WILLIAMSTOWN MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS – MAY 2017
PARCC TESTING BEGINS IN APRIL
This year, PARCC testing, the national testing program that is aligned to the common core standards, will take place in 6 day sessions for grades 6-8 and a 4 day session for grade 5. Sessions will begin in April and continue through the first weeks of May. Specific schedules as far as tested subject and times are available on the Monroe Township curriculum website, but generally students will be tested according to the following schedule:
Tuesday, April 4-Tuesday, April 11th - 7th grade testing
April 24, 25, 26, and 28th - 5th grade testing (no testing on April 27th)
Monday, May 1st-Monday, May 8th - 6th grade testing
Tuesday, May 9th-Tuesday, May 16th - 8th grade testing
The Common Core Standards in the areas of language arts literacy and mathematics are the focus of this assessment for all middle school students. Current information from the state indicates that the PARCC test (algebra and ELA 10) will be a graduation requirement for all students currently in middle school. Please be sure that your child comes to school prepared to do his/her best on PARCC.
Thanks to all of our parents who submitted class trip permission slips and balances by the requested dates. This year we are held to strict budgetary deadlines as far as cancellation of busses. At this time, any student who has not submitted payment for the class trip but who would still like to go will be placed on a waiting list. If room is presently or becomes available on the busses we have contracted, the student will be notified and payment will need to be made immediately to secure the seat. Any parent who requests a refund for a class trip must do so in writing to Nancy Taylor, secretary to the Principal, by Friday, March 31. After that date, refunds will not be issued. Fifth grade class trips begin first, in April.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR SCHOLARS!
In early March, students who have made our Principal’s List or Scholars’ list (8th grade) will be honored at our Principal’s Breakfasts. This is a very proud occasion and we encourage parents to share in the celebration according to the following schedule:
Grade 5 Principal’s list – Friday, March 10 – Cafeteria B – 8:30 AM
Grade 6 Principal’s list – Monday, March 13 – Cafeteria B – 8:30 AM
Grades 7/8 Principal’s and Scholars’ list – Monday, March 13, Cafeteria A – 9:00 AM
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR PBSIS RISING STAR STAFF MEMBER FOR FEBRUARY.
MRS. MICHELLE SCHILL HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED FOR HER CONSISTENT DISPLAY OF EMPATHY, THE FINAL PILLAR IN OUR RISE ACRONYM. WE ARE VERY PROUD OF MRS. SCHILL!
OTHER NOMINEES IN FEBRUARY INCLUDED MRS. KUNI, MRS. NERI, MRS. KARASZKIEWICZ, MRS. BRAMBLE, MS. GIOSA, MRS. MORRIS, MRS. COEHLO, MRS. MCCARTNEY, MRS. MILAM, MS. PARK, AND MRS. NOTTIS. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!
SAVE THE DATES…
Our WMS Drama Department will be performing The Sound of Music at 7 PM in the WMS theater Thursday, March 30, Friday, March 31, and Saturday, April 1. Tickets are available for $7 for purchase in advance or at the door until sold out. Please take the time to join us for what is surely to be an entertaining evening!
WINTER SPORTS FINISH WITH WINNING SEASONS
Congratulations to the WMS wrestling team coached by Tom McAvoy and Bobby Scalley for taking first place in the South Jersey Middle School Wrestling Tournament with a total score of 224 ½ points! Leading the team were Mike Misita, John Hildebrandt, and Matt Curran who placed FIRST in their weight class. Joey Racobaldo and Jacob Slotnick did an awesome job and finished SECOND. Joe Clark, Taylor Robinson, and Cody LaGamba each earned THIRD place. Nick Bruno, PJ Williams, and Dominic Federico placed 4th, 5th, and 6th respectively. Mike Misita also earned most valuable wrestler.
Congratulations also to our Boys’ Basketball team, coached by Mike Seidenberg and Matthew Dicken, who had an undefeated (15-0) season and our Girls’ Basketball team, coached by Jon Shields and Justin Disharoon, who finished 14-1.
Our WMS Cheerleaders did an awesome job of supporting all of our winter teams!
Way to go, BRAVES!
WILLIAMSTOWN MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER OF THE YEAR
CONGRATULATIONS TO MR. JEREMIAH LONG, EIGHTH GRADE MATHEMATICS INSTRUCTOR, WHO EARNED THE TITLE “WMS TEACHER OF THE YEAR” FOR 2016-2017!
DATES OF SIGNIFICANCE – MARCH 2017
March 1 – Grades 5, 7 Trip balances Due
March 8 – Grades 6, 8 Trip Balances Due
March 9 – Renaissance Trip – WHS Musical
March 10 – Principal’s Breakfast – Grade 5
March 12 – Daylight savings Time Begins
March 13 – Principal’s Breakfast – Grades 6-8
March 15 – PTO/PAB – 6:30/7 PM
March 17 – Teacher In-Service – No School for Students
March 20 – First Day of Spring
March 29 – Fourth Grade Visit WMS Musical
March 30 – The Sound of Music – WMS – 7 PM
March 31 – Renaissance Trip – The Franklin Institute
March 31 – The Sound of Music – WMS – 7 PM
April 1 – The Sound of Music – WMS – 7 PM