Tuesday, April 24, 2018

PIE Information

Hello WSMS Parents:
This a reminder that now is your chance to become a board member of our WSMS Partners in Education (PIE) for the 2018-19 school year.
We have great people on the board, who are ALL READY to share their knowledge and experience with you in any position you sign up for. So, have no worries about whether you can do the job. We are here to welcome and guide all newcomers.
Click on the link below (or cut and paste it into your browser) to learn more and sign up:
Please mark your calendar and make plans to attend our last PIE general meeting of the school year on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the WSMS Library, where we will vote in the new slate of board members for the upcoming 2018-19 school year. Everyone is welcomed to attend the meeting, but only current members will be able to vote. Refreshments will be served.
If you have any questions about any board positions or other ways you can get involved, please feel free to contact, Veda Cherry, WSMS PIE VP, at vedavc1@aol.com.
Have a great week!
WSMS Partners in Education Board Members

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

8th Grade Parent Meeting TONIGHT

Dear Eighth Grade Parents,
We are looking forward to seeing you this evening at White Station Middle School at 6:00.  Administration from White Station High School will be present to discuss transitions to high school.  We will address courses for ninth graders, freshman academy, and activities available.  Staff will be available to answer your questions.
WednesdayThursday, and Friday, the ninth grade counselor and I will speak to all students and address the same information during their social studies class.  Students will have the opportunity to ask their own questions.  Students will select their courses for the ninth grade.  Most of the ninth grade courses are requirements and students have very few choices for the ninth grade year.  We will discuss this more this evening. 
All courses are now registered through Power School.  At this time the system is not prepared for us to enter the courses on the computer as we had originally planned.  As soon as the system is available, students will enter their courses on the computer. You will receive notification of the selections. This is new for us and the first time our rising ninth graders have used this system.  As I receive more directions, I will provide those directions to you. We will be assisting your students through this process when the system is available.
Several parents have inquired about bring their children to the meeting this evening. It is not required for students to attend the meeting since we will be addressing them separately with the same information. Historically, most parents attend the meeting without their students as students will have their own opportunity to hear the information and ask their own questions. Students are welcome. Deciding whether to bring your child or not is your choice.
I am looking forward to seeing all of you this evening.
Warm regards,
J. Blanton

AP Applications- 8th Grade Parents

Dear 8th Grade Parents,
Please find the instructions regarding the application process for advanced placement coursework for next year below:
Any students wishing to apply for AP courses at WSHS for 18-19 school year should apply online via our website at www.whitestation.net.  This application is accessible only from SCS campuses.  Students must provide a minimum of 2 teacher recommendations.  The recommendation form prints from within the application itself.  The application is due by March 9that 3:00 pm.  Hard copy recommendations must be to WSHS, freshman office by 3 pm on that day.
Please contact Mrs. Holland at hollandcs@scsk12.org with any questions.  We will go through this step by step at the parent meetings this week:  Tuesday at WSMS at 6 or Thursdayat WSHS at 6.
Warm regards,
J. Blanton

Monday, February 26, 2018

8th Grade Health Screenings

Dear 8th Grade Parents,
The Division of School Coordinated Health will conduct Health Screenings at WSMS  Tuesday, April the 10th. The following screenings will be provided: Vision, Hearing, Blood Pressure, Height, Weight and Scoliosis. 
Notifications forms will come home today with your child. If you wish to DECLINE one or more of the health screenings, please indicate the screenings you wish to decline on the notification form and return the form to your child’s U.S. History teacher by March the 1st. If the form is not returned, your child will receive ALL health screenings listed on the form. We are unable to accept emails, handwritten letters, or phone calls regarding the desire to participate or to decline. Additional forms will be available in the main office.
If you have any questions, please contact me at the email address or phone number listed below.
Warm regards,
J. Blanton

8th Grade Parents

Dear 8th Grade Parents,
Tomorrow we will be hosting the high school transition meeting at White Station Middle School in the auditorium.  The meeting will begin at 6:00. Administration from White Station High School will be here to answer your questions.
We are looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow evening.
Warm regards,
J. Blanton


