITY*COMMUNITY

Watertown Middle School 2019-2020

Hello Watertown Middle School Community,


Happy December! Messy weather we have been having! I hope everyone is staying warm and avoiding the ice!


We enjoyed two excellent performance music concerts here last week - one for all of the students during the school day and one Thursday evening. Congratulations to all of the performers as well as the teachers - the music was terrific! I love hearing the improvement from year to year!


Congratulations also to our Geography Bee finalists! We had the preliminaries last Friday, and the run-off this past Tuesday. The 10 finalists are : Grade 6: Caleb Hardy; Grade 7: Andrew Airasian, Gabe Berkowitz, Rose Cohen, Izzy Delorio, Cammy Farrar, and Ollie Maillis; Grade 8: Noah Affany, Chris Devaney, and Mason Poillucci. They will compete to be the WMS Geography Bee champion on Friday morning!


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.


I hope everyone has a fantastic winter break with time for relaxing and rejuvenation. We look forward to seeing all again in 2020 to get back to the work of learning! :)


Here are some important upcoming dates:


December 20 - Geography Bee Finals


December 23 - January 1 - Winter Vacation - No School


January 2 - School Resumes - Welcome Back!


January 3 - Progress reports distributed


Jan 6 - Jan 9 - ACCESS testing


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


January 15 - i-Ready Mathematics Diagnostic


January 22 - Grade 8 to visit WHS


January 23 - i-Ready Reading Diagnostic

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


Thursday, Dec. 19 - A day


Friday, Dec. 20 - B day



Monday, Dec. 23 - Wednesday, Jan. 1 - Winter Vacation


Thursday, Jan. 2 - A day


Friday, Jan 3 - B day



Monday, Jan 6 - A day


Tuesday, Jan 7 - B day


Wednesday, Jan 8 - A day


Thursday, Jan 9 - B day


Friday, Jan 10 - A day



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

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

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

This month 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.


https://docs.google.com/a/watertown.k12.ma.us/forms/d/1mJDf13eSVRRX3PTuwfYGl-jw-eVmdPAEvnPB0kSHWQc/edit?usp=sharing

Two Reminders from Student Council!

  • For Coats for Kids, please remind your 7th and 8th graders to ask three new people for coats, any family or friends that they will see over the holidays. The deadline is Thursday, January 2nd.
  • For plastic recycling, families can turn in plastic film and bags, especially after opening their holiday gifts. We are collecting plastic until April.

LAST CALL FOR SNEAKERS IN DECEMBER!

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Reminders

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

HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEK and a WONDERFUL HOLIDAY BREAK!