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March 31, 2023

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Important Upcoming Dates

  • April 3 & 4: Reading State Assessment Dates (Schedules below)
  • April 5 & 6: Math State Assessment Dates (Schedules below)
  • April 7: No School
  • April 10: No School - Teacher Professional Work Day
  • April 11: State Assessment Makeups
  • May 17: Honors and Awards Night (invite only)

Note from Admin Team

Greetings Wildcats,

Last week we began our state assessments with the 8th grade science. I was extremely impressed with our student's focus and the commitment of our staff. This upcoming week all of our students will take the state assessment in math and reading. Each student will assess at the beginning of the day in their Wildcat Hour class. Shout out to our Caring for Kids partners and PTA for providing testing treats and positive notes throughout the building. Please help your student be prepared for the test and encourage them to do their very best on it.

  • Go to bed early the night before.
  • Arrive to school on time.
  • Eat a good healthy breakfast.
  • Bring a fully charged MacBook.
  • See below for more tips and for the testing bell schedules for the week.

As we finish out the year, I did want to share a friendly reminder of the parking lot procedures for drop off and pickup. As I am sure we have all experienced, the layout of our parking lot does not allow for a convenient drop off or pickup. The procedures we have in place are to get our students to their rides as safely as possible. It is important that we work together and have patience with each other in order to maintain safety for everyone. Below are a few of the expected procedures.

  • Please do not drop your student off before 8:20 am.
  • Car riders need to be dropped off and picked up in the parking lot. Please do not use the circle drive.
  • Please maintain low safe speeds and follow the guidance of the staff directing traffic.

Thank you for your continued support and go Wildcats!

Matt, Jake and Ericka

Trailridge Middle School Administration


Trailridge Kansas Assessment Information

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April 3-5, 2023 Testing Schedule

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April 6, 2023 TESTING Schedule

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Trailridge BSU at KSU!

Shout out to our Trailridge BSU students who represented Trailridge well at a leadership field trip in Manhattan. The student leaders of our BSU got to travel to K-State for the day. The experiences were awesome and the kids seemed to really enjoy it. We are so grateful for representing our building well and for their leadership within the building!
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PROWL is Trailridge's student leadership group and they are currently taking applications for next year. All current 7th graders can apply. We have also reached out to our feeder elementary schools for current 6th graders who are interested. Additional details can be found here and all applications are due Friday, April 14, 2023. Late applications will not be accepted. If you have any questions please reach out to Jessica Wilhelm (JessicaWilhelm@smsd.org) or Britt Qualls (BrittQualls@smsd.org).

Join our Trailridge Team!

Currently, we have multiple openings to join our Trailridge team. Specifically, we have multiple paraeducator openings in our Special Education programs. These are wonderful opportunities to work with some amazing students. These positions are listed as full time positions, however there is some flexibility with hours. Our Trailridge family is really close and we are eager to find the next great fits. If you have any questions regarding the positions, please reach out to Matt Engler (matthewengler@smsd.org). You can apply for the positions using the link below. Thank you for considering!


Wildcat Student Highlight!

Help us celebrate your student!

We are so fortunate to have some remarkable students attend Trailridge. They have a variety of talents. We work hard to celebrate things that happen in the building and within our programs. However, we realize we have awesome students doing awesome work outside of the building as well. We would love to add a portion of our weekly newsletter to highlight our students doing those things as well. Some examples may include girls scout troop projects, volunteering/service opportunities, gymnastics, swimming competitions, winning writing competitions or getting published, outside athletics accomplishments.

If you wish to have your student highlighted, please share that information with us. Email Matt Engler (matthewengler@smsd.org) with pictures and a description of what it is. Our students are amazing and let’s continue to look for ways to encourage and recognize them!

Trailridge Student Service Team

General Information

Happy April Wildcat Friends & Families!

The time is now to get outside and get involved in something fun with the family! Here is the link from Johnson County Parks & Recreation on opportunities to explore nature and the outdoors: https://jcprd.com/164/Nature-Outdoors

Just a reminder that our district does offer medical, dental, and behavioral health supports to all of our SMSD families:

At Health Partnership Clinic (HPC), our mission extends beyond our

clinic doors. Conveniently located in Shawnee Mission West High School, our school-based clinic provides quality, accessible and affordable health care services. The clinic is open to all Shawnee Mission School District students and their siblings; three to 20 years old.

Please see brochure below for details.

Preview for May Newsletter:



Vicki Canady (VickiCanady@smsd.org)

Elisabeth Johnsrud (ElisabethJohnsrud@smsd.org)

Kristin Warner (KristinWarner@smsd.org)

Trailridge Athletics

Athletics Update

Upcoming Camps

Clink the links below for information on upcoming camps at SM Northwest. If you have questions please contact the respected coach.

SM Northwest Summer Athletic Camps

Summer Weights

Middle School Summer Weights

Boys Basketball

Trailridge Dance Club

TRAILRIDGE DANCE CLUB is happening again this year!

  • TDC will meet Wednesday and Friday Mornings 8:00-8:35 AM. Please enter through the AUX gym doors.
  • You will learn sidelines, technique, and routines
  • Perform at Trailridge basketball games and events and even at some SMNW games!
  • Work with and learn from the SMNW Dance Team coaches and dancers!!
  • No prior dance experience is needed!
  • Fill out this google form to receive more information! https://forms.gle/JrLHrYupdoRAeKRm6

Student Athlete Handbook

Attached is the Trailridge Student Athlete Handbook. This handbook reviews policies and procedures for being an athlete at Trailridge. Please review this handbook at your convenience.

Click Here to access the Trailridge Student Athlete Handbook.

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

Club Information

After school clubs have started at Trailridge! Please visit our website to view what clubs we have to offer at Trailridge. If any student would like to start a club then they can talk with a teacher to sponsor the club. https://trailridge.smsd.org/activities-athletics/after-school-clubs

Technology at Trailridge

CANVAS Parent Support

See the flyer below for support on accessing Canvas. You can also access that flyer by clicking here.
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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 2022/2023!

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


Information on Fentanyl

I also wanted to take the time to thank our PTA for bringing in such an informative guest speaker before Thanksgiving break. The guest speaker spoke about dangers and reality of Fentanyl. If you were unable to attend, I have included some of the information and resources below. I encourage you to look through those and to include your student. This drug is having a major impact nation wide on our youth.
Fentanyl Video

Natural High - Fentanyl PSA Film (6-Minutes) Dead On Arrival

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PTA Amazon Smile

Help support our TMS PTA through Amazon purchases. The PTA receives a kickback on each purchase made!

Additional Trailridge 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: Nicole Shay 913 993-1012 (Absences should be reported by 9:30 AM)
  • SPANISH INTERPRETER: 913 993-1062 Ms. Gremary Ungar
  • DS BUSING: 913 384-1190
  • BOOKKEEPER: Ms. Gina Bristow 913 993-1003
  • NURSE: Ms. Darla Denny 913 993-1007