West Pine Middle
Ignite! Engage! Grow!
A Note from Mrs. Wiley
We are looking forward to another great week of learning and excelling at West Pine Middle.
Thank you for your patience with our morning and afternoon car lines. On Friday morning, we moved an estimated 350 cars through our car line in 30 minutes! Our lines will continue to be lengthy unless more students ride the bus or families carpool. All students must be picked up from school no later than 3:30pm unless they are staying for tutoring or an after school event.
Our Wildcats are back in action on the fields, trail, and court! This week, our football team plays at home Wednesday, and our softball and tennis teams play at home Thursday. Game times are 4pm. We ask that your child is picked up at 5:15pm for all fall athletic events. Student pick-up for athletic events will be AT THE FRONT OF THE SCHOOL. This is a change from what was previously shared. Cars are asked to pull all the way up to the first open spot, and your child will walk to your car. Students should not be picked up in the staff or bus parking lots. PTSO will be selling Wildcat tee-shirts at all home football games this season. Shirts are $15 (cash or check - payable to WPMS PTSO).
Below you will find more information regarding upcoming dates, athletics, and PTSO events.
Sunday is Patriot Day. We continue to honor the sacrifices made by remembering the heroes, armed forces, first responders, and countless others’ acts of service to defend our nation’s freedom.
As always, it's a great day to be a Wildcat!
Take care. JW
WPMS will celebrate Constitution Day this Friday.
Instructional (including the encore fees) and technology fees can be paid online, or students can bring in cash or check. Contact Ms. Mullen, our bookkeeper, if you have any questions.
Free/Reduced Lunch Forms are due ASAP.
Don't forget to review the dress code with your child. In particular, students must wear clothing that covers their skin from chest to mid thigh with opaque (non-see-through) fabric in front, back, and on the sides. Clothing must cover undergarments, and breasts, genitals and buttocks must be covered with opaque (non see-through) fabric. For more information, visit the MCS Student Code of Conduct.
Bus Transportation Information
Transportation can be viewed on Parent Portal (web browser only, NOT the app). Here you can verify your child's transportation information.
Please continue to contact the call center (910-947-5861) for any concerns or questions about your student's route.
All fall athletic teams have pictures on Tuesday, 9/13 after school. Practice will continue afterwards.
Home Athletic Event Information:
All games/matches officially start this week starting at 4:00pm! Tickets are $2 for students and $4 for adults. Children that are not of school age are free. Concessions will be available for purchase for all who attend. Students and families are invited and encouraged to attend home athletic events to support our student athletes! Please review the schedule for next week.
Monday, 9/12: Softball and tennis will be playing AWAY @ SanLee. Tennis will be played at Southern Lee High School, while softball will be played at SanLee Middle School. Families traveling to Lee County must purchase tickets in advance on https://gofan.co/
Wednesday, 9/14: West Pine Middle hosts its first HOME football game of the season against East Lee Middle.
Thursday, 9/15: West Pine Middle hosts its first HOME softball game and tennis match against West Lee Middle.
We ask that your child is picked up at 5:15pm for all fall athletic events. Parents, student pickup from athletic events will be AT THE FRONT OF THE SCHOOL. Cars are asked to pull all the way up to the first open spot at the Wildcat Way sign. The students will walk to your car. Please do not stop when you see your child. Staff will direct you to keep moving as we have MANY cars to move through the line. DO NOT PICK UP YOUR CHILD IN THE STAFF and BUS PARKING LOTS. This is a change from what was previously shared.
WPM is looking forward to an exciting fall sports season! Please contact Mr. Willms if you need additional information or clarification about athletics.
Athletic Booster Club Information
School attendance is important and in order to receive the best education, students need to be present to fully support their academic success. School administrators and teachers track student attendance in PowerSchool. Parents should monitor their child’s attendance and ensure that students do not accumulate excessive absences. Both excused and unexcused absences count towards student attendance. Failure to meet minimum attendance policies may jeopardize a student’s ability to participate in sports or promote to the next grade. Parents will be contacted by school administration or a school social worker under the following circumstances:
- The child has accumulated three (3) unexcused absences in a school year.
