Westside Middle School Newsletter
August 26, 2022
Reminder: No School Friday, September 2nd and No School Monday, September 5th
2022-23 WMS Administration:
Kim Eymann - Principal email@example.com
Jordan Rhodes - Assistant Principal (Dean 7C, 8A). firstname.lastname@example.org
Jenni Allen - Assistant Principal and Special Services Department Chair. email@example.com
Dan Carlson - Dean and Athletic Director (Dean 7A, 7B, 8C). firstname.lastname@example.org
Kellon Johnson - Dean (7D, 8B, 8D). email@example.com
Join Us For Curriculum Night
Meet the WMS Security Staff!
Ms V, Mr. Rhodes and Officer Waller are here to make sure our building is safe and secured. Please remind your student to report anything that they hear or see that is not safe!!
Expectations at High School Football Games
Middle School Students are welcomed to attend the high school football games! But in order to make sure it is an enjoyable experience for all spectators we ask them to follow these expectations.
Expectations at the Football Game:
- students are expected to sit and watch the game. If students do not want to do that, we ask that you do not attend.
- Running around, playing tag, and dumping/throwing water bottles will not be allowed and students will be asked to leave and mayabe banned from attending future games.
- Middle school students will either sit with their parents or sit in bleachers in the south end zone area at all home football games.
Drop off and pick up can be a little crazy here at WMS. Please make sure you are following all traffic laws!! Below is a map to show traffic flow.
No cars will be allowed to enter the circle drive to drop off or pick up, unless this has been pre-arranged with your student's IEP case manager. You may drop off your student on Arbor Street. Arbor street is one way from the parking lot entrance going east to 85th Street. There will be no parking in the bus lane on Arbor Street. When you drop off in the parking lot please make sure you are following the arrows as the aisles are one way! If you come up the drive from Center Street, please pull forward as far as you can before having your student get out. It is important that you do not stop right in front of the PAC entrance because it backs the drive up.
Cost of Meals/Balances
Remember meals are no longer free this year unless free/reduce paperwork is filled out. Below are the cost of Breakfast and lunch. Please make sure your student has money in their account, using my school bucks. We already have lots of students with negative balances.
Breakfast $1.90/Reduced .30
Lunch $2.95/Reduced .40
We will start offering the ala carte items next week. The prices are below for those items.
SMALL AQUAFINA WATER 16 0Z. $0.50
BOTTLED JUICE $1.50
NAKED JUICE. SMOOTHIE $2.50
CEREAL BAR $1.00
CHEEZ ITS $0.50
SCOOBY SNACKS $0.50
EXTRA MILK $0.50
EXTRA JUICE CUP $0.50
EXTRA MAIN DISH $2.00
Cell Phone Expectations
Cell Phones are to be kept in backpacks or lockers from 8:00-3:15. Research has shown that when students are not on their phones during school hours, they are more engaged inside and outside of the classroom. To learn more go to: https://www.awayfortheday.org/research
**If you need to get a hold of your student you may call the main office and we can either deliver the message or give them the message to call you.
Cell phone is out at an inappropriate time:
1st offense: Teacher keeps until end of the period
2nd offense: Phone goes to office until the end of the day
3rd offense: Phone goes to office until end of the day, 2 detentions
*Further offenses will result in Wed night/Sat schools, ISS, OSS, parent pick-up, and/or turning in phone to the office daily.
Being on time to class is extremely important and we are committed to ensuring that class time is used effectively and efficiently. Below is how we handle students who are tardy to class. Please note we will not begin counting tardies until Thursday, August 25th.
1st Tardy = Teacher will Conference with Student
2nd Tardy = Teacher will Conference with Student and Contact Parent
3rd Tardy =Teacher will Conference with Student and Contact Parent
4th Tardy = Teacher will Contact Parent; 1 detention w/ teacher
5 or more = Teacher Contacts Dean; additional consequences (parent meeting/call, Wednesday night/Saturday school, develop tardy plan that includes the possibility of additional consequences)
1 offense - referral and conversation with dean
2 offense - referral and conversation with dean
3 offense - referral and conversation with dean
4 offense - referral, conversation with dean and assign detention
5 offense - referral, conversation with dean and assign detention
6 offense - referral, conversation with dean, assign detention and parent meeting
7+ offenses will result in increase of consequences such as Wed night/Sat School, ISS, OSS.
This year the counselors will be assigned to teams rather than by alphabet. Remember if you have questions on your student's schedule or any social emotional needs, please contact the counselor.
Mike McCann: 7A, 7C, 8D firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Lieske: 7B, 8A, 8B email@example.com
Doug Hauserman: 7D, 8C firstname.lastname@example.org
Important Information from the Athletic Department
Free & Reduced Meal Applications
For the 2022-23 school year, the federal government has elected to NOT continue the universal free meal program, which means Westside Community Schools’ students will transition back to a traditional model with paid lunches. If applicable, families in each household will need to apply for free and reduced meal benefits (which carry over to other opportunities including technology, camps, etc.)
Click here to learn more about meals and prices through Westside Community Schools
Note: school meals at Westbrook and Westgate Elementary will continue to be free, as these schools qualify for federal community eligibility provisions.
We want to make sure ALL of our students and families are set up for success for the coming school year. If you need help with food, utilities, clothing, or other support for your child and family, please reach out to our caring team of social workers; CLICK HERE.
We are also partnering with One World Health Centers to offer two more Back To School health clinics. This offers parents a convenient way to complete school physicals, get immunizations, and receive treatment for certain issues.
July 20, 8:30am-3:30pm at Westside High School
August 14, Noon-4pm at the Back To School Celebration (WHS)
Did you know that the Westside Foundation's mission is to raise private funding for all District 66 Schools? The Foundation does this primarily through private fundraising for special projects, an annual fundraiser- VI VI, and through the annual campaign, W-CLUB. Your support of the Foundation ensures our faculty, staff and students have what they need to excel every day.
Save the Date: VI VI LAS VEGAS, September 24, 2022
Funds raised at this event benefit Westside Middle School teachers and students. In year's past, VI VI funds have directly supported our students. We hope you will consider attending this event or making a donation so we can continue our good work! SUPPORT VI VI TODAY!
W-CLUB: JOIN TODAY
Make a gift that is meaningful to you to show you are proud to be part of Westside Community Schools. Funds raised through the W-CLUB get redistributed back into all Westside Community Schools. Every teacher has the opportunity to apply for W-Club grants annually. Westside Middle School has received funding for robots, traveling exhibit for German Class, and cameras for our journalism club in the past.
Donating to Westside Middle School
To make a tax-deductible donation please donate through the Westside Foundation. You can specifically note that funds should be designated to Westside Middle School community club, fun run, etc. Your gift is not tax deductible if it comes directly to our school. If you have questions, please contact Westside Foundation at email@example.com.