WMS Community Bulletin 03-21-21

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

Dear Watertown Middle School Community,


I hope this newsletter finds you all well. Happy Spring! The sun and warmer weather are certainly welcome as we leave winter behind.


Nonetheless, I am saddened by current events targeting Asians, Asian-Americans, and Pacific Islanders, including the brutal murders in Atlanta. The deaths in Atlanta are only one vivid example in a year with increased scapegoating and racism against the Asian community. We will continue to work against such scapegoating and racism in our school community and will focus on teaching respect and kindness through an anti-bias curriculum and lessons. We stand up against all types of racism and stand in solidarity with our Asian community. Please know that our school counselors and other mental health staff are available should your child need to speak with anyone about these current events or other concerns.


Please be well and take good care of one another.


Respectfully yours,


Donna Martin

Principal

Here are some important upcoming dates:

Monday, March 22 - School Committee Meeting 7:00 pm


Tuesday, March 23 and Wednesday, March 24 - Picture Makeup Days


School Name: Watertown Middle School
Picture Day Dates: Tuesday, March 23 & Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Picture Day ID: EVTP7PQD3


Monday, March 29 - Anti-Bias Coalition Meeting 5:00-6:30 pm

Join Zoom Meeting
https://watertown-k12-ma-us.zoom.us/j/96134982842


Monday, March 29 - School Site Council Meeting 6:45-8:15 pm

Join Zoom Meeting https://watertown-k12-ma-us.zoom.us/j/93685457740


Tuesday, March 30 - Parent/Guardian Forum regarding Return to Full In-Person School 6:30 pm

Join Zoom Meeting https://watertown-k12-ma-us.zoom.us/j/92000022874

(please see more information below)


Thursday, April 1 - Parent/Guardian Conferences 1:00-3:00 pm and 6:00-8:00 pm

(Information from cluster teachers will be coming soon if you have not received it already)


**Thursday, April 1 - Garden Club with Mr. Duffy begins


Thursday, April 8 - WHS Program of Studies Night 6:30 pm


Tuesday, April 6 - Parent/Guardian Conferences 1:00-3:00 pm and 5:00-7:00 pm


Monday, April 12 - WMS Return to Full Days of In-Person School


Thursday, April 15 - School Site Council meeting 6:30-8:00 pm



MCAS

Dates TBD - The state has decided to postpone MCAS testing, and the dates for grades 6-8 are currently TBD - stay tuned!


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FOR ALL STUDENTS - Please return ELA novels to your cluster's book collection box!

Grade 6 - Inside Out and Back Again

Grade 7 - The Giver

Grade 8 - Warcross


SCHEDULE UPDATES

Short-Term Schedule Change: We began the short-term changes last Monday, March 15th. Please see the visual below of the time changes to specialist classes. Your students may need some help and reminders to attend classes at these new times. Additionally, ALL students are attending a class from 2:30-3:00 pm each day.


Long-Term Schedule Change: On April 12, we will be returning to a full-day in-person schedule. Many of you filled out the survey sent out by Dr. Galdston and indicated if your child would return to school in person or be fully remote through the end of the year. Please reach out to me if you have any questions about this choice.


On Tuesday, March 30 at 6:30 pm, I will be hosting a Parent/Guardian Forum on Zoom to discuss new schedules and procedures for the April 12th re-opening. We are busy preparing the building to have the majority of students and teachers return full-time in a safe manner! I look forward to seeing you there and answering any questions you may have. Please feel free to send me any questions in advance as well.


WMS Band Performances: Our bands have been working very hard on their Spring Music!

From Mr. Maxwell Thew, WMS Band Director:

"I wanted to share with you what our lovely WMS Bands have been working on. Here are our lovely performances:


6th Grade Band-Invader by Rob Grice

7th/8th Grade Band-Infinity Concert March by James Curnow


If you see any band members make sure to congratulate them for all their hard work!"


Progress Reports: Progress Reports were posted on Friday in PowerSchool, and you may access them using the previously shared username/password. Some teachers are piloting the use of sharing grades through the PowerSchool portal, and some have continued the practice of posting comments regarding your child's progress. Please reach out to your child's teacher, school counselor, or me if you have any questions.


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

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For 8th graders - Please fill out this important google form for your Yearbook Quotation and other fun!

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

Student COVID testing will continue this week on Tuesday and Wednesday.


Update on the testing: New Massachusetts mandates are allowing students of any age to self swab under supervision. Nurse Michelle will still be helping all of our students and making sure samples are collected correctly, but the process will be much quicker with even less interference to learning time. She said it's going very smoothly!


**A note from the nurses:

Thank you to all who have signed up for pool testing thus far. It is not too late to enroll your children in weekly pool testing, if you are interested please fill out the google form below. Moving forward, only positive pools and close contacts will be alerted with the weekly testing results. If you do not receive an update 24-48 hours after your child participates in pool testing, it means their pool tested negative. Positive pools will be contacted as soon as possible and given further information and instructions at that time.


Again, if you wish for your student to be testing, please fill out the google form below. Please note that pool testing is only offered to hybrid students who participate in IN PERSON learning, we are not currently able to test remote students.


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:


WMS COVID-19 testing will continue 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!

Technology Information for WPS Families

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


Here is a link to the Weekly 03/19 Family Ed-Tech for All Newsletter, LIVE Ed-Tech Support Sessions & WPS Family Ed-Tech Website with resources, 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 a school day.


Few additional resources for Celebrating WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH


Free GoogleSlide Templates to enhance student engagement:
Who wants to be a Millionaire | Funny Jeopardy | Create your own Character



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.