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SATURDAY, AUGUST 7, 2021 AT 9 AM – 3 PM

Come join in the fun and find out what Walker is all about! This is a fun camp designed to allow students to get to know their new school, meet new friends, and experience fun activities with their new teachers.
This year we will be offering two camp dates to attend. Choose one or both of the camps. Each camp will have different activities and agendas.
Camp 1 date is May 29, 2021, 9 AM-3 PM
If your child has special needs, please contact Mallory Kolacki at [email protected]
•No refunds unless WMM PTSA cancels camp.
•Students will bring their own lunch and •PTSA will provide a snack for our students!
The 2021 Florida Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday is happening again this year from July 31 – August 9, 2021. No longer just a tax free weekend in Florida – it has been expanded to 10 days! 
SATURDAY, MAY 29, 2021 AT 9 AM – 3 PM
Come join in the fun and find out what Walker is all about! This is a fun camp designed to allow students to get to know their new school, meet new friends, and experience fun activities with their new teachers.
This year we will be offering two camp dates to attend. Choose one or both of the camps. Each camp will have different activities and agendas.
Camp 2 date is August 7, 2021, 9 AM-3 PM
If your child has special needs, please contact Mallory Kolacki at [email protected]
•No refunds unless WMM PTSA cancels camp.
•Students will bring their own lunch and •PTSA will provide a snack for our students!

Dear Walker Middle Magnet IB PTSA Members,

Please take a minute to complete this short survey: http://bit.ly/WMMSExcellenceSurevy21

Walker Middle Magnet PTSA wants to be recognized as a National PTA School of Excellence Award.  The National PTA School of Excellence is a recognition program that supports and celebrates partnerships between local PTAs and schools to enrich the educational experience and overall well-being for all students. By enrolling in this program, Walker PTSA and Walker Middle Magnet IB administrators are making a year-long commitment to identifying and implementing an action plan for school improvement based on PTSA's National Standards for Family-School Partnerships and Transformative Family Engagement.  We need you to fill out the survey!

The PTA's/PTSA's that exhibit improvement are honored as National PTA Schools of Excellence, a distinction that spans two years. Honorees receive celebration tools and automatic consideration for the top honors, the Pheobe Apperson Hearst Award,  and a $2,000 grant for their school. PTAs are encouraged to renew their designation each year, or every other year, to continue to build on their momentum.

¿En qué consiste el programa National PTA School of Excellence? El National PTA School of Excellence es un programa de reconocimiento que respalda y celebra las colaboraciones entre las PTA y la escuela que enriquecen la experiencia educativa y el bienestar general de todos los estudiantes. Al inscribirse en este programa, su PTA y los administradores de la escuela establecen un compromiso de un año para identificar y poner en práctica un plan de acción para la mejora escolar basado en los Estándares Nacionales de PTA para la Colaboración Familia Escuela y divulgado por el Centro para la Participación Familiar de PTA.

School Nurse Day

May 12, 2021

Today we are celebrating School Nurse Day!  Nurse Natasha has been a nurse for twelve years, and at Walker Middle Magnet for the last 8 years.

If there was one thing you could tell your 13-year-old self, what would it be? 

At age 13, I was very awkward, shy, and insecure. If I could tell myself anything, I would say love yourself and allow others to love you also. Most people are kind and accepting if you just give them the chance.

What is your favorite quote and why? 

My favorite saying would have to be "If you're on time, you're already late", since I hate to wait or keep others waiting.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time? 

I enjoy woodworking, a hobby I picked up during the pandemic lockdown.

What are 2 or 3 fun facts about you that your students or co-workers might not know? 

Most people don't know that I was born in England and only recently became a US citizen. I also enjoy using large tools like my table saw and love the smell of saw dust.

School Lunch Hero Day

May 7, 2021

School Lunch Hero Day!

THANK YOU!

Lisa Lezotte

Hien Phung

Mariagny Rodriguez Gonzalez

Yadira Ramirez

Claudia Martinez

Cecilia Ferman

PTSA Jeans Day

May 7, 2021

Friday, May 7, 2021
Pay $1.00 (exact change, please) to wear jeans or dark athletic bottoms (shorts or pants) to help support your PTSA!
•PTSA representatives will be located on campus to collect money and give out wristbands to show students have paid that morning.
•Only school district approved dress code bottoms should be worn - dark athletic bottoms or jeans.
•No sweatpants, ripped or torn jeans, or yoga pants.
•Uniform shirt or spirit shirt required.

"Donut Know What We Would Do Without You!"

PTSA brought in Disco Donuts Food Truck to serve hot donuts, along with coffee from BRU for Walker teachers and staff, outside the gym this morning!

BONUS: BRU is offering the first pint free all week long to any teacher/staff with Teacher ID!

Happy Star Wars Day!

May 4, 2021

Happy Star Wars Day!

We also want to celebrate the number 1 Star Wars Fan and Walker Middle Magnet ESE teacher, Mr. Jaycox! He organized this year's Star Wars Day! Here is a link to his Tuesday Teacher Spotlight: http://ow.ly/tJl450ECrHm

The Most ESSENTIAL of them all!

Walker Middle Magnet Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week

Monday, May 3rd
"Starting The Day Right!"
The Office Staff is providing a Casserole Breakfast.
Tuesday, May 4th
"Taco about amazing teachers and staff!"
PTSA is bringing in Moe's Taco & Salad Bar for lunch in the Teacher's Lounge 11 AM - 1 PM.
Wednesday, May 5th
"Donut know what we would do without you!"
Morning: PTSA is bringing in Disco Donuts Food Truck to serve hot donuts, along with coffee from Bru for Walker teachers and staff, outside the gym 7 AM - 9 AM.
Lunch: "Thanks for Catering to the Students!"
PTSA is bringing in Jimmy John sandwiches to the
Teacher's Lounge 11 AM - 1 PM.
Thursday, May 6th
Lunch: Administration buys Lunch!
All Day: from PTSA "You're the sweetest teachers & staff"
Cookies, candies, and chocolates available
in the Teacher's Lounge.
Friday, May 7th
"You have a Pizza of our hearts!"
PTSA provides Pizza, drinks, and snacks served in the Teacher's Lounge 11 AM - 1 PM.

Find your teacher's Amazon wishlists here: https://bit.ly/WMMSStaffAmazonLists

Birthday and Favorites List here: http://bit.ly/TeacherFav2021

May Newsletter

April 29, 2021

Our last PTSA Newsletter of the year! There are so many things happening in the last month of school!  Don't miss out!

Find the May 2021 Howler Newsletter here

IB World Wednesday

April 28, 2021

The purpose of IB World Wednesday is to share information about the IB Learners profile and how our students incorporate them into the eight subject groups. Over the first semester, we have shared each IB Learner Profile Trait. Now we will review the eight subject groups. They are:

  1. Language acquisition
  2. Language and literature
  3. Individuals and societies
  4. Science
  5. Mathematics
  6. Arts
  7. Physical and health education
  8. Design

Today, we are highlighting Design.  Design challenges all students to:

  • apply practical and creative thinking skills to solve design problems
  • explore the role of design in both historical and contemporary contexts
  • consider their responsibilities when making design decisions and taking action. 

MYP design focuses on a holistic design process rather than final products and solutions.

Today's Tuesday Teacher is Mrs. Franco! Mrs. Franco is a 6th Grade Mathematics teacher. 

Why did you become a teacher?

I love helping motivate students and helping them discover that anyone can be good at anything with effort and determination.

How long have you been teaching? How long have you been teaching at WMM?

6 years, and 5 years at Walker. 

What are your goals in teaching your students? What do you hope to achieve?

Help them know we are all different and have different strengths and weaknesses, but effort is the difference for success.

Open Minded Monday

April 26, 2021

If you don't go through life with an open mind, you will find a lot of closed doors.

-Mark W. Perrett

Last Math Homework Hotline of the Year!

Thursday, April 22, 2021: Algebra Review Mixed review of practice items for Algebra, and get help on any math topic.

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Last week, 4/13/2021, Mrs. Prato was a guest teacher! You can check her episode out and all past episodes here: http://ow.ly/Uo0o50EuuGc Additionally, here is a highlight reel of Mrs. Prato, compiled by her husband: https://www.facebook.com/572142187/videos/10159380779327188/

The purpose of IB World Wednesday is to share information about the IB Learners profile and how our students incorporate them into the eight subject groups. Over the first semester, we have shared each IB Learner Profile Trait. Now we will review the eight subject groups. They are:

  1. Language acquisition
  2. Language and literature
  3. Individuals and societies
  4. Science
  5. Mathematics
  6. Arts
  7. Physical and health education
  8. Design

Today, we are highlighting Physical and Health Education.  Physical and Health Education empowers students to understand and appreciate the value of being physically active and to develop the motivation for making healthy life choices. 

Walker Middle Magnet IB World School has three wonderful Physical Education teachers, Mr. Doss, Ms. Gaberino, and Mr. Mackinster. You can read about Mr. Doss https://www.walkerptsa.com/2020/11/tuesday-teacher-spotlight-mr-doss and Mr. Mackinster https://www.walkerptsa.com/2020/12/tuesday-teacher-spotlight-mr-makinster

Today's Tuesday Teacher is Mr. Lefler! Mr. Lefler is one of Walker Middle Magnet IB World School's Assistant Head of School (Assistant Principal). He is a graduate of the University of Tampa and Nova Southeastern. Mr. Lefler has been at Walker for 26 years.

Why did you become an educator?

I followed in my parents' footsteps. Both were Educators for 38+ years.

What are your goals in educating the students at Walker? What do you hope to achieve?

Preparing students for life.

What is your favorite quote and why?

"The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don't play together, the club won't be worth a dime." Babe Ruth

A strong team is essential in any organization's success.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Jet Skiing

What are 2 or 3 fun facts about you that the students and/or co-workers might not know?

Fluent in Spanish, Second generation of Educators in my family.

If there was one thing you could tell your 13-year-old self, what would it be?

While in school, practice the following: Slant- Sit up, Lean forward, Ask questions, Nod your head, Track the teacher. 

Announcing the Walker PTSA Board Nominations Slate for the 2021/2022 school year:

President - Heather Capobianco

VP of Ways & Means - Ali Rawlings

VP of Volunteers - Monica Kiser

VP of Membership -  Stefanie Hisler

VP of Programs - Open VP of Communications - Open

VP of Advocacy & Legislation - Open

Recording Secretary - Misty Hubbard

Treasurer - Rachel Coleman

Voting will take place at our General Meeting on 4/27/2021. If you have any questions in the meantime please email [email protected]

Please RSVP to attend the virtual General Meeting HERE: http://bit.ly/RSVPAprilPTSAGM A Google Meet or Zoom link will be sent to those that RSVP 4/27/2021 @ 4:30 pm. If you are not a member and would like to sign up - http://bit.ly/ptsamemberships

Today's Tuesday Teacher is Mrs. Holloway, our Head of School (Principal)! She is a graduate of the University of South Florida (Undergrad - ESE-Specific Learning Disabilities) and Nova Southeastern University (Master's - Educational Leadership).

How long have you been teaching? How long have you been at WMM?

I have been an educator for 24 years. I served students in Pinellas County for 13 years and am completing my 11th year with Hillsborough County. I have had the pleasure of working with Walker staff and families for five years (two as Assistant Principal, three as Principal).

What is your fondest memory in your years at WMM?

Nothing beats walking into a classroom to see kids leading their learning. When I see kids exploring content through peer conversation, I feel so excited. They teach me so much! I also love being in our lunchroom with students! It has such a positive vibe when all of the kids are there, especially on Wolf Buck Cash out and PTSA Park days!

What are 2 or 3 fun facts about you that your students and co-workers might not know?

1) As a child and teenager, I was a baton twirler and competed at state and national competitions. I was named Miss Majorette of the Southeast and Miss Majorette of Florida at the age of 13.

2) I have four kids of my own and a new granddaughter who is eight months old.

3) I love to dance!

If there was one thing you could tell your 13-year-old self, what would it be?

You will have many acquaintances over your school-age years but will only maintain a few of those relationships as an adult! Love your best friends.....they will be with you for life!

Open Minded Monday

April 12, 2021

The open-minded see the truth in different things. The narrow-minded see only the differences.

-Anonymous

Walker Middle Magnet PTSA Call for Nominations for the Executive Board for School Year 2021-2022.

Submission Deadline: 4/9/2021 at 5 PM

The nominations slate will be announced on April 13, 2021

Please remember you must be a current Walker PTSA member 30 days prior to the board meeting. You may become a member here: http://bit.ly/ptsamemberships

Interested in a 2021-2022 Board Position?
Sign Up Here http://bit.ly/Nominations2021-2022 

Today's Tuesday Teacher is Mrs. Shelton! She teaches 6th Grade Individuals and Societies, focusing on Ancient World History, and is Historian Captain. She is a graduate of Arizona State University.  Mrs. Shelton has been a teacher for 24 years total and at Walker for five years.

Why did you become a teacher?

I wanted to make a difference in the world and thought the best place to begin was with children. 

What was your favorite memory when you were in middle school?

Hanging out with my friends being weird and stupid.

What are your goals in teaching your students? What do you hope to achieve?

My goal for teaching my students is to incorporate fun, memorable lessons. When they recall these activities, I want them to smile. I want them to leave 6th grade LIKING history.

What is your fondest memory in your years of teaching at WMM?

My fondest memories are being silly with the kids and friendships with my peers.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Kayaking, hangin' at the beach, crafting of almost any kind, reading, and family time.

What are 2 or 3 fun facts about you that your students and co-workers might not know?

I'll try almost anything once, 80s hair bands are still my go-to music & office supplies make me happy.

Favorites List:

Birthday: 1/16

Favorite snacks: almonds of the salty variety

Favorite Drinks: coffee (Dunkin) or diet coke  

Favorite Take Out Restaurant: Siam Thai

Favorite Restaurant: Sushi Alive

If I received a gift card, I would love a gift card from: Amazon/Target/Publix

What I would love to have in my classroom: Area rug/oversized pillows/flexible seating/easy-care plant(s)

Thank you, but I don't need any more: coffee mugs


Mrs. Shelton has an Amazon wishlist: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/23RV5QIKC43EF?ref_=wl_share

We LOVE our Assistant Principals Mrs. Caldwell and Mr. Lefler!

A Great Assistant Principal
Builds Character
Inspires Dreams
Encourages Creativity
Builds Confidence
Instills a Love of Learning
Touches our hearts
and changes our lives forever.

Open Minded Monday

April 5, 2021

Open your eyes to the beauty around you,

Open your mind to the wonders of life,

Open your heart to those who love you,

and always be true to yourself.

-Donna Davis

April Newsletter

April 1, 2021

Our April Newsletter is full of events, awards, and information!

View it here

IB World Wednesday: Arts

March 31, 2021

The purpose of IB World Wednesday is to share information about the IB Learners profile and how our students incorporate them into the eight subject groups. Over the first semester, we have shared each IB Learner Profile Trait. Now we will review the eight subject groups. They are:

  1. Language acquisition
  2. Language and literature
  3. Individuals and societies
  4. Science
  5. Mathematics
  6. Arts
  7. Physical and health education
  8. Design

Today, we are highlighting the Arts.  Students develop through creating, performing, and presenting arts in ways that engage and convey feelings, experiences and ideas. Students have opportunities to function as artists, as well as learners of the arts.

Mrs. Johnson, Walker Middle Magnet's Arts teacher also participates in the National PTA Reflections program.  You can find more information about Mrs. Johnson here and the Reflections program here.

Today's Tuesday Teacher is Mr. Brown! Mr. Brown teaches 7th Grade Advanced and Regular Mathematics and is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University. Mr. Brown has been a teacher for ten years total and at Walker since Fall 2012.

What are your goals in teaching your students? What do you hope to achieve?

Everyone I teach learns SOMETHING; however, I expect the highest results from as many of my students as possible. 

What was your favorite memory when you were in middle school?

Band practice at school and skateboarding in the afternoons/evenings.

If there was one thing you could tell your 13-year-old self, what would it be?

Stay in school - and go to Optometry School!!

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Music (playing drums/guitar), collecting vinyl records, spending time with my wife and son (who is now into skateboarding and biking).

What are 2 or 3 fun facts about you that your students and co-workers might not know?

I have held over 40 jobs in my lifetime, and I have had (close to) about 20 addresses in my life. I also used to work for Disney, Universal, Progressive, and Dell Computers (but not at the same time, obviously)…

Congratulations to the following FBLA members for placing at the State FBLA Competition!!

  • Madelyn C - 5th in Business Etiquette
  • Thuyanh V - 4th in Career Exploration
  • Disha A - 2nd in Critical Thinking
  • Sonia S - 1st in Elevator Speech (Moves on to Nationals)
  • Drew H - 1st in Intro to Computer Science and Coding (Moves on to Nationals)
  • Ayaan B - 4th in Public Speaking

Open Minded Mondays

March 29, 2021

Let go of your attachment to being right, and suddenly your mind is more open.

You’re able to benefit from the unique viewpoints of others, without being crippled by your own judgment.

-Ralph Marston

It's a Cornament!!!

Come on out and throw in the Gaither High School Cornhole Tournament and support Walker Middle Magnet at the same time! It will be a-maize-ing!

The Details:
•Saturday, 3/27 9 AM-1 PM
•Gaither High School
•$20 to register 2 people
(Select Walker when you sign up!)
•Sign up here 
•Registration includes a sponsor bag for each player and access to tournament contests and a raffle.
•Food Trucks will be on-site for lunch options!
•FAMILY FRIENDLY AND OPEN TO ALL AGES! Feel free to invite family and friends to participate and/or cheer you on!
•GRAND PRIZE: a pair of one-of-a-kind etched glass steins "Cornhole Champions" and MORE!
•With each $20 registration for two, five dollars will come back to Walker!

Today's Tuesday Teacher is Mr. Mackinzie! Mr. Mackinzie is a graduate of UC Davis, and teaches 8th Grade Sciences (IAPS).  

Why did you become a teacher?

Teaching can be a pretty fulfilling, challenging, and entertaining career. I also really missed having summers off.

What are your goals in teaching your students? What do you hope to achieve?

I don't expect my students to remember all of the stuff that I teach them. My goal is to improve their critical thinking skills so that they can overcome the challenges they face in life. Aside from that, I hope they find my class somewhat interesting and enjoyable.

What is your favorite quote and why?

"Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." - Dr. Seuss.

I think it's great advice, especially for middle school. 

If there was one thing you could tell your 13-year-old self, what would it be?

In a few years, start paying a little more attention to politics. I know being an informed voter sounds super boring, but it's one of the most important things you can do to improve people's lives.

Favorites List:

Birthday: 7/18

Favorite snacks: Nuts

Favorite Drinks: Dr. Pepper

Favorite Take Out Restaurant: Chick Fil A

Favorite Restaurant: Any Thai restaurant

If I received a gift card, I would love a gift card from: Amazon

What I would love to have in my classroom: Tissues

Thank you, but I don't need anymore: Clorox wipes

Promote the Promise Week starts Monday! This week will focus on the Wolf Pack Promise and related IB Profiles!
 
MONDAY - Wear Red or your favorite cardigan! Mr. Rogers exemplified the qualities of Kindness and Caring.
TUESDAY - "Rock Your Socks" Wear Crazy Socks! Celebrate Awareness for Down's Syndrome.
WEDNESDAY - Wear Mismatched Shoes! Empathy means understanding how someone else feels.
THURSDAY - Dress Like Your Favorite Hero! Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is looking.
FRIDAY - Wear Walker Spirit Shirts With Jeans! Be a risk-taker and participate in the Cross Fit Challenge.  Only school dress code approved bottoms should be worn. No sweatpants, ripped or torn jeans, or yoga pants.
 

Congratulations to the Hillsborough County Reflections Award of Merit Student Artists!

