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    Virtual Open House

    The Whitman Middle School Live Virtual Open House was held on January 19th, 2021 from 6:30-7:30pm.  If families and students missed the Open House, you can find additional information about what was shared below.  We also encourage you to spend some time on our school web page and/or contact our school for specific questions.

    Several of our staff presented on different topics and the presentations are linked below:

    WMS Science Department 
    WMS Social Studies Department 
    WMS Math Department 
    WMS Language Arts Department 
    WMS Visual Arts Department 
    WMS Electives 
    WMS Counseling Center 
    WMS Hot to Get FREE Tutoring 
    WMS Library Reference Guide

    We have several student clubs that are running virtually this year and will continue when we return to in-person learning.  Please see our Whitman MS web page under Student Life to learn more about our latest student clubs.

    Meet our Counseling and Support Team

    Michael Murphy: 6th Graders (last names K thru Z), All 8th Graders & students with 504 Accommodations, Contact Info:  206.252.1211 | mmurphy@seattleschools.org 

    Cheryl Fraley: 6th Graders (last names A thru J) & All 7th Graders
    Contact Info:206-252-1213
    cfraley@seattleschools.org   

    Erika Ellis, Prevention and Intervention Specialist – All grades at WMS
    Contact Info: 206-445-4502
    elellis@seattleschools.org

    Kevin Hernandez, Student and Family Advocate – All grades at WMS
    Contact Info: 206-252-1202
    kjhernandez@seattleschools.org

    Join our Whitman PTSA

    Our Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) is active and strong.  Get connected to our PTSA Newsletter, Facebook pages and other important information by checking out the Whitman PTSA web page.  Volunteers are always needed and appreciated through the PTSA.  In partnership with the PTSA and our Whitman Admin team, there is also an active Whitman Equity Team run by a group of Whitman families.  More information about the Whitman Equity team can be found on our Whitman Racial Equity page.

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

    What does a typical 6th grade class schedule look like?
    A typical 6th grade schedule at Whitman MS includes 6 classes.

    • Math
    • English Language Arts (ELA)
    • History
    • Science
    • PE or other Elective
    • Health

     

    What course electives are available at Whitman Middle School?
    For the 2020-2021 school year, the following electives are currently offered:

    Band, Choir, Art, Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) Course, French 2, Spanish 1.

    Elective course offerings change may change annually based on enrollment, staffing and interest.  World Language courses, which are available for high school credit, are available district wide for students in 7th and 8th grade. French will sunset at the end of the 2021 school year.

    Why are World Language courses only available to 7th and 8th grade students?
    World Language course offerings are available as electives for middle school students and are available each year based on enrollment, interest and staffing.  For the 2020-2021 school year, WMS offers a one-year Spanish 1A & 1B class and a French 2A & 2B class for 7th and 8th grade students to earn high school credit.  Based on current enrollment funding, French 2 will sunset at the end of the 2020-2021 school year.  The SPS World Language department is currently in the process of evaluating how to strengthen the pathway from middle to high school world language programs so that students can begin a language in middle school and continue it in high school at an appropriate, challenging level. For more information about middle school course offerings at SPS, please see the SPS World Language page

    What is the Associate Student Body (ASB)?
    ASB is a formal organization for students run by students. Student officers are elected in January of each year and these officers are asked to represent and be a voice of the student body. They work alongside the ASB Advisors (Mr. B and Mr. Hernandez), Principal Posten, Assistant Principal Cable, school staff and other student leaders. Students in 7th and 8th grade are eligible to run for office and students in 6th grade can be representatives for their 6th grade class. Student officers are responsible for helping to build a positive school culture and climate, creating and planning Tier 1 school wide activities and school events that are focused on equality and are inclusive to all.

    Does Whitman MS offer Social Emotional Learning for students?
    Whitman MS Staff support students’ social-emotional learning through an Advisory class, which meets weekly.  During Advisory class, students participate in activities and lessons that promote community-building, self-reflection, and self-regulation strategies. The curriculum used to teach these lessons and activities are from the district approved Character Strong program.  In addition, our staff implements the district supported social-emotional learning framework that engages students and staff in Welcoming Routines, Engaging Practices, and Optimistic Closures throughout each of their classes. The WMS administration team works with our school’s Instructional Council, staff Racial Equity Team, Building Leadership team and our ASB team to track student data.  These teams collaborate and analyze data trends, use our racial equity tools to make informed decisions, and implement updated and anti-racist practices. This is an ongoing process and more information can be found on our Racial Equity web page.

    What sports are available at Whitman MS?
    Whitman has several sports options for students.  When we return to in-person learning, the following sports are typically offered at Whitman: 

    Fall - Girls Soccer and Co-ed Ultimate Frisbee
    Winter - Boys and Girls Basketball
    Spring: Boys Soccer, Co-ed Track and Girls Volleyball. 

    All 6th graders that try out for a team must have a physical on file https://whitmanms.seattleschools.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=13623&pageId=2258888

    Does each student have the same lunch time at Whitman Middle School?
    In a typical year, there are two lunch periods at Whitman MS.  Students eat in the cafeteria or outside in the courtyard when it is open. During lunch, students also go outside at designated times and in supervised locations.