Nov 26, 2017 

Good evening, Westland families.

8th Grade Field Trip:  Many thanks to all of the staff and parents who enabled us to bring all 8th graders to the National Museum of American History.  Special thanks to STAR teachers, counselors and especially Ms. Khouri.

5th Annual Holiday House The Westland Cares committee of parents will be sponsoring our 5th annual holiday house where students can select gifts for their family members.  Please send in new or gently used items for all ages (though we typically run short on “Dad-gifts”).  We also accept donations of wrapping paper, ribbons, tape and gift bags.  The holiday house will occur Dec 12-14 so find or buy your treasures soon.

 

THIS WEEK

Homework-Free Weekend: There is no homework due tomorrow (except for reading) as this past weekend was a homework-free weekend.  Teachers will collect assignments on Tuesday.

Basketball Forms:  Forms for basketball tryouts are due no later than tomorrow to Mr. Kanon in the main office or in his classroom, room 211.  There are no exceptions for students to try-out without appropriate forms.  

Basketball Tryouts:  Boys basketball tryouts will occur Tuesday and Wednesday this week with Mr. Katz.  Girls basketball tryouts will occur this Thursday and next Tuesday, December 5th with Ms. Swailes.

First Friday College/University/Westland Gear:  Friday, December 1st is the first Friday of the month so show your school spirit by wearing Westland gear or clothes from one of the amazing colleges/universities you will be attending in five, six or seven years!  I see you Delaware Blue Hens, Penn State Nittany Lions and Tufts Jumbos!

 

LOOKING AHEAD

Prospective Family Info:  On Thursday morning we will host prospective families for a school tour, student shadow and parent information session.  Please share the date with your neighbors and have them RSVP through Jodie Kelsey.

Choral Concert:  Next Thursday evening at 7:00 pm we invite all friends and families to enjoy our Choral Concert at BCC HS.

Key Dates for Outdoor Education: On Wednesday, December 20th we will be hosting a mandatory meeting for 6th grade parents chaperoning our outdoor education program.  Ms. Adler’s students will be attending Jan 8 through 10 and Ms. Marinos’ students will be attending Jan 10 through 12.

 

Please see the email version of the call for additional details.  Have a good evening and keep each other close.  

 

CALENDAR- new and edited items listed in bold

·         Dec 4- 8- National Inclusive Week

·         Dec 5- Last Day of Girls Basketball Tryouts

·         Dec 7- Westland Choral Concert at BCC high school- 7:00 pm

·         Dec 7- Prospective Family Visit- :15 am School Tour/Student Shadow/Coffee- please share with interested neighbors- RSVP with Ms. Kelsey

·         Dec 12- Westland Parent Coffee for CURRENT PARENTS with Ms. Serino at BCC HS from 6:00-6:45 pm (prior to the band concert)

·         Dec 12- Westland Instrumental Music Concert 1 of 2: Bands at BCC high school- 7:00 pm

·         Dec 12-14- Westland Holiday House

·         Dec 14- Westland Fall Play opening night- I Never Saw Another Butterfly- 7:00 pm

·         Dec 15- Westland Fall Play performance- I Never Saw Another Butterfly- 7:00 pm

·         Dec 16- Westland Fall Play matinee- I Never Saw Another Butterfly- 2:00 pm

·         Dec 16- Westland Fall Play opening night- I Never Saw Another Butterfly- 7:00 pm

·         Dec 19- Westland Instrumental Music Concert 2 of 2: Orchestras at BCC high School- 7:00 pm

·         Dec 20-  Assembly for Westland Music Students featuring BCC musicians

·         Dec 20-  Mandatory Chaperone Meeting for 6th grade parents attending Outdoor Education Trip

·         Dec 21- French Field Trip to Mon Ami Gabi

·         Dec 25- Jan 1- Winter Break- No School for Students and Teachers

·         Dec 25- Jan 1- No Homework Break at Westland- no work (except reading) due on Tuesday, Jan 2

 

·         Jan 4- Prospective Family Visit- 8:15 am School Tour/Student Shadow/Coffee- please share with interested neighbors- RSVP with Ms. Kelsey

·         Jan 4- High School Registration with 8th graders through social studies classes (Jan 8 is snow date)

·         Jan 5- Due date for Student Service Learning forms to document service performed during first semester

·         Jan 8-10- 6th Grade Outdoor Education Session at Skycroft- Ms. Adler’s students

·         Jan 10-12- 6th Grade Outdoor Education Session at Skycroft- Ms. Marinos’ students

·         Jan 15- No School- Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

·         Jan 16- Social Media Presentation for 6th graders during STAR

·         Jan 17- Social Media Presentation for 7th graders during STAR

·         Jan 18- Social Media Presentation for 8th graders during STAR

·         Jan 18- Social Media Presentation for Parents, 7 pm

·         Jan 19- Student of the Month Celebration- recognizing students who display learner profile traits

·         Jan 23- High School course registration consultations with B-CC counselors

·         Jan 24- Talent Show, 7 pm

·         Jan 25- Last Day of Marking Period 2

·         Jan 25- Early Release Day- Students Dismissed at 12:30 pm

·         Jan 26- No School for Students- professional day for teachers

·         Jan 30- Seventh grade Holocaust Trip Session 1 of 2

·         Jan 30- Course Information Session for Parents of Incoming Sixth Graders, 7 pm

·         Jan 31- Seventh grade Holocaust Trip Session 2 of 2

 

·         Feb 3- Skate Night at Cabin John Skate Rink- Westland/Silver Creek

·         April 6- Documentation that qualifies middle school students for the Superintendent’s Student Service Learning Award due to Westland.  (This award is given to students who meet the 75 hour graduation requirement during middle school.  It is only awarded one time.)

·         April 22- Color Splash 5K

 

·         June 1- Due date for Student Service Learning forms to document service performed during second semester

 

 November 19, 2017

Good evening, Westland families.

 

Sixth Grade Team Building: Thank you to all of the staff who supported the sixth grade team building events on Friday.  It was an all hands, heads and minds on deck kind of event.  Special shout outs to Alyssa Walstein, team leader and Laura Hennessy, assistant principal for all of their organizational leadership.   

 

THIS WEEK

 

8th Grade Field Trip: On Tuesday all eighth graders will visit the National Museum of American History. 

 

Report Cards Distributed: On Wednesday morning during a short, 10-minute homeroom students will receive their marking period 1 report cards. The remainder of the schedule is 1, 2, 6, 7, 3, 4 and 5.

 

Early Dismissal: Students will be dismissed from school at 12:30 on Wednesday.

Thanksgiving Holiday: On Thursday and Friday MCPS offices and schools area closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.

 

Homework-Free Weekend: This upcoming long weekend is a no-homework weekend which means that no homework (except reading) can be due on Monday, November 27th.  We hope our students enjoy this time with families.  

 

LOOKING AHEAD

3rd Annual Family Reading Night:  Families are invited to Westland for a celebration of books and family on Nov 29 from 6:30-7:30 at Westland.  Our Third Annual Family Reading Night is free and for the whole family.  Find more information and the RSVP link on Westland’s homepage. 

 

RSVP by TOMORROW so that we have enough food, books and prizes on hand!   http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/westlandms/news/news.aspx?id=563495

 

Parent/Principal Coffee:  A new event added to our calendar is a parent coffee to be held on the evening of December 12th from 6:00-6:45 pm at B-CC HS.  Yes, that is the same night as our band concert.  If you would like to play two instruments at one time (that’s better than “killing two birds with one stone”, right?) drop off your musicians, get reserved signs to claim your seats in the auditorium and join me in the atrium for a discussion of all things Westland. We’ll break by 6:45 to enjoy the concert.

 

ColorSplash 5k:  Mark your calendars now for one of our most festive events of the year--our annual 5K Colorsplash run/walk on Sunday, April 22nd.

 

Please see the email version of the call for additional details.  In the spirit of Thanksgiving I could not be more thankful for the opportunity to serve as the principal at Westland.  Have a good evening and keep each other close. 

