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Monday September 22
 
A Day
Tuesday September 23

B Day
Wednesday September 24

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Thursday September 25

B Day
Friday September 26

A Day
PWCS Expo on October 20 offers resources for students and their families. Meet school counselors and learn about children's anxiety and fears, Attention Deficit Disorder, specific behaviors, depression, stress, or school related problems. View details.
Upcoming Events
PWCS News
 
Divisionwide Announcements
WMS Announcements
7th/8th Grade Back to School Night
The 7th/8th Grade Back to School Night will be held on Tuesday, September 23.  The schedule is as follows:
 
6:30 - 7:20       SIGNET Teacher Mrs. Schaller - Room 2003
6:30 - 7:20 Band, Strings, and Chorus Teachers - Auditorium
6:30 - 7:20 Meet and Greet with Encore teachers in the cafeteria
7:25 - 7:55 Core 1
8:00 - 8:20 Core 2
8:25 - 8:45  Core 3

Parent Portal applications will also be processed.  Due to limited parking, we are providing a shuttle bus from the I-95 Commuter Lot to Woodbridge Middle. The commuter lot is in Woodbridge (Horner Rd Old Lot) near the intersection of Prince William Parkway and Horner Road, west of I-95 Exit 158. (From Potomac Mills, follow Prince William Parkway East, towards Woodbridge, for approximately 1 mile. Turn left at the light, before you cross over I-95, into the commuter parking lot.) Park near the shuttle bus stand. School buses will run continually from 6 -9 PM between the commuter lot and Woodbridge Middle School.  


Rachel's Challenge Program
Woodbridge Middle School works very hard to establish a culture or respect, tolerance, responsibility, and kindness. Every year we invite the Rachel's Challenge Program to present to our students (and parents). Rachel Joy Scott was the first shooting victim of the school massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado. This year, we have scheduled our program for September 25. As opposed to an evening event for parents, we are inviting our parents to join us at our student assemblies.

These will be held as follows:
6th grade-8:30-9:30
7th grade-10:10-11:10
8th grade- 1:40-2:40

WMS Library News
Please click here to access the summer reading list and the documentation form.  Please mark your calendars for the Scholastic Book Fair:  Sept. 17th - Sept. 24th.  Parents interested in volunteering can e-mail Mrs. Peel at peeljl@pwcs.edu.




 
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 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.
WMS School Newspaper Looking for Staff Members
Are you someone who wants to leave his or her mark on Woodbridge Middle?  Do you love non-fiction, writing, and talking with people?  If so, then this is the opportunity for you!  Woodbridge Middle School is starting up a school newspaper and is looking for talented writers.  Be a part of this club and you will help shape a legacy.   Submit a sample of your best writing to Mrs. Leigh in room 2005 by September 26, 2014.  A decision will be posted by October 1, 2014.  The first meeting will be after school Room 2005 on October 7.  Meetings will be weekly and there will be deadlines to meet.  Currently there openings for: Editor in Chief, Assistant. Editor, copy editors, photo journalists, and staff .
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 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
 

Woodbridge Middle School PTO Membership
The PTO is here to support the faculty and staff of Woodbridge Middle School. We can only do that with the participation of parents and teachers. Your participation in monthly meetings and at PTO events is what makes us successful.

Meetings are held every second Tuesday of the month at 6:45 PM, to ensure maximum parent and teacher attendance. Meetings are held in the Main Office Conference Room or the Library. All are welcome to attend and we hope to see you there! For more information please contact Shelly Huston at seashel2026@aol.com.

The WMS PTO Membership Form is available in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Urdu by clicking here.

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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