W.G. Sanders Middle School

Simply the Best!

Embracing the Change in the Midst of Learning!

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Message From the Principal

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We want to help our students improve their attendance. Remember, whether students are in the Phase-in Model or the R1 Virtual School Program Model, attendance is important.

Attendance during the eLearning Phase is determined by whether or not a student participates in assigned activities or submits work in accordance with the classroom teacher’s written requirements. Students who submit assignments or participate in assigned learning experiences by the deadline established by the classroom teacher should be considered present.

Attendance is taken daily and started on the first day of school, August 31, 2020. Our staff continues to contact students and parents of students who miss class. Students who miss 3 consecutive unexcused days from class will require an attendance intervention plan. If students continue to miss class, other corrective measures will be taken. When your child is unable to join in a class, he/she should email the teacher immediately at the beginning of the class so the teacher can maintain this email with the teacher’s records.

Grading structures that have been used in the past (prior to the March 16, 2020 closure of schools) will be used. All classes will use similar, district-supported learning materials, texts, and instructional resources. All students will receive appropriate support and services including, but not limited to, those related to accommodations in Individualized Educational Plans (IEPs), 504 plans, and English as a Second Language and intervention plans, as well as those related to GT identification.

A tiered approach will be utilized to provide attendance, academic, and social/emotional interventions to students based on needs. All students will receive support from their counselor and from school psychologists, as needed. Given the likelihood that many students may have experienced trauma during school closure, a high priority is being placed on social and emotional learning and support. We offer daily social-emotional learning sessions to our students.


Andrenna A. Smith, M.A.T., M.Ed.

American Montessori Society Certified Principal

W. G. Sanders Middle School

Looking for School Leaders for the W.G. Sanders Student Council

Are you ready to share your leadership voice? Yes! Well, we have our first two leadership opportunities coming your way. First, it’s time to campaign for Student Council

The Purposes and Duties of the Student Council are as follows:

1. Promote the general welfare of the school.

2. Develop attitudes and practices of good citizenship.

3. Take an active role in the improvement plans for the school.

4. Foster positive student/faculty relationships.

5. Provide a forum for student expressions.

6. Assist with assemblies and school programs.

7. Promote positive attitudes of scholarship through example.

8. Provide activities that build school pride in students and faculty.

9. Initiate and execute activities for the betterment of the community.

10. Produce school videos for school and community viewing.

11. Initiate activities that build unity among all three programs of the school.

Our Student Council members are expected to:

1. Lead, serve and represent the school with dignity, honor and class.

2. Carry themselves in a manner that demonstrates respect for oneself, one’s school, one’s family and the council.

3. Consider their actions so that what they do reflects a positive representation of the school and home.

4. Promote fairness and unity among all members of the school.

Here is more information on the Student Council: https://flipgrid.com/47e3a4a0


Reeshemah Kelley reeshemah.kelley@richlandone.org

Darrell Daney darrell.daney@richlandone.org

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Virtual Walk of Life 2020

Join W. G. Sanders Middle School in the Virtual Walk for Life 2020. We have a school team and we are looking for Virtual Walk for Life 2020 Student LEADers!

First, let’s learn about the cause from the organizers.

30 years of promise. 30 years of hope. 30 years of innovation. 30 years of motivation.

In October 1991, 200 people took steps against breast cancer at the first Walk for Life in Columbia, S.C. The community was coming together to stop breast cancer in its tracks, and history was being made.

Each October, thousands of walkers, runners and supporters come together in person to lift up those who are facing cancer and to celebrate those who have beaten it. Many who participate in Walk for Life and Famously Hot Pink Half Marathon have immune systems that have been affected by cancer. In consideration of the anticipated ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency this fall, event planners don’t want to put anyone’s health at risk by gathering in person this October.

We don’t have to be together to be together. Let’s go virtual and kick breast cancer to the curb!

The Event

Saturday, Oct. 3 will be the virtual kick-off of a month-long effort to show our support for those who are facing breast cancer. When you sign up to walk or run in the half marathon, 5K or 10K, you’ll receive a shirt, a sticker and other goodies. Half marathon registrants will receive a finisher’s medal. The registration fee is a donation that will help patients and families who are facing cancer in our community.

Role of School Walk for Life Leaders

  • Generate ideas and implement plans to promote breast cancer awareness in the school community.
  • Generate ideas and implement plans to recognize and celebrate survivors.
  • Generate ideas and implement plans to encourage individuals and families to go virtual and sign up to walk or run in the half marathon, 5K or 10K to show support for those who are facing breast cancer.

How to sign-up to be a School Walk for Life Leader

Note: Service learning certificates will be issued at the end of the service.

Interested students can register at the Open House meeting on September 24th.


Elizabeth Watkins elizabeth.watkins@richlandone.org

Harriet Davis harriet.davis@richlandone.org

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Upcoming Events

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W.G. Sanders Middle

Home of the Golden Tigers


We are W.G. Sanders Middle School, where our faculty and staff are committed to transforming lives through education, empowering all students to achieve their potential and dreams.