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IMPORTANT WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS
Late Start Day Cancelled: Wednesday, May 7th, will no longer be a Late Start Day in the Grand Blanc School District. The doors at WMS will open as usual at 7:55 a.m. and homeroom will begin at 8:10 a.m.
Last Day of School: The last day of school for students at West Middle School will be Thursday, June 12th, and it will be a FULL DAY. Please scroll down to the middle of this page for further details about our end of the year schedule.

Please scroll down to the middle of this page for additional details about the end of the year schedule.
 
District Announcements
Michigan Cyber Safety Initiative - Community Seminar
During the months of April and May, many of our students will be participating in a Michigan Cyber Safety Initiative assembly presented by the Michigan Attorney General's Office.  On April 28, 2014, a community seminar for parents and members of the community will be held beginning at 6:30PM at the Howard Pepper Auditorium located at Grand Blanc High School.  The Community Seminar presentation provides practical tools including Internet Safety Tips and how to: 1) access the Michigan Sex Offender Registry; 2) understand the impact of digital footprints; 3) appreciate the risk of sharing photos with embedded location information; 4) recognize the potential dangers and legal ramification of sexting; and 5) identify cyberbullying warning signs and develop a plan of action if needed.  For an event flyer please click HERE.
Last Day of School Changes Due to House Bill 4295
House Bill 4295 (recently signed by the governor) provided some make-up day relief, this year only, to districts around the state that usually have more than the minimum required number of school days within an academic year.  Grand Blanc is one of those districts.  So, this is our make-up day.  We have checked and double-checked that we have the required number of days and instructional hours.

Thursday, April 24 – Originally a professional development day, will now be a full day of school.  (A reminder Synrevoice will be sent out).

Wednesday, May 7 – Originally a “late start day,” will now be a regularly scheduled school day.  No late start on that day.  This will add 2 hours 20 minutes to our instructional time. 

Thursday, June 12 – The original last day of school will still be the last day of school for all schools except Brendel Elementary.

Friday, June 13 – Will be the last (full) day of school for students at Brendel Elementary.   Also, the last day for all but Brendel teachers.

Monday, June 16 – Last day for Brendel  teachers.   

Five minutes may also be shaved off the kindergarten lunch hours at Reid and Brendel between now and the end of the school year.  This will help contribute to the required instructional time necessary for those classes.  

Grand Blanc Sinking Fund Renewal Election - May 6, 2014
Click HERE to see the fast facts on this renewal and how it help to keep our buildings repaired and our students safe, warm, and dry.

Schools of Choice
Grand Blanc Schools will be accepting 105 Schools of Choice applications (within Genesee County), for grades K-6th and 105c Schools of Choice applications (Contiguous Counties to Genesee County), for grades K-6th, beginning June 16, 2014.  Click HERE for additional details.

105/105c Schools of Choice Application deadline
July 15, 2014 – 4PM
Future Bobcats Tennis Clinic Fundraiser
On Saturday, May 17, 2014, there will be a Future Bobcats Tennis Clinic Fundraiser at the Grand Blanc High School Tennis Courts.  Click HERE for additional information and the registration form.
Camp Learn-A-Lot 2014
Check out the video below for information on Camp Learn-A-Lot 2014, Grand Blanc Community School's summer school program.  More information and registration forms are below.
Elementary Registration Form Middle School Registration Form
Enrichment Events 2014
Online Registration Form





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
LATE START DAY CANCELLEDWednesday, May 7th, will no longer be a Late Start Day in the Grand Blanc School District. The doors at WMS will open as usual at 7:55 a.m. and homeroom will begin at 8:10 a.m.
 
FINAL EXAMS: Final exams for Spanish, French, and Algebra will take place on Thursday, June 5th, and Friday, June 6th. The make-up day and/or oral testing for these exams will be Monday, June 9th.
 
EIGHTH GRADE DANCE: This year’s eighth grade dance will take place on Friday, June 6th, from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
 
HONORS PROGRAMS: The honors programs for this school year will take place on Tuesday, June 10th. The eighth grade program will take place at 8:25 a.m. The seventh grade program will begin at 10:20 a.m. and the sixth grade program will begin at 1:15 p.m. All programs will be held in the gym. Attendance is by invitation only.
 
EIGHTH GRADE BREAKFAST: The traditional eighth grade doughnut breakfast will take place at 8:25 a.m. on Wednesday, June 11th, in the cafetorium. Breakfast will be immediately followed by practice for the evening’s ceremony.
 
EIGHTH GRADE RECOGNITION: The date for Eighth Grade Recognition will now be Wednesday, June 11th. The ceremony will take place in the gym at 7:00 p.m. 
 
END-OF-YEAR FIELD TRIPS: All end-of-year field trips will now take place on Thursday, June 12th. Sixth graders will be going roller skating, seventh graders will be going to the beach, and eighth graders will be going to Cedar Point.
 
LAST DAY OF SCHOOL: The last day of school for students at West Middle School will be Thursday, June 12th, and it will be a FULL DAY.
 
EDP CONTEST: Attention all eighth grade students: All students who have returned their signed EDP (Education Development Plan) will be entered into a drawing to win a $10 iTunes card. There will be ten total winners but you must have your EDP turned in by Friday, April 25th, to be eligible to win. If you have your EDP signed but never turned it in, please return it to the Counseling Office. If you lost your EDP, you can print out another copy by going to careercruising.com. Your login is grbl-studentID# and your password is edpstudentID#.
 
EUROPE TRIP: There will be an informational meeting regarding the 2015 trip to Europe on Wednesday, April 30th, in room 203 at 5:30 p.m. This meeting is for current enrollees and anyone interested in traveling abroad.
 
