Tiger Forum

January 3 - 7, 2022

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Happy New Year Tiger Families!!

Welcome back and welcome to a new beginning. Let's review our vision, mission, and 2021 - 2022 goals as we kick off the year.

Vision: W. G. Sanders Middle School, in collaboration with an engaged community, is committed to ensuring that each learner achieves his/her potential in a safe, caring, academically challenging and diverse learning environment that will develop productive citizens for a changing world.

Mission: We are W. G. Sanders Middle School, a leader in transforming lives through education, empowering all students to achieve their potential and dreams.

Goals (What do we want to see at the end of the year?)

Leadership Goal

By June 2022, the number/percent of OSS students will be reduced from 187/31.48% to no more than 154/29.48%.

Culture Goal

By June 2022, the chronic absenteeism rate will be reduced from 11.8% to less than 9.8%.

Academic Goal

By June 2022, more than 65% of students in grades 6-8 will meet or exceed growth targets in reading and math based on the district’s interim assessment.

By June 2022, more than 92% of the students will pass the End of the Course Exam in Algebra I.

How Are We Progressing?

Join Principal Andrenna Smith and the Assistant Principal for Instruction, Harriett Davis-Alexander, for a Virtual Let's Talk discussion on the results of recent benchmark assessments. Also, we will discuss our upcoming STAR assessments. Find out what this means for your child's learning and how we use results to make data-driven recommendations for class placement for the 2022 - 2023 school year.

Use the below link to register for the one hour session to be held January 13, 2022, from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm.


New DHEC Guidelines

As we return after Winter Break, I am providing you with a link to SCDHEC guidance.

SCDHEC has aligned its guidance regarding isolations and quarantines to reflect changes in the recommended protocols that were announced by the CDC last week.


Additional information will follow.

Tidbits of Information for You

  • All after school programs resume on Monday, January 3rd
  • Pageant Practice will resume on Tuesday's and Thursday's (Jan 4th and 6th)
  • Pageant Glamour Shots will be taken on January 29th; look for additional information from Mrs. Kelley
  • All basketball and cheer practices will resume as normal on January 3rd
  • The first basketball game of the new year is Wednesday, January 5th, at Gibbes Middle School, 5:45 pm
  • The STAR testing window is January 5th - 21st
  • SIC Meeting: January 10th at 5:30 pm
  • A Career Magnet Virtual Information Session will be held on January 11th at 5:00 pm for new interested parents. Additional dates will follow.
  • A Montessori Virtual Parent Information Session will be held January 13th at 12:30 pm for those parents who are interested in Montessori (You must have 3 consecutive years of previous Montessori instruction)
  • The end of Quarter 2/Semester 1 is January 13th
  • January 14th is a Teacher Workday/No School for Students
  • January 17th is Martin Luther King, Jr Holiday/No School
  • Report cards will be issued on January 20th

Upcoming Class Changes

We have reviewed our data and will be making some class changes. Here is what you can expect beginning the second semester.

  • 6th Grade Traditional GT Math will move from 6th period to 1st period and join with the Career Magnet class taught by Ms. Tori Seymour.
  • Ms. Patubo will open a needed 8th grade traditional math class to reduce class size and to provide the needed support in 8th grade traditional math instruction.
  • The traditiional honors science classes will be pulled out and will recieve their instruction from Ms. Wedderburn. We are expecting a new science teacher who will replace Ms. Wedderburn as the 8th grade traditional science teacher.
  • CM and Traditional: Club/Intervention will change to Club for some and Intervention for others. We will use the STAR results to determine which students are in need of the additional academic support during Club/Intervention Friday's.
  • Mrs. Butler will teach all of 7th grade SS. Should this change, we will let you know.