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January & February, 2019


February 4- Science Fair

February 5-Sports Bye

February 7- Girls B Ball home game vs CLMS 3:30

February 8-High School Counselor's Visit

February 11-Faculty Meeting

February 12-Girls B Ball home game vs Auburn 3:30

February 14-Valentine's Day

February 14- Girls B Ball away game vs TMS 3:30

February 14- P.E. Department American Heart Association Event

February 18- Make-up Snow Day- Regular School day

February 20-Girls B Ball home game @ Marshall 4:30

February 20-Fresh Clubs begin

February 26-Sports Bye

February 28- Girls B Ball away game @ Cedar Lee 3:30

March 6- Band Pre-Assessment

March 8-High School Counselor's visit

March 12-Make-up Snow Day-Regular School Day

March 16-Battle of the Books final meet

March 25-30-Book Fair

March 1-30 Youth Art Month

Principal Appreciation Day

In honor of Principal Appreciation Day, the SCA President and Vice President presented cards to Mrs. Bannister and Mrs. Spahr. These special supersized cards were signed by the entire student body in celebration of #PrincipalsAppreciationWeek.

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2019 Quebec Trip

The 8th Grade Quebec trip included many adventures this year! We had an amazing time enjoying one thing after another! We enjoyed learning about Quebec City, dog sledding, meeting our Quebecois pen pals, snow shoeing and visiting the only Ice Hotel in North America. Due to “une tempête HISTORIQUE,” a historic storm, this was the first class in Warrenton Middle School’s history that got “stranded” in Quebec.The extra time was a bonus adventure no one had planned on! It was a trip that we won’t soon forget, full of all kinds of fun and adventure, including the unintentional additional twist of fate that extended our stay in this great city!

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SCA offers "Warm Winter Wednesdays" with Hot Cocoa!

Warm Winter Wednesdays are returning!

The SCA will be selling cups of hot cocoa each Wednesday morning in February. The cost is $1. Make a plan to try a cup this week, you will be glad you did. Not only is the cocoa delicious, but you are supporting a great cause!

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Mrs. Hume awarded a grant from Retired Teacher's Association

Here is some great news! Warrenton Middle School teacher, Mrs. Linda Hume, has won a grant from the FRTA (Fauquier Retired Teacher's Association). Mrs. Hume applied for consideration to enhance the instructional classroom with "pop up pods", which resemble little tents. In Language Arts, students will enjoy the use of the tents as they serve to create private recording studios for their work.

The FRTA was impressed by the passion and devotion of Mrs. Hume and the other applicants. Only three applications were granted their requests. We are honored and very delighted to see one of our teachers is among the winners. Students are sure to enjoy the enhancement of their learning experience.

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Library News

Library Genre Bingo-3rd 9 weeks is on.Turn in 3 Bingos by Wednesday, March 13th and you will be rewarded with a March 18th "Make your own sundae" AND play board games opportunity.
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District 14 Orchestra

The following students in the picture participated in the District 14 Orchestra last Friday and Saturday!

Andrew Zhao, Martine Hutt, Hannah Carlson, Shannon Faircloth, Naomi Sandler.

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Science Fair

Our Annual WMS Science Fair was held February 6. Winner: K. Soldon, 2nd: D. Achter, 3rd: A. Busenlehner, and honorable mentions: L. Clark and L. Kontanis. Congratulations to all participants!
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PBIS "Game Day" Celebration

To celebrate the good behavior of all referral free students, our school had a "GAME DAY" January 25th. The normal instructional periods were abbreviated so that the latter half of the day could be a time where students enjoy an activity of choice. Everybody found something to suit their taste, whether it be a lively game of bingo with shouting and prizes, or a silent reading opportunity on a cozy couch in the library. Students were able to sign up in advance for an afternoon of various recreational options, such as: board games, painting, drawing, Legos, Jenga, Chess, karaoke, Yatzee, Uno, and basketball or volleyball in the gym.