  • Dance Choreography-Isabella Deleon 

  • Film Production-Elizabeth Morris

  • Music Composition-Austin Blewitt

Congratulations to Ilsy Hernandez and Chryssa Barlow!

They have been accepted into this year’s Hillsborough Student Surrealist Art Exhibit at the Dali Art Museum from March 13–May 2, 2021!

Only 31 winners at the middle school level were chosen in this district-wide art contest!

The purpose of IB World Wednesday is to share information about the IB Learners profile and how our students incorporate them into the eight subject groups. Over the first semester, we have shared each IB Learner Profile Trait. Now we will review the eight subject groups. They are:

  1. Language acquisition
  2. Language and literature
  3. Individuals and societies
  4. Science
  5. Mathematics
  6. Arts
  7. Physical and health education
  8. Design

Today, we are highlighting Mathematics. The MYP (Middle Years Programme) mathematics framework encompasses number, algebra, geometry and trigonometry, statistics, and probability. Students learn how to represent information, explore and model situations, and find solutions to familiar and unfamiliar problems. These are skills that are useful in a wide range of areas, including social sciences and the arts.

There's still time to apply!  The second application window for Hillsborough Choice options is open now and closes on March 25th. Explore your options - hillsboroughschools.org/choice

Today's Tuesday Teacher is Miss Wehust, and she teachers Language and Literature to 6th, 7th, and 8th Graders. She is a graduate of the University of South Florida. Miss West has been teaching for 30 years, spending three years at WMM back in 2002-2005, and was very happy to return in February of 2019.

•What is your favorite quote and why?

"There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man." ? Winston S. Churchill (Although I would replace "woman" with "man", the sentiment is the same). This is my favorite quote because it expresses how I feel about horses. They are strong and beautiful, and taking care of them gives me a wonderful sense of calm and peace. 

•What do you enjoy doing in your free time? 

I enjoy gardening, teaching dance classes, and taking care of my miniature horses (Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis) and Great Pyrenees Pups (Clovis and Nana).

Favorites List:

Birthday: 9/28

Favorite snacks: Sweet Spicy Doritos

Favorite Drinks: Water

Favorite Take Out Restaurant: Panera

Favorite Restaurant: Panera

If I received a gift card, I would love one from: Dairy Queen, Amazon

What I would love to have in my classroom: Any tablets to be used by students who cannot bring a device to school. 

PTSA $1 Jeans Day

March 5, 2021

Friday, March 5, 2021
Pay $1.00 (exact change, please) to wear jeans or dark athletic bottoms (shorts or pants) to help support your PTSA!
•PTSA representatives will be located on campus to collect money and give out wristbands to show students have paid that morning.
•Only school district approved dress code bottoms should be worn - dark athletic bottoms or jeans.
•No sweatpants, ripped or torn jeans, or yoga pants.
•Uniform shirt or spirit shirt required.

The purpose of IB World Wednesday is to share information about the IB Learners profile and how our students incorporate them into the eight subject groups. Over the first semester, we have shared each IB Learner Profile Trait. Now we will review the eight subject groups. They are:

  1. Language acquisition
  2. Language and literature
  3. Individuals and societies
  4. Science
  5. Mathematics
  6. Arts
  7. Physical and health education
  8. Design

Today, we are highlighting Science. As the IB Learners investigate real examples of science applications, students will discover the tensions and dependencies between science and morality, ethics, culture, economics, politics, and the environment. Scientific inquiry fosters critical and creative thinking about research and design, as well as the identification of assumptions and alternative explanations.

Through MYP sciences, students will learn to appreciate and respect the ideas of others, gain good ethical-reasoning skills, and further develop their sense of responsibility as members of local and global communities.

Today's Tuesday Teacher is Mr. Barnes, the Orchestra Teacher to the 6th, 7th, and 8th Graders. He is a graduate of USF with a B.S. Music Education and completed the M.M. Music Performance at FSU. Mr. Barnes has been teaching for 11 years, and this is his first year at Walker.

Why did you become a teacher?

I became a teacher because I had amazing orchestra teachers in middle and high school. They pushed me to explore music in many ways, including private lessons, youth orchestra, all state, and all county.

What are your goals in teaching your students? What do you hope to achieve?

My goals are always to provide a way for my students to apply all the amazing things they learn from their other core subject teachers, to give them a tool for expressing themselves through music, to encourage them to strive for excellence in all they do, and to provide a safe, welcoming atmosphere for all.

What was your favorite memory when you were in middle school?

My favorite memories from middle school were when the orchestra and chorus would go on field trips to perform at various events at malls, nursing homes, schools, and even theme parks.

What are a few fun facts about you that your students or co-workers might not know?

I used to have long hair!

I love star trek!

March Newsletter

March 1, 2021

Please view our March Newsletter, full of events and information.

You may view it HERE

The purpose of IB World Wednesday is to share information about the IB Learners profile and how our students incorporate them into the eight subject groups. Over the first semester, we have shared each IB Learner Profile Trait. Now we will review the eight subject groups. They are:

  1. Language acquisition
  2. Language and literature
  3. Individuals and societies
  4. Sciences
  5. Mathematics
  6. Arts
  7. Physical and health education
  8. Design

Today, we are highlighting Individuals and Societies. This subject group incorporates disciplines traditionally studied in the humanities, as well as disciplines in the social sciences. Students collect, describe and analyze data used in studies of societies, test hypotheses, and learn how to interpret complex information, including original source material.

This focus on real-world examples, research, and analysis is an essential aspect of the subject group.

Individuals and Societies encourage learners to respect and understand the world around them and equip them with the necessary skills to inquire into historical, contemporary, geographical, political, social, economic, religious, technological, and cultural factors that have an impact on individuals, societies, and environments.

Open Minded Monday

February 22, 2021

Keep An Open Heart, Open Mind and An Open Hand, Ready To Reach Out To Help Others.

-Marry-Frances Winters

Tuesday Teacher: Mr. Knizek

February 22, 2021

Today's Tuesday Teacher is Mr. Knizek! Mr. Knizek is an ESE Access Points Teacher to the 6th, 7th, and 8th Graders. He is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University. 

Why did you become a teacher?

I love teaching and coaching our youth. This is why I am a teacher and a football coach!

What is your favorite quote and why?

Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength. - Arnold Schwarzenegger

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Coaching and watching Football.

Favorites List:

Birthday: 9/20

Favorite snacks: Oreos

Favorite Drinks: Starbucks Coffee

Favorite Take Out Restaurant: Portillos

Favorite Restaurant: Maggianos

If I received a gift card, I would love one from: Starbucks, Portillos, Chick Fil A

What I would love to have in my classroom: Sensory Objects for my ESE kids! :) Pencils, pens.

"I Matter Because" Reflections Winners
Congratulations!
Film Production - 
Ovaughn NNicholson - Almost Had It!
Music Composition -
Bailey Turnquist - With God's Love
Photography 
Luke Lang - Georgia Sunset
Visual Arts - Special Artist
Diego DiMarcello - I Matter Because . . .
Visual Arts - 
Niyumi Nayakakorala - We Are Human
Literature - Special Artist  
Chance Bell - Caring
Students winning "Awards of Merit" will be announced soon.
The awards ceremony can be viewed here

FBLA DISTRICT WINNERS!

February 21, 2021

FBLA DISTRICT WINNERS!

Congratulations, Walker Wolves! All students listed below will be moving on to State in March!!

ML Business Etiquette -
1st Place - Rohan Domadia
2nd Place - Madelyn Crook
3rd Place - Avneet Kaur
ML Business Math & Financial Literacy
2nd Place - Clipper Salmon
4th Place - Serena Kachhi
ML Career Exploration
1st Place - Allison Bradberry
2nd Place - Thuyanh Vo
3rd Place - Sophia Sullivan
4th Place - Yash Greenberg
ML Critical Thinking
1st Place - Disha Aburri
ML Desktop Publishing
1st Place - Matteo Del Rossi, Thomas Joseph & Samay Govindaraju
4th Place - Samatha Bala, Isabel Jossy
ML Digital Citizenship
2nd Place - Navbir Singh
3rd Place - Riya Greenberg
ML Elevator Speech
1st Place - Sonia Sadavisam
ML Intro to Computer Science
1st Place  - Ananya Srinivasan
2nd Place - Drew Harvey
ML Multimedia and Website Development
1st Place - Rehan Dost
2nd Place - Valerie Londono
ML Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure
1st Place - Aarav Sood
ML Public Speaking
1st Place - Aayan Bhadouria
2nd Place - Sheldon Fouche
ML Spreadsheet
1st Place - Niyumi Nayakakorala
2nd Place - Ryan Matthew

The purpose of IB World Wednesday is to share information about the IB Learners profile and how our students incorporate them into the eight subject groups. Over the first semester, we have shared each IB Learner Profile Trait. Now we will review the eight subject groups. They are:

  1. Language acquisition
  2. Language and literature
  3. Individuals and societies
  4. Sciences
  5. Mathematics
  6. Arts
  7. Physical and health education
  8. Design

Today, we are highlighting Language and Literature. Language and literature courses develop skills in six areas:

  • Listening.
  • Speaking.
  • Reading.
  • Writing.
  • Viewing.
  • Presenting.

Inquiry is at the heart of MYP language learning and aims to support students’ understanding by providing them with opportunities to independently and collaboratively investigate, take action and reflect on their learning. 

IB Profile Trait Inquirers - Students develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.

Tuesday Teacher - Mr. Jaycox!

February 16, 2021

Today's Tuesday Teacher is Mr. Jaycox! Mr. Jaycox is a 6th, 7th, and 8th grade ESE teacher and a graduate of City University of New York. 

What are your goals in teaching your students? What do you hope to achieve?

My teaching goals are to recognize each student's uniqueness, assist them in reaching their potential, and let them know that they matter. I want to help develop individuals who are independent thinkers, hard workers who do their best, laugh often, and have fun learning.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

In my free time, I enjoy writing, gardening, and working in my yard. I also enjoy everything Star Wars and collecting vintage toys.

If there was one thing you could tell your 13-year-old self, what would it be?

Don't worry too much about what others think of you. Follow your passions and be proud of yourself.

The purpose of IB World Wednesday is to share information about the IB Learners profile and how our students incorporate them into the eight subject groups. Over the first semester, we have shared each IB Learner Profile Trait. Now we will look at the eight subject groups. They are:

  1. Language acquisition
  2. Language and literature
  3. Individuals and societies
  4. Sciences
  5. Mathematics
  6. Arts
  7. Physical and health education
  8. Design

Today, we are highlighting Language Acquisition.

LANGUAGE ACQUISITION:

The study of additional languages in the Middle Years Programme (MYP) provides students with the opportunity to develop insights into the features, processes, and craft of language and the concept of culture, and to realize that there are diverse ways of living, viewing, and behaving in the world.

The ability to communicate in a variety of modes, in more than one language, is essential to the concept of an international education. The language acquisition course provides a linguistic and academic challenge for students in order to facilitate the best possible educational experience.

Students are given the opportunity to develop their language skills to their full potential, as well as the possibility of progressing through various phases over the course of the MYP.

Tuesday Teacher - Ms. Lowe!

February 9, 2021

Today's Tuesday Teacher is Ms. Lowe! Ms. Lowe is a 6th grade reading teacher and a graduate of Medaille College. 

What was your favorite memory when you were in middle school? 

My favorite memory from middle school was working on a Medieval Times PBL project with my friends. We got to design a castle and a coat of arms for our knights.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I enjoy reading novels, baking, and watching television.

If there was one thing you could tell your 13-year-old self, what would it be?

I would tell my 13 year old self to make sure I saved all my birthday money for traveling.

Favorites List:

Birthday: 4/17

Favorite snacks: Fruit

Favorite Drinks: Coffee

Favorite Take Out Restaurant: Chili's

Favorite Restaurant: Chili's

If I received a gift card, I would love one from: Publix, Walmart

What I would love to have in my classroom: Holiday Decorations

Open Minded Monday

February 7, 2021

Open your eyes to the beauty around you, open your mind to the wonders of life, open your heart to those who love you, and always be true to yourself.

-Maya Angelou

Pay $1.00 (exact change, please) to wear jeans or dark athletic bottoms (shorts or pants) to help support your PTSA!
  • PTSA representatives will be located on campus to collect money and give out wristbands to show students have paid that morning.
  • Only school district approved dress code bottoms should be worn - dark athletic bottoms or jeans.
  • No sweatpants, ripped or torn jeans, or yoga pants.
  • Uniform shirt or spirit shirt required.

Today's Tuesday Teacher is Mrs. Knizek! Mrs. Knizek teaches Spanish to 7th and 8th graders. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago & Northern Illinois University and has been a teacher for 24 years. In Illinois, she taught 1st and 2nd grade and taught an after school Spanish club for 1st grade thru 5th graders. She has been a middle school Spanish teacher since moving to Florida seven years ago. Additionally, she takes students on service/educational trips allowing them the opportunity to practice the language, explore a new culture, and complete service work as she did when she was a teen.

Why did you become a teacher?

When I was in high school, I spent every Summer in a different foreign country over the Summer doing service work with Amigos de las Americas. While there, I administered immunizations to the underprivileged and visited schools providing dental care lessons and toothbrushes. It was the most humbling experience while at the same time I discovered my true passion and how much I truly loved working with children. Seeing the excitement in the eyes of children when they discover something new is rewarding. 

What are your goals in teaching your students? What do you hope to achieve?

I am very passionate about what I teach and want my students to understand and love other languages and cultures. I want them to understand acceptance and diversity while also instilling compassion and a willingness to serve.

What was your favorite memory when you were in middle school?

My favorite memory was my Photography Teacher. He loved what he taught, and every day was hands-on with activities from taking pictures, developing film in a dark room, using an enlarger to print, and using special effects equipment for other photographs. My Science Teacher was also a gem. He would start each lesson with a riddle or joke and then move into our lesson/lab for the day. Everyone in his class felt welcome, and he attended every sports event at school with full out school spirit wear. He was hilarious and made Science fun.

If there was one thing you could tell your 13-year-old self, what would it be?

Keep being you and believe in yourself. You can accomplish anything you put your mind to. Give everything your ALL.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Boating or going to the beach with my family

Mrs. Knizek has an Amazon wishlist here.

Favorites List:
Birthday: 2/10
Favorite snacks: Baby Ruth Bars & Heath Bars
Favorite Drinks: Hot Chocolate w/marshmallows
Favorite Take Out Restaurant: Ausie Grill Fastfood & PDQ
Favorite Restaurant: Brio & Longhorn
If I received a gift card, I would love one from: Cold Stone Ice Cream / Target / PDQ / Culvers/ Target / Longhorn
What I would love to have in my classroom: Spanish Craft enough for 100 students

Continued use of desktop computers, laptops, and smartphones involves repetitive wrist and hand movements that lead to pain. There are a few stretches you can do a few times a day to ease the pain or prevent it all together.

Wrist stretch 

Extend one arm in front of you, palm facing toward the floor. Bend your wrist so that your fingertips point toward the floor. Using your other hand, gently pull your fingers toward your body until you feel a stretch in the top of your wrist. After holding for a few seconds, repeat using the other arm/hand. Repeat the exercise a few times on each side.

Repeat above with palm facing toward the ceiling.

Another wrist stretch to complete are wrist circles.  Start with elbows touching your sides, extend your forearms in front of your body. With your palms facing the floor, pretend you are loosely gripping the handlebars on a bicycle. Move your wrists up and down a few times, then side to side a few times. Finally, rotate your wrists in several circles toward the outside of your body, followed by several circles toward the inside of your body.

Dear 5th Grade Families,

Congratulations!

Welcome to Walker Middle Magnet IB World School and Welcome to the PTSA!

In the coming months, we will be sharing ways for you to prepare for sixth grade! Walker PTSA is here to help. We offer a private Facebook transportation group to help with carpool options, and pre covid, we had summer camps for the 6th graders.

Where we don't know what this spring and summer hold for these activities right now, we are still here for you.  You can find out more information about our PTSA here: https://www.walkerptsa.com/ptsa-membership


We can't wait to meet you!

eLearner Drive Through to pick up of materials. It will be on Tuesday, 1/26, from 4:00 - 5:30 pm.

PTSA will be there with Spirit Store merchandise, PTSA Memberships, Papa John's Fundraiser Envelopes.

Today's Tuesday Teacher is Mrs. Ely! Mrs. Ely is a 7th Grade Language and Literature teacher. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Tampa and her graduate degree from USF. She has taught 12 years total, ten years here at Walker.

Why did you become a teacher?

To make a difference. 

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Caving and hiking 

What are 2 or 3 fun facts about you that your students and/or co-workers might not know?

I explore caves for fun with a local caving grotto (club). This includes rope work, rappelling, and ascending vertical drops of 40+ feet. Along with that, it often involves crawling through mud in spaces 2-3 feet high or swimming through underground pools. 

If there was one thing you could tell your 13-year-old self, what would it be?

It gets better. 

Open Minded Mondays - Broad mindedness is related to tolerance; open-mindedness is the sibling of peace. - Salman Rushdie???

FBLA Performance - Judges Needed - January 25-29
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) inspires and prepares students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences. Students have the opportunity to compete at the district, state, and national level in a variety of subjects from computer science to entrepreneurship.

FBLA District 13 is eagerly preparing for our annual District Competition, and we would like to invite you to serve as a virtual judge at this exciting event. FBLA District Competition is your opportunity to evaluate the best business and technology students in our county and help determine who will represent Hillsborough County at the FBLA State Leadership Conference.

Judging will be virtual this year - all judging will take place January 25th - 29th. If you are able to volunteer please sign up:

http://bit.ly/WMMSFBLAJudgeVolunteer2021

Math Homework Hotline(MHH) is BACK!

MHH offers a FREE service to students for math help. On select Thursdays, the live show is broadcast from 6 PM p.m. to 7 p.m. featuring a specific math topic while students call in with ANY of their math questions. The tutors will begin taking calls at 5:30 p.m. See the dates below for topics.
Phone lines are only available during the live shows. (813) 840-7260.
Three ways to watch
1) https://hillsboroughschools.org/doc/2551/mhh/upcoming-shows/stream/
2) Spectrum Channel 635
3) Frontier Channel 32

Archived Shows:
https://hillsboroughschools.org/doc/list/math-homework-hotline/archived-shows/239-1361/

Topics and Dates:

1/21/2021 Equation and Inequality Review
Determine values that make equations & inequalities true from given sets & by solving
1/28/2021 Triangles and Angles
Supplementary, Complementary, and using equations to find missing angles
2/4/2021 Transformations, Dilations and Similarity
Translation, reflection, rotation, dilation, similar figures, and scale
2/18/2021 Systems of Equations
Solving equations linearly and algebraically
2/25/2021 Geometry
Determine areas of triangles & special quadrilaterals, surface area from nets & formulas
3/4/2021 Volume
Prisms, Pyramids, Cylinders, Spheres and Cones
3/11/2021 Probability, Sampling and Predictions
Model and determine probability, use random sampling to make predictions for larger populations
3/25/2021 Measures of Center
Mean, median, mode, range, mean absolute deviation, box plots
4/8/2021 Polynomials and Quadratic Equations
Operations with polynomials, factoring and solving quadratic equations
4/15/2021 Florida Standards Review
Mixed review of practice items for math grade 6, 7 & 8
4/22/2021 Algebra Review
Mixed review of practice items for Algebra

See below for a SPECIAL bell schedule for the week of 1/19 which includes extended 1st period/homerooms.

Warning Bell 8:25

Homeroom 8:30 – 8:48

Period 1 8:48 – 9:35

Period 2 9:38 – 10:25 

Period 3 10:28 – 11:15 

Period 4 11:18 – 12:05 Lunch – 6 th Grade

Period 5 12:08 – 12:55  Lunch – 7 th Grade

Period 6 12:58 – 1:45 Lunch – 8 th Grade

Period 7 1:48 – 2:35 

Period 8 2:38 – 3:25 

This Tuesday's Teacher spotlight is on Ms. Martin! Ms. Martin is a 7th Grade ELA/Language and Literature teacher. She is a graduate of Michigan State University. She has been a teacher for 11 years; 6 years at Walker!

