May 11, 2018
News Blast
Important Dates:

Monday, May 14:
Grades 5 & 8 Science, Technology & Engineering MCAS Assessment

Tuesday, May 15:
Grades 5 & 8 Science, Technology & Engineering MCAS Assessment

Wednesday, May 16:
4th Grade Open House (for parents/caregivers only) (6:30 pm)

Thursday, May 17:
Wilson School Council (6:30 pm)

Friday, May 18:
Spring Show: A Night of Comedy 2018 featuring The Quiz That Almost Killed Me and The Day The Internet Died. (7:30 pm)

Saturday, May 19
Spring Show: A Night of Comedy 2018 featuring The Quiz That Almost Killed Me and The Day The Internet Died. ( (2:00 pm)

Wednesday, May 23:
Transfer of Flags Ceremony (7:00 pm) at Kennedy Middle School

Thursday, May 24:
8th Grade World Language and College Visit Field Trip
Band and Chorus Pops Concert (6:00 pm

Monday, May 28:
No School-Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 29:
7th & 8th Grade Band & Chorus Concert (7:00 pm)

Wednesday, May 30:
Math Placement Meeting (6:30 pm) at Kennedy Middle School
*(This is intended for current 6th & 7th grade parents who have questions about Math placement for the following school year.).

Thursday May 31:
Grade 5 Band and Chorus Concert (9:00 am)
*Grade 5 Writing Showcase will be on a different day
Early Release (11:30 am)

Friday, June 1:
Grade 6 Band and Chorus Concert (9:00 am)
Grade 6 Writing Showcase (10:00 am)
Special Olympics Pep Rally (1:00 pm)
Wilson Jazz Band Takes Home A Gold:
Congratulations to the Wilson Jazz Band for earning a gold medal at the state competition, the MAJE (Massachusetts Association for Jazz Educators') Central District Junior Festival. Also Jacob Reinach, Jacob Simon, and Sage Nguyen received a citation for Outstanding Musicianship!
Boys Volleyball Team Off To a Great Start:
Please join us in congratulating the following winners of the Citizenship Award for the month of April. For this month, the theme was SELF-DISCIPLINE. The teachers have selected students who control emotions, pursue what is right, and overcome weaknesses. We thank them for their positive influence on the Wilson Community. Our citizens are:

5TH: Ethan Taroy
6TH: Liza Frumkin
7TH: Colleen Hava
8TH: Trinity Vickers
Special Subjects: Sam Shipman

Congratulations to these students. For the month of May, the theme will be TOLERANCE. 
Career Day Monday, June 18

We REALLY need you! We will hold Career Day for 7th & 8th grade students on Monday, June 18 from 8:00 am-10:30 am. We are looking for presenters who are interested in sharing their trade with middle school students for 45 minute sessions. If interested, please email . We are hoping to get 25-30 presenters. Thank you.
5th Annual STRIVERS Mother’s Day 5k:
in your virtual backpack? This race is held on Mother’s Day, May 13th at 8:30 am with proceeds benefiting Embrace A Family ( a local organizing that helps our neighbors going through cancer) and it will also fund the newly established STRIVERS Scholarship Fund.   Click here for the flyer.
Drugs: True Stories - 
A Discussion for Middle Schoolers & their Parents
Monday, May 14 from 6:45–8:45pm 
**NEW LOCATION First Congregational Church of  Natick
For students, parents and caregivers (grades 6-8)

This interactive workshop and discussion will use the Drugs: True Stories DVD series to foster dialogue and provide tips about how to recognize substance use in a young person and how to respond and prevent substance abuse disorder. Register  HERE   or here:

— Lead Sponsors: Natick Opioid Task Force, Natick Together for Youth, Natick Health Department, SOAR Natick, Town of Natick, Natick Public Schools, SPARK Kindness.

