West Pine Middle
Ignite! Engage! Grow!
A Note From Mrs. Wiley
It's Spirit Week in honor of the end of year assessments. See each day's theme and join in the fun (school dress code applies).
Many thanks to all our volunteers who helped make our 2nd annual Wildcat Reality Check a huge success! Special thanks goes to Mrs. Pennington for her leadership.
Chromebooks and chargers will be collected Tuesday, May 23rd and will remain at school for the remainder of the year. Students should leave all belongings at home on test days including phones and Smartwatches.
We have a number of students who owe instructional, technology, and/or cafeteria fees. Please make sure these are taken care of before the end of the year. Students owing more than $50 will not be able to participate in end of year activities.
Our Transportation Department is in the process of planning for next school year. If your student rides the bus at least one day during the last two weeks of May they will automatically be rolled over to a route for the 23-24 school year. If your student does not ride during the last two weeks of May, and you need them to be assigned to a bus route at the start of next school year, you will need to make a request through the Parent Portal or contact your school’s data manager for assistance.
Our teachers have prepared our students well for EOGs/EOCs. 8th grade students will take the NC SCIENCE EOG Friday, May 26th. 8th grade students may not be checked out early until all testing is completed on the hall.
8th grade end of year information including luau, picnic, and promotion celebration can be found below. If you are interested in helping with the 8th grade dance, please contact Alison McCloskey at our PTSO email: WPMPTSO@gmail.com.
For planning purposes, there is no school Monday, May 29th in recognition of the Memorial Day holiday.
The MCS middle school final grades are calculated as follows:
- Students will receive their actual EARNED average for the 4th quarter.
- 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.
- Report cards will be mailed to families the week of June 12th. They will not go home with students the last day of school. Those in need of summer school or considered for retention will be notified prior to the end of the school year.
8th Grade Luau (sponsored by the PTSO)
- Student fees must be paid in order to attend. The balance cannot exceed $50.
- Academic requirement: passing 3 of your 4 core classes
- Discipline/Behavior requirement: No OSS for the year, no more than 2 ISS referrals during the 2nd semester, and no more than 5 minor incidents between May 1 - June 2.
8th Grade Information
- All fees/fines must be paid in order to participate in end of year activities. Contact our bookkeeper, Kathleen Mullen, if you have any questions about instructional or technology fees. Contact our cafeteria manager, Julia Alford, for Child Nutrition fees.
- Students must pass three of their four core subjects for the year and be in line with the NC attendance requirements for promotion.
- June 2: 8th grade dance (sponsored by the PTSO), 6-8pm
- June 8: 8th Grade Picnic, 12-3pm
- June 9: 8th Grade Promotion Celebration, 9am, baseball field (In the event of rain, the celebration will be moved indoors to the gym with admission by ticket only - 2/student.)
Summer School Updates
In addition, these dates and times will be used for students who are required to attend summer school in order to be promoted to the next grade due to poor attendance and/or grades. Parents will be notified no later than June 7th; however, parents can always review their child's grades and attendance in PowerSchool and reach out to their child's homeroom teacher if they have any questions.
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Attention 6th Grade Parents
Per North Carolina law, all students are required to show documentation of both the Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis) and MCV (meningococcal conjugate) vaccines in order to enter 7th grade. Now is the time to schedule an appointment with your health provider to receive these important immunizations. Please remember to send a copy of the immunization record to the school. Any questions/concerns, feel free to contact the school nurse.
Congratulations to the boys baseball team for going 11-1 this season and being co-conference champions!
Congratulations to the student athletes who made the final cheer squad for the 2023-2024 school year!
There will be a student interest meeting for football next school year for any rising seventh and rising eighth graders with Head Coach Marsh on Wednesday, 5/24 at 2:30pm in the cafeteria. Students interested in trying out in August will be able to meet Coach Marsh, get information to bring home for families, and sign up so eligibility checks can take place over the summer.
Conditioning week is set for Monday, 8/14 thru Thursday, 8/17. Official tryouts will be three days starting on Monday, 8/21 thru Wednesday, 8/23. Times to be determined soon!
- May 29: Memorial Day Holiday
- May 31: 6th & 7th grade EOG MATH; 8th grade EOG READING
- June 2: 6th & 7th grade EOG READING; 8th grade EOG MATH; MATH 1 EOC
- June 2: 8th grade dance (sponsored by the PTSO), 6-8pm
- June 6: World History Final Exam
- June 8: PBIS School Bash (during Encores)
- June 8: 8th Grade Picnic, 12-3pm
- June 9: 8th Grade Promotion Celebration, 9am, baseball field
- June 9: Last Day of School/Early Release, 12pm
Please note: There will be no early checkouts during EOG/EOC TESTING until all testing is completed in the building.
Please acknowledge the MCS Student Code of Conduct in Parent Portal.
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.
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.
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
2022-2023 SIT Meetings
Monday, June 12, 8am
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