• October 13, 2017

    State Fair Incentives for West Cary! West Cary Families – if you are planning on going to this year’s North Carolina State Fair and you are purchasing your tickets online, West Cary has an opportunity to get money back from your ticket purchases! Just enter our school code when you make your online purchase. The school codes are listed along with the offer under the Deals and Discounts section of the State Fair's main page.

    Reggie Dabbs Reggie Dabbs is coming to West Cary! Mr. Dabbs is a nationally known motivational speaker who speaks with thousands of students across our nation about a variety of topics: self-esteem, academic success, anti-bullying, mentoring, persevering and overcoming adversity - just to name a few. Mr. Dabbs will be speaking with our students on Tuesday, October 17th. He will also be addressing our faculty that afternoon as well as holding a parent forum in the evening about all of the topics he discussed with our students. The Parent Night with Reggie will take place in the school auditorium at 6:30. Please bring your whole family and neighbors to hear Reggie share his message and help parents communicate with their children about the topics he covered in his motivational speech with our students. Childcare will be provided free of charge!

    Backpack Buddies We are looking for volunteers who are willing to donate food items to help support West Cary’s Backpack Buddies. The Backpack Buddies program collects food donations to assist students from food insecure homes over the weekend and during breaks so they have enough food to eat. The students in our program have been identified by our school's Social Worker. We will continue to have donation drives throughout the year. This is only during the school year, as there are resources that help the students during the summer. This program protects the privacy of the students and their families. Items we will need to collect include canned fruits/vegetables, canned meats/soups, juice boxes, shelf-stable milk, healthy snacks and breakfast foods. The food items collected are consistent with the InterFaith Food Shuttle Backpack Buddies program http://foodshuttle.org/we-feed/childrens-hungerrelief/backpack-buddies/ Keeping in line with their nutritional guidelines, we request that Spam, Vienna Sausages and sardines are not donated. The Produce Box donates fresh apples for us to add to the backpacks every weekend. Below is the link to the signup to make a donation: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e4aa9ad28ab9-wcms1 We will start collecting donations on Monday, October 9th.Please bring in all donations by Friday, October 13th. There will be two collections points when students walk into school: * 6th Grade Entrance inside the Front Office * 7th & 8th Grade Entrance outside of Mr. Jones' Office Please leave food items on the carts labeled “DONATIONS”.

    PTA Information PTA membership has seen an increase of 100% from the 2016-17 school year! We currently have 262 members. A link for membership registration OR volunteer registration is listed below. Please help us continue to support our teachers and funds for technology in the classroom! This year the cost to join has been reduced to only $10. Our goal is simple - We want to increase our PTA family community and show our WCMS staff that we appreciate all they do for our students! Our membership motto is: "We're Better Together!" We would like to sign up 400+ families. Please help us achieve this dream! Go to: http://join.myschoolanywhere.com and use the invitation code: westcaryms. You can also donate your time and purchase spirit wear at this site. Go IMPS!

    Box Tops Please collect and cut out box tops and drop them off at our school. You may bring them to the front office.

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    Reminders

    Friday, October 20th – Early Release Day #2

    Monday, October 30th – End of First Quarter Grading Period

    Thursday, November 2nd – PTA Meeting, 7:30 am, Media Center

    West Cary Families – our school motto is “Dream, Believe, Achieve – Make It Happen!” We are committed to excellence and helping our students dream, believe, and achieve in their academic and athletic successes.

    Thank you,

    Mike James - Principal


    October 6, 2017

    West Cary Participates in The Cary High School Homecoming Parade West Cary Middle School was invited to participate in The Cary High School Homecoming Parade today, October 6th. Cary High School is one of only two Wake County Public Schools that continues to hold its own Homecoming Parade. The West Cary Marching Band as well as some of our fall sports teams participated in this community event. West Cary is proud to be a foundation piece to the Cary Community and Cary High School. It was our privilege to be part of this year’s Cary High School Homecoming Parade!

