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WMS Announcements
WMS Receives School of Excellence Designation
For the second consecutive year Woodbridge Middle School has been designated as a School of Excellence based on its performance in the 2013-14 school year, thus receiving the highest recognition awarded to a school by the Prince William County School Board. This distinction was earned through WMS students and staff demonstrating high levels of performance, as evaluated by Virginia accreditation and academic Annual Measurable Objectives, as well as moving towards the goals of the School Division's Strategic Plan.  This is the 7th time overall that WMS has received this distinguished honor.  Congratulations to the entire Woodbridge Middle School family who helped to earn this important indicator of student success.
Same Gender Program Applications
We are excited to begin the process of informing the community about our ninth year of our Same Gender program for the 2015-2016 school year.  

We have had tremendous success with our program and it has become a model of consistency within Prince William County Schools as we continue to help foster and mold the next leaders of our community.  For the 2015-2016 school year, we are looking to expand the capacities in our 7th and 8th grade classes for both the all boys and all girls classes.

Please join us for our information sessions on Tuesday, November 4, Wednesday, November 19, and Monday, January 5 at 7:00pm.  We will begin accepting applications on Tuessday, October 14.  Please fill out the opt-in and transfer request form (if necessary).  English               Español

WMS Theatre Company Fall Play
The Woodbridge Middle School Theatre Company is proud to present Irritation to a Murder and Desperate Housewives of Shakespeare on December 4 -6 at 7:00 PM in the WMS Auditorium.  Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults.  Hope to see you there!




 
Woodbridge Middle School is hosting its first ever Math-a-Thon!
The Math-a-Thon was designed by St. Jude’s Research hospital to help raise money and awareness for childhood cancers.  All you have to do is pick up a packet and return the Permission Slip.  Permission slips will be in the cafeteria and please turn in to your Math teacher by November 25, 2014.  Next, Get sponsors- No donation is too small & family and friends can donate online!  Then Do the Math problems! You will get a Math Fun Book with only 5 worksheets in it to complete.  Finally collect the money from your sponsors and return it to school.

We have set a goal to raise $15,000.00!
 
Math-a-Thon books will be delivered in December and all donations will be due December 19th.  You can also earn some great prizes for the money you raise, like a digital camera!  We can all save lives by doing some math problems.  Don’t forget to pick up your packet at lunch!  More information can be found here.  If you have any questions please contact Ms. Wilkins.

Care Packages for Troops
The Quartermaster Club is collecting candy for our troops and veterans to be sent in Care Packages along with the Holiday Cards that are being made in Core 4. This will help brighten the Holiday Season for them. A collection  box is being placed in the cafeteria for your donations. Candy will be collected up until December 7th.

 
40 Book Challenge
The Literacy Team and Language Arts Department is sponsoring a 40 Book Challenge for our middle school students. The Challenge, created by renowned author Donalyn Miller, is an invitation to accept the challenge of reading 40 or more books across different genres in one school year. It is a personal challenge, not a competition between students or classes. The Challenge is meant to expand students’ reading lives, not limit or define it. Students stretch themselves as readers and increase their competence, confidence, and reading motivation through their daily participation in our reading community.

Strong readers have lots of reading experiences, and our students need to be good all-around readers. Encouraging them to read widely, sampling books from every genre, improves their reading ability by expanding their reading experiences. Help your child have those good reading experiences by providing time at home to read on a daily basis. Making available a variety of print matter in the home encourages your children to see reading as an important part of their everyday lives. Discuss what you read with your children, and encourage them to do the same with you. By trying books, genres, discovering authors, and writing styles that they enjoy, students begin to see what the world of reading can offer them.

Prizes are offered for students who reach milestones on their way to 40 or more books this year. Language Arts teachers will offer a method for students to track their books and genres, and will also assist students with receiving their prizes. Encourage your child to accept the Challenge, and start reading today!

For more information about adolescent literacy, email Agnes Atkins, Reading Specialist, at atkinsac@pwcs.edu.


Student-Led Conferences
Student-led Conferences for the Second Marking Period will be held on Tuesday, February 3. It is our expectation that every student will conduct their conference with their parent, and following the conference, present their report card and set improvement goals for the next grading period.
 
Report cards are distributed on Student-led Conference Day after your child conducts their conference with you. This is a “NO SCHOOL DAY” for students. There IS school, but not a traditional school day. Students DO attend school on conference day, but they attend WITH their parent(s) (grandparent, guardian, adult caregiver) to conduct their conference, and then they go home with their parent. Conferences will be conducted in the morning and will continue with evening hours. Your child’s Core 4OR teacher will be sending information home to schedule your conference time.
 
Buses will run in the AM for parents in need of transportation. You will board the bus with your students at the same time and place as the regular bus pick up. You will arrive at Woodbridge Middle School by 8:00 AM. Plan your session and conference attendance accordingly. Buses will return to take you home at approximately 9:15 AM.
Parents not able to attend during the AM sessions should make plans to sign up for an evening conference. Conference sign-up reservation forms will be coming to you soon if you have not already seen them.

 
NOTE: If you are driving, please know that parking will be a problem. Please consider carpooling!
PEP Classes at WMS/Clases de PEP a WMS
LEARN ENGLISH WITH ROSETTA STONE!!  Learn about our American school system!!  Learn how to communicate in English with your child's school.  PEP Classes will take place starting November 5th

Day: Wednesdays Time: 4:30-6:30 P.M.

At: Woodbridge Middle School

To Register: Fill out the PEP registration form in the office or download the form from the WMS website and send it in with your student.

Free child care services for ages 4 – 12!  A small snack will be provided for adults and children, or you can bring your own.  If you have any questions, please call Sonia Ezeta @ (703) 494-3181


​APRENDA INGLES CON ROSETTA STONE!!  Aprenda acerca del sistema escolar Americano!!  Aprenda como comunicarse en Ingles con el personal en la escuela de su hijo!!  Las clases de PEP empezarán Noviembre 5th…

Día: Miércoles Hora: 4:30-6:30 P.M.

Lugar: Woodbridge Middle School

Registración: Llene la registración de PEP que está disponible en la oficina o la puede imprimir de la página web de WMS y enviarla con su hijo (a).  Servicio de cuidado de niños gratis entre las edades de 4 – 12!  Un pequeño aperitivo se les dará a los adultos y a los niños, o usted puede traer el suyo de casa.  Si tuviese alguna pregunta, puede llamar a Sonia Ezeta @ (703) 494-3181


PWCS Using New Returned Check Vendor
PWCS is now using CHECKredi to collect checks and fees.  By law, schools are required to post this information.  To read more, please choose the approrpriate language link:  English        Español
PWCS Gifted Advisory Committee Needs New Memberss
The Gifted Advisory Committee is looking for additional members for 2014-2015!  The most urgent need is parent representation from the eastern end of the county. Why join the Gifted Advisory Committee??  The time commitment is minimal (one evening meeting per month), but the potential to make a difference in gifted education division-wide is HUGE!  If interested, please contact Mrs. Schaller at 703-494-3181.

 
Student Drop Off and Pick Up
Parents are reminded that when students are dropped off in the morning, they are to drive to the far end of the drop off lane to have students enter the school. Students are to remain in vehicles and not exit from cars at the set of doors located on the 'curve' of the parking lot as it jams up cars on York Drive. In addition NO students are to be exiting cars that are parked on York Drive. Parents are to use only the designated area in school parking lot located on the side of the building nearest the baseball field/tennis courts. All students are to remain in the parking lot area designated for car riders.
Clip Your Box Tops
Want to see new books in the library?  Please send in all box tops to Mrs. Peel in the library.  All proceeds will be used to purchase books for the library.  Thanks for your support!

 
Student Insurance Option
Student accident insurance is becoming more and more important to families due to lack of other insurance for their children, or having major medical plans with ever-increasing deductibles and co-insurance requirements. Student accident insurance will be available July 1 for parents to enroll their students for the 2014–15 school year. Markel (PWCS student accident insurance provider) has an electronic enrollment process through the Markel Web site or by calling 877.444.5014.

This Web site allows parents to:
• View all of the coverage and premium options;
• Review a “Frequently Asked Questions” section; and
• Purchase the insurance using a credit/debit card and receive an instant and printable confirmation of what they purchased
 

Parent Resource Center
The PWCS' Office of Special Education Parent Resource Center (PRC)'s mission is to assist parents and families of children with special needs to become active participants in their child's education through information, empowerment, and encouragement. In operation since November of 1992, the center has provided support, training, resources, and information to parents and teachers.
It's goal is to promote a positive relationship between parents and educators of children with special needs.

The Center is staffed by both a Parent Coordinator (parent of a child with special needs) and an Educator Coordinator.
The staff works with parents to resolve concerns and problems; however; coordinators may not serve as advocates for parents  in School Intervention, IEP, or Eligibility meetings or attend a Central Office Review, State Mediation, or Due Process Hearing.
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There will be an "I'm Determined" Workshop on December 4 for parents.  Witth the help of youth and parent leaders, parents will learn skills on how they can help their child become self-determined, an important life skill. Please see below for more information.

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Same Gender Program

Woodbridge Middle School is proud to offer same gender classes.  Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students have the option of same gender classes for science, social studies, math, and language arts.  Parents are given the opportunity to opt students in as a part of the standard class selection form.   Students are enrolled by selecting Same Gender classes when making course selections.  In addition, parents have the option of transferring their son/daughter in from other schools, as long as they are able to provide transportation both to and from school.

For information feel free to e-mail Skyles Calhoun,WMS principal, at calhousa@pwcs.edu.  Research has shown that there are tremendous differences in how boys and girls learn. Teachers who are trained to teach the way boys and girls learn best can increase the rate of academic achievement.  Our staff has been trained by one of the leading experts in the field, Dr. Leonard Sax, author of Why Gender Matters:  What Parents and Teachers Need to Know about the Emerging Science of Sex Differences

For further information about this fascinating research, you may wish to visit www.singlesexschools.org.  This website is hosted by the National Association for Single Sex Public Education (NASSPE).  Dr. Sax is the founder of this organization.


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