Once a Warrior, Always a Warrior

April Newsletter
Upcoming Family Events

Welcome to April, Winburn Middle Families and Students!


It was truly wonderful to see our students back on campus today!


We saw much excitement in the month of March with many of our students compete at the state and national levels!  We are quite proud of our scholars and how well they represent our school! 


Recently I have been engaging in huddles – meetings with small groups of students – to talk about our school-wide data and some goals to finish the year strong. The purpose of these meetings is to help students see that what they do in class does matter! Positive energy and positive people create positive results! At Winburn, we believe that every student can achieve at a high level, and we want to help students believe in themselves and their own abilities. These huddles are just one way to have real conversations with our students. I look forward to continuing these this week! 


This month we will begin our Spring MAP assessment in Reading and Math followed by our end-of-year state assessment, KSA, in May. We looking forward to ending strong!


We have several important family and community engagement events coming up this month that we want you to be part of, including a school-wide celebration of Women’s History!  Details are below and we look forward to having you on our campus!


Upcoming Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Events


Please mark these dates on your calendar and make every effort to participate. Your involvement and engagement in your student’s education are essential for their success. We look forward to seeing you at Winburn Middle School.


Our families are crucial partners in this work. Thank you for everything you do at home to support the success of your student. Thank you for being a valued part of our Winburn Middle School community, and we look forward to a fantastic month!




BJ Martin, Interim Principal, Winburn Middle School


See Athletics Section for sports schedules

Tuesday, 3/16, 6:30pm:
PTSA Meeting in the Library

Tuesday, 3/16:
5pm - SBDM Meeting  in the Library (https://fcps-net.zoom.us/j/91536954199, Meeting ID: 915 3695 4199)

Thursday, 4/18:
Resource Fair at Community Action Council

Wednesday, 4/24:
Incoming 6th Graders Sports Fair!

Thursday, 5/2:
Band Spring Concert & Awards Ceremony


Reports cards will be sent home on Wednesday, 3/20

Grading Policy:
A 90 - 100%
B 80 - 89%
C 70 - 79%
D 60 - 69%
F 0 - 59%
For the full grading policy - CLICK HERE

After School Tutoring is available on Thursdays!

Join the Winburn PTSA!

Winburn's Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) is here to support all students succeed and have a great experience at Winburn.  Some of the PTSA's many recent initiatives & accomplishments are: 

Please consider becoming a member of our PTSA.  The cost is only $5 and funds go towards initiatives to benefit ALL students at Winburn.  To sign up, CLICK HERE.

To learn more about our PTSA and ways to support our students, please contact PTSA President Kim Taulbee (kimtaulbee23@yahoo.com ) Community Liaison & PTSA Secretary, Rey Gonzalez

Meeting Dates:
Tuesday, April 16th - 6:30pm

Talking Points!

Our school is piloting a schoolwide communication tool through Talking Points where teachers and parents can contact each other through text messages. To get the full experience,  we strongly encourage all our parents to download the Talking Points app! 

Testing Snacks

The Winburn PTSA is collecting donations to provide a healthy snack for each of our Warriors during upcoming state testing.  Click here to see how you can contribute!: 


Saturday School Program at Winburn Middle: Since December, we have implemented a new preventative program to minimize unwanted behavior and reduce out-of-school suspension. We are committed to keeping our students in school as we continue to follow the FCPS Code of Conduct. Many times, some students repeatedly receive office referrals for minor infractions, and are assigned to RESET for 15 minutes to calm down before rejoining their class. Unfortunately, for some of our students, 15 minutes of RESET time does not change some of their behavior.  


Because of this, we have implemented an Afterschool and a Saturday School Reflection Program. We would appreciate your assistance in talking with your child about being on his or her best behavior and the potential consequences if their misbehavior persists. 


Should your child be assigned to After-school or Saturday School Reflection time:  





Parents/Guardians will be notified one week prior to your child serving an afternoon or Saturday reflection. You will receive a reminder call and email. It is imperative that we maintain a safe learning environment that will support us in guiding our students to success.

Track Meets

Our Track team has been working hard and is ready for their first meet!  See below for dates & locations

4/22 - Bryan Station High

4/29 - Frederick Douglass

Incoming 6th Graders!

