Westside Middle School

October 30, 2019

Important Dates

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November 27, 28, 29

December 23- Jan 3

Dress Code

Please remind your student that hoods need to be down once they enter the building and remain down until they leave for the day. Also at WMS, we do not allow students to wear costumes on Halloween.

Thanks for your support!

WHS Varsity Football Game

On Friday, November 1st, WHS Varsity Football team will be hosting a play off game vs. Creighton Prep at 7:00pm. The cost is $5.00 for students and $7.00 for adults. NO Passes will be accepted. You can pre-purchase tickets Wednesday-Friday at Westside High School. Gates open at 6:00.

Remember the expectations for all K-12 students attending the games. Here is a note from the Superintendent, Dr. Lucas:

Students will no longer be allowed in the Champions Plaza area. It has been so cluttered and crowded by those that aren’t there to use the restroom or visit the concession stand or to watch the game. Students of all ages will be told to leave that area and to sit with their families and/or friends in the sideline bleacher area or to leave the stadium.

It is important to understand that attending high school events is not an “extended recess” and you do not get to run around cussing, yelling and doing whatever you want. If you want to come and watch the game, then you should attend. If you want to run around and cause problems, attending Westside High events is not for you.

All of us, including you the students, represent that beautiful and bold Westside "W" every minute of every day of every year and we hope this helps with the event viewing experience at Westside High for our students, families, patrons, alumni, and visitors.

8th Grade Lesson

8th grade students recently received a counselor taught lesson on self-talk. Self-talk is our internal monologue that we have throughout the day. On average, we have between 50,000-80,000 thoughts throughout our day…or between 2,000-3,000 thoughts every hour! We discussed the importance of working to reframe our negative thoughts into more positive thoughts. We also discussed how the words we tell ourselves influence our feelings, and then those feelings influence our behavior. So, making an effort to make that internal monologue more positive has lasting effects in all areas of our lives. Feel free to talk to your student about the importance of reframing those negative thoughts!
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News from the Athletic Director

The fall sports season is over and I would like to thank all of our dedicated athletes, parents, and coaches for making it another successful year. Like most seasons, it was a mixture of wins and losses, but successful in effort and life lessons learned throughout the season.

We recognized all of our athletes in football, cross country, and volleyball. All student- athletes received certificates of participation and were recognized by their coaches for their efforts this fall. The following students were recognized as winners of our Ultimate Warrior Award: Katie Berry, Gabbie Duval, Eva Hovorka, and, Lily Boukal(volleyball), Jackson Bed and Jackson Tourek(football), Cora Dietrich, Blake Keifer, AJ Shefsky, Kailie Kaufman, and Clair White, (cross country). Once again congratulations to all athletes!

November is a big month for Boys’ Basketball. Bruce Zabel is the Head Boys’ Basketball coach and will lead a staff including Lance Mosier, Rondel Korbelik, Joseph McKay, Dave Vallinch and Mike Keller. We will have nearly 100 boys participating in our competitive and intramural basketball programs at WMS. Please contact Coach Zabel or one of the assistants to discuss the competitive basketball program. Intramural competition will begin in late November early December. Mike McCann is in charge of our intramural program.

Dan Carlson, Athletic Director

Communication from WMS Community Club

The WMS Community Club would like to thank everyone that made conference meals a success. A special thank you to Susan Nielsen, Lareeni Wood, Ashley Villatoro and Jennifer Maddocks for organizing donations, meal delivery and came to setup both days of conferences. The teachers and staff are always appreciative of our support.

WMS Community Club is also excited to be sending 10 WMS staff members to VI-VI 2019 “Believe In The Magic” on November 2nd. Thank you to Lisa Rezac for organizing WMSCC donations for the silent auction as well.

Thank you to Jean Warren for organizing cookies and drinks for the football banquet on October 28th and the volleyball banquet October 29th. The Community Club will also be providing snacks and drinks for the cross country banquet on November 4th, and boys’ basketball on December 19th. The Community Club will continue to provide cookies and drinks for all upcoming sports banquets, and also academic banquets during the year.

WMSCC would like to congratulate Ashley Villatoro. She has agreed to be President Elect for the Community Club this school year, and then serve as President during the 2020/2021 year. We look forward to working with Ashley!

If you are still looking for logo wear, or wish to make a donation to the Community Club, it may now all be done online! Go to: www.westsidemiddleschoolcc.com and select your merchandise, or click on donate now at the bottom of the page. WMSCC appreciates your support. All funds raised support our teachers, staff and students at WMS.

The next Community Club meeting will be help on November 19th at 6:30pm in the library. We look forward to seeing you there!

Dana Zeiss

President - WMSCC

WMS Community Club Westside Spirt Gear Holiday Order:

We have many Westside sweatshirts, T-shirts and socks in stock RIGHT NOW! Please visit westsidemiddleschoolcc.com

But if you would like an assured size/special order for the Holidays please order online by Monday, December 2nd. We will put in another order with Lawlors that will be available for pick up before Winter Break. We can arrange for your student not to see the items :)
Indicate in the homeroom line that it is a gift for special arrangements with Community Club.

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National Honor Society

The National Junior Honor Society chapter of Westside Middle School is a duly chartered and affiliated chapter of this prestigious national organization. Membership is open to those students who meet the required standards in five areas of evaluation: scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship, and character. Students in the second semester of seventh or eighth grade are eligible for membership. If students were inducted as a seventh grader, they will NOT need to reapply.

Those students who meet the scholarship criterion of a 3.8 on the 4.0 scale are invited to complete a Student Activity Information Form that provides the Faculty Council with information regarding the candidate’s leadership and service. This will be sent out late January-early February. A history of leadership experiences and participation in school or community service is also required. Examples of leadership may happen within the school building (student council) or outside of the classroom (team captains, scouting honors, etc.). Service to the community is considered volunteering in a capacity that does not benefit the student (getting paid for a service or merely helping an extended family member) services considered would be volunteering at a non-profit organization (Film Streams, the zoo, Do Space, among many others). Service learning is not considered volunteering for a team activity to raise money for team expenses (car washes for a soccer team, selling concessions for a concert the student might participate in at a later time.) A student should have at least 5 hours of service learning when filling out the application.

Once again the Student Activity Information Form will be sent out in late January-early February.

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