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  • West Lee Teacher Attends NCCAT

    Miss Shelley Ray, Chorus teacher at West Lee Middle School, recently attended the Seminar on Digital Learning held at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT).  The instructors at NCCAT worked with teachers from around the state on mastering a toolbox full of Web 2.0 programs such as Audacity, PhotoFunia, QR Codes, Blendspace, Poll Everywhere, Symbaloo, and Portable Software.  Using these tools, Miss Ray learned new ways to get students involved in her class as well as new approaches for presenting her lessons to enhance student participation and enjoyment.  Miss Ray will share all the exciting materials and techniques she learned at the seminar with the staff at West Lee.

                                                              Shelley Ray at NCCAT
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  • West Lee’s Fourth Annual Powder Puff Game
    Is a Rousing Success

    On Thursday, October 16th, West Lee Middle School held its fourth annual Powder Puff game with the eighth-grade girls taking a 24 - 14 victory over the seventh graders. The eighth grade jumped out to an early 16-0 lead before the seventh grade could calm their nerves and stop the eighth-grade with good defensive pressure up the middle. The seventh graders got on the board late in the 1st half to close the gap. As time expired to end the 1st half, the eighth grade scored its third touchdown of the half to take a 24-6 lead. The second half settle into a defensive struggle with the seventh grade scoring a touchdown for the only points.  Both teams showed great sportsmanship, teamwork, and PRIDE as they battled throughout the game. All the players should be well-pleased with their effort.  They did a phenomenal job of representing West Lee. 

    Our always boisterous cheerleaders once again entertained the crowd with their cheers and half-time routines. Way to go guys...

    As with every Powder Puff game, the admission was three canned goods; and this year West Lee collected over 1,000 cans of food that will be donated to the Sanford CUOC to help feed the needy. Great job West Lee!!! Thank you to all the teachers, staff, parents and students who assisted, participated or attended this year's game for their support to the game and its great cause.

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  • West Lee Takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
    On Thursday, September 25, West Lee staff accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS.  Students were able to purchase buckets of ice water to dump on the staff member of their choice.  The event was scheduled after school on the early-release day. The “lucky” staff members who were selected took their freezing showers like troopers despite a temperature that hovered only around 69 degrees. In total, $490, representing 98 buckets of ice-cold love, was raised.  All proceeds will be donated to the Jim “Catfish” Hunter Chapter of the ALS Foundation.  Both West Lee staff and students are very proud to have participated in this service learning project.  Go Pride!


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  •  Voices Into Action Awards West Lee Mini Grant
    Voices Into Action, an organization that partners with communities to support access to healthy, affordable food and safe places to be active, has given Ms. Melanie Parker, West Lee's Biotechnology teacher,  a mini grant to build and maintain a garden at our school. Below is the article published on the Voices Into Action website.

    West Lee Middle School Garden:


    West Lee Middle School received a 2014 mini-grant from Voices into Action to start an educational garden on school grounds. Melanie Parker, an agriculture education and biology teacher at West Lee, will bring her students outside for hands-on learning as they cultivate fruits and vegetables that will then be shared with other students and their families. Melanie and her students, along with West Lee Middle’s Student Council, are learning how to build garden beds, thanks to help from the high school FFA. All of Melanie’s students, 6th through 8th grade, will get a chance to work in the garden as part of their agriculture education curriculum.
    Soon, Melanie and her students will plant fall and winter seeds—like broccoli and lettuce—in the school’s greenhouse; these seedlings will then be planted in the new garden beds when they are complete. Working in the garden will give students a chance to get out of the classroom and enjoy some physical activity in the outdoors, while giving them the skills and knowledge to tend to and grow healthy and delicious garden fruits and vegetables.
     To learn more about Voices Into Action and see what other projects are going on in the region, visit http://voicesintoaction.org

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  •  Homework Help at West Lee
    The Homework Help after school tutoring group will be starting onWednesday, Sept. 24th.  This group is for any student that would like additional help in any subject area.  Teachers will be on hand to help out.  We meet in the library every Wednesday until 3:30.  Rides must pick students up promptly at 3:30 at the Winterlocken parking lot.  A permission form must also be signed and on file for a student to participate.  Permission forms can be obtained through the homeroom teachers or by clicking on the link below and printing.

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  • Bring Your Own Device at West Lee Middle

    West Lee Middle School is participating in Lee County Schools’ Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program.  Students will be allowed to bring internet capable devices for use in class work in lieu of using a school-provided device.  All devices must meet minimum standards, and parents and students must sign an agreement regarding the use of such devices.  If you are interested in participating in BYOD, click on the link below to download the appropriate documents and forms.   Please read the documents very carefully before submitting the paperwork. If there are any questions, contact Andy Booth (abooth.wlms@lee.k12.nc.us) or Omar Macias (omacias@lee.k12.nc.us).
     English: BYOD English
    Spanish:  BYOD Spanish

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  • AVID School Supply List 
    West Lee Middle is implementing AVID school wide (Advancement Via Individual Determination) this year.  We're very excited about putting in place strategies and practices that encourage students to prepare for whatever school or career path they follow.  One of the strategies we will be using is having a common set of tools to organize note taking. We ask that all students bring the following supplies with them to school.
     West Lee Middle School AVID Supply List

    • ž 3-inch 3-ring binder
    • ž Set of 10 dividers
    • ž Loose leaf paper
    • ž Glue sticks
    • ž Highlighter
    • ž Color pencils
    • ž Handheld pencil sharpener
    • ž Pencils
    • ž Pens
    • ž Post it notes
    • ž School agenda


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  • WLMS Music and Chicks 
    West Lee Middle Band, Chorus and Orchestra joined Save The Children and Great American fundraising to send chicks to underprivileged families in Guatemala, Bangladesh and South Sudan.  During our fundraiser, instead of receiving a free item from the catalog, students sent a chick to one of these countries.  These chicks will grow up to provide eggs for the families to eat as well as be able to sell at the market for extra income.
    chicks chicks2

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  • Joan Scott Memorial Poetry Contest 
    Congratulations to Addie Mejia! Her poem "As the Leaves Fall" has won honorable mention in the Joan Scott Memorial poetry contest, sponsored by the North Carolina Poetry Society. It was selected from dozens of entries from elementary and middle school students across the state. As a winner, she will receive a certificate and a free copy of this year's Pinesong book, the anthology collection of contest-winning poems from the NC Poetry Society.  Addie received her prizes and read her poem at the annual Awards Day at the historic Weymouth Center in Southern Pines, NC on May 24, 2014.

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    NC State chemistry professors, Dr. Reza Ghiladi and Dr. Jeremy Feducia, came for the first of several visits, to Amy Braren's sixth grade science classes this week. Mrs. Braren had completed a unit on the study of energy and the professors brought several exciting lab demonstrations and hands on energy activities.
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    NCSU 1

    Students saw water separated into Hydrogen and Oxygen and were shocked when a balloon full of Hydrogen atoms were excited and exploded. They were amazed when salt particles in a pickle were energized causing the pickle to glow. Gummy Bears were sacrificed in the name of science and students got to see a very rapid, and explosive, example of what happens during digestion. Creating a battery out of potatoes was the last challenge of the day. The professors will be back again in March and April and a field trip to NCSU is planned for May. This program is funded by a grant by the American Chemistry Society and specifically designated for outreach to schools. Mrs. Braren is also a participant in the county's Essentially Science Math-Science Partnership grant with NC State.
    NCSU 3  NCSU 4

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 Art Work from Samantha Shonka's Students

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