The Stampede

April 2, 2021

A Message to 8th Gr Parents from GEHS

8th Grade Parents,


Please use the link to access the slideshow from Wednesday evening's 8th Grade Parent Night. Thank you to all those in attendance! If you missed us and would like to chat, our contact information is located on the last slide of the presentation.


We are excited to partner together and welcome the Class of 2025 to Blazer Nation!


8th Grade Parent Night SlideShow


Melissa

Attention 7th & 8th Grade Students!

Next week will be State Assessment week for both 7th & 8th grade students.


The final day of State Assessments for 8th grade students will be Monday, April 5.


The 7th grade students will be taking their assessments on April 8 & 9.


Both grades will follow these instructions:

IN-PERSON STUDENTS will be on a modified schedule and assessments will happen during their classes.

CHOICE REMOTE STUDENTS need to arrive by 10:00 a.m. at the front entrance. They can be picked up at 2:30 also at the front entrance.

WMS Cheer Tryouts for 2021-2022

Attention 6th & 7th grade students interested in Cheer for next year!

We will be having our cheer interest meeting for students on Wednesday, April 7th at 2:45 in the commons. Our mandatory Cheer Clinic & tryouts for anyone interested in cheering for the 2021-2022 season will be held in the WMS gym on Saturday, April 24th, tentative time 8:00-1:00.

Yearbook Purchase Deadline

Purchase your yearbook today! Final deadline to purchase will be May 3.


Please note the yearbook for this year will be distributed in the Fall of 2021.


Parents can buy through Powerschool's payment portal, MySchoolBucks (students won't see this option on their account). If you need help syncing your Powerschool account and getting this set up for the first time, please follow these directions: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1E2VgYArkq-xvk60xZZCPHJgiWPyYLoZUKlS4IzbMmL0/edit?usp=sharing

Once your MSB is linked, log in through Powerschool, find "My School Bucks," click the "Go to MSB" button to get to the full site, and you can purchase a yearbook under the "School Stores" button.


***Important Update***

MSB let us know today that when a parent creates and syncs their account from PowerSchool to MSB (first time only) they have to wait 24 hours before they can see and make store purchases (example Yearbooks). This explains why parents are not able to see yearbooks in the store once they created their account.

Drivers Education

2021 Spring and Summer Driver's Education courses are now open for enrollment through GEYCP's registration site.

Please click the link below for further information and to enroll.


2021 Drivers Education

Late Arrivals

If your student arrives to WMS after 8:10 for any reason (appointment, overslept, running late or tardy) please have them enter at the MAIN OFFICE ENTRANCE. We will take their temperature and help them get to class. You can simply give the office a call with their reason for absence and have the student come to the door and ring the buzzer.


The grade-level entrances will close at 8:10.

Reporting An Absence

You may report an absence via email by sending an email to wmsattendance@usd231.com

Please include:

  • Student Name
  • Grade
  • Reason for Absence

You may also call the WMS Main Office at 913.856.2900.

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Doors Open at 7:50

Staff will be at each entrance door and will open the doors for students to enter at 7:50 a.m. each day.

Drop Off / Pick Up Information

Thank you for your patience as we navigate having 5th - 8th grade students back at WMS and the new expectations for drop off and pick up.


PLEASE pull up as far as possible in the loop. This will allow more students being dropped off or picked up at one time. It may take a few more steps for your child, but it helps keep the line of cars behind you moving!


Do not park in any of the parking stalls for drop off or pick up. We want to keep your student as safe as possible and keep the flow of traffic moving efficiently.

PowerSchool Access Codes

If you have not received your Access Codes for PowerSchool Parent Portal please CLICK HERE to fill out a google form. An email will be sent to you with access information within 2 business days of your request.
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In Case You Missed It.....the following items are from previous editions

Please Help!

The nurse is in need of pants, sweat pants, leggings in adult sizes if anyone has any that they would like to donate.

2021-2022 Transfer Request Information

USD 231 Families,

For those families interested, we have opened the Intra-district and Non-Resident Transfer Request application for the 2021-2022 school year from March 15 - April 23 for any students/families that seek to attend a USD 231 school that is not within his/her primary geographic attendance boundary. If you would like to apply for a transfer, please complete the form on the appropriate link below. Please complete one form per student. See the attached guidelines for additional information.


