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The South Carolina Department of Education is seeking public comment and suggestions for changes to the South Carolina Accountability System,

school and district report cards, and the federal plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Details are here: http://bitly.ws/35Jv


Code of Conduct Review Code of Conduct jpg

Dear Williston School District 29 Family:


We are in the process of reviewing and updating our Codes of Conduct for school year 2019-2020. They may be accessed by clicking on the following links .  Your feedback is most vital to this process.  

If you have suggestions or recommendations, feel free to email them to mheyward@williston.k12.sc.us before December 20, 2018.  We thank you in advance for your remarks.  

Committed to Excellence,


M. Heyward, Superintendent

Elementary School Code of Conduct                 Middle and High School Code of Conduct

Student Flu Vaccine Flu Vaccine Clinic

The Flu Clinic for students will be held at their school on November 14, 2018

Please visit the site listed below to complete an online consent for the Flu Vaccination



The validation codes are as follows:


Kelly Edwards Elementary: 10629007

Williston-Elko Middle: 10629008

Williston-Elko High: 10629006

Weather Update Weather Update

Based on weather concerns with Hurricane Michael, Barnwell School District 45, Blackville School District 19, and Williston School District 29 will dismiss early according to their early release schedules on Wednesday, October 10, 2018.  With current weather forecasts, Barnwell School District 45, Blackville School District 19, and Williston School District 29 also plan to close on Thursday, October 11th, for students and employees. District officials will continue to monitor weather conditions throughout the day Wednesday, working with local and state emergency management officials. Should conditions improve, schools could reopen Thursday on a normal or delayed schedule.

Families will receive any updates on the status of school for Thursday, October 11th through local media, district and school websites, social media, and other district communications.

Barnwell 45 – Primary and elementary schools will dismiss at 12:45pm.  Middle and high schools will dismiss at 1:15pm.

Blackville 19 – All schools will dismiss at 12pm.

Williston 29 – Elementary school will dismiss at 12:30pm.  Middle and high schools will dismiss at 12:45pm.

As always, we would like to extend gratitude to our county’s Emergency Management officials and thank them for all they do to prepare us for emergency situations like this. Our priority is the safety of our students and families, and we encourage everyone to take measures to prepare for the potential impact of this storm.

Flu Clinic Coming Flu Vaccine Clinic

More information on dates will arrive soon.

Stay tuned!

Williston School District 29 Construction Bid "Update of new bid date November 29th" Request for Bid

Please click here to see the Request For Bid for renovations to Kelly Edwards Elementary School and Williston-Elko High School.


Attached is the RFP for Special Inspection Services.


"Update of new bid date November 29th"

Williston School District 29 Safety Measures Safety Letter

Safety Letter

School Open On Monday, September 17 School Back in Session

In the latest updates from Hurricane Florence, county emergency officials are expecting rain and minimum winds. Barnwell School District 45, Barnwell School District 19, and Barnwell School District 29 will be operating at normal schedule beginning Monday, September 17th. We appreciate Emergency Management Officials working with us to make the best possible decisions regarding school operations. The safety of our students, staff, and families is our priority.

Schools Closed Due To Severe Weather School Closing

Based on future storm projections and in an abundance of caution, all Barnwell County schools including Barnwell 45, Barnwell 19, and Williston 29, will be closed for the remainder of the week.  All extracurricular activities, including football games and practices, are also cancelled.  A shelter will be opened tomorrow at 10:00 am at Barnwell Elementary School at 10524 Marlboro Avenue, Barnwell, SC.  Thank you.

Dr. Marcella Heyward and the WSD29 School Board of Trustees welcome students and staff back to school Photo of Dr. Marcella Heyward and the WSD29 Board of Trustees

Dr. Marcella Heyward and the WSD29 School Board of Trustees would like to welcome students and staff to the 2018-2019 school year.

We are looking forward to a very successful and prosperous school year.

#WELead #StandUp4SCPublicSchools

School Improvement Council WEMS School Improvement Council 2018-19
New Student Enrollment (updated) New Student Enrollment


(Please Watch the Tutorial First)

Enrollment tutorial for new students and currently enrolled students

We have a new online enrollment form for NEW students that will be enrolling at Williston School District 29 for the 2018-2019 school year.

Please click here to be carried to that link  The District Code for that form is WSD29.

NOTE: This is for NEW enrollees only. 


If your student has been or is currently enrolled at Williston School District 29, you will create an account or log into Parent portal here

to complete the eCollect forms. The district code for Parent Portal is SMTP

We will also have information at registration to update your information in PowerSchool for already enrolled students.



5th Annual Back to School Bash Back to School Bash

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Community Biscuit and Coffee Drop-In Dr.  Marcella Heyward Photo

Williston School District will be hosting a community Biscuit and Coffee Breakfast (Drop-In) with the new Superintendent, Dr. Marcella Heyward.

on Wednesday June 27, 2018 from 8:30am -10:am at the district office.

We invite and welcome all community members to come out and meet our new Superintendent.

The Summer Feeding Program Summer Food Program

Summer Food program is as follows:

June 11-July 31

Breakfast hours- 7:30 am -9:00 am

Lunch hours, 10:30 am - 1:00 pm, free to all children 18 and under.

WEMS Middle School Tag Students participate in Rubik's Cube Competition Rubik's Cube

Safety Announcment Important Announcement

Please click here for Announcment in regard to an allegation of a threat made at Williston Elko Middle School yesterday, March 12, 2018

Child Find Explanation of Child Find

Child Find will be held Wednesday February 14, 2018 at Kelly Edwards Elementary School from 12:pm to 4pm or Friday, Feburary 16, 2018 from 9am to 1pm. See attached

Child Find PDF

Survey for Superintendent Search Survey Photo

Attached is a Superintendent Search survey that Williston School District 29 would like all stakeholders (community, staff, teachers, students, and administrators) to participate in.  Your input is important to us.  Results will be reported to the School Board on February 20, so please take a moment to participate in this 3 question survey prior to February 7, 2018.  There will also be paper copies at the school.


Flu Season (A guide for parents) Flu emoji



The Flu: A Guide for Parents Flu Information Influenza (also known as flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose,



Why the Flu Infects Mostly in Winter: 





Get Your Flu Shot! Get Your Flu Shot!

Get Your Flu Shot!

Red Ribbon Week Red Ribbon Week

Hello Everyone,

Next week is Red Ribbon Week (Oct. 23-27). The theme is “Be All You Can Be, Be Drug-Free.”

Here is the plan:

Mon.: “Shade out Drugs!”- Students can wear their favorite shades. Bracelets will be in your boxes to hand out to students to wear for the week. Students are encouraged to wear the bracelets all week long. Student Council members and I will walk the halls during class changes and students who are participating in the daily theme & wearing their bracelet could be rewarded with treats/prizes.

Tues.: “Sock It to Drugs!”- Students can wear their craziest socks. “Be All You Can Be, Drug Free” pencils will be in your boxes to hand out to students.

Wed.: “Team Up Against Drugs”- Students should wear their favorite college/sports attire to show they are focused on their goals, not drugs. Suckers with drug-free messages for each student will be in your boxes.

Thurs.: “Drugs Are Tacky”- Students should wear their tackiest outfit in support of leading a drug-free life. Ribbons with a drug-free message for each student will be in your boxes.

Fri.: “Red Out Day”- Students should wear red in support of leading drug-free lives. Students will be able to sign a banner to show their commitment to lead a drug free life.

Updated School Closings Weather update

Williston School District 29, Barnwell School District 45, Barnwell School District 19 will be closed for students and employees Monday, September 11th and Tuesday, September 12th. 

Barnwell Elementary School will open as an emergency shelter at 10am Saturday morning. 

As always, we would like to extend gratitude to our county’s Emergency Management officials and thank them for all they do to prepare us for emergency situations like this. Our priority is the safety of our students and families, and we encourage everyone to take measures to prepare for the potential impact of this storm.

Parent University

Parent University

WEMS will host a Parent University for our 6th Grade Parents on August 8th at 6:00 pm.  We apologize that the date has been different a few times.  Mr. Sweet and others will be available to share important information that will help you transition to the middle school.  There will also be an opportunity to ask questions and register your student.  This Parent University is only for the 6th grade parents. 

Middle School Football Info Meeting

Middle School Football Info Meeting

When: August 7th @ 6:00 pm

Where: WE Weight Room

Meet the Teacher

Meet The Teacher Night

August 15, 2017

4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.


Student Registration/SIC Nomination

School Registration/SIC Nominations

Date: August 2nd          Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

         August 3rd                      3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

School Improvement Council (SIC) Nominations will be taken on both days.  The election will be held on August 24th. 

