Walker Midde Magnet IB World School

The Year of Acceptance #IBtheDIFFERENCE

Welcome Back Students & Families!

Greetings Walker Families,


Welcome to the 2022-2033 school year! This will be Walker's “Year of Acceptance.” We will work to empower our IB learners to BE THE DIFFERENCE! This theme aligns closely with our IB learner profile traits and aims to help students make connections with their school family and our local and global community.


As you may have heard in the news, Walker earned an A grade! We broke the Walker record for highest number of school grade points ever, with an ASTOUNDING 713 points - the highest amongst Hillsborough County School District middle schools! Students showed excellent proficiency and growth in all subject areas. Congratulations and THANK YOU to our students, staff and parents!


This newsletter includes important information to help you and your student have a smooth start to the school year. Please be sure to take time to check out each portion. I look forward to seeing you on August 8th at Open House and on the first day of school on August 10th at 8:30 am!


Sincerely,

Heather Holloway

Principal/IB Head of School

Visit Walker's Website Regulary & Follow Us on Twitter!!

Visit Walker's website where much of the information below is housed.


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Open House - Monday, 8/8

YEAR 2/3 (7TH & 8TH GRADE) OPEN HOUSE

When: Monday, 8/8 - 3:00-4:30 PM

Where: Report to Gym to pick up class schedule. Also visit these tables: PTSA Membership & Spirit Wear, Student Nutrition Applications, Uniform Pick Up, HOST, Clubs, Athletics

What: Year 2 & 3 students will move freely during campus to explore schedules and meet teachers. No bell schedule will be followed.


What else do I need to know?

  • Do not arrive on campus before 2:45.
  • Year 2 & 3 Open House ends promptly at 4:30 pm.
  • Students who do not attend Open House will receive their schedule on the first day of school.
  • If there is an error on your student's schedule (missing period, duplicate period, more than one course assigned to a period), report to the media center.
  • If you need assistance with transportation, report to the media center.
  • No elective changes will be made.


YEAR 1 (6TH GRADE) OPEN HOUSE

When: Monday, 8/8 - 5:30-7:45 PM

Where: Report to Gym to pick up class schedule. Also visit these tables: PTSA Membership & Spirit Wear, Student Nutrition Applications, Uniform Pick Up, HOST, Clubs, Athletics

How do I know where my homeroom is? Your homeroom teacher & room number will be listed on your class schedule. You will be provided with a map of the campus.


What else do I need to know?

  • Do not arrive on campus before 5:00.
  • Be on time! You will follow a bell schedule, visiting each of your student's classes for a few minutes.
  • Year 1 Open House ends promptly at 7:45 pm.
  • Students who do not attend Open House will receive their schedule on the first day of school.
  • If there is an error on your student's schedule (missing period, duplicate period, more than one course assigned to a period), report to the media center during that period.
  • If you need assistance with transportation, report to the media center.
  • No elective changes will be made.


ACCESS OPEN HOUSE

When: Monday, 8/8, 1:00 - 2:00 PM

Where: Report to Cafeteria

Questions? Contact cassie.hellmers@hcps.net

6th Grade A/B Alternating Schedule

6th GRADERS ONLY!
  • A-day & B-day is for Year 1/6th Grade students only.
  • The 2 classes that alternate on a daily basis are Intro to World Languages & Physical Education.
  • A-day classes will be listed as: 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28. If the first number is a "2" - this is an "A" day class.
  • B-day classes will be listed as: 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38. If the first number is a "3" - this is a "B" day class.
  • The second number 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 = the period
  • 6th Grade teachers will help students with understanding the A day/B day schedule.

School Safety & Security

School Safety is ALWAYS in the forefront our minds at Walker. As we move into the new school year, I want to assure families that the safety of our staff and students is our highest priority.


  • We practice our evacuation and active assailant drills monthly, and our shelter in place drills twice during the year.
  • All building perimeter gates and interior/exterior doors remain closed and locked at all times. During AM arrival, open gates are monitored by a staff member.
  • Security cameras were installed this summer, which allows our School Resource Officer and school staff to better monitor the safety of our campus.
  • All staff wear an GPS/Automated Centegix badge that allows them to engage a lock down from any area of the school.
  • We are a closed campus. This means that anyone visiting campus must sign in through the main office. Parents are not permitted to walk students to classrooms.

Stay connected through Canvas!

We will manage much of our learning through Canvas.


Download the Canvas Student and Canvas Parent Apps on your phone!

Download Canvas Student iPhone

Download Canvas Parent iPhone

Download Canvas Student Android

Download Canvas Parent Android


Also, See SIMPLIFIED Canvas Log In & Password attachment below. Use CHROME or EDGE when logging in to Canvas.

