The Wildcat Weekly
What's happening at #woodmontmiddlecool
April 24th Edition 🌼🌷🌺
Greetings, Wildcat Families!
We are excited to celebrate our amazing administrive professionals on Wednesday - Mrs. Burnett, Mrs. McCrary, Ms. Spurgeon, and Mrs. Albrecht! Our front office staff goes above and beyond to provide support to our students, staff, and families, and we appreciate them SO MUCH for all they do. BIG THANKS to Rachel Arial Jordan, owner of "The Ruffled Petal" and former WMS parent, who is providing a beautiful arrangment for our front office this week! Please call Rachel for all of your floral needs at 864-346-7748.
Next week (May 1-5) is TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK!!!👩🏫💙🎉🎈
Our teachers are the stars of the show and are committed to "working hard and loving kids" here at Woomdont Middle. Please take a moment next week to send in a word of gesture of thanks to your child's teachers. We've compiled a list of their FAVORITE THINGS if you'd like to access this for ideas. Even just a kind and supportive phone call, note, or email MEANS THE WORLD to our staff!!! Thank you in advance for helping us create a learning community that can RECRUIT and RETAIN the VERY BEST for our children!
Thank you for you your help reinforcing our morning procedures! Last week went MUCH more smoothly. As a reminder:
- The breakfast line opens at 7:40. Students who are waiting in the cafe who wish to eat breakfast should do as soon as the line opens.
- All students must wear their district ID (or temporary sticker) once they enter the building AND keep the ID around their neck as they leave the cafeteria for their grade level hallway and go about their day.
- Students who report to school after the line has opened and wish to eat breakfast should immediately find their place in the line.
- Once in line, students should keep their place and continue to move forward as the line advances.
- Students should not touch any milk cartons other than the one they are choosing.
- Sixth grade students have a "grab and go" breakfast to eat in their LIFT classroom on their hallway. Seventh and eighth grade students are asked to eat in the cafeteria.
- Once students are seated with their breakfast, they are asked to socialize at a conversational level and finish eating within 10 minutes before moving on to their grade level hallway.
- Once students have left the cafeteria, they are not allowed to return without a pass from their LIFT teacher.
Students who do not follow these expectations WILL be politley redirected by an adult charged with supervising the cafe during breakfast. It is important that students respond in the same manner, the first time they are asked to comply.
Thank you for your help in maintaining a safe, respectful, and orderly start to our school day. Please contact an administrator if you have any questions.
After-school program runs Tuesday and Thursdays
PTA School Store runs Wednesdays and Fridays
All week this week: Scholastic Book Fair in the Media Center
Monday, April 24h 8th Grade Night for Baseball (rescheduled)
Tuesday, April 25th WMS hosts middle level principals luncheon
Wednesday, April 26th Saluda River Grill WMS Spirit Night
Wednesday, April 26th Ms. V & Ms. E's Classroom Visits to WHS
Thursday, April 27th Middle School Art Show Awards @ Roper Mtn. Science Ctr. from 5-7 PM
Friday, April 28th Buyout Basketball Tourney Fundraiser from 2-3 PM (see below)
Week of May 1st-5th WMS Teacher Appreciation Week 👩🏫💙🎉🎈
Wednesday, May 3rd Progress Reports & Required Summer School Notification
Thursday, May 4th WMS Wildcat Fest, 5-7 PM (formerly our Block Party) & Spring Orchestra Concert
Friday, May 5th Spring Band Concert
SAVE the DATES:
SC READY & PASS TESTING DATES
5/16 SC Ready ELA Day 1
5/17 SC Ready ELA Day 2
5/23 SC Ready Math
5/24 Algebra I EOC & SC PASS Science (6th grade only)
TESTING MAKEUPS WILL BE HELD DURING GRADE LEVEL FIELD DAYS!
5/25 7th Grade Field Day
5/26 6th Grade Field Day & Yearbook Signing Events
5/29 Memorial Day - NO SCHOOLS
5/30 Awards Days (All grades during Electives) & 8th Grade Dance
5/31 8th Grade Field Day & Cookout
6/1 Half Day
6/2 Half Day; LAST DAY FOR STUDENTS
We are here for you! Do not hesitate to contact us if there are additional ways we can support your child and family. We are STRONG when we are #woodmonttogether!
