Parkway West Activities

Longhorn Roundup-Newsletter Vol. 3 Issue 12 - Feb 24, 2020

Parkway West Athletics

Inside this issue:

  • Girls Swim and Dive - State Champions
  • Wrestling State Finals
  • Mr. Longhorn 2020
  • 2020 Summer Camps
  • How to Register for Summer Camps - ONLINE
  • Athletes of the Month
  • Robotics Team
  • Location 1st Spring Practice/Tryouts
  • PRIVIT information for Spring athletes
  • Athlete/parent presentation for Spring athletes
  • Practice Card Pick Up info for Spring athletes
  • Summertime Dead Periods & First Day of Fall Sports
  • New Athletic Web Site
  • Prom 2020
  • Fight Song
  • Parkway Sponsors
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Girls Swim and Dive - State Champs

Congratulations to our Girls Swim and Dive team on capturing the 13th State Title in program history. What an incredible run they had over the weekend.
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State Wrestling Medalists

Congrats to Brayden Eddy (6th Place) and James Griffin (5th Place) on finishing their Wrestling career as State medalists at the MSHSAA Wrestling state finals this past weekend.

Mr. Longhorn 2020

Mr. Longhorn is a competitive male senior event that has been a tradition here at Parkway West. Through this event, we wish to enhance the spirit at West, promote all of our spring sports and activities, and get everyone pumped about our upcoming spirit week; and of course, also we want to see which male senior has what it takes to earn the title of Mr. Longhorn. All proceeds go to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

This year's event will be held, Wednesday (2/26) at 7:30pm. Tickets can be purchased for $5 from any participating senior or at the door for $5. Get your tickets while you can. This even sells out!

Athletic Summer Camps

Parkway Families - How to Register for Summer Camps

January Athletes of the Month

Matt Loaney (Basketball)--Matthew Loaney is a four year member of the basketball team. This year he is one of our leading scorers and leads the team in steals. He is also 2nd in rebounding and assists. His strong play has helped the Longhorns steadily improve throughout the season. More importantly though, he is a leader of the team that is constantly trying to steer the team toward positive relationships and success on the court.

Campbell Murawski (Swim and Dive)--Campbell came to us a very talented swimmer. She also brings a lot of great team spirit. As a freshman, she is 1 of only 2 girls on our team that has already achieved automatic state cuts and will participate in relays at the state meet. Campbell has been a big contributor to our team both in the water and out of it, she has been a very welcome new team member. Her enthusiasm and positive attitude towards the whole team keeps everyone motivated and encouraged. We look forward to seeing what she can accomplish during the championship part of the season!

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January Sportsmanship Athletes of the Month

Sophia Johnson (Basketball)--Sophia's leadership by example and positive attitude has been on full display for everyone to see constantly since the season has started. Whether it is practice or a game, Sophia has displayed a positive and continuous upbeat attitude that encourages her teammates to strive for a positive attitude. Sophia is always setting a great example by being one of the first players in the gym and the last one out of the gym. She keeps the atmosphere of practice and a game light and fun and helps to teach the other players to brush off adversity and keep focusing on the task at hand. Sophia never gets down on herself or her teammates and this was a key characteristic in positive comments from officials during a game at Parkway South when an official praised the team for great sportsmanship. This is not the first time an official has noticed Sophia's positive attitude. This leadership style from a freshman is far above where many athletes are at this age and will be a key trait in her continued success in the girls basketball program for the next three years. Her leadership and enthusiasm for basketball and her teammates is just one reason why I am nominating her for sportsmanship athlete of the month.

Nick Harms (Basketball)--Nick Harms suffered an injury in January which has kept him out of action. Even though he is unable to practice or play, Nick has continued to help and support the team. Nick is a positive leader and the type of guy that teammates look up to for his work ethic and determination. Nick continues to support his teammates and coaches in a positive way while he recovers.

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Robotics Team Accomplishments Ladue Robotics Tournament

Team “Blue Brains (5430A)” took 2nd place in the tournament with their alliance, earned the prestigiousDesign Award”, and qualified for an international robotics tournament - the CREATE US Open (the top 50 teams from the United States and China will be present).

Teams "Syntax Error (5430D)" and "Memory Leak (5430V)" took 3rd place in the tournament as a formidable alliance.

Congrats to all our students and sponsors

Location of 1st Spring Practice

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PRIVIT Instructions for Spring Athletes

Dear West High Activity Participants,

In an ongoing effort to simplify the pre-participation process for our students, parents, and coaches, our office is utilizing an automated paperless document collection source called Privit. The good news is that your account will only need to be updated with changes from year to year, not recreated. After parents/students have completed their Privit profile and uploaded their physical, students will still need to pick up a practice card (during the posted dates) prior to the first practice.

Returning Users:

Some families have already created a Privit profile for the past (2018-2019) school year. If that is the case you will need to log back in to your Privit profile to update your information for the 2019-2020 school year, upload (or restore from archives) a valid physical (Dated after July 1, 2018) and join the appropriate athletic team(s).

