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WMS COVID-19 Resources & Information

This page contains all of the communication to students and families during school closures due to COVID-19. We will continue to update this page for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. In addition to communications, we have included helpful resources for both students and parents to access.
 

Thursday, June 11, 2020 (Message sent only to 8th graders)


Dear 8th Grade Students & Families,


It’s hard to believe your time at WMS is almost over! We’re disappointed we can’t hold our normal 8th grade celebrations this year, but the faculty and staff still want to wish you luck and say congratulations as you move on to high school. See below for some reminders about our 8th grade Drive Thru event tomorrow and our virtual 8th grade Promotion Celebration. We hope to see you tomorrow at WMS!


8th Grade Drive Thru Event

On Friday, June 12th between 1:00-2:00 PM, we invite all 8th grade students and parents to drive through the WMS driveway for a faculty/staff send off. Please follow the guidelines below on that day:

    • All cars will enter from Tower Hill Road (across from Duffy’s) and exit onto Phillips Street
    • As cars enter, they will follow the driveway in front of the school and drive slowly
    • Staff and faculty will be lined up in front of the school to cheer you on and say goodbye!
    • We will have music playing, so feel free to roll down your windows and turn off your radios
    • No one will be allowed to exit their vehicles and all vehicles must keep a steady pace as you pass through the driveway
  • The only exception will be for those 8th graders who did not pick up an 8th grade lawn sign on Tuesday. If you did not get one of these signs, we will have them displayed on the grass near the softball field. We invite you to take one on your way out. Please be careful exiting the vehicle when you do this as other cars may be behind you exiting onto Phillips Street.

Students and parents can choose anytime between 1:00-2:00 PM on Friday, June 12th to come to WMS. Please be patient if there is a line of cars. We will contact the NKPD for assistance that day. 


Virtual 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony

We are putting together a virtual 8th grade promotion ceremony that will include messages from faculty/staff and student pictures. This virtual celebration will be shared via Youtube with students and families on Monday, June 15th. We will also post the link to the WMS website for viewing at a later date.

 
 
 

Thursday, June 11, 2020


Thank you!

We just wanted to say thank you to all of the students, parents, and family members who stopped by WMS on Tuesday for our pick up/drop off event. Everything went smoothly and we appreciate all of your cooperation as we start to move forward with our “new normal.”


For any 8th grader who was unable to stop by, we will be mailing home your 8th grade Promotion Certificate next week. On Friday, we will put the remaining 8th grade lawn signs on the grass near the softball field at WMS. If you did not get a lawn sign yesterday (8th grade only), you can take one of the signs from the field as you leave the 8th grade drive-thru event. 


Stay At Home WaterFire


This week, WaterFire will be conducting a virtual event that features artwork from schools around RI. There will be 28 artists represented from WMS! The event will take place on Friday, June 12th starting at 8:00 PM. See this link for more details:


https://waterfire.org/the-second-stayhomewaterfire-celebrating-educators-students-and-parents/


Thank you to our Art teacher, Mrs. Skaggs, for helping our students get recognized in this event!

 
 
 

Monday, June 8, 2020


Dear WMS Students & Families,


Just another reminder about our pick up/drop off event taking place tomorrow. Please see the attached document for details and information. We will open the gym doors at Stop #1 right at 8:30 AM. If you arrive before this, we ask that you please stop your car at this location and wait for us to come outside. A few other general reminders are below:

  • If you are NOT returning to NKSD next year, we ask that you please bring your Chromebook and charger on Tuesday. Please place the Chromebook and charger in a separate brown paper bag from any other items you are dropping off. Label the bag with your first and last name. If you are returning to NKSD next year, you will keep you Chromebook and charger over the summer
    • If you are not returning to NKSD next year and you need your device past Tuesday 6/9, please email Mr. Lally as soon as possible and we will work with you on an alternate plan.
  • If you are dropping anything off, please place it in a brown paper bag with the student’s name written on it. Chromebooks/chargers should be placed in one bag. All other items can be placed together in another bag.
  • ALL 8th graders should report on Tuesday at the appropriate time(s), even if you have nothing to pick up or drop off. The PTO purchased lawn signs for all 8th graders that we will distribute. 6th and 7th graders only need to come on Tuesday if they have items to pick up or drop off
  • When you pull up to Stop #1, please provide the student’s first name, last name, and grade level to the staff member assisting you.
 

Please reach out to Mr. Lally or Ms. Palladino with any questions. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!



Best,


Mr. Lally

 
 
 

Friday, June 5, 2020


Dear WMS Students & Families,


Happy Friday! Just a reminder, no new work will be pushed out by teachers next week. Students should use next week to work on final projects or get caught up on any missing assignments. Please check Aspen and Google Classroom, and email your teachers if you have any questions or need help. One more week to go; you got this!


Tuesday, June 9th Pick up/Drop off

Please use this link for all of the information about Tuesday’s pick up/drop off at WMS:


https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GpHh5j3bhiB2kjwIVnfrnvsM44rlZ2Gduw4O02pgjo8/edit?usp=sharing


A few reminders and clarifications about next Tuesday:

  • If you are NOT returning to NKSD next year, we ask that you please bring your Chromebook and charger on Tuesday. Please place the Chromebook and charger in a separate brown paper bag from any other items you are dropping off. Label the bag with your first and last name. If you are returning to NKSD next year, you will keep you Chromebook and charger over the summer (see below for more information from IT)
    • If you are not returning to NKSD next year and you need your device past Tuesday 6/9, please email Mr. Lally as soon as possible and we will work with you on an alternate plan.
  • ALL 8th graders should report on Tuesday at the appropriate time(s), even if you have nothing to pick up or drop off. The PTO purchased lawn signs for all 8th graders that we will distribute. 6th and 7th graders only need to come on Tuesday if they have items to pick up or drop off
  • Please check to see if you have any WMS library books. Mrs. Dennis and Mrs. Urban sent out notices to students who still have a library book checked out. Please check your email for these notices and return these books on Tuesday.
  • We do not expect Yearbooks to be delivered by Tuesday. Once we get a delivery date, we will make a plan for getting them to students who purchased them. We’ll send information home as soon as we know more, but yearbooks will not be available on Tuesday.

