Woodland Park Middle School

We inspire learning and empower growth.

August 27, 2021

Hello Panthers!

It was a wonderful first week with students! We spent quite a bit of time getting to know students and empowering them to make new friends and reconnect with friends they have had in the past.

On Monday, August 30th we welcome back ALL our students. Part of our celebration with this will include some great areas for you to take "first day of school" pictures. We know it is not the official first day but it is the first day with everyone. If you are able to come before or after school to take a picture with your student we encourage you to do so. (Please find a parking spot so the traffic flow is not disrupted.)

Thank you for choosing WPMS and sharing your amazing children with us. It is going to be an incredible year of learning and growth.

Go Panthers!!

Yvonne Goings, Principal

Erin Street, Assistant Principal

WPMS Upcoming Dates

  • Monday, August 30th Panther Spirit Day: Wear your new WPSD shirt or Panther colors!
  • Monday, August 30th 8th grade Family Warm Welcome
  • Wednesday, September 1st Home Football game at WPHS 4pm
  • Friday, September 3rd WPMS Flag Raising Ceremony: Wear red, white, and blue
  • Monday, September 6th No School
  • Tuesday, September 7th Home Volleyball 4pm
  • Wednesday, September 8th Home Football game at WPHS 4pm
  • Thursday, September 9th Home Cross Country meet at Meadow Wood Park 4pm
  • Friday, September 10th CAP Meeting at the Middle School 9:00 a.m.
  • Friday, September 10th Home Volleyball 4pm
  • Friday, September 24th WPMS Color FUNd Run & Walk
  • Month of October WPMS Family Meetings

Flag Raising Ceremony - Friday, September 3rd

The local American Legion is donating a new American flag that will be flown in front of WPMS. We will have a flag raising ceremony on Friday, September 3rd beginning around 8:10 at the flagpole in front of the school. We would love for everyone to wear red, white, and blue on Friday!

Warm Welcome Wednesday Is Back!

Each Wednesday we try to get a community organization to come to school and help welcome our students. The purpose of Warm Welcome Wednesday is to connect our students with different organizations in our community. We believe that by building relationships our students will better understand the importance of community and some of our community members will better understand middle school students.

Our fire department donates time the first Wednesday of each month to greet our students. We are looking for other community organizations to join us as well. If you are interested please contact Principal Goings at ygoings@wpsdk12.org.

Spirit Day - Monday, August 30th - Wear Panther colors and show your Panther Spirit!

School Pictures

School pictures were taken this week and the students looked great! If you did not send in an order form there is no need to worry. You may order online by going to inter-state.com and click on the order here button. Our school code is 61421RA. If you missed out on picture day this go around or do not like the picture we will have a retake day in late September or early October. Look for details of that in upcoming newsletters.

Volunteers Needed!

There are many ways to volunteer at WPMS. But, in order to do so, volunteers must fill out a volunteer form and clear a background check. (There is a form attached at the bottom of the newsletter.) It is best to fill a form out now so you are ready to go when an opportunity arises.

  • Classroom Volunteers: teachers may be reaching out during the year asking for help during various units. Please check with individual teachers if you are interested in this.
  • Caring and Active Parents: CAP is the WPMS version of a PTO. CAP meetings are held at the school the second Friday of each month at 9:00 in the morning. CAP supports the students and staff throughout the year by helping with the Color FUNdraiser Run, Activity Nights, and special occasions. You do not have to be at the meetings to participate. CAP will send out invites when help is needed in other areas as well.
  • Watch D.O.G.S.: Dads of Great Students is a wonderful national organization that encourages positive male role models to help in schools. A Watch D.O.G.S. volunteer helps to keep the building secure, participates in classes, helps at lunch, and forms positive relationships with students. We love our Watch D.O.G.S.!
  • Connection Classes: Connection Classes are taught by volunteers that have a passion for a hobby and want to share that with students. In the past volunteers have led students in crocheting, disc golf, lego building, gardening, and many other fun activities. Be looking for more information on this in the following weeks.

STUDENT HOURS 8:05-3:15pm Student Drop off begins at 7:40am

Drop off and pick up - Important Information

Thank you so much for following the drop off and pick up routines. The lane has been running smoothly. Just a reminder that next week we will all students in attendance so the lane will be busier. Please continue to show patience and demonstrate kindness to each other.

