Spring Picture day will be Tuesday March 19th

8th Grade Graduation

Date: Thursday, May 16

Time: 6pm-7pm

Location: WLA Middle School (gym at the Academies of Discovery)

Families are invited to attend the graduation ceremony.

Las familias están invitadas a asistir a la ceremonia de graduación.

8th Grade Dance

Date: Friday, May 17

Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm

Location: WLA Middle School cafeteria

Only WLA students are invited to attend the school dance.

Sólo los estudiantes de WLA están invitados a asistir al baile.

8th grade walk

On Tuesday, May 21st, our 8th graders will walk through WLA Elementary to celebrate their time as WLA Toros! Parents are welcome to attend. The parade will begin promptly at 9:00am. Parents are invited to attend!

¡El lunes 16 de mayo, nuestros estudiantes de 8.º grado caminarán por la escuela primaria WLA para celebrar su tiempo como WLA Toros! Los padres están invitados a asistir. El desfile comenzará puntualmente a las 9:00 am. ¡Los padres están invitados a asistir!

Order forms for the 8th grade Yearbook Ads are going home today with students! Space is limited in our yearbook so the ads are on a first come first serve basis. Order yours today!

¡Los formularios de pedido para los anuncios del anuario de octavo grado se enviarán a casa hoy con los estudiantes! El espacio es limitado en nuestro anuario, por lo que los anuncios se asignan por orden de llegada. ¡Pide el tuyo hoy!

Volunteers needed

On Friday, May 17th, we will have our 8th grade dance in the WLA Middle School cafeteria. We would love for parents to help with set up before the dance and clean up afterwards. Set up will start at 1:30pm and clean up at 8:45pm. We are asking for several volunteers to help if possible. Please email Sophia Gray from our dance committee if you can help out!

El viernes 17 de mayo tendremos nuestro baile de octavo grado en la cafetería de la escuela secundaria WLA. Nos encantaría que los padres ayudaran con la preparación antes del baile y con la limpieza después. La instalación comenzará a las 1:30am y la limpieza a las 8:45pm. Estamos pidiendo varios voluntarios para ayudar si es posible. ¡Envíe un correo electrónico a Sophia Gray de nuestro comité de baile si puede ayudar!

Important Dates and Upcoming Events for 8th grade 

Fechas importantes y próximos eventos para 8vo grado

**February 16- Signed forms and money due for the field trip on March 1

Feb. 22-24- 8th grade Savannah Trip

April 9- Cap and Gown Pics; 8th grade class picture

**April 17-30- AAPPL testing (8th grade Spanish proficiency test during class)

Wednesday, April 24- 8th grade GMAS Algebra (End of Course)

Thursday, April 25- Progress Reports

Wednesday, May 1- 8th grade GMAS Science (End of Grade)

Thursday, May 2- 8th grade GMAS Georgia Studies (End of Grade)

**May 6-10- Teacher Appreciation Week

Monday, May 6- ELA GMAS Part I

Tuesday, May 7- ELA GMAS Part II

Wednesday, May 8- ELA GMAS Part III

Thursday, May 9- Math GMAS Part I

Friday, May 10- Math GMAS Part II

Thursday, May 16- 8th Grade Graduation Ceremony (6pm)

Friday, May 17- 8th Grade Dance (6:00pm-9:00pm)

Monday, May 20- Carnegie Letters go home- must be signed and returned by May 23

Tuesday, May 21- 8th Grade Walk at WLA Elementary (9am); Senior Walk at WLA Elementary

Thursday, May 23- Field Day (May 22- Rain date)

Friday, May 24- Last Day for students; Report cards go home

5th grade students from WLA Primary, White Sulphur, and McEver will be visiting WLA MS on March 5th and 14th.


Dear WLA Middle School Parents and Guardians,

On behalf of the faculty and staff at WLA Middle School, we are happy to welcome you to the 2023-2024 school year! We look forward to working together with you as we continue to empower, educate and inspire our WLA students within our dual immersion community. Go Toros!!!

As the start of the school year quickly approaches, we have a few dates and bits of information we would like to share with you. Please call the school on Tuesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 8:30am and 3:30pm with any questions you may have. Our office number is 770-533-4004. Also feel free to email Mrs. Hitzges, principal, at laurie.hitzges@hallco.org. We are always happy to help!

See you at Open House!!

Infinite Campus & Schedules


Upcoming Event Dates

August 4– First Day for Students

August 18– Back to School Fiesta  (6pm) at WLA Elementary

September 7- Curriculum Night

October 21– Fall International Festival at WLA Elementary

*Details for these events will be out soon!

