Thursday, February 15, 2018


Important Dates
  • February 15th Parent Conferences 3:00-6:00 pm
  • March 12th – 16th Spring Break

  • Girls' track tryouts will be Monday, February 12th
    • You must have a copy of your report card, concussion form, sudden cardiac arrest form, and a physical to condition and tryout.
    • Please dress for the weather. If you are not dressed for the weather, you will not be able to condition with the group.  Please listen to the announcements for up to date information regarding practice.
    • Conditioning dates and times are as follows: 
      • Monday, January 29 2:30-3:30                               
      • Tuesday, January 30 2:30-3:30
      • Thursday, February 1 2:30-3:30
      • Monday, February 5 2:30-3:30
      • Tuesday, February 6 2:30-3:30
      • Thursday, February 8 2:30-3:30
      • Saturday, February 10 8:00-9:30 (HALLE STADIUM 2602 Mount Moriah Rd, 38115)
    • Try outs are Monday, February 12, 2018 2:15-3:30
    • Practice times Monday – Thursday 2:30-3:45 *Saturdays 8:00a – 9:30a (HALLE STADIUM)
    • *(weather permitting/if the temperature or wind chill is 35 or below we will not practice/if it is raining in your neighborhood we will not practice)
    • Please be advised that the coaching staff has been reduced, I will make cuts this year.
    • Approximate cost: $185.00
    • Mandatory SCS insurance fee $5.00
    • Warm ups, t-shirt, and bag (package)
    • Spikes- appx. cost $40 - to be purchased on your own-specify sprints or distance runner
    • Snack fee $25- snacks will be purchased for the track meets
    • Prompt arrival & pick up to and from practice is required. There is a strong possibility that there will be Spring Break practice.
    • An Interpreter will be provided for Hearing Impaired Students
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Tuesday, March the 6th- 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
  • One of our teachers, Mrs. Jones Richardson, has been nominated for the Life Changer of the Year Please visit the following link to read her nomimation profile and share a positive comment.

  • The following students earned distinction and awards in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
Jennifer Chiu Gold Key Flash Fiction 2014.04.16  
Jennifer Chiu Gold Key Short Story Taro Pudding
Minnathi Reddivari Gold Key Critical Essay Know-It-All 
Minnathi Reddivari Silver Key Short Story 6315 Days 
Grace Chang Honorable Mention Short Story Burnt Sienna 

  • Congratulations to the following students for qualifying for the National History Bee Regional Finals. It will be held in Little Rock, Arkansas in March. This is the largest qualifying group to represent WSMS in the Regionals. We wish them luck to advance to the National History Fair. 
    • Sharvika Natra
    • Saul Bolanos
    • Saranya Thota
    • Nidheesh Singh
    • Minnu Reddivari
    • Luke Parker
    • Lillian Nazarova
    • Lena McMillin
    • Khalifa Clark
    • Jennifer Chiu
    • Jeanna Barnes
    • Jazmin Trejo
    • Harishita Nagireddy
    • Franky Rayo
    • Fernando Montiel
    • Caleb Lambright
    • Brian Le
    • Arianna Hong
    • Ammie Spelling
    • Amira Raba
    • Alexandra Shirley
    • Alan Zhou
    • Abhi Lingareddy

  • Congratulations to the 2017-2018 WSMS MathCounts members who participated in the Memphis Area Chapter Competition Saturday, February 3rd.
Members include:
    • Raj Gosain
    • Ray Wu
    • Ethan Yang
    • Bhavesh Kotta
    • Amanda Zhou
    • Riya Pramod
    • Kaustubh Koya
    • Andrew Green
    • Alan Zhou
    • Adith Kotha.
As a Team, Raj Gosain, Ray Wu, Ethan Yang, & Bhavesh Kotta placed 2nd overall in the competition.
Individual awards included: 2018 Countdown Winners: Ray Wu (3rd place), Ethan Yang (4th place). Top 10 placement & advancement to state competition in March: Ray Wu (3rd place); Raj Gosain (4th place); and Ethan Yang (5th place).
Mrs. Hammond would also like to thank the team’s White Station High School student coaches: Kevin Luo, Angus McKee, and Andrew Wu for their dedication each week to the students.

  • Friday, February 2, the White Station Middle School Debate Team competed against debate teams from across Shelby County in a tournament at Ridgeway Middle School.
The following students won individual speaker medals:
    • 1st place - Martha Humber
    • 2nd place - Mekhi Moore
    • 4th place - Sofia Gosain
    • 5th place - Anila Fariab
    • 8th place - Arya Rajesh
    • 10th place - Zora Cunningham
    • 17th place - Sharvika Natra
    • 20th place - Amrutha Kosanam
Team trophies were awarded to:
    • 7th place - Mekhi Moore and Saranya Thota
    • 6th place - Anna Calvo and Ashley Williams
    • 3rd place - Anila Fariab and Hannah Lam
    • 2nd place - Sofia Gosain and Shaniya Thomas
The WSMS Debate Team won the Sweepstakes Award for the most wins this season!
Congratulations to all of the debate team members for your hard work and dedication!

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)- 
Latrice Johnson, Counselor (416-2072)- 

7th Grade-
Leslie Sandifer, Assistant Principal (416-2073)-
Constance Werner, Counselor (416-2083)- 

8th Grade-
Angela Rupprecht, Assistant Principal (416-2066)-
Johnette Blanton, Counselor (416-2064)- 

PLC Coach, Kristy Hammond - over Title 1 and academic enrichment and intervention - (416-2101)
PLC Coach Tara GraceWilson - over academic intervention/RTI- (416-2065)

White Station Middle School- A National Magnet School of Excellence 

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