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M-STEP testing has begun…as a friendly reminder, our 8th grade students will be taking the ELA M-STEP beginning Monday, April 18 through Friday, April 22.  Please be sure students get plenty of rest, have a good breakfast, are in attendance and arrive on time each day.  Your help and support throughout the testing period and always is greatly appreciated!
 

 
District Announcements
2016-2017 SCHOOLS OF CHOICE
Grand Blanc Schools will be accepting,
105 Schools of Choice applications (within Genesee County)
and 105c Schools of Choice applications (Contiguous Counties to Genesee County)
Beginning Monday June 13, 2016
Click HERE for additional details.
 
105/105c School of Choice application deadline,
July 12, 2016 at 4pm

SUMMER PROGRAMMING FOR K-8 STUDENTS
Check out our summer learning information/registration forms website HERE

Information on:
Camp Learn-A-Lot Grades K-4
Step Up Summer Program Grade 5
Parks and Recreation Summer Programs Grades K-4
Step Up Summer Program Grades 6-8

NAVIGATING OUR DISTRICT TECHNOLOGY: PARENT AND GUARDIAN HELP SHEET
Parents, need help with website log-ins, Synergy grades, Pay Schools, and lunch account information?  Click HERE for a Technology Help Sheet.
West Middle School Announcements
West Midddle School Daily Announcements
NO SCHOOL APRIL 28THThere will be no school for students on Thursday, April  28th.    This

678’s:  The 678’s will meet on Tuesday, April 26th, from 3:15-4:15 p.m. in room 125.  All are welcome.
 
JAZZ BAND:  The WMS Jazz Band will rehearse after school on Wednesday, April 27th, from 3:15-4:15 p.m. in room 159.
 
LUNCH CHARGING:  Effective Monday, May 2nd, students will no longer be allowed to charge a lunch
 
CHEERLEADING TRYOUTS:  Tryouts for the WMS football cheerleading squad will take place on Thursday, June 9th, beginning at 3:30 p.m.  There will be two clinics prior to the tryouts:  Tuesday, June 7th, from 3:30-5:00 p.m. and Wednesday,   June 8th, from 4:30-6:00 p.m.  Individual tryout times for June 9th will be assigned at the clinics.  In order to participate in the clinics and tryouts, you must have a physical dated on or after April 15th, 2015 on file in the Main Office.  (If you make the squad, you will be required to present a physical dated on or after April 15, 2016 before practices begin in the fall.)
 
POM TRYOUTS:  Tryouts for the 2016-2017 West Middle School pom squad will take place on Thursday, May 26th.  There will also be tryout clinics on Tuesday, May 24th, and Wednesday, May 25th.    Prospective team members must attend at least one of the clinics in order to try out on the twenty-sixth.  Times for the clinics and tryouts will be announced at a later date.   In order to participate in the clinics and tryouts, you must have a physical dated on or after April 15th, 2015 on file in the Main Office.  (If you make the squad, you will be required to present a physical dated on or after April 15, 2016 before practices begin in the fall.)
 
HIGH SCHOOL BOYS’ BASKETBALL:  Coaches McRae and Vanitvelt will be at West Middle School during eighth grade lunch on Wednesday, April 27th.  They will have information to hand out and will answer any questions that you may have.
 
HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS’ BASKETBALL:  Coach Lindsay Lewandowski will be at West Middle School during all lunch hours on Friday, May 20th, to share information about the high school’s girls’ basketball program.
 
EIGHTH GRADE DANCE:  The annual eighth grade dance will take place on Friday, June 3rd, from 7:00-9:00 p.m.  This year’s theme is “The Oscars.”  Tickets will only be sold on May 17th, 18th, and 19th during eighth grade lunch; they will cost $5 each.  There will be absolutely no tickets sold on the day of the dance and only West Middle School students may attend.   The dress code is as follows:  For boys - dress slacks and a buttoned collar shirt (tie and jacket are optional).  For girls - no spaghetti straps, no strapless dresses or tops, no bare midriffs, and no backless dresses.  The length of all skirts and dresses must be at least fingertip length when arms are fully extended down.
 
CODING CLUB:  There will be a new coding club for boys and girls in sixth, seventh and eighth grade.  Mrs. Amy Williams will host a lunchtime coding club every Monday in room 238.  Eat lunch and explore computer science.  Bring your own device, if you’d like, or Mrs. Williams will have iPads available for you.  All you have to do is pick up a lunch pass outside her door in the seventh grade hallway. 
 
ALL SPRING SPORTS:  Due to the unpredictability of spring weather, athletes that participate in baseball, softball, and track are asked to come prepared for both inside and outside practices each day.  That means you should bring both tennis shoes and cleats with you as well as jackets.
 
EQUIPMENT STORAGE:  Any student that is bringing equipment for baseball and softball may store that equipment in the PTO room across from the library.  Just drop it off in there when you arrive each morning.  The room will remain locked until the bell rings at 3:07 p.m.
 
EIGHTH GRADE SOFTBALL:  Daily practices take place from 3:30-5:30 p.m.  The eighth grade coach is Mr. Tom Whitt. 
 
SEVENTH GRADE SOFTBALL:  Daily practices will take place from 3:15-5:15 p.m.  The seventh grade coach is Mrs. Anita Matney.
 
