News from the Nest

WKMS Newsletter - February Issue

Important Dates

  • Feb 1 - 5: National School Counseling Week
  • Feb 2: Groundhog Day
  • Feb 6: Lex10 Basketball Playoffs (Round 1)
  • Feb 8: Lex10 Basketball Playoffs (Round 2)
  • Feb 11: Lex10 Basketball Playoffs (Semi-Finals)
  • Feb 13: Lex10 Basketball Championships @ Swansea High
  • Feb 15: Presidents Day (No School for Students/Staff)
  • Feb 15 - 19: Random Acts of Kindness Week
  • Feb 16: Lex 1 School Board Meeting
  • Feb 23: WKMS SIC Meeting @ 5pm
  • Feb 24: Bus Driver Appreciation Day
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National School Counseling Week

February 1st - 5th is National School Counseling Week. The WKMS School Counseling Office is a hard-working group of individuals that go above and beyond for the needs of our students and staff. Take a moment during this week to send an email or write a letter of thanks and appreciation for all they do.

Marlene Neal - 8th Grade School Counselor -

Jennifer Calabrese - 7th Grade School Counselor -

Meredith Thomas - 6th Grade School Counselor -

Christine Avery - Counseling Office Secretary -

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AVID Scholars Wanted!

We are excited to offer a unique opportunity to our rising 7th and 8th grade students for the 2021-2022 school year! We will be introducing an 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, 7th grade students and 25 qualified, 8th grade students.

The primary component of AVID will be 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.

An ideal WKMS AVID student meets the following criteria:

  • Achieved a score greater than or equal to the 40th percentile on the 2019 SCReady ELA and Math assessment

  • Achieved a score greater than or equal to the 40th percentile on 2020-21 STAR 360 benchmark assessments in ELA and Math OR has shown exceptional growth over the 2020-21 school year

  • Has an average GPA of 2.0 - 3.5 for the 2020-21 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. A parent night is scheduled for February 18th from 6:00-6:30pm via Zoom to provide more information and answer any questions you might have. We also have included a brief Google Slides presentation as well. 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 5th. Remember, we only have spots for 25 rising seventh and 25 rising eighth graders. One of those spots could be yours and this opportunity could change your whole future!

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.

WKMS Basketball

The WarHawks played their last game of the regular season January 28th. The month of February kicks off with the Lex10 Basketball Playoffs. Wish our players luck in the tournament. They have played with full heart this season, even in the midst of challenges 2020 has brought.

From Coach Sellars:

The boys basketball team finished the regular season with a 10-2 record (9-1 in the North Division of the Lexington10 Conference). This record earned them the North Division Regular Season Championship and a place in the Lex10 Conference semifinals versus Meadow Glen. The game will be held on February 6 at 12 PM. White Knoll and Meadow Glen tied for the regular season championship but we have clenched home court advantage! We can't wait to host and cheer on our boys in our own Hawks Nest.

On January 28, the eighth grade boys were recognized as the winningest class of boys basketball players with 22 wins and counting. They also are the first class to ever win a division championship in both the North and South divisions of the Lex10 Conference in back to back years both in school history and Lex10 Conference history. Finally, they are the first White Knoll team to play for the Lex10 Conference championship last year, and hope to make it back again this year. We are very proud of our young men as a whole and hope we'll have news of a championship in the next newsletter. Go War Hawks!

Thank You Basketball Cheerleaders!

Our WKMS Basketball Cheerleaders have cheered loudly for our basketball players and helped get our crowd involved. Be sure to thank these wonderful ladies for encouraging and pumping up our basketball teams. Awesome job this season, Warhawks!

Black History Month

Written by Autumn Moore, WKMS Student Body President and Madison Putman, WKMS 8th Grade Vice President

Black history month is a very important time of year, where we celebrate the many achievements of African Americans and their central role in US history. Founded by Carter G. Woodson, today is known as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) was a group that held a national Negro History week in 1926, choosing the second week of February to celebrate black Americans/culture. This celebration inspired others to celebrate as well. This event eventually grew large enough to where whole countries would celebrate. During this month, I would recommend you to learn about new people, like Mae Jemison (the first African American woman in space), John Mercer Langston (the first black man to become a lawyer), or Hiram Rhodes Revels (the first African American ever elected to the U.S. Senate). To start off this month, you can view the slideshow presentations about Rosa Parks below. As former first lady Michelle Obama once said ¨history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.¨ Black history month is not only a time to remember, but it is also a time to learn from our past to make a brighter future.

