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May letter to parents from Principal Leandro includes important reminders and information

on May 18, 2016

Dear Parents,

It is hard to believe that we are now in the fourth quarter and that our year is drawing to a close. What a wonderful Spring we have had with so many students being able to take part in so many exciting activities. From the hugely successful STEAM fair, to our many field trips, to our four Spring concerts, the Middle School is always bustling with activity and energy. A big thank you to all of the parents and teachers that work to ensure that these opportunities keep happening and evolving. I wanted to take this opportunity to remind you of some important upcoming events and also review some Middle School procedures and practices with you.

As the nicer weather is upon us, please keep in mind that your child should come to school wearing appropriate attire. We encourage youngsters to wear appropriate “school wear” rather than “beach wear.” Keep in mind that the Middle School has air conditioning and that within the building, temperatures are cool and comfortable. Clothing that becomes distracting or a health/safety concern is not acceptable. Please do not allow your child to wear clothing with revealing holes, pajamas or pajama pants. Extremely brief or revealing garments such as tube tops, net tops, plunging necklines, and see through garments are not appropriate. Undergarments should never be visible; male students should have sleeves that cover their shoulders for hygienic reasons. Caps, sunglasses, flip flops, “belly” shirts, spaghetti straps, and clothing with inappropriate or suggestive words or pictures are not permitted. If your child has questions about the dress code, a more detailed overview can be found in the Middle School student handbook. Thank you for taking the time to check your child in the morning to be sure that his or her clothing is not a distraction to learning. Please help us keep our students focused on their studies while being comfortable in the warm weather of May and June.

On the evening of May 19th, our MS grades 5 & 6 students will have their final Spring Concerts – Grade 5, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., and Grade 6, from 7:45 to 8:45 p.m.from 7-8 p.m., both in the high school auditorium.

As our finals are being administered in class, scheduling for Middle School students will begin to take shape in June. Schedules are created and overseen by the Guidance Department. As you are already aware, we do not take team or teacher requests at the Middle School level. The only exception to this is if you have had a teacher or team in the past and are requesting a new experience. If you would like to request the “new experience”, please submit your request via e-mail to my office by June 3, 2016.

Students are scheduled for honors classes based on several criteria and a screening procedure based upon multiple measures. Teachers and administration have met and worked throughout the year to create several criteria with options, thereby allowing students to enter into honors classes. Once students have met the screen in test averages for core subjects, other honors criteria are also considered. If you have questions regarding your child’s test average in ELA, math, science or social studies, contact his or her teacher. Your child’s teacher can provide you with his or her current test average, which is used to determine whether or not your child has screened into honors. This process will not be completed until the end of the school year.

Thank you for your continued focus on academics, citizenship, and extracurricular activities. Our partnership with parents is something we truly value at Warwick Valley Middle School. I would like to extend one final thank you to PTA for organizing our Staff Appreciation Luncheon in June. We look forward to working with you in the future and thank you for your dedication to students.

Sincerely,

Cindy Leandro
WVMS Principal

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