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Dear Westerly Middle School Families,

Welcome to WMS! Here is some helpful information to guide you through the first week of school.

School arrival:
  • The hours of our school are 8:00-2:30 pm.
  • All middle school students will be transported by bus to and from school daily. If personally transporting, parents/guardians are asked to drop students off no earlier than 7:30 a.m. and pick up students at dismissal using the designated parent/guardian drop-off area in a safe orderly manner.

  • Fifth-grade students who are parent pickups will report to the cafeteria for release to an authorized person. A photo ID must be presented to the dismissal staff member in order to pick up a child. Please instruct your child not to leave with anyone who is not listed on his/her emergency card.
  • Students in Grades 6-8 will be directly dismissed to parent cars.

  • The two rows in the first parking area (closest to the baseball field) are designated for visitors.
  • Please use these designated spots at the end of the day for student pick up. Please do not block cars.

  • Lockers will be assigned by homeroom teachers. Lockers must be secured with a combination lock.
  • The combination will be recorded by the homeroom teacher on the first day of school.

Cell Phones:
  • A student may possess an electronic communication device (ECD) (including but not limited to cellular phones) in school provided that during school hours the device remains turned off.

Please refer to the Student Planner for more information. Planners will be distributed to students on the first day of school.

If you any questions, please call the school at 401.348.2750. Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter. @WMSRIPrincipal, @StuListWMS, @KnMCronin, @WmsDean2, @DesireeDerix

Thank you.
WMS Leadership Team
March Newsletter
Dear WMS Families:
As we head into the last half of our school year, I think about how fast this school year is going by and we still have so much teaching and learning to accomplish. We appreciate your commitment to your child’s education. We can achieve many goals by working together.
Along with our daily classroom work, below is a list of events for the month of March:

March 6 – Track meeting – 5:30 WMS Cafeteria

March 7 – Dolphin Team to IMAX Theatre 8:45 – 12:30

March 10 – No School – Professional Development Day

March 13 – Governor For A Day essays due to Ms. Fusco

March 14 – PTO meeting – 7:00 p.m.

March 20 – Seahorse Team to Garde Art Theatre 8:45 – 12:00

March 24 – Granite Team to Alley Katz 10:45 – 1:00

March 25 – Unified Team to Cole Middle School 8:45 – 1:15

March 31 – Salt Marsh Opera to WMS 9:05 – 10:05
Student of the Month Breakfast – 8:20

Looking forward to April:

April 14 – No School – Good Friday

April 16-21 – No School – Spring Break

April 28 – Student of the Month Breakfast – 8:20


Ms. Paula Fusco
December Newsletter

Dear WMS Parents,

Welcome to December at WMS. We have had a wonderful start to our school year. Many great things have been going on; field trips, Student of the Month, the installation of our garden, and of course, a lot of learning, to name a few. December will be another busy month. Below are some highlights:
  • December 13 – PTO meeting at 7 p.m.
  • December 14 – Band Concert at 6 p.m.
  • December 16 – Student of the Month Breakfast at 8:20 a.m.
  • December 22 – Granite Team to Stop & Shop for their annual food basket shopping trip.
  • December 26 – January 2 – Holiday recess (Returning to school on January 3rd.)

Looking on to January:
  • January 3 – Return from holiday recess
  • January 10 - Granite 8 Team – Body World field trip
  • January 11 – Hurricane Team – Body World field trip
  • January 12 – Windjammer Team – Body World field trip
  • January 16 – No School – Martin Luther King day
  • January 18 – Geography Bee at 6 p.m.

A few reminders:
  • If your child is out sick please make sure to call the attendance line at 401-315-1692.
  • Please remind your child to leave a message if they should call you from school for any reason.
  • Please do not drop your student off before 7:30 a.m. There is no adult supervision available until that time.
I would like to wish all our WMS families a wonderful holiday season and a restful holiday recess.

