News from the Nest

WKMS February Issue

February Events!

  • Feb. 3 - Job Shadowing Day for 7th and 8th graders
  • Feb. 4 - Final WKMS Basketball game @ CSMS 5:30pm
  • Feb. 6 - Skate Night at 3 Fountains Skating rink - 6:30 - 8:30pm
  • Feb. 8 - Basketball playoffs begin
  • Feb. 10 - 13 - Valentine's Dance Tickets go on sale during lunch
  • Feb. 13 - Valentine's Dance in the Cafeteria 4:00 - 6:00pm
  • Feb. 14 - No School for Students
  • Feb. 15 - Archery Meet @ Gilbert
  • Feb. 17 - Weather Make-up Day. WE DO HAVE SCHOOL.
  • Feb. 26 - Jostens Ring Orders during 7th grade lunch
  • Feb. 27 - Drama Production Day 1 @ WKMS @ 7:00 - 8:00pm
  • Feb. 28 - Kid's Heart Challenge
  • Feb. 28 - Drama Production Day 2 @ WKMS @ 7:00 - 8:00pm
  • Feb. 29 - Drama Production Day 3 @ WKMS 3:00 - 4:00pm

A Message from Mr. Smith...

Greetings from WKMS!

As we “leap” into this leap year February, I want to put forth another idea for how you can be more engaged in our work here at school.

One of our focus areas for literacy this semester is that EVERYONE take on a “challenge read.” The idea is that you tackle a book that is outside of your comfort zone. We want our students… and staff… to push themselves to grow in their reading. I personally am working on two challenges. The first is a graphic novel set in a renaissance fair. That is not normally what I would read, but I know many of our students enjoy the genre, so I wanted to understand it better. It was actually quite good, and I just might consider reading more graphic novels. I increased my reading scope.

My new challenge is an online Economics text titled Economy, Society, and Public Policy. I do not often read books online and, even though I was a social studies teacher, it has been a while since I have taken on a deep study of economics. I know this one is going to push my comprehension and my thinking.

My CHALLENGE to you is twofold. FIRST, ask your students about their challenge read and discuss how their reading is going. Talk about their book and maybe read it along with them. You might find, like I have, that books written for middle school aged students are well-written and well worth reading. ALSO, consider taking on a challenge read yourself AND discuss it with your child. Choose a type of book you generally do not read, a topic you may not be normally interested in, or a text level that you know will push your reading and learning. TOGETHER, let’s take on this challenge. I look forward to asking “What are you reading?



February is Black History Month

As part of our celebration of Black History month, watch the video below that explains how this month came to be and why it is such an important time to remember! To learn even more, click the button below for famous quotes, biographies, and more.

Power Skill of the Month

February's Power Skill is Integrity. Integrity is doing the right thing, even if no one is looking. In what ways do you show integrity? As a family, talk about how we can live lives of integrity on a daily basis. How does conducting yourself with integrity look like in the digital age? What about in school? At your job? In your home? To learn more about what integrity truly is, click the link below.
Integrity Video - 1 minute

Click here to learn more about integrity.

Skate Night this Thursday! Come Out and Have Some Fun!

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Basketball is Wrapping Up!

Tomorrow night, our Warhawks have their last game of the regular season. We will be playing Carolina Springs Middle School at CSMS beginning at 5:30. If you have not had a chance to see a game yet, put tomorrow's on your calendar. Let's fill the stands with our support of these awesome young men and women!

Thursday, our Lady Warhawks compete in Round One of the playoff season and on Saturday, our young men compete in their Round One game. We wish you all the best of luck! Thank you for being amazing school leaders. You make us proud!

Thank you Coach Sellars, Coach Redmond, and Coach Martin for giving of your time and efforts to help our players be successful on and off the court. We are lucky to have you.


Attention 8th Grade Families...

IGP Conferences are coming up!

What is an Individual Graduation Plan??

  • A plan that guides you through your high school years and beyond by choosing classes and discussing their potential career interests.

  • Students will present to their counselor and parents/guardian about next steps for high school.

This year across the district, 8th graders are presenting and leading their IGP conferences. During this presentation, we will look at the slide show your child has prepared and discuss your student’s current academic progress, the South Carolina high school diploma requirements, goals for high school, and possible postsecondary options. This conference should last no more than 30 minutes and are scheduled from January 2nd through March 27th.

We are excited about your child’s presentation and look forward to sharing this experience with you. Important decisions will be made about your student’s future academic plans and career goals.

For more information about the upcoming conference, you can visit our school website

8th Grade Basketball Cheerleading Recognition!

8th Grade Recognition for Basketball Cheerleading!

Attention Parents and Guardians! Have you been wondering how you can help your student navigate middle school life? Read the article below for some tips!

10 Ways to Help Your Child Succeed in Middle School

Click here to read an excellent article for parents/guardians of middle schoolers

Look at this Yarn Art from Ms. Smith's Class!

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Our WKMS Artists are Incredible!

How Creative! Check Out the Artwork Below!

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Go Warhawks!

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Lexington County School District One is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all students, parents/legal guardians, staff, visitors, personnel and community members who participate or seek to participate in its programs or activities. Therefore, the district does not discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or any related medical conditions), color, disability, age, genetic information, national origin, or any other applicable status protected by local, state, or federal law.

The district will use the grievance procedures set forth in policy to process complaints based on alleged violations of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; the Equal Pay Act of 1963; the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008; and Titles I and II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

The district designates specific individuals to handle inquiries or complaints. To find out who to contact and how to contact them, please go to our website at

En Espanol: El Distrito Escolar del Condado de Lexington Uno, esta comprometido a una política de no discriminación e igual oportunidad para todos los estudiantes, padres/tutores legales, personal, visitantes, y miembros de la comunidad que participan o desean participar en sus programas o actividades. De ahí, que el distrito no discrimina en contra de ningún individuo en base a raza, religión, sexo (incluyendo preñez, parto o cualquier condición médica relacionada), color, incapacidad, edad, información genética, nacionalidad, u otro estado aplicable protegido por la ley local, estatal o federal. El distrito usara el procedimiento de quejas establecido en el reglamento para procesar quejas basadas en supuestas violaciones al Titulo VI del Acta de Derechos Civiles de 1964; Titulo VII del Acta de Derechos Civiles de 1964; Titulo IX del Acta de Enmiendas Educativas de 1972; Sección 504 del Acta de Rehabilitación de 1973; El Acta de Discriminación por Edad de 1975; El Acta de Discriminación en el Empleo por Edad de 1967; El Acta de Igualdad Salarial de 1963; El Acta de No Discriminación por Información Genética de 2008; y Títulos I y II del Acta de Americanos con Incapacidades de 1990.

El distrito designa individuos específicos para atender preguntas y quejas. Para saber a quien y como comunicarse con ellos, por favor visite nuestra pagina de Internet: