Bulldog News Week of 8.13.2017


imagesWe are so very excited about our new year – it marks new opportunities to make new differences in ourselves and in the students and families we serve. We have a tremendous responsibility and honor – we can help shape the minds and futures of the community we serve! We understand that every day is a new day with students – every year is a new year with our community. Reflect on your goals for the year and where you want to see growth. Create an accountability partner to keep your 2017-2018 goals in front of you and drive towards growing and developing.

As we grow, our students win!

Welcome New Hires

  • Latasha Gaines (7th grade SS/SC)
  • Jessica Johnson (8th grade Math)
  • Kim Lyles (EC TA)
  • Marian Hough (8th grade SS)
  • Carrie Adams (8th grade Math)
  • Lori Talbert (Data Manager)
  • Asyia Hargrove (7th grade Math/SC)
  • Annick Dalton (6th grade SC)
  • Robert Seckler (EC Resource)

Pre-Planning Week

We want to encourage teachers to come to work in your rooms as early as possible.   Beginning August 21, we will have a very full week. Normally we try to reserve Wednesday and Thursday for your time but this year, we have to plan additional meetings to get ready for school. The school will be open and ready for teachers to work in their rooms Aug 14th and this year Optional Teacher workdays are Aug 17th and 18th. Please utilize as much time as possible to get your room ready! Remember we host our community Aug 24th!

And Speaking of Hosting our Community..,

Last year, and years before, we referred to these nights as Back to School Nights! We gratefully welcome families in to learn about our school and meet our WRMS Family!

We are going to shift the theme for this night. It starts with change in the name. Instead of hosting a Back to School Night we are now hosting ‘We’re Glad You’re Here’ Night!

We are going to welcome families to our inviting school, let them see our great learning environments and classrooms and assure them their treasures are coming to school everyday to a place we all know they are safe.

Let’s make everyone truly feel ‘We’re Glad You’re Here!


Returning teachers, if you have not taken the teacher survey, please take a moment to take the 7 question survey.  Link here –  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XGRH6L3


If your club/organization is wanting to host a dance this school year, please let Mrs. Thompson know a day.  She has already had a couple of requests so please contact her soon.  Remember, the School Improvement team last year decided to only have a couple jeans days a month that goes to the school fund so a dance is one of the ways your group can raise money.

Bulldog Jamboree

We are also hosting a Bulldog Jamboree on August 26.  One of our football teams will be playing a couple other schools that Saturday morning.  Mrs. Hoffman, Mr. Brothers  and our Bulldog Teams would really appreciate any help with concessions and gate.  We are also considering selling t-shirts there and doing a silent auction to raise some money for athletics.  If your organization wants to present an idea to raise some money for your group at this event, please see Mrs. Hoffman.  We would love for this event to be a great kickoff to our school year.


We are excited to announce an opportunity to get a trial of the Gold edition of Nearpod with some other options as well for 5-10 teachers.  I know some of you are familiar with Nearpod and we are looking for a group that wants to test out the use of it in the classroom to determine if we want to purchase an edition for a larger group in our school.  Here is a brief video if you are not familiar https://vimeo.com/200733843. Nearpod has improved some of its features and lessons.  Please let me know if this is something you would be interested in doing for the first quarter.




Great message to listen to and remind us of the voices on the other side of preparing for school@

Screen Shot 2017-08-07 at 9.51.11 AMClick on this picture to hear the sheer excitement we have the fortune of being a part of every year!



Monday Aug 14

  • RSS New Teacher Orientation

Tuesday Aug 15

  • Data group going to Freightliner with WRHS
  • RSS New Teacher Orientation

Wednesday Aug 16

  • New Teacher Breakfast
  • RSS New Teacher Orientation

Thursday Aug 17

  • Optional workday
  • RSS Breakfast w Middle School Principals and Maintenance
  • New Teacher Orientation, afternoon at WRMS

Friday Aug 18

  • Optional workday
  • RSS New Teacher Orientation

Monday Aug 21

  • 8:00 – 10:00 – #WRStrong Community Building at WRHS [See flyer]
  • 12:00 – 3:30 – WRMS Staff Meeting, Media Center

Tuesday Aug 22

  • Back to School conference

Wednesday Aug 23

  • Content PD
  • Bus driver meeting @ 9:00
  • Pick up buses — leave @ 10:30

Thursday Aug 24

  • Mini Sessions start @ 8:00
  • Coaches meeting @ 9:30
  • Open house 4:30-5:30 6th grade
  • Open house 5:00 – 6:00 7th/8th grade

Friday Aug 25

  • Staff meeting @ 8:00
  • Leadership meeting @ 1:00

Saturday Aug 26

  • Bulldog Jamboree 9-12
  • School Open – Available for work in classrooms 9:00 – 12:00

Monday Aug 28

  • School Wide Assembly 7:30 – 8:00
  • Faculty Meeting 2:45

Tuesday Aug 29

  • Achieve3000 Level Set Begins

Wednesday Aug 30

Thursday Aug 31

Friday Sept 1

  • BulldogWear Day
  • WRMS Pep Rally – Great 1st Week

Monday Sept 4

  • Labor Day

Tuesday Sept 5

  • Softball vs. Erwin
  • SIT Meeting

Wednesday Sept 6

Thursday Sept 7

  • Softball @ Corriher-Lipe
  • Discovery Ed Training
  • 6th Grade Band Parent Meeting – 6:00 – 7:00 in Cafeteria

Friday Sept 8

Monday Sept 11

Tuesday Sept 12

  • Softball vs Mooresville
  • 7th Grade Football @ China Grove

Wednesday Sept 13

  • 8th Grade Football @ China Grove

Thursday Sept 14

  • Softball @ Southeast
  • RSS Day of Caring

Friday Sept 15

  • WRMS BulldogWear Day



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