Monday Morning Minute
May 15, 2017
This Week:
MCAS Testing - 6th & 7th Grade 
Make sure chromebooks are charged!

May 15 & 16 - Grade 7 Math

May 18 & 19 - Grade 6 Math

All testing begins directly after homeroom. Please make sure your student is well-rested and on-time, that their chromebook is charged, and do not schedule appointments outside of school during these times. Thank you!
Upcoming Events!
6/5: WMS Orchestra Concert 7:30 PM
6/6: WMS Band Concert 7:30 PM
6/8: WMS Chorus Concert 7:30 PM
6/21: Last Day of School
8th Grade
5/15 - 18: 8th Grade DC Trip
6/7: DC NIght for Gr. 8 Students & Parents 7:00 PM* 
7th Grade
5/24 - 26: 7th Grade Cape Cod Trip
6/13: Cape Cod Night for Gr. 7 Students & Parents 7:00 PM* 
* See Below
DC Night - June 7th - 7:00 - 8:30 PM
8th Grade Parents - Join your students for this rite of passage: an evening of projects, pictures and poetry - all related to their trip to Washington, DC, their 8th grade house mentor Martin Luther King Jr. and their year examining justice served and justice denied. NOT TO BE MISSED! 
All 8th grade students are required to attend.
CC Night - June 7th - 7:00 - 8:30 PM
7th Grade Parents - Reminisce with slides, scrapbooks and stories about Cape Cod, the 7th grade house mentor Rachel Carson, and our environment. Enjoy individual presentations and a group slide show! . 
See you there!
All 7th grade students are required to attend.
WMS Jazz Band Earns a Silver Rating at MAJE JD Jazz Festival!
On Thursday, May 11th, the WMS Jazz Band earned a silver rating at the Massachusetts Association of Jazz Educators' Junior District Jazz Festival! Bands are rated against a  rubricnot each other, and we earned enough points to be solidly in the silver category! The band was very proud of their performance. After a strong performance, students learned how to take it to the next level in a clinic with one of the adjudicators, and then ended off the night listening to other area middle school bands and cheering them on.

Below are the members of this year's Jazz Band! Congratulations!
Andrew Zhao
Eric Xie
Keenan Schilp
Isabelle Wang
Ayaan Rashid
Lucas Pralle
Casey Zhang
Odelia Lu

Jake Crawford
Lucas Thompson
Donovan Edwards
Sarah Alizadeh-Shabdiz
Elias Garagic

Excellent Musicianship Awards were awarded to Lucas Alvarado, Joshua Zhang, and Keenan Schilp.
Josh Zhang
Lucas Alvarado
Michael Howard
Keyon Arthur

Hannah Han

Devin Howe

Jack Boyle
Connor Rader

Jocelyn Garcia
Tess Heilman

WMS Students' Essay Wins 1st Place at March for Science!
On Earth Day, April 22, 2017, Darini Nagalingam and Hannah Han, proudly represented Wayland Middle School  by reading their essay "Imagine a Version of Earth..."  to a crowd of thousands at the Boston Common during the The March For Science Boston. 
Darini and Hannah's essay won first place in the middle school division for the state, answering the topic question, "Why should we stand up for science?"  They passionately communicated to the mass of science enthusiasts their hopes for future technology advancement to decelerate global climate change in order to protect our diverse ecosystems. Congratulations to our amazing young women scientists!
PTO Annual Meeting
Thursday, May 18th, 8:45-9:10 am; WMS Library

Please join the PTO for our Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 18th.  We will introduce next year’s nominated board, review the proposed budget for 2017-2018, and then vote to approve both items.  The Annual Meeting will be immediately followed by May’s Middle & More Coffee.  We hope you can join us!

Middle & More:STEAM Initiatives, Chromebooks & Technology Use at WMS
Thursday, May 18th, 9:10-10:00 am; WMS Library

The PTO invites you to join us for this month’s Middle & More parent coffee on Thursday, May 18th, immediately following our Annual Meeting.  This month we will enjoy a STEAM presentation from WMS Staff including information on STEAM initiatives, Chromebooks and technology use at WMS.

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon Sign-Ups

We have had five amazing volunteers come forward to coordinate this year’s Teacher Appreciation luncheon on Wednesday, May 31, and now they need your help to donate food, supplies and/or your time helping at the actual event.  We have used (formerly to organize the event.  You do not need to have an account, and you only need an email address to sign up.  Please visit: to sign up now, and many thanks to Lani Camacho, Gina Dallin, Cathy Davies, Cheryl Leider and Meredith Tobe for organizing the luncheon for our teachers this year!

Community Retirement Reception for Dr. Stein 
Monday, June 12th, 3:00- 4:00 pm
WHS Media Center Garden

The Wayland PTO invites students, families and the greater Wayland community to join us for a Retirement Reception for Dr. Stein on Monday, June 12, from 3:00-4:00 in the High School Media Center Garden (or inside the Media Center in the case of rain).  This is an informal event – please stop by for just a few minutes or for the entire hour, and join us in thanking Dr. Stein and wishing him well as he retires from the Wayland Public Schools at the end of June.  There will be light refreshments.  Contact Amy Simmons ( with any questions.

Artist: Bryn Leonard
Grade: 6
Medium: Pastel

Reminders from previous emails
2017-2018 Bus Registration and Financial Assistance
Now posted on the WPS Website
Register on or before June 30, 2017

Please find all the information you need HERE.
  Offered for Fourth Year...
Wayland Summer Strings Now Registering

Wayland Summer Strings is an opportunity for entering Grades 6 -9 strings players to enjoy a one-week chamber music program under the leadership of Ms. Whitney Tandon.  Musicians enjoy daily rehearsals leading to a Friday ensemble performance. Each year the program is fully enrolled with up to 20 musicians.
Dates are July 24 - 28 from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm at Wayland High School.

Each day there are fun music activities, games, and rehearsals.        

To reserve a spot, complete registration form now and send to: WSCP, Loker School, 47 Loker Street, Wayland MA 01778

In June, you will receive a payment notice via email with instructions to send a $150 check payable to WSCP with "summer strings" in the memo. It should be sent to WSCP at Loker School, 47 Loker Street, Wayland, MA 01778.  Checks must be dated July 1, 2017, or later.

Programming Questions?   Contact ​ .
Registration Information:  Form available  HERE  
or email:
EMPOWER | Leadership, Communication & Collaboration
Dates:  June 26th-June 30th 
Time:  Monday-Friday 10AM-3PM

Join Us to Give Back to Your Community and be a Youth Leader!  
Work with a group of your peers from Wayland on a mix of games, presentations, activities, brainstorming and community service. This program will provide you the tools to create healthy messaging to the community, learn new leadership skills and create a campaign message to encourage healthy decisions in Wayland and beyond. 

Program Details:  
Age:  Students Entering Grades 7-10.
Location:  Wayland High School  
Staff:  Elsie Cerrone, Dossie Kahn, Jane Purser and Jason Verhoosky 
Lunch will be provided daily  There is no fee for this program.

To register for this program, please email , J  or call 508.358.6825. 
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