Middle and More Coffees

Through “Middle & More Coffees,” the Wayland Middle School PTO offers monthly opportunities for parents to learn together on current, discussion-worthy topics related to parenting middle school-age children, as well as time to meet with WMS Staff on curriculum.

In the 2019-20 school year, we will be zooming in on specific and concrete ways to support our middle schoolers as they go through these important developmental years. We will continue  to offer more “how to” than ever before, making these events highly relevant to your everyday parenting.

If you have ideas on what you would like to learn, please email us at WaylandMiddleSchoolPTO@gmail.com

Here’s what we have lined up for the start of the 2019-20 School Year. Check back in December 2019 for the remainder of the 2019-20 line-up!

> Discussion of Key Themes in the 2018 MetroWest Health Survey with a Focus on Negative Trends in Mental Health Stats presented by Sejal T. Srinivasan, with Jason Vorhoosky (Wayland Cares), Betsy Gavron, Richard Whitehead (Director of Student Services), November 18, 9 – 10 am.

  • Access the mental health stats discussion document here
  • Access the Data Presentation by Wayland Public Schools and Wayland Cares on the 2018 MWAHS on 10/28/19 here
  • Access the full 2018 MWAHS Report for WMS here

 

  • 7th & 8th Parent Grade Check-in with Cluster Leaders and Betsy Gavron, December 13, 1:15 – 2:15 pm (new date!)

We will be joined by the Cluster Leaders and Ms. Gavron. Topics can include curriculum topics, school-sponsored trips, social development, academic expectations and parent concerns. This is primarily a time for parent Q & A.

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Already explored in the 2019-20 school year:

  • 6th Grade Parent Check-in, Cluster Leaders and Betsy Gavron, October 24, 1:15 – 2:15 pm

We will be joined by the Cluster Leaders and Ms. Gavron. Topics can include curriculum overview for the 6th grade year, school-sponsored trips, social adjustment and academic expectations. This is primarily a time for parent Q & A.

 

  • MetroWest Health Survey and Vaping 101 & Current MA Ban

  

We will have a two-part discussion of the 2018 Metrowest Health Survey for WMS only. The first is not a prerequisite for the second, and is followed immediately by a discussion on Vaping. 

> Data Presentation followed by Vaping 101 and Current MA Ban with Jason Vorhoosky (Wayland Cares), Scott Parseghian (K-12 Wellness Director), Richard Whitehead (Director of Student Services), October 28, 7 – 8 pm (survey); 8 – 9 pm (vaping)

> Part 2 described above!

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Below are topics we explored in the 2018-19 school year:

  • Wellness and Well-being Among Our Students with Guidance Counselors of WMS, October 2018

Our guidance counselors will discuss wellness and well-being among our students.  What are the needs? What does WMS offer? What can you do? Get all the information you need to know and get your unanswered questions addressed!

  • 6th Grade Check-in with Principal Gavron and House Leaders, November 2018

Topics can include curriculum overview for the 6th grade year, school-sponsored trips, social adjustment and academic expectations. This is primarily a time for parent Q & A.

  • 7th & 8th Grade Check-in with Principal Gavron and House Leaders, December 2018

Topics can include curriculum topics, school-sponsored trips, social development, academic expectations and parent concerns. This is primarily a time for parent Q & A.

  • Math, Science, World Languages and Placement Process with Department Heads and Principal Gavron, January 2019

We will be joined by department heads and Ms. Gavron for an overview of the curriculum in these departments, including plenty of time for parent Q & A.

  • Body Image, Health and Eating Disorders in the Middle School Years with Dr. Emily Gordon, February 2019

Come join us as one of our own parents, Dr. Emily Gordon, will present on Body Image and Eating Disorders in middle school students. She will discuss healthy body image, warning signs of disordered eating, current issues in adolescent mental health, and what you can do to promote healthy eating and body positivity in your own children and families. This handout is a terrific resource. Eating Disorders Handout

  • English, Social Studies and Writing with Department Heads and Principal Gavron, March 2019

We will be joined by department heads and Ms. Gavron for an overview of the curriculum in these departments, including plenty of time for parent Q & A.

  • How to Talk to Children About Race with IDEAS and WMS and Elementary PTOs, April 2019

The IDEAS (Initiatives for Developing Equity and Achievements for Students) organization will lead a discussion with families on speaking with their children about race and culture. IDEAS has provided comprehensive professional development for Wayland educators on culturally proficient instructional practices and in the spirit of a school-family partnership, we want to provide these crucial resources to families so that all members of the school community can feel confident and possess the capacity to speak to their children about race. Adults only please.

  • Your Middle School Kid’s Gonna Be Okay: How Parents Can Facilitate Their Child’s Executive Function Development with Michael Delman, CEO of Beyond BookSmart, May 2019

Children, being so vulnerable to the opinions of others and not yet having developed long-term thinking, must learn how to make good decisions and develop the motivation and skills to stay focused on those things that truly matter to them in a world filled with distractions. The good news is that parents can teach these skills. Join author Michael Delman, a lifelong educator and Executive Function expert, as he shares tips and tools that parents can use with their middle school children. Executive Function Handout

  • Conflict Resolution with Middle School Children with Dr. Lindsay Steinsieck, PSYD, and Shannon Mackey, MSW, of the Human Relations Service, June 2019

This discussion addressed pre-adolescent development, common areas of conflict, limit setting and strategies for de-escalating angry or frustrated children. Conflict Resolution Handout

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Below are topics we explored in the 2017-2018 school year:

  • Building Resilience in Children, with Dr. Jones and Dr. Hurd of Human Relations Services
  • Parenting Your Teen: An Interactive Workshop on Communications, with Mark Altman of MindsetGo
  • Internet Safety: Unintended Exposure, Legal Consequences and Protective Measures, with Jason Verhoosky of Wayland Youth and Family Services, the Wayland Police and Julie Suratt, Wayland mother of three and journalist
  • Preventative Measures for Stress & When to Worry, with Dr. Dossie Kahn of Wayland Youth and Family Services
  • A Sporting Chance: Finding the Right Balance with Youth Sports & Other Activities, with Dr. Robert Evans of Human Relations Services
  • Math, Science and World Languages and Placement Process, with Principal Gavron and the department heads
  • Talking to Your Kids about the Difficult Stuff- Sexuality, Self-harm, Drinking, Drugs and More, with Dr. Dossie Kahn of Wayland Youth and Family Services
  • 6th Grade Check-In, with Principal Gavron, House Leaders and Guidance Counselor
  • 7/8th Grade Check-In, with Principal Gavron, House Leaders and Guidance Counselors