Gifted Young Scholars Academy

Fall Book Fair

October 30, 2018

book fair 7 days awayWe are officially one week away from our Fall Book Fair!

Flyers were handed out today during 8th block.  Inside there is also information about setting up your eWallet account so your student doesn’t have to pay with cash!

In-school Fair = Tuesday, November 6th through Wednesday, November 14th
Online Fair = Thursday, November 1st through Wednesday, November 14th

Here are some highlights for the fair:

  • Extended hours
    • Open from 8:00am – 4:00pm on November 6th (Election Day)!
    • Open from 3:30pm – 7:30pm on November 13th (P/T evening conferences)!
    • Open from 3:30pm – 6:30pm on November 14th (during CRC College Fair)!
  • E-Wallet – a new cashless payment option!
  • Online Fair shopping available for thousands of additional titles!

Visit http://tiny.cc/wmsfair18 for all the details!

Winter Sport Tryouts

October 29, 2018

wrestling and basketballTryouts for our Wilder Wolverine Wrestling team will start on November 12th.

  • You must have a current physical on file here at the school in order to participate.
  • Tryouts/Practice will be over by 5:15p.m.
  • Please have transportation here no later than 5:15p.m.


Tryouts for our Wilder Wolverine Boys Basketball Team will start on November 12th.

  • You must have a current physical on file here at the school in order to participate.
  • 6th grade only will try out on the 12th.
  • 7th Grade only will try out on the 13th.
  • 8th Grade only will try out on the 14th.
  • Tryouts will be over by 5:15, please have transportation here no later than 5:15p.m.



Parent Teacher Conferences

October 25, 2018

important message pictureWilder Parents/Guardians,

Our first round of Parent/Teacher Conferences is almost here!  On Tuesday, your student was given a conference form for you to fill out with your preferred times to meet with teachers.  We have two conference dates, November 6th (morning) and November 13th (evening).

Please fill out the form for your preferred date (the 6th or the 13th) and return it to the school as soon as possible.  The forms are attached below as well as on the Resources page under “Parent Information and Flyers.”

Parent Teacher Conference forms

This Week’s Reminders

October 22, 2018

Reminder dates

Thank you for your participation with our fall fundraiser. We met our goal by raising a little over $5,000 which will go towards resources and incentives for our scholars. We really appreciate your support.

This week will begin the Red Ribbon Week campaign.  Parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction caused by drugs in America.  In 1988, the National Family Partnership, also known as NFP, sponsored the first National Red Ribbon Celebration.  Today, the Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities.  In Henrico County, we believe it is important for our families to have conversations with our youth about drug use.  To kick off Red Ribbon Week, which begins on October 23rd and ends on October 31st, we will be sending short videos that highlight the dangers and destruction of drugs.  Each video will be accompanied by questions families can use to begin a conversation.  The title of the first video, which we are sharing with you through this message is “Hidden in Plain Sight.”  This video highlights clues that may be left in a child’s backpack or bedroom if they are using drugs.  Please take a few minutes to watch the video and use the questions to facilitate a conversation.

Video Link – https://youtu.be/X-1CLzOnXuA


  • Do you know what our family’s rules are about the use of alcohol, marijuana, prescription drugs not prescribed for you, and other drugs?
  • Have you seen any of the things that were shown in the video?
  • Have you seen or heard of other items that are used for drugs, but were not shown in the video?

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @WilderMiddle.  Below are your calendar reminders.  Have a great week!


Calendar Reminders:

Monday, October 22-Friday, October 26

College and Career Awareness Week (click link below)

Monday, October 22

GYSA Open House from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 23-October 31

Red Ribbon Week Campaign

Wednesday, October 24

Wear a College Shirt for College and Career Awareness

GYSA Open House from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 27

Fall Festival from 12:00-4:00 p.m.

Monday, October 29

College and Career Night from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Hermitage High School

Tuesday, October 30

Last Donation Day for Breast Cancer Awareness

Friday, November 2

Harvest Ball from 3:30-6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, November 6

Election Day/Student Holiday

First Day of Book Fair, open 8:00a.m. – 4:00p.m.

Parent Conferences by appointment from 8:30-11:15 a.m.

Friday, November 9

Literacy Lock-in 8th Grade from 3:30-7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, November 13th

Parent conferences by appointment from 4:30-7:30 p.m. 

Book Fair open 4:00-7:30


News from School Counseling

October 16, 2018

important message pictureInterested in one of Henrico’s Specialty Centers?  The Open House schedule is now available!  Dates and locations are linked under the “Parent Information and Flyers” section of the Resources page, as well as on the School Counseling page.  If you have any questions about the Specialty Centers, please contact the Counseling Department.


