East Wilkes Middle School

"Together We Learn, Lead, and Succeed"

East Wilkes Middle Students Participate in Merlefest

This year marked the 31st Annual Merlefest Music Festival and EWMS had many students who participated in this awesome event! Pictured above is Owen C. performing on stage, as well as Presley B., who was part of the Merlefest lineup this year for the first time. Other student performers included Luke M. and Chance M.. We are so proud of our talented musicians and their performances were awesome.

8th graders also had the opportunity to attend on Friday, student day, and enjoyed all that the festival had to offer. They even had the privilege of seeing Presley perform on stage with Wayne Henderson and friends.

We can't wait until next year's Merlefest!

Honoring Mr. Transou

On April 1, East Wilkes 7th Grade students and teachers hosted a birthday party in honor of Mr. Transou. His parents and daughters were invited as well as the entire student body and faculty. We all wore flannel shirts, khaki pants, and Birkenstocks, his favorite attire, and celebrated his life with poems, songs, cupcakes, kind words, and love. We will forever miss our Mr. Transou.

East Wilkes Middle School Community Day A Huge Success!

East Wilkes Middle School participated in its second community day on March 27, 2019. The day began with an assembly in our cafeteria where the band and chorus performed. There were students who shared what the 7 Habits of Leader in Me meant to them and how the habits had changed their daily work and performance. Student leaders took our community visitors on a tour of our school telling them the highlights of our building. During this tour, there was a hall set up with representatives from clubs and athletics. Students had the opportunity to share their accomplishments in those areas. Each classroom was able to share their LEAD notebooks where they document goals accomplished and celebrations. The day ended in the media center with musical performances by students. A student panel and teacher panel answered questions about Leader In Me and what effects it has had on our school and student body. The students and teachers enjoyed the day sharing our school with our community. Thank you to all who came to visit our school.

EWMS Students Participate in Northwest Envirothon Competition

Students from EWMS Envirothon participated in the Northwest Envirothon on March 26th at the McGee Center in N. Wilkesboro. Eleven of those students will be competing in the State Envirothon in Burlington on May 3rd and 4th. Students are Grayson S. (not pictured), Tanner P., Bryan M., Morgan H, Levi F., Ty F. Owen C., Nathaniel B., Alana B., Anika B., and Emily S.

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Presley B. Meets One of "The Outsiders"

On Saturday, March 23rd, Presley B. had the opportunity to attend the Lost Weekend Film Festival in Winchester, Virginia where he got to meet Emilio Estevez in person. Our 8th graders just finished reading, The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton and watched the movie, which stars Estevez as Two-Bit Matthews. He told Presley that he made the movie when he was 20 years old and it was a blast to make. Presley said Emilio was, "very kind and gracious to me and my family" and that he learned Emilio was a very humble and nice person.
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EWMS Band Performs

The band students did wonderful today! We had a great time and performed beautiful music together! They received and excellent rating and a superior rating in sight reading. Sight reading was where we went into a room and played a song we had never seen or practiced before, and a superior is the highest rating you can get! So awesome, and best of all they were so proud of themselves and excited about the day.

EWMS Competes in Wilkes County Soil and Water Contests

The students below participated in the Wilkes County Soil and Water Essay, Slide Show and Speech contests. These students competed against other schools in the county to determine the students that will represent Wilkes County in the regional competition for their contest type. All of these students placed in the top four in the county with Seth L., John R., and Presley B. taking first in their category.


Isabella D.

Grayson S.

Jaxon O.

John R.

Slide Show

Grace M.

Seth L. (1st)

Shaylen B.

7th Speech

Carly M.

Peyton M.

Layken H.

8th Speech

Presley B. (1st)

Sedessa H.


$5,000 will provide funding for East Wilkes Middle School’s Scorpion Square.

The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has awarded a $5,000 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education® grant to East Wilkes Middle School in Ronda for the creation of Scorpion Square, an outdoor recreation area at East Wilkes Middle School. East Wilkes Middle School is one of 608 schools across the United States to be awarded a Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant during its fall 2017 grants cycle for improvement projects.

