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All of today’s activities at Woodbridge Middle are canceled.  This includes Seminole Camp, Open House, and New Student Orientation.  Summer construction has put us behind schedule, and although we have been working feverishly around the clock, the building is still a construction zone.  

We will be holding an Open House on Monday, September 1 from 8 AM – 12, in which students will be able to get their schedules and see their classrooms.  Please be advised that teachers are not expected to be present.  Attendance for students is not required.  Students will be well taken care of on the first day of school, as schedules will be provided and students will be given proper first day of school guidance.  

Divisionwide Announcements
WMS Announcements
 ** See our Summer Newsletter for important announcements and dates for the 2014-15 school year **
Attention: New for the 2014-2015 School Year
Effective July 1, 2014, the state of Virginia will be requiring all 6th graders (regardless of age) to have a Tdap booster by the first day of school.  Previously students were exempt until their 11th birthday.  Please visit the Virginia Department of Health to learn more.

A partir del 01 de Julio, 2014, el estado de Virginia requiere que todos los alumnos de 6to grado (sin importar la edad) deben tener la vacuna de refuerzo Tdap antes del primer día de escuela. Esto es diferente a años anteriores, donde los estudiantes de 10 años estaba exentos hasta que cumplieran 11.Aquí está el enlace con el Departamento de Salud de Virginia: http://www.vdh.state.va.us/epidemiology/immunization/requirements.htm

WMS PTO CiCi's Pizza Night
With the hustle and bustle of school starting DON’T cook! Come out, have dinner, meet with old and new friends and in the process support Woodbridge Middle School's PTO on Thursday, September 4th from 4 to 8 pm at CiCi's Pizza located at 13600 Foulger Square, Woodbridge, VA. If you join us any time between 4 and 8 pm and drop the receipt in the box at the register we will receive 15% of the ticket! We all have to eat, and no one likes doing dishes, so what better combination can you ask for. You don't have to cook and you are doing your part to support the school and PTO! Not to mention the kids love it there. 


Homeroom Assignments
Homeroom assignments will be mailed out from Woodbridge Middle School on Friday, August 22nd. This should allow the information to arrive no later than Monday, August 25th.

Please be on the look out for a 3x5 card with your student's Homeroom and Seminole Camp information on it. This information is for ALL grade levels. This card is very important to ensure a smooth opening and first day for your student.

Students will received their locker assignments and preliminary schedule during Seminole Camp and a finalized schedule during the first day of school from their Homeroom teacher.

If you have any questions please feel free to call us at WMS. We look forward to a new and exciting year!

WMS Library News
Please click here to access the summer reading list and the documentation form.  Please mark your calendars for the Scholastic Book Fair:  Sept. 17th - Sept. 24th.  Parents interested in volunteering can e-mail Mrs. Peel at peeljl@pwcs.edu.

Registration extended for After School Program
The Office of Student Services’ School Age Child Care office and Minnieland Academy, Inc. are excited about the opportunity to pilot a Middle School After-school Program for the 2014–15 school year. This pilot program will be offered at Woodbridge Middle School. The after-school program will be available to students aged 12 and younger during the pilot year. The program hours are from 3–6:30 p.m., Monday–Friday.  Registration has been extended  for our new Middle School After-School program serving students  12 or under who need  a safe healthy environment where they can grow and succeed both academically and socially while engaging in both school and community activities.  For more information please call Damon Cerrone, Prince William County SACC Supervisor at 703.791.8844 or visit https://www.minnielandsac.com/PrinceWilliamMSAP.aspx.  Please click the links below for more information:

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Student Insurance Option
Student accident insurance is becoming more and more important to families due to lack of other insurance for their children, or having major medical plans with ever-increasing deductibles and co-insurance requirements. Student accident insurance will be available July 1 for parents to enroll their students for the 2014–15 school year. Markel (PWCS student accident insurance provider) has an electronic enrollment process through the Markel Web site or by calling 877.444.5014.

