WMS Family Newsletter

Connecting Families to School - May 2016


Students vs Faculty Basketball Game

Join us on May 17th to find out who will win this year's game. Admission is $5. Pizza and snacks will be sold. There will be a 50/50 raffle along with a Half Court Shot Contest at half time. Winner will win a $25 iTunes gift card. We hope to see you there!

Team 6-4 - the Sea Stars News

In English, students are in the final stages of completing Argument Writing. Next, and for their final writing piece of the year, students will be working on Research. Students will have three more homework assignments to complete on No Red Ink and finishing their independent reading requirement by completing two books on their own.

Team 6-4 students have been learning about space science in science class. They have completed activities / experiments about the seasons, the phases of the moon, and are currently working towards expanding their knowledge of the Milky Way Galaxy. In the upcoming weeks, students will learn about gravity and our solar system.

On May 18th, students on Team 6-4 will be attending a field trip to enjoy a Pawtucket Red Sox game. We will be sending home permission slips soon. May 18th is offering students a wonderful learning opportunity as well as a fun-filled day.

Drug and Alcohol Awareness Day

Come to McCoy Stadium and learn how you can prevent drug and alcohol abuse, with messages from the PawSox team, in-between inning games, videos and more throughout the day.

Team 7-2

Mrs. Nierman is proud to report that Nicole D., Gabrielle D., Phillip N., and Alpha B. entered both the national (American Library of Poetry) and local (Harris Public Library) poetry contests. Should the students win, they will be rewarded, read their poetry aloud at Harris Public Library's poetry event in May, and possibly have their work published.

Team 7-4

Students participated in Law Day again this year. The Honorable Howard S. Portney and Stephen A. Smith Esquire visited. They spoke about the 50th anniversary of Miranda vs Arizona. This is the case that gave us Miranda rights.

Team 8-1


At the beginning of May, students will be designing an Ecotourist's Dream. The challenge will be to design their destination in the State of Rhode Island. These creative engineers will be dreaming big to decide what they will include to attract tourists to their destination. In the process they will incorporate what they have learned about maintaining biodiversity, protecting ecological services, recycling non-renewable resources, and providing on-site energy to accommodate the tourists

Team 8-4

Students in Mr. Brien's social studies classes have been creating World War I newspapers using computer technology. Mr. Brien is impressed with his student's hard work and use of the program to design the newspaper. Students were researching primary sources, and the causes and effects of World War I to complete the assignment.

Music Department

May 17

The WMS Chorus and Band will perform the national anthem prior to a Paw Sox Game. If you are interested in purchasing tickets, please see a music teacher.

June 2

WMS Band and Chorus Spring Concert

6:30pm at Woonsocket High School

Free admission, all are welcome!

June 8

WMS Chorus will perform at a Woonsocket School Committee meeting at WMS Hamlet at 7pm. Students are to report at 6:30pm.

Sign ups for 2016/2017

The music teachers will be going around to advisories with sign up forms for 6/7th graders for next year.

Please also like our Facebook page for the latest news and information. www.facebook.com/wmsrimusic


WMS Hamlet Library

What should I read next? Does your child sometimes have difficulty selecting a book? There are some terrific websites available to help students select books based on their interests. Explore some of these sites with your child today. Also encourage your child to visit our school library for guidance. We are here to help!

A Book and a Hug http://www.abookandahug.com/index.php

Great Reads for Teens http://www.saclibrary.org/teens/Great-Reads-For-Teens/

Guys Read http://www.guysread.com/

Most Popular Teen Book Matches http://www.librarypoint.org/bm_covers_teen

Your Next Read http://www.yournextread.com/us/

WMS Villa Nova Library

It’s not too early to think about summer reading!

If your child is looking for recommended middle school books, the Rhode Island Teen Book Award (RITBA) list is a good place to start. These books can be borrowed through the public library. The current nominated titles, as well as previous lists and winners, can be viewed by clicking on the RITBA web page: <<http://www.riteenbookaward.org>>.

