Middle School March Newsletter


From the Principal:

Dear Parents,

Throughout the school year, we assess our students with not only content knowledge, but also organizational skills, group work and note taking ability. Teachers give students feedback that encourages deeper thinking, thus creating and maintaining relationships that lead to interactive and responsive instruction.

To bring the focus toward improved understanding, informal assessments are a critical part of the instructional process. These formative assessments focus on learning to understand and application of knowledge. Gathering information on student understanding, analyzing that information, then using it to guide instruction is an effective teaching practice. The assessment process allows us to greater understand the unique learning abilities of our students and tailor instruction to meet their needs.

Williamson also administers formal summative assessments that are benchmarks for students’ success. These assessments inform us as to how we can vary our instruction and/or provide additional services for our students.

The Middle School also assesses all students through i-Ready diagnostic assessments. These Reading and Math assessments are given to students three times per year, in September, January and May each year (students have shown growth after the winter diagnostic). This technology-based assessment allows us to identify specific academic strengths and concerns for each student.

This year, the NYS ELA assessments are still scheduled for April 19th and 20th for all Middle School students. The NYS Math assessment is scheduled to be administered for all Middle School students May 2nd and 3rd. These assessments will be computer based for grades 3-8 again this year.

We appreciate family’s encouragement and support in preparing their children for doing their best in all academic areas.

Most students do not look forward to quizzes, tests or exams, but assessment tools are part of how we accurately assess student understanding, better preparing them for the challenges ahead.

Thank you for your continued support.

John E. Fulmer, Principal

Williamson Middle School Williamson Middle School


From the Assistant Principal:

Greetings from the Assistant Principal,

As the school year progresses, sometimes the combination of the weather, and the stamina required of the content, lead to students missing school days. As members of the school community, it is imperative that we all stress the importance of attendance.

Research has indicated that missing as few as nine (9) school days a year can have a negative impact on learning and education. Attendance in school builds skills and habits that translate into the working world.

The benefits of consistent attendance are numerous. They include overall improvement in academic performance, building a sense of commitment to school and the community, supporting social emotional wellness as well as socialization. Our students benefit from the structure and routine that school can provide with regular attendance.

Our goal is to build a strong academic foundation for our young people. When students attend school regularly, those foundations expand into confidence and exploration. School is a safe environment for students to explore and grow. Consistent and regular attendance can support the skills necessary for success.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email or call at (315) 589-9665.

Kathryn Taylor

Middle School Assistant Principal



March is National Nutrition Month, which focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. This year’s theme is “Fuel for the Future”.

Some suggestions recommended throughout the month include:

Eat with the environment in mind.

  • Enjoy more plant-based meals and snacks.
  • Purchase foods with minimal packaging.
  • Buy foods in season and shop locally when possible.
  • Start a container or backyard garden to grow food at home.

See a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).

  • Ask your doctor for a referral to an RDN.
  • Find an RDN who specializes in your unique needs.
  • Learn how nutrient needs may change with age.
  • Receive personalized nutrition information to meet your health goals.

Stay nourished and save money.

  • Plan your meals and snacks.
  • See what food you have at home before purchasing more.
  • Use a grocery list and shop sales when purchasing food.
  • Learn about community resources such as SNAP, WIC and local food banks.

Eat a variety of foods from all food groups.

  • Include your favorite cultural foods and traditions.
  • Eat foods in various forms including fresh, frozen, canned and dried.
  • Avoid fad diets that promote unnecessary restrictions.
  • Practice gratitude for your body by giving it the fuel it needs.

Make tasty foods at home.

  • Learn cooking and meal preparation skills.
  • Try new flavors and foods from around the world.
  • Find creative ways to use leftovers rather than tossing them.
  • Create happy memories by eating with friends and family when possible.

Remember a healthy eating plan is one that:

· Emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat or fat-free milk products.

· Includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts.

· Is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, sodium/salt, and added sugars.

· Stays within your calorie needs.

And also, remember to exercise! When you exercise regularly, you reduce your risk of chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease while increasing your chances of sleeping better and living longer.

Plus, physical activity can help you manage your weight. If you start slowly and keep going, you’ll reap health benefits and reduce your risk of injury and burnout.

Find ways to make exercise fun. Meet up with a friend, join a gym class, or find new places to explore. The possibilities are endless! Find what works for you!



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Students of the Month for February 2023

5th Grade

Maximus Masker - All PRIDE attributes!

Marley Hadley - All PRIDE attributes!

Keilan Cobbs - Perseverance!

Jadelynn Rodriguez - All PRIDE attributes!

Gabriella Bourne - Demonstrates PRIDE attributes each day in PE!

6th Grade

Aiyanna Grenon - For exhibiting PRIDE behaviors all month!

Landon Hemingway - For exhibiting PRIDE behaviors all month!

JaeCia Bourne - For exhibiting PRIDE behaviors all month!

Marc Saint Fleur - Demonstrates PRIDE attributes each day in PE!

