WMMS Tiger Times

October 2019 Edition

A Note from the Principal's Office

Middle School Transitions

Middle school is full of transitions for students and families alike. Students experience more independence and have opportunities to navigate educational and social situations on their own. Each student finds their own path to success. Some thrive with this new-found independence and others benefit from additional coaching and support.

One transition families may experience is a change in communication between home and school. Communication becomes more complicated when your child has up to eight different teachers at a time. A tip for staying in contact is to use email. Email is one of the best ways to communicate with several teachers. Here is a link to our WMMS staff emails. If you have any questions or would like to set up a time to meet with a teacher, email is a great way to do that. If you prefer to call, the office can take your phone number and have the teacher return your call before or after school or during their plan time. The office phone number is 660-665-3793.

Our annual Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for October 23rd and 24th from 3:30 - 7:00 pm. If this is your first child in the middle school, you will notice that our conferences are set up a little different than in the elementary schools. All of our teachers will be available each night in a drop-in format. This will allow you to visit with a few teachers that you would like to touch base with or all of them if you would like. We look forward to seeing everyone later this month!

I am including a few additional tips for families with middle schoolers in this newsletter. It is an honor to work with your child through these transitional years. Together we can make middle school great!


Julie Esquivel


  • Tiger Strides Walking Club: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays after school. Contact Mrs. Stremel or Mrs. Waddle for more information sstremel@kirksville.k12.mo.us or lwaddle@kirksville.k12.mo.us
  • Chess Club: Tuesday & Wednesday mornings at 7:00 am in Mrs. McFarland's room
  • Boys Choir: Thursday mornings at 7:15 am in Mrs. McFarland's room
  • Girls Choir: Friday mornings at 7:15 am in Mrs. McFarland's room
  • FCA: Tuesday mornings at 7:15 in Mr. Cook's room

Calendar of Events

October 4: Fun Night 7:00 - 9:00pm $3.00 admission

October 11: Homecoming Parade 4:00 pm

October 15: End of 1st Quarter

October 16: Parent Teacher Committee Meeting 6:00 pm WMMS office

October 18: CARES Center Tailgate and Open House 5:00 - 7:00 pm

October 22: Picture Retakes

October 23-24: Parent-Teacher Conferences 3:30 - 7:00 pm

October 25: No School

October 28: No School

CARES Center School-Based Health Center

The Complete Family Medicine CARES Center is a school-based health center formed through a partnership between the Kirksville R-III School District and Complete Family Medicine. “CARES” stands for “Care At R-III for Every Student”. The purpose of the center is to provide accessible and affordable urgent/walk-in and preventative health services on-site at the school district’s campus to students, faculty, and staff.

The CARES Center is open from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday in the north end of the Kirksville Area Technical Center. Walk-ins are welcome!

The CARES Center has rescheduled their Tailgate and Open House Party to Friday, October 18th, from 5-7 pm. Come enjoy free food, prizes, and more! If you have any questions or would like a tour, please call 660-956-7011.