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September 1, 2023

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Important Upcoming Dates

  • September 4: No School
  • September 6-7: Reading MAP Assessment
  • September 6: Volleyball Game @ WR
  • September 7: Cross Country Meet @ SM Park
  • September 8: PTA Sponsored Student Mixer at Trailridge
  • September 13: Cross Country meet @ BVSW High School
  • September 13: Volleyball game vs HG @ TR
  • September 14: Traversing the Trail Kickoff
  • September 15: TR Band performance at SMNW football game
  • September 18: Volleyball game @ IH
  • September 19: Cross Country @ SMNW
  • September 20: Volleyball game @ IW
  • September 27: Cross Country meet @ WR
  • September 27: Volleyball game vs WR @ TR

Note from Admin Team

Greetings Wildcats,

It was another great week at Trailridge. This week we planned to complete our MAP testing. However, the NWEA MAP testing server was down nation wide and we had to adjust our MAP testing schedule. We completed our Math MAP testing this week and we will spend two days next week to complete the reading portion. This week we also had our first volleyball games of the year. Our athletes competed very well against Indian Hills and Indian Woods. Just a reminder that if your student would like to attend they need to join pep club or have an adult with them at the games. Pep club will not travel to away games. Therefore, if your student plans to attend away games, they need to have an adult with them throughout the game.

As we have discussed in previous mailers, this year's theme is Level Up. We are challenging our students to Level Up in all areas. As a building, we have a focused effort on raising the bar academically and behaviorally. Part of that includes ensuring our students are not chronically absent. A student is considered chronically absent if they miss 10% of their classes. Absences add up fast and result in missing key instructional time. If your student must be absent, please contact our attendance line and also work with your student's teachers to get their work made up.

Lastly, please reference the important PTA message listed below. We have a Fall Mixer coming up next week. It is a fun event that requires some parental support. There is also a signup listed below for help with our September staff appreciation. Thank you for considering!

Have a great rest of the week!


Matt, Cara and Ericka

Trailridge Middle School Administration


Kansas Teacher of the Year Nominations

It is that time again to nominate teachers for Kansas Teacher of the Year. We have a lot of tremendous teachers in our building. If you have a teacher in mind, please take the time to nominate them. Here is an informational video. Here is the link to the nomination form. The deadline for nominations is September 7, 2023.

How Do I Sign Up to Ride a Bus?

Those students who reside over 2.5 miles away from Trailridge will be allowed to ride the bus for free. If you live less than 2.5 miles away, DS Bus provides bus transportation for $185.00 per semester ($370/year). Contracts for this service may be picked up at any Shawnee Mission school office or accessed on-line from the District website. If you have questions regarding bus service, please call DS Bus at 913-384-1190 or access the district transportation website. After the first month of each semester, all riders must be prepared to show a student identification card with bus sticker daily to the driver.

Wildcat Hour Safety Presentations

Officer Hoch and principal Engler will continue with our presentations during wildcat hour. A mailer was sent home on Thursday, August 24, 2023 with more information. Because some of these topics can feel more sensitive than normal, I wanted to share the presentation with you ahead of time so that you can continue to have these conversations with your students at home. You can find that presentation linked here. Both Officer Hoch and I realize that this may be a sensitive topic for some of our students and we will do our best to deliver the message in a calm and educating way. If you feel like your student may struggle through some of these topics, please let us know and we will work to find a solution.

Below is when we will meet with each team of students. Your student should be able to tell you which team they are on.

  • Team 7b: Tuesday, September 12, 2023 - RESCHEDULED

  • Team 7a: Monday, August 28, 2023

  • Team 8a: Tuesday, September 5, 2023

  • Team 8b: Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Trailridge Student Service Team

General Information

Hello Wildcat Family & Friends,

Please see the attached flyer for an impactful presentation about mental health and ways to end the silence. This event will be held at Indian Hills Middle School on Thursday, September 14th. They are asking everyone to register by 9/11/23 via the link on the flyer attached.

Please feel free to reach out to any of us on your Student Service Team with any specific concerns for your student. We can be contacted at the following:

Here are a couple of fantastic new community resources that may also be helpful to you and your family and are available anytime:

Get judgement-free parenting support 24/7 in English and Spanish as well as multiple other languages. Also has an app!

Advent Health offers AdventHealth ParentCare coach,
call 913-632-4206.

Don’t forget to checkout our partnership with City of Shawnee and their wellness hub attached flyer!


Vicki Canady (VickiCanady@smsd.org)

Elisabeth Johnsrud (ElisabethJohnsrud@smsd.org)

Kristin Warner (KristinWarner@smsd.org)

Trailridge Athletics

Athletics Update

23-24 School Year Physicals

Student athlete physicals for the 2023-2024 School Year must be completed after May 1st, 2023. Here is the updated KSHSSA Physical Packet that must be completed. Please note that the date on the bottom right-hand corner of the form is 4/2023. Every physical packet turned in must be using the updated packet. If you have any questions, please contact Ericka Waller at erickawaller@smsd.org.

Student Athlete Handbook

Attached is the Trailridge Student Athlete Handbook. This handbook reviews policies and procedures for being an athlete at Trailridge. Please review this handbook at your convenience.

Click Here to access the Trailridge Student Athlete Handbook.