East Wilkes Middle School’s Scorpion Square is complete with picnic tables and areas for games, including volleyball, basketball, and cornhole. The area will provide a place for students to exercise and socialize during their allotted free time, as well as serve as an outdoor classroom and gathering place. The community that this project serves is primarily the students, teachers and staff of EWMS. The project was completed in November of 2018.

“Not only has Scorpion Square given our students and teachers an outdoor recreation area but also an outdoor learning space. I see Scorpion Square getting lots of use in the coming days, months, and years,” said Principal Sandra Burchette.

Since its inception in 2005, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education has provided more than $60 million in grants to more than 13,000 schools, benefiting more than 6 million schoolchildren. Grants are available to K-12 public schools in the United States for a wide range of improvement projects. Schools may be eligible to receive Toolbox grants up to $100,000. Parent groups and educators can apply by visiting ToolboxForEducation.com.

Since 1957, Lowe’s Gives Foundation has helped improve communities across North America through financial contributions and support for employee volunteerism.

8th Grade Students Travel to Washington, D.C.

On February 21st, the 8th grade traveled to Washington, D.C. for the weekend. They had a wonderful time visiting the memorials, the Holocaust Museum, and the Pentagon. Some of their favorite stops were the changing of the guard at Arlington, the Hard Rock Cafe, and Quantico, Marine Base, where they met Chef Andre Rush who does 2,222 push ups a day!!!!. A great time was had by all and luckily, the weather wasn't too bad!

Scorpion Wrestlers Have Successful Season

Our wrestlers had a winning season this year winning 5 out of 9 matches. Eight wrestlers placed at the conference tournament in their respective weight classes:

Mayson S. - 2nd

Zac H. - 1st

Kaden R. - 2nd

Kyle T. - 3rd

Hunter C. 4th

Chris C. - 4th

Levi T. - 2nd

Cody D. 1st

Five wrestlers participated in the USA NC Junior High State Championships on Saturday, February 2, 2019. The team came in 35th out of 143 teams. Tyler C. made it to the quarter finals where he lost to the state runner-up. Kaden R. placed 5th in 106 lb. weight class. Chris C. placed 4th in the 184 lb. weight class. Jersey C. placed 1st in the 126 lb. Girls' Division. Cody D. placed 1st in the Heavyweight class. Congratulations to the team and Coach Bare for their great season!

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East Wilkes All-County Band

Students from East Wilkes Middle School and East Wilkes High School participated in the All-County Band on Friday, February 1, 2019. Mrs. Weddington said they represented our schools well!

WCC/WECHS Annual 8th Grade Visit

Well, we traded a cold, rainy day in October for another cold, rainy day in November to visit Wilkes Community College and the Early College/High School but we had a great day! Our day started with a tour of some of the many departments at Wilkes Community College including Applied Career Technology, Business and Public Service Technology, Herring Hall and Health Sciences, the Transportation Center, and the Culinary Arts, where students were given a variety of delicious samples!

We then went to Pitt Auditorium with Gear Up Coordinator, Rebekah Gardner, and spent some time playing games that promoted team work and after that, a Chick Fil-A lunch.

Next, Mrs. Shepherd and Dr. Cox welcomed us to the Wilkes Early College/High School and student volunteers led us on a tour of the campus that included classroom visits and more games to familiarize us with the program.

We finished the day in Pitt Auditorium with a student panel from the Early College/High School. They gave us some valuable information about WECHS and our 8th graders asked a lot of great questions.

The 8th grade would like to thank all the tour guides, speakers, students, and teachers who helped to make this day awesome!

EWMS Band News

We had some of our 8th graders compete today with the high school:

Elaina Wilmoth, Autumn Zachary, Alana Bauguess, Kaydence. Please congratulate them when you see them. It is hard to compete alongside high schoolers and these 4 have done a remarkable job!

On Monday please help me congratulate the band on a job well done today. They have worked super hard this week on their show and it paid off today.
We received an excellent rating with 2nd place in class 2A, 2nd in music, marching, general effect, colorguard, and 2nd place grand champions in the 1A/2A division!! I am so proud.

