The Eye of the Tiger

Weekly update for 4/6/21

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Hello, Tigers and Tiger Families! Welcome back from the four day weekend; this is an Orange Week. We hope you enjoyed time with friends and family, and we hope you're beginning this week feeling well rested. Our teachers are grateful to begin this week with good weather; it is so nice to feel the sun. Please be reminded that this week begins our new expanded schedule. Our instructional day is now from 9:00am-3:00pm. Outside of makeup SOL testing, there are no scheduled tests this week. Our SOL testing schedule resumes the week of 4/12. Be sure to check out our instructional schedule to see our extended day plans. There will be a Scheduling Informational Session for our rising 6th graders this Wednesday, April 7th from 6:00-7:00pm.

Course Registration for the 21-22 School Year

The course selection process is now open in PowerSchool. Detailed directions are provided, and you can also access a video about the process below.

Directions: Using the Class Registration page in PowerSchool, students and their parents can create and manage their course requests for the upcoming school year.

How to Register for Classes
to PowerSchool at

  1. On the start page, click Class Registration on the navigation menu. The Class Registration page appears.
  2. Click the Pencil icon in each subject area to select courses from each area as instructed. The Course Request pop-up window appears.
  3. After selecting a course in each subject area, click Okay to close the Course Request pop-up window. A green check mark will appear in the subject area for which you have completed course selection. An exclamation mark appears if courses need to be selected for a subject area.
  4. Repeat Step 2 through Step 4 for each subject area.
  5. Click Submit. The 2021-2022 Course Requests page appears. From here, you can review your existing requests with your parent(s)/guardian(s) and make changes if necessary.


  • Students must be enrolled in at least 5 classes to be eligible to participated in school-sponsored athletics and activities.
  • All seniors must complete Economics and Personal Finance in order to graduate.
  • Be sure to choose alternate elective options in case any of your first choice electives are not available.
  • Your alternate electives must be different from your first choice electives.
  • If you don’t know what classes you need to graduate, please contact your counselor as soon as possible.

While we make every effort to give you the courses you request, all course requests are subject to change based upon availability within the master schedule and course enrollment.

**The window to make changes to course requests closes on April 10th.**

Course Request FCPS

Spring Tryouts

Track and Field

Practice Begins April 19th from 4:00-5:15 at James Monroe HS track. You must have a VHSL physical. Bring a water bottle. No transportation to or from practice provided. There will be 3 meets this season. If you have questions, contact Mrs. Slominski.

WGMS Boys Baseball

Baseball training will begin Monday April 12th 3:00-5:30. Any 6th, 7th, or 8th graders interested in playing this year, please bring a current VHSL sports physical, water bottle, glove, and cleats. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Turner.

WGMS Girls Softball

Conditioning will begin on Monday April 19th from 5:30 – 7:00. You must have a current VHSL Physical on file in order to workout. Make sure you bring a water bottle, cleats, and your own glove. If you have any questions please contact Coach Silver.

WGMS Girls Field Hockey

Conditioning/Skills Practice will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30-5:00, beginning Monday, April 12th. All players must have a current VHSL sports physical and bring all necessary field hockey equipment. If you have any questions, please contact Coach Black.

JMHS Boys Soccer Tryouts

James Monroe High School Boys Soccer Tryouts will be held April 12 at 3:30PM at James Monroe Practice Field. Bring your sports physical, COVID Release, mask, cleats, and great attitude. Rising 8th grade to 12th Grade boys are eligible to try-out. If you have questions, contact Coach Keeler at (571) 289-9682 or at

Instruction: The True Eye of the Tiger

Skilled readers learn to determine importance of text. This strategy allows readers to identify what is most important to comprehension and understanding, and what may be relevant or interesting but not necessary for understanding. It is important for students to be able to identify what is most and least important in a text. This skill is hard for students to develop, but it is particularly crucial to comprehending nonfiction text.

Why is determining importance a critical skill?

  • It allows readers to extract the most important information
  • Students learn to combine facts and ideas
  • It helps readers develop critical thinking and problem solving
  • It helps students transition from learning to read to reading to learn

What are some clues to help students determine importance?

  • Table of contents
  • Glossary and index (bold, italicized words)
  • Headings/Subheadings
  • Close ups or cut aways
  • Photographs and captions
  • Sidebars
  • Labels
  • Charts/Graphs
  • Comparisons

A Tiger Tidbit

Tiger roars can paralyze animals and humans. Unlike humans, they have square vocal folds rather than triangular.
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Walker-Grant Middle School

Principal: Angela Hinrichs

Assistant Principal: Keesha Keels

Assistant Principal: Steve Ventura