If your child enjoys listening to audiobooks or reading ebooks, you can check out the “eZone Digital Downloads” on the Ocean State Libraries web page: <<https://catalog.oslri.net>>

SYNC, a free summer audiobook program for teens, gives away two FREE complete audiobook downloads each week to teen listeners from May 5th - August 17th. You can access the site through this link: <<http://www.audiobooksync.com>> Two new free titles are available each week, but only for a week. Check it out!

From the School Nurses

Parents of Sixth Graders:

Please bring in updated physical exams and immunizations

to the school nurse or have your doctor fax them to

the school nurse at:

Hamlet nurse's office fax: 235-6124

Villa Nova nurse's office fax: 235-6139


Check out the WMS school counseling website by visitinghttp://novaguidance.weebly.com/ or going on to our school website and looking under the School Counseling tab. Learn about many of our exciting leadership programs, access resources to support your child's social and emotional health, read about our Students of the Quarter and find helpful information about grade reporting and making the middle school transition.

CCF - 21st CCLC Program

The Spring After-school Program Session will end on Thursday, May 19th.

Upcoming Events:

Friday, May 13, 2016 - Theater Club's presentation of "Hairspray Jr." musical at Villa Nova cafeteria at 7:00 p.m. ($10.00 at the door)

Thursday, May 19, 2016 - After-school Program End of the Year Celebration at Villa Nova cafeteria from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Get Connected Summer Camp @ WMS

Incoming or current 6th, 7th and 8th graders are welcome to sign up for the Get Connected Summer Camp @ WMS. The Camp will begin on Tuesday, July 5th and end on Friday, August 12th. The hours are 8:00 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. at Villa Nova. Students will participate in a variety of activities including sports, recycled arts and crafts, creative engineering, NASA STEM challenge, animal science, oceanography, environmental science as well as team building and games. Also, breakfast and lunch will be provided every day, guest speakers and field trips on Fridays. There will be a Family Celebration on the last Friday of the Camp.
Cost: - CCF members: $30.00 camp fee/New members: $45.00 ($15.00 CCF membership/$30.00 camp fee).

Registration forms are available in the main office of both buildings, WMS and CCF websites.

Please contact Ms. Costa at 401-235-6125 or scosta@woonsocketschools.com with any questions.

Yearbooks are on sale!

Pre-sale price is until April 15: Hardcover $25 or Softcover $20 After April 15th the price is: Hardcover $30 or Softcover $25. Check us out on Facebook and find the quick link to pay online or pay in your school office!


Goodwill Clothing Bin

Please deposit any used clothing that you no longer need. We receive 4 cents for every pound. All proceeds raised go to our Student Council. You can find the bin at the back entrance of the complex behind the Hamlet building.

Calendar of Events

Monday, May 2nd

  • Teacher Appreciation Week begins
Monday, May 9th

  • 2 pm - SIT Meeting - Villa Nova room 124
Tuesday, May 10th

  • Morning only - Science NECAP testing - Grade 8 only
Wednesday, May 11th

  • Morning only - Science NECAP testing - Grade 8 only
  • 7 pm - School Committee meeting - Hamlet
Thursday, May 12th

  • Progress reports distributed to all students
Friday, May 13th

  • 7 pm - Hairspray Jr. - Villa Nova cafeteria - Tickets $10 at the door
Monday, May 16th

  • 6:30 pm - PTO meeting - Hamlet cafeteria
Tuesday, May 17th

  • 5:30 pm - Students vs Faculty basketball game - Hamlet gym - Tickets $5 at the door
  • 7 pm - Chorus student perform at PawSox game
Thursday, May 19th

  • 5 pm to 7 pm - CCF 21st CCLC End of the Year Celebration - Villa Nova cafeteria

Tuesday, May 24th

  • Villa Nova 8th graders depart for New York City
Wednesday, May 25th

  • 7 pm - School Committee meeting - Hamlet cafeteria

Thursday, May 26th

  • Villa Nova 8th graders return from New York City
Friday, May 27th

  • PARCC testing ends
Monday, May 30th
  • NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day