Mr. Aaron Taylor – Principal

July 3, 2018

Good evening WAMS families this is Aaron Taylor principal of Waynesboro Area Middle School with an important announcement.  Last year we launched our new “Access 4 All” Initiative which allowed each WAMS student in grades 6th through 8th to receive a Chromebook to use on a daily basis.  In order for us to prepare for our students to receive this technology we must begin to prepare this summer.  We are asking for all of parents to go the WASD website, select WAMS under the school tab and then click on the link stating click here to sign up for Chromebook distribution.  This will direct you to a Sign-up Genius which we are using for all parents to sign-up for this event.  The dates and hours for each sign-up session are listed at the top of the sign-up genius homepage.   We ask that each parent selects one 15 minute session for each of their WAMS students to register for this specific time for their child to complete the necessary steps to receive their Chromebook.  You may simply do this by clicking on the little blue sign-up icon beside the desired time and complete the information.  Please understand your child must purchase a Chromebook case, which is $22.00 with tax included.  This is a required purchase for your student.  When your child arrives on the date you have selected they will create their account and password, pay for their Chromebook case and will complete all necessary paperwork.  The students will receive their Chromebook the first week of school when we return.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact the WAMS office at 717-762-1191 ext. 1300.  Thanks and have a great evening and 4th of July holiday. 

October 15th, 2017 Good evening this is Aaron Taylor, principal of WAMS with a couple informational items for this upcoming week. First, the WAMS student Council has organized Spirit Week for this week.  The themes and dates area as follows:  American Monday, Twin Tuesday, Fictional Character Wednesday, Tie Dye Thursday, and Boro Pride Friday.  Second, we are conducting our monthly parent forum on Tuesday Oct. 17th at 6:30 p.m. in the WAMS cafeteria.  This month’s topic is the Opioid Epidemic and what does this mean for our students in Waynesboro.  We have several outside presenters scheduled and hope you can make it.  Third, we are hosting our fall dance this coming Friday Oct. 20th from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the WAMS gym all 6th-8th graders are welcome.  Tickets are only available for sale during lunch at $3.00 per ticket.  Tickets will not be sold at the dance.  Students are not permitted to leave the dance once they have entered the gym and must wait until 4:30 to be dismissed.  No masks or face paint are welcom for spirit week or for the dance.  Parents please pick up your students promptly at 4:30.  Thanks have a great week!

September, 2017 WAMS parent conferences will be held Wednesday Oct.  4th 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Thursday Oct. 5th 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m, and Friday Oct. 6th 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. WAMS teachers will be contacting specific parents to schedule conferences beginning on Monday Sept. 25th through Sept. 29th. WAMS teachers will be adding these conferences on our online scheduling tool called My Conference Time.    On Friday Sept. 29th at 3:00 p.m. the online scheduling tool called My Conference Time will become available on the WAMS homepage for all parents to request a conference. This may be done by simply clicking on the link on the WAMS homepage and selecting your student’s team such as 6A, 7B or 8C.  Each conference will be limited to 20 minutes with all members of the team so we are able to see as many students as possible.  We hope you will take the time to visit with our teachers to help support your student or for you to hear all of the fantastic activities your child is participating within.  
In addition, 7th grade parents all dental exam forms are due by November 1st.  The school dentist will be at WAMS on Oct. 20th. Please contact WAMS if you would like your student examined by the school dentist.  

 

August, 2017 The WASD dress code has changed for the 2017-2018 school year. There are several changes to this policy from the past several school years. Here are a couple highlights of the changes. Holes in students' jeans will be permitted below their knees. Tights and/or leggings will be permitted to be worn, however the student's buttocks must be covered. The following policy will be enforced for the 2017-2018 school year.

Although students exhibit different styles of clothing, it is important that our dress reflects good taste and is appropriate for school.  The clothing of the student shall not be disruptive, cause unnecessary comments, or bring undue attention to the wearer.  If a staff member feels a student’s apparel is distracting to the educational process, the student will be sent to an administrator who will make the final judgment.  If a student is dressed in an unacceptable manner, as determined by the administration, parents will be contacted and asked to bring appropriate attire, or the student may be asked to go home to change. Appropriate discipline will be administered should the dress code violation persist.

 General:

  1. Jeans and Pants with rips and tears are acceptable as long as they are located at or below the knee.  Rips and tears above the knee are only acceptable if skin is NOT showing.
  2. Yoga pants are acceptable but cannot be sheer or see through.  Leggings are acceptable.  They cannot be sheer or see through and the buttocks must be covered.  Skinny Jeans are acceptable.
    1. Undergarments must not be exposed in any way.

