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Wakulla Middle School

May, 2007

As the school year comes to a close, the students and staff at Wakulla Middle School put the finishing touches on another successful school year.  We’re very proud of our students’ success and academic accomplishments that they have achieved during the year.

interview sceneExcitement fills the air on the Pumas Team.  Students in Ms. Piland’s class are learning why good communication skills are important.  Partnering with Workforce Plus, the students attend a resume writing workshop given by Kimberly Moore.  Students learn how to list the skills and the experience they have in a positive light.  They also learn all about the application process and what to expect in a job interview.  As part of the program, students visit local businesses and participate in formal interviews.  Selected student then get placed in summer jobs.  These students are getting first hand career experience, are able to link their schoolwork success in the job world and are earning their first real paycheck.

computer stationBack in April, FAMU professor Dr. Jason Black and several of his computer science students visited Wakulla Middle School to give a presentation on computer science careers to seventh and eighth grade students in Mr. Thornton’s World Wide Web/Computer Applications classes.  The program focused on the dire need for good computer scientists in a wide variety of fields ranging from medicine and engineering to media and video games.  Dr. Black emphasized financial benefits and assured students of how promising a career in this field is.

{sidebar id=1}The Leopards Team recently completed their team unit on China.  During their journey through China, students made paper lanterns, wrote traditional Chinese poetry, and created banners that represented their chosen clans.  The team celebrated completion of their unit with a team wide Chinese buffet.

The Cheetahs Team has been busy as well.  Ms. Gentry and Ms. Miller just recently completed an interdisciplinary unit that combined rebop genetics and language arts.  Students created rebop creatures using genetic principles learned in life science and then wrote children’s adventure stories involving their rebops.  Students on the Cheetahs Team also participated in the Great Mail Race.  Students wrote letters to sixth grade classes across the United States and are expecting return letters soon.

sports equipmentCongratulations to all the Wildcat athletic teams who competed this spring.  Each had successful seasons.  Coach Jump’s softball team finished the year 14-2.  Coach Jump’s squad will return many sixth and seventh graders from this year’s team that is sure to make next year’s season successful as well.  The baseball team also did well.  Both Coach Sandgren and Coach Collins were pleased with the team’s performance finishing the year with an 8-4 record.  Everyone is excited about the completion of our new on campus baseball field.  Thanks to all those who have supported us in this endeavor.  Our girls track team successfully competed in three meets this year.  Many wildcats placed in the individual events.

The bands at Wakulla Middle School have had a busy spring.  The seventh and eighth graders marched in the Valentines parade and the sixth grade band performed at the Crawfordville Spring Festival.  Seventeen seventh and eighth grade band students participated in the District Solo and Ensemble Festival with all students receiving one of the two top ratings given.  The spring concert for the seventh and eighth graders and jazz band was given in April.  The concert was also given for the student body at the school.  The sixth graders are to perform in May for the upcoming sixth graders and also will be performing at the Wakulla Educational Center for the preschoolers.  The eighth graders and jazz band will also visit Medart and Crawfordville Elementary Schools to perform for students there.  The seventh grade band will conclude the performances for the bands by playing Broadway musical selections at Eden Springs as a part of a grant received this school year.  Many thanks go out to our hard working band director Laura Hudson.  Through her hard work and dedication, our band program continues to be outstanding.

dmiller2 125mitchell2 125And last but not least, special congratulations go out to Mr. Derek Miller and Mrs. Gina Mitchell.  Mr. Miller was selected Teacher of the Month for March and Mrs. Mitchell was selected Employee of the Month for March as well.  Both are treasured employees and contribute greatly to the success of our school. 

As we finish out the school year, we look forward to continuing the high standards of education as we welcome our incoming sixth graders as well as our returning students.  We will certainly miss our exiting eighth graders and wish them well as they continue their education at the high school.

This article originally published on May 23, 2007.

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