8th Grade Postural Screening May 5 & 6     
6th Grade PARCC May 2 - 5  *Be on time with your chromebook charged!
7th Grade PARCC May 6  *Be on time with your chromebook charged!
Monday Morning Minute
May 2, 2016
Message from Assistant Principal Benzie

Good morning,

I finally went on my first WMS trip to Washington, D.C.! I have been fortunate enough to have traveled all over the world (Africa, Asia and Europe), but had never set foot in D.C. Needless to say, I was excited to finally see the monuments, the memorials, and the famous buildings that I had studied and learned about as a student and a teacher. You know, the White House is actually quite small!

It was a cold and damp Monday morning, around 6:20, as 217 8th graders and 34 staff members boarded 3 ½ Amtrak trains bound for Washington, D.C. We were off for an adventure packed 4 day excursion to our Nation’s capital. As was foretold, students nestled in for the long 8 hour journey and began taking out mega-sized bags of Mike and Ike’s, Laffy Taffy, Twizzlers, and many other wonderful treats for breakfast. How else we were expected to make it through this marathon of a ride? Shockingly, we arrived at Union Station before we knew it.

At this point, 5 buses of students and staff disembarked on separate journeys. Over the next three and a half days, our bus group would have many many wonderful, meaningful once in a lifetime experiences. We visited all of the following memorials: WWII, Korea, Vietnam, 9/11 Pentagon, Air Force, Marine Corp, FDR, Jefferson, Japanese Internment, Iwo Jima and Lincoln. That’s ELEVEN memorials! Clearly enough to get some good ideas for their memorial project!

We saw the Capitol building and the White House. We visited the Museum of American History, the Smithsonian Zoo, and the Holocaust Museum. We even took in a ballgame at the Nationals stadium.

One of the most impactful events for me was visiting Arlington National Cemetery. We were honored, through a connection made by Mr. Battaglia, to visit the gravesite of Matthew Pucino. Staff Sergeant Pucino was a US Special Forces Soldier who was killed in Afghanistan on November 23rd, 2009. He was from Plymouth, Massachusetts. Students got to hear from some of Matthew’s teammates, Jeffery Caudill and Kevin Sherwood. They spoke of the kind of person and leader he was and why it was important to continue to remember him. I felt that we were fortunate to have been able to make a connection to someone this way and our students will remember this forever. We then were witness to the changing of the guard at the Tomb of Unknown Soldier and four of our students represented themselves and their school superbly during a wreath laying ceremony.

For the last night in the big city, all the students got dressed up for a wonderful dinner and evening social. We were treated to a great buffet, and then saw some amazing moves on the dance floor by Mr. Rivera. The next morning, our students heard from Sarah Hurwitz, a former Wayland resident and student. She spoke about her job as speechwriter for Michelle Obama and had a great question and answer session with our students. 

All good things come to end they say. Packed up and ready to go, we headed back to Union Station for the journey home to Massachusetts. After arriving in Canton, one of the Amtrak workers remarked that they had never seen 251 people leave the train station in 20 minutes!

Thank you to our wonderful House Leaders: Mr. Reddington, Mr. Farley, Mr. Battaglia, and Ms. McDonald. Thank you to the staff for leading this adventurous group through the city, leaving their families behind for four days. This a trip that our students will never forget!

Warm regards,


This Week at WMS
PARCC Schedule
All Grades

Testing begins promptly after homeroom; please do not schedule outside appointments for these days.  Please help your child be on time with a charged chromebook.
6th Grade: 
May 2 - ELA
May 3, 4 & 5 - Math

7th Grade:
May 6, 9 & 10 - ELA
May 11, 12 & 13 - Math

8th Grade:
May 16 - Science MCAS
May 17, 18 & 19 - Math
May 20, 23 & 24 - ELA
Postural Screening
8th grade students
May 5 & 6, 2016

All students in grade 8 will be having their annual postural screening during Wellness classes. 8th grade postural screening will be held on May 5th and 6thFor 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 always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.  

Marcia  Nims, RN, BSN
From the Office:
Moving? Private School? 

If your family is moving from Wayland, or if you've decided to send your child to private school next year, please be sure to submit a student withdrawal form to your child's guidance counselor so that we may begin the process of preparing your child's records for transfer.  Many thanks!
From the Nurse's Office
6th Grade Parent Reminder
Physical Exams Due May 15

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health regulations require a current physical exam with immunizations (dated within the last 12 months), be submitted to the Nurse's office prior to the start of 7th grade. Please send your child's most recent physical exam to me no later than Friday May 20th, so that I may have time to enter your child's information into their medical record before the start of 7th grade. If your child has an upcoming appointment for his/her physical after May 15, please forward that documentation to me as soon as you receive it.  

PTO News

Middle & More Coffee
Tuesday, May 17th9:00-10:00 am

Please mark your calendars for the next Middle & More coffee, Tuesday, May 17th, from 9:00-10:00 am. Dossie Kahn of Wayland Youth and Family Services will be joining us to talk about "Middle School Development and How to Have Conversations that Count." When and how do we foster independence in our middle school-aged children? How do we teach them to manage stress and to navigate difficult social and emotional situations? What "rules" are appropriate for this age group, and when should we let things slide? Last year, Dossie Kahn led us through an excellent discussion of these topics and more. Bring your questions and concerns, and let's talk.

If you can't join us this time, our last Middle & More for the year will be with Betsy Gavron on Tuesday, June 14th9:00-10:00 am. We'll discuss the year-in-review and preview the year ahead. Please contact Cathy Scholz at cscholz89@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Artist of the Week
Artist: Quinn Fay
Title:  Fertile Season
Grade: 8
Medium: Papier-mâché, wood, acrylic, hot glue
Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events .
May 20 -  Q4 Progress Reports   
May 30  - Memorial Day, NO SCHOOL
Jun 8 -     Cape Cod Family Night  at 7:00 PM  
Jun 20 -   Last Day of School 

May 25 - 27 Cape Cod Trip
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