6th Grade Back-to-School Night 
Thursday, September 22nd from 6:45 - 8:30 PM
Monday Morning Minute
September 19, 2016
From Assistant Principal Benzie

Good morning, 

The year is fully underway! Last week, your children had a chance to learn about the many opportunities that take place before school, during lunch and after school. During lunches, we hosted a Club Fair. The posters are still hanging in the cafeteria. One of the many things that make this a wonderful school are the number of chances to get involved outside of the classroom.

We have about 30 clubs and activities to join and be involved with other students and teachers. The range of clubs and activities present a chance for every child to be part of something. Some of the offerings include: Unicycle Club, Rocket Club, Gardening Club, Art Club, Meditation Club and Lego Robotics. We also have staples such as Literary Club, Community Service Club and the Newspaper.

As we continue to support the whole child, encourage your child to take a risk and try something that they have never done before. Chances are that they will not be disappointed!

Warm regards,


FInd Clubs offered at WMS HERE


We appreciate everyone's ongoing patience with the Chromebook situation.  We are hopeful that we will have the Chromebooks 
and be ready to distribute them the first week of October.  We are hoping to have more definitive information by  next Friday,  then we can plan logistics and student training. We will update you again soon. Thank you!

2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR

Does my student need a bus pass to board the school bus?
Y es.  Every student who has registered to ride the bus has been issued a bus pass that must be shown each day upon entering the bus, beginning on Monday, September 19, 2016 The pass entitles the student to ride to and from school on an assigned bus with an assigned bus stop. Beginning on Monday, September 19, 2016, bus drivers will ask each student to display his/her pass before boarding the bus.
Can my student bring his/her large instrument or project on the bus?
No.   Due to the narrow width of the school bus aisle and the height of the seat backs, no large instruments (e.g. cellos, french horns), large projects, large athletic equipment or other large objects may be brought on the bus.  Students may carry items on the bus that fit comfortably on his/her lap or at his/her feet during the course of the ride to and from school. 
For more information about school bus transportation, please check out the
posted on the Wayland Public School website .

Register Your Stop & Shop Card and Earn Money for Wayland Middle School

Do you shop at Stop & Shop?  If you do, please consider registering your Stop & Shop Bonus Card to earn money for our school through their A+ School Rewards Program.  Registration is easy and it won’t affect your Stop & Shop gas points program in any way.  Our Stop & Shop school ID is 09946.  To register your card: 

Go to:  http://www.stopandshop.com/aplus  

·  Under "Customer Zone" click on "Register Your Card"

·  Enter the first 3 letters of your last name

·  Enter your 13-digit Stop & Shop Card # (on the back of  your card, underneath the      barcode)

·  Click on "Continue to Listings"  

·  Enter 09946 under "School 1" 

·  Click on "Register"

·  Click on "Confirm my Information"

Last year, WMS participants in the A+ School Rewards Program earned over four thousand dollars for our school!  Please consider signing up - The program runs from October 7, 2016 - March 16, 2017.

Thank you!!!  

Upcoming Events

Teen Library Advisory Club 
THIS Tuesday, September 20th
At Wayland Public Library

Harry Potter-inspired costumes, thematic snacks, and trivia, oh my!

The WMS/WHS/WPL Teen Library Advisory Board will be kicking off our year with a Harry Potter Celebration at the WPL in honor of the summer's release of  Harry Potter and the Cursed Child .

All middle and high school aged students are welcome. The Teen Library Advisory Group has a variety of meetings throughout the year. Bring your ideas for activities for the rest of the year!

WHAT: Celebrate All Things Potter
HOW: Costumes, snacks, trivia, and MORE!
WHERE: Wayland Public Library
WHEN: Tuesday, October 20th, 2:45-4:15
WHY: Fun with friends -- new and old!

Students can  RSVP  online and get a  permission slip  to arrange bus transportation to the WPL in the WMS library. 

Girls Who CODE
October 18, 2016 - June 13, 2017: Tuesdays, 4:00 - 6:00 
Wayland Public Library

Wayland Public Library is launching a branch of the National "Girls Who Code" Club. Girls will learn basic and more advanced coding to create graphics, video games, and websites. The club is for girls in grades 6 - 12. Register from the library's online calendar. The club is limited to 15 participants.
The mission of GwC is to bridge the gender gap in tech fields. 
Questions? Email Pam at pmccuen@minlib.net

PTO News

"Like" the WMS PTO Facebook page to stay up to date on events, news and volunteer opportunities, and visit http://waylandpto.org/middle-school-pto/ for this year’s Middle & More Coffee schedule, current volunteer opportunities, and more!  

