Wildwood Middle School
Updated! It is Geography Bee time again, Mustangs! It is an honor just to be able to participate in the Geography Bee, Mustangs, because the students remaining after all the competitions had to prove their knowledge along the way! Mrs. Webb would like to announce the winners of the 2017 Geography Bee! Sixth grader Joss Poteet took First Place, and seventh grader Chris Hine was Runner-Up! Participants, in the rotating picture above, are as follows: 1st row(l-r) James Mill-Irving, Joss Poteet, Jordan Rawlins, and Hayden Jeffries; 2nd row(l-4) Chris Hine, Byron Rivas, Anthony Bean, Cameron Jennings, Reagan Mucher, and Caitlin Brown. Great job, Everyone!
Wildwood Middle School hosted its 3rd annual family science night on Friday, January 13th! More than 200 students and families participated in the Cosmic Adventures planetarium show and hands-on activities developed by the Science Department. The Wildwood Science Bowl Team hosted "Are you smarter than an 8th Grader?" Activities included building paper straw rockets, coding, encryption using scytale(a tool used for code-breaking), SeaPerch demonstrations, and building "flinkers" - devinces that don't sink or float. Special guests included the STEM team from Spring Mils High School and their robotic arm. Thank you, Science Department, for allowing many, many Mustangs and their families to enjoy a night of fun at Science Night!
Congratulations to our Wildwood Social Studies Fair winners: Maia Batt-Bickey, who took 1st place in Political Science; Mollie Hanscom, 1st in Geography; Erin Swope, 1st in US History; and Harris Kester, 2nd in US History! Tess Lee will also advance with her project in World History! All of these students will advance to the Jefferson County Social Studies Fair to be held right here at Wildwood very soon! Also, of note: Halie Freeman received an Honorable Mention for her Titanic project!
Thank you, PTO, for the delicious lunch you provided for our faculty on Friday, December 16th! Yum!
Mustangs, did you know that we have a very special 6th grade hero in our midst? Alex Harris was voted the Kids Wish Network's Hero of the Month from his stay at Roanoke Carillon Hospital after his automobile accident. If you know Alex, you know he really is a hero!
State Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano visited Wildwood Friday, September 30th. He toured the school and met with students who told him about some great programs at Wildwood, including SeaPerch with Mrs. Lykens, FFA with Mr. Withrow, Coding with Mrs. Thomas, and Maker Space with Mrs. Thomas and Mrs. Moffat!
Dr. Johnathan Pellish, NASA engineer at the Goddard Space Flight Center, visited science students at Wildwood Middle School on Wednesday, September 14. Dr. Pellish, the son of Susan Pellish and Jefferson County commissioner Walt Pellish, talked with 7th and 8th grade students in Carolyn Thomas' classes about careers and opportunities in STEM.
From August 7th through August 10th another Wildwood staff member, Mr. Rick Marstiller, travelled with seven other community members from his local church to help the flood victims in the town of Rainelle in Fayette County. A few of the projects they completed consisted of hauling away trash and debris from homes by the river, tearing out wet insulation in crawl space areas under some homes in town, cleaning mold and mildew inside homes with over five feet of flood water, and helping to install drywall in homes that were in the remodeling stage. Mr. Marstiller said that the work was rewarding because they were able to help give some of these families hope as they began to start rebuilding their lives. The group plans future trips next month. The staff members of Wildwood are privileged to work with those who have such a heart for others.
Mr. Dave Viands, WMS Athletic Director, and his family traveled to Morgantown to meet the Athletic Director at Elkview Middle School, which was flooded recently and heavily damaged. Mr. Viands contacted Jefferson County Middle Schools and others in order to round up some equipment for the Elkview Middle athletes. Elkview is a feeder school for Herbert Hoover High(also flooded), which will be using the middle school's field as an educational site. Many of the high schools have corporation support for equipment, but middle schools are just trying to come up with solutions as they can.