WILDCAT UPDATE for Families

TEAM Westridge "Be a Champion"

September 28, 2016

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Upcoming Events

September 28 - Fundraiser Kickoff

September 30 - Early Release - 1:45 Dismissal - No late buses or athletic practices

October 1 - Cross Country - Baldwin Invitational 8:00am

October 3 - Girls' Basketball Tryouts (7th and 8th)

October 4 - Wrestling Meet at Indian Woods

October 5 - Choir Concert 7:00pm

October 6 - PTSA Meeting 7:00pm in the Library

October 7 - Wrestling - District Duals at SM East

October 8 - Cross Country - SMWest Invitational at JCCC 8:30am

October 10 - Orchestra Concert 7:00pm

October 12 - Band Concert 7:00pm

October 13 - Early Release - 1:45 pm - No late buses or athletic practice

October 13 - Cross Country - District Meet at Indian Woods 4:00

October 14 - No School - Teacher Work Day

October 15 - XC Sunflower League at Rim Rock Farms 8:30am (for those who qualify)

October 17-18 - Fall Play Zombie Invasion 7:00pm

October 19 - Cross Country Awards Banquet - Westridge MPR 6:30pm

October 20 - Parent/Teacher Conferences 5:00-8:00

October 21 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences 8:00-11:30 1:00-4:00

Principal's Message

Wildcat Students and Families,


We are so excited to be able to support our student athletes during their games and meets! With that, we do want to make sure to communicate to you the expectations and procedures for students attending after-school activities. Students who want to stay after to support Team Westridge athletes will need to report directly to the MPR at the end of the school day (between 3:45-3:50). A supervisor will be with students for the duration of the after-school event. During the time between check-in and the game, students will be able to work on homework or socialize with other students who are also staying for the game. Students who are staying for the academic support time are dismissed at 4:30 and will still be able to attend the after school activity by requesting a pass from the academic supports teachers. Students leaving their academic supports classroom will then report to the gym and give the pass to the after-school supervisor.


If a student leaves campus and then returns to school to watch an after-school sporting event, he/ she will only be admitted to the game with a parent or guardian present. We are so excited to have WMS students cheer on their peers and hope to see lots of students at the games showing their Wildcat Pride!


Be a Champion and Go Wildcats!


Mr. McDonnell

Principal - Westridge Middle School

jeremymcdonnell@smsd.org

Words from a Champion Westridge Student . . .

Being a WINNER


W - When teachers are talking I'm not

I - I'll do my best

N - Never Give up

N - Never be disrespectful

E - Enter with positivity

R - Respect anyone and everyone


-Andy, WMS student

Academic Support

Westridge students have a great opportunity to receive Academic Support Monday through Thursday. There is a late bus that everyone (except those on transfer) can ride, even if you are within the 2.5 mile cutoff. Students can choose which teacher they want to stay with; they do not have to have that person for a teacher. This is a great place to do homework, have internet for school projects, or receive some one-on-one support.
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Congratulations to Ms. Holmes!

Ms. Holmes has been named a semi-finalist for the Kansas Teacher of the Year - Region 3. This is a remarkable honor. We are so proud of her!
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Attendance Matters!

School attendance is a baseline factor in determining student success. Successful schools begin by making sure students come to school regularly. Partner with us and help your child get to school every day and be here on time.

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Clubs

CHESS - Wed - Rm 10 - Mrs. Holder

DRAMA CLUB - Thurs - Mr. Coats

IMPROV CLUB - Tues - Stage - Mr. Coats

FITNESS CLUB - Tues/Thurs - Rm 153 - Orozco

ART CLUB - 1x month - Rm 176 - Gilroy

SET & COSTUME CREW - depends on show - Rm 19 - Mr. Coats

STEAM ACTIVITY (SCIENCE) - Wed/Thurs - Ms. Brewster

SPEECH & DEBATE - Tues - Rm 161 - Ms. Courtney

YEARBOOK - Tues until 5:00 - Rm 160 - Ms. Holmes and Mr. Klinzing

BATTLE OF THE BOOKS - info coming soon - Library - Ms. Dierks

Fundraising

Our fundraising event will kick off Wednesday, September 28. We want to give students opportunities such as field trips, acknowledgements for following The Westridge Way, etc. Will you please help us accomplish these goals? We will be selling cookie dough and coupon books. Look for more information coming home soon. We will need parent volunteers to help us with this.

PTSA

Thanks to all of you who have joined the Westridge PTSA! If you'd like to be included in PTSA communications (news, events, etc.) please email westridgeptsa@gmail.com and we'll add you to our distribution list. You can also keep up with news via the Westridge PTSA Facebook page.


