Weddington Middle School Newsletter

October 14, 2022

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A message from the Principal:

We are ecstatic about stepping into spooky season! Pictures went well today, and we had a bunch of smiling faces. Thanks to our PTSO volunteers for being a part of that operation, and parents should look out for emails from Tumbleston Photography with your proofs and more information on purchasing.

Seventh and eighth grade parents, mark your calendars for Monday, November 7 to come back to school! We had a drop-in experience in August, but are opening the doors again for you to sequence through your classes. With two grade levels represented on campus at the same time, we suggest one parent per student so there is a seat in the classroom for you! We start at 6pm and will spend approximately 10min in each of your child’s five classes. Get ready to come back to school!

Students, we have a couple special events headed your way this week, as Unity Day occurs on Wednesday. This day serves as a symbolic day to unite against bullying and join each other to endorse kindness and acceptance of each other’s differences. As we have in previous years, students may join us in wearing school-appropriate orange tops on Wednesday (uniform bottoms).

We will conclude the week with “Goblin Games” on Friday during Related Arts classes. With a single dollar donation to the North Carolina Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (, students will receive a unique WMS/UCPS wristband and access the games.

Happy Friday, and enjoy your weekend.

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Absence/Dismissal Procedures

In the event your child is absent from school due to illness/injury, please provide written documentation to our Data Manager, Either a doctor’s note or written parent note is required to excuse the absence. A phone call to the school, stating your student is absent, is not necessary. Remember, parent notes will only be accepted during the current 6-week grading period, of the absent day.

Early Dismissal Procedure:

On the occasions that you need your student to be dismissed from school early, please send in a note stating the time of dismissal with your student. The note must include the first and last name of the student, date, time of dismissal and parent signature. Students should bring the note to the front entrance/office area before the school day begins so they can be given an early dismissal pass to leave class at the appointed time. The student is then able to leave class, without disrupting instruction, and come to the front office. The student in turn will wait at the front office, until the parent/guardian presents the driver's license at the door. At that time the student will be released.

Please contact Ms. Laddin with any attendance questions or concerns.

8th grade news:

Eighth grade parents of students going on the DC field trip: your student should have brought home a letter explaining how to pay the remaining balance for the field trip. All balances must be paid in full by Feb. 1st. (link to website: If you have any questions, please reach out to your student’s homeroom teacher.

The next Beta Club Meeting is Wednesday, November 2nd before school or after school. Information about meeting time and service projects is on the Beta Club Canvas page. Beta Club members should be checking the announcements regularly for updates and communication.

Don’t miss out on your chance to order a copy of the 2023 Weddington Middle School Yearbook. It’s the best way to remember this year's events, classmates and friends.

Yearbooks are on sale for $42.00 until January 13, 2023.

Need to reload your child's lunch account?

Payments can be set up at .

You will need your studen’ts ID number to set it up.

Mornings are tough!

Please have your child get all equipment, computers, and book bag items ready the night before. Please drop off items for students no later than 11am.

Riding the bus? There's a new bus app in town!

Choosing to be a Car Rider?

Please be patient and considerate! Staff members will be directing traffic and ask that you PLEASE MOVE UP IN LINE! Students will be picked up close to the front of the school and moving up helps us load kids quickly and safely!
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2022-2023 Administrators

Marcus Leake, Principal

Elizabeth Gobble, 6th grade Assistant Principal

Ronnie West, 7th grade Assistant Principal

Eric Grieser, 8th grade Assistant Principal

Our Cats Campaign Goal this year is $25,000. We are almost 1/2 way to our goal!

We need your help to reach that goal!

There are only 2 weeks left to contribute to the Cats Campaign to count towards the pizza party competition per grade. All donations received in October will receive a WMS Tote bag!

Get your donations in today!

Current Leader Board -

6th Grade Leader Board

1st Place - Seneriz-Solana, A

2nd Place - Ms. Hollingsworth

3rd Place - Ms. Karas

7th Grade Leader Board

1st Place - Mr. Foley

2nd Place - Ms. Smith

3rd Place - Ms Allen

8th Grade Leader Board

1st Place - Ms Syfert

2nd Place - Ms Proleika

3rd Place - Forbes, C

The Uniform Shop will open October 1st - October 14th. All orders will be delivered the first week of November. Please contact with any questions.

7th Grade Dance

Mark your Calendars!

Nov 4th | 6:30pm - 8:30pm

A sign-up genius will be circulated soon with additional information.

Monthly PTSO Meeting

October 10th | 4:30pm - 5:30pm | Media Center

BFF Interest Meeting

October 10th | 5:30pm - 6:30pm | Meet in the WMS Lobby

Remember to relink your Harris Teeter card, add WMS to your AmazonSmile account and more. Visit our Free Money page for many ways you can contribute to our school.

Do you own your own business? The WMS PTSO has many families with their own business that we would love to have as school sponsors. If you have a business and are interested in sponsorship, please email Darcey Jones at

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Winter Sports Regisration is OPEN!

Registration is from September 8th-October 15th. Late Registration is from October 9th-October 15th with a $50 fee.

Be sure to complete Step One: Athlete Registration and then Step Two for each sport you want to register.

The fall sports are Swimming and Wrestling.

To register go to and click on Register Now.

Sports News

  • Football this Saturday is at Parkwood! Come out and support your Wildcats--Tickets sold at the door, cash only! Football has gotten off to a quick start and we are at the mid point of the season. The coaches have seen tremendous improvement since end of July. Our football program is looking forward to finishing the season strong!
  • Cross Country wrapped up their season Thursday at McAlpine Park. Many of the athletes have beaten their personal best times throughout the season. We are very proud of the runners!
  • Our Varsity Volleyball team is 10-2 for the season so far with losing only 4 close sets. We have lost to Marvin once and split with Cuthbertson. We have 2 games left in the season until the end of season tournament on October the 15th. We are currently in second place and hope to go into the tournament as the 1st or 2nd seed. These girls have grown together as a team and support one another on and off the court. We are excited to finish out the season strong!

  • Our JV Volleyball team is 8-4 for the season. All games have been close and came down to only a few points. All of our losses have been to strong teams from Marvin, Cuthbertson and Sun Valley. The team is filled with all naturally athletic girls that have come so far from the beginning of the season. We are hoping to compete with the best in the end of season tournament.

  • Tennis has jumped out to a 6-1 start with their only loss coming against Marvin. They played Marvin Thursday with the idea of getting revenge. The coaches are extremely proud of the teams dedication and hard work throughout the season.
  • We are having a great inaugural season of Field Hockey at WMS. We have two teams of 19 girls each. Many are learning to play field hockey for the first time. They’ve learned a lot about the sport in the past month and a half, and it has been fun to see how they are developing as team players and putting new skills into practice on the field. They’re a great group of girls, and as coaches, we are super proud of all they are accomplishing this season and for representing WMS well!
  • Registration for Boys and Girls Basketball and Basketball Cheer is open now until 10/24/22. You can register your student athlete on Tryouts for 6th graders-10/24, 7th grade-10/25, 8th grade-10/26, call backs for all-10/27.
  • Softball Interest Meeting: October 11th at 7:00 PM in Weddington Middle Schools Cafeteria. If you have any questions, email
  • Due to possible poor field conditions, we are pushing the start of Girls lacrosse pre-season training back to Monday, OCTOBER 10th!
  • Have some yearbook-worthy sports pictures? Send them to
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Parents, BOX TOPS has now made it easier than ever to scan your BOX TOPS and earn money for WMS! Download the BOX TOPS App at and simply scan your store receipt with the Box Tops mobile app to instantly add cash to our school's earnings online.

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