Around The Courtyard

August 2017

WILLIAMS MIDDLE SCHOOL

Taylor P. Wrye - Principal

Nicole Paris-Kro - Assistant Principal

Upcoming Events

August

18 - Schedules posted on PowerSchool after 3:00 PM

25 - New Student Orientation (for students & parents new to our district) - 9:30 a.m.

31 - First Day of School


September

4 - No School - Labor Day

12 - School Picture Day

14 - WMS Back to School Night - 6:30 - 8:00

21 - No School - Rosh Hashanah


October

9- No School - Columbus Day

11 - No School for Students - Teacher Professional Development

24 - School Picture Make Up Date

26 - Day 1 of Parent and Teacher Conferences - Afternoon and Evening Session

27 - Day 2 of Parent and Teacher Conferences - Afternoon Only


** Check the WMS Website for the most up to date calendar of events **

POWERSCHOOL

On August 18 after 3:00 PM the advisory classes and schedules will be posted on PowerSchool for all WMS Students. We will not post the advisory class lists on the cafeteria window this year. Also, this year the middle schools have changed the Days in the cycle from letters to numbers so students will now have Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, etc. The periods will change from numbers to letters so it will appear in students schedules as Period A, Period B, Period C etc.


Parents & Guardians: Please log in to your PowerSchool account and verify that your information in demographics for e-mail addresses, phone numbers, and cell phone numbers are up-to-date. Also, please update your emergency contacts and their phone numbers. We have found many obsolete or incorrect phone numbers on the PowerSchool database. In an emergency, or if your child is ill or hurt, it is vital that we have up-to-date information to be able to contact you. Thank you!

The Principal's Desk

Dear Williams Families,


I hope that you are enjoying the last few weeks of summer and getting excited to see all the friendly faces here at Williams Middle School on August 31st. Teachers and staff have spent numerous hours this summer working on professional development opportunities, and the custodial staff has done a tremendous job getting the school ready for its 59th year.


This year students will be able to access their advisory class and schedule on PowerSchool on August 18th after 3:00 PM. Students will need to report to their advisory classrooms on the first day of school. There they will receive their class schedules, forms, lockers/locks and assignment notebooks. Please refer to the grade level supply list located above.


This year we have a couple of changes to grade level teaching assignments. As always, we strive to provide the best educational experience for all students while maintaining optimal class sizes :


Grade 7:

Ms. Cangemi - ELA

Mr. Golen - Social Studies

Ms. Bradshaw - Math 7.1 & Math 7.2

Ms. Wagner - Science

Ms. Shea - Special Education


Grade 8:

Ms. Aveyard - ELA

Mr. Sullivan - Social Studies

Ms. Lawson - Algebra & Pre-Algebra

Ms. Santaniello - Science

Ms. McCarthy - Special Education


In addition, Ms. Abel will teach 8th Grade Math and Science. Mr. Smith will be putting his passion for US History and his Masters in History from Harvard University to use by teaching one class of 8th grade US History. Mr. Dupuis will be teaching one class of 8th Grade ELA this year.


On Thursday, September 14, parents are invited to attend a "Back-To-School Night" at 6:30 p.m. This evening is designed to give parents an opportunity to meet their child’s teachers and listen to a brief outline of their curriculum and plans for the school year. If you wish to talk to a teacher more specifically about your child, please call our guidance counselor Mary Morrissey to set up an individual meeting. The schedule will run about 90 minutes. We have a couple of new staff members joining us this year. You can find a brief bio on each teacher below.


We look forward to seeing everyone in a few short days. If you have any questions, comments or concerns please do not hesitate to contact the main office. Also, please follow us on our Williams Middle School Facebook and Twitter accounts. Remember to check the WMS website for all important and up to date information about the middle school.


