We are Walker Mill Middle School

Parent Edition - October 3, 2022

Big picture

Principal Message

Greetings Walker Mill Families!


Thank you to those who joined us for Back to School Night. No parents submitted additional questions. If you missed the meeting we shared a lot of information. Here is a document with Presentations and links for you to view.


Saturday, Oct. 1 is the first day to apply for high school specialty programs including Science & Technology, Aerospace, International Baccalaureate, P-TECH, 3D Scholars, Visual and Performing Arts, Online Campus, the Academy of Health Sciences, and Career and Technical Education programs.


Learn more about high school program options on Thursday, Oct. 20 at a showcase at Northwestern High School from 6 to 8 p.m.


Follow us on Twitter! Our sixth-grade teachers Ms. Maza and Mrs. Evans are our Twitter moderators!


Panther P.R.I.D.E!

*Urgent* Morning Drop off - Reminders

The staff at Walker Mill is committed to ensuring that your students remain in a safe and conducive environment. With that being said, it is important that we adhere to the following procedures as students are dropped off either via the school bus or a parent/guardian:


  • Car riders can be dropped off at the front of Walker Mill. Please enter via the construction side and drop off. There is to be no parking; this is a drop-off lane only.
  • Please do not double park with other cars or buses; busses need to be able to drop off students and exit quickly to move to their next pick-up destination
  • The drop-off lane is ONE WAY ONLY! Cars should enter the bus lane on the construction side and exit on the other end.
  • Please maintain a speed of no more than 5 mph as you drive through the drop-off lane. Students are walking to school and crossing the parking lot to gain access to the outside cafeteria doors where students are to report
  • When students are disembarking from the bus, the bus will use its stop sign. DO NOT go around the stop sign, wait until all students are off of the bus to ensure student safety.

Check out our Students in Action!

Our school was funded for a 3D Doodler EDU kit through Donors Choose. Technology students are just learning the techniques of and how to manipulate plastic as well as the pen to create creating 3D designs. Check out the beginnings of their masterpieces!
WMMS 3Doodler Full HD 1080p
Our Biochemical Systems Students designed balloon cars for their unit on Newton’s Law/Engineering. Here is a video of the cars in action!
https://youtu.be/ZVCOc_fCmj8
Big picture

Telehealth Services for Students begin October 10!

Free physical health services will roll out to students in middle schools and academies on Oct. 10! Through a partnership with the Prince George’s County Health Department and Hazel Health, students who are not feeling well will be able to speak with a Hazel doctor or schedule a therapy session virtually.

Physical health services will include medical treatment for stomach aches, headaches, sprained ankles, asthma concerns, and everything in between. Over-the-counter medications can be provided or, if needed, prescriptions can be written and sent to the family's neighborhood pharmacy.


Mental health services beginning in November will include scheduled short-term therapy visits. Visits can occur during the school day or while at home to assist students with coping with everything from anxiety, depression, and grief to peer and family relationships and bullying.


Sign up for services here! You must sign up for your scholar to be able to participate.

How Hazel Health Works
Big picture

New Buillding

Our new school is on track to open in SY 24! Please note due to the construction we have extremely limited parking for staff and visitors. Therefore, we will continue to hold the majority of our events in a virtual space.


To view information about our new home please visit:

https://pgcpsblueprintschools.com/schools-2/walker-mill-middle-school/

No State or Local assessments for October. Only TEACHER assessments will be given.

Big picture

Uniform Policy

Big picture

Visit our School Store

BACKPACKS

All students must have a clear backpack to transport items within the building. Students may leave their "regular' backpacks in their lockers. Students who attempt to carry any other backpack will be required to place it in their locker. Below are links to purchase:


Amazon


Walmart


Dicks Sporting Goods


Office Depot

Early Dismissal

School Hours

Our school day is 9:30 am to 4:10 pm. Any student arriving after 9:40 am should report to the office with documentation to receive a late slip to give to their first MOD teacher. Parents/Guardians arriving to pick students up for early departures must arrive no later than 3:45 pm, students will not be released after this time. In addition, students will not be released to any individual NOT listed in school max. Please login to school max to check the contacts list and email swatts@pgcps.org to update.

FOOD AND NUTRITION UPDATE

**Students will revert back to what their FARMS status was March 2020 (pre-Covid) on AUGUST 29. They will NOT automatically be free like last year as all Federal waivers are null and void.

Thus, it is even more important than ever that parents get their Meal Benefit Applications in ASAP. If they received a direct certification letter, they do not need to do the application as they are already qualified for free meals.


