News from the Nest

January Issue

Upcoming Events

  • Jan. 10 - Comfy Cozy Day (BRING A BOOK TO READ)
  • Jan. 13 - Report Cards distributed to students
  • Jan. 15 - FCA in the Little Theater @ 7:30am
  • Jan. 16 - Rising 9th grade orientation @ WKHS
  • Jan. 17 - Honor Hawk Awards Assemblies
  • Jan. 21 - Honor Roll Students honored at WKMS game
  • Jan. 22 - FCA in the Little Theater @ 7:30am
  • Jan. 24 - Super Hawk Rewards
  • Jan. 29 - FCA in the Little Theater @ 7:30am

A Message from Mr. Smith...

Dear War Hawk Parents:

Happy New Year! This year our return from winter break coincides with the beginning of a new 9-weeks/semester, so this new year is indeed an opportunity for a fresh start for everyone.

Please mark your calendars for a couple of important events.

  • Report cards come home on January 13.
  • Our 2nd 9-weeks Honor Hawk Awards programs are January 17.

Parents often ask how they can better support their child's education here at WKMS. I sincerely appreciate ALL that you do for us and I would like to offer a few simple ideas as we head into our second semester.

  • Read... read... read. Our students have done an awesome job this year increasing the volume and quality of their reading. I encourage you to frequently ask what your child is reading, to read with them, and to talk to your children about what YOU are currently reading.
  • Phones are becoming more of an issue here, and at most schools. Please take a minute to remind your students of our district guidelines. Phones are NOT to be visible or audible during class time. Students MAY use phones before and after school, at lunch (last 15 minutes), and between classes. I encourage ALL parents (including my own children) to monitor their children's phones and social media and to set a time when phones go on the charger (not in the student's room). If your child does not have a phone or if you choose to take it for a consequence, we have phones in every classroom and office here at school.
  • This is a great time to check grades and to contact your child's teacher, school counselor, or administrator if your student is not making good progress. If you need help accessing grades, attendance, or course information (Schoology or Google Classroom), please let your child's teacher, counselor, or administrator know. Also, please know that your child knows how to access this information. Don't let them fool you.....
  • Finally, this is also a great time to review basic school rules and to stress basic school and family values about such things as responsibility, kindness, and respect. Your children are wonderful! We just ALL need to have these conversations regularly.

I am excited about the new year and the beginning of a new 9-weeks. For those students who have had an awesome first semester, stay the course. For those who need to get back on track, this is the time to do so. We have half of the year remaining, and there is time for everyone to reach their goals and to be ready for the next step in your educational journey.

THANK YOU for your awesome support. Together let's make it a super 2020.

Guy Smith

Comfy Cozy Day is FRIDAY!

This Friday (Jan. 10), wear your most comfortable clothing to school to help enjoy a relaxing day of reading in all classes. Don't forget to bring a book to read independently! On this day, students may also bring a travel pillow or stuffed animal, along with a small blanket to help them relax even further. Dress code still applies, so be sure to plan accordingly.

Suggestions for Relaxing Clothing:

Adidas pants or Joggers

Sweatpants and sweatshirts/hoodies


Comfy socks

Basketball Season Continues!

Come see our War Hawks play some excellent basketball while representing our school with dignity and pride. Our players and coaches have already put in many hours (on and off the court) and would love to have your support in the stands. Make a plan to check them out! January dates are listed below and all games begin at 5:30pm.

January Game Schedule:

  • Thursday, Jan. 9 @ Meadow Glen - 5:30pm
  • Monday, Jan. 13 @ WKMS vs. Beechwood - 5:30pm
  • Thursday, Jan. 16 @ Lexington - 5:30pm
  • Tuesday, Jan. 21 @ WKMS vs. Sandhills - 5:30pm (Honor Roll Recognition)
  • Thursday, Jan. 23 @ Pelion - 5:30pm
  • Monday, Jan. 27 @ WKMS vs. Batesburg-Leesville (8th Grade Appreciation Night)
  • Thursday, Jan. 30 @ Gilbert - 5:30pm

Honor Roll Recognition Night!

On January 21st, the White Knoll Middle School basketball programs will be hosting Honor Roll Recognition Night. Students who made honor roll for the first or second nine weeks are invited to attend the game for free. The games begin at 5:30 PM. These honored students must be able to show their ID at the door. During halftime of both games, students will be recognized. Family members wishing to attend must pay to get in. Tickets are $5 at the door. Children under 10 get in for free! We hope to pack the Hawk's Nest and celebrate the accomplishments of these student leaders! #WKMSSoars

PowerSkill of the Month

January's PowerSkill of the Month is Collaboration. At WKMS we believe in the power of collaboration and provide numerous opportunities throughout each school day for students to do so. In our classes, students work together to solve problems, create projects, peer tutor, and more. Collaboration, many times referred to as teamwork, is one of the most important skills needed in today's workforce. By continually working on our collaboration skills, we know that our students will be a step above the rest!

During your evenings together, take a moment to discuss how collaboration has proved important in your lives.

“Individual commitment to a group effort — that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” – Vince Lombardi

The Power of Good Collaboration

Click here to view this 2 min 40 sec cartoon regarding what good collaboration is and its benefits.

Festive Friday from the Faculty's Perspective!

Santa aka Donti'a LeGrand poses with Ms. Schilit & Ms. Cook!

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WKMS Wishes You all a Wonderful 2020!

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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: