West Pine Middle

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A Note From Mrs. Wiley

Wildcat families,

Thank you to the PTSO and the many parents who made Teacher Appreciation Week a special one for them!

Congratulations to our Quiz Bowl team for finishing 4-4 at the national competition this weekend in Chicago. The team competed against a field of 160 teams from around the nation. Gavin Searle was named a National All-Star, scoring 15th among his peers in overall points scored per round.

Congratulations to our robotics team for a great showing Friday at the MCS Robotics Competition. The team of Kate, Connor and Joel earned the Sportsmanship Award! Thank you to Mrs. Braun, Ms. Neckermann, and our parent volunteers for their leadership this year.

Baseball and soccer travel to SanLee Monday for their final games of the season. See our athletic section below for more information.

The 2nd annual Wildcat Reality Check takes place this Friday. We are so excited to bring this real-world learning opportunity to West Pine. Many thanks to Mrs. Pennington and the encore team for organizing this event, and special thanks to all the parents and local businesses who are volunteering their time to support this event.

Students received progress reports and instructional, technology, and/or lunch fee information Friday. Please ask your child for these. Students owing more than $50 will not be able to participate in any end of year activities including field day/PBIS celebration and/or 8th grade activities. Please contact the school if you have any questions.

We are just two weeks away from EOG/EOC testing. Most of our students demonstrated lots of growth on the end of year iReady diagnostic assessments in reading and math. Let's take this momentum into the last few weeks of this school year and finish strong by getting your child to school on time, ensuring all work is completed and submitted, and talking with your child about the importance of demonstrating The Wildcat Way and making good choices at school.

Take care,


Transportation Information for 2023-24 School Year

Our Transportation Department is in the process of planning for next school year. If your student rides the bus at least one day during the last two weeks of May they will automatically be rolled over to a route for the 23-24 school year. If your student does not ride during the last two weeks of May, and you need them to be assigned to a bus route at the start of next school year, you will need to make a request through the Parent Portal or contact your school’s data manager for assistance.

8th Grade Luau (sponsored by the PTSO)

8th graders: mark your calendars! You don't want to miss out on a fun night just for YOU!


  • Student fees must be paid in order to attend. The balance cannot exceed $50.
  • Academic requirement: passing 3 of your 4 core classes
  • Discipline/Behavior requirement: No OSS for the year, no more than 2 ISS referrals during the 2nd semester, and no more than 5 minor incidents between May 1 - June 2.

8th Grade Information


  • All fees/fines must be paid in order to participate in end of year activities. Contact our bookkeeper, Kathleen Mullen, if you have any questions about instructional or technology fees. Contact our cafeteria manager, Julia Alford, for Child Nutrition fees.
  • Students must pass three of their four core subjects for the year and be in line with the NC attendance requirements for promotion.
Upcoming Dates
  • June 2: 8th grade dance (sponsored by the PTSO), 6-8pm
  • June 8: 8th Grade Picnic, 12-3pm
  • June 9: 8th Grade Promotion Celebration, 9am, baseball field (In the event of rain, the celebration will be moved indoors to the gym with admission by ticket only - 2/student.)

Grading Reminders

The MCS middle school final grades are calculated as follows:

  • Students will receive their actual EARNED average for the 4th quarter.
  • For a single semester course, a student’s final grade shall be determined based on the final exam 15% of the final grade) and the grade for each nine-week marking period (each marking period representing 42.5% of the final grade).
  • For a year-long course, a student’s final grade shall be determined based on the final exam (15% of the final grade) and the grade for each semester (semesters are the average for two nine-week marking periods with each semester representing 42.5% of the final grade).
  • Middle school students taking high school courses will be graded using the Grade 9-12 formula.
  • ELA, math and science (8th) will use the EOG as the final exam. For courses without an EOG (6-8 SS, 6-7 SCI, and encore classes), the final exam will be determined and created by the teachers. World History and Math 1 follow HS guidelines. Here is the link to the grading policy for the district.
  • Report cards will be mailed to families the week of June 12th. They will not go home with students the last day of school. Those in need of summer school or considered for retention will be notified prior to the end of the school year.