All incoming 6th graders are invited to our Sports Fair on April 24th!  Families can meet with Winburn Coaches and get important information about upcoming events, signups, and more!

Talent Show!

Congratulations to our Warriors for placing 2nd in the JCPS NAQT Invitational Tournament!

Graphic Novel Workshop!

A huge thank you to local author, Shawn Pryor, and local illustrator, Bryce Oquaye, for hosting another Graphic Novel Workshop! Together, students learn about everything from storytelling to character development and beyond -- everything they'll need to design and create their own graphic novel! 

Grand Champions!

Can you say GRAND CHAMPIONS?  Congrats to our amazing cheerleaders on their recognition at the Cheer Elite Best of the Best Cheer & Dance Competition at LCA 

Chess Team

Warriors competed in the K8 section of the 2024 Kentucky Chess Association (KCA) State Chess Championship tournament held at North Bullitt High School in Shepherdsville, Kentucky.  The team included Charlton Zhuang, Shiva Vaish, Sonit Nandanoor, and Aaron George. 

The team had an impressive run this year, placing themselves 4th overall in the championship standings in the K8 section. Finishing in the top five among the 15 teams that qualified and competed at the State level is a commendable achievement this year, given the fact that this team was put together in less than two months and they had very limited time for practice, leading up to the tournament. Our team played four tough rounds, competing against some of the best scholastic chess teams in the state.

Youth Services Center

Youth Services Center Needs Survey

The Youth Services Center strives to meet the needs and interests of all students and their families. The information that you provide will help us plan programs and activities. Please take a few minutes to fill out the parent survey for the 2023 needs assessment. https://forms.gle/E4SYrJNmweow9Gmo6

New Website!

I am thrilled to present our up-to-date Youth Services Center web page, designed to be your one-stop destination for all things related to the Youth Services Center. CLICK HERE to find information about YSC programs, volunteer opportunities, and much more!

Backpack Food Program

The Winburn Youth Services Center is here to support the nutritional needs of students and their families through the Backpack program. For a limited number of students, weekly snack bags can be provided to supplement families over the weekend. To begin receiving a weekend snack bag, please complete this form (https://forms.gle/NgG8WctcMT18NiQS6) or contact our Youth Service Coordinator, Adrean Woolfolk at (859)-381-3967 or adrean.woolfolk@fayette.kyschools.us

Common Issues

A Note on Attendance

Tips for Families to Improve School Attendance

*Parents remember you have (3) days once your student returns to school to get your note in.

Truancy Referral:

After parents are mailed the Final Notice and the unexcused events continue to accumulate, the Pupil Personnel Office and or school personnel may attempt to conduct a home visit. If attendance does not improve, the Pupil Personnel Office shall proceed under KRS 159.180 to seek legal recourse for the resolution of the problem.

Tech Help:
If your student's Chromebook is not functioning correctly, has been damaged, lost or stolen, please contact the school immediately.  We can fix it! Our phone number is 1-859-381-3967.  We even help with missing or broken chargers.

You may also use the District's Tech Help Line: (859-381-4410) weekdays from 8am - 4:30pm.  

Mental Health Resources at Winburn

Our school support staff is here to help.  Click each name to send an email directly.

Mrs. Cassidy - 6th Grade Counselor
Mr. Weaver - 7th Grade/GTAP Counselor
Ms. Darkomensah- 8th Grade Counselor
Ms. Culbertson - District Mental Health Specialist
Mr. Alicea - District Mental Health Specialist (habla español)
Ms. Rice - School Psychologist

Students and families may also complete a STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES REQUEST and a member of our support staff will reach out to you.

Second Steps Information
Second Steps are lessons taught at Winburn geared towards 

understanding the socioemotional needs of all students.

6th Grade

Lesson 23: Respectful Communication
In this week’s lesson, your child will practice using non-blaming language to resolve conflicts.
Ask your child to give you an example of non-blaming, respectful communication. Brainstorm with them to think of a time in your household when non-blaming language could have been helpful and make a plan for how to use respectful communication in the future.

Lesson 24: Resolving Challenging Conflicts
In this week’s lesson, your child will think through different ways to resolve a conflict and choose the one they think is best.
Ask your child why they think different conflicts need different solutions. Tell your child about a time when you had to think about the best way to solve a conflict. What did you think about? Did it work out in the end?

