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W.G. Sanders School Newsletter

Week of August 30 - September 3, 2021

Leader In Me

W.G. Sanders Middle School is a Leader in Me School

Honoring Diversity

Today, more than ever, students interact with people of differing ethnicities, religions, and cultures. The person who learns to be open to differences will have more opportunities in education, business, and many other aspects of life. Encourage and welcome inclusiveness and respect for diversity by modeling the 7 Habits at home. Here are some suggestions.

Habit 1: Be Proactive

• You’re in charge: take responsibility for your thoughts and actions.

Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind

• Have a plan: know what you want and what you value and believe. • Ensure that you have an awareness of others’ values and beliefs.

Habit 3: Put First Things First

• Live by your values and beliefs. • Respect others’ values and beliefs.

Habit 4: Think Win-Win

• Everyone can win: think mutual benefit with others.

Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

• Listen before you talk. • Seek to understand others and to be understood by others. • Every person deserves a voice.

Habit 6: Synergize

• Creatively cooperate with others. • Be open to all ideas, thoughts, and beliefs.

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw

• Balance feels best. • Continuously renew your body, mind, heart, and spirit. • Engage in educating your child about values, beliefs, and cultures that are different than your own.

Quick Tips for Perfect Attendance



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PSAT/NMSQT for 8th Graders

All 8th Graders can take the PSAT/NMSQT free on October 13, 2021

8th Grade Parent Consent Form for PSAT/NMSQT

Dear Parents or Guardians of 8th Grade Students,

Your student has the opportunity to take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) as an 8th grade student at no cost funded by the Advanced Academic Programs department. Schools will use this assessment to provide guidance and direction for parents and students as they plan for their high school experiences.

Taking the 8th grade PSAT/NMSQT is optional. Students and guardians may choose to take the 8th grade PSAT/NMSQT or they may decide not to test. This test will be administered during the school day. Due to the fluid nature of COVID, more details will be forth coming as we continue to plan for the administration of the test.

If you wish to have your 8th grader take the PSAT for free on October 13, 2021, use this link to the registration forms to register.

Complete the forms by 4:00 pm September 7, 2021.

If this form is not completed by the deadline, the student will not test.

PSAT/NMSQT for 7th Graders

Parents of 7th graders will be allowed to pay for their children if they would like for them to take the PSAT/NMSQT on October 13, 2021. Email if you are interested in having your 7th grader test, and your child will be added to the list. Cost information will be shared with you.


All slots have been filled for Richland One’s 2021-2022 virtual school programs, but parents have an opportunity to put their children on the waitlists in the event space becomes available.

The application period for the virtual school programs closed in June, but parents who would like their child(ren) to be added to the waitlists can go to the district’s website at and complete the elementary or secondary waitlist request form. The deadline for completing the form is Friday, September 3 at 5 p.m.

Parents should note that completing the waitlist form does not guarantee their child(ren)’s acceptance into the program.

For more information about the Secondary Virtual School Program, contact Dr. Audrey Harris at

Leadership Roles are Coming to ALL!!!

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A job is about the task; a role is about the person. A job is assigned; a role is chosen. A job is delegated and regulated; a role is empowered.

Leadership roles are our sharpest tools for learning leadership. They're all about creating opportunities for students to learn how to lead themselves and discover and practice their skills and talents.

We plan to help our students adopt a growth mindset by not just expecting mistakes, but encouraging them and then turning errors into learning.

How? By creating clear expectations for each role with students up front and having them reflect on their progress toward meeting them; by putting them in charge of figuring out how to improve—with help, of course—and giving them a chance to fail forward; by helping them focus on learning rather than just completing a task.

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Build relationships rather than rules

Without relationships you’ve got nothing . . . except rules. We can help our students feel safe and supported while they learn how to take charge of themselves when we build trusting relationships with them.

How? We make deposits in students’ Emotional Bank Accounts. At Sanders, we call them EBA's. We let them know every day that they have worth, and we see their potential—even when they’re failing again and again in their leadership roles. We love our LEADers.

Use empowering—rather than enabling—language

We want to build a “we” culture and share the ownership of the school and everything that goes on inside of it with our students. This is really about releasing control to students. (This scares some of us sometimes.) But think about it—the more you control, the fewer opportunities there are for students to learn how to lead themselves. Leadership roles are all about “practice makes better,” not “practice makes perfect.”

Sample Leadership Roles beginning in September: More details will be provided on selection forms

  • Principal's PAW Team
  • Environment Teams
  • Leadership Event Planners
  • Service Learning Planners
  • Student Council
  • and much more as students will have a voice in designing leadership roles

All groups will meet at the same time to give equal opportunity to all students.

Also Club Day Begins in September. Here are Some Sample Clubs/Organizations Coming Your Way

  • Yearbook
  • Technology/Gamer
  • Anime
  • Stock Market
  • Sports
  • Create and Craft
  • Basketball
  • Students Said
  • Dance Aerobic
  • Multi-Media
  • Karaoke
  • Project Literacy Book Club
  • Anti-Bullying Club
  • Board Games and Puzzles
  • National Junior Honor Society
  • Running Club
  • Tiny Tech
  • Pep Band
  • Family and Consumer Science
  • Cursive Handwriting
  • Let's Write a Book
  • Origami
  • Gospel Choir
  • Book Club
  • Bollywood
  • Exercise
  • Chess
  • Rocketry
  • Art
  • Decor
  • Podcasting
  • Hip-Hop Dance
  • Pageant
  • Pep Squad
  • Rubik Cube
  • Jazz Band
  • Color Guard
  • Line Dancing
  • Math Club

Intervention/Tutoring Day

To ensure no student falls behind, we are adding weekly intervention and tutoring supports. We want all students to reach the goals as follows:

1. Students, with support of staff and parents, will meet their STAR reading and math targets.

2. Students, with support of staff and parents, will reach their attendance goals.

3. Students, with support of staff and parents, will maintain a positive school culture.

Students can set other Wildly Important Goals (WIGS) they have for themselves this year. We will help them set steps for reaching those goals!

Upcoming Parent and Principal "Just Talk" Time

Hi, let's just talk.

Andrenna, principal of Sanders, is hosting some virtual "Just Talk" times with parents.

Here are some possible topics:

  • Schoology is our instructional platform. Let's just talk.
  • Having a hard time understanding our COVID protocol vs our contact tracing protocol. Let's just talk.
  • What do I do if my child can't come to school? Where are my child's assignments? Let's just talk.
  • Parents will have input in topic selections.

We'll send a calendar of dates.

Reading and Math STAR Assessments

Wednesday, Sep. 1st, 8:45am to Thursday, Sep. 2nd, 3:30pm

In each ELA and Math Class

The STAR assessments help students chart a path to literacy and numeracy growth. Interventions will be provided to those determined to be in need of additional supports. Acceleration classes will be provided to those who qualify for Gifted and Talented.

Sanders at Gibbes Football Game

Wednesday, Sep. 8th, 6pm

4800 Monticello Road

Columbia, SC

Sanders vs Gibbes Volleyball Game

Wednesday, Sep. 8th, 6pm

3455 Pine Belt Road

Columbia, SC

About Us

Welcome to W.G. Sanders Middle School

Principal: Andrenna Smith