Monday Morning Minute
Monday, January 22 2018
In this Issue:
  • Principal's Message
  • Teen Library Advisory Club
  • PTO News
  • Artist of the Week
  • Reminders
  • Dates
 Dear WMS Families,

Our MLK day of celebration is consistently one of my favorite days of the year. This past Friday, all students attended assemblies to honor our house mentor, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and carry his work forward. It featured a powerful historical sideshow; recited poetry; performances from our jazz band, honors chamber orchestra, and select chorus; four candle lighting tributes by 8th grade students; a slideshow celebrating community service efforts across the school; and student artwork.
 After the assembly, four busloads of 8th grade students traveled to Happy Hollow, Loker, and Claypit Elementary Schools where they volunteered in classrooms, supporting students in all disciplines.
 Students who remained at the school played BINGO with seniors from Sunrise of Wayland. 

Additionally, each of the 8th grade homerooms cooked a crockpot dinner that was distributed to families in need through Parmenter.

On Friday evening, our Boston Parent Council held a delicious dinner and offered a moving program to close out the day of celebration. The program featured amazing jazz performances from our middle school and high school musicians. Superintendent Dr. Unobskey and METCO Director Ms. Reid Wallace spoke of the ongoing importance of Dr. King's work and the power of METCO. Alfred "Coach" Powell, CEO of the Human Motivation Council, led the auditorium in rousing chants and a song about the power of the future. A stunning fashion show featured clothing from the "Motherland." Students shared inspirational facts about METCO's history, and the elementary choruses combined from all three schools to sing musical selections to honor to Dr. King's legacy. Finally, we concluded the night by paying tribute to some strong supporters of METCO who passed away this year. It was a day to remember.

On a separate note, I invite you to a special presentation of the results of our most recent Metrowest Adolescent Survey tomorrow night at 7:00 PM at Wayland High School. The evening will be facilitated by Wayland Cares and the WPS Health and Wellness departments and will invite engaging conversation .  This program is for parents only. I hope you can join us.

Have a wonderful week!

Respectfully,

Betsy Gavron
Principal 
Teen Library Advisory Club - Random Fandom
Monday, January 29, 2:45 - 3:45pm
Wayland Public Library

Join in an afternoon celebration of Fandom, open to all students in grades 6 -12! If interested please see Ms. Ravid. Transportation to the Library from the Middle School is available with a signed permission slip, due to Ms. Ravid by the end of the day Wednesday, 1/24. Bus availability is limited and spaces will be first-come, first-serve. If there are not enough seats available, students will be notified by Friday, 1/26. Pick-up arrangements at the end of the program (3:45pm) must be arranged by parents/guardians.

The Wayland Teen Library Advisory Club is a project of the Wayland Public Library with Wayland Middle School and High School Libraries. Funding provided by Friends of the Wayland Public Library.
PTO News
Make Sure You're in the Loop
Online All School Directory

Need to contact other parents in the school district? Register your family in MySchoolAnywhere. This is an online directory of families in the Wayland school system. You can search by first name or last, by school, and by grade. This is how you get in touch with other parents and let others get in touch with you! For everything you need to know and to get the APP for your phone:

Middle & More Coffees
All events will be held in the WMS Teacher Lounge, unless otherwise noted.

A Sporting Chance: Finding the Right Balance with Youth Sports & Other Activities
Dr. Robert Evans of Human Relations Services
February 1, 2018, 7:00 - 8:30 pm (WMS Auditorium)

English, Writing Center and Social Studies
February 13, 2018, 8:45 - 9:45 am
We will be joined by department heads and Ms. Gavron for an overview of the
curriculum in these departments, including the new Writing Center, with plenty of time for parent Q & A. 

Preventive Measures for Stress & When to Worry
Dr. Dossie Kahn of Wayland Youth & Family Services
March 12, 2018, 9:00 - 10:00 am

Internet Safety: Creating a Safe Environment & Experience
Discussion with Jason Verhoosky (Wayland Youth & Family Services) and Detective Castagno and Officer Bowles of Wayland Police
April 30, 2018, 7:00 -8:30 pm (WMS Auditorium)

Parenting Your Teen: An Interactive Workshop on Communications
Mark Altman of MindsetGo
May 22, 2018, 9 – 10:30 am

Building Resilience in Children
Dr. Ben-Levi of Human Relations Services
June 4, 2018, 9-10:15 am

Any questions or comments may be directed to the coordinator, Sejal T. Srinivasan sejsri@gmail.com
ARTIST of the WEEK
Artist: Samantha Johnson
Grade: 8
Medium: Paper
Reminders from previous emails
Gift Card Calendar Fundraiser
Results Posted in January

Be sure to check our website announcements page each school day for the exciting results of our Gift Card Calendar Fundraiser. Thank you to all who participated!
Wayland Public Schools Health & Wellness and Wayland Cares Present:

Digging In
Tuesday, January 23rd, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
WHS, South Building, Lecture Hall

Join us to learn about Wayland student health issues and share your ideas to improve youth health in our community.  A Community Conversation about Wayland Youth: Substance Use, Mental Health, Stress & Anxiety, Conductivity, Physical and Sexual Health, Violence and Safety, Gender Related Issues and Student Protective Factors.  Key WHS & WMS data from the 2016 Metrowest Adolescent Health Survey will be presented. 

This is a discussion for parents only .

Jane Purser
Program Coordinator
WMS Art Show
February 3 to 27
Wayland Public Library

Throughout the month of February, the Wayland Free Public Library will host a display of student artwork from Wayland Middle School. Over forty young artists will be featured in this mixed-media exhibition, representing grades 6, 7 and 8. 

An opening reception is planned from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm on Sunday, February 4 in the downstairs Raytheon Room of the library. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Pete Curran, visual art educator, at peter_curran@wayland.k12.ma.us. 
2018-2019 School Year Calendar
 
Next year's school calendar is available on our website:
Dates to Remember
2018 MCAS Dates

Please mark your calendars. If at all possible, we ask you to avoid scheduling appointments for your child on his or her testing dates. Many thanks! 

6th Grade
ELA: 4/2 and 4/3
Math: 5/7 and 5/8

7th Grade
ELA: 4/9 and 4/10
Math: 5/10 and 5/11

8th Grade
ELA: 4/26 and 4/27
Math: 4/30 and 5/1
STE: 5/3 and 5/4
All Grades
1/26 - Q2 Ends
2/1 - Middle & More, A Sporting Chance w/Dr. Evans, 7PM
2/2 - Q2 Report Cards

6th Grade (note date changes for Thoreau & David clusters)
2/5 - Henry Cluster, Weston Ski Track Trip
2/8 - Thoreau Cluster, Weston Ski Track Trip
2/9 - David Cluster, Weston Ski Track Trip

7th Grade
1/29 - Cape Cod Parent Night, 7:00 PM, http://wmsrlc.blogspot.com/
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