8th Grade Science Students ...

8th Grade Science Students ...

... conduct experiments on worms. (03/16)

... conduct experiments on worms.  (03/16)

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8th Grade Students Perform ...

8th Grade Students Perform ...

... lab experiments on worms. (03/16)

... lab experiments on worms.  (03/16)

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Choir & Music Students ...

Choir & Music Students ...

... "Jazzing It Up" during their performance exams.

... "Jazzing It Up" during their performance exams.

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Mrs. Templeton Is Recognized ...

Mrs. Templeton Is Recognized ...

... as the WMS Teacher of the Year by Central Office. (03/15)

... as the WMS Teacher of the Year by Central Office.  (03/15)

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Mrs. Willoughby Receives Presentation ...

Mrs. Willoughby Receives Presentation ...

from The Farmers Bank for the Area Teacher of the Month. (03/13)

from The Farmers Bank for the Area Teacher of the Month.  (03/13)

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8th Grade Students In Science ...

8th Grade Students In Science ...

... perform experiments on worms. (03/16)

... perform experiments on worms.  (03/16)

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Students Attend FCA ...

Students Attend FCA ...

... during their Friday morning activities. (03/10)

... during their Friday morning activities.  (03/10)

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8th Grade Science Students

8th Grade Science Students

... perform experiments on worms. (03/16)

... perform experiments on worms.  (03/16)

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Christian Reed & Katherine Wylie ...

Christian Reed & Katherine Wylie ...

... earn spots on the 17-18 WHS Eagle Marching Band. (03/15)

... earn spots on the 17-18 WHS Eagle Marching Band.  (03/15)

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"Info YOU Need To Know"

 

WESTMORELAND MIDDLE SCHOOL

Home of the Eagles!!!

(The #1 Middle School in Sumner County!!!)

 

  

General Information

Spring Fundraiser ...

Our Spring Fundraiser officially ended Thursday 03/16.  It appears that the fundraiser has been a huge success.  THANK YOU to everyone who has helped in this effort.

If you have not yet turned in your candy money, then please do so on  Monday 03/27/17.  

 

Cheer Team News ...

The following students have earned a position on the WMS 17-18 cheer team:

Lexy Moore                                   Alexis O'Neal 

Brooke Vaske                                Taylor Jones

Shealyn Campbell                          Macy David

Ariana Law                                    Hailey Smith

Taylor Camplin                               Erin Stewart

Kelsea Lann                                  Gracie Tuttle

Haley Camplin

 

The following 8th grade students earned a position on the WHS cheer team:

Savannah Gunter                           Taylor Tucker

Emma Groenke                              Julie Jordan

 

Congratulations to all of these students!!!

 

Criteria for Advanced Middle School Courses for the School Year 2017-2018 ...

Sumner County Schools (SCS) believes in the integrity of evaluating students based on both quantitative and qualitative data; to that end, the following measures and percentages will be used to determine placement in advanced middle school courses:

 

50% - A standards-based, grade level screener

25% - The student’s grades in English, language arts and math

25% - Current English, language arts and math teacher recommendations

 

Placement in any advanced middle school course will be dependent on the overall rubric score for each content. As in previous years, SCS will still offer Advanced I and Advanced II in eighth grade math.  All students in grades five through seven will be screened for both English language arts and math. This is not a state assessment and is in no way tied to the TNReady state standardized assessment. This screening is for SCS placement purposes only and will not be used as a part of a student’s grade or final exam in their current class.

 

All SCS fifth grade students will take the screener between March 1, 2017, and March 17, 2017. All SCS sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students will take the screener between March 27, 2017, and April 17, 2017.  For specific dates within each window, please contact your child’s school directly.

 

Abby Brosche, Ed.S                                                  Brian Smith

Middle School Instructional Coordinator                 Middle School Instructional Coordinator

Sumner County Schools                                           Sumner County Schools

615.451.5235                                                            615.451.5222

 

WMS Plans To Become A STEM School ...

On 01/26/17, I attended a STEM panel discussion at our Teacher Center in Gallatin.  At the meeting, principals and school teams were able to learn from two fellow Sumner County Schools about how they became two of only 32 schools in the whole wide world that are STEM schools.

