WMS Monday Morning Minute
Monday, April 2, 2018
In this Issue:
  • Wayland METCO 50 Year Celebration
  • Yearbooks on Sale Now
  • PTO News
  • Artist of the Week
  • Reminders from Previous Emails
  • Important Dates
Wayland METCO 50 Year Celebration
Wayland High School, South Building
Sunday, April 29, 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
This celebration is marking 50 years of METCO in Wayland with an open house for all, including current and former students, staff, and families. The festivities include a viewing of "METCO at 50" movies created by the WHS History Project, a theatrical performance, and more. Refreshments will be served. METCO Celebration Details
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.

Questions? Contact Ms. Galvani .
Stop and Shop Rewards

A HUGE thank you to all who participate in the Stop n Shop school rewards. The Middle School has earned $2,815.08 from this program for the 2017-2018 school year. (Stay tuned for details about codes and registering your card for the rewards program for 2018-2019 school year!)
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: Julia Raymond
Grade: 8
Medium: Mixed
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.
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
SAVE THE DATE - Florence Adler Run/Walk
May 5th
Wayland Middle School
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

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

8th Grade:
DC Trip: 4/9 - 4/12
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
Science and Technology: 5/3 and 5/4
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