Student Supply List supplies
Parent University

Williston-Elko Middle School

WHEN: MAY 22, 2017 @ 6:00 PM

Parents, WEMS would like to help you prepare for your child’s transition to the middle school. The faculty and staff will provide information that will assist you before school starts and on those first few days. You will receive information on our arrival and dismissal procedures. Teachers will also discuss the curriculum and provide other important information to assist with the transition to middle school. There will be time for you to ask questions. WEMS wants your child’s middle experience to be the best it can be.   

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8th Grade Graduation

8th Graduation

8th Grade Graduation will be held on May 25, 2017 at 9:00 am in the WSD29 auditorium. Graduation will begin at 9:00 am. 

8th Grade Prom


8th Grade Prom will be held on May 19, 2017 from 7:00 pm-10:00 pm. The location of the 8th Grade Prom will be the canteen. The school will be sending home more information. 



SIC Meeting


Our next meeting will be on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 6:00 pm. We will meet in Lab 1 located on the main hallway. 

TDAP Consent for 6th Graders

TDAP Consent for 6th Grade due April 27th

Special Olympics

Special Olympics

Autism Awareness Day

Autism Awareness



WEMS' S.I.C. meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 at 6:00 PM


WEMS' ProTeam visited USC Aiken's Teaching Fellows Program! 





Illness Protocol

Illness Protocol

ILLNESS PROTOCOL:  Students and faculty with a temperature of 100.0 F or higher are required to stay home from school. Students and staff may not return to school until the fever has been gone for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications.  Students and faculty may not participate in school or school activities if they are experiencing vomiting and/or diarrhea.  

For a complete listing of conditions that are listed on the SC DHEC “School Exclusion List” visit http://www.scdhec.gov/Health/docs/School_Exclusion_List.pdf or contact your School Nurse.  A copy of the District's "ILLNESS PROTOCOL" is available on the District web page and in the student handbook. 

***Remind your child to wash his/her hands after toileting, coughing, sneezing, and before eating. Encourage him/her to cough and sneeze into a tissue. The best way to prevent the spread of disease and illness is thorough hand-washing. Use a hand sanitizing product if soap and water are not immediately available.*** 

National Children's Dental Health Month

National Children's Dental Health Month

National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM) is observed every February around the world, and is sponsored by the American Dental Association® (ADA) and their public oral hygiene resource – Mouth Healthy™. The impetus behind NCDHM is the goal of early adoption of proper oral hygiene techniques by our young people. Children, from infants to toddlers to teenagers, must be taught the importance of good oral health, and the techniques to achieve it. This helps ensure a solid base for them to build a lifetime of strong dental health on.

If you are in need of a great dentist in your area, please visit SmileGeneration.com,  MyKidsDentistOnline.com, or EveryKidsDentist.com

National School Breakfast Week

National School Breakfast Week

National School Breakfast Week

March 6-10

Bus Driver Appreciation Week

Bus Driver Appreciation Week

February 13-17, 2017


Bus Driver Appreciation Week

Thank a Bus Driver Today

Early Release Day

Early Release Day

February 15, 2017 is an Early Release Day
Kelly Edwards students will be dismissed at 12:30
WEMS and WEHS will be dismissed at 12:45


Shrek the Musical

The W-E Drama Department is proud to announce they will present SHREK THE MUSICAL for public performance on Feb 3 and Feb 4 at 7:00 PM.

The house will open to the public at 6:15. Admission is $8.
Children 4 and younger are free but must sit in an adult’s lap.

Tickets are available from cast members or by calling WEHS at 266-3110. Seats will not be reserved, nor are they allowed to be held for latecomers. Seats sold at the door may be limited so be sure to purchase your tickets beforehand to ensure you do not miss this dynamic production. SHREK THE MUSICAL is based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and the book by William Steig with Book and Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire, and Music by Jeanine Tesori. It was originally produced on Broadway by DreamWorks Theatricals and Neal Street Productions, originally Directed by Jason Moore and Rob Ashford, and includes “I’m a Believer” by Neil Diamond. SHREK THE MUSICAL is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com


Science Fair Winners

Science Fair Winners

Please click on the picture or the following link to view the presentation of the science fair awards:

 Science Fair Awards


Happy Holidays from the Middle School Mrs. Zieman and her art class display their gingerbread house creations

From our middle school family to yours - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!  School will release tomorrow, Dec. 21 at 11:30.  We will resume our regular school schedule on Wednesday, January 4.  

Miss and Master Blue Fire Pageant Sponsored by the Blue Fire Drumline

Miss and Master Blue Fire Pageant Application

Lions Club Sight Program (Vision and Hearing Screenings)




As part of the Williston School District #29 School Health Program, members from the LIONS CLUB VISION SERVICES will be performing vision & hearing  screenings on elementary and 7th grade students  November 28, 29, & 30th.  There is no fee for the screenings.  If you do not want your child to participate in the LIONS CLUB VISION SERVICES screenings please sign and return the consent that was sent home or contact your School Nurse.  


Computer Science Education Week

Election Day (No School)

Don't Forget!


November 8, 2016




MS Basketball Tryouts

MS Boys' Basketball tryouts will be held on Monday, November 7th and Wednesday, November 9th from 5:00 to 6:30pm at the WEHS gym. Students must have a physical completed and form turned in before trying out! Physical forms are available at the front office. 

Honoring our Veterans

Get your Flu Shot!


SC DHEC Health Department will be on our school campuses Friday November 18th to vaccinate students against the flu.  Consents will be sent home later this week and must be returned by November 10th. Contact your School Nurse for more information.   Make sure you complete both sides of the side and that you sign the form. Children with incomplete consents will not be vaccinated. Click on the link below for additional information. 

Flu Shot Information

Veterans Day Program Veteran's Day

The students, faculty, and staff of Williston-Elko School District #29, would like to extend an invitation to ALL veterans, to come and be a part of our schools' Veteran's Day program.  The program will take place in the school's gymnasium, which is located behind the district office, on Friday, November 11th, at 2:00PM.  We ask that all veterans please be seated in the chairs located on the floor of the gymnasium before the program begins.  For more information, please contact Susan Eichman at Williston Elko Middle School.

WEMS Homecoming 2016 WEMS Homecoming Queen, Emma Davisson and 1st runner-up, Ty'uanna Wiggins

WEMS held its annual homecoming events this past week.  They kicked off the week by participating daily in spirit week activities. A pep rally was held Thursday to crown the 2016 8th grade class representative.  Cadashia Brown was crowned Miss 8th grade.  The homecoming court was also introduced during the pep rally.  Thursday evening, the football team played against North, and came out winners!!  The homecoming court took the field at half time and Ty'uanna Wiggins was announced as the 1st runner-up and Emma Davisson was crowned the 2016 WEMS Homecoming Queen.  Congratulations to the football team on their win against North and to the girls who won homecoming!  


Williston-Elko Middle School is proud to introduce our new Career Development Facilitator, Mrs. Susie Runnels.  She is certrified as a Global Development Facilitator and an Elementary School Guidance Counselor.  She is currently pursuing a licence in Professional Counseling (LPC). She is married and they have a child attending the College of Charleston and a child that is a freshman at Aiken High School. WEMS is excited to have a full time CDF! 

Unity Day

Unity Day

Click on the picture above to discover more information about Unity Day!

School Pictures photo

Due to the school being closed last Friday, we have extended the due date for ordering your child's school pictures to this Friday, Oct. 14th.  If you would like to purchase your child's picture, please send the form, along with their payment, to their teacher by Friday.  If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Toole.  

Monday, October 10, 2016

There will be a 2-hour Delay tomorrow October 10, 2016

School Cancelled Due To Hurricane Matthew

School will be closed Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week and all after-school functions will be cancelled.

Hurricane Matthew is making its way towards the coast and an official evacuation order has been issued for the low country.  Though we are not expecting the weather to impact our area, Barnwell School Districts are official evacuation centers and Highway 78 and 278 are evacuation routes.  Due to the amount of traffic coming through our area and the need to keep our facilities available for evacuation centers, the Director of Emergency Management and Governor Haley have requested for schools in Barnwell County to close for the remainder of the week.

Junior Beta Induction Ceremony



 You’re invited! 

What : WEMS Junior Beta Club Induction Ceremony 

When : 3:00pm on Sunday October 2nd, 2016 

Where : Williston-Elko District Auditorium 

WHY : To celebrate the induction of our new WEMS Betas that will help us strive to ‘Lead by Serving Others’! 

The Induction ceremony will begin promptly at 3pm and will be followed by a short reception in the canteen with refreshments. Please Contact Mrs. Portune for additional details.

