As a way of expressing our thanks to the many generous supporters who helped WSPMS Music Department purchase a baby Grand piano this year, a special 'Thank You Concert' will be held in the WSPMS Auditorium on June 1, 2013 from 7:00-8:00 pm. The concert will feature the following artists: Phillip Martin, Pianist; Tara Davis, Violinist/Pianist; Lauren Gibson, Mezzo Soprano; Janet Hostetter, Pianist & Director of WSPMS Orff and Choir; Brook Hostetter, Soprano; Christopher Yoder, Cellist; Heather Tieszen, Violinist; plus other WSPMS musicians. Please plan to attend this Thank You Concert to see these talented performers. The concert is free and open to the public.
Students who ordered spring pictures received them in homeroom May 21.
Students: Read at least four books on your level and you will earn free tickets to attend the Rockingham County Fair in August. Complete the form and return it to your English teacher by May 20 to be eligible for free tickets.
Students received their spring picture proofs on April 22. If students want to place orders, all money and orders must be made by Tuesday, May 7. This deadline is required so that orders can be processed and received before the end of school. After May 7, orders must be placed online or by mailing orders directly to the company. Families may contact the Life Touch company at 800-366-0639 or mylifetouch.com or the mailing address is 1835 Loch Haven Drive, Roanoke, VA 24019.
Enjoy delicious pizza at CiCi's Pizza on East Market Street in Harrisonburg anytime on Thursday, May 9 and put your receipt in the WSPMS PTA box. CiCi's will donate 10% of the sales receipts to WSPMS.
Congratulations to Sydney Huffman and Hunter Hilbert for receiving the 2013 Rotary Code of Ethics Awards. They will be recognized at a luncheon on May 13 with their parents.
Students received flyers with details about Spring Pictures. Pictures will be taken at school on Thursday, April 11. No money is due at the time the pictures are taken. Students will receive proofs of their pictures and then orders can be placed at that time.
Students attended an assembly to receive details on the WSPMS Magazine Fundraiser and prizes for which they are eligible. Students need to submit all orders and money to their homeroom teachers; orders and money are due after Spring Break on Tuesday, April 9.
With the impact of recent days that were missed due to weather, Friday, March 29 is no longer an early release day. Students will be in school on March 29 as a regular school day.
Come see WSPMS students perform in "The Music Man, Jr." in the Pence Auditorium on March 21, 22, and 23 – 7 p.m. Purchase tickets in advance at the WSPMS Office or at door for only $5. Last year’s musical sold out; plan to purchase tickets early. Contact Mrs. Holzberger for more information.
Students will take their Writing SOL tests during March. Help students get plenty of rest the night before the SOL test. SOL tests in writing have two parts: multiple choice and a writing prompt. Both parts of the test will be taken on school computers. Practice materials for 8th graders' state SOL test can be found at the VDOE web site to practice Multiple Choice (Technology-Enhanced Items) and practice for the Writing Prompt. Students are encouraged to practice using previous years' English tests at VDOE Released Tests. Contact your student's English teacher if you have questions.
Congratulations to Madeline Hall who won the County Spelling Bee. Madeline will represent RCPS in the National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC in May.
Come to WSPMS on February 21 at 6:30 pm to learn about the programs available for students. (An alternate snow date will be February 28). Families are encouraged to attend and learn more about all of the academic and elective courses, as well as visit the Library's Book Fair.
On Friday, January 25th, Pence Middle School will celebrate the finished product of what began in December with learning about the 26 victims at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The staff and students at Pence Middle School decided they wanted to do something meaningful to honor the 26 lives that were lost in order to show their sympathy towards the school as well as to help create something positive out of tragedy.
After discussion among the faculty, an idea was presented by fellow teacher Carrie Flory, to hold a fundraiser to purchase and donate 26 books that would directly reflect and honor the memory of each of the 26 victims. Then, after only four short days of fundraising were completed, the Pence community of staff, students, and parents had raised $1650. Rick Knott of Williams Supply Electrical in Harrisonburg heard about our fundraising efforts and even volunteered to pick up the cost of shipping the books, which left all of the donation money going straight to the books.
Each of the 26 children’s books now holds an inscription honoring a specific child or staff member that was lost, as well as a message of hope and a small label containing signatures of our students. There is also a $1200 check that will accompany these books to Sandy Hook Elementary School as a direct donation to their library.
