WMS Community Bulletin 5-03-20

EXCELLENCE*EQUITY*COMMUNITY

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Watertown Middle School 2019-2020

Hello Watertown Middle School Community,


Hello and Happy Sunday - I hope this community bulletin finds you and your family, near and far, healthy and well. What a gorgeous weekend! I hope you all were able to get outside for a bit and enjoy the warmer and sunnier weather.


As we have entered Phase 3 of remote learning, and reviewed the guidance from the state, we found that Watertown was already implementing the majority of the curriculum and the suggested remote learning guidelines. Everyone has been working so diligently to ensure that your children are continuing to receive the best education possible in our given situation, and we love that we are able to continue working with your children regularly. We have about six weeks left before summer vacation, and we will be encouraging students to keep their focus on their learning as new content is being taught and our expectations are high. If students have any questions at all, they should reach out to their teachers or guidance counselor. We are all here to support them both academically and with any social-emotional issues they may have.


As I stated last week, in order to have the most impact, however, students should be attending and participating in scheduled Zoom meetings. We realize Zoom can be awkward, but the more practice we have using it, the less awkward it becomes. Students can participate during Zoom meetings by asking questions, contributing to a discussion, and/or typing a question or comment in the chat. Additionally, we request that students turn on their videos whenever possible. We love seeing their faces, and I know students miss seeing each other regularly. If there a specific reason your student cannot attend a Zoom meeting, please let the teacher know, or have him/her let the teacher know.


Last week a survey was sent out to students in grades 6-12 to gather feedback about the remote learning experience. Next week I will report the results to you. If students have not completed it, they should within the next day or so. The link is: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdJZJUwy7fnZ4hkPAWeaAyUj3-pzcXXnb0sw_UM01wF1lJ1Pg/viewform?usp=sf_link


***Important*** If your contact information has changed at all (phone numbers, email, home address) please contact me as soon as possible. We want to be able to get important information out to families without delay.


A couple of reminders from my previous bulletin:


Personal belongings in lockers: As the weeks go by, and the curve continues to hopefully flatten, we will develop a plan so that students may retrieve their items from their lockers and classrooms in a safe and organized manner.


For 8th-grade parents/guardians:


  • The 8th-grade students have received course verification sheets from WHS. WHS guidance counselors and Mr. Cloherty will be working with the students to ensure that students are placed in the correct course for next year. Below I have added videos explaining the math and science course pathways, as they can be confusing. WHS will be having a virtual Program of Studies night on Monday, May 4th to make up for the one missed earlier this month.
  • Math (specifically for rising 9th Graders)

  • Virtual Program of Studies WHS Science Course Overview


  • We will be working together to determine ways to honor our 8th-graders in lieu of the traditional graduation and other fanfare. We will be able to make better decisions in a few weeks as we see the guidelines from the state, but we will certainly figure something out! If you have any ideas, please feel free to email me or any of the 8th-grade teachers, or join our next PTO meeting on May 13th.
  • DC Refunds: The refunds were sent from the WPS Administrative offices to Town Hall on Friday and will be processed there with all other payments, and will then be mailed out by the Treasurer's office as soon as possible.


I hope you all have a wonderful week. Let's hope this great weather keeps up!


Take good care of each other,

All my best,


Donna

Teacher Appreciation Week: May 4-8

This week, May 4-8, is Teacher Appreciation Week. How do we celebrate and appreciate our teachers during the School Closure? Here are a few suggestions that will bring joy to our educators throughout the week.



WPS will gather your shout-outs and High Fives and share them with the larger community throughout the week!

Weekly Cluster Schedules / Links to Schedules

Cluster 1: Here is the link to the Cluster 1 weekly schedule/Smore:

https://www.smore.com/wxjkh-cluster-1-weekly-update?ref=email-content#w-8378113421


Cluster 2: Here is the link to the Cluster 2 weekly schedule/Smore:

https://www.smore.com/pz8eh-cluster-2-newsletter?ref=email-content#w-0666997455


Cluster 3: Here is the LINK to the Cluster 3 weekly schedule and the link to the Cluster 3 Smore newsletter: https://www.smore.com/s1wr3


Cluster 4: Here is the link to the Cluster 4 assignments and information: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1UFZ3vtTrGSC6f38mKHPAYIGNH6mImvtzbemFoYpr-rc/edit


Cluster 5: Here is the link to the Cluster 5 weekly schedule/Smore:

Cluster 5 Smore, Schedule and Assignments for the week


Cluster 6: This link: Cluster 6 Week of May 4 has all of the Cluster 6 assignments for next week. We will also be posting this doc to the Cluster Google Classroom.


Here is the link to the Specialist Zoom Schedule for all grades:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1qvtrWi-puKctgIHPznOrl3qk_ZdxSJkCoiM_aNdNyRY/edit

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2019-2020 YEARBOOK!!!

