TEAM Westridge "Be a Champion" #whateverittakes #powerofWE

August 2018

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Welcome Back from your Westridge Faculty!

We are looking forward to the 18.19 school year!

Go Wildcats and Be a Champion!

Jeremy McDonnell, Principal

Jeanette Brethour, 7th grade Associate Principal

Troy Butler, 8th grade Associate Principal


Be sure to stay updated on the latest information via weekly emails, district calendars, school website, etc., but here are some basics taking you through quarter one:

Aug. 10 - 1st Day of School (7th Grade Only) 8:45A-3:45P

Aug. 13 - ALL students report for a full day

Aug. 14 - Welcome to Westridge / Back to School Night

  • 5:30P-6:30P - All 7th Grade Parents and new 8th Grade Parents Meeting
  • 6:30P-8:30P - Back to School Night

Aug. 15 - Fall Sports Parent Meeting 6:30 PM in MPR

Aug. 29 - 7:00P - PTSA Meeting (Library)

Sept. 3 - No School (Labor Day)

Sept. 14 - Early Dismissal @ 1:45 PM

Sept. 24 - School Pictures

Oct. 11 - Early Dismissal @ 1:45 PM

Oct. 11 - Family Engagement Night (dinner is provided) 6:00 PM

Oct. 12 - End of 1st Quarter

Oct. 15 - Beginning of 2nd Quarter

Oct. 18 - Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences 5:00-8:00 PM


Westridge Offices are Open. If you missed fee payment and enrollment days, please make sure to enroll and pay your fees as soon as possible.

You may pay fees online. Go to smsd.org and hover over "Parents & Students." Click the link titled "Pay Fees Online." You may also pay fees with cash or check at our Enrollment / Fee Payment Days.

FEES for 2018-2019

$80.00 Textbook Rental

$5.00 Student ID Card

$7.00 Activity Fee

There are also required fees for certain elective courses.

Optional Fees:

$22.00 Yearbook (can be paid at a later date)

$10.00 Picture Packet (can be paid at a later date)

Fee Waivers

Textbook Fees and Student ID cost may be waived if the student is eligible for KanCare under the Medicaid-Title 19 plan. Since the front of the KanCare card does not indicate Medicaid-Title 19 status, it is the responsibility of the student/family to provide documentation that the student is Medicaid-Title 19 eligible. If you are eligible for Kancare, you have received an approval notice at the time of your original approval or at your annual renewal. Please bring this letter and your KanCare card to Westridge on either of the Enrollment/Fee Payment days. If you have questions about your eligibility, contact KanCare Clearinghouse at 1-800-792-4884. You will need to provide your name and KanCare member ID# which is on the front of your card. In addition, your KanCare status can be obtained form the Kansas City Regional Service Center of the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) at 913 826-7300. Assistance in Spanish is available at both numbers.

Mandatory fees may also be waived for students in a foster care program and for students who receive services provided by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Act.


There are many opportunities for our students to be involved in athletics. Sports available to Westridge students are (by season):

Fall (Aug - Oct)

  • Girls Volleyball (7th and 8th)
  • Cross Country (7th and 8th)

Early Winter (Oct - Nov/Dec)

  • Wrestling (7th and 8th)
  • Girls Basketball (8th Grade Only)

Late Winter (Jan - Mar)

  • Boys Basketball (8th Grade Only)

There will be a fall sports parent meeting on Wednesday, August 15th. It will be at 6:30 PM in the MPR.

Athletic Director - Troy Butler troybutler@smsd.org

Athletic Coordinator - Mark Lange marklange@smsd.org

If your child is planning to participate in an athletic activity at Westridge, they will need to have a physical on file before they can practice/participate. Please have your doctor fill out the physical paperwork using the KSHSAA form. This is the only form that will be accepted.

PHYSICAL FORMS: The first link below is the physical form in English. The second link below is the physical form in Spanish.


7th Graders ONLY: Friday, August 10, 2018
  • 7th Grade students will report for a full day (8:45A-3:45P)
  • No School Supplies are necessary on their first day.
  • NEW 8th graders may attend this day as well.

All Students (7th/8th) Report: Monday, August 13, 2018

  • 7th/8th Grade students report for a full day of school
  • All students should bring their school supplies this day.


Please take the time to review the 18.19 Westridge Student Handbook.



Welcome to Westridge - New Parent Orientation

  • Tuesday, August 14 (5:30P-6:30P) in the Westridge MPR
  • For parents new to Westridge, this is a fantastic crash course in school policies, procedures and transition into middle school.

