Springing into Spring at WMS
Monday Morning Minute
March 21, 2016
Message from Assistant Principal George Benzie

Good morning,

If you have ever been part of a drama or musical production, you know how much time and dedication it takes to make it through performance week. This past weekend, our school put on the entertaining musical Xanadu. Every performer sang and danced their heart out for four straight shows!

All the students performed magnificently, from the muses to the dudes. Bringing the audience back to the 1980’s and reliving the disco era surely brought back some wonderful memories for many.

Seeing all the hard work for the teachers, students and volunteers come together was truly a terrific sight. So much energy is put forth, it is gratifying to see each one’s efforts fulfilled. Congratulations to all for “breaking a leg!”

Warm regards,

George

Thanks to GEM and Lemon Tree from Xanadu

We would like to thank Lemon Tree Goods, a consignment shop in Natick, and GEM Cleaners in Wayland. These two businesses were omitted from the program in error and we apologize. Their generous donations of goods and services was much appreciated. We couldn't have done it without them. Thanks for your commitment to WMS and making Xanadu shine!

Stop & Shop A+ School Rewards Program
Wayland Middle School Rocks It Again

Thank you again to our registered shoppers! $1393.35 was added from December 31 to February 29, bringing the cumulative total to $3788.32! The program finishes at the end of March. We are grateful to everyone who has participated to make this program so successful for the middle school!

China Exchange Info Night
Attention All 8th Grade Parents!
Thursday, March 31st at 7:30 PM at WHS

 - Does your child have a passion for travel, adventure and learning about new cultures and places?

 - Would you like them to live in China for seven weeks next year as part of the Wayland High School Chinese exchange program?

- Did you know that the WHS Chinese exchange program is the only truly mutual immersion program in the United States just for freshman?

- Did you know that you don’t have to speak Mandarin to apply for this program?

If you’d like to learn more, please join us at an information session for families at WHS on Thursday, March 31st at 7:30 PM. You will be able to meet other interested students, as well as families and WHS students who have participated in the program in the past. Please RSVP if you can join us: china_exchange@wayland.k12.ma.us We hope to see you there!

wayland  cares
Second Annual Project Resilience
HS Students share stories about middle school peer pressure 
Tuesday, March 22nd, 7:00 - 8:30 PM, WMS Auditorium

Wayland High School’s Students Against Destructive Decisions will hosting their second annual Project Resilience. WHS students will share their stories of how peer pressure affected them while in Middle School. Following the presentations, parents and SADD students will break into discussion groups to talk about ways to help your children handle the challenges life throws at them without turning to substance abuse. This event is sponsored by Wayland High School SADD and Wayland Cares.This event is geared for parents of Middle School children.

CLOTHING DRIVE
Project 351
March 21st - March 28th

Please donate gently used clothing for children ages newborn to 12 years. A collection box will be in the main lobby of Wayland Middle School. Thank you for your support! 

This drive is being organized by 8th grader Jaya Mills for Project 351, a group designed to help communities in Massachusetts.

Artist of the Week
Artist: Melissa Tilley
Grade: 8
Medium: Acrylic
Reminders (from previous emails)
TEDx 2016 tickets are on now on sale! 
April 2nd, 5:00 -  9:00 PM
Wayland High School

The TEDx theme this year is Rising Strong and we have 10 dynamic student speakers and 4 outstanding performers. Speaking topics will range from net neutrality, overcoming adversity through fashion to myths about gamers, shyness to singing, mass incarceration, conquering anorexia through service and more.  The event will also feature a slam poetess, pianist, jazz quartet and performance-art troupe.

Buy your tickets at locations below. If you are interested in volunteering (which we need!), please contact Stephanie Galvani. 

Tickets: http://www.tedxyouthwayland.org/ for VIP tickets $25 or Middle School office for $10 donation seats

Questions?  Contact: Stephanie Galvani stephanie_galvani@wayland.k12.ma.us

WELLNESS WEEK PRESENTERS NEEDED :)
For Wellness Week
June 6th - 10th

Wellness Week is coming up June 6th-10th.  The goal of Wellness Week is to create an active and fun week that promotes Health and Wellness.  We would like to expose our students to new ideas, trends and/or concepts.  If anyone would be able to volunteer their time to present to our students, we would greatly appreciate it! 
Please directly email  Natalia_Araszkiewicz@Wayland.k12.ma.us  if you are able to participate in our Wellness Week.

Thank you!  The Wellness Department 

PARCC & MCAS Testing
Schedule Now Available

The complete 2015 PARCC & MCAS testing schedule can be found here

Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events .
ALL GRADES:
Mar 25 - NO SCHOOL - Good Friday
Mar 31 - Math Meet at Kennedy Middle School, Natick, 2:30 PM
Apr 18 - 22 NO SCHOOL, Spring Recess
6TH GRADE:
April 1   Henry Cluster to MFA