WMS Community Bulletin 04-04-21


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Watertown Middle School 2020-2021

Dear Watertown Middle School Community,

I hope this newsletter finds you all well. Happy Easter to those of you who celebrate!

We are continuing our preparations for full days of in-person learning beginning on April 12th! As always, safety is our number one priority and will be our focus more than ever for Term 4. During Community Meeting this week and as we return, we will be reviewing COVID safety protocols with the students and reinforcing some new procedures as we start transitioning to in-person specialists and lunch. Grade 6 teachers will be giving tours of the building to their students as they have never really traveled around the school! The scheduling and class rosters are coming together, and we are attempting to form as many remote-only sections as possible so that the "Zoomers" have a great experience as well. There may be a few students who change sections within a cluster, but no students changing clusters, so all will have the same cluster teachers.

Thank you to those of you who joined me at the Parent/Guardian Forum last Tuesday. A recording of that meeting will be posted on the website. Here is the slideshow I used during the meeting: WMS Full Days in-Person April 12, 2021

One schedule change to note is that we will be having Remote Learning for all on Thursday, April 8th and Friday, April 9th so that instruction will not be disrupted by the large amount of furniture that will need to be moved in and out of classrooms. Some of the furniture is not arriving before April 7th, and we want to be sure we have time to get all of the classrooms set up and ready with the proper physical distancing. All synchronous instruction will continue as scheduled remotely on Zoom.

Watertown School Nutrition Update

A reminder about student COVID testing from the Superintendent's newsletter: The District continues to provide weekly pooled surveillance testing to all Watertown Public Schools students, and as of April 5, 2021, this testing will be mandated for all students who are learning in-person. The School Committee unanimously approved the recommendation contained within the updated COVID-19 Handbook Addendum. Dr. Galdston's most recent newsletter is attached in its entirety later in this communication.

Please be well and take good care of one another.

Respectfully yours,

Donna Martin


Here are some important upcoming dates:

Tuesday, April 6 - Parent/Guardian Conferences 1:00-3:00 pm and 5:00-7:00 pm

(please see information about specialist schedule below)

Thursday, April 8 - WHS Program of Studies Night 6:30 pm (see more information below)

Thursday, April 8 and Friday, April 9 - Remote learning for all. Instruction will continue as scheduled, but it will be all remote/on Zoom.

Friday, April 9 - Last Day of Term 3

Monday, April 12 - WMS Return to Full Days of In-Person School 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

First day of Term 4

Monday, April 12 - Spring Sports Information Meeting 7:00 pm LINK TO ZOOM MEETING

(see further information in attachment below)

Monday, April 12 - School Committee meeting 7:00 pm

Wednesday, April 14 - PTO Meeting 7:00 pm

Join Zoom Meeting

Thursday, April 15 - School Site Council meeting 6:30-8:00 pm

Join Zoom Meeting

Monday, April 19 - Friday, April 23 - NO SCHOOL - April Vacation

Friday, April 30 - Term 3 report cards sent home


Dates TBD - The state has decided to postpone MCAS testing, and the dates for grades 6-8 are currently TBD - stay tuned!


FOR ALL STUDENTS - Please return ELA novels to your cluster's book collection box!

Grade 6 - Inside Out and Back Again

Grade 7 - The Giver

Grade 8 - Warcross


***For the Early Release Days*** - We have early release days coming up on April 1, 2, and 6. If your child has specialist classes on that day (off-cohort day), then they should be following the old schedule for times. Classes will be 30 minutes long, instead of 40, so that all classes will be able to meet before dismissal (see the left-hand column of the chart below). On the conference days of April 1 and 6, performance music and Advanced Art classes will still be meeting after 12:30 pm as usual.

Long-Term Schedule Change: On April 12, we will be returning to a full-day in-person schedule. Many of you filled out the survey sent out by Dr. Galdston and indicated if your child would return to school in person or be fully remote through the end of the year. Please reach out to me if you have any questions about this choice.

Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) - The YRBS will be administered on Friday, April 30 in Community Meeting. In order to better understand and address the health-related challenges affecting children and youth, Watertown High School is working with a coalition of cities and towns in Middlesex County to administer the 2021 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). The survey is part of a larger effort to help increase the resiliency of young people by reducing high risk behaviors and promoting healthy behaviors. Given the observed impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the welfare of students, it is essential to know how students are currently doing, so that we can best support them.

***Please see the below attached informational letter and Opt-Out form.***

Yearbook Ordering Information:

Below is the website and job # to purchase the Watertown Middle School Yearbook:

Website: Ybpay.lifetouch.com

Job: #7822621

Please email me with any questions, concerns, or input you may have. As always, we will work together as a community! #wmsstrong

Take good care of each other,

All my best,


Specialist Classes - What to Bring to School

Please see this SLIDE SHOW from the Specialist Teachers to be prepared for the return to school on April 12th!

For 8th Grade Families from WHS Principal Giacobozzi

In an effort to familiarize our future students and families with the course offerings at Watertown High School, we have designed a Program of Studies Website that includes a video presentation by each department highlighting its offerings. Watertown High School will be hosting a live question and answer session on April 8th at 6:30 pm. During this evening you will have the opportunity to speak, live, to our curriculum coordinators, guidance department, Assistant Principal and Dean, and Principal. Zoom links can be found under each video on the Program of Studies Website.

