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WKMS Newsletter - February 2023 Issue

Important Dates

  • Black History Month
  • Career & Technical Education Month
  • Feb 2 - Job Shadowing Day for 7th and 8th graders
  • Feb 2 - Groundhog Day
  • Feb 4 - Archery Tournament at Stover Middle
  • Feb 6 - 10 - National School Counseling Week
  • Feb 8 - Collaborative Planning Day - Dismissal @ 12:05pm
  • Feb. 13 - Class Ring Presentation for 7th and 8th grade
  • Feb. 15 - School Resource Officer Day
  • Feb. 16 - Valentines Dance @ 3:45 - 5:45
  • Feb. 17 - Teacher Work Day (No School for Students)
  • Feb. 17 - Random Acts of Kindness Day (Do something nice for others!)
  • Feb 20 - Weather Make-up Day (No School)
  • Feb 22 - National Bus Drivers Appreciation Day
  • Feb 25 - Archery State Qualifier @ CSMS
  • Feb. 28 - WKMS SIC Mtg. Zoom @ 5pm

Some Important Reminders for Students!

  • Please make sure Chromebooks are charged EVERY night.
  • Check to make sure that you aren't running low on pencils and notebook paper.
  • Check your email, Schoology, and PowerSchool DAILY to help you keep up with everything.
  • When in the hallways, please be respectful of the other classes and/or meetings that could be going on around you.
  • During afternoon car or bus line, please follow all procedures (these are in place for your safety) and be respectful of peers and adults on duty.
  • Be your BEST self every day. You deserve nothing less!
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National School Counseling Week

National School Counseling Week 2023 (#NSCW23) is Feb. 6-10, 2023, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by ASCA, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. National School Counseling Week is always celebrated the first full week in February. A special thanks to Ms. Calabrese (6th Grade counselor), Ms. Neal (7th Grade Counselor), and Mrs. Thomas (8th Grade Counselor) for their work with students and families.

Jennifer Calabrese - 6th Grade School Counselor -

Marlene Neal - 7th Grade School Counselor -

Meredith Thomas - 8th Grade School Counselor -

Christine Avery - Counseling Office Secretary -

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Random Acts of Kindness Week

February 17th is Random Acts of Kindness Day (RAK). Although we aim to be kind each and every day, let's take the time to be extra intentional in showing acts of kindness during this special week. For several amazing ideas, you can visit RAK Foundation,

Here are some suggestions that are free!

Write a nice note/email to someone

Do a chore at home without being asked

Spend some quality time with a sibling

Hold the door for someone

Draw a picture or write a poem

Help a neighbor with something

Give someone a sincere compliment

Be polite to others

For even more ideas, check out RAK 50 other options for how to show kindness below.

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Reading is Lit!

Are there are any apprehensive readers in your household, check out the article below to learn how to choose books that will be interesting and engaging! The more you read the more you grow! How to Choose the Best Books for Apprehensive Readers

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Izzy Vetter Recommends "We Are Not Free" by Traci Chee

Our January I Love Books winner (and winner of a $15 gift card to Books-A-Million) is Izzy Vetter (8th Grade). Izzy recommends the book, We Are Not Free by Traci Chee because "it taught me so much just by reading it. It's a multiple perspective book and it's really a roller coaster of emotions. The book is about 14 Japanese-Americans who all grow up together after being placed in internment camps during WW2 and the racism they faced." Izzy recommends this book to "people who like to read about history and WW2." Check out the details of this book below! It might just be your next favorite book!

Book Details from


From New York Times best-selling and acclaimed author Traci Chee comes We Are Not Free, the collective account of a tight-knit group of young Nisei, second-generation Japanese American citizens, whose lives are irrevocably changed by the mass U.S. incarcerations of World War II.

Fourteen teens who have grown up together in Japantown, San Francisco. Fourteen teens who form a community and a family, as interconnected as they are conflicted. Fourteen teens whose lives are turned upside down when over 100,000 people of Japanese ancestry are removed from their homes and forced into desolate incarceration camps. In a world that seems determined to hate them, these young Nisei must rally together as racism and injustice threaten to pull them apart.

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We have some amazing news to share with you all. EVERY STUDENT at WKMS is receiving a FREE book of their choice from the 22-23 SC Junior Book Award Nominee List! These books have been named this year's best books from people all over our state. We have ordered the books and hope to receive them in the next couple of weeks! We can't wait to hear all the discussions about the reading that is taking place! Happy Reading!

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Congrats to the Students Making the Archery Team!

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Congrats to Emory Roberts! Archery Champion!

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Rising 7th and 8th Grade AVID Scholars Wanted!

We are excited to offer a unique opportunity to our rising 7th and 8th grade students for the 2023-2024 school year! We will be continuing the initiative called AVID – Advancement Via Individual Determination. AVID is designed to help students prepare for and be successful in college, career, and beyond. This opportunity will only be available for a maximum of 25 qualified, rising 7th and 8th grade students.

The primary component of AVID is the AVID elective. In this class, students are taught study skills, note taking, time management, writing skills, and research skills all while being in an environment designed to help the students succeed. The AVID elective also includes tutoring sessions, access to information about colleges and universities through field studies, guest speakers, scholarship opportunities and college admission requirement information. It is a very engaging course that is loved by our students!

An ideal WKMS AVID student meets the following criteria:

  • Achieved a score greater than or equal to the 40th percentile on the 2022 SCReady ELA and Math assessment

  • Achieved a score greater than or equal to the 40th percentile on 2022-23 iReady benchmark assessments in ELA and Math OR has shown exceptional growth over the 2022-23 school year

  • Has an average GPA of 2.0 - 3.5 for the 2022-23 school year

  • Consistently completes classwork/assignments

  • Consistently attends school and has minimal behavior issues

  • Has a positive attitude and is a hard worker

AVID Scholars will be selected through an application and interview process. We have included a brief Google Slides presentation. If AVID is something you are interested in and you believe that you meet most of the qualifications above, fill out the application here. All applications are due by March 10th. Remember, we only have spots for 25 rising seventh graders and 25 rising 8th graders. One of those spots could be yours and this opportunity could change your whole future!

We will be having an AVID Elective Parent Night to answer any and all questions on February 23 at 6pm. so mark your calendars now. More information regarding this event will be sent out closer to the date, so be on the lookout.

For any questions or for more information, please email Tiffany Shull at

This is AVID
AVID...What is it?

Click here for a look into AVID.

Get Your Tdap!

All 7th graders are required to have proof of the Tdap vaccine after age 10 years old on file with the school nurse by 08/9/2023. Students are not allowed to attend school if immunizations are not up to date. Please schedule an appointment for your student with their primary care provider early as many doctors offices require a yearly well visit and appointment availability may be limited. Uninsured students should contact the Lexington County Health Department for an appointment 1-855-472-3432,

1070 Suite B

South Lake Drive

Lexington SC 29073

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Thank You Lexington 1 Bus Drivers!

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WKMS loves and appreciates you!

Coming Up Next Month...

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Lexington County School District One is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all students, parents/legal guardians, staff, visitors, personnel and community members who participate or seek to participate in its programs or activities. Therefore, the district does not discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or any related medical conditions), color, disability, age, genetic information, national origin, or any other applicable status protected by local, state, or federal law. The district will use the grievance procedures set forth in policy to process complaints based on alleged violations of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; the Equal Pay Act of 1963; the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008; and Titles I and II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

The district designates specific individuals to handle inquiries or complaints. To find out who to contact and how to contact them, please go to our website at