Middle School FAQs
Beginning of School Year Information
When is Open House?
5th grade will hold Royal Connections Conferences on Wednesday, August 26th and Thursday, August 27th. Families were able to sign up for conference times electronically.
6th-8th grade in-person open house has been cancelled. In lieu of this families will be provided with a virtual open house that will be available on August 26th. Beginning on Wednesday, August 26 at 4:00 p.m., families will be able to access our virtual open house information by going to the homepage of the WMMS Website. Our virtual open house information will include welcome videos from teachers and other grade specific information that will help to prepare your child for middle school. This will be a “self-serve” opportunity for families and the information will remain on our website until school begins.
When will students know who their teachers are?
Student schedules will be available on the Campus Portal August 26th.
When will students know their class schedules?
Student schedules will be available on the Campus Portal August 26th.
How will we pick up school supplies that were ordered?
At the start of the school year we will be asking students to bring a limited amount of supplies to school each day. They will need to keep them in their backpacks. The remaining school supplies should be kept at home. Families who ordered school supply kits from the MS PTO can pick them up on August 25 between 8:00-3:00 p.m. Fifth grade families can pick up during Royal Connections conferences on August 26-27.
Where will students keep their supplies?
Students will be required to keep all of their materials in their backpacks.
Will lockers be used?
Lockers will not be used by students at the start of the school year.
Getting to/from School
What are the drop off and pick up procedures?
Students can be dropped off and picked up at the main entrance of the middle school. Student’s can be dropped off between 7:50-8:05 a.m. When students arrive they will go directly to their first period class.
Students being picked up will stand outside the main doors of middle school. Please pull up, stay in the vehicle, and wait for your child. Students can be picked up between 2:50-3:05 p.m.
Can parents drop off middle school students early?
Due to supervision issues and the fact that students need to go directly to their classrooms when they arrive at schools, students are not allowed to arrive at school prior to 7:50 a.m.
When will we be informed of bus assignments?
Bus route information was sent to families from Koch Bus Company during the week of August 17th. For more information or questions call 952-955-1866.
Typical School Day
How will students be able to use bathrooms at non bathroom breaks?
1-2 students at a time will be able to use the bathroom.
Will there be social distancing put in place in the classrooms, hallways, schools?
Yes...six feet of social distancing will be required at all times.
Can my child wear a face shield?
Face masks are the preferred face covering, but face shields are allowed.
How many students will be in a classroom?
Approximately 50 percent of students will attend school daily. A typical class size will range from 12-15 students.
Will there be outdoor breaks during the day?
We will continue to model the importance of incorporating exercise and movement into our daily lives. On in-school days teachers will be encouraged to integrate outdoor breaks into class schedules. Students will also be able to go outside or utilize the gym during recess.
What will Band and Choir classes look like?
Band - Instruction will be delivered virtually on distance learning days.
Choir - Instruction will primarily be delivered virtually on distance learning days. It may also be delivered outdoors on in-person days, weather permitting.
General Music - Instruction will be delivered virtually on distance learning days.
As we continue to receive additional guidance and training, we will make every effort to deliver in-person learning as long as it is safe for our students and staff members.
What will the hallways look like?
The number of transitions in a student day have been reduced. Students will remain in the same classroom for several consecutive periods throughout the day. In some cases teachers will travel from classroom to classroom. Teams will be given more flexibility for staggering their transitions to minimize the number of students sharing main hallways throughout the day.
What will special education look like at the middle school?
We will continue to support an integrated special education model.
How will breakfast and lunch be served?
Breakfast and lunch will be delivered to students for purchase in classrooms. Students will eat meals in the classrooms. For more information regarding food service including meal prices and menus, please visit the Food Service website.
Can students bring lunch from home?
Yes, students can bring lunch from home as they have in the past. All meals will be eaten in the classroom.
How will my child receive meals when they are not in school on their distance learning days?
Breakfast and lunch will be available to all students requesting during distance learning. Meals will be available for purchase and pick up at two locations daily:
Watertown-Mayer High School (Door 6) from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Mayer Community Center from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Distance Learning Lunch Request Form
Refer to the WM Return to School Plan for more detailed information on Food Services.
Can I start my child in distance learning and then have them placed in the Hybrid Learning model at a later time?
Yes. We are giving families a couple of weeks to make these initial changes. At that point, we will make any other changes made quarterly.
What will the first week of school look like for middle school students in the hybrid model?
Week one will focus on establishing routines that we must follow to ensure we support necessary safety requirements.
Will students be able to switch from the A Group to the B Group for the hybrid schedule?
In general, we will organize groups based on last name. We will consider exceptions on a case by case basis.
Why did you set up the A/B rotation the way you did? Wouldn't it be better to go AA on Monday and Tuesday and BB on Thursday and Friday?
We were concerned about the large break in seeing the students; there would be a five day break between seeing students in an AA-Wed-BB schedule. We also felt strongly that seeing students more regularly would help maintain a sense of community, routine, and accountability. When we received the assurance that the building and public spaces could be cleaned and sanitized each day, we felt more confident in moving ahead with a plan that we felt was educationally more sound.
How will A/B students be split?
Group A students will be made up of students with the last name starting with letters A-K. These students will be on site Monday and Thursday and will take part in distance learning on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday
Group B students will be made up of students with the last name starting with letters L-Z. These students will be on site Tuesday and Friday and will take part in distance learning on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
What will distance learning days look like in the hybrid model?
It will vary and this is a continual work in progress. Lessons can and will be pre-recorded and posted for at home students to watch but in most cases they will not be live. Any live sessions will be pre-scheduled and students will be notified of these times at the beginning of the week.
How do students get help from teachers on distance learning days in the hybrid model?
Students will primarily connect with teachers via email. They will also be able to request virtual meetings and/or phone conversations. Additionally, Google Docs and other applications will be supported to encourage collaboration among students and teachers.
What type of device do I need for my middle school student?
The Watertown-Mayer Technology Plan outlines device expectations for students in grades 5-8. Students have three options for devices: use a personal device, take part in the Best Buy Dual Funded BYOD program, or borrow a district issued Chromebook. All students must bring personal device to school daily, charged. Charging stations will not be available. If students need technology support they should contact a teacher for help with this. The teacher will coordinate with our technology support team to address the need.