News from the Nest

WKMS Newsletter - November Issue

Upcoming Events!

  • Oct. 31 - Honor Hawk Assemblies - 6th @ 9:00, 7th @ 10:00, 8th @ 11:00 (parking and sign-in available in front and back of school)
  • Nov. 1 - READ & RELAX Day - Wear comfy clothing and bring a blanket/pillow
  • Nov. 1 - Flu Clinic for Students 2:00 - 3:00pm
  • Nov. 1 - SuperHawks Celebration
  • Nov. 2 - Debbie Rogers Cheer Classic @ Colonial Life Arena
  • Nov. 4 - Mission Lexington "Helping Keep Our Community Clean" Donation Drive begins
  • Nov. 6 - FCA meeting in the Little Theater @ 7:30am
  • Nov. 7 - Skate Night at Three Fountains Skating Rink
  • Nov. 7 - District Honors Orchestra Auditions
  • Nov. 11 - Veterans Day Breakfast @ 8:30am
  • Nov. 11 - Veterans Day Concert at WKHS
  • Nov. 13 - FCA meeting in the Little Theater @ 7:30am
  • Nov. 15 - Mission Lexington "Helping Keep Our Community Clean" Donation Drive ends
  • Nov. 20 - FCA meeting in the Little Theater @ 7:30am
  • Nov. 20 - WKMS Dance Concert
  • Nov. 21 - Curriculum Night 6:30 - 8:00pm
  • Nov. 27 - 29 - Thanksgiving Break

A Message from Mr. Smith...

As we begin our second 9-weeks of school I want to take a moment to thank our parents for their awesome support. WKMS is a very special place because of its people. We have super students, wonderful parents, and an awesome staff. Working together, this is going to be a great year.

I often tell our students to “get your minds right.” I encourage all students to do that as we begin a new grading period. Celebrate your successes, face your challenges, acknowledge your mistakes, and make sure that your mind is right every morning as you enter these doors. You are talented, hard-working, kind, and resilient. Set your goals high and do your very best this 9-weeks.

As a staff we remind ourselves daily to “capture kids’ hearts” and to set the bar high in our classes. I challenge all of us to examine our commitments weekly, to touch base with our accountability partners, and to NEVER sell ourselves or our students short. Each of you is tremendously important in our students’ lives.

As parents, I encourage you to talk to your children regularly about school. A major focus at WKMS is increasing our volume of reading. Talk to your children about the book(s) they are currently reading, head to the library or bookstore when you can, and consider reading together. Make it a habit to review grades and assignments in PowerSchool weekly. Ask your child to walk you through how they are using their new Chromebook and let them show you their work in Schoology or Google Classroom.

During these three years at WKMS our children need ALL of us to be actively involved in their lives. THANK you for all you do as we work to engage our students in learning, create a culture of kindness, and capture kids’ hearts.

PROUD to be your principal,

Guy Smith

Power Skill of the Month

Our October Power Skill is "Willingness to Take Risks." Students have been encouraged to push themselves beyond their comfort zone in their learning in each of their classes. Those people that are able to take risks are often the best leaders in the professional world. Mark Zuckerberg (inventor of Facebook) states, "The biggest risk is not taking any risk...In a world that's changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks." Let's continue to move ourselves forward and step out of the box when we can.

Congratulations to our 2019-2020 WKMS Teacher of the Year - Mrs. Bonnie Slyce!

WKMS has a new Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Bonnie Slyce. Mrs. Slyce is a devoted Special Education teacher with many years of experience educating students. Her students love and respect her and her colleagues do as well. We are proud to have this wonderful professional represent our school. Be sure to congratulate Mrs. Slyce when you see her!
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Congratulations to our new Student Council Officers and Cabinet Members!

Our students elected an amazing group of young leaders this year! We look forward to doing great things for our school and our community. Stay tuned for opportunities for you to help us make a difference!

Student Body President
- Brett Cassan

Student Body Treasurer - Autumn Moore

Student Body Secretary - AJ Chism

8th Grade Vice President - Alayah Guess

7th Grade Vice President - Aliyah Andrade

6th Grade Vice President - Jack Burger

Student Body Cabinet:

6th Grade - Kailey Cassan, Sydney Culbreth, and Kennedy Putman

7th Grade - Marcel Duncan, Haley Freeman, Alena Mathew, and Madison Putman

8th Grade - Savannah Gongre and Caleb Salyer

Amazing Art Showcase!

Come visit WKMS and check out the wonderful work our students have done in their Art classes. Many art pieces are displayed in the front lobby of the school. Check out some of the great work below.

