Monday Morning Minute
May 4, 2015 
George Benzie
Assistant Principal

G6 Thoreau, Trip to MFA

Florence Adler Walk/Run

Q4 Progress Reports

Deadline for Student Placement Requests to Betsy Gavron

6th Grade Parents, Physical Exams Due

Middle & More Parent Coffee, 9:30 AM

G8, DC Night, 7:00PM

G7, Cape Cod Trip

Memorial Day

MS Orchestra Concert
7:30 PM

PTO Board Meeting

G6 Henry Cluster, Trip to MFA

G6 Spring Trip

6/01 - 6/12
Fitness Testing
All Grades

MS Band Concert
7:30 PM

MS Chorus Concert
7:30 PM

G7, Cape Cod Night
6:00 PM

G6 David, Trip to MFA

G6 Grade Social

G8, Kimballs Trip
2:30 to 8:30 PM

Last Day of School for Students

Planning for NEXT YEAR? The 2015-2016 school calendar can be found

"Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love." ~Martin Luther King, Jr.          


Good morning,


As the days grow longer and temperatures grow warmer, please be sure your child makes appropriate clothing selections for the school day. The following excerpt from our Student Handbook outlines our updated dress code. We have made some slight revisions based on conversations with our House Leaders, students and School Council.


"Rule 10: You must wear appropriate clothing to school. Our expectations of appropriate clothing apply to all school events, including field trips and evening activities.  Regardless of current styles, the following guidelines are expected:

a) Clothes that advertise drugs and alcohol or promote violence or other types of inappropriate behavior or language are not allowed and contradict the very goals and purpose of building a safe school for all of us.

b) Students are expected to wear and use a belt for any pants that do not stay up without the use of a belt.

c) Undergarments are to remain under your clothes and cannot be visible.

d) Low cut tanks, shirts or blouses that expose cleavage are not permitted. Additionally, shirts should not expose midriff skin.

e) Shorts and/or skirts must cover one's bottom and undergarments completely when standing, sitting or in motion.

f) Leggings and tights may be worn if an appropriately long enough top is worn as well.



While choosing your clothing is a personal decision and involves a combination of taste, trends, and common sense, we make a clear distinction between clothing items that are appropriate for outdoors or for a beach, and clothing that is appropriate for school.


What Happens:

Students may be asked to change into clothing that they may have in their locker or call home for more appropriate clothing.  These conversations can be some of the most difficult that occur at school; they are awkward or embarrassing at best.  Please help by not putting staff in a position where they must act."


Thank you in advance for your ongoing partnership.


Warm regards,

Betsy and George

Recess in Need of Equipment


If you happen to have any extra Frisbees, kickballs, footballs, or soccer balls lying around, please consider donating them to WMS for our recess activities. You can drop off items at the front office. The kids would appreciate having a couple more items to toss and kick around. Thank you!


May 11 Open House

All Grades 


All students are invited to join the WMS MAKER Club, Mettlesome Makers and Tenacious Tinkerers, for any of our Spring 2015 meetings on four Mondays: May 11, May 18, June 8, June 15. Meetings will take place from 2:30-3:30. Encourage your student to attend our Open House in the Art Lab on Monday, May 11th. The WMS MAKERMobile is funded through a generous grant from the WPSF and the WMS PTO (our apologies for omitting the PTO in last week's MMM)

Fitness Testing

June 1 - 12

All Grades 


Wellness Fitness Testing will be held in all grades from June 1- 12. We utilize the FitnessGram protocol for which more information can be found  HERE.

If your child has a history of exercise-induced asthma and has an inhaler in the nurse's office, please remind him/her to see the nurse 20-30 minutes before pacer testing to pick up the inhaler and bring to Wellness class.  If your child does not have an inhaler at school, then please provide the nurse with a WPS medication order form so that your child may use his or her inhaler while at school. The Wellness Staff would also like to ask all families to be sure their children eat breakfast and stay hydrated especially on fitness testing days. This testing is vigorous and failure to eat or drink adequate amounts of fluids can result in headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness or fainting. Thank you!  

~The Wellness and Health Room Staffs
Artist of the Week 
Medium: Paper

by Ryan Urato

PTO News 
Only 9 days to go...

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Luncheon

Please "GUSH," donate, or volunteer by May 12. 


Please support this once-a-year opportunity to thank and support our fabulous teachers and staff! It only takes a minute! WMS Teacher/Staff Appreciation Luncheon to be held on May 13. 

  1. Make a donation Suggested $5-10 (via Paypal)   
  2. Volunteer to set up or clean up 
  3. Volunteer to bring in a dessert 
  4. Gush about your teachers and staff 

Thanks in advance to all of you for showing your appreciation for our awesome WMS teachers and staff!


Janice Thompson (

Aina Lagor (

Irina Pansavoy (

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Lunch Planning Committee

Middle & More Parent Coffee 

Friday, May 15th, 9:30-10:30 am 


Please join us next Friday, May 15th, for a "Middle and More" coffee with Dossie Kahn of Wayland Youth and Family Services.  Dossie will lead a discussion on "Nurturing Independence and Responsibility Through the Middle School Transitions."  Do you ever ask yourself, "How do I know what my child can handle?  How much should I let him or her fail?" Dossie will help us consider these questions as they pertain to middle schoolers and developmental milestones like homework independence, responsibilities in the home, going to the movies and the mall, independent use of public transit, overnights without families (Cape Cod and Washington, DC), making good choices when socializing with peers, asking for help in academic and work settings, and Internet use limits and safety.  Contact Cathy Scholz at if you have any questions. If you can't come this month, please mark your calendars for the last "Middle & More" of the school year with Betsy Gavron - Monday, June 1st, 9:00-10:00 am.

From Previous Emails 
WMS Yearbooks on Sale Now!

May 8 Deadline for Ordering 


WMS yearbooks are on sale for $20, and will be delivered in June. It's easy to place your order, just go to to purchase online (preferred method), or complete this form and return to school with payment. 

Wayland Hosts TEDx Event!

May 9, 2:00 - 6:00 PM

WHS Auditorium 


Wayland will host its first annual TEDx Event on May 9, from 2-6 p.m. at Wayland High School. The theme of this event is "Daring Greatly" and will showcase Wayland middle and high school-age speakers and performers. 

Seating is limited. To purchase tickets or to donate to TEDxYouth@Wayland go to or contact Ashley Welch at or 508-740-3506.

PARCC & MCAS Testing



The complete 2015 PARCC & MCAS testing schedule can be found here.  If at all possible, please avoid scheduling appointments for your child on his or her testing dates. Many thanks! 

Health Survey for Parents of
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Middle & High School Students 


In conjunction with Wayland Public Schools' biannual administration of the Metrowest Adolescent Health Survey to students at WMS and WHS, WaylandCares administers a survey to parents. This survey focuses on various health and parenting issues including substance abuse. Results of both the student and parent survey are anonymous. This survey, found at the link below, can be completed on any type of computer as well as a smart phone. 

2015-2016 School Bus Registration

June 1 Deadline 


Registration for the 2015-2016 school bus is now open HERE. Questions? Please contact Dianne Potter at 508-358-3753 or