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Middle School Administration

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Mr. Christopher Caruso
Principal
carusoch@wallenpaupack.org

(570) 226-4557 x3054

Mr. Brett Buselli
Assistant Principal
busellbr@wallenpaupack.org

(570) 226-4557 x3056


Mr. Frank Williams
Coordinator of Alternative Education / Discipline
williafr@wallenpaupack.org
(570) 226-4557 x3056

Dear WAMS Community,

It is our pleasure to welcome you to the 2018-2019 school year! We hope you enjoyed a relaxing summer and are excited to join us for an outstanding educational experience. Our goal as your administrative team is to continue strengthening our relationship with all middle school stakeholders - teachers, students, parents/guardians, and community members. We encourage parents/guardians to take an active role in their child's experience. Please do not hesitate to contact us at any time to discuss concerns or to schedule a time to meet.

As we prepare to begin a new year, we would like to highlight some important information for each of our grade-levels.

We are excited to continue with our reading framework, provided by American Reading Company (ARC), for our sixth-grade students. The goal of this program is for students to read, write, and think on grade-level while highly engaged in a student-centered literacy curriculum. Our teachers have been trained to implement this new program and will continue to receive professional development to enhance their knowledge. This framework is a continuation of our District's implementation plan to improve student achievement in English/Language Arts. Our goal for this year is to continue developing a culture and community of readers amongst our students.

Student-athletes in seventh-grade will have their first experience as a member of a PIAA-sanctioned athletic-team. We hope to see our students getting involved in the numerous extra-curricular and athletic opportunities we offer. It is our belief that involvement in our extra-curricular activities and athletics will enable students to gain a well-rounded educational experience. Furthermore, as students transition to the high school level, involvement in extra-curricular activities and athletics may present opportunities for post-secondary scholarships. A full listing of our Middle School co-curricular activities can be found here.

Our eighth-grade students will continue taking High School 101, a course designed to educate students on the classes and programs available in the High School. As part of this course, students will have an opportunity to observe high school classes and take a tour of the building. They will also have a chance to listen to presentations from various high school teachers, extra-curricular advisors, and fellow students. The data collected from the observations will be used as students prepare to schedule freshmen courses in the spring. Ultimately, this course is designed to help alleviate any apprehension our students may feel as they prepare to transition to the High School.

The Middle School will continue its tradition of hosting an Open House on Thursday, August 30, 2018. We invite all our students and their parents/guardians to attend. The schedule for the evening is as follows:

Grade 6 - 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Students and their parents should report directly to the cafeteria. Please bring a copy of your schedule, which you will receive in early August. If needed, copies will be available and can be picked up in the gymnasium beginning at 4:45 pm.

5:00 - 5:10Cafeteria / Introductions
5:10 - 5:30Homeroom - Lockers
5:30 - 5:38Block 1
5:40 - 5:48Block 3
5:50 - 6:00Block 4
6:00 - 7:00Special Areas

Grades 7 & 8 - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Students and their parents should report directly to Homeroom. Following an introduction and locker distribution, students and their parents/guardians may meet with teachers as desired. Please bring a copy of your schedule, which you will receive in early August. If needed, copies will be available and can be picked up in the gymnasium beginning at 5:45 pm.

6:00 - 6:30Homeroom - Lockers
6:30 - 8:00Meet Teachers

(Special Area Teachers are available beginning at 7:00 pm)

For your convenience, important videos that highlight information regarding our school can be found on our website. We utilize social media as a medium for communicating many school-related endeavors and important information. Feel free to “like” our Facebook page.

Best wishes to all for a successful year!

Sincerely,

The WAMS Administrative Team

Mr. Christopher Caruso, Principal
Mr. Brett Buselli, Assistant Principal
Mr. Frank Williams, Coordinator of Alternative Education / Discipline