Message from IT regarding Chromebooks

Dear NK Families,

 

Unlike previous years, the NKSD will not be collecting student Chromebooks (Grades 1-11 only) at the end of this school year. Kindergarten students and students who are not returning to NKSD in the fall should return their devices at the conclusion of Distance Learning. If you do not return the device, the device will be disabled and theft recovery mode will be enabled which will allow us to track the device for recovery purposes.  The fee for a Chromebook that is not returned is $150 and the fee for an iPad that is not returned is $350. 

 

Each school will have a specific procedure for collecting iPads and devices from non-returning families. Please consult the guidance issued by your school principal for collection details.

 

Later this summer, NKSD will send out additional information on when and how we will distribute new devices to students (based on specific grade levels) and students who are new to NKSD.


If you have a child who is participating in an NKSD-sponsored Summer program (ESY and/or Summer Math/ELA work MS & HS only) and you need technical assistance with the district-assigned device please visit this link,  https://bit.ly/nksd-DL . Be sure to provide specific information regarding the issue and the program you are trying to access.  


Please note that the IT Department will be able to address hardware related issues, but generally does not have oversight of outside vendor products or teacher/school-created materials.  It is possible that you might be referred to the specific vendor and/or school for additional support and troubleshooting.


WMS Musicians

Although we haven’t been in the building since early March, our talented musicians at WMS haven’t stopped creating and sharing their work! Use this link for a small sample of some of the amazing music our students have created over the course of the past two months.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kd2GrCB86Ms


A special thank you to Mrs. Young-Runner and Mr. Iadevaia for putting this together and all of their hard work with our musicians. WMS is lucky to have such dedicated and talented music educators!


Raising Health Teens Newsletter

Please use this link to view the latest newsletter from the RI Regional Prevention Coalition:


https://drive.google.com/file/d/1m4bId5OjGwbZyYAiJFekHGm6k7Mn64wj/view?usp=sharing

 
 
 

Friday, May 29, 2020 (Message only sent to 8th graders)


Dear WMS 8th Grade Students & Families,


It’s hard to believe there are only two weeks left in your middle school career! We want to celebrate all of your hard work and accomplishments and wish you luck as you move on to high school. Please see below for more details.


8th Grade Promotion Lawn Signs

The WMS PTO has purchased lawn signs for every 8th grader. We will be distributing these signs on Tuesday, June 9th when we hold our schoolwide pick up/drop off of items. We ask that ALL 8th graders come to WMS on this day, even if you have nothing else to drop off or pick up. The link below includes the information for Tuesday, June 9th that was shared with students and families earlier this week. 8th grade lawn signs will be given to all 8th graders at Stop #1 (see link below for more details)


https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GpHh5j3bhiB2kjwIVnfrnvsM44rlZ2Gduw4O02pgjo8/edit?usp=sharing


8th Grade Drive-by at WMS

On Friday, June 12th between 1:00-2:00 PM, we invite all 8th grade students and parents to drive through the WMS driveway for a faculty/staff send off. Please follow the guidelines below on that day:

  • All cars will enter from Tower Hill Road (across from Duffy’s) and exit onto Phillips Street
  • As cars enter, they will follow the driveway in front of the school and drive slowly
  • Staff and faculty will be lined up in front of the school to cheer you on and say goodbye!
  • We will have music playing, so feel free to roll down your windows and turn off your radios
  • No one will be allowed to exit their vehicles and all vehicles must keep a steady pace as you pass through the driveway

Students and parents can choose anytime between 1:00-2:00 PM on Friday, June 12th to come to WMS. Please be patient if there is a line of cars. We will contact the NKPD for assistance that day. 


Virtual 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony

We are putting together a virtual 8th grade promotion ceremony that will include messages from faculty/staff and student pictures. This virtual celebration will be shared with students and families on Monday, June 15th. We will also post this video to the WMS website for viewing at a later date. 8th grade promotion certificates will be mailed home to students in June.


We look forward to celebrating the WMS 8th grade class of 2019-20! Please feel free to reach out to Mr. Lally or Ms. Palladino with any questions.



Sincerely,


Mr. Lally, Principal

Ms. Palladino, Assistant Principal

 
 
 
Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Dear WMS Families,

I hope this letter finds you well. 

As you may know, our school uses STAR Assessments to help teachers understand what students know and what they are ready to learn next. Typically, these assessments are given throughout the school year to monitor student progress and are administered in the school setting. Part of our normal testing plan includes a spring assessment. After careful consideration, we have decided to move forward with this plan, but will be proctoring the assessment remotely. Below are the dates of the STAR testing at WMS:


Test

Date

STAR Reading Assessment

June 2 OR June 4

STAR Math Assessment

June 3 OR June 5

Make-Up Days

You will be contacted by Ms. Palladino to set up your make up time.


Students can choose which day they would like to complete their assessments. They only need to complete one Reading test and one Math test. We will send emails with directions/reminders to students next week to log on and take these assessments.


Access to the STAR Assessment:

  • Log into the Wickford Webpage
    • Student Top Tab
    • STAR
      • Log in with your information (you most likely have this saved from previous testing)
      • Select a test and begin

*If you are asked to enter the Renaissance ID the code is: nksd-64yf


*If you get locked out of your account, please email Ms. Palladino for assistance. Please, be patient while you wait for her to retrieve your login information.  This may take 24 hours.  


Testing Expectations: 

Students should:

  • work in a distraction-free setting
  • complete the assessment independently, this mean no assistance from parents, siblings, or other devices
  • only take the assessment ONCE

Students have already taken Star twice this year and are likely to be familiar with the test, but helping students feel comfortable with a remote testing process is still very important. By adhering to the following testing recommendations, you are helping teachers gather important data that enables them to create more meaningful learning opportunities for your child/children based on their strengths. 

