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WMS receives another ‘A’ rating

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Williston Middle School faculty and staff returned to work Aug. 8, greeted by this sign, congratulating them for maintaining their Grade “A” status for another year. 

Despite hundreds of schools locally and state-wide  that saw their grades drop due to changes in the state grading scale, more rigorous requirements and higher cut scores on the FCAT tests, WMS maintained their “A” status for the fifth year in a row, and have in fact, received this award for six of the last seven years. 

The WMS staff took time out to celebrate their success at a staff picnic  held at Rainbow River Aug.  20, thanks to the generous donations of individuals and local businesses, including school board member Robert Philpot, Principal Pam Asbell, Knauff Funeral Home, B & H Plumbing and the Priest/Fugate family. 

School board members Robert Philpot and Rick Turner, along with former Board Member Frank Etheridge, donned their chef hats, braved the steamy weather, and prepared steaks for the group. 

A celebration is planned for students  Aug. 31. All students  who scored proficient (Level 3 or higher) on the reading and math portions of the FCAT test, as well as students who showed one year’s growth on both reading and math are being invited to attend. 

Parents of these students are also invited. Donations are being accepted to support the student celebration, as school funds are not allowed to be spent to reward students in this manner. Contact WMS at 528-2941 if you would like to contribute to this cause.

WMS will hold its Open House (Meet the Teacher) and Title 1 Annual Meeting Tuesday, Sept. 4, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. in the school cafeteria. 

Parents are invited to come and meet the fantastic staff who will work with their children this year to prepare them for the rigorous state assessments and maintain the tradition of excellence at WMS. 

Information about school funding, school improvement strategies, and after school tutoring will be presented. Nominations will be solicited for School Advisory Council members.

 Individual teachers at each grade level will meet with parents to share class curriculum, grading criteria and what students and parents can expect in each of their classrooms this school year. Come and join a dedicated community of professionals, and volunteer or visit regularly through-out the school year.