Walker Mill Middle School


800 Karen Blvd.  Capitol Heights, MD  20743 

  301-808-4055  Main   301-808-4039   Fax  

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China Trip 2017

During Spring Break 2017

 Check out the details and the itinerary.

Register Here   



Please Welcome our New TAG Coordinator, Carol C. Shelton, Ed.D. 

    Dr. Carol Crawford Shelton is a native of Memphis, TN (where she was a TAG student) and a triple alumna of Howard University. She began her career in the District of Columbia and Prince George's County Public Schools as an elementary school teacher. Dr. Shelton worked at a company in New York City and opened schools to improve public schools Nationwide for several years. Afterwards, she focused on increasing student achievement as an Executive Administrator at Howard University, and also as an Assistant Principal in Washington, DC and a private school in Prince George's County, Maryland. 

      Prior to becoming the TAG Coordinator at Walker Mill Middle School, she was a TAG Coordinator at an elementary school in PGCPS as well as an Instructional Lead Teacher, Professional Development Lead Teacher, Alternative Student Testing Coordinator, TAG Intermediate Pull-out Teacher, Reading Resource Teacher, Literacy Chair, and Grade-level Chair.  In addition to her current position as the TAG Coordinator, she is also a member of the PGCPS Annual Charter School Performance Review and Site Visit Committee. 

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Thank You, Mrs. Rosie Allen-Herring and Dr. Bridgette Rhodes as our Honor Roll Assembly Speakers!

Special Thanks to Ms. Baylis, Mr. Gregory, and Ms. Phillips for Performances by: WMMS Panthers’ Orchestra & Chorus and Dancers and Special Thanks to Ms. Adams, Ms. Tavares, Mrs. Etienne, and Mrs. Cager for your diligence and teamwork!

Our Puma PRIDE Application is ONLINE!

9th Grade Application- http://tinyurl.com/wisepumapride 

10th Grade Application- http://tinyurl.com/wisepumapride2020

Teacher Reference Forms- http://tinyurl.com/pumapridereference * PGCPS ACCESS ONLY

Teachers who are not in the PGCPS District can complete the hard copy of the form. Students should send the completed form in a sealed envelope to Dr. Henry A. Wise High School attention: Puma PRIDE Scholars Program Application by the application deadline.

2017-18 Puma PRIDE Application Deadline

March 31, 2017

*** If you have missed the application deadline, you may still apply. Your application will be considered and if you are accepted, you will be placed on a wait-list***

Check out the IB Program and their Academic Showcase at Frederick Douglass High Schools on                    Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 6:30pm
https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?ui=2&ik=4ba8af92cb&view=att&th=159f4a26395476bc&attid=0.1&disp=inline&realattid=f_iyljfsjf0&safe=1&zw8 Empowering Middle Grade Novels for Kids Interested in Social Justice  8 Empowering Middle Grade Novels for Kids Interested in Social Justice
1. One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams Garcia  2. A Little Piece of Ground by Elizabeth Baird 
3.  Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper  4. The Breadwinner Trilogy by Deborah Ellis 5. Sylvia & Aki by Winifred Conkling 6.  Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez  7. Operation Redwood by S. Terrell French  8. I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced by Nujood Ali and Dephine Mainoui




Fred B. Benjamin Peace Writing Contest
for Maryland Middle School Students:
Deadline: May 1, 2017
1st Place- $350
2nd Place- $250
3rd Place- $150
4th Place- $100


Dr. Tanya Deskins
6th Grade English/Language Arts
Mr. Roman Trigg
8th Grade Algebra I and Geometry

Walker Mill MS TAG Panthers are GREAT by Choice...Choose Us!

Talented and Gifted (TAG) Program Application Deadline Information

 The 2017-2018 Application is available NOW through March 13, 2017 (click here to apply).  http://specialty.pgcps.org/

What are your PLANS for this upcoming summer?
Check Out these Summer Programs Near and Far:
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Howard University Middle School » (MS)2 Summer Programs


(MS)² Summer Bridge

Incoming students are required to attend four weeks of summer enrichment. The goal of this program is to acclimate students to middle school. Students learn about the expectations of an (MS)² scholar and develop the habits that are necessary for them to be successful. During summer enrichment, students get a chance to meet some of their teachers and work on basic mathematics and writing skills. This is also an opportunity to utilize our extensive STEM technology.

(MS)² Summer School

The (MS)² Summer School is mandatory academic support for students who earned a D or F in a core course during the school year. During the five weeks, students receive targeted instruction to help with mastering standards that were unmet during the academic school year. Summer Academy is taught by (MS)² teachers and interns from the Howard University School of Education.


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Bowie State University is a public university located in a suburban setting in Bowie, Maryland. It has an enrollment of approximately 5,600 students and is a historically black institution. It offers degrees through the doctoral level. It operates a satellite operations facility that allows students hands-on experience with satellite control.


Summer Programs at Bowie State University


Computer Programming for African American Males is for academically talented students and introduces programming, 3D modeling and animation and algorithm design

Coach Sonia Chase leads summer Basketball Camps with sessions for boys and girls.


