Friday, June 21, 2013

Yearbooks and Monday Schedule

Hello everyone,

Thank you for a great school year and for sharing your children with us.  The Martin Cluster wishes you the best of luck at the high school and hope you have a great summer vacation!

Just a few updates for you regarding yearbooks and Monday schedule:

1. Yearbooks: Yearbooks will be distributed to students who ordered them at the end of the day today (Friday June 21). Students will also be coming home with all the materials from their lockers today as well. If there are remaining yearbooks they will still be available for purchase Monday June 24th.

2. Monday June 24th: Just a reminder that dismissal on Monday June 24th is at 1:10.  We are asking students bring their yearbooks and a few pens to sign yearbooks during the day.  Lunch will be served in the cafeteria as usual.

  • The 8th grade schedule does not include any classes and is as follows:
  1. 7:35-7:45 Homeroom
  2. 7:45-8:10 Breakfast in cafeteria courtesy of the PTO
  3. 8:15-9:20 Theater for graduation certificates and House Awards
  4. 9:20-10:20 Theater to watch the Cape Cod and DC Slideshows
  5. 10:30-11:00 Homeroom/TAG time
  6. 11:00-11:45 Yearbook signing
  7. 11:45-12:15 Lunch
  8. 12:20-1:10 Theater - All school assembly

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The End of the Year Events...

Hello everyone,

Below you will find an updated list of events that our 8th graders will be participating in.  We wanted you to have this information so that you could check in with your 8th grader(s).

1.  June 13th (Thursday) - The family of Matthew Pucino will be joining us here at the middle school around 11:00.  The 8th grade will meet in the theater for an assembly.  Families are welcome to attend.

2.  June 14th (Friday) - Rena Finder (a Holocaust survivor) will join us to speak to our 8th graders.  We are so happy that Rena can join us once again to speak to all of us.  This event is for 8th grade students and staff only.

3.  June 19th (Wednesday) - There will be a math final for all math classes.

4.  June 20th (Thursday) - Step -Up Day - 8th graders will be leaving WMS at 12:45 and going to the WHS for a tour.  We will be back at the middle school for regular dismissal.

5.  June 20th cont. (Thursday) - Kimballs!  Students must return permissions slips and payment to their homeroom teachers in order to attend this fun filled event!

6.  June 24th (Monday) - Last Day of School - 8th graders have a homeroom breakfast organized by the PTO and then have a small graduation program.  The graduation is open only to the 8th graders and their teachers.

Looking forward to an exciting end of the year.  Thanks for sharing your children with us.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Kimballs Reminder...

Please return the Kimballs permission slips and payment to your child's homeroom teacher no later than Monday.  We need to know exact numbers and pass the info along to Kimballs.  Thanks in advance for taking care of this.  Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

8th Grade Graduation Outing to KIMBALLS!!!!

We are very excited about our class trip to Kimball Farm in Westford on Thursday, June 20th from 2:30 – 8:30.  The cost of the trip is $37.00 and it includes the following:

Transportation to and from Kimball Farm in Westford
Dinner (a cookout with hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot  dogs, veggie burgers, chips and drink.
Unlimited use of the mini-golf course.
Unlimited use of the driving range
2 rides on the bumper boats
Access to the sand volleyball courts and horseshoes
1 ice cream cone (of course!) 
Please sign and return the permission slip that your child received today in  homeroom by Friday, June 7th to attend this fun filled event.  Please pay by check and make it payable to Wayland Middle School.  All supervision will be provided by Wayland Middle School Staff.  To be noted:  We will go rain or shine; however, in case Kimball Farm cancels due to thunderstorms each student will receive a day pass to Kimball Farm.  We will not be able to refund any money seeing that food is being purchased specifically for our event.

If your child misplaced the permission slip, please click here to print another one.  The link can also be found in the Kimballs tab at the top of the blog.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Pucino Family Visit with the 8th Grade Thursday June 13th - Help needed!