  • Traffic flows one way through the Middle School parking lots. Please look for the signs indicating the traffic flow. (The entrance off Kelley's Road is the one furthest to the east before you get to Rampart Range Road.)
  • Parents dropping off and picking up their students should do so by using the entrance off of Kelley's Road. The entrance off of Rampart is the bus loop and parents should not use that area.
  • There are two lanes during drop off and pick up. The lane closest to the curb is where cars should stop to unload or load students. Please pull as close to the curb on the right as possible. The lane to the left is for pull through traffic. So, after dropping off or picking up your student please carefully merge into the pull through lane to exit the school area.
  • Please pull as far forward as possible. This may mean that you drive past the flagpole and meet your student in front of the commons. Your student will find you and we will help remind them to look past the flagpole.
  • Please do not encourage your student to cross traffic to get into your vehicle. This is extremely dangerous.
  • Please do drive slowly.
  • Drop off begins at 7:40.
  • School is out at 3:15. Please do not begin lining up before 3:05. We do have some special transportation vans that need to access the front drive in order to pick us students. It is an easier process if the pick up lane is not crowded.

Safety and Security

We are fortunate to have two amazing people that help us to keep our middle school campus safe and secure.

Mr. Macari is the WPMS security officer. He puts on several miles everyday as he around the walks around the school, talks with students, checks to make sure our doors are secure, and helps students in any way he can.

Officer Darren Traylor joins WPMS this year as our School Resource Officer. An SRO follows a "triad concept": to educate, to mentor, and to be a law enforcement officer. Officer Darren has been a big hit at the middle school and students are starting to form great relationships with him. We appreciate the partnership with the Woodland Park Police Department as we strive together to keep our students safe and secure.

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Away for the Day: WPMS Cell Phone Philosophy

We believe that having phones in the locker is best practice. When students do not have the freedom of accessing their phones during school hours, they are more engaged socially and academically.

  • Students must adhere to the guidelines established through the Student Responsible Use Policy. Please be aware that students are not permitted to use or create a wireless access point (mobile hotspot, external access point, etc) that is not provided by the District.

  • Electronic devices must be kept in lockers and turned off during instruction and in the classroom. Unauthorized use of these devices disrupts the instructional program and distracts from the learning environment. School officials, including classroom teachers, may take the device away from students if used during the times not permitted. Repeated unauthorized use of such devices may lead to disciplinary action.

  • Students may not use electronic devices during the lunch period or passing periods.

  • Texting and recording are not permitted during the school day.

  • Absolutely no electronic devices with cameras will be permitted in the PE locker room.

  • Social media should not be used at school. These forms of communication often lead to increased conflict and are avenues for bullying. Students that use electronic media to harass or bully others will forfeit the right to have any device on school grounds.

Panther Time - What is that??

We are offering a new class this year! All students will have a daily Panther Time. The purpose of Panther Time is to provide students with the belief that they can improve and the tools to improve, through 7 Mindsets curriculum, study skills instruction, and targeted practice time. This class was developed from our student and family feedback surveys from last spring. We are excited to support our learners with this structure.

WPSD Transportation

Throughout the summer WPSD has been partnering with Durham Transportation to plan for the upcoming school year. Bus routes are posted on the front page of the district website: https://wpsdk12.org/ If you have urgent questions, please call Durham 687-4411.

Mrs. Vergenz and Mr. Kettler claim to have the best job in the world!

Mrs. Vergenz and Mr. Kettler love teaching!

A Note from our Nurse

As we wrap up the first week of school, please keep in mind the following:
  • If your student has a known health condition (Asthma, Allergies, Seizures, Diabetes) or needs special care such as medications, treatments or monitoring please bring in required health care plans and/or permission for medication forms which need to be signed by a physician.
  • All students are required to have up-to-date immunizations, especially those entering 6th grade needing a Tdap. Please provide a copy to the health office.
  • If your student has a non-medical immunization exemption there are new requirements. Either the form needs to be signed by a physician OR you must complete the online immunization education module and provide the certificate to the health office.
  • Remember to keep your student home if exhibiting any signs or symptoms of illness.

For more information or to download any forms please visit the District Webpage under Departments on the Health Information tab. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns. Healthy students learn better!

Cheri Maniak, RN




Woodland Park School District Re-2 does not unlawfully discriminate against otherwise qualified students, employees, applicants for employment, or members of the public on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, ancestry, or need for special education services. Discrimination against employees and applicants for employment based on age, genetic information, and conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth; is also prohibited in accordance with state and/or federal law.