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Our Mission

J. H. Workman Middle School students will become inquiring, compassionate, lifelong learners. Through a challenging and engaging academic program that encourages international-mindedness, our students will attain a broad and firm foundation of knowledge, cultural understanding and respect for diversity. 

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Absence Form

Absence Verifcation Form

District policy states parents and guardians have three days from the date of an absence to provide an excuse.  Failure to complete this form will result in the absence, check-out, check-in, or tardy remaining unexcused.

Click here for access to the form.

Formulario de Verificación de Inasistencia

La política del Distrito establece que los padres de familia y guardians tienen tres días para proporcionar una ex cusa desde la fecha de inasistencia.  Si no se complete este formulario va a dar lugar a que la inasistencia , salida, entrada o tardanza permanezca sin excusa.

Haga clic aquí para ver el formulario.

2013-2014 SIP

Parents, Here is important information for you about Workman Middle School.

School Improvement Plan

Contact List

Principal Traci Ursrey             494-5665 ext 223

Asst Principal 

 Angie Gonzalez   494-5665 ext 224

School Secretary

Traci Sturgeon  494-5665 ext 232

Dean Houston 494-5665 ext 230

PBS Coach Chris Norris

494-5665 ext 274


Attendance 494-5665 ext 234

To schedule a parent/teacher conference:

494-5665 ext. 227


IB MYP Coordinator

Julie Davidson 494-5665 ext 250

Nancy Durre Literacy Coach

494-5665 ext 342


YMCA is the Workman Middle before school child care provider

YMCA is the Workman before school child care provider. To register for these child care services or to request more information contact
Doug Johnson, Child Care Director

YMCA is the Workman Middle before school child care provider. From 7 a.m. until school starts.YMCA is our school's on-site child care provider. Registration is in full swing. The County is running an informational advertisement about the child care services available at school locations in Gulf Coast Parent during the month of August.  The mission of these programs is to provide quality, affordable, on-site child care. Thank you for supporting your school's child care program. Additional information about rates, times, etc. can be found at http://ecsd-fl.schoolloop.com/cms/page_view?d=x&piid=&vpid=1375796851008

J. H. Workman Summer Reading Think-Tac-Toe

Dear Parents/Guardians:

As our students prepare for summer time fun and beach activities, they also need to stock up on good reading material. We are pleased to provide your child with an opportunity to read over the summer and earn rewards while they do!

One of the greatest gifts we can give our children is to help them develop a lifelong love of reading. This is a shared responsibility between home and school. The key is enjoyment! A child who sees reading as a pleasurable experience will enjoy reading, but will gain far more than just a pleasant experience. Children who read for pleasure have larger vocabularies, more background knowledge that supports new ideas, are more fluent, have better writing skills, and comprehend better.

On the back of this sheet you will find suggested titles for students to read this summer. The following suggested lists of titles, as well as many other titles, will be available to check out from the J. H. Workman   Middle School library over the summer. These titles and others are also available at the public library and local bookstores.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact J. H. Workman Middle School at 494-5665 or email    our Literacy Instructional Coach, Ms. Durre, at ndurre@escambia.k12.fl.us.

One Think-Tac-Toe sheet must be completed for each book you read. Up to 4 books and Think-Tac-Toe sheets may be submitted for extra credit!


8th Grade

Recommended Titles:

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender

The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins

Maze Runner Series by James Dashner

Girl Stolen by April Henry

Love? Maybe by Heather Hepler

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Escape from Furnace Series by Alexander Gordon Smith

Bar Code Rebellion Series by Suzanne Weyn

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak


2014-2015 Sunshine State Young Readers Award

Titles (Grades 6-8):

I, Emma Freke by E.J. Atkinson

Doll Bones by Holly Black

The Raft by S.A. Bodeen

Small as an Elephant by Jennifer Jacobson

Homesick by Kate Klise

Ungifted by Gordan Korman

The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine

Far Far Away by Tom McNeal

Apothecary by Maile Meloy

The Ghosts of Graylock by Dan Poblocki

Dead City by James Ponti

Half Upon a Time by James Riley

Endangererd by Eliot Schrefer

The Boy at the End of the World by Greg Van Eekhout

Variant by Robison Wells

7th Grade

Recommended Titles:

Guitar Notes by Mary Amato

Almost Home by Joan Bauer

Gaby, Lost and Found by Angela Cervantes

Dark Life Series by Kat Falls

The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch

Confetti Girl by Diana Lopez

Rules by Cynthia Lord

Legend Series by Marie Lu

Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt

Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick

6th Grade

Recommended Titles:

Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

Dear Dumb Diary Series by Jim Benton

Tangerine by Edward Bloor

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Flush by Carl Hiaasen

Game Changers Series by Mike Lupica

Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Middle School Series by James Patterson, Chris Tebbetts, & Laura Park

Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen

Bone Series by Jeff Smith




Summer Reading List Rubrics

New Courtyard Mural Leaves its Mark

A recent Pensacola News Journal article featured our new courtyard mural that was completed by Mrs. Tanya Broom, art teacher at B.T. Washington High School and her senior art students who volunteered many hours to see the project through. The hand painted mural took over 40 gallons of paint and features a huge image of the world with the IB symbol in the center and the motto "Think Globally, Act Locally" painted across it.   The mural was envisioned by our IB coordinator Stephen Elting as an aesthetically pleasing way to remind Workman students that, as the only IB Middle Years Programme in the area, we are part of something special. The image of the globe reflects IB’s promotion of International Mindedness and the message reminds our students the importance of community service. Problems that plague the world can often be found locally in a smaller scale.  As Mr. Elting stated, "we encourage our learners to get involved in our community and actively seek out solutions and assist others in need."  One of Mrs. Brooms student volunteers was 17 year old Austin White. After spending more than a week painting the mural, he earned 30 hours of community service, a good suntan and a deeper appreciation for the work that goes into a painted mural. "It definitely makes the school better," he said of the mural. "I went here and would have liked something like this."  We welcome you to stop by the school and see the mural outside of the lunchroom for yourself.  

What is the International Baccalaureate Organization ?

School Accountability Update

Workman Middle Officially Recognized as an IB World School

Workman Middle Officially Recognized as an IB World School 

J. H. Workman will be the first middle school in the panhandle of Florida to offer this internationally-recognized framework of curriculum and global education; they join the prestigious ranks of only 892 authorized IB World Schools in 75 countries offering the Middle Years Programme.  Achieving this significant accomplishment is testament to the hard work and dedication of the administration, staff, teachers, students and parents through a lengthy and rigorous process. Teachers have collaborated to create an engaging and challenging curriculum that not only meets state and district requirements, but one that also connects students to the local and global community.  As a community of learners, Workman Middle students will become inquiring, compassionate, young adults with a broad and firm foundation of knowledge, cultural understanding, and respect for diversity. The requirements for IB authorization are the same for all schools around the world and are designed to ensure that schools are well-prepared to implement and continue the programme successfully.  Every IB school is subject to ongoing review and professional development, and must be re-authorized every four years.  

J. H. Workman Middle School is proud to be Pensacola’s first Middle Years Programme and a fully authorized IB World School.   The school looks forward to a long and fruitful partnership with the International Baccalaureate Organization.

IB Exit Interview Commendations

IB Exit Interview Commendations


  • Learner Profile permeates throughout the building.
  • School is committed to the principles and philosophies of IB.
  • School values the diversity of our population.


  • Governing body (school district) supportive of the programme and is willing to provide funding to sustain the programme.
  • School community (parents, faculty, staff, etc.) is very supportive of IB.  The Pensacola community is involved with our school and the IB philosophies we promote.
  • Principal, assistant principal, and IB coordinator have a good understanding of the programme, its philosophies and ideas.  They have built in accountability for each stakeholder.
  • Full time IB coordinator- commended for funding this position. 
  • Mr. Elting is doing an excellent job.  He has the respect of his colleagues and is the heart and soul of the programme.


  • Collaborative planning- excellent, could be a model for other schools.
  • Curriculum promotes the Learner Profile.
  • Provide adequate time for horizontal and vertical planning.


  • Student work is displayed prominently throughout the building.
  • Students are afforded the opportunity to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Students are responsible  for their own learning.

*The team spirit and camaraderie of the faculty and staff was overwhelmingly evident to the verification team.*


Today: 7/31/14

J.H. Workman Middle School's IB Website

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J.H. Workman's 50th Anniversary

J. H. Workman Middle School

1963- 2013

We're Golden!

Workman's 50th Anniversary.pdf

Workman's 50th Anniversary.ppt