Special programs: Mathematics, Engineering, Science, Achievement (MESA); GATE
Sports: Basketball, soccer, flag football, track and field
Clubs: ASES, Drawing Club, Students Making a Difference, Hands on Trees Club, Mathletes, Spartan Breakers, Anime Club, K-Fever, Book Club, Club Live, Gay Straight Alliance, Junior ACE, Minecraft
Will C. Wood, is one of the Superintendent’s Priority Schools. Home of the Spartans, it is a 7-8 grade middle school where students are provided a rigorous education to prepare them for high school.
Courses available are: GATE classes, Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Art and MESA (Mathematics Engineering and Science Achievement), FACE (Family and Consumer Education), Student Leadership, Computers, Spanish, ELL (English Language Learner) classes and Music. Students leaving Will C. Wood are well-rounded individuals who are prepared for their academic future. We also offer many clubs such as: Gardening, Students Making a Difference, Mathletes, Golf and many more. A few of the organizations who share partnerships with Will C. Wood include The Sacramento Kings, California Endowment, U.C. Davis, Wells Fargo and Sacramento State University.
Will C. Wood Middle School students were treated to a fun, Halloween-themed safety fair on October 30 – an event that closed Walk and Bike to School Month for SCUSD.
Co-hosted by the state Office of Traffic Safety, the fair featured Pete Walker, a California safety mascot who has appeared on billboards and bus ads throughout October. Walker wears a costume made of car parts and promotes the message “Pedestrians Don’t Have Armor.”
Many students, some dressed in costumes, posed with Pete Walker at a “selfie station.”
Students in Will C. Wood Middle School’s Book Club participated in a Japanese tea ceremony at Sacramento State and later dined at Benihanas to celebrate completion of the novel “The Sign of the Chrysanthemum” by Katherine Patterson.
Robotics teams from several SCUSD schools participated in the initial Northern California FIRST LEGO League qualifying tournament held November 10 at John F. Kennedy High School.
FIRST LEGO League is an international competition that develops critical skills in science and technology in a super-charged learning atmosphere. Small teams of 9 to 14 year olds design, build, program and test an autonomous LEGO Mindstorms robot along with a project developed as a solution to a real world problem developed with experts.
Both of Will C. Wood Middle School’s robotics teams made excellent showings at the First LEGO League Qualifier held at John F. Kennedy High School on Saturday, November 10.
The Super Spartans and Spartan League placed first and second in the robot performance portion of the tournament. The Super Spartans also placed first in robot design. Both teams are now preparing for the regional championships!
Will C. Wood Middle School is one of 11 SCUSD schools that completed the district’s Welcoming Schools Certification Process last year. The process requires schools to complete six “milestones” related to improving school climate and strengthening community partnerships.
The goal of the initiative is to stimulate partnerships between community organizations and schools, make families feel comfortable and welcome at schools, validate families on their efforts and foster a mutual understanding that families are part of the school’s and district’s decision-making process.
Students from Will C. Wood Middle School traveled to Point Reyes National Seashore last month where many of them experienced both the ocean and campfire s’mores for the very time. The 35 students and their chaperones stayed at the Clem Miller Education Center, a facility that includes five cabins and a large lodge for teaching, eating and hanging out. Kids hiked over 20 miles, learned native fauna and flora, visited a Miwok Village, studied the health of a creek and created a database report. Said one student: “It was a great experience to learn so many things in nature and see tide pools for the first time! I even picked up a jelly fish off of the beach!” Kudos to chaperones Nicole Costanzo, Marni Culy Wolf, Bruce Boyer and parents Sandra Tye and Mr. Thao.
The Will C. Wood Middle School Open House and Multicultural Faire featured costumes, dancing and delicious food. Families enjoyed seeing student work in the cafeteria and the creative door decorating contest boards displayed in the hallways. Performers included professional dancers from Underground Flow, Grupo Folklorico Los Alteños, Kalpulli Xihuacoatl Danza Azteca and student dancers, including the Spartan Breakers and the school’s Hmong Dance Group.
April 20 officially marked the successful completion of Parents As Partners in Schools (PAPS) first cohort! The second cohort is currently in full swing and will be completed in the next few weeks! PAPS provides parents and community members the opportunity to learn more about being involved in their child’s education, becoming an effective advocate for their child’s needs, gaining leadership skills and improving communication to have effective parent-teacher relationships.
Will C. Wood Middle School students brought home big prizes at the regional MESA Day competition at San Jose State University. In their first year participating in the LEGO robotics program, Nina Harris and Thuong Nguyen were awarded first place. Nina and Thuong were able to program their robot to complete the course in just under a minute, beating teams from all over Northern California. After months of hard work and dedication, these two young ladies saw their hard work pay off.
Will C Wood Middle School students and their parents toured California State University, Sacramento, last month – the 10th annual fieldtrip to CSUS sponsored by the 65th Corridor Project and the university. The group enjoyed a day filled with informational workshops on such topics as financial aid and admission requirements provided in their home language. Parents and students were welcomed by CSUS Provost Joseph F. Sheley and Dr. Greg Mark, director of 65th Corridor Project. It was a great opportunity for parents to visit a college campus and see all the opportunities available right around the corner from their neighborhood
Students in 7th and 8th grade are not included in the GATE identification process in the Sacramento City Unified School District. Students who are identified as GATE in grades second through sixth will continue to be identified as GATE students throughout their middle and high school years. These classes include GATE identified students as well as students who have demonstrated high achievement or high potential.
Elementary, middle, and high school students are assigned to a designated neighborhood school based on where the student lives, as long as the school offers the services the student needs. Each neighborhood school has a defined geographic boundary and is intended to serve the students who live within that geographic boundary.
Go to our Attendance Area page for more information about school boundaries, attendance maps and our neighborhood school locator.
Superintendent Raymond launched the Priority Schools program in the spring of 2010 to accelerate the rate of student learning in low-performing, high-poverty schools. Six schools were initially selected for participation: Oak Ridge, Father Keith B. Kenny and Leataata Floyd (formerly Jedediah Smith) elementary schools; Fern Bacon and Will C. Wood middle schools; and Hiram Johnson High School. Rosa Parks Middle School was added to the program in June 2011.