Tips for families to prepare for a positive testing experience: 

  • Preparation- Ensure your child is well-rested and has a good breakfast 
  • Environment- Provide a quiet environment at a table or desk that is free from distractions. Students taking Star Math can use paper and pencil to solve problems but should not use calculators.  
  • Support- Students should complete the test independently. The purpose for the Star Assessment is to help teachers understand what your child knows. It is not used for a grade. If they get stuck or ask for help, simply encourage them to choose the best answer and then move on to the next question.

 Thank you for partnering with us through distance learning and this assessment process.



Sincerely,


Mr. Lally, Principal

Ms. Palladino, Assistant Principal

 
 
 

Wednesday, May 27, 2020


Dear Students & Families,


Thank you for your patience as we worked out a plan for students to collect any items they left in school and drop off items that belong to NKSD. There is a lot of information included below, so please read carefully. If you have any questions, reach out to Mr. Lally or Ms. Palladino


Date: Tuesday, June 9th


Time: 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM


We ask that families try their best to come at the assigned times to help with traffic. If you are unable to make it at your assigned time, please email Mr. Lally and Ms. Palladino prior to 6/9.

Last Name

Time

Aldrich - Flanagan

8:30 - 10:30

Fontalvo - Netro

10:30 - 12:30

Neville - Zoglio

12:30 - 2:30



Where: Wickford Middle School



Process:


At the assigned times, students/parents will drive through the WMS parking lot to drop off and retrieve items from school. The traffic pattern will mimic our drop off/pick up route for students who do not take a bus. Please see below for more details and a traffic pattern map:


  1. Students/parents will enter off of Phillips Street and drive towards the back parking lot
  2. Stop #1: the doors on the side of the gymnasium will be open. Please stop here and give us your first and last name. Even if you did not leave anything in school, please stop at this first location so we can keep track of everyone on our master list. If you have items that were left in school, we will bring them out to your car. If you did not have anything left in school, we will instruct you to move to the Stop #2
  3. Students/parents will drive around the back of the building to Stop #2 if they have items to drop off.
  4. Stop #2: Cafeteria door will be open on the North facing side (closest to library). If students have items to drop off, they will pull up to this door and a staff member will come out to collect the items

Here is the traffic pattern for students/parents coming onto the property on Tuesday, June 9th: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tq9zdJ_2GMoNMegwn-6cRwcgEsrIl_eB/view?usp=sharing



A few other guidelines:

  • Please wear a mask when communicating with staff members.
  • Any items being dropped off (Stop #2) should be placed in a paper bag with the student’s name clearly written on it. 
  • If you are attending a school outside of North Kingstown School Department next year, we will collect your Chromebook and charger on this date. Please place the Chromebook and charger in a separate brown paper bag from any other items and write the student’s name on the bag

If you have any questions about this plan, please reach out to Mr. Lally or Ms. Palladino. Thank you for your cooperation.



Sincerely,

Mr. Lally, Principal

Ms. Palladino, Assistant Principal

 
 
 

Thursday, May 21, 2020


Dear WMS Students & Families,


It was wonderful to see so many of you during our Staff Parade yesterday! Although we can’t physically be together to finish this school year, that was a great community building event and another reminder of why WMS is such a special school. I’d like to thank Mrs. Plotkin for all of her work planning and organizing the parade. That was no easy task and everything went great!


Just a reminder, teachers will be posting Academic work today and tomorrow. Please remember to check Google Classroom and your email for assignments and communications from your teachers. Below is a link to the modified schedule so you can see which subjects will push out assignments today and tomorrow.


https://docs.google.com/document/d/1DhwCgylGFQiAi36b5yq6SuMY_wX6wvX_OQkRWGJvhR8/edit?usp=sharing


Although we are resuming academic work today, we are still celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week. We encourage students and families to continue to review the attached presentation and complete the activities if you finish your academic work. And remember, the activities, tools, and strategies we’re sharing can be used anytime, not just during this week. Mental health is important for our overall functioning and it’s something we should be attending to every day. 


https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1xu-rvwG7Pu3QyDzTMJ2PtJvfyBGWXrcvqsQAkC5_xb8/edit?usp=sharing

A few quick updates below:


  • We are working on an alternate plan for 8th grade Promotion. We’ll share these plans with students and families next week
  • We will have students come to WMS to pick up items left in school and drop off any NKSD items during the week of June 8th. We are working to finalize these plans, but this process will take place that week. An exact date and final plans will be shared next week
  • Students who submitted an Honor Society form will receive an email tomorrow letting them know if they’ve been accepted for the 2019-20 school year. Check your inboxes tomorrow!
 
 
 

Wednesday, May 13, 2020


Dear WMS Students & Families,


Please see below for updates regarding a WMS Parade, Mental Health Awareness Week, and a reminder about the Honor Society form. Remember, students and staff have this Friday, May 15th off. Feel free to reach out to Mr. Lally or Ms. Palladino with any questions and enjoy the long weekend!



WMS Staff Parade

Next Wednesday, May 20th, the WMS Staff will be conducting a drive by parade in the neighborhoods of WMS students. Please use the link below for more details about the parade:


WMS Staff Parade 5/20/20



Mental Health Awareness Week

May is Mental Health Awareness month and WMS is using the week of May 18th to promote the importance of mental health and self-care. In recognizing the difficulties many of us had, and continue to have, with the ongoing health pandemic and the sudden closure of schools, we want to use Monday and Tuesday of next week to take a break from academic work and focus on acts of kindness and good deeds. No academic work will be pushed out on Monday 5/18 & Tuesday 5/19. Instead, students will be encouraged to take part in the Kindness/Good Deeds Challenge and engage in activities that promote self-care. A few things to note about next week:


  • Students will receive a list of activities on Monday morning that they can take part in all week. An email will be sent with a Google Slides presentation with different activities for each day
  • Students will still be required to submit the daily attendance form on Monday 5/18 & Tuesday 5/19, even though no academic work is being pushed out by teachers
  • Teachers, staff, parents, and family members are also encouraged to take part in these kindness and self-care activities!
  • Wednesday 5/20 is a day off for students. The WMS staff will be conducting a drive by parade beginning at 12:00 PM (More info here)
  • Academic work will resume on Thursday 5/21 & Friday 5/22. We are still providing mental health and kindness activities for these days, so we hope you take part in them all week!

We encourage all students to reach out to a staff member if you are experiencing mental health difficulties. We are here to listen and to help. Although we’re socially distant, that does not mean we have to be isolated. 



Wickford Honor Society

Just a reminder, the deadline for submitting the WMS Honor Society form is Monday, May 18th @ 2:00 PM. Please see below for our updated requirements for this year and a link to the form:


Due to school closures, we have revised the requirements for the 2019-20 WMS Honor Society. 


The Scholarship and Character requirements have not changed:


Scholarship - Students must have an overall average of 90% or higher for all three quarters. (When all three quarters are averaged together, it must be 90% or higher)


Character - Demonstrate an outstanding record of conduct and behavior. Discipline referrals and consequences issued will be counted against eligibility.


For Service, Leadership, & Citizenship, students will be required to complete the Google Form below and talk about their experiences this year. We are asking students to share one experience they took part in over the last year that relates to one of those areas. 


2019-20 WMS Honor Society Form: https://forms.gle/Gaq3CgnvrSt51D6X8


All forms must be submitted by 2:00 PM on Monday, May 18, 2020


Spreading Positivity

Thank you once again to Mrs. Skaggs for putting together this great video! And thank you to all of the students for your words of kindness and encouragement and your wonderful artwork! This video was shared with the whole staff on Monday morning and so many teachers commented how it was a GREAT way to start the week. Be kind to yourself and others, stay positive, and keep up the great work!


Video: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Sf_SwI4vgv8wYAmU0epdd4U-hlr-xzl2/view?usp=sharing
 
 
 

Friday, May 8, 2020


Dear WMS Students & Families,


Happy Friday! Please see below for today’s update. And just a reminder, all of the email communications and distance learning resources can be found on this WMS webpage:


https://wms.nksd.net/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=792891&type=d&pREC_ID=1924262


Student Items Left in School

We have gone through every locker and placed items in bags with student names on them. We’re working on a plan for students/parents to pick these items up at the end of May or early June. We will share more details as we finalize those plans.


If any student left items in school that ARE NOT IN YOUR LOCKER, please fill out this form:


https://forms.gle/BRr7PDxSpGt3HC2UA


Once we locate these items, we will add them to your bags to be picked up. Please complete this form by Friday, May 15th.


Schedule for May/June

Please use this link to view an updated schedule for May/June. This schedule outlines what subjects will push out lessons/assignments each day for the remainder of the school year. We made an adjustment to this schedule since the last time it was posted. Friday, June 5th will be the last day any new assignments/activities/lessons will be pushed out by teachers. The week of June 8th will be for students to complete final assignments/projects and teachers will be available for help and assistance as needed.

 
 
 

Monday, May 4, 2020


Wickford Honor Society

Due to school closures, we have revised the requirements for the 2019-20 WMS Honor Society. 


The Scholarship and Character requirements have not changed:


Scholarship - Students must have an overall average of 90% or higher for all three quarters. (When all three quarters are averaged together, it must be 90% or higher)


Character - Demonstrate an outstanding record of conduct and behavior. Discipline referrals and consequences issued will be counted against eligibility.


For Service, Leadership, & Citizenship, students will be required to complete the Google Form below and talk about their experiences this year. We are asking students to share one experience they took part in over the last year that relates to one of those areas. 


2019-20 WMS Honor Society Form: https://forms.gle/Gaq3CgnvrSt51D6X8


All forms must be submitted by 2:00 PM on Monday, May 18, 2020


Students will receive Honor Society certificates and pins. We are in the process of planning how students will receive these items and more information will be shared in the coming weeks. Please reach out to Mr. Lally or Ms. Palladino with any questions about the WMS Honor Society.

 
 
 

Friday, May 1, 2020


Dear WMS Students & Families,


Happy Friday! It’s hard to believe that we’ve conducted 6 weeks of distance learning. We want to thank all of the students and families for your patience, hard work, and collaboration during this challenging time. As we continue to adjust and make improvements to our distance learning plan, we’d like to get student feedback on their experiences over the last 6 weeks. We encourage ALL STUDENTS to use this link to complete a short survey about distance learning:


https://forms.gle/j2zuFMCZVj53AUe6A


This survey is for students and you must be logged into your NKSD account to complete it.


We’ll be in touch next week with more updates.


We’ll leave you with this wonderful video put together by Mrs. Skaggs that highlights some of the FANTASTIC art projects our students have completed over the last several weeks:


https://drive.google.com/file/d/1KTKtTZtI08kyw_p4xXynS2BBsKHwbMZm/view?usp=sharing



Have a great weekend!


Mr. Lally & Ms. Palladino

 
 
 
Monday, April 28, 2020

 

Dear WMS Students & Families,


We are happy to share our updated COVID-19 Information & Resources Page:

https://wms.nksd.net/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=792891&type=d&pREC_ID=1924262


This page contains all of the email communications from WMS to students and families while schools have been closed. We will continue to add email communications to this page for the remainder of the year so students and families can easily access this information.


Please see below for a few updates. Stay safe & healthy, and keep up the great work you’re all doing with distance learning!

