West Pine Middle
Ignite! Engage! Grow!
A Note From Mrs. Wiley
We are officially done with quarter 1 and are already making gains in quarter 2. Our students will take the NC Check-ins in reading and math beginning Tuesday. Please ensure your child arrives on time to school as we will begin school-wide testing following the morning announcements. 8th grade students will take the NC Check-in for science in their science class Thursday. These assessments give our teachers a better understanding of what your child has mastered and areas that need more support. Please encourage your child to do his/her very best.
Congratulations to the many students named to the Moore County All-County Band. Also, I want to congratulate our All-County Orchestra students on a wonderful concert last week. Our six fall sports teams have concluded their seasons and captured 5 conference championships and 1 runner-up conference championship. Many thanks to our advisers and coaches for their leadership.
On Thursday, we will celebrate our veterans with a Donuts for the Distinguished event from 8-8:30am in the school's cafeteria. Please reach out to Mrs. Florcita Hancock-Rios at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot and your child's. Our band and orchestra students will perform a few musical selections, and a few students will share poems.
On Tuesday, November 15th at 6pm, our PTSO will host a parent engagement series entitled "Dangers Teens Face Online." This presentation will last approximately 90 minutes and will be led by our school social worker, Stacey Gatling, and SBI Special Agent Pulliam. It is geared more for parents/guardians. We hope you will join us.
Our PTSO is hosting the 2nd annual "We Are Thankful For You" luncheon for the WPMS staff, and they need your help. Please use this link to sign up.
Now that our fall sports have concluded, you will notice the afternoon car lines will be a little longer. Our first priority is safety, so we thank you, in advance, for your patience. As a reminder, we ask that you refrain from being on your cell phone while in the car line and proceed slowly. Also, please keep small children seated in your car while driving on campus.
There is no school Friday in observance of Veterans Day. We thank our veterans for their sacrifice and service to our nation.
As always, it's a great day to be a Wildcat.
Coming Soon: Veterans Day Salute
- Calling all veterans! We would love for you to join us in our morning car line and at buses to welcome our students into the building. If you would like to join us, please email Florcita Hancock-Rios, our MFLC, at email@example.com. The times for this would be 7:30-8am.
- Join us for Donuts for the Distinguished from 8-8:30am. Our band and orchestra students will perform a few selections, and several students will share their poetry with our guests.
- November 15: PTSO Meeting and Dangers Teens Face Online, 6pm, multi-purpose room
- November 23: Teacher Workday
- November 24-25: Thanksgiving Holiday/No School
- November 29-December 6: Book Fair
- December 9: Interim Report Cards for At-Risk Students
- December 16: Early Release Day, 12pm
- December 19-January 3: Winter Break/Holiday
Please acknowledge the MCS Student Code of Conduct in Parent Portal.
Club Info: Military Club - Thursdays 3-4pm; FCA - Fridays 3-4pm
Instructional (including the encore fees) and technology fees can be paid online, or students can bring in cash or check. Contact Ms. Mullen, our bookkeeper, if you have any questions.
Dogs are not allowed on campus. If your dog is in your car during our morning and/or afternoon carline, we ask that you ensure your dog is restrained when your child exits or enters the car.
Don't forget to review the dress code with your child. In particular, students must wear clothing that covers their skin from chest to mid thigh with opaque (non-see-through) fabric in front, back, and on the sides. Clothing must cover undergarments, and breasts, genitals and buttocks must be covered with opaque (non see-through) fabric. For more information, visit the MCS Student Code of Conduct.
Bus Transportation Information: Students are not allowed to ride a bus in which they are not assigned. They can only ride their assigned bus.
- Routes: Transportation can be viewed on Parent Portal (web browser only, NOT the app). Here you can verify your child's transportation information.
- Communication: Please continue to contact the call center (910-947-5861) for any concerns or questions about your student's route.
The MCS middle school final grades are calculated as follows:
- For a single semester course, a student’s final grade shall be determined based on the final exam 15% of the final grade) and the grade for each nine-week marking period (each marking period representing 42.5% of the final grade).
- For a year-long course, a student’s final grade shall be determined based on the final exam (15% of the final grade) and the grade for each semester (semesters are the average for two nine-week marking periods with each semester representing 42.5% of the final grade).
- Middle school students taking high school courses will be graded using the Grade 9-12 formula.
***ELA, math and science (8th) will use the EOG as the final exam. For courses without an EOG (6-8 SS, 6-7 SCI, and encore classes), the final exam will be determined and created by the teachers. World History and Math 1 follow HS guidelines. Here is the link to the grading policy for the district.
1. WPM Cross Country
Congratulations to the WPM Cross Country team as both the boys and the girls teams placed first at the Lee/Moore Conference Championship! We are very proud of the entire team and their accomplishments this season.
2. WPM Football
Congratulations to the WPM Football team as they went undefeated this season (7-0) and won the Lee/Moore County Conference Championship! Congratulations on a job well done.
3. Basketball Tryouts
Please review the following information as tryouts continue.
