Monday Morning Minute
March 27, 2017
  A Message from the Principals about MCAS
Betsy Gavron, Principal
George Benzie, Assistant Principal
Good morning,

We will once again be participating in Massachusetts’ annual state mandated MCAS tests in April and May. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has decided to move away from PARCC testing back to MCAS. It is important to note that unlike previous MCAS administration both the ELA and Math tests will be done on computers, just like the PARCC testing. All 6th, 7th and 8th grade students will be taking MCAS for English Language Arts and Math.  Our 8th grade students will also be taking the MCAS Science and Technology portion on paper. Each year we are required by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to continue to make gains toward the goal of having all students demonstrate proficiency in each subject area of these comprehensive statewide exams.   You can help us reach these goals by ensuring your child arrives at school on time for each of the testing dates listed below.  By making certain that your student is well-rested and has eaten a healthy breakfast, you position your student to be ready to share his or her best thinking.  We ask that you send your student to school with a charged Chromebook, a water bottle and a healthy snack each day of testing.

Teachers have worked hard with students to ensure that they are well-prepared without drumming up undue anxiety. Like a dance recital, a concert, or a big game, MCAS is an opportunity for students to show off what they know and can do.  The results help us analyze our program and teach more effectively.  That said, we know some students can become overly worried about the exams.  Please let your child’s guidance counselor or teacher know if that is the case for your student.

Because the guidelines for the testing period must be strictly adhered to, your child’s attendance is crucial during the testing period.  Please try to avoid making appointments during the school day for your child; tardiness and dismissals can heighten your child’s anxiety and have a negative impact.

ELA Testing Dates
6th Grade – April 3 and 4
7th Grade – April 6 and 7
8th Grade – May 1 and 2

It is important also to note DESE’s rule on cell phones during MCAS: “Cell phones and other electronic devices are not allowed for any reason during testing, even after you turn in your materials. Results will be invalidated for students with cell phones.” For this reason, we ask that your child leave his or her cell phone at home during testing. If students do bring them to school, cell phones will be collected by their teachers and handed back to them after testing has finished for the day.

Additionally, please note that the Mathematics portion of the MCAS will be administered in May, so please save the following dates:
6th Grade – May 18 and 19
7th Grade – May 15 and 16
8th Grade – May 4 and 5
The 8th Grade Science portion of the MCAS is paper-based and will be administered on May 8 and 9.

Thank you for your continued support and please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.

Betsy Gavron and George Benzie
Congratulations to the Cast & Crew of 
Pom Pom Zombies!

Over the course of four days last week, Wayland Middle School was transported back to the late 1960s. The setting was the first day of summer vacation at Riptide High School. Students were getting ready to hit the beach and Barnacle Betty's Surf Club for what they thought would be unforgettable summer. What they were not ready for was the Santa Muerto Nuclear Power Plant to ruin their summer! 

The production of Pom Pom Zombies was fantastic! The students performed magnificently, from their acting to their singing. They got the crowds laughing the whole way through! It was great to see so many students performing in this musical. They spent countless hours practicing and painting. All of their efforts really paid off. 

Shows like this cannot be done without the guidance of dedicated leaders. A big shout out to our director, Tom Large and our musical director, Stephen Murray, who wrote this musical twenty years ago! Our own Klara Sands had them dancing all the right zombie moves, while the stage and technical side was supervised by Peter Curran and Rebecca Pagano. 

Congratulations to everyone for a spectacular musical!

Pizza with the Police
Friday, March 24th
  A big shout out to the Wayland Police Department for serving pizza slices to the whole student body of Wayland Middle School. Students were extremely appreciative of the police department's generosity and enjoyed hanging out with the police during lunch. 
Screenagers is This Week!
Thursday, March 30th at 7:00 PM
Wayland HIGH SCHOOL Auditorium

There are still spots available if you haven't registered and would like to see the filmThere will not be a daytime screening for students – we suggest that parents/guardians and their students attend the evening event together.  This is NOT a drop-off event, and parents are asked to sit with their students.  The post-screening discussion will be moderated by Dr. Mark Kline, the Clinical Director of Human Relations Service in Wellesley.  A suggested $5/family donation will be collected at the door to offset the costs of the event.

To register, send your name, the number of attendees in your party, and a contact email address to  We will respond with a confirmation that we have received your request.
                                                    Check out the movie trailer here: Screenagers Trailer.

Wayland's 50th Anniversary as a METCO Community
Be on the Planning Committee!
 Wayland will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary as a METCO town next year.  We are creating a 50th Anniversary Planning Committee and are looking for people willing to participate on the Committee.  Wayland METCO holds 3 annual events: the September Social Cook Out, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Dinner (Next year is also the 30th anniversary of this event!) and the Florence Adler 5K Walk/Run.  We hope to tie the 50th Anniversary Celebration into these three events.  If you have suggestions and creativity in making Wayland’s 50th year the best ever, we look forward to working with you.  If you are interested in volunteering, please send your name, email address and contact number to either Mary Ann Borkowski at or Michelle Mathis at
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WMS WaylandCares Personal Care Items Drive
Collection Box in WMS Lobby
End this Tuesday, March 28

Please bring in personal care items to support Voices Against Violence, a program of SMOC.

Please donate SAMPLE SIZED                          
                        Toothpaste   Toothbrushes
                        Shampoo      Conditioner
                        Soap             Deodorant

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! - the WMS WaylandCares Team!
Artist: Dylan DeRubeis
Grade: 8
Medium: marker, pencil, acrylic
Upcoming Events - All Grades
3/30: PTO presents Screenagers @ 7:00 PM at WHS 
4/7:   Q3 Ends
4/13: Q3 Report Cards Distributed
4/13: Spring Vacation begins 2:20 PM
4/24: Classes Resume
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