MTMS Wolf Wire

Week of January 21

Meet our New Counselor

Hi! I am Cara Olson, the new counselor at MTMS. I am so excited to be working with the 7th Grade Navigators, 8th Grade Contenders and Explorers. I grew up in the Shawnee area, attended K-State for my bachelor’s degree and then returned to the Shawnee area where I earned my master’s degree at Emporia State-KC. Over the last few years I have had the opportunity to work in the Blue Valley School District and complete school counseling field experiences/internships in Blue Valley, Gardner, Olathe and Spring Hill. When I’m not busy advocating for kiddos, I love spending time outdoors and with my family!

Please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns or suggestions on how I can best support your student(s). I look forward to working with your family!


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Important Dates

January 21 - No School in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day


7th Grade BBB

1/23 A Team only Tournament-Shawnee Heights (Topeka)

1/24 VS Mill Creek @ Mill Creek

8th Grade BBB

1/23 A Team Tournament - Seaman (Topeka)

1/24 VS Mill Creek @ Home


Science Olympiad

Practices: Thursdays: January 10-31st

8th Grade Families

1/30 - Enrollment presentation at Mill Valley High School

2/6 - Mill Valley Incoming Freshmen Night from 6:30-8:30PM

Parent/Teacher Conferences

2/13 - Parent/Teacher Conferences - Full day of school

2/14 - Parent Teacher Conferences - No school

2/15 - No School

2/18 - No School in observance of Presidents Day

In Case You Missed It

On Tuesday, Jan. 15th, Seth Wescott, LMLP gave a presentation on Digital Safety: Protecting Teens in an online world.

The following link will take you to the Counselor's Page on the MTMS Website. Here you will find a link to the Power Point notes that were shared during Mr. Wescott's presentation.

From the Counselors

Hello, parents! The counselors (Mr. Anderson and Ms. Olson) will be starting a group to support students that are affected by divorce/separation. This weekly group will meet on Wednesdays during seminar for 5-6 weeks. Our intention with this group is to provide students a place to share their thoughts and feelings related to this topic. Students will be able to offer support to one another and share coping strategies to help manage emotions they may be experiencing. If you would like your son or daughter to be included in this group please have them stop by the counselor’s office to pick up a permission form. This group is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, February 20th. Please have permission slips turned in by Wednesday, February 13th. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Mr. Anderson or Ms. Olson. J

From the School Social Worker

If you have been affected by the federal furlough and would like information on resources contact the School Social Worker, Jenny Munroe at 913-422-1100.The link below also includes several companies who are offering assistance for those impacted by the shutdown. There are several cell phone providers, banks, etc.

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Wolf Track Donations

We are need of donations for our PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention of Supports) Wolf Track cart.

Donations can be any individually wrapped food item, candy, drinks, cool pens or pencils, chips, gum, finger nail polish, gift card, sports team items, etc. Your child can give the items to the office or their classroom teacher. Thank you for contributing.


*Student Information Meeting: Wednesday, March 20th in the Activity Center during seminar
At this meeting, students will be given important information regarding the tryout clinic, tryouts, and required paperwork for tryouts. This is a MANDATORY meeting. Students MUST attend if wanting to try out for cheerleading.

*Parent Information Meeting: Tuesday, March 26th in the Commons at 6:00pm
At this meeting, parents will be given important information regarding the tryout clinic, tryouts, and required paperwork for tryouts. This is a MANDATORY meeting. A parent MUST attend as a representative for their child if they want to try out for cheerleading.

*Tryout Clinic: Wednesday, March 27th in the Gym from 3:05pm-4:30pm
At this tryout clinic, students will be learning ALL required material to try out for cheerleading. After our clinic is over, ALL material will be uploaded to our MT Cheer YouTube website.

*Tryout: Saturday, March 30th at 9:00am
Registration will begin at 8:30am. We will go over tryout attire and other information at our meetings.

*2018-2019 New Squad Meeting: Thursday, April 4th in the Commons at 6:00pm
This is a required meeting if your child makes the 2019-2020 MT Cheer squad.

For any additional information, please visit our website or contact Kelly Sullivan at or Angie Ayers at

From the Nurse


When reporting your student absent, due to illness, please leave a brief description of symptoms, such as, stomach issues, headache, fever, strep, flu. It helps to track illnesses in our building and for reporting to the health department, if needed.

It is district policy to keep your student home until symptom free/fever free for 24 hours without medication. It will help to prevent the spread of illness.

What if a doctor diagnoses your child with the flu? Current recommendations from the JOCO Health Department, KDHE, & USD 232 are exclusion from school for diagnosed influenza for 7 days following the onset of symptoms (from the day when the symptoms began…not the day the doctor gave the diagnosis.)

To aid countywide influenza tracking, please give details about your student’s illness. If your student has flu-like symptoms or has been diagnosed with flu, please be prepared to provide:

· Date symptoms started (and date of diagnosis if different)

· Date of flu shot, if received

· Type of flu (Influenza A, Influenza B, Influenza AB or type unknown)

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Lunch Menu January 21-25

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