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AUGUST 2017 Volume 20 Issue 1

For the Parents, Staff, & Community of Windy Hill Middle School

From Your Principal


Welcome back Wolves! We are very excited about the start of the 2017-18 school year and hope that our Wolves had a wonderfully relaxing summer break! The start of the school year is so exciting filled with new opportunities and experiences. As the start of the year progresses, please be patient with our guidance department as they work to tweak student schedules and do their best to accommodate requested changes. Before long, the car rider line and bus transportation times will improve as our Wolves become acclimated with middle school arrival and dismissal procedures. We are very excited to give our Wolves choice in their learning this year during their X-block. For those new to Windy Hill, X-block is the 30-minute period during third period and lunches that afford our Wolves remediation and extension learning activities tied to the core content areas. Rebranded as Flex Time, and consistent with our feeder school East Ridge High, students will be allowed to choose the class and/or skill in which they need additional assistance. Students will have Flex Time Tuesday through Thursday, each week. This will begin the 3rd week of school, so be sure to ask your Wolf about this exciting opportunity! In addition, we have revised the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program for the 2017-18 school year. Starting August 23rd, students who complete the BYOD agreement will be allowed to bring their device to school and use it in their classes, when deemed appropriate by the teacher. The device must have a screen of 7 inches or larger. Cell phones are not allowed to be utilized during the school day, so they must be turned off and out of sight while students are on campus. Please look for the BYOD agreement to come home during the first week of school. Something new this year is we will now be accepting credit cards for fees paid to the school, such as the $15 school fee. Please be sure to visit our website and see our online school store to take advantage of this feature! Finally, the team at Windy Hill would like to keep you abreast of the happenings on the Hill and we have multiple communication tools to keep our families involved. ...continued on page 2

Email: As a tool for communicating with your child’s teacher, we invite you to use our email system. Email addresses of all administrators, teachers and staff members of Windy Hill Middle School can be found on the Windy Hill Website at, click on Schools, select Windy Hill Middle, select Teachers.

Mission Statement: To promote the love of learning through a partnership

with the students, parents, teachers, and the community, for success in the 21st century.

William Roberts Principal Kelly Cousineau Assistant Principal Tara Hatch Assistant Principal Kim Walker Lawrence Assistant Principal Rhonda Wolf Assistant Principal Samantha Moberg 6th Grade Guidance Counselor Gretchen Buczkowski 7th Grade Guidance Counselor Caroline O’Connor 8th Grade Guidance Counselor Connan Rutledge ESE Specialist Jacqueline Arthurs Media Specialist Kelli Croft Media Specialist Jane Boyack Social Worker

Telephone Numbers

Windy Hill Middle School . . . . 352-394-2123 School Fax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 352-394-7901 Lake County School Board. . . . 352-253-6500 Transportation/Bus Lot . . . . . . . 352-536-8091

Website Click on Schools Select Windy Hill Middle

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‘Wolf Tracks’ August 2017 Published Five Times Per Year Windy Hill Middle School 3575 Hancock Rd. Clermont, FL 34711 Issue # 1

I will conduct a telephone callout nearly each week, so please ensure your phone number on file is correct. Also, Windy Hill has a Twitter handle, @WindyHillWolves, so please be sure to follow us on Twitter! Lastly, please visit our school website, which can be found at You can also use the QR-code below to access the Windy Hill website. I look forward to working with our families to make this the best school year for your child. If there is anything I can do, please do not hesitate to contact me at the school! Remember, at Windy Hill, we are ONE PACK! Respectfully, William P. Roberts Principal

Parents of 7th Grade Students In order for your child to start the first day of school for the 2017/2018 school year, they MUST be in compliance with their vaccinations. This means that they will need to have the Tdap vaccination. This can be given for free at the Health Department Clinic in Clermont, call 352-989-9001 for dates and times. If your child comes to school on 08/10/2017 and does not have the vaccination, THEY WILL BE SENT HOME.”

Meet Your Teachers! Here’s a reminder to meet your child’s teacher(s) for the 2017- 2018 school year! Teachers will be available in their classroom on Tuesday August 8th. Students going into 6th grade will be able to meet the teachers between 10:00am – 11:30am. Students going into 7th or 8th grade will be able to meet teachers between 1:00pm – 3:00pm. We hope to see many students and parents!

Birthday Shout Outs Surprise your student with a “Birthday Shout Out” from Windy Hill! This Shout Out will occur during the morning or afternoon announcements. Make your child’s birthday extra special! The cost is just $10 and this fundraiser will be used to reward students, faculty and staff. Thank you for your support! *NOTE: We must have week in advance notice of your child’s birthday. Please visit our website for more information!

a Jensen Dr. Julie Russo & Dr. Alexandr

3165 Citrus Tower Boulevard Clermont Florida 34711 • 352.241.6333

3 WHM Online School Store (RevTrak) All Windy Hill Middle families now have the convenience to pay school fees with a credit card, through the school store link on the WHM webpage or in the school’s front office from 8:00am-3:30pm.

Families can now pay-

• Classroom fees • Club fees • Band fees • Purchase PE uniforms • Purchase school spirit wear • Replacement IDs • “Leave your mark on WHM” Paw Prints • With more to come! The online school store accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover card. You can visit to access our school store or stop by Windy Hill!

