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FOCC Backpack Program

The Family Outreach Community Center (FOCC) in Stronghurst will once again be offering weekend food assistance.  Through their backpack program, they will send home a bag of food to supplement your groceries for the weekend.  . . . read more

Back to School Night 2023-2024

Our annual Back to School Nights will be held on Tuesday, August 15th. The Elementary and High School events will be from 5:30 – 6:30 pm. The Middle School event will be from 6:00 – 7:30 pm (part of that time is for Club . . . read more

Spring Music Concerts 2022-2023

Join us for West Central CUSD #235's Spring concerts!  Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd Grade = Monday, April 17th @ 6:30 PM 3rd, 4th, 5th Grade = Tuesday, April 18th @ 6:30 PM Middle School, High School = . . . read more

Winter Music Concerts 2022

December 1, 2022

Join us for West Central CUSD #235's winter concerts!  Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd Grade = Tuesday, December 6th @ 6:30 PM 3rd, 4th, 5th Grade = Wednesday, December 7th @ 6:30 PM Middle School, High School = . . . read more

Cold & Flu Season

Cold and flu season has arrived! We are seeing an increase in illnesses such as: strep throat, influenza, and RSV. Below is West Central’s policy regarding exclusion periods for sick students as well as some preventative tips. . . . read more

WCMS Fall Decorating and Assembly

September 26, 2022

West Central Middle School participated in a Stronghurst Fall Hay Bale Decorating Contest.  Each homeroom was in charge of decorating a hay bale for the contest.  Votes were made by placing non-perishable food items in boxes . . . read more

Veterans Day Program 2021 Picture Gallery

Thank you to all who participated and especially thank you to all of our Veterans!   Photos provided by Amanda Wood. read more

Veterans Day 2021

The West Central Middle School Veterans Day program will be Wednesday, November 10 at 9:30 a.m.  Due to an increase in Covid-19 cases at the middle school this past week, attendance at this year's Veterans Day program will be open . . . read more

Captain Lox Trains Her Crew

  Arr mateys!! Captain Lox is at it again! She is ready to set sail on the vast sea of knowledge but, before this can happen, she has to make sure her smarty crew has what it takes! How does she make sure her crew is full of the . . . read more

WCMS Student Council - May Day

On Friday, April 30  the West Central Middle School Student Council went out into the Stronghurst community and delivered May Day door hangers. The students made the hangers by themselves and have been working on them the past several . . . read more

WCMS Second Quarter Honor Roll 2020-2021

Congratulations on all your hard work! read more

WCMS Art Room

By Ryba, Christina

WCMS Art Classes have been pretty busy.  Please click on the links to see some of their work. Snowman Gallery Notan Art Wall read more

Welcome Back WC Middle School

Welcome to 2021 second semester. Please watch the video for some information about second semester. Have a great semester! read more

Veterans Day 2020

November 11, 2020

Note: Please be patient with the loading of the video. After Mr. Peter's introduction, the video will pause briefly; however, it should continue without the need to click on anything. Thank you for your patience. Unfortunately, due . . . read more

2020-2021 WCMS Staff Introductions

Welcome Back To School!!  #WCHeatPride   read more

WCMS Jumpstart 2020

Welcome to West Central Middle School!  Class of 2027! WCMS Jumpstart 2020 read more

2019-2020 WCMS Virtual Academic Awards

West Central Middle School students are recognized for their academic achievement during the 2019-2020 school year. #WCHeatPride https://youtu.be/saTqbSjoxZk read more

WCMS Virtual Run/Walk

April 1, 2020

WCMS staff and students took part in a virtual run/walk on March 30th, 2020. Participants walked/ran at least 1 mile. Check out their adventures! Wakelet - Virtual Run/Walk read more

IL Beef Expo Skillathon

On February 22, 2020, the Illinois Beef Expo held a Beef Skillathon contest and Dayne  won 1st place in the competition.  Dayne had to Identify Beef Cattle Parts, Animal Feedstuffs, Cattle Livestock Equipment, and Beef Cattle . . . read more

WCMS Glow Run 2019 a Great Success!

