WMS Community Bulletin 11-01-20

EXCELLENCE*EQUITY*COMMUNITY

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(Portuguese)

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(Spanish)

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إذا كنت تستخدم جهاز كمبيوتر ، فافتح هذا في صفحة جديدة. بعد ذلك ، لترجمة هذه النشرة الإخبارية ، انقر فوق الارتباط الموجود على اليمين.

إذا كنت تستخدم الهاتف ، فالمس الشخص الموجود في الدائرة السوداء للحصول على زر الترجمة. (Arabic)

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Եթե համակարգիչ եք, բացեք սա նոր էջում: Ապա, այս տեղեկագիրը թարգմանելու համար կտտացրեք աջ հղմանը: Եթե հեռախոսով եք, դիպչեք սև շրջանի անձին ՝ թարգմանության կոճակը ստանալու համար: (Armenian)

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Watertown Middle School 2020-2021

Hello Watertown Middle School Community,


I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and a happy and safe Halloween!


Here are some important upcoming dates:


Tuesday, November 3 - NO SCHOOL - Election Day


Wednesday, November 4 - School Site Council meeting 6:30-8:00 pm


Monday, November 9 - School Committee Meeting 7:00 pm


Tuesday, November 10 - WMS Transition to Hybrid Parent/Guardian Forum 6:00 pm (Date Change)


Wednesday, November 11 - NO SCHOOL - Veteran's Day


Thursday, November 12 - First Day of Hybrid In-Person learning - COHORT A


Friday, November 13 - First Day of Hybrid In-Person learning - COHORT B


Wednesday, November 25 - Early Release Day


Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break


Thursday, December 3 - Virtual Parent/Guardian Conferences - 1-3 pm and 6-8 pm


Tuesday, December 8 - Virtual Parent/Guardian Conferences - 1-3 pm and 5-7 pm



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i-Ready Reading diagnostic testing is finished overall, but there are a few students who still need to complete their diagnostic. Please check your email for a message from me if your child still needs to finish up. The WMS i-Ready window is open 11/1, 11/2, and 11/3 from 8:00 am - 9:00 pm. Please let me know if you have any questions.


Hybrid Learning - As WMS moves toward opening the building to all for Hybrid learning, we are finalizing the documents and protocols we will share with all to ensure a safe and successful transition. We are dedicating much of our Professional Development time on Tuesday, November 3rd, and our Faculty Meeting time on November 4th to prepare for Cohort A students' arrival at school on Thursday, November 12th, and then Cohort B on Friday, November 13th. I will host a Parent Forum on Tuesday 11/10 (date change) at 6:00 pm to discuss all of the details involved in the transition to Hybrid. If you have questions prior to the Parent/Guardian Forum, please email me. Here is the Zoom Link for the Forum:

Join Zoom Meeting https://watertown-k12-ma-us.zoom.us/j/95514356604


Flu Shots Needed! As per state mandates, in-person students will need proof of the influenza vaccine by December 31, 2020. Please email (michelle.laracy@watertown.k12.ma.us) or fax (617 924-4125) paperwork to Nurse Michelle at WMS.


Parent/Guardian/Teacher/Student Conferences are coming in early December. We will send out more information regarding how to sign up soon.


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,


Donna

COMMUNITY SERVICE!

Community service is up and running at WMS! Please see the attached document to view information on safety, tracking hours, and opportunities. Just as a reminder, it is recommended that 6th-grade students complete 10 hours of community service, 7th-grade students 15, and 8th-grade students 20.


Community Service Information

PTO Update!

Please help us as we embark on new ways of fundraising for the WMS PTO for what will definitely be a new and challenging year! Click the campaign below to see our fundraising goals this year and what we are hoping to support.


https://go.rallyup.com/wmspto

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!

Yearbook Elective for Grade 8 students

Ms. Horne and the 8th-grade students that represent the WMS Yearbook Elective are inviting all creative young people to utilize their skills and talents to develop a magnificent and innovative yearbook. If you have skills in drawing, graphic designing, digital illustration, photography, videography or any other skill I forgot to name, please contact Ms. Horne at atiera.horne@watertown.k12.ma.us. The last day to join Yearbook is November 3rd.

LUNCH/MEALS PROGRAM UPDATES

MEALS ARE FREE FOR ALL STUDENTS FOR THE ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR!

STARTING MONDAY 10/26


GRAB & GO MEAL SITE WILL BE OPEN:

EVERY MONDAY

12 - 1:30PM

&

4:30 - 6PM


BREAKFAST & LUNCH FOR THE WHOLE WEEK WILL BE PROVIDED FOR FREE TO ANY CHILD!




SEE SCHOOL NUTRITION WEBSITE FOR MENU.

Technology Information for WPS Families

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

Please visit the WPS Family Ed-Tech for ALL website for updated resources. weekly 10/30 Family Ed-Tech for All Newsletter, Live support sessions, Resources, Tutorials & tips that are curated and created, just for you.


Please complete the WPS Ed-Tech Support Request Form if you need support with Ed-Tech. A member of the WPS Ed-Tech team will reach out to you asap.
Please visit our WPS STEM Week 2020 Website that hosts diverse STEM offerings for different grade levels. You can print your school-specific WPS STEM Week 2020 student certificates from the website.


Please visit WGBH WORLD Channel which is created to serve students at home with no or limited internet access, or to augment online learning. This At-Home Learning Resources document provides an overall schedule of the broadcasts for this fall. Link to Mathematics broadcast Schedule and MA Standards alignment.


Thank you and have a terrific day,

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

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?”


Tardiness

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.


Absences

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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**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