Congratulations Students & Staff of the Month!
Congratulations to our students and staff of the month for DECEMBER for being DILIGENT.
Congratulations Lisa Bondy, 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year
Help us offer a HUGE congratulations to our newly named Teacher of the Year, Ms. Lisa Bondy!!! Ms. Bondy goes above and beyond every day to engage her students with meaningful, rigorous instruction, build solid relationships with students and staff, support and assist her colleagues, and fulfill and enhance the mission and vision of our school. We are so thankful she is part of the WMS Family and so happy to celebrate with and for her today!!!
South Carolina State Report Cards
We invite you to click on the link to our School Report Card, released November 29, 2018 by the State Department of Education. Based on a number of factors, each school in the state has been rated as excellent, good, average, below average, or unsatisfactory.
These report cards are very different from past report cards in our state. The new report cards factor in multiple data points, test scores and surveys. The report attempts to measure a school’s academic achievement, student progress, college and career readiness and school climate. The reports will also include data on English Learners Progress, Student Safety, and Financial information. High School reports will factor in graduation rates, though the formula for determining the graduation rate has changed slightly from past years.
For the first time in South Carolina, NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress) scores will be used to help determine schools’ ratings. NAEP tests students in every state in fourth grade and eighth grade in math, reading, science, and writing. The percentage of schools ranked in each category (from unsatisfactory to excellent) will align to the State’s 2015 NAEP results, so about 15 percent of schools in South Carolina will be rated “excellent,” 20 percent will be rated “good,” 35 percent will be rated “average,” 20 percent will be “below average,” and 10 percent will be “unsatisfactory.”
Along with the new rating system, the report cards feature several new pieces of data, including Education Value-Added Assessment System (EVAAS). EVAAS measures student academic growth year-after-year. EVAAS measures student academic position in relation to his/her peers from one-year to another. Growth among lowest performing 20% of students counts double toward each school’s report card.
If you have any questions or concerns related to our school’s ratings, feel free to contact our principals via email or phone.
Skate for STEM!
Skate for STEM! From now until January 21, 2019, at Ice on Main, Wednesday nights are “Skate for STEM Nights,” presented by the Duke Energy Foundation. The first fifty K-12 students who bring a copy of a recent progress report or report card showing a B or higher in math or science can skate for free. Click here for the flyer. Contact: Emily Sudduth, Ice on Main Rink Manager with any questions.
Want to Receive Emergency Info by Text?
In an effort to better communicate with parents during times of emergency, the GCS Communications Department encourages parents and guardians who currently have a landline listed as their “Primary Contact Phone” to use this change in phone number form or to provide a text-enabled phone number in order to receive texts about school cancellations or other emergency schedule changes.
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Parents who already list a cellular phone as their primary contact will not need to take action to receive this service.
Winter Dance December 14th
The PTA is hosting a Winter Dance on Friday, December 14th from 3:30 to 5:30. Admission is $6.00 at the door (and $5.00 for Wildcat Royals and Warriors). This dance is going to be awesome! A king and queen for each grade level will be crowned at the dance. You don't want to miss it!
Christmas Shoppe Opens Dec. 3rd
The PTA is sponsoring a Christmas Shoppe December 3-14. The Shoppe will sell gift items for mom, dad, grandparents, siblings, teachers, etc. Prices will range from 25¢ to $5.00. No item will cost more than $5.00. Students may shop in the Shoppe before and after school and during lunch. The Shoppe will take cash and checks only (make checks payable to WMS PTA).
Beta Club is Sponsoring a Food Drive
UPDATE: We now have collected over 100 items for our canned food drive. Sixth grade is in the lead with more than double the number of items for 7th and 8th grade combined! Keep those cans and boxes coming!
The WMS Beta Club is sponsoring a Canned Food/Boxed Staples Food Drive November 26th through December 12th. To encourage donations, there will be a grade level team contest and the winning team will receive a prize. Each item counts as one point. Monetary donations will also be accepted.
Donate a scarf...help keep someone warm!
The Beta Club will be collecting scarves and monetary donations to purchase scarves. These scarves will be placed in the local libraries and public park access areas to help keep the homeless warm this winter as part of the Random Acts of Kindness project. Donations will be accepted through January. If you knit or know of someone who does, this is a great project to participate in.
ACE Awards Nominations are being accepted
The ACE (Advocates for Character and Education) Awards is an annual end of the school year banquet in which 72 male and female character and education award winners from all 35 Greenville County middle and high schools are recognized and honored. The selection process, established by Greenville County counselors, focuses on identifying and selecting at risk students as award winners. These students quite often are true “Unsung Heroes” who are comprised of students who have overcome tremendous odds to achieve wonderful things in their churches, schools, homes, or communities but have not been recognized for doing so. Nominate a student!
Coaches 4 Character and Greenville County Schools partner, plan and manage the event which is all about the students and their character and education achievements. In addition to Greenville County Schools, Coaches 4 Character partners with the Greenville News, WYFF-4, and Greenville Health System to honor these deserving students.
Shout Out on the Spirit Rock!
WMS and the PTA are offering a creative way to give express your child's birthday or give a shout out for game days or other special events. For just $5.00, your special message will be added to the Spirit Rock in the front of the school. Use the Spirit Rock Shout Out Form to reserve your place on the rock!
Yearbooks are on sale now!
Check out Josten's Yearbook website to get all the details.