Wildcat Way - April 26, 2021

Message from the Principal 

Dear Whitman Community,


As we look toward May, I wanted to point out a few important happenings at Whitman MS.  The week of May 3 – 7, 2021 is Teacher Appreciation Week.  Our wonderful teachers have worked very hard over the past year as we went virtual and then returned to concurrent instruction. When we ask teachers how we can show our appreciation, they often say personalized notes are the best.  Consider writing a note to your student’s teachers or seeing if your student would be willing.  I know this would make their day!


Secondly, during the month of May, we will be having SOL testing.  The major in-person testing days are Mondays (for virtual students) and Wednesdays (for in-person students).  Please try to avoid scheduling doctor’s appointments or other obligations that may keep your student from participating.

Thank you for all you do to support our students!


Dr. Craig Herring


VIP Camp

FCPS in partnership with Neighborhood and Community Services will be hosting VIP Camp (Values in Prevention) at Sandburg Middle School. The camp will be June 28-July29 from 9:00AM-3:00PM. The camp will consist of Sports, STEAM, Coding, Cooking and much more!

There is a $50 VIP Registration Fee that will be collected from camp participants. Students who submit the VIP Camp Registration Form will be notified if they have been accepted into camp. Accepted participants will receive a confirmation letter/email along with further camp instructions. Payment will be due after receiving confirmation of acceptance and no later than Friday, June 4th.

Transportation and lunch will be provided, and sites will be open at 8AM for parent drop off as well.

Please contact your base schools After-School Specialist for more information.





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Eating Disorders

The Code of Virginia, 22.1-273.2 requires Virginia Public Schools to provide, on an annual basis, parent educational information regarding eating disorders for pupils in grades five through twelve. According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA 2020):

Eating disorders are serious but treatable mental and physical illnesses that can affect people of all genders, ages, races, religions, ethnicities, sexual orientations, body shapes, and weights. While no one knows for sure what causes eating disorders, a growing consensus suggests that it is a range of biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors. Eating disorders are not fads or phases, and can have serious consequences for health, productivity, and relationships.

Eating disorders can develop or re-emerge at any age. Eating disorder specialists are reporting an increase in the diagnosis of children, some as young as five or six. Many eating disorder sufferers report that their thoughts and behaviors started much earlier than anyone realized, sometimes even in early childhood. Although most people report the onset of their eating disorder in their teens and young adulthood, there is some evidence that people are being diagnosed at younger ages.


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