Important Dates
  • February 27th – 8th Grade Parent’s Meeting 6 pm WSMS
  • March 2nd-9th – Book Fair
  • March 5th – Orchestra Concert 6:30
  • March 6th – Spring Sports Pictures
  • March 12th – 16th Spring Break
  • March 30th – Last day to order yearbooks on-line
  • Parents, please do not drop off your students at the loading doc in the rear of the building, by the cafeteria.  This is a safety concern for students and other drivers.  Please drop students off in the front of the building.
  • Yearbooks are on sale now! You have 3 ways to order:
Yearbooks are $40.00 until January 31, 2018. After that date, they will be $45.00.  Questions: Contact Ms. Carr at 416-2063 or at carrsc@scsk12.org
  • We have new White Station Middle School yard signs! The signs are just $10.00 and can be purchased in the library. The new signs are green, black and white with “Spartan Strong” on both sides. Show your school spirit today by purchasing a sign.
  • Do you need a grade t-shirt or new mesh bag? If the answer is yes, we have them in the library. T-shirts and mesh bags are just $5.00. The proceeds goes to the Library Book Fund. Stop by the library and help support your school.
  • All ABES and International Club members who have started paying on their trip to Niagara Falls Canada should have all payments made by March 1, 2018.  This is a firm deadline for completion of all payments.  Please see Mr. B. Jones if you have concerns or questions.
  • We are collecting money for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Our goal this year is $2018.  We will collect the entire month of February.  We have a contest going for the homeroom who collects the most.  We will also have a contest to raise the most money to stick a staff member to a wall by purchasing a foot of duct tape for $1.  This will be an event to see on Field Day.  Please support us in allowing your child to dig coins out of the couch and do choirs for coins all to support those who are less fortunate than we may be. 
  • There are several activities regarding eighth grade transition to high school occurring this month and next month. 
    • Tuesday, February 27th- Parent information meeting at White Station Middle School. This meeting will occur at 6:00 p.m. and you will be provided information regarding course requirements, 9th grade courses available, and general information about the Freshman Academy.  This meeting is for all parents of eighth grade students.
  • Thursday, March the 1st- Parent information meeting regarding Advanced Placement courses. This meeting will be held at White Station High School at 6:00 p.m. This meeting is required for any parent/student wishing for their child to participate in AP courses during their 9th grade year.  The meeting is open for anyone desiring information about AP courses for future planning.   Advanced Placement courses require an application process and various documents, essays, and teacher recommendations dependent on the course desired.  If you are interested in Advanced Placement courses, this is a meeting you will want to attend.
    • Four-Year Plans- I will be meeting with all students February 5th, 6th, and/or 7th, to assist them with their Four-Year High School plans.  We will be discussing requirements for high school graduation and many of the electives available.  Your child will bring their plan home to review with you.  This plan is a guide for your child.  The plan does not become your child’s schedule, rather the plan guides their decision making as they select high school coursework.  Your child will bring their plan home for your review and signature.  Students will return the plan to their U.S. History teacher.  This plan does not indicate any particular high school.  We will be discussing the state requirements for graduation.

    • Freshman Course Selection – A high school counselor from White Station High School will be meeting with all students after the parent meeting, February the 27th.  Students will receive information regarding White Station High School and have an opportunity to have their questions answered.  Students will select their courses for high school.  This process will be completed on the computer and will be available through PowerSchool.  I will send additional instructions to parents after they are received.
Spartan Spotlight
  • Congratulations to the following seventh-grade students who were winners in the recent contest sponsored by the Poetry Society of Tennessee
    • First Place - Alma Gahlaut
    • Second Place - Sarah Forrester
    • Third Place - Zora Cunningham
    • Fourth Place - Emma McLean
    • First Honorable Mention - Laura Lang
    • Second Honorable Mention - Pablo Storch
  • Congratulations to the seventh and eighth-grade WordSmith Teams! In fierce competition Sunday at the University of Memphis against 50 public, private, and parochial schools, these students gave an outstanding effort in the annual writing compeition: 
    • Mandy Cassius (8th grade) won third place in the 120-word dash.
    • Amrutha Kosanam (8th grade) won third place in the 80-word dash.
    • Jeanna Barnes (7th grade) won third place in the 40-word dash and honorable mention in the 80-word dash.

Administrative Staff Contact Information: 

If you have a general question or concern, we request that you first contact your child’s teacher, team, or club/sports sponsor. If you have an administrative or counseling question or concern, please contact the appropriate grade-level staff listed below. 

6th Grade-
Showen Herring, Assistant Principal (416-2082)- herringsm@scsk12.org 
Latrice Johnson, Counselor (416-2072)- johnsonls@scsk12.org 

7th Grade-
Leslie Sandifer, Assistant Principal (416-2073)- 
Constance Werner, Counselor (416-2083)- wernerca@scsk12.org 

8th Grade-
Angela Rupprecht, Assistant Principal (416-2066)- 
Johnette Blanton, Counselor (416-2064)- blantonjm@scsk12.org 

PLC Coach, Kristy Hammond - over Title 1 and academic enrichment and intervention - (416-2101) hammondkl@scsk12.org
PLC Coach Tara GraceWilson - over academic intervention/RTI- (416-2065)  gracewilsontl@scsk12.org

White Station Middle School- A National Magnet School of Excellence