 

Daily Attendance

Students are expected to fill out the daily attendance Google Form each day, including Fridays. Between now and June 15th, there will be built in days off for students. Those are the only days students will not be required to submit the daily attendance form. Students should get in the habit of checking their email first thing in the morning to submit this form. Below are the days where students WILL NOT be required to complete the attendance form:

Wednesday 5/6

Friday 5/15

Wednesday 5/20

Monday 5/25 (Memorial Day)

Monday 6/1

Schedule for May/June

Please use this  link to view an updated schedule for May/June. This schedule outlines what subjects will push out lessons/assignments each day for the remainder of the school year. If any changes need to be made to this schedule moving forward, we will send an email with an updated copy to all students and parents. 

 

End of the Year Activities & Events

With schools closed for the remainder of this school year, we are working on alternate plans for as many of our end of the year events as possible. In the coming weeks, we will send updated information about 8th Grade Promotion, WMS Honor Society, 8th grade class day and transition to NKHS, and the WMS carnival. For now, please note that we have eliminated the May 1st deadline for Honor Society materials and documentation. If students have Honor Society documentation, we ask that you hold on to that until we send you more information.

 

Items left in the building & returning school issued items

We know many students left school on March 13th without taking all of their belongings with them. We are working on a plan to get these items back to students before the official last day of school (June 15th). For now, it might be helpful for students to make a list of items they know they left in school and where those items are located. Jotting down a list of items left at school and their location will be helpful when we determine our method for getting these items back to students. Stay tuned for more information on this.

 

We will also develop a plan for students to return books, Chromebooks, and other school issued items. We will have more information on this process in the coming weeks.

 
 
 

Friday, April 24, 2020


Dear WMS Students & Parents,

Please see below for a few updates. We have more information to share in light of the Governor’s decision to close schools for the remainder of the school year, but that will be sent early next week. At that time, we will also be pushing out a new section of the WMS website that contains all of the student and parent communications since school has been closed. We will continue to update that new area of the website for the remainder of the school year with our weekly updates. 

Have a safe and relaxing weekend, continue to stay healthy and follow the guidelines from our health officials, and we will be in touch next week!

 

Brian Lally, Principal

Allison Palladino, Assistant Principal

 

WMS 2019-20 Yearbook

Final call for yearbook orders for this year. The deadline has been extended until Monday, April 27th. Please use this link for information on ordering a yearbook online.

Sports Update

With the official announcement of schools being closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, the Spring sports season has officially been cancelled. North Kingstown athletic director, Dick Fossa, has shared the message below regarding Fall Sports for the 2020-21 school year:

Registration for the Middle School Fall Sports season is now open at:

https://northkingstown-ar.rschooltoday.com/node/27

Please contact Dick Fossa at 401-268-6281 with questions. 

Field Trip Checks

Prior to school closing, we were collecting checks for upcoming field trips. We will be shredding all checks we have at WMS. Parents and guardians can void those checks on their end. If you have any questions about this, please contact Mr. Lally or Ms. Palladino

Keep checking Aspen

A reminder to both students and parents, please continue to check Aspen to stay updated on your grades and progress during quarter 4. We know with our shift to distance learning, everyone’s main form of communication is email and our inboxes quickly get filled each day. It’s not uncommon that an email about an assignment in Google Classroom or a reminder from a teacher might get mistakenly deleted or overlooked. Checking Aspen and contacting teachers if you notice any zeroes can be helpful in making sure you’re keeping track of everything. 

Live Google Meets

Teachers are reporting a lack of participation in the live Google Meets they are scheduling. We want to encourage students to attend as many of these live sessions as possible. You can turn your camera off so no one can see you if you are uncomfortable with that aspect. The live Google Meets are the best option we have to resemble the type of teaching and learning we were all used to in the classroom. It also gives you an opportunity to ask questions in real time and stay connected to your teachers and classmates. We deliberately created a flexible schedule at the middle level for distance learning because we understand each student’s and family’s circumstances are different during these unprecedented times. However, we encourage all students to do their best to manage their time so they can attend as many live Google Meet sessions as possible.




Monday, April 20, 2020


Dear WMS Students & Families,

We hope you had a nice weekend! As we prepare for another week of distance learning, please see below for some updates. Please reach out to Mr. Lally or Ms. Palladino with any questions or concerns. 

Enrichment Activities/Assignments

Starting this week, teachers will be offering enrichment assignments/activities that students can complete on a voluntary basis. These assignments are not mandatory and won’t be counted towards Q4 grades. These assignments are for students who have completed their regularly scheduled work and are looking for ways to stay engaged with the subject matter. Teachers will provide students with options for the enrichment activities and may provide feedback on work that is submitted. Please look in Google Classroom this week for these enrichment opportunities. 

Family Surveys

We are developing a family survey to distribute later this week. Following the survey that was sent to all NKSD families by Dr. Auger, each school is creating their own survey as we continue to evaluate and adjust our distance learning model. We will send more information about the WMS survey later this week and we encourage all parents/guardians to complete one and offer feedback.

Message from the PTO

This message was sent by email earlier this week:

Dear WMS students and families,

This year more than even, our teachers and staff at WMS need our thanks and messages of positivity.  The WMS PTO is asking all students and families to help in creating a slideshow of appreciation - it can be to a specific teacher or staff member or a general message to the whole staff.  Please send your messages, pictures, videos (yes, even tik tok!) to wickfordmiddlepto@gmail.com by April 25th.  

If your submission includes a student name, please include first name only. 

We look forward to this unique opportunity to share our thanks with our Wickford Middle School community.  We are all in this together - go Wildcats!  

Sincerely, 

Jenn Baierlein and the WMS PTO  

End of the year Activities

For now, all end of the year activities (Honor Society, 8th grade Promotion/Dance, Carnival) are on hold. We are working to develop alternate plans for as many events as possible. Please continue to check your email and the school website for updates.

The May 1st deadline for Honor Society has been postponed. Students DO NOT need to submit forms until a new deadline is established and requirements are adjusted.

 

Brian Lally, Principal

Alison Palladino, Assistant Principal




Monday, April 13, 2020


Dear WMS Students & Families,

We hope you enjoyed the long weekend and were able to take a break from distance learning. As we begin Quarter 4 today, we wanted to reach out with some updates. Please read below and feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.