What was your favorite memory when you were in middle school?

My science teacher (Mr. Hunter) falling asleep at his desk every day!

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Traveling

If there was one thing you could tell your 13-year-old self, what would it be?

Things will work out exactly as they should!

Favorites List:

Birthday: 11/30 

Favorite snacks: Popcorn

Favorite Drinks: Coca Cola

Favorite Take Out Restaurant: Chick Fil A

Favorite Restaurant: Olive Garden

If I received a gift card, I would love one from: Chick Fil A/Target

What I would love to have in my classroom: cleaning wipes, copy paper, kleenex, hand sanitizer, paper towels

The focus of IB World Wednesday is to share information about the IB Learners profile and how our students incorporate them in the eight subject groups. Over the first semester, we have shared each IB Learner Profile Trait. Now we will look at the eight subject groups. They are:

  1. Language acquisition
  2. Language and literature
  3. Individuals and societies
  4. Sciences
  5. Mathematics
  6. Arts
  7. Physical and health education
  8. Design

“I love keeping an open mind. It’s liberating to know the universe and our existence are not limited to my understanding.”

- Izey Victoria Odiase

Tuesday's Teacher - Ms. Edl

January 11, 2021

This Tuesday's Teacher spotlight is on Ms. Edl, a 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade School Counselor. She is a graduate of the University of South Florida. She has been a school counselor for 16 years, and the last four years have been at Walker.

Why did you become a teacher?

  • I became a counselor because I'm passionate about helping kids! My goal is to equip students with the social-emotional skills necessary to be successful in life! 

What is your fondest memory in your years of teaching at WMM?

  • My favorite day at Walker every year is May the 4th! We celebrate Star Wars Day!

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

  • I am a girl scout leader and enjoy planning fun activities for my troop. I also love being creative and inspiring a love of art in my daughters. We spend lots of time outside hiking, going to the beach, camping, and traveling!

If there was one thing you could tell your 13-year-old self, what would it be?

  • You are stronger than you realize! You will survive middle school!

Ms. Edl's Amazon wishlist is a special list. Everything on the list is for the school store for kids to spend their Wolf Bucks they earn for making good choices. Visit her wishlist here.

 

PTSA Jeans Day - 1/8/2021

January 8, 2021

Friday, January 8, 2021

Pay $1.00 (exact change, please) to wear jeans or dark athletic bottoms (shorts or pants) to help support your PTSA!

PTSA representatives will be located on campus to collect money and give out wristbands to show students have paid that morning.

•Only school district approved dress code bottoms should be worn - dark athletic bottoms or jeans.
•No sweatpants, ripped or torn jeans, or yoga pants.
•Uniform shirt or spirit shirt required.

PTSA Jeans Day THIS FIRDAY!

January 8, 2021

This Friday!

January 8, 2021
PTSA JEANS DAY!
Pay $1.00 (exact change, please) to wear jeans or dark athletic bottoms (shorts or pants) to help support your PTSA!
•PTSA representatives will be located on campus to collect money and give out wristbands to show students have paid that morning.
•Only school district approved dress code bottoms should be worn - dark athletic bottoms or jeans.
•No sweatpants, ripped or torn jeans, or yoga pants.
•Uniform shirt or spirit shirt required.
 

Today's Tech Tip is about proper posture and computer screen height to not only optimize your workflow but also minimize eye strain, back, and wrist pain.  While seated, the desk should ideally let you type on a keyboard with your arms and hands roughly parallel to the floor, your feet flat on the floor, and your legs comfortably under the desk.  To find out your ideal desk measurements, go to Ergotron's Workspace Planner (image below) and enter your height to find the right desk measurements for you.

The focus of IB World Wednesday is to share information about the IB Learners profile and how our students incorporate them in the eight subject groups. Today's profile is Reflective.   IB students give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development. IB students have developed an ability to reflect on their learning and to articulate the process of how they learned. They have learned that critical reflection is an important academic and life skill.

IB Students Think about the consequences of their choices.

Today's Tuesday Teacher is Mrs. Gilmore!  Mrs. Gilmore is a 6th Grade Language & Literature and Student Success Coach. She is a graduate of the University of South Florida and has taught 8 years, four at Walker.

What is your favorite quote, and why?

  • "Just do it already!" So many times, we talk about doing things or talk ourselves out of things. JUST DO IT!

What are your goals in teaching your students? What do you hope to achieve?

  • To help make them productive adults and great humans. I hope they are a little better when they leave than when they got here.

If there was one thing you could tell your 13-year-old self, what would it be?

  • It will all work out in the end.

What is your fondest memory in your years of teaching at WMM?

  • There isn't just one. I love my co-workers feel like friends and family!

What are 2 or 3 fun facts about you that your students and/or co-workers might not know?

  • I'm actually a bit of an introvert. I love to travel. I am a big softy.

Favorites List:

Birthday: 12/21 (Happy Belated Birthday!)

Favorite snacks: Both salty and sweet! Chips, kettle popcorn, Snickers, Twizzlers

Favorite Drinks: Dunkin Coffee, Mountain Dew, Coke

Favorite Take Out Restaurant: Any

Favorite Restaurant: Olive Garden

If I received a gift card, I would love one from: Target/Publix

What I would love to have in my classroom: Nothing right now.

Thank you, but I don't need anymore: Trinkets

January Newsletter

January 4, 2021

Please view our January Newsletter, full of events and information.

You may view it HERE

An Open Mind is a good place to start. Stay open to everything. The more that you see, hear, and experience, the more connections you'll make.

Winter Break

December 21, 2020

Winter Break - No School

December 21, 2020-January 1, 2021

If you haven't bought your Christmas tree this year, Tree Brothers Christmas Village is the place to go! Not only can you get a $10 discount on a tree with a coupon below, when you mention Walker Middle School at checkout, Walker PTSA will also get $10!

Hosted by Three Brothers Pizza and Keystone Prep, 18105 Gunn Hwy, Odessa FL 33556

More information: Treebrosxmas.com

IB World Wednesday - Balanced

December 16, 2020

The focus of IB World Wednesday is to share information about the IB Learners profile and how our students incorporate them in the eight subject groups. Today's profile is Balanced. IB students understand the importance of intellectual, physical, and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others. IB students are active participants in a wide range of aspects of campus life, as well as focusing on their academic development. There are several opportunities for Walker students to participate in activities outside of their academics. Several Walker teachers and Walker PTSA offer after school clubs: MUN, FBLA, STEM, Art, and many more.

To be Balanced - use your time wisely! Ask what is the best use of my time right now?

 

Tuesday Teacher - Ms. Norlin!

December 15, 2020

This Tuesday's Teacher spotlight is on Ms. Norlin, 7th Grade Math teacher. She is a graduate of Florida State University - Go Noles!  

Why did you become a teacher?

Teaching has always been in my heart, and originally I was going to be a music director/band teacher.

What was your favorite memory when you were in middle school?

  • Band, Snow Skiing After School (Michigan), Ice Skating on Our Pool in the Winter, Dad helping me and neighborhood kids with math

If there was one thing you could tell your 13-year-old self, what would it be?

  • Be loving, accepting, flexible with yourself, and others. Forgive. Laugh.

What is your favorite quote, and why?

Nature never breaks her own laws. Leonardi da Vinci - I like this because I have learned, by going through illness the doctors could not cure, that it is in people's best interest to take care of their body, mind, and soul. I have been blessed to learn many natural laws as a result of this and believe in everything there is cause and effect, whether we believe so or not. Turn to nature, learn from nature, use common sense, abandon judgment and be more accepting of the people and world around us. Change what you can. Embrace what you can't. Each situation can be a lesson, a gift, even when it doesn't feel really good in the moment.

What are a few fun facts about you that people might not know?

  • Played Volleyball in the Snow While Snow Skiing
  • Met President Clinton's stepdad and had dinner with his stepdad while in Arkansas
  • Marched in Bicentennial Parade in Washington, D.C.

Open Minded Monday

December 14, 2020

The measure of intelligence is the ability to change. - Albert Einstein

If you haven't bought your Christmas tree this year, Tree Brothers Christmas Village is the place to go! Not only can you get a $10 discount on a tree with the coupon below, when you mention Walker Middle School at checkout, Walker PTSA will also get $10!

 
 

Friday FUN Day

Can you decipher the meaning of the words and pictures in each square? For example, the first square is the word "PERSONALITY" with a break in between the word. The picture stands for "Split Personality". Give it a go!

If you haven't bought your Christmas tree this year, Tree Brothers Christmas Village is the place to go! Not only can you get a $10 discount on a tree with the coupon below, when you mention Walker Middle School at checkout, Walker PTSA will also get $10!
 
There are several events going on the next two weekends as well!
As the first semester comes to a close, Walker PTSA has only a few more opportunities for you to be involved!
 
??Helping Hands Gift Drive for Walker Families in Need - Last day to sign up and drop off items is TOMORROW, December 9th. There are still items on the wishlist, in different price ranges. You can make a difference, no matter what you choose. To review the list and sign up for a gift to give: https://bit.ly/PTSAHelpingHands2020
 
????Drive Through Book Fair Thursday, December 10th- Volunteers are still needed for the following 1-hour slots:
3-4 PM
4-5 PM
5-6 PM
 
??PTSA Fundraiser: If you are buying a Christmas tree this year, head over to the Tree Brothers Christmas Village!
Hosted by Three Brothers Pizza and Keystone Prep, 18105 Gunn Hwy, Odessa FL 33556
Mention "Walker" at checkout and $10 will be donated to Walker PTSA!
More information: Treebrosxmas.com
 
Thank you!
Walker PTSA

Tuesday Teacher: Mrs. Corder

December 8, 2020

This Tuesday's Teacher spotlight is on Mrs. Corder, IB Coordinator and Sciences Head. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, Notre Dame of Maryland University, and Saint Leo University.

What are your goals in teaching your students? What do you hope to achieve?

One of my favorite books is Mindset by psychologist Carol Dweck. I have gifted this book many times and used it to guide students, parents, teachers, and my children. "In a growth mindset, challenges are exciting rather than threatening. So rather than thinking, oh, I'm going to reveal my weaknesses, you say, wow, here's a chance to grow."; this quote by Dr. Dweck is a perfect lesson for all of our IB MYP students! I was thrilled to meet with Dr. Dweck at Stanford University, and to share how impactful her research has been on my career as an educator.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I love to work in the garden, kayak, and explore with my family.

What are some fun facts about you that others might not know?

  • I was born in Lima, Peru SA. 
  • I have been married to my high school sweetheart for almost 37 years. 
  • We have two grown sons that were IB students. Greg went to Hillsborough IB and is now a Scientist at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Nathan went to Williams IB and is now a Composer working on his PhD at Berkeley - University of California.

Favorites List:

Birthday: 12/12 

Favorite snacks: Chocolate

Favorite Drinks: Tea

Favorite Take Out Restaurant: Moe's

Favorite Restaurant: Chik Fil A, PDQ

If I received a gift card, I would love one from: Target

What I would love to have in my classroom: Drone to video the school : )

PTSA Jeans Day 12/4/2020

December 4, 2020

Friday, December 4, 2020

Pay $1.00 (exact change, please) to wear jeans or dark athletic bottoms (shorts or pants) to help support your PTSA!

  • PTSA representatives will be located on campus to collect money and give out wristbands to show students have paid that morning.
  • Only SDHC dress code approved bottoms should be worn. No sweatpants, ripped or torn jeans, or yoga pants. Uniform shirt or spirit shirt required.

The focus of IB World Wednesday is to share information about the IB Learners profile and how our students incorporate them in the eight subject groups.

Today's profile is Risk Taker. IB students approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas, and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs. IB students are willing to try new things!

This Tuesday's Teacher spotlight is on Mr. Makinster!  Mr. Makinster is a 7th Grade Physical Education teacher and graduate of the University of South Florida.

What are your goals in teaching your students? What do you hope to achieve?

My goal is to encourage my students to gain academic knowledge in personal fitness/ health, game rules, history. My goal is also to promote the social concepts of teamwork, cooperation, sportsmanship, and inclusion.

How long have you been teaching?

I have been teaching for 26 years, and this is my 21st year at Walker.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Spending time with my family and friends, working out, & Golf

December Newsletter

December 1, 2020

Please view our December newsletter, full of events and information.

You may view it HERE

Walker Reflections Winners!

November 28, 2020

Walker Reflections Winners!

Visual Arts

1st - Niyumi Nayakakorala
2nd - Chryssa Barlowiyumi
3rd - Lisa Schmidtt (Tie for 3rd)
3rd - Mikaela Lucas Vinueza (Tie for 3rd)
Honorable Mention - Gabriella Dominguez & Megan Lankford

Photography

1st - Luke Lange
2nd - Valerie Londono
3rd - Noah Ozer
Honorable Mention - Noelle Strawser

Literature

1st - Elek Kovacs
2nd - Sonia Sadasivam
3rd - Ilsy Hernandez
Honorable Mention - Sarayu Lingamsetty

Music

1st - Austin Blewitt
2nd - Bailey Turnquist
3rd - Nick Zamprogno

Dance

1st - Isabella De Leon
2nd - Aitana Jimenez
 

Film

1st - Elizabeth Morris
2nd - Ovaughn Nicholson
 

Special Artist

1st - Diego DiMarcello
2nd - Chance Bell
3rd - Jaevon Bailey
Honorable Mention - Isabella Aiello & Miguel Morado-Zelaya

 

Yesterday, Walker Wolves had the opportunity to earn service hours at Meals on Wheels, packing 800 pies and 1600 apples! The bags of goodies will go to the clients of Meals on Wheels today! IB Learner profiles incorporated, (and not limited to): Caring, Thinkers, and Communicators.
Well done, Wolves!

Community Service Hours Opportunity

Walker PTSA has scheduled a few days and times with a couple of different local organizations to give our students opportunities to earn service hours during their holiday breaks. This one is for Meals on Wheels:

Since 1975, Meals On Wheels of Tampa has been committed to nourishing and enriching the independent lives of Tampa’s senior and homebound neighbors by providing hot, nutritious meals delivered daily by a caring volunteer.  Today, we deliver over 800 meals each day.   

On Tuesday, November 24th from noon to 2 PM volunteers are needed to help pack individual mini apple pies and cards.  The goodies will be delivered to over 800 of Tampa’s homebound neighbors on Thanksgiving morning. Walker students and parents may sign up. At this time, no siblings may attend. If spots do not fill, the opportunity for siblings will open on November 21, 2020.

Location: Meals on Wheels 5320 North Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33603

Time: Noon - 2pm

If you are aware of any other organizations looking for support, please let us know at [email protected]

Fall Break 2020

November 23, 2020

Fall Break - No school  Monday, November 23 through Friday, November 27, 2020.

Thanksgiving Food Drive 2020

November 20, 2020

Thank you to all who participated in the Walker Middle Magnet PTSA and Hammond Elementary PTA Thanksgiving Food Drive. It was a great success, and with the donations, 20 Walker Middle Magnet and Hammond Elementary Families in need will have Thanksgiving this year!

IB World Wednesday - Cariing

November 18, 2020

The focus of IB World Wednesday is to share information about the IB Learners profile and how our students incorporate them in the eight subject groups.

Today's profile is Caring. IB students show empathy, compassion, and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service and act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and to the environment. Help others, as well as yourself.

Service Hours Opportunity Meals on Wheels

On November, Tuesday 24th (NEW DATE) from noon to 2 PM volunteers are needed to help pack individual mini apple pies and cards. The goodies will be delivered to over 800 of Tampa’s homebound neighbors on Thanksgiving morning. Walker students and parents may sign up. At this time, no siblings may attend. If spots do not fill, the opportunity for siblings will open on November 22, 2020.
Location: Meals on Wheels 5320 North Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33603
Time: Noon - 2pm
If you are aware of any other organizations looking for support, please let us know at [email protected]

Tuesday Teacher - Mrs. Daerr

November 17, 2020

Today's Tuesday Teacher spotlight is Mrs. Daerr!

Mrs. Daerr is a 6th and 8th grade math teacher as well as the Math Subject Area Leader. She is a graduate of the University of South Florida.

Why did you become a teacher?

As a child, I spent my weekends drawing house plans and begging to walk through model homes with my mom. I truly wanted to become an architect. As I progressed into high school math, my skills and confidence diminished. I told myself I was not good enough at math to become an architect, so I gave up my dream. During my first year of college, I tutored my friends who were struggling in math more than me. The skills started to click again for me, and I realized I could help them build the confidence needed to do well. Helping them made me happy, and getting good grades and confidence made them happy. Three years later, I got my first teaching job at Walker, teaching 6th grade math, science, and geography. I've learned you can have more than one passion in life - sometimes it just takes a while to realize it.

How long have you been teaching? How long have you been teaching at WMM?

I have been teaching for 22 years. My first 3.5 years were at Walker, and the past eight have also been at Walker.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I love traveling and anything outdoors - gardening, boating, hiking, especially while in the presence of my husband and children.

What are 2 or 3 fun facts about you that people might not know?

  • I pull my backyard lake weeds for fun - it is my weekend meditation.
  • I'm a 4th generation Floridian.
  • I was one of the top 5 finalists for SDHC's "Teacher of the Year" in 2010. 

If there was one thing you could tell your 13-year-old self, what would it be?

Just be you; everyone else is already taken.

This Tuesday's Teacher spotlight is on Mr. Doss! Mr. Doss is 7th/8th Agriculture Teacher and 8th Grade PE Teacher. He received his undergraduate degree from Western Carolina University and his graduate degree from the University of South Florida. Mr. Doss has been teaching for 29 years and nine at Walker.

What is your fondest memory in your years of teaching at Walker Middle Magnet?

Coaching Boys soccer team and winning 2014 County Championship. Outstanding group of young men. 

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Fishing and working in the Ag. lab

Favorites List:

Birthday: 6/22

Favorite snacks: Reeses Cups

Favorite Drinks: Mountain Dew

Favorite Take Out Restaurant: Firehouse Subs

Favorite Restaurant: Olive Garden

If I received a gift card, I would love one from: Firehouse Subs

What I would love to have in my classroom: Mini Pig feed, Chicken feed, Tortoise feed pellets for Ag. Class!

Please donate non-perishable food items to our Thanksgiving Food Drive.

Walker Middle Magnet PTSA & Hammond Elementary PTA will be collecting cans outside the Walker cafeteria on the bus ramp or in the car lines. Donations support Walker & Hammond families in need as well as community members in need.

  • All Items needed, especially Pumpkin Puree, Cranberry sauce, Yams

Donation Drop-Off Dates

  • Friday, November 6th 7:10 am - 8:30 am Walker Bus Ramp
  • Thursday, November 12th 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm Walker Bus Ramp AND Hammond & Walker Car Lines

Walker Student Bonus:

For every 10 non-perishable items that you donate you will receive 1 Bahama Buck's 12 oz. shaved ice card.

*While Supplies Last!

Donate Today!

The focus of IB World Wednesday is to share information about the IB Learners profile and how our students incorporate them in the eight subject groups.

Today's profile is Open-minded. IB students understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values, and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view and are willing to grow from the experience. IB students have a deep understanding of various cultures and views, bringing an appreciation of new views to both their academic study and their involvement in local and wider communities. 

IB students listen to the ideas of others respectfully.

This Tuesday's Teacher spotlight is on Ms. McGuinness! Ms. McGuinness is Walker's 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade AVID teacher and Coordinator. A graduate of USF (Bachelors) University of Tampa (Masters), Ms. McGuinness has been teaching thirteen years, and this is her tenth at Walker.

What are your goals in teaching your students? What do you hope to achieve?

My goals for my students is that they feel happy to learn what I have for them when they walk into my classroom. 

What is your favorite quote and why?