My first thought was that as a STEM school we would have technology available for every student every day all day.  However, I learned that STEM is so much more than just technology.  STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.  Even though these four areas form the focus for STEM, all areas ... including ELA, social studies, and related arts ... are heavily involved by emphasizing that students use problem solving and thinking skills through collaborative opportunities to address real world situations.  

As I understand, the next opportunity we will have to become accredited as a STEM school will be in the 2020-2021 school year.  However, this is a process that will take several years to accomplish.  Therefore, we must begin now to move more and more toward being a STEM school with what we have available.  The whole process will be very challenging, but very beneficial to our students because they will become heavily involved in using problem solving and thinking skills and collaborating with each other to focus on solving real world problems.

As we begin this process, we currently have approximately 100 computers (desktops and laptops) available for student and staffulty use in three computer labs.  (We do have a mobile computer lab with 18 laptops.  However, in order to have 30 computers available in each lab for what we need to do regarding assessments and research, the 18 laptop computers have been moved into one of the three computer labs.  Therefore, at this time, our mobile computer lab is not available for use.)  These three computer labs provide excellent opportunities for our students and teachers to use technology.

Also, our SEARCH students along with students from all three grade level science classes are being given the opportunity to participate in the Middle Tennessee STEM Expo that will be held on 04/06 at TSU.  This will give students an opportunity to participate in STEM where they can present a project.  (This will be our 2nd year to compete and the first year to involve students who are not in SEARCH.)

In addition, WMS plans to hold their own STEM Expo in May.  In addition, other areas will also be featured in May including, but not limited to, our Awards Day, Art Display, Choir Concert, and Band Concert.

Furthermore, each semester for the past several years, WMS students have participated in Project Based Learning projects or PBLs each semester.  These PBLs are already STEM based and focused.

In conclusion, I am sharing all of this to let everyone know that we are already doing many of the things that a STEM school does.  Therefore, I think it is very important that we organize everything that we are doing so we are STEM focused and become an official STEM school.

As we go though this process, we will all have to work together to make this happen.  As I learn more, I will continue to share with everyone.  I am hoping that everyone will help in this effort because I believe this will really benefit our students.

STEM School Update 03/23/17 ...

As we continue to move toward becoming a STEM school, everyone needs to be aware of the standard and indicators.  So you will have access to this, you may click on STEM Standard & Indicators or paste http://www.advanc-ed.org/sites/default/files/documents/state-resources/STEM%20Standard_web-ready.pdf in your browser to access the standards.  

 

Academic Team News ...

On Saturday 03/11. the WMS Academic Team was in competition. The team competed in 8 rounds winning 5 and losing 3.  Overall, the team came in 11th place out of 25 teams and Jessica Flowers came in 12th place out of 20 individual top scores.  GREAT JOB Academic Team!!!

 

STEM Expo 2017 ...

On 04/06/17, 6 teams of students will participate in the STEM Expo at TSU.  Mrs. Holdcraft, WMS SEARCH teacher, and Mrs. Robin Angell, WMS STEM teacher, will go with these students so they have the opportunity to showcase their ideas.  GOOD LUCK STEM teams!!!

  

Band News ...

The Westmoreland High School Marching Band which includes members of the Westmoreland Middle School Band has been invited to be in the 2017 Citrus Parade on December 30, 2017.  CONGRATULATIONS to the WHS and WMS Bands!!!

If you would like to learn more about the WMS Band and to know about what is happening with the Band, then please click on "Band News" on the side menu.  Or, for now, you may click here on Band News.

 

Writing Contest ...

This is another opportunity for students to use their writing skills.  The Tennessee Law Enforcement Officers Association is sponsoring the 18 Annual Essay Contest for all Tennessee 8th graders.  8th grade students interested in participating will write a 500 word or less essay with the subject, "Why I will say NO to Alcohol and Drugs."  Entries must be postmarked by 03/31/17.  Winners will receive $100.  For more details, please contact your teachers 8th grade ELA teacher (either Mrs. Coates at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or Mrs. Vicky Rippy at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or the school (either call 615-644-3003 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).  Or, you may pick up a hard copy of all the information in the Office.

 

School Broadcast News ...

