Whitcomb School Home Page
District wide search
« April 2015 »
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9

 

 
The Whitcomb School challenges, inspires and empowers adolescents to make responsible decisions and develop the knowledge, skills and understanding required to discover and develop their potential.

Translations: To translate this website's content, please see the flag bar   at the bottom of each page.


The Whitcomb ROAR:
Check out this video that explains why there is such a ROAR at Whitcomb!

Staff and students discuss the school's core values and how students and staff alike show those values every day.
xxx  
The MCAS Shake-Off
Kudos to the Whitcomb staff, who put together this video to inspire Whitcomb students to take the MCAS tests seriously, then “shake off” the stress that comes from taking the MCAS and other standardized tests.
Check it out!
Chromebook Login
firstnamelunchIDnumber@k12.mps-edu.org
Click here for Morning Announcements
xxx
1LT Charles W. Whitcomb Middle School
Grades 5-8
25 Union Street Marlborough, MA 01752
Phone: (508) 460-3502
Fax number:  (508) 460-3547         School Hours:  8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Mary Murphy, Principal
Richard LacinaBethany Pritchard & Wayne Labbe,
Assistant Principals

***
Gabrielle Abrams, Executive Director
of Primary & Elementary Education (Grades PK-5)

Maureen Greulich, Executive Director
of Secondary Education (Grades 6-12)

Dan Riley; Director of STEM, Supervisor of Mathematics/Technology 6-12

Jose Reyes, Supervisor of Humanities 6-12
Kathleen Richov, Supervisor of Science & Engineering 6-12
                
 
To all 5th- and 6th-grade students and their parents/guardians
Picture Day will be Tuesday, April 14. Fliers have been delivered to the school, and they should be coming home with the students. Select your favorite background, and return the form on Picture Day. Tips from Life Touch:
• Choose clothing with solid colors or simple patterns.
• Avoid clothing with slogans and logos.
• Long-sleeved shirts are best.
***
8th-Grade Scheduling for Marlborough High School
Eighth grade teachers are currently in the process of making course recommendations for their students' freshmen year at the Marlborough High School.

Once staff recommendations are completed students will be given a course verification sheet to bring home on Monday, April 13. Students will also select four credits worth of electives, either two – one semester courses or one full year course. Please review these two documents with your child, sign and date the forms and have your child return these forms to his/her homeroom teacher by Wednesday, April 15! To view the "Getting Ready for High School" presentation, click here.
***
8th Grade Washington, D.C. Trip Notice
The 8th Grade Washington, D.C. trip will be June 2-5. There next mandatory meeting will be at 6:00 p.m. Monday, May 18, for all students and parents/guardians. All participating in the trip are expected to attend. Those who are unable to attend should contact Ms. Pritchard or Mr. Labbe. Click here for more information. To access the trip's Timeline of Events, click: English / Portuguese / Spanish.

Parent Trip Information Packets (and translations) in have been posted on the Washington, D.C. Family Link page.
***
You can help!
Project 351 Ambassador Brett Federico is leading a gently used clothing drive to benefit Cradles to Crayons March 30 through April 9. To learn more, click here.
***
Aspen Family Portal Update: Parents now can register for e-mail alerts regarding their students' attendance and grades from their Aspen Family Portal accounts - click here for details!
***
Congratulations to our MMA Essay Contest winners!
Recently, a group of Whitcomb sixth-graders participated in the Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA) Sixth Grade Essay Contest, for which they wrote about what they would do if they were elected to be a leader of their community. To help promote the MMA contest, Marlborough City Councilor Katie Robey spoke to with students in November about her experiences in local politics and as well as the nuts and bolts of the contest.

Kudos to the students who placed in the contest! Shown here Feb. 23 with Mayor Arthur Vigeant are third-place winner Alexander Moe, first-place winner Katherine White, and second-place winner Brittany Garcia.
***
Whitcomb musicians qualify for MMEA Concert Ensembles
On January 31, seven Whitcomb Middle School students were accepted into the 2015 Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA) Central District Junior High School Concert Ensembles. These students will participate with students grades seven and eight from 70 participating schools in a concert on May 2.
   Congratulations to Amanda McCarthy, Chorus; Maddy Silverman, Jazz Band; Matthew Pearl, Jazz Band; Ben Simmons, Jazz Band; Samantha Edwards, Orchestra; Tatyana Barthold, Chorus; and Sarah Naim, Orchestra.
***
STEM Presentations available
The Feb. 24 Eighth-Grade STEM Parent Presentation and the Feb. 26 Fifth-Grade STEM Parent Presentation are available on the STEM ECHS/MAPP webpage.
***
Updated Food Services policy: The Marlborough School Committee on Jan. 13 passed a policy regarding the charging of food services (school lunches) and the managing of outstanding balances. Please click here to read about the policy and how it affects student food service accounts.
***
Brett Federico selected as Project 351 ambassador
Whitcomb eighth-grader Brett Federico will represent Marlborough at the Jan. 17 Project 351 Launch Day event in Boston.

Each year communities from across the commonwealth select eighth-grade “ambassadors” to participate in a day of service as part of Project 351. At Whitcomb, students are nominated by their teachers for participation in the daylong event based on their exemplary ethic of service and demonstration of Project 351 values of humility, compassion, kindness, and generosity of spirit. As a group, the teachers narrow the nominations to three finalists. The finalists then meet with administrators and a small panel of faculty and staff, who name the ambassador.