    School Pictures School pictures were taken on Thursday, October 4th . Below is information and a link to Lifetouch who handles all of our school pictures. West Cary Middle School Pictures Picture Day was Wednesday, October 4th Picture Day ID: BW017325Q0  It's as easy as 1 2 3! VISIT mylifetouch.com ENTER your Picture Day ID:BW017325Q0 ORDER your perfect package—and don’t worry about returning anything on Picture Day! Some benefits of online ordering are: -Earn rewards with every purchase through the MyFamily Rewards™ program -Customize your package by choosing the sizes and quantities right for you -Get more background choices -View available special offers and save

    State Fair Incentives for West Cary! West Cary Families – if you are planning on going to this year’s North Carolina State Fair and you are purchasing your tickets online, West Cary has an opportunity to get money back from your ticket purchases! Just enter our school code when you make your online purchase. The school codes are listed along with the offer under the Deals and Discounts section of the State Fair's main page.

    Reggie Dabbs Reggie Dabbs is coming to West Cary! Mr. Dabbs is a nationally known motivational speaker who speaks with thousands of students across our nation about a variety of topics: self-esteem, academic success, anti-bullying, mentoring, persevering and overcoming adversity - just to name a few. Mr. Dabbs will be speaking with our students on Tuesday, October 17th. He will also be addressing our faculty that afternoon as well as holding a parent forum in the evening about all of the topics he discussed with our students. The Parent Night with Reggie will take place in the school auditorium at 6:30. Please bring your whole family and neighbors to hear Reggie share his message and help parents communicate with their children about the topics he covered in his motivational speech with our students. Childcare will be provided free of charge! Backpack Buddies We are looking for volunteers who are willing to donate food items to help support West Cary’s Backpack Buddies. The Backpack Buddies program collects food donations to assist students from

    Backpack Buddies We are looking for volunteers who are willing to donate food items to help support West Cary’s Backpack Buddies. The Backpack Buddies program collects food donations to assist students from food insecure homes over the weekend and during breaks so they have enough food to eat. The students in our program have been identified by our school's Social Worker. We will continue to have donation drives throughout the year. This is only during the school year, as there are resources that help the students during the summer. This program protects the privacy of the students and their families. Items we will need to collect include canned fruits/vegetables, canned meats/soups, juice boxes, shelf stable milk, healthy snacks and breakfast foods. The food items collected are consistent with the InterFaith Food Shuttle Backpack Buddies program http://foodshuttle.org/we-feed/childrens-hungerrelief/backpack-buddies - keeping in line with their nutritional guidelines, we request that Spam, Vienna Sausages and sardines are not donated. The Produce Box donates fresh apples for us to add to the backpacks every weekend. Below is the link to the signup to make a donation: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e4aa9ad28ab9-wcms1 We will start collecting donations on Monday, October 9th.Please bring in all donations by Friday, October 13th. There will be two collections points when students walk into school: * 6th Grade Entrance inside the Front Office * 7th & 8th Grade Entrance outside of Mr. Jones' Office Please leave food items on the carts labeled “DONATIONS”. PTA Information PTA membership has seen an increase of 100% from the 2016-17 school year! We currently have 262 members. A link for membership registration OR volunteer registration is listed below. Please help us continue to support our teachers and funds for technology in the classroom! This year the cost to join has been reduced to only $10. Our goal is simple - We want to increase our PTA family community and show our WCMS staff that we appreciate all they do for our students! 1000 Evans Road Robert M. “Mike” James - Principal Cary, North Carolina 27513 919-460-3528 919-460-3540 (fax) Dream, Believe, Achieve – Make it Happen! Our membership motto is: "We're Better Together!" We would like to sign up 400+ families. Please help us achieve this dream! Go to: http://join.myschoolanywhere.com and use the invitation code:

    PTA Information PTA membership has seen an increase of 100% from the 2016-17 school year! We currently have 262 members. A link for membership registration OR volunteer registration is listed below. Please help us continue to support our teachers and funds for technology in the classroom! This year the cost to join has been reduced to only $10. Our goal is simple - We want to increase our PTA family community and show our WCMS staff that we appreciate all they do for our students! Our membership motto is: "We're Better Together!" We would like to sign up 400+ families. Please help us achieve this dream! Go to: http://join.myschoolanywhere.com and use the invitation code: westcaryms. You can also donate your time and purchase spirit wear at this site. Go IMPS! Box Tops Please collect and cut out box tops and drop them off at our school. You may bring them to the front office. Use this bit.ly link to access this message

    Box Tops Please collect and cut out box tops and drop them off at our school. You may bring them to the front office. Use this bit.ly link to access this message

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    Reminders West Cary Families – our school motto is “Dream, Believe, Achieve – Make It Happen!” We are committed to excellence and helping our students dream, believe, and achieve in their academic and athletic successes.

    Thank you,

    Mike James - Principal

    September 29, 2017

    Thank You! I would like to give a big “Thank You” to our PTA and Parent Volunteers who helped provide our staff lunch on our Teacher Workday – Thursday, September 21. We had a delicious mix of soups and salads that all of our teachers enjoyed. Your contributions certainly made for a great teacher workday and professional development training.

    Did You Know… Our cafeteria staff earned recognition in a recent competition among all Cary area schools for their Chef’s Salad. West Cary Child and Nutrition Services made the area’s best Chef’s Salad and earned the highest achievement for taste and presentation. I can attest to these accolades as I get at least one Chef’s Salad each week. Also, our cafeteria manager informs us the produce used in the salads are grown locally in North Carolina!

    State Fair Incentives for West Cary! West Cary Families – if you are planning on going to this year’s North Carolina State Fair and you are purchasing your tickets online, West Cary has an opportunity to get money back from your ticket purchases! Just enter our school code when you make your online purchase. The school codes are listed along with the offer under the Deals and Discounts section of the State Fair's main page. School Pictures School pictures will be October 4th. Students should have received

    School Pictures School pictures will be October 4th. Students should have received picture and purchasing information provided by Lifetouch in their first period classes on Tuesday, September 19. Please ask your child about that information. If you did not get a picture order form, please stop by the front office or call the school and we will provide your child with another form. Below is information and a link to Lifetouch who handles all of our school pictures. School Pictures Picture Day is: Wednesday, October 4th Picture Day ID: BW017325Q0 There are only a few days left to order on mylifetouch.com before Picture Day. SHOP NOW If the above links don't work, it's still easy as 1 2 3 VISIT mylifetouch.com ENTER your Picture Day ID:BW017325Q0 ORDER your perfect package—and don’t worry about returning anything on Picture Day! Some benefits of online ordering are:  Earn rewards with every purchase through the MyFamily Rewards™ program  Customize your package by choosing the sizes and quantities right for you  Get more background choices  View available special offers and save Please submit your portrait order before October 4, 2017. 

    Fall Athletics Schedules and Events Our Fall Sports have begun at West Cary! Please come out and support our student athletes for girls’ soccer, volleyball, and football this fall season. For a complete listing of all athletic schedules go to the West Cary website and click on the athletics link. 

    Reggie Dabbs Reggie Dabbs is coming to West Cary! Mr. Dabbs is a nationally known motivational speaker who speaks with thousands of students across our nation about a variety of topics: self-esteem, academic success, anti-bullying, mentoring, persevering and overcoming adversity - just to name a few. Mr. Dabbs will be speaking with our students on Tuesday, October 17th. He will also be addressing our faculty that afternoon as well as holding a parent forum in the evening about all of the topics he discussed with our students. Stay tuned for more information about specific meeting times. This will be a fantastic opportunity for all of our parents. 