 Unacceptable School Attire:

  1. Tank tops and muscle shirts are not acceptable for male or female students.
  2. Spaghetti strap/halter/mesh tops are not acceptable.
  3. See-through blouses or shirts cannot be worn without an undershirt or tank top.
  4. Tube tops and crop tops are not acceptable.
  5. Any top that is skin-tight or allows the stomach, cleavage or undergarments to be exposed it not permitted.
  6. Coats, jackets or garments designed for protection from the outside weather are not to be worn in school.
  7. Hooded sweatshirts are acceptable but wearing the hood is not.

 Pants/Shorts/Skirts/Rompers:

  1. Pants and shorts must be secured and worn above the hip and no undergarments be shown.
  2. Tear-away pants (snap pants) and boxer shorts worn as outwear is not permitted.
  3. Shorts, skirts, and rompers shall be of sufficient length.  The length of these articles of clothing shall be no shorter than four (4) inches above the tops of the knee when standing.
  4. Cut-off pants or shorts are permitted as long as they are of appropriate length.

Offensive Dress:

  1. Clothing, patches, buttons, pins, jewelry, and back packs are not permitted if they:
    1. Have sexually suggestive writing/pictures.
    2. Advocate violence.
    3. Advertise or promote the use of tobacco, alcohol or drugs.
    4. Have double meaning wording or obscene language.
  2. A tattoo must be covered if it:
    1. Have sexually suggestive writing/pictures.
    2. Advocates violence.
    3. Advertises or promotes the use of tobacco, alcohol or drugs.
    4. Has double meaning wording or obscene language.

Footwear:

  1. Shoes must be worn at all times.
  2. Flip flops and high heeled shoes (heels greater than one inch) are not acceptable for K-5 students.

Jewelry:

  1. Spiked jewelry, chains or any jewelry that could cause injury, constitute a hazard or disrupt the learning are not permitted.

 Head Wear:

  1. Hats, caps, bandanas, sunglasses, visors, and sweatbands are not permitted unless medically necessary or for religious reasons.
  2. Hoods from sweatshirts, sweaters, and hoodies cannot be worn.

 Health and Hygiene:

  1. Any apparel that is judged to be unhealthy or unsanitary (e.g. clothing that is dirty and/or gives off a foul odor) is not permitted.
  2. Each student is expected to maintain good personal hygiene.

 Appropriate disciplinary actions for violations shall include the following:

 First Offense:  Students shall be informed that they have violated the policy.  They shall be given the opportunity to change into acceptable clothing available at school or by calling a parent/guardian to bring in acceptable clothing.  If neither of these options is used, the students may be placed in in-school suspension for the remainder of the day.

 Second Offense:  A second infraction of the policy shall be considered as defiance.  In addition to the disciplinary actions available for the first offense, a parent/guardian contact will be initiated.

 Subsequent Offenses:  Administration discretion up to and including out-of-school suspension.

 

July, 2017

As I am sure, you can tell it has been a very busy summer at WAMS but I am pleased to say we are making significant progress to be ready for the start of school.  I wanted to let all of our parents know that the school supply list has been posted to the WAMS homepage under recent news.  The supply list is broken down by grade level, as there is some differences between them.  Great news for 6th grade students as the elementary PTOs are going to pay for your lock for your locker, however you are still responsible for purchasing your gym lock for PE class. 
Parents please understand that you will be responsible for picking up your son or daughter’s Chromebook and purchasing a Chromebook bag on one of the four upcoming distribution days on  Wednesday August 2nd 8:00 am – 12:00 pm, Thursday August 3rd 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Tuesday August 8th 8:00 am -12:00 pm, and finally Wednesday August 9th 4:00 pm -8:00 pm.  6th grade parents please note you will not receive your child’s Chromebook as they will not go home in 6th grade but you will be responsible for purchasing a Chromebook bag on these days.   I will put out additional information regarding these days in the next week.  We will ask that you go onto the WAMS homepage once this announcement has been made through a school messenger and register for the time you want to pick up your child’s Chromebook.  The appointments will be every 15 minutes.  We attempted to cut down on the normal school supplies due to the Chromebooks but we are not able to completely cut out all paper components to our instructional delivery. 

In addition to the normal school supplies, Waynesboro Area School District is also asking that any student, who will be in pre-algebra or algebra, should purchase a TI-83 or TI-84 graphing calculator.  These may be purchased at Wal-Mart, Target or other similar stores.  This device will be used during math class at WAMS and WASHS.  If you do not purchase a graphing calculator and your son or daughter is in Algebra or Pre-Algebra they may sign out a graphing calculator from the library, however we do not have enough for every student at this time. 
All student schedules will be made available on Back to School Night on Wednesday August 16th.  6th grade will begin at 5:30-6:30, 7th grade 6:45-7:45 and 8th grade 8:00 to 9:00.  Please do not show up early, as we want to allow all our students to receive their schedules and feel comfortable finding their classrooms on this night.  

November, 2016

It’s hard to believe we are already into the second marking period at WAMS! Many of our students demonstrated academic success on their first marking period report cards. Please remember to check the Sapphire Parent Portal on a regular basis to stay up to date on your child’s academic progress.

Important Updates:

  • School will not be in session November 23-29 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

  • Winter break will run December 22, 2016 through January 3, 2017.

  • Second marking period ends just a few days after we return from Winter Break so it is very important for students to keep up with their academics.

  • Please mark your calendars for our next Parent Forum, which will be Monday, January 23, 2017. We hosting some local experts who will be discussing results from the 2015 Pennsylvania Youth Survey.

  • Our new cafeteria and food court opened on Monday November 15th.  Please make sure you talk with your student(s) about purchasing what you feel is necessary each day.  

  • As of November 1st our new 6th grade addition is tracking to be completed by the end of May 2017.  

Finally, WAMS continues to collect Box Tops for Education. This is a very simple way for us to raise extra money to support the education of our students. Please make sure Box Tops are trimmed and have not expired. Students can turn Box Tops into their Braves Block teacher.


September, 2016

We would like to thank all of our faculty, students, and families for a wonderful start to the 2016-17 school year! We appreciate everyone’s flexibility in regards to the construction project. We expect that the cafeteria will be finished this fall and are pleased with the progress the crews are making on the new wing.

We would like to remind parents that progress reports will be posted to the Sapphire Community Web portal on Friday, September 16. Please review your child’s progress report with him/her and discuss how you can work together to end the first marking period successfully. If you have a concern about your child’s progress report grades, please contact your child’s teachers to discuss strategies for improvement.

Parents, please plan to attend our first Parent Forum for the school year. On Monday, September 19, we will be hosting “MADD Power of Parents.” Staff from Healthy Communities Partnership will lead a 30-minute session on how families can curb substance abuse in their children’s lives. In addition to this, the Waynesboro YMCA will be presenting a free membership to any 7th grade parent for their student from a grant they received this summer.  The Parent Forum will begin at 6:30 PM in the WAMS auditorium.   Please enter the building through the front doors to the left of the main office.



July 21, 2016

 Welcome back WAMS students! We are less than a month away from starting the 2016-17 school year. Just in case you have not noticed, WAMS has changed quite a bit from the end of May.  Currently, the new cafeteria is being painted and will be ready for the students this school year.  We will have a temporary serving line for the first two or three months of the school year until the new kitchen is completed.  The twenty-four classroom addition as well as the office renovation will continue throughout this school year.  If you have not heard our 7th and 8th grade Algebra 1 students once again shined on the Algebra 1 Keystone assessment as 81% of 205 students were proficient and advanced on the assessment.   Here are a couple items of interest for our parents and students as we start back to school.

Back to School Night:  Back to School Night on Wednesday August 17th 7th 6:30-7:30 and 8th 8:00-9:00.  Each student will have a chance to meet their teachers as they move around the building following their schedule.

School Supplies:  Please make sure you reference the school supplies information on the WAMS Home page or under the parents tab.  Please take notice that we are asking all Algebra students to purchase a TI-83 or TI-84 Graphing calculator.  These calculators cost approximately $100.00 and  can be purchased at Wal-Mart, Target, Staples or many other stores.  This will help support your son or daughter not only during this school year but through their WASHS math courses.  If you are not able to purchase a graphing calculator there is a limited supply in the library that you may sign out.  Please understand your student is responsible for this calculator and it stolen or broken they will be billed the cost of the device.  Pre-Algebra students are recommended to purchase the graphing calculator but are not required to do so.

Schedules: WAMS schedules will be made available to students via the Sapphire Community Portal during the first or second week of August.  A school messenger will be sent to all students indicating that the schedules have been posted.  Please understand WAMS student’s final schedules will be ready on Back to School Night on Wednesday August 17th 7th 6:30-7:30 and 8th 8:00-9:00.  Schedules will not be changed based on students eating lunch or having class with a friend.  Each student’s schedule is created based on their academic, social and emotional needs with teacher input and assessment data. 

