News from the Nest

WKMS Newsletter - March 2021 Edition

Upcoming Events

  • Mar 1 - 4 - Read Across America Spirit Week
  • Mar 1 - High School returns to 4 + 1 instructional model
  • Mar 1 - Character Day - Dress as your fave book character
  • Mar 2 - National Read Across America Day
  • Mar 2 - Inside Out Day - Wear your clothes inside out
  • Mar 3 - Read Anything - Wear clothing with words on them
  • Mar 4 - Read and Relax Day - Wear your PJs
  • Mar 8 - 12 - AVID Scholar Interviews
  • Mar 8 - 12 - National School Breakfast Week
  • Mar 15 - No School for Students or Staff
  • Mar 16 - Elementary returns to 5 days face-to-face
  • Mar 16 - Lex 1 School Board Meeting
  • Mar 17 - St. Patricks Day - Wear Green!
  • Mar 31 - Last day of 3rd Quarter
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Important Reminders!

The third nine weeks is a time that many students begin to slip in grades and responsibilities a bit. We do not want that to happen, so here are some quick reminders to help keep you headed towards success! Parents and Guardians, please spend a few minutes discussing the items below with your student.


Academics

  • Write down all assignments in a planner each day and check each night to make sure you have completed them.
  • Check your email AND PowerSchool every day. Set an alarm on your phone to remind you, if needed.
  • If you have any missing assignments or low test scores, email your teachers to set up a plan for making them up or redoing work.
  • Make reading 20 minutes a night a priority (set a timer, if needed).
  • Check your book bag to make sure you have pencils, paper, notebooks on a weekly basis.
  • If you need help, ask. We want to help you be the best student you can possibly be and we are here for you.


Other Good Habits

  • Make sure to wear your mask over your mouth and nose each day and don't remove it unless eating or given permission for a brief break.
  • Keep at least 6 feet distance from others in the hallways and in class, when able.
  • Place your ID in your book bag each day after school, so you don't forget it in the morning.
  • Wear your ID around your neck at all times during the school day.
  • Phones need to be out of sight and not in use in classrooms. (You may use them in the hallway and during lunch time only, please)
  • Please keep hoodies off your head when in the school building. Hats are also not permitted on campus.
  • Be respectful of yourself and others. Let's treat all with kindness!

Want to be an AVID Scholar?

We are excited to offer a unique opportunity to our rising 7th and 8th grade students for the 2021-2022 school year! We will be introducing an initiative called AVID – Advancement Via Individual Determination. AVID is designed to help students prepare for and be successful in college, career and beyond. This opportunity will only be available for a maximum of 25 qualified, 7th grade students and 25 qualified, 8th grade students.


The primary component of AVID will be the AVID Elective Cohort. In this class, students are taught study skills, note taking, time management, writing skills, and research skills all while being in an environment designed to help the students succeed. The AVID elective also includes tutoring sessions, access to information about colleges and universities through field studies, guest speakers, scholarship opportunities and college admission requirement information.


An ideal WKMS AVID student meets the following criteria:

  • Achieved a score greater than or equal to the 40th percentile on the 2019 SCReady ELA and Math assessment

  • Achieved a score greater than or equal to the 40th percentile on 2020-21 STAR 360 benchmark assessments in ELA and Math OR has shown exceptional growth over the 2020-21 school year

  • Has an average GPA of 2.0 - 3.5 for the 2020-21 school year

  • Consistently completes classwork/assignments

  • Consistently attends school and has minimal behavior issues

  • Has a positive attitude and is a hard worker


AVID Scholars will be selected through an application and interview process. We also have included a brief Google Slides presentation to provide you with more information. If AVID is something you are interested in and you believe that you meet most of the qualifications above, fill out the application here. All applications are due by March 5th. Remember, we only have spots for 25 rising seventh and 25 rising eighth graders. One of those spots could be yours and this opportunity could change your whole future!


For any questions or for more information, please email Tiffany Shull at tshull@lexington1.net

Read Across America Spirit Week!

March 1st - 4th (next week) is National Read Across America Week! It is a yearly reading celebration-you might remember it from elementary school. This year we are going to kick it off with spirit days related to reading- check out the schedule below. We will end with a WKMS favorite, Read and Relax day, on Thursday. We can't wait to see your outfits for next week!

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Lex10 Conference Champs!

The White Knoll War Hawks finished the regular season 10-2, and 11-2 overall after their victory versus Meadow Glen in the North Division Championship. That makes the War Hawks back to back divisional champions, first by winning the South Division last year and now the North this year in the Lex10 Conference. The War Hawks have also made it to the conference championship the last two years in a row. These 3 championships (2 divisional and 1 conference) are the first 3 in school history. The eighth grade class leaves White Knoll Middle as the winningest class in school history with 23 combined wins. We are very proud of our War Hawks and the hard work they have put in over the season. They certainly earned the title by maintaining our shared vision of being disciplined, respecting one another, and creating a family-like atmosphere on a daily basis. #Finish #WKMSSoars

If you see any of the following young men in the hallways or class, be sure to praise their hard work and dedication this season.


# 1 Chance Culley 8th Grade

#2 A.J. Edwards 8th Grade

#3 Braydon Cooper 7th Grade

#4 Treyvon Maddox 8th Grade

#5 Kolton Rogers 7th Grade

#10 Zion Job 8th Grade

#11 Keyshawn Harris 7th Grade

#12 Jordan Keith 7th Grade

#13 Landon Sharpe 8th Grade

#15 Bryson Steele 8th Grade

#22 Jake Sharpe 8th Grade

#23 Brandon Mike 8th Grade

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#ONEPACK Developmental League

Click here for more information AND to register!

Black History Gallery Walk!

Our amazing Academic Connections hallway presented an incredible "Walk of Fame" of famous African Americans in US history. Each piece of art included a QR code for students and teachers to scan to learn about each special person. A special shout out goes to Ms. Blakely and Mr. Henry for lending their artistic talent to teach us and inspire us! Check out just some of their work below!

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March is Women's History Month

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As we head into March, think about all the women you know or have learned about that have made an impact on our lives and our history. Which woman from history do you admire and why? What about the most influential woman in your life? Take a moment this month to celebrate those women. Reach out to those women you admire that are still with us and let them know that they have made a difference in your life!
Influential Women in History

Click here to learn more about amazing women in the arts, sciences, sports, politics and more!

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We've got some talented musicians!

These two WKMS 8th grade students competed to earn top spots in the SCBDA Region 2 honor band. Their hard work and dedication in and out of class paid off for these musicians and we look forward to seeing and hearing more from them! Way to go!

WKMS Archery!

The WKMS Archery team has been hard at work this season. This season all of our tournaments are "virtual" meaning they are all shot and scored at home. In the past few weeks, the team has placed 3rd at the Bishopville Blast. This past weekend our archers placed 2nd at the Timberwolf Challenge with a season-high score of 3101, breaking their goal of 3000! Please take a moment to congratulate any members of the archery team that you see. They have definitely earned your praise!


Cassidy Banty

Tripp Brown

Tavaria Cunningham

Joseph Davis

Nolan Garner

Dylan Garofano

Colby Golden

Landon Gunter

Emerson Harley

Zoe Kaiser

Stephen Leach

Emily Miller

Alan Moore

Hailey Rodriguez

Caylee Rouse

Donnivon Sloan

Faith Smith

Trevor Spires

Kayleigh Stokes

Owen Sumner

Charlotte White

Tim White

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Disclaimer

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 http://www.lexington1.net/contact-us.


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 Internet: http://www.lexington1.net/contact-us.