Student Dress Code Reminder

With students coming back to school full time on April 12, we wanted to remind all students and families about the WMS Dress Code as published in the WMS Handbook. Please review this with your child(ren). Thank you!

Student Dress Code

Students’ clothing/dress should reflect their readiness to focus on learning, education and hard work. We recognize that students express themselves in many ways as young adults, but at the same time, school attire should support the scholarly culture that leads to academic success.

Student clothing should be neat, clean, and worn in the manner for which it was designed. If a student is out of dress code, he/she will first get a verbal warning and be asked to change. If the student can’t find appropriate clothing, he/she can use our stock of Watertown athletic clothing as an alternative. If it is a second or repeat offense, the student will be referred to administration for disciplinary action.

Students are expected to adhere to the following guidelines while in school, or while attending a school-sponsored event or field trip:

  1. No clothing or accessories with inappropriate or offensive symbols or statements shall be worn. Some examples include but are not limited to:

    1. References to drugs, tobacco or alcohol

    2. References to discriminatory slurs

    3. References to violence

    4. Sexual connotations

  2. Head coverings shall be worn in the case of religious or health reasons.

  3. Chests, stomachs, buttocks, and all undergarments should be covered at all times. Undergarments should not be visible at any time.

  4. All clothing, including shirts, tops, dresses, pants, shorts, and leggings, must be completely opaque (not see-through).

  5. Clothing must be free of holes, rips, and tears that are inappropriately located.

  6. Night clothing, including but not limited to pajamas, slippers, etc. may not be worn.

Administration reserves the right to evaluate the appropriateness of student dress when needed.

We will evaluate the dress code on an annual basis to adjust for cultural trends

For 8th graders - Please fill out this important google form for your Yearbook Quotation and other fun!

Weekly Learning Plans

All teachers will be updating their Weekly Learning Plans by Friday afternoons, and they are available on the Grade Level / Cluster websites for you and your students to view and be able to plan out activities, expectations, and assignments for the upcoming week. They are linked to the WMS website, and also here:

Grade 6 Website and e-Learning Plans - click here

Grade 7 Website and e-Learning Plans - click here

Grade 8 Website and e-Learning Plans - click here

If you have any questions, please email (or have your student email) the teacher.

Thank you!

Technology Information for WPS Families

We look forward to supporting you with your educational technology questions.

Here is a link to the Weekly 03/19 Family Ed-Tech for All Newsletter, LIVE Ed-Tech Support Sessions & WPS Family Ed-Tech Website with resources, just for you.

Do you need help with Ed-Tech?
Please complete the WPS Ed-Tech Support Request Form. A member of the WPS Ed-Tech team will reach out to you within a school day.

Few additional resources for Celebrating WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH

Free GoogleSlide Templates to enhance student engagement:
Who wants to be a Millionaire | Funny Jeopardy | Create your own Character

Thank you and have a terrific day,

Rashmi Pimprikar (District Ed-Tech Coordinator), Digital Learning Team and IT Team

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WMS Attendance Policy and Procedures

From the Handbook (with some Remote Learning updates):

Attendance is the most important aspect of educating our students. When students are not here, they do not have access to instruction.

At Watertown Middle School, we pride ourselves in maintaining a very high attendance rate throughout the year. Understandably, there will be times when our students will need to take time away from school for a variety of excused reasons. The following procedure is in place to ensure good attendance, support our families, and follow state and federal laws.

Students are expected to be present and punctual for all classes. All students must be in Homeroom/Community Meeting (in-person or Zoom) by 8:30 a.m.

If you are having trouble with your Chromebook or have any Tech Difficulties (computer, camera, charging cord, hot spot)...

Call 617-926-7783 and let Ms. Cardillo or Ms. Brackett know.

“My name is (your name) and I have (teacher name) right now and I am having Tech Trouble. Can you please let my teacher know?”


A student is considered tardy if he or she is not in homeroom by 8:30 a.m. Teachers will mark students tardy when they are late to homeroom and/or late to class.


In the event that a student is tardy or absent, a parent or guardian must call the absence hotline at 617-926-7783 before 8:30 a.m. Please state the name, grade, and homeroom of the student. In the event that the absence is not reported, the school will call the student’s home or the place of employment of the parent or guardian to verify the absence.

Please see the Handbook for further details describing Excused Absences versus Unexcused Absences.

Resulting Actions:

● After 3 days of unexcused absences with no contact to the school from the parent, the Assistant Principal will be notified.

● After 5 days of absences (both excused & unexcused) per quarter, a letter of concern will be sent to parents/guardians. At ten absences, a support meeting will be scheduled with parents/guardians, guidance, and administration to create an Attendance Plan, which clearly outlines the school, parent, and student obligations to improve the problem. If absenteeism continues, further action will be taken, up to and including petitioning the Juvenile Courts with a Child Requiring Assistance, (C.R.A.).

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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.