'22-'23 School Year Information

Wilbur S Pence Middle School, Home of the Knights

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Our Mission and Vision

At Pence, we strive to Embrace, Empower, Enrich, and Inspire!

Embrace: We seek to get to know our students to understand them, build relationships, and meet them “where they are” in a way where they know they are cared for.

Empower: We want to help students build the skills (character, social, work ethic, coping, resiliency, etc.) and confidence that they need to find success and pride in an area of education.

Enrich: Build upon the 21st Century Skills of Learning - Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking, and Citizenship along with exploration and innovation.

Inspire: We want students to be filled with passion to act and succeed!

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Hello Pence Families,

I am certain that we are all looking forward to a well-deserved summer break. Prior to departing for this year, I did want to take a moment to get a little bit of information out for planning purposes for you and your families as this newsletter has a lot of important information for you pertaining to next year. Our weekly newsletter and our electronic messaging system, School Messenger, are our primary means of communication throughout the year. However, each family will receive a traditional mailing during the summer with updated information.

There are a few things I'd like to bring to your attention as we head into the summer. Good school attendance is vital to your child's success. Please do everything you can to plan vacations around the school calendar. Many of our students now have access to smart phones and other devices that have social media. We have seen first hand that a large majority are not mature enough to handle it. Furthermore, there have been numerous studies and articles that outline the negative effects that social media has on students. Prior to allowing your student to access social media, I encourage you to do the research. If you still choose to allow your student to use it, I highly recommend that you access it regularly throughout the summer and into the next school year to monitor your student's activity. Due to the distraction that cell phones have caused in school, I ask that you please see the message included in the newsletter below.

Finally, we are looking forward to the '22-'23 school year! Building relationships, culture, and community comes first at Pence. When we say that "We All Belong," we mean it. We have a passionate faculty and staff who love working in the middle! Until then... I hope you have a great summer and we will see everyone in August!


John Childs

WSPMS Principal

Link to the Approved RCPS Calendar

Important Dates-Mark Your Calendar

Registration Dates

Thursday, August 11: 12:00pm - 6:00pm

Friday. August 12: 9:00am - 3:00pm

Back to School Night

Tuesday, August 16: Times TBA depending on grade level

First Day of School

Wednesday, August 24

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Dates/Times, Etc.

Thursday, August 11th from 12 PM - 6 PM


Friday, August 12th from 9 AM - 3 PM

The actual "registration" will once again be completed online prior to these days. However, this is a valuable experience to have students/parents:

-Pick up their schedules

-Speak witht he nurse about medications, vaccinations, health concerns, etc.

-Get assistance for those who need it to complete online registration

-Deploy chromebooks to rising 6th grade students and new to RCPS students

-Collect chromebooks from rising 7th grade students and issue them a new one

-Learn about and sign up for the PTO

-Collect other school related information

-Speak with school staff with any questions

This is not a time to walk the building and find your classes. There will be a designated process for that during our "Back to School Night."

What classes did I sign up for?

All rising 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students have requested classes for the upcoming school year. You can view those course selections in PowerSchool:

To view Course Requests in PowerSchool:

- Log in

- select Course Selections

- select View Course Requests

Remember, these are classes you have requested, NOT your finalized schedule. Finalized schedules will be available on Registration Days, August 11 and 12.

Supply Lists

Rising 6th grade


  • 2 inch- 3 ring binder with dividers

  • No. 2 pencils

  • Pack of highlighters

  • Pack of Dry Erase Markers

  • Pack of colored pencils

  • Pack of notebook paper

  • 1 composition notebook for English

  • Headphones/Earbuds

  • 1-inch binder for Social Studies


Modern Languages: heavy duty 2 pocket folder

Theater: vinyl pocket folder with 3 brads, paper, pens, highlighter, and 3 dividers

Rising 7th grade


  • 2 inch 3 ring binder

  • 8 pocket dividers

  • No. 2 Pencils

  • Loose leaf paper

  • Composition Notebook

  • Large pack of Expo markers

  • 2 highlighters

  • colored pencils

  • Optional-zippered pencil pouch


Modern Languages: heavy duty 2 pocket folder

Theater: vinyl pocket folder with 3 brads, paper, pens, highlighter, and 3 dividers

Rising 8th grade


  • Headphones/Earbuds

  • Colored Pencils

  • No. 2 Pencils

  • Loose Leaf Paper

  • Glue sticks

  • highlighter



  • ONE (1) 2-inch, 3-ring Notebook

  • Tab dividers (to separate the different classes in the binder)

  • 1 - Subject Composition Notebook


  • ONE (1) 2-inch, 3-ring Notebook

  • 2-6 tab dividers (to separate the different classes in the binder)

  • AT LEAST 2 dry erase markers

Spanish: heavy duty 2 pocket folder

Theater: vinyl pocket folder with 3 brads, paper, pens, highlighter, and 3 dividers

ALL STUDENTS will need to have a backpack as we will not be assigning lockers.

Students should have a reusable water bottle.

Donations of tissues, hand sanitizer, and disinfecting wipes would be appreciated.

Cell Phones

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New for '22 - '23

If a student brings a cell phone to school, then it will be required to be silenced, off, and kept (concealed) in his/her backpack throughout the school day. Cell phones and other valuable items (air pods, etc.) are not the responsibility of the school if they get lost or damaged.

Thank you!

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Fall Sports and Requirements

VHSL Physical

Students in grades 6, 7, and 8 are able to participate in Cross Country during the Fall 2022 sports season. You must have a completed VHSL physical on file to participate.

Cross Country practice begins August 8, 2022. Time is TBD.

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7th and 8th grade girls are eligible to play volleyball during the Fall 2022 sports season. You must have a completed VHSL physical on file to participate.

Volleyball Try-outs begin August 8 from 3:00pm - 5:30pm in the main gym at Pence.

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