Principal's Message from Mrs. Hinrichs, May 9, 2022

Photo of WGMS principal Angela Hinrichs in front of tiger mural.

Hello all,

Today is May 9th and we begin with a white week and an “A” day.

Wednesday, May 11th is School Nurse Day. Be sure to drop a note of appreciation to our substitute nurse, Ms. Pratt, for being here with us daily!

SOL Make-Ups and Expedited Retakes Schedule

                                 AM                                                      PM

Mon May 9th

Reading 6,7,8,Make-up  

World Geography and Civics Make up

Tues May 10th

Math 6,7,8, Algebra, Geometry

Science 8

Wed May 11th

World Geography Expedited Retake

Civics Expedited Retake

Thurs May 12th

Math 6,7,8, Algebra, Geometry Expedited Retakes

Fri May 13th 

Reading 6,7,8, Expedited Retake

Science 8 Expedited Retake


Each day, student room assignments will be posted in the lobby and first hallway.  Students need school laptops and chargers for testing.

If you have any questions regarding SOL testing, please contact Mr. Shamus Gordon, Site Testing Coordinator, at


Congratulations to the W-GMS Mixed Choir for their 1st place win at the Music in the Parks Festival at Busch Gardens on Friday, May  6th.  Way to go, Tigers, and Ms. Fowler!

FCPS Performing Arts Spring Showcase

Please come out to support our performing arts students as W-G performs with JM.  All performances will be held at 7:00 pm in the JMHS Auditorium

  • Tuesday, May 10th:  JM/WG Combined Chorus Concert- 7 pm- JMHS Auditorium
  • Wednesday, May 11th:  JM/WG Combined Band Concert- 7 pm JMHS Auditorium
  • Thursday, May 12th:  JM/WG Combined Orchestra Concert- 7 pm JMHS Auditorium

Major Clarity

Students in the 7th and 8th grade have met with their school counselors last week and will continue to do so this week to begin their first steps towards developing an Academic Career Plan.  Fredericksburg City schools has purchased the program, Major Clarity, which allows students to explore careers and plan for their future by using their historical, present and future coursework to achieve these career goals.  The program is an excellent way for our students to understand how their academic achievements now can unlock opportunities for them in the years to come.  Parents will be receiving a copy of their child's Academic and Career Plan via email in the days ahead.  Please be on the lookout for the email from Major Clarity.  Should you have any questions about the program, please contact your child's school counselor.

JMHS Cheer Tryouts

 Rising 9th grade students, it is that time of year again!  Cheer tryouts for James Monroe High School are May 16 through March 19 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. at James Monroe High School.  There will be only one tryout session for the school year.  You must have a current physical on file before you can try out.  Forms are available in the front office.  Students must wear plain white top and black shorts each day. If you have any questions, please contact Coach Silver via email or see Mr. Turner.

Teacher Appreciation Week

If you missed Teacher Appreciation Week last week, it’s never too late to show our Tiger Team how much you appreciate them. Drop a teacher an email or a note that says how much you appreciate their commitment to helping our Tigers learn.  

Here is a look at all the fun we had:

Monday:  Breakfast Treats and Drink Cart

Tuesday: Life Savers appreciation candy pack

Wednesday:  Honey Baked Ham lunch boxes provided by Central Office Admin and free mini-sundae coupons provided by Freddy’s

Thursday: Gourmet Popcorn Bags 

Friday:  W-GMS baseball caps

Faculty/ Student Basketball Game - We are excited to announce that our faculty/student basketball game will take place Monday, May 23rd, immediately after dismissal at 12:00.  Students interested in participating should pick up a permission slip as soon as possible and return it to the main office by May 10th.

The white permission slips are for students who only want to watch the game.

The colored permission slips are for students who want to play in the game. 

All students staying to play or watch the game must provide their own transportation.  There will be no activity bus.  All students must be picked up by 2:45 p.m.  Please see Mr. King or Mr. Yeboah-Kankam (“Mr. Yaw”) if you have any questions.

End of Year Grade-Level Awards Ceremonies

Special letters of invitation will be sent to the parents/guardians of students who are receiving grade-level awards.

