East Wilkes Middle School

"Together We Learn, Lead, and Succeed"

WELCOME TO THE EAST WILKES MIDDLE SCHOOL 2017-2018 NEWSLETTER

Community Day at EWMS

Students at the four Wilkes County Middle Schools have been taking part in a program to strengthen their leadership skills. The Lead, a program through Franklin-Covey, is a curriculum designed to encourage student leadership and involvement in school and the world beyond. Based on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, this unique program encourages middle school students to set and accomplish realistic goals, hone their leadership skills, and prepare their minds to thrive in the 21st Century.

On Wednesday, April 18th, all four Wilkes County middle schools opened their doors to their respective communities to offer community members and other stakeholders a chance to experience The Lead Program first-hand. Visitors at EWMS began the day in the cafeteria enjoying selections performed by the band and listening as 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students shared how they used the LEAD principles and 7 Habits in their daily life both at school and home. Visitors were then taken on a student-led tour of the school. This included stops in classrooms where students shared their LEAD journals and data notebooks. Students representing twenty-six clubs were also part of the tour sharing display boards they had created highlighting club activities. The morning ended in the media center with visitors being entertained by two of the clubs, EWMS Has Talent! and the Acoustic Music club. A student panel shared their leadership roles in the school and visitors had the opportunity to ask questions.

Overall, the Community Lead Day was a success thanks to the collaborative effort of each school’s administrators, teachers, and students. Community members were privileged to receive a sneak-peek into the daily routines of middle schools in Wilkes County highlighting this powerful initiative to promote leadership skills.


North Carolina Middle School All State Chorus

Congratulations to Hallie Younger, Morgan Strelko, Josie Wallis, Makinna Mathis and Jade Gardner for participating in the 2018 North Carolina Middle School All State Chorus at the Greensboro Coliseum April 20-21.

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8th Graders Visit Hickory Crawdads and Lenoir-Rhyne University

On Wednesday, April 11th, EWMS 8th graders toured the Hickory Crawdads Baseball Stadium and learned about potential job opportunities in the sports field. After, they went to Lenoir-Rhyne University for a self-guided tour of the campus which included the football field, library, chapel, and student union. Aside from the beautiful weather, students were made aware of the many opportunities that are out there for colleges and careers!

EWMS Students Advance to State Science Fair




EWMS students advanced to the State Science Fair competition held on Saturday, March 24th at NCSU. Chance Mastin placed 2nd in the Physics and Math division.

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8th Grade Travels to D.C.

Our 8th grade traveled to Washington D.C. on February 22-24 for a three-day tour of our nation's capitol. They enjoyed many sights including the Holocaust Museum, a tour of the Capitol, and Arlington National Cemetery. A fun time was had by all!

EWMS Band Performs At Lenoir-Rhyne University

The EWMS band traveled to Lenoir-Rhyne University on Thursday, March 22, to participate in the Music Performance Assessment. They received an excellent rating and they were pleased with their performance and have already asked to do this next year. Mrs. Weddington said, " They did very well today and made me so proud. Please help me congratulate them on a job well done."

EWMS Participates In All-County Chorus


Our 8th grade and select 7th grade chorus students participated in the Wilkes Middle School All-County Chorus on March 6 at the Walker Center. The guest conductor for this choir was Jayme Wood, a Wilkes county native, who currently teaches at the University of South Carolina. This was a rewarding experience for our students.

Scorpions Compete in Battle of the Books

The EWMS Battle of The Books team performed well at the County Middle School Battle of the Books competition on March 1st. They worked together as a team and represented our school well.

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County Spelling Bee Competition

The county Spelling Bee was held on February 15th at the Stone Center. East Wilkes Middle was well-represented by 7th grader, Nathaniel Burchette who made it to the final round and was the runner-up in the competition. Way to go, Nathaniel!
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EWMS 7th Grade Boys and Girls Dominate In Basketball!

Our 7th grade boys basketball team claimed the conference champions title, defeating Central Wilkes Middle on Thursday, February 1st. These boys, coached by Travis Walker, went 13-0 for the season, the first time in EWMS history a boys basketball team has gone undefeated.

Coach Walker said, "It has been a great season and a great all-around team effort. These boys are fun to coach and I'm looking forward to next year."

Congratulations to the team and we look forward to next season, too!


The 7th grade girls also dominated the conference with a win over West Wilkes. The girls had a great season and there's more to come next year!

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EWMS Color Guard Performs

The EWMS Color Guard made their debut performance during the half-time show of the East vs. Ashe basketball game on Monday, January 29th. These ladies did an awesome job and we look forward to seeing them again!

An Ashe parent said, "This is great! I'm impressed that they do this at the middle school."

Thank you to Mrs. Weddington for all of your hard work!

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Hoop Shoot

Ledger Blackburn, 7th grade, was the winner of the Boys age 12- 13 Division in our county Hoop Shoot competition. He went on to the regional competition on January 28th and placed 3rd. Great job, Ledger!

Payton Spicer, 6th grade, was the 2nd place winner of the Girls age 10 -11 Division. We are proud of both students!

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EWMS Chorus and Band Christmas Performance

The Scorpion chorus and band entertained family and friends with their annual Christmas concert on December 11th. They did an outstanding job and proved, once again, EWMS has amazing talent!

Cardinal Band and Chorus Visit EWMS

The Cardinal Band and Chorus came to EWMS for their yearly concert performance and they did not disappoint! The chorus sang wonderfully and we even had a guest appearance from the Grinch and Max the Dog. Then the band did an awesome job with some Elvis tunes and a great flag corp performance. Santa even made a showing! We look forward to this each year and thank Mrs. Poplin and Mrs. Weddington for all the time and effort they put into a wonderful show!

8th Grade Students Visit Wilkes Early College High School and Wilkes Community College

8th graders had the privilege of visiting the WECHS and WCC on Tuesday, November 14th. They spent the morning touring the Early College/High School with student guides. They visited classrooms and had a question/answer session with Principal Shepherd and current students. Rebecca Gardner from Gear Up spoke with students about college options and requirements and possibilities of paying for college. They were then treated to a Chick FilA lunch provided by Gear Up. Then ended their day with a tour of the different programs offered by WCC based on their own personal career interests. It was an amazing trip and students were made aware of opportunities to help them further their education.

Leadership Day At EWMS

The Wilkes Leadership and Youth Leadership held an Education Day on October 18. Community leaders from Wilkes County and high school students involved with UTA (United Teens in Action) visited East Wilkes Middle School to learn more about The Leader in Me. Students from 6th, 7th, and 8th grades shared what the 7 Habits (of Highly Effective Teens) means to them and how they are using the 7 Habits in school and at home. The students then took the visitors on a tour of the school. Students who represented East Wilkes were, Kameryn G. , Jenna B., Presley B., Peyton M., Jayden H. , and Chance M.

EWMS Chorus Performs At Ridgefest

On October 14th, the middle school chorus performed at Ridgefest, a community celebration held every year at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church in State Road. The students did a wonderful job and represented our school and their families well.