Westside Middle School

September 4, 2020

We hope everyone had a great week and you are looking forward to the Holiday Weekend! Please remember there is NO SCHOOL on Monday, September 7th and we will follow the schedule below for the rest of that week.

Tuesday & Wednesday = Students with the last name beginning with A-K

Thursday & Friday = Students with last name beginning with L-Z

Wednesday, September 9th will not be an early dismissal, school be dismissed at 3:15.

There will be NO WebEX meetings for Extended Campus Learners on Wednesday, September 9th because we will be in session for in person learning. But please continue to log onto Google Classroom and check email for activities and assignments.

Students first day of school for the week will be an "A" day and the second day of school will be a "B" day.

Students who are in Band/Strings and Chorus combo classes will attend Band or Strings on Mondays and Fridays and attend Choir on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

If you or your student is contacting a teacher through email please note that our teachers are teaching during the day and they will respond to emails as soon as possible.

Kim Eymann - Principal



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

Dean for 8A & 7C



Jenni Allen - Assistant Principal & Special Services Department Chair



Dan Carlson - Dean & Athletic Director

Dean for 7A, 7B, & 8B



Corrie Philo - Dean for 7D, 8C, & 8D



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How to view grades and determine what assignments are missing for your student

Please access Powerschool, not Google Classroom, to view your student's grades and missing assignments.

Here are some helpful hints on how to determine if you student is missing any work:

  • In Powerschool please click on the grade for each class to see a detailed list of assignments. You will need to scroll down to see the entire list of assignments.
  • If they are missing the assignment it will be indicated with a DND (Did Not Do)
  • There is a legend at the bottom of the page to explain the codes that are used.
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Submitting and Resubmitting work on Google Classroom

We are having numerous students turning work into Google Classroom either blank or partially done. If students need to go back and complete work on Google Classroom they will need to click on the unsubmit button (next to assignment), they need to refresh so the assignment is not in view only mode, make the corrections, and then resubmit the assignment. This information has also been shared with the students.

Before and After School Drop Off/Pick Up

Before School - This is a reminder that students will remain outside the PAC entrance until 7:30. To help with de-densifying, students should be dropped off as close to 7:50 as possible. We will serve breakfast from 7:30-7:55.

After School - All Students need to be picked up and off school property by 3:30 unless they are working with a teacher or involved in an after school activity.

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Powerschool Help

PowerSchool Parent/Guardian Access

If you are a parent/guardian of a student who is new to the district and you need first time access to PowerSchool, please email powerschool.support@westside66.net.

Likewise, if you are a parent/guardian of a returning student and you need to get your username and password for PowerSchool, please email powerschool.support@westside66.net

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Warrior Time

Warrior Time is a flex period at the end of the school day that students and teachers use for intervention/enrichment throughout the school year.

When students are in-person, they are going to be assigned to one of their teachers each day for Warrior Time. Students are requested by teachers and then sent a daily email in the morning from "Edficiency" giving students information on which teacher they will have for Warrior Time. Warrior Time is from 2:47 to 3:15 on each week day except Wednesday.

Students who are participating in Extended Campus Learning (EC) will not receive a Warrior Time time email notification unless they are specifically requested by a teacher to work with them from 2:47 to 3:15. If a student does receive an email from Edficiency, there will be instructions for a WebEx link in the email that the student can use to join the Warrior Time session.

If a student wants to join a teacher's Warrior Time to get extra help, they can email the teacher and request to be in their Warrior Time.

Community Club

Hello Westside Middle School Families! I hope you are adjusting well to this new school year. Our first virtual Community Club meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 15 at 6:30 on. A link to the meeting will be included in next week’s newsletter.

Community Club is selling Westside gear to help the club support students and staff throughout the school year. Donations can also be made on the same website.


Please feel free to reach out if you would like to get involved in Community Club or have any questions. I can be reached at villatoro.ka@gmail.com. Looking forward to seeing some new faces at the September 15th meeting!

Ashley Villatoro

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September is Attendance Awareness Month!

Whether your child is participating in Extended Campus learning or in person learning, daily attendance in school is a strong indicator of future success and a requirement. It is important to ensure your child’s daily participation in each class. As a reminder, all students are expected to attend homeroom daily as well as complete for assignments that teachers send out through Google Classroom.