Daily Attendance for Students (Reminder)

During distance learning, we have a new process for daily attendance. Each morning, students will receive an email from either Ms. Feaster or Mrs. Demetros. In the email, there will be a link to a Google Form. We ask that students complete the short Google Form each morning by 9:30 AM to be marked present for the day. If you miss the 9:30 AM cut off, you can still use the link and submit the form late. You will still be marked present for the day, but continually submitting the attendance form late may require a conference with Mr. Lally or Ms. Palladino.

To help with your routine, we suggest starting everyday by checking your email for this attendance form and submitting it. From there, you can look at Google Classroom to see what work needs to be completed for the day.

 WMS Yearbook

The yearbook for the 2019-20 school is still being published and we are still accepting orders. Please use this link for information on ordering a yearbook onlines. 

North Kingstown Food Distribution

Just a reminder, NKSD is providing meals to any North Kingstown resident aged 18 and younger. We are also still running our Blessings in a Backpack program during distance learning. Please use this link to information about where to pick up food for both of these programs.

Power Outages

(The message below was sent to students and parents/guardians earlier this morning)

With the weather today, there is a chance for power outages. In the event that you lose power, please complete whatever work you can. With our distance learning model, there may not be many assignments that can be completed without power. If you are unable to complete work, we encourage you to keep your mind active and continue to read a book, magazine, short story, etc.

Once you get back power back, we ask that students or parents email teachers to inform them that you've lost power and were unable to complete assignments during this time. Teachers will be flexible and either extend due dates or excuse assignments.

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns. We hope all of you are staying healthy and safe! 

 

Sincerely,

Brian Lally, Principal

Alison Palladino, Assistant Principal




Monday, April 13, 2020


Dear WMS,

With the weather today, there is a chance for power outages. In the event that you lose power, please complete whatever work you can. With our distance learning model, there may not be many assignments that can be completed without power. If you are unable to complete work, we encourage you to keep your mind active and continue to read a book, magazine, short story, etc.

Once you get back power back, we ask that students or parents email teachers to inform them that you've lost power and were unable to complete assignments during this time. Teachers will be flexible and either extend due dates or excuse assignments.

Please reach out to Mr. Lally or Ms. Palladino with any questions. We will be sending another communication later this afternoon with more updates. Stay safe and healthy!




Monday, April 6, 2020


Dear WMS Community,

We hope you had a safe and relaxing weekend. As you prepare for the week ahead, we wanted to remind you that there is no school for students or staff this Thursday 4/9 & Friday 4/10. Due to this shortened week, we have adjusted our schedule at WMS. On Monday and Tuesday, lessons and assignments will be pushed out by specific subjects just like the last two weeks. This Wednesday, April 8th, we will follow a “Friday” schedule where no new assignments will be posted. Students can use Wednesday to get caught up on work and contact teachers if they have questions or need help.

Wednesday is the last day of Quarter 3 and we will begin Quarter 4 on Monday, April 13th. We will be sending out information later this week that provides some guidance for distance learning and tips and suggestions for students and families at home. Feel free to contact us with any questions in the meantime. Stay safe and healthy!

 

Best,

Brian Lally, Principal

Alison Palladino, Assistant Principal




Friday, March 27, 2020


Dear WMS Students & Families,

Ms. Palladino and I want to commend the students, parents, teachers, and staff on all of their hard work, collaboration, and patience as we conducted our first week of distance learning here at WMS. Transitioning so quickly to this new model of teaching and learning has been a challenge, but as a community, we stepped up to that challenge and it’s something we’ll only get better at moving forward. Keep up the great work!

Please read below for some important updates. 

Student Attendance

All of our teachers have been keeping track of student engagement this past week. We have been reaching out to families of those students who have not been engaged and will continue to do so moving forward.

Starting Monday, March 30th, we will be collecting daily attendance for students. Daily attendance will be collected by our front office clerks, Ms. Feaster and Mrs. Demetros. Each morning, students will receive an email from either Ms. Feaster or Mrs. Demetros. The email will contain a link to a Google Form. The form will ask each student to provide their last name, first name, and answer a simple “yes” or “no” question. Students will need to submit this form each morning by 9:30 AM to be marked present for the day. If for some reason you are unable to fill out the form by 9:30, you can still submit the form later in the day. However, for students who consistently miss the 9:30 AM deadline, you may be required to hold a virtual conference with Mr. Lally and Ms. Palladino to discuss any issues or concerns.

We anticipate collecting daily student attendance beginning on Monday and continuing while we conduct distance learning. If we make any adjustments to the method described above, we will alert students and families.

 

Resources for NKSD Families

A new webpage has been created with information and resources for families. Please use this link to access it:

NKSD Distance Learning Family Information & Resources

Please note, at the bottom of that webpage, there is information about what to do if a student is having technical difficulties at home with their Chromebooks. There is a Google Form, a phone number, and a set of FAQ’s to help address technical needs during distance learning. 

The link below provides a list of resources put together by the NKSD School Nurse Teachers:

NK Community Resources

 

Parent Survey

This afternoon, Dr. Auger sent a survey to all NKSD parents asking for feedback about their experiences with distance learning this past week. We encourage all of our parents/guardians to complete this survey. We will use this feedback to make adjustments to our distance learning model moving forward. If you did not receive that email or cannot access it, please email Mr. Lally or Ms. Palladino and we will provide you with the link.

As always, feel free to reach out to Mr. Lally, Ms. Palladino, your guidance counselors, and/or your teachers with any questions or concerns. We appreciate all of the effort both students and families have put in this past week to make this distance learning work. Take some time this weekend to relax, re-energize, and hopefully get some fresh air. We will be in touch next week.

