6th & 7th Grade Postural Screening April 11 & 12    
8th Grade Washington D.C. Trip April 11 - 14
Q3 Report Cards this Friday!
PARCC after vacation!
Monday Morning Minute
April 11, 2016
Message from Assistant Principal Benzie

Good morning,

PARCC testing for ELA and Math begins on Thursday, April 28 at the middle school with 6th grade English and Language Arts testing. The complete PARCC schedule can be found on our website here.  Testing will start immediately after the first period bell, so it is imperative for all students to arrive to school on time. We must strictly adhere to the schedule set forth in the DESE guidelines; therefore your child’s attendance is crucial during the testing period. If at all possible, please avoid making appointments for your child on PARCC days as tardiness and early dismissals can have a negative impact on your child’s testing.  Again, we ask that all students be present and on time during the testing periods.

It is time to get CHARGED UP FOR PARCC!

Our students take PARCC tests online.  In order to be prepared, students must come to school with their Chromebook fully CHARGED. To help students get in the habit of nightly charging, we started a “charge up challenge” between homerooms. Each morning, the homeroom with the most “charged up” Chromebooks earns a lightning bolt for their door, and the homeroom with the most lightning bolts will be the winner! We cannot stress enough the importance of charging Chromebooks EVERY NIGHT.

HEADPHONES

For the ELA portion of the test, 6th,7th and 8th graders are required to use headphones. Please have your child bring a pair of headphones to school at least one day before his/her testing dates.  Headphones will be collected and stored by homeroom teachers, and distributed on PARCC days.

CALCULATORS

For the Math portion, PARCC has different calculator requirements for each grade level. The test has an on-line calculator for students to use, but any student who would prefer a physical calculator should bring the appropriate one, as indicated below:

  • 6th and 7th grade – four function with square root and percentage only
  • 8th grade – scientific calculator only


CELL PHONES

It is important to note the DESE rules on cell phones during PARCC. “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 students leave their cell phones at home during testing.  Cell phones brought to school will be collected by proctors and returned after testing has finished for the day.

MAXIMIZE POTENTIAL

We appreciate your help! To maximize your child’s potential during testing, please be sure he/she gets a good night’s sleep, eats a complete and healthy breakfast, and arrives to school on time.  

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

Warm regards,
George

From the Office:
Absence Notification 

While we hope all students will be in school on the days leading up to and following our February vacation, if your child will miss school due to family travel plans, please remember to let the office staff know (even if you have notified teachers or counselors).  We have two notification methods for you to chose from: 

By phone:  508-655-6670, menu option 2 

By email:  ms_attendance@wayland.k12.ma.us

No need to wait!  You can notify us as far in advance as you'd like. Please include your child's first and last name, grade, and the absence date(s). 

Please remember that teachers do not provide advance schoolwork for such absences. Thank you! 

WMS Honors Chamber Orchestra performs at
Gold Medal Showcase
April 9th, 12:00 PM, Mechanics Hall, Worcester
This past Saturday, after winning gold on April 2nd at the MICCA Band and Orchestra Concert Festival, our Honors Chamber Ensemble performed at the MICCA Gold Medal Showcase.
Congratulations to our fine young musicians!
Postural Screening
6th & 7th grade postural screening
April 11 & 12, 2016

6th & 7th grade annual postural screening will be held on April 11th and 12th  during Wellness classes.
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 always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.  

Best,
Marcia Nims, RN, BSN
marcia_nims@wayland.k12.ma.us    
Charge Up Challenge
Brought to you by the LARKers!

This week marked the beginning of our 2016 Chromebook Charge Up Challenge!


Each Homeroom is challenged to ramp up the percentage of students who start the day with a charged (>80%) Chromebook. When a Homeroom achieves that day's goal, they are entered in a contest drawing. Homerooms with a perfect record of meeting every day's challenge will also receive recognition.

Students in 6th and 7th grade began their challenge last week, and will ramp up to having every student start the day with a charged Chromebook by the end of this week. We look forward to having the momentum carry over to after vacation, when the 8th grade will embark on their challenge. The challenge also dovetails into PARCC testing, during which all students must arrive with charged Chromebooks.

The challenge is spearheaded by the LARKers, our student Help Desk. Thank you also to families for helping your student maintain a charged Chromebook throughout the year by brainstorming systems and strategies to create routines!

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:

PTO News

Middle & More Coffee
Wednesday Evening (Yes, 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 17th, 9:00-10:00 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 14th, 9:00-10:00 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: Josie Abrams
Grade: 7
Medium: Pastel
Reminders (from previous emails)

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 .

WMS Online Newspaper - new articles every Friday!

Don't forget to check out the WMS Newspaper! New articles are added every Friday. To read what's new, click here.

WELLNESS WEEK PRESENTERS NEEDED :)
For Wellness Week
June 6th - 10th

We would like to expose our students to new ideas, trends and/or concepts.  If anyone would be able to  volunteer  their time to present to our students, we would greatly appreciate it!  Please directly email   Natalia_Araszkiewicz@Wayland.k12.ma.us  if you are able to participate in our Wellness Week.
Thank you! The Wellness Department 
Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events .
ALL GRADES:
April 15         Q3 Report Cards
April 18 - 22  No School - Spring Recess
8TH GRADE:
April 11 - 14   Washington D.C. Trip!
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