The 49th edition of the WMS Broadcast News is now available at Broadcast News.  Please go to the side menu to check out previous editions of the School Broadcast News.  This is a GREAT way to learn more about WMS through the students.

 

Westmoreland Music Academy ...

 The Westmoreland Music Academy is a new opportunity for all Westmoreland students and parents 4th--12th grades to learn about music at an EXTREMELY discounted rate.  The Westmoreland Music Academy will be opening in January, but YOU need to make plans now if you wish to participate.  Information about the Academy may be found in the North Wing Office  or you may contact Mrs. Peterson at school or by the following e-mails:

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Library News ...

#1--The Library has purchased over 90 new books, mostly non-fiction and covering a whole range of topics.  Please be sure to stop by the Library to see all the new books on display.  These books were available for check out beginning Monday 02/27/17.

#2--Our Library will be hosting a Battle of the Books in May.  We need at least three teams from each grade to participate and each team needs to have five members.  Ms. Creasy will be giving each reading class more information on the battle throughout the week of 02/27/17, so if you enjoy reading and would like to compete in a quiz bowl type competition, please consider putting together a team of friends who also like to read and are motivated to win some awesome prizes.

#3--Also, in addition to our school's Battle of the Books, there is a separate COUNTY WIDE Battle of the Books which will be held in April.  If you are interested in joining the WMS team to compete at the county level against other middle schoolers in Sumner County, please see Ms. Creasy in the Library as soon as possible.  She is eeking a team of four of our school's very best readers.

 

Reading Rocks Program ...

Every 1st Friday of the month during RTI/EXP classes students will read the entire 45 minutes.  The next school-wide reading day is Friday 04/07/17.  The purpose of this is to encourage students to read more because reading will make you smarter.  (If you would like more specifics about how reading may increase intelligence, then please contact one of our ELA teachers for details.)  In the meantime, please READ, READ, READ!!!

 

Calendar Information  

Monday 03/20—Friday 03/24/17 … 

--Spring Break

 

Monday 03/27/17--Thursday 03/30/17 ... 

SCS Post Assessment (Study Island) Window for 8th Grade Math & ELA  

For more information, please see the "Criteria for Advanced Middle School Courses for the School Year 2017-2018" in the General Information section above.

 

Monday 03/27/17 ...

--Any Spring Fundraiser money not yet turned in is due.

--2:40 PM--4:30 PM:  Academic Team Practice 

 

Tuesday 03/28/17 ...

--RTI Data Meetings:  The following is the plan for RTI Data Meetings  (Staffulty Only):

7:40       6th grade and Fleming (reading room)

9:20       7th grade (teacher's lounge)

11:45     8th grade (teacher's lounge)

  

Wednesday 03/29/17 …

--Report Cards will go home.

--7th Grade Introduction To Social Health Class:  "Too For Drugs" Program by Nancy Morris

--2:40 PM--4:30 PM:  Academic Team Practice

 

Thursday 03/30/17 ...

--Lunch Time:  FCA Lunches 

 

Friday 03/31/17 ...

--7:10 AM:  FCA Meeting

--SEARCH Trip:  Students will visit the Aerospace Department at MTSU.

--Special Olympics at Station Camp High School.  (More details will be shared as they become available.) 

--1st & 2nd Blocks:  Rising 6th Grade Orientation.  (Current 6th grade students will need to remain in related arts during 1st and 2nd blocks.  Rising 6th grade students (or current 5th grade students) will be with our 6th grade team.  7th and 8th grade students will be at the play.)

--1st & 2nd Blocks:  7th grade and 8th grade will attend the MTSU play performed at WHS.

--4th Block:  WMS Talent Show  (sponsored by the Jr. Beta Club)

 

Monday 04/03--Friday 04/07/17 ...

Renaissance Penny War--Grade Level Competition  (Additional information has been distributed to students.)

 

Monday 04/03/17--Friday 04/07/17 ... 

SCS Post Assessment (Study Island) Window for 7th Grade Math & ELA  (These assessments will be used as "Criteria for Advanced Middle School Courses for the 17-18 School Year" in math and ELA.)

For more information, please see the "Criteria for Advanced Middle School Courses for the School Year 2017-2018" in the General Information section above.

 

Monday 04/03/17 ...

--All Introduction to Social Health Classes:  The Health Department will present their Nutrition Program.

