WHMS Newsletter

Together Everyone Achieves More

WHMS Mission Statement

We the teachers, students, and staff of West Hempstead Middle School are dedicated to a culture of growth and achievement that recognizes the importance of academics as well social-emotional learning. A well rounded student is an investment not only for the individual, but for the community as a whole in a global, multi-cultural world. We will provide an environment where students feel safe and empowered to take risks, learn to take responsibility for their learning and actions, and are able to navigate the various physical and psychological changes they are experiencing. The teachers and staff are a community of learners that will model 21st century skills with instruction that provides students the opportunity to create, collaborate, communicate, problem solve, foster curiosity, and think critically.

Middle School Play

The West Hempstead Middle School Drama Club performed "Annie, Jr" for the community on March 17 & 18. Between cast and crew, 88 middle schoolers participated in the production. The students enjoyed performing classic songs such as "Hard Knock Life", "N.Y.C.", and "Tomorrow".

Middle School Teachers Win "Battle of the Schools!"

A very special thank you to all the students, staff and community members who came out and supported the Middle School Team for our annual "Battle of the Schools!" With all of your help and support we raised over $4,500 for the WHEA Scholarship Fund! A very special thank you and congratulations to the Middle School team for bringing the trophy back home! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Field Trip Information

6th grade - Cradle of Aviation - March 23, 2016

7th grade - Adventure Park - May 13, 2016

8th grade - Adventureland - June 10, 2016 (Rain date - TBA)

Please bring your money and permission slips to the main office as soon as possible. If you do not have a permission slip, please have your son/daughter pick one up in the main office.

Middle School Sports

Middle School Sports start on Tuesday, March 29, 2016. Please have all the necessary forms into the nurse before Tuesday 3/29/16. The spring sports offered are COED Track, Boys Baseball, Girls Softball, Boys Lacrosse, and Girls Lacrosse.

National Spanish Exam

The foreign language department is taking part in the National Spanish Examination through the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese organization. This examination is a motivational contest to recognize student achievement in the study of Spanish to stimulate further interest. This challenging exam will measure a student’s proficiency and achievement level through grammar, vocabulary, reading and listening comprehension in the Spanish language. The test will be given on March 21st for 7th grade students and March 22nd for 8th grade students.

Upcoming Assessment Tips!!

  1. Practice, practice, practice. The more you practice, the more familiar you will be with the test format, and the less likely you are to panic when you take the test for real.
  2. Bring two sharpened, soft-lead number two pencils with you to the test. Make sure they have good erasers. Bring a sharpener with you.
  3. Eat a good breakfast the morning of the test. Avoid eating sugary foods. High-protein foods like scrambled eggs are often best for aiding concentration and minimizing fatigue.
  4. Visit the bathroom 15-30 minutes before the test. Do not drink water or other beverages for an hour before the test, as a full bladder will affect your concentration.
  5. Get a full night’s sleep before the test. Do not pull an all-nighter cramming before the test. A lack of sleep will affect your performance.
  6. Wear comfortable clothing.
  7. Pace yourself. Calculate the amount of time you have to answer each question and avoid getting bogged down on any one question.
  8. If you have time left over at the end of the test, review your answers. Don’t second-guess an answer unless you are certain that you misread or misinterpreted the question. Watch out for careless errors. Also double-check that you wrote all of the answers in the correct locations.
  9. Eliminate any answers that you know are incorrect, especially on questions where you are having trouble arriving at the answer. Eliminating a few wrong answers can increase the chances of a random guess being correct.

Parent Tip of the Month

Teach Kids about an Online Reputation
Many kids don’t seem to understand the permanence of the online world. Make sure to stress to your kids what a digital footprint is and the impact inappropriate messages or images could have if a future college administrator or employer were to stumble upon them. As stated in the AAP study, what goes online stays online.

CAPS Program

The CAPS program visited West Hempstead Middle School to teach our students about internet safety. To help keep kids safe online, CAPS developed SurfSafe!TM This two-session, multi-media program for 6th to 9th grade students focuses on cyber bullying, online sexual exploitation and other Web based threats to children. But keeping children safe online is everyone’s responsibility – and there are things you should know to help make a difference.

For more information, please visit www.capsli.org

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