News from the Nest

WKMS Newsletter - May 2021 Issue

Important Dates

  • May 3 - 7 - Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 4 - Star Wars Day - May the 4th be with You! (Dress up)
  • May 7 - School Lunch Hero Day
  • May 10 - SC Ready Test - ELA Day 1 for LOOLA ONLY
  • May 11 - SC Ready Test - ELA Day 2 for LOOLA ONLY
  • May 12 - School Nurse Appreciation Day
  • May 13 - SC Ready Test - Math for LOOLA ONLY
  • May 14 - SC Ready Test - Science for 6th Grade LOOLA ONLY
  • May 18 - SC Ready Test - Day 1 for Face-to-Face
  • May 18 - Lexington 1 School Board Meeting
  • May 19 - SC Ready Test - Day 2 for Face-to-Face
  • May 25 - SC Ready Test - Math for Face-to-Face
  • May 25 - SIC Meeting at WKMS @ 5pm
  • May 26 - SC Ready Test - Science for 6th Grade Face-to-Face
  • May 27 - Algebra 1 End-of-Course Exam
  • May 31 - Memorial Day (No School)

Teacher Appreciation Week: May 3rd-7th

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May 3rd - 7th is National Teacher Appreciation Week!

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 COVID year, that has created even more challenges for teachers and yet ours never give up and continually find solutions! 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

May 4th - Wear your Star Wars Clothing

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Help us celebrate our lunch heroes!

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State Testing is Coming Up! See Below

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Honors Art Club!

If you are interested in joining the WKMS Honors Art Club, applications are available now! Come down to D-109 (the art room) and grab an application!

Applications must be returned to Ms. Blakely by May 7th!

There will be a teacher recommendation form attached, please pick a teacher you would like to get a recommendation from and have them fill it out!

Spring Football Practice at WKMS!

Spring football practice will begin Monday, May 10th. 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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Interested in Cheerleading?

If you are a rising 7th or 8th grader and are interested in becoming a cheerleader for WKMS, please drop by the Main Office to pick up a Tryout Packet.

Our Nurses are the BEST!

May 12th is National School Nurse Day. Our nursing staff always does an incredible job, but this year, their work has been out of this world! COVID-19 has been tough, but it could not beat our nurses. 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 are!

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Don't forget to buy your yearbook!

Use the code TALON21 to earn a $5.00 discount. Scan the code below to order yours today.
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Governor's School for the Arts & Humanities

Our next Govie Saturday this spring is Saturday, May 15th at 10:30am! Join us virtually for an overview and guided activity followed by a Q&A session with members of the Govie community, including admissions representatives, current students, and student life staff.

This Govie Saturday is specifically for students currently in 5th, 6th, & 7th grade who want to learn more about the Governor’s School’s summer programs in preparation for the upcoming admissions cycle. Register here for the virtual event!

We are still accepting select applications for the current admissions cycle, which you can learn more about here. If you are in 8th or 9th grade, or unavailable on Saturday, check out our weekly Virtual Information Sessions!

Questions? Reach us at or 864.282.3713.

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Summer STEM Camp!


Hello from the Outreach Center Team at the Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) in Hartsville, SC. We are excited to share with you 2021 summer camp opportunities for rising 6th through 10th grade students. This summer we are offering a variety of interactive learning opportunities covering a wide variety of STEM disciplines.

Click on the 2021 Summer Camps Science and Math pdf below to view all the details regarding this awesome experience.

All camp applications are open and filling quickly. The application deadline is May 15, 2021.

Learn more about each of our programs & APPLY TODAY @

Memorial Day - Monday, May 31, 2021

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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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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

En Espanol: El Distrito Escolar del Condado de Lexington Uno, esta comprometido a una política de no discriminación e igual oportunidad para todos los estudiantes, padres/tutores legales, personal, visitantes, y miembros de la comunidad que participan o desean participar en sus programas o actividades. De ahí, que el distrito no discrimina en contra de ningún individuo en base a raza, religión, sexo (incluyendo preñez, parto o cualquier condición médica relacionada), color, incapacidad, edad, información genética, nacionalidad, u otro estado aplicable protegido por la ley local, estatal o federal. El distrito usara el procedimiento de quejas establecido en el reglamento para procesar quejas basadas en supuestas violaciones al Titulo VI del Acta de Derechos Civiles de 1964; Titulo VII del Acta de Derechos Civiles de 1964; Titulo IX del Acta de Enmiendas Educativas de 1972; Sección 504 del Acta de Rehabilitación de 1973; El Acta de Discriminación por Edad de 1975; El Acta de Discriminación en el Empleo por Edad de 1967; El Acta de Igualdad Salarial de 1963; El Acta de No Discriminación por Información Genética de 2008; y Títulos I y II del Acta de Americanos con Incapacidades de 1990.

El distrito designa individuos específicos para atender preguntas y quejas. Para saber a quien y como comunicarse con ellos, por favor visite nuestra pagina de Internet: