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Monday September 29
 
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Upcoming Events
PWCS News
 
WMS Announcements
WMS PTO Spirit Night at Panera
Panera Spirit Night will be held on Thursday, October 2 from 4:00 - 8:00 PM at Panera on the Prince William Parkway.  A percentage of its sales will be donated when the printed or electronic flyer is shown.
Yankee Candle Fundraiser
The school wide fundraiser has started! Please support us by purchasing items in the catalogue. The proceeds will go directly back to your child's education. Prizes for the most fund raiser items sold will be discussed with your students during their lunch shifts. Packets were sent home with students on Monday, September 30.  The fundraiser ends October 10. We greatly appreciate your support.
8th Grade Class Shirts
8th grade class shirts and hoodies are available for order until October 17!  Please see the order form.
Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology Admissions Application Available now!
Any qualified students interested in applying to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology may apply online now at https://jasonline.fcps.edu/jase-web/jase. Applications and fee of $90 are due no later than Oct. 17th. There will be three information sessions:
Benton Middle School - September 28 at 6:30
Lake Ridge Middle School - Oct. 7th at 3:30
Reagan Middle School - October 8 at 6:30

If you are unable to attend one of these sessions, please view the online presentation at:  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGgQ4uu_9dQ

 An online application tutorial is available for interested candidates. Go to
 http://www.fcps.edu/pla/TJHSST_Admissions/apply_freshman_winter.html or contact Mrs. Schaller if you have any questions.

Fall Athletics Fundraiser
Please help support the WMS athletics program! Fall athletes are selling magazines and tons of other gifts, gadgets and goodies. Order can be placed online @
 
http://www.gaschoolstore.com                Use school ID# 3829876
 
Orders can also be placed directly with our Fall athletes. Please make checks payable to Woodbridge Middle School.
 
ORDER FORMS AND MONEY ARE ALL DUE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3RD
Special Film Viewing Invite
There will be a free screening of the documentary, "AMERICAN PROMISE," Saturday, October 4, 2014, from 6 - 9 p.m. at Gar-Field High School, 14000 Smoketown Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192​.   
 
The film will focus on self identity, assimilation/acculturation, and achievement of two African American young men attending a very elite school in our nation.  After the film, there will be a panel discussion with expert panelist who will address the topics that will be discussed in this film from a personal and/or professional perspective.
 
This film is part of a three part series focusing on bridging home/school cultures in support of our young men of color. The next viewing date will be offered Saturday, November 15 from 11-6 p.m. (this date includes a session focusing on social cultural norms & parenting tips to support student achievement), the last view of the film will take place Saturday, May 19 with several sessions for parents & community to attend (focus-college prep, mental health, leadership, and parent tips).  See flyer for more information.
High School Speciality Information Nights
Monday, October 20, 2014 - 7 - 9 p.m.
Gar-Field High School
(Serving eastern end programs - Forest Park, Gar-Field, Potomac, Woodbridge APS)
 
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 7 - 9 p.m.
Stonewall Jackson High School
(Serving western end programs - Battlefield, Brentsville, Patriot, Stonewall Jackson)
 
The county-wide programs will be participating both evenings (Freedom (CENS), Hylton (CISL), Osbourn Park (Biotech)and Woodbridge (CFPA)
Student-Led Conferences
Student-led Conferences for the First Marking Period will be held on Thursday, November 13. 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!
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 "Understanding Special Education" Workshop Series in October.  Please click here for more information.

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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