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In conjunction with the Curry School of Education, the University of Virginia announces the 39th year of its residential summer program for gifted and/or high ability students. Students enrolled in grades 4-10 during the 2016/2017 school year were able to apply to attend a twelve day session. SEP has three summer sessions:

Applications for the Summer program are available on this website every December 15th and are due on February 15th for that summer's program.

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies

Find Yourself at Stanford the Summer!

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies selects the finest students from around the world to come to Stanford for an amazing summer experience.

Our programs offer highly motivated, intellectually curious students the opportunity to investigate topics not typically taught in high school. Students engage in small classes with instructors who are experts in their fields and passionate about teaching. Past students have frequently described their experience on the Stanford campus as life-changing.


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Literacy is a key component of EVERY subject, please practice writing a Brief Constructive Response (BCR) to explain the formulation of answers in all subjects i.e., math, science, social studies, technology, etc. to focus on improve your literacy skills this Holiday Season.

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Note of Interest: 8th Graders...

During your break, please investigate more academic advancement through the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programmes at Central HS, Douglas HS, and Suitland HS...our feeder IB high schools.

Check our website next semester for continued updates on the IB Diploma Programme.



PSAT 8/9 Follow-Up:  The College Board, which owns the SAT, just announced that  starting Jan. 1, “the vast majority” of students who have special-education plans that already include accommodations for testing — such as extra time, sitting in a separate room, and/or having the test read to the student — will receive automatic approval for the same accommodations when taking the SAT, PSAT 10, PSAT/NMSQT, SAT subject tests and AP exams.  
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Please visit: www1.pgcps.org/aboutpgcps/index.aspx?id=172037


As discussed, please take advantage of the PGCML's Library Link Resources: http://ww1.pgcmls.info/LINK

Prince George's County Memorial Library LINK (Leap Into New Knowledge)  Linking Literacy and Learning

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   What is LINK?

LINK allows all Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS) students access to library services using their 9-digit ID Number with PGCPS in front, no sign-up needed!


Ex. PGCPS100100100 (ID can be found on child's report card)       

The last four digits of their number is the PIN. (Ex. 0100)  



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Use the Library LINK for FREE:


  • Tutorial Services Weekdays (2pm-12am)
  • Rosetta Stone for Multiple Languages
  • Research, Online Books, and More!!








     Our Panther Pride Talented and Gifted (TAG) Program is an enriched, intensive educational program that meets the specialized needs of highly able students with exceptional talents in various disciplines.  The program is highly accelerated and enriched in Mathematics, affording students success and high achievement on the PARCC, M/I, FAST8 and PSAT 8/9 assessments; keys to open doors to the STEM Specialty Programs at Flowers High School, Oxon Hill High School, and Roosevelt High School, the Academy of Science and Health, DuVal High School, and many more. 

      The TAG Program offers students a full-day, instructional program with specialty courses that students may potentially earn several high school credits. The Middle School TAG Program at Walker Mill Middle School totally immerses students in the Multiple Intelligence Study by Howard Gardner.  The English Department engages students using the William and Mary Curriculum, a program integrating a rigorous literary and vocabulary approach to our students. Our Mathematics Department has a focus on high school credits in Algebra l and Geometry l, plus our TAG students can earn high school credits in Mandarin Chinese and Spanish as well. Through interdisciplinary and thematic units, TAG students experience activities utilizing their strengths with classroom Arts Integration in Orchestra, Vocal Music, and Band.  Students explore their interest and strengths throughout the year as they participate in activities collaboratively planned by their team of teachers.  Additionally, the Gifted Students with Special Learning Needs (GSLN) are given viable educational experiences that emphasize their gifts and their strengths.  They receive all components of the TAG Center Program taught using strategies to accentuate their strengths and are provided accommodations based on their needs.   

 Parents requesting TAG screening for their child should contact Dr. Shelton at Carol.Shelton@pgcps.org by January 5, 2017 for the 2016-2017 School Year. Testing will be held on Wednesday, January 12th @ 10:30AM using the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT) and the School and College Ability Test (SCAT).  You are invited to explore the TAG program at Walker Mill Middle School; please schedule your appointment today.  



Pictured Below: Students at Prince George's Community College Forensics course (archived)

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  • College of William and Mary Language Arts Curriculum for Highly Able Learners ~ Persuasion, 1940s and Utopia Units 
  • Literature Focus Units ~ Classics and Shakespeare 
  • Junior Great Books Shared Inquiry 


  • Algebra 
  • Geometry 
  • First In Math 


  • Science Fair Winners
  • Science Bowl 


  • China Study Tours
  • National History Day Research Project 
  • Intro to Mandarin Chinese
  • Chinese 1
  • Chinese 2
  •   Intro to Spanish 
  • Spanish 1  
  • Spanish 2 








  • Full-day instructional program
  • Highly trained and experienced teachers 
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Algebra l and Geometry l 
  • Full-time TAG Program Coordinator 
  • Opportunities for students to progress individually 
  • Common Core State Standards compacted 
  • Accelerated and enriched instruction 
  • Off-site educational, scientific, and artistic enrichment opportunities 
  • Laboratory approach to accelerate and enrich science instruction 
  • Advance study and research skills 
  • Study of the Fine Arts 
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