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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.
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1LT Charles W. Whitcomb Middle School
Grades 5-8
25 Union Street Marlborough, MA 01752
Phone: (508) 460-3502
Fax number:  (508) 460-3547
Student Instructional Day: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Brian Daniels, Principal
Richard LacinaBethany Pritchard & Wayne Labbe,
Assistant Principals
Health Information

Back Screenings Begin on Jan. 18
Starting on January 18,  all students in 5 through 8  will be participating in back screening during wellness classes.  Back screening is a state mandate that is performed in grades 5-9 in an effort to identify scoliosis or other back irregularities. Medical follow up is important to decrease the long term effects of these irregularities. Girls should plan on wearing a sports bra that day to be comfortable during screening. Parents will be notified if there is need for medical follow up after the screening. In order to opt out of this state mandated screening, students must bring a copy of their physical that is not more than 12 months old. Parents must send in a written note stating that they do not wish to have their child participate in the back screening program this year. Click on the link to read more about the importance of back screenings.
Japan Exchange Program
Current 6th and 7th Graders Interested in Applying for the Akiruno City Exchange Program for 2017 click on application flier

Whitcomb Students and EMC Explore Big Data!
 Click here to read the article.  Whitcomb Students Learn Big Data!  
Empowering Girls Conference


Photo above from left to right: Ana Carolina Fortes, Leanne Wydom, Samantha Jesse, Skylar Parker, Stella Moore, and Emily Cabral.

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On Wednesday December 7th, three 7th graders and three 8th graders attended “Empowering Girls 2016”: an event sponsored by the Middlesex Partnership for Youth Inc. and the office of District Attorney Marian Ryan. Our six students were nominated by teachers and staff to attend the conference, and were able to hear speeches from women in leadership roles and to do activities to practice confident communication and self-advocacy. The speakers shared their personal experience and encouraged girls to empower themselves through dedication to hard work, confidence in their abilities, and courageously taking risks to reach their goals. It was a wonderful experience for all involved, and at the end of the conference, our students said that being there made them feel “like they could do anything”. 
Computer Science Week
Dell EMC Teaches Students about "Big Data"
Public Survey on History/Social Science

Later this year, ESE will embark on revising the 2003 MA History and Social Science Curriculum Frameworks.  The Department has named 44 panelists, including representatives from higher education and nonprofit and community organizations & educators.  MPS Humanities Supervisor, Jodie Reyes, serves on this committee.  The public is invited to participate in this survey (click on link) which is open now until Feb. 6 and offer suggested revisions to the current frameworks.  http://sgiz.mobi/s3/72d816ab2822
Yearbooks on Sale now until Jan. 15 for $30!

Orders can be completed online by clicking this link  https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/index.cfm/job/13434 
Orders placed after Jan. 15 will be available again in the spring for $35 (cash only).

 
Robotics Championship 2016!


On Saturday November 5, 2016, 23 middle school and high school robotic teams from New England competed at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester for a regional qualifying tournament of VEX Starstruck.  4 robotic teams from Whitcomb competed at the daylong event. Two teams made quarter finals, one team made semifinals, and team 4344E The Pantherbots won the championship with two other alliance teams!  Please congratulate them on a job well done!   
 
Whitcomb School #2 Ranked Massachusetts School in Vocabulary Bowl!
The number of words our students mastered put Whitcomb Middle School in the #2 position overall for the month of September in in Vocabulary.com's Vocabulary Bowl, behind only Natick High School.  "The is an amazing accomplishment," stated Principal Daniels.  According to Margarita Calderon, "Teachers need...to ensure that students learn from three thousand to five thousand words a year."  Whitcomb students are gearing up to win the Vocabulary Bowl for October!
Panther sculpture dedicated
 
 
Fall Sports Information
Middle School Fall Sports will start after Labor Day (with the exception of football and cheerleading). Tryouts and practices will begin on September 7.  Anyone interested in participating must sign-up on-line and have a valid physical. Any questions email Athletic Director Jeff Rudzinsky at: jrudzinsky@mps-edu.org.
New Outlook Email
The organizational account is your email address
Click for New Outlook Email
Traveling the world
Whitcomb sixth-graders recently swam with the sharks, visited U.S. monuments, toured historical buildings in the United Kingdom, walked the Great Wall of China, floated in space, and flew over Mt. Fuji, experiencing all of these in 3D and doing it in under an hour.
 
On March 31, the Google Expeditions Pioneer Program visited Whitcomb, bringing scores of Viewmaster-like cardboard goggles equipped with cell phones synced to tablets loaded with adventures. Teachers sent 360-degree, 3-dimensional “expedition” videos of places of interest from around the world to the phones in the viewers. Students were able to explore the destination with just a turn of their bodies or a tilt of their heads as the views moved with them.
 
The free Google Expeditions Pioneer Program enabled hundreds of Whitcomb students to become world travelers for a day. Classes took turns rotating through the library to experience the virtual reality expeditions.
 
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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!
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Whitcomb Panthers PTO Spirit Wear Order Form: Click here!
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Parents/Guardians of MPS students: Please update contact information to be accurate at all times in the event of an emergency at school!
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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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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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Join the 2016 - 2017 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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District Nondiscrimination Policy
It is the policy of the Marlborough Public Schools not to discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, national origin, color, homelessness, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its education programs, services, activities or employment practices.
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