WMS Monday Morning Minute
Monday, March 26, 2018
In this Issue:
  • Congratulations to Peter Pan Cast & Crew
  • Message re: MCAS Testing
  • April Vacation Week Computer Course
  • Wayland Teen Library Advisory Club Event
  • PTO News
  • Artist of the Week
  • Reminders from Previous Emails
  • Important Dates
Congratulations to the Cast and Crew of Peter Pan Jr. !
Thursday through Saturday the Wayland Middle School auditorium was transformed into Neverland as our middle school actors took on the magical tale of Peter Pan. Complete with fairies, pirates and a hungry Crocodile, Wendy and her siblings flew alongside Peter Pan to meet the Lost Boys and the Brave Girls for adventures in Neverland. The ever transforming scenery was a magical backdrop for the incredible singing and acting of our 6th, 7th and 8th grade thespians. 

The following message from Director Kelly Lopez sums up the wonder of the musical:

"It's not on any chart, you must find it with your heart."  
"Once you have found your way there, you can never grow old."

"These quotes from Peter Pan remind us that our childhood is always with us, and we can access our playful selves at any time. We may grow up but with a little imagination and willingness to jump in and say 'Yes' we will find joy and always be young at heart."                                                
                                                  - Kelly Lopez

I offer my heartfelt gratitude to Kelly and the team of teachers who spent countless hours bringing this production to life. Additionally, this would not have been possible without the many, many parent volunteers who helped with ticket sales, scenery building, make-up, costumes, and back stage supervision. Thank you! It is a testament to the investment of our amazing community.

Betsy Gavron
Message from the Principals about MCAS
Betsy Gavron, Principal
George Benzie, Assistant Principal
Good morning, 

We will once again be participating in Massachusetts’ annual state mandated MCAS tests in April and May. All 6th, 7th and 8th grade students will be taking MCAS for English Language Arts and Math. Our 8th grade students will also be taking the MCAS for Science and Technology. Each year we are required by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to continue to make gains toward the goal of having all students demonstrate proficiency in each subject area of these comprehensive statewide exams. You can help us reach these goals by ensuring your child arrives at school on time for each of the testing dates listed below. By making certain that your student is well-rested and has eaten a healthy breakfast, you position your student to be ready to share his or her best thinking. We ask that you send your student to school with a charged Chromebook, a water bottle and a healthy snack each day of testing.

Teachers have worked hard with students to ensure that they are well-prepared without drumming up undue anxiety. Like a dance recital, a concert, or a big game, MCAS is an opportunity for students to show off what they know and can do. The results help us analyze our program and teach more effectively. That said, we know some students can become overly worried about the exams. Please let your child’s guidance counselor or teacher know if that is the case for your student. 

Because the guidelines for the testing period must be strictly adhered to, your child’s attendance is crucial during the testing period. Please try to avoid making appointments during the school day for your child; tardiness and dismissals can heighten your child’s anxiety and have a negative impact. 

It is important also to note DESE’s rule on cell phones during MCAS: “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 your child leave his or her cell phone at home during testing. If students do bring them to school, cell phones will be collected by their teachers and handed back to them after testing has finished for the day. 

ELA Testing Dates:
  • 6th Grade - April 2 and 3 
  • 7th Grade - April 9 and 10 
  • 8th Grade - April 26 and 27 

Mathematics Testing Dates:
  • 6th Grade - May 7 and 8
  • 7th Grade - May 10 and 11
  • 8th Grade - April 30 and May 1

Science and Technology Testing Dates (8th Grade Only):
  • May 3 and 4  

Thank you for your continued support and please do not hesitate to contac t us with any questions. 
April Vacation Week Computer Science Courses
Grades 6-8, Tuition Free
Tuesday, April 17th - Friday, April 20th
Loker School
Andy Wang, a Wayland High School student, is teaching two computer science courses during April Vacation Week. He successfully ran a course last summer, and is building on that experience. The courses are free, and are offered through Wayland School Community Programs, Community Education.

All information - including the registration form - is available at: www.whscodecademy.com
Andy may be reached at:  Andy_Wang@student.wayland.k12.ma.us
Wayland Teen Library Advisory Club
Celebration of Fandoms
Thursday, March 29th 2:45-3:45
Wayland Public Library

All students in grades 6-12 are invited to join the Wayland Teen Library Advisory club for an afternoon celebration of Harry Potter and other Fandoms at the WPL!

To reserve limited bus space TO the Wayland Public Library, students should submit a completed permission slip to Ms. Ravid by the end of the day on Tuesday, March 27. (Copies also available @ the WMS library circulation desk.)

Students will need their own transportation home.

The Wayland Teen Library Advisory Club is a project of the WPL, WMS, and WHS libraries, with funding provided by the Friends of the Wayland Public Library.
PTO News

If you have ever wondered where the Gift Your Child money goes - the bulk of it goes straight to classrooms in the form of grants to teachers and departments. This year, in addition to funding the Rocket Club, the Science Olympiad, 8th Grade Community Service Day and adding $300 of new books to each English Department classroom library as annually budgeted grants we awarded the following:

  • Robotics materials from Lego and Knex to support STEM, STEAM and Project-Based science for the 8th Grade Science Department
  • Rocker chairs and FootFidget alternative seating for 6th Grade Org Skills
  • Art lab resource library additions to better reflect the wide range of experiences, cultures and backgrounds of our student population
  • Social Thinking Resources for the 6th Grade to continue the work done in elementary schools promoting social thinking
  • Rack and shelves for a new and hopefully amazingly organized Lost & Found area
  • Supplies for the WMS Chinese Club and it's newly formed Wednesday cooking class where students can learn to make dishes like hand pulled noodles as well as learn about Chinese culture
  • HOVR alternative seating for Henry Cluster. These desk mounts and floor stands allow for movement during instruction. The PTO has been awarding grants for alternative furniture for the last few years and we continue to get requests due to the popularity among teachers and students.
  • Creative Kids Yoga materials for the Drama program to help students with spatial awareness and to build kinesthetic skills.
  • $1000 of e-books and audio books for the English Department/Literacy Program

If you haven't already, please like us on Facebook, we hope to be posting pictures of some of these grants in action.  
Artist of the Week

Artist: Bronwyn Keenan
Grade: 6
Medium: Paper (digitally enhanced)
Reminders from Previous Emails
For Parents of Current 6th & 7th Graders
 Student Placement Requests
Deadline: Friday, 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 FRIDAY, 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.
Is Your Email Address Current in eSchool HAC?

Important communications from the Principal and teachers about school events, progress reports and report cards are now being sent to parent and guardian email addresses via eSchool. If you have changed your email address or phone numbers during the school year, please be sure to update your information in HAC. The HAC link can be found on the homepage of the Middle School website .
Spring Sports

Baseball (try-outs)
Tentative start date: Weather Dependent

Softball (try-outs)
Tentative start date: Monday, April 2 (May change to earlier or later depending on weather, and/or availability of indoor practice space.)
Coach: Dana Kanupp

Spring Track
Tentative Start Date: Monday, April 12 (Dependent on weather)
For more information view Flyer or the Track Website

For registration instructions and links click here. All participants will need an up to date physical (within 13 months of the last day of the season for the sport you are playing) on file with the middle school nurse.

The Last Day of School is now Friday, June 22

Dates to Remember
All Grades
Q3 Ends: 4/6
Q3 Report Cards: 4/13
Spring Recess: 4/14 - 4/22
Last day of School: 6/22

8th Grade
DC Trip: 4/9 - 4/12
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