Lesson 25: Making Amends
In this week’s lesson, your child will learn ways to make amends and restore a relationship they may have harmed.
Tell your child about a time you had to make amends with someone. What did you do to repair the harm?

7th Grade

Lesson 23: Resolving Conflict Part 1
In this week’s lesson, your child will learn how to describe a conflict in a non-judgmental way by avoiding blaming language.
Discuss with your child a time in your life when you had a particularly difficult time resolving a conflict. How did avoiding blaming language help?

Lesson 24: Resolving Conflict Part 2
In this week’s lesson, your child will learn how to consider possible solutions, determine the negative and positive consequences of each of those solutions, and agree on the best solution for resolving a conflict.
Ask your child why they think different conflicts need different solutions. Discuss with your child a time in your life when you had to think about the best way to solve a conflict. What did you think about? How did it work out?

Lesson 25: Taking Responsibility for Your Actions
In this week’s lesson, your child will learn how to take responsibility for their actions in a conflict and make things right.
Discuss with your child a time in your life when you had to take responsibility for your role in a conflict. What did you do to make things right and repair the harm?

8th Grade

Lesson 23: Finding the Best Solution
In this week’s lesson, your child will learn to find solutions to a conflict that everyone can agree on.
Ask your child about a conflict they recently had where they got something they wanted after it was resolved. Share a similar situation of your own.

Lesson 24: Making Things Right
In this week’s lesson, your child will learn ways to make amends after a conflict and restore a relationship they may have harmed.
Tell your child about a time you had to make amends with someone. What did you do to repair the harm?

Lesson 25: Unhealthy Relationships
In this week’s lesson, your child will identify signs of an unhealthy relationship.
Ask your child who they would go to for advice and support if they found themselves in a relationship that was unhealthy. Share why one of your close friends or family members is someone you turn to for advice and support.

Support with Kroger Points!

By connecting your Kroger Rewards to Winburn Middle PTSA, you are helping fund initiatives at our school that will benefit ALL students!

To do this, log on to your account at Kroger.com. Then, click on Community Rewards. Search "Winburn" and click connect. It's that easy!

Current Clubs & Sign-up Info

Below are clubs that are currently at Winburn and who to contact for more info

Academic Team: Mrs. Adams (Stephanie.adams@fayette.kyschools.us

Coed Soccer: Mrs. Courtney Tyra (courtney.tyra@fayette.kyschools.us

Coed Volleyball: Ms. Earnheart (melani.earnheart@fayette.kyschools.us

Cooking Club: Mr. Layne (adam.layne@fayette.kyschools.us

Coed Volleyball: Ms. Conde (adriana.conde@fayette.kyschools.us) or Ms. Earnheart (melani.earnheart@fayette.kyschools.us

Drama Club:  Mrs. Hancock (kerry.hancock2@fayette.kyschools.us)

Football: Coach Jordan (sinclair.jordan@fayette.kyschools.us

Gay Straight Alliance (GSA): Ms. Conde (adriana.conde@fayette.kyschools.us

Kentucky United Nations (KUNA): Mrs. Carson-Givan (tiffany.carson-givan@fayette.kyschools.us) or Ms. Earnheart (melani.earnheart@fayette.kyschools.us

Photography: Mr. Gonzalez (rey.gonzalez@fayette.kyschools.us 

STEM Science Club: Mrs. McCall (jenny.mccall@fayette.kyschools.us) or Mr. Layne (adam.layne@fayette.kyschools.us

Strategy Game Club:  Mr. Donnelly (frank.donnelly@fayette.kyschools.us ) or Mrs. Carson-Givan (tiffany.carson-givan@fayette.kyschools.us

Winburn Student News: Mr. Gonzalez (rey.gonzalez@fayette.kyschools.us)
--Check out our YouTube Channel to check out editions of the Winburn Student News produced by students for students and shown each week on Wednesday mornings.

Yearbook Club: Ms. Earnheart (melani.earnheart@fayette.kyschools.us

About this Newsletter

This Newsletter was created by our Community liaison, Mr. Rey Gonzalez.  It will be produced monthly.  If there is anything you'd like to see added, please email him at rey.gonzalez@fayette.kyschools.us 

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