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Community Update April 14, 2024

I hope everyone had a great weekend. It is hard to believe we are midway through April and this school year will soon be wrapping up. We have so much to celebrate- our students continue to do great things in the arts, in athletics, in academic classes, in our amazing CTE organizations, in clubs, and in serving others. I couldn't be more proud of what we have going on at our school! I end every announcement with "It's a great day to be a Wildcat!" and I truly mean that.

Weapons Detection Update
I want to thank students, parents, and staff for their support and patience while we piloted the weapons detection system. Our trial with it has ended. We have learned a lot about the system. Mr. Luttrell is moving the system to another high school to start next school year. He wants to try it out in the other high schools before deciding to purchase it for all high schools. 

Testing Schedule
Testing starts next week. Most days, we will be on an alternate schedule. Our students and teachers have worked hard this semester, and we are excited to see our growth!

Here are a few tips to help your child come to school ready:

  • Go to bed early and get plenty of rest
  • Eat a nutritious breakfast
  • Get to school on time & be here every day
  • Give your child words of encouragement & affirmation each morning

It is very important at Wilson Central that we create a positive and uplifting environment for our students every day, and that includes testing days as well. Our students are prepared to show what they know!

The testing schedule is attached.

Our school has gone up to over 20% chronically absent. Our goal is 12%. Please make sure your child is at school for the next 6 weeks of school!

I want to remind students and families that school starts at 8:30. This means students should be in class ready to learn at 8:30. We have had students who sit in their cars or hang out outside until the last minute, then come in. Students need to come into the building when they arrive. The doors close and tardies start at 8:30 (unless it is a late bus).

Wildcat Excellence for March and April
Academics: Edward Aelterman, Amelia Fowlkes, Abraham Soto

Service: Michelle Friedman, Marvy Nessim, Kaitlyn Ferguson, Nash Trickey

Athletics: Landon McBurney, Anindita Das

CTE: Eva Ho, Laura Hobbs, Gus Yelton

Arts: Gaines Odum, Biruke Woldeyohannes, Joey Johnson, Mattison Trammell

Teachers: Commander Case, Master Chief Ferguson, Chef Rodriguez

Support Staff: Mark Spraker (cafeteria manager), Allison Pennycuff (front office and cafeteria)

Freshmen Academy Awards- 3rd Quarter
ACADEMICS: Lucas Haddix - Lucas is very focused and self-driven. It's such a pleasure to have him in my class.

FINE ARTS: Sergio Beltran Mejia - he is an amazing artist and creates the most beautiful works of art. It has been nothing but a pleasure to have him in my class and watch him create this semester.

ATHLETICS: Jordan Hawkins - Jordan has pitched 51 innings and has not allowed a walk or hit batter.

CHARACTER: Kaylee Jones - I have witnessed her going out of her way to be nice to students/staff.

We were notified that Wilson Central's NJROTC unit received the Unit Achievement Award for SY 2023-24. This prestigious award is granted annually to the top 20% of schools in a given geographical area and is comprised of many metrics. We were one of 6 schools earning the award from units in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Tennessee, and Alabama. The kids worked very hard this year, with renewed dedication to our award-winning Drill Team and after-school STEM program featuring drones and 3-D printing.  Students will all receive a special ribbon they will be authorized to wear on their uniform next year and the unit will be awarded a distinction banner. Additionally, our unit was given a grade of “outstanding” at our annual Area Manager's inspection. Congratulations to our instructors, Commander Case and Master Chief Ferguson, and our amazing cadets on this honor!

Dual Enrollment News
I hope that this email finds you well. If you or your student are interested in DE 2024-2025 and have done the following, then you will need to sign up for the ACT before the last test date of June 8th, 2024.  

  1.     Filled out the DE google form.
  2.     Turned in DE permission forms (three of them)

* If you have already done the things listed above AND registered for the ACT you can ignore this email.*

The student will need to take the ACT this semester if they are interested in doing DE courses 2024-2025. If the student DOES NOT take the ACT this semester then they will not be able to potentially take DE courses 2024-2025.  

If the student is a current JUNIOR the March ACT will count as their ACT they need.

If the student is a current SOPHOMORE then they will need to register for the ACT this semester before the last test date of June 8th, 2024.

Once the student has taken the ACT, email me their scores. If they get the score needed to be accepted into the school, then I will email them a checklist of things to do for that specific school. 

I have linked the act website if you need it. 

Here Comes the Bus Tracking App
UPDATE- we are suspending the Here Comes The Bus app due to import issues causing it not to work properly. This will happen effective Monday 4/15/2024 and we will work to get it back up and running as soon as the issue, is fixed. 

Our Transportation Department has been working to create a streamlined communication system for parents regarding real-time locations of buses, schedule and arrival times, as well as notifications when buses are near! Please see the attached flyer that includes the important detailed information.