Log in to Canvas here: https://hcpscanvasproject.azurewebsites.net/


Canvas Support:

https://bit.ly/hcpsstudentguide

https://bit.ly/canvasfamilyguide

Administration, School Counselors & ESE Support

Assistant Principals

Student Last Name A-Li - sarah.caldwell@hcps.net

Student Last Name Lo-Z - henry.lefler@hcps.net


School Counselors

Student Last Name A-Go - amanda.edlfalquez@hcps.net

Student Last Name Gu-Patel - monica.ode@hcps.net

Student Last Name Patt-Z - lauren.sabourin@hcps.net


ESE Specialist - cassie.hellmers@hcps.net

Register to Volunteer!

We are always in need of volunteers at Walker! If you think you will serve as a volunteer at anytime this year, please register as a volunteer at Volunteer Services / Hillsborough County Public Schools Volunteer Information (hillsboroughschools.org)


Our PTSA coordinates all volunteer opportunities. See link below.

Get Involved - Walker PTSA

School Hours & Bell Schedule

  • Every Monday is an EARLY RELEASE day. School begins at 8:30 and dismisses at 2:25.
  • Tuesdays through Fridays are regular school days. On these days, students begin at 8:30 and dismiss at 3:25. Students should arrive on campus no later than 8:25.
  • Walker's bell schedule is attached.
  • Office Hours are 7:30-4:00

Car Line Procedures

Watch AM Drop Off Video: https://youtu.be/9C6SFfDI1xw (all grades dropped off in front circle)


PM Pick Up :

  • Year 1(6th Gr) - Picked up on bus ramp
  • Year 2/3 (7th/8th gr) - picked up in front circle.


Please see the attachments below for important details on our car line. Safety is our top priority in the car line.

Request for Your Student to Walk/Bike Home from School

Students will only be able to walk/bike off Walker's campus after a parent request is submitted and approved.


  • Only students who are within walking distance of the school will be allowed to walk home from Walker's campus.
  • Address will be verified and mapped.
  • Students who walk home from school will be provided with a lanyard that allows them to leave campus on foot or bicycle. This will be delivered to their homeroom class.
  • Submit one form per child.
  • Students should pay attention to surroundings (not on electronic devices) while walking or biking.
  • Please note that there are no crosswalks, crossing guards or supervision in the roadways near Walker.

Submit request for your student to walk/bike home from Walker Middle School HERE.

Transportation

The district Transportation Office is beginning to provide bus routes to families. If you have not received your bus route information, please email silvia.ortiz1@hcps.net.


Looking for a Carpool? Click HERE

Need before or after care for your child?

Please see information on our HOST program below. HOST will be available beginning Wednesday, 8/10 Register for HOST HERE.


AM: 6:15-7:50 AM

PM: 3:25-6:00 PM

Need to Change Your Address?

To officially change your address: Email patricia.kephart@hcps.net

Lockers are Back!

Hall and PE Lockers will be rented to students beginning the 2nd week of school. The locker rental fee is $2.00 cash for each locker (1 hall & 1 PE per student). Homeroom and PE teachers will let students know the process for renting lockers.

Uniforms Required! Uniform & Spirit Wear Info Below!

Please note - B & B Sportswear is experiencing supply chain issues. Uniform orders may run late. Uniforms already delivered to Walker will be available for pick up at Open House on 8/8.


Walker Uniform Policy


District Dress Dode Policy pp. 51-52


Order Spirit Gear Here


Order Uniform Polo & PE Uniforms Here You are not required to purchase polos with a logo. You may purchase polos in the colors of Hunter Green, White, or Black at local stores. PE Uniforms are required.


Uniform Pick Up Dates

Supply Lists

Check out our supply lists here! Individual teachers may request additional supplies.

Walker is a "NO CELL PHONE ZONE"

Cell phones/electronic devices should be turned off and placed in backpacks upon student arrival to campus. They will not be permitted in the cafeteria, at the car line or in classrooms unless teachers give permission and use supports curriculum. Visible cell phones/electronic devices will be confiscated and must be picked up by a parent in the main office. Please discuss this policy with your student.

Does Your Student Have Special Medical Needs?

Please contact Nurse Natasha Munn at natasha.munn@hcps.net if your child has special medical or medication needs.

Where should I go when I arrive on campus? What can I expect on the first day?

Where you go when you arrive on campus depends on your grade level and whether you are eating breakfast.


Year 1 (6th Grade)


  • Parents should NOT walk students to the building.
  • Students report to cafeteria no earlier than 7:50. Breakfast is served from 7:50-8:10.
  • Electronics are not permitted in the cafeteria. All electronics should be off and in your back pack when you arrive on campus.
  • Year 1 students transition to patio at 8:10.
  • Be sure to think about where your homeroom class is. That is where you will report after breakfast.
  • There will be staff with homeroom locator lists ready to assist.



