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April 21, 2024 Mustang News

Good evening Mustang Families. Report cards were sent home on Friday. Please check with your student if they did not give you their report card. Please contact your student’s teachers with questions about grades and the grade-level counselors if you would like to schedule a conference.


Administrative Professionals Day: Administrative Professionals’ Day is Wednesday, April 24th, and Martin has a wonderful team in the office that keeps the school moving! If you are at school on Wednesday, please say thank you to Ms. Bullock, Ms. Foxworth, Ms. Hafferty, and Ms. Newkirk.


April 29th: Martin will be closed for students on Monday, April 29th as it is a Workday for staff. Students will return on Tuesday, April 30th.


Spring Concerts: Our Spring Concert Season opens this week as the Martin Orchestra Department will take the stage for its concert on Thursday, April 25th. The concert begins at 7pm in the auditorium.


Student Council Elections: After a very close election this year, the 2024-25 Martin Student Council Leadership Team will be:

  • President – Jesse Agwuncha
  • Vice President – Arya Sinha
  • Secretary – Benton Creekman
  • Communications Chair – Alex Hill
  • Treasurer – Boone Ellsworth

Congratulations to not only the new Leadership Team but to all those who campaigned in a well-run race!



Congratulations: Arjun Pant competed at the regional level of the International Academic Competitions in history, geography, and science in early April. At this competition, Arjun was the 7th grade Champion in all three competitions, qualifying him to participate in the national and international levels of competition. Congratulations, Arjun, on this great achievement!



Updated Testing Schedule: The testing schedule has been updated! Please go to the Martin MS website to view the new schedule in either the calendar or news sections. You can also find the draft testing schedule linked here. Please send any questions about the testing schedule to Ms. Bonham West ( 



EOG/EOC Remediation and Readministration Program:  All students will take the EOG/EOC State Test at the end of the school year. Should students meet the criteria for our EOG/EOC Remediation and Readministration program, you will receive an invitation for your student to attend the program after the testing window closes on June 12th. For planning purposes, the program dates for the end of the school year are June 13th and 14th. Transportation will be provided, and breakfast and lunch will be available.



EOG/EOC Volunteers Needed: Can you help supervise restrooms and hallways during the EOGs and EOCs? This position is easy, but essential. The only requirements are to whisper when speaking and not talk to students about the tests. If you're able to help, please go here and sign up. Thank you in advance for volunteering!

Please send any questions about volunteering for EOGs and EOCs to Ms. Bonham West (


Builders Club News: This week’s Builders Club will explore connections between human and animal nutrition through dairy with Dr. Shannon Davidson, Dairy Extension Associate at NCSU, and Tracy Bates, registered and licensed dietician, School Nutrition Promotion Specialist with NCDPI. Students will learn about the benefits of dairy for growing students, the nutrients provided by milk and the nutrients cows need to produce milk. They will take a virtual tour of a North Carolina dairy farm, make smoothies and sample NCSU’s Howling Cow ice cream!



2nd Step: All students will engage in a Second Step lesson on Thursday during Corral. The lesson topics and conversation starters for each grade are:

6th Grade: You’re Changing - Students will examine changes they’ve gone through and how those changes can affect their relationships.

Conversation Starter – Share how one of your friendships has changed over time. Ask your student to share how some of their friendships have changed since starting middle school.


7th Grade: Keeping Your Cool in a Conflict - Students will explore how using emotion-management strategies (slow breathing, walking away, reframing the situation, positive self-talk) can help prevent a conflict from escalating.

Conversation Starter – Share strategies you use to help yourself feel calm during escalating conflicts. Ask them to tell you any additional strategies they find helpful, beyond ones covered in the lesson.


8th Grade: Changing Strategies and Getting Help - Students will analyze situations and decide if they need to change their strategy or get outside help to manage their stress.

Conversation Starter – Tell your student about a time you needed help managing stress.



May Martin Family Coffee: We will host a Virtual Family Coffee on May 3rd at 8am. The meet link for the Coffee is:



Yearbook: The yearbook staff has worked extremely hard on this year’s yearbook! Once we sell out, there will be no more books available. Order your 2024 Martin Yearbook using this link or call 1-877-767-5217. Email Mrs. Bricker ( with questions. Thank you! 



Parent Survey: Our district values your feedback! This month, WCPSS is asking you to take a brief survey to tell them about your experience with WCPSS and Martin Middle School. To ensure we continue to provide high-quality, rigorous learning experiences that meet the needs of our learners and prepare them for college and career, we need your feedback. We want to know what you think. Surveys are available in multiple languages--Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Korean, Spanish, and Vietnamese. 

The survey is open now through May 17thClick here to access the survey.



Clubs on Campus: 

Art Garden Club: Wednesday, April 24th from 2:30-3:30 in room 3005. Contact Ms. Bennett ( with questions.


Builders Club: Wednesday, April 24th from 2:30-3:30. Contact Ms. Duncan ( with questions.


Crochet Club: Thursday, April 25th from 2:30-3:00 in room 2001. Contact Ms. Bradley ( with questions.



Athletics this Week: All games and meets begin at 4pm unless otherwise noted. Tickets can be purchased in advance at or at the gate for $6.

All student spectators are to be picked up promptly at the conclusion of each sporting event.


Monday, 4/22                    Softball @ North Garner (4:15)

Wednesday, 4/24              Track v Oberlin

Thursday, 4/25                  Softball v Ligon (4:15)



From the PTA: 

General PTA Meeting: We will hold a Virtual General PTA Meeting on Math 15th where we will vote on leadership and major committee positions. All Martin parents are welcome and encouraged to join the meeting. The meeting link will be shared as we get closer to May 15th.


Nominating Committee: Thank you to everyone who reached out with interest in leadership and committee positions for the 2024/25 school year. The Nominating Committee is reviewing all the responses and will be in touch. It is not too late if you still have interest, contact



Thank you, Mustang Families, and have a wonderful evening.