Click here for the flyer.
Special Olympics Fundraiser:
We are selling tumbler cups filled with icy lemonade for $5.00 during lunch all throughout the month of May to benefit the Natick Special Olympics. Please help support our Wilson athletes! 
Math Placement Meeting:
Math placement information night will be held for 6th and 7th grade parents on May 30, 2018, 6:00 - 7:00 pm in the KMS auditorium.
Laps After Lunch:
Laps after Lunch has begun ! Students are thrilled to be able to get outside for much needed fresh air and exercise however we cannot guarantee laps on a daily basis as we are still in need of volunteers. Please consider volunteering on a weekly, every other week, or on call basis. Shifts are 10:55 - 11:45 or 11:45-12:35. Please contact Jeanne Holihan at . Thank you.
Natick Summer Academics:
Registration for Natick Summer Academics is filling up quickly! This program runs at Natick High School from 8:00 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. for the following weeks throughout the summer.

2018 Program Dates:
Week 1: July 2-July 6 (off Wed. July 4)
Week 2: July 9-July 13
Week 3: July 16-July 20
Week 4: July 23-July 27
Week 5: July 30-August 3

Click on this   link   to register for the following programs:

Enrichment Classes (Rising K-8):  July 2-August 3
Students can sign up for four classes daily. Each class costs $50 to attend. Click on the brochure below to see the classes that are available.

Land and Sea Robotics (Rising Grades 5-8):  July 2-July 13 (Two-week program)
Early bird pricing (before May 1): $350 
After May 1: $375

Middle School Band Clinic (Rising Grades 6-9):  July 23-27
Early bird pricing (before May 1): $180
After May 1: $200

Just Sing! Middle School Chorus Program (Rising Grades 6-9):  July 16-20 (new program this year led by the Middle School Chorus Teachers)
Early bird pricing (before May 1): $160
After May 1: $180

NHS Tough Clinic (Rising Grades 9-12): June 25-August 10 (every Mon., Wed., Fri., 6:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.)
Early bird pricing (before May 1): $85
After May 1: $100

NHS Show Choir Experience (Rising Grades 9-recent NHS graduates): July 9-13 (new program this year led by NHS Chorus Teacher Kate Burns)
Early bird pricing (before May 1): $180
After May 1: $200

Contact Dan Hausermann, Director, at  with questions.
Natick Parent Connections: 
A Parent Network Navigating Special Education
Tuesday, May 15:  7pm Natick Morse Library – Community Room
Natick Parent Connections is for parents/caregivers of children with developmental, learning, social/ emotional disabilities and other special education needs.  This group is committed to providing a welcoming space for parents and caregivers to:
• share resources and experiences
• ask questions
• network with other families
If you have questions or need more information please email:
Metrowest Symphony Orchestra:
The Natick Schools has an emerging partnership with the MetroWest Symphony Orchestra that emerged from our arts audit last year.  
This partnership, in its infancy, currently allows secondary Natick students to participate in their ensembles and appoints mentor professional musicians to the participating students. We continue to explore additional partnerships for younger students.