Specialty Centers include:

  • International Baccalaureate Middle Years and Diploma Programs
  • Center for Engineering
  • ACE Center at Hermitage and ACE Center at Highland Springs
  • Center for Education and Human Development
  • Center for Spanish Language and Global Citizenship
  • Center for Communications and Media Relations
  • Advance College Academy, Business Administration
  • Center for Humanites
  • Center for the Arts
  • Center for Leadership, Government, and Global Economics
  • Center for Information Technology
  • Advance College Academy Social Sciences
  • The Todd A. Phillips Center

Important Announcement

October 11, 2018

important message pictureGood Afternoon WMS Families,

As a follow-up to the message you received from Henrico County Public Schools, all after-school activities are cancelled.  Students will be dismissed at the regular dismissal time of 3:15.  As in any situation where parents pick up students, please remember to bring your ID and sign your child out in the main office. If you plan to send someone to pick up your child, please remember they must be on your authorization to pick up form you completed at the beginning of this year. Be safe and have a great afternoon.

2018 PTA Reflections Art Awards

October 11, 2018

Apply NowDo you enjoy art, music and dance or have an interest in writing, producing films and taking photos? Then join us and have fun unleashing your inner artist with PTA Reflections!

What PTA 2018 Reflections Art Awards is all about? Check out this video!

This year’s theme, “Heroes Around Me,” calls for your own unique interpretation through the arts. Pick up submission guidelines and an entry form today from the Main Office or visit: http://bit.ly/WilderPTSA_Reflections.

Submission should be submitted to the main office by October 31, 2018.


October 10, 2018

Did you know? graphicDid you know that regular school attendance is the largest predictor of high school success, even over 8th grade test scores?  Did you know that students should not miss more than 9 days of school, regardless of the reason, in one school year in order to stay on a successful academic track?   Check out these quick informational flyers so that you stay informed!  (you can also find them on the Resources tab under “Parent Information and Flyers”).

Attendance Statistics and Families – includes statistical information on the impact of attendance on students’ academic success in middle and high school, as well as tips on helping your student stay engaged and how you can communicate effectively with your school.

Attendance – What Families Can Do – infographic that covers who is affected by chronic absenteeism, why it matters that your child is present at school, and tips on how to help your child avoid being absent at school.

WMS Drumline

October 4, 2018

picture of drums

Our Drumline is performing at the 2nd Street Festival in Jackson Ward this Saturday, October 6th at 11:00!  They would love your support!

Know an amazing principal? Nominate him or her for a 2018-19 REB leadership award

October 1, 2018

Henrico, Va. Oct. 1, 2018 – The REB Awards for Distinguished Educational Leadership provide a tangible, public way to recognize an outstanding principal at a Henrico County school. The Community Foundation’s yearly awards identify, recognize and support leadership excellence in the Richmond area. Honorees receive an unrestricted $7,500 cash grant, and $7,500 to be used for school initiatives. Eligible are principals from public schools in Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and the city of Richmond. Nominees should have served in their current positions for at least three years.

To find out more and download a nomination form, go to tcfrichmond.org/Grantseekers/Awards/REB-Awards-for-Distinguished Educational-Leadership.

Who: The Community Foundation invites nominations from students, parents, colleagues, school personnel and administrators and the community at large. Nominations should take the form of a completed nomination form, downloaded from the foundation’s website, a one- to two-page typeset letter describing the nominee’s distinguished educational leadership. It can be accompanied by up to three one-page letters of support. Principals may not nominate themselves.

When: Nominations must be mailed or hand-delivered, and must be received by 5 p.m. on Nov. 8. Emailed or faxed nominations are not accepted.

Where: Please mail nominations to:

REB Awards for Distinguished Educational Leadership

The Community Foundation

Attn: Stacey Keeley, Donor Engagement Officer

Boulders View Drive, Suite 110

Richmond, Va. 23225

For questions regarding nominations, please contact Tracie Weston, director of HCPS’ Department of Professional Learning and Leadership, at 804-652-3840. More information is also available at tcfrichmond.org.

Award recipients will be announced in March 2019.


6900 Wilkinson Road, Henrico, VA 23227
Phone (804) 515-1100 | Fax (804) 515-1110
School Hours: 8:35 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Half-day dismissal time: 12:10 p.m.

School Administration:
Dr. Deia Champ, Principal
Joseph Amico, Associate Principal
John Elmore, Assistant Principal
Linda Hill, Assistant Principal
Silvanus Thrower, Assistant Principal