News from the Nest
WKMS Newsletter - April 2022 Issue
Important Dates in April
- April 4 - 8 - National Assistant Principals Week
- April 4 - 8 - National Library Week
- April 4 - 8 - Ukraine Fundraiser Week
- April 4 - Homeroom Change War begins (Ukraine)
- April 5 - Math Spring STAR 360 (Do Your Absolute Best!)
- April 5 - Soda Sales at Lunch for $1.00 (Ukraine)
- April 5 - C-Team Track Meet @ BLHS 5:15pm
- April 6 - Candy Sales at Lunch for $1.00 (Ukraine)
- April 7 - ELA Spring STAR 360 (Do Your Absolute Best!)
- April 7 - Chick-Fil-A biscuit sale at breakfast $3.50 (Ukraine)
- April 8 - Relax & Read Day (Bring book, blanket, & wear PJs)
- April 8 - Hat Day for $1.00 (Ukraine)
- April 11 - 15 - Spring Break! (No School!)
- April 22 - Earth Day
- April 25 - 29 - Administrative Professionals Week
- April 28 - Chorus Concert in the Little Theatre
- April 29 - International Dance Day
Celebrating WKMS Teachers & Staff
An important strength of our school is the partnership between community and schools. Today's challenges in education call for even stronger relationships. As schools support our communities, we would like to provide the opportunity for our community to support our school. Please take this opportunity to thank a White Knoll Middle educator or staff member for their hard work and remind them of the impact they have made on a child's life. Your words just might make this person's year!
Join us in sharing your appreciation by filling out the form here.
*Please note: Responses submitted may be shared on WKMS social media sites.
WKMS DLC - Ms. Jessica C. White - Wins a Scholarship!
Congratulations to our Digital Learning Coach, Jessica White, for being named a 2022 Dr. Elizabeth Gressette Professional Development Scholarship winner by the PSTA! Kathy Maness came by to personally recognize her accomplishment. We are thrilled to have her as a Warhawk! Way to go, Ms. White!
On March 24, the 8th Grade SOAR class traveled down the hill to White Knoll Elementary School to work with their unified partners. They created a Top Secret Superhero Mission in which they had to create puzzles for their partners, make superhero costumes, video a PSA for kindness, encouragement, never giving up, and bravery. Together they had an amazing time together, and completed all the challenges in the mission! We're so proud of these student leaders and all that they contribute beyond the doors of our school! #StriveTogether
Stand with Ukraine Fundraiser!
Artwork above by Tiffany Jones (Gr. 6)
Administrative Professionals Week
April 25th - 29th is National Administrative Professionals Week. We believe that our crew is the best there is, here at White Knoll Middle School. If you see any of these incredible people below, be sure to let them know how much you appreciate ALL they do for us. This group is the glue that often holds everything together and we are blessed to have them here.
Walk Like MADD!
Please join WKMS and the LOCC Club for the Walk Like MADD event on April 30, 2022 at the SC Criminal Justice Academy. The 2022 Columbia Walk like MADD event is MADD's signature fundraising event to help raise both awareness and funds to eliminate drunk and drugged driving. We hope that you will rally with us in Columbia, SC to help create a future of No More Victims®. Please see Ms. Neal in the School Counseling office if you are interested in participating.
Congrats to Our AVID Scholars!
We are happy to announce our new AVID Elect Cohorts for the 2022-2023 school year. These students completed an application, wrote short responses, and participated in an interview. We are so excited about all the new opportunities and experiences headed our way! Be sure to congratulate these students, when you see them.
Want to Attend a Columbia Fireflies Baseball Game?
Our school will be participating in the Fireflies Reading Program again this year. Students will have the opportunity to improve their reading skills while earning a ticket to a Fireflies baseball game along with additional surprise rewards.
Game Plan for the Columbia Fireflies Reading Program
The program begins March 26th through April 18th.
Our School's game night for recognition is Sunday, April 24th
• The Fireflies Reading Program is divided into four segments representing a “base” on the baseball field. When a student completes a base, they will advance to the next base. For each square, students will need to have read 5 pages. When they reach a base, your child will need to have read 30 pages. Once they reach home base, they will have read 120 pages from a magazine, a graphic novel, the back of a cereal box, or a traditional fiction or non-fiction book; the goal is to “hit a reading home run!”
