News from the Nest

WKMS Newsletter - March 2023 Edition

Upcoming Events

  • Month of March - Music in Our Schools Month
  • Month of March - National Reading Month
  • Mar 2 - Read Across America Day - DEAR & Pajama Day!
  • Mar 2 - Raising a Responsible Teen Seminar 6pm @ North Lake Comm. Center
  • Mar 3 - Class Ring Order Deadline for 7th & 8th Grade
  • Mar 6 - 10 - National School Breakfast Week
  • Mar 6 - 10 - School Social Work Week
  • Mar 8 - Collaborative Planning Day - Dismissal at 12:05pm
  • Mar 16 - Absolutely Incredible Kid Day
  • Mar 17 - St. Patricks Day (Wear Green)
  • Mar 17 - Weather Makeup Day (No School for Students or Staff)
  • Mar 22 - LRADAC Parent Workshop on Vaping @ 5:30 in WKMS Library
  • Mar 23 - 24 - WKMS Spring Drama Production
  • Mar 23 - End of 3rd Nine Weeks
  • Mar 28 - WKMS SIC Zoom Meeting @ 5:00pm
  • Mar 31 - Report Cards Issued

Important Reminders!

The third nine weeks is a time that many students begin to slip in grades and responsibilities a bit. We do not want that to happen, so here are some quick reminders to help keep you headed towards success! Parents and Guardians, please spend a few minutes discussing the items below with your student.


  • Write down all assignments in a planner each day and check each night to make sure you have completed them.
  • Check your email AND PowerSchool every day. Set an alarm on your phone to remind you, if needed.
  • If you have any missing assignments or low test scores, email your teachers to set up a plan for making them up or redoing work.
  • Make reading 20 minutes a night a priority (set a timer, if needed).
  • Check your book bag to make sure you have pencils, paper, notebooks on a weekly basis.
  • If you need help, ask. We want to help you be the best student you can possibly be and we are here for you.
  • Be sure to charge your Chromebook EVERY NIGHT.

Other Good Habits

  • Place your ID in your book bag each day after school, so you don't forget it in the morning.
  • Wear your ID around your neck at all times during the school day.
  • Phones need to be out of sight and not in use in classrooms. (You may use them in the hallway and during lunch time only, please)
  • Please keep hoodies off your head when in the school building. Hats are also not permitted on campus.
  • Be respectful of yourself and others. Let's treat all with kindness!

2023 Lake Murray Polar Plunge!

WKMS raised $4894 for the Special Olympics Polar Plunge fundraiser on Saturday, February 11th. Our very own Logan Gates raised $1424 by himself! Big cheers to these awesome folks and to all of our staff and WarHawk families that donated to this wonderful cause.

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A Day of Reading is Coming Soon!

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Parenting Seminar - March 2nd!

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National School Breakfast Week March 6 - 10

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Want to be an AVID Scholar?

Rising 7th and 8th Grade AVID Scholars Wanted!

We are excited to offer a unique opportunity to our rising 7th and 8th grade students for the 2023-2024 school year! We will be continuing an initiative called AVID – Advancement Via Individual Determination. AVID is designed to help students prepare for and be successful in college, career, and beyond. This opportunity will only be available for a maximum of 25 qualified, rising 7th grade students and 25 rising 8th grade students.

The primary component of AVID is the AVID elective. In this class, students are taught study skills, note taking, time management, writing skills, and research skills all while being in an environment designed to help the students succeed. The AVID elective also includes tutoring sessions, access to information about colleges and universities through field studies, guest speakers, scholarship opportunities and college admission requirement information. It is a very engaging course that is loved by our students!

An ideal WKMS AVID student meets the following criteria:

  • Achieved a score greater than or equal to the 40th percentile on the 2022 SCReady ELA and Math assessment

  • Achieved a score greater than or equal to the 40th percentile on 2022-23 iReady benchmark assessments in ELA and Math OR has shown exceptional growth over the 2022-23 school year

  • Has an average GPA of 2.0 - 3.5 for the 2022-23 school year

  • Consistently completes classwork/assignments

  • Consistently attends school and has minimal behavior issues

  • Has a positive attitude and is a hard worker

AVID Scholars will be selected through an application and interview process. We have included a brief Google Slides presentation. If AVID is something you are interested in and you believe that you meet most of the qualifications above, fill out the application here. All applications are due by March 10th. Remember, we only have spots for 25 rising seventh graders and rising 8th graders. One of those spots could be yours and this opportunity could change your whole future!

For any questions or for more information, please email Tiffany Shull at

Get Your Tdap!

All 7th graders are required to have proof of the Tdap vaccine after age 10 years old on file with the school nurse by 08/9/2023. Students are not allowed to attend school if immunizations are not up to date. Please schedule an appointment for your student with their primary care provider early as many doctors offices require a yearly well visit and appointment availability may be limited. Uninsured students should contact the Lexington County Health Department for an appointment 1-855-472-3432

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South Lake Drive

Lexington SC 29073

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Congrats to Our Archery Team

CSMS Shootout State Qualifier

2nd Place in Bullseye Competition

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Emory Roberts

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3rd Place Individual - Bullseye

WKMS Spring Theatre Production Coming Soon!

On March 23 and 24, 2023, the WKMS Drama Club will Present: Mystery Club: Episodes 1 & 2. This will complete our first full season since that nasty Covid came into the world, and we are going out on fire!!! Ms. Adams is doing her best to keep the production student driven and led, with over 45 6th-8th graders taking part in this completely after school endeavor. Word has it that Ms. Adams selected this play because the humor and even some of the dialogue reminds her of the OG mystery cartoon: Scooby Doo, Where Are You? (But we have no talking dogs or students portraying dogs.)

Please check out the initial draft of our promotional poster, created and designed by Ellie Spires in 6th grade. Ellie is in charge of our publicity for the play and is rocking it!

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Congrats to Jaden Banks (8th Grader)

Jaden is our February winner of the "I Love Books" campaign and receives a $15.00 Gift Card to Books-A-Million for recommending the book, The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan. Jaden recommends we read this book because, "it's a fantasy book that's easy to get lost in and has great character development." She recommends this book to anyone that likes fantasy, greek mythology, or people who liked Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Please read below to see what The Lost Hero is all about. It might just be your next favorite book!

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

Jason has a problem. He doesn’t remember anything before waking up on a school bus holding hands with a girl. Apparently she’s his girlfriend Piper, his best friend is a kid named Leo, and they’re all students in the Wilderness School, a boarding school for “bad kids.” What he did to end up here, Jason has no idea―except that everything seems very wrong.

Piper has a secret. Her father has been missing for three days, and her vivid nightmares reveal that he’s in terrible danger. Now her boyfriend doesn’t recognize her, and when a freak storm and strange creatures attack during a school field trip, she, Jason, and Leo are whisked away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood. What is going on?

Leo has a way with tools. His new cabin at Camp Half-Blood is filled with them. Seriously, the place beats Wilderness School hands down, with its weapons training, monsters, and fine-looking girls. What’s troubling is the curse everyone keeps talking about, and that a camper’s gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist they are all―including Leo―related to a god.

Rick Riordan, the best-selling author of the Percy Jackson series, pumps up the action and suspense in The Lost Hero, the first book in The Heroes of Olympus series. Fans of demi-gods, prophesies, and quests will be left breathless--and panting for Book Two.

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Don't Forget to Buy Your Yearbook!

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Ms. Smith's 6th Graders Make Warhawk Bucks to Help Learn about Capitalism in History!

Monthly School Menus

Click here to see the daily breakfast and lunch menus for Lex 1.

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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