Welcome to West Central Middle School home to 151 sixth through eighth grade students. Our amazing staff is ready to live up to our mission of "Providing Opportunities, Expecting Excellence" for every student.
This is an exciting time for WCMS as we build off past successes and continue to strive to make this a school that our staff, students, and communities can be proud of. Our teacher teams meet daily to help provide both the educational and emotional support needed to make each of our students successful. With several 21st Century classrooms and a rich and diverse curriculum, we hope to encourage our students to be prepared for their next step into high school and ultimately to be responsible and productive citizens. We welcome Susan Cangro, our new Response to Intervention Coordinator and Reading Specialist, as another resource for our students.
Education is not reserved for the just the classroom. Our activities and exploratories include the Heat Hut, The Harry Potter Club, Art, Current Events, Genius Hour, A School Play, Music in a Digital World, and strong Band and Chorus programs. On the athletic front, we wll field teams in baseball, basketball, football, track, and volleyball. We also have a returning State Championship Track team led by State Record holder, Kaiden Droste, and an Elite Eight Boys' Basketball team.
Together we can truly reach success for every student. As administrators, teachers, staff, parents, and students, we can collectively work to improve WCMS each and every day. It is truly my honor to work with everyone. Don't hesitate to contact the office with questions or concerns you may have at 309-924-1681.
May 13, 2019 6-7:30 PM West Central Middle School Stronghurst, IL
Seventh graders participated in the Annual Science Fair took on Monday, April 15 at the middle school. Thirty-nine students worked on their projects for many weeks completing them on time for the Fair. This . . .
West Central Middle School will be performing “Curse of the Werewolf” by Tim Kelly (produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, IL) on Thursday, May 2, Friday, May 3, and Saturday, May 4. . . .
The Monmouth College HP Class took on the WCMS HP Club on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. Looks like it was a great match!
West Central 8th graders recently had the privilege of listening to the story of a Holocaust survivor via Skype. Simone Arnold LIebster was born in France in 1930. When she was 11, she refused to give the Hitler salute or sing Nazi . . .
WCMS has a new 8th grade exploratory class that focuses on media in the modern world. Part of the coursework includes reading the newspaper weekly. Long term goals for the course include creating our own media publications that highlight . . .
Thank you Two Rivers Arts Council
Recently, Yvonne Knapp wrote a grant to the Two Rivers Arts Council and the West Central Middle School Drama Club received a check for $950.00 for our support of the arts. Mrs. Miller, Ms Cory, Mrs. Eckley and I decided to use . . .
WCMS students spend a day of their skating unit dancing to different songs. "The Locomotion," "Cha Cha Slide" and "The Chicken Dance" are highlighted here in the pictures. Even Coach Kelley hopped on a pair! Fun . . .
Just when things look dark and winter will never end- a ray of sunshine- This morning the MS staff arrived to find this student shoveling our walks for us- he did the teacher entrances first. No one asked- a total act of good will. . . .
The 7th graders in Mrs. Rankin's class are blogging as Tulip the Tree Frog. They have to type for him because he has such tiny toes. read our first installment here! Tulip the Tree Frog Blog . . .
Tulip the Traveling Tree Frog has been officially identified by Scientists at the Field Museum in Chicago. Eleutherodactylus Planirostris is Tulip's scientific name. He belongs to a group of Cuban and South American tree . . .
The owner of the Cooks and Company Gift and Flower Shop in Galesburg was surprised when she opened a recent shipment of live tulips from Holland and discovered a tiny stow-away: a spotted- 1.5 cm frog was hiding in the . . .
Each year, the Monmouth VFW sponsors the Patriot’s Pen writing contest. The topic this year was “Why I Honor the American Flag.” Two West Central eighth graders were honored for their entries at a . . .
On Friday, September 9, West Central Middle School held our annual Veterans Day program. Our local boy scout troop led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and eighth graders Allie Strack and Bindi Bailey sang the National Anthem. The middle . . .
Please join us for our 13 th Annual Veteran’s Day Program West Central Middle School Gymnasium 9:30 am on Friday, November 9, 2018 Matthew Moeller, Speaker . . .
The WCMS State Track Team members were recognized during the Good News Assembly on Monday, May 14, 2018.
Alicen is the 2018 West Central Middle School Science Fair Champion. Alicen, a Seventh Grade student at West Central Middle School won the competition with her project on preservatives in fast food sandwiches. . . .
On the afternoon of April 23, 2018 a memorial was held at the West Central Middle School in honor of Jace Garner. Jace attended West Central Schools during most of his education. During his seconday education he moved . . .
The WCMS PE Club decided to have a kickball tournament for the PARCC celebration this year. The tournament was held on Friday, April 20. Looks like a good time was had by all and they did survive the PARCC. Thanks PE . . .
At WCMS, a very talented 7th grade student has been providing planes to decorate Coach Kelley's office. As you can see, these are not your average paper airplanes. There is a lot of hard work and design put into . . .
WCMS Play 2018
West Central Middle School will be presenting “Who Poisoned His Meatball” by Craig Sodaro and produced by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service, Inc., Denver Colorado on Thursday, April 26, Friday, April 27 and . . .
The WCHS FFA officers came to the middle school on Wednesday, March 7 and met with the 8th graders. They discussed the program benefits like making new friends, learning new things, competing with other schools, getting to travel to new . . .
Students at the middle school recently played Fitness Monopoly in PE. The gym was set up as a life-size board of the game Monopoly. Students chose their teams and got started. When they landed on a property, they either paid rent or . . .
The students and teachers at the middle school participated in a door decorating contest. The winners were : 1st Place - 7B (Mrs. Rankin's class) - Hogwarts Christmas 2nd Place - 6B (Mrs. Miller's class) - Big Snowman . . .
Students in Mr. Helt's Science Class at WCMS recently took advantage of the new equipment in the room to collaborate on a project.
by Jackson Kane WMOI/WRAM
West Central Middle School is the subject of our School Spotlight for November. Natalie Ensminger has been teaching in the district for 26 years, and she is the recipient of this month’s Teacher Spotlight. Julia Burns, principal at West . . .
Middle school student council representatives have been busy this past week. They organized Red Ribbon activities, including having a “Paws Off Drugs” theme day. Many donations for the local animal shelter were . . .