May 17th-1:00-2:30 pm  6th and 7th periods - 8th Grade End of Year Awards Ceremony

May 24th--9:00-10:15 am-  6th Grade End of Year Awards Ceremony

May 25th- 8:00-9:15- 7th Grade End of Year Awards Ceremony

Pop-Up Shop Vendor Fair-8th Grade Make it Your Business Culminating Project

We invite our FCPS families, Fredericksburg residents and businesses to join our 8th Grade Make it Your Business classes’ culminating project for the 2021-22 school year. Our students have worked hard learning the elements of business and entrepreneurship. Now, they are putting their skills in action by hosting a Pop-Up Shop (vendor fair) to celebrate small businesses and entrepreneurship here in the Fredericksburg area. The event will be held on Sunday, May 22, 2022 from 11am to 3pm, here at Walker-Grant Middle School. Our students are busy making products to sell to earn money for our WGMS Career & Technology Education program. Even some of our 6th graders are helping out with a seedling table (plants, vegetables/fruits and herbs), so you don’t want to miss it!

If you have any questions about the event OR you have a product/service to offer and would like a table at the event, please contact Ms. Sprow at: or 540.372.1145 Ext 2202 by Wednesday, May 4th. As always, we thank you for your support in educating our next generation of local leaders

WGMS Pop-Up Shop Flyer 

8th Grade Glow Dance Celebration

Our 8th grade celebration will be held on May 12th from 3-4:45 pm at W-GMS.  Permission slips have been collected. An afterschool activity bus will be provided.  The celebration will be complete with a DJ, food, and lots of fun.  This free celebration is for W-GMS 8th graders only. We are excited to celebrate their accomplishments!  Please contact SCA Advisor, Mr. Marco Padilla, at for more information.

Wear a neon or white shirt to show your GLOW!

8th Grade Promotion Ceremony

Our 8th Grade "Moving Up" Ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday, May 17th, 4:00-7:00 PM

May 24th will be our rain date.  Please see the attached flyer for details:

8th Grade Moving Up Ceremony Announcement 22.pdf 

Summary of Calendar of End of Year Events and Points of Contact (POC)

May 12th- 3:00-4:45 p.m. 8th Grade Celebration (Glow Dance)- POC- Mr. Padilla (see information above)

May 17th- 6th and 7th periods  (1:00-2:30)- 8th Grade End of Year Awards Ceremony- POC- Mrs.  McWhirt.

May 17th-4:00-7:00 pm- 8th Grade "Moving Up Ceremony"- POC- Mrs. Hinrichs, Ms. Clayton-Fulcher, Mr. Snyder

May 18th-9:00- 10:00 am- Hugh Mercer ES Rising 6th Grade Student Presentation and Tour

                 1:30-2:30 p.m.-Lafayette ES Rising 6th Grade Student Presentation and Tour-

                 POC- Mr. West

May 19th- Spring Chorus Concert Student Assembly- Periods 2, 6, and 7-POC- Ms. Fowler

                   For 6th graders- Period 2

                   For 7th graders- Period 6

                   For 8th graders- Period 7

May 19th- Seniors from James Monroe HS will conduct their Senior Walk through the halls of W-GMS

May 20th- 9:00- 2:00 p.m.  Field Day (all grade-levels)- Students are encouraged to bring refillable water bottles to school for Field Day- POC Mrs. Haynes

May 22nd-11:00 am-3:00 pm Pop-Up Shop Vendor Fair-POC Ms. Sprow

May 23rd- 12:30-3:00 pm Faculty-Student Basketball Game- Must provide your own transportation and return permission slips to watch or to play- POC- Mr. King and Mr. Yeboah-Kankam (see details above)

May 24th--9:00-10:15 am- 6th Grade End of Year Awards Ceremony- POC  Mrs. McWhirt

May 25th- 8:00-9:15- 7th Grade End of Year Awards Ceremony- POC  Mrs. McWhirt

Stay Tigerrific and Have a Great Week!

Mrs. Angela Hinrichs, Ed. S.