We are fortunate to have start-up funds to begin a middle school level robotics programs at WMS in the fall. We hope that this will be an enriching experience in the sciences for some of our students. We are seeking assistance with two things. First, if you are a parent/guardian who has an engineering or techinical background and have an interest in providing some mentoring to young students, please send your name to Mr. Mike Munley or Mrs. Jennifer Abdella so that we might include your expertise as we start the program next fall. Second, we also must seek sponsorships to build our robot and our program. If you own or know of a firm that might like to invest in young students and support this venture, we would appreciate sponsorships. If you are an individual who believes in this venture and wishes to make a donation to the program, we gladly and gratefully welcome your support!
LOCKERS: If you are experiencing any problems with your locker, please report them to Mrs. Kingston in the Main Office. Do not kick your locker, slam it shut, overstuff it, or share it with anyone other than your assigned locker partner.
PICTURE DAY: Picture Day will be Friday, September 5th. If you had your yearbook picture taken in August during schedule pick-up or at Open House and received an ID card, you do not have to have your photo taken again. This is only for students that have not yet had their picture taken and for those without an ID card. Pictures will be taken in the lecture hall and you will be called down at the appropriate time.
YEARBOOKS: If you would like a 2014-2015 West Middle School yearbook, be sure to PRE-ORDER it before September 28th. The cost of a pre-ordered yearbook is $30. Only a limited number of yearbooks will be available for cash-and-carry sale in June and the cost at that time will be $38. To order a yearbook now, visit jostensyearbooks.com. Informational flyers with full details are available in the Main Office, if you didn’t pick one up at schedule pick-up or Open House.
ROBOTICS: West Middle School will be starting a robotics team this fall! Due to the regulations of the FTC teams, we will have a functioning team with approximately fifteen students. Most of the work will occur in the fall. We will be looking to fill the positions with students who are deeply interested in robotics and can give 4-6 hours of their time each week. An informational meeting will take place right after school on Thursday, September 4th, in Mr. Munley’s room (108). The meeting should last no more than one hour so please make sure that your ride home is here by 4:15 p.m.
FUTURE CITY: Do you like to play video games? Are you interested in futuristic transportation? Do you like to make models of things? Are you a good presenter? If so, the Future City club is seeking students with many kinds of talents. Future City is open to students in grades six, seven, and eight. The club meets on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 3:15-5:30 p.m. An introductory meeting will be held on Friday, September 5th, from 3:15-4:00 p.m. in Mrs. Sidebotham’s room (125). Not only will you get all of your questions answered but you’ll be able to see last year’s model city, too. Please come and find out what Future City is all about.
FLAG FOOTBALL: Grand Blanc Parks & Recreation is offering flag football for students in grades 4-6. Practices for the flag football league will begin on Monday, September 8th. Games will begin on Saturday, September 20th and end with the Super Bowl on Saturday, October 25th. The cost to participate is $87 per player and includes a game jersey with your name on the back! Call 694-0101 to register or visit www.gbparks.com.
FOOTBALL: Mandatory conditioning for the seventh and eighth grade football teams will take place on Monday, August 25th, Tuesday, August 26th, and Wednesday, August 27th. Conditioning will begin at 3:30 p.m. each day and end at 5:30 p.m. Players must wear football cleats (no metal spikes) and an athletic supporter and bring a water bottle. In order to participate, you MUST have a physical dated on or after April 15, 2014 on file in the Main Office. Daily practices will begin on Tuesday, September 2nd. The seventh grade coaches will be Mr. Therman Lusane and Mr. Steve Miller. The eighth grade coaches will be Mr. Patrick Mullaly and Mr. Phil Parker.
CROSS COUNTRY: Voluntary conditioning for the cross country team will take place on Monday, August 25th, Tuesday, August 26th, and Wednesday, August 27th. Conditioning will begin at 3:30 p.m. and end at 5:00 p.m. each day. All are welcome, including sixth graders, but please understand that this is a long-distance running program. If you do not sincerely have a desire to run long distances, do not come; it would not be safe or productive. Mandatory daily practices will begin on Tuesday, September 2nd. You must have a physical dated on or after April 15, 2014 on file in the Main Office in order to participate. The cross country coach will be Mrs. Mary Kennedy-Jacob.
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Tryouts for the seventh and eighth grade girls’ basketball teams will take place on Monday, August 25th, Tuesday, August 26th, and Wednesday, August 27th, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. each day. You must have a physical dated on or after April 15, 2014 on file in the Main Office in order to try out. Daily practices will begin on Tuesday, September 2nd. The seventh grade coach will be Mr. Dave Thamm and the eighth grade coach will be Ms. Kara Chiano.
CHEERLEADING: The football cheerleading squads will practice from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Monday, August 25th, Tuesday, August 26th, and Wednesday, August 27th. There will be a mandatory parent meeting on Wednesday, September 3rd, in the lecture hall at 6:00 p.m. The cheerleading coaches will be Mrs. Kerri Hesse and Ms. Leslie Powell-Stratton.
POM: The pom squad will practice from 8:30-11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 25th, Tuesday, August 26th, and Wednesday, August 27th. There will be a mandatory parent meeting on Thursday, September 4th, at 5:30 p.m. in the lecture hall. Practice will take place in the fitness room. The pom coach is Ms. Lauren Burtrum.
Reading at GBCS goes mobile. The GBCS Library Program introduces eBooks. Students can now discover, borrow, and read books from the library on personal devices at home or on the go from nearly anywhere. Instructions and compatibility information is located on the West MS Library website.