Thank you for your support of our band program:)

Our last performance will be at the Wilkes County Band Expo this coming Saturday, November 10th at 6pm at North Wilkes High School. Admission is $5, and all 4 high school bands, and our 8th grade band will perform. If you wish to send our band members a message that can be read over the loud speaker you can purchase an air gram for $1. Just let me know and I can get it for you.

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EWMS 7th Grade Girls Volleyball Champions

The 7th grade girls finished their season with a record of 11-1. They proved their heart and determination in the conference championship game where they defeated the only team that they had lost to all year. These girls have grown so much as volleyball players and as team over the season. They are scrappy and never give up. We are proud to be their coaches and look forward to next year!

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EWHS Cardinal Pride Marching Band Performs at ASU

The East Wilkes High School Cardinal Pride Marching Band, along with students from East Middle, performed in competition at Appalachian State University on Saturday, October 27, 2018. The band received 3rd placed in class 1A after their wonderful performance of “The Music of Billy Joel".

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The 2018-2019 EWMS Scorpions took home the Superbowl Trophy on Saturday, October 27th, 2018.

"Our regular season record was 7-0. After completing an undefeated season, we won our first playoff game against Alleghany 36-6, sending us straight to the Superbowl against our rivals, the Central Wilkes Falcons, on October 27th, 2018. We arrived at West Wilkes High School where we laid a beating to the Falcons in true Scorpion form, winning the Superbowl 44-14 and ending the season with a perfect 9-0 record!

We would like to thank everyone for your support this year and your continued support for your Scorpions and future Cardinals." By: Brody Martin and Kamen Smith

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Mastin Named Broadcom Master

Chance Mastin, an 8th grader at East Wilkes Middle School, was recently named a Broadcom MASTER in the 8th Annual Broadcom MASTERS Competition, the nation's premier STEM competition for middle school students. Nominations are awarded to the top 10% of projects in the nation. Mastin was selected as a candidate by the North Carolina Science and Engineering Fair held on the campus of NC State University in March. He earned 2nd place in the Physics Division with his project entitled "Is It Just a Simple Dimple?" Ca

ndidates selected to compete in Broadcom MASTERS had to submit a detailed application about their project. Applicants were evaluated by a panel of distinguished scientists, engineers and educators and were judged on creativity and originality, data analysis and understanding STEM principals as they relate to the real world. "Broadcom MASTERS competition is the culmination of the national science fair season when hundereds of thousands of young people showcase their prowess and passion for STEM projects to educators and professionals who volunteer to judge their projects," said Paula Golden, President of the Broadcom Foundation. "The TOP 300 are the best-of-the-best and represent all science fair participants throughout the country."

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EWMS Chorus News

On September 26th, 7th grader Owen C. performed for the district School Board Meeting at the Stone Center.

Also, on September 28th, 16 students from East Wilkes Middle traveled to Corinth Church in Hickory and auditioned for the Honors Chorus. The following students were selected:

Luke M.

Brennan A.

Braxton L.

Jade G.

Ronda S.

Caelee S.

Josie W.

East Wilkes Middle School Math and Science

7th grade students at EWMS celebrated National Pancake Day by finding the scale factor of pancakes.
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EWMS Envirothon

The East Wilkes Middle School Envirothon students visited Stone Mountain on September 22 to look for aquatic insects.

Also, Regan T. and Brittany W. worked hard to paint the benches to help maintain our school's butterfly garden area.

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Mrs. Thomas's 7th grade science class did an escape room to review for scientific method. The two teams pictured below were successful in solving all eight clues!

AND SO IT BEGINS..........

The new school year is underway and we are off to a great start! Students are settling in, recovering from not being able to play Fortnite, and adjusting to grade-level expectations. We are very proud of our Scorpions.

Some things to remember:

  • students should be reading 20 minutes each night to build skills and vocabulary
  • fees are $15.00 and should be paid before the first dance
  • check your student's planner each night and sign if required
  • attendance is EVERYTHING and does affect field trip participation this year

Thank you, parents, for your support and the great turn-out for our grade-level open house nights. We are looking forward to a wonderful year! Remember, TOGETHER, WE LEARN, LEAD, AND SUCCEED.