Award Year: 2016

Wheatridge Middle School

318 East Washington Street
Gardner, KS, 66030-1215

(913) 856-2900

Mr. Jim Brockway, Principal at time of Nomination

Carl Garrett, Current Principal

Title I School

Gardner Edgerton School District

School Website

Mission

Wheatridge Middle School provides a positive and safe environment where all students are challenged academically and guided to make good decisions.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 4%
  • White: 89%
  • Hispanic: 4%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Application
Mr. Smith guides WMS students through an Engineering project

Mr. Smith guides WMS students through an Engineering project

SPURS Road to Success. Generations of staff, students, and community members have worked to establish a remarkably positive school culture at Wheatridge Middle School. The WMS Mustangs abide by the following mission statement: Wheatridge Middle School provides a positive and safe environment where all students are challenged academically and guided to make good decisions.

Each year, time is spent to build relationships with new staff, students, parents, and community so all individuals feel excited, welcomed, and comfortable at WMS. These strong, solid relationships are the glue that holds the WMS community together. Students come to school and feel safe, respected, and worthy. Staff arrive at school with an open mind, a drive to help each individual student, and a camaraderie that cannot be forced. Two key mottos are heard and modeled throughout the school year; family comes first and there is no need to worry alone.

Wheatridge Middle School is a unique learning environment comprised of creative, intelligent, and passionate people. If you were to walk through the WMS halls or peek into the classrooms, you would feel a positive climate and see engaged, collaborative students and teachers working towards a common goal. There is not one person, strategy, or plan that makes WMS an academically successful environment. Instead, each independent part is woven together to create an intricate web of academic success.

WMS students and staff are aware of the thousands of students who have proudly called this school home. Safety, Preparedness, United, Respectful and Self-control defines and leads all Mustangs down the SPURS road to success.