Many adults sit at tables in a library. Faculty and staff attend the first faculty meeting of the year.
Wallace Middle School teachers scurry to get everything ready for the beginning of school. After they greet each other and discuss their summer breaks they must get ready to begin a new year. As the faculty meeting begins everyone pays close attention to hear the new goals for the 2014-2015 school year. There were many accomplishments at Wallace Middle School last year, and we will strive to accomplish even more rigorous goals this year. We are planning for a new year, and we are going to work together to improve student performances while allowing students to grow socially. Over the summer break faculty members read the book entitled, “Teach Like a Pirate.” We will be discussing the book throughout the year-the heart of the pirate system and the philosophy.
High Point First Grade Student with Ronald McDonald.​ High Point Elementary First Grade Student Amelia K., poses with Ronald McDonald.
High Point Elementary first-grade students joined the student body at an assembly on Friday, September 5, 2014 where Ronald McDonald stole the show. The assembly, which focused on bullying, integrity, fairness, and responsibility, proved to be just what the first graders needed as they had been learning all about citizenship in social studies. Ronald McDonald provided a great time for the students and staff, and a few teachers even had the opportunity to participate in the program! Mrs. Lisa Walden, Mrs. Dana Mullins, and several HPES students were picked out of the audience to take part in various scenarios that depicted ways students can treat others with kindness and respect. It was for sure a great way to end a great week!
Seven students pose in front of the DMS News Backdrop. Damascus Middle School News Crew members present the daily news!
The 2014-2015 Damascus Middle School News Crew recently went to work! Composed of anchors Caleb C., Gracie S., Jake S., and Drew W.; cameraman Ethan G.; technician Hanna D.; and weatherwoman Jenna G., the crew is responsible for everything required to run a news show. After leading the school in observing the Moment of Silence and saying the Pledge of Allegiance, the crew puts together a lively show of important morning announcements, including the lunch menu, birthdays, the word of the day, school events, and the daily weather forecast. The process of becoming a member of the News Crew began while these eighth-graders were still in seventh grade and consisted of their submission of an application, which included three references from teachers. Principal Dixie Hunter then looked at the students’ grades, attendance, and discipline records to select the seven members of the Damascus Middle School News Crew. We look forward to beginning each day with them!
Students sit on carpet with cups. Mrs. Graham's second grade class.
Watauga Elementary second graders are getting into the rhythm of a new school year. During music class, students learned a routine using plastic cups to create different rhythmic patterns. After mastering the routine, students performed along with the Sousa March El Capitan. Upon completing the activity, students discussed the importance of working cooperatively as a group, especially during movements in which they were required to pass the cup around the circle to their neighbor. The students also acknowledged that the activity required good listening and participation skills to complete the task successfully.
Six adults are accepting an award in front of a blue banner. Jessica France, Shannon Mutter, Dr. Yost, David Lambert, Kelli Whited, and Veita Lyle are accepting the Schools to Watch award for Wallace.
This summer Mr. Lambert, Dr. Yost, and four faculty/staff members from Wallace Middle School attended the Annual National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform Conference better known as the SCHOOLS TO WATCH in Arlington, VA. Their attendance was required because Wallace Middle School was awarded and nominated to become a National School To Watch. The National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform is an alliance of over 60 educators, researchers, national associations, and officers of professional organizations and foundations committed to promoting the academic performance and healthy development of young adolescents. In order to prepare students to be lifelong learners ready for college, career, and citizenship, the National Forum seeks to make every middle grades school academically excellent, responsive to the developmental needs and interests of young adolescents, and socially equitable. To accomplish its goal of improved academic and developmental outcomes for all students in the middle grades, the Forum identifies and disseminates best practices, articulates and promotes effective policies, recognizes and develops enlightened leadership, and informs and engages the public. Through its Schools to Watch® (STW) program, the Forum has developed criteria for identifying high-performing middle-grades schools, created tools to help schools use the criteria, expanded the program to 18 states, and selected and honored 200 successful schools across the country during the Annual STW Conference. Congratulations to Wallace Middle School for all of their hard work achieving this goal.

Recent Updates

The 2014-2015 Salary Scales (PDF 204.09 KB) are now available.

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Parents

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