 

 

CALENDAR- new and edited items listed in bold and with asterisks
·         Nov 29- Photography Field Trip rescheduled to this date
·         Nov 29- Family Reading Night at Westland

·         Dec 1- First Friday College/University Gear
·         Dec 7- Westland Choral Concert at BCC high school- 7:00 pm
*****Dec 12- Westland Parent Coffee with Ms. Serino at BCC HS from 6:00-6:45 pm (prior to the band concert)
·         Dec 12- Westland Instrumental Music Concert 1 of 2: Bands at BCC high school- 7:00 pm
·         Dec 12-14- Westland Holiday House
·         Dec 14- Westland Fall Play opening night- I Never Saw Another Butterfly- 7:00 pm
·         Dec 15- Westland Fall Play performance- I Never Saw Another Butterfly- 7:00 pm
·         Dec 16- Westland Fall Play matinee- I Never Saw Another Butterfly- 2:00 pm
·         Dec 16- Westland Fall Play opening night- I Never Saw Another Butterfly- 7:00 pm
·         Dec 19- Westland Instrumental Music Concert 2 of 2: Orchestras at BCC high School- 7:00 pm

·         Jan 5- Due date for Student Service Learning forms to document service performed during first semester
·         Jan 16, 17, 18- Social Media Presentations by Grade Level through STAR
·         Jan 18- Social Media Presentation for Parents, 7 pm
·         Jan 25- Early Release Day- Students Dismissed at 12:30 pm
·         Feb 3- Skate Night at Cabin John Skate Rink- Westland/Silver Creek
·         April 6- Documentation that qualifies middle school students for the Superintendent’s Student Service Learning Award due to Westland.  (This award is given to students who meet the 75 hour graduation requirement during middle school.  It is only awarded one time.)
*****April 22- Colorsplash 5K
·         June 1- Due date for Student Service Learning forms to document service performed during second semester

 

 November 12, 2017

Good evening, Westland families. This is Ms. Serino calling on location from Friday Night Lights, also known as the welcome table at parent conferences.  Thank you to our Wonderwoman and Supermen (teachers and parents alike) for gathering to talk about students’ success.

Naviance: Counselors have completed their first Naviance career/college readiness lessons with all students.  This initiative occurs at Westland and all MCPS secondary schools.  For additional information about Naviance visit the MCPS website at http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/career-readiness/naviance-family-connection.aspx

THIS WEEK

Outdoor Education Parent Meeting:  On Wednesday evening at 7:00 we invite parents of 6th grade graders to an informational meeting about outdoor education, an awesome three day and two night experiential education opportunity.

Early Release Friday:  On Friday students will be dismissed from school at 12:30.  The schedule will be 1 2 6 7 3 4 and 5.

Sixth Grade Team Building:  On Friday sixth grade students will have an in school field trip full of team-building activities.

Select Parent Conferences:  Select teachers will be hosting parent conferences from 1:00 to 4:00 pm on Friday the 17th.  However, most of our teachers stayed for six hours of conferences last Friday and, thus, will NOT be hosting conferences Friday.

Support Westland: We would appreciate your support through box tops as well as the rewards programs at Giant and Harris Teeter.  Every penny helps!

Box Tops: Please continue to send in your box tops to the main office.

For Giant:  Visit www.giantfood.com/aplus and select register your card, which is located in the red box on the right for customers.  Follow the prompts to complete your registration. You will need your 12-digit Giant Card number.

OR…call the A+ Hotline at 1-877-Ask-Aplus (1-877-275-2758) they can register your card for you! You will need your 12-digit Giant Card number.

IF YOU DON’T KNOW YOUR Giant Card NUMBER CALL 1-877-366-2668 OPTION #1

For Harris Teeter:  Create an account at www.HarrisTeeter.com, and add Westland Middle School, #1557, under “Together in Education”.

 

Please see the email version of the call for additional details.  Have a good evening and keep each other close.

 

CALENDAR- new and edited items listed in bold

·         Nov 21- 8th Grade Trip to National Museum of American History

·         Nov 22- Report Cards distributed during am homeroom

·         Nov 22- Early release- dismissal at 12:30

·         Nov 23 and 24- Thanksgiving holiday- offices and schools closed

·         Nov 23-Nov 26- Homework Free Weekend- no homework (except reading) due on Monday Nov 27

·         Nov 29- Photography Field Trip rescheduled to this date

·         Nov 29- Family Reading Night at Westland

 

·         Dec 1- First Friday College/University Gear

·         Dec 7- Westland Choral Concert at BCC high school- 7:00 pm

·         Dec 12- Westland Instrumental Music Concert 1 of 2: Bands at BCC high school- 7:00 pm

·         Dec 12-14- Westland Holiday House

·         Dec 14- Westland Fall Play opening night- I Never Saw Another Butterfly- 7:00 pm

·         Dec 15- Westland Fall Play performance- I Never Saw Another Butterfly- 7:00 pm

·         Dec 16- Westland Fall Play matinee- I Never Saw Another Butterfly- 2:00 pm

·         Dec 16- Westland Fall Play opening night- I Never Saw Another Butterfly- 7:00 pm

·         Dec 19- Westland Instrumental Music Concert 2 of 2: Orchestras at BCC high School- 7:00 pm

 

·         Jan 5- Due date for Student Service Learning forms to document service performed during first semester

·         Jan 16, 17, 18- Social Media Presentations by Grade Level through STAR

·         Jan 18- Social Media Presentation for Parents, 7 pm

·         Jan 25- Early Release Day- Students Dismissed at 12:30 pm

·         Feb 3- Skate Night at Cabin John Skate Rink- Westland/Silver Creek

·         April 6- Documentation that qualifies middle school students for the Superintendent’s Student Service Learning Award due to Westland.  (This award is given to students who meet the 75 hour graduation requirement during middle school.  It is only awarded one time.)

 

·         June 1- Due date for Student Service Learning forms to document service performed during second semester

 

 November 6, 2017


Good evening, Westland families.

American Indian Heritage Month Art/Design Contest:  To continue celebrating American Indian Heritage month, we are sponsoring an art/design contest.  Interested students are asked to submit a bumper sticker or car magnet that conveys a value or belief of an American Indian individual,  tribe or nation.  Submissions are due to the main office or art teachers by Wednesday, November 22nd.

Guest Riders on Buses:  The following bus routes are at capacity and therefore cannot accept any guest riders: 1101, 1113, 1120 and 1124.  If students wish to ride a different route home with a friend they need to bring a note from their own parent to the main office BEFORE school to receive a guest pass.

THIS WEEK

STAR Circles:  On Monday we will have community-buildings circles about choosing kindness during STAR.

Naviance Career/College Readiness Lessons:  Counselors will continue to share Naviance Career/College Readiness Lessons with students this week.  Sixth grade on Nov 6, 7 and 8 and eighth grade on Nov 8.

Early Release on Thursday:  Students will be dismissed from school on Thursday at 12:30 so teachers can complete marking period 1 grades.  The schedule will be 1 2 6 7 3 4 and 5.

MYP Focus Day:  On Friday, all classes will be dedicated to exposure to our Middle Years Programme in addition to our Wonder-full focus on inclusion, kindness and being upstanders.

Make Up Photos:  Students who missed our original day of school photos or wish to exchange their purchased photo package may do so during lunches on Friday.

Early Release on Friday:  Students will be also be dismissed on Friday at 12:30 so we can host parent conferences.  

Optional Parent Conferences:  Parents are reminded to register for optional parent conferences on Friday, November 10 from 1:00-7:00 pm.  (Some teachers are available for afternoons only and thus will have  a second session on Nov 17.)    Sign Up Genius links are available on our website.

Skate Night with Silver Creek MS: The Silver Creek PTA invites Westland students and families to a join skate night 6:30 to 8:00 pm at the Cabin John Rink on Saturday, November 11.  (We are reciprocating by inviting Silver Creek to our skate night on Feb 3.)  You must buy your tickets in advance — they are available online at www.pay4schoolstuff.com.  The deadline for ticket purchases is Tuesday, November 7.

TO SHARE WITH NEIGHBORS

Westland MS Prospective Parents Coffees: On designated Thursdays, once a month, I meet with prospective parents for an informational session. If you are interested in participating please RSVP to the Westland MS main office at least one week before the event dates: 12/7, 1/4, 2/8, 3/15.  We have added a session specifically for immersion families on 12/14.  Contact our main office secretary, Jodie Kelsey (Jo_Anne_Kelsey@mcpsmd.org) to reserve a spot.

