teaching teams for 2016-2017

In his latest Wildwood Wire, Principal Nick announced next year’s teaching teams. (New in this grade level are highlighted.) Grade Level Teaching Teams Kindergarten – Julie Condron*, Ricci Matroianni, Lisa Poirier Grade 1 – Victoria Munroe, Susie Secco, Gina Simm Grade 2 – Shannon Applegate, Lorrie Heard, Mangala Jagadeesh Grade 3 – Mary Fournier, Chris […]

Summer Reading!

Dear Wildwood Families: Summer is upon us and this week and next your student should come home with the attached handouts about summer reading: 1. A summer reading bingo challenge and directions on how to download the  FREE Axis 360 app that will allow you to borrow to over 6,000 ebooks and audiobooks for FREE! 2. […]

Town Meeting schools report: TM appropriates extra funds to support school library paraprofessionals

Report on Town Meeting consideration of school budgets The Town Meeting began debate tonight (Wed., May 4) on the elementary school budget. At the end of the evening, Town Meeting approved the Elementary School budget, and by a substantial majority appropriated an additional $30,000 to support the three full-time paraprofessionals in the elementary school libraries. […]

Fun, Podcasts, & RESEARCH in the WW Library! (Valley Gives)

Click HERE for the Book Donor Program form! Fun, Podcasts, and RESEARCH in the WW Library! Check out what we’ve been up to in this Spring: Kindergarteners are learning about Space! Watch their planet green screen videos here! 1st graders created a research question and answered it using informational nonfiction books. Watch their green screen videos here! (Directed […]

Search Committees need parents!

Hi parents & guardians, Wildwood will have at least one position being filled for next school year, and will be looking for parent volunteers to be part of the search committees. If you’re interested in being part of a particular search committee, or potentially interested and available generally, please contact Joyce Gooden, in the Main […]

Master class in jazz (4/28)

On Thursday, April 28th the renowned jazz band “Jeremy Turgeon Quintet” (featuring Wildwood’s own Mtali Banda on saxophone) will be giving a master class in jazz to the 4th and 3rd grade students in the music room at Wildwood. In February, JTQ gave the same masterclass for the 5th and 6th grades capping off their […]

Family Survey – Please take! / Encuesta a las familias

Wildwood needs you to take the Family Survey!  http://survey.5-essentials.org/amherst/survey/parent/   Wildwood te necesita para participar en la encuesta de la familia! Dear Wildwood families, / Estimados familias Wildwood, I am re-sending the letter and the link to the Wildwood Family survey that I sent out last week. We currently have received responses from only 20% of our […]

Resolution & meeting to opt-out of testing

Amherst and Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committees Approve MCAS Opt-Out Resolution In a joint meeting on Tuesday, March 22, the Amherst and Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committees passed the following resolution affirming students’ rights to opt-out of MCAS testing, and educators’ rights to discuss their opinions about testing without any form of retribution. The resolution is available on […]

library staffing cut update – Some good news

Dear Wildwood Families; Thank you for all your actions over the past month to help retain the library paraprofessionals in the FY 2017 budget.  Your many letters of support and physical presence at the school committee meeting made me feel incredibly supported by the families of the Wildwood community.  Your voices were clearly heard.  Although […]

Jump Rope for Heart Benefit

From Vincent Barnes, Wildwood’s PE teacher: I just wanted to alert everyone that we will be doing Jump Rope For Heart this year, courtesy of the American Heart Association. The premise of the event is to teach the kids about the importance of a healthy heart through jump roping and other cardiovascular-focused activities. Accompanied with […]

Upcoming PGO meetings

March 30 – General PGO meeting, at Wildwood! Wednesday, March 30, 6:30pm. Free childcare! 5:30 pizza in the cafeteria 6:30 PGO meeting Also, if you’re interested in being closely involved, the PGO “core” working group will meet Tuesday March 15, 6:15pm. RSVP at wildwoodelementarypgo@gmail.com .

Less Testing More Learning-Amherst High Stake Testing Opt Out Meeting (2/6)

Less Testing More Learning-Amherst High Stake Testing Opt Out Meeting On Saturday, February 6th from 3-5PM at the Jones Library Woodbury Room (43 Amity Street, Amherst, MA) join Amherst area students, families and community members united in opting out. We are committed to organizing and building a strong, vibrant local movement to realize a future […]

letter from Wildwood Librarian : School Committee 2/9

Dear Wildwood Families, I am writing to share some information with you. And although I am uncomfortable doing it, I am also writing to ask for your help. The school committee will be presented with the fiscal year 2017 budget on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 6 PM. That proposed budget completely cuts the one full-time paraprofessional position […]

Welcome New Families / Reunión para Las Familias Nuevas (2/9)

A Night to Welcome New Families to Our Community at Wildwood When: Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 Where: Cafeteria and the library of Wildwood Elementary School What time: 5:45pm until 7:45pm Sponsored by: The Parent/Guardian Organization (PGO) Nick Yaffe, Principal of Wildwood Details: 5:45pm -7:45pm Free childcare provided by the Wildwood Aftercare Program (MMASDC) 5:45pm-6:15pm Free […]

Wildwood STAR celebration! Volunteers needed for 2/12

Dear Wildwood School Parents and Guardians, I am writing on behalf of the Wildwood School Climate/PBIS Leadership Team to ask for your support to help us with our first School-wide Star celebration event. Our school implemented a School-wide Acknowledgement System in which students receive STAR tickets when they are observed exhibiting STAR behaviors (Safe, Try […]

Town Meeting

Running for Town Meeting? The deadline for getting your name on the ballot as a candidate for Town Meeting is February 9, 2016. Sign up in the Town Clerk’s office in Town Hall. You must be a registered voter in the Town of Amherst. All it takes is one signature. If you have any questions, […]

7-12 consolidation parent rep seeking input

From Catherine Corson, Wildwood’s parent representative to the 7-12 consolidation team: “As the WW member of the district’s community review team for 7-12 consolidation, I’m soliciting general thoughts on information that you would like the district to provide about the consolidation 7-12 by this Wed.” Please send her feedback!  Parent / guardian voices are very […]

School Committee meetings this week

1) Tuesday Jan. 12 is a Regional School Committee meeting at 7:00, Library, Amherst Regional High School, including a very brief update on 7-12 consolidation 2) Wednesday Jan. 13, 4:00 P.M. Library, Amherst Regional High School, Wildwood Building Committee Meeting on Elementary Schools 3) Wednesday Jan. 13, 6:30 Library, Amherst Regional High School: Public Forum […]

Elementary School Building Survey

Dear Current and/or Future Amherst Public School Families, The Amherst School Committee is having a survey conducted to gather feedback from different stakeholder groups about the options for the Amherst Elementary Building Project. This link (http://bit.ly/ARPSElementarySurvey) will bring you to an anonymous survey designed for current and/or future parents/guardians in the district. The survey is […]