Keep it moving. If what we are doing is hindering our progress, then we need to change the subject and move on. 

What is your fondest memory in your years of teaching at Walker Middle Magnet?

Gosh there are so many. My fondest would probably be the first time I walked into the cafeteria and hollered, "AVID!" and all the kids shouted back, "Rocks!" 

If there was one thing you could tell your 13-year-old self, what would it be?

Everything is going to be okay. 

What are 2 or 3 fun facts about you that your students and / or co-workers might not know?

I won 2 gold medals in the Sunshine State Games for synchronized swimming. 

I attended five colleges. 

Favorites List:

Birthday: 3/26

Favorite snacks: Sea Salt Caramel covered Chocolate or Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans

Favorite Drinks: Coffee

Favorite Take Out Restaurant: Hungry Howie

Favorite Restaurant: Outback

If I received a gift card, I would love one from: Target

What I would love to have in my classroom: Treasure Toys and Candy

 Ms. McGuinness's Amazon Wishlist - https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2GIRUSHH4WYHR?ref_=wl_share

November Newsletter

November 2, 2020

Please view our November newsletter, full of events and information.

You may view it HERE

IB High School Open House

October 29, 2020

Calling all 8th Grade Families!

Hillsborough County Public Schools International Baccalaureate Programmes invite you to attend Virtual IB High School Open houses.

See More information HERE

Meet representatives from FIVE of the nation's best IB High Schools!

Thursday - 10/29/2020

7:00 PM– Joint Session with all five IB High Schools

ZOOM CODE MEETING ID: 844 1554 4823 

PASSCODE: GOIB2020! 

Then, choose two schools and attend one of their break out sessions:

Session 1 7:25 PM to 7:45  PM

Session 2 7:50 PM to 8:10 PM

 

Magnet Application Window  November 2nd – December 11th, 2020  

www.sdhc.k12.fl.us search  “GO MAGNET”

 

Bell Schedule for Walker Middle Magnet IB 10/27/2020
 
Homeroom 8:30 – 9:01
 
Period 1 9:04 – 9:49
 
Period 2 9:52 – 10:37
 
Period 3 10:40 – 11:25
 
Period 4 11:28 – 12:13 Lunch – 6th Grade
 
Period 5 12:16 – 1:01 Lunch – 7th Grade
 
Period 6 1:04 – 1:49 Lunch – 8th Grade
 
Period 7 1:52 – 2:37
 
Period 8 2:40 – 3:25

This Tuesday's Teacher spotlight is on Mrs. LaBarbera! Mrs. LaBarbera is Walker's Media Specialist. Becoming a Media Specialist was a natural progression for her. Mrs. LaBarbera loves reading and started her teaching career at Walker 18 years ago as an English teacher. After a few years, she had the opportunity to move into the Media Center, allowing her to be around books and collaborate with other teachers for research.

What was your favorite memory when you were in middle school?

I met my BFF in middle school & we are still friends to this day. She wound up marrying my husband's BFF, so we have been friends for almost our whole lives and are now raising our kids as friends too. Middle school can be challenging, but the friends you make during challenging times can be some of the best!

If there was one thing you could tell your 13-year-old self, what would it be?

Don't stress so much...it will all work out exactly as it should be.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I love to be active--run, walk, workout.

Favorites List:

Birthday: 12/23

Favorite snacks: salty...almonds, wasabi peas

Favorite Drinks: Diet Coke, Water

Favorite Take Out Restaurant: Chipolte

Favorite Restaurant: Bonefish

If I received a gift card, I would love one from: Barnes & Noble, Target

What I would love to have in my classroom: color copy paper

Mrs. LaBarbera's Amazon Wishlist -   https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/26BRY99V76XXK?ref_=wl_share

•Yearbook is now offering shout outs to be featured in this year's publication! This is an opportunity for parents to send their student(s) an encouraging message, or simply shout them out! The order is $15 and can be placed on the yearbook site ybpay.lifetouch.com, school id: 10267921 Deadline for Shout Out is 12/4/2020

•The Yearbook Class is asking for all eLearners to send in pictures while they are working from home for the yearbook!  Please send to [email protected]

•Order your yearbook here: ybpay.com and use code 10267921 to get to our school to order.  The yearbook is $35 until 11/17/2020 and will be $45 starting 11/18/2020. Get your orders in today!

If you have any questions, please email [email protected]

*This is a courtesy post for the Yearbook class. 

Please donate non-perishable food items to our Thanksgiving Food Drive.

Walker Middle Magnet PTSA & Hammond Elementary PTA will be collecting cans outside the Walker cafeteria on the bus ramp or in the car lines.

Donations support Walker & Hammond families in need as well as community members in need.

Donation Drop-Off Dates and Times

  • Monday, October 26th: 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm Walker Bus Ramp (eLearners, drop off items when you arrive at Walker for school pictures 10/26!! See Bahama Bucks Bonus Below!)

  • Thursday, October 29th: 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm Walker Bus Ramp, Hammond & Walker Car Lines

  • Friday, November 6th: 7:10 am - 8:30 am Walker Bus Ramp

  • Thursday, November 12th:  1:30 pm - 4:30 pm Walker Bus Ramp, Hammond & Walker Car Lines

BONUS FOR WALKER STUDENTS!

For every 10 non-perishable items that you donate you will receive 1 Bahama Buck's 12 oz. shaved ice card. *While Supplies Last!  Donate Today!

 

Bell Schedule 10/26/2020

October 26, 2020

Homeroom                             8:30 – 8:57                  

Period 1                                  9:00 – 9:38                     

Period 2                                  9:41 – 10:19                 

Period 3                                  10:22 – 11:00              

Period 4                                  11:03 – 11:41  Lunch – 6th Grade

Period 5                                  11:44 – 12:22   Lunch – 7th Grade

Period 6                                  12:25 – 1:03   Lunch – 8th Grade

Period 7                                  1:06 – 1:44                  

Period 8                                  1:47 – 2:25                   

Open minded Mondays - Change

October 26, 2020

In case you are impacted by schedule changes and Canvas not updating quickly -
 
Change is hard at first,
Messy in the middle,
and gorgeous at the end.
- Robin Sharma

Red Ribbon Week Starts Monday! Show your school Spirit!

•Monday - Proud to be Drug-Free - Wear red with uniform bottoms.

•Tuesday - Lei Off Drugs! - Wear Hawaiian gear with uniform bottoms.

•Wednesday -Use Your Head - Don't do Drugs - Wear a crazy hat with regular uniform.

•Thursday - Sock it to Drugs! - Wear crazy socks with regular uniform.

•Friday - Our Future is Bright - No drugs in sight! - Wear Neon with uniform Bottoms.

Hillsborough County Volunteer Application

The Hillsborough County School District volunteer application is now available! On-campus volunteering is still limited, but in order to volunteer your application must be completed and approved prior to being on campus. Please complete your application TODAY! Find the application HERE 

This Tuesday's Teacher spotlight is on Mrs. Synnett! Mrs. Synnett is the Band Director for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students at Walker. This is her second year at Walker and her eighth year teaching. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma (Bachelors) and University of South Florida (Masters).

What was your favorite memory when you were in middle school?

Band events with my friends!

What is your favorite quote, and why?

Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen - Conan O'Brien; It's simple and speaks for itself.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

In my free time, I love exploring the outdoors - hiking, camping, and cycling with my family. My goal is to go to every National Park!

Favorites List:

Birthday: 12/16

Favorite snacks: Anything chocolate

Favorite Drinks: Sprite

Favorite Take Out Restaurant: PDQ

Favorite Restaurant: First Watch

If I received a gift card, I would love one from: Starbucks, Amazon

What I would love to have in my classroom: Pencils, Copy and Notebook Paper, tissues

All 7th and 8th Graders -
This Friday, 10/16, will be a non-uniform day for 7th and 8th graders who received an ORANGE Non-uniform pass at the end of last year during the Wolf Bucks drive-thru. Wristbands will be provided in the cafeteria and gym for these students. Students must bring their ORANGE non-uniform pass handed out last year during the Wolf Buck drive-thru.
 
If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Edl through Canvas.

2020/2021 Reflections Art Theme: "I Matter Because"/"Yo Importo Porque"

All students are eligible and may submit their completed works of art by 10/16/2020 in one or all of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, andVisual Arts.

Submission Form: http://bit.ly/WMMSRSF2020

Submission form must be turned in by October 16, 2020.

Let's have a little bit of FUN on this Friday - 

The creators from Bonus Finder warn: "Be warned, this one is extremely challenging and may cause immense frustration." Somewhere among the slices of cake, doughnuts, coffee, tea, and turkeys (don't ask) is a single acorn hiding in plain sight.  The answer will be posted Monday.


Somewhere among the slices of cake, doughnuts, coffee, tea and turkeys (don't ask) is a single acorn hiding in plain sight.

KidsHealth from Nemours describes the following as signs of cyberbullying - 

Many kids and teens who are cyberbullied don't want to tell a teacher or parent, often because they feel ashamed of the social stigma or fear that their computer privileges will be taken away at home.

Signs of cyberbullying vary, but may include:

  • being emotionally upset during or after using the Internet or the phone
  • being very secretive or protective of one's digital life
  • withdrawal from family members, friends, and activities
  • avoiding school or group gatherings
  • slipping grades and "acting out" in anger at home
  • changes in mood, behavior, sleep, or appetite
  • wanting to stop using the computer or cellphone
  • being nervous or jumpy when getting an instant message, text, or email
  • avoiding discussions about computer or cellphone activities

Today's Tuesday Teacher Spotlight is on Mrs. Gonzalez!  Mrs. Gonzalez is a graduate of Saint Leo University and a 6th Grade Reading Teacher. This is her ninth year teaching, all of which have been at WMM!

Why did you become a teacher?

Kids are hilarious and fun! Middle school was not fun for me, and a reason I became a middle school teacher! I want to make it better for the next generation.

If there was one thing you could tell your 13-year-old self, what would it be?

It's ok to be weird. You'll find your tribe of weirdos soon, but until then, it's ok to be yourself. Also, wear deodorant. 

What is your fondest memory in your years of teaching at WMM?

I love remembering the Skate World field trip when Ms. McGuinness taught me how to skate, but I ended up falling and kicking her skates out from under her! When we fell down, a bunch of kids tripped over us and fell too! We had a ten kid pile-up on the south side of the rink, haha!

Fun facts:

  • I was bit by a bat my first year at Walker (no superpowers yet, though).
  • I've YET to find a key lime pie recipe that is as good as my Great Grandmother's recipe. 

Favorites List:

Birthday: 3/1

Favorite snacks: Usually, salty! I'm a chip friend, so anything crunchy, salty, and cheesy is my favorite

Favorite Drinks: I love mineral water or carbonated water

Favorite Take Out Restaurant: Chick-fil-a, Chipotle, pizza

Favorite Restaurant: Ulele

If I received a gift card, I would love one from: Target or Publix

What I would love to have in my classroom: Printer paper!

Thank you, but I don't need anymore: Negative Energy

Amazon shopping cart filled?

You can make a difference while you shop Amazon Prime Day deals on October 13th-14th. Simply shop with AmazonSmile in the Amazon Shopping app and AmazonSmile donates to Walker PTSA.
 
Why Amazon Smile? Prices are the same, however, Walker Middle Magnet will get a very small percentage of your total purchase! It all adds up! The money raised goes towards PTSA programs and student enrichment activities.
 
It's easy to add us to your Amazon account, and you only have to do it one time. PLUS you can add it to your Amazon app on your mobile device, whether you have Android or iOS!
 
1. Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device
2. Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into 'Settings'
3. Tap 'AmazonSmile' and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process
4. If you do not have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping app, update your app.
??Amazon shopping cart filled?
You can make a difference while you shop Amazon Prime Day deals on October 13th-14th. Simply shop with AmazonSmile in the Amazon Shopping app and AmazonSmile donates to Walker PTSA.
 
Why Amazon Smile? Prices are the same, however, Walker Middle Magnet will get a very small percentage of your total purchase! It all adds up! The money raised goes towards PTSA programs and student enrichment activities.
 
It's easy to add us to your Amazon account, and you only have to do it one time. PLUS you can add it to your Amazon app on your mobile device, whether you have Android or iOS!
 
1. Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device
2. Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into 'Settings'
3. Tap 'AmazonSmile' and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process
4. If you do not have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping app, update your app.

Open Minded Mondays - What does it mean to be open-minded? Part 6

When you are open-minded, you learn more things! It’s hard to keep learning when you surround yourself with the same old ideas. Pushing your boundaries and reaching out to people with different perspectives and experiences can help keep your mind fresh.

Technology Thursday - Cyberbullying Awareness Month. According to Bark,  in 2019, Bark analyzed over 873.8 million messages across texts, email, YouTube, and 30+ apps and social media platforms They found 76.2% of tweens, and 78.4% of teens experienced cyberbullying as a bully, victim, or witness.

The common types of cyberbullying:

1. Exclusion - Intentionally leaving out a person of a group message, event, or photo

2. Harassment - Executing abusive behavior against someone online.

3.  Doxing - Publicly sharing someone's private information to cause them harm.

4.  Masquerading - Pretending to be someone you are not in order to hurt someone else.

5.  Trolling - When you try to get a rise out of someone by provoking or baiting them.

There are several apps available for both IOS and Android mobile devices to help parents monitor their child's devices.  One app created the images below - Bark.

Today's IB World Wednesday is focusing on Walker Middle Magnet IB World School!

Whether you are a 5th-grade family thinking about IB middle schools, or middle school students interested in what IB is all about, please join Walker Middle Magnet's IB coordinator on Thursdays for a Zoom and information!

There are several dates and times available from10/8/2020 through 12/10/2020.  Sign up HERE

IMPORTANT DATES: Magnet Applications for the 2021-2022 School Year

OPENS on Monday, November 2, 2020, at 5:00 pm

CLOSES on Friday, December 11, 2020, at 11:59 pm.

Today's Tuesday Teacher feature is Mrs. Brown! Mrs. Brown is a University of Kentucky graduate, and a Business Technology and Computer Science Official - CTE Teacher. She teaches 6th and 7th Graders.

Why did you become a teacher?

I became a teacher because my Video Production teacher in high school played such a role in my confidence. He made me see that I was good at something and helped me become better at being proud of myself. I wanted to offer that to other students who may not be great athletes or musicians but could find what they love in an alternative outlet. Mine was TV Production. Now, it could be computers or coding. 

What was your favorite memory when you were in middle school?

Middle School was ROUGH for me. I don't know that I have a favorite memory. If there was one thing I could tell your 13-year-old self, it would be "Hang in there. It gets better."

"It's kinda fun to do the impossible." Mrs. Brown's favorite quote is by Walt Disney. " I love its optimism and how it speaks to the idea that you can do anything as long as you work hard and never give up." 

Fun facts:

  1. I worked as a production assistant for a company that made Jack Hanna's Animal Adventures and got to meet him a few times. 
  2. I won a free trip to Paris for the Microsoft Educator Exchange conference in 2019. 
  3. I met educators from all over the world and many Microsoft product team managers and the VP of Microsoft Education. 

Favorites List:

Birthday: 3/26

Favorite snacks: Salty, Doritos

Favorite Drinks: Diet Coke

Favorite Take Out Restaurant: Outback

Favorite Restaurant: Surf Shack

If I received a gift card, I would love one from: Dunkin or Amazon

What I would love to have in my classroom: Wipes, Web Cams! Wipes

Thank you, but I don't need anymore: expo markers

Mrs. Brown has an Amazon Wishlist HERE.

Mrs. Brown has a Donors Choose Wishlist HERE.

Happy World Teacher's Day!

October 5, 2020

To all Walker Middle Magnet IB World School Teachers -

You Guide, You Support, You Inspire the students.
Happy World Teacher's Day!
We appreciate you every day!

Walker PTSA

Open Minded Mondays - What does it mean to be open-minded? Part 5

Being open-minded allows one to feel more optimistic. One of the problems with staying closed-minded is that it often leads to a greater sense of negativity. Being open can help inspire a more optimistic attitude toward life and the future.

TOMORROW! Walker PTSA Jean's Day!
FRIDAY, October 2, 2020
•Pay $1.00 (exact change, please) to wear jeans or dark athletic bottoms (shorts or pants) to help support your PTSA!
•PTSA representatives will be located on campus to collect money and give out wristbands to show students have paid that morning.
•Only SDHC approved bottoms should be worn. No sweatpants, ripped or torn jeans, or yoga pants. Uniform shirt or spirit shirt required.
Thank you, Walker Middle Magnet Custodians! You make our school shine!
 
Happy National School Custodian Appreciation Day 2020
From Walker Middle Magnet PTSA!
 
PTSA also surprised each of the custodians with $10 Chick-Fil-A gift cards!

PTSA JEANS DAYS ARE BACK!

THIS FRIDAY - 10/2/2020

Pay $1.00 (exact change, please) to wear jeans or dark athletic bottoms (shorts or pants) to help support your PTSA!

  • PTSA representatives will be located on campus to collect money and give out wristbands to show students have paid that morning. 
  • Only SDHC dress code approved bottoms should be worn. No sweatpants, ripped or torn jeans, or yoga pants. Uniform shirt or spirit shirt required.

October Newsletter

October 1, 2020

Please view our October newsletter, full of events and information.

You may view it HERE

Technology Thursdays - From Children and Screens Virtual Workshop on 10/07/2020 ASK THE EXPERTS Persuasive Technology: Schemes, Memes, and How to Fight Back

Have you ever wondered why games and apps are so good at attracting your kid’s attention? Are you worried that artificial intelligence is actively manipulating your children’s behavior? Have you recently heard the term “persuasive technology” and are you curious about what it means?

Join Children and Screens on Wednesday, October 7th at noon EDT for “Persuasive Technology: Schemes, Memes, and How to Fight Back,” the latest webinar in our weekly Ask the Experts virtual workshop series. This discussion will outline the basic principles of persuasive design, an approach that uses insights from psychology and neuroscience to keep kids (and adults) online. Expert panelists will explain why these tactics work and will offer practical advice to parents hoping to mitigate their effects.

Sign Up here

The focus of IB World Wednesday is to share information about the IB Learners profile and how our students incorporate them in the eight subject groups.

Today's profile is Principled. The IB Student acts with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice, and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups, and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them. IB students are infused with the academic integrity that is a fundamental value of universities and colleges

Thank you to all who attended the virtual General Meeting!  Congratulations to our 2020/2021 Executive Board Members - 

 

President

Heather Capobianco

VP Ways and Means

Ali Rawlings

VP Membership

Luckvinder Kaur 

VP Communications

Lesley Davies

VP Programs

Open Position

VP Volunteers

Open Position

VP of Advocacy & Legislation

Open Position

Treasurer

Rachel Coleman

Recording Secretary

Misty Hubbard

Walker Middle Magnet PTSA General Meeting, open to all who would like to attend, will be held on Tuesday, September 29, 2020, at 6:30 PM. RSVP to attend the Virtual General Meeting here: http://bit.ly/Genmeeting9292020

You must be a PTSA member to vote, and you can purchase your membership: http://bit.ly/ptsamemberships

Walker PTSA Board Nominations 2020/2021 Announcement:

President - Heather Capobianco
VP Ways and Means - Ali Rawlings
VP Membership - Luckvinder Kaur
VP Communications - Lesley Davies
VP Programs - Open Position
VP Volunteers - Open Position
VP of Advocacy & Legislation - Open Position
Treasurer - Rachel Coleman
Recording Secretary - Misty Hubbard

Today's Tuesday Teacher feature is Mrs. Prato! Mrs. Prato is a 7th Grade Math teacher. She's a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and received her MBA from Avila University, where she later taught for three years.

Why did you become a teacher?

Through tutoring, I realized that my passion for math was infectious. While subbing and working with Mrs. Daerr, I also saw students responded well to my teaching style. 

What was your favorite memory when you were in middle school?