This Web site allows parents to:
• View all of the coverage and premium options;
• Review a “Frequently Asked Questions” section; and
• Purchase the insurance using a credit/debit card and receive an instant and printable confirmation of what they purchased

Free Personalized Math Program for Students
Visit http://summer.tenmarks.com and use the Access Code: S14PWC6173
How the Program Works:
- Your Child(ren) take an Upfront Diagnostic Assessment at Grade Level
- A Personalized Curriculum is Created Based on Assessment Results
- It Reviews Concepts from the Past Year and Introduces Ones for the Coming Year
It’s Easy for Families to Benefit from the Program.
1) Personalized Program for Each Child Include Hints & Video Lessons for Each Assignment.
2) Points, Levels & Rewards (Created by You) Provide a Fun & Motivating Summer Program.
3) Weekly Reports Emailed to You. Receive End of Summer Performance/Progress Report to Leverage for New School Year.
An hour a week is all it takes to strengthen math skills and prepare for the year ahead.
Let's say hello to moving ahead this summer! You can learn more by downloading a flyer:

Addition of Portable Classrooms
May 12, 2014

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Based on our current student enrollment, projections of additional students for next year and our desire to provide enough space for the educational needs of students, the School Division will be installing three new portable classroom(s) at our school site this summer.

The Office of Facilities Services is in the process of determining the best location on our school site for the new portable classrooms. Some of the factors affecting where the portable classrooms will be placed include student safety, accessibility to the school building, and proximity to restrooms, electrical, state and local building codes, and other required services.

The new portable classrooms will be moved to the school property this summer, and set up for use before September. As with all portable classroom installations, this is a temporary measure until permanent accommodations can be made.

If you have any questions about the location, the reasons the portable classroom(s) is/are needed, or any other related issues, feel free to contact me directly.



Skyles Calhoun



Woodbridge Middle School PTO Membership
The PTO is here to support the faculty and staff of Woodbridge Middle School. We can only do that with the participation of parents and teachers. Your participation in monthly meetings and at PTO events is what makes us successful.

Meetings are held every second Tuesday of the month at 6:45 PM, to ensure maximum parent and teacher attendance. Meetings are held in the Main Office Conference Room or the Library. All are welcome to attend and we hope to see you there! For more information please contact Lisa McCullion at afmccs5@yahoo.com.

The WMS PTO Membership Form is available in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Urdu by clicking here.

Parent Resource Center
The PWCS' Office of Special Education Parent Resource Center (PRC)'s mission is to assist parents and families of children with special needs to become active participants in their child's education through information, empowerment, and encouragement. In operation since November of 1992, the center has provided support, training, resources, and information to parents and teachers.
It's goal is to promote a positive relationship between parents and educators of children with special needs.

The Center is staffed by both a Parent Coordinator (parent of a child with special needs) and an Educator Coordinator.
The staff works with parents to resolve concerns and problems; however; coordinators may not serve as advocates for parents  in School Intervention, IEP, or Eligibility meetings or attend a Central Office Review, State Mediation, or Due Process Hearing.

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Student Drop-Off and Pick-Up Policies
Parents are reminded that when students are dropped off in the morning, they are to drive to the far end of the drop off lane to have students enter the school. Students are to remain in vehicles and not exit from cars at the set of doors located on the 'curve' of the parking lot as it jams up cars on York Drive. In addition NO students are to be exiting cars that are parked on York Drive. Parents are to use only the designated area in school parking lot located on the side of the building nearest the baseball field/tennis courts. All students are to remain in the parking lot area designated for car riders.

Same Gender Program

Woodbridge Middle School is proud to offer same gender classes.  Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students have the option of same gender classes for science, social studies, math, and language arts.  Parents are given the opportunity to opt students in as a part of the standard class selection form.   Students are enrolled by selecting Same Gender classes when making course selections.  In addition, parents have the option of transferring their son/daughter in from other schools, as long as they are able to provide transportation both to and from school.

For information feel free to e-mail Skyles Calhoun,WMS principal, at calhousa@pwcs.edu.  Research has shown that there are tremendous differences in how boys and girls learn. Teachers who are trained to teach the way boys and girls learn best can increase the rate of academic achievement.  Our staff has been trained by one of the leading experts in the field, Dr. Leonard Sax, author of Why Gender Matters:  What Parents and Teachers Need to Know about the Emerging Science of Sex Differences

For further information about this fascinating research, you may wish to visit www.singlesexschools.org.  This website is hosted by the National Association for Single Sex Public Education (NASSPE).  Dr. Sax is the founder of this organization.

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