Sincerely,

Taylor Wrye

The Assistant Principal's Desk

Dear Longmeadow Learning Community Members,


I am honored to have recently accepted the position of Assistant Principal/Special Education Supervisor at Williams Middle School. Williams enjoys a rich history of academic and cultural excellence that is the result of a collegial partnership between the school staff and parents who provide a diversity of experiences for the students. During my eight years in the district, I have indeed found this close working relationship and focus upon what is best for children.

I began my administrative practicum under the guidance of Chris Collins, former Williams Principal and completed it under the direct supervision of Jean Fontaine, current Director of Pupil Services. Before pursuing an administrative path, I was both an English Teacher and Special Education Teacher in Holyoke. I began my career in Longmeadow as a Special Education Teacher in a specialized program and continued as the teacher of the LLD programs at both Center School and Williams. My position in the LLD program has included teaching, training, scheduling and supervising of staff and outside service providers.


Parents and staff who collaboratively work together each day for the students is the exemplary quality that has kept me dedicated to Longmeadow Public Schools. I am truly honored to have been appointed to this position. I am very excited to work closely with Mr. Wrye, staff, parents, and students to create a positive school environment that will provide differentiated learning experiences for all students.


I look forward to meeting students and families new to the district at the New Student Orientation on Friday, August 25, 2017 at 9:30 am in Room 2.


Feel free to stop in and say hello, as my door is always open. If there is anything I can assist you with, please let me know.


Warmest Regards,

Nicole Paris-Kro, M.Ed

Assistant Principal/Special Ed Supervisor

nparis-kro@longmeadow.k12.ma.us

(413) 565-4260 ext. 2904

NEW FACES AT WILLIAMS

Megan Lutz - Full Time School Adjustment Counselor

I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker as well as a School Adjustment Counselor. I have been a social worker since 2006, receiving my Masters in Social Work from the University at Albany, NY. I have a background in art therapy as well as therapeutic recreation and received my Bachelors in Art Therapy from Springfield College. I believe creating art as well as being active and in nature can be healing and contribute to physical and emotional well being. In my leisure time I enjoy being active in nature, biking and hiking with my fiancé and dog. I am excited to join the Williams community in Longmeadow and looking forward to meeting students and families in the new school year.

Notes from the Nurse

I hope you are all enjoying this beautiful summer as I have. School will be starting soon though and I have a few reminders for parents.


1. GRADE 7 PARENTS -- You have been notified that your children must have updated immunizations in order to enter grade 7. Thank you to those parents who have already submitted the necessary paperwork but I still have many children without updated records. This is to be completed by the first day of school August 29.


2. All students in grades 6, 7, and 8 will have scoliosis testing done within the first two weeks of school. Please be prepared as this will occur in your child’s first or second regular length PE class. Grade 7 will also have vision, hearing and BMI testing done within the first month of school.


If you have any questions please email me at egartman@longmeadow.k12.ma.us


Thank you and see you all soon.


Liz Gartman, RN School Nurse

Counselor Corner

As the summer winds down, I am excited to start my 10th year as a Guidance Counselor at Williams Middle School. I hope that you and your family had a fun, relaxing summer. All of the staff at Williams Middle School can’t wait to welcome our new 6th graders. We are also excited to see the continued growth and leadership of our incoming 7th and 8th grade classes. I look forward to a successful school year for all our students. Please contact me with any questions or concerns.


I am looking forward to meeting our new students to the district and their families at New Student Orientation on Friday, August 25, 2017 at 9:30 am in Room 2.


Mary Morrissey

Guidance Counselor

mmorrissey@longmeadow.k12.ma.us

GRADE 6

Welcome to Williams Middle School! We are looking forward to meeting our new students and helping them all adjust to the move to a new school. Communication and organization skills are two important goals the team has set for all students this year. To help meet these goals, all sixth-grade students will be given an agenda book which will include the WMS handbook and daily assignment book. This is an important tool we use to help keep students organized, keep parents informed about the daily assignments, and to create an open line of communication between the classroom and home. To ensure that this is a successful tool, please review the agenda frequently with your child and visit their teachers Google Classroom page.

