News from the Nest

WKMS Newsletter - September 2022 Issue

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Important September Dates

September is Library Card Sign Up Month

  • Sept 5 - Labor Day (No School)
  • Sept 7 - Volleyball game @ PHMS - 5:00pm
  • Sept 7 - Football game @ Newberry HS - 6:00pm
  • Sept 8 - iReady Diagnostic Testing (in Math classes)
  • Sept 8 - International Literacy Day
  • Sept 8 - Volleyball game @ MGMS - 5:30pm
  • Sept 9 - iReady Diagnostic Testing (in Math classes)
  • Sept 12 - 16 - National Arts in Education Week
  • Sept 12 - Volleyball game vs. Newberry @ WKMS - 5:30pm
  • Sept 14 - Football game vs. Mid Carolina @ WKHS - 7:30pm
  • Sept 13 - Volleyball game vs. CSMS @ WKMS - 5:30pm
  • Sept 15 - Oct 15 - Hispanic Heritage Month
  • Sept 15 - iReady Diagnostic Testing (in ELA classes)
  • Sept 15 - International Dot Day
  • Sept 16 - iReady Diagnostic Testing (in ELA classes)
  • Sept 17 - 23 - Constitution Week
  • Sept 15 - Volleyball game vs. Lakeside @ WKMS - 5:30pm
  • Sept 15 - Football game vs. Lakeside @ WKMS - 5:30pm
  • Sept 20 - Volleyball game @ Beechwood- 5:30pm
  • Sept 21 - Collaborative Planning Day - Dismissal @ 12:05pm
  • Sept 21 - Football game vs. Beechwood @ WKHS - 6:00pm (8th gr. Recognition)
  • Sept 22 - Volleyball game vs. PHMS @ WKMS - 5:30pm
  • Sept 29 - Football game vs. Meadow Glen @ RBHS 6:00pm
  • Sept 28 - Volleyball game vs. MGMS @ RBHS - 6:00pm
  • Sept 29 - Volleyball game @ CSMS - 5:30pm

WKMS Administration is So Glad You are Here!

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Your WKMS Admin Leadership

Principal - Mr. Don Hardie

Assistant Principal - Mr. Daniel Bailey (8th Gr)

Assistant Principal - Ms. Margaret Schilit (6th Gr)

Assistant Principal - Ms. Angela Thom (7th Gr)

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Fun Facts about Labor Day!

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2022-2023 WKMS Bell Schedule

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2022-2023 Lex 1 District Calendar

Click here to view all upcoming important dates in Lexington 1.


We are not fully out of the woods yet, when it comes to Covid. To keep all students and staff as safe as possible this year, we encourage frequent hand washing and sanitizing hands when entering and exiting classrooms.

As always, if your student is feeling ill, please keep him/her at home to help prevent the spread of germs. We truly appreciate all you do from the home front to help keep our community healthy. Keep reading for a word from our Lex 1 District Nurse, Ms. Amy Wood.

Dear Lexington District One Families:

Lexington District One students and staff continue to learn, work and live with COVID-19 with minimal disruptions. Our schools are operating normally, and DHEC no longer requires close contacts to quarantine. Please remember that students who are sick with COVID-19 or test positive must continue to isolate, meaning they must stay at home from school.

We recently updated the way to report your student’s COVID-19 positive test results for the 2022–23 school year. All student reports of a positive COVID-19 test result will be completed through the COVID-19 report form found in PowerSchool Parent Portal. The previous Google form link is no longer accepting responses. After logging on to Parent Portal, select ‘Forms’ in the navigation bar, then fill out and submit the “COVID-19 Reporting Form.” We will then email you further information on when your student may return to school and school-sponsored events.

We look forward to a safe and healthy school year.

Amy Wood, BSN, RN
Nursing and Health Services Director

How Do We Contact You?

As we begin a new school year, we want to make sure that all families are well-aware of the happenings in our school/district and don't want anyone to be left out. To do this, good communication is more important than ever. If any of your contact information has changed recently, please email Tammy Wise at, so she can enter the correct information into PowerSchool. Thank you!

August & September - the Months of Organization at WKMS

Each month, we will be spotlighting one component of WICOR (Writing. Inquiry. Communication. Organization. and Reading) and August/September component is ORGANIZATION. WICOR is an important part of AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) and we are excited to be using AVID strategies in all of our classes this year.

Below are some tips for getting/staying organized:

  • Check Schoology DAILY. to make sure all work is being completed (especially if quarantined).
  • Use a Planner to keep up with all your assignments, due dates, and upcoming quizzes, tests, or projects.
  • Clean out your backpack - Backpacks will begin getting pretty messy soon. Take the time to clean it out and put those papers in the appropriate sections of your binder.
  • Check PowerSchool often to make sure you do not have any missing assignments or low grades that you need to pull up.
  • Binder - A 3-ring binder with dividers for each class is a great and EASY tool to use to help. Check out the picture below to assist with creating a well-organized binder. All students should have a binder that was set up in class. Now all you have to do is keep it clean and organized.
  • Replenish pencils and paper. - Note when you are getting low on supplies and replenish to ensure that you are prepared for all your classes.
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WKMS Tabletop Gaming Club!

Are you interested in tabletop gaming? Have you ever wanted to learn how to play collectible card games, best your friends at your favorite board game, or learn how to paint miniatures? Now is your chance! Introducing the WKMS Tabletop Gaming Club: a weekly club dedicated to all things tabletop gaming. We plan on meeting

If you are interested in joining the club, fill out the Google form below. Remember, this is an afterschool club, so you will need to have transport home after the club is over. Transportation will NOT be provided.

If you have any questions see:

6th Grade: Mrs. Gambrell -

7th Grade: Mr. Cole -

8th Grade: Mr. Stephens -

Anyone: Mr. McManus -

Please complete this form no later than Wednesday, August 31st

We hope to see you across the table!

Thank you Coaches!

As our football and volleyball seasons kick off this year, we want to thank our amazing coaching staff! If you see them, make sure you tell them "Go Hawks!". Thank you, Coaches, for representing WKMS so well and for giving your all to our student-athletes.


Joe Albino - Head Coach

Tyler Richardson - Assistant Coach

Adam Powalie - Assistant Coach

Andrew Chaves - Assistant Coach

Evan Richardson - Assistant Coach

Braeden Slater - Assistant Coach

Haden Tolbert - Assistant Coach


Jordan Seigler - Head Coach

Taylor Hash - Assistant Coach

Corrine Hash - Assistant Coach


Serena Olivi - Co-Head Coach

Wendy Nance - Assistant Coach

WKMS Football - Come Support our Team!

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Come out and Cheer on our Volleyball Team!

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Congrats to Our 2022 Volleyball Players!

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Interested in trying out for Baseball?

Are you a 7th or 8th grader that is interested in trying out for baseball? Follow this link to get all the information you need about open season workouts. If you are playing a current sport for White Knoll you do not need to attend.

WKMS Choice Reading Letter

Click here to read about our choice reading at WKMS.

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Join our WKMS PTSA Today!

Hello Fellow Warhawks,

The summer is over, and the school year has begun. We believe this will be a great academic year for our students and teachers. As a Parent, Teacher, Student Association (PTSA), we planned some exciting programs and activities for our school last year. We were able to accomplish a few of them, but due to COVID concerns, others were abandoned. I want to invite you to join the PTSA this year. With your support, ideas, and energy, we could do our part to make this a great year for our teachers and students. Parent Teacher Student Association membership is only $5 for the year. Click on this link and complete your registration and payment. Membership Link

As you are thinking of becoming a member for this academic school year, consider helping us raise money to make this school year great. If you are a business owner or have connections with an entrepreneur who would love to contribute to our efforts, please share our advertising perks and sponsorship levels. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization, and all funds donated to us are tax deductible. These extra funds will help us to support WKMS with activities like Guest Assembly Speaker(s), Parent Seminars, Family Events, Student Fun Days, etc.

Be a part of making this year great for WKMS!

Many thanks for considering my request.

Dwayne White, Sr.


Arts in Education Week

WKMS is a supporter of the arts and September 12 - 17 is National Arts in Education Week. To honor the importance of art in education, check out what a few of our fine arts teachers had to say about it below.

"Above everything--how the arts help test scores, literacy, etc--the arts give students a niche, a place to belong and feel safe. All the other stuff is just gravy!" - Ms. Debb Adams (Drama Teacher)

"The excitement or despair heard in music often tells the story of what was going on during that era in history. Students often make connections without realizing that they are learning." - Mr. Mark Hodowanec (Band Teacher)

"Arts in Education is a tool for students and teachers. The Arts are a thinking tool and a tool for self expression. The Arts are a universal language spoken by those who may not be able to communicate verbally, but can through visual, auditory, or physical storytelling. The Arts encourage our students to show their true selves, not who or what they are expected to be." - Ms. Lauren Blakely (Art Teacher)

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Congrats to Students Nyla Fair and Kendal Robinson!

It is our great pleasure to let you know White Knoll Middle School students, Nyla Fair and Saul Kendal Robinson have been recognized by the South Carolina 4-H Pinckney Leadership Program for their excellence in leadership and service to others. These students have demonstrated what it means to be a 4-H Pinckney Leader and have been active participants in our program. These leaders aim to use their skills and experiences to better their communities and schools. We look forward to seeing what they will accomplish throughout the academic year.

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Hispanic Heritage Month!

Hispanic Heritage month begins in the middle of September and continues until mid-October. Take some time to learn about the different cultures and countries. You can start now by checking out what two of our teachers have said about their home country.

Hilda Duarte Gomez: I was born in Venezuela. I am Venezuelan.

An important fact about my country: Venezuela has the highest waterfall in the world,(979 meters/ 3211.94 feet) It is called “The angel fall” if you watch the movie “Up” you may know what it is. Here is a video link of my beautiful country. :)

Ana Trucco Solera: I was born in Colombia, South America.

An interesting fact about Colombia is that it is one of the largest flower producers in the world. 70% of the flowers are imported to the United States. Also, Colombia Is the most biodiverse country on the Planet.

Need More Information? Check out below.

WKMS Student Hub

Click here to access important student links!

WKMS Parent Hub

Click here to access important parent & guardian information.

Link to Schoology Access Codes Request Form

Click here if you need your Parent Access Code for Schoology

A Quote to Remember from Kid President

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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