WMS Community Bulletin 01-01-20


Watertown Middle School 2019-2020

Hello Watertown Middle School Community,

Happy New Year! Feliz ano nuevo! Feliz ano novo! It is very difficult to believe it is 2020! I hope you all had wonderful holidays and a restful break. Time to get back to work! :)

Congratulations again to our Geography Bee finalists! The 10 finalists were : 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 competed to be the WMS Geography Bee champion on Friday 12/20 before vacation, and Mason Poillucci was the runner-up and Chris Devaney was the winner! Congratulations to Chris, who competed in the Geography Bee in all three grades - quite an accomplishment!

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 2 - School Resumes - Welcome Back!

January 3 - Progress reports distributed

Jan 6 - Jan 9 - ACCESS testing

January 8 - School Site Council meeting 6:30-8:00pm

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

January 15 - i-Ready Mathematics Diagnostic

January 15 - PTO meeting

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

January 22 - Grade 8 to visit WHS

January 23 - i-Ready Reading Diagnostic


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

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

Big picture

Maintenance work at WMS over vacation

WMS was bustling over vacation with several projects being completed. Thank you to all of the custodians and maintenance staff who worked tirelessly with the contractors to facilitate the projects - much appreciated!

Here are the large jobs which were completed:

  • The cafeteria walls were painted
  • The walls and lockers of the 7th-grade hallway were painted
  • Walls on the lower level hallway were painted
  • New floors were installed in the remaining five classrooms on the 6th-grade floor (the other classrooms received new floors this summer)

The school looks terrific! We are looking forward to welcoming back all students and staff in the morning!

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

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.


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.


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