    Technology Donations A very big “Thank You” goes out to SAS for their donation of laptop computers to West Cary. Our ultimate goal is to have a 1-to-1 laptop accessibility for West Cary students. Currently we are at a 3-to-1 ratio. Our technology goal can be achieved with your help and support to the West Cary PTA. Our PTA is committed to helping us reach our goal through donations, matching funds and fundraisers, and accessing grants for West Cary achieving a 1-to-1 laptop computer ratio for our students. 

    PTA Meeting 10-5-17 The next PTA meeting will be Thursday, October 5th, 7:30 in the school media center. We’ve got some exciting things going on at West Cary and the general public is welcome to attend our meeting. 

    PTA Information The PTA membership drive for the 2017-2018 school year is now live! Please help us continue to support our teachers and funds for technology in the classroom! This year the cost to join has been reduced to only $10. Our goal is simple. We want to increase our PTA family community and show our WCMS staff that we appreciate all they do for our students! Our membership motto is: "We're Better Together!" We would like to sign up 400+ families. Please help us achieve this dream! Go to: http://join.myschoolanywhere.comand use the invitation code: westcaryms. You can also donate your time and purchase spirit wear at this site. Go IMPS!

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    Reminders West Cary Families – our school motto is “Dream, believe, achieve – make it happen!” We are committed to excellence and helping our students dream, believe, and achieve in their academic and athletic successes. 

    Thank you,

    Mike James - Principal


    September 22, 2017

    Early Release Friday – September 29th Our first early release day will be Friday, September 29th. School will dismiss at 11:45.

    T-Dap Vaccine Booster

    DEADLINE: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29

    Attention Parents of Rising 7th Graders –

    A booster dose of the T-Dap & Meningococcal Vaccine is required for all children entering 7th grade, if 5 or more years have passed since the last dose. By North Carolina law, students who have not received the T-Dap & Meningococcal Vaccine within 30 calendar days after enrollment are not allowed to attend school until they receive the shot.

    Please bring your certificate of immunization to West Cary’s Student Services. If you have any questions, please contact Annette Hooker aphooker@wcpss.net at 919.460.3528.

    State Fair Incentives for West Cary! West Cary Families – if you are planning on going to this year’s North Carolina State Fair and you are purchasing your tickets online, West Cary has an opportunity to get money back from your ticket purchases! Just enter our school code when you make your online purchase. The school codes are listed along with the offer under the Deals and Discounts section of the State Fair's main page. School Pictures School pictures will be October 4th. Students should have received

    School Pictures School pictures will be October 4th. Students should have received picture and purchasing information provided by Lifetouch in their first period classes on Tuesday, September 19. Please ask your child about that information.

    Fall Athletics Schedules and Events Our Fall Sports have begun at West Cary! Please come out and support our student athletes for girl’s soccer, volleyball, and football this fall season. For a complete listing of all athletic schedules go to the West Cary website and click on the athletics link.

    Technology Donations A very big “Thank You” goes out to SAS for their donation of laptop computers to West Cary. Our ultimate goal is to have a 1-to-1 laptop accessibility for West Cary students. Currently we are at a 3-to-1 ratio. Our technology goal can be achieved with your help and support to the West Cary PTA. Our PTA is committed to helping us reach our goal through donations, matching funds and fundraisers, and accessing grants for West Cary achieving a 1-to-1 laptop computer ratio for our students.PTA Information

    PTA Information:

    The PTA membership drive for the 2017-2018 school year is now live! Please help us continue to support our teachers and funds for technology in the classroom! This year the cost to join has been reduced to only $10. Our goal is simple. We want to increase our PTA family community and show our WCMS staff that we appreciate all they do for our students! Our membership motto is: "We're Better Together!" We would like to sign up 400+ families. Please help us achieve this dream! Go to: http://join.myschoolanywhere.comand use the invitation code: westcaryms. You can also donate your time and purchase spirit wear at this site. Go IMPS!