- After not more than six (6) unexcused absences, the principal shall notify the family by mail that they may be in violation of the Compulsory Attendance Law.
- When student absences, excused or unexcused, reach five (5) in a semester or eleven (11) in a year in grades 9-12, or fifteen (15) in a year in grades K-8, the principal will contact the family.
- Students in grades 9-12 who are absent from a class more than eight (8) days, excused or unexcused, during a semester course shall not receive credit for the semester or year.
- Students in grades K-8 who are absent more than twenty (20) days during a year shall be referred to an interdisciplinary attendance committee which shall determine if the student should be retained. Additional policies are outlined in MCS Board of Education Policies, Section 6000.
Car Line Key Points
- Doors open at 7:30am. For our students' safety, we ask that you not drop off your child prior to that time as there are no staff members on duty.
- All students are dropped off at front of school in the morning. Please do not drop off in the bus parking lot, grassy area, tennis courts, at WPES, or at a local business.
- Students who work the school store or are involved in an early morning club meeting may be dropped off in the grassy area or front driveway.
- Older siblings will go to the younger sibling's car line for pick-up.
- Don't forget, 7th grade is picked up on the service road behind the baseball field. Cars will enter at WPES.
- 8th grade cars may proceed to the staff parking lot for afternoon dismissal. Once that area is full, 8th grade cars must remain in the main car line with the 6th grade cars. A staff member will be outside to help direct traffic. Use your right turn signal to alert the staff member on duty that you are going to 8th grade pick-up.
- Cars are asked to pull all the way up to the first open spot. The students will walk to your car. Do not stop when you see your child. Staff will direct you to keep moving as we have MANY cars to move through the line.
- Week of September 26: Interim Reports
- September 29: PTSO Meeting and CANVAS for Parents, 6:30pm, multi-purpose room
- October 10: Teacher Workday
- October 20: PTSO Meeting and Understanding My Middle School Child, 6:30pm, multi-purpose room
- October 21: PTSO-sponsored After School Social "Fall Bash", 3-5pm
- October 26: WPMS vs SMS Football at Pinecrest HS, 6pm
- October 28: Early Release Day, 12pm
- November 15: PTSO Meeting and Dangers Teens Face Online, 6pm, multi-purpose room
WPMS PTSO News
- PTSO will be selling Wildcat tee-shirts at all home football games this season. Shirts are $15 (cash or check - payable to WPMS PTSO).
- PTSO will sponsor the FALL BASH AFTER SCHOOL SOCIAL Friday, October 21 from 3-5pm. Volunteers are needed!
- Coming Soon: PTSO General Business Meetings and Parent Informational Sessions. Mark your calendars and join us to learn how we all can support our students.
- September 29: Get To Know CANVAS (from the parent perspective), presenter: Rachel Neckermann, DIF; 6:30pm
- October 20: Understanding My Middle School Child, presenters: Tracy Mosher and Stacy Newton, school counselors; 6:30pm
- November 15: Dangers Teens Face Online, presenters: Stacey Gatling, social worker and Dee Pullium, Special Agent with NC State Bureau of Investigation (This session is for adults and is more explicit.)
- Help us celebrate the staff at WPMS with our annual "We Are Thankful For You" luncheon on Friday, November 18. More information will be coming, but volunteers are needed to bring in food and beverages and serve as cafeteria monitors.
Do you want to get involved but don't know where to start? Join the WPMS PTSO. For more information, reach out to one of our board members or email them at email@example.com.
- Alison McCloskey - president
- Amanda Peterson - secretary
- Meredith Morgan-Coleman - treasurer
- Karyn Schwagel - board member
Parent Advisory Representatives
Here are your parent representatives for the 2022-23 school year.
- Parent Advisory Council (PAC): Chiquita Monroe
- Military Family Advisory Council (MFAC): Alison McCloskey
- Hispanic Community Advisory Council (HCAC): Elizzeth Salgado
- African American Community Advisory Council (AACAC): Whitney Alford
- School Improvement Team (SIT): Alison McCloskey and Lynn Antil
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