I did a science project in 8th grade that required me to observe my project and record data and learned my science teacher ate bologna sandwiches for breakfast. 

If there was one thing you could tell your 13-year-old self, what would it be?

Don't be afraid to fail! Failure is an integral part of the learning process.

Fun facts:

  • I'm the only member of my family born in the USA. My siblings and mother were born in Germany. 
  • I love taking portrait photography. 
  • I'm obsessed with the beach and have only lived in Florida for eight years.

Favorites List:

Birthday: 7/9

Favorite snacks: Chex Mix

Favorite Drinks: Diet Coke

Favorite Take Out Restaurant: New China

Favorite Restaurant: Panini's

If I received a gift card, I would love one from: Dunkin Donuts, Target/Walmart/Amazon

What I would love to have in my classroom: Wipes, Kleenex, Expo Markers

Thank you, but I don't need anymore: pens

Open Minded Mondays - What does it mean to be open-minded? Part 4

Being open-minded allows one to become mentally strong by staying open to new ideas and experiences. It can help you become a stronger, more vibrant person. Your experiences and knowledge continue to build on one another.

Fun Friday

September 25, 2020

How fast can you say the color, not the word?

Thursday Tech Tip: Zoom Fatigue

September 24, 2020

Whether you have an eLearner on Zoom or are in video calls for work, screen fatigue happens. A worthwhile read is from the Harvard Business Review, "How to Combat Zoom Fatigue". There are several suggestions, and the two that may help an eLearner are:

  • Avoid multitasking -  Researchers at Stanford found that people who multitask can't remember things as well as their more singularly focused peers. The next time you're on a video chat, close any tabs or programs that might distract you (e.g., your inbox, Amazon, a game), put your phone away, and stay present.

  • Take Breaks - if you can't take a break, try the 20-20-20 exercise. Every 20 minutes, look away from your screen 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

Thursday, September 24th: Mix It Up Day!

  • Students and staff are encouraged to mix it up at lunch and talk to someone new! Students must stay in their assigned seats for health/safety purposes but may turn and talk to each other.

  • Conversation starters will be posted in a slide show for students to connect.

  • eLearning students will be able to join a Zoom Lunch via Canvas and have the opportunity to play games and meet new friends!

IB World Wednesday - Awards!

September 23, 2020

Today we are celebrating three Walker Middle Magnet IB World School teachers!
Walker Middle Magnet IB World School Teacher of the Year: Mrs. Adams
Walker Middle Magnet IB World School Ida. S. Baker Diversity Educator of the Year: Ms. Booker
Walker Middle Magnet IB World School Instructional Support Employee of the Year: Ms. Melissa
Congratulations!

Start with Hello Week Day 3: #HumanKindness Day!

Wednesday, September 23rd

  • Students and staff are encouraged to pick an act of kindness from flyers posted around the school. 

  • Students and staff will write their names on the back of the kindness act picked from the flyer and turn it during their lunch period.

  • The administration will draw random acts of kindness. The student winners will receive Wolf Bucks and receive public recognition for their efforts during lunch. 

  • At the end of the week, the acts of kindness will be added to the Walker Tree of Kindness in the cafeteria. 

  • eLearning students will be able to share their good deed by clicking on the google survey in Canvas and will be entered into a drawing to win Wolf Bucks!

Today's Teacher Tuesday feature is Mrs. Adams! Mrs. Adams teaches Intro to World Languages & Spanish II to the 6th and 8th grade students. She was recently named Walker Middle Magnet IB World School Teacher of the Year! She strives to offer a fun, engaging space for my kids to feel safe and take risks while learning new languages and cultures!

Why did you become a teacher?

This career lines up with my God-given passion and skill set. I am excited to bridge gaps by teaching students to be open-minded towards (and communicate with) people of another culture/first language! 

What is your fondest memory in your years of teaching at WMM?

A student made his first successful presentation in front of his peers, and his whole class stood up and applauded him afterward. It was the first time he was able to do that in 9 years of school, and he felt confident the rest of the year. 

If there was one thing you could tell your 13-year-old self, what would it be?

Don't worry...no one is paying as much attention to your flaws as you think they are, but stop curling your bangs so tightly. We're all awkward...embrace it.

Fun facts:

  • I went over 30 years without ever trying a cheeseburger until Ms. Gonzalez introduced them to me. 
  • I love acting and have been in around 40 plays. 
  • I am a foster mom! 

Favorites List:

Birthday: 6/27

Favorite snacks: Peanut M&Ms, Mini Oreos

Favorite Drinks: Diet Coke, Coffee

Favorite Take Out Restaurant: Tijuana Flats

Favorite Restaurant: Black Rock, Cheesecake Factory

If I received a gift card, I would love one from: Target, TJ Maxx, Amazon

What I would love to have in my classroom: Items from my Amazon wish list (Go HERE) or gift cards to Teachers Pay Teachers for fun, standards-based games for my students! 

Tuesday, September 22nd: Reach Out and Connect! 

  • Students and staff are encouraged to wear a T-shirt that represents something important to you (i.e. college spirit shirt, favorite band shirt, favorite sports team shirt, 5k shirt, community event/volunteer shirt)  

  • Connect through shared interests or learn something new about someone. 

  • eLearning students say “Hello and a cup of joe” Students and teachers bring their favorite mug and beverage and share what it is during roll call.

Beginning Monday, September 21 through December 2020 Hillsborough County Schools will be serving nutritious meals at no cost to all children 18 and under!

All brick and mortar students can receive free meals in school cafeterias and students learning virtually can pick-up free Grab-and-Go meals at one of 75 school sites. 

Start with Hello Week Day 2: Reach out and connect!

  • Students and staff are encouraged to wear a T-shirt that represents something important to you: college spirit shirt, favorite band shirt, favorite sports team shirt, 5k shirt, community event/volunteer shirt, etc., with uniform bottoms.

  • Connect through shared interests or learn something new about someone.

  • eLearning students say “Hello and a cup of joe” Students and teachers bring their favorite mug and beverage and share what it is during roll call.

Walker Middle Magnet Start with Hello Schedule of Events:

Start with Hello is a program created through the Sandy Hook Promise to help students, teachers, parents, and community leaders feel more connected. Start with Hello is based on three simple steps: 1. See Someone Alone 2. Reach Out and Help 3. Start With Hello. This event is planned to help reduce social isolation at school and increase connectivity among, students, faculty, and staff.

• Monday, September 21st: Start with Hello Week Kick-Off, Hey Day!
  • Students, teachers, and staff are encouraged to wear name tags and say hello to someone you don’t know or someone you haven’t talked to in a while.
  • Walker staff will hand out in the cafeteria and gym during arrival.
  • Wear a T-Shirt that represents Peace with uniform bottoms.
  • eLearning students say “Hello” in their native language during roll call.

• Tuesday, September 22nd: Reach Out and Connect!
  • Students and staff are encouraged to wear a T-shirt that represents something important to you (i.e. college spirit shirt, favorite band shirt, favorite sports team shirt, 5k shirt, community event/volunteer shirt)
  • Connect through shared interests or learn something new about someone.
  • eLearning students say “Hello and a cup of joe:” Students and teachers bring their favorite mug and beverage and share what it is during roll call.

• Wednesday, September 23rd: #HumanKindness Day!
  • Students and staff are encouraged to pick an act of kindness from flyers posted around the school.
  • Students and staff will write their names on the back of the kindness act picked from the flyer and turn it during their lunch period.
  • The administration will draw random acts of kindness. The student winners will receive Wolf Bucks and receive public recognition for their efforts during lunch.
  • At the end of the week, the acts of kindness will be added to the Walker Tree of Kindness in the cafeteria.
  • eLearning students will be able to share their good deed by clicking on the google survey in Canvas and will be entered into a drawing to win Wolf Bucks!

• Thursday, September 24th: Mix It Up Day!
  • Students and staff are encouraged to mix it up at lunch and talk to someone new! Students must stay in their assigned seats for health/safety purposes but may turn and talk to each other.
  • Conversation starters will be posted in a slide show for students to connect.
  • eLearning students will be able to join a Zoom Lunch via Canvas and have the opportunity to play games and meet new friends!

• Friday, September 25th: Green Out Day!
  • Students and staff are encouraged to wear ALL GREEN to connect and spread the message of kindness and unity.
Start with Hello Week starts tomorrow at Walker Middle Magnet!
 
Start with Hello is a program created through the Sandy Hook Promise to help students, teachers, parents, and community leaders feel more connected. Start with Hello is based on three simple steps: 1. See Someone Alone 2. Reach Out and Help 3. Start With Hello. This event is planned to help reduce social isolation at school and increase connectivity among, students, faculty, and staff.
 
Start with Hello Week Kick-Off: Hey Day!
 
•Students, teachers, and staff are encouraged to wear name tags and say hello to someone you don’t know or someone you haven’t talked to in a while.
 
•Walker staff will hand out in the cafeteria and gym during arrival.
 
•Wear a T-Shirt that represents Peace with uniform bottoms.
 
eLearning students say “Hello” in their native language during roll call.
 
Walker Middle Magnet PTSA is better...with YOU! We invite every parent, teacher, student, grandparent, and neighbor to join our PTSA to help us make Walker the best it can be for our students and staff!
  • When you join the PTSA you help us support projects, events, and programs that benefit the entire school community!
  • Being a PTSA member is an excellent way to show that education is important to you and your family.
  • By joining PTSA you are not obligating yourself to take an active volunteer role, but you are helping to support PTSA's goals and objectives.
  • PTSA provides several after school clubs which foster enrichment in our students (information coming soon-delayed due to covid-19 restrictions at this time)
  • 100% of your tax-deductible donations stay at our school!
  • Every dollar counts!
 
Join today!
 
 
Below are a few examples that have been provided by participation in fundraisers and donations to the PTSA. In Turn, PTSA works with the administration to determine items that will enhance student's learning as well.  

2019/2020 PTSA provided:

  • Technology (laptops) Split with school
  • Back to school teacher breakfast
  • Teacher grants fall and spring
  • Cafeteria Table - Split with school
  • Bus Driver Appreciation
  • Teacher Appreciation Week- Glory Days Family Meal, Cookies, yard signs
  • National PTA Reflections Program
  • Red Ribbon Week
  • Great American Teach-In breakfast and lunch for our guest speakers

Additionally, PTSA provided various after school clubs which foster enrichment in our youth:

Performing Arts Club, Art Club, Stem Club, Lettering & Planner Club, and PAWS (Student Council), which promotes Student Advocacy. We also have a very active PTSA Dad's Club, which includes any father figures: uncles, brothers, etc. Documentation supports that positive father engagement is associated with lower levels of impulsivity, higher ratings of self-control, and better stress tolerance in kids.

Today's Tech Thursday Tip:  How to lessen computer eyestrain

Computer use is a common cause of eyestrain. If you work at a desk and use a computer, these self-care steps can help take some of the strain off your eyes.  The Mayo Clinic suggests following these steps:

  • Blink often to refresh your eyes. Many people blink less than usual when working at a computer, which can contribute to dry eyes. Blinking produces tears that moisten and refresh your eyes. Try to make it a habit to blink more often when looking at a monitor.
  • Take eye breaks. Throughout the day, give your eyes a break by looking away from your monitor. Try the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.
  • Check the lighting and reduce glare. Bright lighting and too much glare can strain your eyes and make it difficult to see objects on your monitor. The worst problems are generally from sources above or behind you, including fluorescent lighting and sunlight. Consider turning off some or all of the overhead lights.

    If you need light for writing or reading, use an adjustable desk lamp. Close blinds or shades, and avoid placing your monitor directly in front of a window or white wall. Place an anti-glare cover over the screen.

  • Adjust your monitor. Position your monitor directly in front of you about an arm's length away so that the top of the screen is at or just below eye level. It helps to have a chair you can adjust too.
  • Use a document holder. If you need to refer to print material while you work on your computer, place it on a document holder. Some holders are designed to be placed between the keyboard and monitor; others are placed to the side. Find one that works for you. The goal is to reduce how much your eyes need to readjust and how often you turn your neck and head.
  • Adjust your screen settings. Enlarge the type for easier reading. And adjust the contrast and brightness to a level that's comfortable for you.

The focus of IB World Wednesday is to share information about the IB Learners profile and how our students incorporate them in the eight subject groups.

Today's profile is Communicators. The IB Student understands and expresses ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others. IB students regularly deliver stimulating presentations and drive excellence in group assignments.  

 

Today's Teacher Tuesday featured is Mrs. Rubin! Mrs. Rubin is a 6th grade Language & Literature teacher as well as the ESE Drama teacher. Born in Michigan, she is a graduate of Florida State University. She has been a teacher for six years at Walker, and it's her 11th year teaching.

Her favorite quote is, "Today is a good day for a good day." She says, "This is a great quote to you remind you that each day is going to be what you make it to be."
Did you know, Mrs. Rubin participated in a burrito eating contest? YES! She joined her husband's team when they went down a member just before the competition started!

Additionally, she has an extensive collection of Baby-Sitters Club books. "I've been collecting them since I was a little girl. I only have 31 left to go! These books started my love for reading."

Mrs. Rubin has an Amazon Wishlist you can browse HERE

Favorites List:
Birthday: 7/7
Favorite snacks: Kit Kats or Pretzels, Dr. Pepper
Favorite Take Out Restaurant: Five Guys
Favorite Restaurant: Outback
If I received a gift card, I would love one from: Target or Amazon
What I would love to have in my classroom: Cleaning Wipes
Thank you, but I don't need anymore: Expo markers

2020-2021 Nominations Slate

Elections will be held on 9/29/2020 at the General Meeting, which is open to all. 

RSVP to attend the Virtual General Meeting here.

You must be a PTSA member to vote, and you can purchase your membership here.

President

Heather Capobianco

VP Ways and Means

Ali Rawlings

VP Membership

Luckvinder Kaur 

VP Communications

Lesley Davies

VP Programs

Open Position

VP Volunteers

Open Position

VP of Advocacy & Legislation

Open Position

Treasurer

Rachel Coleman

Recording Secretary

Misty Hubbard

Join PTSA Today!

September 14, 2020

Walker Middle Magnet PTSA is better...with YOU!

We invite every parent, teacher, student, grandparent, and neighbor to join our PTSA to help us make Walker the best it can be for our students and staff!

Join Here: http://bit.ly/ptsamemberships

 When you join the PTSA you help us support projects, events, and programs that benefit the entire school community! A PTSA member is an excellent way to show that education is important to you and your family.

 By joining PTSA you are not obligating yourself to take an active volunteer role, but you are helping to support PTSA's goals and objectives.

 

Math Homework Hotline(MHH) offers a FREE service to students for math help. On select Thursdays, the live show is broadcast from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. featuring a specific math topic while students call in with ANY of their math questions. The tutors will begin taking calls at 5:30 p.m. See dates below for topics.

Phone lines are only available during the live shows. (813) 840-7260.

Three ways to watch
1) https://hillsboroughschools.org/departments/239/math-homework-hotline
2) Spectrum Channel 635
3) Frontier Channel 32


SEMESTER 1 TOPICS

9/10/2020 - Proportional Reasoning Using tables, graphs, and equations to determine proportionality and solve problems

9/17/2020 - Pythagorean Theorem
Proving, applying, its converse

9/24/2020 - Operations with Rational Numbers
Models, algorithms, and applications

10/1/2020 - Applying Percent
Rate of change, sales tax, discount, interest, markup, markdown

10/8/2020 - Simplifying Expressions & Properties of Numbers
Applying commutative, associative, and distributive properties

10/15/2020 - Linear Functions
Graphing, writing, applying, and explaining linear equations

10/22/2020 - Solving Equations with Rational Numbers
One-step, two-step and multi-step

10/29/2020 - Ratios and Rates
Including tables, graphs, and circumference

11/5/2020 - Powers and Exponents
Rules of exponents, square and cube roots, simplifying roots

12/3/2020 - Relationships with 2 Variables
Use independent, dependent variables from real-world problems in tables, equations, and graphs

12/10/2020 - Semester Review

Archived Shows:
https://hillsboroughschools.org/doc/list/math-homework-hotline/archived-shows/239-1361/

Today's Technology Thursday Tip is the app Photomath.  Photomath is a perfect math coach!  It is so easy to use! Download the app from the App Store or Google Play.  Simply point your phone’s camera at a math problem, take a pic and Photomath will instantly understand your problem and give you detailed step-by-step explanations to help you learn!

Photomath is FREE and works without wi-fi or data.  Photomath is always available.

KEY FEATURES

  • No internet or data required

  • Free to use

  • Step-by-step explanations for every solution

  • Exclusive how-to animations

  • Scroll through multiple solving methods per problem

  • Multi-functional scientific calculator

  • Interactive graphs

Photomath supports:

  • Arithmetic, fractions, factors,

  • Linear equations/inequalities, quadratic equations

  • Trigonometric functions

  • Limits, derivatives, integrals, curve sketching

  • Statistics

Find it here: https://photomath.app/en/

The Yearbook Class is asking for all eLearners to send in pictures while they are working from home for the yearbook!  

Please send to [email protected]

Order your yearbook here: ybpay.com and use code 10267921 to get to our school to order.  The yearbook is $35 until 11/17/2020 and will be $45 starting 11/18/2020. Get your orders in today!

If you have any questions, please email [email protected]c.k12.fl.us

***Walker PTSA has no involvement in the yearbook and is posting this information as a courtesy for the school. 

Walker Middle Magnet PTSA Call for Nominations for the Executive Board for School Year 2020-2021.

Submission Deadline: 9/10/2020 5 PM
Nominations Slate Announced: 9/15/2020
Elections will be held at the General Meeting 9/29/2020

Interested in a Board Position 2020-2021 - Sign Up Here http://bit.ly/PTSANominations2020-2021

IB World Wednesdays will focus on sharing information about the IB Learners profile and how our students incorporate them in the eight subject groups.

Today's profile is Thinkers IB students exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems and make reasoned ethical decisions. IB students contribute to discussions in a meaningful way. They do not shy away from challenging questions and, once they know the answer, follow up by asking “why?”.

Think for yourself.  Be a leader, not a follower.

Today's Tuesday Teacher is Ms. McGoorty!

Ms. McGoorty is a graduate of Western Michigan University, and teachers Culinary Arts to 6th Grade, 7th Grade, and 8th Grade students at Walker Middle Magnet. She has bee teaching for sixteen years, and 11 of those years at Walker.
Her favorite quote is:
"When you are kind to others, it not only changes you, it changes the world. -Harold Kushner
"I like this quote because kindness is something we can all give. When we are kind, it makes the world a better place."

A few fun facts about Ms. McGoorty are:
She double-jointed.
She was born and raised in Michigan.
She does not have the ability to smell.

Ms. McGoorty has an Amazon Wishlist:  https://amzn.to/2W9QjSL

Favorites List:
Birthday: 12/19
Favorite snacks: Doritos and Coke
Favorite Take Out Restaurant: Chick-fil-A
Favorite Restaurant: Mother's
If I received a gift card, I would love one from: Starbucks
What I would love to have in my classroom: Spice Racks (5)
What I have too many: Mugs

Let's (Google) Meet!

Please join Walker PTSA with a virtual Q&A!

Topics to be covered:

-Become a Member!

-Nominations for the 2020/2021 Executive PTSA Board (elected officers of the PTSA)

-Dads Club! We need you!

-Become a Business Partner!

Two opportunities, join one or both! The more, the merrier!

Thursday, September 3 at 6:30-7:30 PM - (RSVP by 9/2/2020)

Wednesday, September 9 at 6:30-7:30 PM - (RSVP by 9/8/2020)

Sign up here: http://bit.ly/WMMSPTSAGM

***An email will be sent out to those who sign up for Google Meets by 5 PM on the day of the meeting.

We can't wait to (Google) Meet you!