Mr. Skop and the Yearbook Committee are putting the finishing touches on an awesome yearbook for this year - and what a year to remember!


Here is the ordering information - ORDERS DUE BY MAY 6TH!!!


ybpay.lifetouch.com

ID code 7822620

$25

Mother's Day Walk for Peace event

Our Anti-Bias Coalition worked hard this year to develop a monthly calendar of events to address diversity and equity in our community. Due to covid-19, we have had to cancel and/or reschedule many of these events for future dates. We are happy, however, to announce that our May event, the Louis D Brown Peace Institute's 24th annual Mother's Day Walk for Peace, is still taking place as a virtual Walkathon fundraiser. If you are able, please join our local Watertown Walks for Peace team as a virtual walker here.
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ONE SCHOOL ONE BOOK (1S1B)

In Advisory this week, students will be hearing about the finalists for 1S1B! They can go to www.wms1s1b.org to find out about our two finalist titles and vote! There is also more information in Ms. Maroni-Wagner's newsletter (see link below).


For each book there is a brief description, reviews from our 1S1B committee, a book excerpt and matching audiobook excerpt. There are also some videos and links with additional information.


Both books are terrific, and we are excited to see which one the whole school will be reading over the summer! Thank you to Ms. Maroni-Wagner, Ms. McDonagh, Ms. Spillane, Ms. Conceison, and the entire 1S1B committee for narrowing down the choices so we are able to read an excellent book as a school.

Personally, I think we should all read the second one as well! :)

Updates from Ms. Maroni-Wagner in the WMS Library

For the latest information on digital literary resources and WMS Library happenings, read the weekly WMS Library Newsletter.

Digital Learning and IT Resources Links /Family Support

Greetings WMS Faculty, Staff and Families


Rashmi and George shared the following link to the 04/30/2020 Digital Learning/Technology Weekly Updates, which include application updates, Famly and Educator Tech collaboration session information, and other helpful resources. This information is posted on our WPS Extended Learning Website.


IMPORTANT NOTES:

  1. Please use Applications that are “in progress or approved” in the WPS Online Applications Database

  1. Link to WPS Remote Learning Professional Development Sessions & Resources

  2. Link to Digital Learning and IT Weekly Updates (April 30 - May 7)

  3. Link to 1:1 WPS Educator Technology Collaboration Sessions (April 30 - May 7)

  4. **Link to Weekly WPS Family Technology Support Sessions. Please check regularly for upcoming sessions.


Join us for WMS Family Technology Support Session Information

Upcoming Dates: May 14, May 28 and June 11

Time: 6:00PM - 6:30PM

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/97345120815?pwd=R0Vqc01VVjk2a1llQzgzWGpmZVk2Zz09 Meeting ID: 973 4512 0815 Password: 590587


Questions? Please email Library Media Specialists & Digital Learning Specialists at your school & CC District Digital Learning Coordinator Rashmi Pimprikar (rashmi.pimprikar@watertown.k12.ma.us). Please contact ‘Computer Repairs’ if a Chromebook is broken and needs repair.


Thank you so much for all that you do!

-Rashmi & George

Free Daily Online Drawing/Cartooning Lessons

This School Library Journal article lets us know that author Jarrett (JJ) Krosoczka, creator of Hey, Kiddo and other popular titles, is doing a YouTube drawing/cartooning lesson every weekday at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time at https://www.youtube.com/studiojjk. All previous lessons are available here: http://www.studiojjk.com/draweveryday.html

2020-2021 Middle School BUSING - REGISTER ONLINE NOW

Please find the information regarding busing for WMS for the 2020-2021 school year HERE.

PTO News

We will be scheduling another PTO meeting in the upcoming weeks - thank you to everyone who came out last Wednesday night! Much fun to see parents and catch up a bit!


The PTO is still requesting your family recipes! WMS International Cookbook Information


We are also looking for students to submit designs for the cover of the Cookbook!

Free Daily Support Groups for Parents

Please use this link to see the information. The Spanish meeting is on Fridays.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/11Fg5EvfInKPNNjGTIbUpDOohvL9LCvgat_4SuTXUizA/edit

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Read Aloud BINGO!

Please check out this LINK to see the fun Read Aloud BINGO activity! See many of your favorite teachers read the first chapter of some terrific books! :)

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources

The SEL section of the WPS Extended Learning Opportunities website is up and running, and it is fantastic! Check it out here: WPS Social Emotional Learning Resources

Dr. Galdston's Update 4-21-20

Here is the information that Dr. Galdston sent out on 4-21-20:


Link to Smore: https://www.smore.com/ngf2v

**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.

Watertown Middle School

While we are out of school, please email with any questions, or text/call my work cell (617-631-6807)

Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.


Thank you,

Donna Martin, Principal