In addition, children of our prospective parents have the opportunity to shadow a Westland student for periods 1 and 2 during the coffee.  Contact our IB Middle Years Programme Coordinator, Rachel Johns (Rachel_L_Johns@mcpsmd.org) who will make the arrangements.  

 

LOOKING AHEAD

Please see the email version of the call for additional details.  Have a good evening and keep each other close.

 

CALENDAR- new and edited items listed in bold

·         Nov 15- Outdoor Education Parent Info Night for parents of 6th graders- 7:00 pm

·         Nov 17- Early release for K-8 students- students dismissed at 12:30 pm

·         Nov 17- Parent/Teacher conferences- 1:00- 4:00 pm (for select teachers)

·         Nov 17- In-school field trip for sixth graders

·         Nov 21- 8th Grade Trip to National Museum of American History

·         Nov 22- Early release- dismissal at 12:30

·         Nov 23 and 24- Thanksgiving holiday- offices and schools closed

·         Nov 23-Nov 26- Homework Free Weekend- no homework (except reading) due on Monday Nov 27

·         Nov 29- Family Reading Night at Westland

 

·         Dec 1- First Friday College/University Gear

·         Dec 7- Westland Choral Concert at BCC high school- 7:00 pm

·         Dec 12- Westland Instrumental Music Concert 1 of 2: Bands at BCC high school- 7:00 pm

·         Dec 14- Westland Fall Play opening night- I Never Saw Another Butterfly- 7:00 pm

·         Dec 15- Westland Fall Play performance- I Never Saw Another Butterfly- 7:00 pm

·         Dec 16- Westland Fall Play matinee- I Never Saw Another Butterfly- 2:00 pm

·         Dec 16- Westland Fall Play opening night- I Never Saw Another Butterfly- 7:00 pm

·         Dec 19- Westland Instrumental Music Concert 2 of 2: Orchestras at BCC high School- 7:00 pm

 

·         Jan 5- Due date for Student Service Learning forms to document service performed during first semester

·         Jan 16, 17, 18- Social Media Presentations by Grade Level through STAR

·         Jan 18- Social Media Presentation for Parents, 7 pm

·         Jan 25- Early Release Day- Students Dismissed at 12:30 pm

·         Feb 3- Skate Night at Cabin John Skate Rink- Westland/Silver Creek

·         April 6- Documentation that qualifies middle school students for the Superintendent’s Student Service Learning Award due to Westland.  (This award is given to students who meet the 75 hour graduation requirement during middle school.  It is only awarded one time.)

 

·         June 1- Due date for Student Service Learning forms to document service performed during second semester

 

 Oct 29, 2017 

Good evening, Westland families. This is Ms. Serino calling from Mr. Guise’s 4th period class with a weekly update.  Thank you to all staff, parents and students involved in our Study Skills Night and 6th Grade Party last week with a special shout out to Ms. Hennessy.  

Congratulations to our students who were selected as our Students of the Month for being thinkers, principled, communicators, etc.  Look for student photos in our main lobby.

THIS WEEK

Wear Red- We encourage you to wear red on Monday to be reminded of our Red Ribbon Student Awareness pledge to be alcohol and drug-free.

 

Halloween Costumes-  Halloween costumes are permitted (and encouraged) on Tuesday.  Students are reminded to leave any masks, look-alike weapons and clothes that do not meet our dress code at home.  The yearbook will host a costume contest through STAR.  

 

American Indian Heritage Month- Our celebration of American Indian Heritage month begins on Wednesday with the start of November.  We look forward to learning about great people and events that have influenced our country.

 

Softball- Our girls’ softball team hosts Cabin John on Wednesday afternoon.  Come cheer on our athletes.

 

Career/College Readiness Lessons- Counselors will be delivering Naviance Career/College readiness to our 7th graders on Thursday and Friday.  They will continue next week with 6th and 8th graders.

 

First Friday College Gear- Let’s see your university/college spirit on Friday, November 3rd, the first Friday of the month.  Any Penn Quakers, Spelman Jaguars or Frostburg Bobcats out there?

 

High School Magnet Applications Due- Any 8th grade students who are applying to the magnet programs at Blair, Poolesville or Richard Montgomery must submit their applications by Friday.

 

LOOKING AHEAD

Early Release Days: We have three early release days, when middle school students are dismissed at 12:30, coming soon.  Thursday, November 9th, Friday, November 10th and Friday, November 17th.  

Save the Date- Social Media Presentation:  Looking way ahead, we have booked a social media presentation for parents on Thursday, January 18th at Westland.  Students will interact with the same social media expert during STAR assemblies on Jan 16, 17 and 18.

Please see the email version of the call for additional details.  Have a good evening and keep each other close.

 

CALENDAR- new and edited items listed in bold

·         Nov 6, 7 and 8- Naviance Career/College Readiness Lessons with 6th Graders

·         Nov 8- Photography Student Field Trip to National Mall

·         Nov 8- Naviance Career/College Readiness Lessons with 8th Graders

·         Nov 9- Early release day for students- dismissal at 12:30

·         Nov 10­- Make Up day for student photos- during lunches

·         Nov 10­- Early release day for K-8 students- dismissal at 12:30

·         Nov 10- Parent/Teacher conferences- 1:00- 7:00 pm

·         Nov 11- Skate Night at Cabin John Skate Rink- Silver Creek/Westland

·         Nov 15- Outdoor Education Parent Info Night for parents of 6th graders- 7:00 pm

·         Nov 17- Early release for K-8 students- 12:30 pm

·         Nov 17- Parent/Teacher conferences- 1:00- 4:00 pm (for select teachers)

·         Nov 17- In-school field trip for sixth graders

·         Nov 21- 8th Grade Trip to National Museum of American History

·         Nov 22- Early release- dismissal at 12:30

·         Nov 23 and 24- Thanksgiving holiday- offices and schools closed

·         Nov 23-Nov 26- Homework Free Weekend- no homework (except reading) due on Monday Nov 27

·         Nov 29- Family Reading Night at Westland

 

·         Dec 1- First Friday College/University Gear

·         Dec 7- Westland Choral Concert at BCC high school- 7:00 pm

·         Dec 12- Westland Instrumental Music Concert 1 of 2: Bands at BCC high school- 7:00 pm

·         Dec 14- Westland Fall Play opening night- I Never Saw Another Butterfly- 7:00 pm

·         Dec 15- Westland Fall Play performance- I Never Saw Another Butterfly- 7:00 pm

·         Dec 16- Westland Fall Play matinee- I Never Saw Another Butterfly- 2:00 pm

·         Dec 16- Westland Fall Play opening night- I Never Saw Another Butterfly- 7:00 pm

·         Dec 19- Westland Instrumental Music Concert 2 of 2: Orchestras at BCC high School- 7:00 pm

 

·         Jan 5- Due date for Student Service Learning forms to document service performed during first semester

·         Jan 16, 17, 18- Social Media Presentations by Grade Level through STAR

·         Jan 18- Social Media Presentation for Parents, 7 pm

·         Jan 25- Early Release Day- Students Dismissed at 12:30 pm

·         Feb 3- Skate Night at Cabin John Skate Rink- Westland/Silver Creek

·         April 6- Documentation that qualifies middle school students for the Superintendent’s Student Service Learning Award due to Westland.  (This award is given to students who meet the 75 hour graduation requirement during middle school.  It is only awarded one time.)

 

·         June 1- Due date for Student Service Learning forms to document service performed during second semester

 

 10/22/17

Good evening, Westland families. This is Ms. Serino calling with a weekly update.  

American Indian Heritage Month:  We will be highlighting prominent American Indians/Native Americans in November.  Students and parents are encouraged to nominate individuals that meet our learner profile traits at this link https://goo.gl/forms/k3COzB3PBAbqvXo33.

 

Student Government:  We extend our appreciation to all of the students who ran in our student government association election last week.  The elected officers are as follows:  

Giulio Orlandi, president,

Grace Wilkins, secretary,

Taisei Kitajima, treasurer,

Jake Silver and Ariana Suter-Shannon, 8th grade vice presidents, and

Sophie Mallen and Mia Seltzman, 7th grade vice presidents.

