Westmoreland Middle School
  • The WMS Penny War ...  homeroom competition has begun.  Bring in those pennies to your homeroom teacher!!!  The homeroom competition ends Friday 02/28.
    The WMS Penny War ...

    ... homeroom competition has begun.  Bring in those pennies to your homeroom teacher!!!  The homeroom competition ends Friday 02/28.

  • WMS Spelling Bee Winners ... Bryson Maxwell (8th grade) placed 3rd, Taylor Carris (7th grade, placed 2nd, and Corban Hurst (8th grade) placed 1st at WMS.  Also, Corban has advanced to the regional spelling bee at Titan’s Stadium on March 7th!  (02/18)
    WMS Spelling Bee Winners ...

    ... Bryson Maxwell (8th grade) placed 3rd, Taylor Carris (7th grade, placed 2nd, and Corban Hurst (8th grade) placed 1st at WMS.  Also, Corban has advanced to the regional spelling bee at Titan’s Stadium on March 7th!  (02/18)

     

     

     

  • Fall Fundraiser Reward ... these students were given an opportunity to ride in the limo to La Quesadilla for lunch.  Additional pictures will soon be on our FB Page.  (02/18)
    Fall Fundraiser Reward ...

    ... these students were given an opportunity to ride in the limo to La Quesadilla for lunch.  Additional pictures will soon be on our FB Page.  (02/18)

  • Fall Fundraiser Reward ... these students were given an opportunity to ride in the limo to La Quesadilla for lunch.  Additional pictures will soon be on our FB Page.  (02/18)
    Fall Fundraiser Reward ...

     ... these students were given an opportunity to ride in the limo to La Quesadilla for lunch.  Additional pictures will soon be on our FB Page.  (02/18)

  • Attendance Challenge ...  for more information about the attendance challenge ... the Road to Graduation ... please click here.  This will take you to The Principal's Page where you will find more info about the Attendance Challenge.
    Attendance Challenge ...

    ... for more information about the attendance challenge ... the Road to Graduation ... please click here.  This will take you to The Principal's Page where you will find more info about the Attendance Challenge.

  • The Sumner County Sheriff’s Office C.H.A.M.P. (Character, Honesty, Attitude, Motivation, Positivity) Camp is a week long summer program for those students who are moving into the 6th, 7th, or 8th grades and who have also shown a positive attitude and a willingness to work with other students throughout the school year.  Emphasis in CHAMP Camp are placed on building a motivational spirit through teamwork, sportsmanship, community, and self-discipline, which allow youth to foster a positive relationship with law enforcement.  This program is one of the many ways we at the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office dedicate policing as a public service based on trust between law enforcement and the diverse communities’ deputies serve and protect. Participants will be exposed to life skills, team-oriented games, community service, and an end of the week ceremony.  The camp is supervised and staffed by Sumner County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officers.
    C.H.A.M.P. ...

    ... see the next slide.

  • C.H.A.M.P.

    The Sumner County Sheriff’s Office C.H.A.M.P. (Character, Honesty, Attitude, Motivation, Positivity) Camp is a week long summer program for those students who are moving into the 6th, 7th, or 8th grades and who have also shown a positive attitude and a willingness to work with other students throughout the school year.

    Emphasis in CHAMP Camp are placed on building a motivational spirit through teamwork, sportsmanship, community, and self-discipline, which allow youth to foster a positive relationship with law enforcement.

    This program is one of the many ways we at the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office dedicate policing as a public service based on trust between law enforcement and the diverse communities’ deputies serve and protect. Participants will be exposed to life skills, team-oriented games, community service, and an end of the week ceremony.

    The camp is supervised and staffed by Sumner County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officers.

  • 7th Grade Math Students ... participating in a
    7th Grade Math Students ...

    ... participating in a "Triangle" PBL.  Can the model using triangle support a textbook?  (02/21)

  • 7th Grade Math Students ... participating in a
    7th Grade Math Students ...

     ... participating in a "Triangle" PBL.  Can the model using triangle support a textbook?  (02/21)

  • 7th Grade Math Students ... participating in a
    7th Grade Math Students ...

     ... participating in a "Triangle" PBL.  Can the model using triangle support a textbook?  (02/21)

  • Career Fair Pictures  ... please see our FaceBook Page.
    Career Fair Pictures ...

    .. please see our FaceBook Page.

  • WMS Band Members ... participate in the All County Band.  (02/21)
    WMS Band Members ...

    ... participate in the All County Band.  (02/21)

Attendance Matters

The following is Board Policy JB revised.  Please note the sections highlighted in GREEN.

The Board recognizes that good attendance at school is basic to student learning.  Attendance is a key factor in student achievement: therefore, students are expected to be present each day that school is in session.  Parents have both a legal obligation and a moral responsibility to see that children are present every day that school is in session.

The Compulsory School Attendance Law in Tennessee requires children to attend school each day.  A student who has been absent five days (this means a total of five days during the school year and not necessarily five consecutive days) without adequate excuse is considered truant and may be summoned to court.  Whenever possible, attendance issues should be resolved at the school level.  Prior to referral to a truancy officer, a meeting shall be held at the school to assist the family and improve student attendance via an attendance contract. If unexcused absences continue to accumulate, the Director of Schools or his/her designee will report the parent and student to the Juvenile Court for further action.

