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All San Jose Unified School District Students are inspired and prepared to succeed in a global society.
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San Jose Unified School District’s mission is to eliminate the opportunity gap and provide every student with the finest 21st century education.

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Formerly Edwin Markham Middle School

Willow Glen Middle School, built in 1950, was formerly called Edwin Markham Middle School, named after famous poet Edwin Markham (1852-1940).  Markham taught literature in El Dorado County until 1879, when he became Education Superintendent of the County.  Markham attended an early college in Vacaville, CA, where he studied literature, and eventually completed his classical courses in 1873 in Santa Rosa, CA.  At the time of his death, he’d amassed a huge personal library of 15,000+ volumes. Edwin’s correspondents included Franklin D. Roosevelt, Ambrose Bierce, Jack London, Carl Sandburg and Amy Lowell.  Five schools in California were named in honor of Edwin Markham, one of which was our middle school.


Welcome to Willow Glen Middle School!

Willow Glen Middle School focuses on academic excellence and college readiness for all students by providing a strong academic curriculum supported by core instructional teams at each grade level. Electives include art, band, choir, computer technology, drama, journalism, leadership, robotics, speech, solar energy science, French, Spanish, and yearbook. Advanced math and foreign language courses are offered, as are support courses in reading and math. Additional academic support and student activities are also provided through the After-School All-Stars program. A wide variety of sports are popular after school in conjunction with the Eastside Athletic League, SJUSD Basketball League and the After-School Think Together Group.

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State Mandated Hearing Screenings State mandated hearing screenings are beginning this January. School nurses will screen students in the 8th grade as well as students enrolled in Special Education as needed. If the nurse is concerned about your child’s hearing, she may do a quick check for ear wax and signs of a possible ear infection, and your child’s hearing will be re-checked in 2-6 weeks. If the nurse suspects possible hearing loss after the second hearing screening, you will receive a notice requesting you follow up with your healthcare provider. For questions and more information, contact your school nurse. Las evaluaciones del oído que exige el estado darán inicio en enero.  Las enfermeras de las escuelas evaluarán a los estudiantes del 8º grado así como a los estudiantes inscritos en Educación Especial como sea necesario.  Si la enfermera nota algún problema con respecto a la capacidad de oír de su hijo, ella hará una breve revisión para detectar si el niño tiene cerilla o señales de una posible infección del oído y se le volverá a revisar a su hijo en 2 a 6 semanas.  Si la enfermera sospecha que hay una posible pérdida del oído después de la segunda revisión, usted recibirá un aviso solicitando que consulte a su médico.  Si tiene preguntas o desea obtener más información, por favor comuníquese con la enfermera de su escuela. Traducción: María De Melo

WGMS 8th Graders going into High School 2015-2016

Course Selection and Sequence Information Night for Current 8th Graders

WGHS will have a Course Selection and Sequence Information Night for all incoming 8th graders and their parents in the Library on April 1, 2015 from 6 to 7pm.

This is an opportunity to learn more about the courses available, graduation requirements, and the order in which courses are taken throughout high school. This event is geared towards current 8th graders, though all are welcome. Randy Schmidt Assistant Principal of Instruction Willow Glen High School 408.535.6330

Student Email Accounts

San José Unified School District is aligning academic counseling services to all students in both middle and high school. As part of our initiative, we would like to prepare students beginning in middle school for College and Career Readiness. One step in this process includes creating a professional e-mail that can eventually be used to correspond with colleges, universities, and other post-secondary opportunities available to your student.

In the Spring of 2015, your 8th grade student will be creating a professional e-mail account with the help of their school counselor. The main purpose of creating this e-mail account will be for your student to create a California Colleges profile that will save their career interests and college searches. Through this email account, the middle school counselor may send students information about age-appropriate college and career opportunities available to them, such as summer programs and volunteer opportunities.The student will enter their e-mail into the Infinite Campus Student Portal, and when the student enters 9th grade, they will begin to receive emails from their high school counselor regarding college and career information through their Naviance account. (Naviance is a web-based college and career readiness platform that allows SJUSD high school students to manage their college applications and process).  As students transition to high school, and move towards their post-secondary college or career option, your child will be required to regularly check emails that colleges, universities, or workplaces may send with critical,  time-stamped deadlines. We would like to prepare our students to understand the importance of this practice as early as 8th grade.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact your school’s academic counselor. An opt-out form will be distributed to each student that parents/guardians may fill out if they prefer that their child not have an e-mail account.



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2015 Book Fair

I’m happy to announce that not only did we meet our Book Fair goal of $2,500 but we surpassed it! Of the sales, our library will now have just over $1500 to bring in new books and materials to our library! This could not have been possible without your support so THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!
Mayra Jakaitis
Library Clerk

The WGMS Vex Robotics Program is now accepting applications for the 2014-15 School Year!

The WGMS Vex Robotics Program is for 6th through 8th grade students interested in joining an educational, challenging and competitive robotics team designed to increase students’ awareness and interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).  After generous initial funding from PTA, WGMS has joined the VEX IQ Challenge where students design and build robots using the VEX IQ robotics platform. Teams have the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of robotics through the design and execution of building the robot, controlling the robot, basic programming, design notebooks, and the STEM research project. Applications for spots on this year’s teams are now being accepted.  This program will be popular, and is very dependent on parent involvement and volunteer support, especially parent coaches.  The total number of spots available for students will be based on the number of parent coaches who volunteer to run the teams next year.  The Robotics Program is available to students who are able to meet the attached participation requirements. Thanks Rams!  Please join us for robotics this year.​

Paul Slayton Principal


2014-2015 YEARBOOKS

yearbook1415 Yearbooks are being sold for $42.00 only until January 31st.  Get yours today! Beginning February 1, 2015 prices for a yearbook will be $45.00 each.  Yearbooks will be on sale through February 27, 2015. Baby Ad YB Order your yearbooks atJostens If unable to order online, email Mrs. Bishop at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


As of October 11, 2013 the portal is now self-serve.  Parents and students will need to add additional security preferences when registering a new account or logging into an existing account.
Security preferences are another layer of protection for your account and will allow you to reset your password should you ever need to.  Users can log in up to three times before these settings will be required.
If you have questions, please call the school and ask for Katherine M.
Log onto Parent Portal here:  Campus Parent Portal Access


Make sure you check out (Student Link Ups )for log on access to English magazines and news sources from your classes.


2014 - 15 WGMS Uniform Policy.pdf
CLICK HERE: Uniform/Dress Code

Uniform Donations are Appreciated
All students are encouraged to donate outgrown uniform items in room D104. Clean items only, not torn or stained items, please.

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