Any questions regarding this information or app, please direct them to the Transportation routing department by email: or by phone: 

Laura McMurray - 615-443-2622 Ext. 2107
Mindy Tolison - 615-443-2622 Ext. 2103

Dance Team News
Tryouts are April 22-24 and will be held in the small gymnasium at Wilson Central.  A sports physical dated April 15 or later is required, along with the tryout application.  Students should complete the form linked below:  

Fashion News
The 2024 Fashion Show is Thursday night, the 18th, at 6:00! Tickets at $7 at the door, or you can pay by Venmo or Cash App. Then stay for Culture Night at 7:00 right after the Fashion Show at 6:00!

Plant Sale!
Our plant sale will start Monday April 8th. We will be open M-F 8:00 til 5:00 and Saturday 8-12 until it’s all gone.

Golf Tryouts
May 28-29, 4 pm
Pine Creek Golf Course
*Prospective players must attend both days and bring a hard copy of a current physical.
Follow @golf_wchs on Instagram and Facebook!

Senior Parking for Next Year
Please go to the counseling office to get a packet. Painted Parking Passes can be purchased from Ms. Bettag before school and during Junior Lunch on 4/12, 4/16, 4/17, 4/23, 4/26, 4/30 for $50 (cash(exact amount) or check payable to WCHS). Spots will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

Library News
Please remind students to bring their Chromebooks and chargers to school each day. As we have lots of testing and begin the inventory process, it's super important that every student has their device each day. We are 1:1 with devices, but we do not have an extensive surplus to loan when students forget theirs.

Cafeteria Accounts
Please check your child’s cafeteria account. We have many accounts in the negative, and those accounts need to be paid. If you have trouble paying, please let me know.

Cheer Tryout Form
WCHS Cheer Tryout Forms

Class of 2024
Do now:
- If you qualify for TN Scholars, submit your volunteer hours form to Ms. Fung by April 1, 2024.
- Check your school and personal email accounts daily for available SCHOLARSHIPS.
- Stay focused on this semester's classes and attendance!

Need a transcript sent? Click Transcript Request form

Gladeville Middle School is excited to invite the members of the Class of 2024 who attended GMS to come back to campus on Monday, April 29th for a Senior Walk & Reception. You were our FIRST group of 8th Graders, and you will always hold a special place in our hearts. We can't wait for you to join us on campus. We would like all seniors to arrive between 1:15 and 1:30 p.m. and park in the back parking lot. You will enter through the Commons, and the GMS administration will get you lined up for a walk through the GMS halls. Our current students will come out and cheer for you! We will end the afternoon in the Commons for a cake & punch reception, where you will get to visit with some of your former middle school teachers. We can't wait to have you back on campus! Please RSVP at the link below so that we can plan accordingly.

Senior Week

May 6th – Senior Awards Night

6-7:30 PM in the WCHS Theater.  This is a night to celebrate all things seniors.  We will announce the superlative awards and see several seniors perform.  More detailed information about this evening will go out later in the semester.

May 8th – Summa Banquet- Invitation-only event. You will receive an invitation for this even after spring break.

May 10th – Senior Breakfast, Move-Up Pep Rally, and Graduation Practice

These will all take place at WCHS starting at 9 AM. Graduation practice is a required event for anyone who plans on walking at graduation. I know there are some AP tests that conflict with this date. If you have a testing issue please see Mr. Nash or Mr. Cabassa for us to work with you.

May 11th – Graduation

6 PM at the Murphy Center on MTSU’s campus. Students must arrive by 4 PM  to stage in the basement of the Murphy Center.  As we get closer and communicate with MTSU we will send more detailed information in April. Tickets are not needed to get in; there is no limit on how many guests students may bring.

I remind you of the three big things you need to worry about right now:

  1. Come to school every day.
  2. Try your best in your classes every day.
  3. Be on your best behavior every day.

If you can do these three things, there will be no surprises between now and May 11th. 

Senior yard sign link

Theater News
Auditions for Night on Broadway are currently underway. Please see Mrs. Ray in W104 for more information. The performance is on April 30 at 6:30 PM. This year‘s theme is historical nonfiction musicals. 

Evening With the Arts, featuring all of the fine arts programs at Wilson Central High School, is April 16, doors open at 6 PM with performances in the grand hallway, as well as an art gallery from our very talented, visual artists tickets will be available soon.

Roaring 20's Prom 2024 April 27th at The Mill in Lebanon! Tickets will be sold March 25 - April 15 for $50 on Tickets purchased after the April 15 cutoff date will be $60 and must be paid with cash or check to room F214. Students will pick up their prom tickets during lunch the week of April 22 - 26. If you have any questions, please contact Allison Campbell at

Dance News
May 3&4, 2024 -- Spring Show

Fine Arts


April 16 @ 6:30—Evening with the Arts

May 7 @ 6:30—Band Concert with Gladeville and Southside Bands


April 26th, 7 pm

CAT Cage Apparel

All winter and spring athletes need to complete their final forms registration.  Players and parents must log in to final forms and enter their information. Once your account has been created, parents and athletes will be able to sign and upload all documents required for participation in Wilson Central Athletics. The forms include Contact Information, Health History and Medical Profile, Consent for Medical Care, Student-Athlete Handbook, Cardiac Arrest Awareness, Parent and Athlete Concussion Acknowledgement, and TSSAA Physical. Please use the following link to Final Forms:

It’s a great day to be a Wildcat!

Dr. Ankney 


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