WMS Business Partner Shout-Out: The Ruffled Petal
Big thanks to The Ruffled Petal for providing our Administrative Professionals with a beautiful arrangement to enjoy in the front office all week. Be sure to contact Rachael Arial Jordan -- former WMS parent and owner -- for all of your floral needs...864-346-7748.
Are you or your business interested in becoming a WMS Business/Community partner? Please contact Principal Couch at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Media Center Updates
Congratulations to Treasure Johnson for winning a $15.00 Gift Certificate by correctly guessing one of the Book Fair Mystery Books during our Mystery Book Contest.
Our Scholastic Book Fair will be here all week in the Media Center! Students, you must have a Smartpass to attend the fair.
Summer School Dates Announced
Parents whose students are in danger of failing math and/or ELA for the year recieved a letter with their child's progress reports last Thursday.
All parents receiving this letter should make plans now and register for their child to attend. If your child earns a yearly average of 60 or above by the end of the school year, you may choose to opt your student out at that time. Please register by Friday, April 28th by scanning the QR code or visiting the website: https://forms.gle/CAcbmUkLK5dQQtA7A
Summer school will be held Mondays – Thursdays from 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM and students will be required to attend all four weeks:
June 19 - 22
June 26 - 29
July 10 - 13
July 17 – 20
Summer school is provided free of charge. Bus transportation is available upon request (at least 3 weeks in advance). Breakfast and lunch will also be served free of charge.
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Tdap for Rising 7th Graders
Parents, please begin making arrangements to ensure your child has had the Tdap vaccine before the start of next school year! Seventh grade students who have not had the vaccine will not be allowed to start school in August. We want to see all of our students on the first day! Please don't wait until the last minute, as appointments are sometimes difficult to get over the summer. See below for additional information and let us know if we can help you in any way.
South Carolina law requires that all students entering the seventh grade receive one (1) dose of Tdap vaccine. Tdap vaccine protects children from three serious diseases: tetanus, diptheria, and pertussis (often called whooping cough). State law began the requirement for the Tdap vaccination in the 2013-14 school year.
If your child has already had the vaccine, you must provide the school with proof that they have had it. If your child has not received the vaccine, please contact your health care provider as soon as possible to schedule an appointment for your child to be given the vaccine. The Tdap vaccination is given by health care providers, many pharmacies, and the Greenville County Health Department. Once your child has received the vaccine, please remember that you must provide proof to the school nurse.
Students entering the seventh grade, who have not received the Tdap vaccine by the beginning of next school year (August 2022), will not be allowed to attend school until they have received the vaccine and provided proof to the school nurse.
For More Information:
Contact the school nurse at your child’s school or call 864-355-3100
Se Requiere la Vacuna de T-dap (Tos Ferina) para estudiantes entrando al séptimo grado
La ley de Carolina del Sur requiere que todos los estudiantes que ingresan al séptimo grado reciban una (1) dosis de la vacuna Tdap. La vacuna Tdap protege a los niños de tres enfermedades graves: tétanos, difteria y tos ferina. Esta ley estatal que ordena que la vacunación de Tdap sea obligatoria se hizo efectiva durante el año escolar 2013-14.
Si su hijo/a ya ha recibido la vacuna, debe traer a la escuela una prueba de que la ha recibido. Si su hijo/a no ha recibido la vacuna, comuníquese con su proveedor de atención médica lo antes posible para programar una cita para que su hijo/a reciba la vacuna. La vacuna Tdap es administrada por proveedores de atención médica, muchas farmacias y el Departamento de Salud del Condado de Greenville. Una vez que su hijo/a haya recibido la vacuna, recuerde que debe proporcionar una prueba a la enfermera de la escuela.
Estudiantes que ingresan al séptimo grado, que no han recibido la vacuna Tdap al partir del próximo año escolar (agosto de 2022), no se les permitirá asistir a la escuela hasta que hayan recibido la vacuna y proporcionado pruebas a la enfermera de la escuela.
Para Más Información:
Comuníquese con la enfermera de la escuela de su hijo/a o llame al 864-355-3100.
WMS Housequake & LiveSchool Parent Accounts
Parents, in addition to being a Woodmont Wildcat, your child also now belongs to one of 4 Houses that are unique to our school....Oncilla, Serval, Amur, or Caracal.