Dress Code: As we return to school with higher temperatures, just a reminder to our students that shorts, skirts and dresses must be the appropriate length of four inches above the knee. Sleeveless shirts and/or shirts with the back cut out or slits are also no allowed at school. In addition, jeans with holes in them are not permitted in school.  This includes jeans with manufactured/premade holes, patches underneath the holes or leggings underneath the jeans. Also, leggings or yoga pants are also not permitted to school without shorts, skirts or a sweater covering down to four inches above the knee.

 

 

                


WAMS Parents/Guardians,

    It’s hard to believe that we just passed the 100th day of school for the 2015-2016 school year.  I would like to update each of you on a couple assessment dates that are quickly approaching.  We will be completing our PSSA ELA testing on April 12th-April 15th, Math PSSA testing on April 19th-22nd and our Science PSSA on April 26th and 27th.  The students will operate on a two-hour delay schedule on these testing dates in order to allow all students adequate time to complete the assessment.  Our Algebra 1 students will also be taking the Algebra 1 Keystone assessment on May 24th and May 25th.  These students will also test in the morning from approximately 7:45-9:45. 

            8th grade parents please begin to have conversations with your students in regards to what 9th grade courses you would like to have your students schedule for the 2016-2017 school year.  Course selection sheets will be due February 26th to their current science teachers.  Educational Planning Night at WASHS is February 18th and Mr. Pappas will be conducting an incoming freshmen welcome at 6:00 in the WASHS auditorium. 

            Please contact me at 762-1191 ext. 1300 if you have any questions regarding these events or other concerns at WAMS.  



WAMS Parents,

It has been a very good start to the 2015-2016 school year, however I wanted to touch upon a couple items that have come up and would like for your support on.

Parent Conferences:

Our fall parent conferences will be held on October 7th 4:00-7:00, October 8th 4:00-8:00 and Friday 7:00-11:00.  Parents may register for a conference online at       or call 762-1191 ext. 1300.  If you want to see more than one teacher please follow the directions for registering for multiple teachers when registering.

Visitors to WAMS during the School Day:

WAMS is using the School Gate Guardian system to sign in all visitors.  If you are attending a conference or meeting during the school day, please have your photo ID to present at the office.  Each ID will be scanned and a badge will be issued. 

Arrival and Dismissal:

A high number of our students are car riders and walkers each day and with the addition of the Martin’s parking lot and drive way our WAMS intersection has become very busy before and after school.  I am asking our parents to refrain from using the Martin’s driveway during arrival and dismissal times.  This will allow the traffic to flow in a much safer manner.  I am also asking for parents to not instruct their students to cross the road to parked cars and asking that all students be picked up in front of the school.  In addition, if all WAMS parents can refrain from parking in front of the building to pick up students prior to 1:45 it would be greatly appreciated.

Dress Code:

As the temperature is now cooling, just a reminder to our students that jeans with holes in them are not permitted in school.  This includes jeans with manufactured/premade holes, patches underneath the holes or leggings underneath the jeans. Also, leggings or yoga pants are also not permitted to school without shorts, skirts or a sweater covering down to four inches above the knee.


WAMS Students and Parents,

            I hope everyone is enjoying their summer!  It is hard to believe that in a month we will be back in school for the 2015-2016 school year.  Before this happens, I would like to recognize our Algebra 1 students from this past year, who scored 94% proficiency on the Algebra 1 Keystone Assessment.  I would also like to congratulate our Algebra 1 teachers for these tremendous results and all of their hard work to accomplish this goal.  We will be sending out letters to all parents of Algebra 1 students notifying them of their scores.  We should be receiving our PSSA scores the week of July 27th and hope our scores continue to be excellent.

            Currently, we are finishing all of our student’s schedules for the upcoming year.  We will be posting these schedules to the community portal on August 7th for each student and parent to view.  We will also conduct our Back to School Night on August 18th allowing our students to tour the building with their schedules and meet their teachers. 

            We will also be posting our school supplies list next week as our new school website is launched.  ALL MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS please remember the school district is now requiring you to purchase a TI-83 calculator for next school year.  These calculators are approximately $100.00 dollars and can be purchased at Wal-Mart, Target, Staples, and most other retailers. 

Have a great summer and we will see you soon at WAMS!

Sincerely 
Mr. Aaron Taylor

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