Ms. Thursby and the officers will be recruiting 6th graders to run for the vice president positions.   

Parents as Educators:  Thank you to two of our amazing moms for educating our students last week--Dr. Strauss spoke with our cast and crew about the Holocaust in general and about Terezin in particular as it is the setting for our fall play, I Never Saw Another Butterfly.  Dr. Kehami spoke during a Career STAR session about her work at the World Bank, economics and power.

THIS WEEK

Red Ribbon Week:  This week we celebrate Red Ribbon Week and promote awareness regarding healthy, safe and legal choices related to alcohol and other drugs.

Study Skills Night: On Tuesday night from 6:30-8:05 we host our annual study skills night at Westland for students, parents or both but space is limited! When you sign up with Sign up Genius please reserve two spots for a session if two will attend. www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C4EAFAD29A2F49-tuesday

 

Hearing and Vision Screening:  On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday we will be holding hearing and vision screening through PE and health classes.  Students should wear glasses and/or contact lenses all three days and EVERY day.  All 8th graders and any students new to Maryland will be screened.

Algebra Quarter 1 Progress Check:  The Algebra quarter 1 progress check assessment, which is worth 10% of the quarter grade, will be administered in classes on Friday, October 27th.  

Yearbook Discount: Friday is the final day to order the Westland yearbook at the discounted rate of $35.  See the Westland webpage to order.  

6th Grade Halloween Party:  Sixth grade students are invited to attend Westland’s Halloween party on Friday night from 7:00-8:30 pm.

LOOKING AHEAD

Halloween:  Students and staff will be permitted to wear costumes on Tuesday, October 31st.  Look alike weapons and masks are not permitted.  The yearbook is sponsoring a costume contest.  

Westland Pantry Donations:  The Westland pantry, serving families weekly, continues to accept donations.  Here’s a message from our incredible volunteers “We appreciate everyone’s generosity and, while we happily accept many staples, currently there is a need for: small cans/containers of fruit, small bags of white rice, granola and other cereal bars, cereal with a bit of sweetness (Honey Nut Cheerios, for example), single toothbrushes and reusable bags.  Want to contribute but can’t even remember your own shopping list??? Please consider donating Giant, Costco (or other local grocery store) gift cards.  They can be mailed to Westland or dropped off at the front office Attn: Mrs. Baumgardner, financial specialist.

Please see the email version of the call for updates to our calendar.

Have a good evening and keep each other close.

 

CALENDAR- new and edited items listed in bold

·         Oct 31- Costumes permitted/encouraged during school!  Costume contest sponsored by the yearbook.

 

·         Nov 1- American Indian Heritage Month begins

·         Nov 1- Girls’ Softball Game at home

·         Nov 3- First Friday College/University Gear

·         Nov 3- due date for 8th graders’ applications to MCPS high school magnet programs- Blair’s, Richard Montgomery and Poolesville

·         Nov 9- Early release day for students- dismissal at 12:30

·         Nov 10­- Make Up day for student photos- during lunches

·         Nov 10­- Early release day for K-8 students- dismissal at 12:30

·         Nov 10- Parent/Teacher conferences- 1:00- 7:00 pm

·         Nov 11- Skate Night at Cabin John Skate Rink- Silver Creek/Westland

·         Nov 15- Outdoor Education Parent Info Night for parents of 6th graders- 7:00 pm

·         Nov 17- Early release for K-8 students- 12:30 pm

·         Nov 17- Parent/Teacher conferences- 1:00- 4:00 pm (for select teachers)

·         Nov 17- In-school field trip for sixth graders

·         Nov 21- 8th Grade Trip to National Museum of American History

·         Nov 22- Early release- dismissal at 12:30

·         Nov 23 and 24- Thanksgiving holiday- offices and schools closed

·         Nov 23-Nov 26- Homework Free Weekend- no homework (except reading) due on Monday Nov 27

·         Nov 29- Family Reading Night at Westland

 

·         Dec 1- First Friday College/University Gear

·         Dec 7- Westland Choral Concert at BCC high school- 7:00 pm

·         Dec 12- Westland Instrumental Music Concert 1 of 2: Bands at BCC high school- 7:00 pm

·         Dec 14- Westland Fall Play opening night- I Never Saw Another Butterfly- 7:00 pm

·         Dec 15- Westland Fall Play performance- I Never Saw Another Butterfly- 7:00 pm

·         Dec 16- Westland Fall Play matinee- I Never Saw Another Butterfly- 2:00 pm

·         Dec 16- Westland Fall Play opening night- I Never Saw Another Butterfly- 7:00 pm

·         Dec 19- Westland Instrumental Music Concert 2 of 2: Orchestras at BCC high School- 7:00 pm

·         Feb 3- Skate Night at Cabin John Skate Rink- Westland/Silver Creek

·         Jan 5- Due date for Student Service Learning forms to document service performed during first semester

·         April 6- Documentation that qualifies middle school students for the Superintendent’s Student Service Learning Award due to Westland.  (This award is given to students who meet the 75 hour graduation requirement during middle school.  It is only awarded one time.)

·         June 1- Due date for Student 

Service Learning forms to document service performed during second semester

 

 10/16/17

Good evening, Westland families. This is Ms. Serino calling with a weekly update.  

Thank you to the 422 parents and guardians who joined us for the open house last week.

Thank you, also, to the numerous staff and parent volunteers who chaperoned our 7th grade trip to the zoo. Ms. Emery and Ms. Kneisley are to be commended for all of their organizing.

We are grateful to our staff and students who enriched our study of Hispanic Heritage month.  We encourage you to note the Hispanic Americans displayed throughout our school by our learner profile traits.  Look for Tom Perez, Sonia Sotomayor and Jennifer Lopez to name a few.  

We are seeking to expand with images of American Indians/Native Americans in November.  Please nominate individuals at this link https://goo.gl/forms/k3COzB3PBAbqvXo33.

THIS WEEK

SGA ELECTIONS- Students will elect student government officers during STAR on Monday. The results will be announced at the end of the day.

ATHLETICS- On Tuesday afternoon our co-ed cross country team and boys softball host Pyle at home.

MORNING BUS EVACUATIONS- On Wednesday and Thursday mornings we will have bus evacuation drills in our parking lot. This will be postponed if there is inclement weather.  

SOFTBALL- Our girls softball team hosts North Bethesda at home on Thursday afternoon.

AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES- Students are reminded that they must remain on campus for after school activities.  They cannot make any runs to Giant, Starbucks, etc. and then return for an activity or the activity buses..

LOOKING AHEAD


STUDY SKILLS NIGHT- Next week on Tuesday the 24th from 6:30 to 8:05 pm the PTA will host our very popular study skills night for students, parents or both.  When you sign up with Sign up Genius please reserve two spots for a session if two will attend. www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C4EAFAD29A2F49-tuesday

HALLOWEEN- Students and staff will be permitted to wear costumes on Tuesday, October 31st.  Look alike weapons and masks are not permitted.  The yearbook is sponsoring a costume contest.  

Please see the email version of the call for updates to our calendar.

Have a good evening and keep each other close.