The following are official/adequate excuses that should be turned in to the attendance secretary in the school office

  • Medical note for the student (doctor, dentist, hospital, etc.)
  • Student illness not requiring a doctor visit ( five parent notes per semester)
  • Court note for the student
  • Funeral notice
  • Recognized religious holiday
  • College Visits
  • Military deployment paperwork for parent

Appeal Procedure for Unexcused Absences

The initial appeal shall be to the building principal or designee. If not resolved at the building level, the parent can request in writing an appeal to the Attendance Office at the Sumner County Board of Education. The appeal will be heard by the Appeals Committee consisting of Director of Schools Designee, an Attendance personnel representative and a principal/assistant principal representative. The burden of proof rests on the student or guardian. The appeal process for determining unexcused absences is ancillary to a truancy decision rendered by a juvenile court judge as described in T.C.A. 49-6-3010.

A principal may verify absences for the following:

  • Approved school activity that is school sponsored and school supervised
  • Extenuating circumstances on a case-by-case basis

Tardies:Any student not in the classroom when the class begins is tardy.  Students who accumulate excessive unexcused tardies are considered truant and will be reported to Juvenile Court. A tardy is only excused by a doctor's note.

Unexcused Early Dismissals: For any student that is dismissed from school without a valid reason, the absence will be considered an unexcused early dismissal. A doctor's note excuses the early dismissal. A parent note may only be used to excuse a full day of absence.

Make-up work:  Upon the first day of returning to school, it is the student’s responsibility in middle and high school and the parent’s responsibility in elementary school to make contact with the teacher(s) regarding make-up work.  During the school year, make-up work must be completed within a number of days equal to the number of consecutive days of the absence.

Additional Attendance Information …

 Attendance at school every day is very important to student success on state assessments and for the next grade.  Please encourage your child to be present every day.

 If your child does need to miss school, then please be sure to send a note to school with your child when he/she returns.  Notes may include, but are not limited to, parent notes and notes from a doctor, dentist, court, funeral, etc.  Students may have 5 parent notes to excuse absences.  Students may have an unlimited number of notes from a doctor, dentist, court, funeral, etc.

 Students who do not have a note for an absence are considered unexcused.  Students with unexcused absences will have their participation in non-graded extracurricular activities limited.  In addition, if students do not have a note when they return, then we do not have proof that the absence was legitimate.  Therefore, it is very important for students to bring a note to school and turn it in after being absent.  

Progressive Truancy Plan Information for 19-20 ...

NOTICE TO PARENTS- NEW LAW- PLEASE READ

School attendance is extremely important to student success and is a popular topic with local law makers. This letter is to inform you of a few changes that will affect you and your family regarding school attendance for the 2018/19 SY. T.C.A. 49-6-3007 states the following:

               (A) If the student is absent from school for an aggregate of five (5) days during the school year without adequate excuse, then the student is subject to referral to juvenile court; and

               (B) It is a parental duty to monitor the student’s school attendance and require the student to attend school.

The law also states that each district shall implement progressive truancy interventions for students who violate the Compulsory Attendance Law. Below you will find Sumner County Schools tiered approach in reducing the amount of unexcused absences in effort to produce successful students.

Sumner County Schools Progressive Truancy Intervention Tiers

                 Tier 1-School level interventions and reward programs

                 Tier 2-initiated at 3 unexcused absences

                         *Parents must conference with administration

                         *Attendance contract signed at conference

               Tier 3-initiated with additional unexcused absences

                          * Individualized Assessment completed and one of the following:

                                   Individualized Action Plan or Improvement Plan

                                   Referral to school counselor

                                   Referral to community-based services

                                   Referral to school nurse-Health plan created

                                   Referral to Attendance Student Support counselor

               Tier 4-initiated with continued unexcused absence

                         *Referral to School Attendance Review Team consisting of administration, counselor, student, parent, teachers, nurse, attendance clerk, psychologist, and /or truancy officer.

               Tier 5-Referral to Truancy Officer

                         *Truancy officer intervention

                         *Parent could be required to attend Pre-Court Diversion Program

                Tier 6-Juvenile Petition filed

 These efforts of collaboration are to support your student to become a confident, productive and successful student.

Mission Statement

Westmoreland Middle School’s highly qualified teachers engage students through quality instruction based on the Tennessee standards and guide them toward becoming an integral part of the school and community. School leaders embrace their roles and conduct themselves with honesty, transparency, and respect. Collaboration among grade-level teams and content-area teachers is essential to achieving student success. We hone our craft through participation in Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) as well as other learning opportunities to meet the changing needs of all students. Resources are easily accessible by all educators for use in quality instruction and when collaborating with other schools within the district.

Vision Statement

The vision of Westmoreland Middle School is to establish an environment which will encourage our students to be actively involved in their learning, so they can be an important part of the school and community.

Beliefs

  • All students should be challenged to learn, achieve, and succeed.
  • A safe and physically comfortable environment promotes student learning.
  • Each student is a valued individual with unique physical, social, emotional, and intellectual needs.
  • Instructional practices should incorporate learning activities that include differences in learning styles.
  • Positive character education, including moral and leadership qualities, will encourage students to become productive citizens.
  • Parental involvement in the learning process promotes unity.