News & Announcements
Principal's Advisory Posted: Mon, April 14, 2014
Morning Announcements – April 10, 2014 Posted: Thu, April 10, 2014
Morning Announcements – April 9, 2014 Posted: Wed, April 9, 2014
Positive Approaches to Substance Abuse Posted: Tue, April 8, 2014
Morning Announcements – April 8, 2014 Posted: Tue, April 8, 2014
TUESDAY, APRIL 15, 2014 - SOFTBALL PRACTICE IS CANCELLED TODAY!
Links for parents
Click here to access PowerSchoolClick here for 2013-2014 WMS Calendar Dates
Click here for 2013-2014 WMS Extra Curricular Activities
Links for students/staff
Click here to access STAR
Click here to access Naviance
Click here to access Typing Pal
Grade 7 Life Science
Students in Mrs. Lepore’s 7th grade science classes have begun a Life Science unit and are studying cells. Their lab activities have included culturing bacteria, researching bacteria’s characteristics, presenting their projects to the class and learning about cell structures and functions.
WMS Spring Musical
Westbrook Middle School presents the musical Time and Time Again on March 27 & 28 at 7:00 PM and March 29th at 2:00 PM in the middle school cafetorium. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students. Call 860-399-2010 for tickets and information.
On February 27th, all 6th grade students attended the Sixth Annual Geography Fair. Students worked on creating a display board containing various forms of information on a country of their choosing. The night was topped off by an array of foods from around the world that they also had to prepare to complete the evening.
Superintendent’s Award Winners
Superintendent Patricia Ciccone, WMS Principal Cori DiMaggio, and Board of Education Chair Maureen Westbrook congratulate Halle Barron and Victoria Koplas, winners of the Superintendent’s Award.
Eighth graders participate in Beautiful Length Program with Ms. Scanlon
Eighth graders Christine Banks, Kathleen Hayes, Carolyn Xenelis, and Kelsey Xenelis, along with their science teacher, Heather Scanlon, went together as a group to Salon Allure in Westbrook on January 24th to cut at least 8 inches of their hair for the Pantene Pro-V Beautiful Lengths Program. The girls decided to participate in the Beautiful Lengths program, which takes real hair donations and turns them into wigs, which are then provided, free of charge, to women with cancer.
Middle School Student Leaders Forum
On January 31, four of our 7th grade students and two staff members attended a Middle School Student Leaders Forum- Improving Middle School Climates at the Mandell Jewish Community Center in West Hartford. Cameron Marshall, Avery Bauman, Gretchen Pierpont, Ben Schreck, Mrs. Overchuk, and Mrs. Archambault were given the opportunity to listen to keynote speaker, Rosalind Wiseman, New York Times Best-selling author of Queen Bees and Wannabes and Masterminds and Wingmen. They also participated in facilitated discussions based on the book, Wonder by, R.J. Palacio. Each student received a copy and all attendants read the novel. We are very proud of our students and staff participation and look forward to their thoughts and ideas to continue to improve our school climate.
Representatives of Westbrook Middle School MATH COUNTS club traveled to the US Coast Guard Academy on Saturday, February 1st for participation in the Eastern Connecticut Chapter Competition. Sixth grade students Juliana Fabrizi, Ian Whitehouse, Joshua Zubee, seventh grade student Finn McGannon, and eighth grade students Tirzah Blomquist, Olivia Fabrizi, and Xander Mitchell competed against approximately 200 students from 26 different schools. Our four person team of Tirzah Blomquist, Olivia Fabrizi, Finn McGannon, and Xander Mitchell scored in the top 25 percent, advancing to the Connecticut State Competition to be held at the University of Hartford on March 8th. Congratulations to our Mathletes!!!
Representatives of Westbrook Middle School’s fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth grade MATHCOUNTS members traveled to Old Saybrook Middle School on Monday, December 16th for our annual shoreline MATHCOUNTS competition. The students competed as individuals, and in teams, against East Lyme and Old Saybrook participants. Xander Mitchell, scored in the top 25% and participated in the prestigious Count-Down Round. Congratulations to all our “Mathletes”! Our next competition is on February 1st at the United States Coast Guard Academy. MATHCOUNTS meets Thursdays, from 2:30-3:30 PM. New members are always welcome.
Keyboarding now available for all students!
Students now have access to a web based keyboarding program for use on any computer with Internet access. The program is called Typing Pal and can be accessed at the following URL: http://ecole.taptouche.com
Student’s user names are the same as their school accounts (firstname.lastname) and their passwords are their students id numbers. They will need the code WEPSWESC to access the program. If they have any problems accessing or using Typing Pal they can see Mr. Rydelek in Room 200.
Grade 5 Pioneer Fair a Great Success!
The fifth graders hosted families, teachers and students for their first Pioneer Fair. Visitors were able to participate in Navaho sand art, panning for gold, and creating handmade dolls. Students also entertained the crowd with a pioneer skit. Homemade baked goods, butter, and taffy were available for sampling. Not only that, Mr. Abbott helped create a covered wagon! Thanks to all who participated, especially our parent volunteers!
Career Day a Huge Success
Our first annual Career Day was a huge success thanks to everyone involved! We were able to offer 18 presenters representing a variety of career options. Students were given the opportunity to choose 5 careers they wanted to learn more about, and seemed to enjoy the day.
Thank you to all our parent and community presenters, Ms. Bratz, Ms. Mazzotta and Ms. Spagone for providing a great experience for our students!
Lin Oliver Visits Westbrook Middle School
Thanks to R.J. Julia Booksellers, author, Lin Oliver, will be speaking to our 5th and 6th grade students on April 2, 2013 in the middle school library on the writing and editing process. She is the author of the three-book series, Almost Identical, the story of twin girls beginning seventh grade in a new school. Lin Oliver has also co-authored the Hank Zipzer series with Henry Winkler. Students may pre-order books and have them personally signed by Lin Oliver after the event.
Please return all order forms to Mrs. Goad in the library by THIS Thursday, March 28th!
Meteorologist Art Horn Visits WMS
On March 20, 2013, meteorologist Art Horn visited with 6th grade students and presented a program titled “How the Weather Works” as part of the atmosphere and weather unit currently being studied in science. His presentation was followed by a question and answer session where the students were given the opportunity to ask a meteorologist about his career and forecasting the weather.
Grade 5 Scientists Create Sun Ray!
Students studying light, lenses, and mirrors try to focus the sun's energy in an attempt to ignite a paper snowflake. With only the use of convex lenses and concave mirrors, fifth grade scientists try to duplicate Ancient Greek Archimedes's 'Heat Ray'. Archimedes of Syracuse was a mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor, and astronomer. The 'Heat Ray' is the weapon legend has it was used by the Greeks to destroy enemy ships. It would have used a system of mirrors to reflect and focus the sun's rays onto whatever is targeted for incineration. The children were unsuccessful in their attempt, but promised to try again like any great scientist! They reminded Mr. Pennella that the sun's rays are at their weakest now during the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere. Stay tuned!
First Annual Technology Club Food Drive
Middle School students participated in the first annual "Fill the Pantry" food drive to help the Westbrook Town Food Pantry, located at the town hall.
Students from all grades eagerly donated an amazing 627 items to the food pantry.
Students showed their responsibility to their community by donating items to help other members of the community.
Mr. Abbott would like to personally thank everyone who helped to make this effort a success.