Hello everyone,

   As many of you know from DC Night and from previous posts the family of fallen Plymouth soldier Matthew Pucino will be coming to Wayland Middle School on Thursday June 13th. The 8th grade class is both extremely excited and grateful that the Pucino family will be coming to spend the day here in Wayland. Over the course of the year we have learned a great deal about who Matthew was as a person, family member, and also as a soldier. We have also had the opportunity to pay our respect to Matthew at his gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery. As a culmination of this journey we are fortunate enough to be able to honor Matthew one final time this year together with his parents, sisters, and other family members. We hope this day will be one that our 8th graders will remember as they move on from middle school.
  We will be holding a special ceremony in the theater for the Pucino family beginning at 11:00 AM on Thursday June 13th. As parents of our 8th grade class you are all welcome to attend as well. Our 8th graders will be honoring Matthew with his family through poetry, a slideshow, presentations, music and some speeches. The Pucino family will also be speaking with the kids as well during this time. We will also be presenting the Pucino family with a special plaque and quilt along with a check for the Matthew Pucino Memorial Foundation from the funds we raised together at our DC Night Bake Sale Fundraiser.

  We would like to also show our appreciation to the Pucino family for taking the time to travel to the school just to meet with our 8th grade group of teachers, students and family. Matthew's parents have altered their plans so that they could be up here from Florida to meet with the kids and they do have a longer drive from Sagamore Beach all the way up to Wayland to get here and get home.

  We're looking for help one more time from our 8th grade community to provide the Pucino's with lunch before they leave the middle school and a dinner they could take home to eat together that evening. This will be quite an emotional day for them as we reflect together on the loss of Matthew and we would like to send them off on their way from Wayland Middle School well fed and with dinner when they get home.

  We're asking for help and volunteers one last time this year for food items for the Pucino family for their lunch and dinner. We've set up a link using, the same site the PTO uses, that can be used to sign up for items to bring in. All items can be dropped off the morning of June 13th in the main office. Anybody willing to volunteer to help set up for their lunch and also attend the ceremony can also sign up for this role on the sign up website.


  If there is another item or way you wish to help that is not on the site we are welcome to all ideas! 8th grade parent Maureen Tillett will be coordinating this portion of the day with Mr. Battaglia. You can email them with any questions or other ideas! If all the spots get taken and you would still like to contribute something just send us an email.

Below are directions on accessing the link to sign up to volunteer, many thanks!

We're using VolunteerSpot (the leading online signup and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming activity.
Please sign up for Pucino Family visit to WMS - here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

   1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot:
   2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot) 
   3. Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact us and we can sign you up manually.


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Q4 Progress reports

Hello everyone,

  Here is a quick update regarding 4th quarter progress reports for 8th graders only:

Progress reports for 4th quarter will be given out by individual subject teachers in their respective classes on Friday (some students may receive them Thursday if they drop class on Friday). Only students who have received a C+ or below on an individual progress report must have them signed by a parent or guardian. These will be due back to that subject teacher on Monday. Due to the DC trip there are fewer grades in many of the subjects which is why we do not do a formal progress report package as in previous quarters.

Please note that you will also be able to log in to Iparent to view your child's grades in each class. This system is in place at both the elementary and high school and will be in place for the 4th quarter grades as well:



Friday, May 10, 2013

DC Night Thank you

Hello everyone,

  On behalf of all the cluster teachers we would like to give out a big THANK YOU for taking the time to come to the middle school for D.C. Night. It is a chance for all of us to celebrate, reflect, and look back on the culminating experience for our 8th graders in their middle school career. We hope that the slideshow brought back fond memories for the students and gave you as parents a glimpse of their time in D.C. From their poems and portfolios we hope you also got a glimpse of the power of your child's ability to reflect and think deeply about the monuments, memorials, and social moments of the trip. Again thank you for your support for the trip and also for coming to enjoy D.C. night with all of us!

  We also want to thank everybody for their generosity with our bake sale fundraiser for the Matthew Pucino Memorial Foundation.We were floored by the excitement, bustling and generosity in the main lobby at D.C. night. We are in awe of the generosity of the community for such a meaningful cause. We were able to raise over $1600 with our bake sale fundraiser for the foundation. This will be presented to Matthew's family and in particular his mother, when they visit with the 8th graders in June as a donation on behalf of the entire 8th grade house (parents, teachers and the students). We will have more details about their visit in a few weeks as we put that day together.  Parents will also be invited to attend the special ceremony with the Pucino's if they wish.

Thanks again for a special evening!