Amazing Assemblies and Celebrations at WMS!
Monday Morning Minute
January 25, 2016
Message from Assistant Principal, George Benzie
WMS Celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr.

Good morning,

The Wayland Middle School community enjoyed two wonderful celebrations this past Friday: our Martin Luther King, Jr. Assemblies and our 28th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration.

The assemblies were a meaningful way to celebrate and commemorate Dr. King. The students spoke eloquently and performed magnificently. We had speakers on activists, a special student performance, an art tribute and performances by the select chorus, chamber orchestra and jazz band. After the assembly, the 8th grade continued on with activities and guest speakers. The 8th grade, preparing for their trip to Washington D.C., was able to dedicate the entire day towards the theme of activism seeing a performance of a trial about a Japanese internment camp.

Later Friday evening, the Boston METCO Parent Council sponsored a fantastic night of celebration, “Moments In Black History That Changed The World”. Parents made a delicious dinner, where our own jazz band and chorus performed, followed by a program that included the Union Baptist Dance Ministry and performances by Wayland students. Our students are inspiring in how they celebrated the life and teachings of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Warm regards,


 Painting by Julia Callini. Photo by Peter Curran.
Our student speakers for the Martin Luther King, Jr. assemblies.
7th Grade Cape Cod Parent Information Night
January 28 at 7:00 PM
WMS Auditorium

7th grade parents ! Come and get all of your questions about the Cape Cod trip answered at the Cape Cod Parent Information Night. 
Find more information on the RLC Blog.
(RLC = Rachel Louise Carson, 7th grade mentor)

6th Grade Community Service Club
Book Drive starts THIS WEEK!
January 25 - February 5

Lightly used books for all ages are being accepted as donations to Cradles to Crayons . Students of all grades can donate! Please put your books on the bookshelf on the ramp of the 6th grade wing. Please make sure the books are in good condition!

National Geographic Geography Bee Winner
WMS School Champion

A huge congratulations to our National Geographic Geography Bee Winner, 7th grader Atharva Weling! Atharva competed against 14 other 6th, 7th and 8th graders in the Bee, to ultimately win the WMS title of school champion. Atharva has taken an additional test, in hopes of qualifying for placement in the state Bee, which will be held in Worcester in April. Best wishes, Atharva! More info about NG's Geography Bee here.

PTO News
Middle & More Parent Coffee
Friday, January 29th, 8:45 - 9:45 AM, WMS Library

Curriculum and Placement - Math, Science & World Languages.

We hope you can join us on Friday, January 29th, 8:45-9:45 am, for our next Middle & More coffee. We will be discussing the math, science, and world languages programs and the process for placement / class selection. (It's only January, but we are already thinking about next year!) Curriculum leaders Donna Sumner and Rebecca Puolo (math), Tom Longnecker (science) and Klara Sands (world languages) will be joining us to share highlights of the curriculum in each subject, to discuss standards-based grading in math and science, to answer any questions about choosing which world language(s) to study, and to describe how levels /course recommendations are determined. Bring your questions!

If you can't join us this month, our next Middle and More, on Thursday, February 25th, 8:45-9:45 am, will highlight the English and Social Studies programs.

Contact Cathy Scholz ( if you have any questions.

Artist of the Week

Artist: Jaya Mills
Grade: 8
Title: "Treble Clef"
Medium: Wood and Acrylic

Reminders (from previous emails)
Stop & Shop A+ School Rewards Program
Wayland Middle School Rocks It!

Thank you to our participants! Our cumulative total from October to December is $2394.97! This program continues through March and does not affect your gas points in any way. It's not too late to sign up and contribute!

Our Stop & Shop School ID is 09946

To register your card, go to:

Upcoming Events
This Week's Basketball Games:

  • Tuesday, 1/26 WMS @ Lincoln/LMS directions
  • Boys - 3:30 / Girls - 4:30 
  • Thursday, 1/28 Game vs. R.J. Grey/Acton @ WMS
  • Boys - 3:30 / Girls - 4:30

Upcoming Events .
7th Grade
1/28                 Cape Cod Informational Meeting for 7th Grade Parents
                         7:00 PM, WMS Auditorium
ALL Grades
1/29                 Q2 Ends   
2/5                   Q2 Report Cards 
2/15                 NO SCHOOL - Winter Recess 2/15 - 2/19