CALENDAR- new and edited items listed in bold
·         Oct 22- Student Achievement Night at DC United- last game at RFK stadium
·         Oct 23- Week of Oct 23 is Red Ribbon Week- awareness regarding alcohol and other drugs
·         Oct 24- Study Skills Night for students and parents- 6:00- 8:00 pm
·         Oct 25- 27- Hearing and Vision Screening for all 8th graders and select 6th/7th graders (new to Maryland, missed elementary screening, referrals from staff)
·         Oct 27- Final Day to Order Yearbook at Discounted Rate $35, see Westland webpage to order
·         Oct 27- 6th Grade Halloween Dance 7-8:30 pm
·         Oct 31- Costumes permitted/encouraged during school!  Costume contest sponsored by the yearbook.
·         Nov 1- American Indian Heritage Month begins
·         Nov 1- Girls’ Softball Game at home
·         Nov 3- First Friday College/University Gear
·         Nov 3- due date for 8th graders’ applications to MCPS high school magnet programs- Blair’s, Richard Montgomery and Poolesville
·         Nov 9- Early release day for students- dismissal at 12:30
·         Nov 10­- Early release day for K-8 students- dismissal at 12:30
·         Nov 10- Parent/Teacher conferences- 1:00- 7:00 pm
·         Nov 11- Skate Night at Cabin John Skate Rink- Silver Creek/Westland
·         Nov 15- Outdoor Education Parent Info Night for parents of 6th graders- 7:00 pm
·         Nov 17- Early release for K-8 students- 12:30 pm
·         Nov 17- Parent/Teacher conferences- 1:00- 4:00 pm (for select teachers)
·         Nov 17- In-school field trip for sixth graders
·         Nov 21- 8th Grade Trip to National Museum of American History
·         Nov 22- Early release- dismissal at 12:30
·         Nov 23 and 24- Thanksgiving holiday- offices and schools closed
·         Nov 23-Nov 26- Homework Free Weekend- no homework (except reading) due on Monday Nov 27
·         Nov 29- Family Reading Night at Westland

·         Dec 1- First Friday College/University Gear
·         Dec 7- Westland Choral Concert at BCC high school- 7:00 pm
·         Dec 12- Westland Instrumental Music Concert 1 of 2: Bands at BCC high school- 7:00 pm
·         Dec 14- Westland Fall Play opening night- I Never Saw Another Butterfly- 7:00 pm
·         Dec 15- Westland Fall Play performance- I Never Saw Another Butterfly- 7:00 pm
·         Dec 16- Westland Fall Play matinee- I Never Saw Another Butterfly- 2:00 pm
·         Dec 16- Westland Fall Play opening night- I Never Saw Another Butterfly- 7:00 pm
·         Dec 19- Westland Instrumental Music Concert 2 of 2: Orchestras at BCC high School- 7:00 pm
·         Feb 3- Skate Night at Cabin John Skate Rink- Westland/Silver Creek
·         Jan 5- Due date for Student Service Learning forms to document service performed during first semester
·         April 6- Documentation that qualifies middle school students for the Superintendent’s Student Service Learning Award due to Westland.  (This award is given to students who meet the 75 hour graduation requirement during middle school.  It is only awarded one time.)

·         June 1- Due date for Student Service Learning forms to document service performed during second semester

 

10/8/17

Good evening, Westland families. This is Ms. Serino calling with a weekly update.  

STUDENTS OF THE MONTH:  Last Thursday we celebrated our students of the month.  They were nominated by staff for exhibiting our Middle Years Programme (MYP) learner profile traits of being balanced, risk-takers, communicators, thinkers, knowledgeable, caring, inquirers, principled,  open-minded and reflective.

THIS WEEK:

OPEN HOUSE: Tomorrow we open our doors to our parents and guardians to visit for a short while or all the way through 6th period.  Park in our bus lane starting at 8:15 and join us for coffee (media center) or MCPS portal help (212) during STAR.   Our visits will begin with 1st period and end at the conclusion of period 6 at 2:11.  (Parents may also consider parking in the Westbard parking lot and walking across our fields.  Please do not park in the Little Falls library.  Wherever you park your car or bicycle, please enter through our main doors.)

BUS EVACUATION DRILLS AT BCC:  On Wednesday through Friday mornings there will be bus evacuation drills in the morning at BCC high school.  This might delay the arrival of some of our buses to their Westland stops.

 

SOFTBALL:  Our girls softball team has their home season opener on Wednesday afternoon versus Tilden.  All are welcome to cheer on our athletes.

 

TENNIS TOURNAMENT:  Students who have signed up for our singles tennis tournament should plan to stay after school on October 11th for the single elimination bracket.  We’ll also have contests, games, music and rallying for our participants who are eliminated early.  I expect Mr. Hill, tennis player extraordinaire, to be available for a little coaching too.

 

ZOO FIELD TRIP:  All of our seventh graders will descend upon the zoo on Friday.  Here’s hoping for beautiful weather for their exploration.

 

LOOKING AHEAD

Please see the email version of the call for updates to our calendar.

Have a good evening and keep each other close.

 

CALENDAR- new and edited items listed in bold

·         Oct 17- Boys’ Softball Game and Coed Cross Country Meet at home

·         Oct 18 and 19- Announced morning bus evacuation drills at Westland

·         Oct 19- Girls’ Softball Game at home

·         Oct 22- Student Achievement Night at DC United- last game at RFK stadium

·         Oct 24- Study Skills Night for students and parents- 6:00- 8:00 pm

·         Oct 27- Final Day to Order Yearbook at Discounted Rate $35, see Westland webpage to order

·         Oct 27- 6th Grade Halloween Dance 7-8:30 pm

·         Oct 31- Costumes permitted/encouraged during school!  Costume contest sponsored by the yearbook.

 

·         Nov 1- American Indian Heritage Month begins

·         Nov 1- Girls’ Softball Game at home

·         Nov 3- First Friday College/University Gear

·         Nov 3- due date for 8th graders’ applications to MCPS high school magnet programs- Blair’s, Richard Montgomery and Poolesville

·         Nov 9- Early release day for students- dismissal at 12:30

·         Nov 10­- Early release day for K-8 students- dismissal at 12:30

·         Nov 10- Parent/Teacher conferences- 1:00- 7:00 pm

·         Nov 15- Outdoor Education Parent Info Night for parents of 6th graders- 7:00 pm

·         Nov 17- Early release for K-8 students- 12:30 pm

·         Nov 17- Parent/Teacher conferences- 1:00- 4:00 pm (for select teachers)

·         Nov 17- In-school field trip for sixth graders

·         Nov 22- Early release- dismissal at 12:30

·         Nov 23 and 24- Thanksgiving holiday- offices and schools closed

·         Nov 23-Nov 26- Homework Free Weekend- no homework (except reading) due on Monday Nov 27

·         Nov 29- Family Reading Night at Westland

 

·         Dec 1- First Friday College/University Gear

·         Dec 7- Westland Choral Concert at BCC high school- 7:00 pm

·         Dec 12- Westland Instrumental Music Concert 1 of 2: Bands at BCC high school- 7:00 pm

·         Dec 14- Westland Fall Play opening night- I Never Saw Another Butterfly- 7:00 pm

·         Dec 15- Westland Fall Play performance- I Never Saw Another Butterfly- 7:00 pm

·         Dec 16- Westland Fall Play matinee- I Never Saw Another Butterfly- 2:00 pm

·         Dec 16- Westland Fall Play opening night- I Never Saw Another Butterfly- 7:00 pm

·         Dec 19- Westland Instrumental Music Concert 2 of 2: Orchestras at BCC high School- 7:00 pm

 

·         Jan 5- Due date for Student Service Learning forms to document service performed during first semester

·         April 6- Documentation that qualifies middle school students for the Superintendent’s Student Service Learning Award due to Westland.  (This award is given to students who meet the 75 hour graduation requirement during middle school.  It is only awarded one time.)

·         June 1- Due date for Student 

Service Learning forms to document service performed during second semester

 

 10/1/17

Good evening, Westland families. This is Ms. Serino calling with a weekly update.  Happy October!  

STUDENT ARTWORK:  When you’re next at Westland check out the AMAZING student artwork in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month- 6th graders’ Chilean arpilleras depicting significant issues, 7th graders’ soft sculptures inspired by Brazilian artist Romero Britto and 8th graders’ Mexican calaveras and sun masks.  How lucky we are to have Ms. Hausknecht and Ms. Boyer guiding our artists.

PANTRY:  The Westland pantry appreciates all of the generous donations.  Some popular items that we need to restock include:  small bags of white rice, granola/cereal bars, cereal (those with a little bit of sweetness are popular), bags of goldfish crackers, deodorant (male and female scents), smaller packages of feminine pads and reusable bags. There are donation bins outside the counseling office.

BOX TOPS:  Speaking of your shopping trips, Westland is making a concerted effort to raise money through box tops this year.  Please send them to the main office with your child.  Collection sheets are being distributed on Monday.  

STAYING ON CAMPUS AFTER SCHOOL:  Students are reminded that they cannot leave campus, for a Starbucks run hypothetically, and return for an after school activity.  In addition, students who leave campus cannot return to ride the after school activity buses.  

