Back to School: Williston-Elko Middle School welcomes new teachers, theme

The new school year is bringing many changes at Williston-Elko Middle School, including several new teachers and a theme.

Dr. Missoura Ashe is starting her first full year as Williston District 29’s superintendent. “She has brought with her a vision to raise expectations and improve student achievement. She has also begun the process of looking at what it would take to improve or replace the facilities on our campuses,” said WEMS Principal Greg Sweet.

The middle school welcomes several new teachers, including Bonnie Simmons as the new special education teacher. Other new teachers include Andrea Yon (English Language Arts), Robin Romano (math) and Karen Krueger (science). “These new teachers are bringing with them a lot of energy, experiences and new ideas,” said Sweet.

Mark Romano is the new Williston-Elko band director and will work with both the middle and high schools. “He has been working with our students all summer and the new program for this year is going to be awesome. I can’t wait for everyone to see how hard our band students have been working,” Sweet said.

WEMS also has a new theme for the year which is centered on the Profile of a South Carolina Graduate. “It focuses on building successful graduates through innovation,” said Sweet.

During enrichment classes, WEMS students will learn about the various career clusters offered at the high school. “Students will discover the relevance of their daily studies and learn how their knowledge will assist them in landing that right career path,” he said.

The importance of positive character traits will also be emphasized.

“The hallways are full of spirited reminders that our students at Williston-Elko Middle School are college and career bound. On a state level, we now have the chance to begin the exciting process of disseminating and studying the data from our first year of testing using ACT Aspire. Student data is important as we continue to develop goals and strategic plans for student success. Our students are expected to achieve at a high level and this data is important in helping us develop those opportunities for this to happen,” said Sweet.

“As you can see, this school year will be filled with plenty of excitement and collaboration as we continue working together to make each day count at WEMS; Where Excellence Means Success,” said Sweet.