"We Are One" and "Character Education

WSD29 Mentor/Volunteer Training RSVP







Mentor and Substitute Teacher Training

Click on the icons below for training information. 

Character Word of the Month

Character Word for the Month of September: 


Open House

You are invited to Williston-Elko Middle School's Open House on September 15, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.   

School Pictures

School pictures will be taken in the district auditorium on Wednesday, Sept. 7.  Picture forms will be sent home with your students the week of Aug. 29. No money is due at the time of pictures.  Your student will bring home their picture proof about two weeks after pictures are taken.  If you wish to purchase pictures, you will send back the proofs, along with your payment, to your child's teacher.  If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Toole in the media center.    



Yearbooks On Sale!!

Yearbooks are now on sale!!  Order yours today!! The cost of the yearbook is $55.  After Christmas break, that cost will go up.  If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Toole in the media center. You also have the option of ordering oline by clicking on the Josten logo below. It will take you to the website that has Williston-Elko High School at the top.  It is the correct page.  


New Crosswalk

WSD #29 now has a different location to cross over Main Street. It is NO longer in front of the magistrate's office. That crossing area has been removed. Students will cross in front of the district office, at the Ms. Daisy M. Robinson monument. There will be a crossing guard there before and after school. 

Substitute Teacher Training

Substitute Teacher Training will be August 20th beginning at 10:00 am at the Williston School District Office, 12255 Main Street, Williston, SC  29853


Student Registration will be: August 3rd 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. & August 4th 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

Please click on the links below to view examples of the forms you will be asked to complete and documents you will need to bring with you to register your student.  If you should have any questions about this information, please contact the school.  

                                    FORM 1 (Front)

                                    FORM 1 (Back)

                                    FORM 2 


Upcoming Events

Williston School District 29
Upcoming Events

August 5th:   New Teacher Orientation
August 7th: 3rd Annual Back to School Bash (Click here)
August 8th:   District Opening/Vendor Fair  
August 8th - 12th: Teacher Inservice Days         
August 11th: District Professional Learning
August 15th: First Day of School
August 16th: Monthly Board Meeting




WEMS needs your help and support. Every year parents and community members as asked to serve on the School Improvement Council, but few come forward to be a part of this important council. What does this council do and why is it so important? This council helps the school become better. Of course no school is perfect, and all have areas to improve. This council can work with the facility and staff to make improvements and address issues that we face every year. You may have ideas that will help our students perform better and have a better school experience. Our motto is Where Excellence Means Success. Help your school become excellent and help your school to make effective decisions for the safety and betterment of all students. If you would like to serve on this council, please contact the school at 803-266-3430. Thank you in advance for your support, time, and service.


August 3, 2016     8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

August 4, 2016     3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

Registration will take place in the WEMS cafeteria.  All students must have documentation to show proof of residency.  For more information about student registration click on the following:  http://bit.ly/29c8NNt


2016-2017 Supply List
Kelly Edwards 2016 Summer Camp


Kelly Edwards 2016 Summer Camp Workers Needed:

1. Media Center Assistant

2. Computer Lab Assistant

Middle School Summer Reading 2016

Kick back, relax, and enjoy a good book while you are at home this summer.  There are hundreds of books to choose from at the Williston Public Library or your local bookstores.  Pick up two or three ... or ten to read this summer!  The following list are recommended titles that are age-appropriate, well written, as well as interesting, to the reader. Browse the Williston Public Library or bookstores for one or more of these books.



CreateEng Camp

Please take note that Deadline is Wednesday.  

Student Medicine Pickup

All student medications must be picked up by a parent before June 3rd.  Any medications left in the Nurse's Office after June 3rd will be destroyed.  No medications will be handed out to students. 

Student Pickup Re-Route




Due to road reconstruction on Warren Street and Furman Street,  Student pickup will be re-routed through the front of the District Office.  Please come through the horseshoe drive and follow the instruction of designated personnel.



Congratulations Nicholas Eichman!!!

Congratulations to Nicholas Eichman!!  He was the lucky winner of the flat screen television that WEMS raffled off for the Barnwell County Relay for Life.  All proceeds were given to Barnwell County Relay for Life.  

Special Olympics, May 5th

The Special Olympics is back on for Thursday, May 5, 2016  

Teacher Appreciation Week 2016

May 2nd – 6th is Teacher Appreciation Week

Williston School District 29 takes this opportunity to thank our teachers for their endless support and guidance given to our students and community.  Teachers, we appreciate your diligence and the hard work you have placed in creating a positive yet academically challenging environment for the students of Williston School District 29.



8th Grade Prom

The 8th grade will have their prom on Friday, May 20, at 7pm.  To attend, your student must wear the appropriate attire and have no fees owed to the school.  Questions? Please see an 8th grade teacher.  More details to follow at a later date.

8th Grade Graduation

8th grade graduation will be held on Thursday, May 26.  More details and time will be announced  at a later date.  For questions, please see an 8th grade teacher.  Students must have all fees paid in order to participate.

Special Olympics

The Special Olympics that would have been taking place Friday, April 22, 2016 has been postponed until further notice due to impending weather!

WEMS Names 2016 Teacher of the Year
Barnwell County Relay for Life Event

Williston-Elko Middle School is participating in the Relay for Life Event on Friday, April 15th. Friday at school is CRAZY HAT Day, students must pay $1 dollar to their teacher to participate. Be creative and silly Make sure the hats are in good taste. Nothing offensive or profanity. Join the Fight AGAINST CANCER and WEAR your CRAZY HAT

Relay for Life Raffle

The Williston-Elko Middle School will be raffling off a Sanyo 43" LED 1080p HDTV for Relay for Life.  The cost of the tickets will be 1 for $3.00 OR 2 for $5.00.  Drawing will be on May 2, 2016.  All proceeds will go towards Relay for Life.  Please see a middle school student or come by the school to buy a ticket.

Special Olympics

Science Fair Meeting for Parents

This year WEMS will be participating in a district wide Science Fair.  Students from all grade levels are encouraged to showcase their best Science skills by competing in the Science Fair.  One winner will be selected from each classroom. Each classroom winner will then compete for the district winner.  Ribbons will be awarded to all classroom winners, with the district winner receiving a trophy.  Students should come home with a guide that will help them with the scientific process.  Projects should be completed at home.  Students can compete alone or in a team (with no more than four members).  Science teachers from each grade level will provide additional guidance and support.  A meeting will be held in the district auditorium on Tuesday, April 12, at 5:30.  Parents are encouraged to come out and support your students.  Get the information that you need to help them have a successful and fun Science Fair experience.  You will also have the opportunity to purchase a Science Fair board for your student to use with their project at the meeting.  We hope to see you there!  Parents, with your support, we know that your student will do great work! 

Spring Pictures to be Taken

Spring pictures will be taken on April 19 in the library media classroom.  An order form will go home with your child on Monday, April 11.  If you wish to have your child's picture taken, please send back the order form, along with money, to your child's teacher on April 19.  If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Toole.

Tdap Vaccination Required for 7th Grade


SC requires all rising 7th graders receive a TDaP booster vaccine.  Nurses from SC DHEC will be administering the vaccine at W-E MS on Friday, April 15th.  This is a convenient way to have your child meet the vaccine requirement without missing school.  Consent forms were sent home with 6th grade students.  Please complete the front and back of the consent and return to the school no later than April 5th.  

Good Friday and Spring Break Holiday


School will be closed this Friday, March 25, 2016

in observance of Good Friday!

SPRING BREAK is March 28-April 1

Assessment Time Is Here

The testing season has begun.  Click HERE to gain information on the new SC READY test as well as the dates of other testing that will administered between now and the end of the school year.  Please contact Dr. Carol Lenderman at clenderman@williston.k12.sc.us or 803-266-7878 with any questions you may about any of these tests.

Daylight Savings Time

Don't Forget!

Spelling Bee

Click on the picture for more details about the WEMS' Spelling Bee! 


WEMS is taking part in the Pennies for Patients campaign to support local blood cancer patients for the month of March. Our school goal is to raise $500. If you would like to donate to this cause, please click on the link below to make a contribution. Thank you so much for your assistance with our campaign for such a worthy cause. 



MAP Testing

WEMS will be MAP Testing the week of March 7, 2016.  Please have your student at school on time.  If possible, schedule all appointments after this week or after school.  Thank you for your help and support.  

Scholastic Book Fair

It is that time once again for the annual Scholastic Book Fair at our Williston-Elko Middle and High School media center. The book fair will begin on Friday, March 18th and run until Thursday, March 24th.  The book fair will be open daily from 8:30 until 3:30.  Make plans to pop in and see what "groovy" deals we have in store for you this year.  Look for a flyer to come home with your student the week of March 7th that will list just some of the great books that will be featured at the book fair. 