Ms. Paula Fusco

Welcome Back!!!!
Dear WMS Families,
On behalf of the staff of Westerly Middle School, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2016-2017 school year. We are all excited to have students back in our classrooms and hallways, eager and ready to learn. It is our mission to help each child feel welcomed, connected and a part of the WMS community. Additionally, we strive to challenge each student to grow in his or her academic abilities. A strong partnership between home and school can make a great difference in your child’s education. Your input, feedback, and support are critical to the teaching and learning environment and most importantly, the success of your child in our school.
The MMS Parent Portal and School Fusion are great ways to stay informed regarding your child’s education. MMS Parent Portal will provide grades, attendance and discipline. School Fusion will provide information regarding classroom activities, lessons, and homework. Please sign up for it under the WMS website under the Parent tab. Only parents and legal guardians are allowed access to this confidential information. I will be sending monthly information through my School Fusion page; please take a moment to join my page.
We will continue to use the RAPTOR Visitor Management System. If you have scanned your license at WMS in the past it will still be on file in the system. Fifth grade parents will need to scan their license as each school’s system only has information for that school. It is still good practice to bring your license with you when picking up your student.
Some helpful information as we enter into the new school year:
  • First day of school is Tuesday, September 6th.
  • School hours are 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.; students may enter at 7:30 a.m.
  • Parent drop off and pick up is on the side of the school (cafeteria side, first parking lot). Grade 5 parents who pick up their child at the end of the day will enter the side door by the cafeteria. Please have a picture ID available. Students in grades 6-8 will be dismissed to your car. All parking is in the first parking lot.
  • Students will receive an agenda book on the first day of school. Please review the school policies and procedures with your child. Please return all completed forms to your child’s homeroom teacher.
  • Parents and guardians are requested to call school at 315-1692 before 8:00 a.m. when a student is absent from school.
  • If a student has an early dismissal, the student must present a written early dismissal request to the main office upon entering school that morning. Parents must present themselves prior to the release of the student for sign out and dismissal.
  • If your student is going home on another bus or getting off at another stop on their bus, they must bring a written note from a parent or guardian to the Main Office.
Important dates:
  • Tuesday, September 13th – No School, Primary Election Day/Staff Professional Development
  • Friday, October 7th – School Pictures
  • Monday, October 10th – No School, Columbus Day
Please feel free to contact me anytime throughout the school year either by phone, 348-2750, or email, pfusco@westerly.k12.ri.us.
Happy New Year!

Paula Fusco, Principal
Westerly Middle School
April Newsletter
Dear WMS Parents,
We are pleased to welcome our new Assistant Principal, Kevin Cronin. Mr. Cronin has made a smooth transition into the WMS family and is eager to get to know and interact with all of our students.

We have begun our PARCC testing and all is going well. Just a reminder that our PARCC schedule is available on our website and information about the PARCC test is available on the district website.

Here are some events to look forward to during the month of April:
April 7 – Quarter 3 ends
April 14 – Unified basketball game 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. WMS gym
April 14 – Report cards distributed – check you student’s back pack
April 15-22 – Spring Break – No school
April 28 – Unified basketball game 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. WMS gym
April 29 – Faculty/Student basketball game 6:30 p.m. WMS gym

and looking forward to May:
May 3 – PTO meeting – 6:00 p.m. - all are welcome
May 16 - May 20 – BOGO book fair
May 19 – Grade 5 to Garde Arts Center
May 20 – Grade 8 - Katie DeCubellis Program – WMS auditorium
May 25 – ½ student day, ½ Staff Professional Development day
May 27 – Student of the Month breakfast
May 30 – No School – Memorial Day
May 31 – Osprey Team to Wahaneeta Land Trust, Westerly


Ms. Paula Fusco

March 2016 Newsletter

Dear Westerly Middle School Parents:

The month of March finds us getting ready for spring and PARCC testing that will begin on March 28th and continue through April 29th (our PARCC window). Please check the District Dashboard on the Westerly Public Schools web-site for more information and parent FAQs.

