WMS Community Bulletin 05-02-21

EXCELLENCE*EQUITY*COMMUNITY

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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,


Happy May and Teacher Appreciation Week! I hope this newsletter finds you all well and you and your family had a relaxing and fun weekend. We are excited to celebrate all of our teachers this week - they are AMAZING!!


As always, the days and weeks of the spring will be very fun but very busy! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child's teachers, guidance counselor, Mr. Del Porto, or me.


Grade 5 to 6 transition - I will be holding an Information Night for Parents/Caregivers on Tuesday, May 11th at 6:30 pm on Zoom. Mr. Del Porto, Ms. Skypeck (the rising grade 6 guidance counselor), and I will be sharing information about Watertown Middle School and answering any questions you may have.


Parents and Caregivers of Grade 5 should also expect a letter from me early this week with more information about the transition. The letter will include a Google form for families to fill out to share additional information about their children, should they wish to do so. Please do not submit requests for specific teachers or clusters, but if you have information that may impact your child's cluster placement for next year, such as learning needs or students you would like them placed with or apart from, please share that information with us in the Google form.


For Rising Grades 6, 7, and 8: Please visit the WMS Program of Studies Site for information about the 2021-2022 School Year. The curriculum coordinators put together a great deal of informative information about our Academic and Specialist subjects!


Grade 8 End of Year Events - We had several Grade 8 parents/caregivers join us at the PTO meeting last Wednesday and we generated several exciting ideas for end-of-year events. I will be consulting with Dr. Galdston and Ms. Desmarais, as well as the nurses, to confirm we can all stay safe in each event. I will also be meeting with Grade 8 teachers. Stay tuned for more information and please reach out to Gina Brennan, PTO President, with any ideas or if you'd like to volunteer at all. Her email address is: gbrennan@noonanrealestate.com


Assistant Principal Search: Here is the timeline for the search process: WMS Assistant Principal Search Timeline 2021. Starting tomorrow, I will be inviting participants to join the search process, which will take place over the next few weeks, and two parents/caregivers will be included on the interview committee. If you are interested, please look over the dates on the timeline and see if they will work for your schedule before letting me know if you are interested in participating. If you have any questions at all, please reach out to me.


Additionally, I will be seeking input from all parents/caregivers regarding characteristics and skills you would like to see prioritized in our next Assistant Principal. That form will be coming out shortly, and I will also host Parent Coffees to hear from you all.


THANK YOU! To the local people and businesses who donated the awesome tree stump seats for outside learning! (See photo below) Thank you to Anthony LaFauci, Dan Master, and Lauren Hegarty-Tattrie!!


***REMINDER*** All students who have opted for in-person learning must attend school each day unless directed to quarantine by Nurse Michelle, and then they are allowed to Zoom into their classes. If a student is feeling unwell, please call them in absent, and they can make up the work as with a typical sick day. Zooming in for in-person students is ONLY an option when directed to quarantine due to Covid.


Please keep in touch with your child's teachers and guidance counselors if they are having a hard time at all with anything: schoolwork, homework, stress, friends, etc. Communication is always the key to helping the children be as successful as possible! :)


Please also feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns. Thank you!


Please be well and take good care of one another.


Respectfully yours,


Donna Martin

Principal

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Here are some important upcoming dates:

Monday, May 3 - School Committee Meeting 7:00 pm


Thursday, May 6 - Dr. Kimberlee Henry, Director of Equity and Inclusion (recently hired) will be visiting Watertown Middle School 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

We are excited to welcome her and have her get to know us all at Watertown Middle School!


Tuesday, May 11 - Parent/Caregiver of Rising Grade 6 students Information Night 6:30 pm

Join Zoom Meeting



MCAS - Testing Window May 17 - June 11


ELA - Thursday, May 20 (all grades)


MATH - Thursday, May 27 (all grades)


SCIENCE - Friday, May 28 (grade 8 only) **date change**


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OTHER UPDATES


Yearbook Ordering Information:

Below is the website and job # to purchase the Watertown Middle School Yearbook:

Website: Ybpay.lifetouch.com

Job: #7822621


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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Student Dress Code Reminder

With students coming back to school full time on April 12, we wanted to remind all students and families about the WMS Dress Code as published in the WMS Handbook. Please review this with your child(ren). Thank you!


Student Dress Code

Students’ clothing/dress should reflect their readiness to focus on learning, education and hard work. We recognize that students express themselves in many ways as young adults, but at the same time, school attire should support the scholarly culture that leads to academic success.

Student clothing should be neat, clean, and worn in the manner for which it was designed. If a student is out of dress code, he/she will first get a verbal warning and be asked to change. If the student can’t find appropriate clothing, he/she can use our stock of Watertown athletic clothing as an alternative. If it is a second or repeat offense, the student will be referred to administration for disciplinary action.

Students are expected to adhere to the following guidelines while in school, or while attending a school-sponsored event or field trip:

  1. No clothing or accessories with inappropriate or offensive symbols or statements shall be worn. Some examples include but are not limited to:

    1. References to drugs, tobacco or alcohol

    2. References to discriminatory slurs

    3. References to violence

    4. Sexual connotations

  2. Head coverings shall be worn in the case of religious or health reasons.

  3. Chests, stomachs, buttocks, and all undergarments should be covered at all times. Undergarments should not be visible at any time.

  4. All clothing, including shirts, tops, dresses, pants, shorts, and leggings, must be completely opaque (not see-through).

  5. Clothing must be free of holes, rips, and tears that are inappropriately located.

  6. Night clothing, including but not limited to pajamas, slippers, etc. may not be worn.


Administration reserves the right to evaluate the appropriateness of student dress when needed.

We will evaluate the dress code on an annual basis to adjust for cultural trends


Weekly Learning Plans

All teachers will be updating their Weekly Learning Plans by Friday afternoons, and they are available on the Grade Level / Cluster websites for you and your students to view and be able to plan out activities, expectations, and assignments for the upcoming week. They are linked to the WMS website, and also here:


Grade 6 Website and e-Learning Plans - click here

Grade 7 Website and e-Learning Plans - click here

Grade 8 Website and e-Learning Plans - click here


If you have any questions, please email (or have your student email) the teacher.

Thank you!

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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.