Westside Middle School

November 13, 2020

Important Dates to Remember:

We will now have No school the week of Thanksgiving. Monday 11/ 23 - Friday 11/27. We will resume in person learning on Monday, November 30th.

Due to moving to yellow mode, our MAPs testing will be moved to the end of January.

Please note that if your student is an in person learner and they are required to quarantine, we will not move them to extended campus learning. They will keep up with their work by logging onto google classroom and their email. They should be contacting their teacher if they need extra assistance or want to join their webex meetings.

2nd Semester Extended Campus Application

We have had some conversations with families regarding second semester extended campus learning and wanted to provide a reminder of the application deadline (tomorrow, Friday, November 13) and provide some guidance. Please remember even if your student is currently an extended campus learner, you will still need to fill out the application.

Guidance on Extended Campus Decision

  • Some families have indicated they are trying to make a decision based on whether we will be red, yellow, or green, not necessarily on health reasons. Stated more than once, “If you are green we will come back, if yellow we are going to do extended campus.” We cannot guarantee which schedule we will be in and it could change throughout the semester.

  • Please make your decision for health concern reasons.

  • Please make your decision on comfort level with green. Our goal is to be green as much as possible.

  • The previous two bullet points should be the beacons guiding decision making.

  • It is better academically and emotionally for students to be at school at “50%” or “100%”.

  • When you make this decision, it is for the duration of second semester. Your child’s extended campus learning schedule will be the same January to May.

Deadline and Links

  • Deadline to apply for 2nd semester extended campus for middle and high school is Friday, November 13, 2020 at midnight.

  • Please read information link for info on classes not offered to extended campus learners and other important information.

  • Information/Newsletter Link: https://www.smore.com/etpk0

  • Link to secondary application: https://forms.gle/Up5hT74deuVkR7FT7

Please respond by midnight on Friday, November 13, 2020.

Important WebEx Information

If your student is having issues with WebEx, please make sure that all of their windows/tabs are closed and only the WebEx application is open.

Also there is a new update that they need to complete. Below is a link to a video with directions on how to complete the update. In person students will do this during homeroom either Friday, Monday or Tuesday. This is also sent to students on Friday. If your student will not be in school, please make sure they have completed this. It should only take about 4 minutes.


Yellow Mode

Starting Monday, November 30th we will return to 50% attendance in our Yellow Mode.

Students with the last name A-K will attend Mondays and Tuesdays.

Students with the last name L-Z will attend Thursdays and Fridays.

There will be no in person learning on Wednesdays. However students will use this day to work on assignments such as additional practice, iXL, library lessons, and/or extension lessons.

Students will be expected to attend SPARK (homeroom) Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Fridays. When in person students are at home they will log into WebEx on those days. Extended Campus students will log onto WebEx all four days. Attendance will be taken!

Extended Campus students will keep the current WebEx meeting schedule.

Monday/Tuesday = A days

Thursday/Friday = B days

Music Combo Kids

Band/Strings = Mondays and Fridays

Choir = Tuesdays and Thursdays

ALL Assignments will be posted on Google Classroom!

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Respect Lesson

Next week in SPARK, 7th and 8th students will be viewing the RESPECT Coping in Crisis presentation. As a response to current events, Coping in Crisis was developed to address the challenging circumstances students are currently facing. This program addresses the challenges of Covid-19, Gender Issues, Income Inequality, Special Needs, and Racism and Bias.

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WMS Presents: Bad Auditions.....On Camera

Click on on the document below to watch WMS production of Bad Auditions. We were sad we couldn't have a live production, but so glad that students were able to still participate and show off their talents.

PBIS Update

Warrior Bucks

We are bringing back Warrior Bucks as part of our Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) for students. Warrior Bucks are used to reinforce positive student behavior in alignment with our building expectations of Be Safe, Be Respectful, and Be Responsible. All students have the opportunity to earn Warrior Bucks from staff throughout the day. Then once a month they can redeem their Warrior Bucks for items in our store.

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Help WMS earn free money through TAGG

Attached is a flyer featuring TAGG businesses near Westside Middle School. If you or any family members are going to any of these places, please TAGG Westside Middle School on the app by submitting a photo of you receipt in order for us to get a free donation.
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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

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