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West Middle School

Principal - Angela Bemus / Assistant Principal - Rachelle Wiersma / Assistant Principal - Mike Tillo

April 2021 Newsletter

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Note from the Principal...


Happy Spring! We are busy getting ready for ISASP, our state-wide assessments, working through this last quarter and enjoying spring! We will be sending out a newsletter soon focused on ISASP. We look forward to seeing all the hard work your students have been doing all year! - Angela Bemus

Upcoming Events

March 31 - 1:45 P.M. Early Dismissal for Spring Break

April 1-5 - NO SCHOOL - Spring Break

April 7 - Soccer Practice Starts - a free bus will be available at 4:30 P.M. to drop at feeder schools

April 8 - Track Meet @ Olsen Stadium 3:30 P.M.

April 12 - Track Meet @ Memorial Field 3:30 P.M.

April 15 - Sioux City Relays @ Dakota Valley (time tbd)

April 20 - 8th grade Tours @ WHS (during the day) - tentative

April 26 - ISASP Testing @ WMS

April 26 - Track Meet @ SBL 3:30 P.M.

April 26 - Girls' Soccer @ EMS 4:00 P.M.

April 26 - Boys' Soccer @ Heelan 4:00 P.M.

April 27 - ISASP Testing @ WMS

April 27 - Choir Concert @ West HIGH 6th gr. @ 5:30 / 7th gr. @ 6:30 / 8th gr. @ 7:30 P.M.

April 28 - ISASP Testing @ WMS

April 28 - Boys' Soccer @ WMS vs. NMS 3:30 P.M.

April 29 - ISASP Testing @ WMS

April 30 - Snow Make-up Day - School WILL BE in session

April 30 - ISASP Testing @ WMS

Yearbook Order Site Now OPEN

West Middle School yearbooks are now available to order for only $20.

Buy online with credit card, debit card, or PayPal at:

https://yearbookforever.com/schools/west_middle_school_buy_yearbook_9797/655UZ6Mg2k4KNHmbXK5YU4RA

Order now, so you won’t miss out when the yearbooks are distributed at the end of the school year!

MARCH'S STUDENTS of the MONTH

West Middle loves to recognize students for their positive behavior. The following students were recognized as March's Students of the Month. Congratulations!!

6th grade - Leland Lundgren

7th grade - Ofelia Rivera

8th grade - Cael Kilberg

Virtual Student of the Month - Ashton Zautke

Megaminx Cube, anyone?

Check out what Jaida Douch (7th grader) accomplished in enrichment! She solved this megaminx, a dodecahedron-shaped face-turning twisty puzzle similar to the classic Rubik's Cube. We are all amazed and perplexed at how she did it! Way-to-go, Jaida!

6th Grade Math Bee

On Tuesday, March 23, West Middle participated in a Virtual math bee, and the NWEA 6th grade Math Bee results are in. Andy Lam, from West Middle, won the contest and Riley Heck, from West Middle, finished in the top 20. The WMS Team A made up of Andy Lam, Riley Heck, Isabel Weber, Trenton Baker and Nathan Vaul finished third. This is the first time WMS had a team finish in the top three. Congratulations to all the participants!! You made us proud!

7th Grade Immunization Requirements

Iowa Immunization law requires that all students entering 7th grade have both a Meningococcal vaccination and a Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis/whooping cough) vaccination before school starts in the fall.


Pertussis (whooping cough) is a very contagious disease that causes violent coughing fits that make it hard to breathe. Meningococcal disease is a life-threatening illness that is caused by bacteria that infects the brain, blood, and spinal cord. It easily spreads in crowded settings.


What does this mean for you? You will need to call your physician’s office to make an appointment for these vaccines. You will need to check your home records or call your physician’s office to see what your student’s status is. If you do not have insurance, you can contact the Siouxland District Health Department at 279-6119. Please send a copy of your student’s updated immunization record to the school nurse prior to the first day of school. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.

Free Tutoring Available...

Tutoring room (356) is now open!

Before school starting at 7:00 A.M., and every day after school until 3:30 P.M. (2:30 on Mondays). All students are welcome.

Spring Fitness Suggestions

If you've been indoors and sitting around most of the winter getting back into a regular exercise routine may seems a little daunting. Here are a few tips and tricks to get you started.


1) Change-up your workout playlist...new songs could equal greater motivation.


2) Set a goal to walk somewhere every day, even if it's just around your block.


3) Acquire fitness gear and shoes that are comfortable. Nothing can ruin a workout session faster than ill-fitting clothing or shoes that hurt your feet!


4) Join a friend and get moving. Having an exercise partner can encourage you to reach your goals by holding you accountable (and of course you can help them be accountable, too!)


5) Be willing to try new outdoor activities. How about trying a 3K run or kayaking for the first time?


6) Change up the scenery. Plan a day trip or a weekend getaway to a place that offers better scenery. Hiking or biking in a new and/or different location can be very refreshing.


**suggestions adapted from Leadvilleraceseries.com

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Paying School Fees is Quick and Easy Online

Do you have school fees that need to be paid? Visit www.siouxcityschools.org and click on the “Parents” tab to pay your fees online. On the drop-down menu of the “Parents” tab, you can select “Pay Curriculum and Meal Fees.” Both links will take you to “My School Bucks” to complete the payment transaction. Payment for curriculum resource fees can be made under the “School Store” by selecting “Categories” and then “Curriculum Fees.” If you have any questions, please contact your school’s bookkeeper. Thank you.

Immunization & Screening Requirements

Before next fall, make sure your child’s immunizations, dental screenings, and vision screenings are up-to-date. According to law, there are requirements for children entering kindergarten, third grade, seventh grade, ninth grade, and twelfth grade. Visit our website to learn more.

Calling All Subs...You Are Needed!

The Sioux City Community School District is currently hiring for the following positions:

· Substitute School Bus Drivers and Substitute Bus Assistants

· Substitute Building Service Technicians

· Substitute Teachers and Substitute Instructional Assistants

· Substitute Food Service Workers

The Sioux City Community School District is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. To learn more about job qualifications and our available opportunities, please visit our website: www.siouxcityschools.org

Community Resources

The District is committed to connecting our students and families to important community resources. View a comprehensive list of local services including information about food access, housing assistance, and mental and physical health resources. Learn more: https://www.siouxcityschools.org/community-resources-in-sioux-city/

SCCSD Virtual Backpack

From camps to sports leagues to family services, the SCCSD Virtual Backpack serves as a link between non-profit community partners and our students and families.


Would you like to get weekly updates about events? Sign Up for the Virtual Backpack email list here.

Non-Discrimination Statement

The Sioux City Community School District offers career and technical programs in the following areas: Business & Marketing, Family & Consumer Science, Health Science, and Industrial Arts, Technology, & PLTW.

The Sioux City Community School District is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information (for employment), national origin, religion, age (for employment), disability, socioeconomic status (for programs), marital status (for programs), or veteran status (for employment) in its educational programs and its employment practices. The District is required by Title IX and 34 CFR Part 106 not to discriminate on the basis of sex in its programs, activities, or employment.

Inquiries or grievances under Section 504 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act may be directed to Jen Gomez, Director of Student Services & Equity Education/Title IX Coordinator at 627 4th Street, Sioux City, IA 51101, (712) 279-6075, gomezj2@live.siouxcityschools.com. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations to the District may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, the Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, or both. Please see District Board policies 103 and 504.4 for additional information on available grievance procedures.