Their upcoming concert information can be found here.
From Conflict to Collaboration: A Parenting Framework That Brings Out The Best In Both Parents and Kids:
Do you ever feel frustrated with your child? Find yourself shouting and imposing consequences in reaction to challenging behavior? Imagine having a simple framework that guides you in every parenting challenge and brings out the best in both you and your child. The Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) approach gives parents concrete tools to relate better to their kids, reduce challenging behavior, and build their kids' skills in self-regulation, communication and problem-solving. See  to register for the upcoming morning/evening CPS workshop in Natick that starts in May.
Summer Volunteer Opportunity For Rising 9th Graders:
The Natick Integrated Summer Program is looking for rising 9th graders who would be interested in volunteering this summer during their summer program. This is a great opportunity to complete part of the community service requirement at NHS. Click here for the application and directions . Please return to the Office of Student Services at Town Hall, 13 East St as soon as possible. 
Attention Class of 2022
Letter from Mr. Harrigan and Sign up for Student Orientation:
Please click here for the information.
Student Absences:
If you know your child is going to be absent, please contact the main office via phone or email. Many parents notify the teachers, but the main office staff must also be notified. Thank you.
ASAP Information:
New Family Registration   (link to our flyer)  for Early Risers and ASAP 18-19 begins online on April 11 at 5:00 pm
The ASAP and Early Risers programs offer safe, enriching before and after school programs at all five NPS elementary schools and after school programs at Kennedy and Wilson middle schools.
Enrollment takes place on a first-come, first-served basis, so don't wait!
For more information about our programs, online registration, and more, go to our web page at
Natick SEPAC: Get Involved by becoming a
2018-2019 School Liaisons!
If your child has a 504 or IEP
please consider volunteering for Natick SEPAC .  
No experience necessary!!  You don't need to know all the answers, just be willing to ask questions.  Natick SEPAC volunteers work together to help answer questions and a majority of communication is done via email or phone. Time commitment can be as much or as little as you can provide.  We welcome and encourage having more than one representative at each school.    As a SEPAC School Liaison you will:
·         Act as liaison between his/her school and SEPAC
·         Connect with school’s PTO and share SEPAC info
·         Build awareness at his/her school of SEPAC and SEPAC events
·         Attend SEPAC meetings and provide status updates and feedback to SEPAC Board
The   Natick Special Education Parent Advisory Council  (SEPAC) is an all-volunteer organization of parents and caregivers of children receiving support services in the Natick public schools and private school settings. We are dedicated in building a network for families whose children are receiving support services through an IEP/504 as well as for families considering requesting an IEP/504 evaluation.   SEPAC provides a parents perspective of information, support and recommendations. If interested or for more information,  please reach out by May 11  to  or visit our website at:
REacHigh Volleyball:
ReacHigh Volleyball, a Natick community organization, will offer a Youth Volleyball Program this Spring for middle school aged boys and girls. Only 12 spots open. Contact for more information or register at .

10 Week Skill and Drills Program - STARTS on Wed, April 4
WHEN: Every Wed, April 4 - June 13 from 5:15 - 6:15

Support the Natick Special Olympics:
The inclusion t-shirt is the creation of four Wilson sixth-graders: Adam Navisky, Sam Hess, Keller Berry, and Dan Brazier! With Ms. Graf’s guidance, they have developed the slogan “the key to kindness is inclusion.” One hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Natick Special Olympics, a community-building event dedicated to the acceptance of all athletes, regardless of ability.
Click here for the link.

Yearbook Information:
The Wilson Middle School Yearbook is currently on sale for $28, until January 15 and then it will be selling for $33.  There will be 625 printed. We urge you to buy one as soon as possible.
Here are 5 reasons you should invest in a yearbook:
1. It holds memories throughout someone’s middle school experience.
2. It is inexpensive when you consider it as a source of reflection.
3. It makes a great gift around the holidays or any time of the year.
4. It gives you something to smile about looking through all the pictures.
5. A yearbook can possibly last for 100 years or longer.

Welcome to  eShare , a free service from Herff Jones that allows students, parents, and community to submit photos for potential use in the yearbook.

Our school code is:  WILSONMS .

Parents and students can go to  and enter the school code:  WILSONMS


Also check out the  eShare  iPhone and Android apps in your respective app stores. These are a great way to contribute photos from mobile devices.
Middle Years May Parent Newsletter:
Please click here for this month's Middle Years Parent Newsletter.
Please send in a dismissal note with your child if he/she needs to leave school early. This allows us to have your child ready for you and avoids us disrupting class to call him/her down to the office.

Please remind your child to stop in the office to get a tardy pass if he/she arrives to school from 7:50 am or later.
Wilson Extra-Curricular Activities 2017-2018:
Please click here for the listing and descriptions of the extra-curricular activities for this school year. Late buses and activities began the week of September 11.
School Improvement Plan:
 Click here for the middle school School Improvement Plan presentation.
Before you post online....
Late Buses:
Bus #23 arrives at approximately 3:10 PM. Bus #15 arrives at
3:20 pm and the last bus Bus #13 arrives at approximately 3:30 pm.
5th & 6th grade students are supervised in a classroom while we wait for the bus and 7th & 8th graders are supervised in the lobby.

Please click below for the late bus runs and stops. Buses begin to arrive to Wilson at 3:00 pm with some of them arriving as late as 3:30 pm.