WMS Community Bulletin 12-06-20

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 with not too much trouble from the snow and wind!


Here are some important upcoming dates:


Monday, Dec 7 - Friday, Dec 13 - Global Computer Science Education Week 2020!

The global theme for CS-Ed Week this year is #CSforSocialJustice (see more info below)


Monday, December 7 - School Committee Meeting 7 pm


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


Wednesday, December 9 - PTO meeting 7:00 pm

Join Zoom Meeting https://watertown-k12-ma-us.zoom.us/j/91312161001


Thursday, December 10 - Covid testing for hybrid students in Cohort A (optional)


Friday, December 11 - Covid testing for hybrid students in Cohort B (optional)


Wednesday, December 16 - ELPAC meeting 7:00 pm on Zoom:

https://watertown-k12-ma-us.zoom.us/j/92101627657?pwd=WWMxNFcvQWZOVWpJbVJMZjJicUpEZz09 Meeting ID: 921 0162 7657 Passcode: 038923


Monday, December 21- Anti-Bias Coalition Meeting


Thursday, December 24 - Friday, January 1 - NO SCHOOL - Winter Break


Monday, January 4 - Return from Winter Break

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Student COVID testing (for students attending in-person) continues this week. Please see additional information below.


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 continuing this week. Please reach out to your child's homeroom teachers if you have any questions. There is also a link below. I have heard they are going quite well over Zoom! :)


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

Student COVID testing (for students attending in-person) continues this week!


Student COVID testing will continue this week. Please see the message below which was sent out in the last two weeks from Dr. Galdston will additional information.


**Please note: WMS will be contacting families after this testing only if a positive case in a pool is detected. If you do not hear from us, then all students' tests were negative, as they were this week.


If you have signed your child(ren) up to be tested, please remind them that they will be tested every week, and that it is not a one-time occurrence. Student testing will occur during grade level mask breaks.


From Dr. Galdston:


We will be holding our WMS COVID-19 testing on Thursdays and Fridays throughout December and into the new year. If you have already signed up your child, there is no need to fill out the form again. If you would like to sign up your child, please read the message below and fill out the following form: https://forms.gle/9gqu867ae6TB2ULf6. You only need to sign up once for the ongoing weekly testing.

Please consider being part of the testing! Testing prevents the spread of COVID-19 and it's free for families at this time as we using grant funding to cover the costs.

Best,

Dede Galdston

***Here is the SMORE Newsletter which was sent out originally with all of the details of the testing.***

Thank you!

English Learners Parent Advisory Council (ELPAC) Meeting on 12/16

There will be an ELPAC meeting on Wed. 12/16 from 7-8 pm


https://watertown-k12-ma-us.zoom.us/j/92101627657?pwd=WWMxNFcvQWZOVWpJbVJMZjJicUpEZz09 Meeting ID: 921 0162 7657 Passcode: 038923


Topics will be:


  • Questions about hybrid or schedules
  • Information about English testing in January
  • ELPAC bylaws
  • Reviewing survey results to determine next steps


Here are flyers with directions on how to access the interpretation:


ELPAC English ELPAC Spanish, ELPAC Portuguese

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


One main Community Service opportunity which is currently taking place is our annual Coats for Kids collection!


  • Coats For Kids

    • When you drop off coats for our annual Coats for Kids drive, you will earn 20 minutes for each coat (3 coats = 1 hour) The coat donation box will be placed right outside the Waverly Ave entrance Monday through Friday 8:30 - 12:30 until further notice.

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!

WMS Winter Sports Update from AD Ryan Murphy

Middle School Boys Basketball - No Program this winter

Middle School Girls Basketball - No Program this winter

High School Boys Ice Hockey - 7 and 8th Graders are eligible

High School Girls Ice Hockey - 6, 7, and 8th Graders are eligible

High School Boys Basketball - No Middle Schoolers are eligible

High School Girls Basketball - 8th Graders are eligible


Please see the official letter that was sent home to all families attached below.

PTO Update!

The next PTO meeting will be Wednesday, December 9th at 7:00 pm. Here is the Zoom link:

Join Zoom Meeting https://watertown-k12-ma-us.zoom.us/j/91312161001


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


Stop and Shop Program:

Our school, Watertown Middle School, ID#: 10628 has the opportunity to participate in and earn CASH from A+ School Rewards, a great fundraising program run through your local Stop & Shop! See the letter attached below for more information. It's an easy way to earn money for the students of the school!

Watertown Recreation - Winter Session I information

Technology Information for WPS Families

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


Join us to celebrate Global Computer Science Education Week 2020!

Date: Dec 7 - Dec13, 2020. The global theme for CS-Ed Week this year is #CSforSocialJustice.


Here is a link to our WPS CS-Ed Week 2020 Website which hosts creative, academic computational thinking and problem-solving curriculum for all grade levels. Visit the site to participate in the "Creating with Computer Science" Student Contest or to download your WPS CS Ed Week Student Certificate for this year.


Here is a link to our WPS Family Ed-Tech for ALL Website for updated resources.


Here is a link to the weekly 12/05 Family Ed-Tech for All Newsletter, LIVE Ed-Tech Support Sessions, Resources, Tutorials & tips that are curated and created, 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 1 school day.


Thank you and have a terrific day,

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

LUNCH/MEALS PROGRAM UPDATES


  • School meals are free for ALL students for the entire school year.

  • Students can order a lunch in Community Meeting each morning and will be given out at the end of the day.

  • Lunches should be eaten after you leave school at 12:30

  • The meals will be packaged in easy to carry bags and will contain multiple breakfasts and lunches.

  • If a student requests meals on both of their in-person days they will receive breakfast and lunch for 7 days.


SEE SCHOOL NUTRITION WEBSITE FOR MENU.


GRAB & GO MEAL SITE WILL BE OPEN:

EVERY MONDAY

12 - 1:30PM

&

4:30 - 6PM

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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?”


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.