 

THIS WEEK:

STAR LESSON:  On Monday students will experience a STAR lesson on the book, Wonder by RJ Palacios.

WALK/BIKE TO SCHOOL:  Wednesday, October 4th is walk/bike to school day.  If you’ve thought about making the walk or ride to Westland, Wednesday would be a great trial run.  All parents are encouraged to review pedestrian and cycling safety with their children.  We’ve had some near misses this year.

 

SEVENTH GRADE PARENT COFFEE:  Parents of seventh graders are invited to La Madeleine in downtown Bethesda on Wednesday morning.  Parents will begin gathering at 8:30 and Mr. Jefferson and I will join from 9:00-10:00.

 

SEVENTH GRADE MIX AND MINGLE: Seventh grade students are invited to stay after school for crafts, sports and light snacks.  Our activity buses will run.  The bus schedule is posted to our website and linked here http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/uploadedFiles/schools/westlandms/about/Westland%20Middle%20School%20Activity%20Buses%202017-2018.pdf  Please review the closest stop for your child BEFORE they stay after school.

 

ATHLETICS: We open our athletic season on Thursday afternoon with a boys softball game coached by Mr. Guerra and coed cross country meet coached by Ms. Felix.  We host Silver Creek MS for both events.

 

FIRST FRIDAY COLLEGE GEAR:  We encourage students and staff to represent a favorite college or university this Friday.  Looking for Maryland Terrapins, Delaware Blue Hens and Georgetown Hoyas among others.

 

EARLY DISMISSAL:  Students will be dismissed on Friday at 12:30.  The bell schedule will be 1, 2, 6, 7, 3, 4 and 5.

 

EIGHTH GRADE PARENT COFFEE:  Parents of eighth graders are invited to La Madeleine in downtown Bethesda on Friday morning.  Parents will begin gathering at 8:30 and Ms. Sanya and I will join from 9:00-10:00.

 

LOOKING AHEAD

OPEN HOUSE:  We hope many of our parents/guardians can join us on Monday, October 9th, a federal holiday, to visit their children’s classes. Come for a short visit for stay for a while- visits welcomed between 8:15 and 2:10 (STAR through 6th period.)  Technology support will be offered regarding the new MCPS classroom and portal.

Please see the email version of the call for updates to our calendar.

Have a good evening and keep each other close.

 

CALENDAR- new and edited items listed in bold

·         Oct 9- Open House for current parents/guardians to visit classes- 8:15 am-2:10 pm  (STAR through 6th period)

·         Oct 10- Invitation to a Screening of the documentary film, Most Likely to Succeed, at Hallie Wells MS.  Admission is $5.00.  For information visit Wells’ website. http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/halliewellsms/templates/default.aspx?id=553713

·         Oct 11- Girls’ Softball Game at home

·         Oct 11- Westland Singles Tennis Tournament (Hill/Serino)

·         Oct 11- 13- Morning bus evacuation drills at BCC HS which may cause delays in Westland bus pick ups

·         Oct 17- Boys’ Softball Game and Coed Cross Country Meet at home

·         Oct 18 and 19- Announced morning bus evacuation drills at Westland

·         Oct 19- Girls’ Softball Game at home

·         Oct 19- Student Service Learning Fair for students and parents- postponed to the spring.  In the meantime, for an information-filled website, visit http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/ssl/

·         Oct 24- Study Skills Night for students and parents- 6:00- 8:00 pm

·         Oct 27- 6th Grade Halloween Dance 7-8:30 pm

 

·         Nov 1- American Indian Heritage Month begins

·         Nov 1- Girls’ Softball Game at home

·         Nov 3- First Friday College/University Gear

·         Nov 9- Early release day for students- dismissal at 12:30

·         Nov 10­- Early release day for K-8 students- dismissal at 12:30

·         Nov 10- Parent/Teacher conferences- 1:00- 7:00 pm

·         Nov 15- Outdoor Education Parent Info Night for parents of 6th graders- 7:00 pm

·         Nov 17- Early release for K-8 students- 12:30 pm

·         Nov 17- Parent/Teacher conferences- 1:00- 4:00 pm (for select teachers)

·         Nov 17- In-school field trip for sixth graders

·         Nov 22- Early release- dismissal at 12:30

·         Nov 23 and 24- Thanksgiving holiday- offices and schools closed

·         Nov 23-Nov 26- Homework Free Weekend- no homework (except reading) due on Monday Nov 27

·         Nov 29- Family Reading Night at Westland

 

·         Dec 1- First Friday College/University Gear

·         Dec 7- Choral Concert at BCC high school- 7:00 pm

·         Dec 12- Instrumental Music Concert 1 of 2: Bands at BCC high school- 7:00 pm

·         Dec 14- Dec 16- Fall Play

·         Dec 19- Instrumental Music 

Concert 2 of 2: Orchestras at BCC high School- 7:00 pm

 

 9/24/17

Three date changes/corrections of note since last week:

I advertised the 6th grade Mix and Mingle as occurring on the 28th but is it this week on the 27th.

On the morning of Oct 4th I will be joining parents of seventh graders at La Madeleine.  (I inadvertently advertised this as a second coffee for sixth grade parents.)

Our SSL fair scheduled for October 19th will be shifted to this spring.

THIS WEEK

COMMUNITY BUILDING CIRCLE:  Tomorrow we will have a community-building circle during STAR.  Students will be asked to consider and share a time in their life when they felt successful and what was most important to them about those successes.  We will also hold a check-out round asking students which MYP learner profiles were exhibited.  Within the circle, students may always choose to pass rather than respond but we do hope they will be comfortable in this setting to often share.

 

ACTIVITY BUSES:  Our activity buses begin on Tuesday.  We have three buses that will make central stops throughout our catchment area.  The bus schedule is posted to our website and linked here http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/uploadedFiles/schools/westlandms/about/Westland%20Middle%20School%20Activity%20Buses%202017-2018.pdf  Please review the closest stop for your child BEFORE they stay after school.

 

STUDENT PHOTOS:  Individual student photos will be taken by Lifetouch on Sept 27 during students’ PE/health classes.

 

SIXTH GRADE MIX AND MINGLE:  Sixth graders are invited to stay after school on Wednesday for our Mix and Mingle event from 3:00-4:30.

 

SIXTH GRADE PARENT/PRINCIPAL COFFEE:  On Thursday morning parents of 6th graders are invited to a parent/principal coffee at La Madeleine at 7607 Old Georgetown Road.  Parents begin gathering at 8:30.  Ms. Hennessy and I will join from 9:00-10:00.  Join us for 90 minutes or just drop in and out.

 

“DECAF” PARENT/PRINCIPAL COFFEE:  On Thursday evening parents of all grades are invited to a “decaf” coffee in Westland’s media center with me from 7:00-8:15.  Again, stay for as long as you wish.  (Feel free to have your children read or do homework at the couches and tables behind us.)

 

SSL FORMS DUE: Student service learning forms for service conducted this past summer are due to the main office on Friday, September 29.

 

FRIDAY STAR LESSON:  Our STAR lesson on Friday will be focused on the novel Wonder by R.J. Palacios

 

Please see the email version of the call for updates to our calendar.

Have a good evening and remember to keep each other close.

