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West Middle School

Principal - Angela Bemus / Assistant Principal - Rachelle Wiersma / Assistant Principal - Mike Tillo

May 2021 Newsletter

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Note from the Principal...

We are currently completing the Iowa Assessments. This is a test required by the state of Iowa that assesses students’ progress in Reading, Math and Science. This can be stressful for some students and others find it as a little break from the day to day learning. We are spreading out the testing over two weeks. Students test for approximately one hour each morning. This may vary a little student by student. We use a different bell schedule to ensure students have enough time to complete the assessment. We are starting lunch about an hour later therefore we are providing your child a snack mid-morning. Please let your child know these assessments are important for us to gauge the progress of their learning.

- Angela Bemus

Upcoming Events

May 3 - Girls' Soccer @ WMS (R'side field) 3:30 P.M.

May 3 - Boys' Soccer @ EMS 3:30 P.M.

May 4 - ISASP Testing @ WMS

May 4 - Track Meet (City Meet) @ Olsen Stadium 3:15 P.M.

May 5 - ISASP Testing @ WMS

May 5 - Girls' Soccer @ WMS (R'side field) 3:30 P.M.

May 6 - ISASP Testing @ WMS

May 6 - WMS Spring Band Concert @ West High gym 7:00 P.M.

May 7 - ISASP Testing @ WMS

May 10 - Girls' Soccer @ Heelan 3:30 P.M.

May 10 - Boys' Soccer @ WMS (R'side field) 3:30 P.M.

May 11 - Track Meet @ LeMars 3:30 P.M.

May 11 - Boys' Soccer @ SSC 4:00 P.M.

May 12 - Incoming 6th grade Tours of WMS 9:30-10:30 A.M. (Irving, Liberty & Perry Creek)

May 12 - Girls' Soccer @ WMS (R'side field) 3:30 P.M.

May 13 - Incoming 6th grade Tours of WMS 9:30-10:30 A.M. (Loess Hills & Riverside)

May 13 - Girls' Soccer @ WMS (R'side) 4:00 P.M.

May 13 - 6th-12th grade Orchestra Concert @ West High auditorium 6:00 P.M.

May 17 - Boys' Soccer @ WMS (R'side field) 3:30 P.M.

May 18 - Choir Concerts @ WHS gym / 6th gr. @ 5:30 P.M. / 7th gr. @ 6:30 P.M. / 8th gr. @ 7:30 P.M.

May 29 - SCCSD Graduations @ Tyson Events Center 11:00 A.M. NHS / 2:30 P.M. WHS / 6:00 P.M. EHS

May 31 - No School / Memorial Day

June 1 - Last Day of School / 1:45 P.M. Early Dismissal / End of 4th Quarter & 2nd Semester

June 3-July 7 - Summer School @ WMS 8:00 A.M.-12:20 P.M. M-F (lunch served at 12:00) - Parents will be notified if their student needs to attend. Summer School is by invitation only.

Incoming 6th grade to Tour WMS in May

Current 5th grade students will tour West Middle on May 12th & 13th. On Wednesday, May 12, students from Irving, Liberty and Perry Creek will visit West Middle from 9:30-10:30 A.M. On Thursday, May 13, students from Loess Hills and Riverside will visit West Middle from 9:30-10:30 A.M. Busses will transport the students between schools. We look forward to showcasing all the great things that happen here at West Middle School to our future students.

West Middle Spring Choir Concerts

Tuesday, May 18th, 5:30-8pm

West High Gym

We finally have a date for the Spring Choir Concerts! 6th grade will perform at 5:30 P.M., 7th grade will perform at 6:30 P.M. & 8th grade will perform at 7:30 P.M. All concerts are free, and you can attend any one of the times or watch all three grades. Please plan to join us for an enjoyable evening.

Don't Forget to Order a Yearbook Now!

West Middle School yearbooks are now available to order for only $20.

Buy online with credit card, debit card, or PayPal at:


Order now, so you won’t miss out when the yearbooks are distributed at the end of the school year!


West Middle loves to recognize students for their positive behavior. The following students were recognized as April's Students of the Month. Congratulations!!

6th grade - Reese Regier

7th grade - Maxwell Kuehl

8th grade - Angel Flores, Ethan Frazee, Abraham Gonzalez, Kevin Huynh, Caylee Klink, Chloe Martinez, Ethan Moeller, Taylor Regier

Virtual Student of the Month - Elvin Sanchez-Gomez

Marble Run!

