Pre-K Registration at WES will be held on March 2nd at 5:30 in the WES library. Items needed: birth certificate and social security card. Students who enter Pre-K for the 2020-2021 School Year must be 4 years old by September 1, 2020.
#WMCSD #BeTHATPerson #ItsaGreatDaytobeaTiger Mrs. Michelle Milling teaches Algebra 1 and Foundations of Algebra. She says that Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson is one of the most influential African American mathematicians of all time. Her calculations of orbital mechanics as a NASA employee were critical to the success of the first and subsequent U.S. crewed spaceflights. During her 35-year career at NASA and its predecessor, she earned a reputation for mastering complex manual calculations and helped pioneer the use of computers to perform the tasks. The space agency noted her "historical role as one of the first African-American women to work as a NASA scientist". She is portrayed in the movie “Hidden Figures”. Mrs. Milling quotes her as saying, “Like what you do, and then you will do your best.” Mrs. Milling tries to instill this value in her students by example because she indeed loves what she does, just as Katherine Johnson did.
#WMCSD #BeTHATPerson #ItsaGreatDaytobeaTiger Mrs. Tracey Costilow is our English teacher of the day. She teaches our 9th grade students. Her favorite African American Author is Langston Hughes. The quote she likes is actually lines from a poem by Langston Hughes called “Dreams": “Hold fast to dreams For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird That cannot fly.” Mrs. Costilow inspires her students daily to always dream big and never give up. Our ninth graders are lucky to have such an amazing teacher who is always encouraging them to be the best they can be in everything they do.
#WMCSD #BeTHATPerson #ItsaGreatDaytobeaTiger Today’s spotlight math teacher is Mrs. Laura Faulkner. When asked about an inspirational African American, she immediately thought of Harriet Tubman. She quotes her as saying “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” Mrs. Faulkner hopes that all of her students will remember this quite and always “reach for the stars” in everything they do in the future.
#WMCSD #BeTHATPerson #ItsaGreatDaytobeaTiger Our next English teacher to spotlight this week is Mrs. Rachel Havens. She teaches the 10th grade English classes. Mrs. Havens chose Bryan Stevenson as one of her most inspirational African American authors. She stated that he is a philosopher, attorney, and best-selling author. Her favorite quote from him is that “Mercy is most empowering, liberating, and transformative when it is directed at the undeserving. The people who haven’t earned it, who haven’t even sought it, are the most meaningful recipients of our compassion.” We are lucky to have Mrs. Havens and her love for reading. She has been instrumental in helping to develop a love for reading in our students by inspiring them to find that perfect book to read.
#WMCSD #BeTHATPerson #ItsaGreatDaytobeaTiger Ms. Terry Turnage teaches WSS upper math classes such as Pre-Calculus, Algebra II, Algebra III and also ACT Prep. As a matter of fact, our ACT Prep program is receiving a state Value-Added PREPS Award in a couple of weeks. We are extremely proud of Ms. Turnage and Mrs. Nygard for teaching this very important class and helping our students gain this prestigious award for our school! When asked about her most inspirational African American scholar, Ms. Turnage was quick to point to John Urschel. She quotes him as saying “Math is an exercise in training your brain to think originally. It's about taking what you know and using it to face something you haven't seen before." John Urschel, a Canadian-American mathematician, played guard for the Baltimore Ravens. He earned his bachelors and masters from Penn State and is pursuing a Ph.D. from MIT. He has published 6 peer-reviewed articles and has 3 more ready for review. His studies focus on spectral graph theory, numerical linear algebra, and machine learning. He also promoted math education with Texas Instruments. Follow the link to find out more about this amazing man! We think you are pretty amazing yourself, Ms. Turnage! http://news.mit.edu/2019/student-john-urschel-math-football-0515
#WMCSD #BeTHATPerson #ItsaGreatDaytobeaTiger Our first spotlighted WSS English Teacher is Mrs. Hattie Frank Maloney. Mrs. Maloney teaches 12th grade English, Dual Enrollment English Composition and Speech. When asked to pick a famous African American author who inspired her, she said the following: "Men can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as they can from a lack of bread." - Richard Wright She went on to say, “Wright is one of my all-time favorite writers. He wrote the novel Black Boy which chronicles his life from childhood into adulthood (I taught this to my sophomores for years... SUCH a fabulous book). Extreme poverty, being shipped around from home to home, no true stability/support, no formal education, experiencing intense discrimination... to see him conquer these obstacles and continue to persevere and become one of the most eloquent writers I've ever had the priviledge of reading, absolutely puts me in awe of him. He is the meaning of "true grit." So, if I had to choose a famous African American that has inspired and motivated me, it would be Richard Wright.”
#WMCSD #BeTHATPerson #ItsaGreatDaytobeaTiger WSS would like to start the week by spotlighting our Math and English departments this week! First up on the lineup is math teacher, Mr. Brad Cook. Mr. Cook chose Michael Jordan as his inspiration. His favorite quote from him is “You miss 100% of the shots you never take.” He wants all of his students in Geometry, Essentials of Math and Foundations of Algebra to always take their best shot and do their best in everything they do.
Attention WHS Class of 2019!! You can purchase a DVD of your graduation ceremony for only $25! Please contact Mrs. Becky Dees in the WCTC for a copy! Please support the WHS Yearbook in this fundraiser!
WSS Cheerleader Tryouts will be February 21. Clinic dates will be February 10 & 17. Mandatory parent meeting is February 6 at 6:00. All paperwork is due by February 5th.