Summer School Updates

This year, summer school will take place June 14-15 and 19-22. Students attending will receive 4 days of intensive review in math and/or reading followed by the opportunity to retest the RDG and/or MA EOG. The hours of summer school are 8:30-11:30am. Transportation is not provided.

In addition, these dates and times will be used for students who are required to attend summer school in order to be promoted to the next grade due to poor attendance and/or grades. Parents will be notified no later than June 7th; however, parents can always review their child's grades and attendance in PowerSchool and reach out to their child's homeroom teacher if they have any questions.

WILDCATS Pawing Through Pages

March is National Reading Month! All WPM students will be participating in a school-wide collaborative reading challenge, WILDCATS Pawing Through Pages!, for the duration of the school year. For every 100 pages read, students will create and add paw prints to a Wildcat paw chain along each hallway. The goal is to work together as grade levels and as a school to read so many pages that the chains merge in the intersection and travel through the main hallway. Happy READING to all!

Attention 6th Grade Parents

Per North Carolina law, all students are required to show documentation of both the Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis) and MCV (meningococcal conjugate) vaccines in order to enter 7th grade. Now is the time to schedule an appointment with your health provider to receive these important immunizations. Please remember to send a copy of the immunization record to the school. Any questions/concerns, feel free to contact the school nurse.

Wildcat Athletics

Baseball and girls soccer travel to Sanlee Middle on Monday, 5/15 for the final game of the season. Baseball looks to remain undefeated and girls soccer looks to even the season series! We thank Coach Murphy, Coach Gilbertson, Coach Simpson, Coach Garner, Coach Pennington, & Coach Vasquez for their leadership this athletic season.

Cheer tryouts take place Tuesday, May 16 thru Friday, May 19 in the WPMS gym starting at 3:15pm. The deadline for online forms and packet submissions has passed. Eligibility will be checked for students who submitted all forms, packets, and teacher recommendation forms. Coach Geldner & Coach Taylor are available via email for any questions.

Rising seventh and eighth grade students interested in playing football next school year, mark your calendars now! Conditioning week is Monday, 8/14 through Thursday, 8/17. Official tryouts will start on Monday, 8/21. Times to be determined. All forms must be submitted through Big Teams.

Upcoming Dates

  • May 26: 8th Grade EOG SCIENCE
  • May 29: Memorial Day Holiday
  • May 31: 6th & 7th grade EOG MATH; 8th grade EOG READING
  • June 2: 6th & 7th grade EOG READING; 8th grade EOG MATH; MATH 1 EOC
  • June 2: 8th grade dance (sponsored by the PTSO), 6-8pm
  • June 6: World History Final Exam
  • June 8: PBIS School Bash (during Encores)
  • June 8: 8th Grade Picnic, 12-3pm
  • June 9: 8th Grade Promotion Celebration, 9am, baseball field
  • June 9: Last Day of School/Early Release, 12pm

Please note: There will be no early checkouts during EOG/EOC TESTING until all testing is completed in the building.

School Information

Please acknowledge the MCS Student Code of Conduct in Parent Portal.

Instructional (including the encore fees) and technology fees can be paid online, or students can bring in cash or check. Contact Ms. Mullen, our bookkeeper, if you have any questions.

Dogs are not allowed on campus. If your dog is in your car during our morning and/or afternoon carline, we ask that you ensure your dog is restrained when your child exits or enters the car.

Don't forget to review the dress code with your child. In particular, students must wear clothing that covers their skin from chest to mid thigh with opaque (non-see-through) fabric in front, back, and on the sides. Clothing must cover undergarments, and breasts, genitals and buttocks must be covered with opaque (non see-through) fabric. For more information, visit the MCS Student Code of Conduct.

Bus Transportation Information: Students are not allowed to ride a bus in which they are not assigned. They can only ride their assigned bus.

