Westside Middle School

July 31, 2020

Welcome to 20-21 School Year!

Welcome to Westside Middle School and the 20-21 school year. We are looking forward to having students return on August 18th. We know this year will be challenging in more ways than one. But the staff at WMS is confident that it will be a great! There is a lot of important information in this newsletter so please read it carefully and do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. The administration team is happy to help answer any questions.

Kim Eymann - Principal



Brian Stevens - Assistant Principal (Handles all questions on Busing)



Jenni Allen - Assistant Principal & Special Services Department Chair



Dan Carlson - Dean & Athletic Director



Corrie Philo - Dean



New Staff to WMS

In addition to all of the new students, we have some new staff members that we would like to welcome to Westside Middle School. The Following Teachers will be joining WMS this year:

Sarah Lieske - Counselor (transfer from Paddock )

Jessica Chait - ELL

Tiffany Nagel - Math (8B)

Sarah Swanigan - Language Arts (8C)

Ryan Wieczorek - Special Ed (7A)

Juan Magana - Spanish

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First Day Of School

This year our first day of school for 7th graders will be Tuesday, August 18th. 8th grade students will not attend until Wednesday, August 19th. We will have two sessions for both grades in order to de-densify our building. School buses will run their normal routes and times for the AM session and will run 4 hours later for the afternoon. For example, if your bus usually picks you up at 7:16 am that bus will be there for pick up at 11:16.

Tuesday, August 18th

First Day of School 7th Grade ONLY

A- K will attend from 8:00-11:15

L-Z will attend from 12:00-3:15

Wednesday, August 19th

First Day of School 8th Grade ONLY

A- K will attend from 8:00-11:15

L-Z will attend from 12:00-3:15

Please bring a backpack the first day of school.

Return to School Plan for WMS

We are officially returning to school in “YELLOW” for August 18th through September 4th. This will allow us to better provide social-distancing and de-densifying practices as only a portion of our students will be on site each day. Attached below is our specific plan on how we will return to school here at WMS. This may be adjusted as we are given more information as we get closer to the start of school. We will keep you updated and informed.

Tuesday, August 18th - only 7th graders A-K will attend from 8:00-11:15 and L-Z from 12:00-3:15

Wednesday, August 19th - only 8th graders A-K will attend from 8:00-11:15 and L-Z from 12:00-3:15

Starting Thursday, August 20th through September 4th we will have a full school day (8:00-3:15) with students with the corresponding last names:

Thursday, August 20th L-R

Friday, August 21st - S-Z

Monday, August 24th - A-E

Tuesday, August 25th - F-K

We will continue to follow this schedule until September 4th.

Do you have any of these symptoms?

If your student is experiencing any of the following symptoms please do not come to school.

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Please note, we will not be honoring perfect attendance this year as we need students to stay home when they are not feeling well.

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Counseling Department

Each student is assigned to a counselor to help them with scheduling classes, problem solving, and peer conflicts. If you have any concerns,you may contact your students counselor at any time, they will be happy to help. Below is list of counselors and to which students they are assigned to.

Last Name starting with A-G = Sarah Lieske

Last Name starting with H-O = Doug Hauserman

Last Name starting with P-Z = Mike McCann

Westside has an amazing partnership with Children's Behavioral Health. Please see the attached document explaining our partnership.

Curriculum Nights

We will not be offering Curriculum Nights this year, but be on the lookout for a special introduction and information from the teachers.

After School Library!

Westside Middle School offers after school library hours. This opportunity allows students to have a quiet work space to complete homework after school with adult supervision. After School Library will begin on Monday, August 24 and run throughout the school year. This year the After School Library will be held in the Cafeteria to allow for social distancing. From August 24th through September 4th After School Library will not be available on Wednesdays. More information will be sent out about September.

After School Library hours are as follows:

Monday - 3:15-5:00

Tuesday - 3:15-5:00

Wednesday Closed

Thursday 3:15-5:00

Friday 3:15-5:00

In order to supervise and track student attendance accurately, we are asking parents/guardians to fill out the registration found at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSejPAqoVoG1qGNlFaPqbvb20XCaLlWwSQbT1fVGgHh8kRlYYg/viewform. Each student needs to be signed up in advance.

If you have questions, please contact Corrie Philo. We look forward to another great school year!

Corrie Philo

Dean of Students


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School Supplies

For the upcoming school year, we are once again asking families to consider donating school supplies. By donating school supplies, the district will save approximately $25,000 annually. Attached below you will find a list of school supplies needed for our building however, once school starts teachers may request specific materials for their class. As you are purchasing supplies, please consider purchasing a few additional items for those families who are unable to provide these supplies for their children. We will have a collection box available in the guidance office for this purpose. We will continue to provide supplies for all children who do not wish to voluntarily contribute.

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WMS Bus Information

Below is a document that explains how buses work at WMS. Please direct busing questions to Mr. Stevens at stevens.brian@westside66.net