Walker PTSA

Today's Technology Thursday tip a link for homework help. Whether you have an eLearner or Brick and Mortar student, homework help is sometimes needed. Hillsborough County Public Library has several links, including a FREE tutoring link. After you sign in, answer a few questions, your student will be connected with a tutor in 60 seconds!  No appointment required.

Go here for homework help http://bit.ly/HWhelpHCPLC

 

IB World Wednesdays 9/2/2020

September 2, 2020

IB World Wednesdays will focus on sharing information about the IB Learners profile and how our students incorporate them in the eight subject groups.

Today's profile is Knowledgeable. The students explore concepts, ideas, and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.

Today's Tuesday Teacher is Mrs. Johnson!

Mrs. Johnson is the Visual Arts teacher for 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade. This is her 20th year of teaching and her third year at Walker. Mrs. Johnson is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Stout. Her favorite quote is: "Creativity takes courage." - Henri Matisse. She adds, "as an art teacher and artist, creativity is challenging. The older we get, the less creative we become. It is my mission to keep young artists thinking creatively. My motto is, "Feel the fear and do it anyway!"

In her free time, she loves traveling! She said, "I have traveled to 20 different countries and 47 of the 50 states! My goal is to travel to as many different countries as possible; I want to see the world!"

What are 2 or 3 fun facts about you that your students and co-workers might not know?

"I only have one kidney. I jumped into a mud volcano. I hiked the Great Wall of China."

What an adventurer!

Mrs. Johnson also leads the after school Art Club and has her a YouTube Channel you can access here. She has an Amazon wishlist you can find here.

Special Bell Schedule

Tuesday, 9/1 – Friday, 9/4/2020

Warning Bell 8:25
Homeroom 8:30-9:09 (39)
Period 1 9:12 – 9:56 (44)
Period 2 9:59 – 10:43 (44)
Period 3 10:46 – 11:30 (44)
Period 4 11:33 – 12:17 (44) Lunch – 6th Grade
Period 5 12:20 – 1:04 (44) Lunch – 7th Grade
Period 6 1:07 – 1:51 (44) Lunch – 8th Grade
Period 7 1:54 – 2:38 (44)
Period 8 2:41 – 3:25 (44)
** 2-minute reflection bell will ring prior to the end of each period

September Newsletter

September 1, 2020

Please view our September newsletter, full of events and information.

You may view it HERE

Dear Families,

We want to communicate some changes to the Grab-and-Go meal distribution as we prepare for the 2020-21 school year.

Our district will continue to provide students with nutritious meals regardless of whether they are eLearning or back in the classroom. However, ONLY students enrolled in Hillsborough County Public Schools will be eligible for grab-and-go meals.

Unfortunately, students enrolled in Hillsborough Virtual School (HVS) or any other “virtual” platform other than E-Learning via your child’s assigned Hillsborough County Public Schools site will not be eligible to receive a meal from Student Nutrition Services.

August 31st – eLearning & Classroom Learning

Beginning August 31st, as many of our students make the transition back to the classroom, we will continue to offer Grab-and-Go meals to our eLearners only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.  During that time, students will receive their meal for that day AND the next day (except on Fridays).  We ask, if at all possible, you go to your child’s enrolled school for these meals.

We will not be accepting cash from eLearners at the school site. Instead, we ask that you pay using MyPaymentPlus.com, or by taking a payment to the office of the school site at which your child is enrolled.

Whether our students get meals inside their brick and mortar school or from our curbside Grab and Go, all students receive breakfast at no cost. Students who receive free or reduced lunches will have these meals provided at no cost. However, students who are not eligible or approved for free or reduced lunches will be charged $2.25 for elementary students and $2.75 for secondary students.

Students receiving Free or Reduced Lunches will benefit from:

  • ACT fee waivers
  • SAT fee waivers
  • College application fee waivers
  • Reduced costs for Internet providers

To apply for your 2020-21 free school meal benefits, go to HillsboroughSchools.org. It’s quick, confidential and easy.

Thank you,
Hillsborough County Public Schools

Open Minded Mondays -

What Does It Mean to Be Open-Minded?

There are a few different aspects of open-mindedness. In everyday use, the term open-minded is often used as a synonym for being non-prejudiced or tolerant.  

  • In everyday use, the term open-minded is often used as a synonym for being non-prejudiced or tolerant.

Car line Procedures

August 31, 2020

Where you go when you arrive on campus depends on your grade level and whether you are eating breakfast. If you aren't sure where to go or don't know how to get there - just ask! There will be plenty of staff members around to assist you! See the arrival procedures by grade level document below.

For Carline procedures, click HERE

For afternoon Carline Aerial Map View, click HERE

Safety is our top priority in the car line.

Watch AM Drop Off Video: https://youtu.be/9C6SFfDI1xw

Watch PM Pick Up Video: https://youtu.be/etFF3chv7SU

Additionally, Walker Middle Magnet PTSA hosts the Walker Middle Magnet Transportation Forum, as a courtesy to our Walker families. It is a private Facebook group aimed at coordinating transportation options for Walker Middle Magnet. Please make sure you use caution and fully vet the people you carpool with.

To join this group, please visit the private Facebook group Walker Middle Transportation Forum.  Please answer the three questions asked to join the group.

If you are interested in carpooling for the 2020/2021 school year, please fill out this PTSA Carpooling Form: http://bit.ly/CarpoolSU2021

Information gathered from the responses is currently available for view in Walker Middle Transportation Forum, allowing you access to people in your area. 

Special Bell Schedule for Monday, August 31, 2020

Warning Bell 8:25
Homeroom 8:30 – 9:05 (35)
Period 1 9:08 – 9:45 (37)
Period 2 9:48 – 10:25 (37)
Period 3 10:28 – 11:05 (37)
Period 4 11:08 – 11:45 (37) Lunch – 6th Grade
Period 5 11:48 – 12:25 (37) Lunch – 7th Grade Period
6 12:28 – 1:05 (37) Lunch – 8th Grade
Period 7 1:08 – 1:45 (37)
Period 8 1:48 – 2:25 (37)
** 2-minute reflection bell will ring prior to the end of each period

Walker Middle Magnet PTSA is looking for students who want to take a leadership position by promoting the PTSA within the Walker community, helping the executive board with student concerns, and implementing programs to benefit the entire Walker student body. We look forward to hearing your ideas!

Process for Consideration:
1) Students must be current members of the Walker PTSA and complete the application, due 9/30/2020
2) Students are not required to have a minimum GPA but must have one (1) teacher recommendation.
3) One Representative will be selected from 8th grade and an alternative from 7th grade. 
4) The 7th & 8th grade Student Representative will alternate and attend the Executive Meetings during
1st Period every month. (2020 - November 5th, December 3rd, 2020 and January 7th, February 4th, March 4th, & April 1st, 2021). 

Applications will be reviewed and the Representatives will be chosen by the Board at our Executive Board Meeting on October 1, 2020.

Today on FUNdraiser Friday, we are featuring the official Activity Gaiter Mask. The Gaiter Mask is $12.50 and available in two sizes: S/M and L/XL. 

Order here

Show your Walker Wolves Spirit, WHEREVER you are!

Today's Technology Thursday website feature is HAAL Pass, part of the Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative.  This is FREE and every student enrolled in a Hillsborough County Public School can access the public library resources with their 7-digit Student ID Number (Lunch Number) and the default PIN is 4321.

At this time, while libraries are closed to the public due to Covid-19, students using HAAL Pass are not able to reserve books to pick up curbside at the library.  They may still use online resources. Once the libraries are back open, students may use HAAL pass to pick up books at the library.  If the student would like to reserve a library book before the libraries open to be picked up curbside, they may do so by applying for a juvenile library card here.

Please keep the following in mind:

  • HAAL Pass allows students to borrow e-resources and access library databases just like any other HCPLC library card. 
  • Students can also borrow up to 3 print or audio books, DVDs or CDs.
  • There are no overdue fines with the public library for HAAL Pass accounts.
  • All students will automatically be enrolled in this program and be able to use their school ID number to access library services.
  • The default PIN is 4321.

Visit:  https://hcplc.org/account/haalpass 

For assistance: http://hcplc.org/about/contact

It's Tuesday Teacher Spotlight!

Today we turn the spotlight on Mrs. Dukes!

Mrs. Dukes is a 7th-grade science teacher at Walker. A graduate of Indiana University, a teacher for 28 years, with 22 of those years at Walker!  Mrs. Dukes wants her students to embrace their academics and try to do the best they can while enjoying and being captivated by science.

She decided she wanted to be a teacher or geologist after having Mr. Mondi, her middle school science teacher. "He was just so captivating and made science come to life. He loved what he did, and it showed. I knew I wanted to either be a geologist or teach. I ended getting both a geology degree and a degree in science education."

Mrs. Dukes is also in charge of the Agricultural Program here at Walker. She says, "It has been a great experience. We started from nothing and now have chickens, ducks, a mini pig, a turtle, and rabbits. It is a fantastic accomplishment. We can't wait for more Ag animals to come. Sheep, a cow, etc. It's going to be a great journey into unknown territory, and we are up for the experience!"

Her favorite quote is: Be willing to give love and compassion to others.

Mrs. Dukes has an Amazon wishlist you can visit here. She also welcomes donations of Kleenex, paper towels, and an air purifier to create a safe and healthy classroom for her students.

IB World Wednesdays

August 25, 2020

IB World Wednesdays will focus on sharing information about the IB Learners profile and how our students incorporate them in the eight subject groups.

Today's profile is Inquirers. They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.

 

First day of school for Walker Wolves!

Monday, August 24, 2020

Student Hours:

Mondays - 8:30-2:25

Tuesdays through Fridays - 8:30-3:25

First Day Info 8/24/2020

August 24, 2020

Welcome back to school Walker Wolves!

Information for your first day and the first week of school - 

Message from Mrs. Holloway here

Hello New School Year!

Hello New Week!  It's open-minded Monday!

How can I be open-minded at school?
These tips will help you become more open to new ideas:

  1. Fight the urge to react in anger when you hear differing opinions. ...
  2. Avoid closing yourself off. ...
  3. Place yourself out of your comfort zone. ...
  4. Stay social and make new friends. ...
  5. Don't be afraid to ask questions. ...
  6. Avoid speculation.
2020/2021 Bell Schedule for all students
 
Mondays Only (Except 5/10, 5/17, 5/24)
Warning Bell 8:25
•Period 1 8:30 – 9:14
•Period 2 9:17 – 9:58
•Period 3 10:01 – 10:42
•Period 4 10:45 – 11:26
•••••(Lunch for 6th Graders)
•Period 5 11:29 – 12:10
•••••(Lunch for 7th Graders)
•Period 6 12:13 – 12:54
•••••(Lunch for 8th Graders)
•Period 7 12:57 – 1:38
•Period 8 1:41 – 2:25
 
TUESDAY-FRIDAY - Regular Bell Schedule
Warning Bell 8:25
•Period 1 8:30 – 9:20
•Period 2 9:23 – 10:12
•Period 3 10:15 – 11:04
•Period 4 11:07 – 11:56
•••••(Lunch for 6th Graders)
•Period 5 11:59 – 12:48
•••••(Lunch for 7th Graders)
•Period 6 12:51 – 1:40
•••••(Lunch for 8th Graders)
•Period 7 1:43 – 2:32
•Period 8 2:35 – 3:25
 

Greetings Walker Families,

First, we will need to move the date the Virtual Open House link will be shared to Friday, 8/21, by 5 pm.  The district timeline for the release of student schedules shifted, and we need to adjust accordingly.  If you are seeing a student schedule in Canvas now, please disregard it.  Course balancing is taking place and schedules will continue to change through Friday.  Our hope is to complete most of our balancing by 5 pm on Friday, but please know that schedule adjustments will continue to happen throughout the first 2 weeks of school.

Next, the link that you receive for Virtual Open house will take you to a compilation of pre-recorded videos.  You will be able to view the Open House videos for each of your student's courses AT YOUR OWN CONVENIENCE between Friday evening and Sunday evening.  There is NOT a specific time you will need to be available to view Open House information.

When the link is sent, you will receive detailed instructions on how to navigate through your student's schedule to meet teachers, administration, and other important instructional support staff.

Thank you for your patience and flexibility.

Mrs. Holloway

Principal

Canvas is here!

Canvas is important for all our learners, regardless if they will be returning to brick and mortar or continuing with eLearning.  If you have already created a district MySPOT account to access Edsby or Online Report Cards, you do not have to create an account. The current email address and password you use to login will automatically work for Canvas.

Need help with Canvas?

Students: https://sdhc.instructure.com/courses/36524/modules

Family Guide: https://sdhc.instructure.com/courses/3146/modules

Hemos creado una Guía Familiar y una Guía Estudiantil que los llevará a través del proceso y les mostrará lo que Canvas ofrece. 
It's Tuesday Teacher Spotlight!
Today we turn the spotlight on Mrs. Hunzeker!
Mrs. Hunzeker teaches 7th and 8th grade IB Design and computer classes. Additionally, she is the FBLA adviser.  "I have always been passionate about Career and Technical Education (CTE) and FBLA.  I just love the skills and the opportunities these classes provide the students.  FBLA is an awesome organization.  We have had a couple of amazing years.  I am so proud of what my students have accomplished." 

Since I’m such a huge Disney fan, my favorite quote is:
All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them

-Walt Disney
Visit her wishlist here: 

It's Open-minded Monday! Let's look at the definition of open-minded (adjective): receptive to arguments or ideas.

  • Adverb: open-mindedly
  • Noun: open-mindedness
  • Synonyms: broad-minded, open, receptive
  • Antonyms: narrow-minded, unreceptive

The school year hasn't even started, however parents, teachers, administration, and staff have all had a roller coaster ride of emotions as the new school year has taken a very different form than ever before.  With this year at Walker being "The Year of the Open-Minded", we have to embrace the new school world as patiently and open-mindedly as possible. We've got this, Walker Families!

Thank you to all of the teachers, staff, and administration at Walker!

 

Parents and families-

I want to first thank you for your patience as our district solidifies final plans to welcome students back this academic year. I know it can be difficult to prepare your learner for this new experience in a fluid environment. I want you to know my number one priority remains the health and safety of our learners and staff.

I have been diligently working to come to a compromise with the Florida Department of Education regarding our reopening plans. Unfortunately, FLDOE has rejected two different phased-in models our district proposed that would have delayed our brick and mortar opening while ensuring our most vulnerable student populations were served in a face-to-face capacity.

To meet the state’s emergency order for all schools to open on August 31, Hillsborough County Public Schools will now begin eLearning for all students on August 24 and transition to brick and mortar a week later for those students whose parents want to come back on August 31.

Please know our learners will be returning to classrooms with enhanced safety protocols. Students will be provided PPE and will practice social distancing. In addition, our district will employ contact tracing through the local health department in the event of any positive COVID-19 cases.

The first week of school, while students are eLearning, will be called “Smart Start Week.” This will provide a jumpstart for our learners and allow them to build a foundation for success while becoming accustomed to new health and safety procedures. Teachers will record daily attendance and prepare students for new safety protocols when returning to the classroom.

I appreciate your flexibility and understanding as we all work toward the shared goal of providing a high-quality education to every learner in our district. 

Sincerely,

Addison G. Davis

Technology Thursdays - Walker PTSA will bring tech tips every Thursday!

Introducing our district's new learning management system, Canvas (replacing Edsby). Check out this link for info on Canvas 101 for Parents! 

https://sub1.instructure.com/courses/2522

Families, for the 2020-21 school year we introduce to you the new hub of learning, Canvas LMS.

Whether a student is attending brick and mortar school, eLearning or Hillsborough Virtual K-12, Canvas will be the platform where instruction is delivered and supported throughout our district.

We want to make sure the transition to Canvas is as smooth as possible; that is why we created a Hillsborough Canvas Family Guide where tips, resources, and training will be updated periodically for our entire Hillsborough Schools Family to view.

Although student courses are not available yet, we encourage you to become familiar with this new platform. To access the guide, visit the Families section of hillsboroughschools.org under Helpful Links, or click the help icon inside of Canvas. (https://bit.ly/canvasfamilyguide)

Thank you for your patience as we work together to create the tools needed for teachers and students to succeed. We look forward to providing you with this new hub of learning.

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Familias, para el año escolar 2020-21 les presentamos el nuevo centro de aprendizaje, Canvas LMS.

Ya sea que un estudiante asista a una escuela FÍSICA, eLearning o Hillsborough Virtual K-12, Canvas será la plataforma donde se imparte y se apoya la instrucción en todo nuestro distrito.

Queremos asegurarnos de que la transición a Canvas sea lo más fluida posible; es por eso que creamos una Guía familiar de Hillsborough Canvas donde los consejos, recursos y capacitación se actualizarán periódicamente para que toda la familia de las escuelas de Hillsborough los vea.

Aunque los cursos para estudiantes aún no están disponibles, le recomendamos que se familiarice con esta nueva plataforma. Para acceder a la guía, visite la sección Familias de hillsboroughschools.org en Vínculos útiles o haga clic en el ícono de ayuda dentro de Canvas. (https://bit.ly/3kAyh7C)

Gracias por su paciencia mientras trabajamos juntos para crear las herramientas necesarias para que maestros y estudiantes tengan éxito. Esperamos poder ofrecerle este nuevo centro de aprendizaje.

IB World Wednesdays will focus on sharing information about the IB Learners profile and how our students incorporate them in the eight subject groups.

The profile aims to develop learners who are:

  • Inquirers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinkers
  • Communicators
  • Principled
  • Open-minded
  • Caring
  • Risk-takers
  • Balanced
  • Reflective 

The theme for this year is "The Year of the Open-Minded", and that profile will be featured each week on Open-minded Mondays.  

Walker Middle Magnet is better.. with YOU!  We invite every parent, teacher, student, grandparent, and neighbor to join our PTSA to help us make Walker the best it can be for our students and staff!  

When you join the PTSA you help us support projects, events, and programs that benefit the entire school community!   A PTSA member is an excellent way to show that education is important to you and your family.

By joining PTSA you are not obligating yourself to take an active volunteer role, but you are helping to support PTSA's goals and objectives.  

To join PTSA, please click HERE

Did you know, 100% of your tax-deductible donations stay at our school?

Below are a few examples that have been provided by participation in fundraisers and donations to the PTSA. In Turn, PTSA works with the administration to determine items that will enhance student's learning as well.  

Every dollar counts!

2019/2020 PTSA provided:

  • Technology (laptops) Split with school
  • Back to school teacher breakfast
  • Teacher grants fall and spring
  • Cafeteria Table - Split with school
  • Bus Driver Appreciation
  • Teacher Appreciation Week- Glory Days Family Meal, Cookies, yard signs
  • National PTA Reflections Program
  • Red Ribbon Week
  • Great American Teach-In breakfast and lunch for our guest speakers

Additionally, PTSA provided various after school clubs which foster enrichment in our youth:

Performing Arts Club, Art Club, Stem Club, Lettering & Planner Club, and PAWS (Student Council), which promotes Student Advocacy. We also have a very active PTSA Dad's Club, which includes any father figures: uncles, brothers, etc. Documentation supports that positive father engagement is associated with lower levels of impulsivity, higher ratings of self-control, and better stress tolerance in kids.

Click here to donate today:

https://walkermiddlemagnetptsa.memberhub.store/shopping/categories/23075

It's Tuesday Teacher Spotlight!
Today we turn the spotlight on Mrs. Kolacki!
Mrs. Kolacki is an Exceptional Student Education Specialist. She says "I can never remember a time I was not going to be a teacher. I brought home extra worksheets from school so I could teach. I never "played" with my dolls I taught them. I originally was going to be an elementary school teacher. But I have a sister who has special needs and I saw the impact her amazing teachers had on her and our family. I wanted to be that person for other families."
Her favorite quote is:
 
Mrs. Kolacki has an Amazon Wishlist - "We work with AMAZING kiddos with Autism and other Intellectual Disabilities. Getting our students back to school safely is going to take some additional cleaning and safety equipment. Please help our amazing teachers and students safe."
Visit her wishlist here: 

https://bit.ly/KolackiAmazonList

School Supply Lists

August 8, 2020

Walker Supply Lists (eLearning & On-Site Learning)

"The International Baccalaureate® (IB) learner profile describes a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond academic success. They imply a commitment to help all members of the school community learn to respect themselves, others, and the world around them." https://www.ibo.org/benefits/learner-profile/  

Mrs. Holloway announced that this year will be Walker's “Year of the Open-Minded.” Stay tuned each week for Walker PTSA "Open-Minded Mondays" throughout the year.