Girls Final Tryout Day: Monday, November 7th from 3:30pm - 4:30pm.
Boys Final Two Tryout Days: November 7th from 4:30pm - 5:30pm & November 8th from 3:30pm - 4:30pm.
Boys will have a study hall after school with Mrs. Pennington as they wait their turn for tryouts on Monday, November 7th.
Parents, please pick up your child promptly at the end of your child's tryout each day. The final roster for both teams will be announced on Tuesday, November 8th by 8:00pm on the WPMS website under "Athletics". The first official practice for both teams will be on Wednesday, November 9th from 3:00pm - 5:00pm. Families of students who make the final roster will have a mandatory parent meeting at 5:00pm on Thursday, November 10th.
The first day of practice officially starts on Monday, November 7th from 3:00pm-5:30pm. Practice will take place Monday-Thursday each week. All athletic and medical forms must be completed on the BigTeams website in order to join the wrestling team. School fees also must be below $50. Eligibility emails were sent to families recently. The cutoff to join the wrestling team will be Thursday, November 10th. A mandatory parent meeting for all students who are on the wrestling team will take place at 5:30pm on Thursday, November 10th.
School attendance is important and in order to receive the best education, students need to be present to fully support their academic success. School administrators and teachers track student attendance in PowerSchool. Parents should monitor their child’s attendance and ensure that students do not accumulate excessive absences. Both excused and unexcused absences count towards student attendance. Failure to meet minimum attendance policies may jeopardize a student’s ability to participate in sports or promote to the next grade. Parents will be contacted by school administration or a school social worker under the following circumstances:
- The child has accumulated three (3) unexcused absences in a school year.
- After not more than six (6) unexcused absences, the principal shall notify the family by mail that they may be in violation of the Compulsory Attendance Law.
- When student absences, excused or unexcused, reach five (5) in a semester or eleven (11) in a year in grades 9-12, or fifteen (15) in a year in grades K-8, the principal will contact the family.
- Students in grades 9-12 who are absent from a class more than eight (8) days, excused or unexcused, during a semester course shall not receive credit for the semester or year.
- Students in grades K-8 who are absent more than twenty (20) days during a year shall be referred to an interdisciplinary attendance committee which shall determine if the student should be retained. Additional policies are outlined in MCS Board of Education Policies, Section 6000.
Car Line Key Points
- Doors open at 7:30am. For our students' safety, we ask that you not drop off your child prior to that time as there are no staff members on duty.
- All students are dropped off at front of school in the morning. Please do not drop off in the bus parking lot, grassy area, tennis courts, at WPES, or at a local business.
- Students who work the school store or are involved in an early morning club meeting may be dropped off in the grassy area or front driveway.
- We are getting our students in to the building on time, so that is great news! The line will remain long unless more students ride the bus or families carpool.
- Older siblings will go to the younger sibling's car line for pick-up.
- Don't forget, 7th grade is picked up on the service road behind the baseball field. Cars will enter at WPES.
- 8th grade cars may proceed to the staff parking lot for afternoon dismissal. Once that area is full, 8th grade cars must remain in the main car line with the 6th grade cars. A staff member will be outside to help direct traffic. Use your right turn signal to alert the staff member on duty that you are going to 8th grade pick-up.
- Cars are asked to pull all the way up to the first open spot. The students will walk to your car. Do not stop when you see your child. Staff will direct you to keep moving as we have MANY cars to move through the line.
- Friday car lines will be much longer due to students not having athletic practices after school. Expect longer wait times.
WPMS PTSO News
- PTSO General Business Meetings and Parent Informational Sessions. Mark your calendars and join us to learn how we all can support our students.
- November 15: Dangers Teens Face Online, presenters: Stacey Gatling, social worker and Dee Pullium, Special Agent with NC State Bureau of Investigation (This session is for adults and is more explicit.)
- Help us celebrate the staff at WPMS with our annual "We Are Thankful For You" luncheon on Friday, November 18.
- Our PTSO is raising money for a flag pole and flag for our ball fields. Please reach out to one of our officers (see below) if you would like to help.
Do you want to get involved but don't know where to start? Join the WPMS PTSO. For more information, reach out to one of our board members or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Alison McCloskey - president
- Amanda Peterson - secretary
- Meredith Morgan-Coleman - treasurer
- Karyn Schwagel - board member
Parent Advisory Representatives
Here are your parent representatives for the 2022-23 school year.
- Parent Advisory Council (PAC): Chiquita Monroe
- Military Family Advisory Council (MFAC): Alison McCloskey
- Hispanic Community Advisory Council (HCAC): Elizzeth Salgado
- African American Community Advisory Council (AACAC): Whitney Alford
- School Improvement Team (SIT): Alison McCloskey and Lynn Antil
Band, Orchestra , Choral Music/Theater, and Athletics
Do you have a question, concern or celebration you would like to share with our School Improvement Team? Enter it below. Our team will respond at the next SIT meeting and will note it in the minutes.