FWHMS Family Newsletter

Connecting Families to School - March 2021

Virtual Class Expectations

It is a district expectations that students attend their full day of classes via Google Meets. Students are to have cameras on and to be actively engaged in class. All students with camera issues were given webcams.


Each teacher is emailed an attendance of all students in the Meet with the amount of time spent. If a child is not in the Meet for the full class time, teachers will notify administration.

Teachers Available for Extra Help After School on In Person Days and Virtual

All teachers are available for extra help (hybrid and full remote) with students for at least 30 minutes from Monday to Thursday. (*Except for the second Monday of the month due to an all staff meeting after school.) To book a day/time, please email the teacher.

Attendance - Parent/Guardian Calls Needed

If your child will be absent, tardy, or dismissed early, please ensure you continue to follow our typical protocol of calling the main office. This pertains to all students (hybrid and full remote).

Chromebook or Google Meet Issues

If your child is having difficulty with their Chromebook or access their Google Meet, please call the main office at 508-876-0190, and we will get you the support you need.


If you have access to second device, your child can log into the Google Meet on that device so that the Chromebook has a faster speed.

Hybrid Cohort Calendars for January 2021 to June 2021

Next week students will receive a printed copy of these calendars. These calendars are the same as the district. We only added the A or B Days on Wednesdays. All families including full remote should use these calendars to know which days are A and B on Wednesdays.


Cohort 1

Cohort 2

Grade 7 Science News

Grade 7 Science

Students have been learning about the great variety of energy forms and ways in which energy transformations make everything we do possible! Using some hands-on activities and interactive simulations, they will begin to investigate thermal energy and the ways in which it is transferred over the next few weeks. If you want to explore the topic with your child, here are a few videos and interactive links.

Mrs. Rose's Math News

Students in Mrs. Rose’s 7th grade pre-algebra classes have been learning about algebraic expressions and equations. Students have been working hard to show the steps in solving equations. They are applying what they have learned to real life situations through word problems. Students have been given a lot of practice through online games such as Kahoot, Jeopardy, and Legends of Learning. They have also practiced with Big Ideas and IXL. Please encourage your child to watch the videos and read the notes that have been put into google classroom for all topics. All students have the opportunity to practice old, current, and future skills in IXL anytime to build a stronger foundation in math. We are looking forward to solving inequalities very soon. Thank you for all the support and encouragement you have given to your child. It is very much appreciated.


News from the School Nurse

Physicals

In order for me to maintain up to date health records, whenever your child has a physical exam by his/her doctor please make sure that I get a copy of the exam and immunization record.


Thank You

I want to take this time to thank you for your diligence in monitoring your children and keeping them home from school when they are sick, letting the school know when they are sick, following advice to get them tested for COVID, and following return to school guidelines after testing, travel or close contact. I would really appreciate it if you continue to persevere and be diligent in your efforts to help keep all of our students, staff and school families as safe and healthy as possible. Please let me know if there are ways I can support you in doing this.


Sincerely,

Sue Wiegers BSN, RN, NCSN

School Nurse

Student Assignments/Teacher Websites

On our school website,. under student assignments are details for all major graded work for students and families to know what was assigned by your child's teacher. All work will be graded as usual. We are not using credit/no credit.


Teachers update the grades in the parent portal on a bi-weekly basis. They also add comments as needed. Please use this information and the new teacher websites to know and track what work your child must complete.


Click here to see the new site.

PTO News

The PTO will be busy this Spring!


Please watch for our emails and like us on facebook @fwhmspto to keep up with all the news.


Yearbooks are on sale. Click here to purchase your hardcover, full color 2020/2021 yearbook. Yearbooks ar $40.00.


Attention 8th Grade parents: Baby pictures for the yearbook are past due. If you have not submitted a baby picture for your 8th grader, please do so as soon as possible. You can upload the picture using this link; If you are asked for a user id, it is 416174355.


Celebrating our 8th Graders

The PTO is planning on celebrating our 8th graders as they complete Middle School and head to High School. 8th grade parents and students - please keep your eye out for emails from the PTO for more information as we get closer to the end of the year.