Hoop For A Dream
Counselor Recognition

Williston-Elko Middle School would like to recognize Mrs. Wright, our guidance counselor for her dedication and committment to our students, faculty, and community.  It is a comfort to know that her "door is always open" to meet the needs of our students.  

Please Update Phone Numbers


If there were an emergency at school and your child needed you,would School Officials be able  to get in touch with you? Does the school have your correct telephone numbers?  Please contact the office at your child's  school  and provide us with your current telephone numbers.  

Geography Bee

Williston-Elko Middle School held its first Geography Bee on Tuesday, February 2nd in the cafeteria.  Students came to cheer on their classmates as they competed against one another to claim the title as the first winner of the WEMS Geography Bee. The students battled it out until the last man was standing.  Caleb Doolittle took the title of the first WEMS student to win the Geography Bee.  Connor Givens came in first place.  Congratulations to these young men.  Also, congratulations to the other contestants that participated in the bee.  A big thanks goes to Mr. Vincent and Ms. Kowalski for putting the Geography Bee together.  A job well done.  To see more pictures of the Geography Bee, please select the Photo Gallery link at the left of the webpage.



Winter Weather Parent Letter
Jr. Beta Club - Myrtle Beach Convention

Mrs. Portune and her Jr. Beta students left last Wednesday, January 13 for the annual Jr. Beta Convention in Myrtle Beach, SC.  The students enjoyed a great time and came back with some valuable information and ideas for next year's trip.  Pictures have been posted under the Photo Gallery tab of the webpage.  Please check them out! 

Winter Sports Pictures

Winter sports pictures will be taken on Wednesday, January 20th at 3:15 in the gym.  This includes the following sports:  Middle school boys and girls basketball, JV boys basketball, Varsity boys and girls basketball, Middle school basketball cheerleaders, Varsity basketball cheerleaders, and marching band.  Please make sure to see your coach for a picture order form.

January Student of the Month and Other Awards

The following students were chosen by their teachers for the month of January for Student of the Month, Most Improved, and Golden Rule.  Congratulations to these students!!  All other pictures can be found in the Photo Gallery section of our website.  

Bomb Threat

Dr. Missoura Ashe, Superintendent


January 7, 2016 Bomb Threat

Martin Luther King Holiday

Monday, January 18th, 2016 is Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. The Schools will be closed on this day.

Students Return on January 5th

Teacher Work Day

January 4th-No Students

Students Return On January 5th

Christmas Break Early Dismissal

Band Christmas Concert

The annual band Christmas concert will be held on Tuesday, December 8th, at 7PM in the district auditorium.  Please come out and support the band students.

Career Day

A big thanks to Mrs. Smith for pulling off yet another great career day at WEMS. Students were able to go from class to class and listen to former WEHS graduates talk about the careers that they chose to pursue upon graduating from high school.  Students came away with some valuable information about certain careers and a few trinkets to take home with them. A big thanks to the former graduates for "coming back home" to WEMS and sharing their knowledge with our students today. 

Early Release Day Due to Football Playoffs



Friday, November 20,2015 will be an early release day due to football playoffs and the need for the same bus transportation to be used to take students home and then high school students to the playoff game in Greenville to play Southside Christian School.  Kelly Edwards Elementary will be released at 1:15pm, the Williston-Elko Middle School and High School will be released at 1:30.  The alternative school will be released at 3:30.

Act 155 Diploma Petition Process

Service Learning Project

For the month of November, WEMS Jr. Beta Club will be participating in a Service Learning Project called Operation Christmas Child. Your Beta has the choice of packing their own shoebox or they can donate items for us to pack into boxes together. Each box must have a $7 donation in order for it to be shipped. I have included the instructions for packing the boxes as well as a list of various items that are suggested. This Service Learning Project will take place November 5th through November 19th. The boxes will be dropped off by Mrs. Portune at a appropriate drop site. We welcome any donations you can share. We will be choosing an afternoon to assemble these shoeboxes where the students can earn 2 hours of Service to add to their logs. This should be a fun, meaningful project that helps our BETAS ‘Lead By Serving Others’!

Krispy Kreme

For the month of November, the WEMS Jr. Beta Club will be participating in a Krispy Kreme fundraiser. The fundraiser will begin on November 5th and end on Thursday, November 19th. The doughnuts, coffee, and cards will be delivered before Thanksgiving Break and this information will be shared as soon as the date is finalized. This fundraiser will help us raise funds for our upcoming State Convention Trip.

Early Release Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Just a reminder that Wednesday, November 11, 2015, will be our second early release day.  Elementary school will dismiss at 12:30 and middle/high school at 12:45

Red Ribbon Winners

WEMS celebrated Red Ribbon week last week, Oct. 27-30.  Congratulations goes to Miss Kowalski's class for winning the door decorating contest!  Also a big congratulations goes to the 7th graders for raising the most money for the Spirit Link contest.  Mrs. Funderburk's class wasn't too far behind them!  A big thanks to all of the classes for participating in both events.  

Flu Vaccination for Students
Click on image for Flu Shot information for Students
Flu Shots to be Given to Students at WEMS

The South Carolina Department of Enviromental Control (DHEC) is working with Williston School District #29 and the Vaxcare Corporation to provide flu vaccines at your child's school.

Each year many South Carolina children get sick with the flu, and some of these children suffer serious complications.  Children with chronic health problems such as asthma, diabetes and nervous system disorders are at an especially high risk of developing serious complications from the flu.

The best way to protect your child from the flu is to get them immunized from the flu each year.

Our school will be hosting a flu vaccine clinic at the school on Friday, November 13th.This is a convenient way to get your child vaccinated from the flu without having to make an extra trip to the doctor.

Permission slips were recently sent home with the students.  Please complete the FRONT and BACK of the form and send it back to the school by Friday, Oct. 30th.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Nurse Craig (KEES) or Nurse Eichman (WEMS/WEHS).  You may also contact DHEC directly at 803-898-3432 or visit www.scdhec.gov. 

AdvancED External Review Team Recommends District System Accreditation

The External Review Team will make the recommendation to the AdvancEd Accreditation Commission that Williston School District 29 earn the distinction of District System Accreditation by AdvancED.

On Wednesday, October 21, 2015, Maureen Ryff, Lead Team Evaluator with AdvancED, presented her findings to the school board and public at a special called meeting.  During the dates of October 18-21, 2015, we sponsored a team of 5 individuals for this review consisting of Maureen Ryff from Wyoming, Dr. Catherine Berry, North Carolina, Dr. Sharon Williams, Florence School District 3, Dr. Thomas Faulkenberry, Retired South Carolina Superintendent, and Dr. L. Cherry Daniel, Superintendent for the South Carolina Virtual Charter Schools.

Dr. Missoura G. Ashe, Superintendent, would like to thank all faculty and staff for their incredible dedication to this AdvancED process and also to our parents and community members for their participation in the interview process.



Substitute Teacher Workshop

Williston School District 29 will be having a substitute workshop on Saturday, October 24, 2015, starting at 10:00 am at the district office in the board room.  You must attend one of the substitute workshops before you can substitute in our district. You may call Administrative Assistant Debbie McNeil, at 803-266-7878 with any questions you may have.

Williston-Elko Blue Devils vs. North High School

Our football game against North High School, that was scheduled for Monday, October 19, 2015, has been moved to Friday, November 6, 2015 at 7:30 in the Devil's Den.  Please help us get the word out by sharing this with your friends and family.  Go Big Blue!


Junior Beta Induction Ceremony

You’re invited!

What : WEMS Junior Beta Club Induction Ceremony

When : 3:00 pm on Sunday October 18th, 2015

Where : Williston-Elko District Auditorium

WHY : To celebrate the induction of our new WEMS Betas that will help us strive to ‘Lead by Serving Others’!
The Induction ceremony will begin promptly at 3pm and will be followed by a short reception in the canteen with refreshments. Please Contact Mrs. Portune for additional details.

CIPA Compliance Annual Meeting

The Annual Williston School District's CIPA Compliance Meeting will be held Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 5:00pm in the District Auditorium. All parents and community members are welcome.

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

Williston-Elko High School 2015 Homecoming Festivities

The homecoming football game for this Friday, October 9, 2015, with North High School, has been postponed due to the flooding situation in the North area.  School level homecoming activities have been postponed as well.  However, community/alumni scheduled homecoming activities will still take place as follows.

Saturday, October 10, 2015 

10:00 am: W-E Blue Devil Alumni Homecoming Parade

11:30 am: W-E Alumni Flag Football/Cheer

1:00 - 7:30 pm: Individual Alumni Class Activities

8:00 pm: WEHS Alumni Blue and White Social

School is Open!


