WHS Newsletter

August 2019

Important Back to School Information

The start of the 2019-2020 school year is fast approaching. Anticipation is mounting as we prepare to welcome students back this year. In preparation for the upcoming year, here is a list of “things you need to know” to ease back into the year.

Online Verification

On August 5, online verification will open to parents/guardians. Online verification allows you to access to the 2019-20 Parent/Guardian and Student Handbook, modify and/or confirm contact information, and complete appropriate District forms. Online verification is required for every child in the District. You can access the online verification link at www.siouxcityschools.org/continuing-families-enrollment/. You will need to log into the Infinite Campus Parent Portal to complete online verification. If you have forgotten your username or password, follow the prompts on the website screen to regain access.

Parent/Guardian Student Handbook

The 2019-20 Parent/Guardian and Student Handbook provides an in-depth description of many important topics relevant to a student’s education. Please review the handbook closely. You will be prompted to view the handbook during online verification. You can also access the handbook any time at www.siouxcityschools.org under the Handbooks and Guides page of the Parents section.


Student attendance is crucial to learning. There are also statutory requirements with which parents must comply. Please refer to the 2019-20 Parent/Guardian and Student Handbook to review the District’s attendance policy. Parents/guardians should notify a student’s school regarding an absence within the first hour of the school day. If an absence is not reported, and a student does not attend school, the student’s household will be contacted by the school office to report the absence home and inquire about the reason for the absence. Parents may be notified by phone call, email, and/or text. Limited information will be available by text message, so parents/guardians are encouraged to contact the school, review voice messages, and refer to email for extended information.

Parents/guardians that download the Infinite Campus application available for Android and iPhone can also elect to get notifications pushed to a mobile phone with attendance updates from the school.

Acceptable Use Agreement

New to the Parent/Guardian and Student Handbook this year is the addition of the Acceptable Use Agreement. Every student in the District now has access to technology and devices that help enhance learning. The agreement states that each student will follow responsible citizenship as it relates to technology. A specific list of expectations is included for students that check out laptops. Parents/guardians should take care in reviewing this agreement to understand the expectations of care and the penalties of lost or damaged devices.

Infinite Campus and Canvas Parent Portals

All parents/guardians are encouraged to stay connected to their student’s academic progress using Infinite Campus (grades K-12) and Canvas (grades 6-12). These parent portals can be accessed from the District website (www.siouxcityschools.org). These portals give parents access to teacher email addresses, student schedules, grades, attendance, and so much more!

Curriculum Resources Fees

Curriculum resources are furnished by the school. These resources include items such as textbooks, digital texts and companion materials, software packages, and other items. There is a set fee for the use of curriculum resources. Fees are $34 for elementary school, $100 for middle school, and $100 for high school. Fees can be paid online. Visit the Parents section of the District website.

Students whose families meet the income guidelines for free and reduced-price lunch, the Family Investment Program, Supplemental Security Income, transportation assistance under open enrollment, or who are in foster care are eligible to have their student fees waived or partially waived. Students whose families are experiencing temporary financial difficulty may be eligible for a temporary waiver of student fees. This waiver does not carry over from year-to-year and must be completed annually. Fee waiver forms are available at each school or on the District website.

School Supply Lists

The list of items students need for the 2019-20 school year is now available online. Access the list for your student’s grade online at www.siouxcityschools.org/supply-lists/.


Students entering kindergarten, 7th grade, and 12th grade have immunization requirements. Please refer to the website for details: https://www.siouxcityschools.org/immunization/.

Schedule of Upcoming Events

  • August 13 – Parents/Guardians will have access to class schedules using Infinite Campus
  • August 13 & 15 – Laptop Distribution West High (10 am – 7 pm)
  • August 21 - Back to School Bash at Cook Park 4-7 pm
  • August 22 - Back to School Night 7-9 pm
  • August 23 – First Day of School 7:55 am - 2:55 pm

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New Faces at West High

Welcome to the West High Family!