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    Reminders

    Thursday, September 21, 2017 – Teacher Workday – No School.

    Friday, September 29, 2017 – Early Release Day – school dismisses at 11:45

    West Cary Families – our school motto is “Dream, believe, achieve – make it happen!” We are committed to excellence and helping our students dream, believe, and achieve in their academic and athletic successes. Thank you, Mike

    Thank you, Mike James - Principal


    September 15, 2017

    Fall AIG Testing Fall AIG identification testing will be done the first week in October. If you wish to have your child considered for AIG identification please send an email to Mrs. E. Taylor (etaylor@wcpss.net) no later than September 25th to be included in this round of testing. Requests that arrive after that date will be considered for the spring testing sessions.

    Science Olympiad There will be a Science Olympiad parent interest meeting on Tuesday, September 19th, 6-6:30, in the school media center.

    Custodian Appreciation Week Many thanks to our custodians Ms. Murray and Mr. Gray! Happy Custodian Appreciation Week to them and we appreciate their efforts to maintain a clean environment in an aging school.

    School Donations We would like to thank the Cary Teen Council and Mt. Zion Church’s Young Adult Ministry for their generous donations of school supplies to West Cary. We will distribute those basic school supplies to our students who are in need.

    BYOD This year West Cary Middle School is becoming a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) school. Students should have brought home a student-parent contract with all of the information and expectations for how BYOD will be implemented at our school and what our expectations are for students. Parents - Here is a quick bullet point list of essential information about BYOD:

    • An electronic device is not limited to smart phones, but can also include: tablets, laptops, etc.  Students bring electronic devices to school at their own risk. The school is NOT responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged electronic devices.
    • BYOD is for instructional purposes only with direction from the classroom teacher.
    • Signage is posted for all students to adhere to with usage of their electronic devices. A red sign means “no electronic devices should be used or seen”, a yellow sign means “electronic devices can be used on a limited basis with teacher direction”, a green sign means “students can use their electronic devices on their own.” All hallways are RED zones – electronic devices should not be used or seen. The cafeteria is a GREEN zone during lunches. The gym is a GREEN zone BEFORE SCHOOL ONLY. Teachers will post the appropriate sign outside of their classroom door to inform students of the expectations for the day regarding electronic devices.

    Parents – if you have not reviewed the student-parent contract agreement for BYOD, please review it as soon as possible.

    PTA Information The PTA membership drive for the 2017-2018 school year is now live! Please help us continue to support our teachers and funds for technology in the classroom! This year the cost to join has been reduced to only $10. Our goal is simple. We want to increase our PTA family community and show our WCMS staff that we appreciate all they do for our students! Our membership motto is: "We're Better Together!" We would like to sign up 400+ families. Please help us achieve this dream! Go to: http://join.myschoolanywhere.comand use the invitation code: westcaryms. You can also donate your time and purchase spirit wear at this site. Go IMPS!

    Campus Clean Up We have postponed our campus clean up. Our next campus clean up will be in the month of November.

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    Reminders

    • Thursday, September 21, 2017 – Teacher Workday – No School.
    • Friday, September 29, 2017 – Early Release Day – school dismisses at 11:45

    West Cary Families – our school motto is “Dream, believe, achieve – make it happen!” We are committed to excellence and helping our students dream, believe, and achieve in their academic and athletic successes.

    Thank you, Mike James - Principal


    September 8, 2017

    Social Media Parents – you should have received an email from Dr. James Merrill, WCPSS Superintendent regarding social media. I can’t stress enough the importance of his message. Social media is a part of our cultural fabric and it is our responsibility to be engaged with our children and the usage of social media. To quote Dr. Merrill “I ask you to monitor their social media. Young people are committing too many mistakes for which they do not fully appreciate and understand the consequences. Please help them with that understanding.” It has been our observation over the last two years that over 95% of student-to student discipline issues result from “drama” that is started over social media outside of school hours that boils over into our school. Please help us address and prevent social media drama!