Back to School Night - Parents Only

  • Tuesday, August 14 (6:30P-8:30P) in the Westridge MPR
  • This is a great way for parents to meet their child's teachers and experience a taste of your middle schooler's daily schedule.


We are excited for the upcoming school year. We encourage you to join PTSA and get involved at Westridge. Our first meeting is August 29 at 7:00 PM in the Westridge Library.

Co-President: Jo Stone

Co-President: Gwyn Dill

VP Membership: Keri Sanborn

VP Fundraising: Jerren Spring

VP Fundraising: Jessi Gill

VP Programs: Bev Turner

Treasurer: Sheila Rehder

Secretary: Ellen Sandelin

Spirit Wear: Angie Gunion

PTSA will be available at Enrollment/Fee Payment Days. Stop by and see us!

Westridge SWAG Available Now!

See the document below for information on all of our available Westridge Gear!


Shawnee Mission provides free bus transportation to students living 2.5 miles or more from the school in their attendance area. Students riding school buses must follow all safety rules and regulations. Violations of bus regulations may result in being removed from the bus. To help ensure compliance with necessary safety rules, video cameras may be used on school buses.

Bus Parent Pay Rider Program

Parents of students who live less than 2.5 miles from the school in their attendance area may contract for bus service directly with DS Busing under certain conditions. Bus transportation is $150 per semester if paid before July 1st or $175 per semester if paid after July 1st. If you have questions about bus service, please call DS Bus at 913 384-1190. Bus contracts and other information can be found online at smsd.org - hover over "Parents & Students" then click on "Transportation." Bus information will be available at our Enrollment/Fee Payment Days.

Late Buses Start August 28th

There will be late buses provided for students working with teachers and students involved in after-school activities (generally does not include athletic and/or musical practices). Students will only be allowed to ride the late bus with a bus pass written by a teacher or sponsor with whom they worked with after school that day. Late buses will leave school at approximately 4:45 on most Mondays, Tuesday, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Late buses are available and free to ALL students living in the Westridge attendance area. Late buses begin August 28th.

Schedule Change Deadline

The deadline for changing elective classes is Friday, August 17th. You may review your student's schedule on Skyward.


School breakfast and lunch are available every day to all students. Costs are:

  • Breakfast: $1.50
  • Lunch: $2.80 for a complete type "A" meal (entree, 3 sides, and drink). A la carte items are also available.

Students can put money on their account (linked to their Student ID) or they can bring cash. Students are allowed to bring a sack lunch.

Free and Reduced meal applications will be available for the 2018-2019 school year on July 9. You will be able to apply for the program online by clicking on "SchoolCafe" (access the SMSD website - hover over "Parents & Students" and click on Food Services). We encourage you to use the online application process, as it will speed up the approval process. If you don’t have access to a computer, you can complete a paper application available in our Food Service office at 6701 W. 83rd St. in the Broadmoor Technical Center or at Westridge. Information will be available at our Enrollment/Fee Payment Days. A new application (per family) must be submitted each year. If you receive state assistance, call the food service office at 913-993-9710 before completing an application. Please apply before school starts so you can begin receiving your benefits the first day of school. It can take up to 10 days to process your application and you will be responsible for any meals your student buys before your application is processed.

Don’t forget – if your child receives free or reduced meals, they are eligible for one breakfast and one lunch per day as part of this benefit. All breakfast and lunch meal choices are available for all students regardless of eligibility status.

Parents may monitor student meal accounts by clicking on the SchoolCafe button. You’ll need to set up username and password. There are multiple benefits to this new software including the ability to:

· Apply for free or reduced meal benefits.

· View your child's account balance anytime.

· See exactly what a la carte items are being purchased.

· Set limits on a la carte purchases (any limits set from the old system did not roll over into the new system).


Please note that the building opens at 8:05 for students. Students should not arrive to school before 8:05AM. School personnel are not available for supervision until that time. Students who arrive between 8:05 and 8:35AM are to proceed directly to the gym unless they have a pass to meet with a teacher. Breakfast is available from 8:20AM-8:35AM.

At the close of each day at 3:45PM, all students have 5 minutes to either exit the building or report to work with a teacher, attend academic support, serve a detention, or participate in an after-school activity. School buses depart at 3:52PM from the bus drive. All students, unless they are involved in an after-school activity should be picked up by 4:05PM.