Important Note: The new start date for physicals will be July 1st for each 2 year cycle. For example, any physical dated after July 1st, 2018 will be good for all of the 2019-2020 school year (expires June 30, 2020). This means the vast majority of athletes who had a physical for the 2018-2019 school year would not need another physical for the 2019-2020 school year.

If your physical is dated on or after July 1, 2019 then it will be good through the 2020-2021 school year as well (expires June 30, 2021).

New Users:

If you are new to Privit you will need to log on to Privit and create your profile. In Privit, you will create the parent account, add your student(s) to the account, complete all sections, upload the annual physical signed by an appropriate medical provider clearing the athlete for participation, and finally join appropriate teams.

***To access more detailed information and specific instructions regarding the Privit website, go to and navigate to the Info and Documents section. There you will find a link titled, “Privit online instructions”.

For your convenience we have attached the Privit online instructions, Practice card pickup dates and times, and a blank physical form.

Thank you as always for being a partner in athletics.

Brian Kessler

Parkway West Athletic director

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Required Parent-Athlete Presentation

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Parkway Athletics has created an online presentation in order to convey what we feel is pertinent and essential information regarding procedures and policies from both the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) and the Parkway School District. It is required that at least one parent/guardian view the presentation prior to any athlete being allowed to participate in a contest. The presentation will be in lieu of our annual Athletic Department meeting. While we enjoyed the personal touch of our in person athletic department meeting, we felt we were only reaching ¼ of our athletic population by delivering the message in that format. Our coaches are still expected to hold a team meeting to discuss specifics relating to their individual programs. We hope you find the information in this presentation useful and helpful.

For families with multiple students and/or multiple sports, you will only need to complete the video once per academic year. Be sure to include all necessary info on the completion form after watching the video.

You can access the video by going to, then to INFO AND DOCUMENTS, click on Required Parent-Athlete Presentation.

After completing the video, navigate back to the Info and Documents page and click on the Parent/Athlete Online Signature Page. It will take you to a Google form where you will verify your completion of the presentation along with the name(s) of your athlete(s) and which sports they might be playing. Thank you in advance for your time in watching our presentation. We cannot wait to see everyone on campus.

As Always, Go Horns!!!

Brian Kessler

Parkway West, Activities Director

Cheer & Poms Tryout Information

National ACT Test Date - April 7th

Athletes and Parents,

April 7th is the National ACT test date for all juniors as well as Senior Six Flags day. The ACT test will be administered during the morning hours to juniors and ALL West High students (Fr, So, Jr) will be dismissed early. Freshman, Sophomores, and Juniors will be dismissed at 11:30.

Athletic practices and games will still be held at their regular after school times (unless noted otherwise by your coach). We recognize this presents a hardship for some students and their families regarding transportation home (after early dismissal) and transportation back to school for games/practices (2:45).

Any student-athlete presented with a hardship regarding transportation is welcome to stay at West in an Athletic study hall from 11:30-2:30 in the cafeteria. Students should bring something to work on and a sack lunch.

It is the expectation that all students leave campus at dismissal or are in the athletic study hall once being dismissed at 11:30.

Senior student-athletes attending Six Flags, please make sure you have made arrangements (by indicating the need on your Six Flags form) for early transportation to West in order to make it back for games/practices. Please also make sure you have communicated any concerns/issues with your coach AHEAD OF TIME.

Thank you for working with us during this wonderfully crazy day...

Go Horns!!!

Summertime Dead Periods

Per MSHSAA, the summertime dead period is a period of defined length in which no contact takes place between school coaches/directors of MSHSAA-sponsored activities and students enrolled in the member school, or who will be enrolled in the member school during the next school year. Further, during the dead period school, facilities are not utilized by enrolled students in connection with any sport or activity governed by MSHSAA. The dead period is a “no school activities time”; no open gyms, competitions, practices, conditioning, weight training; no activity-related functions or fundraisers, camps, or clinics at school facilities or sponsored elsewhere by the school; no coaches/directors or students may have planned contact other than casual, normal community, non-activity contact. While there may be sports activities during this time, they must not involve the school coach, the school, or school facilities. The dead period shall be nine consecutive days in length, and must begin on a Saturday and last through the second following Sunday.

Activities Dead Period (cheerleading, poms, band): June 27 - July 5, 2020
Athletics Dead Period: August 1-9, 2020
First Day of Fall Sports: August 10, 2020

New Athletic Web Site

In an effort to create a more seamless product, we have moved our Athletics web site (roster, schedules, team info, department information, resources, etc...) on to the same platform as the rest of the Parkway West High School site. Our new web site can be found by going to the following link. or navigating from the main Parkway West web site

Jr. Longhorn Field Hockey

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Prom 2020

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Parkway Online Payment System

Parents will soon have access to a new online payment system, a convenient way to view and pay selected school fees, without the hassle of writing a check or paying with cash. The new online payment system is accessible through Infinite Campus. Learn more.

Parkway West Fight Song - "Stand Up and Cheer"

Stand Up and Cheer

Stand Up and Cheer For Parkway West

For Today We Raise, the Red and Blue Above The Rest We Are The Best

The Longhorns Are Fighting, For We are Bound To Win This Game

We Got The Team, We Got The Steam

For It’s Parkway West’s Day, Hey!

Thank you to our Parkway Partners