    Science Olympiad There will be a Science Olympiad parent interest meeting on Tuesday, September 19th, 6-6:30, in the school media center.

    BYOD This year West Cary Middle School is becoming a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) school. Students should have brought home a student-parent contract with all of the information and expectations for how BYOD will be implemented at our school and what our expectations are for students. Parents - Here is a quick bullet point list of essential information about BYOD

    • An electronic device is not limited to smart phones, but can also include: tablets, laptops, etc.
    • Students bring electronic devices to school at their own risk. The school is NOT responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged electronic devices.
    • BYOD is for instructional purposes only with direction from the classroom teacher.
    • Signage is posted for all students to adhere to with usage of their electronic devices. A red sign means “no electronic devices should be used or seen”, a yellow sign means “electronic devices can be used on a limited basis with teacher direction”, a green sign means “students can use their electronic devices on their own.” All hallways are RED zones – electronic devices should not be used or seen. The cafeteria is a GREEN zone during lunches. The gym is a GREEN zone BEFORE SCHOOL ONLY. Teachers will post the appropriate sign outside of their classroom door to inform students of the expectations for the day regarding electronic devices.

    Parents – if you have not reviewed the student-parent contract agreement for BYOD, please review it as soon as possible.

    PTA Information The PTA membership drive for the 2017-2018 school year is now live! Please help us continue to support our teachers and funds for technology in the classroom! This year the cost to join has been reduced to only $10. Our goal is simple. We want to increase our PTA family community and show our WCMS staff that we appreciate all they do for our students! Our membership motto is: "We're Better Together!" We would like to sign up 400+ families. Please help us achieve this dream! Go to: http://join.myschoolanywhere.comand use the invitation code: westcaryms. You can also donate your time and purchase spirit wear at this site. Go IMPS! Campus Clean Up We will have a campus clean-up event on Saturday, September 23rd, 9 am – 12 noon. More information will be forthcoming for this event – stay tuned. Use this bit.ly link to access this message

    Go IMPS! Campus Clean Up We will have a campus clean-up event on Saturday, September 23rd, 9 am – 12 noon. More information will be forthcoming for this event – stay tuned. Use this bit.ly link to access this message

    Use this bit.ly link to access this message any time. http://bit.ly/2opDxhc Reminders West Cary Families – our school motto is “Dream, believe, achieve – make it happen!” We are committed to excellence and helping our students dream, believe, and achieve

    West Cary Families – our school motto is “Dream, Believe, Achieve – Make It Happen!” We are committed to excellence and helping our students dream, believe, and achieve their academic and athletic successes.

    Thank you, Mike James - Principal


    September 1, 2017

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    A VERY BIG THANK YOU! Thank you students, parents, and teachers for a successful opening of our school year. We had almost no issues outside of bus transportation. Please remember that WCPSS schedules all routes, bus assignments, and bus stops – this is not a school building level issue. Ms. Peoples, Assistant Principal has been doing a good job of navigating the complexities of the buses and she is working well with families to support them and help families get bus issues resolved. Social Media Parents – you should have received an email from Dr. James Merrill, WCPSS Superintendent regarding social media. I can’t stress enough the importance of his message. Social media is a part of our cultural fabric and it is our responsibility to be engaged with our children and the usage of social media. To quote Dr. Merrill “I ask you to monitor their social media. Young people are committing too many mistakes for which they do not fully appreciate and understand the consequences. Please help them with that understanding.” It has been our observation over the last two years that over 95% of student-

    Social Media Parents – you should have received an email from Dr. James Merrill, WCPSS Superintendent regarding social media. I can’t stress enough the importance of his message. Social media is a part of our cultural fabric and it is our responsibility to be engaged with our children and the usage of social media. To quote Dr. Merrill “I ask you to monitor their social media. Young people are committing too many mistakes for which they do not fully appreciate and understand the consequences. Please help them with that understanding.” It has been our observation over the last two years that over 95% of student-to-student discipline issues result from “drama” that is started over social media outside of school hours that boils over into our school. Please help us address and prevent social media drama! Lunch Lines Lunches went really well this week. We did experience some slowness in the first couple of days. But the students are learning their routines and the cafeteria staff

    Lunch Lines Lunches went really well this week. We did experience some slowness in the first couple of days. But the students are learning their routines and the cafeteria staff has made adjustments in the number of meals to prepare.