Grade 7

Welcome to seventh grade! This will be a year filled with exciting changes; we look forward to working with you to help you have a positive year.


Parents - In order to help you make a smooth transition to seventh grade, we would like to share our expectations for the school year. Carefully spelled out guidelines offer the greatest chance for success. We know that when parents and teachers collaborate, the result is a successful school experience. Your child will be receiving a copy of the grade 7 policies on the first day of school. Please ask your child to show you the copy of our policies for grade 7 and review them together. In addition, one of the best ways to support your child from home is to get into the habit of checking your child’s agenda notebook on a daily basis to ensure homework completion on the day it is due.


Students - One basic way to help you be successful in school is to complete your homework assignments every night. We have learned that a clear and consistent homework plan is the first step in being prepared for a successful school day. One goal in seventh grade is to encourage our students to take responsibility for their work. We know that we can count on your parents for support as well.


This is going to be an exciting year for all of us and we look forward to meeting all of our new parents on Back to School Night.

Grade 8

The teachers in the 8th grade want to welcome the 8th grade parents and students who are entering this fall. In order to smooth the transition from seventh grade to eighth grade, we would like to provide you with some information about what to expect this year.


The eighth grade teachers strive to provide a sense of belonging and unity for our eighth grade students. It is important to note that eighth grade is different because it is the transition year to the high school. At Williams, we see dramatic changes in students as they mature over the three years. In eighth grade, we stress the need for students to take more responsibility for their learning as they head to the high school. In each class, there will be an emphasis on learning appropriate study skills as they relate to that discipline. We stress that students must know themselves as learners and are ready to use different strategies until they discover what is the most effective for them.


The team attempts to further support this development of self-discipline by having uniform team policies concerning homework, standards for the work, due dates, make-up work and behavior. As a team, we would like to reassure students that these policies are set up as a way of helping students to make the connection between choices and consequences. It is important that we let our children learn from the “little mistakes” just as we did when we were growing up.


Eighth grade is a dynamite year for all of us. The eighth grade students are the school leaders and should be encouraged to take the lead in all school activities. Many special activities are planned for these students with the expectation that they can respond with enthusiasm and some maturity. We believe that by meeting the expectations we have for them, your children will develop a real sense of achievement and pride in what they have done. In our minds this is how lasting self-esteem and confidence is developed.

Music Notes

We had an outstanding 2016 - 2017 school year full of successful rehearsals, concerts, and community performances. All of us in the music department look forward to this new school year’s upcoming successes through the generous support of parents, community, returning students, and incoming sixth graders.


Parents, please be on the lookout for important paperwork that includes concert dates for the year. Remember to mark these dates on your family calendars as soon as possible to avoid conflicts. This important paperwork also includes details on necessary equipment and books for Band and Orchestra students.


Expect auditions for Ensemble 7:45 (an auditioned eighth grade vocal ensemble that meets before school) and Jazz Ensemble (an auditioned sixth through eighth grade after school instrumental ensemble that includes saxophones, flutes, clarinets, trumpets, trombones, guitar, piano, bass, and drum set) to take place during the last weeks of September. Audition music for these groups will be distributed during the opening days of school.

Enjoy the rest of the summer! We look forward to making great music with Williams’ students this fall.

WMS PAC

We may not be ready to say goodbye to summer yet, but we are still looking forward to a great school year!


To make it easier for families to stay connected and join the PAC, we are pleased to share a new Web site. You can reach the site from the main Williams School Web site or by visiting http://www.williamspac.org.


You’ll find all the PAC forms and news you need to stay current, including:

WMS Student Directory Signup – Now online!


New families and families who want to update their contact information should complete the online sign-up form.


PAC Membership – New PayPal option for dues!


If you have any questions about PAC activities, please contact us at pac.wms@gmail.com.