Trailridge Parent Update

OCTOBER 9, 2020

Upcoming Events . . .

Students will be taking their MAP tests remotely.

  • October 13, 14, 15 - MAP Testing in Math classes

October 31 1:00-4:00 - "Warm Up Shawnee" - Community Partner Event with Advent Health - flu shots, turkeys, sweatshirts, and more - ALL FREE! @Trailridge parking lot

November 4 Chipotle Restaurant Night fundraiser 5-9:00pm

Note from the Admin Team!

Greetings Wildcats,

We wrapped up another great week of remote learning. The Trailridge family is truly special and it has been amazing to watch the community come together to navigate such an untraditional school year. As we discussed in the mailer earlier this week, we will now begin the process of working together to navigate the change to the hybrid style of learning. Beginning October 26, we will begin having students enter the building for in-person learning. Below are a few important details as you begin preparing for hybrid learning.

  • All families who selected Option 2 Remote Learning only will continue learning as they have been in the remote setting. The daily schedule and learning model will not change through this transition.

  • All families who selected Option 1 In-Person Learning will attend school in person for 2 days each week. Please use the table below to navigate what your weekly schedule will look like each week.

We realize this transition may bring a bit of anxiety, along with excitement, as many of our students will be entering Trailridge for the first time. Over the next few weeks we will communicate information regarding new procedures on arrival and dismissal, hallway, classroom and cafeteria. We also have plans to help familiarize our new Trailridge students with the building.

Here are a few things you can do to begin preparing for hybrid learning.

  • Finalize school supplies which are located here.

  • Each student will be permitted to bring a standard-sized water bottle filled with water to school each day so that we can limit water fountain use during passing periods as much as possible to minimize cross contamination. Other than water, no outside food or drink will be permitted in classrooms or the hallways.

  • Face Mask: All students and staff will be required to wear face masks throughout the day. Any face mask with built in filters are not permitted. We ask that you pack an extra face mask in your student’s backpack as a backup. Please make sure your student’s face mask fits properly and is comfortable. It is important that it covers their mouth and nose and is comfortable to speak in as well.

  • Backpack supplies: All students will need to use a backpack to take their supplies from class to class. Lockers will not be permitted. Please work with your student to ensure their backpack is packed with only the necessary supplies for the school day.

We are excited to work together with you to provide a safe environment for our students to begin returning to the building in a few weeks. Things will look and feel different, but if we continue to work together, we are confident that this transition will be a success.


Matt and Jeanette

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Parent Action NEEDED!!


  • The Kansas State Department of Education recently changed its requirements for how we verify student learning and attendance.
  • IMPORTANT!!! Once you acknowledge the three assurances, you will no longer need to have your student complete (and parents sign) a DAILY learning activity log when we enter hybrid learning mode.
  • You need to log on to Family Access in Skyward to complete the form
  • Visual Directions
  • Direcciones visuales (Español)


  • If you need/want busing this year, you MUST sign up. Even those who get free busing HAVE TO SIGN UP. (See information in section below.)

REQUIREMENT! Everyone who wants busing NEEDS to sign up!

New this year, we are requiring ALL that want to receive bus service to enroll online. This includes those that qualify for free busing.

● For those who qualify for free busing (residing over 2.5 miles from school) Click here to enroll: https://www.cognitoforms.com/DSBusLines/ShawneeTransportationRegistrationForNONPAYRiders.

● For those enrolling in Parent Pay Busing (in areas with established routes): Click here to enroll: https://dsbuslinessm.revtrak.net/-school-bus-parent-pay#/list

Bus fees will be prorated for the days that district is in remote attendance per JCDHE gating criteria.

Additional information may be found on the SMSD transportation webpage: https://www.smsd.org/families/transportation


  • All families who selected Option 2 Remote Learning only will continue learning as they have been in the remote setting. The daily schedule and learning model will not change through this transition. The Bell Schedule will remain the same as it is now for our Option 2 Remote learners.

  • Due to transitioning to hybrid, all families who selected Option 1 In-Person Learning will attend school in person for 2 days each week beginning Monday, October 26. Those students in the hybrid model will follow a little different bell schedule due to the need for building time into the schedule for lunches for the students in the building.

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A Note from our Counselors

There have had to be several changes in schedules, and we have had to contact many parents. Every parent we have called or emailed with a schedule change has been incredibly understanding. We feel so grateful for our parents. Thank you so much for your support!

~Elisabeth Johnsrud, 7th Grade Counselor

~Kristin Warner, 8th Grade Counselor

MAP Testing Information for Parents

Just a reminder that we will be conducting MAP testing remotely this year. Students will test on October 13-15 for Math with their Math teacher. Students will be in individual breakout rooms, and they’ll be able to go back into the main room if they have any questions or need any assistance.

You can help your child be prepared to test at home by ensuring the following:

  • Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and eats a healthy breakfast.
  • Minimize distraction for your child as much as possible.
  • Provide a quiet testing environment.
  • Make sure your child uses the chat feature in Webex to communicate questions or problems to the teacher.
  • Encourage your child to take their time and give their best effort when taking this test. This is their chance to show their teacher all they know!