We had a fantastic first meeting and we're looking forward to our next meeting on October 6th at 7pm in the Library. We hope to see you there!

Athletics

Upcoming athletic events are in the calendar list above.


Our Wrestlers won their first meet against Hocker Grove!


Our Cross Country team has been doing a great job. Results from our last meet:

Boys: 4th place - Josh Swanson

Girls: 1st place - Emma Vielhauer / 4th - Erin Bender / 5th - Ella Barth


8th grade Girls' basketball practices will begin on October 3, 2016. There will be a parent information meeting on September 27, 2016 at 6:30 in the MPR. Students MUST have a completed physical packet and have the Skyward Athletic Packet information completed prior to the start of practice. Physical packets may be picked up from Room 121. A student physical must have a date later than May 1, 2016, in order to be used for this athletic year.

Community Resources

Free/Reduced meal applications are being processed as they are received. If you have questions about your application, please call our office at 993-1200 or the food service office at 993-9710. If you have NOT reapplied for the free/reduced program this year, you need to reapply for the 2016-2017 school year. Students who do not have an approved application for this year will be off the program beginning 09-27-16. You can apply online by clicking on the icon at the bottom of this link: http://foodservices.smsd.org/pages/default.aspx


From our Social Worker at Westridge:


On September 26, 2016, families are being encouraged to take pictures of families eating together and post them to social media with the hashtag #myfamilyselfie512. (Don't forget to tag Westridge @WRidgeMS.) Research shows that children of families who eat together are less likely to abuse alcohol and/or drugs. The link is casafamilyday.org.


Please don’t ever hesitate to ask if there is anything we can do to help your student be a champion! You can contact me at 993-1369 or vickicanady@smsd.org

Being a Champion - Goals for Life

We continue to work on what it means to "Be a Champion" at Westridge.

Here are the Goals for Life:

1. I can do the right thing even when I am mad.

2. I can be okay (follow The Westridge Way) even when others aren't okay.

3. I can do something even though I don't want to or it is hard.


These are goals that all of us have to master in order to be successful. Brainstorm with your student how these apply not only at school, but at home and in the community.

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Counseling Corner

Ms. Michele Burns is our new 7th grade counselor this year. She is coming from Turner and brings a wealth of knowledge and has done a wonderful job establishing relationships with students and staff. Mr. Miller is our 8th grade counselor and continues to be a great resource for our staff, students and families.


Starting this year, our staff has received guidance in a new counseling referral process. Teachers are now able to refer students to see Mr. Miller or Ms. Burns through an electronic referral process. This process will help us collect information and better track which services are being used based on the needs of each student.

Notes from the Nurse

Greetings from the Nurse's Office! As many of you may know, I am new here at Westridge! I am very excited to serve as a resource to your student as well as your family! Thank you for your patience as I transition into this role and please do not hesitate to reach out with any needs or concerns.

Just a few reminders:

•You may be receiving a notice regarding your child's immunization records. Students who are non-compliant with immunizations after October 20th will not be allowed to attend school until written documentation of required immunizations is received. Please help us to obtain these records. Additional information may be found on the "immunizations and physicals" page of the district website.

•All students (middle school and high school) who wish to participate in sports are required to have a sports physical. This is a requirement of KSHSAA (Kansas State High School Activities Association). The physical MUST be completed on the KSHSAA physical form which can be found online through the SMSD Athletics page. Please encourage your student's physician to utilize this form specifically so the documentation does not have to be redone.

•Flu season is quickly approaching. Please encourage your student to practice frequent hand washing and to help slow the spread of germs by covering coughs and sneezes.

•Lastly, please encourage your student to be mindful of their use of the nurse's office. We are seeing extremely high volumes and one of our main goals is to keep students in class when possible. Please discuss "self-help" techniques with your students and reinforce the importance of deciding whether a trip to the nurse's office is really needed. For example, "Can I handle this myself? Have I tried simple methods first? Have I eaten or drank enough water today?"

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email me at JuliaGlenn@smsd.org or call me at 913-993-1207. Thank you!

Information from Officer Harrison

My name is Dana Harrison and I am the School Resource Officer here at Westridge Middle School.


Here is a link to my district webpage for more helpful information!

http://westridge.smsd.org/Pages/SRO.aspx

Building Grade Card

Information about Westridge can be found on our Building Grade Card.


http://svapp15586.ksde.org/rcard/building.aspx?org_no=D0512&bldg_no=8888

Calling for Kleenex!

If you have not done so, please send tissues to school with your child. We go through a lot of kleenex and we would appreciate all we could get. Thank you!!