On Friday, January 25th, our whole school will be celebrating this accomplishment by wearing green (their school color) and wearing green ribbons in support of Sandy Hook Elementary School. At 2:30, in the library, some students will gather to pose for a picture while holding the 26 books and a banner created to show our support of their school. After this celebration, the donation will be sent directly to the Sandy Hook Elementary School librarian who we have been in contact with during this process. The librarian at Sandy Hook Elementary School also wanted to pass along her “sincere gratitude and appreciation to our students and staff” for what our school is doing.
8th grade students and their parents are invited to attend Freshman Curriculum Night at Turner Ashby High School on Monday, January 28 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM in the TA auditorium.
Want to receive email or text messages re: school delays, early dismissals, and closings? Visit this parent notification request link on the RCPS web site and follow the directions. NOTE: If you signed up for this service in previous years, there is no need to subscribe again; your name is still on the list.
The WSPMS Cross Country and Volleyball teams have had successful starts to a great season. Visit the WSPMS Athletics page to view the schedules for the 2012-2013 season. (Schedules may be subject to change for weather-related and other reasons.) Contact Pence's new Assistant Principal Ms. Karen Ridder for more information about the athletics program at WSPMS.
Parents and students should review the policy on student-owned electronic devices that went into effect July 2012.
View a List of Supplies for 2012-2013 school year. Plan now to make it a successful year at Pence Middle School.
Visit the WSPMS School Counseling page for links to forms and other important requirements and information about enrollment/registration.
Our student information system allows parents to access their child's school attendance, class grades and cafeteria accounts. If you would like more information on how to access this portal with your personalized log-in, please contact Mrs. Shifflett, principal. The Cafe Prepay allows parents to use credit cards to pay for students' cafeteria accounts. Visit www.cafeprepay.com for more info.
Help support WSPMS PTA: On the second Thursday of each month, eat Papa John's Pizza in Bridgewater and WSPMS PTA earns 10% of the proceeds from their total net sales. No need to turn in forms or receipts. Just enjoy pizza and tell your friends and neighbors to order Papa Johns Pizza too.
Physicals are required for each school year and run from May 2012-June 2013. In order for athletes to participate in any practice or sport, a current physical form must be on file. You may download the PDF version of the form (English or Spanish) or pick one up in the WSPMS office. Please contact Ms. Ridder if you have questions.
Visit the WSPMS PTA Page for several reminders of important events.
Faculty members reward students' behavior with tokens ("Pence") which can be 'spent' on a variety of goods and services at school.
Students nominated by teachers as good citizens receive small prizes and are eligible to win a second prize from a drawing at the end of the grading period. Six Pillars of Character Counts: Citizenship, Responsibility, Caring, Respect, Trustworthiness, and Fairness.
Contact Ms. Holzberger for more info on how you can support our Character Counts program.
Students with no broken pillars participate in Reward Days during the school year. In order to be eligible to participate in Reward Days, students must have 15 or fewer broken pillars for the entire semester and no discipline referrals to the office for the semester. First semester's behavior does not affect eligibility for second semester's cumulative reward participation.
See our accreditation status at Virginia School Report Card
May 13-31 - SOL Testing
May 27 - No School (Memorial Day Holiday)
May 31 - Spring Dance for 7th & 8th graders (7-9 pm)
June 1 - Thank You Concert 7:00-8:00 pm
June 3 - 8th grade Pence Pride Assembly
June 4, 5, 6 - Students dismissed at 1:00 pm during Exams
June 4 - 7th grade to visit Bridgewater College
June 5 - 6th grade Pence Pride Assembly
June 6 - 7th grade Pence Pride Assembly
June 6 - Last Day of School for Students
Amigos Unidos - Mrs. Gatling-Finks
Chess Club - Ms. Glick
Destination Imagination - Ms. Glick
FFA - Mr. Long
FCCLA - Mrs. Jackon
Library Clubs - Ms. Butler
SCA - Mrs. Rhodes and Mrs. Argenbright
TSA - Mr. Lipscomb
It is the policy of Rockingham County School Board to comply with all applicable state and federal laws regarding non-discrimination in employment and educational programs and services.
The Rockingham County Public Schools will not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, national origin, disability, economic status, or age
as to employment or educational programs and activities.