EIGHTH GRADE BASEBALL:  Daily practices take place from 3:20-5:15 p.m.  The coach is Mr. Eric Little. 
 
SEVENTH GRADE BASEBALL:  Daily practices take place from 3:15-5:30 p.m.  The coach is Mr. Phil Parker. 
 
TRACK:  Daily practices begin at 3:25 p.m. and end at 5:15 p.m.  The coaches are Mrs. Mary Kennedy-Jacob, Mr. Chuck Schramm, and Mrs. Jennifer Abdella. 
 
FRONTLINE:  This after-school Christian youth club meets every Thursday from 3:15-4:00 p.m. in room 227. 
 
CHESS CLUB:  Chess Club takes place every Monday in Mrs. Rose’s room (126) from 3:15-4:15 p.m.  Students in all grades are welcome but you must have at least some basic knowledge of how to play the game.
 
SPANISH LAB:  Mrs. Casper will host Spanish Lab every Wednesday morning from 7:30-8:00 a.m. in room 113.  You must come with specific questions or something on which to work.
 
HOMEWORK HELP HOUR:  Homework Help Hour takes place in the library from 3:10-4:10 p.m. every Wednesday. 
 
PARKS & REC SOFTBALL:  Grand Blanc Parks & Recreation will be offering several different softball leagues this spring for girls ages 5-13.  An informational flyer is available in the Main Office.  You may also get complete details at www.gbparks.com
 
GRAND BLANC LITTLE LEAGUE: Grand Blanc Little League offers several different baseball leagues for boys ages 4-16.  Registration is already underway for some of these leagues with others slated to begin soon.  For complete information, please visit www.grandblancittleleague.com or pick up a flyer in the Main Office.
 
8th Grade Cedar Point Information
8th Grade Families, 

New for 2016!  Here is a link to an electronic permission slip:  Permission Slip.  After it is filled out you just need to send in $75 (a check or money order made out to GB Schools is preferred) to your student's team leader.  
 
  • When
    • Wednesday, June 15
  • Timeline:
    • 6:40 a.m. students and chaperones arrive at front of West Middle School
    • 7:00 a.m. buses leave--if you are on it or not
    • 10:00 arrive and students use “buddy system” to explore Cedar Point
    • 2:30 pm. required check in with chaperone at Millennium Force
      • continue to use “buddy system” in park
    • 6:30 p.m. report to Carousel at front of park
    • 7:00 p.m. leave Cedar Point
    • 10:00 p.m. buses arrive at front of West Middle School
  • Cost
    • $75 check or money order payable to Grand Blanc Schools
      • cost covers admission to park and chartered bus
      • additional cost for food at the park
    • Give payment to:
      • Team 5: Mrs.Schunot
      • Team 6: Mrs. Lemerond
      • Team 7: Mrs. Shephard
    • Friday, May 13 (5/13/16) is the final day to turn in permission slip and payment
  • Refunds
    • two weeks to process
    • will be mailed to your home
  • Scholarships are available for students who can not afford the $75.
    • We are asking that families contribute what they can in order to help as many students as possible.
    • Scholarships are not available to cover drinks and meals
  • Chaperones
    • we prefer to have a ratio of 1 adult to 15 students
    • please let your student’s Team Leader know if you are interested
      • can sign up on this form
    • cost: $75
    • no scholarships are available to cover adult costs
    • we will conduct a lottery if we have more chaperones sign up then space allows
    • Volunteer Background Check will need to be completed
ATHLETICS
In order to participate in any sport at Grand Blanc West Middle School, you must have a physical dated on or after April 15, 2015 on file in the Main Office.  There are absolutely no exceptions to this rule.
RESOURCE PARENT WORKSHOP
If you are the caregiver of a child that has experienced trauma, helpful workshops are offered by Genesee Health System, Child and Family Services.  These six-week classes will provide valuable information to help you deal with changes in behavior that interfere with learning and relationships.  Classes will be offered in the winter, spring, and fall of 2016, as well as in the winter of 2017.  There is no cost to attend but these classes are strictly for caregivers and childcare will not be provided.  For more information, please pick up a flyer in the West Middle School Counseling Office or call Katherine Boucha at (810) 496-5112.
School Transportation Survey
Dear Grand Blanc School Parents,
If your student uses school transportation, we would appreciate your thoughts and feelings about the service your child receives.
If you have Internet access, please click:  http://tinyurl.com/GBTRANS16 from now through midnight May 22, 2016. 

If you do not have access to the Internet, you may participate by contacting the transportation department and a survey will be mailed to you. You may return it in a sealed envelope to your child’s bus driver or by mailing it to:
          Grand Blanc Transportation
          2500 East Maple Ave
          Flint, MI  48507
 
All responses are confidential.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
Jeff Wilson
Director of Transportation
Future Bobcat Tennis Clinic
The program is on Saturday, February 27th at the Genesys Athletic Club.  The program will start at 6:00 pm and run until 8:30 pm.  All participants will receive a T-shirt, an evening of tennis instruction, games, drills, and pizza for $30.00.   Flyer and Registration Form

WMS Annual Education Report
Please click HERE to read the Annual Education Report which provides key information on the 2014-15 educational progress of the West Middle School.