WMMS Tiger Times

March 2020 Edition

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A Note from the Principal's Office

The days are getting longer and the temperatures are starting to rise. The spring brings new life and new energy. This is a great time to revisit goals that were set at the beginning of the year. Remind your child of the idea behind the picture above. Even if they are not finding immediate success, continued focus on the end goal and taking positive steps forward will pay off!

Spring is a busy time in the school year. Things we are looking forward to:

  • Enrollment for Fall 2020
  • Summer School Enrollment
  • MAP testing (late April and early May)
  • Spring concerts
  • Track Season
  • Book Fair
  • Fun Night
  • Spring Dance (7th & 8th grade)
  • Field Trips
  • 8th Grade Promotion

We look forward to a busy and productive spring! Please reach out to your child's teachers or to the office if you have any questions or need any additional support as we head into 4th quarter. It is an honor and a joy to work with your children every day!


Julie Esquivel

Cold & Flu Season

Cold & Flu Season has lingered this year. Please join us in keeping everyone as healthy as possible. Some tips from the Department of Health and Senior Services:

  • Have students stay home if they are sick
  • Teach students to cover their coughs and sneezes with tissues, or to cough or sneeze into their inner elbow
  • Practice good handwashing with soap and water as often as possible, and if soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers
  • Consider getting the flu vaccination

The PTC is organizing a drive to help stock our classrooms with hand sanitizers, tissues, and disinfecting wipes. Check out this sign-up genius if you are interested in helping.

6th Grade Resources

Our 6th-grade teams update their websites to increase school-home connections. On their websites, you can see daily assignments, contact information for teachers, helpful links, and math help including assignment calendars, class notes, worksheets, and video lessons.

Check out these helpful sites!

CATS Website

STARS Website

6th Grade Math Website

A note from the counseling office

Grit… Grit is having perseverance and passion for long-term goals and working hard toward challenges, even when failure and adversity present themselves. Grit is not talent, luck or intensity. Grit is about having a goal you care about so much that it gives meaning to what you are doing.

Here is how to help our students develop GRIT:

1. Praise the effort, not the grade. When you praise the effort the child will be more determined to continue working hard, which will encourage them to not give up.

2. Let them struggle. They need to learn how to work through frustrations and failures. If you give the answer before they fail, they will never learn how to deal with future failures, which is a part of life. Remember ‘praise the effort’.

3. Create and talk about your own goals. Share the steps you are taking along the way to reach your goal especially when you struggled and how you plan to get past those struggles.

4. Keep and model an open mindset. An open mindset is believing you can learn or make changes. Just add ‘yet’ to a statement when you are struggling. ‘I do not understand math… yet’.

5. Find ways to challenge your student. Encourage them to try new things, even if they do not know if they will be good at it. Learning from mistakes is a great way to learn!

Please contact your child's counselor if you need any assistance or have any concerns.

6th grade and Mag 7 Counselor, Michele Yoder: myoder@kirksville.k12.mo.us

Eagles and 8th grade Counselor, Jois McConnell: jomcconnell@kirksville.k12.mo.us

Counseling Office: (660) 665-3793, extension 4

Lost and Found

WMMS Lost & Found is located in the main office. We have a bin with large items like coats, sweatshirts, lunchboxes, etc. If your child has misplaced smaller items like glasses or an electronic device, we keep those behind the front desk. You or your child can come by to claim an item.

Osteo-blasters Club

Osteo-blasters club continues on Wednesdays right after school in the Middle School gymnasium!

We will be working on fitness development and end each day with fun games. This will be led by ATSU students who have a lot of energy and enthusiasm for fitness. It will run from 3:00 to 4:00 every Wednesday.

See you there!!

After School Homework Assistance Program

The WMMS After School Homework Assistance Program operates on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm.

It is geared to give students a conducive environment to complete their homework and access to a teacher if they have questions. In order to encourage independence, students are expected to come prepared with their planner completed, the materials they need, as well as, a book to read if they complete their work early.

Students must have an alternate plan in the event someone cannot pick them up by 5:00.

Registration forms are available in the WMMS office and on the WMMS website.


  • Osteo-blaster: Wednesdays after school from 3:00 - 4:00 in the WMMS gym. Contact Mrs. Waddle for more information lwaddle@kirksville.k12.mo.us
  • Chess Club: Tuesday & Wednesday mornings at 7:00 am in Mrs. McFarland's room
  • Club ZIF: Wednesday mornings at 7:15 in Mr. Cook's room
  • Boys Choir: Thursday mornings at 7:15 am in Mrs. McFarland's room
  • Girls Choir: Friday mornings at 7:15 am in Mrs. McFarland's room
  • FCA: Tuesday mornings at 7:15 in Mr. Cook's room

Calendar of Events

  • March 6: Fun Night 7:00 - 9:00pm

  • March 11: End of 3rd Quarter

  • March 12: No School (Professional Development)

  • March 13: No School

  • March 19: PTC Meeting 6:00 pm WMMS Office

Complete Family Medicine: CARES Center

The Complete Family Medicine CARES Center is a school-based health center formed through a partnership between the Kirksville R-III School District and Complete Family Medicine, a service of Hannibal Regional Healthcare System. “CARES” stands for “Care At R-III for Every Student”. The purpose of the center is to provide accessible and affordable urgent/walk-in and preventative health services on-site at the school district’s campus to students, faculty, and staff. Students will not be able to be seen at the center without the consent from their parent/guardian. Team at the CARES Center: Provider, Nurse, and Clinic Coordinator

Location: The center is located in the northwest corner of the Kirksville Area Technical Center (KATC) at 1103 South Cottage Grove. Using the north entrance to the building, the CARES Center lobby is the first door on the right. There will be limited, designated patient parking west of the entrance.

Hours of Operation: 7:30am-4: 30 pm Monday-Friday

Services Provided at the CARES Center: Urgent/Walk-in care, Preventative Care, Wellness Visits, Immunizations (free for Medicaid eligible and uninsured students through VFC and billed as normal for commercial), Flu Vaccine, Sports Physicals, Point-of-Care Testing (ie – Rapid Strep and Influenza Testing) and more.

Call (660) 956-7011 for an appointment