It's Tuesday Teacher Spotlight!
Today we turn the spotlight on Mr. Arnold!
 
Mr. Arnold is a Social Studies teacher working hard to bring his classroom closer in line with the CDC protocols for returning to school this year. He has three projects on Donorschoose to achieve this goal:
1. Clean air Classroom https://bit.ly/ArnoldCleanAirClass
2. Desks for Social Distancing https://bit.ly/ArnoldDesks
3. Seating for Social Distancing https://bit.ly/ArnoldChairs
 Additionally, he also has a classroom tool to foster student creativity when completing projects: Ipad Art https://bit.ly/ArnoldIpadArt
 
Mr. Arnold is also looking for other items for his classroom you can find on Amazon. His link is:http://bit.ly/ArnoldAmazonList
You can follow Mr. Arnold on social media platforms and keep up to date with his blog: https://www.changetheclassroom.com/
 
Thank you for all you do for your students, Mr. Arnold!
6th Grade Camp Session 2, scheduled for 8/8/2020 has been canceled. Per the school district, students are not allowed on campus until the first day of school - Monday, 8/24.
PTSA will be processing refunds this week and it will take 7-10 days for the refund to be visible in your account. If you don't see your refund in the next 7-10 days, please email our PTSA at walkerptsain[email protected]

Birthday Marquee Announcement

Cost: $15.00 

Fill out the birthday announcement form below or purchase online HERE 

Print Form HERE

MARQUEE DEADLINE: Deadline for marquee requests for the 2020-2021 school year is October 23, 2020 

  • PTSA uses the side of the sign facing Hammond Elementary so look for it there!! 
  • This is a first come, first served opportunity. 
  • Only birthdays of students, teachers, and staff of Walker Middle School can be announced. 
  • Marquee will display First Name, Last Initial, and Birthday. 
  • Parent’s Signature is required on the request form below. 
  • Any unfilled paid request will be refunded. 
  • Requests submitted with less than 2 weeks’ notice may not appear on the marquee. 

Questions? Contact Ali Rawlings at [email protected]

Walker Middle Magnet PTSA hosts the Walker Middle Magnet Transportation Forum, as a courtesy to our Walker families. It is a private Facebook group aimed for coordinating transportation options for Walker Middle Magnet. Please make sure you use caution and fully vet the people you carpool with.

To join this group, please visit the private Facebook group Walker Middle Transportation Forum.  Please answer the three questions asked to join the group.

If you are interested in carpooling for the 2020/2021 school year, please fill out this PTSA Carpooling Form: http://bit.ly/CarpoolSU2021

Information gathered from the responses is currently available for view in Walker Middle Transportation Forum, allowing you access to people in your area. 

Parents and families: The Declaration of Intent form for your student is now open. You can make a selection for how your child will return to learning for the 2020-2021 school year. Please check your email for a link to complete. It must be turned in by July 19th.

On Thursday, 7/16/2020, during the School Board Workshop, Superintendent Addison Davis presented his detailed School Reopening Plan for the 2020-21 school year.

This plan evolved after extensive discussions with our health partners at Tampa General Hospital and USF Health. It is a fluid plan that we will continue to modify as the need arises.

The plan includes information about what returning to school will look like, an extensive look at each of our three learning options, and what steps will happen if there is a positive COVID-19 case in one of our schools.  Please review the school reopening plans HERE

Fellow Walker Middle Magnet Scool Parent Amanda Dietrich spoke out regarding concerns of parents, interviewed by Bay News 9 on 7/3/2020 HERE

Hillsborough County parents voice concerns over learning options for students - article HERE

Hillsborough County Council PTA/PTSA position statement on the reopening of Hillsborough County Public Schools HERE

AmazonSmile customers can now support Walker Middle Magnet PTSA in the Amazon shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.
1. Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device
2. Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into 'Settings'
3. Tap 'AmazonSmile' and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.
 
It's easy!
 
Thank you for supporting Walker Middle Magnet PTSA!
 
 

Teacher Appreciation Week starts Monday, May 4, 2020!

It's Teacher Appreciation Week - Even though we aren't in the classroom we can still show our appreciation by sending your teachers an Edsby message letting them know:

Monday - I Will Never Forget That You Taught Me. . .

Tuesday -  My Favorite Memory In Your Class Was. . .

Wednesday - I'm Really Going To Miss . . .

Thursday - My Favorite Thing About You is . . .

Friday - Spoil your teacher with an e-gift card or a gift from their favorite list HERE or their Amazon wish list HERE 

If you would like to drop off a card, letter, or any other token of appreciation for your teacher, there will be a dropbox set up by the Walker cafeteria on Wednesday, May 6th from 9 AM - 1 PM.

 

8th Grade Families- We know our 8th graders are disappointed by missing their 8th grade celebrations, dance, and other events that happen at the end of the year.  We want to make sure they are recognized!  Please fill out the 8th Grade Shout Out form HERE

Submission deadline is May 15, 2020

From Hillsborough County School District:

Introducing... Monday Snack Stops!
We want to make sure our students start the week off right during eLearning. Starting this Monday, families can pick up light snacks at all 147 Grab-and-Go sites between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. These snacks will also be available at our more than 300 bus stops around our district. We want to make sure all learners have a few nutritious snacks prior to Wednesday's full meal pick up.

More information can be found HERE

Feeding Tampa Bay has sites throughout the Tampa Bay Area to hand out breakfast to children 18 and under. You will find more information HERE

Beginning tomorrow, April 15, 2020, our district will be distributing food one day per week, providing students with one week's worth of food at a time. This will happen every Wednesday.
Each bag will weigh about 10 pounds, so if students are riding a bike to pick up or walking to pick up, they can bring an empty backpack for easier transport.

Due to new CDC guidelines and a statewide stay-at-home order, our district wants to minimize contact between Student Nutrition Services workers and our families.

More information can be found here: https://hillsboroughschools.org/doc/2661/superintendents-office/resources/coronavirusgrabngo/

Here is a weekly meal plan to help make sure your meals last for every school day.

Walker PTSA Spirit Week
-Quarantine Edition-
April 13th - 17th

Miss you Monday -
Record Yourself Giving Shout-outs to Your Favorite Walker Teachers & Admin!

Tik Tok Tuesday -
Show your best Tik Tok dance (school appropriate)

Walker Wednesday -
Wear your favorite Walker Spirit Wear

Thoughtful Thursday -
Wear a shirt with a positive message

Fun Friday -
Wear a crazy hat

***Email one entry daily to [email protected]

Hammond Elementary needs student volunteers on March 27th from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm.

Help with carnival set-up, game booths, concessions, and clean-up!

Students can earn service hours!!! Please make sure to list your school in the comment section! Don't forget your Service Hour Paperwork!

SIGN UP HERE

Walker Middle Magnet School needs volunteers for the Service Festival on March 27, 2020

There are several volunteer opportunities starting Monday, March 23rd.

The Service Festival is a student-created event where students learn about a variety of service organizations by visiting the student created and led booths.  We need volunteers to help assist and booths when there are no students there to run them.  The afternoon of the festival is the school fundraiser and we need volunteers to help run concession stands during that time and also sell wristbands the week leading up to the festival for that time.

http://bit.ly/WMMSFESTIVAL2020

Which grade had the MOST book donations last week?
 
 
The 6th Grade!
 
6th Grade wins the Non-Uniform Day Prize, scheduled for Friday, March 13, 2020!
***Only SDHC dress code approved clothing should be worn. No sweatpants, ripped or torn jeans, or yoga pants.
 

Per the State Department of Education, all Hillsborough County Schools will be closed until 3/30/2020 at this time of posting.

***If you know a student without internet connection, Spectrum is offering free service to those students. Please have them call 1-844-488-8398

Stay up to date with Hillsborough County School's Coronavirus Information page HERE


Blood Mobile 3/12/2020

March 12, 2020

Donate Blood!
Walker Middle Magnet PTSA and Hammond Elementary PTA are bringing the Oneblood.org Blood Mobile to Walker Middle Magnet School.

Thursday, March 12, 2020
Appointments available 9:00 AM- 2:00 PM
Walk-ins are Welcome! To make an appointment, please visit: http://bit.ly/BloodSaves2020

In Honor of
Sam Young - Walker Middle Magnet
Ruthie Baer - Hammond Elementary
Jake Mulvihill - Martinez Middle

All Donors will receive:
-A Free $10 eGift Card
-A Free Saint Patrick's T-shirt
-Free Wellness Checkup including blood pressure, pulse, temperature, iron count and cholesterol screening.

ID Required. Donors must be at least 16 years old. Those who are 16 years old need parental permission. See website for more details. *One offer per donor, per donation. No cash value. Non-transferable. While supplies last. Not responsible for lost or stolen gift card. T-shirt may vary from the image shown. If you have recently donated, thank you. Please visit us when you are eligible to donate again. For more information: https://www.oneblood.org/about-donating/blood-donor-basics/can-i-donate/faqs.stml

In mid-March, homes across the country will begin receiving invitations to complete the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you are able to respond in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail.  For online reminders, sign up HERE.

For more information about the Census, go HERE

PTSA Jean's Day 3/6/2020

March 6, 2020

PTSA's Jeans Day (or dark athletic bottoms) is Friday, March 6, 2020!

To participate in Jeans Day (or to wear dark athletic bottoms) students pay $1.00 to wear jeans or athletic shorts on select days to help support your PTSA!
PTSA representatives will be in the cafeteria collecting money before school and giving wristbands to show you’ve paid.
Only SDHC dress code approved bottoms should be worn. No sweatpants or yoga pants. Uniform shirt or spirit shirt required.

This is an easy way to support Walker Middle Magnet! ALL PROCEEDS STAY and SUPPORT Walker Middle Magnet School!

If you are interested in carpooling for the 2020/2021 school year, please fill out this PTSA Carpooling Form.

Information gathered from responses will be available later in the school year, summer at the latest. The responses will be made public, allowing you access to people in your area.  The information will be posted in the private Facebook group:  Walker Middle Transportation Forum

This private group is for coordinating your transportation options for Walker Middle Magnet. Walker Middle Magnet PTSA is hosting this group as a courtesy to our membership. Please make sure you use caution and fully vet the people you carpool with.

Congratulations to the Walker Middle Magnet students who won at the State Level of PTA's Reflections! We have one student going forward to NATIONALS! Way to go!

Literacy Week: Day 5

February 28, 2020

FRIDAY, FEB. 28--WEAR YOUR FAVORITE

SPORTS TEAM OR JERSEY

Teacher Book Trivia Contest during lunch

The PTSA Nominating Committee is seeking nominations for the 2020/2021 Executive PTSA Board (elected officers of the PTSA). 
Interested in a Board Position 2020-2021 - Sign Up Here    
Don't want to be on the PTSA Executive Board, but want to be involved?  Consider joining one of the many PTSA committees. 
 We are also looking for dads/father figures to be a part of our Dad's Club 
Walker Middle Magnet PTSA Questions:  [email protected]

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 26--WEAR A HAT TO SHOW HATS OFF

TO READING

Sign up to decorate a bookend in the Media Center during lunch

*Students must wear SDHC approved school uniforms. No Exceptions.

TUESDAY, FEB. 25--WEAR SILLY SOCKS TO SHOW READING ROCKS OUR SOCKS

Sign up to decorate a bookend in the Media Center during lunch

*Students must wear SDHC approved school uniforms. No Exceptions.

MONDAY, FEB. 24--WEAR BRIGHT COLORS TO SHOW

YOUR EXCITEMENT ABOUT READING

Talk to a friend about your favorite book at lunch--OPEN SEATING!

WALKER MAGNET MIDDLE PRESENTS
Celebrate Literacy Week!
2/24/2020-2/28/2020


MONDAY, FEB. 24--WEAR BRIGHT COLORS TO SHOW YOUR EXCITEMENT ABOUT READING
Talk to a friend about your favorite book at lunch--OPEN SEATING!

TUESDAY, FEB. 25--WEAR SILLY SOCKS TO SHOW READING ROCKS OUR SOCKS **Students must wear SDHC approved school uniforms. No Exceptions.
Sign up to decorate a bookend in the Media Center during lunch

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 26--WEAR A HAT TO SHOW HATS OFF TO READING
Sign up to decorate a bookend in the Media Center during lunch  **Students must wear SDHC approved school uniforms. No Exceptions.

THURSDAY, FEB. 27--DRESS LIKE A CHARACTER FROM A BOOK YOU LOVE
-MUST HAVE BOOK TO CARRY AROUND WITH YOU-
Media Center hosting Book Trivia during lunch

FRIDAY, FEB. 28--WEAR YOUR FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM OR JERSEY
Teacher Book Trivia Contest during lunch

Book Donation Drive

February 24, 2020

Donate new or used Pre K-5th grade level books to benefit Tampa Bay Elementary,

a local Title 1 school.

8th, 7th, and 6th grade bins will be located on the cafeteria stage for students

to deposit book donations.

The grade level with the most donations receives a non-uniform day!

  • Walker Middle Magnet School received the Magnet School Merit Award of Distinction!  More Information Here

  • Walker Middle Magnet was identified by the state of Florida as a Five Star School! This award is about our community, parents, teachers, staff, and students coming together to create a stellar learning environment for our students! 

  • Walker has been honored as a Highly Certified AVID site! AVID supports and strategies that enhance student learning are evident school-wide!

THANK YOU, Noble Crust (Carrollwood) for the DELICIOUS dinner you provided our teachers and staff for the 3rd Quarter Conference night on 2/20/2020! Everyone loved it! Thank you for being a Walker Middle Magnet PTSA Business Partner!

Jeans Day! 2/14/2020

February 14, 2020

PTSA's Jeans Day (or dark athletic bottoms) is Friday, February 14, 2020!

To participate in Jeans Day (or to wear dark athletic bottoms) students pay $1.00 to wear jeans or athletic shorts on select days to help support your PTSA!
PTSA representatives will be in the cafeteria collecting money before school and giving wristbands to show you’ve paid.
Only SDHC dress code approved bottoms should be worn. No sweatpants or yoga pants. Uniform shirt or spirit shirt required.

This is an easy way to support Walker Middle Magnet! ALL PROCEEDS STAY and SUPPORT Walker Middle Magnet School!

Walker Middle Magnet's Papa John's Nifty Fifty Fundraiser ends TOMORROW! Order forms are due back TOMORROW, February 5, 2020.

•All students please bring in your Papa John's order forms tomorrow to your 1st period teacher.

•Make sure your name in on the order envelope.

•All money in included n your envelope.


The fundraiser is to raise funds for Walker and all proceeds stay at Walker. The Papa John's cards are $10, and we get to keep $8....that's an 80% profit!! Each 50% off card has a unique code that gives you 50% off your ENTIRE online order of ANYTHING and is valid for 18 redemptions and expires December 31, 2020. Students were given an envelope with an order form. They are to collect the money ahead of time and cards will be delivered to the students 2 weeks after the final turn-in date of February 5, 2020. THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES HONOR THE ONLINE CODE:
Hillsborough
Pinellas
Brevard
Broward
Lake
Marion
Miami-Dade
Orange
Osceola
Palm Beach
Seminole
St. Lucie
Volusia
Pasco County - ONLY THESE LOCATIONS:
7250 Gall Blvd Zephyrhills FL 33541
4120 Rowan Rd New Port Richey FL 34653
8921 State Rd 52 Hudson FL 34667
5434 Bruce B Downs Blvd Wesley Chapel FL 33544
3570 Land O Lakes Blvd Land O Lakes FL 34638

HERNANDO County location:
4173 Mariner Blvd Spring Hill FL 34609

Walker Middle Magnet's Papa John's Nifty Fifty Fundraiser ends February 5, 2020. Order forms are due back on February 5, 2020. The fundraiser is to raise funds for Walker and all proceeds stay at Walker. The Papa John's cards are $10, and we get to keep $8....that's an 80% profit!! Each 50% off card has a unique code that gives you 50% off your ENTIRE online order of ANYTHING and is valid for 18 redemptions and expires December 31, 2020. Students were given an envelope with an order form. They are to collect the money ahead of time and cards will be delivered to the students 2 weeks after the final turn-in date of February 5, 2020.

THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES HONOR THE ONLINE CODE:

Hillsborough

Pinellas

Brevard

Broward

Lake

Marion

Miami-Dade

Orange

Osceola

Palm Beach

Seminole

St. Lucie

Volusia

Pasco County - ONLY THESE LOCATIONS:

7250 Gall Blvd Zephyrhills FL 33541

4120 Rowan Rd New Port Richey FL 34653

8921 State Rd 52 Hudson FL 34667

5434 Bruce B Downs Blvd Wesley Chapel FL 33544

3570 Land O Lakes Blvd Land O Lakes FL 34638

HERNANDO County location:

4173 Mariner Blvd Spring Hill FL 34609

Soccer Tryouts

January 27, 2020

Soccer tryouts coming soon! Check Edsby for more info, game schedule, and required athletic forms. Go Wolves!

Friday, January 24, 2020

"I have a dream of feeling like a part of the Walker Family" Ohana Day

Wear Hawaiian clothing, or Walker spirit gear PLUS Skoops Italian Ice will be sold at lunch for $3. Tropical and chocolate flavors will be available.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

"I have a dream of living in a peaceful world"

wear love, peace, or kindness spirit shirts, tie-dye, peace signs, hippie or hearts.

"I have a Dream" Spirit Week
January 20-24, 2020


Monday - MLK Jr Day -No school

Tuesday - "I have a dream of going to college" - wear your favorite college gear

Wednesday - "I have a dream of growing up to be ..." - wear your career gear.

Thursday - "I have a dream of living in a peaceful world" - wear love, peace, or kindness spirit shirts, tie-dye, peace signs, hippie or hearts shirts.

Friday - "I have a dream of feeling like a part of the Walker Family" - Ohana Day - wear Hawaiian clothing, or Walker Spirit gear PLUS Skoops Italian Ice will be sold at lunch for $3. Tropical and chocolate flavors will be available.

Early release Mondays are Baaack!

Every Monday, (unless a non-student day) through the end of the school year will be a shortened school day with a dismissal time of 2:25 PM.

 

PTSA Jeans Day

January 10, 2020

Jeans Day (or dark athletic bottoms) is Friday, January 10, 2020!

To participate in Jeans Day (or to wear dark athletic bottoms) students pay $1.00 to wear jeans or athletic shorts on select days to help support your PTSA!
PTSA representatives will be in the cafeteria collecting money before school and giving wristbands to show you’ve paid.
Only SDHC dress code approved bottoms should be worn. No sweatpants or yoga pants. Uniform shirt or spirit shirt required.

This is an easy way to support Walker Middle Magnet! ALL PROCEEDS STAY and SUPPORT Walker Middle Magnet School!

Happy New Year!

January 1, 2020

Hello, 2020!

We wish you a Happy New Year!

Walker Middle Magnet PTSA

10 Week Session -

Starting January 14, 2020Tuesdays 3:30-5:00 pm

Mrs. Johnson's Room 116

$50.00

This semester, the focus will be on the Exploration of a variety of 2D and 3D art projects.  All supplies and snacks will be provided.

Sign Up Here - http://bit.ly/WMMPTSAStore

6th Grade Jeans Day 12/20/2019

December 20, 2019

Congratulations 6th Grade!

6th grade donated the most food for the Thanksgiving food drive!

You have a special Jeans Day, 12/20/19!

