News from the Nest

WKMS Newsletter - May 2023 Issue

Important Dates

May is National Physical Fitness & Sports Month

  • May 1 - WKMS Dance Company Tryouts
  • May 3 - Bring Your Mom to Lunch Day
  • May 4 - Star Wars Day - May the 4th be with U! (Dress up)
  • May 5 - School Lunch Hero Day
  • May 5 - Relay for Life @ PHMS Track
  • May 8 - 12 - Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 10 - National School Nurse Day
  • May 11 - Rising 6th Grade Parent Night @ WKMS
  • May 15 - SC Ready Test - ELA Day 1 (Do Your Best!)
  • May 16 - SC Ready Test - ELA Day 2 (Work Hard!)
  • May 17 - SC Ready Test - Math (Show How Awesome You Are!)
  • May 18 - SC PASS Test - Science for 6th Grade ONLY (Rock It Out!)
  • May 18 - National Speech Pathologist Day
  • May 19 - Field Day at WKMS (Bring sunscreen & dress for outside)
  • May 22 - Fine Arts Spring Showcase @ Icehouse Amphitheater 6:30pm
  • May 25 - Algebra 1 End-of-Course Exam
  • May 25 - 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony @ WKHS Gym 6pm
  • May 29 - Memorial Day (No School)
  • May 30 - WKMS SIC Zoom @ 5:00pm
  • May 31 - Honor Hawk Awards - 7th Grade - 8:45am and 6th Grade - 10:30am
  • June 1 - Half-Day for Students
  • June 2 - Half-Day and LAST Day for Students
  • June 5 - Last Day for Teachers

Spring Football Practice at WKMS!

Spring football practice will begin Monday, May 1st. Please refer to the schedule below for times and dates of each practice. All rising 7th and 8th graders may attend. Must have a physical uploaded onto PlanetHS in order to attend.

Contact Coach Albino with any questions.

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WKMS is Lex 10 Track Champs!

Congrats to both our Boy's and Girl's White Knoll Track teams for taking FIRST place at our Lex 10 Championship meet!!

We are proudly displaying our girl's trophy in the front office, stop by and see it!

A few White Knoll Middle Highlights:

Nyla Fair took 1st place in High Jump and 3rd place in the 100m hurdles

Londynn Guess (and teammates) took 1st place in the 4x100m relay

Emmanuel Rhone (and teammates) took 3rd place in the 4x100m relay

Cameron Buxton placed 2nd in the 400m dash

Congrats to WKMS Choir! Excellent Rating @ Carowinds Music Festival!

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Children's Book Week is May 1 - 7

Many teachers will be reading or talking about their favorite children's books in classes during this special week. We would like to challenge you to take a moment at home to discuss your favorite children's book and why. Did you like it because it was funny or because it had a good message? Was it the incredible illustrations you often find in these books? Or perhaps, you have a wonderful memory attached to when you read it or had it read to you? Whatever your reason for loving the book, share it with your family and open the discussion of the power of books.

100 Best Children's Books of All Time

Check it out! How many of these have you read?

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May 4th - Wear your Star Wars Clothing

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Teacher Appreciation Week: May 8th-12th

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The teachers of White Knoll Middle School are hardworking, persistent, caring, and willing to do whatever it takes to help each student succeed. During this week, consider expressing your appreciation to your teachers for all they do.

Here are some ideas to help you begin thinking and most of them are FREE:

  • Make a card
  • Write an email
  • Write a letter
  • Write a poem
  • Create a piece of art
  • Draw or color a picture
  • Tell them what you appreciate about them
  • Little Treats
  • Be EXTRA, SUPER awesome in class
  • Smile and say "Hello" or "Thank you for all you do" to each teacher you pass in the hall
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Our Nursing Staff is the Best!

May 10th is National School Nurse Day. Our nursing staff always does an incredible job and are so patient with our students and staff! We are SO thankful for all the measures they take each and every day to help keep our students and staff safe and healthy. Take a moment on this day to say thank you in your own special way to our nurse, Ms. Linda Boatright, RN and Health Room Assistant, Ms. Sarah Hoover. They deserve to feel extra special because they truly are!

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Attention Current 6th Graders!!!

Please provide proof of your student's Tdap to the school nurse before August 2023. The Tdap vaccine is a required immunization for school attendance for all 7th and 8th grade students.

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Tips from Our School Counselors

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SC Ready & SC PASS Testing!

SC Ready & SCPass Testing is coming! Please try not to schedule any appointments on the following dates: May 15th -19th. This will help reduce the number of make-up tests that will have to be administered and also keep your student from having to miss even more class to take the make-up assessment. We appreciate your help with this and look forward to seeing how amazing our War Hawk students do each day of these tests.

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A Must See! Make Plans to Come Out!

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Memorial Day - Monday, May 29, 2022

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While you are enjoying your day off, take a moment to think about those that have given their ALL to serve our country. Many people have fought for the freedoms of our country and many have died in service to it. Let's not forget these brave men and women and honor them on this day and all days moving forward.

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Our WKMS 23-24 AVID Scholars!

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Congratulations to Shelby Ellisor! (6th Grade)

Shelby is our April winner of the "I Love Books" campaign and receives a $15.00 Gift Card to Books-A-Million for recommending the book, Life as We Know It by Susan Beth Pfeffer. Shelby likes this book because it is "extremely attention-catching. After the first chapter, it really pulls you in with suspense and a sort of 'what'll happen next?' mood. It's like a what-if situation that really pulls you into the point of view of Miranda through a diary writing style. The writing of the characters is also realistic and will make it impossible to keep yourself from reading." Shelby recommends this book to "people who like scenarios where it shows what might happen if a tragedy occurred suddenly. I also recommend it to people who like both science-y and emotion-filled stories combined." Please read below to see what Life as We Know It is all about. It might just be your next favorite book!

Life as We Know It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

New York Times bestseller! A heart-stopping post-apocalyptic thriller that's "absorbing from first to last page."*

When a meteor knocks the moon closer to earth, Miranda, a high school sophomore, takes shelter with her family.

Told in a year’s worth of journal entries, Life as We Knew It chronicles the human struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all—hope—in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world.

As August turns dark and wintery in northeastern Pennsylvania, Miranda, her two brothers, and their mother retreat to the unexpected safe haven of their sunroom, where they subsist on stockpiled food and limited water in the warmth of a wood-burning stove.

I guess I always felt even if the world came to an end, McDonald’s still would be open. Like one marble hitting another, when the moon slams closer to earth, the result is catastrophic. Worldwide tsunamis wipe out the coasts, earthquakes rock the continents, and volcanic ash blocks out the sun.

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Don't forget to buy your yearbook!

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Ms. Steele's 8th Grade Artists are...WOW!

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And so are the 7th Grade art students!

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Lexington One DLC Team

A priority of Lexington County School District One is the effective and authentic use of technology and digital learning in all classrooms. The Lexington One DLC team has created an updated technology hub for families. This hub was created to provide consistency amongst the types of assistance for families with all the different technology and digital learning used by Lexington County School District One. Check it out here:

Some Great Words of Wisdom for Us All!

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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