10/29/2018

  • We start with an important announcement for all 8th graders — This week in health and PE, the Student Services Staff will be presenting a special lesson about the “Signs of Suicide” —  or S.O.S.  This impactful presentation builds upon the “It’s Time to ACT” PSA that aired earlier this month on WOLF-TV.  8th graders will receive this important information on either Monday, Tuesday or Thursday.   Please see Mr. Caldwell or Ms. Boyers with any questions.
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  • Listen Up, Wolf Pack! Did you know that ONE-in-EIGHT women will develop invasive breast cancer over her lifetime? October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. So this TUESDAY, October 30th, we at WMS will be wearing PINK to show our support for survivors, fighters, and families of those affected by Breast Cancer. ALL students and staff are encouraged to participate, and to wear as much PINK as you can. Once again, TOMORROW, October 30th — Let’s PINK OUT for Breast Cancer Awareness!!
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  • Calling all MUNners!  There will be a meeting for everyone attending the upcoming GWMUN conference — this TUESDAY during ASP 1 in room 202. If you are unable to attend this meeting, you MUST contact Ms. Carlson ASAP to guarantee your spot.  Also, there will NOT be a regular Model UN Meeting on Thursday.
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  • Attention 6th graders — It’s time to GET DOWN and BOOOOOOOO-gie! Just in time for Halloween, the 6th grade Spook-tacular Skeleton Stomp is coming at you — courtesy of the WMS PTA. It’s scheduled TOMORROW during ASP 1 and 2 in the cafeteria — so you can still take the late bus home. There will be food, a DJ and dancing, games, raffles, prizes and more. And please — despite the Halloween theme — NO COSTUMES. However, since Tuesday is also “Pink Out Day” — the 6th grader with the pinkest pink outfit will win a prize!  See ya at the party!
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  • It’s never too soon to start planning for your future!  The College Bound group will meet this TUESDAY during ASP 1 in room 203.  There’s a LOT to cover, so please arrive on time.  See Ms. Cameron for more information.
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  • Up next — BOO!  Didn’t mean to scare you — but can you BELIEVE it’s almost Halloween?!  WEDNESDAY is All Hallow’s Eve — and students are encouraged to dress up in your best costume for the occasion. However, there are some important guidelines that you need to follow. Basically, costumes must conform to the WMS dress code, not offend anyone, no weapons, no masks, nothing inappropriate. — and everything else you see on your screen. And if you’re not sure — ask a teacher or administrator. If your costume crosses the line, you’re not in trouble — but a school official may ask you get “in line.” Thanks for understanding, and have a Happy Halloween!!
    Halloween Costume Guidelines
  • And speaking of Halloween costumes, the WMS Fitness Team will be holding a COSTUME CONTEST during all grade-level PE classes on Wednesday.  So wear your scariest, most creative, unique, and SCHOOL APPROPRIATE costume — and you might win a TRICK or TREAT!   “Ghoul” Luck, wolves!!
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  • Up next, there’s all kind of news out there — but what news is the newsworthiest news in the news?  Student-Reporters John E. and Liam O. have got the answer — and it’s SHOCKING.  Stay tuned for CURRENT!
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  • LIAM: Good Morning, Everyone! I’m Liam.
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    JOHN: And I’m John.
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    LIAM: Welcome to “Current” — where we bring you the most SHOCKING current event of the day.
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    JOHN: 2018 has been full of news big news stories, but today we’re focusing on….
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    LIAM: HURRICANES!!!
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    JOHN: Hurricane season is upon us, and this fall there were TWO hurricanes that had a devastating impact on America.
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    LIAM: First, Hurricane Florence. On September 14, Hurricane Florence came ashore on the Carolina coast as a category 2 Hurricane. And while that might not sound too bad — it was actually a HISTORIC storm for the amount of rainfall and flooding that resulted.
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    JOHN: The hurricane caused a LOT of damage to homes and businesses.  The destruction will cost an estimated 20 to 50-BILLION dollars to repair.  And even worse than the physical damage, was the cost in lives. Reportedly 50 people were killed as a result of the storm — and many more were injured.  And while the east coast was still reeling from Florence, another hurricane came STORMING in.  Hurricane Michael made landfall on October 10. Hurricane Michael was also a category 4 Hurricane, hitting Florida with tremendous force. In fact, it was just 2 miles-per-hour shy of a category FIVE hurricane, and experts say it was the FOURTH most powerful hurricane to ever hit the United States.
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    LIAM: The cost from Michael was also tragic.  Over 30 people are believed to have died, and over $4.5 billion in damage resulted.  And the damage wasn’t limited to Florida. Hurricane Michael continued a destructive path north for several days.
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    JOHN: Right now, relief efforts are underway in both affected regions. President Donald Trump has spoken often about the hurricanes — promising every possible government resource to help the victims, and praising the first responders who acted so heroically throughout the disaster. But the recovery process is slow going. Hundreds of people are in temporary housing in the Carolinas, while a staggering 175-THOUSAND people remain homeless in Florida.  Several regions remain without many basic needs, including electricity, fresh water, phone and internet service. Basically, it’s still REALLY bad down there.
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    LIAM: But Americans everywhere are trying to help. Charitable organizations, such as the Red Cross and many others, are raising millions of dollars in donations to help the hurricane victims.
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    JOHN: And even right here at Williamsburg, people are making a difference. The WMS Kindness Club just wrapped up its Hurricane Relief Fundraiser — and each grade raised HUNDREDS of dollars to support the cause.
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    LIAM:  And in just a moment, we’ll be joined by the Kindness Club sponsors, to reveal the final results.  So that’s what’s CURRENT in the news today.
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    JOHN: Join us next time for more JOLTING stories!  And now, please welcome Ms. Schaeffer and Mr. Johnson from the WMS KINDNESS CLUB!!
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  • SCHAEFER:  Hello, again, Wolf Pack!  As you just heard, we’re here today to announce the FINAL RESULTS of the WMS Kindness Club’s Hurricane Relief Fundraiser!
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    JOHNSON:  First of all, thank you to EVERYONE – students, teachers, and parents – who contributed.  The fundraiser was an AMAZING success!!
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    JOHNSON:  In 2 weeks of fundraising — including all grade level donations, parents’ donations and the Check-In bake sales — we raised a grand total of $2,305.85!! It absolutely SHATTERED our goal – and BLEW MY MIND!
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    SCHAEFER: All money raised will be donated to the North Carolina Community Foundation and Global Giving – charities that support hurricane victims in North Carolina and Florida.
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    SCHAEFER:  Williamsburg – YOU have made a huge difference.  And the money you we raised will help SO MANY PEOPLE.
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    JOHNSON:  But that’s not all!  After tallying up the donations, we can report that the 6th grade DOMINATED the competition — raising $637.12 for hurricane relief! The other grades did great, too, but the 6th grade is the unquestioned champion.  Way to go, 6th grade!!
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    JOHNSON:  As the winners, all of your TAs were entered into a raffle — and the lucky, winning TA is:  Ms. Hailey’s TA!
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    SCHAEFFER:  Congratulations!! Everyone in Ms. Hailey’s TA will get a special token of appreciation delivered to you in TA tomorrow.
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    SCHAEFER:  Thanks again for your outstanding generosity, Williamsburg, and thanks for being a PART of the PRIDE!