    Transportation If you have not submitted a request for transportation, please do so as soon as possible. WCPSS Transportation Department is working to get all students who are eligible for bus transportation approved as quickly as possible.

    Grading Plan Last week I communicated to families our new grading plan/policy. Below is a bullet point list for the purpose of our school-wide grading plan.

    •  We believe all students should be assessed on learning that is aligned to the North Carolina State Standards.
    •  We do NOT believe that students should be graded for completion, compliance, and routines.
    •  Homework and classwork grades will no longer affect a student’s academic record.
    • We believe that homework and classwork is practice for students and that students should have that time of practice without penalty.
    • Note that homework and classwork CAN and WILL be assigned and graded by the teacher, but the grades will be used to provide meaningful feedback and WILL NOT impact a student’s academic record. Bottom line - We want a student’s grade to be based upon successful proficiency, understanding, and higher order thinking that is tightly aligned to the North Carolina State Standards. This grading plan will give us the most accurate measure of where a student is in their learning of those standards. Access the entire plan on our school website: http://www.wcpss.net/domain/13160

    BYOD This year West Cary Middle School is becoming a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) school. Students should have brought home a student-parent contract with all of the information and expectations for how BYOD will be implemented at our school and what our expectations are for students. Parents - Here is a quick bullet point list of essential information about BYOD

    •  An electronic device is not limited to smart phones, but can also include: tablets, laptops, etc.
    •  Students bring electronic devices to school at their own risk. The school is NOT responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged electronic devices.  BYOD is for instructional purposes only with direction from the classroom teacher.
    •  Signage is posted for all students to adhere to with usage of their electronic devices. A red sign means “no electronic devices should be used or seen”, a yellow sign means “electronic devices can be used on a limited basis with teacher direction”, a green sign means “students can use their electronic devices on their own.” All hallways are RED zones – electronic devices should not be used or seen. The cafeteria is a GREEN zone during lunches. The gym is a GREEN zone BEFORE SCHOOL ONLY. Teachers will post the appropriate sign outside of their classroom door to inform students of the expectations for the day regarding electronic devices. Parents – if you have not reviewed the student-parent contract agreement for BYOD, please review it as soon as possible.

    PTA Information The PTA membership drive for the 2017-2018 school year is now live! Please help us continue to support our teachers and funds for technology in the classroom! This year the cost to join has been reduced to only $10. Our goal is simple. We want to increase our PTA family community and show our WCMS staff that we appreciate all they do for our students! Our membership motto is: "We're Better Together!" We would like to sign up 400+ families. Please help us achieve this dream! Go to: http://join.myschoolanywhere.comand use the invitation code: westcaryms. You can also donate your time and purchase spirit wear at this site. Go IMPS!

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    Reminders

    PTA Meeting – Thursday, September7th, 7:30 am, school media center

    Open House – Thursday, September 7th, 6-7:30 pm For a complete schedule of our activities planned for our Open House, please check out the link on our school website. PTA and Athletics Booster will have information available in the media center for all families at Open House.

    North Carolina law now requires Tdap and Meningococcal vaccines for entry into 7th grade. Please make sure your child’s vaccinations are up to date before September 1, 2017.

     

    West Cary Families – our school motto is “Dream, believe, achieve – make it happen!” We are committed to excellence and helping our students dream, believe, and achieve in their academic and athletic successes.

    Thank you, Mike James - Principal