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Morning Announcements
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Eighth-Grade D.C. Trip Webpage

1LT Charles W. Whitcomb Middle School
Grades 5-8
25 Union Street
Marlborough, MA 01752
(508) 460-3502
Fax number:  (508) 460-3547
School Hours:  8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Mary Murphy, Principal
Richard LacinaBethany Pritchard, Wayne Labbe
&
Kalliope Pantazopoulos,  Assistant Principals

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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
 


                
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Mark your calendars!
The Friends of Akiruno presents "Tumult at the TV Show" mystery theater at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 3! Click here for details.
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The Whitcomb 2014 Magazine Campaign is underway! Help us raise money for the Student Activity Fund - click here for details and here for the online site (WMS ID number is 2552354.)
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Whitcomb Women in Math & Science
A group of ten Whitcomb middle School sixth- and seventh-grade girls recently attended the Women in Math and Science Conference, hosted by the Northborough Junior Women’s Club. The ladies attended workshops on careers in the medical, robotics, engineering, finance and other related fields. Shown are: (back row, from left) Alanna McCarthy, Madison Boudreau, Christiana Kearns, Jaelyn Kassoy, (front row) Jayden VanBuskirk, Abby Gould, Sara Abbasova, Alethia Pena, Zoe Collins, and Jazlyn Otero.

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Parents/guardians of MPS students entering grades 5 through 9:
The STEM registration process has started, and now throught April 14 we are accepting applications to join the STEM Early College High School for the 2014-15 school year. Students should complete the application (English / Portuguese / Spanish) and return it to their homeroom teacher by April 14.

Please contact STEM Director Dan Riley at
driley@mps-edu.org or (508) 460-3500, ext. 7510, with any questions. We will be hosting a STEM information night for our middle-level parents at 6:15 p.m. (note the new time) Thursday, April 10, in the Whitcomb School auditorium. Parents grades 5 through 9 are encouraged to attend and learn more about our program.

Thank you, and we look forward to receiving your applications!
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Whitcomb student receives first place in math competition

You can officially call Whitcomb Middle School seventh-grader Ben Patterson a math whiz. Patterson earned the highest score among more than 200 of his Whitcomb peers on the recent American Mathematics Competition (AMC).

On Feb. 28, Patterson and 54 of his fellow Whitcomb students were presented with awards for outstanding performance in the competition. Additionally, the school received a certificate of merit for having the top three scorers earn a collective 50 points or more. It is the first time in more than 5 years that the school has received this commendation. Total points on the test are 25. Patterson scored 19 points. Fifth-grader Shane Ferrante scored 18, and eighth-graders Adam Moore, Sarah Zagzoug and Bailey Honerchavez each scored 16.

Below are highlights of the awards presentations. For a complete list of students who received awards, see the news release!

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Whitcomb students compete at problem solving
On Feb. 8, Whitcomb Middle School students grades five through eight participated in the Future Problem Solvers Qualifying Competition. The school fielded 12 teams totaling about 48 students, who worked on a scenario they had never seen before on the topic of “surveillance.” Each team had two hours to use the six-step problem-solving process to identify challenges, an underlying problem, solutions, and a best solution based on the provided criteria. Each team then wrote a report on its work, which was submitted to the Massachusetts Future Problem Solvers organization. Finally, each team created a brief skit for parents – who served as competition proctors – to “sell” their solutions. Below are some highlights of the day.

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Ann Weldon's seventh-graders recently were featured on WMCT-TV's "Marlborough This Week" when the class participated in a civics lesson about the City Council election process. To view the video, click here!
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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.
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Online Sports Registration Webpage
(You'll be directed to the high school site, where both middle school and high school registrations are processed.)
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A note about STEM for fifth-grade parents:
As we continue to evaluate our middle level curricular offerings, we are exploring ways to enhance our STEM learning experiences for all students. Once we identify any changes toward that goal, we will provide more information to students and parents.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at driley@mps-edu.org or at (508) 460-3500, ext. 7510.

Sincerely,
Dan Riley, STEM Director

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PTO News, Upcoming Events: Click here for important information about two upcoming community events!
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Attention parents of Eighth-Graders: Whitcomb School is pleased to announce its Saturday morning MCAS support program! The program serves Marlborough students grades 8-12 who are looking to improve their MCAS scores. Teachers focus on skills that specifically have been identified for your child’s improvement in the tested areas of English, mathematics and biology.

Please contact John Jarnis at (508) 460-3500 ext. 7733 or at jjarnis@mps-edu.org for questions or to enroll your student.

The MCAS support program will meet on the following dates at Marlborough High School:  January 4, 11 and 25; February 1, 8 and 15; March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29; and April 5. 

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Make Your Mark!
Whitcomb eighth-graders recently toured Marlborough High School to learn more about high school life and the wide variety of courses and activities offered at the school. One of the activities they participated in was a group animation video in the Art Department. Below is their final product!

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Make It Your Own
Watch the student-produced video Marlborough High School: Make It Your Own!
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Flu Information for Parents and Guardians
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MCAS/NCLB Report Card: On Sept. 20, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) released its 2013 information about school accountability, how our school is performing relative to other schools, and the progress our school is making toward narrowing proficiency gaps for different groups of students. To access the Whitcomb parent letter (three languages) regarding this information and the district- and school-level DESE “report cards,” see our NCLB Report Card webpage.

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Support the Middle School Student Exchange Program - order your cinch bag now! Click here for details.
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iParent Portal now available
With the click of a mouse and a simple log-in, Whitcomb parents can now access their students’ midterm reports, student schedules, assignment grades, report cards and attendance information. Whitcomb is pleased to announce the opening of the iParent Portal, the parent-accessible component of the district’s student data management system, iPass. For a step-by-step “how-to” guide to creating an iParent account, click
here.
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Parents: Please click here for important information from Whitcomb's Health & Wellness staff.
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Parents/Guardians: Please read this message from the WMS Guidance Department regarding bullying prevention efforts and curriculum in the Marlborough Public Schools.
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Join the 2013 - 2014 Sports Boosters - Click for more information!
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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.
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Spirit Wear On Sale
Show your school spirit by ordering "Whitcomb Wear." Select styles and sizes are now available for purchase. You can download and print the order form and return it to the Whitcomb PTO Mailbox to the attention of Danielle Mains in the Front Office with your payment. GO PANTHERS!
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Student Supply Lists for 2013-14:  Grade 5 / Grades 6-8

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