  • Car Rider Information

Parents are asked to enter through the Poplar Springs student drop off entrance, circle around (using both lanes) and drop off/pick up at the main entrance of the Academies of Discovery building. This is the same procedure as last year. 

  • Parking

We have our own WLA Entrance and parking area on Atlanta Hwy (next to the gym) for late check-ins and early check-outs.

  • WLA Buses

Morning: We offer bus transportation to students living in the following attendance zones: Myers, McEver, Chicopee Woods, Chestnut Mountain, Friendship, Spouts Springs, and Lyman Hall.

Buses will pick students up from the home address in the morning and drop them at their neighborhood elementary school. A WLA shuttle bus will then transport the students to WLA Elementary and then WLA Middle School. 

Afternoon: Students are transported directly home after school. There is an afternoon shuttle to WLA Elementary available to students in the YMCA program. 


The safety, security and health of our students and faculty is our number one priority at WLA Middle School. As a result, we will continue to keep all exterior doors securely locked at all times.  Visitors are asked to use the outside 2-way intercom to call the WLA office for late arrivals, early check-outs and general assistance.  Parents and other visitors will be permitted to enter the building if they have a scheduled meeting with a faculty member or if they volunteer for a special event or classroom activity. Please remember to bring a picture ID when visiting the school. 


School uniform is not required for WLA students in grades 6-8.

The Hall County School District’s Dress Code expressly lists items that cannot be worn on page 8 of the student agenda. If students are found to be in violation of the dress code and are not able to reach a parent/ guardian to bring an extra change of clothes, they will be given an alternate clothing option for the remainder of the day. 

Cross County season will begin at the beginning of the school year. If you are interested in joining Cross Country please see Coach Perillo for more details or e-mail any questions to adam.perillo@hallco.org.

To participate in athletics in Hall County, students must have an updated physical on file signed by a doctor. (not over a year old)


Week 1

8/14- Practice 3:30-4:30pm

8/15 Practice 3:30-4:30pm

8/16 Practice 3:30-4:30pm

8/17 Practice 3:30-4:30pm


Week 2

8/21 Practice 3:30-4:30pm

8/22 Meet @ North hall

8/23 no practice

8/24 Practice 3:30-4:30pm


Week 3

8/28 Meet @ Cherokee Bluff

8/29 Practice 3:30-4:30pm

8/30 Practice 3:30-4:30pm

8/31 Practice 3:30-4:30pm


Week 4

9/4- No school- No practice

9/5- Meet at WLA/South Hall

9/6- Practice 3:30-4:30pm

9/7 Practice 3:30-4:30pm


Week 5

9/11 Practice 3:30-4:30pm

9/12 meet at West hall

9/13 Practice 3:30-4:30pm

9/14 Practice 3:30-4:30pm


Week 6

9/18 Practice 3:30-4:30pm

9/19 meet at Davis (CB Park)

9/20 no practice

9/21 Practice 3:30-4:30pm


Week 7

9/25 XC championship @ Lakeview

9/26 Practice 3:30-4:30pm

9/27 Practice 3:30-4:30pm

9/28 Unicoi State Park Trip



Date: August 1,  4:00pm-7:00pm  (Tuesday)

Please enter through the main entrance of the Academies of Discovery on Poplar Springs or through the bus loading zone entrance near the soccer field.                                                                                

We request that families attend at staggered times if possible.

1st  Hour – 6th grade (4:00-5:00)

2nd Hour – 7th grade (5:00-6:00)

3rd Hour – 8th grade (6:00-7:00)

We look forward to seeing our Toro families!!

5th Grade Transition Days and Parent Meeting

Thursday, March 23th (WLA Elementary)

Tuesday, March 28 (McEver Arts Academy/White Sulphur Elementary) 

Parent Meeting- March 28th (All three schools are invited!)

On these two days, 5th grade students from WLA Elementary, McEver Arts Academy and White Sulphur Elementary will have the opportunity to visit our school to tour the school, meet with our teachers and learn about our classes and connections. We will also offer a parent meeting the evening of March 28th to communicate information and answer parent questions. The meeting will begin at 6:00pm in the cafeteria. Please spread the word! 

Our next Cafe Mundo will take place on Friday, March 10. The students will prepare and serve cuisine from both France and Jamaica. Please be on the lookout for an invitation email from our Cafe Mundo students.

Buy your yearbook soon!
Please email Mrs. Cardenas at  gabriela.cardenas@hallco.org with any questions you may have. Thank you!