Athletics Calendar

Be sure to visit our calendar page, and download the app to stay up to date on all Trailridge athletic activities: CLICK HERE

Cross Country

Cross Country will compete in their first meet of the season on Thursday, September 7th at Shawnee Mission Park at 3:00 PM.


The Volleyball schedule for this week is as follows:

Wednesday, September 6 AWAY at Westridge 5:00, 6:15, 7:30

Although the B and C team games are slated to start at 6:15 and 7:30, those games will start as soon as the previous game ends. It is not uncommon to run ahead of schedule.

Students may only attend home and away games with their parent/guardian.


Wrestling season is quickly approaching. All students interested in Wrestling need to have all athletic forms completed and on file in the office. The first day of practice will be 9/18/23. The Wrestling parent meeting will be Thursday, September 14th at 5:30 PM in the MPR.

Contact Information

Athletic Director: Ericka Waller, erickawaller@smsd.org

Athletic Coordinator: Heather Mayfield, heathermayfield@smsd.org

Volleyball: Cara Hillman, carajhillman@smsd.org

Cross Country: Michael Scott, michaelscott341@smsd.org

Wrestling: Justin Andrews, justinandrews387@gmail.com

Girls’ Basketball: Rachael Baumgartner, rachaelbaumgartner@smsd.org

Boys’ Basketball: Brandon Hoch, brandonhoch212@smsd.org

Athletic Trainer: Josh Hardy, jhardy2@kumc.edu

7th Grade Family Football Survey

As our district works to increase athletic offerings, they need to prepare for Football next year. Football will only be offered to 8th grade students in 2024-25. To determine the interest level in adding football, all parents of 7th grade students are asked to complete this form by August 31.

Assessments @ Trailridge

MAP Testing

We completed Math MAP testing on August 30th and 31st.

We will complete the Reading MAP test on September 6th and 7th.

Technology @ Trailridge

Device Maintenance

Please make sure your student is taking care of their device. Below is the fee structure should the MacBook be unintentionally damaged:

  • 1st Incident: $100 charge
  • 2nd Incident: $150 charge
  • 3+ Incident: ~$750 charge (full device replacement)

If a device is intentionally damaged the student may be responsible for a full device replacement cost of approximately $750.

Social Media Tips

Social Media can be a very difficult thing for middle school students to manage. It is important that we help them process such a powerful tool. Below is a good article that can serve as a resource to families. We appreciate your willingness to help our students balance their emotions and maintain a healthy mindset.

Click here for 9 Ways to Monitor Your Teens Social Media article.

Trailridge PTA

Trailridge PTA

Our PTA is very active in supporting students and staff at Trailridge through grants, assemblies, student activities and celebrations, and more and while our events and activities will undoubtedly look different this school year, our commitment to supporting our students, staff, and families is as strong as ever! Please consider joining and getting involved in your Trailridge PTA as we find new and creative ways to support our students, staff, and families in 2023/2024!

The Trailridge Spirit Wear Store is live!! Visit the PTA website for a link to the store and to check out all of our new designs! Items are shipped directly to you and you can order anytime.

Please use the link or the QR Code to access the PTA website:


Fall Mixer

Our fall mixer is coming up! The Mixer is a great opportunity for students to gather and spend time with friends and has activities for everyone! If you are willing to volunteer to help at the mixer or donate snacks, please see the link on the PTA website.
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September's Staff Appreciation

For the September PTA Staff Appreciation Event, we will be traversing the halls with a popcorn cart and plenty of mix-ins and drinks as an afternoon treat! Thank you for helping us show our appreciation for a staff that has worked hard to get our Wildcats back in school mode!

Snacks can be delivered to the office the week of September 18, but no later than 4 PM on September 21st.

If you sign up to bring a beverage please LABEL it as STAFF APPRECIATION, as it will be placed in a general use fridge (and we would hate for it to be consumed prior to the event).

Thank you for your help in celebrating our TR Staff!

Link to sign up:https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b054cafa628a2fc1-september1#/

Information on Fentanyl

I also wanted to take the time to thank our PTA for bringing in such an informative guest speaker before Thanksgiving break. The guest speaker spoke about dangers and reality of Fentanyl. If you were unable to attend, I have included some of the information and resources below. I encourage you to look through those and to include your student. This drug is having a major impact nation wide on our youth.
Fentanyl Video

Natural High - Fentanyl PSA Film (6-Minutes) Dead On Arrival

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Additional Trailridge Information



The administration of Trailridge may begin to request documentation for all absences after the 10th absence in a school year. Absences without a doctor's note or administrative approval may be recorded as unexcused. A student with three consecutive unexcused absences, five unexcused absences in a semester, or seven unexcused absences in a year is considered TRUANT according to Kansas State statues. A truancy report may be filed with the Johnson County District Attorney's office.

Attendance Line: 913 993-1012

If your child is going to miss a class for an appointment or any reason, please make sure you are calling the office to let the attendance clerk know. This is important so that we can excuse the absence.

Important Trailridge Numbers

  • FRONT OFFICE 913 993-1000
  • SECRETARY: Angie Marsh 913-993-1002
  • ATTENDANCE CLERK: Francy Johnson 913 993-1012 (Absences should be reported by 9:30 AM)
  • SPANISH INTERPRETER: 913 993-1062 Ms. Gremary Ungar
  • DS BUSING: 913 384-1190
  • BOOKKEEPER: Ms. Gina Bristow 913 993-1003
  • NURSE: Ms. Darla Denny 913 993-1007