Hard-Working Writers and Grammarians

Our 6th-grade writers have been hard at work. Some amazing paragraphs and fictitious stories were created. Students went through the entire writing process to create a final draft.

We’ve been learning a lot of grammar to become better writers. Adjective Scattergories was a huge hit!

Here’s a sneak peek:

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Virtual Tour of 9/11 Museum

Unbelievably, the 19th anniversary of 9/11 just passed. To remember this tragic day and honor the heroes and innocent lives lost, we took a virtual tour of the 9/11 museum and memorial. Never forget!

To honor our WO Police and Fireman, my students created letters, CANVA designs, Word Art, and more. I’m so proud of their hard word and final display. Copies were given to our community’s heroes (WO Police and Fireman). A special thanks to Cooper T. and Jaidan S. for creating beautiful displays for our heroes.



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Virtual 9/11 Tour

Last Friday, our students virtually toured the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York. We saw the north and south ponds and stood right where the towers used to be. We went inside the museum and saw several artifacts from this tragic day.

Our children were very respectful and did a great job on the tour. Here’s a little sneak peek!

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Lesson Plans for the Week of 8/10-8/14

Welcome Back! I’m excited about this new school year! Be sure and wear your mask (no political statements), bring a water bottle, and bring your supplies on the first day. We won’t have lockers, so fit as much as you can in your backpack.

Monday –

  1. Welcome
  2. Rules and procedures
  3. Organize supplies
  4. Get to know Mrs. Lobue

HW: Make sure parents subscribe to my blog AND REMIND 101. 

Tuesday – 

  1. Hand out “Welcome to Sixth Grade Writing.”
  2. Organize binders

Wednesday – 

  1. Read GRIT and Bear It
  2. Discuss GRIT (Generating Relentless Inner Toughness)
  3. Writing Snapshot
  4. Hand out “Policies & Procedure for Sixth Grade”

HW: Get your guardian to sign the “Policies and Procedures” letter. Due Friday, August 21. 

Thursday –

  1. Sign into Writing Google Classroom
  2. Bookmark popular sites we will use throughout the year
  3. Hand out “Subscribe to my blog” letter.

HW: Have parents sign the “I have subscribed to your blog” letter.

Friday – 

  1. Log into Edgenuity and get to know the system

Have a great weekend!

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Water Bottles and Masks

Students are encouraged to bring some type of water bottle to school each day.  We have a bottle filler on campus that can be used to refill those bottles.

Students are required to wear a mask while on campus.  Masks or face shields are okay.  Make sure the mask is school appropriate- no political or inappropriate pictures/words allowed.

I’m looking forward to Monday!

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Middle School Must-Knows

White Oak Middle School Must-Knows

Principal: Becky Balboa

Assistant Principal: Michael Higginbotham

Counselor: Sherron Van Camp

Welcome to White Oak Middle School!  We look forward to working with you and your child this year.  I know you probably have several questions about middle school, and I hope to answer a few of them here.

    • School hours:  7:55- 3:45
    • General Communication:  Join all of your teachers’ blogs, visit our website frequently for up to date information, Facebook- White Oak Middle School.
    • Grades: Skyward Family Access (there’s an app for that).  Grades are always accessible.  Students will have Skyward access as well.  Report cards are paperless.
    • Drop off/Pick Up- Students may be dropped off beginning at 7:15.  Drop off areas are: front drive (watch for buses) after 7:30, across the street (crossing guard), driveway in front of the cafeteria.  Pick Up areas are:  Across the street (crossing guard), driveway in front of the cafeteria, behind the building near the tennis courts.  Cars will not be allowed to pick up students in our main drive due to buses.


  •  Chromebooks-  WOMS is one-to-one.  Every student will have a Chromebook issued.  They are allowed and encouraged to take them home each night or they can be taken to the library at the end of each day.


  • Dress Code:  Students are expected to follow the dress code at all times.  Please refer to Student Handbook (website) for full details.  Highlights include- shorts/dresses may not be shorter than 3 inches above the kneecap, leggings may not be worn.  Pants, shorts, and skirts are not allowed to have holes, frays, or sheer fabric.  Hair must remain out of boys’ eyes.  Colored hair such as purple, pink, green, blue (unnatural colors) is not permitted.
  • Cell Phone Policy:  Cell phones are permitted but must be turned off and kept out of sight during school hours.  If a cell phone is confiscated, the student will be allowed to pick it up from the office at the end of the day the first time.  After that time, there will be a $15 fee each time the cell phone is confiscated.  Students are NOT permitted to contact parents with cell phones.  There is a phone in the office for student use.
  • Pep Rally-  Due to Social Distancing, there will not be any pep rallies this year.
  • Lunch-  Lunch is 11:10-11:40.  Visitors are not permitted.  Outside food is not allowed to be dropped off (district rule).
  • Tardies-  Students are considered tardy after 8:00.
  • ZAP (Zeros Aren’t Permitted)- Students are assigned to after-school ZAP if they have a 0 on classwork.  Parents will be notified of their student’s ZAP assignment the day before.
  • Attendance-  Students are expected to be in school on a daily basis.  If your child must miss school due to illness make sure you send a note.  In order for your child to attend the end of the year reward trip, he/she can not miss more than 18 days or parts of the day.  Only doctor notes will be accepted in order for the absence not to count against the student regarding school-sponsored trips (class, band, choir, etc).
  • Electives-  Middle School is the perfect time to try new things!  All 6th-grade students are required to take nine weeks of choir (rotate per grading period) and a full year of band and pe.  7th graders can take Athletics or pe, band, choir, technology, prejournalism, or study hall. 8th graders can take Athletics or pe, band, choir, technology, study hall, journalism (high school credit), principals of ag (high school credit), or World Geography (high school credit).


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Important Chromebook Information

White Oak Middle School Chromebook Check-Out

Students who will begin school in-person will check out a Chromebook from our library during the first few days of school.

Students who will begin school utilizing At-Home Learning will need to stop by campus to check out a Chromebook this Friday from 8:00-1:00, and 2:00-3:30.

In order to comply with Social Distancing, the following requirements must be adhered to:

  • Masks must be worn at all times
  • Only the student will be permitted to enter the building.
  • Parents/guardians will be asked to wait outside.
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6th Grade Meet the Teacher

The staff at White Oak Middle School wants to make the transition to 6th grade as smooth as possible for our parents and students. This school year may look different, but one thing remains the same, we are EXCITED to have your child join our campus!  To ease the minds of our students and yours, we would like to invite you to “In-person, Meet the Teacher.”

DATE:  Thursday, August 6th


  • 8:30-9:30; Student Last Names A-M
  • 1:30-2:30; Student Last Names N-Z

Come and Go

Students will have the opportunity to receive their schedules if not already printed and quickly walk through each class to become familiar with the building and meet each teacher.  Due to time constraints and social distancing, any information that needs to be shared with teachers will need to take place by setting up an appointment with the teacher.

In order to comply with Social Distancing, the following requirements must be adhered to:

  • Attend at your assigned time based on student’s last name
  • Masks must be worn at all times!
  • Only the 6th grader and 1 parent/guardian will be permitted to enter the building. Siblings and other adults will not be allowed 
  • Visitors will be prescreened before entering the building
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No Face to Face Meet the Teacher

Due to current unknowns with COVID 19, we will not have Meet the Teacher Night on Thursday, August 6th as previously scheduled. The most important thing to do will be to subscribe to each teacher’s blog once your child receives their schedule on Skyward.  Please subscribe to our campus blog and follow the White Oak Middle School Facebook page for current information.  There will be a “Middle School Must-Knows”  video posted at the end of the month.

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

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