• Upon completion of the program, please visit https://www.fevo.com/discovery/2022-Fireflies-Reading-Program-tXEZ8ZDZ to order your tickets. You can select our school's game date (April 24th) or any of the other eligible dates if you're unable to make it that evening. Make sure you note that your child is participating with White Knoll Middle School at check-out. The school will be listed in a drop-down menu before processing your order for the game on the 24th.
Our Boys Basketball Team is Amazing!
Boys Basketball Team Completes MLK Jr. Service Project
The War Hawk Brotherhood joined our current players to fulfill a promise made back in January that we would get our MLK Jr. Service Project complete as soon as we had good weather. We painted the goals on our blacktop cardinal and silver. In the upcoming months we will add our logo to the center square. Proud of those who were able to make it in person and all our guys who would’ve made it, but are grindin’ on the court playing AAU, and/or on the baseball and football field. #RespectUpliftCompete
Boys Basketball Team Averages a 3.0 for the Second Nine Weeks
Incredibly proud of our young men and their hard work in the classroom. Collectively, for the first semester, we maintained a 3.0 GPA. Our WKMS PTSA was generous enough to sponsor our scholar athletes. For each content area they showed growth, from the first nine weeks to the second, they were allowed to choose an item from the WKMS canteen. We appreciate their support of our STUDENT athletes. #RespectUpliftCompete #WKMSSoars
The following students qualified to participate in the State level archery tournament at the Sumter Civic Center. All middle school students will participate on Thursday, March 31st. Good luck, archers! We are cheering you on!
On March 11th, our librarian, Dr. Conrath, presented at the South Carolina Association of School Librarians' annual conference in Myrtle Beach. The session was titled, "Book Promotion Through Podcasting." In combination with the in-person and pre-recorded versions of the presentation, more than 40 librarians from around the state were in attendance.
Book promotion through podcasting for students by students is an excellent way to encourage students to read. According to an article by National Literacy Trust on October 20, 2020, "More children and young people who listen to podcasts enjoy reading and read daily than their peers who do not," and "nearly 1 in 4 children and young people listened to podcasts or audiobooks more during lockdown than they did before."
These recordings are a greater extension of a literacy initiative to encourage students to be lifelong readers. By students talking about books, it is the hope that students' peers will be inspired and encouraged to find reading fun and exciting. Reading for pleasure on a regular basis enhances creativity for problem-solving, and it helps prepare students for success in all academic areas. For more information on how your student can participate, please contact Dr. Conrath at email@example.com.
Attention 6th Grade Parents!
Please provide proof of your student's Tdap to the school nurse before August 2022. The Tdap vaccine is a required immunization for school attendance for all 7th and 8th grade students.
Interested in Archery? Come to Camp!
It's that time again to start planning some activities for students during the summer and we would like to invite students to join our State Champion Archery Team for our 7th annual WKHS Archery Summer Camp. Once again our Championship winning coaches are going to be introducing students to the basics of NASP (National Archery In The Schools Program) Archery this summer. The camp is scheduled for June 13-16, 2022 and it will run from 9:00 a.m. until noon each day. The camp will also be held at the gym of Carolina Springs Middle School.
The camp is open to students from completed 4th grade thru 12th grade and the cost is $80.00 per student. All equipment is provided. We have only 60 spots and we are accepting the first PAID 60 registrations so get yours in fast. You may mail in the attached registration form with payment but the best option is to drop it by the office of White Knoll High School to the attention of the Archery Coach. The school address is 5643 Platt Springs Road, Lexington, SC 29073.
Topics to be covered include parts of the bow and arrows, range operation and setup, 11 Steps to Archery Success, scoring, IBO (International Bow Hunting Organization) 3D Shooting and more. And on the final day we hold our annual Summer Camp 10 meter tournament for the campers with trophies to the top archers.
You may also fill out the form online using the following link but you cannot make an online payment, the payment must still be delivered to the school.
We look forward to sharing our expertise with your families this summer.
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COMING SOON IN MAY! Take note! :)
The Drama production is set for May 4 at 7:00pm in the Little Theatre. Be sure to add this to your calendar and plan to watch our WKMS actors blow your mind with their talent!
The Spring Band Concert will be held in the WKMS gym on Tuesday May 10. It will begin at 6:30. Mark your calendars to come see these amazing musicians in action!
SC Ready & SCPass Testing is coming! Please try not to schedule any appointments on the following dates: May 5th and May 16 - 19. This will help reduce the number of make-up tests that will have to be administered and also keep your student from having to miss even more class to take the make-up assessment. We appreciate your help with this and look forward to seeing how amazing our War Hawk students do each day of these tests.
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.