NEWS FROM THE MIDDLE
WILLIAMSTOWN MIDDLE SCHOOL
THE END IS NEAR…. The end of the school year will be here before we know it. Luckily, due to the mild winter, there have been no end-of-year calendar changes. Students will be in session until Wednesday, June 21.
All class trip dates remain the same. The grade 8 graduation dance will take place on Friday, June 16 and the gala grade 8 PROMOTION Promenade will take place on Tuesday afternoon at 5 PM on June 20. The end-of-the-year half days begin on June 14 and continue until the school year closes.
We thank you for your support and cooperation, and we look forward to sharing many of these exciting closing activities with you!
Spring has sprung, and the warmer weather seems to always create issues with students and their dress. WMS maintains that there is a close relationship between the way a student dresses and his/her attitudes and behaviors at school. We ask that parents guide their children in the selection of dress, and we ask that parents and students adhere to the dress code guidelines as published in each student’s agenda book. The School Board authorizes administration to enforce the dress code handle dress code infractions as our disciplinary code prescribes. Specific “springtime” dress code rules that will be enforced include:
• Shirts, dresses, and tops must cover the shoulders completely. Tank tops, sleeveless jerseys, and spaghetti straps are not acceptable attire.
• Shorts, skirts, dresses, and skorts must reach the mid-thigh (fingertip-length).
• Flip-flops and backless sandals are not permitted
• Pajamas are not permitted
• See-through clothing is not permitted
• Spandex/yoga style pants are permitted ONLY if a top/dress reaching the mid-thigh accompanies them.
Students who do not adhere to the dress code will be subject to disciplinary consequences.
WMS TEACHER OF THE YEAR
Congratulations to MR. JEREMIAH LONG, eighth grade mathematics teacher and our 2016-2017 Governor’s Recognition Teacher of the Year. This is a very well-deserved accolade for Mr. Long, who has also been selected to be the new WMS Head Teacher, and everyone who knows him would agree that we are VERY PROUD!
STATE TESTING INFORMATION 2017
The PARCC Test is upon us. Throughout the month of April and during the weeks in May, students in each grade level will participate in state testing. The testing calendar is as follows:
Grade 7 – April 4 – April 11
Grade 5 – April 24 – 26, 28
Grade 6 – May 1 – May 8
Grade 8 – May 9 – May 16
Our eighth graders are still required to take the NJ ASK Science test, which is paper and pencil, this year. That test will be given on May 31 to all eighth grade students.
Students will take the PARCC test on their own chromebook. Please remind your child to charge the chromebook each evening so he/she is prepared to test.
PARCC is a graduation requirement for all students beginning with the Class of 2021, our current eighth graders. Students are required to score a 4 or 5 on the Algebra 1 and ELA 10 PARCC tests. Appeals will be considered only if students have attempted the PARCC tests they were eligible to take. Please help by stressing the importance of this test when discussing the PARCC with your child.
END OF THE YEAR COUNSELING
Our guidance department is currently meeting with students who are in danger of not being promoted to the next grade level due to lack of progress in two or more classes. PLEASE REMEMBER THAT PROMOTION REQUIREMENTS are rigorous. EXPLORATORY ARTS (RELATED ARTS/WORLD LANGUAGE) AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION DO COUNT AS REQUIRED AREAS FOR PROMOTION. ADDITONALLY, STUDENTS WHO HAVE NOT MET THE ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS WILL ALSO BE RETAINED.
Academic counseling is geared to guide students in managing time, completing assignments, ATTENDING SCHOOL REGULARLY, and working along with teachers to get the extra assistance that may be needed to pass. Please be aware that at WMS retention is not negotiable. Any student in grades 5-8 WHO does not pass two or more full-year courses will be retained. Additionally, any student who accumulates more than 18 unexcused absences will not be promoted. Please refer to the student handbook for information regarding excused/unexcused absences. Please contact your child’s guidance counselor if you have any questions or would like to schedule an end of the year meeting to discuss your child’s progress.
WMS RISING STAR – MARCH
CONGRATULTAIONS to Ms. Joanna Bittner, eighth grade mathematics teacher, who was selected as the WMS Rising Star for the month of March. Ms. Bittner was selected by her fellow colleagues for her consistent display of the RISE characteristics – respect, integrity, self-control, and empathy. WMS applauds Ms. Bittner and is proud to award her with this coveted title!
Due to our March 14 snow day, school is now in session on Tuesday, April 18.
APRIL DATES TO REMEMBER
April 1 - Spring Musical – 7 PM
April 4 – April 11 - Grade 7 PARCC testing
April 7 - Grade 5 trip
April 13 – April 17 Spring Break
April 18 - Dawson Coyle Assembly
April 21 - Grade 5 Trip
April 24 – 26, 28 Grade 5 PARCC testing
April 26 - Report cards distributed to students
April 27 - Take Your Child to Work Day