Michael R. Williams, M.Ed., M.S., NBCT | Principal
    michael.williams@cabarrus.k12.nc.us | @haroldwinklerms | #fromMrW
    (704) 786-2000 

    Winkler Family,

    Welcome to our Back-to-School edition of the Howler! For our new families, we are excited to have you as a part of our family. For returning students and parents, welcome back!

    As you know, Winkler Middle is launching the International Baccalaureate program beginning this fall. We have been accepted by the IBO as a Candidate School and look forward to getting all of the pieces in place in this year to gain accreditation.

    Becoming an IB school is a perfect fit for our vision to be a community that grows and learns together! During the year, your child will have the opportunity to learn the NC Standards, reflect on their new knowledge, think about how that knowledge fits in the global world, and serve their community. To get ready, our teachers attended a three-day workshop in June to learn the ins-and-outs of IB and begin writing their units of study. They will be back on campus in August for two more days to finish the units to use with children in the fall.

    Our administrators have also been busy getting ready for the change. Mrs. Murfitt and I completed our Level 2 Head of School training in July, and Mrs. Mundt and Mrs. Phillips will begin working on their Level 1 certifications in the fall.

    We are excited about this new work and the positive impact it will have on our students! You can learn more about our journey by visiting the IB webpage.

    As we move into August, we look forward to seeing you at Open House on Wednesday, August 23rd from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. That afternoon, students can get their schedules, meet teachers, and ask lots of questions. (They may also have time to see a few friends.)

    If you are interested in playing sports in the fall, be sure to check out the athletics webpage. Tryouts will begin soon and summer workouts are going strong!

    Finally, I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer. I am looking forward to seeing everyone on August 23!


    With Winkler Pride,

    Mr. W