Westside Middle School

October 9, 2020

Next week we will continue to have in person learning Monday (A day) and Tuesday (B Day). Extended campus learners will attend their WebEx meetings on Wednesday, October 14th and in person learnings will obtain their work from Google classroom.

There will be NO School on Thursday, October 15th and Friday, October 16th.

Monday, October 19th we will begin Quarter 2 and return to school 5 days a week. We will be sending out some information to Extended Campus students next week.

Please reach out with any questions or concerns.

Kim Eymann - Principal



Brian Stevens - Assistant Principal (He will handle all questions on Busing)

Dean for 8A & 7C



Jenni Allen - Assistant Principal & Special Services Department Chair



Dan Carlson - Dean & Athletic Director

Dean for 7A, 7B, & 8B



Corrie Philo - Dean for 7D, 8C, & 8D



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Parent - Teacher Communication

Parent-Teacher Conferences will look a little different and be referred to as Parent-Teacher Communication. Teachers will begin reaching out to families on October 10th and will continue through Friday, October 16th. Teachers will spend all day on Thursday, October 15th to reach out to families.

Quarter 1 ends Friday, October 16th. Please check your Powerschool for your student's grades.

Please let your student's dean or counselor know if you have any questions.

From the Counselors

Hello parents/guardians,

As we approach the end of the first quarter, the counseling team wanted to extend an invitation to you to meet with your student’s counselor during Parent Communication Week. Your child’s school counselor can be a valuable resource in helping to support your child. If you have any questions, we welcome your phone calls and emails. You may have already received communication from one or more of your student’s teachers inviting you to chat with them via a phone call or WebEx meeting.

We wanted to extend a similar invitation to you to have an individual meeting with your student’s counselor. In case you are not sure who your student’s counselor may be, here is how to get in touch with your student’s counselor

Last Names A - G - Sarah Lieske - email lieske.sarah@westside66.net, phone (402) 408-8618

Last Names H - O - Doug Hauserman - email hauserman.douglas@westside66.net, phone (402) 408 - 8577

Last Names P - Z - Mike McCann - email mccann.michael@westside66.net, phone (402) 408-8591

We have also provided a Google form for you to schedule a meeting time with your student’s counselor. Please click on the form next to your student’s counselor to request a meeting time:

Lieske - Lieske Fall Parent Communication Sign Up

Hauserman - Hauserman Fall Parent Communication Sign Up

McCann - McCann Fall Parent Communication Sign Up

We look forward to meeting with you.

The Westside Middle School Counseling Team

Community Club

Hello Westside Middle School Families! It is hard to believe we are already at the end of the first quarter! Our next virtual Community Club meeting will take place on Monday, October 12 at 6:30 on WebEx. The link to the meeting is



Meeting number (access code): 133 904 8240

Meeting password: inNmvv8gm52

The Community Club is selling Westside gear to help the club support students and staff throughout the school year. A brand new website is now up and running with some exciting new merchandise. Orders will be available through October 30 with delivery before the holidays. https://westsidewarriors.orderpromos.com/

Please feel free to reach out if you would like to get involved in Community Club or have any questions. I can be reached at villatoro.ka@gmail.com.

Ashley Villatoro

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Yellow Ribbon Presentation

On Tuesday, October 20 7th grade grade students will have a presentation on the Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program. Teams 7B and 7C will have the presentation in the PAC beginning at 8:15. Students on 7B and 7C will be dismissed to the PAC from their 1st period class at 8:10 to report to the PAC. Students on teams 7A and 7D will have the presentation in the PAC beginning at 9:35. Students on these two teams will be dismissed from their 3rd period class at 9:35 to report to the PAC.

The Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program is a nation-wide program designed to help students and communities recognize warning signs of suicide, what suicide is and is not, and give students a way to ask for help. Here is some more information on the Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program:

It is not uncommon for teens to think about suicide. Every year 1 in 5 teens seriously considers suicide and youth will most often seek help from their peers. It is imperative that youth are provided the tools to recognize other youth who may be at risk for suicide and the knowledge of how to respond if they are concerned. Studies have shown that youth peer training is an effective practice for education for youth. Designated a National Best Practice program, Yellow Ribbon utilizes a unique community-based model that increases the competence and confidence of youth to recognize and respond to suicidal individuals. Modified to be age and culturally appropriate, the curriculum follows the recognized safe messaging prevention practices.

We recognize that this may be a difficult topic for some students. Our counselors are prepared to help individual students process this presentation if it is needed. Sometimes the students for whom this topic is the most difficult are the most in need of hearing it. With that in mind, if you and your student believe it would in their best interest to not be in the presentation, please contact your student’s assigned counselor.

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WMS Book Fair

WMS will celebrate the power of reading at our upcoming virtual Scholastic book fair! You are invited to help our school create a culture of reading, build our school libraries, and have the opportunity to shop and select books with your child for your home library. A portion of all proceeds will go back to our school--your support makes a difference!

Please mark your calendars to visit our online book fair and help your student discover their next favorite read:

Book fair dates: October 5-18

Shopping hours: 24/7!

Shop the Scholastic Store online and choose from over 6,000 items! All book orders ship directly to home with any $25 order. Visit our fair's homepage to get started:


To view middle school-specific books that are featured at this year's fair, please take a look at the attached flyer:

Middle School Digital Book Fair Flyer (Fall ’20)

After School Library

Beginning 2nd quarter (October 19), the After School Library program will be open on Wednesdays as well! The updated hours are as follows:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday - 3:15 - 5:00

Wednesday - 2:45 - 4:00

If your student is already signed up, there is no need to complete the form again. If you would like to sign your child up for the after school library program, please complete this form.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Corrie Philo



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PowerSchool Help

Please access these two resources for help on how to navigate PowerSchool. Remember PowerSchool is the best place to see your student's progress in their classes.

We-Side Poster Contest

Please help us encourage your student to participate in the We-Side poster contest.
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National Junior Honor Society

The National Junior Honor Society chapter of Westside Middle School is a duly chartered and affiliated chapter of this prestigious national organization. Membership is open to those students who meet the required standards in five areas of evaluation: scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship, and character. Students in the second semester of seventh or eighth grade are eligible for membership. If students were inducted as a seventh grader, they will NOT need to reapply.

Those students who meet the scholarship criterion of a 3.8 on the 4.0 scale are invited to complete a Student Activity Information Form that provides the Faculty Council with information regarding the candidate’s leadership and service. This will be sent out late January-early February. A history of leadership experiences and participation in school or community service is also required. Examples of leadership may happen within the school building (student council) or outside of the classroom (team captains, scouting honors, etc.). Service to the community is considered volunteering in a capacity that does not benefit the student (getting paid for a service or merely helping an extended family member) services considered would be volunteering at a non-profit organization (Film Streams, the zoo, Do Space, among many others). Service learning is not considered volunteering for a team activity to raise money for team expenses (car washes for a soccer team, selling concessions for a concert the student might participate in at a later time.) A student should have at least 5 hours of service learning when filling out the application.

Once again the Student Activity Information Form will be sent out in late January-early February.

Westside Community Schools is Hiring!!!

Here is a direct link to all available positions, with quick links to apply immediately: https://westside.tedk12.com/hire/index.aspx
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