Below is a schedule of other happenings at WMS for March and looking forward to April:

  • March 18 – Student of the Month breakfast
  • March 25 – No School – Good Friday
  • March 28 – April 29 – PARCC testing​
  • April 5 – PTO meeting – 6 p.m.
  • April 18-22 – Spring Recess
  • April 29 – Student of the Month breakfast


Paula Fusco


February Newsletter
Dear WMS Families:

Welcome to February!

We do have a few highlights to this short month.
  • February 2 – PTO meeting, 6:00 p.m.
  • February 4 – Spelling Bee, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
  • February 15-19 – Winter Break
  • February 26 – Student of the Month Breakfast

As we look forward to the month of Mach, please keep in mind that PARCC testing will begin at the end of the month and continue into April.
  • March 1 – PTO meeting, 6:00 p.m.
  • March 11 – No school for students; teacher professional development day
  • March 18 – Student of the Month Breakfast
  • March 25 – No School – Good Friday

Please remind your student to leave a message if they call home for any reason. Any call made from Westerly Middle School will show up as 348-2750. If the nurse or an administrator called you, they would leave a message. We cannot call into a classroom and interrupt teaching time to find out why a student called home. As always, we will forward messages to your child if there is a change in their after school routine. Thank you for your help in this matter.


Ms. Fusco
January Newsletter
Dear WMS Families:

Happy 2016!! I hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday and a restful vacation.
We will be conducting our second round of NWEA testing during the month of January beginning January 11th.
Other highlights for the month include:
  • January 18 – NO SCHOOL – Martin Luther King Day
  • January 21 – Geography Bee, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
  • January 29 – Student of the Month Breakfast
  • January 29 – Gr. 8 Winter Ball, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Looking forward to the month of February:
  • February 2 – PTO meeting, 6:00 p.m.
  • February 4 – Spelling Bee, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
  • February 15 – 19 – Winter Break
  • February 26 – Student of the Month Breakfast

Please remember for the safety of students at Westerly Middle School, please send in a note if someone different will be picking up your child and make sure that person has an ID with them when picking them up. Also, please always be ready to show your ID when asked. Even though we have scanned most ID’s into our new Raptor system, there may be times that the system is down and we will have to refer to the ID you have with you. Thank you for your continued cooperation with this procedure.

Ms. Fusco
December Newsletter

Dear WMS Families,

The holiday season is in full swing as is the learning and teaching at Westerly Middle School. We have some very exciting things coming up.
One of the highlights is the Disney’s Lion King Jr. production. The cast and crew are made up of very talented Westerly Middle School students. We would like thank Antonella DeAngelis and Ben Barber for taking our students under their wing and producing a quality show. Come see the show on Friday, December 4th at 7 p.m. or Saturday, December 5th at either 3 p.m. or 7 p.m. You will not be disappointed.
On December 22nd, the Granite Team will hold its 18th annual trip to Stop & Shop as part of their Feinstein Hunger Unit. Students working in teams of two will be given funds (raised during their Math-A-Thon) to shop for the ingredients needed to make a holiday meal for a family in need. What a great way to give back to our community.
Another way that our students will be giving back is the annual Student Council visit to the Apple Rehab. Members of the Student Council will make and deliver holiday centerpieces and spend some time with the residents.
We also have two musical programs for you to enjoy. The first on December 9th at 6:30 p.m., Ms. Smith will conduct the Holiday Band concert. On Tuesday, December 22 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., Mr. Johnson with present a choral concert with our talented Choral Group. We hope to see you there.

Other upcoming events on our calendar are as follows:

December 2 – Grade 7 to Trinity Rep to see A Christmas Carol

December 4 – Osprey Team to Slater Mill
Lion King - 7 p.m.

December 5 – Lion King - 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

December 9 – Holiday Band Concert – 6:30

December 11 – Sunfish Team to Slater Mill

December 18 – Student of the Month Breakfast

December 21 – Student Council to Apple Rehab

December 22 – Granite Team to Stop & Shop
Choral Concert – 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

December 24 – January 4 – Holiday Recess/returning to school on Monday, January 4th

I would like to extend to you and your families my wishes for a wonderful holiday season.