"Helping Keep Our Community Clean" Donation Drive

November 4th - 15th will be our annual Mission Lexington Donation Drive sponsored by our wonderful Student Council. Last year, our school brought in over 2000 items to donate to this amazing program. We hope to do the same this year. The donations collected with your help go directly back into our community to bless those that are currently going through tough times financially. Please consider making a donation! The homeroom from each grade level that brings in the most items will be given a special treat from Student Council.

Items to be collected:

Toiletry Items

  • toothbrushes
  • toothpaste
  • mouthwash
  • shampoo/conditioner
  • soap/body wash
  • deodorant
  • other hair products
  • toilet paper

Cleaning Supplies

  • Laundry Detergent
  • Dishwashing Soap
  • Mops & Brooms
  • Buckets
  • Sponges and Scrubbers
  • Cleaning Spray
  • Floor Cleaner
  • Dish Towels

National Bullying Prevention Month

October was National Bullying Prevention Month. During this time, Student Council invited WKMS students to "Take the Pledge" to support others who have been hurt or harmed, treat others with kindness, be more accepting of people's differences, and help include those who are left out. Our student leaders talked about the importance of standing up for what is right during our Morning News Show and during grade level lunch periods. Check out the photo below with all the pledges placed by our students. What great War Hawks we have here at WKMS!
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Red Ribbon Week!

Our LADS club (students against drugs and alcohol) has been busy with sponsoring our Red Ribbon Week this year. They kicked off the celebration of being drug-free by having a school-wide Door Decorating contest created by the students. We also had spirit week and it was great to see students and faculty dressed up.

  • Friday - Hat Day
  • Monday - Athletic Day "Run from drugs!"
  • Tuesday - Hawaiian Day "Lei off drugs"
  • Wednesday - Red Out Day
  • Thursday - Peace Day - "Peace out drugs!"

A Word from Coach Webster - Volleyball

The Lady War Hawks ended their season 2nd in the division, with a winning record of 7-5. The team only lost once in the division in a grudge match versus Pelion Middle School. We had already beat them once earlier in the season and, ultimately, they came out stronger to take the win the second time. The Lady War Hawks left the season with one last win against their families in a surprise '80s themed friends and family vs. athlete game! Coach Webster, Coach Hash, and the ladies already have their sights on some offseason work to come back even stronger next year!

Coach Albino Comments on the Football Season

The football team beat their rival, Carolina Springs, last week 20-8 to improve to 5-2 on the season. The win secures the War Hawks first winning season in a decade! The entire team has been working extremely hard since last May, to have the kind of success they are displaying on the field. From our 8th grade leadership to our 7th grade fight and determination, this War Hawk team is putting together a milestone season. The War Hawks have scored 220 points in 7 games! This is a White Knoll Middle School record. The football team concludes their season tonight against Meadow Glen Middle School.
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Lexington County School District One is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all students, parents/legal guardians, staff, visitors, personnel

and community members who participate or seek to participate in its programs or activities. Therefore, the district does not discriminate against any individual on the basis of

race, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or any related medical conditions), color, disability, age, genetic information, national origin, or any other applicable status

protected by local, state, or federal law.

The district will use the grievance procedures set forth in policy to process complaints based on alleged violations of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title VII of the

Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age

Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; the Equal Pay Act of 1963; the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008; and Titles I and II of the Americans with

Disabilities Act of 1990.

The district designates specific individuals to handle inquiries or complaints. To find out who to contact and how to contact them, please go to our website at

En Espanol: El Distrito Escolar del Condado de Lexington Uno, esta comprometido a una

política de no discriminación e igual oportunidad para todos los estudiantes,

padres/tutores legales, personal, visitantes, y miembros de la comunidad que

participan o desean participar en sus programas o actividades. De ahí, que el

distrito no discrimina en contra de ningún individuo en base a raza, religión, sexo

(incluyendo preñez, parto o cualquier condición médica relacionada), color,

incapacidad, edad, información genética, nacionalidad, u otro estado aplicable

protegido por la ley local, estatal o federal.

El distrito usara el procedimiento de quejas establecido en el reglamento para

procesar quejas basadas en supuestas violaciones al Titulo VI del Acta de

Derechos Civiles de 1964; Titulo VII del Acta de Derechos Civiles de 1964; Titulo

IX del Acta de Enmiendas Educativas de 1972; Sección 504 del Acta de

Rehabilitación de 1973; El Acta de Discriminación por Edad de 1975; El Acta de

Discriminación en el Empleo por Edad de 1967; El Acta de Igualdad Salarial de

1963; El Acta de No Discriminación por Información Genética de 2008; y Títulos I

y II del Acta de Americanos con Incapacidades de 1990.

El distrito designa individuos específicos para atender preguntas y quejas. Para

saber a quien y como comunicarse con ellos, por favor visite nuestra pagina de