8th grade parents: DC Trip - April 11 - 14 - NEXT WEEK!
Monday Morning Minute
April 4, 2016
  Thank you to all who donated to the
CLOTHING DRIVE
for

We collected 33 bags of quality gently used clothing to be donated!

Special thanks to Ms. Lopez, Ms. Gavron, Devin DiCarlo, Wayland Cares,
7th and 8th Grade Girl Scout Troops, and the WMS community members
who helped collect and sort the clothing.

This drive was organized by 8th grader Jaya Mills for Project 351,
a group designed to help communities in Massachusetts.
Photography Club with Mr. Gees
Sign-up Deadline: April 13, 2016
Classes begin April 28 

Mr. Gees, retired Wayland Public School district teacher and professional photographer, returns to Wayland Middle School this spring to once again lead a four-session Photography Club for Grades 6, 7, and 8 students. The theme is "Learning from the Masters," an exploration of the work of different photographers in the areas of landscape, portrait, and documentary photography.  Some photography experience is helpful for students enrolling in this class.

Enroll by Wednesday, April 13, 2016; first club date is Thursday, April 28, at 2:20 pm in the WMS Computer Lab. There are four club meetings. More details and registration information is online at:

WMS Yearbooks
Still available online - order now!

Yearbooks are still on sale, but are selling out quickly.  Order one now, for just $20, at  jostens.com . Yearbooks will be delivered on the last day of school. 
Any questions?  Contact  Stephanie  Galvani at  stephanie_galvani@wayland.k12.ma.us .

CORIS REQUIRED

Anyone who walks the halls of our building must be CORIed or escorted. This means that everyone who volunteers in our building, visits our classes or attends field trips must be CORIed. CORIs completed with other town departments are not transferable to the school.

To complete a CORI application, please present in person at any Wayland Public School Office (or central office) with government issued photo identification.

From the WMS Office
When your Child needs to be Dismissed Early

Please send a note to the office in the morning if you know ahead of time that your child has an appointment. Your child will need to go to the office before/during homeroom, and give the note to Ms. DiBona, who will give them a dismissal pass. When it is time to leave, your child will then show the pass to their teacher, check out with office, and wait for you in the lobby. If you do not send a note, you have to come in to the office to sign your child out. We hope this expedites your dismissal process. 

Lost & Found
Coming up NEXT WEEK
April 11 - 15

Have your child check for missing items in our Lost & Found, or come and take a look for yourself!
Unclaimed items will be donated to charity at 2:30 PM, Friday, April 15. (As is our custom before school vacations in December, February, April and June).

Student Competitions
News from the Massachusetts State Bee!
Atharva Weling and Ms. Barker attend finals
April 1, 2016 in Springfield, MA

Wayland seventh grader Atharva Weling made it to the "tie breaker" round and was one of 22 kids vying for 4 slots in the 10 slot finals. Although he did not make it to the finals, he was a finalist in his round! We're so proud him and his accomplishments! Congratulations, Atharva!
Find out more about the Nat Geo State Bee here

Wayland Middle School Honors Chamber Orchestra
wins GOLD at MICCA Festival 2016
This past Saturday afternoon, Wayland Middle School Honors Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Whitney Tandon, brought home a Gold Medal at the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductor’s Association (MICCA) Band and Orchestra Concert Festival. 

Over a thousand musicians from schools across Massachusetts played in the festival at 6 different locations this past weekend. Twenty-eight students from WMS traveled to Lexington High School to compete with many high school orchestras and bands. The 6th, 7th and 8th graders performed Presto in D Major by Franz Joseph Haydn arr. McCashin, Reverie by Susan Day, and Darkened Shadows by Joshua Reznicow,  playing at a very high level to earn themselves a Gold Medal.

Congratulations to the Orchestra students and Ms. Tandon on this great accomplishment.Your hard work, energy, and enthusiasm have paid off!

MICCA's purpose is "to encourage and support high performance standards by high school, middle school, and elementary school musical organizations."
From the Nurse's Office
Postural Screening
April 11 & 12, 6th & 7th grade postural screening
May 5 and 6 , 8th grade postural screening

All students in grades 6, 7, & 8 will be having their annual postural screening during Wellness classes.
  6th & 7th grade  postural screening will be held on  April 11th and 12th
-8th grade  postural screening will be held on  May 5th and 6th .
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 April 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 & More Coffee
Wednesday Evening
April 13th, 7:00-8:00 pm

Please join us for a special evening Middle & More coffee this month with Principal Betsy Gavron and Jason Verhoosky and Jane Purser of WaylandCares. Come learn about the concerns and issues facing students at Wayland Middle School and discuss how we parents can help influence our children towards making good, healthy decisions throughout the middle school years and beyond. What does the Metro West Health Survey tell us about Wayland 'tweens and teens? How much of a problem are alcohol and substance abuse, bullying and cyberbullying, stress and depression? What changes do we see in risky behaviors and mental health between 6th and 8th grade? What can parents say and model to develop strong, resilient children?

If you can't come this month, we have two additional "Middle & More" coffees scheduled to round out the year. On Tuesday, May 17th9:00-10:00 am, Dossie Kahn of Wayland Youth and Family Services will join us to talk about "Fostering Independence" through the middle school years, and on Tuesday, June 14th9:00-10:00 am, we will discuss the current year in review and the next year ahead with Betsy Gavron. Hope to see you! Please contact Cathy Scholz at cscholz89@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Artist of the Week
Artist: Ali Baron
Grade: 6
Medium: Pastel & Watercolor
Reminders (from previous emails)
Stop & Shop A+ School Rewards Program
2015 -16 WMS Program Ended March 31

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 is finished for the year, but we will have the final totals later in the month.  We hope you will participate next year. Thank you!

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WaylandCares MS Youth Leadership Group
New Students Welcome!
On-going every Wednesday at 1:15 - 2:00

WaylandCares has formed a new Middle School Youth Leadership program to offer students the opportunity to celebrate making healthy decisions to abstain from alcohol, tobacco and other drug use as minors, as well as community service, community awareness and providing opportunities for your child to be a leader within the community. Wayland Middle School staff member Elsie Cerrone has been advising the Youth Leadership Group with support from Jason Verhoosky, Director of WaylandCares. If you have any questions, please feel free to call WaylandCares at 508.358.6825 or Jason_Verhoosky@wayland.k12.ma.us..

WaylandCares is a community coalition focused on reducing youth substance use and abuse  in Wayland, Mass. In addition, we focus on the larger topic of helping the community of  Wayland to be the healthiest community it can be. We work towards these goals by utilizing  evidence-based curriculum, MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey Report Data, Educational  Outreach to both youth and parents, and by forming partnerships and supporting other organizations community wide. 

PARCC & MCAS Testing
Schedule Now Available

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

Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events .
ALL GRADES:
Apr 8    Term 3 Ends
Apr 15  Report Cards
Apr 18 - 22 NO SCHOOL, Spring Recess