Walker Midde Magnet IB World School

The Year of Gratitude #IBGrateful

2023-2024 Opening Newsletter

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July 31st, 2023

Greetings Walker Families,

Welcome to the 2023-24 school year! We look forward to welcoming our students and families back to school. As we move into our Year of Gratitude, we will encourage our school family to practice gratefulness to foster personal growth. We are ready to help students appreciate and return kindness to you, peers, school staff and our greater community.

Our IB Learner Profile Attribute for August is RISK-TAKER.

We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.

Please take time to read through each area of our opening newsletter below. There is important information that will guide you through the first weeks of school.


Heather Holloway

Principal/IB Head of School

Visit Walker's Website Regulary & Follow Us on Twitter!!

Visit Walker's website where much of the information below is housed.

Follow us on Twitter: @WalkerMiddleIB

Important Upcoming Events

8/7 - Access Open House (Families of Students w/ Disabilities), 1:00 - 2:00 pm

8/7 - Year 2/3 (7th/8th Grade) Open House, 3:00 - 4:30

8/7 - Year 1 (6th Grade) Open House, 5:30 - 7:45

8/10 - 1ST DAY OF SCHOOL! 8:30 - 3:25

8/14 - Look for Info on Renting Lockers

8/17 - HOSA Club (Ms. Carey, Rm 203), 3:30-4:30 What Is HOSA? – HOSA

8/18 - $1 Jeans Day (Art Fundraiser)

8/21 - 9/8 - Walker Water Bottle Fundraiser (more info to come)

8/25 - AVID College T-shirt Day

8/25 - 9/8 - PTSA Papa John's Fundraiser (more info to come)

8/28 - 9/4 - Animal Club Candy Bar Fundraiser (more info to come)

8/31 - HOSA Club (Ms. Carey, Rm 203), 3:30-4:30

9/1 - $1 Jeans Day (PTSA Fundraiser)

9/6 - 1st Basketball Games @ Martinez: Girls - 6 pm, Boys - 7pm Online Ticket Sales Only

Administration, School Counselors & ESE Support

Assistant Principals

Andria Franks

AP for Curriculum (all students)

Student Support (Last Names A - La)


Henry Lefler

AP for Administration, Athletics, Facilities (all students)

Student Support (Last Names Le - Z)


School Counselors (Schedules, Peer Relations, Mental Health)

Student Last Name A - Go - amanda.edlfalquez@hcps.net

Student Last Name Gr - O - monica.ode@hcps.net

Student Last Name P - Z - lauren.sabourin@hcps.net

ESE Specialist - jeannine.stevens@hcps.net

PTSA Supports our Students & Staff!

Join the Walker PTSA to stay informed, to volunteer, to connect with other caregivers and to help support student programs and activities. Become a member! Join PTSA Here!

We need PTSA Board Members! Nominate or Self-Nominate for a board position HERE.

Wish your student a HAPPY BIRTHDAY on Walker's Marquee HERE!

Order PTSA Spirit Gear HERE.

PTSA Website

PTSA Facebook Page

Register to Volunteer!

We are always in need of volunteers at Walker! If you think you will serve as a volunteer at anytime this year, please register as a volunteer at Volunteer Services / Hillsborough County Public Schools Volunteer Information (hillsboroughschools.org)

Our PTSA coordinates all volunteer opportunities. See link below.

Get Involved - Walker PTSA

Car Line Procedures

Watch AM Drop Off Video: https://youtu.be/9C6SFfDI1xw (all grades dropped off in front circle)

PM Pick Up :

  • Year 1(6th Gr) - Picked up on bus ramp
  • Year 2/3 (7th/8th gr) - picked up in front circle.

Please see the attachments below for important details on our car line. Safety is our top priority in the car line.

School Supply Lists by Year

Please find your supply lists by Year HERE.

Walker & PE Uniforms

Walker Uniform Policy

District Dress Dode Policy pp. 51-52

Order Spirit Gear Here

Order Uniform Polo & PE Uniforms Here You are not required to purchase polos with a logo. You may purchase polos in the colors of Hunter Green, White, or Black at local stores.

Uniform Pick Up Dates

Stay connected through Canvas!

We will manage much of our learning through Canvas.

Download the Canvas Student and Canvas Parent Apps on your phone!

Download Canvas Student iPhone

Download Canvas Parent iPhone

Download Canvas Student Android

Download Canvas Parent Android

Also, See SIMPLIFIED Canvas Log In & Password attachment below. Use CHROME or EDGE when logging in to Canvas.

Log in to Canvas here: https://hcpscanvasproject.azurewebsites.net/

Canvas Support:



Lockers Coming Soon

Lockers will be rented to students beginning 8/14/23. The $5 rental fee will be collected through My Payments Plus. Please be sure you have created an account. If you have an existing account from last year, you can use that account. My Payments Plus

Florida's Sales Tax Holiday through Sunday, 8/6

Find details HERE.

Forms & Eligibility for Middle School Sports

The Athletic Department at Hillsborough County Public Schools hosts their Pre-Participation Athletic Forms online at www.PlanetHS.com . This digital platform will allow you and your student(s) to complete and access athletic forms via computer, tablet, or mobile phone. It is HIPAA, COPPA and FERPA compliant.

