Spring is in the air! Lots of News at WMS!
Monday Morning Minute
March 7, 2016
Message from Assistant Principal George Benzie
WMS celebrates World Languages Week

Good morning,

Last week we celebrated an amazing World Languages Week! The goal of the week was to expose students to the linguistic and cultural diversity of our community and the world.  Each day we celebrated a different language, wore representative colors and ate specially prepared foods from the area.

Monday – “Where you’re from, where you’ve been or where you’d like to go” Day (wear something that shows where your family comes from, from a place you visited or somewhere you’d like to go)

Tuesday – French Day (blue, white and red)

Wednesday – Chinese Day (red)

Thursday – Spanish Day (red and yellow)

Friday - Latin Day (purple and gold)

On Monday, the PTO sponsored a cultural enrichment assembly, Odaiko New England, through Young Audiences of New England.  It was a fantastic show demonstrating the ancient form of “Taiko,” which is a style of ceremonial drumming in Japan. Teachers shared their own “learning a language” stories in the classrooms and there were also fun events happening daily: “World Music Video” contest; Language buttons; and WLWK decorations. On Thursday and Friday, we had 17 parent volunteers coming into school to conduct special International Parent Workshops, covering most of the world from the Marshall Islands to Korea and everywhere in between!

Kudos to our World Language department for doing a marvelous job organizing this fun week!

Warm regards,

George

8th Grade Parents: High School Information Meeting
Wayland High School
Tuesday, March 15, 7:00 PM

Come and learn what you need to know to help your child transition from 8th to 9th grade. 

7th Grade: IMPORTANT DEADLINE!
Cape Cod First Payment Due
Friday, March 11 - $147.50

CC permission slips were due Tuesday, March 1. 
Permission slips can be found here 

6th Grade to travel to MFA to study World Cultures
Friday, March 11th - David Cluster  
Friday, March 18th - Thoreau Cluster
Friday, April 1st - Henry Cluster

Following their objective to continue a year-long study of world cultures, the sixth grade will go to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to experience the MFA’s world class collections on Mesopotamia, Egypt, Asia, and Africa.

What to wear: Students will be doing a lot of walking, so sturdy shoes (sneakers) are encouraged. Shorts are not recommended for this trip. Students are also encouraged to dress nicely, as we are representing Wayland Middle School. 

What to bring  

  • Bag lunch (lunch cannot be purchased at MFA)
  • Snack 
  • Backpacks are not required on this day
* Please see your child's permission slip for trip cost.

Spring Sports Registration
Sign up now!

Registration for Spring Sports is open.  Please click on the Family ID link below to complete our online registration.  If you have any questions, please call the Athletic Office @  508-358-7488.

Student Competitions
8th Annual Civics Bee
Competition stung by our WMS team! 

Congratulations to C.J. Brown, Brendan Ho, Charlie Moore, Genesis Morales, Felix Thompson, Ryan Urato, and Kevin Wang, the middle school's representatives for the 8th annual Civics Bee, sponsored by the League of Women's Voters.  The Wayland team handily defeated teams from Weston and Sudbury, ensuring that the Golden Eagle Trophy remains in town for another year!

Students Participate in
National Mathematics Competition

Congratulations to the following students for their participation in the American Mathematics Contest AMC 10A last month. The AMC 10 contests are for students in grade 10 or below.  

Alex Ding (8th grade)                                                      Michael Liu (8th grade) 

Brendan Ho (8th grade)                                                  Ryan Urato (8th grade) 

June Kim (6th grade)                                                   Natalie Wong (7th grade) 

Special congratulations go to Michael Liu for being the school winner and the 
recipient of the AMC 10 Young Student Certificate of Achievement – awarded to  students in grade 8 and below who score a 90 or above on the AMC 10.

Nat Geo Geography Bee State Qualifier
WMS School Champion to compete in State Bee!
April 1, 2016

Wayland seventh grader Atharva Weling has qualified to compete in the state level competition of the National Geographic Bee! The Massachusetts State Bee will be held on Friday, April 1, 2016, in Springfield, MA. Find out more about the Nat Geo State Bee here. Congratulations, Atharva!

Parent Programs / Volunteer Opportunities
wayland  cares
Second Annual Project Resilience
HS Students share stories about middle school peer pressure 
7:00 - 8:30 PM, Tuesday, March 22,  2016
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.

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 

From the Nurse's Office
From Nurse Nims
Postural Screening
3/14, 3/15 & 3/16

All students in grades 6, 7, & 8 will be having their annual postural screening during Wellness classes on 3/14, 3/15 and 3/16. For the screening,  boys will need to be shirtless and wear a pair of shorts. Girls will need to wear a pair of shorts with either a bikini top, an open back bathing suit or a halter-top.  

Screenings will be performed by a Registered Nurse and will be held in a private area for each student.  Only abnormal screening results will be mailed to the parent/guardian.

As with any state mandated screening,  a child may be excused with a letter provided by the parent or  guardian.  If you elect to excuse your child from postural screening this year, please be sure to send a letter to Nurse Nims no later than March 7th which includes the following information:

1.   Date
2.    Child's First and Last Name
3.  Please note that you are excusing your child from this year's postural screening and please note the name of the physician who performs this screening for your child annually.
4.  Your signature

As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.   

Best,

Marcia Nims, RN, BSN
marcia_nims@wayland.k12.ma.us   

PTO News
Middle and More Coffee
Spotlight on STE(A)M at WMS
Thursday, March 17th, 8:45-9:45 am

We hope you can join us for our next Middle & More coffee Thursday, March 17th8:45-9:45 am, highlighting the use of technology and STE(A)M at Wayland Middle School.
How are students using Chromebooks in the classroom?
Are your kids really working when their heads are buried in their computer screens? Do you have questions or concerns about managing screen time? What are Assistments, Quizlet, Edmodo, Conjugemos, It's Learning...? How is the Maker Space movement influencing what is taught Art? What sorts of extracurricular activities are available to kids who are curious about technology? Come meet K-12 Technology Department Head Bethann Monahan, math teacher Michael Kotin, science teacher Stacy Reed, and art teacher Peter Curran and hear some of the ways in which computers and technology are changing how our children learn.

Reminders (from previous emails)
PARCC & MCAS Testing
Schedule Now Available

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

Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events .
ALL GRADES:
Mar 11                     Q 3 progress reports
Mar 16 at 2:00 PM   Middle School Musical: Xanadu
Mar 17 at 7:30 PM   Middle School Musical: Xanadu
Mar 18  at 7:30 PM   Middle School Musical: Xanadu
Mar 19 at 12:30 PM Middle School Musical: Xanadu
6TH GRADE:
Mar 11  David Cluster to MFA
Mar 18  Thoreau Cluster to MFA
April 1   Henry Cluster to MFA
7TH GRADE:
Mar 11  First Cape Cod Payment Due
8TH GRADE:
March 15 at 7:00 PM -  High School Information Meeting for Rising 9th Graders @ WHS