Trailridge Parent Update

SEPTEMBER 11, 2020

A Note from the Principal and Associate Principal

It was a great week at Trailridge!

It was exciting to be with our Wildcat students this week. We are going to have a great school year! We want parents and students to know that we are here to support you as we navigate this school year. Although students might not be starting the school year on campus, we are still looking forward to getting to know all of our students and families. We encourage you to get involved in your student’s education, as it is truly a team effort to ensure student success. Our staff is committed to providing students with the skills they will need to be successful. This is going to be a fantastic school year! Go Wildcats!

Matt & Jeanette


Trailridge Office Hours by Appointment

Currently, to visit Trailridge, an appointment needs to be made. You can contact our office at 913-993-1000 to discuss what support you need and appointment options available. If we can help you over the phone, that is our first preference. If you need to come in to the school, masks will be required and social distancing guidelines will be followed. Please help us keep everyone safe and healthy.

Student Supplies PickUp - Sept. 15, 16, 17

Since we are remote, it will be important for all of our students to have the necessary materials to be successful at home. Some of our classes require specific materials that we are grouping together for families to pick up and use at home. The materials may consist of textbooks, art supplies, instruments, etc. Please follow the Directions below to help us efficiently and safely distribute materials.

  • Distribution of items will be in the back parking lot by the sports fields.
  • Please arrive on your designated day. We will distribute items between 5-7:00pm

    • On Tues., September 15, 2020: All students with last names beginning in A-G

    • On Wed., September 16, 2020: All students with last names beginning H-O

    • On Thur. September 17, 2020: All students with the last names beginning P-Z

  • When you arrive, please have your student’s first and last name written neatly on a piece of paper along with their grade level. You will hold that paper up to the window for our designated staff member. We will then be able to pull the necessary materials for your student.​​​​​​​

Virtual Back-to-School Night - September 17th

Back-to-School Night will be virtual this year! It will be Thursday, September 17. Information will be sent out to you before 7:00 that night. If you can't watch the videos that night, you can do so at your convenience. It will be fun for you to get to know your child's teachers, a little about the classes they are taking, and more about being a Trailridge Wildcat. We can't wait for you to meet our wonderful staff.

From our Bookkeeper . . .


We still have several yearbooks that need to be picked up. Please call the office at 993-1000 when you are here and we will be happy to run it out to you. Office hours are M-F, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Fee Payment

School fees are now available to pay online at www.trailridge.smsd.org. Click on “Pay Fees.” If you have questions, please contact the bookkeeper at leahziegler@smsd.org.

Remote Bell Schedule

Just a reminder that we are following the Remote schedule at the middle school. Students will start with their Wildcat Hour every morning at 8:45! Please be on time to each class.
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A note from the counselors

We are excited to start the 20-21 school year. We wanted to provide students and families with an update on schedules. We anticipate schedules will go live today - Friday, September 4th. You should be able to go into Skyward and view your current schedule. This is a new adventure for us all and we want you to know that we tried to stay as true to your course requests as possible. With that being said, in order to accommodate both the remote and in-person option, there are not as many sections of classes available.

At this time, the only changes that will be considered are the following:

  • Advanced Courses
    • If you requested an advanced course and it is not showing up, please email your grade-level counselor.
    • If you are enrolled in an advanced course, but this is an error, please email your grade-level counselor.
  • Foreign Language
    • If you requested a Foreign Language class, but it is not showing up, please email your grade-level counselor.
    • If you are enrolled in Foreign Language, but this is an error, please email your grade-level counselor.
    • Please remember that 8th graders have the option of receiving high school credit for the course at a later date.
  • Band/Orchestra
    • If you requested a Band or Orchestra class and it is not showing up, please email your grade-level counselor.
    • If you are enrolled in Band or Orchestra, but this is an error, please email your grade-level counselor.

We look forward to working with all of you. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you need anything.

Best regards,

Elisabeth Johnsrud – 7th Grade


Kristin Warner – 8th Grade


CANVAS Learning Management System for PARENTS

Parents, check out the district webpage created just for YOU! It provides information on the following:

  1. Creating an account
  2. Logging in
  3. Observer accounts/Pairing with Student Accounts
  4. Navigating the courses
  5. Receive notifications
  6. Check grades
  7. Message the teacher
  8. Use the calendar

You can access the webpage HERE.

CANVAS Pairing Codes for Parents/Students

As a student, you will be asked to generate a pairing code to link an observer (your parent/guardian) to your Canvas account. You must create a separate pairing code for each observer who wants to link to your account.

You will want to sit side-by-side with your parent/guardian to create this code and link to their Canvas account. It is a great opportunity to show them the platform from the student side and what you will be doing in your courses.

(Please note that Pairing Codes can only be generated from the web version of Canvas. Pairing Codes cannot be generated from the Canvas mobile apps.)


Internet Services

There are a number of Internet services available for families in the community who are currently without access. The following provides a short list of potential resources available to families that may provide broadband access to the home:

  • Google Fiber Broadband Plan ($15/month) for Students
    The Google Fiber Broadband Plan is available for residents in neighborhoods Google Fiber serves with low rates of Internet connectivity. Broadband plan coverage areas are determined using publicly available data from the U.S. Census and Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Use your address to check if you are eligible. Use your address to check if you are eligible or call (877) 777-7550.

From our Social Worker

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. During this month, we want to take the opportunity to raise awareness and provide mental health resources. Below are excellent links for outside supports. Please feel free to utilize them and/or contact me here at Trailridge at (913) 993-1064 with any questions or concerns about a specific situation.

Thank You,

Vicki Canady



Remember, you can always call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 . The links also have Spanish or chat options available.

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

Trailridge students and staff benefit from our wonderful partnership with PTA. We encourage all parents to join and get involved!

We need you!


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:


SMSD Food Service Announcement!

The food service department is pleased to announce that we will be offering FREE meals to all SMSD students regardless if they are learning remote, hybrid or in person. This includes breakfast and lunch meals. Meals that were picked up on Friday 9/4/20 will not be charged to the student’s account.

Meals are funded entirely by USDA as part of their Summer Meals Program extension. These free meals will continue as long as federal funding is available and could end prior to 12/31/20. 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.

  • Meals will be available for pick up at all 47 SMSD schools.
  • Pick up is on Fridays from 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
  • No advance ordering is needed. (The online digital ordering system has been disabled.)
  • Available only for students enrolled in SMSD.
  • May pick up meals for all of your students at your most convenient location.
  • At pick up, the student(s) SMSD ID number(s) will need to be presented. Please have this ready in advance. (Student ID may be found in Skyward.)
  • Pick up will be just inside the doors of school. Pease wear a mask and follow social distancing.

During remote learning each week’s pick up will include 7 breakfast and 7 lunches for each student.

Menus are available on the district web page by clicking here and are subject to change due to availability. All entrées and sides need to be taken home and refrigerated or frozen until ready to heat or consume.

Each breakfast meal includes these components: fruit, grain, and milk

Each lunch meal includes these components: protein, fruit/vegetable, grain, and milk

When the district is able to move to the hybrid model, the students will receive their in-person meals at no cost during the two days they are in school. Meals may be picked up on Friday for the other 5 days of the week. Any extra ala carte purchases the students make while in-person learning will require money to be on their food service account.

Meals are prepared by District Food Services staff and distributed following food safety and sanitary practices.

Please contact the Food Service office with questions at (913)993-9710 or foodservices@smsd.org.

The school breakfast & lunch menus, digital pre-order information and other nutrition information are available on the district’s website at https://www.smsd.org/about/departments/food-service.