C2 Prep Is Coming

Windy Hill Middle School is excited to announce that students will be attending a new course for college and career preparation called “C2 Prep” this year. This next step in making learning personal will help students understand their own learning styles and set achievable goals for their years at WHMS. This will start with each student building a Student Learning Profile that they will build upon throughout from year to year here at Windy Hill. The course is also designed to help students build an inventory of 21st Century Skills to help them going forward both academically and beyond. C2 Prep teachers, Mrs. Woods, Mr. Locuson, Mr. Budds, and Mr. Threlfall, will be guiding students as they tap into their scholastic potential and focus their academic integrity.


Athletics Sport Seasons

Fall Sports First weeks of school Volleyball-info meeting on 8/11@ 4:30 in 6-102 Cross Country-Boys and Girls -info meeting on 8/15 @8:15am in gym Flag Football -info meeting 8/11 @8:45 am in room 6-111

Winter Sports Starting at the end of Nov. Boys Basketball -info meeting TBA Girls Basketball -info meeting TBA

Spring Sports Starting at the end of Feb. Co-Ed Soccer -info meeting TBA

Cheerleading -info meeting TBA

Intramurals and Interscholastic Team • • • • • • •

Intramurals are 26 hours-includes the try-outs After 26 hours an interscholastic team is selected to travel Teams travel all over the county playing different middle schools All sports are available to grades 6-8 Each coach will have meetings giving information before season start date-see dates above for fall sports Use the WHMS website, under athletics for other important information, dates, and updates Official season schedules will be available in August 2017 posted online under Athletics

Athletic Packets-How am I eligible to participate? • • •

Packets are found online on the athletics website Must be completed by parents and include current physical for that year and a copy of insurance card Eligibility packets are due prior to the sport being offered

Athletic updates:

Save the Date Sports Physical Night- August 9th 2017 4:30-6:30 Dr. Varmas office @ the Florida Sports Injury and Orthopedic Institute-located by NTC • Eligibility packets will be on hand and available to complete • Bring a valid copy of insurance card and you can turn in to AD that night • This will cover you for every sport offered for the 2017-18 year • Cost is $10 per person-cash or money order only  Paw Prints- leave your mark with your personalized permanent paw print painted on the WHMS campus-More info on athletic website or contact James Phillips at

5 Volleyball Update The Lady Wolves volleyball program has some exciting news! We are excited to announce that we will have a pre-season informational meeting on August 11th at 4:30 pm in room 6-102 for both parents and athletes. This meeting will cover critical information regarding athletic eligibility, intramurals and the traveling team for the 2017 season. If you are unable to attend, we ask that you review the presentation on the WHMS website, which can be found under the athletics section under ‘Volleyball.’ In intramurals, athletes will be coached in fundamental volleyball skills in addition to participating in conditioning and circuit training to strengthen volleyball movements. Intramurals will run for three weeks and at the conclusion of intramurals a travel team will be selected. The travel team will represent Windy Hill Middle School in competitive volleyball matches and work to defend our four- year consecutive district championship title. Additionally, we will have a Sports Physical Night on August 9th from 4:30pm – 6:30pm at Dr. Varma’s office, located at the Florida Sports Injury and Orthopedic Institute in Clermont. The cost of the physical is only $10 (cash or money order only) with athletic packets available on hand. Be sure to bring a copy of your insurance card to complete the packet, which will cover athletic eligibility for the 2017-2018 school year. We are ‘One Pack!’ Lake County District Champions: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Windy Hill Flag Football 2017-18 There will be a Flag Football meeting on Friday August 11th at 8:45 AM in Coach Lancy’s room (6-111). This meeting will go over all the information for Flag Football and players should plan to attend. It is not necessary for parents to attend but they may if they like. Flag football try-outs will begin Monday August 14th at 7am. Players MUST have a completed Athletics Packet PRIOR to this date and MUST be wearing the appropriate attire to participate. Coach Lancy and Coach Threlfall are excited to begin a new season and I hope you are too!

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7 AVID News! Welcome back to The Hill! We are excited about the start of the new school year and look forward to sharing all that AVID has to offer. Administrators and teachers from WHMS have been busy preparing for the 2017- 2018 school year. In preparing for the start of the school year, Windy Hill had many participants attend AVID Summer Institute in Orlando including: • Abby Crosby, Assistant Principal • Tara Hatch, Assistant Principal • Ella Gibson, AVID Teacher • Joseph Govocek, Integrated Technology Studies Teacher • Zelma Hughes, ELA Teacher • Amy Parrott, AVID Coordinator/ Literacy Coach • John Shaffer, Math Teacher • Jeffrey Threlfall, C2 Prep. Teacher We are excited about sharing our professional learning experience as we start the school year. Also, attending the AVID Summer Institute was Brianna Pinder. Brianna was chosen as an AVID student leader for AVID Orlando Summer Institute. We are so proud of Brianna and glad she represented Windy Hill Middle School! For more information about AVID at WHMS, please visit the Windy Hill Middle school website at If interested in being an AVID volunteer or an AVID tutor, please contact Amy Parrott, our AVID C o ordinator at

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