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Cooler Weather

September 10

Hello FALL!

With cooler weather we will begin enforcing the dress code. Please make sure skirts and shorts are of an appropriate length.

Getting to school on time is a precursor to a good work habit. Please help your child prepare for school and get here by 7:35 am. The late bell rings at 7:40 and our first class begins at 7:50. After a students' 4th Tardy they will receive a detention.

A reminder that when a student receives the 4th detention in a Trimester they will have earned an in school suspension.

A paper with the directions for parents' access to Powerschool will be coming home with your child on Tuesday.

August 8, 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians:

It seems the dog days of August are here! As our summer all too quickly disappears and the beginning of another school year is soon upon us, I thought it a good time to publish information to help your student get prepared for school’s opening.

Our first day of school will be Wednesday, August 29th, and will be a full day of school for all students in grades 6 through 8. Breakfast will be provided at no cost and lunch for a cost will be available.

Winthrop Middle School’s doors will open for students at 7:15 a.m. and dismissal will be at 2:10 p.m. Busses will arrive between 7:15 and 7:30 a.m. Connections (our advisory time) will run from 7:40 until 7:55 a.m. Since attendance and our free breakfast program take place during Connections’ time, it is imperative that your child be at school by 7:30 a.m. and in their Connections groups no later than 7:40 a.m. Arrival after that time will be considered tardy. And, speaking of tardy, we will strictly enforce the consequences for a student who is tardy more than three times in a trimester again this year. This WILL affect athletics, clubs, and playing time. The full explanation can be found on the WMS web site at Winthropschools.orgin the Parent/Student Handbook.

Once again this year we will post the Parent/Student Handbookon line. The Code of Conductwill also be available for viewing on our website. Please review these important documents with your child prior to the start of school. Our dress code and the rules regarding no caffeinated beverages and no cell phones are in the Handbook and will be enforced consistently.

This year we have new staff to introduce. Mr. David Moisan will be our new 7th& 8thgrade Math/7thgrade Reading teacher replacing Mr. Benjamin Beury-Moore; Ms. Jodie Bennett will be our new 8thgrade ELA/6th& 8thgrade Reading teacher replacing Mrs. Christine Swain who has retired; and Ms. Marissa Navedo will be our new 7thgrade ELA/8thgrade Reading teacher, replacing Mrs. Lisa Plossay who has moved to 6thgrade ELA/Reading. In addition, both Mrs. Michelle Briley and Mrs. Kate Levesque will be adding 8thgrade Social Studies to their schedules to replace Mr. Marc Fortin who has retired.

Our annual Open House will be held on Thursday, September 6th. Please come tour the building and meet your child’s teachers from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. that evening. School pictures are scheduled for Wednesday, September 26th.

In addition, parents/guardians who received letters home, dated June 20, 2017, stating that your student failed to return one or more school books and that either the books needed to be returned or payment was due, need to be aware that, if this is not done, those students affected will not be allowed to participate in either sports or any extra-curricular activities including, but not limited to clubs, dances, field trips, etc., until such time as the books are turned or payment is made. This will be strictly enforced.

Other information I’d like to share:

§ Any student who is failing a subject at the end of a trimester will not be allowed to participate in any “fun” activities, assemblies, days (such as field day) until they have brought their grade up to passing. A quiet study room will be available during those “fun” activities for those students to work on their academics. Any 8thgrader who is failing an academic subject for the yearwill not be allowed to attend the annual end-of-the-year 8thgrade trip or the Final Assembly.

§ New State expectations on attendance are published in our Parent/Student Handbook, which will be available for viewing on our school website at Please take time to become familiar with the new laws as they will affect us.

§ All athletics (except football) will begin after school gets rolling with sign-up sheets posted on the gym bulletin board. Please don’t forget that your child needs an updated physical every two years in order to participate in athletics. If you have any questions with regard to Middle School sports, please contact our Athletic Director, Mr. Joel Stoneton. Mr. Stoneton is located at the middle school each morning during the school year until approximately 9:30 a.m. and can be reached at 377-2249, ext. 4102. After that time, he can be reached at the high school at 377-2228, ext. 3002.

§ The activity fee will be in place again this year to offset the cost of our extensive programs. As outlined in the attached Activity Fee Requirements payment schedule, the dates of collections for a single student at the WMS, which is on a trimester schedule, are:

Ø Monday, September 3, 2018 – 1stinstallment of $33 or the full $100 per student;

Ø Monday, December 3, 2018 – 2ndinstallment of $33, or the full $100 and/or $66 for a student new to programs;

Ø Monday, April 1, 2019 – the 3rdand final installment of $34, or the full $100 for a student new to programs.

If you are paying for more than one family member, please refer to the enclosed Activity Fee payment schedule for families. In addition, it is important that you complete the 2018-19 Activity Fee Remittance Form that is also attached and submit it along with each of your payments throughout the school year.

Any sport or club that pays an advisor or coach a stipend will expect its members to pay the activity fee. If a student fails to pay the fee on time, that student will not be allowed to participate until such time as the balance is up to date. As always, if a family is in financial need, please call me for a scholarship. Mr. Stoneton will be in charge of collecting fees and checks should be made payable to “Winthrop Public Schools”. Payment may be turned into Ms. Coleen Souza at the Superintendent’s Office, Ms. Liz Warner in the Middle School office or to Ms. Denise Mitchell in the High School office.

I am looking forward to serving you and helping your child get ready for High School. If you have any questions, please call me at 377-2249, ext. 4001.

Please let your child know I will be greeting them at the front door in a very short time.


Karen E. Criss


Karen Criss

Principal, Winthrop Middle School

377-2249 ext 4001

8th Grade Reading Teacher

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