The Wildcat Way - January 29, 2021

Principal's Message

Dear Whitman Community,


National School Counseling week is February 1-5 with a theme of “School Counselors:  All In for All Students”.  The purpose is to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors to school communities.  It is meant to highlight the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.  Join me in recognizing Mrs. Hooper, Ms. Roberts, Ms. Deck, and Mr. Fisher, Whitman’s amazing counselors!!


On February 2, the FCPS School Board will hold a work session to (hopefully) finalize our Return to School Plan.  Tune in if you want to hear the discussion.  Once the plan is approved, I will be holding a Town Hall meeting to answer any questions parents or students may have about returning to in-person learning. 


Thank you for all you are doing and have a great weekend!  Looks like it will be a frigid one with the possibility of snow!



Dr. Craig Herring







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  • New Club Alert!! – The Meme Club will meet on Fridays from (3:00pm-3:45pm).
  • Whitman Spelling Bee is coming soon! Students can sign up for the practices sessions that begin next Friday February 5 (2:30pm-3:15pm)
  • Information for all clubs can be found on the Whitman After-School site. Students can access this site by logging into their student email.


How to Sign up for Clubs

Interested in having your student participate in the After-School Program? Here are a few things you can help your student with to help them getting them signed up for clubs.

  • Have them Join the Wildcats After-School Google Classroom - Code: pbdi5n3
  • Parents complete the After-School Registration Form (must be completed to participate)
  • Students should visit the Wildcats After-School Site for the complete schedule/information
    • Students will need to login with their FCPS Gmail to access
    • Wildcats After-School site - Schedule / List of Clubs / Club Enrollment Form / Google Classroom for Clubs


After-School Academic Support

  • Students can stay after Virtually with a teacher Tuesday-Thursday (2:20pm-3:20pm)
  • Students will need to schedule an appointment with the teacher(s) they would like to stay after with for academic support, so that they teacher can invite them to their virtual office.
  • Student can access the Academic Support Schedule by visiting the Wildcats After-School Site and clicking the tab for Academic Support.

To view the daily club calendar, click here Daily Schedule (3rd Quarter)


Questions regarding the After-School Program email Chris Tippins,

After-School Specialist




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Join us Wednesday, February 17, 2021 from 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. for Whitman Middle School’s Family Market! Whitman is partnering with the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB) to offer these monthly distributions of nutritious groceries to members of our community, free of charge.


When: February 17, 2021 at 2:30 p.m.

Where: This year, Family Markets will be held outside, with drive-up pickup outside of Door 2 on the side of the building. Please drive in on the field-side of the building and drive around the back of the building until you reach Door 2.

What: The CAFB will be providing pre-packed boxes/bags of dry goods and produce. One box of each per household, please.

Help us keep Family Markets safe! Please note that masks are required for market participation, and we ask all participants to maintain social distancing by keeping 6 feet or further away from others.




“Le invitamos el miércoles 17 de febrero de 2:30 a 4:00 para el Mercado Familiar de la escuela Whitman! Whitman está colaborando con Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB) para ofrecer estas distribuciones mensuales de alimentos nutritivos a los miembros de nuestra comunidad gratuitamente.


Cuándo: 17 de febrero, 2:30 a 4:00

Dónde: El Mercado Familiar se llevarán a cabo afuera en la acera de Whitman. Puede recogerlo directamente de su vehículo por la Puerta 2 al costado del edificio. Entre por el lado del campo y rodee la parte trasera del edificio hasta llegar a la Puerta 2.

Qué: La CAFB proporcionará cajas/bolsas empaquetadas de productos secos y productos agrícolas. Una caja por hogar por favor.


¡Ayúdenos a mantener seguros los mercados familiares! Tenga en cuenta que se requieren máscaras para la participación en el mercado, y les pedimos a todos los participantes que mantengan el distanciamiento social manteniéndose 6 pies o más lejos de los demás.”






Parent Digital Consent

Dear  Parents, We Need Your Consent!

We need your consent for some important digital resources your child may access for classwork on their laptop. Please fill out a short consent form; we appreciate your help.

Here is the link to our  Digital Resources at Walt Whitman MS and direct link  to the consent form.