PSMS Parent Newsletter

Week of March 23rd


The Make-A-Wish Fundraiser ended with the completion of the boys basketball season last week. During the girls/boys basketball seasons, the student athletes from Prairie Star and Lakewood Middle worked cooperatively to raise money to fund Kadi’s trip to Florida and to help other children with life threatening illnesses achieve their dream trip. Prairie Star Middle raised over $6800 for Make-A-Wish. Mr. Wataha would like to thank the entire Prairie Star Middle Community for the tremendous support for the Make-A-Wish fundraiser this school year. This truly is a special community!!

SAVE THE DATE – Monday, April 13, 2015 Peace Walk

GiveSevenDays is a community organization formed as a result of the violent tragedy at the Jewish Community Campus and Village Shalom on April 13, 2014. The organization is providing an opportunity for young and old to embrace diversity across races, religions and cultures through a week of special activities culminating in a Peace Walk. The community event will held on Monday, April 13th at 6:30 PM. The walk will start at the Jewish Community Campus ending at the Church of the Resurrection in Leawood. Free registration and more information at

Library News

Monday March 23 -- Argumentative Video Essay -- Library open only for 7th grade students working on project from 3-6 pm

Friday, March 27 -- TAG lunch Voting DAY! MANDATORY ATTENDANCE for TAG members

Library Closed after school for State Assessment testing set

Thank you for Staff Development time on March 12th and 13th.

Our teachers participated in staff development focusing on curriculum and materials that best impact student learning. We appreciate your help in allowing us the opportunity to learn together.

7th Grade Zoo Field Trip Volunteers

Our 7th grade class will be taking a field trip to the Kansas City Zoo on Friday May 8, 2015 from 9am-2:30pm. We are in need of about 20 parent volunteers, each supervising a small group of 10 students during our walk through of zoo activities.

Please reply to Mr. Burton at with the subject heading “Zoo Volunteer” before March 31.

Grade-Level Cookout Volunteers

On Friday May 15, 2015 we will have a school cookout and are in need of 10 parent volunteers per grade level. “2 Guys and a Grill” will cook and provide all food and drink for $6/person if we have enough parent volunteers assisting with setup, serving, and cleanup for each lunch group.

Please reply to the following teachers with “Cookout Volunteer” in the subject heading by March 31 if you can help us make the cookout a success!

8th grade (10:45am-12:15pm)- reply to Mr. Stoltenberg at

7th grade (11:45am-1:15pm)- reply to Mrs. Pirkle at

6th grade (12:45-2:15pm)- reply to Mrs. Young at


School's out April 13th, so grab your friends and plan on jumping from 1-3 PM at Cosmic Jump! PTO gets a percentage back. Thanks for your support!

Important Dates

March 23rd: First day of 4th Quarter

February 24th: Early Release

March 9th: MDPT Part 1 (State Assessment)

March 10th: Math Performance (State Assessment)

March 11th: MDPT Part 2 (State Assessment)

March 12th and 13th: No school for students; Professional Development for Staff

March 16th-20th: No school-Spring Break

March 23rd: First day of 4th Quarter

March 24th-Kansas Social Studies Assessment (8th Grade)

March 25th-Kansas Science Assessment (7th Grade)

March 26th-Kansas Social Studies Assessment (6th Grade)

March 30th-Kansas Reading Assessment Part 1 (All Grades)

March 31st-Early Release

April 2nd-Kansas Reading Assessment Part 2 (All Grades)

April 3rd-Kansas Reading Assessment Part 3/4 (All Grades)

Week of April 6th-Spirit Week

April 13th-No School for Students/Professional Development for Staff

April 20th-Kansas Math Assessment Part 1 (All Grades)

April 21st-Early Release

April 23rd-Kansas Math Assessment Part 2 (All Grades)

April 24th-Kansas Math Assessment Part 3/4 (All Grades)

BVHS Cheer Tryouts

Interested in being a BVHS cheerleader for the 2015/2016 season? Attend a mandatory pre-tryout, informational meeting on Tuesday, March 24th at 6:30 pm in the Fixed Forum at BVHS. The meeting is for students and parents. If you have questions, contact Coach Wirt.

Enrollment for 2015-2016

• Enrollment was a success. Thank you for working with your students to select classes for 2015-16. Counselors have coordinated with students to solidify and upload their class requests.

• Registration Opens on April 15 and links through the PSMS webpage. This is the fee portion of the process. In Registration, you will:

– Confirm registration and enrollment

– Be aware that staffing numbers/hiring is determined by number of students paid, not enrolled. Currently students have enrolled only.

– If you are a returning student, note that Blue Valley does not include in their student count until at least partial payment of fees

– May 30 - Fees will be due to Confirm Registration and Enrollment

• Back to School information will be out after May 30


Track and Field season is right around the corner.
It is our hope that many of our 7th and 8th grade students will be joining us for a fun and exciting season.
Track is a great sport at anyone can get involved in as there is a wide variety of events that athletes can participate in.
The first day of practice will be March 23rd followed by and informational parent meeting at 5:00.
We will practice most every day Monday through Friday from 3:00 until 4:45.

In order to participate in track, each athlete will need to have the following (5) forms on file with the PSMS office.
Forms can be picked up in the office of downloaded from the PSMS website under the sports and activities tab.

KSHSAA Physical Form must be turned in before the start of practice.
The physical must be dated and signed by the physician after May 1, 2014.

KSHSAA Concussion & Head Injury Release Form must be turned in before the start of practice.
Other forms are due before the first meet.

Emergency Medical Insurance

Substance Abuse Guidelines


Spirit Wear:

How can I purchase a track t-shirt, shorts or a hoodie?

Fill out the purchase order form and make a check out to Design4Sports, place in a sealed envelope with your athletes first and last name and have them give the envelope to Mr. Essex.
Note: Please make check(s) out to Design4Sports, not to Prairie Star Middle School. See flyer/order form – separately.