Monday Morning Minute
September 21, 2015
WPS Student Account Policy

Wayland Public Schools is committed to the effective integration and meaningful use of instructional and information technologies to support, enrich, and extend student learning throughout the curriculum. Through integrated learning experiences, students will develop the technology literacy needed to acquire and manage knowledge, to succeed in school, and to thrive in an ever-changing, globally competitive world. In the Wayland Public Schools, all members of our school community will use technology to excel as learners and develop as leaders. Technology is a means for learning, not an end product of learning. Therefore, technology will play a vital role in a personal 21st century process of teaching and learning that incorporates critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, collaboration, contextual learning and information technology

Many of the digital resources used in classrooms require online student accounts. Recognizing the importance of using quality sources that adhere to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), teachers submit a request form before creating accounts with students who are 13 years old or younger. This provides both Curriculum Leaders and the Technology Department the opportunity to vet the resource for rigor, compliance and compatibility. Once approved, teachers will then notify parents about the tool before students login at school.     

In addition to specific classroom sites, there are many online resources deployed at the district level to support curriculum standards. Students will receive accounts for the following:  

Elementary

Middle School

If you’d like to learn more about COPPA and the role of schools, please visit this link, and if you have any questions about this policy feel free to contact us.  

Leisha_Simon@wayland.k12.ma.us, Director of Technology Beth_Monahan@wayland.k12.ma.us, Instructional Technology Department Head

Message from the Middlesex District Attorney
TEDxYouth@Wayland Event
Auditions November 7 & 8

We are excited to announce that Wayland High School will host its second annual TEDxYouth@Wayland event on Saturday April 2, 2016. The event will feature a diverse set of Wayland student speakers and performers. Check out last year’s event at https://www.facebook.com/TEDxYouthatWayland?fref=ts   TEDx is about bringing big ideas to our community to spark connection and deep conversation. If you are interested in speaking or performing, please note that auditions will be November 7 and 8, 2015 at the High School. We will publish sign up information soon. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Ashley Welch at awelch743@gmail.com or 508-740-3506. We’d love to engage you!

WSCP Programs at WMS

Through Wayland School Community Programs, CodeCampKidz returns to the middle school this fall for sixth and seventh graders. To learn more about how to code apps, go to:   WSCP Community Education/Registration  

Mr. Conrad Gees will lead photography classes again later in the academic year. Watch for registration details later this year.

PTO News
PTO News
From Peg Trentini, PTO President

7th and 8th grade Back-to-School night is this Thursday.   

Please consider assisting your parent representatives in offering dinner for the 7th and 8th grade teachers/staff before the event!  An email was circulated last week with a link to Volunteerspot (for the dinner) - we hope you will check it out and see if there is an opportunity for you. Here is the link again. There will be a PTO table in the front lobby at BTS night.  We welcome you to stop by and say hello as well as participate in our annual appeal.  With your contribution of $25.00 you will receive an "All School Directory". Your contributions help provide cultural enrichment programs, mini-grants for classrooms and after school clubs, faculty luncheons and more. We will also have WMS car magnets available for purchase. We can accept cash or checks on BTS night. If you would like to make your contribution by credit card, please visit our website at www.waylandpto.org.  We will have a directory ready for you on Thursday evening!   

Attention 6th grade parents - if you have some free time this Thursday night during the 7th/8th grade BTS night - we would love your assistance!  A few members of our board have 8th graders!  We would love to be able to have an extra person or two man the table during the presentations.  Please email Peg Trentini if you are able to stop by for a bit.  pegtrentini@gmail.com

Mrs. Fields & Close Buy Catalogue Fundraiser
Orders due this Thursday!

This is the last week for students, families and friends to purchase from the Mrs. Fields & Close Buy fundraiser catalogues. Mrs. Fields is a household name, with the catalogue featuring ready-to-bake cookies and treats that are convenient to keep on-hand at home.  Close Buy Catalogue is small, Maine-based company that features ONLY products made in the Northeast, supporting small, local businesses. All payments and paper order forms MUST be returned to homeroom this Thursday, September 24th. Close Buy online orders only may be placed at www.closebuycatalogue.com through October 4. Please contact Amy Simmons (simmons221@comcast.net) with any questions. Prizes! Prizes! Prizes!  The three students with the highest sales will each receive $25, and the homeroom with the most sales will win a lunchtime pizza party!

Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events .

ALL Grades
9/23:  NO SCHOOL, Yom Kippur
10/12:  NO SCHOOL, Columbus Day
10/16:  Q1 Progress Reports

Grade 6
10/6:  Henry Cluster Walden Pond Trip
10/8:  David Cluster Walden Pond Trip
10/9:  Thoreau Cluster Walden Pond Trip
10/15:  Walden Pond Rain Date
10/16:  Walden Pond Rain Date

Grade 7
9/24:  G7 & 8 Back-to-School Night, 6:45PM

Grade 8
9/24:  G7 & 8 Back-to-School Night, 6:45PM
10/22:  NY Caves Field Trip (1/2 grade)
10/23:  NY Caves Field Trip (1/2 grade)