Saturday, April 22, 2017

The April Wellness Student Spotlight goes to Seth Rosen!

A big congratulations goes out to Seth Rosen!  He always goes above and beyond in Wellness.  Seth comes into class eager and excited to learn.  He is a great team player who gives 100 percent every class.  Whether he is helping out another student or helping with equipment, Seth is always making a positive difference in Wellness.

Keep it up Seth!

1.  First and Last Name:
Seth Rosen
2.  Grade: 6
3.  What elementary school did you come from? Loker
4.  Tell us about yourself. What do you like to do in your free time? Play soccer and basketball
6.  What advice would you give to a student who doesn’t like to exercise? Just exercise
7.  Favorite Wellness unit and why. Basketball because it was fun to scrimmage.
8.  When I want a healthy snack I reach for...
Fruit or carrots
9.  To relax I... watch tv
10.         If I were a WMS Wellness teacher I would add ??? to the curriculum. Tennis
11.         On my first day of school I wish I knew...  how fun wellness is
 12.         Tell us something about yourself most people  would be surprised to know. I play clash royal

Friday, April 7, 2017

6th Annual Wellness Week Line up of Activities!!

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The Wellness Department is please to announce our 6th annual Wellness Week!

Monday  April 24-Friday April 28th, 2017

The goal of Wellness week is to promote active & healthy living for all students. We want to expose our students to new ideas, concepts, and styles of teaching.  We are fortunate to get some great local presenters to come and volunteer their time to make Wellness Week a success. Check out who we have coming:

Wellness Week 2017

4/24 D Day
4/25 E Day
4/26 A Day
4/27 B Day
4/28 C Day
7th: Crossfit
8th: Crossfit
8th: Crossfit
6th: Yoga
6th: Yoga
7th: Crossfit

6th: Crossfit
7th: Crossfit
8th: Crossfit
8th: Mobility
6th: Yoga
6th: Crossfit
7th: Crossfit
7th: Speed Friending
8th: Mobility
8th: Mobility

6th: Crossfit
7th: Speed Friending
7th: Speed Friending

8th: Crossfit
6th: Crossfit
6th: Yoga
7th: Speed Friending

Brian Sieber- LJ Dicarlo (Wayland parent) recently opened CrossFit TILT in Sudbury with head coach Brian Sieber. Brian has a BA from Springfield College & holds a CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Level 2, and CrossFit Gymnastics certificate. Brian believes that fitness can help children develop not only as athletes, but as individuals by teaching values that will help them in and out of the gym.

Brian will be presenting CrossFit Kids.

Dr. Bradley Weiss-Dr. Weiss began his career in Williston, Vermont in 1984. He committed himself to helping his patients obtain optimum health, while defending their right to access chiropractic as a health care choice. He rose up the ranks of the Vermont Chiropractic Association, being President from 1995 until 1999. He was named Vermont Chiropractor of the Year in 1997. As his practice and reputation grew, Dr. Weiss continued to expand his treatment skills and became certified in Active Release Techniques (ART). Dr. Weiss currently works at Performance Health Center in Natick, which is just down the street from us!

Dr. Weiss will be presenting on mobility & prevention of injury.

Dr. Victoria VanNederynen- Dr. VanNederynen attended Ithaca College in New York, where she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science. Ithaca’s undergraduate studies exposed Dr. VanNederynen to a wide variety of health care professions, including chiropractic. It was not until a snowboarding accident contributing to a low back injury in her senior year, that she realized the importance of chiropractic medicine, and its benefits. Dr. VanNederynen’s specialties include being a Full Body, Ironman Certified Active Release Techniques® (ART) practitioner. With her strong interest in sports medicine, Dr. VanNederynen has been a treating chiropractor at the Lake Placid Ironman multiple times. She also holds advanced certifications in Kinesio® Taping, Level 1 Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Mobility, CrossFit Rowing, and CrossFit Striking certifications.