SUMMER FUN: If you’re looking for some great activities to participate in this summer, the Flint Cultural Center and the University of Michigan Recreation Center are both offering several exciting programs from which to choose. For more information, you may pick up a flier in the Main Office or visit FlintRec.com. Space in all of these programs is limited so be sure to register as soon as possible.
 
SEVENTH GRADE BASEBALL: The seventh grade baseball team practices daily from 3:30-5:00 p.m. The seventh grade coach this year is Mr. Phil Parker.
 
EIGHTH GRADE BASEBALL: The eighth grade baseball team practices daily from 3:15-5:15 p.m. The coaches are Mr. Irv King and Mr. Eric Little.
 
SEVENTH GRADE SOFTBALL: The seventh grade softball team practices daily from 3:30-5:30 p.m. The seventh grade coach is Mrs. Anita Matney. 
 
EIGHTH GRADE SOFTBALL: Practices take place daily from 3:30-5:00 p.m. The eighth grade softball coach is Mr. Jack Garnett. 
 
TRACK: Daily practices run from 3:20-5:15 p.m. every day unless there is a meet. The track coaches are Mrs. Mary Kennedy-Jacob, Mr. Chuck Schramm, and Mrs. Jennifer Abdella.
 
CYBER SAFETY INITIATIVE: On Monday, April 28th, there will be a presentation at the high school for parents and students interested in learning more about responsible/safe online behavior. Topics included in the presentation include internet safety tips, the impact of digital footprints, the risks of sharing photos with embedded location information, dangers and legal ramifications of sexting, and cyberbullying. This free presentation will take place in the auditorium at Grand Blanc East High School at 6:30 p.m. 
 
BASEBALL CAMP: Grand Blanc Varsity Baseball Coach J.D. Wheeler is holding his annual baseball camp, Tools of the Trade, on Saturday, May 3rd, from 9:00 a.m. until noon. The camp is open to boys and girls up to age twelve. The cost is $50 per player and includes lunch. Information sheets are available in the Main Office, if you’re interested.
 
SHOES FOR SCHOOL: FISH of Grand Blanc is collecting new or gently used shoes, sneakers, or winter boots for less fortunate students in our school district. Donations can be dropped off at any Grand Blanc Community School from April 21st through        April 25th
 
FEED THE BUS: FISH of Grand Blanc is also collecting items to stock their pantry. They will gladly accept non-perishable food items, hygiene products, paper products, and laundry/cleaning products. All of these items should be brought to the parking lot of Grand Blanc High School on Saturday, May 17th, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
 
JAZZ BAND: The WMS Jazz Band rehearses every Friday after school in room 159 until 4:15 p.m. Anyone in seventh or eighth grade that is interested in participating is welcome to attend. 
 
CHESS CLUB: Chess Club meets every Monday in Mr. Brandt’s room (126) right after school until 4:15 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend but basic chess knowledge is required.
 
SPANISH LAB: Mrs. Weldon hosts Spanish Lab in her classroom (115) every Wednesday morning for those students that would like some extra help with Spanish. Spanish Lab begins at 7:30 a.m. 
 
YEARBOOK CLUB: The WMS Yearbook Club meets every Monday from 3:10-4:10 p.m. in Mr. Munley’s room (108).
 
HOMEWORK HELP HOUR: Homework Help Hour is open after school every Thursday throughout the school year. Homework Help Hour lasts from 3:10 p.m. to 4:10 p.m. and meets in the library. You will need to arrange for your own transportation home; there is no bus service. Students must stay for the entire hour. Everyone is welcome to attend but be sure to bring enough work to last the entire time. Homework Help Hour is a quiet time to work and is not a social hour. Adults will be present to assist you with any questions that you may have about your homework. For more information about Homework Help Hour, please see your counselor. 
3M Cloud Library eBooks


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.

ATHLETIC ELIGIBILITY POLICY
GRAND BLANC MIDDLE SCHOOLS
(Revised 4/11/13)
  • Teachers will submit their cumulative marking period grades every two weeks for student athletic eligibility.
  • Students may have no 4’s in citizenship or E’s academically in order to participate in athletic contests.
  • Eligibility lists will be handed out to teachers on Wednesdays and will be due to the athletic office by Friday at noon. Teachers will indicate on this list any student who is receiving an “E,” a “4,” or a “W.” (A “W” is a warning that the student is in danger of receiving an “E” or a “4.” It will not make the student ineligible.)
  • Teachers will inform students on Friday that he/she received a “W,” an “E,” or a “4.” Students will be given an Athletic Eligibility Report that is to be taken home, signed by a parent or guardian, and then returned to the Athletic Office.
  • Students that are ineligible will be permitted to practice with their team until they are declared eligible. Ineligible students will NOT be permitted to attend away games with their team. It is expected that academically ineligible students will make the necessary effort to become eligible.
  • Students that are ineligible cannot participate in any athletic contests until such time as they are eligible.
  • A student must pass all classes for the marking period immediately prior to trying out or participating for the next sporting season (subject to review by the athletic committee).
  • If an athlete is ineligible two times during an athletic season, the athlete may be dismissed from participating for the remainder of the season.
  • A retained student’s athletic eligibility will be reviewed, on an individual basis, by the school’s athletic committee.
  • Final cumulative grades for exiting 6th and 7th grade students and for new 7th and 8th grade students must meet the eligibility requirements or their participation in fall athletics will be subject to a probationary review by his/her school’s athletic committee. 
     
WMS Annual Education Report
Please click HERE to read the Annual Education Report which provides key information on the 2012-13 educational progress of the West Middle School.