National Grid Fundraiser

The PTO is running a National Grid Fundraiser during the month of March! Families can purchase energy efficient light bulbs and power strips. 100% of the sales goes directly to the PTO, and our students. This fundraiser is contactless and shipping is free in both MA and RI. Please help us protect our planet and raise money for our students! Be sure to include our school's name and the student's name upon checkout. The fundraiser will end on March 19th. Click here to begin your purchase!


Spring Clubs

After School Spring Clubs are here!!! The PTO is sponsoring The Game Club and The Cinema and Lit Club. Click here for more information, and to sign up.


PTO Surprise

On St. Patrick’s Day, the PTO will have a special surprise for students, and raffle off three candy gift baskets. All students will be entered into the raffle.


Scholastic Book Fair

The PTO is sponsoring a Spring Scholastic Book Fair the week of March 29th. Information will be sent home as we get closer to the fair.


Next Meeting

The next PTO meeting is Monday March 15th at 6:30pm.


Please email Sara Tasker at stasker@bmrsd.net if you would like to attend so she can forward you the virtual meeting information.

Math Department News - Support for Your Child for All Grades

Dear Families,

As we continue to navigate through this unique year of learning we wanted to provide you with fun resources and games to help your student with what the math department sees as critical foundational skills. In this letter we are providing you with websites in which your students can practice in a fun and low stress environment to achieve mastery. There are vast resources on the web so this list is certainly not exhaustive but gives you a place to start. In addition, should your student need some additional instruction there are also countless instructional video resources available on the web. Even our own Mrs. Dansereau (7th and 8th grade math teacher) has her own channel on youtube, simply search via her name “Linda Dansereau” and you will find them!


For all middle school students the ability to quickly and accurately recall math facts (both multiplication and division) is a critical skill that if weak can inhibit a student’s academic progress. This ability to quickly recall math facts is an opportunity for growth for many students and we would like to partner with you to help your students improve this skill in a way that is fun. The most effective way to improve this skill is daily practice. Below you will find many multiplication math fact websites and games that students can use to help strengthen this important skill and have fun at the same time.


FOR ALL STUDENTS (GRADES 6-8)

MULTIPLICATION FACT PRACTICE AND GAMES

https://www.multiplication.com/games/all-games

https://www.mathplayground.com/index_multiplication_division.html

https://mrnussbaum.com/math/multiplication

https://www.timestables.com/games/

https://www.education.com/games/multiplication-facts/

https://www.abcya.com/games/clear_it_multiplication


MULTIPLICATION FACT PRACTICE DOWNLOADABLE APPLICATIONS

Rocket math is now offering their program as an app free for mobile devices. Using the students device go to url https://play.rocketmath.com and download the app and your student can play their way to math fact fluency! The apps below can most likely be found in the store on your student’s mobile device and are rated 4.5 or greater!


  • Cool Times Tables Flash Cards
  • Multiplication Flash Cards
  • Mental Math Cards Challenge
  • Times Tables Flash Quiz
  • Multiplication Kids: Math Game
  • Multiplication: Times Tables
  • Math Speed Drill


FOR 7th AND 8th GRADE STUDENTS

For 7th and 8th graders, accurately adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing with rational numbers (positive and negative whole numbers, fractions and decimals) is an important foundational skill for the remainder of their academic pursuits. This is another skill that we see as an opportunity for student growth amongst our 7th and 8th graders. The websites below will help to provide the practice required to master this important foundational skill.


ADD AND SUBTRACT INTEGERS

http://www.math-play.com/adding-and-subtracting-integers-pirate-game/adding-and-subtracting-integers-pirate-game_html5.html

https://www.mathgames.com/play/cat-wars.html?quickplay=526a3cffd99f9800710000eb

https://www.mathnook.com/math/x-ray-math-integers.html

https://www.mathgames.com/skill/7.65-add-and-subtract-integers

https://www.mathgames.com/skill/7.54-integer-addition-and-subtraction-rules

https://www.mathgames.com/skill/7.68-complete-addition-and-subtraction-sentences-with-integers

http://www.mathpup.com/games/math-speed-racing/integers/subtraction/index.html

http://www.mathpup.com/games/math-speed-racing/integers/addition/index.html

http://www.math-play.com/math-racing-adding-integers-game/math-racing-adding-integers_html5.html