Sincerely

Brian Lally, Principal

Alison Palladino, Assistant Principal




Monday, March 23, 2020


Dear Students & Parents/Guardians,

We hope your first day of distance learning got off to a good start! We understand that some students had difficulty this morning logging onto their Chromebooks or getting some pages to load. In speaking with our IT department, we believe this is due to the high volume of people now working from home and accessing websites at the same time. Unfortunately, the amount of people working remotely and putting a strain on web-based applications is not something we can solve. Our biggest tool in dealing with this is patience. If you or your student has trouble logging on, downloading, or accessing web-based material, we encourage you to try restarting the device. This may initiate any updates that are needed.

In my previous communications, I indicated that we would be starting with just the core academic subjects and Spanish for this week. Over the weekend, we were informed that special area classes (PE/Health, Art, Music, Library, Tech, Shop, Robotics, STEAM, World Cultures & Languages, etc.) would also be required to post lessons and assignments this week. We have asked the special area teachers to begin posting assignments today and tomorrow. We ask that students start checking Google Classroom for their special classes to see what assignments have been posted for this week.

As we all adjust to this new form of teaching and learning, we may make changes to the way teachers are pushing out assignments and the frequency with which that occurs. Please continue to check your emails for updated information and any changes to this format moving forward. At the end of this week, a survey will be sent asking for feedback from parents and students about our first week of distance learning. We will use this feedback to make necessary changes in the coming weeks.

As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns. We know changes like these take some time to get used to and we are happy to help and assist in any way we can! Continue to follow the directives of our health and state officials to keep you and your families safe and healthy. We’ll be in touch soon!

 

Sincerely,

Brian Lally, Principal

Alison Palladino, Assistant Principal

 
 

Monday, March 23, 2020


Dear Students,

Today we begin our new distance learning model. Although teaching and learning this way will be different for everyone, I know your teachers have worked hard to create distance learning opportunities that will be meaningful and engaging. I'm excited to see all of the new and different ways we're able to connect and interact with one another while schools are closed.

Remember, although you're working from home today, this is still school and we want all of our students focused and trying their best on the assignments. Remember to set up a work area that is free from distractions. At any time, feel free to email your teachers with any questions. Also, continue to reach out to your guidance counselor or me and Ms. Palladino if you have questions or need help with anything. We are all here to help and make the best of this situation! Stay focused, work hard, and stay healthy!

 

Sincerely,

Mr. Lally

 
 
 

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Dear WMS Families,

I’m sure you’ve received the communications coming out this week from the superintendent’s office. Beginning on Monday, March 23rd, all NKSD schools will transition to distance learning for at least the next two weeks. We wanted to reach out to our families to provide some more information about what to expect.

The middle school distance learning plan is going to look different than a typical day of school. Because students will not have locker time, hall passing, and an interactive learning environment, the day will not be as long as our usual school day. The communication methods with students’ teachers will also differ. This is what you can expect to see, hear, and experience with distance learning education:

  • Students will access all of their work by using their teacher’s Google Classroom page. All teachers have one, including special educators. Ask your child to show you what they need to do as you will be monitoring their work production.
  • Students will have an average of 3-4 hours of work per day the first week. This includes instruction, classwork, homework, and communication with teachers. On Mondays and Wednesdays ELA, Science, and Spanish lessons will be posted. On Tuesdays and Thursdays Math and Social Studies lessons will be posted. The first week only core academic lessons will be posted. We will introduce special area classes in the following weeks.
  • Students will have access to work by 9 AM daily. 
  • Students have the flexibility to watch their teacher’s instruction and complete their work on their own timetable throughout the day once our school day begins. Please be mindful of due dates for assignments and make sure you submit work on time. Students and parents should create a schedule and routine to ensure timely submission of work. Refer to the WMS Setting Up Distance Learning In Your Home document shared with you to help establish a productive learning environment in your home. 
  • Teachers will have office hours where students can email and expect a timely response from their teachers. Office hours will be shared with families so students know when their teachers are available. Fridays are set aside for students to set up appointments to either conference call, video chat, use google meets, or email with their teacher. 
  • This is a new process for everyone, so it will not be perfect.  Please reach out to any of the people you normally use as resources - administrators, teachers, and guidance counselors. Asking questions via email is expected and encouraged. The main goal is for students to have access and engage in their education. We will be making tweaks and changes to this process as we go along, so please be patient and continue to check for updated information

Sincerely,

Brian Lally, Principal

Alison Palladino, Assistant Principal

 

 

Wednesday, March 18, 2020


Dear WMS Students & Parents/Guardians,

Below is an email from Dr. Auger that was sent back in January about the new NKSD app for mobile devices. I strongly encourage all of you to download this app if you haven't done so already. Any new information from NKSD regarding COVID-19 and school closures will be pushed out through that app, in addition to emails, robocalls, and posted on the NKSD website. Downloading this app will ensure you are up to date with the latest information.

 

Dear NKSD Parents, Students, and Employees: 

The North Kingstown School Department is thrilled to announce our new app for mobile phones! Stay up-to-date with access to the daily cafeteria menu, news from administrators, student stories, NK sports news, and even emergency notifications. 

NKSD App Demonstration Video

 

You can download the app for free on both Google Play or the Apple App Store. 

Download for Android: http://bit.ly/2P9Wzd5 

Download for iPhone: https://apple.co/2P5nHtr 




Tuesday, March 17, 2020


Dear Students & Parents/Guardians,


For any student that was absent on Friday or still needs to get belongings from school, we will allow students and/or parents to access the building tomorrow, Wednesday, March 18th from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM.  If you plan on coming into school tomorrow, you MUST enter through the main door at the gym foyer. Please ring the buzzer and we will give you further directions. Because of the notice we were given on Friday, we're confident most students took home their belongings so we do not expect a huge number. Please only come to school tomorrow if you need items that are necessary for continued learning. We do not want anyone coming into the building to get sweatshirts, lunchboxes, water bottles, etc.


Please understand, we will be limiting the amount of people in the building at one time per health officials' guidelines. This may require you to wait outside for a few minutes when you arrive, but we are asking for everyone's patience and understanding while we navigate this unique situation.


