News & Announcements
Morning Announcements – March 11, 2014 Posted: Tue, March 11, 2014
Morning Announcements – March 10, 2014 Posted: Mon, March 10, 2014
Morning Announcements – March 6, 2014 Posted: Thu, March 6, 2014
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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!
This tree represents our promise to make positive decisions in our lives. When we make good decisions we light a spark that can spread to everyone around us. Good decisions can include healthy life changes, standing up for someone being bullied, making someone feel good with a compliment, being a good friend, or any other encouraging behavior that will have an positive effect on yourself and those around you.
We all have the ability to make a positive impact on not only our own lives, but those around us. Thank you to all of the middle school students who made the pledge by signing a leaf to make positive decisions in their lives!
WMS SADD Chapter - Stephen Farrell, Katie Calabrese, Elnora Amenta, Kendra Mansey & Miss Ireland.
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 2nd 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 20th, 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.
WMS Drama Production
The Westbrook Middle School Drama Club will present their spring musical "When in Rome" Thurs. - Sat. March 22, 23, and 24 at 7:00 PM each evening in the Middle School Cafetorium. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens and are available through the school office (860) 399-2010. This production is directed by Megan Mulvihill with the assistance of Lisa Finnegan.
Faculty/Student Basketball Game
WMS held our annual Student Faculty Basketball Game the Friday before February break. Students and faculty were excited to show our school spirit and have some fun! Mrs. DiMaggio coached the faculty team to a 63 to 44 win! Congratulations on a great effort by our grade 8 basketball players!
Grade 6 Students attend Geography Fair
This year WMS held its 5th Annual Geography Fair and it was another amazing night. Students were able to share their amazing display boards as well as foods from their country. As usual parents and friends came out to support their children and their community. Mr. Garrity would like to thank all who attended and send a special thank you to all the students for their hard work!
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.
One Direction makes an appearance at the Book Fair!
If you are out of town or can't make it to our Book Fair, you can also help support our school by shopping online.
- Send wish lists to family and friends
- Browse an expanded book selection
- All orders ship free to the school
Available Nov 4 - Nov 23 Only! Click the Book Fair button above for more information.
Click on the button below to order magazines and support our school!
PTSO organized its first Pasta Dinner in the WMS cafetorium on Thursday, October 18. Each grade contributed items to a themed basket; all baskets were auctioned off at this event to raise money for our school! Many teachers and students volunteered at the Pasta Dinner to help PTSO members set-up, serve pasta, and clean-up at the event. PTSO raised $1,800 for our school! Thank you to all of the parents, teachers, and students who helped to organize this event and make it a success!
Student Council News
In September, Student Council held elections for our seventh and eighth grade students interested in running for positions as officers. Congratulations to our officers for the 2012-2013 school year:
Jason Matunas, President
Keysi Jara, Vice President
Terri Potvin, Treasurer
Amanda Wilderman, Secretary
Zoe Ehlert and Mihaela Marciniec, Executive Council
In addition to our officers, we have homeroom representatives from grades 5 and 6. Student Council’s first event was our October School Spirit Week. Students showed their support for WMS by wearing neon colored clothing, tie dye clothing, hats, sports jerseys, and Westbrook colors. This year, we have many exciting events planned, including Decorate Your Door Competition, school dances, and volunteer opportunities thanks to the hard work of our 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade council members!
Yearbook held its first meeting in October to discuss our new yearbook vendor and the pages students would be interested in including in our next WMS yearbook. This year, parents and students interested in receiving a yearbook will receive a print copy as well as a digital copy for no additional cost! Parents with any school photos from sports events and other WMS activities are encouraged to share their photos with Miss Norbut, yearbook advisor, at email@example.com
Art Club News:
Art Club meets every Tuesday from 2:30 – 3:30 in the Art Room. Students can come when they are available and do not need to sign up in advance. Snacks are available for the students. Donations of snacks are always appreciated.
Grade 7 Science News:
Students in Mrs. Lepore’s 7th grade science class conduct surveys of “Cold Spring Creek,” located behind the middle school. Equipped with data sheet and water quality test kits, students collect data on the stream through direct observations as well as measurements of water temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH, nitrates and phosphates. They use a plankton net to collect samples which they observe back in the classroom lab. These surveys will take place once or twice per month throughout the school year.
On October 12th, our FCCLA Club along, with Mrs. Spagone, welcomed our new students to the district, with a delicious breakfast! FCCLA Club students prepared and served our new students a fresh fruit salad, hash brown casserole, baked French toast, and banana and pumpkin bread, while our new students had the opportunity to get to know one another a little better. What's better than starting your day with a full, healthy belly!
Representatives from Vinal Technical High School and Middletown High School's Vocational Agricultural Program met with grade 8 students on October 10th and 19th, to discuss their program opportunities.