WHMS Newsletter

Together Everyone Achieves More

WHMS Mission Statement

We the teachers, students, and staff of West Hempstead Middle School are dedicated to a culture of growth and achievement that recognizes the importance of academics as well social-emotional learning. A well rounded student is an investment not only for the individual, but for the community as a whole in a global, multi-cultural world. We will provide an environment where students feel safe and empowered to take risks, learn to take responsibility for their learning and actions, and are able to navigate the various physical and psychological changes they are experiencing. The teachers and staff are a community of learners that will model 21st century skills with instruction that provides students the opportunity to create, collaborate, communicate, problem solve, foster curiosity, and think critically.

Maker Space - Grand Opening

On Thursday, January 14th at the Science Expo we had our ribbon cutting ceremony for the Maker Space room. This room will be open for students during the three lunch periods. Students will have access to a 3- D printer, 3- D pens, legos, makey- makey, as well as simple materials such as fabrics, masking tape, cardboard and and markers.

Science Expo Winners!

Science 6

1st - Analiz Ponce, Michaela Weiss & Sophia Varone - Acid Rain

2nd - Nichalos Trinh, Mackenzie Cates & Asha Brown - How Does Acid Rain Affect Plant Growth?

3rd - Amanda Healy, Jocelyn Herrera & Catherine Andree - Plants

Science 7

1st - Warishah Khan - Colorful Chemical Creations

2nd - Nicholas Solar - Testing the Strength of Bridges

3rd - Peter Theodoratos - Kinetic Energy

Science 8

1st - Hannah Walz - Does Radiation and Heat Affect the Germination of Seeds?

2nd - Madison Sturm - How Does the Sun Affect Dark and Light Colors?

3rd - Thomas Liebl - Ripening Tomatoes with a Banana

Living Environment (including 8 accelerated)

1st - Harpinder Kaur - What Affect Do Different Water Pollutants Have On Plants?

2nd - Sarah Palmier - Is Our Local Water Toxic to Daphnia?

3rd - Warren Schenk - Water Purification

Derrick Adkins Assembly

Derrick Adkins spoke to our middle school students on January 13, 2016. He utilized his past academic and athletic accomplishments as a model to guide WHMS students toward achieving their own goals. Derrick Adkins shares the principles that led to his own Olympic triumph, including the common focus needed in athletics and academics, and responding positively when encountering failure.

Pennies for Patients

Student Council is happy to announce that once again, we will be supporting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Sociey as we sponsor their Pennies for Patients fundraiser. From January 25 - February 5, 2016 students and teachers will be asked to donate their spare change and dollars to help children battling blood cancers. Every nickel, dime, quarter will make a huge difference. Thanks for all you do and will do to support this fundraiser.

Parent Tip of the Month

  • Tell your kids to think before they post. Remind them that everything can be seen by a vast, invisible audience (otherwise known as friends-of-friends-of-friends). Each family will have different rules, but, for middle school kids, it's a good idea for parents to have access to what their kids are doing online, at least at first, to be sure that what's being posted is appropriate. Parents can help keep kids from doing something they'll regret later.

Upcoming Events

Family Literacy Night - February 25th 6:30-8:30 - HS Auditorium

6th Grade Trip - March 23rd - Cradle of Aviation

Spirit Week - Week of February 8

  • Monday February 8 - Sports Day
  • Tuesday February 9 - Pajama Day
  • Wednesday February 10 - Character/Super Hero Day
  • Thursday February 11 - Twin/Triplet Day
  • Friday February 12 - WH Rams Day


Our 3rd marking period character trait is RESPECT. Those students that emulate this trait could be nominated at the end of the marking period for for Student Character Trait of the month.


The end of the 2nd quarter is on Friday, January 29, 2016. Please be sure to check PowerSchool to check your child's grades.