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 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

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 with any questions you may have. Thank you!

Yearbooks are available for pre-order! Click HERE to order!

Fall Picture day will be Tuesday September 13th.

Hi families!

We’re excited to tell you more about the trip we’re planning with EF Tours, our educational travel partner. Please be sure to register for this info session to be considered for our upcoming travel opportunity. When students travel, they expand their knowledge of the world around them, discover more about themselves, and grow more confident. These skills are critical for creating the global citizens of tomorrow, and we would love to have your student join us on this adventure.

In this info session, we’ll talk about:

● How this opportunity will benefit your child

● What we’ll see and do on our trip

● Everything that’s included in this experience

● How your child can earn academic credit

● How we’ll be keeping the trip safe and affordable

● How to enroll on the trip (before it fills up!) during EF’s risk-free enrollment period Registration for this info session is mandatory, and a parent or guardian must attend. Can’t make it? Choose “No, but send info” so you don’t miss out. Can’t wait to see you there!


Click HERE to register!