NWEA MAP Family Toolkit Resources for Parents: https://www.nwea.org/the-map-suite/family-toolkit/

NWEA MAP assessments, including test questions, are copyrighted, and may not be copied or reproduced in any form, including but not limited to taking photographs, video and/or audio recordings. Any copying or reproduction of NWEA MAP assessments constitutes copyright and/or other intellectual property infringement and is a violation of NWEA’s Master Subscription Agreement. NWEA MAP assessments, including test questions and answers are proprietary information of NWEA.


As you are helping your student monitor their grades, CANVAS is the most up-to-date. After teachers post grades to Canvas, there is a delay in the grades syncing to Skyward, so looking in Canvas is the most accurate.

Acknowledging the Positive

Please take time to give a Shout Out to a Trailridge staff member for what they're doing to support our students. It would mean so much to our staff!


If your child is going to miss a class for an appointment or any reason, please make sure you are still calling the office (like you normally would) to let the attendance clerk know. This is important so that we can excuse the absence.

Attendance Line: 913 993-1012

Student Services Team

Hello Trailridge Families –

Yay! We’ve made it through another week. We are continuing on with our Choose Peace Theme during this month of October 20. This week we have a couple of things to make you aware of:

  1. The weather this week is supposed to be amazing, so we are just encouraging families to get outside and ENJOY! Below is a link that we shared with students this week to give them some ideas. Please feel free to click on the pics to view links.


  1. Mark your calendars for October 29, 2020 5:30pm – 7:30pm. I’ve also attached Johnson County Mental Health’s October Parent Support Group. It is all about the special education process with an emphasis on IEP’s and parental rights and safeguards. It is open to all of Johnson County residents, not just clients of JCMHC. If any parents or teachers who might be interested, feel free to pass this along! The sign up information is in the flyer, and it’s free!

As always, please feel free to reach out to your Trailridge Student Services Team to discuss specific concerns: https://sites.google.com/smsd.org/tmsstudentservices/home?authuser=1

My padlet is also available to browse for Johnson County Resources:


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FREE Meals to ALL SMSD Students

Fridays at Trailridge Middle School! 7:00-9:00am

The food service department is offering FREE meals to all SMSD students regardless if they are learning remote, hybrid or in person. This includes breakfast and lunch meals.

We encourage families to continue to apply for free and reduced meals in the event the funding is no longer available by clicking here. Qualifying may allow for other support through the district so it is important to continue to apply for free and reduced meals.

Internet Access

If you do not have internet access or need assistance with internet access to assist with your child's learning, please contact the office at 913-993-1000.

Important Trailridge Numbers

  • FRONT OFFICE 913 993-1000
  • ATTENDANCE CLERK 913 993-1012 (Absences should be reported by 9:30 AM)
  • SPANISH INTERPRETER: 913 993-1062 Ms. Ericka Marquez
  • DS BUSING: 913 384-1190
  • BOOKKEEPER: Ms. Leah Ziegler 913 993-1003
  • NURSE: Ms. Darla Denny 913 993-1007

Trailridge PTA

Our PTA is very active in supporting students and staff at Trailridge through grants, assemblies, student activities and celebrations, and more and while our events and activities will undoubtedly look different this school year, our commitment to supporting our students, staff, and families is as strong as ever! Please consider joining and getting involved in your Trailridge PTA as we find new and creative ways to support our students, staff, and families in 2020/2021!


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Reflections Contest

Here is an opportunity for our Trailridge students to shine!

PTA's Reflections program provides opportunities for recognition and access to the arts which boost student confidence and success in the arts and in life. The theme for the 2020-2021 year is I Matter Because.... Students submit their completed works of art in one or all of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts.

Winners at the school level will continue to the district level for judging.

For inspiration, visit the Reflections virtual art gallery and learn more at https://www.pta.org/home/programs/reflections/awards

For official entry forms and rules please visit SMAC-pta.org or for additional questions contact Brittney at brittney.hooper6506@gmail.com

Important Dates:
Launch: September 23rd
Submit artwork to TR office: October 23rd

ROAR Cards - Can You Help??

Our Wildcat students are being nominated every day by teachers for meeting our ROAR expectations!

Our Trailridge PBIS (Positive Behavior and Intervention Supports) committee will be mailing out ROAR cards even while we are remote. If possible please donate $5 to help provide small gift cards that will be mailed to winners.


We ROAR at Trailridge!

R - Respectful

O - On Task

A - Act Safely

R - Responsible

Spirit Wear - Go Wildcats!!

2020 Spiritwear is here with hundreds of apparel choices and over a dozen NEW Trailridge Wildcats designs to choose from! Order direct any time throughout the year and orders will be processed as they're received and shipped straight to your home. There will be a different promotion offered each month. Shipping is always free on orders of $50+ but FROM SEPTEMBER 11-28, ENJOY FREE SHIPPING ON ALL ORDERS!

Info is posted on the PTA website, or click the link here to go straight to our online spiritwear shop:


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