Monday Morning Minute
December 7, 2015
Hour of Code

We live in a world surrounded by technology. We know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works. But only a tiny fraction of us are learning computer science, and fewer students are studying it today than a decade ago. Learning how to program promotes important problem-solving and critical-thinking skills that can transfer to all academic areas 

Wayland Middle School's math classes will be joining all of Wayland's schools to participate in the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 7-13). More than 100 million students worldwide have already tried an Hour of Code. 

See and for details, and be sure to ask your child about their experience with the Hour of Code. 


Rebecca Poulo, Math Department Co-Curriculum Leader

Bethann Monahan, Instructional Technology Department Head

Standards Based Assessment  

You may be hearing from your math scholar about check-ins and spiral reviews. What are they talking about? Learn more here

Chinese Food Festival
December 9     2:00 PM

Our annual Chinese Food Festival is taking place on Wednesday, 12/9 , in the WMS cafeteria.  Impeccably organized displays of foods from all over China will be offered up for tasting followed by a performance by our very own middle school 7th and 8th grade students. Students have worked diligently on coming up with recipes, videotaping their cooking process explaining all in Chinese, and finally presenting the finished dishes. They are well on their way on becoming experts on the Chinese cuisine.  All community members are invited to participate at 2:00pm  Come one, come all! 

December 9       2:45 - 4:00 PM
Grades 6 - 12

It's time for the next Teen Library Advisory Group Meeting!

All students in gr. 6-12 are invited to CRAFTernoon, an afternoon of crafting, at the WPL with WMS, WHS and WPL librarians.

As noted on the WMS library site:

  • WHAT:  Crafts with friends! Book art, Origami, Knitting, Duct tape...
  • HOW:  Materials provided, or bring your own! Please see Ms. Ravid or Ms. Schmidt by the end of the day on Wednesday, 12/9/15 to arrange bus transportation to the WPL. If you will take a school bus, you will need to get a permission slip filled out at home ahead of time as well.
    (You must find your own ride home or let us know if you take the Boston Late Bus)
  • WHERE: Wayland Public Library
  • WHEN: THURSDAY, December 10th
  • WHY:  Fun with friends -- old and new!
Stop & Shop A+ School Rewards Program

Wow! Thank you so much to our registered shoppers! 365 people have signed up for our Stop & Shop A+ School Rewards program, and earned $954.28 for WMS just during the month of October. This program continues through March and does not affect your gas points in any way.

Our Stop & Shop School ID is 09946

To register your card, go to:   

Artist of the Week

Egan Wong
Grade 6
Title: "Foxy"
Medium: Ceramic and Wire

Middle and More...
December 8     8:45 - 9:45 AM 

Please join us on Tuesday, December 8, from 8:45-9:45 am in the WMS Library, for our next Middle and More Coffee. We will hear from the 7th and 8th grade Cluster Leaders and Guidance Counselors who will present highlights of the 7th and 8th grade programs and an overview of what to expect as children progress through these years in middle school. All parents are welcome (even if you don’t have a 7th or 8th grader). Bring your questions and come share a cup of coffee or tea with us. If you can’t join us this month, save the date for our next coffee, when the topic will be “Overview of the Math, Science and World Languages Curricula and Placement Process”  – Friday, January 29th, 8:45-9:45 am.  Please contact Cathy Scholz ( if you have any questions.

Reminders (from previous emails)
WMS Winter Sports Clearance
Boys Tryouts Begin 12/7
Girls Tryouts Begin 12/9
Register Online

Basketball registration is now open online for all interested 7th and 8th graders. Please be sure to register before tryouts begin. No need to pay the $125 sports fee yet - wait until tryouts are complete. 

Your child will need a valid physical on file in the nurse's office in order to tryout.  Physicals expire after 13 months. Students should give updated physicals directly to Nurse Nims in an envelope clearly marked "sports clearance."

If you have questions about registration, sports clearance, tryouts, or the WMS athletic program, please contact the Athletic Office at 508-358-7488.

Boys Coach:

Girls Coach:

Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events .

ALL Grades
12/08:  Middle & More Parent Coffee, 8:45 AM
12/09:  Chinese Food Festival, 2:00 PM
12/16:  WMS/WHS Orchestra Concert, 7:30 PM
12/17:  WMS/WHS Chorus Concert, 7:30 PM
12/18:  Q2 Progress Reports
12/24 - 1/01:  NO SCHOOL