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February 10, 2020

Good evening Cougar Families!


Monday           Bus Driver Appreciation Week

Tuesday          Power Hour contact for more info

Thursday         Valentines Day Dance 3:30-5:30

Friday              QTR 2 Celebrations

Report Cards and Tier Plans go home with students Monday

Please bring in new or gently used books to support our efforts in the district wide Wake Up and Read program.


Our After School Tuesday program begins tomorrow February 4.  Power Hour is an after school enrichment program that will focus on enrichment, acceleration, and intervention in the areas of ELA, Math, and Science.  Power Hour will occur every Tuesday from 3:30-4:30.  Please make sure to complete the commitment form so that your student can participate in this four month program.  More detailed information can be found on our website or you may contact Terrance Hinnant, Assistant Principal.


When you have a moment, please congratulate all faculty, staff, and students as we have earned the 2020 National Magnet School of Excellence Merit Award.  To receive a national merit award, schools must submit a detailed application that then undergoes a rigorous review by a panel of educators. Schools are judged and scored on their demonstrated ability to raise student academic achievement, promote racial and socioeconomic diversity, provide integrated curricula and instruction, and create strong family and community partnerships that enhance the school’s magnet theme. We are truly proud of this honor.  


We also have changed the Parent Engagement Night from January 30 to February 20 so please save that evening to share with us.  For now, we ask that you please contact your student's teachers to set up a conference for January 29.  We are halfway through the academic year and this would be an awesome opportunity to voice how we can better assist in your student's academic experience and performance.  We look forward to our continued partnership.


If you would like to join PTA or to contact a representative here is their information:  Renee Porter, President, Cris Fuller, Vice-President, Cleva Gaines, Secretary, Paula Underwood, Treasure, Kelvin Lucas, Watch D.O.G.S. & Cougar M.O.M.S. Coordinator zgtmmdogs@gmail.com


Title I packets were sent home with all Quarter I.  Please take the opportunity to read through the material outlining our continued partnership with families and the community.  Here is a presentation we would love for you to view:


Also, please ensure that you sign up to receive School Messenger text and emails so that you can receive weekly updates.  You can text YES to 67587.  Utilize this link for all other school messenger information


The calendar for Watch DOGS and Cougar MOMS volunteers opened Monday September 3, 2019. For your convenience, you can sign up at  Please contact Ms. Dionne for more information.


Parents, a few reminders. The school day starts at 8:15 and doors are open to students at 7:45am. Students arriving earlier than 7:45am need to remain in the front of the building and are not supervised by adults. Students arriving after 8:15 are considered tardy and must be checked in by a parent. Carpool is located in the back parking lot not the circle lot in front of the building.  Agendas & schedules will be distributed to students in homebase.


The school day ends at 3:00pm and the staggered dismissal process begins. Walkers and students riding carpool will be dismissed first. Bus riding students will be dismissed once their bus arrives on campus. We are asking for your patience during the first week of school as we work closely with transportation to get kids to and from school safely.  In addition ALL check-outs must occur prior to 2:30 for the entire year.



EL Education Parent Videos and Handouts -  

EL Education Overview video

EL Parent Handout (SpanishEnglish)

WCPSS Curriculum Plan 6-8

 Open Up Parent Videos and Handout

WCPSS Homework Resources

New resource for Middle School Mathematics

Acceleration Video for Middle School Mathematics

Parent letter regarding new MS Math resource 


Here Comes the Bus APP information:

School Messenger Texts & Email information:



January 20      Holiday

January 21      NCFE State Testing Window Begins

January 22      School Improvement Team Meeting

January 24      Students Digital Portfolio Uploads

January 27      Quarter 2 Ends

January 29      Teacher Workday- Parent Teacher Conferences

February 3      Councelor Appreciation Week

February 4      PTA Meeting

February 4      Power Hour Tutorial Program Begins (EACH TUESDAY 3:30-4:30)

February 5      Drop Everything & Read Schoolwide

February 6-14 Complete Recommendations for grade 6-8

February 6      Club Pictures

February 7      Report Card

February 7      Grade Level Newsletter

February 7      Positive Referrals

February 10    Bus Driver Appreciation Week

Februaru 11    Power Hour

February 13    Valentines Day Dance

February 14    QTR 2 Celebrations

February 14    Course recommendations due

February 17    Vacation Day – no school

February 18    Teacher Workday – no school

February 20-28           Book Fair

February 20    James E Shephard Essay Contest deadline

February 20    FACE (Family & Community Engagement Night) formerly known as Parent Engagement Night (PEN)

February 21    Game Room PBIS

February 25    Power Hour

February 26    School Improvement Team

February 27    Stars in the East Performance

February 28    QTR 3 Interims

February 28    Digital Portfolio Entries for students