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West Middle School

Principal - Joe Hardin / Assistant Principal - Victoria Albright / Assistant Principal - Mike Tillo

November 2021 Newsletter

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Upcoming Events

Nov. 1 - Girls' Basketball @ SSC Middle School West White 4:00 / West Green 5:00 P.M.

Nov. 2 - NO SCHOOL for students / Teachers' Professional Development Day

Nov. 2 - 8th grade Honor Choir @ LeMars Middle School 12:00 P.M. / Concert at 6:30 P.M.

Nov. 3 - Girls' Basketball @ WMS West Green 3:30 P.M. / West White 4:30 P.M.

Nov. 4 - Wrestling @ NHS 4:00 P.M.

Nov. 4 - Girls' Basketball @ WMS West White 4:00 P.M. / West Green 5:00 P.M.

Nov. 7 - Clocks FALL BACK 1 hour @ 2:00 A.M.

Nov. 9 - 8th grade Tours of Career Academy and Harry Hopkins Group 1 10:00-11:15 A.M. / Group 2 12:15- 1:30 P.M.

Nov. 11 - Tom Gilles Motivational Speaker Assembly @ WMS / 7th grade 8:41 A.M. / 8th grade 9:45 A.M.

Nov. 18 - OPUS @ Ames, IA

Nov. 23 - WMS Winter Choir Concerts @ WHS Auditorium 6th gr. @ 5:30 P.M. / 7th gr. @ 6:30 P.M. / 8th gr. @ 7:30 P.M.

Nov. 24 - Early Dismissal @ 1:45 P.M.

Nov. 25 & 26 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

Note from the Principal...

Happy November,

We have now completed the first quarter of our school year. Staff and students are both settling in and working together to go deeper into content knowledge. Student athletes made us proud both in competition and how they represented what we stand for. Our music students have auditioned and will soon perform for honor ensembles in addition to preparing to amaze us in upcoming concerts.


Throughout the month of October, we have addressed students about items that will help everyone stay safe and feel respected. We asked all students to be safe when exiting our building after school, to use the crosswalks on and off campus, watch out for traffic, and to be aware of their surroundings. If you or someone you know is driving, please; go slow, watch for pedestrians, and give other drivers space and grace. We discussed the need for students to keep hands and feet to themselves regardless of the relationship with the other student, as sometimes even best friends can get carried away. We also continue to work on ensuring that students transition from class to class in an orderly manner.


If your student is struggling in a class or needs a quiet spot to finish homework we can help. We offer the opportunity for students to receive assistance Tuesday through Friday from 2:45-4:00. Students that walk or get a ride may leave when the work is completed, or their ride is here. Busing is available for students that need it with bus stops at our feeder elementary schools as well as some of the larger apartment complexes. All you must do is let us know that your child can stay. As always, thank you for partnering with us in your child’s education. - Joe Hardin 279-6813

Free Homework Help

Homework Help after school has begun. It will run Tuesday through Friday every week from 2:45-4:00. This will be for any student that needs to catch up on any missing assignments or low grades from any class. Free busses are available to take students to the feeder schools and will drop off at Hillside Apartments, Cook Park, Old Everett, Old Emerson, Hunt, Old Lincoln, and Old Roosevelt, if needed.

Student Council Update

During the month of October, Student Council has been hard at work! We’ve been working on a lot of projects and we can’t wait to share them all with you! As you probably know, Student Council has been selling candy and other treats after school near the eighth-grade doors. Everything is one dollar and we sell all sorts of things: chips, candy bars, soda, cookies, and much more! In the realm of candy, we also sold Halloween Boo Pops at lunch. You could pre-order them and see what they look like before buying them. (They’re much cuter than last year.) In other candy related news, we’re working on candygrams for the girls’ basketball team and the wrestling team. Candygrams are a little treat and a motivating message for anyone participating in sports. Since we are in the spooky season, Student Council helped prepare for the Halloween Dance! It was on October 28 and there was a great turn out and a lot of fun costumes. - by Brooklyn Winkel

West Middle's Cell Phone Policy

All cell phones should remain in your child's backpack throughout the day. An announcement is made each morning reminding students to put their cell phones away. If a cell phone is seen outside of a backpack without permission, the cell phone will be taken from the student and stored in the office until the end of the day.


