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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.

Please join us for our information sessions on Tuesday, November 4, Wednesday, November 19, and Monday, January 5 at 7:00pm.  We will begin accepting applications on Tuessday, October 14.  Please fill out the opt-in and transfer request form (if necessary).  English               Español

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!
WMS PTO Spirit Night at Tropical Smoothie
The Woodbridge Middle School PTO is sponsoring a Spriti Night at Tropical Smoothie in Woodbridge on Tuesday, November 4 from 4:00 - 8:00 PM.  Please see the flyer for more information.






 
Class Shirts
8th grade class shirts and hoodies are available for order until October 17!  Please see the order form.

Due to an increase in demand, orders will once again be taken for 6th grade shirts.  They will be available until Friday, November 7.  Please see the order form.


 
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 Gifted Advisory Committee Needs New Memberss
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
 

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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