Westside Middle School

October 15, 2020

Important Changes

Here is some important information for when we start going 5 days a week on Monday, October 19th (Start of Quarter 2). Remember all in person learners will attend Monday through Friday, this now includes Wednesdays.

Please reach out with any questions or concerns.

  • Wednesdays we will dismiss at 2:44 for Teacher PLC time.
  • A/B Days will be determined by odd or even date. So Monday 10/19 is a "B" day, Tuesday 10/20 is an "A" day.
  • We will be issuing lockers to students so they have a place to keep their coats. Lockers should only be accessed before and after school. Students will not be allowed to access their locker between periods to help avoid hallway congestion

Extended Campus Learners

  • Will attend homeroom (SPARK) 5 days a week during their scheduled time.
  • They will meet with their teachers 1 time per week through WebEx. (teachers will send out invites).
  • See attached sheet below for Extended Campus Learner Expectations for 2nd Semester.
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Yellow Ribbon Presentation

On Tuesday, October 20 7th grade grade students will have a presentation on the Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program. Teams 7B and 7C will have the presentation in the PAC beginning at 8:15. Students on 7B and 7C will be dismissed to the PAC from their 1st period class at 8:10 to report to the PAC. Students on teams 7A and 7D will have the presentation in the PAC beginning at 9:35. Students on these two teams will be dismissed from their 3rd period class at 9:35 to report to the PAC.

The Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program is a nation-wide program designed to help students and communities recognize warning signs of suicide, what suicide is and is not, and give students a way to ask for help. Here is some more information on the Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program:

It is not uncommon for teens to think about suicide. Every year 1 in 5 teens seriously considers suicide and youth will most often seek help from their peers. It is imperative that youth are provided the tools to recognize other youth who may be at risk for suicide and the knowledge of how to respond if they are concerned. Studies have shown that youth peer training is an effective practice for education for youth. Designated a National Best Practice program, Yellow Ribbon utilizes a unique community-based model that increases the competence and confidence of youth to recognize and respond to suicidal individuals. Modified to be age and culturally appropriate, the curriculum follows the recognized safe messaging prevention practices.

We recognize that this may be a difficult topic for some students. Our counselors are prepared to help individual students process this presentation if it is needed. Sometimes the students for whom this topic is the most difficult are the most in need of hearing it. With that in mind, if you and your student believe it would in their best interest to not be in the presentation, please contact your student’s assigned counselor.

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WMS Boys Basketball Information

Boys basketball sign up was held last week at school. Information about the tryout process was handed out to the boys when they signed up.

Tryouts will be held for 8th grade boys Thursday, October 22nd and Friday, October 23rd.

Tryouts for 7th grade boys will be held Monday, October 26th and Tuesday, October 27th.

Tryouts will run from 3:30 - 5:00.

After School Library

Beginning 2nd quarter (October 19), the After School Library program will be open on Wednesdays as well! The updated hours are as follows:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday - 3:15 - 5:00

Wednesday - 2:45 - 4:00

If your student is already signed up, there is no need to complete the form again. If you would like to sign your child up for the after school library program, please complete this form.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Corrie Philo



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PowerSchool Help

Please access these two resources for help on how to navigate PowerSchool. Remember PowerSchool is the best place to see your student's progress in their classes.
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National Junior 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.

Westside Community Schools is Hiring!!!

Here is a direct link to all available positions, with quick links to apply immediately: https://westside.tedk12.com/hire/index.aspx
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Kim Eymann - Principal



Brian Stevens - Assistant Principal (He will handle all questions on Busing)

Dean for 8A & 7C



Jenni Allen - Assistant Principal & Special Services Department Chair



Dan Carlson - Dean & Athletic Director

Dean for 7A, 7B, & 8B



Corrie Philo - Dean for 7D, 8C, & 8D