Parents

Providing structure and support

Williamsport Area Middle School understands that this is a very challenging time for your student as students are beginning to learn who they are and what they want to be.

Communication is the key to a student’s success. Encourage your child to talk to you, a teacher, or even a counselor to help him or her find the answers he or she is seeking.

Bullying

Students are taught about different types of bullying (physical, verbal, non-verbal), what to do if they feel they are being bullied, and how to reduce bully/victim situations to create a positive school climate for all. Contact the school for more information.
Notes

Student/Parent Handbook

All students receive a copy of the student handbook on their first day of school at WAMS. The student handbook is found in the front of the student agenda, and there is a place on the first page for students to write their names in their agendas. If the agenda is misplaced throughout the school year, students can purchase another agenda for $5.00. The following is expected of all students:

  • All students become familiar with the student handbook, as it outlines academic and behavioral expectations for all WAMS Millionaires.
  • Students carry their student agenda from 7:45 a.m. - 2:40 p.m. every school day (with the exception of lunch) and record all academic assignments for every class. This is a communication tool between the student, teacher, and parents/guardians.

The following is requested of all parents/guardians:

  • Parents/guardians review the student handbook together with you student during the first week of school.
  • Parents/guardians check the agenda every night so that they are aware of their student's daily assignments. At a minimum, all students are expected to read for a minimum of 30 minutes each day outside of school time. Again, the handbook and agenda are communications tools between the student, teachers, and parents/guardians.

Williamsport Area Middle School Student-Parent Handbook

This resource provides valuable information for you and your child about daily life, policies, and expectations at Williamsport Area Middle School.

Download Williamsport Area Middle School Student-Parent Handbook

New opportunities

Students may participate in competitive sports and performing arts and be introduced to playing a musical instrument. These are very exciting activities to be part of. Additionally, students will be able to join clubs and try new things, find their interests, and learn new skills. Teaching your child about time management and priorities becomes very important during these years as students continue to be challenged by subject matter and increased workloads.

Summer Transition Program

The summer after your child finishes 8th grade, he or she will participate in a summer transition program to discuss the transition to high school. This program helps students prepare to acclimate to a bigger school, more responsibility and heavier class loads as well as learn how to prioritize and manage their time.

Contact your child’s guidance counselor for more information about transitioning to high school, and see the high school guidance page for information for freshmen.