Application: https://www.pgcps.org/offices/food-and-nutrition/free-and-reduced-meals

Meal Prices: https://www.pgcps.org/offices/food-and-nutrition/how-to-pay-for-lunch

Big picture

PGCPS School Calendar SY 2023

Big picture

Parents Guide to Contacting Walker Mill

TECHNOLOGY ISSUES OR REQUEST

If you are new to PGCPS and need a laptop or have a PGPCS device that needs repair, contact jehaun.williams@pgcps.org or schedule an appointment at https://calendly.com/jehanwilliams


All PGPCS students who are new to Walker Mill should maintain the PGCPS device from thier previous school. Only return your device if you are leaving the PGCPS

TECHNOLOGY INFORMATION

We are a 1 to 1 School. Each student is assigned a PGPCS device for educational purposes

  • School issued laptops are the responsibility of the student to transport to and from school.

  • Any damage to a device, can be charged up to $250 to replace

  • Students should charge their device at home before coming to school.


The detailed electronic device policy is posted on our website. Please remind your students:

  • All cell phones and personal electronic devices (PEDs) must be powered off and put away during the school day, except when permission is given by a teacher or administrator to use for instructional purposes.

  • Students may not listen to music, text, make phone calls, play games, or take photos or videos at school, except under certain circumstances where permission may be granted by administration.


Parents, please do not call or text your student during the school day. If you need to speak to your student, please call the main office and we will allow your student to come to the office to take the call.


If you need assistance with your device or need a device please email jehan.williams@pgcps.org

School Nurse Corner!

Immunizations

Please be sure that your student's immunizations are current for the upcoming school year. Students who are not in compliance within 20 days of the start of the school year run the risk of being withdrawn from school until records are provided. You will find immunization compliance information here.



Irene Campbell, Ph.D. MS, RN, Health Service Leadership Mgmt -EDU.

Professional School Nurse/Case Manager/Delegating Nurse

Irene.Campbell@pgcps.org


Forms related to school health can be found here https://www.pgcps.org/health-forms/

Check out my virtual office.

Mark your calenders!

Yom Kipper - Schools and Offices Closed

Wednesday, Oct. 5th, 12am-11:45pm

This is an online event.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Monday, Oct. 10th, 9am

This is an online event.

Teachers will provide sign up sheets for virtual conferences.

Schools Closed for Students - Staff Professional Development Day

Friday, Oct. 21st, 9pm

This is an online event.

New address, phone number, email or custody documents?



Please make sure your information is up to date in school max! It is especially important that staff members have accurate information in order to reach you in a timely manner. To make changes email swatts@pgcps.org


Family Portal Information


Parents, please take time to Register for SchoolMax Family Portal to see your Students Grades & Attendance. Make sure you have an email address on file!


Family Portal Registrations


To ensure families are able to receive SchoolMessenger emails, you will need a Family Portal Account. Directions and guide videos can be found here.

ATHLETICS INFORMATION

Students who desire to play sports must have a completed physical in order to play.



If you have questions contact Coach Fludd at kyle.fludd@pgcps.org

WMMS Phys Ed: https://sites.google.com/pgcps.org/wmmspedept/home

WMMS Athletics: https://sites.google.com/pgcps.org/walkermillathletics/home

SCHOOL COMMUNICATION TOOLS

We will use our Website, Twitter (@WalkerMillMS) and Class Dojo



  • Make attendance a PRIORITY including limiting tardiness and absences
  • Check SchoolMax Parent Portal regularly to stay informed of student progress
  • Communicate often with your child’s teacher
Big picture

TAG Center Mission and Vision

MISSION:

WMMS TAG Center mission is to create an environment that empowers students to achieve their OWN personal excellence by nurturing and supporting our students to develop a passion for becoming life-long learners.


VISION:

WMMS TAG Center’s vision is to be a model TAG Center that fosters the development of gifted students that will thrive, flourish and become creative and productive citizens. This will be done through:

  • Innovative and rigorous instructional practices designed to expose, challenge and stimulate high-level thinking experiences.

  • Differentiating instruction to meet the needs of the student

  • Advance technology

  • Personal Experiences

  • Community partnership

  • Building a student's self-esteem to nurture their social and emotional needs.

TAG COORDINATOR: Nadine Gaujean EMAIL: Nadine.Gaujean@pgcps.org

AVID Program Mission

AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. It is designed to ensure all students, especially the least served students who are in the academic middle to:

  • Succeed in rigorous curriculum

  • Complete a rigorous college preparatory path

  • Enter mainstream activities of the school*

  • Enroll in a college

  • Become educated and responsible participants and leaders in their communities and our society

AVID COORDINATOR: Ayasha Lyke EMAIL: Ayasha.Lyke@pgcps.org