There is no supervision available before 8:05 or after 4:05. To help ensure the safety and security of our students, parents/guardians need to make arrangements on a regular basis to have their student arrive and depart within the designated times of 8:05 and 4:05.

Drop Off/Pick Up Procedures

  • Bus drive: We have many buses so this area is only used for bus traffic. No cars should be in this area.

  • Parking Lot: Students should not be entering or exiting cars from he parking lot. Cars should only drop off or pick up students in the car lane. Please use extreme caution in order to keep everyone safe.

  • Car Lane: It is extremely important that cars use the car lane if they are dropping off or picking up students. Cars should stop along the curb to pick up or drop off students.

  • Students who walk to school or ride their bikes need to utilize crosswalks.

NOTE: Car traffic will be stopped to allow for our buses to depart.



All students are required to be up-to-date on their immunizations in order to attend school. The following immunization is required for 7th graders enrolling:
  • Tdap

Please bring written documentation from your doctor to Enrollment/Fee Payment Days or by the first day of school.


All medications (prescription or over-the-counter) are kept in the nurse's office. Students may not take medications outside the nurse's office.

Prescription Medication Instructions

  • Send in pharmacy bottle with current prescription label.
  • Written permission from parent or guardian is required.

Limited Over-the-Counter Medication Instructions

  • Tylenol, Advil, Tums and creams/ointments are stocked in the nurse's office.
  • Parent permission is needed annually in order for the nurse to administer the medications.

Other Over-the-Counter Medication Instructions

  • Medication must be in the original container with manufacturer's dosing instructions.
  • Written permission from the parent or guardian is required.

If you have any questions, contact our nurse Christine Uhrmacher. She will be at the Enrollment/Fee Payment days.

Westridge Middle School participates in a program called Giving the Basics. It is intended to help families with financial difficulties to make sure they have the items they need at home to maintain basic hygiene needs. Items include: bar soap, deodorant, shampoo/conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, laundry soap, lotion and razors. Christine Uhrmacher wants to keep these items on hand. Please feel free to contact the nurse’s office if you have any students needing any of these items.

WE NEED YOU!! MVP Mentor Program


The Shawnee Mission School District’s My Volunteer Pal (MVP) program is a school-based mentoring effort that links caring adult volunteers from the community with students in schools. MVP volunteers meet with many students in schools throughout the district on a regular basis as mentors, lunch buddies, tutors, and classroom assistants.

As a school-based program, volunteers meet with students on school grounds, during school hours or extended day activities. All MVP volunteers have passed a background screening and are trained by SMSD staff.

Steps to Become a MVP Volunteer (please do these steps in order):

      1. Complete an online MVP application. Visit https://www.smsd.org/families/volunteer-mvp for more information.
        • It is recommended that MVP applicant’s begin the process at least six weeks prior to a scheduled event or activity.
        • Applicants must complete the online application before they can do fingerprinting. Fingerprinting must be repeated every three years.
      1. Attend a MVP training session. District training dates and times are posted on the “Volunteering” page on the district’s website: https://www.smsd.org/families/volunteer-mvp. Check with specific schools for additional training opportunities.
        • Morning MVP sessions, which combine the training and fingerprint screenings, are limited to 12 participants and require a reservation. Please call 913-993-6447 or email volunteer@smsd.org to check for availability and make a reservation.
      1. Complete Fingerprinting. Drop-in fingerprint screening is available at the Center for Academic Achievement, 8200 W. 71st Street, Shawnee Mission, KS 66204, on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30a.m. to 12:00p.m. and from 1:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.
        • Fingerprint screenings can only be done AFTER attending a training session AND completing the online application.

      Trainings are currently scheduled for:

      • August 14 @ 6:30pm @ the CAA
      • August 21 @ 6:30pm @ CAA
        • Note: No fingerprints are taken at evening CAA sessions.

      • September 4 @ 9:30am @ the CAA
      • September 11 @ 9:30am @ the CAA
      • September 18 @ 9:30am @ the CAA
        • Note: AM CAA sessions are limited to 12 (we do the fingerprinting after the training) and require a reservation. To check Availability and make Reservations call 913-993-6447.

      Additional Trainings:

      • August 15 @ 6:30pm @ Rosehill
      • August 16 @ 3:00pm @ Belinder
      • August 24 @ 1:45pm and August 31 @ 8:00am @ Oak Park Carpenter
      • September 18 @ 5:30pm @ Overland Park Elementary
      • Please e-mail volunteer@smsd.org or call (913) 993-6447 for more information

If you are interested in becoming an MVP volunteer at Westridge or would like your child to have an MVP, please contact our social worker, Mrs. Amy Nine at 913 993-1200.