Students will not be able to participate in athletic activities, including practices, until this information is submitted and approved online by school staff. Completing the required paperwork does not guarantee making the team but does cover all sports for the entire school year. For assistance with online registration, please use the help/support feature within the program or contact Mr. Lefler @ Henry.lefler@hcps.net.

Information on BASKETBALL & VOLLEYBALL tryouts will be on Canvas soon. If you plan to try out, complete online paperwork NOW!

Walker is a "NO CELL PHONE ZONE"

Cell phones/electronic devices should be turned off and placed in backpacks upon student arrival to campus. They will not be permitted in the cafeteria, at the car line or in classrooms unless teachers give permission and use supports curriculum. Visible cell phones/electronic devices will be confiscated and must be picked up by a parent in the main office. Please discuss this policy with your student.

School Hours & Bell Schedule

  • Each day, school begins at 8:30 and dismisses at 3:25.
  • Students should arrive on campus no later than 8:25.
  • Walker's bell schedule is attached.
  • Office Hours are 7:30-4:00

Request for Your Student to Walk/Bike Home from School

Students will only be able to walk/bike off Walker's campus after a parent request is submitted and approved.

  • Only students who are within walking distance of the school will be allowed to walk home from Walker's campus.
  • Address will be verified and mapped.
  • Students who walk home from school will be provided with a lanyard that allows them to leave campus on foot or bicycle. This will be delivered to their homeroom class.
  • Submit one form per child.
  • Students should pay attention to surroundings (not on electronic devices) while walking or biking.
  • Please note that there are no crosswalks, crossing guards or supervision in the roadways near Walker.

Submit request for your student to walk/bike home from Walker Middle School HERE.

Bus Transportation & Carpooling

The district Transportation Office will post bus stops HERE. If you have questions about your bus stop information, email patricia.kephart@hcps.net

Carpool Transportation - 2023-2024 School Year

Walker Middle Magnet PTSA hosts the private Facebook group as a courtesy to our Walker families. It is a place for coordinating transportation options for Walker Middle Magnet. To join this group, please visit the private Facebook group Walker Middle Transportation Forum. Be sure to use caution and fully vet the people you carpool with.

Additionally, if you are interested in carpooling for the 2023/2024 school year, please fill out this PTSA Carpooling Form: http://bit.ly/CarpoolConnection23-24. Information gathered from the responses will be made available, allowing access to people in your area.

Need before or after care for your child?

Please see information on our HOST program below. HOST will be available beginning Wednesday, 8/10 Register for HOST HERE.

AM: 6:15-7:50 AM

PM: 3:25-6:00 PM

Need to Change Your Address?

To officially change your address: Email patricia.kephart@hcps.net

Does Your Student Have Special Medical Needs?

Please contact Nurse Natasha Munn at natasha.munn@hcps.net if your child has special medical or medication needs.

When do I eat lunch?

Year 1/6th Grade - 4th Period

Year 2/7th Grade - 5th Period

Year 3/8th Grade - 6th Period

Students will have an assigned table in the lunchroom. Electronics are not permitted in the cafeteria. All electronics should be off and in your back pack when you arrive on campus.



  • ALL STUDENTS will receive FREE BREAKFAST & FREE LUNCH this year.
  • Add money to your student's account for ala carte items HERE.

Our Student Body

Total Number of Students: 1060

Year 1/6th Grade - 394

Year 2/7th Grade - 352

Year 3/8th Grade - 314

Where is Walker taking our IB Learners? Our Vision & Mission...

Vision: Empowering students to take what they learn and make the world a better place.

Mission: Equipping internationally-minded students through rigorous, service-based learning in an atmosphere of creativity, inquiry and fun.

Walker's Instructional Priorities

School-wide Themes: Literacy and AVID strategies, as well as IB philosophies, will be embedded into all content area instruction.

Differentiation Based on Knowledge of Students: Creative practices, teacher-led small group structures and knowledge of students’ social/emotional and academic strengths, needs and progress will serve as a catalyst for individualizing teaching and learning.

School Safety & Security

School Safety is ALWAYS in the forefront our minds at Walker. As we move into the new school year, I want to assure families that the safety of our staff and students is our highest priority.

  • We practice our evacuation and active assailant drills monthly, and our shelter in place drills twice during the year.
  • All building perimeter gates and interior/exterior doors remain closed and locked at all times. During AM arrival, open gates are monitored by a staff member.
  • We have 14 security cameras, which allows our School Resource Officer and school staff to better monitor the safety of our campus.
  • All staff wear an GPS/Automated Centegix badge that allows them to engage a lock down from any area of the school.
  • We are a closed campus. This means that anyone visiting campus must sign in through the main office. Parents are not permitted to walk students to classrooms.

Report Suspicious Activity

FortifyFL is a suspicious activity reporting tool that allows you to instantly relay information to appropriate law enforcement agencies and school officials. Report suspicious activity here: getfortifyfl.com

Staff Vacancies at Walker

Below are the current vacancies at Walker. We are seeking individuals who are positive, student-first thinkers.