Year 2/3 (7th/8th Grade) Eating Breakfast


  • Report to cafeteria no earlier than 7:50. Breakfast is served from 7:50-8:10.
  • Electronics are not permitted in the cafeteria. All electronics should be off and in your back pack when you arrive on campus.
  • All Year 2/3 students transition to Gym after breakfast at 8:10.
  • Students will report to homeroom after breakfast.
  • There will be staff with homeroom locator lists ready to assist.



Year 2/3 (7th/8th Grade) NOT Eating Breakfast


  • Report to gym area no earlier than 7:50.
  • Electronics are not permitted in the gym area. All electronics should be off and in your back pack when you arrive on campus.
  • Students will report to homeroom after breakfast.
  • There will be staff with homeroom locator lists ready to assist.



If you aren't sure where to go or don't know how to get there - just ask! There will be plenty of staff members around to assist you!

What if my schedule is missing a period? Has a duplicate period? Or has more than one course assigned to a period?

Students will receive a printed schedule in 1st period/homeroom on the first day of school. Teachers will let students know how to request a schedule correction during 1st period/homeroom.

Please Note!!! There will be NO teacher or schedule changes unless there is one of these 3 errors on the schedule: duplicate period, missing period, more than one course assigned to a period.

Please Note!!! All elective courses are full. There will be NO elective changes.

Please Note!!! Class sizes will be balanced over the course of the first several weeks of school. Your student may receive a schedule change after the start of the year.

When do I eat lunch?

Year 1/6th Grade - 4th Period

Year 2/7th Grade - 5th Period

Year 3/8th Grade - 6th Period


All students will have an assigned seat in the lunchroom. Electronics are not permitted in the cafeteria. All electronics should be off and in your back pack when you arrive on campus.


*** Year1/6th Graders! Your 3rd period teacher will walk you to the cafeteria the first few days.

School Lunches No Longer Free!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING SCHOOL MEALS!

  • All students will receive free breakfast this year in our school cafeteria.
  • New this year, student lunches will now cost $2.75 unless you qualify for free or reduced lunch.
  • Please, even if you don't think you will qualify, complete the free/reduced lunch application at THIS LINK.
  • If you need to add money to your student's lunch account CLICK HERE.


What information you will need to provide during the free/reduced lunch application process:

  • Walker is not a CEP (Community Eligibility Provision School)
  • The names and incomes of every member of your household
  • The school, grade, birthdate of every student in your household
  • Your social security number and electronic signature
  • A valid email address and phone number for district communication about the status of the application.

Forms & Eligibility for Middle School Sports

The Athletic Department at Hillsborough County Public Schools now hosts their Pre-Participation Athletic Forms online at www.PlanetHS.com . This digital platform is open now and will allow you, and your student(s), to complete and access athletic forms via computer, tablet, or mobile phone. It is HIPAA, COPPA and FERPA compliant.



Students will not be able to participate in athletic activities, including practices, until this information is submitted and approved online by school staff. Completing the required paperwork does not guarantee making the team, but does cover all sports for the entire school year. For assistance with online registration, please use the help/support feature within the program or contact Mr. Lefler @ Henry.lefler@hcps.net.


Information on BASKETBALL tryouts will be on Canvas soon!

Covid-19 Student & Staff Protocols

We will adhere to the district's Covid-19 protocols, which are attached. Be sure to call Nurse Munn if your child tests positive for Covid-19. Also attached below are the guidelines for how learning will take place during a quarantine or isolation period.

Sale Tax Holiday!

Click HERE to get the details on Florida's Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday, which is happening now through August 7th.

Our Student Body

Total Number of Students: 1096


Year 1/6th Grade - 401

Year 2/7th Grade - 343

Year 3/8th Grade - 352

Staff Vacancies at Walker

Below are the current vacancies at Walker. We are seeking individuals who are positive, student-first thinkers.

  • 2 Paraprofessional Vacancies (ESE) - Email cassie.hellmers@hcps.net ($2,000 hiring bonus for paraprofessionals - see attachment below!)

Where is Walker taking our IB Learners? Our Vision & Mission...

Vision: Empowering students to take what they learn and make the world a better place.

Mission: Equipping internationally-minded students through rigorous, service-based learning in an atmosphere of creativity, inquiry and fun.

Walker's Instructional Priorities

Literacy & IB Themes: Literacy strategies and IB philosophies will be embedded into all content areas.


Knowledge of Students: Full awareness of each student's social/emotional and academic strengths, needs and progress.


Differentiation Based on Knowledge of Students: Using creative practices and small group, teacher-led structures as a catalyst for individualizing teaching and learning.

PTSA Supports our Students & Staff!

Become a member! Join PTSA Here!

PTSA Website

PTSA Facebook Page

Order PTSA Spirit Gear Here