  • Terry Gardner, Industrial Arts Teacher
  • Officer Brandon Hollopeter, School Resource Officer
  • Gabe Hoogers, Science Teacher
  • Ben Hunnel, English Language Arts Teacher
  • Jessica Kenagy, Para-educator
  • Logan Kuchera, Art Teacher
  • Amy Laboranti, Language Arts Support Teacher
  • Denise Lingscheit, Family Consumer Science Teacher
  • Josh Malenosky, Social Studies Teacher
  • Laura Mesz, Art Teacher
  • Matthew Noreen, Para-educator
  • Heather Porterfield, Para-educator
  • Stephanie Robinson, Para-educator
  • Blake Roberts, English Language Arts Teacher
  • Brian Shanks, Compass Academy Para-educator
  • Jen Smith, Math Teacher
  • Brenna Splinter, English Language Arts Teacher
  • Maria Tran, ESL Teacher
  • Cathy Dailey, Para-educator

Back - to - School Bash at Cook Park

As a grand finale to our summer community grill outs, West High is hosting a Back-to-School Bash at Cook Park, August 21st 4-7PM.

Join us for free food, games, and giveaways.


Fall Activity/Sports Contacts

Band - Eric Elker, elkere@live.siouxcityschools.com

Cross Country - Abi Mehlhaff, mehlhaa@live.siouxcityschools.com

Football - Joe Schmitz, coachschmitz66@gmail.com

Volleyball - Val Uken, ukenv@live.siouxcityschools.com

Boys Golf - Troy Worden, wordent@live.siouxcityschools.com

Girls Swimming - Molly Hegarty, mollyhegarty812@gmail.com

Cheerleading - Chris Jones, cljones363@gmail.com

Dance - Jenna Winkler, jvw001@morningside.edu

STEM/Robotics - Karl George georgek@live.siouxcityschools.com

Fall Sports practices begin August 12th

Save the Date for Homecoming!

The 2019 Homecoming game will be Friday, October 4th, at 7PM vs. Mashalltown. More information regarding all Homecoming activities will be provided in the September newsletter.

Athletic/Activity Passes

Athletic/Activity passes for the 2019-2020 school year will be available in the West High Activities Office.

$45 students, $85 adults, $150 family pass (up to 4 people)

Contact Michaelle Miller for more information: millerm2@live.siouxcityschools.com


Immunization Information - Attention Seniors!

Iowa law requires that all students entering 12th grade have a Meningococcal vaccination. The requirement is 2 doses of meningococcal (A,C,W,Y) vaccine for students in grade 12, if born after September 15, 1999; or 1 dose if received when students are 16 years of age or older are required before school starts in the fall.

Have questions regarding vaccinations? Contact our school nurse Mary Mason masonm@live.siouxcityschools.com

ACT Information

We expect students to continue their education after high school. The ACT is one of the entrance requirements of many colleges and universities. Here is the latest information about upcoming tests.

Next Test Date: September 14, 2019

Registration Deadline: August 16

Register online at the ACT website

Future Test Dates:

October 26

December 14

February 8

April 4

June 13

July 18

Contact the counseling office with questions or for more information.


Maintaining a Safe & Healthy Environment

The Sioux City Community School District is committed to providing an environment where students and staff members are treated with dignity and respect. We recognize that we are not unique, in that we experience the challenges of school and community-based bullying, yet we want to be unique in serving as a District that works to make a significant and positive difference in this arena. Please, join us in the effort to maintain a safe and healthy school environment. Visit our website, www.siouxcityschools.org/anti-bullying-harassment-hazing/, to learn more about our anti-bullying policy, view resources to help us combat bullying, or report concerns. We also welcome your feedback. Consider sharing your ideas or concerns using the Let’s Talk tool on our website.

Stay in Touch

An engaged community makes our District stronger. That is why we have made it easy for you to connect with us whenever it is convenient for you. We encourage you to take advantage of Let’s Talk! our 24/7 online submission site, by reaching out with your ideas, questions, concerns, and praise. To make a submission, please visit http://www.siouxcityschools.org/lets-talk/.
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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. It is an unfair or discriminatory practice for any educational institution to 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. Inquiries or grievances, including Section 504 grievances and grievances under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, may be directed to Jen Gomez, Director of Student Services & Equity Education at 627 4th Street, Sioux City, IA 51101, (712) 279-6075,gomezj2@live.siouxcityschools.com. Please see District Board policies 103 and 504.4 for additional information on available grievance procedures.