At this time, Williston School District will be open and will operate on regular schedule tomorrow, Tuesday, October 6, 2015.

The Williston School District has been in contact witht he Barnwell County Emergency Management Division and all roads are still clear and passable.  We will continue to keep you updated if there are any changes in the weather or road conditions.




List Of Afternoon Activities Cancelled

WEMS Google CS-First Computer Class has been cancelled today.

KEES Safe The Children afterschool program has been cancelled for today.

WEHS tennis match has been cancelled for today.




Regular School Schedule Tomorrow

Williston School District 29 will operate on regular schedule tomorrow, Monday, October 5, 2015.

The district is working closely with the Barnwell County Emergency Management Division and all roads have been considered clear and passable. We will continue to monitor weather conditions closely. Additional announcements will be posted on the district website and social media if needed.

Game Time Change

The Varsity Football Game Time

against HKT has been changed to 6:00pm


Little Mermaid

Middle school students, 

Auditions for Disney's Little Mermaid will be held Wednesday and Thursday, Oct 7 and 8, at 4:00 in the district auditorium. If you are not able to make one of these two auditions please know that there will be an additional opportunity Sunday afternoon, Oct 11, at 2:00. Production dates are Feb 3 - 6, a total of 6 shows. Students, you must be passing all your classes to participate. If grades are a concern right now, work hard and she will consider letting you join at a later date. If you are interested, please ask a teacher to send an email with your name and grade to Mrs. Alsept.

National School Lunch Week

October 12-16

South Carolina Metric Week Proclamation October 4-10, 2015

Governor Nikki R. Haley proclaims October 4-10, 2015, as State Metric Week. Click here for the proclamation and year round suggested Metric activities.

Junior Beta Induction Ceremony

Junior Beta Induction Ceremony
Sunday, October 4 at 3:00 PM
Williston-Elko School District Auditorium


WEMS Elects a New Student Council

On Friday, WEMS students' took to the polls and voted for their favorite candidate to represent the middle school student council.  They began their morning by listening to each candidate give their campaign speech and then cast their votes during lunch.  Before the day was over, WEMS had new student council members in place. The new members are as follows:

Johnathan Maxwell - President

Anija Jones - Vice President

Malik Smalls - Secretary

Stephanie Hughes - Treasurer

Please be sure to congratulate these students on their new position on the WEMS student council.  We hope to see great things come from our new leaders!

*Please go to the photo gallery tab and look at the additional photos of the campaign speeches, voting, and new student council members.

School Picture Proofs Due!!

School picture proofs are due on Wednesday, Sept. 30th.  If you wish to purchase your child's pictures, please be sure to send back the order form, along with your money, to your child's homeroom teacher.    Please see Mrs. Toole if you have any questions about your child's pictures.  

Please keep in mind that the pictures will be nice and clear once you get them back.  They appear grainy on the order form due to the fact that they are printed on paper.  

Grade Level Field Trips

Parent Informational Meeting

Parents, please mark your calendar! September 22 will be WEMS' Parent Informational Meeting for the upcoming field trips for each grade level. Our sixth graders will visit Atlanta, seventh graders will visit Charleston, and our eighth graders will visit Washington, DC. These trips will happen toward the end of the year. Here is the meeting schedule for Sept. 22. 
6th Grade 6:00-6:30
7th Grade 6:30-7:00 
8th Grade 7:00-7:30
We look forward to sharing wonderful details and information about these exciting educational trips!



Dr. Still and Dr. Reece will be offering dental care at the school again this year.  This care will include cleanings, fluoride, and sealants. Complete and return the form that will be coming home by your student. Dental care is extremely important to our overall health. Plus, this opportunity allows the student to receive dental care during school hours which avoids an appointment.  

Williston School District 29 Welcomes Dr. Tasha Louis-Nance, Director of Student and Special Services

Williston School District 29 welcomes Dr. Tasha Louis-Nance as the new Director of Student and Special Services.  Dr. Louis-Nance is a resident of Orangeburg, South Carolina, with over 21 years of educational experience in the academic and public sector environments. She said that her career and accomplishments have prepared her to provide the "Visionary Leadership" that will build on the legacy and great achievements of Williston School District 29. 


Yearbooks On Sale!!!

Yearbooks are now on sale!! Yearbooks are currently $50.  Stop by and order yours today from Mrs. Toole in the media center.  The yearbooks will be here in mid-May!!   

Middle School Football

All 7th and 8th grade students that are interested in playing middle school football will need to meet in the gym at 3:15 on Tuesday, August 18. All students will need a physical before they can participate.

Go Blue Devils!

Smile! It's School Picture Time!!

Smile for the camera! It's time once again to take school pictures for the yearbook.  Pictures will be taken in the district auditorium on Wednesday, September 2, starting at 8:30.  Pictures will be returned to the school and sent home with your students in 2-3 weeks.  If you wish to purchase your pictures, please return the form and money to your homeroom teacher.  If you have any questions about pictures, please see Mrs. Toole.  

School Supply List

Click on the picture below to access
WEMS' School Supply List.



TDAP Requirement: 7th Grade

TDAP Requirement for 7th Grade Students

If you have a student who will be entering 7th grade for the 2015-16 school year, there must be a SC Immunization Certificate on file showing that he/she has received a TDAP vaccination on or after his/her 7th birthday.  If this has not been completed by the first day of school, your child will not be allowed to attend until this requirement has been met.  Any questions or concerns, please contact Mrs. Susan Eichman  School Nurse Coordinator at 803-266-3430.

Check Out Our Picture Gallery!!

New pictures have been added to our picture gallery.  Please make sure to check them out.  We have added Relay for Life pictures, as well as 8th Grade Graduation.  Hope that you enjoy them!! 

Medication Pickup Reminder

Just a reminder from the School Nurse, Parents, please pick up your child's medication from school before June 3, 2015. If the medication is not picked up by this date, it will be destroyed.

Teacher Of The Year Banquet

Anyone wishing to attend the 2015 Teacher of The Year Banquet, Please Contact Debbie McNeil at 803-266-7878.  Tickets are $20 per person.


WEMS Report to the People 2014-15

Click on Logo to WEMS 2014-2015 Report To The People


Congratulations to our Talent Show Winners


Congratulations to the Williston School District 29 Talent Show Winners:

Chanyah Tyler
Rebecca Bolen
Meddikis Priester
Joseph Sanders


Middle School Spring Pictures

The middle school will be taking spring pictures this Thursday, April 16th in the district auditorium at 8:30.  If you would like for your child to have a picture taken, please make sure to send them, along with their picture form and money, on Thursday.  If you need an additional form, please see the front office.

Future of District Progress Listening Sessions

Listening Session

Listening Session


Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair is back!!  Stop by to browse and buy a book (or two) to help support our schools.  The book fair will be housed in the school media center from Friday, March 20 until Thursday, March 26 from 8:30-3:30 every day.  Come check out all of the current best sellers, posters, miscellaneous items, cook books, graphic novels, and much more that the book fair has to offer!!  For each visit to our book fair, you will be eligible to win a FREE poster when you put your name in the drawing!  

Helpful Hints to Prevent the Flu

Click on the picture of the nurse to learn more about helpful hints to prevent the flu. 

Tdap Shots to be Given at WEMS for rising 7th Graders

Williston Elko Middle School will be working with The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) to provide students with the Tdap vaccine (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis).  By law, students MUST show proof of receiving the Tdap vaccine at the start of their 7th grade school year or they will by subject to exclusion from school.  Nurses from DHEC will be coming to the school at 8AM on March 26 to administer the Tdap vaccine.  You must read, complete and return the letter that will come home with your child no later than March 4th if you wish for your child to receive the shot at school.  If your child has already had the vaccine, they are not required to do so again.  However, you must send proof of the immunization to the school for our records.  Please take advantage of this convenient opportunity to have your child vaccinated.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Nurse Eichman at the school or you can visit the website www.scdhec.gov/Tdap.


Measles Information


Letter to Parents- Measles

Click above link for information to parents on the Measles.


Christian Sapp awarded Wendy's High School Heisman Award

Congratulations to Christian Sapp for being selected as the recipient of the Wendy's High School Heisman Award for Williston-Elko High School!


Student Council Chosen at WEMS

The WEMS students went to the polls yesterday and voted for their favorite candidate to represent them on the Student Council.  After the votes were tallied, the results came back as follows:  Tommy Allen, President; Cadaisha Brown, Vice President; Hannah Grace Sweet, Secretary; and Evan Overton, Treasurer.  These students will represent the WEMS student body for the remaining 2014-15 school year.  Congratulations to the winners!!  Also, a big thanks to the other students who ran for an office, Mrs. Wright, Mrs. Smith, and many more for their help in making this student election a huge success.

