Frequently Asked Questions

General
How is the Middle School structured?

 

Expectations

Dress Code


Transportation, Arrival, and Dismissal
How do I determine which buses to take to and from school?
When do the afternoon buses depart the Middle School?
What should I do if I miss my afternoon bus?
What is the timing of the school day?  I have heard that the Wednesday schedule is different from the other weekdays. What happens on Wednesdays?
If I am being dropped-off at or picked-up from school, where should I get dropped-off or meet my ride?
Where do I go when I first arrive at school?
If I am riding the bus home with a friend or being picked-up from school at the regular dismissal time, do I need to bring a note from home?
What should I do if I will be absent, tardy or dismissed early?

Snacks & Lunch
Should I bring a snack to school?
How does the school lunch process work?
Is my PIN the same as the one I used at the Field School?
How do I know what time to go to lunch? I do not see lunch listed on my class schedule.

Scheduling & Supplies
Are Band, Chorus and Orchestra rehearsals held during or after school?
I have questions about my math placement (Math I, Math II, Topics in Mathematics).
Where can I learn more about this?
What school supplies are needed for the first week of school? How and when will I learn about additional supply requirements?
Will I get a locker?
Do I go outside for recess?
What do I need for gym class?

Communication
How do I stay up-to-date with what is going on in the Middle School?
I need to communicate with a teacher. What is the best way to reach them outside of the classroom?

What should I do if I want to meet with a teacher?

What is the purpose of the Wednesday conference?

Volunteer
How can my parents or guardians sign-up to volunteer in the school?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

How is the Middle School structured?


The house system is the heart of the Middle School, providing both an academic and self-esteem promoting structure for the young adolescent in grades 6-8. A house is a transitional structure, which melds the department emphases of the High School with the traditional "homeroom" pattern of the elementary schools.

The houses have teams of teachers in English, history/social science, science, and mathematics. The house facilities include an office, a conference room, and classrooms. Grouping is heterogeneous, except in mathematics classes. All students take courses outside the house in health and physical education, the arts, foreign languages, and other electives.

 

What is the dress code?

 

Students are expected to wear clothing that meets reasonable standards of cleanliness and decency.  Students are required to wear footwear at all times.  The House Director, House Supervisor, Principal and Assistant Principal will make judgment on these matters on the basis of the disruption caused to the educational atmosphere of the school.  The administration believes that any clothing which is strapless, spaghetti straps, see-through, tight, one-strap shoulder sleeve, exposes the midriff, exposes underwear, or has images or words which refer to drugs, tobacco, alcohol, violence, sex, or is demeaning to a person or persons is inappropriate and distracting and, therefore, should not be worn at school.  Students who come to school inappropriately dressed will be asked to cover up, change their clothing, or parents may be called to bring in other clothing.  For physical education class students are required to wear sneakers, gym shorts or sweatpants, T-shirts or sweatshirts (not tank tops).


 
How do I determine which buses to take to and from school?


Click here for a listing of the morning and afternoon Middle and High School Bus Routes.
Be aware that for the Middle/High School buses, the AM routes and bus designations are different from the PM routes and bus designations.  (AM-number coded, PM-letter coded, Late-color coded) Please contact the Transportation Office 781-786-5280 with any questions.
 
When do the afternoon buses depart the Middle School?

Buses depart from the Middle School shortly after dismissal.  All students should leave the Middle School at dismissal time by bus or parent pickup except as follows:
•   to meet with or be under direct supervision of a member of school staff, or
•   to participate in supervised extracurricular activity (such as athletics, drama, music, etc), or
•   to use the Library resources. The library is open every day from 7:30-3:30. Students who need Library resources may stay in the library after school until the 3:30 late bus arrives.
Students must wait in the cafeteria area or directly in front of the building.
 
Middle School Afternoon Bus Schedule
Bus/Day    M    T    W    TH    F
Dismissal Bus    2:45    2:45    1:39    2:45    2:45
            2:50@HS       
Late Bus    3:30    3:30    3:30    3:30    3:30
Late Activity Bus    5:30    5:30    5:30    5:30    5:30
Please note that there is no 3:30pm Boston bus on Friday.

What should I do if I miss my afternoon bus?


A student phone is located in the front foyer of the Middle School. Students may use the phone to make alternate arrangements, or they may stay in the library after school until the 3:30 late bus arrives. Students
Who miss their bus should notify the Main Office immediately.
 
What is the timing of the school day?  I have heard that the Wednesday schedule is different from the other weekdays. What happens on Wednesdays?


