The Warhawk Weekly

#WestISBest #WarhawksLEADtheWay, Volume 1, Issue 18

Warhawk Nation - West Middle School

February 25th Deadline to Change Learning Environment (email Dr. Kempf -

From the Desk of Dr. Kempf

Hello Warhawk Families,

The return of full in-person learning on March 29th is both exciting and daunting at the same time. District leadership recently sent families communication on the end of the hybrid schedule, as it is expected that all hybrid students would attend five days a week. Families can notify the school by February 25th and be put on our list for a possible change of their student's learning environment. Please email me at: if you would like to be added to this list. We cannot guarantee changes at this time due to staffing, but West will do the best to meet the needs of all our families.

Kind Regards,

Dr. Kempf

School Information

FSHS & LHS Enrollment Information for Incoming Freshman

2021-2022 High School Enrollment information

Links to important documents and helpful websites:

Click here for the High School Enrollment Planner Packet we used DURING advisory class on Monday, February 15.

This packet is available for pick up in the airlock at West during school hours and hybrid students will receive a copy at school.

Click here for the video viewed DURING advisory on Monday, February 15:

How to Complete the High School Enrollment Planner Step-by-Step

If you have trouble with the above, copy and paste the link below into a new window.

Did you miss Advisory on February 9?

Click to see the Enrollment Announcements for that day.

9th Grade Only Course Descriptions - updated 2.11.2021

Details about the AP Human Geography Course

HS Math Class Progression

Career Pathways & Plans of Study for USD #497

USD#497 High School Course Descriptions for grades 9 - 12

FSHS Student Services Website

LHS Student Services Website

Restorative Practices Seminar for Middle School Parents

Virtual Restorative Practice Parent Night - The Wave of the Future!

Experience what your middle school students are learning to use through participation in a "Talking Circle."

Come and learn about Restorative Practices that are being used in middle schools. Please use this form to sign up for this virtual night.

When: February 23 or 24th

Time: 6:45-7:45 p.m.

For more information please contact Dawn Downing - 785-330-2360 or

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Future City & Model United Nations Information

Future City:

This weekend the Future City teams will meet for the Future City Regionals Competition. It is a virtual competition and only teams and their teacher/mentor can attend.

Here is some information for parents and guardians: Final Round – 12:45pm – 3:15pm: There is not a regular final round this year, instead we are taking the top team from each of the six-session rooms and having a common panel of judges review their submitted video presentations and the recorded preliminary round Q&A session after the conclusion of the preliminary round.

There is an awards ceremony that parents and guardians may attend at 3:30. Awards Ceremony – 3:30pm: on Zoom (

Model United Nations:

On Wednesday this week, there was a district-wide middle school practice session for students. Approximately 60 students were invited to participate.

Next week students will attend the Topeka MUN. Links will be provided via google classroom but times and days are as follows:

Sessions 9:00-11:30 am; 1:00-2:30

Monday -- GA 2, WC B, WC 2

Tuesday -- GA 1, WC 3

Wednesday -- WC 4, WC A, GA 3

Thursday -- WC C, GA 4

Friday -- WC D, WC 1

---Mrs. Jessica Miescher-Lerner

Warhawk Shop Now Online!

Hello, West Families! COVID-19 may have all of us learning from a distance (whether it's 6 feet or miles apart) but it's still a great day to be a Warhawk! School spirit is one way for us all to feel a little more connected to our school community until we can be together again in person. You can get your West gear at the Warhawk Shop which is now available for browsing online! If you see a design that you like, use the order button to email me with what you'd like to buy. After receiving your order, I will reply with your order total, payment instructions, and arrange a pick up time. Get your Warhawk spirit on (even from home)!

You can browse the Warhawk Shop here:

Student Successes

Notable Quotables

QOTW - Quote of the Week

Mr. Dan Karasek, 6th Grade Social Studies teacher's favorite quote is:

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated

- Confucius

West Middle School Weekly Calendar


Saturday, Feb. 20th, 10am

2511 Inverness Drive

Lawrence, KS

7BB @ Home vs. SWMS

Saturday, Feb. 20th, 10am

2700 Harvard Road

Lawrence, KS

Livestream available:


Monday, Feb. 22nd, 3:30pm

1400 Massachusetts Street

Lawrence, KS

8BB @ Home vs. BMMS

Wednesday, Feb. 24th, 3:30pm

2700 Harvard Road

Lawrence, KS

Livestream available:


Wednesday, Feb. 24th, 3:30pm

2734 Louisiana Street

Lawrence, KS

Deadline for Changing Learning Environment

Thursday, Feb. 25th, 11:45pm

2700 Harvard Road

Lawrence, KS

Please email Dr. Kempf to be added to the list:

8BB @ Home vs. SWMS

Saturday, Feb. 27th, 10am

2700 Harvard Road

Lawrence, KS

Livestream available:


Saturday, Feb. 27th, 10am

2511 Inverness Drive

Lawrence, KS

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