West Pine Middle

Ignite! Engage! Grow!

Big picture

A Note From Mrs. Wiley

Wildcat families,

It was wonderful having everyone back on campus last week, and we have another busy week ahead of us as we near the end of this quarter and 1st semester.

We hope you will come out and support your Wildcat basketball teams Monday as they take on the Dragons from Southern Middle at Pinecrest HS. The girls game begins at 5pm with the boys following. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for students. Students must be accompanied by an adult. Need more excitement this week? Our wrestlers host CCMS Tuesday beginning at 4pm. Below you will find information to all our athletic events as well as upcoming tryouts for volleyball and boys soccer. We are also in need of a baseball coach. If you know anyone who may be interested, have him/her contact Mr. Willms.

For planning purposes, there is no school Monday, January 16th, in honor of the MLK Jr holiday.

As always, it's a great day to be a Wildcat.

Take care,


Club and Academic Team Updates

Meeting Days

  • Tuesday: NCDOT Bridge Team
  • Wednesday: Robotics and Quiz Bowl
  • Thursday: NCDOT Bridge Team and Military Club
  • Friday: FCA

Thank you to the leadership of Tegan Searle in securing WPMS as the host site of the 2023 State Quiz Bowl Competition in March!

Upcoming Author Visit

West Pine Middle in collaboration with The Country Bookshop will be hosting an author visit from Steve Sheinkin on January 25th. Sheinkin is a New York Times bestselling author who has written several award-winning books for middle school students. His newest book is a graphic novel based on his nonfiction book, Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon. Additional information about the visit will be shared with our students and parents this week.

Wildcat Athletics

Athletics Schedule

Jan. 9 - Basketball vs Southern Middle @ PHS starting @ 5pm

Jan. 9 - Wrestling Invitational Quad-Meet @ East Middle (Montgomery County)

Jan. 10 - Basketball @ Crains Creek

Jan. 10 - Wrestling HOME vs Crains Creek

Jan. 11 - Wrestling @ Sanlee Middle vs Lee County

*Basketball postseason game determination information will be released as soon as we know!

Boys Soccer Tryout Information

Coach Eury & Coach Pennington will hold tryouts on January 17th, January 19th, & January 20th from 3:00pm - 5:00pm on the Wildcat soccer field. Tryouts are closed to all parents. Pickup will take place in the staff parking lot near the soccer field. Please wear appropriate clothing (shorts, t-shirt, soccer cleats) and have a water bottle. Signups were completed in December and notices were sent out to any students who have outstanding school fee balances or need to complete a BigTeams account for eligibility purposes. Academic eligibility will continue to be monitored throughout the end of the first semester by Mr. Willms.

Girls Volleyball Tryout Information

Coach Wallace & Coach Freeman will hold tryouts on January 17th, January 19th, & January 20th in the gymnasium. Tryouts are closed to all parents. Pickup will take place in the front of the school. Please wear appropriate clothing (shorts, t-shirts, gym shoes) and bring a water bottle. Signups were completed in December and notices were sent out to any students who have outstanding school fee balances or need to complete a BigTeams account for eligibility purposes. Academic eligibility will continue to be monitored throughout the end of the first semester by Mr. Willms.

Please see the following times below for volleyball tryouts.

January 17th: 3:00pm - 4:00pm sixth grade, 4:00pm - 5:00pm seventh grade, & 5:00pm - 6:00pm eighth grade. Students must be picked up at the end of their assigned session. Seventh & eighth grade students may stay and wait until their time slot or go home and come back.

January 19th & January 20th: 3:00pm - 6:00pm. All students in all grades attend the full tryout time.

Upcoming Dates

  • January 16: MLK Jr Holiday
  • January 18: iReady Reading MOY Assessment
  • January 19: iReady Math MOY Assessment
  • January 26: End of 2nd Quarter/1st Semester
  • January 27: Teacher Workday
  • March 3: Teacher Workday

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.

The MCS middle school final grades are calculated as follows:

  • 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.
Big picture

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.


  • PTSO General Business Meetings and Parent Informational Sessions. Mark your calendars and join us to learn how we all can support our students.
  • Our PTSO is raising money for a flag pole and flag for our ball fields. Please reach out to one of our officers (see below) if you would like to help.

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, January 17, 3:30pm

Monday, February 13, 3:30pm

Monday, March 13, 3:30pm

Monday, April 17, 3:30pm

Monday, May 8, 3:30pm

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

Important Links


Do you have a question, concern or celebration you would like to share with our School Improvement Team? Enter it below. Our team will respond at the next SIT meeting and will note it in the minutes.