 

CALENDAR- new and edited items listed in bold

·         Oct 4- SEVENTH Grade Parent/Principal Coffee at La Madeleine- 8:30- 10:00 am (drop in or stay for 90 min)

·         Oct 4- Seventh grade Mix and Mingle Event- free- 3:15-4:30 (activity buses available)

·         Oct 5- Boys’ Softball Game and Coed Cross Country Meet at home

·         Oct 6- Eighth Grade Parent/Principal Coffee at La Madeleine- 8:30- 10:00 am (drop in or stay for 90 min)

·         Oct 6- First Friday College/University Gear

·         Oct 6- Early release- dismissal at 12:30

·         Oct 10- Invitation to a Screening of the documentary film, Most Likely to Succeed, at Hallie Wells MS.  Admission is $5.00.  For information visit Wells’ website. http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/halliewellsms/templates/default.aspx?id=553713

·         Oct 11- Girls’ Softball Game at home

·         Oct 17- Boys’ Softball Game and Coed Cross Country Meet at home

·         Oct 19- Girls’ Softball Game at home

·         Oct 19- Student Service Learning Fair for students and parents- postponed to the spring.  In the meantime, for an information-filled website, visit http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/ssl/

·         Oct 24- Study Skills Night for students and parents- 6:00- 8:00 pm

·         Oct 27- 6th Grade Halloween Dance 7-8:30 pm

 

·         Nov 1- American Indian Heritage Month begins

·         Nov 1- Girls’ Softball Game at home

·         Nov 3- First Friday College/University Gear

·         Nov 9- Early release day for students- dismissal at 12:30

·         Nov 10­- Early release day for K-8 students- dismissal at 12:30

·         Nov 10- Parent/Teacher conferences- 1:00- 7:00 pm

·         Nov 15- Outdoor Education Parent Info Night for parents of 6th graders- 7:00 pm

·         Nov 17- Early release for K-8 students- 12:30 pm

·         Nov 17- Parent/Teacher conferences- 1:00- 4:00 pm (for select teachers)

·         Nov 17- In-school field trip for sixth graders

·         Nov 22- Early release- dismissal at 12:30

·         Nov 23 and 24- Thanksgiving holiday- offices and schools closed

·         Nov 29- Family Reading Night

 

·         Dec 1- First Friday College/University Gear

·         Dec 7- Choral Concert at BCC high school- 7:00 pm

·         Dec 12- Instrumental Music Concert 1 of 2: Bands at BCC high school- 7:00 pm

·         Dec 14- Dec 16- Fall Play

 

·         Dec 19- Instrumental Music Concert 2 of 2: Orchestras at BCC high School- 7:00 pm

 

 9/17/17

Good evening, Westland families.  I hope everyone has enjoyed this beautiful fall weekend.  If I were you I would hang up on me now and read the email version of the call because of the amount of detail I include there but thanks for hanging with me if you stay on the line.

CORRECTION NYC CHORAL TRIP MEETING:  Last week I indicated that the choral meeting tomorrow night from 6:30-7:15 was a general choral meet and greet but it will be focused specifically on the current field trip planned to NYC in April.  Parents of 7th and 8th graders are invited.

ENRICHMENT ACADEMIES:  Registration for the Enrichment Academies fall after school clubs is still open.  There are many fun and interesting options for our students ranging from computer programming to tennis to knitting.  To register, log on to https://westland.enrichment-academies.com/.  Fall Clubs begin on Tuesday, September 26th.

THIS WEEK

STAR LESSON:  Tomorrow we will have a STAR lesson on what it means to be a Middle Years Programme school and an MYP learner.  

NEW PARENT INFO SESSION:  Tomorrow night at 7:30  new parents are invited to join all four administrators to learn some of the key details about the school and the school year.  We will meet in the cafeteria and you are welcome to bring your children to sit at the back tables to draw, read, complete homework, listen to music, etc.

ADMINISTRATOR VISITS:  This week administrators will visit social studies classes to greet students and share key information about our expectations.  Students will receive copies of “A Student’s Guide to Rights and Responsibilities”, the “MCPS Student Code of Conduct” as well as the Bullying, Harassment or Intimidation Reporting Form”.  For more information visit http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/students/rights/ and http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/forms/detail.aspx?formID=40&formNumber=230-35&catID=2&subCatId=3.

HOMEROOM: On Wednesday we will have an alphabetical homeroom (rather than STAR) so we can distribute PARCC math and reading scores from last May.  Students will also receive information about ordering school photos.  Lastly we will share a lesson about student features within the myMCPS portal.  

NO SCHOOL:  There is no school for students and teachers on Thursday.  Happy new year to those celebrating.

HISPANIC HERITAGE:  On Friday the 22nd we will have a second Hispanic Heritage month STAR lesson focused on one of the art forms in Latin America

LOOKING AHEAD

ACTIVITY BUSES:  Our activity buses begin on Tuesday the 26th.  We have three buses that will make central stops throughout our catchment area.  We will post the bus schedule to our website so you can determine the closest stop for your child.

STUDENT PHOTOS:  Student photos will be taken on Sept 27 through PE/health classes.  

See below for future dates.  Have a great evening and keep each other close.


CALENDAR- new events added are written in bold

·         Sept 26- First day for after school activity buses- depart at 4:45

·         Sept 27- Student photos through Physical Education/Health Education classes (Makeups on November 10th)

·         Sept 28- Sixth Grade Parent/Principal Coffee at La Madeleine- 8:30- 10:00 am (drop in or stay for 90 min)

·         Sept 28- Sixth grade Mix and Mingle Event- free- 3:15-4:30 (activity buses available)

·         Sept 28- Parent/Principal “Decaf” Coffee from 7:00- 8:15 at Westland MS- any grade level

·         Sept 29- Due date for service learning forms for service completed this summer (Ms. Wang)

·         Sept 29- STAR Lesson- Wonder #1


·         Oct 4- Sixth Grade Parent/Principal Coffee at La Madeleine- 8:30- 10:00 am (drop in or stay for 90 min)

·         Oct 4- Seventh grade Mix and Mingle Event- free- 3:15-4:30 (activity buses available)

·         Oct 5- Boys’ Softball Game and Coed Cross Country Meet at home

·         Oct 6- Eighth Grade Parent/Principal Coffee at La Madeleine- 8:30- 10:00 am (drop in or stay for 90 min)

·         Oct 6- First Friday College/University Gear

·         Oct 6- Early release- dismissal at 12:30

·         Oct 11- Girls’ Softball Game at home

·         Oct 17- Boys’ Softball Game and Coed Cross Country Meet at home

·         Oct 19- Girls’ Softball Game at home

·         Oct 19- Student Service Learning Fair for students and parents- evening

·         Oct 24- Study Skills Night for students and parents- 6:00- 8:00 pm

·         Oct 27- 6th Grade Halloween Dance 7-8:30 pm


·         Nov 1- American Indian Heritage Month begins

·         Nov 1- Girls’ Softball Game at home

·         Nov 3- First Friday College/University Gear

·         Nov 9- Early release day for students- dismissal at 12:30

·         Nov 10­- Early release day for K-8 students- dismissal at 12:30

·         Nov 10- Parent/Teacher conferences- 1:00- 7:00 pm

·         Nov 15- Outdoor Education Parent Info Night for parents of 6th graders- 7:00 pm

·         Nov 17- Early release for K-8 students- 12:30 pm

·         Nov 17- In-school field trip for sixth graders

·         Nov 22- Early release- dismissal at 12:30

·         Nov 23 and 24- Thanksgiving holiday- offices and schools closed

·         Nov 29- Family Reading Night


·         Dec 1- First Friday College/University Gear

·         Dec 7- Choral Concert at BCC high school- 7:00 pm

·         Dec 12- Instrumental Music Concert 1 of 2: Bands at BCC high school- 7:00 pm

·         Dec 14- Dec 16- Fall Play

·         Dec 19- Instrumental Music Concert 2 of 2: Orchestras at BCC high School- 7:00 pm

 

 9/11/17


We had a tremendous first week getting to know students, meeting parents and sharing our love for the subjects we teach.  Thank you for sharing your kind, eager and creative children with us!

 

 

FORMS:  We are still collecting parent reunification forms (form #236-1 on the MCPS website).  Please have your child drop them to the main office.  http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/forms/pdf/236-1.pdf

In addition, students who completed service learning hours this summer should complete their forms (form #560-51 on the MCPS website)- http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/forms/pdf/560-51.pdf and submit them to the main office by Friday, September 29.  If you have questions about service learning, please contact our coordinator, Ms. Wang at Yiping_H_Wang@mcpsmd.org.

Should you wish to withhold any/all information from the student directory and/or other publications, be sure to send us form 281-13- http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/forms/pdf/281-13.pdf

LABEL EVERYTHING:  Parents- Please, drop everything RIGHT NOW and find a Sharpie or some tape and have your son or daughter label everything he/she brings to school.  We would love to return a lost pink calculator, turquoise lunchbox and blue soup canister to their rightful owners.  Some parents/kids stop labeling when they leave elementary school but middle school students traverse so many more spaces.