Dr. VanNederynen will be presenting on mobility & prevention of injury.

Ashley Boyer-Ashley Boyer was born and raised in Texas and moved to Massachusetts in 2001 where her husband told her it would only be for "3-5 years." 16 years and two kids later; Ashley and her family happily reside in Wayland, MA. Ashley graduated from Brigham Young University Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor's degree in Health Sciences and a double minor in Business and Gerontology. She enjoys playing basketball and tennis, reading and outdoor adventures with her family. 

Elizabeth Levens-Elizabeth Levens began practicing yoga in high school to relieve neck and back pain from practicing violin several hours each day. She soon discovered that yoga not only improved back and neck pain, but offered a unique ability to combine a physical workout with mental benefits, including relaxation, clarity, and inner guidance. After practicing for several years, she was eager to share these benefits with others and completed her 200-hour Hatha and Vinyasa residential yoga teacher training at Frog Lotus Yoga. Since her 200-hour training, she has also completed additional training in anatomy, hands on assisting, and thai massage. This is her second year teaching at Lumina Mind Body Studio in Wayland.

PM WELLNESS VOLLEYBALL CLINIC- Pam Kainz is a Wayland High School coach, a Wayland youth volleyball coach and an active volleyball player.  This will be her fourth year teaching intramural volleyball at the Wayland Middle School. In addition to teaching the fundamentals, she hopes to inspire young Wayland athletes to play volleyball in high school and beyond.

Learn the basic skills from a Wayland High School coach and have fun!  Boys and girls, 6th-8th, all levels of experience welcome. Wear sneakers.

Come to volley ball on Tuesday and Friday during wellness week from 2:30-3:30 in the gym.

Bike Day at WMS!

Join us after school on Friday April 28th, from 2:20-3:15 pm, near the bike racks in the front of the school!Celebrate the fun, freedom, and fitness associated with bicycling! Local bike racers will be on hand to lead skills sessions, pump tires, adjust brakes, lube   chains, and do minor repairs.
Bike Day is brought to you by WMS teacher and bike enthusiast Ms. Pagano and USAC Racing Club BikewaySource/Bell Lap Racing. Our goal is to share the environmental, physical and mental health benefits of cycling and help students be safer and smarter when riding their bikes.


Soles4Souls Shoe Drive!
The wellness department is partnering with Soles4Souls, a not for profit global social enterprise committed to fighting poverty through the collection & distribution of shoes & clothing.  Soles4Soles accepts all types of shoes: athletic, running, dress, sandals, pumps, heels, work boots, cleats, dance, flip flops, just as long as they are new or gently worn.

"Since 2006 Soles4Souls has collected and distributed 26 million pairs of shoes to those in need in 127 countries around the world and all 50 states in the U.S. 

Every day children are prevented from attending school, adults are unable to work. Walking becomes unbearable. A new pair of shoes provides relief in many developing nations around the globe, in times of disaster, and helps bridge the economic gap in the United States and Canada."

Clean our your closet & support an amazing organization. There will be a collection bin in the main entrance of the middle school. Please make sure the pairs are tied together or use an elastic to keep them a pair. Thank you for your donation!

Wayland Boosters
The Wayland Boosters  is excited for WMS Wellness Week and appreciates the Wellness Staff for all their efforts to teach our middle schoolers to live active and healthy lives.  Wayland Boosters supports Middle School and High School athletic programs and clubs.   Please to learn about the great contributions to Warriors programs this school year and how to be become Wayland Booster!   Go Warriors!

The Boosters will be in the cafeteria during all 3 lunches on Wednesday, April 26th & Friday, April 28th during wellness week selling a variety of Wayland gear. 

Happy Wellness Week 2017!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

CPR Certification for 8th Grade Students.

