Westside Middle School

April 1, 2022

Refugee Donation Drive Sponsored by Student Council

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Staff Appreciation

Staff Appreciation Week is next week (April 4th-8th). The WMS Community Club has a fun week planned for the staff. Thank you to all who donated items for the daily raffles!! We appreciate it so much!!

Sarah Newman and the WMS Community Club

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Author Visit

In collaboration with The Bookworm, WMS students will have the opportunity to participate in a virtual Q and A with Max Brallier, best-selling author of The Last Kids on Earth book series, on Thursday, April 28th at 1:30 p.m. in the WMS library. Described as "Diary of a Wimpy Kid meets the Walking Dead," the Last Kids on Earth series has also been adapted into a popular Netflix series. Student who wish to attend should sign up before Friday, April 15:

https://forms.gle/vhPScFXv4QWKuu2i9. ***New Link that is working!!****

Personalized and signed copies of Brallier's latest work Last Kids on Earth #7: Quint and Dirk's Hero Quest can be pre-ordered in the library. Please contact WMS librarian Deb Saetveit at saetveit.debra@westside66.net if you have any questions about the event.

Important Dates

April 11-15 = No School, Spring Break

Next Community Club Meeting will be on Tuesday, April 26th.

School Expectations

This next week we will be reviewing bus expectations. If your student rides the bus, we ask that you also review these expectations.

Students must:

  • Remain seated at all times.
  • Keep all objects inside the bus, no throwing items out of the windows
  • Keep all hands and feet to self

Following these expectations is extremely important in order for the bus driver to get the students to and from school safely. Violating any of these could result in losing the privilege of riding the bus.

Westside Gear - Spring order for WMS Community Club

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NSCAS - State Testing

State Testing Season is upon us. 7th and 8th graders will be tested in Language Arts and Math. 8th graders will also test in Science. Students will be testing in their classes on the following dates. We will have a special block schedule in order to ensure the students have enough time.

It is important that you know the following information:

  • Testing all students is a part of both state and federal law.
  • Testing results provides useful data for schools, districts, state, and national policy makers.
  • It is extremely important that students are in school on these testing dates.


  • Mon/Tue April 4 & 5 = LA both grades and will use block schedule (Both B Days)

    • 4-4 students will attend odd periods

    • 4-5 students will attend even periods

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Attention current 8th Grade Students!

Class of 2026 Transition to Westside High School

We wanted to share upcoming opportunities to help your future 9th grade student transition from middle school to high school. The following are planned to help make this transition smooth.

  • Tuesday, April 19, 2022 6-7:30 pm WHS Meet and Greet for students served by our Special Education Team. (Parents and Students)

    • Meet case managers.

    • Learn about how support and services are provided at WHS.

  • August 9, 2022 6-8 pm 9th Grade Parent Orientation (Parents)

    • We will host an opportunity for parents to learn about the high school and how to access resources for your student and family.

    • Learn more about modular scheduling, IMC, lunch, how to put money in lunch accounts, parking, where to pick up/drop off, how to call your student out of school, and time for questions.

    • Become more familiar with the building, school counseling services, and a variety of programs offered through the high school.

  • Tuesday, August 16, 2022 First Day of School (Students)

    • First day of school at Westside High School. Only incoming 9th grade students and 10-12 grade students new to Westside attend on this day.

    • Homeroom teachers and classroom teachers will focus on helping new students be ready and knowledgeable before all students come to school.

Buy a Yearbook NOW!

The final day to purchase a yearbook will be April 10th!

This year we have an extraordinary yearbook to sum up this school year!

We hope you can send an order in to purchase a book early at



Next week 7th graders will have a lesson on mindfulness and 8th graders will be learning about integrity. Tuesday will be the last day homerooms will collect items for the Refugee Donation Drive.
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PBIS - Looking for Donations!

Hello Westside Middle School Parents!

In Westside Community Schools, we use a framework called Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, or PBIS, to promote positive behaviors throughout our schools. At WMS, we have a "Warrior Buck Store", where students can trade in tickets for rewards. In efforts to "up the ante" and offer more than the usual candy and pop, we are excited to introduce raffle items! This is where you come in...

We are looking for donations of Westside gear, IPad pencil cases, water bottles, gift cards, or anything else that would suit a raffle for our middle school students. Cash or check donations are always awesome, too; we can purchase items we know students will love! Please drop any donations at the front office.

We will also be raffling the opportunities to win competitions with teachers or teams during pep rallies, and opportunities to win spirit days for the whole team! There's a lot of fun to be had at Westside Middle School celebrating amazing positive behaviors from amazing students!

Westside Show Choir Camp

Have you always wanted to be a part of Westside show choir? Maybe you want to improve your voice or learn how to shake those bad dancing habits? Sorry parents, this ad is just for the kids. Westside Middle School is hosting their annual summer show choir camp June 7-11 at Westside Middle School for any student entering 6th, 7th or 8th grade in the Fall of 2021. Students will learn to sing and dance a full show as well as gain insights into the audition process for Westside Middle School Show Choir. Registration and more information can be found at the website: https://sites.google.com/westside66.net/westside-middle-school-choirs/edge-show-choir-camp.

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Does your family need assistance?

Westside Community Schools provides clothing and food assistance through the Family Resource Center to students and their families who may need extra support. Families can contact the school social worker, Kim Schenkelberg, by email or at 402-452-3147 to arrange a time to meet there. Additional resources can be located in the Social Work Newsletter.

School work when your student is absent!!

If your student is gone for whatever reason, please have them check their Google Classrooms for assignments. However, remember instruction is still taking place in class and this is not intended to be used for e-learning.


Parents must call into the attendance secretary, Ms. Metzler, if your student is ill or not able to attend school that day. Please make sure this is done by 9:00 AM.

The attendance number is 402-408-8649 or 402-390-6464

Check out the attendance handouts below on the importance of attendance here at school.

WMS Bell Schedule

7th Grade Bell Schedule

Pd 1: 8:00-8:40

Pd 2: 8:43-9:23

Pd 3: 9:26-10:06

Pd 4: 10:09-10:49

Pd 5: (7th) 10:52-11:32

Pd 6: (7th) 11:35-12:15

Spark/Lunch: 12:18-1:18

Pd 8: 1:21-2:01

Pd 9: 2:04-2:44

Warrior Time 2:47-3:15

8th Grade Bell Schedule

Pd 1: 8:00-8:43

Pd 2: 8:46-9:26

Pd 3: 9:29-10:09

Pd 4: 10:12-10:52

Spark/Lunch 10:55-11:55

Pd 6: (8th) 11:58-12:38

Pd 7: (8th) 12:41-1:21

Pd 8: 1:24-2:04

Pd 9: 2:07-2:47

WarriorTime 2:50-3:15

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Westside Middle School participates in TAGG. TAGG has a growing list of participating businesses who will donate a portion of what you spend there to our school. WMS uses these funds to help support our school PBIS store and extra supplies teachers need throughout the year.

This is a fast and easy way to help our building without fundraising. Watch this video to see how it works. https://youtu.be/WS2u4s1J63c

Below is a list of business that participate in TAGG. Remember to select Westside Middle School!!

Student Handbook

Kim Eymann - Principal



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

Dean for 8A & 7C



Jenni Allen - Assistant Principal & Director of Special Services



Dan Carlson - Dean & Athletic Director

Dean for 7A, 7B, & 8B



Corrie Philo - Dean for 7D, 8C, & 8D (Handles all questions on after school Library)