Feel free to email me or Ms. Palladino with any questions regarding this. Thank you.



Sincerely,


Mr. Lally




Friday, March 13, 2020


Dear Parents/Guardians,

Below is Dr. Auger’s email to the community that was sent yesterday afternoon. I wanted to follow up on this email with some WMS specific information for our families.

  • Until further notice, all meetings/conferences will be conducted by phone unless there are extenuating circumstances. Staff members will be reaching out if you have a meeting scheduled in the coming weeks
  • If you need to drop off items during the school day, please utilize the drop off shelf in the gym foyer as much as possible. Chromebooks are okay to leave on this shelf as the office staff will be making regular checks during the day to retrieve items left there
  • The WMS Blood Drive scheduled for Thursday, March 26th has been cancelled
  • The dance scheduled for tonight has been cancelled. Students who purchased tickets can get refunds today or next week during lunches
  • In the event of school closure, academic materials will be posted on the WMS website for students to complete from home. This will be accompanied with an email from me to all students and families with links to the webpage. In the event of school closure, if you require hard copies of these materials, please call the main office and our clerks will take down your student’s name and grade. We will gather the necessary materials and give them to your student or arrange a pick up day/time with you

Please feel free to contact me or Ms. Palladino with any questions. We will continue to update our students and families on any new information as we receive it.

Sincerely,

Brian Lally

 

Dr. Auger’s Email:

Members of the NKSD Community,

Following the recommendation of the Rhode Island Department of Health and Rhode Island Department of Education, the North Kingstown School Department will follow the following protocols:

  1.     NKSD will allow no more than 250 people in any singular indoor space. This will apply to all school day activities and sporting events.   This includes cafeterias at lunch time.
  2.     Effective immediately, NKSD will postpone for two weeks (March 30) afternoon and evening NKSD special programs and/or events, including concerts, plays, PTO events, awards nights, dances, etc.).  
  3.     Spring sports will begin on schedule following the Rhode Island Interscholastic League guidelines, again with no indoor event of more than 250 people in attendance.
  4.     Principals and event coordinators will notify their communities about any events that may be postponed, cancelled or modified.   
  5.     Until further notice, all district field trips will be suspended. 
  6.     Our schools will set limitations on non-essential visitors to the schools for the next two weeks (March 30).
  7.     Many have asked about how the NKSD would proceed in the event of possible school closures.  If school closures occur, the school department has prepared academic materials to allow students to continue to be engaged with learning activities (not to make up for the time out of school). 

In the event of school closure, these materials will be posted online and made available on each school’s website. If you are concerned about not having internet access at home, and you would like to have these materials printed out ahead of time, please contact your school's main office directly so that they can send materials home with your child.

NKSD remains committed to the safety of our students, staff, and our entire learning community. Please feel free to reach out to your principal and/or event coordinator if you have questions about activities moving forward. We will certainly keep the community posted as conditions continue to evolve and we learn more from the RI Department of Health.

Phil Auger,

NKSD Superintendent

  

As a reminder…

Because human coronaviruses most commonly spread through respiratory droplets, Rhode Islanders are reminded to take the same measures that healthcare providers recommend annually to prevent the spread of the flu and other viruses.

  • Get your flu shot, and make sure the people around you do the same.
  • Wash your hands often throughout the day. Use warm water and soap. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand gel.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow. Flu is spread through coughing or sneezing on other people or into your hands. Cover your coughs and sneezes to prevent others from getting sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious foods.
  • Keep surfaces (especially bedside tables, surfaces in the bathroom, and toys for children) clean by wiping them down with a household disinfectant.
  • CDC does not recommend face masks if you are well. Face masks are necessary to prevent sick people from getting other people sick.
  • If you or your child have a fever, it is now recommended you remain home until you are fever free for 48 hours without fever reducing medication like Tylenol.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.

We will continue to update you as new information becomes available.

For more information on the coronavirus, refer to the links below:

RI DOH/coronavirus

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/index.html 

Taking Care of Your Family During Coronavirus and Other Emerging Infectious Disease Outbreaks

 


  • NKSD Distance Learning Family Information & Resources
    • This webpage provides information and resources to NKSD families while we conduct distance learning
    • *If you have issues with a Chromebook while working from home, please see the bottom of this webpage for information about technical support*



  • Tips for Parents
    • Great article with some tips for parents of teenagers who are now home full time conducting distance learning

  • The Free Mindfulness Project
    • The Free Mindfulness Project offers mindfulness resources as practiced in mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), and other closely related approaches. This site catalogues a collection of free mindfulness resources, including guided meditations, poetry, and COVID-19 mindfulness activities.

  • Calm and Headspace 
    • The “Calm” app and “Headspace” app are helpful and easy-to-use tools that help to reduce stress and anxiety. The apps offer breathing practices, meditation and sleeping guides, exercise videos, and mindfulness exercises!

 
 
    • URI Couple & Family Therapy Clinic offers free sessions during COVID-19 pandemic
 
Technical Assistance
 
If you need technical assistance there are two ways in which you can reach us. 
 
1. If you have a working device you can complete this form
 
2. You can call 401-398-8100.  If you are calling the phone number please listen very carefully and select the best option to avoid a delay in your response. 
  • Press 1 if you need a device
  • Press 2 if you have a device that has physical damage
  • Press 3 if you are a staff member needing assistance with Chromebook programs
  • Press 4 if you are an elementary, Davisville Middle School or Davisville Academy family needing assistance with Chromebook programs
  • Press 5 if you are a Wickford Middle School or North Kingstown High School family needing assistance with Chromebook programs
  • Press 6 for all other questions
 
On April 20th the Governor also announced the Highlander Institute is also setting up a Distance Learning Hotline - Teachers, parents, and guardians can call the Helpline at 904-414-4927 or fill out the online form at http://highlanderinstitute.org/distance-learning-helpline/ to get their distance learning questions answered.