Attendance is taken in homeroom at 7:40am each morning.  The day ends at 2:45pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.  On most Wednesdays the day begins with attendance in homeroom at 7:40am and ends at 1:39pm. On the first Wednesday of Oct, Nov, Dec, Feb, March, April, May and June the day ends at 12:45pm, after lunch has been served.  (Specific dates for first Wednesdays can be found in the PTO calendar.)  Many clubs and other activities including private music lessons are offered on Wednesdays and usually are completed in time for students to take the 3:30pm late bus home.
 
If I am being dropped-off at or picked-up from school, where should I get dropped-off or meet my ride? 

 
We would like to remind you of the safest ways to pickup and drop-off students during the school year.  If we adhere to these guidelines, we will ensure that both ends of the school day are safest for the arrival and dismissal of our students.
Please use the, “parent loop” in front of the building only for AM drop-off. The rear circle near our pool entrance should not be used for AM drop-off.  Do not pick up or drop off in front of the school where the busses load and unload, in parking lots or other random locations that force students to cross between busses, around moving traffic, and behind parked cars that may begin to back out. When dropping off in the parent loop, please be mindful of the traffic flow.
• Please do not use the access road between the middle school and the high school.
• If a high school child is dropping off a middle school student in the morning, please do not drop off at the access road, causing traffic flow disruption
• Please pick up students promptly at the end of afternoon and evening events.
We have provided links to maps showing the  designated AM Drop-off and PM Pick-up locations.
 

Where do I go when I first arrive at school?


Buses drop students outside the front doors of the Middle School. Students arriving before 7:35am will wait in the lobby or in the Amy Potter Center (both are located next to the cafeteria). No supervision is provided before 7:20am.
 
If I am riding the bus home with a friend or being picked-up from school at the regular dismissal time, do I need to bring a note from home?


No. While the overall dismissal process is supervised, each student is responsible for managing his/her own after-school dismissal plan. The Middle School does not monitor individual dismissal arrangements and therefore does not require notes for regular dismissal plans. We do monitor dismissal changes for student pick-ups (e.g. dismissal time changes, someone other than parent will be picking up the student, etc.)
 
What should I do if I will be absent, tardy or dismissed early?


Notes from home are required for late arrivals and early dismissals. Students will not be dismissed early without a note. Students entering or leaving the building during the school day must always check in/out with the main office.


Parents are expected to call the absence line preferably before 7:45 am on the day(s) of their child’s absence or tardiness. A call should be made each day that a child is absent, unless consecutive days of absence are known in advance and can be confirmed on the first day out. The Middle School absence line is (781)786-5299.  When a student is absent and the school does not receive a call, administrative aides at the school have to make phone calls home confirming that the student is absent with the parent's knowledge. Although parents may be inclined to email their child’s teachers to inform them of an absence, it is still essential to call the absence line for accurate record keeping and to avoid these time-consuming confirmation calls.

 

If students are absent for one day,  they should contact classmates for assignments and check in with the teacher upon return.  If sixth graders are absent for two consecutive days, or 7th and 8th graders are absent for three consecutive days, you may request homework assignments by calling your child's house office.  Please call by 9:00am so that homework can be collected for you to pick up after 1:30pm.
 
Should I bring a snack to school?


Bringing snacks to school is unnecessary because there is no snack time built in to the schedule (unless decided otherwise by Teams), however, students may want to bring snacks to keep in their bags for after- school activities.
 
How does the school lunch process work?


Middle School students eat lunch by grade in the cafeteria. The Middle School lunch program includes choices from the salad bar, deli or hot lunch. The lunch menu can be found on the Food Services page.   Students may pay by cash or take advantage of an individual account credited with a balance when a parent writes a check payable to the “Weston School Lunch Fund” or makes a Food Service Online Payment. Checks should be submitted directly to the Middle School cafeteria. Note: Any balance remaining at the end of the prior school year will be available to use in the subsequent school year(s), including any balances remaining from Field School.
For more information about funding that account, please contact MS Food Service Manager, Rosemary McDonald at 781-786-5640 or at mcdonaldr@mail.weston.org
 
Is my PIN the same as the one I used at the Field School?


Yes. If you have forgotten your PIN or you did not attend the Field School, your PIN is the 5-digit code at the top of your schedule.
 
How do I know what time to go to lunch? I do not see lunch listed on my class schedule.


Your homeroom teacher will explain this on the first day of school.
 
Are Band, Chorus and Orchestra rehearsals held during or after school?


Rehearsals are held as classes during the school day and should be reflected on the student’s schedule and report card. The Weston Music Department also offers a large private lesson program after school. More information about the music program is available on the school website at www.westonschools.org. Many of the instrumental and choral students take advantage of this private lesson program. There are 15 excellent private teachers offering instruction on all of the band and orchestra instruments, as well as voice. Please contact Chris Memoli, Music Director, with Questions at 781-786-5800 or at memolic@mail.weston.org.
 
I have questions about my math placement (Math I, Math II, Topics in Mathematics).
Where can I learn more about this?

 
Math placement for grade six is determined by a number of factors including the student’s placement test score, standardized test results, performance on Continental Math problems and teacher recommendation.  Both the Grade Six Level One and Grade Six Level Two courses study the same mathematical topics.  The Level One course assumes a higher level of skills and approaches the mathematics using more abstract and complex examples.  Students in either course will be well-prepared for the seventh grade program.  Grade Six Level Two with Topics Support students have indicated the need for additional support and help in mathematics.  These students are enrolled in Grade Six Level Two as well as an additional supporting math course that meets two days a week and is taught by members of the mathematics department.  A summary of Math Placement for Grade Six can be found online at www.westonschools.org
If you have questions about your individual placement, please contact James McLaughlin, Math Department Head, at 781-786-5800 for more information.
 
What school supplies are needed for the first week of school? How and when will I learn about additional supply requirements?


Every Middle School student should come during the first short week of school with a pencil, pen and writing paper.
 
Although preliminary supply lists for all grades are sent in the August mailing, students are not expected to have all the listed supplies when they arrive at school on the first day.  During the first few days of school, teachers may supplement the lists that were mailed home.  All supplies will need to be purchased by teacher-assigned due dates, and many may be purchased at the Middle School supply store which typically opens soon after the beginning of school.
 
Will I get a locker?


On the first day of school each student is assigned a locker near their homeroom class.   As part of the orientation process, teachers show students how to open their lockers and are available to help any student having trouble with his/her locker combination.
 
Do I go outside for recess?


Students may play on the east playground (just outside the lunch room) during their lunch period, weather permitting.
 
What do I need for gym class?


Gym clothes and a combination lock.  Students who choose to wear shorts in gym class should be sure that the hem of their shorts reaches at least to their fingertips with their arms at their sides.  Locks are available for rental from the school for $5/year. It is strongly recommended that students buy or rent a lock and keep all their belongings secure in their lockers while they are in gym classes. During the winter, gym classes will have a swimming rotation in the Middle School pool.
 
How do I stay up-to-date with what is going on in the Middle School?


Parents are encouraged to visit this website frequently and to:
• subscribe to myGrapevine and select MS topics, and
• subscribe to Westword, and join the PTO/ get calendar
 
I need to communicate with a teacher. What is the best way to reach them outside of the classroom?


Outside of the classroom, students and parents are encouraged to communicate with teachers either by voice mail or email. Email addresses for Weston school staff are: lastnamefirstinitial@weston.org.  When awaiting a response, remember that teachers are typically in classes or in meetings during the school day.  If you call to speak with a teacher during the school day you will be transferred to the teacher's voicemail.

 

What should I do if I want to meet with a teacher?

 

Contact the house aide for your child's grade.  You can schedule a ten-minute conference for the first Wednesday of each month.  First Wednesday conferences are not held in September, January or June.

 

What is the purpose of the Wednesday conference?


Some first Wednesday afternoons are reserved for parent conferences after students are dismissed at 12:45, as noted on the school calendar. Unlike elementary school, it is not expected that every parent sign up for a first Wednesday conference.  Please sign up for a conference only if you have a specific question or concern regarding a particular class.  Additionally, to allow for wide access to conference times, please do not sign up for conferences in consectuvie months.

 

Back to school night is the best venue to receive an overview of the curriculum and teachers' expectations.  Please email teachers if you think your child is doing well, but simply want an update on their progress.

 

Parents who wish to see teachers should call the house aide in advance to set up ten- minute appointments with one or more teachers.
 
How can my parents or guardians sign-up to volunteer in the school?


As part of the annual PTO membership drive, parents/guardians are asked to volunteer for activities of interest. Throughout the school year, head grade parents will also solicit volunteers.
If you wish to volunteer but are unsure of whom to contact, please feel free to email the Middle School PTO Chairperson: Alison Vander Vort at avandervort@mac.com or Sarah Rome at rome3025@gamil.com

 

 

 
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