Grade 5 at the Wareham Middle School
What you need to know!
We are VIKING STRONG!
Respectful Responsible Thoughtful
Wareham Middle School
4 Viking Drive
Wareham, MA 02571
Tracie Cote, Principal
Sandi Ponte, Assistant Principal
Dan LeFavor, Assistant Principal
Stephanie Branch, School Psychologist
Kristin Gorman, Guidance Counselor
Megan Tagg, Special Education Team Chair
What you need to know……….
Wareham Middle School is a safe community of active learners. We come to school to become the best we can be. This is accomplished by being respectful to staff and our fellow classmates. We strive to be responsible, hard working students. We are thoughtful in our actions and our interactions with others.
The Wareham Middle School has no tolerance for those who verbally/physically mistreat others including language or behaviors that attempt to diminish a member of our community based on race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. We are VIKING STRONG!
First Day of School
School begins on Wednesday, August 28, 2019. The first day is half day, 7:30 A.M.-10:02 A.M. The regular school day for students is 7:40 A.M. to 2:02 P.M. Please come prepared with a notebook and a pencil/pen. On Wednesday, August 28, 2019, all students are to report directly to their assigned homerooms. Staff and student council members will be about the building to assist students. During the first few days of school, teachers may provide students with a supply list.
It is extremely important that you take time to review, complete, and return the required forms by Wednesday, September 4, 2019. Please print clearly and make sure you have the correct phone number, as this is our primary means of getting important information to you throughout the year.
Drop-Off and Pick-up Procedures and Times
Between 7:30 A.M. and 7:40 A.M., all parents/guardians who are dropping of their children must do so at or near the auditorium/gymnasium entrance to the middle school (door # 9). This entrance is located close to the Town Hall parking lot.
Parents dropping off their children should use the driveway between the basketball courts and the Multi Service Center which directly leads to the student drop off area. Parents should then exit via the driveway near the Multi Service Center. Staff will continue to monitor Viking Drive and the student drop off area to ensure student/parent safety. Students arriving before 7:30 A.M. must report to the auditorium.
All large busses will unload at the front entrance to the middle school. Some buses will also unload near the student drop-off area. Any student being dropped off after 7:40 A.M. must use the main entrance to the school.
All students must report to homeroom by 7:40 A.M. each and every day. Students have ten (10) minutes to enter the building, visit their locker and report to homeroom for breakfast. Students not in homeroom by this time are late for school and will be officially marked tardy.
Attendance at school is required by law for children under the age of 16. The only absences that are excused are those necessary for personal illness (doctor’s note required), religious holidays, court appearances and bereavement.
Excessive tardies will result in the following actions:
- Students with 3 tardies in one term will be given a warning.
- Students with 4 tardies in one term will be assigned an office detention.
- Students with 5 or more tardies in one term will serve a Friday detention.
Each student will receive a Chromebook. These will be kept at school in the student’s homeroom. Students will return to homeroom each day before dismissal and place their Chromebook carefully in the charging station.
Student Handbook and Agendas
The Student Handbook will be available online under WMS Forms and Documents. There will be hard copies available in the office for those who want one. One school agenda will be provided to students during the first week of school.
No drinks from outside school are allowed in the building with students unless it is a clear bottle containing water only. Before entering the building, all outside drinks, including Dunkin Donuts’ drinks, must be thrown away. There will be a barrel available at the entrance for students’ convenience.
Please note that, as per Wareham School District Policy, cell phones will not be allowed at school between the hours of 7:40 A.M. - 2:10 P.M. Please read the following specific policy carefully.
Mobile or handheld devices are inclusive of any electronic or wireless communication devices. Such equipment may be used for instructional purposes connected to specific curriculum activities. Electronic equipment can also infringe on student safety and be a distraction to Wareham Public School’s learning environment. If students bring such a device to school and use it inappropriately and/or at inappropriate times, administrators and professional staff may take any of these devices from students, request that parents/guardians claim the devices at school, and take appropriate disciplinary action. Wareham Public Schools takes no responsibility for such equipment. We look forward to your full cooperation.
