October News From the Middle

October News From the Middle

NEWS FROM THE MIDDLE

WILLIAMSTOWN MIDDLE SCHOOL

OCTOBER 2018

 

AND WE ARE OFF! - This new school year has started off with a bang!  There have been so many initiatives this year to speak about!  Al of our teachers are using PowerSchool and updating it weekly, which will provide reliable and up-to-date reports on your child’s progress in school. Our mathematics classes continue to use materials that have been carefully selected and are aligned closely to the common core standards.  Our fifth grade classes are using the My Math program, and grades 6-8 are using Glencoe. In English Language Arts, our students continue to work with the common core standards in the Wonders program (grade 5) and Springboard (grades 6-8). Our teachers are very confident with Google Classroom and are integrating lessons using Google classroom throughout the building. We are embracing our third year of the district one-to-one Chromebook initiative and are pleased to see that our students are comfortable using the Chromebook in class and, for grades 6-8, at home. Our one Back to School Night was extremely well attended, and parents seemed genuinely happy with the program we had in place.  Teachers felt positively supported by the parents/guardians in attendance. Our anti-bullying initiative at Williamstown Middle School continues to grow stronger each year. This year we continue to implement Positive Behavioral Supports in Schools, our RISE program, and we have transitioned to an online ticketing system which will build consistency and encourage the building of positive relationships among our students and staff. Challenge Day, a national program that celebrates diversity, will once again be held on two days this year, November 1 and 2, in hopes of reaching more students.

We are very excited about this school year and look forward to working together with YOU.  We encourage you to get involved in your child’s education.  Please know that the staff at Williamstown Middle School is anxious to assist you and your child to encourage a successful and memorable year!

PARENT TEACHER ORGANIZATION AND PARENT ADVISORY BOARD AT WMS WANTS YOU! - Please consider attending our first PTO meeting and our first Parent Advisory Board Meeting on Wednesday, October 10, at 7:00 PM in the auditorium.  Meetings last only one hour and are a wonderful opportunity for parents and guardians to hear about the newest programs and initiatives at Williamstown Middle School!

Joining our PTO and attending PAB is just a great way to meet other parents and develop a strong and personal relationship with your child’s building administrators and staff.  In a school as large as WMS, parents sometimes wonder how to communicate concerns and ideas… PAB is a vehicle that allows YOUR voice to be heard!

ATTENTION PARENTS! - If you have not done so already, please sign and return your child’s technology paperwork.  The media release, Chromebook handbook, and AUP are available to read online, but the paperwork that acknowledges that parents have read these items must be returned in order for students to have Internet access and receive a Chromebook in school. 

WMS PBSIS INITIATIVE KICKS OFF! - By now, most of our students have probably reported to their parents/guardians that they have received a “ticket” in school.  Positive Behavioral Supports in Schools promote positive social behavior and climate by systematically and consistently recognizing and reinforcing appropriate school conduct.  Students and staff members alike are rewarded for following the rules and meeting expectations that have been clearly defined and taught.  Tickets, which may be exchanged for incentives, are given daily and may be accumulated for larger rewards. Students may now track their tickets electronically with the PBIS app.

WMS has adopted the RISE acronym to symbolize the four characteristics that are emphasized – Respect, Integrity, Self-Control, and Empathy.  The PBSIS philosophy centers around the belief that by focusing on important key characteristics and by identifying, recognizing and rewarding positive behaviors, schools can change their culture. Schools across the country have seen dramatic improvements in overall discipline and behavior problems as a result of implementing PBSIS programs.

NEW SCHOOL PHOTOGRAPHER – This year, our school photographs will be taken by Lifetouch.  You should have received information from your student(s) regarding picture options and ordering school photos.  Please keep the dates of October 1 (Boys and girls in grades 6-8) and October 2 (Fifth grade and self-contained classes) in mind as these dates are slated for school photos this year. 

 

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DATES TO REMEMBER –

OCT. 1 -           School photos – Boys and Girls 6-8

OCT. 2 -           School photos – Grade 5 and self-contained classes

OCT. 8 -           Teacher In-Service – No School for Students

OCT. 10 -         PTO/PAB – 7:00 PM

OCT. 12 -         Renaissance Trip (Owens Park)

OCT. 31 -         Happy Halloween! – 12:44 Dismissal for Students