Only SDHC dress code approved bottoms should be worn. No sweatpants, ripped or torn jeans, or yoga pants. Uniform shirt or spirit shirt required.

PAWS/Student Council students will be selling Cups of Kindness: hot chocolate during lunch on Friday, December 13.
The cost is $1! When students purchase a hot chocolate for $1, they will pick a kindness note/sticker for the cup for the student in line behind them!   
All proceeds will go to Sandy Hook Promise and SAVE (Students Against Violence Everywhere)

Jeans Day 12/12/19!

December 12, 2019

Jeans Day (or dark athletic bottoms) is THURSDAY, December 12th!

To participate in Jeans Day (or to wear dark athletic bottoms)

  • Pay $1.00 to wear jeans or athletic shorts on select days to help support your PTSA
  • PTSA representatives will be in the cafeteria collecting money and giving out wristbands to show you’ve paid on those mornings.
  • Only SDHC dress code approved bottoms should be worn. No sweatpants or yoga pants. Uniform shirt or spirit shirt required.

Tutor Positions Available

December 9, 2019

From Elicia McGuinness - Our tutors are moving on at the end of January. We have 2 tutor positions come January. If you know of any college kids that would like a part-time position please give them my information. The hours are Tuesday, Thursday, and optional Friday. Up to 20 hours a week. 10.00 per hour. Feel free to share on social media. Thanks for helping :) Ms. McGuinness mailto:e[email protected] 813-631-4726

Walker Middle Magnet PTSA Helping Hands

Walker Middle Magnet PTSA has several students and their families who need assistance this holiday season. Please consider selecting an item or two to purchase for these families. Sign up here: 

http://bit.ly/HelpingHands1920

All items must be delivered to the school by Wednesday, DECEMBER 11th

Do not wrap the gift(s) but please indicate which family it is for when you bring it in.

Please give the items to Ms. Paula in the office.

Questions?  Email: [email protected]

THANK YOU!

Jake's Jeans Day 11/22/2019

November 22, 2019

Friday, November 22, 2019, is a very special Jeans Day.

It is Jake's Jeans Day!

$1 to wear Jeans or Athletic Shorts

ALL PROCEEDS donated that day will go to Jake Mulvihill, a Martinez Middle School student, who has been fighting brain cancer for the last several months. As you can imagine, this has created a financial hardship for the Mulvihill family, who also has a daughter, Lexie, at Steinbrenner.


Volunteers will be in the cafeteria collecting money and giving out wristbands to show you’ve paid on those mornings.
Only SDHC dress code approved bottoms should be worn. No sweatpants, ripped or torn jeans, or yoga pants. Uniform shirt or spirit shirt required.

 

Send Jake an Uplifting Message:
If you would like to make a video message for Jake, please go to https://flipgrid.com/4f1325d1 and use the password #JakeStrong.  Messages of hope and support are encouraged!

See how Lexie and Jake support one another through their love of swimming: https://www.wfla.com/sports/olympics/lutz-teen-qualifies-for-olympic-swimming-trials-with-support-of-brother-battling-brain-cancer/

#JakeStrong

TODAY is the LAST day to donate!
ALL items are going to Walker families in need. 

Current totals:
6th Grade with 407 donated food items
7th Grade with 217 donated food items
8th Grade with 71 donated items.

One parent mentioned "My family goes out to eat once a week. This week, instead of going out, I will spend the money on food items to donate."

For donation ideas visit: https://www.walkerptsa.com/2019/11/food-drive

Help make this a special Thanksgiving for a family in our community. 

Your donation means more than you will ever know. 

Thank you!

Walker 2nd Quarter Conference Night is right around the corner: Teachers will be at school early & working late! We need a few menu items donated and some help with set-up and clean-up.

Sign Up here: http://bit.ly/2ndQtrConfDonations1920

All food & donated items please have to Walker by the end of the day on Wednesday, November 20th.

We also seek volunteers to help set up and clean up on Thursday, November 21st!

PAWS/Student Council Thanksgiving Food Drive

November 18-22, 2019

Please donate non-perishable food items to our Thanksgiving Food Drive. Bins will be located in the cafeteria. Donations support Walker families in need as well as community members in need. Thank you for your support of families in need!

The grade with the most donations wins a Jeans Day on 12/20/2019!


Volunteers needed Thursday and Friday, 11/21 and 11/22 8:30-10:30 AM

Volunteer opportunity: http://bit.ly/NovFoodDriveVolunteers19

   Donation Suggestions (No glass or outdated items, please)

    • Oatmeal
    • Pasta (especially whole grain)
    • Diced tomatoes
    • Boxed Dessert Mixes
    • Boxed Macaroni and Cheese
    • Boxed and Bagged Rice (especially whole grain)
    • Tomato sauce
    • Canned vegetables
    • Cooking oils (such as olive oil or canola oil)
    • Canned tuna or salmon
    • Canned chicken or other meats
    • Bagged or Canned beans
    • Cereal
    • Canned soups and stews
    • Peanut butter
    • Nuts
    • Canned Fruit
    • Canned Cranberry Sauce
    • Boxed or Bagged Stuffing
    • Canned or Boxed Potatoes
    • Canned Gravy
    • Trail mix
    • Granola bars

See Photos of Reflections 2019

November 14, 2019

Reflections 2019 is over, and the talent at Walker Middle Magnet School is outstanding!  There were 189 entries. Over 125 people came out to the showcase on Tuesday, November 12th, 2019.  Images of the showcase are here:  http://bit.ly/Reflectionsphotos19

National PTA’s Reflections program has helped students explore their own thoughts, feelings, and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful in school and in life.

Each year, over 300,000 students in Pre-K through Grade 12 create original works of art in response to a student-selected theme.

The theme for the 2019-2020 program year is Look Within. Students submit their completed works of art in one or all of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts.

2019 Reflection Walker Middle Magnet PTSA Winners

Photography
1. Vivian Pham
2. Ava Sanders
3. Zoe Mello
HM Ella Chumbler 
Award of Merit - Gretchen Knight
Visual Arts
1. Anavut Synakorn
2. Megan Lankford
3. Preya Jariwala
HM Gabriela Armador
HM Michael Nguyen
Award of Merit - Mariah Perez
Film Production
1. Taylor Utecht
2. Aiden Lall
3. Almina Yamanaka
HM Noah Hart
Award of Merit - Jacob Richards
Dance Choreography
1. Emily Nelson
2. Brooklyn Barber
3. Ella Beck
HM Sisira Yerrajennu
Literature
1. Paula Adjiri
2. Amarian Stephens
3. Sahara Greco
HM Genelle Rodriguez
Music Composition
1. Julia King
2. Diana Salas
3. Isabella Ruiz-Otalvaro
Special Artists
1. Asrelia Cable
2. Patricia Parrish
3. Isaiah Rivera
HM William Botes
Award of Merit -  Diego Dimarcello
WMM Donations Needed - Schoolwide

Schoolwide donations request- 

Please consider donating any items that you might have or if you know of any friends/family members that are looking to get rid of the below items!

Please drop off to the front office attention PTSA or Mrs. Edl

Here is the link to the donation list:  http://bit.ly/WMMDonations

Thank you!

Jeans Day, Friday November 1

November 1, 2019

FRIDAY, November 1st is Jeans Day (or Athletic shorts Day) AND Spirit Shirt Friday!

To participate in Jeans Day(or Athletic shorts Day)

- Pay $1.00 to wear jeans or athletic shorts on select days to help support your PTSA

- PTSA representatives will be in the cafeteria collecting money and giving out wristbands to show you’ve paid on those mornings -Only SDHC dress code approved bottoms should be worn. No sweatpants or yoga pants. Uniform shirt or spirit shirt required.

Spirit Shirt Friday - Wear a Walker Spirit Shirt with uniform bottoms every Friday!

Show your Wolf Pack Pride!

Thank you to our business partners, TLC Pediatric Dentistry and OrthodonticsMathnasium of Carrollwood, and Durrett Orthodontics for participating in our Health Fair on Wednesday. Your generosity is appreciated!
Thank you to the parent volunteers who came out to help with our Red Ribbon Week Health Fair. Thank you to Skoops Italian Ice for coming out on Friday to celebrate Red Ribbon Week.

Art Club canceled 10/29/2019 because of 5th Grade Night.

This class is rescheduled for 12/3/2019 and will be the last class of the semester.


New Spirit Wear!

October 25, 2019

New items in the Spirit store! Dri-Fit short and long sleeve shirts! Get them HERE

Day FIVE! 

AM: Pay $1.00 to wear jeans or athletic shorts!  All donations go to Mental health & Addiction Services, The Centers in Marion and Citrus County, FL https://www.thecenters.us/

PTSA representatives will be in the cafeteria collecting donations and giving out wristbands to show you’ve paid that morning. Only SDHC dress code approved bottoms should be worn. No sweatpants, ripped or torn jeans, or yoga pants. Uniform shirt or spirit shirt required.

LUNCHTIME:  

Skoops Natural Italian Ice will be offered during lunch. $3.00 for two scoops of one flavor. 

AND

Paper Instagram Reflections posts during lunch:

SEND A MESSAGE-STAY DRUG-FREE!

WMMS Red Ribbon Week - October 21st-25th 2019

SAY NO TO DRUGS - SAY YES TO A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE!

Day FOUR! Wear a Red shirt today.

LUNCHTIME:  Walk laps /Open play during lunches at the Park. Free Snow cones at lunch. 

WMMS Red Ribbon Week - October 21st-25th 2019

SAY NO TO DRUGS

SAY YES TO A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE!

Day THREE!- Health Fair on the patio during lunches.

WMMS Red Ribbon Week - October 21st-25th 2019

SAY NO TO DRUGS

SAY YES TO A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE!

Day TWO! Tuesday, October 22nd

Guest speaker during each lunch period.

Red Ribbon Week

October 21st-25th 2019

SAY NO TO DRUGS

SAY YES TO A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE!

Walker Middle Magnet will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week October 21st-October 25th -

Say No to Drugs Say Yes to a Healthy Lifestyle!

Day ONE! Monday, October 21st

Kick-off Red Ribbon Week by wearing crazy/fun socks.

AND

Sign drug-free pledge banner at lunch.

Volunteer Opportunities 

Red Ribbon Week Decorations: http://bit.ly/RedRibbon2019

We will be decorating the school for Red Ribbon Week
Monday 10/21/19
7:15 AM Decorating should take about an hour.

Red Ribbon Week Health Fair shifts: http://bit.ly/RRHealthFair

We are looking for volunteers to help during our Red Ribbon Week Health Fair. Volunteers will help set up, help with what is needed during the health fair, or clean up. You can sign up for one or all shifts!

Red Ribbon Week 10/24/2019 http://bit.ly/RedRibbonSnowCones
Volunteers are needed to help set up, pass out snow cones and water, or clean up afterward! You can sign up for one or all shifts!

Pink Out Day! 10/17/2019

October 11, 2019

Thursday, October 17th is PINK OUT DAY!

Pay $1 to Wear PINK! All donations go to Breast Cancer Research Foundation - BCRF.org

PTSA representatives will be in the cafeteria collecting money that morning and giving out wristbands to show you’ve paid to wear PINKThink Pink shoes, Pink socks, Pink shirt, Pink shorts, Pink Pants...Wear PINK!
Only SDHC dress code approved clothing is allowed.  No sweatpants, ripped or torn jeans, or yoga pants.

No body paint and no hair color.

What it Means to be an Advocate for your Child

Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS) Parent Services

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST

Citrus Park Elementary

7700 Gunn Highway-Tampa, FL 33625

Description

Did you know that family involvement contributes to improved student outcomes at school? Join us as we discuss the importance of being an advocate for your child, share school insight and how your voice can improve student achievement and school success.

Registration and resource tables open 30 minutes prior to the program.

Questions: Email: [email protected] or call (813) 837-7732

For information on additional Parent Information Sessions visit http://fdlrs.mysdhc.org/Parent_Services/Workshops.

OPEN TO ALL FAMILIES IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY


Red Ribbon Week 2019

October 7, 2019

Walker Middle Magnet will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week October 21st-October 25th, 2019 

Say No to Drugs Say Yes to a Healthy Lifestyle

Send a Message - Stay drug-Free

Please see our schedule of events:

Monday, October 21, 2019  Sign drug-free pledge banner at lunch. Kick-off Red Ribbon Week by wearing crazy/fun socks!

Tuesday, October 22, 2019  Guest speaker during each lunch period.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019  Health Fair on the patio during lunches.

Thursday, October 24, 2019  Walk laps /Open play during lunches at the Park. Free Snow cones at lunch. Wear a red shirt today.

Friday, October 25, 2019  
Morning: Donate a $1 to wear jeans or athletic shorts - all money raised will go to
Mental health & Addiction Services | The Centers in Marion and Citrus County FL
Lunch:  Paper Instagram Reflections posts during lunch: SEND A MESSAGE-STAY DRUG-FREE!
AND
Skoops Natural Italian Ice will be offered during lunch. $3.00 for two scoops of one flavor. 
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES for Red Ribbon Week:

Give Your Teacher a SMILE!

October 4, 2019

Teachers will SMILE with your help!  Fulfill their Amazon wish lists! Check the links below! Teachers will be added as they send in their lists!

Mr. Arnold (7th Grade Social Studies)

http://bit.ly/ArnoldAmazonList

Mrs. Rubin (6th Grade ELA/ESE Drama)

http://bit.ly/RubinAmazonList

Catherine Desharnais (6th Grade Intro to World Languages, 7th Grade Beginning French)

http://bit.ly/DesharnaisAmazonList

Mrs. Desharnias is also looking for a donation of a used Wii U 8GB or 32GB for her Club Day students!

Student Council Elections

October 4, 2019

Yesterday during each lunch period, Student Council elections were held. Each grade had candidates running for the offices of President, Vice President, and Secretary. Each candidate was allowed to have a 45 second or less presentation that could be a speech, powerpoint or video, (whatever they were comfortable with) to share with all students in the cafeteria. At the end of the presentations,  the students cast their votes via a link through their Microsoft Office accounts. Today during lunch, the results will be announced!  

Congratulations to all candidates who chose to run for office. It is not easy to get in front of the ENTIRE grade and make a presentation!  It takes courage to do so!

Tomorrow is Jeans Day (or Athletic shorts Day) AND Spirit Shirt Friday!

To participate in Jeans Day(or Athletic shorts Day)

- Pay $1.00 to wear jeans or athletic shorts on select days to help support your PTSA
- PTSA representatives will be in the cafeteria collecting money and giving out wristbands to show you’ve paid on those mornings    -Only SDHC dress code approved bottoms should be worn. No sweatpants or yoga pants. Uniform shirt or spirit shirt required.

Spirit Shirt Friday - Wear a Walker Spirit Shirt with uniform bottoms every Friday!

Show your Wolf Pack Pride!

 

PTSA is proud and excited to announce we have a NEW website! It is the place to go for all the Howler News! Check it out and bookmark the page for easy reference!
walkerptsa.com
First conference night dinner, and the teachers were very happy! Thank you to all who donated fruit, desserts and drinks to the dinner.

Start with Hello

September 21, 2019

Start with Hello is a program to help students, teachers, parents and community leaders feel more connected. Start with Hello is based on 3 simple steps:
1. see someone alone
2. reach out and help
3. start with hello.
This event is planned to help reduce social isolation at school and increase connectivity among, students, faculty and staff.
For more info: http://bit.ly/StartwithHelloWalker

Join a PTSA After School Club!

There is still time to sign up!!!



Sign up here: http://bit.ly/PTSAPrograms

PTSA ART CLUB - $50 - includes all supplies and snacks will be provided
Students will have the opportunity to experience a broad range of art mediums. We will explore painting, drawing, clay and more. Class Time and Dates - Tuesdays 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm with Mrs.Johnson
9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, and 11/19
**Art Club is a PTSA after school enrichment program. If you have not already done so, please sign up your child for a Walker PTSA student membership HERE: http://bit.ly/StudentPTSA
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PTSA STEM Club - $20 - includes t-shirt, supplies, & contest entry
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. STEM is designed for students who want to enrichment in the areas of STEM.
*All members will be required to compete in The Water Tower Competition (11/2/19) or the district STEM Fair (1/27/20)
Class Time and Dates - Tuesdays 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm with Ms. Klauka & Mr. Mackenzie
2019 - 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 12/4,
2020 - 1/8, 1/15, and 1/22
**STEM Club is a PTSA after school enrichment program. If you have not already done so, please sign up your child for a Walker PTSA student membership HERE: http://bit.ly/StudentPTSA
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PTSA Lettering & Planner Club - $22
Learn the art of brush lettering, doodling, and having fun with your planner!
Class Time and Dates - Tuesdays 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm with Mrs. Dale & Mrs. Shelton Room 101
9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, and 12/3
**Lettering & Planner Club is a PTSA after school enrichment program. If you have not already done so, please sign up your child for a Walker PTSA student membership HERE: http://bit.ly/StudentPTSA
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PTSA Performing Arts Club - $250 - includes a t-shirt, two tickets to one of the performances, student production and show licensing fees, equipment rental and prop/set costs.
Come take part in our school play! The Walker Middle Magnet PTSA Performing Arts Club is offering an after-school Musical Theatre program this year, where students will work on all aspects of a full-length production.
Class Times and Dates: Mondays & Thursdays 3:30 - 4:30 pm
September 26-April 2020
* 4:30- 5:30 pm - Solo work will be scheduled once the cast list is determined.
** Monday starting January will reflect early release times an hour earlier.
Please note: Additional rehearsals may be requested as we near the performance dates. Additional t-shirts are available for purchase for family and friends for $15.00 by clicking the spirit wear button on the home page!
***Performing Arts Club is a PTSA after school enrichment program. If you have not already done so, please sign up your child for a Walker PTSA student membership HERE: http://bit.ly/StudentPTSA
PAWS/SAC, FBLA, and Los Lobos Unidos would like to send a big Thank You to all of the Walker families who generously contributed to our Hurricane Dorian Relief Drive. Sol Relief could no longer accept donations. Our local Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office accepted our donations and will be sending them to the Bahamas.
100% of your tax-deductible donation will be used to support students, faculty, and PTSA programs! Your donation stays at Walker Middle Magnet and is used to enrich your students' school and school experience! Below are a few examples that have been provided by the donations to the PTSA. Every dollar counts!
From donations, PTSA was able to enhance student's learning by purchasing tables to promote outside learning. Science tables, various tech-related items to aide in the learning process such as Elmos and calculators for students.
Not only that, PTSA provided various after school clubs which foster enrichment in our youth:
Performing Arts Club, Art Club, Stem Club, Robotics Club, Run Club, and PAWS, which promotes Student Advocacy. We also have a very active PTSA Dad's Club, which includes any father figures: uncles, brothers, etc. Documentation supports that positive father engagement is associated with lower levels of impulsivity, higher ratings of self-control, and better stress tolerance in kids.
Click here to donate today:

 

Please join us September 25th, 2019 for
DADS Take Your Child to School Day
and
Donuts with Dad!

Fathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers, foster fathers and other male role models are invited to take part in the celebration of Dads Take Your Child to School Day.

7:30 AM-8:30 AM in the Media Center

Please RSVP if you and your student will be joining us for donuts, coffee, and juice!

RSVP here: http://bit.ly/DADSTakeYourChildToSchool

#DidYouKnow? Research suggests when fathers are actively involved, students perform better academically, have fewer discipline problems and become more responsible adults. @EducationFL #FLedu #FLDadsAtSchool

Reflections Art Program

September 5, 2019

National PTA’s Reflections program has helped students explore their own thoughts, feelings, and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful in school and in life.

Each year, over 300,000 students in Pre-K through Grade 12 create original works of art in response to a student-selected theme.

The theme for the 2019-2020 program year is Look Within. Students submit their completed works of art in one or all of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts. 

For more information:  http://bit.ly/WalkerReflections2019