By Olson, Amy

On November 5th, the streets of Stronghurst had a little extra glow to them. West Central Middle School hosted their 5th Annual Glow Run. With a record setting attendance, people of all ages took on the 2 mile course. New . . . read more

WCMS Veterans Day Program 2019

WCMS honored our local Veterans with the annual Veterans Day Program on Friday, November 8, 2019. Thank you to  Mr. Joseph Bratcher   for being our guest speaker and thank you for your service. The . . . read more

Off to Hogwarts!

By Rankin, Tammy | September 6, 2019

Dumbledore's Academy welcomes many new students this term. Here they can be seen heading for the Hogwarts Express  on Thursday September 5! read more

6th, 7th, and 8th Grade BACK TO SCHOOL / LOCKER NIGHT

  Thursday,  August 15, 2019   5:00-7:00 p.m.   Meet your teachers. Bring your supplies and organize your lockers. Pick up your school provided padlock . . . read more

WCMS Awards Afternoon - 2019

Photos provided by: Amanda Liggett

WCMS Awards Program was held during the afternoon of May 23, 2019.  Students were honored for their accomplishments throughout the past school year.The American Legion Good Citizenship Awards were presented by Mr. Jim Blender . . . read more

6th Grade Orientation 2019

May 13, 2019 6-7:30 PM West Central Middle School Stronghurst, IL   read more

WCMS Science Fair 2019

By Rankin, Tammy

  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 . . . read more

WCMS Presents “Curse of the Werewolf”

Lisa Lox

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. . . . read more

Quidditch Match

Photos provided by: Amanda Liggett

 The Monmouth College HP Class took on the WCMS HP Club on Wednesday, April 17, 2019.  Looks like it was a great match! read more

Holocaust Survivor Speaks to 8th Graders

By Ensminger, Natalie | March 29, 2019

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 . . . read more

WCMS Reads

March 29, 2019

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 . . . read more

Circa 21 2019

Thank you Two Rivers Arts Council

Lisa Lox

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 . . . read more

Dancing on Skates!

Amy Olson | March 19, 2019

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 . . . read more

Good Works!

By Rankin, Tammy | March 8, 2019

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. . . . read more

Tulip the Tree Frog Blog

By Rankin, Tammy

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 . . . read more

Mystery Frog Identified

By Rankin, Tammy

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 . . . read more

Hitch-Hiking Frog from Holland Finds Safe Harbor at Middle School

By Rankin, Tammy

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 . . . read more

Patriot's Pen Winners

By Ensminger, Natalie

  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 . . . read more

Veterans Celebrated at WCMS

Elaina Fisher | November 13, 2018

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 . . . read more

Veterans Day Program

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 . . . read more

Good News Assembly Time Honors WCMS State Track Team

May 16, 2018

The WCMS State Track Team members were recognized during the Good News Assembly on Monday, May 14, 2018.   read more

West Central Middle School Science Fair gets ‘Hand-led”

By Rankin, Tammy | May 9, 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. . . . read more

A Tree for Jace

 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 . . . read more

We Survived the PARCC Kickball Tournament!

April 21, 2018

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 . . . read more

Planes, Planes, and More Planes

April 20, 2018

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 . . . read more

“Who Poisoned His Meatball”

WCMS Play 2018

April 12, 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 . . . read more

WCHS FFA Officers Visit WCMS

March 16, 2018

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 . . . read more

Fitness Monopoly

By Olson, Amy | January 31, 2018

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 . . . read more

WCMS Door Decorating Contest

Julia Burns | December 7, 2017

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 . . . read more

Collaboration in Science Class


Students in Mr. Helt's Science Class at WCMS recently took advantage of the new equipment in the room to collaborate on a project. read more

WMOI and WRAM School Spotlight - November

by Jackson Kane WMOI/WRAM

November 3, 2017

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 . . . read more

WCMS Red Ribbon Week Activities

By Ensminger, Natalie | November 1, 2017

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 . . . read more

Third Annual West Central Middle School Glow Run

 Thursday, November 2, 2017

      WCMS Glow Run is a noncompetitive fun run/walk around Stronghurst. All money raised at this event will be used for our PBIS (positive behavior/reward) program. . . . read more

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