Awards Day at WEMS!

WEMS will hold the next Awards Day on Friday, January 23rd, in the gym starting at 2:15.  We hope to see you come out and support your child.  

No School!!

This is a reminder to parents that we will not have school Friday, January 16, due to Teacher Inservice.  You are reminded that tonight, January 15th, from 3-7, teachers will meet with parents to hand out report cards.  The teachers will also meet with parents on Friday, January 16th, from 8-12.  We will also not be in school on Monday, January 19, in observance of Martin Luther King holiday.  Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 20th. 


We are monitoring the cold weather that will be moving into our area tonight.  All schools will be on their normal schedules Thursday (1-8-15) and Friday (1-9-15).  Our buses and buildings will be warm and we will limit the amount of time the students are outside due to transitioning between classes. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your student's school.

Derek Youngblood Named Aiken Standard Coach of the Year and several Blue Devils named to the All Area Team from the Augusta Chronicle

Congratulations to our own Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Derek Youngblood on being named the Aiken Standard Coach of the Year.  Click here to access the article. 

Very proud of Justice Wallace and Marcell Wright for being named 1st Team All Area by the Augusta Chronicle and to Fabian Bing, Tyshawn Allen, and Keyshawn Ogletree for being named 2nd Team All Area. Click here for access to the article 



Stand Up for Schools Campaign

The South Carolina School Boards Association has recently launched: "Stand Up 4 SC Public Schools." This campaign is in partnership with the National School Boards Association, and the aim is to make sure that voices for public education are heard loud and clear at the Statehouse and in communities throughout the state.  Please visit this link to learn more.



Early Release at WEMS

Students will be getting out early on Thursday, December 18th for the Christmas holidays.  The elementary school will release at 11:15 and the middle and high school will release at 11:30.  

Pajamas, Popcorn and the Polar Express!!

When:  Thursday, Dec.18th

What:   A pajama party with the option of popcorn and a movie to help raise money for the WEMS Beta Club Trip to Myrtle Beach for the State Convention in January. 

Cost:  $2 to wear pajamas and $1 for popcorn during the movie.

Movie: We will be showing Polar Express at 8:30am in the district auditorium.



1.  You must pay $2 if you wish to wear pajamas to school on Dec. 18.

2.  Your pajamas MUST adhere to the WEMS dress code. (No exposed skin, spaghetti straps, tank tops, slippers or anything too tight).

3.  If your pajamas do not adhere to the WEMS dress code, you will be asked to change.

4.  The movie and popcorn are optional.

5.  Popcorn will only be served during the movie for $1.

Check Out Our Photo Gallery!!

Please be sure to click on the photo gallery link and check out our current pictures of the following events around WEMS: iFocus Basketball game, Turkey Trot Olympics, and the Athens Christmas Parade that the drumline attended this past week.  Feel free to share these pictures with your friends and family!  

Welcome Mrs. Keely McDonald

Please welcome Mrs. Keely McDonald to the Williston-Elko Middle School team.  Click on the WE to learn more about Mrs. McDonald.


Eva Strong Chosen as Coach in North-South Game

Williston-Elko Middle School is proud to announce that Coach Eva Strong has been selected to coach in the 2015 North-South All-Star Basketball Game to be played on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Lexington High School. Coach Strong will be an assistant coach for the North Girls team.  We are all very proud of Coach Strong.

ACT Aspire-New Assessment


Please click on the link to see information on the NEW assessment for Grades 3-8 and 11.  This assessment is the ACT Aspire for grades 3-8 in the ELA and math with science as an option and the regular ACT test for 11th grade.  These tests take the place of the South Carolina Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (SCPASS) and the High School Assessment Program (HSAP).

School Information
ACT Aspire Website
ACT Website

School Picture Money and Proofs Due

If you wish to order your child's pictures, please make sure to return the order form and money to your child's homeroom teacher by Tuesday, December 9th. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Toole.

Williston School District 29 Stands Up to Bullying!

Career Day 2014

Williston-Elko Middle School held its annual career day for the middle school students today, November 21.  It was another huge success! The students learned about various careers and career clusters that they may find useful when they begin thinking about the types of careers that they wish to embark on in later years.  A big thanks goes to Mrs. Cathy Smith who pulled together and organized the speakers for each class. Thanks also to the speakers that came today to share their knowledge with our students.  And last, but not least, thanks to the students who created beautiful doors to welcome the speakers and took part in each and every session today.  



Just a reminder that there will be no school for students, faculty or staff on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, in observance of state and federal elections that will be held.  Those of you who are old enough, please exercise your right to vote.

The Town of Williston Slogan Contest

Middle School Homecoming

The middle school held its annual homecoming festivites this past week, October 13-17.  The week kicked off with several fun activities: Monday: Mustache Day, Tuesday: Twin Day, Wednesday: Wacky Day, Thursday: Blue Devil Spirit Day.  The cheerleaders hosted a fantastic pep rally where the 8th grade representative was announced: Lille Allen.  That evening on the football field, a new queen was crowned.  The 2014 Homecoming winners are: Kristen Ulmer, Spirit Queen, Abigal Sweat, 1st runner-up to Spirit Queen, Kensley Jones, Homecoming Queen, Alexus Waltz, 1st runner-up, and Pate Lawson, 2nd runner-up.  Congratulations to these girls, as well as to the entire homecoming court.  You all looked very pretty! The homecoming festivites wound down on Friday after school where the 6-8 grade students enjoyed a Homecoming dance.

Collaborative Planning Day

Williston School District 29 will be participating in their first Collaborative Planning Day for this school year on Wednesday, September 24, 2014.  Therefore, This will be an early dismissal day for students.  Kelly Edwards Elementary students will dismiss at 12:30pm and Williston-Elko Middle School and High School will dismiss at 12:45pm.  Parents, Please make sure that you have made transportation arrangements for your children.

Yearbooks On Sale!!

Yearbooks are now on sale!  If  you act now, you can get a yearbook, along with your child's name on the front cover and 4 FREE icons for just $46.50!!  This offer expires on September 14th.  After this date, yearbooks are $40 until December 12th.  See Mrs. Toole in the media center to get yours ordered today!!  Don't miss out on the opportunity to puchase a yearbook and capture memories for a lifetime. 

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Click on the icon above to review the procedures.  

Back to School Bash - Sponsored by Unity in the Community

On Sunday, August 10, 2014, Unity in the Community will sponsor a Back to School Bash at the WEHS Football Field from 4 pm to 7 pm.

Supply List

Click on the icon to access WEMS' supply list. 


REGISTRATION will be held on Wednesday, August 6, 2014, from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm at all three schools and again on Thursday, August 7, 2014, from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  Please click here for information on what to bring with you when you come to register. (Please note that the current tax notice is for property tax, the automobile tax can be your secondary proof of residency, but the mandatory proof is either your property tax notice or your current lease/mortgage agreement).

OPEN HOUSE will be held on Thursday, August 14, 2014, at all three schools from 3:00 pm to 7:00

New Policy on the use of Electronic Communication Devices

Click on the icon to review Revised WSD29 Board Policy JICJ

Summer Feeding

Dismissal Times and Graduation Information

Monday, June 2, 2014, and Tuesday, June 3, 2014, students will have half day dismissal.  KEES will dismiss at 11:15 a.m. and WEMS and WEHS will dismiss at 11:30 a.m.

The WEHS Graduation Ceremony will be held onThursday, June 5, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m. on the Blue Devil football field.  It will be moved inside to the auditorium of the district office if inclement weather threatens with overflow capacity in the canteen. Keep checking back for updates on the WEHS Graduation Ceremony.

2014 Summer Enrichment Program

2014 Summer Enrichment Program

Survey of Parents from Education Oversight Committee

The Education Oversight Committee wants input from parents specifically on the new assessments.  If you are a parent, please take a few moments to click on the link below and complete the survey.  Thank you for your participation.


Act 155 of 2014 - Petition for High School Diploma

Act 155 (H. 3919) passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Nikki Haley allows a person who is no longer enrolled in a public school who previously failed to receive a high school diploma or was denied graduation solely for failing to meet the exit examination requirements may petition the local school board to determine the student's eligibility to receive a high school diploma.  For more information CLICK HERE.

Survey from South Carolina Department of Education

The State of South Carolina Department of Education would like to solicit input from community groups regarding the components of a comprehensive and cohesive assessment system for students in grades three through eleven as requred in House Bill 3893. Your input will be utilized by a special assessment panel that will be convened to choose the assessment.  Please click on the link below to complete the survey.