Look at the cool marble run Jeovanni Ramirez-Hansen built in TAG enrichment class. It took some engineering skills (and a lot of patience!). Great job, Jeovanni!

Free Tutoring Available...

Tutoring room (356) is now open!

Before school starting at 7:00 A.M., and every day after school until 3:30 P.M. (2:30 on Mondays). All students are welcome.

Try Grilling Those Fruits & Veggies

Ever notice how good things taste when cooked on the grill? After eating crockpot meals all winter long, having fresh grilled food cooked in the great outdoors is a real treat! But remember that grills aren't meant just for meat. Lots of vegetables taste wonderful cooked over an open flame. There are any number of ways you can prepare them...kabob style, foil packets, a grill pan, and larger foods like potatoes, corn on the cob, and portabella mushrooms can be put right on the grill grates. Cooking vegetables on the grill is usually a healthy way to cook because you can get by without using too many fats. Typically a splash of olive oil & a little salt and pepper tossed with your vegetables is all it takes to make a delicious side dish. So get the grill out and be creative with your veggie combinations and let your kids help with the prep work. If being creative in the kitchen isn't your thing, then the internet is FULL of great grilling recipes and ideas. For a fun dessert, grill fruit...pineapple, peach halves, pear halves or watermelon slices. Yum!

Foods that grill well:



Cherry tomatoes

Corn on the cob



Onions - red, white, yellow & green

Peppers - green, red & yellow

Peach halves

Pear halves



Summer squash



Face Masks for Sale in the West Middle Office

Cute, cloth face masks are available in the West Middle office for students to buy if they forgot to bring one to school...or if they're tired of the masks they've been wearing. We offer a variety of colors and designs. Face masks are $2.00 each or 3 for $5.
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Are You Smarter Than Our Fourth Graders?

Presented by the Sioux City Public Schools Foundation

You are invited to the 4th Annual, “Are You Smarter Than Our Fourth Graders?” virtual game show on Friday, May 7, from 7-8 P.M.

For Questions or to Reserve your FREE virtual seat

contact office@scpsf.org. or 712-224-7490

Attention Parents: Student Medication for End of 2020/2021 School Year

Student medication and/or medical supplies will be sent home with your child on the last day of school. If you would like to make other arrangements, please contact the school office before the last day of school. Any unused medication that remains at school will be disposed of in compliance with federal and state law or will be given to the School Resource Officers for proper disposal.

Paying School Fees is Quick and Easy Online

Do you have school fees that need to be paid? Visit www.siouxcityschools.org and click on the “Parents” tab to pay your fees online. On the drop-down menu of the “Parents” tab, you can select “Pay Curriculum and Meal Fees.” Both links will take you to “My School Bucks” to complete the payment transaction. Payment for curriculum resource fees can be made under the “School Store” by selecting “Categories” and then “Curriculum Fees.” If you have any questions, please contact your school’s bookkeeper. Thank you.

Immunization & Screening Requirements

Before next fall, make sure your child’s immunizations, dental screenings, and vision screenings are up-to-date. According to law, there are requirements for children entering kindergarten, third grade, seventh grade, ninth grade, and twelfth grade. Visit our website to learn more.

Community Resources

The District is committed to connecting our students and families to important community resources. View a comprehensive list of local services including information about food access, housing assistance, and mental and physical health resources. Learn more: https://www.siouxcityschools.org/community-resources-in-sioux-city/

SCCSD Virtual Backpack

From camps to sports leagues to family services, the SCCSD Virtual Backpack serves as a link between non-profit community partners and our students and families.

Would you like to get weekly updates about events? Sign Up for the Virtual Backpack email list here.

Non-Discrimination Statement

The Sioux City Community School District offers career and technical programs in the following areas: Business & Marketing, Family & Consumer Science, Health Science, and Industrial Arts, Technology, & PLTW.

The Sioux City Community School District is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information (for employment), national origin, religion, age (for employment), disability, socioeconomic status (for programs), marital status (for programs), or veteran status (for employment) in its educational programs and its employment practices. The District is required by Title IX and 34 CFR Part 106 not to discriminate on the basis of sex in its programs, activities, or employment.

Inquiries or grievances under Section 504 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act may be directed to Jen Gomez, Director of Student Services & Equity Education/Title IX Coordinator at 627 4th Street, Sioux City, IA 51101, (712) 279-6075, gomezj2@live.siouxcityschools.com. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations to the District may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, the Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, or both. Please see District Board policies 103 and 504.4 for additional information on available grievance procedures.