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Our school recognized for helping PWCS save money and the environment.

Money not spent on energy costs can be better invested in the classroom. Read more.
Social Media Safety Night: May 28, 7 p.m., Benton Middle School
Learn What Parents and Students Need to Know to Avoid Online Dangers.  Get Details   -   Test Your Knowledge
WMS Announcements
Fourth Classroom Trailer

It is being proposed that Woodbridge Middle School receive a fourth classroom trailer for use during the 2015-16 school year.  This is because of increased enrollment projections.   Please see letter from Mr. Calhoun for more information.  

Important Note from Principal Mr. Calhoun
April 8, 2015
As we come closer to the end of the school year, and with spring in the air, we have found that some students tend to be a little less focused on learning. We have a lot to do, and the students need to come to school every day in the right frame of mind.
As in the past, we have scheduled a REWARD DAY for June 17. This day is for students who have focused on their job as a student from April 7 through the end of SOL’s June 10. REWARD DAY is a day of fun for students who have followed all rules and remained focused on their work... no referrals, no tardies, no detentions, etc. One violation will result in a one-hour delayed start to the day's event. REWARD DAY starts at 8:30. One offense will give the student a 9:30 start time. A second offense and the student will not be permitted to participate in REWARD DAY at all, as they did not earn the reward.
Please encourage your child to remain focused on learning. Failure to do so will result in their lost opportunity to participate in REWARD DAY on June 17.
It is our hope that all students will be able to enjoy the fun that is being planned. 
Thank you,
Skyles Calhoun

Sport & Health Night

Sport & Health Night will take place on May 29th from 6-8 PM.  Tickets will be on sale the week of the event for $3 (Visa Card students get in for free).  Appearing in the main events will be the Seminole Staff vs. the Boys Basketball and Girls Volleyball teams. There will be other events for any student to sign-up for such as a Penalty Shootout vs. Coach Treadwell/Trout.  In addition to the events in the gym, there will be fitness and health programs for you to explore such as: XSport Fitness, Smoothie King, Zoe's Kitchen, Kids' Gym, MMA classes and many more!  We hope to see you at this fun-filled event!

Gar-Field Class of 2019 Parent/Guardian Open House
Gar-Field High School will be offering tours and sessions for parents/guardians of rising 9th graders attending Gar-Field on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 from 7-9 PM.  For more information:  English     ​Español 
WMS Literary Magazine

Woodbridge Middle School students have written creative poems on various topics for the Literary Magazine.  Each poem submission is the original work of students at Woodbridge Middle School.  Ms. Walker would like to extend a hearty thank you to the student writers and the magazine staff.  

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

For more information:  
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Please fill out the opt-in and transfer request form (if necessary).  English     Español
Sensory Friendly Films
Sensory Friendly Films is a program that plays movies that are designed to provide a more inclusive environment for people with sensory-related disabilities such as Autism.  Sensory Friendly means that the lights are turned up, the volume level of the movie is turned down, people are allowed to get out of the seats and move/wiggle, and shout/sing during the movie. These showings are sometimes the only way that some kids/adults are able to see movies together as a family. The Potomac Mills AMC Theater in Woodbridge plays sensory friendly films.  Their next showing is the movie, Home, on Saturday, March 28th. 
Free Office 365 Suite Available

WMS students have free access to powerful learning and creative software to use at home and on the go. Microsoft’s new Student Advantage Program permits downloading and use of the entire Office 365 suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Publisher, Lync, Outlook, and Access) on up to five compatible PCs or Macs at no charge.
The free program is open to all WMS students. Downloaded software can be used by family members too. It includes free automatic updates, and is good for as long as students remain in Prince William County Public Schools.  Instructions can be found here.
All WMS students have been worked with and provided with their account information.  WMS cannot provide support for personal computers and mobile devices, however, general questions and login issues can be directed to Mr. Jones at jonessx@pwcs.edu.

Yearbooks are now on sale
You can order your yearbooks online at YBPay.lifetouch.com with our school's Yearbook ID Code: 12241215.  Yearbook prices start at $25 and go up with add-ons and upgrades.  Orders can be placed online through Sunday, May 10.

WMS Receives School of Excellence Designation
For the second consecutive year Woodbridge Middle School has been designated as a School of Excellence based on its performance in the 2013-14 school year, thus receiving the highest recognition awarded to a school by the Prince William County School Board. This distinction was earned through WMS students and staff demonstrating high levels of performance, as evaluated by Virginia accreditation and academic Annual Measurable Objectives, as well as moving towards the goals of the School Division's Strategic Plan.  This is the 7th time overall that WMS has received this distinguished honor.  Congratulations to the entire Woodbridge Middle School family who helped to earn this important indicator of student success.
40 Book Challenge
The Literacy Team and Language Arts Department is sponsoring a 40 Book Challenge for our middle school students. The Challenge, created by renowned author Donalyn Miller, is an invitation to accept the challenge of reading 40 or more books across different genres in one school year. It is a personal challenge, not a competition between students or classes. The Challenge is meant to expand students’ reading lives, not limit or define it. Students stretch themselves as readers and increase their competence, confidence, and reading motivation through their daily participation in our reading community.

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

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

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

PEP Classes at WMS/Clases de PEP a WMS
LEARN ENGLISH WITH ROSETTA STONE!!  Learn about our American school system!!  Learn how to communicate in English with your child's school.  PEP Classes will take place starting November 5th

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

At: Woodbridge Middle School

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

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

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

Día: Miércoles Hora: 4:30-6:30 P.M.

Lugar: Woodbridge Middle School

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Same Gender Program

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

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

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

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