8th Grade Science MCAS & PARCC May 16th -  24th
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Monday Morning Minute
May 16, 2016
From Assistant Principal Benzie

Good morning, 

As the days grow longer and temperatures grow warmer, please be sure your child makes appropriate clothing selections for the school day. The following excerpt from our Student Handbook outlines our updated dress code. Last spring, we made some slight revisions based on conversations with our House Leaders, students and School Council. 

"Rule 10: You must wear appropriate clothing to school. Our expectations of appropriate clothing apply to all school events, including field trips and evening activities.  Regardless of current styles, the following guidelines are expected:

a) Clothes that advertise drugs and alcohol or promote violence or other types of inappropriate behavior or language are not allowed and contradict the very goals and purpose of building a safe school for all of us.

b) Students are expected to wear and use a belt for any pants that do not stay up without the use of a belt.

c) Undergarments are to remain under your clothes and cannot be visible.

d) Low cut tanks, shirts or blouses that expose cleavage are not permitted. Additionally, shirts should not expose midriff skin.

e) Shorts and/or skirts must cover one's bottom and undergarments completely when standing, sitting or in motion.

f) Leggings and tights may be worn if an appropriately long enough top is worn as well. 


While choosing your clothing is a personal decision and involves a combination of taste, trends, and common sense, we make a clear distinction between clothing items that are appropriate for outdoors or for a beach, and clothing that is appropriate for school. 

What Happens:

Students may be asked to change into clothing that they may have in their locker or call home for more appropriate clothing.  These conversations can be some of the most difficult that occur at school; they are awkward or embarrassing at best.  Please help by not putting staff in a position where they must act." 

Thank you in advance for your ongoing partnership. 

Warm regards,

Betsy and George

For Parents of 8th Graders
MCAS / PARCC Schedule
May 16 - 24, 2016

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.
May 16 - Science MCAS
May 17, 18 & 19 - Math
May 20, 23 & 24 - ELA
For Parents of 7th Graders
Cape Cod Medication Drop-Off Day  
Tuesday, May 24th, 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM

The Cape Cod Medication drop off will be held on Tuesday, May 24th from 7:30 am - 3:00 pm. Parents must place the original prescription bottle (that has the instructions, exact count of medication, and student name on it) in a zip lock bag that is LABELED WITH THE STUDENTS FULL NAME and BUS GROUP (not homeroom).  Drop off will be at a table in the front lobby.

This is the only drop-off time, by law the school cannot accept any medication for the trip prior to Tuesday, May 24th, 7:30 am - 3:00 pm.

Thank you, 

Susan Chisholm,  Michael Lehr &  Stacey Reed
7th Grade House Leaders

AND remember to add this date to your calendars: 
CAPE COD NIGHT! June 15, 2016 from 7:00 - 8:30 PM
For Parents of 6th Graders
From the Nurse's Office
Physical Exams Due May 20th

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 with the required Tdap immunization 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 20, and will be receiving the required Tdap immunization at that time, please forward that documentation to me as soon as you receive it.  

Finding Balance is All About the Love
Wayland Middle School Library
May 187:00 - 8:30 PM
Parents of Children Pre K thru Grade 8

Define values and priorities to find Balance in Family life. Join Dr. Dossie Kahn of Wayland Youth and Family Services together with other Parents of elementary and middle school age children for a parenting workshop. When do we want to push, back off, hold firm, be flexible? Most importantly, how are we leading our children through our example? Come join other parents to explore these issues and move toward finding the right balance for your family. Dr. Kahn is a licensed psychologist. She is Assistant Director of Wayland Youth and Family Services with training and experience treating youths and adults, individuals, couples and families in a range of clinical and community settings.

Manga Workshop for Teens in grades 6 through 12
Wayland Public Library
Tuesday, May 31  2:45 PM - 4:15 PM

All students in grades 6-12 are invited to join the Teen Library Advisory Board's May meeting. Manga Artist Kat Klockow will talk about all the steps that go into drawing comics and the cultural differences and similarities between Japanese manga and American comics.

WMS households can find  permission slips and arrange bus transportation to the WPL on the WMS Library website . Permission slips are also available at our library. Please note that the event is the day after Memorial Day! Students in 7th grade should RSVP before the Cape Cod trip.
From the Front Office
End of Year Checklist for Parents

Looking for ways to help lessen end-of-year demands on your and your child? There are a few things you can do now. Help your child to:

- Locate and return overdue school library books. Pay fines.

- Locate and return overdue classroom library books (marked on spine with either "ELA" or the teacher's name).

- Start bringing home unneeded locker items like winter coats, boots, old papers, etc.

- Locate academic textbooks so they can be turned in when the school year ends.

- Check our lost & found for missing items.

- Pay any outstanding Food Services balances.

- If applicable, register for the school bus before fees increase on June 30.

PTO News

You're Invited !!  
2016 Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast
and Annual WMS PTO Budget Vote
Monday, May 23rd9:00 am

We would love to thank all of the wonderful volunteers that assisted this year with the PTO sponsored events and activities!  You are invited to a special Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast a t 9:00  am o n Monday May 23 rd.  We will also take this opportunity to share the 2016-2017 PTO Budget with you, discuss the wonderful and creative grants that were distributed this year and hold a vote to approve the budget.  

All parents and guardians are welcome to this meeting!  It's not just for volunteers!  We are also voting on our budget and would love your input and discussion.  We look forward to seeing you!  

(The breakfast will be held in the staff break room -- signs will be posted as you enter the school)

HELP make the  annual  Teacher and Staff Appreciation Luncheon
a wonderful event - Tomorrow May 18, 2016! 


Here is what you can do:

1. Go to WeGush - Add a comment for Fabulous WMS teachers and add your words of thanks for your children's teachers. All of these messages will be featured in the video we will present to the faculty at the luncheon. WE NEED EVERYONE TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS WAY so the video will be robust and representative of all of us! 

2. Email us (see contact information below) to bring a homemade (either at home or at the bakery!) dessert for our special dessert bar.

3. Email us (see contact information below) if you can pitch in to help set up or clean up for the event on the 18th.

We need your help ASAP so please "gush" or volunteer today!

Thanks in advance to all of you for showing your appreciation for our awesome Wayland Middle School teachers and staff!


Janice Thompson (janicect@yahoo.com)
Aina Lagor (ahlagor@verizon.net)
Irina Pansovoy (ipansovoy@gmail.com)
Teacher and Staff Appreciation Lunch Planning Committee

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!
Artist of the Week
"Previously Gone (for Netflix)" 
Designers: Sophia Cvrk & Erin Locke
Grade: 7
Medium: Wood, clay, paint

This model demonstrates students' design for a remote that allows viewers to skip those pesky "Previously On..." introductions while watching shows on Netflix.  Sophia and Erin identified a problem that affected them,  designed a potential solution to the problem, 
created a visual representation of their solution,  and presented their "pitch" to their peers. 
Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events .
May 20 -  Q4 Progress Reports   
May 23 - WMS Orchestra Night at  7:30 PM
May 30  - Memorial Day, NO SCHOOL
June 2 - WMS Chorus Concert at 7:30 PM
June 9 - WMS Band Concert at 7:30 PM
June 20 - Last Day of School 

May 25 - 27 Cape Cod Trip
June 15 -  Cape Cod Family Night  at 7:00 PM  
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