In addition to that, several concession carts traveled around to give the students in their various locations a chance to buy a fun snack!

This celebration was a complete success. This kind of day is the best incentive for good behavior by all. Thanks to our Teachers and Administration for a great winning "PBIS" game plan!

Art News

So much has been happening in the art department. Students are working hard in all grade levels. Sixth grade just finished working with line, color and movement, creating wonderful collages. Seventh grade created optical illusions incorporating weaving with spherical patterns. Eight grade is currently working on brush painting techniques creating landscape in the ancient art form.

Each year one or two students work is selected for display at the school board office and the central complex. This year Benjamin Noland’s “light house” and Meaghan Dysart Moore “Fish print” were selected for display at the school board office. On display at the central complex in building A are the following students and their work: Lindsey Do’s “Fish Print”, Jacob Heiple AND Sean Martin’s “Spheres Illusion”, and Pryce Western’s “Bird Painting”. Congratulation!

On display at the WARF on the main floor are the following students work:

Nyla Carr, “Solarscape”, Juvy Cayton “Flowers”, Laine Clarke, “Still life”, Andrew Zhao and Juvy Cayton “Hands”, Gracie Mehaffey “Fish Print”, Alexah Gordon and Elise Jawan Spheres Illusion. If you are near the WARF stop by and take a look.


Congratulations to two of our eight graders, Andrew Zhao and Shannon Faircloth, whose artwork were selected for display at the NAEA Studio and Gallery located at 901 Prince St, Alexandria. Students from around the country who are members of the National Art Honor Society at the high school and middle school level can submit a piece of artwork for consideration in the juried exhibit. This year NAEA received 980 submissions but only 63 works were jury selected for display. This is a great accomplishment for our talented young artists. Andrew’s piece entitle, “My Culture” and Shannon’s, “Life of a Flower” will be on display at the gallery until April 12.

Distinguished Choir Students!

The following students were chosen to represent WMS at All County Chorus (scheduled originally for January, now postponed until at least March):

· Nathaniel Borgstrom

· Carly Hammond

· Elise Jawan

· Sofia Minera

· Reilly Radzville

· Simone Tapscott

· Josephine Van Camp

The following students were chosen to represent WMS at All District Chorus in Stephens City, VA on February 8 and 9:

· Carly Hammond

· Elise Jawan

· Sofia Minera

· Simone Tapscott

· Josephine Van Camp

The following students were selected by a state-wide judging panel to participate in the VA-ACDA All Virginia Middle School Honor Choir in April:

· Geniveve Feno

· Lillian Von Herbulis

Jennifer Willard

Chorus Director

Warrenton MS

Counseling Connection

The counselors have met with 6th graders this month to talk about career clusters and school success skills. Students completed a “Who R U” survey using Virginia Career View and explored their top three career clusters. VA Career View is a free website and can be accessed at www.vacareerview.org. We encourage you to explore this site with your child and start the conversation about future plans.

Counselors are conducting depression awareness and suicide prevention training in 8th grade Health classes as part of the SOS Signs of Suicide Prevention Program. The program aims to increase help-seeking by students concerned about themselves or a friend. An opt out letter was sent home last month if you chose not to have your child participate.

8th grade students will be taking a field trip to visit the CTE/Elective Fair at Fauquier High School on February 20th. Permission forms were sent home on Friday. Signed permission forms are due by February 19th. This is an opportunity for students to see and ask questions about career and technical education classes and other electives offered at the high schools.

Counselors from both Kettle Run and Fauquier High Schools visited 8th graders on February 8th. Students were given a 9th grade course selection sheet and a high school program of study guide. Please help your child complete the course registration form, sign, and return to the WMS Counseling Office on or before February 22, 2019.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the high school course registration form please contact Jennifer Kuehn or Pam Peterson in the WMS Counseling Office at 540-422-7497 or via e-mail at jennifer.kuehn@fcps1.org or ppeterson@fcps1.org.