 

Tuesday 04/04/17 ...

--8th Grade Introduction To Social Health Class:  Healthy Boundaries Presentation

--Lunch Times:  The WMS Band will provide a lunch time concert for each grade.

 

Wednesday 04/05/17 ...

--7th Grade Introduction To Social Health Class:  "Too For Drugs" Program by Nancy Morris

--8th Grade Introduction To Social Health Class:   "Power of Youth" Program

--Parent Contact Lists Due  (Staffulty Only)

 

Thursday 04/06/17 ...

--8th Grade Introduction To Social Health Class:  Healthy Boundaries Presentation

--SEARCH & Other Students (40 Total):  Will attend the STEM Expo at TSU

--Lunch Time:  FCA Lunches 

 

Friday 04/07/17 ...

--7:10 AM:  FCA Meeting

--6th Grade Science:  4-H Club Meetings

--All Introduction to Social Health Classes:  The Health Department will present their Healthy Relationships Program.

--School-Wide Reading Time:  As a part of our school-wide reading program, students and teachers will have the opportunity to read the full 45 minutes in Exploratory/RTI classes.

--CFA Copies for Quater 3b from Math, ELA, Science, and Social Studies teachers are due to Mr. Robinson.  (Staffulty Only)

 

Monday 04/10/17--Thursday 04/13/17 ... 

SCS Post Assessment (Study Island) Window for 6th Grade Math & ELA  (These assessments will be used as "Criteria for Advanced Middle School Courses for the 17-18 School Year" in math and ELA.)  

For more information, please see the "Criteria for Advanced Middle School Courses for the School Year 2017-2018" in the General Information section above.

 

Monday 04/10/17 ...

--8th Grade Introduction To Social Health Class:  Be In Charge Program

 

Tuesday 04/11/17 ...

--8th Grade Introduction To Social Health Class:  Be In Charge Program

 

Wednesday 04/12/17 ...

--7th Grade Introduction To Social Health Class:   "Too For Drugs" Program by Nancy Morris

--8th Grade Introduction To Social Health Class:  Be In Charge Program 

 

Thursday 04/13/17 ...

--8th Grade Introduction To Social Health Class:  Be In Charge Program

--Lunch Time:  FCA Lunches 

 

Friday 04/14/17 ...

--Schools Closed in Observance of “Good Friday.”

 

Saturday 04/15/17 ...

--All Day:  The WHS/WMS Band Boosters will host a pancake breakfast, vendor/craft sale, concessions, bingo, motorcycle ride, and concert.  The event will begin with a pancake breakfast in the the Cafeteria.  During the day, there will be a vendor/craft sale with concessions and bing.  Also, during the day there will be a motorcycle ride.  As of now, the concert promises to features the following:  Alyson Spears, The Ronnie Kidd Band, Charlie Barrett, Steve Cochran, Matt Henson, David Dell King, Kelcy Hyde, Steve Cochran, Sr., and Marcum Stewart along with possibly others such as Dan Truman (keyboardist for Diamond Rio), Dana Williams (bass player for Diamond Rio), Trailer Choir, and the Gary Brimm Band.  Please make plans now to attend this event to help support the bands and to have fun!!!

 

Monday 04/17--Friday 05/05/17

TN Ready Achievement Test Window

 

Monday 04/17/17 ...

--8th Grade Introduction To Social Health Class:  Be In Charge Program

 

Thursday 04/20/17 ... 

--Lunch Time:  FCA Lunches 

 

Friday 04/21/17 ... 

--7:10 AM:  FCA Meetin

 

Saturday 04/22/17 ... 

--8th Grade Spring Formal  (Specific times will be shared later.)

 

Wednesday 04/26/17 …

--Progress Reports will go home.

 

Thursday 04/27/17 ...

--Math Contest:  6th, 7th, & 8th Grade Math Students Will Compete At Austin Peay State University.

--Lunch Time:  FCA Lunches 

 

Friday 04/28/17 ...

--7:10 AM:  FCA Meeting

 

Thursday 05/04/17 ...

--Lunch Time:  FCA Lunches 

 

Friday 05/05/17 ...