  • Routes: Transportation can be viewed on Parent Portal (web browser only, NOT the app). Here you can verify your child's transportation information.
  • Communication: Please continue to contact the call center (910-947-5861) for any concerns or questions about your student's route.

Attendance Matters

When Moore are present, Moore succeed!

School attendance is important and in order to receive the best education, students need to be present to fully support their academic success. School administrators and teachers track student attendance in PowerSchool. Parents should monitor their child’s attendance and ensure that students do not accumulate excessive absences. Both excused and unexcused absences count towards student attendance. Failure to meet minimum attendance policies may jeopardize a student’s ability to participate in sports or promote to the next grade. Parents will be contacted by school administration or a school social worker under the following circumstances:

  • The child has accumulated three (3) unexcused absences in a school year.
  • After not more than six (6) unexcused absences, the principal shall notify the family by mail that they may be in violation of the Compulsory Attendance Law.
  • When student absences, excused or unexcused, reach five (5) in a semester or eleven (11) in a year in grades 9-12, or fifteen (15) in a year in grades K-8, the principal will contact the family.
  • Students in grades 9-12 who are absent from a class more than eight (8) days, excused or unexcused, during a semester course shall not receive credit for the semester or year.
  • Students in grades K-8 who are absent more than twenty (20) days during a year shall be referred to an interdisciplinary attendance committee which shall determine if the student should be retained. Additional policies are outlined in MCS Board of Education Policies, Section 6000.

Car Line Key Points

  • Doors open at 7:30am. For our students' safety, we ask that you not drop off your child prior to that time as there are no staff members on duty.
  • All students are dropped off at front of school in the morning. Please do not drop off in the bus parking lot, grassy area, tennis courts, at WPES, or at a local business.
  • Students who work the school store or are involved in an early morning club meeting may be dropped off in the grassy area or front driveway.
  • We are getting our students in to the building on time, so that is great news! The line will remain long unless more students ride the bus or families carpool.
  • Older siblings will go to the younger sibling's car line for pick-up.
  • Don't forget, 7th grade is picked up on the service road behind the baseball field. Cars will enter at WPES.
  • 8th grade cars may proceed to the staff parking lot for afternoon dismissal. Once that area is full, 8th grade cars must remain in the main car line with the 6th grade cars. A staff member will be outside to help direct traffic. Use your right turn signal to alert the staff member on duty that you are going to 8th grade pick-up.
  • Cars are asked to pull all the way up to the first open spot. The students will walk to your car. Do not stop when you see your child. Staff will direct you to keep moving as we have MANY cars to move through the line.
  • Friday car lines will be much longer due to students not having athletic practices after school. Expect longer wait times.

Support our School: Link Your Lowes and/or Harris Teeter Cards!

When you link your card to West Pine Middle, a percentage of your purchase is donated to our school. These funds support many of our programs.

Parent Involvement


Do you want to get involved but don't know where to start? Join the WPMS PTSO. For more information, reach out to one of our board members or email them at wpmptso@gmail.com.

  • Alison McCloskey - president
  • Amanda Peterson - secretary
  • Meredith Morgan-Coleman - treasurer
  • Karyn Schwagel - board member

Parent Advisory Representatives

Here are your parent representatives for the 2022-23 school year.

  • Parent Advisory Council (PAC): Chiquita Monroe
  • Military Family Advisory Council (MFAC): Alison McCloskey
  • Hispanic Community Advisory Council (HCAC): Elizzeth Salgado
  • African American Community Advisory Council (AACAC): Whitney Alford
  • School Improvement Team (SIT): Alison McCloskey and Lynn Antil

Booster Clubs

Band, Orchestra , Choral Music/Theater, and Athletics

2022-2023 SIT Meetings

Monday, June 12, 8am

Follow Us On Social Media

In addition to our weekly update and the school's website, you can keep up with what our Wildcats are doing by visiting our social media pages.

  • Facebook: West Pine Middle School
  • Twitter: @WestPine
  • Instagram: westpinemiddlemcs
  • Hashtags: #thewpwildcatway #igniteengagegrow

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