**If you applied for the 2020-2021 school year you DO NEED TO REAPPLY. This is an annual process for all students.

Intra - District Transfer Request Form - Families who live in Gardner Edgerton

Non-Resident Transfer Request Form - Families who live outside Gardner Edgerton

Principals will meet in Mid-May to review transfer requests. Families will receive an email when a decision is made by June 15th. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Linda Miesner (miesnerl@usd231.com).


For more information, please see:

Transfer Request Timeline 2021-2022

Intra-District Transfer Request Procedures

Request for Admission of Non-Resident Student Procedures

Spring Track Website

The track website has detailed information regarding the track meet schedule as well as safety protocols that will be in place to keep students and staff safe.


http://mustangsrun.weebly.com/


Please reach out if you have specific questions or concerns. We are looking forward to having spring sports back at WMS!

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Treats for Celebrations

Just a gentle reminder to parents: if you are planning to provide treats to be handed out in class for a special celebration, such as a birthday, they need to be individually sealed/wrapped. An example would be Rice Crispy Treats that were factory sealed.

Her is another GREAT option for you as well:

In addition to providing breakfast and lunch, did you know USD 231 Nutrition Services also cater birthday treats directly to the classrooms? Hassle-free, safe and affordable options to celebrate your student’s special day.

Order form/menu >> https://bit.ly/34aCuYi

Please allow one-week notice for events.

Mask Guidelines

Please see the information below concerning mask guidelines at WMS. Following these guidelines each day will help not only protect your son or daughter but other students and staff members as well.

  • Surgical masks or cloth face coverings made with two layers of fabric.
  • Cloth masks should be washed after you wear them in hot water with detergent. Bleach is not necessary to kill the virus on cloth masks.
  • Make sure masks fit securely over your nose and mouth.
  • Masks with valves in them are not recommended, because the valves allow all of the mask wearer's exhalation to exit through the valve.

If your child does not have a mask with two layers of fabric, we have extra surgical masks to give to individual students as needed.

Inclement Weather Days

Earlier this week the district emailed information to parents regarding the plan for inclement weather. Please take a minute to review the document and be familiar with the schedule changes when we move to a Flexible Instruction Day and the buildings are closed.


Please view this document to learn more about our inclement weather protocols:

Middle School – Inclement Weather Days Protocol


HOW TO STAY INFORMED

When the chance for severe or inclement weather looms, we will only post the cancellation of school, athletic events, and other activities.

If school is canceled or a Flexible Learning Day is called due to inclement weather, the information will be available in the following formats:

  • Posted on our website found HERE.

  • Posted to social media

  • Local television stations (ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC)* Please know we are at the mercy of these stations as to whether or not they relay the information. There have been instances of when the district has provided information and the news station did not get it posted.

  • Thrillshare App

Reminder From Nutrition Services

Just a reminder... Although school meals are free for the 2020-2021 school year, students are still welcome to bring a lunch from home as they desire. Please note that although these students will still be permitted to purchase milk or juice ($0.55 each) to accompany their lunch from home, these individual items are not covered by the program. Only complete meals are available for free. Weekly balance reminders are sent to families whose students' account balances fall below zero due to these types of purchases.

Snap a Pic and Share It!

Yearbook Reminder:

Parents and Guardians, the Yearbook staff is still in need and seeking pictures of:


  • students in their learning environments
  • students with their pets.
  • students participating in Spirit Week
  • students in their school appropriate costumes
  • an activity they do in their spare time
  • students holding a sign stating something they are thankful for
  • picture of student, and 1-3 sentences telling their hopes for 2021
  • students in Chiefs gear celebrating the return to the Super Bowl


Please tell us in the message of the email the student name and grade. Send your yearbook pics to hannak@usd231.com

WMS Library Book Curbside Pick Up

Remember we are offering curbside pickup of library books from the WMS Media Center!

Check previous editions of The Stampede for details on how to utilize Destiny to find and hold your books.

WMS Curbside Pick up Form

YEARBOOK NEWS

Schoology Parent Account

If you would like access to your Schoology parent account please fill out the google form linked below. You only need to request this if your student is currently using schoology for remote learning and you can include all of your middle school students in one request. An email will be sent to you within 3 business days of your request with your individualized parent code and log in instructions.

CLICK HERE for the google form.

Appointment Required for Office Visits

Our school office is currently open and running on a limited schedule. If you are visiting for any reason, we ask that you call ahead to make an appointment (913.856.2900). All visitors will be asked to wear face coverings during their appointment time. Thank you for your cooperation.