* If it is the child's 1st offense, then the child may pick up the phone themselves after school.

* Starting with the 2nd offense, a parent will be required to pick up the phone anytime that is convenient to them.


Unless a phone is needed for safety while coming and going from school, it may be best to leave the phone at home.

Health & Fitness Tip: 5 Tips to Motivate the Unmotivated

Let's face it...some teens absolutely LOVE exercise and want to be physically active the majority of the time and some teens just plain don't! What can you do if you have a child who doesn't really care for a lot of physical activity? Webmd.com offers the following 5 tips/suggestions to help motivate the unmotivated.


1) START SLOW - a 10 minute walk might be all some students can tolerate in the beginning. That's ok. Start with a 10 minute walk several times a week and build up by regularly adding more minutes and longer distances.


2) MAKE SCREEN TIME COUNT - according to the American Academy of Pediatrics no more than two hours a day of watching TV or playing video or computer games is recommended. Use some of your child's new-found time to introduce a little physical activity. If nothing else at least keep some small dumbbells and elastic bands close to the TV to use during commercials.


3) MAKE WORKOUTS FUN - key in on the activities your child already likes to do and then build on that activity. Example - Can you regularly find your child dancing around the house? Maybe they would like to join some sort of organized activity that incorporates dance, like a dance squad or a drama troupe. Do they enjoy nature and animals? Then maybe an outdoor club that hikes and camps would be a good fit for them. Do they love the pool? Then consider having them join a swimming team.


4) CONSIDER WEIGHT TRAINING - you might find that your child prefers strength training over aerobic exercise. Try letting them start with push-ups, crunches, lifting weights and using resistance bands. Once they've developed greater strength then you can try incorporating running & jumping activities.


5) ENCOURAGE PARTICIPATION IN ORGANIZED SPORTS - your child may enjoy exercising with peers rather than on their own. If so, think about letting them join some form of organized sport. If competition isn't their thing, why not try a sport like cycling?


Remember that developing an active and healthy lifestyle is not a race. Your teen is more likely to get there by taking it one doable step at a time. As always, it is strongly suggested that you check with your child's doctor before starting any exercise program.

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Your Voice Is Needed

We are looking for more volunteers to join our District’s Grassroots Advocacy Committee. If you have a passion for supporting public education, consider joining this committee. The Grassroots Advocacy Team is an important resource for the District to disseminate information about important legislative priorities. While you will never be required to attend a meeting, as a volunteer advocate, you will receive email updates about important legislation impacting our school and be asked to contact legislators to advocate on our behalf. Interested in joining? Please contact our school office at 712-279-6813.

Winter Is Coming

With the cooler temperatures upon us, please ensure your child is dressed appropriately for the colder weather. Even during the winter season, the District allows recess and outdoor activities to continue as usual, so it is important that students have the right winter weather clothing. When the temperature feels like 15 degrees or lower, then students are kept inside for recess and activities. Students should be prepared for the cooler weather with a warm coat, hat, scarf, and gloves. If your student does not have access to cold weather apparel, please contact our school office.

School Closure Information

The weather in Iowa can be unpredictable. If the weather requires us to delay the start of our school day, cancel school for the day, or dismiss school early, information will be sent to families through Blackboard, our communication system. In addition, this information is posted to our social media sites and the District website.


Please remember that parents and guardians have the right to make the decision to keep their child home on any day they feel it is unsafe for their student to be in school because of weather conditions. If you believe the weather provides a sincere reason why you may have to keep your student at home, or take your student home when classes are scheduled to continue, you as a parent or guardian will simply need to contact our school office to let us know.

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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 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 Dr. Dora Jung, Director of Student Services & Equity Education/Title IX Coordinator at 627 4th Street, Sioux City, IA 51101, (712) 279-6075, jungd@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.