Westport Middle School Newsletter

December 2021

December Wildcat Students of the Month

This month we had two Wildcat Students of the Month. Jarrod Rego Antunes (Grade 6) and Andrew Barrus (Grade 6) are pictured below.

Congratulations to our two Wildcats! We are so proud of your hard work!

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WMS Student Council Food Drive

The winner of the food drive is Mrs. Ferreira's homeroom with 1,578 points! Overall the middle school brought in 8,000 points of donations. Thank you to everyone that contributed. The WMS Student Council and advisor Jen Gargiulo wishes everyone a happy holiday and a wonderful break!

Winter Band and Choral Concerts

Congratulations to our students who participated in the December 13 Band Concert and the December 14 Choral Concert. Kudos also to Chris Nunes and Liz Carvalho for their hard work in putting these shows together! This was the first time in two years that students had the opportunity to perform. The music was amazing, and it was wonderful to see our students on stage again!

Music Booster Updates

Congratulations to our music staff and band/chorus students for their wonderful holiday performances. The enthusiastic support of our parents, family and friends was appreciated so much!

Our fundraiser, "Ornament---An Evening of Music of the Trans Siberian Orchestra" has been postponed until Friday, January 7 at 7:00 PM at the new school auditorium. Tickets are still available at $12 adults and $10 students/seniors. They can be purchased at the door, online at www.ornamentband.com, or by sending a check to Westport Music Boosters, PO. Box N105, Westport, MA 02790. Checks and online sale tickets can be picked up the night of the show. Please note: All tickets that had been purchased for Dec. 10 will be honored for the show on January 7. If you have purchased tickets and are unable to attend the rescheduled date, please contact tourmanager@ornamentband.com to arrange a refund. Many thanks go to our middle school band director, Chris Nunes, for once again bringing this amazing show to us. *Please note: All audience members must wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status at all school events.

On behalf of the Westport Music Boosters, music staff, and students, we wish you a happy and above all, healthy holiday season!

ALICE Assemblies

We are pleased to announce we will be implementing ALICE strategies for our active shooter response protocol.

ALICE is the original civilian response to an active shooter event. ALICE Training provides preparation and a plan for individuals and organizations on how to more proactively handle the threat of an aggressive intruder or active shooter event. ALICE Training option-based tactics have become the accepted response, versus the traditional “lockdown only” approach.

All WMHS staff will take the ALICE Basic Certification eLearning course to be completed during the January 3rd Staff Meeting. Assemblies for WMHS students will take place that day as well.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Sean Persico, Assistant Principal at spersico@westportschools.org.

Change of Term/Semester

Semester One/Quarter Two ends on January 25, 2022. On January 26, 2022, Semester Two/Quarter Three will begin. Most exploratory classes will change. Students will receive a new schedule in Homeroom on January 26 so they are prepared for the start of their new classes.

Report cards for Quarter Two will be available on the Community Portal on February 3. Please email lhonohan@westportschools.org with any questions regarding the Community Portal.

WMS Informational Forums

January's WMS Informational Forum has been cancelled. All pertinent information and upcoming events will be communicated either through the monthly newsletter or through an email notification. Please ensure that you are checking your Junk and Spam folders as school email notifications often get filtered to those inboxes.

After School Pickup

The Main Office of Westport Middle School closes daily at 3:30 PM. All pickups after that time should occur from the Auditorium/Gymnasium entrance on the northwest side of the building.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Monday, Jan. 17th 2022 at 7:30am-2pm

400 Old County Road

Westport, MA

No School in observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

WMHS School Council

Thursday, Jan. 20th 2022 at 2:30-3:30pm

This is an online event.

Please join us for our WMHS School Council Virtual Meeting. The meeting link can be found HERE.

Early Release/Staff Training

Thursday, Jan. 27th 2022 at 11am

400 Old County Road

Westport, MA

Students will be released at 11 AM today for staff training in the afternoon. HERE is a copy of our Early Release Bell Schedule.