Regular school attendance is an important element for success in school. When a student is frequently absent, tardy or dismissed early from school, students lose valuable instructional time. We realize some absences are for health or other reasons. But when students are absent 2 or more days a month (or 18 days over the school year) they can fall far behind in what they learn. Excused and unexcused absences both mean missing classroom learning time. Absences can add up. Missing just two days every month puts students at risk of falling behind.

Some Attendance Tips:

  • Make sure your students keep a regular bedtime and establish a morning routine.
  • Turn off all electronics including TVs, phones and tablets at bedtime.
  • Make sure clothes and pack backpacks are ready the night before.
  • Check with our school nurse or office staff if you are not sure about when to keep your child at home due to illness.
  • Avoid scheduling vacations or doctor’s appointments when school is in session.

· If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, the school counselor, or other parents for advice on how to make him/her feel comfortable.

  • Develop back up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, neighbor, or another parent to take your student to school.
  • Seek support from school staff for help.

Please let us know how we can best support you and your student so that they can show up for school on time every day.

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START on Time

Westside Middle School is committed to ensuring that class time is used effectively and efficiently. In 2019 we adopted a new set of procedures called “Operation START on Time!”--the acronym stands for “Safe Transitions And Reduced Tardies.”

All teachers will help supervise the halls during the time between classes. When the bell rings teachers having classes will close their doors and begin teaching immediately. Each hallway will have designated staff members working with any students to problem solve ways to prevent them from being late again. Tardy students will write an explanation of why they were late, which will be entered into our records. Moreover, this explanation will be sent in an email to parents/guardians so that families are kept informed.

The tardy student will be escorted to his or her classroom. The escorting staff member will ensure that the student does not disrupt the class and will signal to the teacher that all necessary paperwork has been completed. We will begin these procedures on September 17, 2020. We have waited to implement this to ensure that all students know where they are going within the building.

For students who are late, these procedures ensure that the family is kept informed and that records are kept so the continuum of consequences is consistent for all students. Our hope is that implementing this continuum will help students learn the importance of punctuality. The consequences for repeated tardiness within a semester are as follows:

1st Tardy Note home

2nd Tardy Note home

3rd Tardy Note home

4th Tardy Note home; 1 detention and meet w/ dean

5th Tardy Note home; 1 detention and meet w/ dean

6th Tardy Note home; 1 detention and meet w/ dean

7th Tardy Note home; 2 detentions and meet w/ dean

8th Tardy Note home; 2 detentions and meet w/ dean

9th Tardy Note home; 2 detentions and meet w/ dean

10th Tardy Note home; Parent Meeting & Wednesday night school (develop tardy plan that includes the possibility of additional consequences)

For students who are consistently on time, these procedures ensure that tardy students will not be allowed to disrupt the flow of the teacher’s lesson. These procedures were very successful last year which increased learning time for all students and contributed to the positive atmosphere of our school. We encourage students to ask their teacher to use the restroom once they get to class, as we are aware that using the restroom during passing period may not be doable, depending on where their classes are located.

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WMS uses TAGG (Together A Greater Good) to raise money for our PBIS Warrior Buck Store and Team Awards. It is free and easy to use. All you have to do is download the app and select Westside Middle School, and the business that you purchased from will donate money to us. A flyer is attached.
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We wanted to communicate about the use of "V" for attendance. The attendance code "V" in Powerschool indicates that a student did not complete the assignment during the day when it was an at-home day and thus did not attend virtual school. Subsequently, a DND will be entered for the assignment until the student completes it. We highly encourage and recommend that students utilize the normal school hours of 8:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. for their virtual school hours.

We understand that students are working hard to navigate their schedule and responsibilities. We have been impressed with the hard work, organization, and positive attitudes we have seen. Please continue to encourage your student to email for help, to set up WebEx meetings, and to over communicate so we can provide the necessary assistance to help them be successful.

Parents must call into the attendance secretary, Ms. Hilt, if your student is ill or not able to attend/participate in school that day. This is necessary no matter if the student physically attends school or is an extended campus learner. Please make sure this is done by 9:00 AM.

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

If your student is experiencing any of the following symptoms please do not come to school.

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Please note, we will not be honoring perfect attendance this year as we need students to stay home when they are not feeling well.

Attached below is a Parent COVID Safety Tip Sheet.