http://www.aaamath.com/add65_x2.htm

https://www.hoodamath.com/games/integerstimedtests.html


MULTIPLY AND DIVIDE INTEGERS

https://www.mathplayground.com/ASB_IntegerWarp.html

https://www.mathplayground.com/ASB_OrbitIntegers.html

https://www.mathgames.com/skill/7.79-integer-multiplication-and-division-rules

https://www.mathgames.com/skill/7.81-multiply-and-divide-integers

http://www.math-play.com/Integers-Jeopardy/integers-jeopardy-fun-game_html5.html

https://www.hoodamath.com/games/integerstimedtests.html


OPERATIONS WITH POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE RATIONAL NUMBERS

https://www.mathgames.com/skill/7.86-add-and-subtract-rational-numbers

https://www.mathgames.com/skill/7.66-add-and-subtract-decimal-numbers

https://www.mathgames.com/skill/7.64-add-and-subtract-fractions

https://www.math-play.com/7th-Grade-Numbers-and-Operations-Jeopardy/7th-grade-numbers-and-operations-jeopardy-game_html5.html

https://www.khanacademy.org/math/cc-seventh-grade-math/cc-7th-negative-numbers-add-and-subtract/cc-7th-add-sub-neg-fractions/e/adding_and_subtracting_fractions

https://www.khanacademy.org/math/cc-seventh-grade-math/cc-7th-negative-numbers-multiply-and-divide/cc-7th-mult-div-neg-fractions/e/multiplying_fractions

https://www.khanacademy.org/math/7th-engage-ny/engage-7th-module-2/7th-module-2-topic-b/e/dividing_fractions_2

Calendar of Events

Wednesday, March 10th

  • Half Day for Students - 11 AM dismissal
  • Progress Reports Released in Parent Portal

Friday, March 19th

  • Professional Development Day for Staff - No School for Students

Wednesday, March 24th

  • Half Day for Students - 11 AM dismissal

Tuesday, March 30th

  • STAR Reports Sent Home - Cohort 1/Full Remote

Friday, April 2nd

  • STAR Reports Sent Home - Cohort 2

School Lunch and Breakfast - Free for the ENTIRE School Year

Don't forget all students can have free breakfast and lunch every in-person day. We also have food pick up on Wednesdays from 11 am to 12 pm and 4 pm to 5 pm.

School-wide Ongoing Fundraisers

Stop & Shop A Plus Program - Register your rewards card to help us earn $$. Log on to www.stopandshop.com/aplus to register online USE SCHOOL ID: 07080 or dial 1-877-275-2758 to register your card over the phone.


Amazon - Please click here to shop on Amazon.com. A small percentage of what you purchase will go to the Hartnett Middle School PTO to help support field trips, assemblies, special events, and after school programming. It is the same Amazon.com you may use, with a small percentage supporting middle school students.

FWHMS Communication and Happenings

School website (https://www.bmrsd.net/o/fwhms)

Our website is the main hub of information. The following is key information you will find:

  • Daily Intercom Announcements
  • Monthly School Calendar
  • Homework Page
  • Monthly Family Newsletter Links
  • After-school Program Information/Registration
  • BMR Athletes Information/Registration Details
  • Staff names and emails


OneCall will be used in the following ways:

Robocalls

For Emergency only - such as unplanned early dismissals or information on an emergency in the building. They will be sent after 3:30 pm and end before 8 pm.


Roboemails - On Tuesdays and Fridays only (as needed)

For standard communication - such as portal access to progress reports, report card distribution, the monthly newsletter release, registration information for sports/after-school clubs, field trip information, and other information as needed. The emails may be by whole school or by grade level depending on the communication needs.


Social Media - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat

We use all our social media to share special happenings after they have happened so that families can see what we are doing. You can find us on all platforms at @fwhms2003

It is the policy of the Blackstone-Millville Regional School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, homelessness, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, foster care, or military status in its educational programs, services, activities, or employment practices; as defined and required by state and federal laws. Inquiries concerning the District’s compliance with Title IX and other civil rights laws may be directed to Dr. Janis Laporte at 508-876-0190 or jlaporte@bmrsd.net.