Principal Hahn's Weekly Enotes

Principal Hahn's Weekly Parent eNotes
Posted on 03/16/2018
Principal eNotes
eNotes 9/14/18

Dear Parent:

We understand that sometimes there can be frustration at home surrounding homework and/or preparation for quizzes and tests. The subject that seems to come up most frequently with this frustration is math, and parents often comment that they do not know how to support their child’s learning in regards to math when working with them at home. And the truth is, some of the ways we teach and learn math has changed. This year both middle schools have added a Math Coach and Intervention Specialist position. This position will provide support to both teachers and students to help improve math instruction and student learning. The Math Coaches will also be a great resource to parents and guardians. Our Math Coaches have provided an attachment that offers a few online resources that may be helpful when supporting your child with math at home. 

Please note, that the JMS Open House will be held Wednesday, September 26th at 7:00 pm. I look forward to seeing you then. 

Best, Bill

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September 25 – School Pictures

September 26 – JMS Open House – 7:00pm

September 28 – Early Release – 11:30am


See announcements: Message from School Nurse, Counselors’ Corner, JMS Docent Program,Taking Stuff Apart Extension Club, Art Room Donations, WPS Private Music Lesson Registration is Open!   


Message from School Nurse


Healthy Students are Better Learners: A note from Mrs. Sorrento, school nurse


We’ve been busy in the health office, to assist us in taking great care of your child:




If your child will need a scheduled medication (epipen, inhaler, daily medication) during the school day, a current signed doctor’s order is required.  A parent signature on the medication form is also required.


Forms for Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and Acetaminophen (Tylenol) can be found on the district website, go to Health Services, District Health Forms, Middle School Forms. A parent-signed form MUST be on file in order for your child to receive these medications. (Doctor’s order not required for ibuprofen and/or acetaminophen).


If you have questions about the JMS health office, or if your child has health concerns, please feel free to contact me at 508-660-7242, option 2; or ssorrento@walpole.k12.ma.us.  


Counselors’ Corner


The first few weeks of school have been off to a great start for our students. This past week the guidance staff started going into 6th-grade homerooms to learn some more about our students, and to have the students learn more about us. We have discovered: what our 6th graders hope to learn this year, what quotes they would like to live by this year, what they will need to be successful, and what is the best thing about 6th grade. We found that our 6th graders enjoy their new freedom, the new food choices, and switching between classes. To be successful, they want to believe in themselves, and have started to understand the importance of staying organized and studying hard! We love the quotes to live by this year, that we think all of us can follow: “Work hard and try your best”, “Just keep swimming”, “Be kind”, “To middle school and beyond!”.


Here are some pictures from our activity, we hope you enjoy as much as we did:





The Guidance Staff (:


JMS Docent Program


JMS Docent Program is looking to welcome new volunteers. There are two presentations in each grade (typically winter and spring): 

·  6th grade - Perspective and Perception in Art presented to the Science classes, and Dramatic Stories in Art presented to the ELA classes.

·  7th and 8th Grade - presentations in the Social Study Classes (7th: Ancient Art and Greek and Roman Art, 8th: Medieval Art and Renaissance Art)  

No art history background required. Units align directly with material being taught in class. We provide you with the guide and everything you need to present. Docents can present alone or with a partner. Currently, our 6th grade and 8th grade classes are in particular need of docents. Contact Helen Connor, JMS Docent Coordinator, for more info (hconnor75@gmail.com). 


Taking Stuff Apart Extension Club


Do you have old (working or non-working) electronics that you don't need anymore? We can use all your old electronics, working or non-working, for our Taking Stuff Apart Extension!


Please don’t bring in: TVs, computer monitors, anything with lots of glass (except device screens), air conditioners, smoke/fire alarms.


Items that you can bring in that we can take apart (and it doesn’t matter if they are working or not): old cell phones of any age, tablets, house phones, laptops, desktops, radios, dvd players, VCRs, remote controls, and pretty much any other small electronic device, working or not working. We wipe or destroy all hard drives when we take them apart. We've taken apart blenders, toasters, fans, 


Drop off in the front lobby or in Mr. Colchamiro’s room.


Email Mr. Colchamiro (dcolchamiro@walpole.k12.ma.us) if you have any questions.


Art Room Donations


The art room needs newspaper, magazines, and small plastic containers.  If you have any of these items and would like to donate, please bring to the JMS lobby.


WPS Private Music Lesson Registration is Open!   


It is not too late to register your son or daughter to take private music lessons as registration will remain open throughout the semester. The program is open to any student from grade 4 to grade 12.   Please visit the WPS Music Department Website for program details and the online registration.  For any questions, email Ken Gable, K-12 Music Coordinator, at kgable@walpole.k12.ma.us.