Windy Hill Middle School

Welcome to Windy Hill Middle School!
Home of the Knights!

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Mr. Kurtz
Principal, WHMS
Jason Patton
Vice Principal, WHMS
Shelly Briscoe
Dean, WHMS


October 30, 2015


If you were unable to attend our Parent Information Night, please take a moment to look at the resources below.  Parent feedback on our survey was extremely positive. 

Parent Information Night Handout
HAC Parent Information - Dawn Caine, WHMS Teacher
Parent Resources - Jason Patton , WHMS Vice Principal
Internet Safety - Katherine Marsh, Senior Assistant State's Attorney
Social Networking - Anne Jones, WHMS Media Specialist
More resources on cybersafety

I think reviewing these resources will be worth your time.  Many parents said to me as they left that they knew other families that would have benefitted and appreciated hearing this information and receiving the handouts and resources.

So, if you were unable to attend due to a conflict, we hope this information will be helpful to you in supporting your child’s learning and ensuring their safety.

I would like to thank the following WHMS staff members; Mr. Jason Patton, Vice Principal, Ms. Anne Jones, Media Specialist, and Mrs. Dawn Caine, Math Teacher and Gradebook Coordinator.  I would also like to thank Mrs. Kathryn Marsh, Senior Assistant States Attorney for Calvert County for sharing her expertise on cyber safety.  All of these individuals dedicated their time outside of their usual job responsibilities to make this night a success!

Other Information:
Also, it has come to my attention that parents are unsure of the Bus Tracker system transportation has initiated.  Below is a direct link to this site which can also be found on the CCPS website under the parents tab under transportation.  This will advise you of any delays or changes to your child’s bus.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mr. James Kurtz


October 9, 2015

Principal’s Message:

Good Afternoon Parents and Community Members,

I hope this message finds you well and enjoying this start to the fall weather.  One thing I love about fall is the wonderfully fresh apples you can find at local farms.  Hope your family gets a chance to do something fun to enjoy the leaf changes, cool breezes, low humidity and great southern MD produce.

I would like to ask your help on a few fronts and also make some suggestions about the monitoring of social media use by your children.  As you probably are aware, kids spend significant amounts of time communicating with friends using various forms of technology.  Many times, kids feel safe and empowered to say and post things they would not say or post if the communication were face to face or monitored by a parent.  When these types of messages get out it causes quiet a calamity.  Many times, that situation presents itself in school in many ways and almost always causes learning disruptions.  We are a learning organization and our mission is to educate and prepare children for high school, college and careers so they may lead successful and rewarding lives.

Therefore, please talk with your children about appropriate use of social media and monitor what they are writing and reading.  It would suffice to say that if every parent did this on a regular random basis, we would have a lot fewer disruptions to the learning environment.

Below are a few tips we recommend:

  1. No electronics in bedrooms after bedtime. 
  2. Cell phones turned in to parent at bedtime. Cell phones belong to the parents who pay the bill!
  3. Spot checking text messages
  4. Get a list of passwords for all devices and kids may not change without permission
  5. Set enforceable consequences for violations.  Have a specific amount of time for loss of device.  Excessive time for deprivation = no leverage
  6. Remove computer cord to restrict access as needed.
  7. Have your kids explain the terms: Snapchat, twitter, Instagram, etc. and how they are accessed, for what purposes and with whom do they connect.

WHMS Parent Information Night!!

I am pleased to announce that we again will be hosting a parent’s information night on October 29th at 6 pm in the Windy Hill Middle School Media Center.  Many of the topics will help you understand the technologies our kids are using, if they are safe and how they can be used appropriately.

Topics include:

  • cyber safety
  • appropriate use of social media
  • HAC Tips
  • Technology resources available for parents to partner in their child’s education.

We have a quest speaker, Mrs. Kathryn Marsh, Assistant State’s Attorney for Calvert County who specializes in cyber-crimes.  You won’t want to miss her presentation!

Please help us spread the word.  This is open to ALL families and will be very informative.  If you know of someone who does not get these messages, please share this with them.

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