Lockers, Backpacks and Cell Phones
Every student will be assigned a locker. Backpacks, book bags, string bags and gym bags may be brought to school but may not be carried during the school day. Upon entering the building, backpacks, book bags, string bags, gym bags, and cell phones must be placed in student lockers. Personal items can be kept in student lockers during school hours. Appropriate times throughout the day will be provided for students to have access to their personal belongings in their lockers.
PowerSchool is the online grading program used in Wareham so families and students can monitor academic progress. PowerSchool login information will be mailed to parents/guardians during the first few days of school. Students will receive their login information in Homeroom.
The first PTA meeting of the school year will take place on Tuesday, September 10, from
6:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. in the WMS library. All are welcome to attend.
Parent Teacher Conferences and Extra Help
Teachers are available on Tuesdays from 2:15 P.M. - 2:45 P.M. for parent conferences. If you wish to schedule a time to meet with a teacher, please contact the Main Office. Students can stay with a teacher for extra help on Thursdays from 2:15 P.M. - 2:45 P.M. Students must be picked up at 2:45 P.M.
From time to time it is understood that a student might have to be dismissed from school prior to the end of the official school day. Please note that dismissal of a child to an individual other than a parent/guardian will not be permitted unless a written notice of permission is provided by a parent/guardian having legal custody. Students must provide a note at the beginning of the day to their homeroom teacher. The note must include the student’s first and last name, reason for dismissal and the name and signature of the parent/guardian. The note must also include a telephone number where a parent/guardian can be reached prior to the time of dismissal. Students will be called to the office when the parent/guardian arrives and not before. No telephone dismissals will be accepted.
Although upholding the individuality of students and their dress is something that the staff recognizes, it nevertheless is the expectation that all students arrive to school dressed in the manner that in no way interferes with their ability to learn, the ability of other students to learn, or ability of the teaching staff to teach. For more specific information on the WMS expectations for student dress, please refer to the Student Handbook.
Academic field trips may be held during the school year. These trips are considered to be an extension of the regular academic program.
All students are encouraged to participate in our clubs. Meeting times will be held after school on Thursdays from 2:15 P.M. - 3:00 P.M. There is no transportation provided. You must pick your child up at school by 3:00 P.M. Please be sure to make arrangements ahead of time if your child plans to stay for any after school activity. No phone requests will be accepted. The following is a list of Clubs offered at the Wareham Middle School: Art Club, Band, Chorus, Drama, Global Education Team, Honor Society, Intramurals, Safe Schools Alliance, Science Club, Student Council, and Yearbook Club.
The staff and administration recognize that student achievement is directly related to the amount of time and effort a student spends learning to master a subject or skill. Homework is given to reinforce concepts taught during the school day. It is also one way of helping students to become more self-directed and independent learners.
Students should expect regular homework assignments. If parents have specific concerns regarding the homework assigned from a particular class, they are encouraged to contact the teacher directly. Students are expected to pass neatly completed homework in on time and turn in make-up work due to absences.
Parents are encouraged to:
- Provide a quiet place in which their child may complete their homework.
- Supervise their child while doing homework so that good study habits will develop.
- Insist that their child assumes responsibility for the completion of homework.
It is the student’s responsibility to make arrangements for make-up work upon return to school following an absence. Teachers are not required to provide assignments before absences. In the case of absence of more than two (2) days, teachers require at least 24 hour notice in advance to prepare assignments.
Generally, students are allowed one (1) day for every day absent plus one (1) extra day to make up the missed work. Extended absences will be considered on an individual basis. If the student is absent for an extended time due to illness or injury, it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to notify the school nurse.
Please visit our website at https://www.warehamps.org. It has valuable information regarding special events, meetings and staff information.