Survey from South Carolina Department of Education

The South Carolina State Department of Education would like input from community groups regarding the components of a comprehensive and cohesive assessment system for students in grades three through eleven as required in section 3 (C)(1) of House Bill 3893.  Please click on the link below to complete the survey.  Thank you for your input and it will be utilized by a special assessment panel that will be convened to decide on the assessment that will be chosen.


Town Hall Meetings

There are several Town Hall meetings that will be taking place in our schools during the month of May.

These meetings will focus on the current state of education in South Carolina. This will be an informative session on legistative matters and will provide a platform for discussing the state of Williston Schools now and in the future.  

The schedule of Town Hall meetings will be Thursday, May 8 at 6 pm in the middle school cafeteria;  Tuesday, May 20 at 4:30 pm in the culinary arts room at the high school  and on Wednesday, May 21 at Kelly Edwards Media Center at 6pm.  Meetings will last about one hour.
School Bus Driver Appreciation Week


This years’ observance of School Bus Driver Appreciation Week is the week of May 5-9, 2014.

Driving a school bus is often unappreciated and overlooked; yet, without a doubt school bus drivers have one of the most difficult and demanding jobs in our educational system. There are not many jobs, not matter the occupation, where one moment of inattention, or one simple mistake, can place the safety of fifty to seventy children in jeopardy. . In our state we have over 5,600 school bus drivers. They transport more than 535,000 students to and from school each school day and travel over 73 million miles a year.

Thank a Bus Driver today!

8th Grade Field Trip Coming Up!

The 8th graders will be attending their annual college tour field trip on Friday, May 23rd.  In addition to traveling to Charleston to tour the College of Charleston, the 8th graders will also enjoy a trip to the aquarium.  Permission slips and additional information will be coming home with the students soon.  Be on the look out!! smileyyes


PASS testing is coming soon!

Test Dates:

Tuesday, May 6- ELA

Wednesday, May 7- Math

Thursday, May 8- Science or S.S.

Friday, May 9- S.S. (7th Grade Only)

TIPS for PASS Testing

* Encourage your child to do his/her best.

* Provide a quiet place for studying at home.

* Make sure your child gets adequate sleep.

* Make sure your child is present & on time daily for testing.

* Make sure your child eats a healthy breakfast.

* Do not schedule appointments during the week of testing.

**** Contact Mrs. Wright at 266-3430 or 266-8071 if you are available to serve as a testing monitor for PASS testing.  

Scholastic Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair will be held again this year! Make plans to come by the media center and look at what is new for this year.  The book fair will be open daily from 8:30 until 2.  It will also be open after school every day until 3:30.  If you are unable to come by during the school day or after school, you can always shop online.  Go to:  http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/willistonelkohighschool




The High School Assessment Program (HSAP) test will be given to all second year high school students at Williston-Elko High School on April 1-3, 2014.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - ELA Day 1
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - ELA Day 2
Thursday, April 3, 2014 - Math

Please assist our students in being successful by making sure they get enough rest the night before each test, have a good breakfast, and make it to school on time every day. 

SCPASS Testing Dates are Approaching Fast

The South Carolina Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (SCPASS) will test its writing portion on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, and its grammar portion on Wednesday, March 19, 2014.  This test will be given to all students in grades three through eight.

We need your assistance to make sure your student(s) is/are as prepared as they can be for the test:  please make sure they get enough sleep the night before each test and have them to school on time each day. 

Thank you for your support and we wish all our students the best of luck - but we know they will do a fantastic job!


Spring Pictures at WEMS

Smile pretty!!  Spring pictures will be taken on Thursday, March 13 and Friday, March 14 at WEMS. 

March 28, 2014, is a Regular School Day for Students

Friday, March 28, 2014, will be a regular school day for students.  On the calendar it is scheduled to be a teacher inservice day, but we will use it as a make up day for students.  

School Resumes Tuesday, Feb. 18

School will resume on a regular schedule tomorrow, which is Tuesday, February 18th.  Please remember to take precautions when driving.  We want everyone to be safe. 

School Closings

School Closed Friday, February 14, 2014

Dear Parents and Community Members of Williston School District 29

This message is for all Williston School District 29 students, parents, and staff.  After discussions with emergency management, superintendents, and sheriff's department, All Barnwell County schools will remained closed tomorrow, Friday, February 14, 2014.  All sporting activities are postponed until next week.  Monday, February 17, 2014 will still be observed as President's Day holiday. 

Please stay safe and warm

Thank you

Dr. Tom Siler

Happy Valentine's Day

WEMS would like to remind parents that no deliveries will be made to classrooms on Valentine's Day. If you send anything, it will be kept in the office until the end of the day. No items can be taken on a WESD29 school bus. Please just save your treats until the students arrive home. It will still be a great surprise.

Dress Code


We are experiencing some issues with some students not following dress code. The sagging of pants and excessively tight clothing are not appropriate, which includes leggins. We need your help with this issue. Beginning Monday, we are going to continue to enforce this policy, which states "Clothing items must fit properly and excessively tight or loose fitting clothing items are not permitted, and all pants must be worn at waist level." I appreciate your help making sure that your child follows our district wide dress code.

Thank you

National Wear Red Day

Wear red on Friday, February 7, 2014 to show your support to fight heart disease.  

Parent Teacher Conferences

WEMS will be conducting parent teacher conferences on the following dates: Thursday, February 13 from 3:00-7:00 and Friday, February 14 from 8:00-12:00. 


PTSO Meeting

Please mark your calendars for the WEMS PTSO Meeting being held on Tuesday, February 4, 2014, 6:00PM at the WE School District 29 Media Center. 

February's Blog

Check out how you can get involved in YOUR school.  Read February's Blog by Principal Sweet. Click on the icon below.  



Go to Principal Sweet's wall and post your thoughts.  I would like to hear from my students, but parents can post there too.  The password to post on my wall is bluedevils678.  Please don't tell anyone. :) Come back often to answer my questions.  Click on the icon above to see my wall.   

School in session on Friday, January 31, 2014


All schools in Williston, Blackville, and Barnwell will be back in session at the usual time on Friday, January 31, 2014.   

Blood Drive by WEHS Beta Club

Williston-Elko High School's Beta Club is sponsoring a Blood Drive on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 from 8 - 2:30 in the District Auditorium. If you would like to give blood on this day please contact Mrs. Houde at Williston-Elko High School to sign you up.

However, an appointment is not mandatory. They will take adults first, just let them know you have to get back to your job. Please spread the word in the community, everyone is welcome and they don't need an appointment.


What do you dream of becoming when you grow up?  Students at WEMS had the opportunity to explore various careers on Friday, November 22nd during their annual Career Day.  The students rotated from classroom to classroom and listened to people talk about some very interesting careers.  A big thanks goes to Cathy Smith who organized this event for the students.  A lot of hard work and effort went into planning this event.  Thanks again Mrs. Smith!  Thanks as well to the people who came today to speak to the students and shared their knowledge with them.  Your time and support of our school was much appreciated.


School Dimissal on Friday, November 15, 2013

Williston School District 29 is making preparations for the Blue Devils football team to travel to Christ Church Episcopal School in Greenville, South Carolina on Friday night, November 15th for the second round of the 1-A football playoffs.  Due to the approximately three hour trip to the upstate and the use of district buses to transport students, Williston School District will dismiss school early on Friday.  Kelly Edwards Elementary will dismiss at 1:15 p.m. and Williston-Elko Middle School and High School will dismiss at 1:30 p.m. 

The district has also arranged for a fifty-five (55) passenger commercial bus to be available for community members who would like to travel with the team.  The cost is twenty-five ($25) dollars per person.  To secure a seat on the bus please call Director of Transportation Ms. Chantane Tobin at 803-266-8015.  The bus will leave the high school gym area at 4 p.m.
Thank you and GO BLUE DEVILS !!!
Varsity Football Schedule Change

The Varsity Football Game set for this Friday against Blackville-Hilda has been rescheduled for Thursday Night October 31, 2013 at 7:30pm.  The game will still take place at the Blackville-Hilda stadium.

Award's Day Date Has Changed


Your middle school will celebrate the success of its students on Thursday, October 31st in the WESD29’s auditorium. 


October 14-17

Monday: Twin Day

Tuesday: Sports Day

Wednesday: Tacky Day

Thursday:  Spirit Day
                                 Pep Rally & Game


The deadline to pay the administration fee of $14.00 is October 4th.  Bring your payment to the front office. 

The PSAT will be given on October 16th.  