Ms. Fusco
November Newsletter
Happy November WMS Families:
We have settled into a productive daily routine at Westerly Middle School. We had several anti-bullying assemblies during the month of October. Our first assembly was on October 16th for our annual Orange Out Day. It was amazing to see our students supporting this day by wearing orange; even spraying their hair orange! On October 30th we welcomed Meredith O’Connor, teen pop star and anti-bullying icon to our school for grade level student assemblies. The students were thrilled to see her and hear her message.
November is a very busy month. We look forward to seeing many of our parents during conference time. Please consider stopping by the front office to have your license scanned if you have not already done so. Also, Ms. Derix, our Curriculum and Instructional Coordinator, will be available if you have any MMS Parent Portal questions.
Our PARCC results for the 2014-2015 school year will be made available to the public on November 16th. WMS will receive student reports between November 30 , 2015 and January 8, 2016 which will set a baseline for us. Since this is a new assessment we expect that student achievement may differ between PARCC and NECAP. NECAP measured the old Grade Level Expectations (GLEs) and Grade Span Expectations (GSEs) whereas PARCC measures progress toward college and career readiness using our new Common Core State Standards. We will not compare PARCC results with the results of NECAP because they are different tests that measure different standards.

Our next testing window of PARCC will be in March 2016 (dates to follow). PARCC will be administered to students in grades 3 -10 in ELA and to students in grades 3 - 8 in math and students enrolled in Algebra 1 and Geometry. Having 100% participation is important because PARCC assessments are aligned with the current learning standards. Results provide parents and the community with valuable information about student and school progress and provide school leaders with information about whether classroom instruction is preparing students for college and careers. The results also inform teachers and administrators with data for every student to shape instruction and to support students’ success. Results inform students about where they are and what they may need to improve in their learning. In short, participation in PARCC enables Rhode Islanders to see whether we are doing everything we can to help students succeed.

I will update our school community in January with more specifics regarding this assessment.

Below is a list of our November events:
  • November 10th – Parent Teacher conferences
  • November 11th – Veterans Day Holiday
  • November 13th – Picture re-takes
  • November 18th – Mix It Up Lunch
  • November 20th – Student of the Month breakfast
  • November 26th and 27th – Thanksgiving Holiday
Below are some highlights for December:
  • December 1st – PTO meeting – 6 p.m.
  • December 18th – Student of the Month Breakfast
  • December 24th – January 4th – Holiday Vacation (returning to school January 4th)

I would like to wish all WMS families a very Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy your time with family and friends.

Ms. Fusco
October Parent Letter
Welcome to October!
While the summer lovers among us are sad to see the longer, warmer days come to an end the autumn lovers are saying “yes” to the cooler days. Our first round of testing (NWEA) for the year is done. We appreciate everyone’s patience during this testing time. The month of October is busy with several field trips and our monthly Student of the Month celebration. Below is our calendar for the month of October.

October 11 – WMS Band in the Columbus Day Parade
October 12- No School (Columbus Day)
October 14, 15, 19 – Hurricane Team students to Viking Marina
October 23 – Sunfish Team annual Walk-A-Thon
October 23 – Student of the Month celebration

Looking ahead to November:
November 3 – PTO meeting
November 10 - Parent conferences (no school)
November 11 – Veterans’ Day (no school)
November 13 – Picture retakes
November 20 – Student of the Month celebration
November 26 & 27 – Thanksgiving holiday

Please remember to sign up for School Fusion. You will automatically receive emails from your students’ teachers and you can join any of the pages of the Leadership Team to receive automatic emails of anything posted on their pages. This is a great way to stay in touch with the happenings at Westerly Middle School.


