WMS Community Bulletin 08-06-21

EXCELLENCE*EQUITY*COMMUNITY

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Watertown Middle School 2021-2022

Dear Watertown Middle School Community,


Happy Friday! I hope you all have been having a lovely summer. My children and I have been having a wonderful time with family and friends, and I am rested, rejuvenated, and excited to begin the new school year with the students, staff, and families of WMS! :)


As more Covid guidance becomes available regarding masking, testing, quarantining, etc., I will share it with you immediately. As a district and community, we will continue to work closely together to ensure everyone is safe in school.


Watertown Middle School's new Assistant Principal, Susan Carle, has been in the office quite a bit, and she and I have been planning for the year. She is meeting many people and learning all about our community and looking forward to meeting all of you as well!


One of the main items I have been working on is the schedule and the cluster placements, using all of the information generated by the guidance counselors, teachers, and your input. We will be sharing Cluster Assignments in mid-August with all students and families.


In the meantime, teachers have confirmed their supply lists for Back-to-School, and here they are:


Grade 6 Supply List


Grade 7 Supply List


Grade 8 Supply List



Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns. I look forward to working with all of you this year, and welcoming all of the new grade 6 families into the WMS Community! There are many ways for families to get involved at WMS, and I will include more information about the PTO, School Site Council, and Parent/Caregiver Diversity Council in my upcoming newsletters.


Please be well and take good care of one another.


Respectfully yours,


Donna Martin

Principal

Here are some important upcoming dates:

Thursday, August 26 - 10:00 am - Q and A and Tour of WMS (see details below) - please wear a mask!


Monday, August 30 - 1:00 pm - Q and A and Tour of WMS (see details below) - please wear a mask!


Tuesday, August 31 - New Teacher Orientation


Wednesday and Thursday, September 1-2 - Staff Professional Development days


Tuesday, September 7 - 7:00 pm SCHOOL PARENT/ATHLETE INFORMATION SESSION on ZOOM: (CLICK) LINK TO M.S. ZOOM MEETING

***FALL ATHLETIC REGISTRATION - Follow the link below to be directed to the Athletics Registration Form NO LATER THAN WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 18, 2021 to be cleared to participate in the first day of their sports.

LINK: FALL REGISTRATION (https://www.familyid.com/watertown-public-schools-athletics)

(More athletics information in the link below)


Wednesday, September 8 - First Day of School for 2021-2022 School Year


Thursday, September 23 - WMS Open House. 6:00-8:00 pm


2021 - 2022 District School Year Calendar

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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

WMS School Tours 8/26 and 8/30!

School Tours will be on:


  • Thursday, August 26th at 10:00 am


  • Monday, August 30th at 1:00 pm


We will meet at those times in the WMS Auditorium for a brief welcome and overview of middle school and a Q & A session. Please enter through the Waverley Street entrance and wear a mask. Regardless of vaccination status, everyone must wear a mask when inside the school buildings at this point.


After the Q & A session, we will break into smaller groups and tour the school. My hope is to have some 7th and 8th-grade experts join us to share their knowledge of WMS!


ALL students are welcome to come with their families! To be sure, entering 6th graders are excited to see the building and start learning their way around. However, I am sure there are entering 7th and 8th graders who would also like to see where their classrooms may be and to refamiliarize themselves with the school, especially if they were virtual last year. You are also welcome to come to both tours if you'd like.


We look forward to seeing you on these two tour dates! The custodians have been working tirelessly to get the building ready for everyone, and it's starting to shine!

Summer Grab & Go Meal Distribution Site Is Back!

Summer Grab & Go Meal Distribution Site Is Back!

Watertown School Nutrition will be distributing FREE weekly meal bags out of the WHS parking lot again this summer!

Every Wednesday, July 7th - August 25th.

11:30 - 1:30pm

Please contact Brandon Rabbitt at brandon.rabbitt@watertown.k12.ma.us with any questions.

WMS Summer Math and Reading

Math Grades 6 - 8: Zearn

Zearn is an online math program that is engaging for students and aligns with our math curriculum. All students have access to a Zearn summer skills program. Students should aim to complete 2-3 Zearn lessons per week.

For questions, contact: Elizabeth Kaplan elizabeth.kaplan@watertown.k12.ma.us


Literacy/English Grades 6 - 8

Whole School Read: One School, One Author: Fish in a Tree and/or One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt (required to choose one).


ISIA website: https://sites.google.com/watertown.k12.ma.us/1s1author/home


Independent reading by grade level


  • Literacy/English Grades 6: All incoming 6th graders will choose one of the One School, One Author titles: Fish in a Tree and/or One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt and one more book of their choice. You can use this list from the local library if you need recommendations.


  • Literacy/English Grades 7: All incoming 7th graders will choose one of the One School, One Author titles: Fish in a Tree and/or One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt --- and also complete the summer assignment explained here.


  • Literacy/English Grades 8: All incoming 8th graders will choose one of the One School, One Author titles: Fish in a Tree and/or One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt and also complete this assignment.


For questions, contact: Donna Martin @ donna.martin@watertown.k12.ma.us

Watertown Middle School Math Department Updates

On Tuesday, June 1, Mathematics Curriculum Coordinators Elizabeth Kaplan and Dan Wulf, along with Mathematics Coach Shephali Chokshi, presented to the Curriculum/Policy Sub-committee of the School Committee regarding mathematics at WMS. Below is the summary of their presentation:


Highlights of 2020/2021


  • All math teachers worked diligently and collaboratively to implement a common curriculum: Illustrative Math/Desmos.

  • WMS hired a new math coach, Shephali Chokshi, who supported and coached all math teachers. This included planning and implementing the curriculum, co-teaching, and working with students.

  • In addition to middle school staff, elementary coaches assisted in purposeful planning for students transitioning from 5th to 6th-grade math.


Updates for 2021/2022 School Year


  • 7th-grade math has historically had two levels of the same math content - PreAlgebra and Advanced PreAlgebra. For the upcoming school year, 7th-grade math will be similar to 6th-grade math in that it will be one level of math. Beyond 7th grade math, the following is currently offered in Watertown:

    • 8th Grade: Two levels of math (8th Grade Math & Algebra); 9th Grade: Algebra and Geometry

  • The math department will be conducting an external math program review in the fall of 2021. For this review, math education leaders from other districts will spend time in Watertown analyzing documents, observing classes, and meeting with teachers, students, and parents. We will be looking for parents to participate in forums with these external reviewers.

  • Teachers will continue to participate in math coaching focused on curriculum, instructional practices, and differentiating instruction to meet the needs of all math learners.

  • We will be using Zearn in grades 6 and 7 as a resource for the middle school WIN (What I Need) block.


Next Steps and Further Resources



Please feel free to reach out to Elizabeth Kaplan, K-7 Math/Science Coordinator, (elizabeth.kaplan@watertown.k12.ma.us) or Dan Wulf, 8-12 Math Coordinator, (daniel.wulf@watertown.k12.ma.us) with any questions.

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