Keep an eye on your mail – the PTO’s September welcome back letter went out this week with information about the new online directory, as well as our transition to Gift Your Child this year! 

Upcoming Events

Back to School Nights

The PTO will be at both WMS Back to School Nights this month.  Stop by our table to Gift Your Child, purchase a directory, meet board members, or to learn more about what the PTO accomplished at Wayland Middle School last year.  We look forward to seeing you!

Middle & More Coffees - see box below!

Volunteer Needs
Teacher Appreciation

The PTO is looking for 2-3 parents to coordinate our Teacher Appreciation Lunch in May.  This is a lot of fun for friends to work on together, and is a great way to show the WMS teachers and staff how much we appreciate them.  Please contact Amy Simmons (simmons221@comcast.net) to sign up!  

PTO Appreciation 

The PTO would like to thank Alexia Obar for coordinating the summer school supplies order program, Rama Ravi for her work updating the Middle School pages at www.waylandpto.org, and Mary Boyle and her volunteers (Eileen Baliki, Gina Dallin, Amy Frankel Nau and Alexia Obar) for working to make picture day run so smoothly this year!

Middle & More Coffee
Tuesday, October 18th, 8:45 - 9:45 AM
In the Library

Save the date for our first Middle & More Coffee on Tuesday, October 18th from 8:45-9:45 am in the library.  Principal Betsy Gavron, along with staff members, will be discussing the new study skills curriculum being implemented in the Middle School this year.  We hope you can join us!  Find the entire year’s schedule of parent coffees at http://waylandpto.org/middle-school-pto/middle-and-more-coffees/

REMINDERS (from previous emails)

All Grades: Fitness Testing
WMS Wellness Classes
9/19/16 - 9/28/16

If your child has a history of exercise-induced asthma and has an inhaler in the nurse's office, please remind him/her to see the nurse 20 - 30 minutes before pacer testing to pick up the inhaler and bring to Wellness class.  If your child does not have an inhaler at school, then please provide the nurse with a WPS medication order form so that your child may use his or her inhaler while at school. The Wellness Staff would also like to ask all families to be sure their children eat breakfast and stay hydrated especially on fitness testing days.  This testing is vigorous and failure to eat or drink adequate amounts of fluids can result in headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness or fainting. Thank you!  

We utilize the FitnessGram protocol found HERE.

~The Wellness and Health Room Staff

From the Lark's Nest

All 7th and 8th grade students are invited to  apply  to the LARKers and support technology use within the school and our  Acceptable Use Policy  of Legal, Appropriate, Responsible, and Kind. 
Applications  from 7th graders will be reviewed after September 23rd. The 6th graders will have the opportunity to apply to join the group in October, once they have acclimated themselves to the school year.

Artists of the Week
Our 8th Grade visual art students begin their coursework with an examination of artistic styles, identifying elements such as medium, technique, mood, purpose, etc. As a means of demonstrating their understanding, our first challenge is to design a "Google Doodle" in the style of an assigned artist. This week's artwork selections pull from a sampling of students' responses to this challenge.

Student Artists: Leah Ferreira & Jaelin Hoopes
Assigned Artist: Chuck Close

Student Artists: Rebecca Patsenker & Kristen Bestavros
Assigned Artist: Roy Lichtenstein

Student Artists: Marc Batarekh & Ryan Najemy
Assigned Artform: Inuksuit rock formations of the Inuit

Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events .
10/03: NO SCHOOL, Rosh Hashanah
10/10: NO SCHOOL, Columbus Day
10/11: NO SCHOOL
10/12: NO SCHOOL, Yom Kippur
10/13: Math Meet @ WMS - 3:00 PM
10/14: Q1 Progress Reports

Grade 6
9/22: Gr. 6 Back-to-School Night, 6:45 PM
9/30: Thoreau Cluster Walden Pond Trip
10/6: Henry Cluster Walden Pond Trip
10/7: David Cluster Walden Pond Trip

Grade 7
9/29: Gr. 7 & 8 Back-to-School Night, 6:45 PM
10/20: RLC Days of Wonder Trip (1/2 Grade)
10/21: RLC Days of Wonder Trip (1/2 Grade)

Grade 8
9/29: Gr. 7 & 8 Back-to-School Night, 6:45 PM
10/25: NY Caves Field Trip (1/3 grade)
10/27: NY Caves Field Trip (1/3 grade)
10/28: NY Caves Field Trip (1/3 grade) 
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