News from the Nest

WKMS Newsletter - October 2022 Edition

Upcoming Events

Bully Prevention Month

National Principals Month

  • Oct. 3 - Wear BLUE to End Bullying
  • Oct. 3 - National Custodians Appreciation Day
  • Oct. 4 - Volleyball @ Lakeside MS 5:00pm
  • Oct. 5 - Football vs. PHMS @ WKHS 6:00pm
  • Oct. 6 - Volleyball vs. Beechwood @ WKMS 5:30pm
  • Oct. 6 - Parent Teacher Conferences 4-7pm (by appointment)
  • Oct. 7 - Teacher Work Day (No School for Students)
  • Oct. 10 - Columbus Day (No School for Students & Staff)
  • Oct. 10 - Oct. 14 - National School Lunch Week
  • Oct. 12 - PSAT Testing
  • Oct. 12 - Football vs. Lakeside @ RBHS 6pm
  • Oct. 14 - Relax & Read Day (Wear Pajamas & Read Comfortably)
  • Oct. 17 - 21 - Safe Schools & Bus Safety Week
  • Oct. 18 - Lex 1 Board Meeting
  • Oct. 19 - Collaborative Planning Day - Dismissal @ 12:05pm
  • Oct. 19 - Football vs. CSMS @ WKHS 6pm
  • Oct. 20 - End of the 1st Nine Weeks
  • Oct. 21 - Make-up Picture Day
  • Oct. 23 - 28 - Red Ribbon Week
  • Oct. 27 - Halloween Dance 3:45-5:45pm (Costumes allowed, but no masks or face paint)
  • Oct. 31 - Halloween
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Congrats, Ms. Hawkins!

Mrs. Hawkins’ teaching career began in 2000. She has taught a total of 20 years; 16 of those in elementary school and four in middle school. Mrs. Hawkins has been teaching at WKMS three years; first as a 6th grade math teacher and now as the Math Interventionist. Mrs. Hawkins earned her Bachelor's degree in Education from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa and her Master’s degree in Trauma Informed Education from Columbia College in Columbia, South Carolina. She will represent WKMS so well this year. Be sure to congratulate Ms. Hawkins when you see her.

Did You Know that October is Bullying Prevention Month?

During this time, we will be educating ourselves on how to stand up and speak out regarding bullying behaviors. Let's help end this behavior once and for all.

How would you end bullying? What can you do to help and educate our world? We welcome your ideas and awesome artwork depicting anti-bullying to share with students throughout the month. All submissions can be sent to

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October Top Tips to Assist with Success!

  • Check Schoology DAILY. to make sure all work is being completed (especially if quarantined).
  • Clean out your backpack - Backpacks are getting pretty messy. 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. The end of the nine weeks is Oct. 20.
  • Organization - 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.
  • Replenish pencils and paper. Many students are beginning to run out of these important supplies. A quick check to make sure each student has enough pencils and paper for class is a great help to all!
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Congrats to our September "I Love Books" Winner - Chyanne Peek (7th Grade)

Chyanne recommends Halfway Normal by Barbra Dee. According to her, "it catches your attention so much and it is so fun to read. I would recommend this book to people who like realistic fiction." Below is the description of the book. Check it out. You might have found your next book to read. :). This book is available in book and ebook form in our library.

Book Description:

Norah Levy has just completed two years of treatment for leukemia and is ready to go back to the “real world” of middle school. She knows it’ll be tricky—but like the Greek mythological characters she read about while she was sick, Norah’s up for any challenge.

But seventh grade turns out to be harder than she thought. Norah’s classmates don’t know what to make of her. Her best friend, Harper, tries to be there for her, but she doesn’t get it, really—and is hanging out with a new group of girls. Norah’s other good friend, Silas, is avoiding her. What’s that about, anyway?

When Norah is placed with the eighth graders for math and science, she meets Griffin, a cute boy who encourages her love of Greek mythology and art. And Norah decides not to tell him her secret—that she was “that girl” who had cancer. But when something happens to make secret-keeping impossible, Norah must figure out a way to share her story.

But how do you explain something to others that you can’t explain to yourself? Can Nora take her cue from her favorite Greek myth? And then, once she finds the words, can she move forward with a whole new “normal?”

College Door Decoration Contest

Wow! Our first door decoration contest of the year was INTENSE! You WarHawks went above and beyond! The competition was very close. Congrats to everyone on your hard work! The winners of the competition will be receiving a popcorn party and are listed below.


B-Hall - Ms. Hartman's University of Southern Florida Door

6th Grade - Mr. Powalie & Mr. Richardson's Doors for USC

7th Grade - Ms. Hash's Air Force Door

8th Grade - Ms. Cogdill & Ms. Safran-Smith's Doors for Wofford

Academic Connections - Ms. Blakely's Door for Winthrop

Office Doors - Mr. Bailey's USC-Aiken Door

Honorable Mention - Ms. Olivi's University of Hawaii Door (with student dressing up to aid in the presentation)

Honorable Mention - Ms. Jenkins' Yale Door (with student dressing up) - The acceptance letter box was so creative!

Our next door deco contest will be Nov. 11. We will be doing a Career Door Deco contest to go along with Career Month.

Just Some of the Door Decorations!

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Ms. Tapia's 7th graders made jitterbugs through coding in scratch! How cool! See below.

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National School Lunch Week is Coming!

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WarHawks, Let's Gooooooooo!

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It's Game Time!

Football is off to a great start. Check out the schedule below and make plans to attend one or more of the remaining games. They are playing so well this season and the games are always a fun time. Our football players work hard and would appreciate your support. Go Hawks!

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2022 WKMS Football Schedule

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Be sure to come to a Volleyball Game!

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WKMS Basketball is Coming Soon!

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Interested in Tennis?

The White Knoll High School Boys Tennis Team will begin open season practices on Tuesday, October 12 from 4:15-6:15, continuing Monday-Thursday through the rest of October. Open season will be open for all returning and non-returning prospective athletes in grades 7-12 interested in playing this upcoming season. You must have an updated physical dated on or after April 1, 2022 to participate. All information is located on the Planet HS website and must be completed per instructions on the website.

Need Some White Knoll Gear? Head to the Main Office!

We have new products in the main office for purchase. See prices in the picture below. You can pay with cash, check, or credit card. Simply come by, pick your item(s) you want to buy, and pay right there! Easy Peasy.
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Don't forget to buy the 22-23 yearbook!

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Little Miss Timber Cub 2023

Little Miss Timber Cub 2023

Who: 6th and 7th grades

Categories: Beauty and onstage interview

Title: Little Miss 6th grade WK, Little Miss 7th grade WK and Little Miss Timber Cub 2023

Date: January 28, 2023 11:00am in the new performing art center at WKHS

Fees: $50 participation fee and a $12 tshirt fee

Contestants should come to the pageant ready with hair and make up for the pageant.

Interest Meeting: Nov 1, 2023 at 7:45 - 8:15 WKHS learning commons (library)

Any questions please email Ms. Beth Shunkwiler at

Goal Setting!

One of the strategies that helps students be most successful is making goals and planning how to accomplish them. At WKMS, we believe in the power of goal-setting. Parents and guardians, we challenge you to take a couple of minutes to speak with your children about the goals you have set in your life and how it impacted you.

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Join Our PTSA!

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.


WKMS 22-23 Bell Schedule

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