Westside Middle School Newsletter
August 19, 2022
We had a great first week of school.
If you have any questions, feel free to call the main office at 402-390-6464.
Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for important information.
2022-23 WMS Administration:
Kim Eymann - Principal firstname.lastname@example.org
Jordan Rhodes - Assistant Principal (Dean 7C, 8A). email@example.com
Jenni Allen - Assistant Principal and Special Services Department Chair. firstname.lastname@example.org
Dan Carlson - Dean and Athletic Director (Dean 7A, 7B, 8C). email@example.com
Kellon Johnson - Dean (7D, 8B, 8D). firstname.lastname@example.org
Join Us For Curriculum Night
Order your School Pictures today!
You now have the convenience to place an online order for School Pictures.
Please click the link below to place your order. Thank you!
Before School Expectations
Students will enter through the PAC doors starting at 7:30. If they arrive after 7:55, then they will enter through the main office. Students may sit in the gym or the cafeteria. Breakfast is served from 7:30-8:00.
If you need to sign up for in district busing please contact Jordan Rhodes at 402-390-6494 or at email@example.com.
After School Library
All students must be off campus after school by 3:30 unless they are working with a teacher or participating in a club/activity. If your student needs a place to be, Westside Middle School offers after school library hours. This opportunity allows students to have a quiet work space to complete homework with adult supervision. After School Library will begin on Monday, August 22nd and run throughout the school year. After School Library hours are as follows (please note that Wednesday Library hours are only until 4:00) :
Monday - 3:15-5:00
Tuesday - 3:15-5:00
The library will be closed on the following school days:
Friday, May 12
Last day: Friday, May 19
**After School Library will not be offered during the last week of the school year.**
In order to supervise and track student attendance accurately, we are asking parents/guardians to fill out the registration found at this link. Each student needs to be signed up in advance.
If you have questions, please contact Kellon Johnson. We look forward to another great school year!
Dean of Students
WMS Merchandise - Order closes Tuesday, August 23 (8:00am).
Drop off and pick up can be a little crazy here at WMS. Please make sure you are following all traffic laws!! Below is a map to show traffic flow.
No cars will be allowed to enter the circle drive to drop off or pick up, unless this has been pre-arranged with your student's IEP case manager. You may drop off your student on Arbor Street. Arbor street is one way from the parking lot entrance going east to 85th Street. There will be no parking in the bus lane on Arbor Street. When you drop off in the parking lot please make sure you are following the arrows as the aisles are one way! If you come up the drive from Center Street, please pull forward as far as you can before having your student get out. It is important that you do not stop right in front of the PAC entrance because it backs the drive up.
Show Choir Auditions
Westside Connection Show Choir Auditions are on Aug.27
Info Session and Learning Clinics begin on Monday, Aug.22 @ 7:00 AM in the
Vocal Music Room. Email Mr. Djernes with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
Scan the QR Code or click the link to get more information.
How and when does my 7th grader get their iPad?
7th graders will receive their iPads on August 18 and 19 during their Business and Tech class. However, they will not receive their iPad until the parent has completed the Returning Student Registration in PowerSchool. The registration forms need to be completed by August 15th to guarantee that the student gets the iPad the first week of school.
Returning 8th graders kept their iPads over the summer. If their parent has not completed the registration forms by August 29th then the iPad will be placed under Internet restrictions until the forms are completed.
See Below on how to complete the Student Registration in Powerschool.
The cooperative fund will pay 70% of the replacement cost on items over $150. This only applies to the iPad and the keyboard case. It does not provide coverage on the charger, cord, and Apple Pencil as those items cost less than $150 to replace.
The Cooperative Damage Fund information is provided to the parents in the new student enrollment process and in the returning student registration forms. If they chose to be a part of the Cooperative then they will eventually see the Cooperative enrollment fee in their MySchoolBucks account. The amount charged depends on the student's free/reduced status at the time the forms are filled out. If the parent does not wish to pay online via MySchoolBucks then they can pay in the WMS main office with cash or money order. As a reminder, we do not accept checks for the Coop enrollment fee. If the parent originally chose not to be a part of the Coop and then changed their mind, they would need to contact WMS main office.
Coop coverage does not apply until the coop enrollment fee is paid. The cooperative coverage only applies for one school year at a time and the parent must sign up for it each year if they want to be a part of the fund.
Cost of Meals/Balances
Remember meals are no longer free this year unless free/reduce paperwork is filled out. Below are the cost of Breakfast and lunch. Please make sure your student has money in their account, using my school bucks. We already have lots of students with negative balances.
Breakfast $1.90/Reduced .30
Lunch $2.95/Reduced .40
We will start offering the ala carte items next week. The prices are below for those items.