Dear Students & Families of 8th graders,
I have finished teaching the CPR with AED (Automated External Defibrillator) unit to the 8th grade wellness classes. This unit is taught using the most current curriculum guidelines through the American Heart Association (AHA).  As a certified instructor with the American Heart Association, I am offering to certify any student who would like a certification card after school. Certification is voluntary and will require passing the following skills:
·         Chest compressions
·         Breaths
·         Unconscious choking
·         Conscious choking
·         Differences between care for an adult and care for a child age 1-8
·         AED set up and use
Any interested student can make an appointment with me on an individual basis to take the skills test. The final day for getting certified will be Thursday April 13th.

This certification card will be valid for 2 years from the issue date and does not include infant (age 0-12 months).
Certification cards will be $6. Please make checks payable to Wayland Middle School and put “CPR cert.” in the memo.  Please have your child deliver the checks to me.

Thank you!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Annual PM Wellness Volleyball Clinic!

Join PM Wellness Volleyball!

Learn the basic skills from a
Wayland High School coach and have fun!  
Boys and girls, 6th-8th, all levels of experience welcome. Wear sneakers.

Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:30-3:30 pm
for five weeks.

April 25 & 27
May 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23 & 25


About the Coach:
Pam Kainz is a Wayland High School coach, a Wayland youth volleyball coach and an active volleyball player.  This will be her fourth year teaching intramural volleyball at the Wayland Middle School. In addition to teaching the fundamentals, she hopes to inspire young Wayland athletes to play volleyball in high school and beyond.

If you have any questions let me know. Feel free to come to as many sessions as you want. No minimum amount of participation is required.

Monday, March 13, 2017

March Wellness Student of the Month is...

Zachary Marto

The Wellness Department would like to congratulate Zach for is hard work and dedication to excellence in Wellness. He consistently participates with patience and respect for his peers and enthusiastically works to better himself in all that he is learning.

First and Last Name: Zachary Marto

Grade: 8

What elementary school did you come from?

The Mighty Claypit Hill School

Tell us about yourself. What do you like to do in your free time?

In my free time I enjoy reading, soccer, chess, badminton, hanging out in the Wellness Center after school, and skiing.

Why is being active important to you?

Being active is important to me because of my physical health, my mental health, and my happiness. Not staying active can result in becoming frail or obese. Staying active also makes you a stronger thinker and allows you to concentrate harder. Finally, I love being active, so not being active would take a large chunk out of my life.

What advice would you give to a student who doesn’t like to exercise?

If you don't exercise, I would encourage giving something different a try. I believe that a lot of kids that don't exercise do so because they have tried popular forms of exercise such as basketball and football and decided they dislike them. That's perfectly fine. I was introduced to badminton when my parents gave me a badminton net for Christmas one year. I don't play on a team, but I like playing in my free time. I never would've expected to like badminton, but as it turn out, I love it! I believe trying new sports can result in more physical activity.

Favorite Wellness unit and why.

My favorite Wellness unit was probably fencing. I really enjoyed badminton as well, but I think fencing comes out on top because I really enjoyed it and it was something new.

When I want a healthy snack I reach apple. I can always find (and eat) an apple.

To relax I... read. I tend to fall into books and forget about my surroundings.

If I were a WMS Wellness teacher I would add... a general first aid unit to the curriculum. I think that CPR is a great unit, but saving lives is important, and the more first aid the student body knows, the safer we become.

On my first day of school I wish I knew... that Ms. Riddle is actually harmless.

Tell us something about yourself most people would be surprised to know.

Most people would probably be surprised to know that I built my computer over the summer.

Annual March Madness 3x3 Basketball Tournament!


On March 20th, 21st, & 23rd report to the gym immediately after school where you will be organized into games and brackets.

The winning team will be crowned WMS MARCH MADNESS CHAMPIONS!!

You will win.....
And the admiration & respect of all who know you :-)

Get your teams ready, get to bed early, eat your protein, and bring your A GAME to the GYM!

Any question see Coach A, the basketball guru of the wellness department.

Good luck everyone!!