VIP: Very Important Practice

Parents should receive a text message and an email each time a student does not turn in a “practice” (assignment) on time.

Parents should then receive an email stating the “practice” (assignment) is turned in to the student’s teacher when it is complete.

  • If a parent is only receiving an email:  WJB may have the wrong cell number for the parent
  • If a parent is only receiving a text:  WJB may have the wrong email for the parent
  • If you haven’t received either:
    • WJB may need both a cell number and an email
    • or the student may have completed all “practices” on time.

To update your information please email:

or contact the school at 615-444-2190

PE Department Receives $10,000 Grant

WJB Check Presentation 2


Five Nashville area middle schools received grants from the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation’s Shape the State® program. A total of 20 middle schools received grants throughout the state including East Hickman, Harris, West End, Walter J. Baird and Valor Collegiate Academy.

Valued at $10,000 each, the grants provide the nationally acclaimed SPARK physical education curriculum, teacher training and equipment for each recipient school as a way to revive physical education (PE) for students and teachers. In addition, each school will receive $1,000 to spend on PE, nutrition and wellness efforts. This is the fourth year of the program.

“With each passing year, interest in Shape the State grows,” said Calvin Anderson, BlueCross senior vice president of corporate affairs and executive director of BlueCross’ Tennessee Health Foundation. “We welcome these 20 new schools and appreciate their efforts to get kids excited about physical fitness and nutrition.”

Today, approximately 24 percent of children are overweight and another 18 percent are considered obese – placing then at a high risk for a variety of lasting health complications growing up. In Tennessee, about four out of 10 children are overweight or obese, according to the Tennessee Department of Health. The Shape the State grants continue BlueCross’ Tennessee Health Foundation’s longstanding practice of supporting efforts to fight childhood obesity in Tennessee.

This fall, faculty and staff from the Shape the State schools will gather for training from SPARK professionals on using the program with their students. In addition, they will receive complete SPARK curriculum materials, as well as accompanying exercise equipment.

SPARK was launched in 1989 after being developed by researchers at San Diego State University. Since then, its evidence-based curriculum has been used in public schools, YMCAs and other settings across the nation.

For the complete list of 2014 Shape the State grant winners visit the Shape the State website.

1st Home Basketball Game Thursday Night

The Blue Devils and Devilettes will host the Hornets of Tuckers Crossroads Thursday night.

Girls action will begin at 6pm followed by the boys at approximately 7pm.

Games typically end around 8:15pm.

Concessions will also be available.

Junior Varsity games will be played starting at 4:15pm.

6th Graders Visit S and S Farms

On two different occasions this week, our 6th grade students visited S and S Farms to learn a little about the farming industry locally.  Half of the students visited on Tuesday, while the other half went on Thursday.
6th Grade Farm trip

Book Fair starts October 27th

The WJB Bookfair will run all week starting on October 27th.

Students will have a preview opportunity during their Language Arts classes early in the week.


The Bookfair will also be open November 3rd for “Technology Night for Parents and Students” at 6pm.