Rosa Parks Slides by Madison Putman, WKMS 8th Grade Vice President

Below, you can see the bulletin boards and multi-cultural research projects created by our own WKMS basketball team. The players did this in honor of National Service Day and MLK Day. The goal was to do research on any minority figure whether it was gender, sexuality, ethnicity, race, etc. whose voice is not often heard.The challenge was to choose someone most people would have never heard about. The players then also presented their projects at cultural diversity night.

Random Acts of Kindness Week

February 15th - 19th is Random Acts of Kindness Week (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, visit RAK Foundation

We suggest trying the following this week:

Monday - Show at least one RAK towards a family member

Tuesday - Show at least one RAK towards a friend

Wednesday - Show at least one RAK towards a stranger or neighbor

Thursday - Show at least one RAK towards a teacher or school staff member

Friday - Show at least one RAK towards anyone of your choosing

Sports, Sports, and More Sports! Get involved!

A White Knoll Legend is Retiring!

Coach Redmond has been a legend at WKMS and with WK athletics. After many years, he has decided to hang up his hat and retire. We reached out to Mr. Redmond to ask him to share with us his career journey as It is truly incredible.

Coach Redmond:

I am finally retiring. I will miss WKMS. It has been my home away from home for a long time.

I graduated from Benedict College in 1969 with a B.S. Degree in Business Education where I played baseball at Benedict College on scholarships for 4 years. I was inducted in the school's Hall of Fame on October 16, 2016. I started teaching school in Sumter, SC at Lincoln High School [where] I taught typing and Business English and coached football and baseball. While at Benedict, I met my wife, Patricia and we were married April 4, 1970.

I joined the army in June 1970. I served at Fort Holabird, in Maryland with the Military Intelligence School for 1 year and then I was transferred to Fort Huachuca, Arizona for 2 years. I served one year in Vietnam and returned from Vietnam to Fort Jackson, SC where I served for 15 years. Next, I was transferred to Fort Sam Houston, Texas for 3 years and then later to Fort Dix, New Jersey for another 5 years. I retired from the military in July of 1996.

In July 1996, I was hired by Dr. Nancy Turner, at White Knoll Middle School, to teach Typing (that changed to computer applications) and Leadership classes. I started coaching football and basketball at WKMS at that time. When White Knoll High School opened in 2000-2001 school, I started the first golf program and coached the golf team for 15 years. I retired from teaching in June 2011, but continued to substitute at WKMS and continued to coach boys and girls basketball at WKMS and Golf at WKHS.

It has been fun and I have really enjoyed being a WAR HAWK and I will miss my school family. All through my teaching and coaching career "It has been all about the children". I enjoy seeing them learning and having fun. I will miss you!

-Coach Redmond

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Thank You Lexington 1 Bus Drivers!

WKMS loves and appreciates you!


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

En Espanol: El Distrito Escolar del Condado de Lexington Uno, esta comprometido a una política de no discriminación e igual oportunidad para todos los estudiantes, padres/tutores legales, personal, visitantes, y miembros de la comunidad que participan o desean participar en sus programas o actividades. De ahí, que el distrito no discrimina en contra de ningún individuo en base a raza, religión, sexo (incluyendo preñez, parto o cualquier condición médica relacionada), color, incapacidad, edad, información genética, nacionalidad, u otro estado aplicable protegido por la ley local, estatal o federal. El distrito usara el procedimiento de quejas establecido en el reglamento para procesar quejas basadas en supuestas violaciones al Titulo VI del Acta de Derechos Civiles de 1964; Titulo VII del Acta de Derechos Civiles de 1964; Titulo IX del Acta de Enmiendas Educativas de 1972; Sección 504 del Acta de Rehabilitación de 1973; El Acta de Discriminación por Edad de 1975; El Acta de Discriminación en el Empleo por Edad de 1967; El Acta de Igualdad Salarial de 1963; El Acta de No Discriminación por Información Genética de 2008; y Títulos I y II del Acta de Americanos con Incapacidades de 1990.

El distrito designa individuos específicos para atender preguntas y quejas. Para saber a quien y como comunicarse con ellos, por favor visite nuestra pagina de Internet: