Wamsutta Family Update 03/02/2018

Wamsutta Family Update 03/02/2018
Posted on 03/06/2018
Good afternoon Wamsutta Families.
Backpack Alert and Digital Notices:  We have several things on paper and online this week.  ABACUS April Vacation Registration, Summer Art Classes at the Attleboro Arts Museum, and an invitation to our multicultural Potluck Dinner went home on paper to all students today.  On Monday, Fee for Service information for next year will also be sent on paper with all students.  Attached to this email is the digital version of the multicultural night invitation as well as info for Girls Volleyball.  The first day of registration for volleyball is tomorrow, and I apologize for the last minute notice, but I just received it.
SAVE THE DATE:  On March 27th, the National Junior Honor Society will host a trivia night.  More information next week.
  1. Yesterday, teachers who oversee travel opportunities in the 2018-2019 school year came by to talk to the 5th, 6th, and 7th graders.  Here is the general flyer for the meeting on Tuesday, March 6th at AHS for all opportunities for all grades next year. Here is the flyer for the grade eight 2019 Washington DC trip.  This is only for current grade seven students.
  2. 8th Grade Update:  Thanks to Ms. Ramos, all students have completed their course requests.  The paper copies have been collected and sent off to the high school as a backup against any technical glitches.  If you have any concerns, let me know.
  3. Student artwork will be showcased at the Fuller Arts Museum over the next weeks.  Please consider joining us for our reception this Sunday, March 4, 2018, from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.  More information can be found at https://fullercraft.org/event/smarts-march-3-march-18/.
Finally, a word on student safety:  We just concluded a successful lockdown drill moments ago and it was one of many drills that we schedule regularly.  It was our second lockdown drill this school year, and we have already conducted 3 evacuation drills and a shelter-in-place drill.  More drills are planned for the rest of the year.  While there is no such thing as guaranteed or absolute safety, we feel that our regular drills and the advantages that our newer building with good video surveillance and effective entry protocols make us more secure than most.  In addition, we are lucky to be in the Commonwealth with more effective and stricter regulations and statutes around firearms than many other places.  While we are always looking to improve our safety procedures, as student safety is a priority above all else, I can say confidently that we do everything we can to keep students and staff safe while here at WMS. 
As I stated to the students today, however, the absolute best thing we can do to keep our community safe is to be attentive to those around us and care for one another.  As I know the students will do, please let me or any staff member know when you have concerns over the safety of someone or something around us.
The entire District Leadership Team has already met to outline ways we can do better.  The Middle School Principals will be meeting next week to go over grade-span specific ways we can ensure student safety to an even higher degree.  I welcome any and all feedback as I begin these conversations with District colleagues and our own WMS Safety Team.      
Thank you as always for your time and attention, and I hope everyone stays dry over the next days.
Joseph Connor, Principal
Wamsutta Middle School
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