SMALL AQUAFINA WATER 16 0Z. $0.50
BOTTLED JUICE $1.50
NAKED JUICE. SMOOTHIE $2.50
CEREAL BAR $1.00
CHEEZ ITS $0.50
SCOOBY SNACKS $0.50
EXTRA MILK $0.50
EXTRA JUICE CUP $0.50
EXTRA MAIN DISH $2.00
Cell Phone Expectations
Cell Phones are to be kept in backpacks or lockers from 8:00-3:15. Research has shown that when students are not on their phones during school hours, they are more engaged inside and outside of the classroom. To learn more go to: https://www.awayfortheday.org/research
**If you need to get a hold of your student you may call the main office and we can either deliver the message or give them the message to call you.
Cell phone is out at an inappropriate time:
1st offense: Teacher keeps until end of the period
2nd offense: Phone goes to office until the end of the day
3rd offense: Phone goes to office until end of the day, 2 detentions
*Further offenses will result in Wed night/Sat schools, ISS, OSS, parent pick-up, and/or turning in phone to the office daily.
Being on time to class is extremely important and we are committed to ensuring that class time is used effectively and efficiently. Below is how we handle students who are tardy to class. Please note we will not begin counting tardies until Thursday, August 25th.
1st Tardy = Teacher will Conference with Student
2nd Tardy = Teacher will Conference with Student and Contact Parent
3rd Tardy =Teacher will Conference with Student and Contact Parent
4th Tardy = Teacher will Contact Parent; 1 detention w/ teacher
5 or more = Teacher Contacts Dean; additional consequences (parent meeting/call, Wednesday night/Saturday school, develop tardy plan that includes the possibility of additional consequences)
1 offense - referral and conversation with dean
2 offense - referral and conversation with dean
3 offense - referral and conversation with dean
4 offense - referral, conversation with dean and assign detention
5 offense - referral, conversation with dean and assign detention
6 offense - referral, conversation with dean, assign detention and parent meeting
7+ offenses will result in increase of consequences such as Wed night/Sat School, ISS, OSS.
This year the counselors will be assigned to teams rather than by alphabet. Remember if you have questions on your student's schedule or any social emotional needs, please contact the counselor.
Mike McCann: 7A, 7C, 8D email@example.com
Sarah Lieske: 7B, 8A, 8B firstname.lastname@example.org
Doug Hauserman: 7D, 8C email@example.com
Returning Student Registration
All families of returning students must complete Returning Student Registration prior to the start of the 2022/23 school year. If you have not done so already, please CLICK HERE to complete this important process.
Enter your PowerSchool parent portal information to log in
Click Returning Student Registration
If you have problems logging in, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are new to the district you will not need to complete this!
Important Information from the Athletic Department
School Supply List
WMS School Supply List 2022-23
Westside Community Schools - WMS School Supplies While school supplies needed for each class vary, most secondary students will use the following school supplies on a regular basis during the course of the year. Oftentimes teachers will request specific supplies for their classroom. We recomm...
Free & Reduced Meal Applications
For the 2022-23 school year, the federal government has elected to NOT continue the universal free meal program, which means Westside Community Schools’ students will transition back to a traditional model with paid lunches. If applicable, families in each household will need to apply for free and reduced meal benefits (which carry over to other opportunities including technology, camps, etc.)
Click here to learn more about meals and prices through Westside Community Schools
Note: school meals at Westbrook and Westgate Elementary will continue to be free, as these schools qualify for federal community eligibility provisions.
We want to make sure ALL of our students and families are set up for success for the coming school year. If you need help with food, utilities, clothing, or other support for your child and family, please reach out to our caring team of social workers; CLICK HERE.
We are also partnering with One World Health Centers to offer two more Back To School health clinics. This offers parents a convenient way to complete school physicals, get immunizations, and receive treatment for certain issues.
July 20, 8:30am-3:30pm at Westside High School
August 14, Noon-4pm at the Back To School Celebration (WHS)
Did you know that the Westside Foundation's mission is to raise private funding for all District 66 Schools? The Foundation does this primarily through private fundraising for special projects, an annual fundraiser- VI VI, and through the annual campaign, W-CLUB. Your support of the Foundation ensures our faculty, staff and students have what they need to excel every day.
Save the Date: VI VI LAS VEGAS, September 24, 2022
Funds raised at this event benefit Westside Middle School teachers and students. In year's past, VI VI funds have directly supported our students. We hope you will consider attending this event or making a donation so we can continue our good work! SUPPORT VI VI TODAY!
W-CLUB: JOIN TODAY
Make a gift that is meaningful to you to show you are proud to be part of Westside Community Schools. Funds raised through the W-CLUB get redistributed back into all Westside Community Schools. Every teacher has the opportunity to apply for W-Club grants annually. Westside Middle School has received funding for robots, traveling exhibit for German Class, and cameras for our journalism club in the past.
Donating to Westside Middle School
To make a tax-deductible donation please donate through the Westside Foundation. You can specifically note that funds should be designated to Westside Middle School community club, fun run, etc. Your gift is not tax deductible if it comes directly to our school. If you have questions, please contact Westside Foundation at email@example.com.
Omaha, NE 68124