West Pine Middle
Ignite! Engage! Grow!
A Note From Mrs. Wiley
This week is Month of the Military Child Spirit Week. See the picture for each day's theme.
Congratulations to our choral music department for receiving an excellent rating Friday at the Carowinds Festival of Music.
See our athletics section for lots of upcoming information!
Due to the track project at Pinecrest HS, West Pine Middle will host two Pinecrest varsity men's lacrosse games this week on our field. Come out and support the Patriots Monday and Thursday. Both games begin at 5:30pm.
Our FCA is sponsoring their annual Dodge Ball Tournament this Friday. Teams are due this week. Anyone not playing but wanting to come watch the fun are welcome to attend. Admission is $2.
Congratulations, again, to Ms. Sarah Malpass for being named WPMS Teacher of the Year. She will be recognized Thursday night at the MCS Teacher of the Year banquet.
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.
- 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.)
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.
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.
Club and Academic Team Updates
- Tuesday: Wrestling Club and NCDOT Bridge Team
- Wednesday: Wrestling Club, Robotics, and Games
- Thursday: Military Club
- Friday: Dance Club and FCA
We are hosting back-to-back home baseball and girls soccer games this week!
East Lee vs WPM on 4/25
New Century vs WPM on 4/26
Game times start at 4:00pm. Parking available in front of the school and staff parking lot. Please refrain from parking at West Pine Elementary & the bus parking lot. Concessions available. Tickets are $4 for adults and $2 for students. Students staying after school must have rides by 5:15pm.
Pinecrest HS Lacrosse will be playing at WPM on Monday, 4/24 & Thursday, 4/27 after school starting at 5:30.
A soccer interest meeting for rising ninth graders will take place in the gym on Monday, 4/24 at 8:00am with Coach Blake from Pinecrest High School. This meeting is for any eighth grader who played on the boys soccer team this school year.
Cheer tryouts for rising ninth graders take place at Pinecrest HS from April 25 thru April 28.
Cheer tryouts for WPM are from April 16 thru Friday 5/19 in the WPMS gym. This is for all rising sixth, seventh, & eighth graders. Students must have a completed BigTeams profile and updated physical in order to try out. Packets available in the front office with Mrs. Allen as well as all our elementary feeder schools.
Rising seventh and eighth grade students interested in playing football next school year, mark your calendars now! Conditioning week is Monday, 8/14 thru Thursday, 8/17. Official tryouts will start on Monday, 8/21. Times to be determined.
- May 8: Interim Reports
- May 9: Spring Band Concert, 6:30pm
- May 10: Spring Orchestra Concert, 6:30pm
- May 11: Spring Choral Concert, 6:30pm
- May 19: Wildcat Reality Check, grades 7-8
- May 26: 8th Grade EOG SCIENCE
- 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 email@example.com.
- 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, May 8, 3:30pm
Monday, June 12, 8am
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