7th Grade

Devin Tuper - All PRIDE attributes!

Austin Kotvis - All PRIDE attributes!

Lizandra Diaz Promotor - All PRIDE attributes!

Reagan Mohanlall - Demonstrates PRIDE attributes each day in PE!

8th Grade

Andrew Robinson - All PRIDE attributes!

Ellie Alexander - All PRIDE attributes!

Honesty Johnson - All PRIDE attributes!

David DeFisher - All PRIDE attributes!

David DeFisher - Demonstrates PRIDE attributes each day in PE!


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Natalie Donato, Therapist, LMHC

Natalie is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with Wayne Behavioral Health Network satellite offices in Williamson Primary, Middle and High School Buildings. Natalie has experience working with children in various settings and capacities. Natalie has over 15 years of experience working with children, adults and families. Natalie will be counselling students in the Williamson District K-12. Natalie believes in a trauma informed strength based approach to address individual needs of the students. Natalie focuses on providing a safe confidential space, non-judgmental approach in which promotes a supportive environment to build rapport, focus on emotions, coping skills and use of strength based interventions.



Visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WilliamsonCSDPTSA OR click “PTSA” in the left-hand column at www.williamsoncentral.org


Attend our next meeting on Tuesday, March 21st at 6:30 p.m. in the Elementary School Library.


If you are interested in keeping up on PTSA happenings and volunteer opportunities but can’t always attend meetings, please get in touch with us on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/WilliamsonCSDPTSA) or by e-mailing any of our officers (contact info below). Join us in continuing the tradition of commitment and service our PTSA has provided to our district’s students!


We are collecting PTSA membership renewals and new memberships! Stop at a meeting to submit your family’s membership form, turn it in to any officer, or drop it in the mail. Becoming a member is a very simple and quick way to support programming for our students! Download the Membership Brochure form from the PTSA page on the district website.


March 8 - BOE Meeting, MS Board Room

March 14 - 8th Grade Parent Night, Rm 27 High School, 6:00 pm

March 17 - Superintendent Conference Day - NO SCHOOL

March 21 - PTSA meeting, ES Library

March 25 - Local Good fundraiser pick up 9AM-12PM Elementary School bus loop


NYSSBA invites you to Take Action to support a statewide, permanent free school meals for all program. Follow the link to the NYS School Board Association website for a template to your state representatives, governor, lieutenant governor, state senator, and other state representatives. The letter may be sent as is or edited to include district-specific perspectives. https://www.votervoice.net/NYSSBA/Campaigns/98175/Respond


Thank you to all who participated in the Local Good fundraiser! Delivery will be on March 25th. Please come to pick up your student’s sales between 9AM and noon at the Elementary

School. Plan on pulling up into the bus loop to have your student’s order loaded for their personal delivery!


Box Tops is changing to fit today's families. The new and improved Box Tops mobile app uses

state-of-the-art technology to scan your store receipt, find participating products and instantly add Box Tops to your school's earnings online. To get started, download the Box Tops for Education app onto your mobile device. It’s a free app! Create a new account or sign into your existing account. The app will guide through each step from there. Just scan your receipts!

The Box Tops for Education app is now equipped to manage digital receipts such as Instacart with ease! Follow simple instructions for submission to give your schools credit for purchases and enter sweepstakes!


Interested in helping with an event during the school year? Just complete an application to become a district-approved volunteer (unless you have been approved during a previous school year - then you’re all set!). There is a notary at the District Office who can assist you with finalizing your application - just call ahead (315-589-9661) to make sure the notary will be on-site when you plan to stop in! And don’t forget to bring your ID!


Amazon.com now helps raise money for our schools? Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. To get started, sign in to smile.amazon.com on your desktop or mobile phone browser. From your desktop, go to Your Account from the navigation at the top of any page, and then select the option to Change your Charity. Or, from your mobile browser, select Change your Charity from the options at the bottom of the page. Select a new charitable organization to support. Type in PTA New York Congress. Enter the code 07-217 and select WSPTSA. .5% of your purchase will automatically go towards the Williamson PTSA. It’s that easy!


President: Anna Judd

Vice President: Nina St.John

Treasurer: Stephen Adams

Secretary: Patty Kimerly



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Free and Reduced Lunch Application

To apply for the Free and Reduced Lunches, please go to our website - www.williamsoncentral.org. Go to the Department tab and click on Food and Nutrition Services. Then click the Free and Reduced Lunch Application tab to the left. You will see the image below to start your application.


Williamson Central School District does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education program or activities, including employment, as is required by Title IX. Furthermore, Williamson Central School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, religion, marital status, age, sexual orientation, or disability in admissions, participation or employment. Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may be directed to the Assistant Secretary of Civil Rights of the Department of Education or to the District’s Title IX Coordinator, Kathryn Avery, who can be reached at Williamson Central School District, 5891 Route 21, P.O. Box 900, Williamson, NY 14589, via email at kavery@williamsoncentral.org, or via telephone at (315) 589-9661.