Trailridge Parent Newsletter


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May 27, 2022

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Important Dates

Trailridge Calendar Dates:

  • May 27: Offices Close.
  • May 27: Last day to pick up lost and found items before they are donated.
  • July 26: Offices Open.
  • July 26: Fee Payment Day @ TR from 1:00-7:00
  • August 11: First day of school for 7th grade students
  • August 12: All students return (first day for 8th grade)

Note from Admin Team

Greetings Wildcat Families!

We wanted to send out one last newsletter for the year. I was so impressed with how our building rallied together this school year to make it such a positive and productive year. There is truly a lot of things to be proud of.

If your student left anything in the lost and found this school year, please make sure you reach out to me through email (matthewengler@smsd.org) before next Friday (June 3, 2022). We can arrange a time for you to come in and pick them up. We made multiple announcements at the end of the year as well as displaying them throughout the halls. Anything not picked up by Friday, June 3, 2022 will be donated.

Thank you again for a great year and have a great summer!

Matt, Jeanette and Jake


Social Media Feedback

In addition to our weekly newsletter, we are hoping to maximize our social media presence in communicating with families. We value your feedback as we look to expand our options for next school year. Please use the link below to provide feedback.

Click here to access the 2 question survey.

Trailridge Student Service Team

Information from our STUDENT SERVICES TEAM

On behalf of Student and Family Services, THANK YOU for your support this school year. We look forward to continuing our work with you, your staff, students and families in August. Below are some flyers on community resources. Have a great summer!

Student Service Team:

Vicki Canady

Elisabeth Johnsrud

Kristin Warner

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Trailridge Athletics

Athletics Update

SM Northwest Summer Weights Program

All 6th, 7th and 8th grade students are invited to participate in the SMNW Summer Conditioning Program. The summer weight program is designed with one purpose in mind, to create a better athlete. The program is broken up into three specific areas of

emphasis: A. Agility/speed/quickness B. Explosive Olympic Lifting C. Core Strength

Development. If you have any questions please contact SMNW Athletic Director Angelo Giacalone at angelogiacalone@smsd.org.

Physicals for 2022-2023 Season

Want to get a head start on completing your physical paperwork? Physical paperwork for the 2022 - 2023 season can be completed and submitted now. The date of the physical must be after May 1st, 2022. Please complete the physical packet linked here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tBmHVQwXr64ft7up8gxkyLIkcygnBPyn/view?usp=sharing

SMNW Volleyball, Baseball and Softball Summer Camps.

Information is located in the flyers below.

Contact Information

Athletic Director: Jake Bauer, jacobbauer@smsd.org

Athletic Coordinator: Heather Mayfield, heathermayfield@smsd.org

Volleyball: Cara Hillman, carajhillman@smsd.org

Cross Country: Heather Mayfield, heathermayfield@smsd.org

Wrestling: Justin Andrews, justinandrews387@gmail.com

Girls’ Basketball: Elissa Ojeda, elissaojeda@smsd.org

Boys’ Basketball: Brandon Hoch, brandonhoch212@smsd.org

Athletic Trainer: Josh Hardy, jhardy2@kumc.edu

State Assessments (KAP) Results

This spring, our students state assessments in Reading and Mathematics. Our 8th grade students also completed their state assessments in Science. Parents/Guardians are able to access their Kansas Assessment Program (state assessments) student reports from the KITE Parent Portal, created by the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) and the University of Kansas. The Parent Portal will have the results of the 2021-22 spring assessments, as well as prior Kansas assessment results.

We have uploaded parent/guardian emails from Skyward into the KITE system so family members can have access to their student’s state assessment results. Schools will only send home printed copies of these reports if requested by the parent. Student scores and performance levels will also be uploaded in Skyward Family Access, where they can be found under the Test Scores tab.

The login page for the KITE parent portal is located here: https://parentportal.kiteaai.org/

Here are detailed instructions for accessing your child’s scores through the Parent Portal:



Additional information for interpreting your child’s state assessment scores can be found here:


If you need additional support, please contact our building testing coordinator Jacob Bauer (jacobbauer@smsd.org)

Bus Information for 2022-2023 School Year

Now is the time to secure 2022-23 bus service for your K-12 students.

