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Woodbridge Middle School will be adding ten instructional minutes to the bell schedule beginning Monday, March 31.  Click here to view the new bell schedule.  This schedule will be effective for the remainder of the school year.
Upcoming Events
WMS Announcements
Buy One, Get One Free Book Fair Coming in May
The WMS Library will be hosting their second book fair next month! Please come and take advantage of the Buy One, Get One free fair! It's a great time to stock up on summer reading books. The fair will be from May 6th - May 8th. If you are able to volunteer, please contact Mrs. Peel at peeljl@pwcs.edu Happy Reading!

Tennis Club Pictures
 Tennis Pictures will be on Tuesday, April 29, immediately after school.
Fight Like a Girl Fun Run/Walk
The WMS PTO will be hosting a Fun Run/Walk on May 31st at Woodbridge Middle School.  Registration will be at 8:45 and the race will start at 9:30.  There will be awards for the Most Pinked Out Outfit, Most Spirited, and Top 3 Most Laps Completed.  The first 500 registrants receive a "Fight Like a Girl" Band.  Registration forms must be completed and signed by an adult.  Proceeds will go to the Lederman Family and Brain Cancer Research.  Please direct all questions to Miss Smedley at smedlekm@pwcs.edu.

STEM Opportunities
 A science, technology, engineering, and math exploration day will be led by Thomas Jefferson students on April 5.  There will be approximately 100 fun activities.  See more information here.  

Thomas Jefferson will also be conducting a Middle School Science and Technology Summer Institute from July 14 - August 8.  Please go here for more information and click the following links:  Course Descriptions, Information on Submitting Scholarships, and Scholarship Application.

Box Tops for Education
Students, Parents, & Staff: Thank you SO much for participating in Box Tops for Education. Box tops were submitted twice this year. In November we received almost $500! Many new books were ordered and will be displayed in the library so you can see what your box tops have purchased. The spring box tops were just mailed in and we should be receiving a check for over $300 to purchase more books! Please keep collecting box tops and turn them in to the library. In addition, you can also earn eBoxTops for the WMS Library when you shop online.  Simply sign up at btfe.com, and then shop online at btfe.com/marketplace.  For more information, click here.

PWC Community Expo
The PWC Community Expo will be held on Saturday, May 10, from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. at the Pfitzner Stadium Complex. This event is a great opportunity for families to see what our teachers are teaching and our students are learning in the area of health and physical education and to take part in fitness, athletic, and outdoor activities in our community. See our PWC Community Expo Web page for the details.
Mr. Calhoun Nominated for Leadership Award
Woodbridge Middle School is proud to announce that Principal Mr. Skyles Calhoun has been nominated for Prince William County Principal of the Year and Washington Post Distinguished Educational Leader Award.  This award recognizes those principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their position to create an exceptional educational environment. The award will be presented in a ceremony in May 2014.   On Friday, January 10, the PTO, students and staff recognized Mr. Calhoun’s nomination during school lunches with cake and many words of congratulations.  In addition, Mr. Calhoun was featured in the PWCS-TV School Focus below:


PWCS Policies and Regulations
Parents, it is important that you know the policies and regulations governing Prince William County Schools. These policies and regulations can be accessed online at PWCS.edu.
April Be There Tip
It's not an April Fool's joke. The benefits of connecting with your child every day will last a lifetime.
No es una broma del Día de April Fool. Los beneficios de conectarse con su hijo cada día durarán toda la vida.

Yearbook Available for Purchase
The 2013-2014 Yearbook is now available for purchase. If you order early, you can save $3.00. We look forward to another successful year for our school yearbook.  You may purchase your yearbook online by clicking here.

WMS Achieves School of Excellence Designation
Woodbridge Middle School was one of only five middle schools in Prince William County to receive the School of Excellence designation for the 2012-13 school year. Schools attain this designation by demonstrating high levels of performance— they must be fully accredited by the state, meet Virginia academic Annual Measurable Objectives, and achieve an overall score of 90 out of 100 points on PWCS Strategic Plan-based measures.

Clip Your Box Tops
Want to see new books in the library?  Please send in all box tops to Mrs. Peel in the library.  All proceeds will be used to purchase books for the library.  Thanks for your support!

WMS Hoodies Now Available
Hoodies are in!!! Get your WMS hoodie while supplies last. The cold is here, and it's time to bundle up. Help support WMS athletics while staying warm this winter in a comfortable front pocket hoodie, available in both gray and black. To order yours today, simply fill out the order form and send in to the front office with a payment of $20.00.

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.

"Schools to Watch" - Woodbridge Middle School

Click here to view more information about "Schools to Watch" on the Virginia Middle Schools Association Web site.

Woodbridge Middle Volunteer Programs
There are many opportunities for parents to volunteer their time and effort to Woodbridge Middle School events and activities, as well as assisting in day-to-day operations.  WMS welcomes and appreciates parent volunteers.  Any parent interested can fill out and submit the Woodbridge Middle School Volunteer Form.

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