WMS Monday Morning Minute
Monday, April 30, 2018
In this Issue:
  • DESE Coordinated Program Review
  • PTO News
  • Artist of the Week
  • Reminders from Previous Emails
  • Important Dates
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)
Coordinated Program Review

Arthur Unobskey, Superintendent of the Wayland Public Schools was informed by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education of an upcoming Coordinated Program Review that will be taking place this school year. As part of this Coordinated Program Review, Department staff will visit the district during the week of May 21, 2018. Such visits are routinely conducted by the Department to satisfy federal and state requirements for the periodic review of specific education programs and services in schools throughout the Commonwealth. The Department is reviewing several programs during a single visit in order to use Department and school staff’s time most efficiently and to encourage strong connections among the programs.

The Department's Coordinated Program Review will address the following programs: Special Education, Civil Rights, and English Learners. After reviewing school district procedures for these programs, a Department team will make its onsite visit, during which it will review individual student records, interview administrators, teachers and paraprofessional staff, survey parents and observe instructional spaces. After the onsite visit it will prepare a report for the superintendent and school committee [or charter school leader and board of trustees], with detailed findings for each program.

Using a scale of ratings ranging from “Commendable” to “Not Implemented,” the report will rate the implementation of each requirement reviewed by the Department. Where requirements are found not implemented or only partially implemented, the district must propose to the Department corrective action to bring those areas into compliance with statutes and regulations. Districts and schools are encouraged to incorporate the corrective action into their district and school improvement plans and professional development plan. The school district will be provided with technical assistance from the Department in developing a corrective action plan. Both the Department’s report and the corrective action plan are public information and will be available to the public upon request. Program Review Final Reports are also available on the Department’s Internet website at < http://www.doe.mass.edu/pqa/review/cpr/reports/ >.

Any member of the public may request to be interviewed by telephone by a member of the Department's visiting team. Those wishing to be interviewed should call the Wayland Public Schools at 508-358-3757 no later than May 18, 2018 to leave their name and phone number, or they may call the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education at (781) 338-3735.  A member of the visiting team will contact each person desiring an interview within two weeks after the completion of the onsite visit. If an individual is not comfortable communicating in English or requires some other accommodation, the Department will make arrangements to communicate appropriately with the individual.

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PTO News
WMS PTO HOSTS  - Internet Safety: Unintended Exposure, Legal Consequences and Protective Measures
TONIGHT! April 30th, 7:00 - 8:30 pm 
WMS Auditorium

Discussion with Jason Verhoosky (Wayland Youth & Family Services) and Detective Castagno and Officer Bowles (Wayland Police)

All Parents are Welcome! Please, No Students. 

Last year, the WMS PTO screened  Screenagers , which raised the question of the impact of digital use on our kids.  This year, we switch gears to understanding how we can create a safe environment and experience, and the importance of communication and setting boundaries.  The Internet’s ease of access can cause unintended exposure to age inappropriate material that can have far reaching negative implications.  Additionally, the Police Department will share potential legal consequences that all parents should understand, as well as the rise of and dangers of sexting.  Finally, Julie Suratt is well versed in these topics through her research for her article, “The Birds and the Bees … and Porn,” which will appear in the May issue of  Boston magazine.
 
Contact Sejal T. Srinivasan with any questions sejsri@gmail.com
Artist of the Week
Artist: Mia Djarfi
Grade: 8
Medium: Mixed
Reminders from Previous Emails
For Parents of Current 6th & 7th Graders
 Student Placement Requests
Deadline: TOMORROW, Tuesday, May 1    

Considerable thought and effort are given to student scheduling here at WMS. It is a highly complex, intricate, and time-consuming process. Parents may make specific placement requests under the following circumstances:
  • If you have concerns about a teacher based on an older sibling's experience, you may request a different teacher for your child. You may not, however, request a specific teacher.
  • If your child has had difficulty with a specific student which has negatively impacted your child's ability to learn, you may request that the children be placed in separate clusters.
Please know that we will not be considering requests from parents to place students together this year. P lacement requests must be sent to  betsy_gavron@wayland.k12.ma.us no later than MAY 1st . Please include your child's first and last name, and grade in September 2018. Although we will work hard to honor your request, we cannot make any guarantees.
WMS YEARBOOKS are on Sale Now!
This year, there are two ways to order a yearbook. Choose the method that’s easiest for you! Yearbooks will be delivered on the last day of school.

  • Bring this form to the front office with a check for $17.00 made payable to Wayland Middle School.
OR

Questions? Contact Ms. Galvani .
SAVE THE DATE - Florence Adler Run/Walk
Saturday, May 5. Race Begins at 11:00 AM
Wayland Middle School

Click here for online, early registration OR use the paper registration form .
Ebook / Audiobook Workshop
Wednesday, May 9, 7:00 PM
Wayland Public Library

Did you know that the Wayland Public Library provides access to free ebooks and audiobooks? Interested in checking out free ebooks and audiobooks through the public library, but not sure where to start? In this session, WPL staff will walk you through the process of setting up and using your very own Overdrive account.

This program is collaboratively planned with WMS and WHS library teachers and specially geared towards WMS and WHS parents and guardians. Students are welcome to attend. Just bring the device that you plan to use (phone, tablet, laptop, chromebook, etc.), and we’ll help you do the rest. By the end of our hands-on workshop, you will be able to check out ebooks and audiobooks any time you want!
Dates to Remember
All Grades:
Q4 Progress Reports: 5/18
Band Concert: 5/31
Chorus Concert: 6/6
Orchestra Concert: 6/14 (note date change!)
Last day of School: 6/22

6th Grade
MFA Field Trip: Thoreau 5/4, Henry 5/11, David 5/25
Walden Hike 6/7 (all clusters)

7th Grade
Cape Cod Trip: 5/23 - 5/25
Cape Cod Night: 6/12

8th Grade
DC Night: 5/17
2018 MCAS DATES
6th Grade
Math: 5/7 and 5/8
7th Grade
Math: 5/10 and 5/11

8th Grade
Math: 4/30 and 5/1
STE: 5/3 and 5/4
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