--7:10 AM:  FCA Meeting

--6th Grade TAATU Program at Long Hollow Baptist Church  (More information will be shared as we near the date.)

--School-Wide Reading Time:  As a part of our school-wide reading program, students and teachers will have the opportunity to read the full 45 minutes in Exploratory/RTI classes.

 

Saturday 05/06/17 ...

--5:30 PM:  Zombie 5K Run (sponsored by the Band Color Guard and Majorette)

 

Monday 05/08--Friday 05/12/17 ...

WMS Universal Screening Window  (This is a tentative plan.  This window could change based on when we actually take the state assessment.)

 

Monday 05/08/17 ...

--Band Tour:  The WHS/WMS Bands will tour our 3 feeder elementary schools to promote an interest in band and music.

 

Tuesday 05/09/17 ...

--4th Block:  Choir Performance  (Day Time Performance)

--6:30 PM:  Choir Performance  (Night Time Performance) 

 

Wednesday 05/10--Saturday 05/13/17 ...

--Washington D. C./Gettysburg Trip

 

Wednesday 05/10/17 ...

--Awards Day  (The specific schedule will be shared later.)

 

Thursday 05/11/17 ...

--Lunch Time:  FCA Lunches 

--Related Arts & Exploratory/RTI Classes:  6th--8th Grade Choir/Music Performance Exams

 --6 PM:  WMS Band Spring Concert at Westmoreland Middle School.

 

Friday 05/12/17 ...

 --7:10 AM:  FCA Meeting

 --WMS Field Day  (This could be changed to Friday 05/19 depending on the weather, etc.)

 

Monday 05/15/17 ...

 --8th Grade Career Day Field Trip to Vol State.  (At first, it was thought that this would be 05/19.  However, it was learned on 01/20 that it was scheduled for this day.)

--1st & 2nd Blocks:  "Tech Day" at WMS sponsored by NCTC  (This could also be moved to 05/18.)

 

Tuesday 05/16/17 ...

--All Day:  Renaissance Penny War Reward Day for Winning Homerooms

--"Battle of the Books" Competition at WMS.

--6:30 PM:  WMS Drama Club Production

 

Wednesday 05/17/17 ...

--All Day:  Renaissance Penny War Reward Day for the Winning Grade

 

Thursday 05/18/17 ...

--1st & 2nd Blocks:  If "Tech Day" is not held on Monday 05/15, then it will be held on Thursday 05/18.  This is a back up date.

--Lunch Time:  FCA Lunches 

 --All Day:  WMS 8th Grade Choir will tour our 3 feeder elementary schools to promote an interest in choir and music.

 

Friday 05/19/17 ...

--7:10 AM:  FCA Meeting

--WMS Field Day Alternate Day  (If 05/12 does not work, then this day may be used.)

 

Monday 05/22/17 …

--Regular Full Day of School with Breakfast & Lunch Served With Exams (specifics will be shared later)

 

Tuesday 05/23/17 …

--Regular Full Day of School with Breakfast & Lunch Served With Exams (specifics will be shared later)

 

Wednesday 05/24/17 …

--Regular Full Day of School with Breakfast & Lunch Served With Exams (specifics will be shared later)

--Last Official Day for Students

 

Thursday 05/25/17 …

--8 AM—3 PM:  Administrative Day #5 (Staffulty Only!)

 Grade Level Team will hold grade level team meetings regarding promotion/retention of students.

 

Friday 05/26/17 …

--8 AM—10 AM:  Abbreviated Day for Staffulty Only  (Report Cards to be mailed!)

 

Monday 05/29/17 …

--Schools Closed in Observance of Memorial Day

 

Saturday 09/09/17 ...

--Band:  Sumner County Exhibition Band

 

Saturday 09/23/17 ...

--Band:  Highland Rim Marching Festival

 

Saturday 12/30/17 ...

The WHS and WMS Bands will participate in the 2017 Florida Citrus Parade in Orlando, Florida.  More details will be shared as we near this date. 

 

The following will be changed to the Band participating in the 2017 Florida Citrus Parade.  Please see 12/30/17 for more details.

March 2018 ... 

--Saturday--Monday  (Specific Dates To Be Determined)--Band Trip to Chicago. 

If you would like more details about the trip, please contact our band director, Jennifer Peterson, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it