WMS Families, Students, and Friends,
Welcome to Westfield Middle School! We proudly serve over 1,200 students each day in 7th and 8th grade. Our core values are rooted deeply in our 5 Guiding Principles: Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, Compassion, and Hard Work. We provide students with a safe, nurturing, and non-threatening learning environment where our teachers design engaging lessons and learning opportunities for students. Middle school is a time of change. Adolescents are beginning the long journey to becoming young adults, searching for purpose and where they fit in. Middle school is a time of exploration and a time where we should encourage students to take risks and learn from mistakes. Our teachers, counselors, and our school are ready to support and guide students toward success. Our goal is to challenge our students academically, grow them socially and emotionally, and guide them toward the 21st Century skills they will need to be successful at Westfield High School and beyond.
Parents, are you looking for ways to support your child and stay involved in their education? Here are a few simple things you can do to help support your child in their academic journey toward independence:
- During the summer months before school starts set aside at least 30 minutes each day for your child to participate in our Summer Rocks online program. This program is designed to keep their language arts and math skills sharp over the summer to minimize summer learning loss.
- Talk with your child about their school day every evening. Ask specific questions about their school day, what they learned, how they are interacting with their teachers and their peers, etc. Middle school can be challenging at times for a variety of reasons. Lend a supportive and empathetic ear to encourage their academic, social, and emotional growth.
- Review your child’s grades at least once a week on PowerSchool. PowerSchool will give you information regarding your child’s grades and attendance. Your interest and concern in their school progress will help motivate them to do their best.
- Maintain contact with your child’s teachers and academic team to establish a successful home and school collaboration. We cannot effectively do our jobs without your participation and support. Our teachers will provide classroom information, announcements, assignments, test/quiz information, and post worksheets, PowerPoints, and other needed documents on our Learning Management System called Canvas. A helpful webinar for parents is posted on our website under the Parents tab called “Canvas Parent Registration.”
- Provide a quiet setting each night at a designated time for your child to do their homework. If they do not have homework or need to study this time should be used for independent reading.
- Allow your child to take risks and make mistakes. No parent wants to see their child struggle or fail, but these are valuable pieces to the learning process and part of becoming a successful adult. Without mistakes there is no learning. We have to be there as adults to support them in their risk-taking and learning from mistakes.
- Get involved in the WIMS PTO and Westfield Washington Education Foundation. Information about both great groups that support students and their growth can be found on our website.
Students, here are some tips to help you get started on a successful two years at WMS:
- Use your school calendar on Canvas.
- Make time each night for homework and independent reading.
- Use your SRT time wisely when given time to work on completing homework or study.
- Check your grades frequently on PowerSchool with your parents.
- Break homework, projects, and studying for tests and quizzes into small chunks. Don’t wait until the last minute.
- Get involved in your school. Join a club, participate in some of our many sports, and attend extracurricular events.
- Know that your parents, teachers, and guidance counselors are here to help and support you no matter what. Don’t be afraid to talk to them if you are struggling or need help.
It is an honor to serve as principal of Westfield Middle School. I am in awe each and every year watching the academic, social, and emotional growth of our students. Go Rocks!
Ryan Haughey, Principal