The link below will take you to an overview of our House system and show you how our new LiveSchool platform will play a HUGE part in the spirit of House competition AND keeping you even more in the loop at home.
Your child has been given information to bring home on how to set up your parent account (including 2 unique codes specific to YOUR child). After you set up an account, you can access the platform whenever you want...but we know how busy you are! You can also opt to automatically receive a recap email each week. We hope you will choose to partner with us to help bring Woodmont Middle to a whole new level!
As a reminder, ID sets are always available for sale in the media center for $7, or broken down as follows:
Photo ID - $5
Grade Level Lanyard = $1
House Color ID Cover = $1
Please send a check or exact change with your child.
WMS Clubs & Activities
Our extracurricular clubs are ramping up! Please click HERE for a complete list of offerings.
Students of all grades are invited to participate in our clubs. Please contact the sponsor directly if you would like more information or are interested in having your child participate. We are always looking for volunteers to assist as well! If you have a talent or passion and would like to sponsor an afterschool student club, please contact Ms. Couch. Level II volunteer clearance is required.
Wildcat News Broadcast!
WMS is SO EXCITED to be starting a student-created news broadcast!
Broadcasts will be aired on our YouTube Channel every Wednesday and Friday mornings. See Ms. Gosnell if you're interested in being a part of the crew!
Dress Code Reminders
Please be sure you've reviewed our student dress code with your child. We want all our students to be able to remain in class once they arrive to school! In the past, we have provided tape to cover up holes in pants that are above the knee. This year we would like to ask your help in making sure this is taken care of before students arrive to school.
CELL PHONES OUT OF SIGHT!!!
Parents, we need your help. Please talk with your child about responsible and ethical use of technology. It is a school rule that cellular devices and wireless earbuds remain out of sight (preferably stored in bookbags) while in the school building. It is our hope that students are able to adhere to this rule and keep the privilege of carrying these devices on their person throughout the day.
Please note, parents of students who violate this policy will be contacted by a teacher and/or administrator and assigned a locker and combination on their grade level hallway. Students will be required to lock up their cell phone upon arrival and retrieve it at dismissal. The requirement to keep the cell phone locked in the assigned locker will remain in effect for the rest of the school year. Again, this consequence will only happen if students are unable to abide by our request to keep phones and earbuds stored out of sight throughout the day.
Our school phone lines are always available for two-way communication between students and parents. Thank you for helping us maintain a safe and effective learning environment. Please contact administration if you have any questions.
Our doors open at 7:30 a.m. Please do not drop off students before that time, as no supervision is available. In order to keep a long line from forming, please PULL ALL THE WAY DOWN before unloading your child.
Breakfast is provided FREE OF CHARGE to all students. Breakfast for car riders closes at 8:15 a.m. Breakfast for bus riders extends until the last bus arrives. All students should arrive before 8:30 a.m. to be counted present and on time for the day.
Parents, I know mornings are a busy time for us all, and many of you head to work after dropping off your child. However, please note that parents are not allowed to "skip the line" in morning drop-off. This creates a safety hazard for your child!
We have a SINGLE LINE drop-off. Once our doors open at 7:30, we do our best to quickly clear the line by having parents PULL ALL THE WAY DOWN before unloading their child. It does take a few minutes when there is heavy traffic.
If you need to ensure drop-off right at 7:30, please arrive by 7:15 so you can be at/toward the front of the line.
Afternoon Dismissal: Parents who pick up their child each day, please observe the following procedures:
- Form double lines while waiting for dismissal.
- Display your dismissal number so we get your child into the queue.
- The use of cell phones while the line is moving is prohibited.
- MERGE at the cones, taking turns from each line (one from right, one from left, etc.). Be courteous.
- PULL ALL THE WAY FORWARD before stopping and loading your child.
- Stress to your child to report to the carline as soon as their name is displayed and WATCH for their car. Pickups requiring extra time due to student delays will be asked to circle back through the carline.
Backpack Blessings is a program that the Columbia Baptist Church organizes and provides to our Woodmont Middle School students. We are so thankful for their generosity! If your student is in need of school supplies, boxed lunch/dinners, hygiene products, or clothing, please fill out the Google Form Survey below. If you have specific needs or questions about this program, you may contact the 6th Grade Counselor, Ms. Genova.