The Shawnee Mission School District provides free bus transportation to students living 2.5 miles or more from the school in their attendance area. To receive free busing you must register with DS Bus Lines.

To register students for transportation visit DS Bus Lines website.

Students who live less than 2.5 miles from the school in their attendance area may pay to ride the bus in areas with established routes. The 2022-23 bus rate is $185.00 per student, per semester or $370.00 per student for the school year. Routes will be established annually based on interest and enrollment numbers. Routes will be built around those who have registered by July 22 for the 2022-23 school year. To pay for busing visit DS Bus Lines website.

Families who pay fees by July 22, 2022 will receive a discount:

· $160.00 per student per semester ($320.00 per year)

· Payment must be received or postmarked by July 22, 2022 to receive the discount.

Sign up for Textcaster Alerts here to receive text messages when a bus is delayed more than 10 minutes. This is very convenient during times of bad weather.

Contact DS Bus Lines at 913-384-1190 with any questions.

Ahora es el momento de asegurar el servicio de autobús 2022-23 para sus estudiantes de K-12.

El Distrito Escolar de Shawnee Mission proporciona transporte gratuito en autobús a los estudiantes que viven a 2.5 millas o más de la escuela en su área de asistencia. Para recibir autobuses gratuitos, debe registrarse en DS Bus Lines.

Para inscribir a los estudiantes para el transporte, visite el website de DS Bus Lines.

Los estudiantes que viven a menos de 2.5 millas de la escuela en su área de asistencia pueden pagar para viajar en el autobús en áreas con rutas establecidas. La tarifa de autobús 2022-23 es de $ 185.00 por estudiante, por semestre o $ 370.00 por estudiante para el año escolar. Las rutas se establecerán anualmente en función de los números de interés e inscripción. Las rutas se asignarán en torno a aquellos que se hayan inscrito antes del 22 de julio para el año escolar 2022-23. Para pagar el transporte en autobús, visite el sitio web de DS Bus Lines. Clic aquí: website.

Las familias que completen la inscripción en el autobús antes del 22 de julio de 2022 recibirán un descuento:

· $160.00 por estudiante por semestre ($320.00 por año)

· El pago debe ser recibido antes del 22 de julio de 2022 para recibir el descuento.

Regístrese aquí para recibir alertas deTextcaster Alerts here para recibir mensajes de texto cuando un autobús se retrase más de 10 minutos. Esto es muy conveniente en tiempos de mal tiempo..

Comuníquese con DS Bus Lines al 913-384-1190 si tiene alguna pregunta.


Did you know that you can monitor activity on your student's device?

Did you know that each student device has a filtering software called Lightspeed on it? Did you know that parents are able to have certain access and controls within Lightspeed?

Please use this link to learn more.

Using that link you can set up a parent portal, pause internet activity, setup restrictions, etc.

Social Media Tips

We have seen an increase in the number of hurtful situations we are navigating that has started on social media. At this age, it is important that adults monitor and are actively aware of their student's social media accounts. Middle school is a completely different experience for our students than when we were in school. Social media is a very powerful tool and can effect our students. Continue to be active, have ongoing conversations and use important steps to ensure your student is using their social media in a productive way.

Click here for 9 Ways to Monitor Your Teens Social Media article.

Trailridge PTA

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 2021/2022!

Please use the link or the QR Code to access the PTA website:



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Food Services

FREE MEALS FOR ALL STUDENTS School breakfast and lunch meals are FREE to ALL students at all schools for the 2021-22 school year. Once again, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has put into effect nationwide waivers allowing school foodservice departments to continue to serve healthy school meal options free to all students.

Follow this link for more information.



The administration of Trailridge may begin to request documentation for all absences after the 10th absence in a school year. Absences without a doctor's note or administrative approval may be recorded as unexcused. A student with three consecutive unexcused absences, five unexcused absences in a semester, or seven unexcused absences in a year is considered TRUANT according to Kansas State statues. A truancy report may be filed with the Johnson County District Attorney's office.

Attendance Line: 913 993-1012

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

Important Trailridge Numbers

  • FRONT OFFICE 913 993-1000
  • ATTENDANCE CLERK: Catherine Haley 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. Gina Bristow 913 993-1003
  • NURSE: Ms. Darla Denny 913 993-1007

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