Ms. Fusco

September Parent Letter
Our school year is off to a terrific start! We have met with each grade to review our PBIS program. PBIS stands for Positive Behavior Intervention and Support. Our three B’s are Be Safe, Be Respectful and Be Responsible. Staff members will continue to teach and work with students to demonstrate the positive behaviors throughout the year. Research states that in order to change behaviors students need to see models as well as be recognized for appropriate behaviors. We recognize students who demonstrate the 3 B’s with positive referrals and Bulldog Bucks. Students who are “caught” Being Respectful, Responsible, and Safe will receive a Bulldog Buck which can be entered into a monthly student raffle or can be spent in the school store. 1 Bulldog Buck is worth $0.25.
September is Attendance Awareness Month. Please help us promote good attendance so you child can reach academic excellence while at WMS. A few helpful tips:
  • Establish and stick to basic routine (going to bed early, waking up on time, etc) that will help your child develop the habit of on time attendance.
  • Talk to your child about why going to school is critical and important unless they are sick. If your child seems reluctant to go to school, find out why and work with the teachers, administrator or afterschool provider to get them excited about going to school.
  • Come up with back up plans for who to turn to ( another family member, a neighbor or fellow parents) to help you get your child to school if something comes up ( e.g. another child gets sick, your car breaks down, etc.).
  • Reach out for help if you are experiencing times that make it difficult to get your child to school. If your child is absent, work with the teacher to make sure he or he has an opportunity to learn and make up for the academics missed.
Attendance Works
All parents are invited to attend our monthly PTO meetings. Our mission is to provide support to our students and teachers through volunteer work and fundraising activities. The WMS PTO meets on the first Tuesday of most months at 6pm in the WMS school library. Our first meeting will be held on October 6th.
Some important dates to remember for September……
September 24th - School Improvement Meeting, 3pm-4:00pm
September 28th – Flu Clinic, 2:30-6:00pm, WMS Cafeteria
September 29th – Redesign Community Forum, WMS, 6pm (www. westerly.k12.ri.us for more information)
Summer 2015
Dear Westerly Middle School Families,

Happy summer! I am sure you are all looking forward to many fun filled summer days in the weeks ahead.

Families will receive team letters indicating their child's team placement around mid-August. The overall goal for administrators, teachers, and school counselors in the placement process, is to create a balanced mix of students within each of our teams that allows students to reach their highest potential. Much time, consideration and articulation has been devoted to this process. Please understand that once a child's placement has been finalized, placement will not be changed. Know that we continue to work to ensure the success of each Westerly Middle School student.

A few reminders for students:
  • Math packets are located on our school website and are available in the main office for students entering grades 5, 6, 7 and 8. Students should bring completed packets to their math teacher during the first week of school.
  • Information regarding "Flora and Ulysses: (our One School, One Book program text) along with our comprehensive grades 5-8 summer reading suggestions is also on our website.
  • Open House is an opportunity to visit your child's pod, greet team teachers and gain some insight into the exciting new year upon which your child is embarking. Open Houses will be held on:
Gr 5 - August 24th, 6-7 pm
Gr 6 - August 24th, 7-8 pm
Gr 7 - August 25th, 6-7 pm
Gr 8 - August 25th, 7-8 pm

Click on the Middle Years icon below to access an issue titled "A Positive Digital Footprint".


Ms. Fusco

May 2015
Hello WMS Families:

Where did the month of April go? We have been so busy with PARCC testing that the month just flew by. And on that same note, our next PARCC testing window is May 4 – May 28. In addition to PARCC, we have many activities during the month of May.

April 30 – Minute to Win It 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

May activities:
May 4 – Pink Out Day Assemblies

May 5 – Explorers Team to Peabody Museum
PTO meeting

May 8 – WMS Talent Show 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

May 11 – Holocaust speaker with 8th grade students

May 12 – 14 -Grade 8 Science NECAP

May 15 – Phantom Play 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

May 21 – ½ day for students (Senior Project Day)

May 22 – Grade 5 to Mystic Aquarium
Anchors Team to Riverbend Cemetery

May 25 – No School

May 27 – Prize Speaking 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. WMS Auditorium

May 29 – Student of the Month Breakfast

Also the Middle Year newsletters for April and May are accessible by clicking on the icon below.

Enjoy the warm(er) weather.


Ms. Fusco

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