Safety During Athletic Events

Participation in sports offers tremendous social, emotional and physical benefits for children.  As a community, we enjoy watching our students and family members from the sidelines.  However, we must be aware of the many safety issues around us at all of our Athletic Events.  We need to maintain an orderly environment on our premises and we are thankful to all that assist in these efforts.  Parents, please make sure that your children have adult supervision at all times.  Also, make sure that your children are dressed in the proper attire when attending these games.   Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.


LEAP Auditions

LEAP (Learning Enrichment Artistic Program) Auditons will be held at Kelly Edwards Elementary School and Williston-Elko Middle School on September 10, 2013.  Please click on the Calendar Link for the LEAP Auditions to download more information.

MAP Testing

August 26 - 29.  It is important that  students arrive on time and are not signed out early. 

Open House for ALL schools in Williston School District #29 will be held on Thursday August 15th from 3:00p.m. until 7:00p.m.   The principals and teachers look forward to meeting each and every one of you and we all are excited about the start of a wonderful school year.


Come out to support our Blue Devils. The Region 5A Jamboree begins at 6:00 p.m. in the Devil's Den.

Middle School Students Are Required to have T-Dap

Parents, middle school students are required to have T-Dap. On August 10th, from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., the Barnwell DHEC will be offering the T-Dap for free. You do have to call for an appointment. The number is 800-403-4047. Students will not be allowed to attend school without this shot. Thank you for taking care of this important matter.

Below are two links that provide more informatin about T-Dap.


New Board Members Sworn In

At the April 16th board meeting, the newly elected and re-elected board members were sworn in for Williston School District 29.  Congratulations to Doris Young on her re-election.  Congratiulations to our newly elected board members Mike Hutto and Charles Melton.


Welcome to the New Website for Williston School District 29.  If you have any questions in regard to navigation of this site or suggestions please contact  Mrs. Amy Nix at anix@williston.k12.sc.us

Parent University - Take A Walk in Your Child's Shoes Parent Night

Parents are cordially invited to attend Williston-Elko Middle School's technology night event: Parent University. Parents will get a chance to take a peek into their child's school day by attending four individual sessions and making a final stop in the cafeteria for dessert and coffee .  The event will be on Tuesday, April 11, from 6-8PM at the middle school.  Information should have gone home with your child at the parent/teacher report card conference on March 23rd.  Additional flyers will be sent home next Tuesday as a reminder. For more information or questions, please contact Mrs. Ulmer or Mrs. Toole.


September 19th

Make-Up Pictures - 20th


Welcome Back to School

WEMS would like to welcome everyone back to school.  This year has already started with a reason to celebrate.  Our teachers and students earned an "A" with a 95.5 average on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act Federal Accountability System.  WEMS has so many reasons to be proud.  The main reason is our students.  They are the reason WEMS gets excited about "Back to School."  This year we will achieve even more reasons to celebrate.  

Please take another look at our Arrival and Dismissal procedures.  They are different from last year.  We no longer drop off or pick up in front of the school.  If your student(s) arrive past 7:45, you must come to the office to sign them into school.  In the morning, the 6th grade will report to the cafeteria and 7th & 8th will report to the canteen.  

During dismissal, Warren Street will be closed to thru traffic from 2:30-3:15.  All traffic will enter Warren Street from West Street.  WEMS will have two stacking lanes.  This effort is to keep our WEMS students safe. We look forward to a great year!  

  Middle school football practice begins Monday, August 19th.  You must have an athletic physical to practice.  


Where Excellence Means Success

Scholastic Book Fair Scholastic Book Fair

Scholastic Book Fair will be here on April 3-7 in the media center!!  Please stop by and pick out a great book (or two)!!  Flyers will be sent home with students.  Questions?? See Mrs. Toole for details. Take advantage of our online book fair!  If you are unable to come to school, you have the option to purchase books right from your very own home!  Visit this website for the books that will be at our school fair this year: 



School Board Recognition

Williston-Elko Middle School would like to thank our board for their dedication, leadership, and support.  The future of our district is brighter because of you. 


Please help spread the word!!!!!!!
Williston- Elko Band Reunion
Friday, October 18, 2013

7th Grade March Monthly Award Winner March Student of the Month - Amarionna Smith

March Student of the Month - Amarionna Smith

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts for Sale!!

The Middle School will be selling delicious Krispy Kreme Doughnuts from now until next Friday, November 14th.  If you would like to purchase a dozen (or more) than make sure to see a student or teacher about placing an order.  The doughnuts will be delivered to the school on Wednesday, November 19th.  All proceeds will go to Relay for Life. 

Notice of Public Hearing related to Internet Safety Policy and Technology Protection Measure

On, Tuesday September 17, 2013, Williston School District 29 will hold a public meeting at 6:00pm in the District Auditorium in regard to Technology Protection Measures and the current Internet Safety Policy.  All districts that receive discounts through USAC Schools and Libraries must enforce a policy of Internet Safety and certify compliance with the purpose of the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA).  This is a public meeting and all members of the community are invited.

Welcome Mrs. Jones to the WEMS Team.

Please welcome Mrs. Talina Jones to the WEMS Team. She is our new secretary/receptionist. She is married with two children. D'yante is an upcoming sophomore at Williston-Elko High and D'Myas is a future seventh grader at Williston-Elko Middle. She is a graduate of Limestone College with a Bachelor of Social Work. She said she is looking forward to working with our district as well as the community.

8th Grade March Monthly Award Winner March Student of the Month - Brooklyn Benjamin

March Student of the Month - Brooklyn Benjamin

Flu Vaccine Clinic


DHEC will be conducting a flu-clinic on Nov. 24th (during school hours) for WEMS and WEHS students. Parental consent forms have been sent home. Only those students who return a completed consent form will be given the flu shot. Please return permission forms by Nov. 7th to allow time for processing.

Warren Road Closed to Thru Traffic During Dismissal

Beginning August 19th, Warren Road will be closed to thru traffic for school dismissal. On regular days, the time will be from 2:30-3:15. All other dismissal times will be marked accordingly. Thank you for helping WEMS keep our student safe.

What Is happening with the Blue Devils?

We are now on Facebook and Twitter. Stay up to date with news, events, and announcements by going to @WEMiddleSchool on Twitter and Williston-Elko Middle School on Facebook.

If you are interested in serving as an officer in our PTO, you may stop by the school beginning on July 15, 2013 to pick up a nomination form. You may nominate yourself or someone you feel will do a great job representing our school. All nominations must be turned in by August 23. All nominees who have accepted their nomination will be placed on a ballot for the election. Voting will begin on August 26 and end on August 30. All officers will be announced on September 2. The first meeting will be announced by our new PTO.

Greg W. Sweet is our new principal. He would like to invite you to stop by the school to meet him. His summer hours are 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The district is closed on Friday during the summer.

8th Grade March Monthly Award Winner March Student of the Month - Porter May

March Student of the Month - Porter May


On Tuesday, November 18, 2014, the South Carolina School Board's Association will be in the district to gain input from faculty, staff, and community members on what they are looking for in their next superintendent.  The community forum meeting will begin at 6:00 pm in the district auditorium.  All are welcome to attend.  Please contact Mrs. Debbie McNeil if you have any questions at 803-266-7878 ext. 8009 or dmcneil@williston.k12.sc.us.

6th Grade March Monthly Award Winner March Student of the Month - Dreviona White

March Student of the Month - Drevonia White

Washington, D.C. Meets WEMS Eighth Graders in May!

On Tuesday night, the Williston-Elko school board approved for the Williston-Elko Middle School eighth graders to travel to Washington, D.C. in May of 2015.  The students will take a four-day trip to Washington, D.C. at the end of May.  If you would like to learn more about the trip, please refer to the links below.







March Monthly Award Winners Golden Rule

Golden Rule


Williston School District 29 takes the health of all students and staff very seriously. While there have not been any cases reported in South Carolina, district personnel is closely monitoring this issue. We are in communication with DHEC and will make any adjustments to our procedures as may be necessary.

Message from DHEC


March Monthly Award Winners Most Improved

Most Improved 

Community Survey for Williston School District 29 Superintendent of Schools


This survey will be available from October 27-November 20, 2014

The Williston School District 29 board seeks your opinion on the professional qualifications, experiences, and characteristics that should be utilized in the recruitment and eventual selection of the next Superintendent of Schools.  Please complete the brief survey at the internet link listed below.   Thank you for your continued support of schools.


Junior Beta Club


WEMS' Junior Beta Club had fun celebrating National Beta Week during the week of March 6.  In this picture, they are taking a break with Mrs. Portune after picking up liter around campus.  You can also go to the Junior Beta link to view a video the betas created about the club.  



2017 End of Year Assessment Schedule

2017 End of Year Assessment

Please click photo for access to the 2017 End of Year Assessment Schedule

Weather Makeup Days

Weather Makeup Days