Westside Middle School

October 30, 2020

Its hard to believe that it is already November! There are a couple of important dates you will want to be aware of.

Wednesday, November 4th - NO in person learning. All students will be receiving their assignment through their google classroom.

Wednesday, November 26th, Thursday, November 27th, and Friday, November 28th - NO SCHOOL for Thanksgiving Break

Don't forget to change your clocks on Sunday, November 1st (Fall Back).

And finally thanks to all the students who participated in Spirit Week! It was fun to see them and the staff use their creativity with the different theme days.

Extended Campus Information for 2nd Semester

Please see the information included below about our K-12 Extended Campus Learner program for second semester.

The application for secondary families is embedded in the newsletter. All applications are due by November 13th.

CLICK HERE: https://www.smore.com/etpk0

For problems with that link, please cut and paste this into your browser: https://www.smore.com/etpk )

Students Visiting Local Businesses

To WMS students and parents,

We have received repeated complaints about student behavior at the businesses surrounding Westside Middle School after dismissal and on weekends. These issues have become serious enough to warrant additional security.

Whether you are in our building or not, your behavior reflects our school and our district. We often partner with these businesses for events, donations, and sponsorships for our students and staff. When our students are disruptive and behave inappropriately, the partnerships and much-needed services provided by these businesses are in jeopardy. In addition, when these actions take place on private property, those businesses have full rights to call police, who may issue citations or even arrest those responsible.

Parents, please talk to your children about showing respect and following rules when visiting neighboring businesses before and after school. Students, we ask you to help us maintain our great relationships with our community. As always, if you see or hear something you feel is cause for alarm, you are encouraged to reach out to a trusted adult, call 911, or use our Safe Schools hotline at 402-390-2118.

Thank you for your help!

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Yellow Ribbon Presentation

Last week, 7th grade students were given information on suicide prevention through the Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention program. We wanted to give extended campus learners, as well as interested parents, the opportunity to have this same information. Below you will see two links to access the video. We encourage extended campus students to watch this video, when they will have access to an adult. Some students may find this information difficult to hear. Nonetheless, we believe it is very important for all students to be trained in recognizing the signs of suicide, as well as having training on what to do if they are ever in a situation when a friend or someone they care about may be thinking, talking about, or even attempting to die by suicide.

Counseling Office Site - https://sites.google.com/westside66.net/wms-counseling-department/home

YouTube - https://youtu.be/6vfTzKpKEGU

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News From the Athletic Director

The middle school cross country team participated in the Platteview XC Invitational in October. Due to COVID-19, this was our only meet of the year against competition from other schools and our entries were limited. We were able to conduct a couple of intrasquad meets for all cross country participants throughout the season.

Results of the Platteview meets were:

7th Grade Girls finished 2nd as a team. Team members were Laurel Deegan, Adi Dubes, Claire Fitch, and Madison Kully. Kully placed 1st with a time of 11:26.56

8th Grade girls finished 1st as a team. Team members were: Violet Collins, Cora Dietrich, Sidney Maxwell, Georgia Peck, Molly Schleifer, and Elliott Taylor. Taylor placed 2nd(12:36.90), Dietrich placed 6th(12:53.19), Schleifer placed 9th(13:03.24), and Maxwell placed 10th(13:04.14).

7th Grade boys finished 1st as a team. Team members were: Braedan Hosey, Kyle Irwin, Luke Miller, and Calvin Tomcak. Hosey placed 1st(10:36.33), Tomcak placed 2nd(11:26.65), Irwin placed 5th(11:33.05), and Miller placed 6th(11:34.14).

8th Grade boys finished 1st as a team. Team members were: Jack Boerner, Conor Gross, Townsend Holan, Ryan Kugler, Collin Newman, and Kaden Shepherd. Kugler placed 1st(10:38.75), Gross placed 3rd(11:06.52), and Holan placed 8th(11:32.22).

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Help WMS earn free money through TAGG

Attached is a flyer featuring TAGG businesses near Westside Middle School. If you or any family members are going to any of these places, please TAGG Westside Middle School on the app by submitting a photo of you receipt in order for us to get a free donation.
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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.
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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

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