As ambassadors, the 400-plus Project 351 students experience more than a year of structured service, leadership development and enrichment to hone their confidence, awareness and skills to lead and serve. By serving with other eighth-graders from every corner of the state, ambassadors have the opportunity to recognize and appreciate the diversity of the Commonwealth and create a network of youth leaders to share ideas and inspiration for service. They are expected to use the service and leadership skills they develop to heighten awareness of and address important issues facing their local communities.

Congratulations to Project 351 Ambassador Brett Federico and his co-finalists, Inez Arellano and Sarah Naim.
***
Writers share their works
Whitcomb’s fifth-grade Writer's Workshop Lab classrooms held a Feature Article Fair on Dec. 18 to showcase feature articles they’d written after eight weeks of honing their writing skills. Parents and siblings were invited to enjoy the students’ work and learn more about topics ranging from Bonobo apes to Bobby Orr to Ugg boots. Shown are some highlights of the fair.
***
Whitcomb Panthers PTO Spirit Wear Order Form: Click here!
***
Thank you, NEASC student ambassadors
Whitcomb Middle School sends out a big “Thank you!” to the following students for serving as school ambassadors during the recent NEASC site visit: Arelene Hernandez, Brooke Bishop, Christian Berry, Dylan Church, Emma Morris, Gabriel Dominguez, Bethany Gould, Jacquelyn Rocheleau, James Regan, Jorge Porras, Sara Orentlich, Sarah Dos Santos, Aniel Baj, Ashley LeConti, Carrie Sibole, Ines Dias de Oliveira Martins, Jordany Lopez, Lou Vigeant, Nikhil Patel, Reiner Luna, Sarah Peltier, Savannah Christo, Tino Pizzarella and Samantha Mains.
***
5th & 6th Grades: Postural screenings start Jan. 16
Information about the importance of this screening is attached and is available through each school nurse. If you, as a parent or guardian, do not wish your child to participate in the 30-second exam, please send in his/ her current physical exam, which must be less than 6 months old. Along with the physical, please send in a note that requests your student to be excluded from participation in postural screening. Remember to tell your student to inform his/her examiner of your choice to opt out of this screening. Thank you for your assistance.
***
Welcome, friends!
On Nov. 3, Whitcomb Middle School welcomed students and their chaperones from Akiruno, Japan for this year’s student exchange program. This marks the 20th year the two cities have exchanged students and shared cultures. Attendees at the Nov. 3 ceremony were treated to a special musical performance by the Akiruno students and chaperones and their Whitcomb hosts. Below is a slideshow with highlights of the ceremony.
***
Students grades 6-8 at are being asked to participate in a survey called the MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey. Please see the attached for information about this important survey designed to help our district develop and enhance its health education and prevention services.
***
Class Act: Eighth-graders recognized
Eighth-graders Ashley LeConti and Sara Peltier were recognized in Channel 7’s “Class Act” and by the United Way of Tri-County for their community service. The Class Act is a special feature on Channel 7 News that highlights “students who deserve to be recognized for doing something outstanding academically, athletically or for their community.” The girls planted a garden, with a goal of helping out the local community with what they were able to grow. The girls donated over 300 pounds of vegetables to the Marlborough Food Pantry, helping more than 50 families. Peltier and LeConti are shown below with Channel 7's Christa Delcamp and United Way of Tri-County President Paul Mina.
***
Sunovion 'Hands On' community service day
On Oct. 17, hundreds of volunteers from the Marlborough-based Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. rolled up their sleeves and dedicated a day of their time to help the Marlborough schools with various projects.  To learn more about this generous volunteer effort, click here!
***
YEARBOOK ORDERING INFORMATION: Order your 2014-15 yearbooks online at www.yearbookordercenter.com and enter code 13434!
***
PARENTS: Please read the attached letter regarding the Enterovirus D-68, the district's vigilance in watching for trends in illness patterns, and what students, parents and staff can do to help prevent spreading of the virus should it occur in our community.
***
PARENTS: On Oct. 15, MPS schools mailed out letters to parents/guardians regarding the 2014 MCAS scores, school accountability and performance, and initiatives that target areas for improvement. Also included with each letter grades K-8 was a Title 1 Compact for parents. To view your school’s DESE 2014 Report Card, Report Card Overview, principal’s letter and Title 1 compact, visit the district’s MCAS/PARCC/NCLB Report Cards/Accountability webpage.
***
Eighth-Grade Parents: To view the presentation about the June 2015 class trip to Washington, D.C., click here.
***
Parents/Guardians of MPS students: Please update contact information to be accurate at all times in the event of an emergency at school!
***
Click here to access the district’s resource page for information on social and emotional support to those who need assistance with processing, understanding, and coping with tragedy and/or grief.
***
Online Sports Registration Webpage
(You'll be directed to the high school site, where both middle school and high school registrations are processed.)
***
Make It Your Own
Watch the student-produced video Marlborough High School: Make It Your Own!
***
Flu Information for Parents and Guardians
 
 
 
 
Student Supply Lists for 2014-15:  Grade 5 / Grades 6-8
6th Grade STEM
***
Join the 2014 - 2015 Sports Boosters - Click for more information!
***
IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ATHLETES AND THEIR PARENTS
The MIAA is now requiring physical exams every 13 months for athletes. See the notice from Athletic Director Jeff Rudzinsky for more information.
***
xxx
 
Site Map | Privacy Policy | View "printer-friendly" page | Login   In Japanese  In Korean  En français  Auf Deutsch  In italiano   No português  En español  In Russian  
Site powered by SchoolFusion.com © 2015 - Educational website content management