AGENDA BOOK:  Students were issued an agenda book on the first day of school to track assignments and for passes out of their classes.  The text of the agenda book will help you get to know some of our procedures.  http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/uploadedFiles/schools/westlandms/homepage/WestlandAgenda201718Final.pdf

MAP-R and MAP-M: The Measures of Academic Progress in Reading (MAP-R) and Measures of Academic Progress in Math (MAP-M) will be administered to all students in the next several weeks during their English/ESOL and math classes, respectively.  This is a computer adaptive test that increases or decreases in difficulty of questions as students respond.  At the conclusion of the test students will receive their score.

THIS WEEK
FALL SPORTS TRYOUTS:  All forms for softball and cross-country are due to Mr. Kanon, athletic coordinator, in room 211 or in the main office.  Try-outs will occur Tuesday through Thursday, Sept 12-14.  A sports bus will run at 4:40.  Mr. Guerra (rm 127A) will coach boys softball, Ms. Licare (rm 127B) will coach girls softball and Ms. Felix (Girl's’ PE office) will coach cross-country.  

 

There will be fall intramural sports opportunities for 6th-8th graders starting in a couple weeks. 

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH:  On Friday, September 15th through October 15th we celebrate Hispanic Heritage month.

LOOKING AHEAD
CHORAL PARENTS’ MTG:  On Monday, September 18th at 6:30 pm choral parents are invited to meet with Mr. Guerra to learn about the adventures in music planned for the year.

NEW PARENT INFO SESSION:  Also on Monday, September 18th at 7:30  new parents are invited to join all four administrators to learn some of the key details about the school and the school year.  We will meet in the cafeteria and you are welcome to bring your children to sit at the back tables to draw, read, complete homework, listen to music, etc.

NO SCHOOL SEPTEMBER 21:  There is no school for students on Thursday, September 21.

AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITY BUSES:  Our activity buses will begin running on Tuesday, September 26 at 4:40 and will run most Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the year. 

See below for future dates.  Have a great evening and keep each other close.

CALENDAR

·         Sept 11- Forms due fall softball & cross country- drop off in main office (Mr. Kanon, room 211)
·         Sept 12, 13, 14- Tryouts for girls softball (Ms. Licare), boys softball (Mr. Guerra) and co-ed cross country (Ms. Felix) for seventh and eighth graders. A sports bus will run at 4:30
·         Sept 15- Hispanic Heritage Month (thru October 15)
·         Sept 18- Choral Parents’ meeting with Mr. Guerra- 6:30
·         Sept 18- Welcome/Info Session for Parents new to Westland- 7:30  (THIS WAS PREVIOUSLY ADVERTISED AS 7:00)         
·         Sept 21- No School for students and teachers
·         Sept 26- First day for after school activity buses- depart at 4:45
·         Sept 27- Student photos through Physical Education/Health Education classes (Makeups on November 10th)
·         Sept 28- Sixth grade Mix and Mingle Event- free- 3:15-4:30 (activity buses available)
·         Sept 29- Due date for service learning forms for service completed this summer

·         Oct 4- Seventh grade Mix and Mingle Event- free- 3:15-4:30 (activity buses available)
·         Oct 5- Boys’ Softball Game and Coed Cross Country Meet at home
·         Oct 6- First Friday College/University Gear
·         Oct 6- Early release- dismissal at 12:30
·         Oct 11- Girls’ Softball Game at home
·         Oct 17- Boys’ Softball Game and Coed Cross Country Meet at home
·         Oct 19- Girls’ Softball Game at home
·         Oct 19- Student Service Learning Fair for students and parents- evening
·         Oct 24- Study Skills Night for students and parents- 6:00- 8:00 pm

·         Nov 1- American Indian Heritage Month begins
·         Nov 1- Girls’ Softball Game at home
·         Nov 3- First Friday College/University Gear
·         Nov 9- Early release day for students- dismissal at 12:30
·         Nov 10­- Early release day for K-8 students- dismissal at 12:30
·         Nov 10- Parent/Teacher conferences- 1:00- 7:00 pm
·         Nov 15- Outdoor Education Parent Info Night for parents of 6th graders- 7:00 pm
·         Nov 17- Early release for K-8 students- 12:30 pm
·         Nov 17- In-school field trip for sixth graders
·         Nov 22- Early release- dismissal at 12:30
·         Nov 23 and 24- Thanksgiving holiday- offices and schools closed
·         Nov 29- Family Reading Night

·         Dec 1- First Friday College/University Gear
·         Dec 7- Choral Concert at BCC high school- 7:00 pm
·         Dec 12- Instrumental Music Concert 1 of 2: Bands at BCC high school- 7:00 pm
·         Dec 14- Dec 16- Fall Play
·         Dec 19- Instrumental Music Concert 2 of 2: Orchestras at BCC high School- 7:00 pm

 

 September 5, 2017

Good evening, Westland families.  This is Ms. Serino, proud principal at Westland, with a weekly update. 

ARRIVAL/BREAKFAST:  I look forward to welcoming our students on Tuesday morning.  Students can arrive as early as 7:15 and they should sit in the main lobby reading a book, listening to music, etc.  As of 7:45 they should relocate to the gym (if 6th or 7th grade) and the cafeteria (if 8th grade.)  Students of any grade are invited to the cafeteria to get breakfast.  The breakfast line will open at 7:50.

HOMEROOMS: Homeroom lists will be posted in both the gym and cafeteria and students should look for their homeroom, sorted by grade and alphabetical by last name.  At 8:00 seventh and eighth graders will report to their homerooms.  At 8:05 sixth graders will be escorted by their homeroom teachers.

HANDOUTS: Students will receive a number of documents during homeroom including:
-Agenda books- please write your name on it!
-Google logins and passwords labels- please keep secret
-Cafeteria PIN numbers- write down when your teacher tells you- please keep secret
-Free and Reduced-Priced Meal Forms (FARM Forms) pre-printed for the youngest or only MCPS student in the family.
-Parent/Child Reunification (PCR) Authorization
-Cafeteria News (bilingual)
-Pest Management Notice (English for all, 10 copies Spanish)- yellow
-Bus Routes
-Westland maps
-School supplies (bilingual)- pink
-Asbestos Management Plan (bilingual)- yellow
-Directory Information Withholding form
-Back to School Night Flyer (bilingual)
-K-12 Student Accident Insurance

MORNING ANNOUNCEMENTS:  Each day Ms. Kelsey, main office secretary, posts our morning announcements to the Westland PTA (Parent Teacher Association) listserv.  If you wish to join the listserv visit our website and click on the PTA tab.

STAR: After homeroom students will report to their STAR (Students and Teachers Achieving Results) class which will serve as their advisory period at the start of every regular school day.

SCHEDULES: Students will follow their schedules periods 1-7 with a lunch period in between.  If a student is missing a class during a particular period, s/he should go to the counseling office that period.  If a student is slated for an incorrect class--like French when she is enrolled in Chinese, s/he should go to the counseling office that period.  If a student is interested in changing a class, s/he should go to the counseling office during lunch to leave a note about the change.

LUNCHES: We anticipate this being the final year that Westland will run four lunches. 
A lunch from 10:25-10:55 for sixth graders.
B lunch from 11:14-11:44 for seventh graders.
C lunch from 12:03- 12:33 for 1/2 of the eighth grade.
D lunch from 12:52- 1:22 for 1/2 of the eighth grade.
Students are encouraged to bring non-peanut/treenut snacks and a water bottle for classes that occur before or after lunch.  (Our lunch period itself is not peanut/treenut free.)

LOCKERS: We will distribute lockers to students during STAR on WEDNESDAY.

 

DISMISSAL:  Students will be dismissed to their buses, carpools and walks home at staggered times beginning with 6th graders at 2:54.

 

BUSES: We do anticipate some of our buses being overcrowded during the first week of school.  We request your patience as the transportation office works to balance the buses after they gauge the actual ridership.


BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT:  This Thursday night, September 7th, we invite all parents/guardians to Westland for Back to School Night to meet your child's teachers for brief intros.  A separate email will be sent with details.

Have a great evening.

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