Please see the link below for information on the importance of regular attendance in school.

Chess Club Meets Wednesdays

Chess Club will be meeting in room 10 after school on a Wednesdays. Come learn how to play chess and enjoy playing the game!


Research shows that students who are involved in school activities are more successful academically. We have many opportunities available to students. Here are some of the clubs that will be offered.

Please watch our website for specific information. Remember, students can ride the late bus Mondays through Thursdays if they stay after school for academic support or clubs. The late bus leaves Westridge at about 4:35.


Chess Club – Wednesdays- Room 10- Benita Holder

Open Gym – Maddee Trepp

Battle of the Books – Karen Dierks

Robotics Club – Jason Reese

Art Club – Amy Taylor

Girls Club - Samantha Murphy

Guys Club - Tuesdays- Room 118- Cade Kratzer

Crochet Club – Thursdays- Room 17- Ashley Roberts and Judith Jensen

Jazz Band – Elizabeth O’Donnell

Improv Club – Cindy Cameron

Heart of a Wildcat Club – Room 106- Barb Trousdale

Wyldlife Club- Samantha Murphy

GSA - Michelle Nixon

Hour of Code Club - Karen Dierks

Lacrosse Club - Becky Krattli

High Five Kindness Agents Club- Melinda Messmer

Pep Club- Emily Brown and Rebecca Brents

Multi-Cultural Club- Cade Kratzer and Samantha Murphy

Yoga Club- Anna Nichols

Soccer Club- Kennedy Doustou


The library is collecting Boxtops for Education. You may send these in with your student or drop them off in the office. Thank you for any support you can provide for this!


The Clothing Exchange offers gently used clothing and shoes to those within the SMSD boundaries. All items are clean AND FREE. Donations are made possible by SMSD residents. Racks are sorted by item and by size. There are themed racks, as well...Prom dresses, dance dresses, special events, Holiday wear, etc... All are welcome.

If your family has clothing to donate, or is in need of receiving clothing, socks and underwear, please visit: https://sites.google.com/smac-pta.org/home/clothing-exchange


  • ATTENDANCE: If your child is going to be absent, you can leave a message 24 hours a day at 913 993-1312. If you need to speak with our attendance clerk, you can call 913 993-1220.
  • SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER: Officer Dana Harrison 913 993-1206
  • SPANISH INTERPRETER: Ms. Alba Gonzalez 913 993-1216
  • DS BUSING: 913 384-1190
  • BOOKKEEPER: Ms. Mary Fanning 913 993-1201
  • NURSE: Ms. Christine Uhrmacher 913 993-1207

It is our desire to provide you with friendly and positive assistance when you contact the school. You can help us do that by remembering the following:

  • School Office: 913 993-1200. Phones will be answered from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM
  • Phones are available for your student's use before and after school. During the school day, students may use the office phone for important reasons with a pass from the teacher. Please encourage your student to turn off his/her cell phone during the school day. Please refrain from contacting your student throughout the day via text/call. If there is an emergency, please contact the office and we will get a message to your student in a timely manner.
  • All visitors must report to the office upon entering the building. You must have your driver's license scanned into our Raptor system prior to picking up your child during the school day.

Follow us on Twitter @WRidgeMS

Many of your student's teachers/classrooms also have a Twitter account! It is great to see all the great things happening at Westridge!

Please follow us!

Be sure to tag us @WRidgeMS

#whateverittakes #powerofWE


Are after-school activities like sports and scouts breaking your bank? West is Best Scholarship Fund can help! West is Best is a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to helping students (including elementary and middle school students) in the SM West attendance area participate in after school activities. West is Best provides scholarships for up to 75% of the cost of equipment, uniforms, and some registration fees for boys or girls to participate in sports and scouts.

Want to make a difference in your community? Since 2012, West is Best has provided over $51,000 in scholarships to West area kids in grades K-12. We couldn’t have done it without the help of hundreds of donors. If you’d like to apply for a scholarship, donate to West is Best Scholarship Fund, or for more information about West is Best Scholarship Fund, click the following link: www.westisbestscholarshipfund.com


The Westridge Way is to be respectful, safe, and responsible. Please reinforce The Westridge Way with your student at home in daily interactions and with laptops.

Goals for Life:

  • I can make good choices even when I am mad.
  • I can be okay (do the right thing) even if others are not okay.
  • I can do something even when I don’t want to or it’s hard.
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