Principal's Page

Dear Wilkinson Middle School Families, 

 Let me begin by stating that it is with great honor and humility that I draft this welcome back letter as your new principal. I do hope this letter finds you healthy and ready for new beginnings.  Indeed, we all have been through our share of challenges recently, but now more than ever, is a time for fresh starts and new applications of what teaching and learning collectively means to and for us. WE all are excited to have scholars back in our classrooms and hallways, filling them with energy and enthusiasm for learning. Our purpose is to help every child feel welcomed, connected, and a part of our Wildcat family. Each day we will strive to challenge students to grow in their abilities, constructing the platform from which they will build and educate their future selves.  Wilkinson Middle School has a devoted staff who spend hours collaborating, coordinating, planning, and creating student-centered activities to engage our scholars in learning.  Staff come together to determine instructional imperatives and utilize research-based best practices, analyze data, and determine current skill levels to set goals for growth and improvement. We are excited to welcome all of Wilkinson scholars back and look forward to making it a meaningful year of teaching and learning.
To that end, we will begin with Wildcat Day the 23rd of August from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
.  From there, to keep that learning environment going throughout the school-year, we ask you adhere to the following

  • Read the student handbook with your scholar(s) to best understand school expectations;
  • All visitors are required to check in at the main office first.  No individual is allowed to enter the building without approval of the main office. The school will do it’s best to maintain instructional integrity during the school day.  Only in the case of an emergency will the school interrupt instruction.  Parents are encouraged to use other means of communication and make appointments whenever possible prior to coming to Wilkinson Middle school;
  • Bus routes will be mailed August 9th.  If your Wildcat Scholar is a bus rider, they are required to wear a face mask at all times while on the bus. Any questions regarding this rule, please consult the following link here.   Also be sure to look on the school’s webpage for transportation request forms;
  • This year volunteering opportunities will be open to parents, however any volunteer must complete an iChat background checks prior to every major school event.  For families regularly involved in helping in the schools, iChat will be conducted monthly.  Failure to comply will exclude you from volunteering at our schools, and
  • Although the best place for learning is in the building and classroom, for those families still seeking a virtual platform, please contact the main office so we may put you on an email list as we get more information on virtual learning.

We hope you find our website helpful and informative.  All information we send out via email can also be found on the site.  This year, we return to the building using the traditional five day schedule.  The full instructional day will be from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM for scholars, the half-day schedule from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM. Although we will always proceed with an abundance of caution during this pandemic, current data in our area allows many of the 2020-21 school-year requirements to be OPTIONAL, including facemasks, and prescreening. The school will follow county and State guidelines, and we encourage families to stay informed, consider all recommendations, and do what they think is best for their scholars.  Finally, we will act accordingly if students or staff present symptoms associated with the COVID 19 virus.  If a student or staff member chooses not to quarantine, they will be required to show proof of vaccination.

 

I am honored to serve as principal of Wilkinson Middle School.  It is a privilege to be a part of a community that cares and strives to build positive relationships.  Please feel free to contact me at 248-399-0455 or [email protected]

 

Yours in service,

D. Robert Whitman