Welcome to West Carroll Middle School! We're excited to have you as part of our WCMS team! Our students and staff lead the Thunder Way by being respectful, responsible, and ready at all times!
At WCMS, all staff expect success from our young adults. While growing through adolescence, our youth learn to contribute to society through community service learning experiences. In fifth and sixth grade, our students regularly visit a local nursing home to share conversation with the elderly as well as journal their experiences when they return to the classroom. In seventh grade, our students visit Neumiller Farms in Savanna, Illinois and glean potatoes for a day. The students then deliver the potatoes they have collected from the potato farm to the local food pantries. Building-wide, our eighth grade students lead the collection of school supplies for the Children of Haiti each year. By the end of their middle school years, West Carroll students truly understand the meaning of giving.
West Carroll Middle School also believes in learning outside the classroom walls by adventuring outside for field trips. In the fall, all seventh graders visit Camanche, Iowa for a day of canoing and sightseeing on a pontoon boat. In addition, the students study river ecology and conduct experiments at our local Point Rock Park. Through experimentation, the students learn about nature's creatures in the water as well as the relation of living things to their environment. The eighth graders heighten their awareness of the fine arts by attending Circa 21 in the Quad Cities where they experience a theatrical experience with fine dining. In addition, they are offered opportunities to explore their strengths and weaknesses in break-out sessions including acting, singing, and dancing. As a culminating experience, the eighth grade class visits Springfield, Illinois to visit Lincoln's Tomb, the Old Capitol, etc.
At WCMS, extra-curricular offerings abound. In music, all students are offered the choice to partake in band, choir, or both band and choir. Proudly, WCMS hosts a middle school jazz band and a band. Students typically experience music in a larger arena by either participating in music in the parks of Great America or Adventureland. West Carroll offers a vast array of competitive sports for every season. In the fall, students may choose to participate in football, football cheerleading or volleyball. In the winter, students may choose to participate in wrestling, boys' basketball, girls' basketball, or cheerleading. In the spring, students may choose to participate in the spring play, academic quiz bowl, and/or track for boys and girls. Throughout the year, students may participate in the 100 mile club for fun, friendships, and exercise.
As you can see, WCMS is the best choice for students due to our ability to build strong adolescents academically, socio-emotionally, and physically.