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January 20, 2023

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Important Upcoming Dates

  • January 23: Wildcat Welcome Night for 6th Grade Students
  • January 23: BBG vs IW @ Indian Woods
  • January 24: SMNW Band Festival
  • January 26: BBG vs WR @ Trailridge
  • January 30: 8th Grade Information Meeting at SMNW
  • January 30: BBG vs IH @ IH
  • February 1: BBG vs HG @ Hocker Grove
  • February 6: BBG vs IW @ Trailridge
  • February 8: Parent Teacher Conferences from 5:00-8:00
  • February 10: PTA Dodgeball Night

Note from Admin Team

Greetings Wildcats,

We had a great week at Trailridge! Our boys basketball team kicked off their season with a hard fought battle against Hocker Grove. We are excited to watch our team grow throughout the season and represent our school well. This week we also had a visit from the SMNW band and choir classes. They played for our music students and encouraged them to stay engaged in the arts. It was awesome to see our former Wildcats inspire our current ones.

This upcoming week we celebrate Kindness week. Our Sources of Strength student leaders helped develop the activities for the week. As you can see below, we do have a spirit week planned. We also have different activities that will take place throughout the week during our wildcat hours. One of those activities includes door decorations. We are excited to see our building transform to celebrate kindness. Please encourage your student to participate!

Have a great rest of your weekend!

Matt, Jake and Ericka

Trailridge Middle School Administration


Kindness Week

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Future Cougar Night for 8th Grade Students

High School Enrollment 2023-24: Northwest is thrilled to begin the registration process for high school enrollment with all our Trailridge students! On January 24th, the students will have an opportunity to meet some of the administrators from Northwest. That day, students will explore some elective course offerings, hear from Northwest students, learn about the enrollment process, and receive materials necessary to enroll in their high school courses.Information can be found on the Northwest enrollment website:


Please take some time with your student to review the courses, explore the website, and attend Future Cougar Night. Then students will meet with Northwest academic counselors and submit their selections on their course cards on Feb. 3rd. Please make sure your student brings their completed course request card to Trailridge on February 3rd.

Future Cougar Night: For Incoming 9th Grade Students and Parents/Guardians (2023-2024)

When: January 30th

Time: 6:30PM – 8:00PM

Where: Northwest

What: Explore academic offerings for freshmen, research activities, discover electives, you can tour the building, and meet some teachers!

Accelerated Math Session (Optional at 6:00 pm in Little Theater, prior to Future Cougar Night events): Is your student enrolled in Algebra 1 this year? Does your child really enjoy math? We invite you to attend this information session to discuss optional pathways to accelerate your student’s learning in math. These pathways open the opportunity for students to enroll in Advanced Placement Calculus BC or International Baccalaureate Math High Level their senior year. This session is designed to answer your questions about this pathway and help you determine if this is a fit with your student’s plan of study.

Come and see what the excitement is all about, we are anxious to meet all of you!

Join our Trailridge Team!

Currently, we have multiple openings to join our Trailridge team. Specifically, we have multiple paraeducator openings in our Special Education programs. These are wonderful opportunities to work with some amazing students. These positions are listed as full time positions, however there is some flexibility with hours. Our Trailridge family is really close and we are eager to find the next great fits. If you have any questions regarding the positions, please reach out to Matt Engler (matthewengler@smsd.org). You can apply for the positions using the link below. Thank you for considering!


Trailridge Student Service Team

General Information

Happy 2023 Trailridge Families! We are so excited to start a new year. We are also excited to share some very valuable information from our Caring For Kids Partners at Advent Health. Please feel free to review the link below to explore their support phone line for parents as well as an on-line behavior checker. There are also regular ‘coffee talks’ and educational programs. We will plan to keep this information readily available in our weekly newsletters as we feel it can be very beneficial to our TR Families.


Always feel free to email or call any of us with any questions or individual concerns with your students. We are here to help!


Vicki Canady

Elisabeth Johnsrud

Kristin Warner

Trailridge Athletics

Athletics Update

Boys Basketball

Our Boys Basketball team competed hard against Hocker Grove last Thursday in a loss. We are excited to see them continue to improve Monday at Indian Hills and Thursday at Home vs Westridge. If you have any questions, please contact Coach Hoch at brandonhoch@smsd.org.

Students Attending Games and Pep Club

Students supporting their fellow classmates is one of the highlights of athletics. We are excited to have our students back supporting their peers as members of the Pep Club. If students want to attend a home game they can join their fellow students in the Pep Club. If your student would like to join their fellow students in the Pep Club then they will need to do the following:

  1. Go to the MPR after school and sign in with the Pep Club Sponsors.
  2. Listen to the expectations of the Pep Club Sponsors.
  3. Sit in a designated area in the Main Gym.
  4. Only leave the bleachers when directed from the Pep Club Sponsors.
  5. Sign out with the Pep Club Sponsors when they decide to leave.

If students would like to come to home games with their parents/guardians then they will need to stay with them for the entirety of the game. Both elementary and high school students will also need to be accompanied by an adult in order to attend games. Students who do not attend Pep Club will not be able to sit with our Pep Club students. Any students who come to the game without their parents will be asked to leave.

Parents, please have a conversation with your student regarding appropriate behavior during Pep Club. The purpose of Pep Club is for our student body to provide support to our student athletes and cheer them on as they play in their game. It is important that we are respectful to our supervisors, staff, parents, players, opposing teams, and officials. While in Pep Club it is important to represent Trailridge in the appropriate manner. If students are not following the directions of the supervisor or staff at the game, they will be asked to leave the game.

Please remember that if your student would like to attend away games they will need to be accompanied by an adult at all times. If you have any questions please contact the Athletic Director Jake Bauer at jacobbauer@smsd.org.

Trailridge Dance Club

TRAILRIDGE DANCE CLUB is happening again this year!

  • TDC will meet Wednesday and Friday Mornings 8:00-8:35 AM. Please enter through the AUX gym doors.
  • You will learn sidelines, technique, and routines
  • Perform at Trailridge basketball games and events and even at some SMNW games!
  • Work with and learn from the SMNW Dance Team coaches and dancers!!
  • No prior dance experience is needed!
  • Fill out this google form to receive more information! https://forms.gle/JrLHrYupdoRAeKRm6

Physicals for 2022-2023 Season

Physical paperwork for the 2022 - 2023 season can be completed and submitted now. The date of the physical must be after May 1st, 2022. Please turn in the physical paperwork to the front office. Your student cannot practice or participate until that Physical paperwork is completed, submitted and processed. Physicals take about 24 hours to process. Please complete the physical packet linked here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tBmHVQwXr64ft7up8gxkyLIkcygnBPyn/view?usp=sharing

Both students and parents need Online Verification forms on Skyward filled out before they are allowed to participate as well. If you have questions on how to complete those forms, please contact the office at 913-993-1000.

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.

Athletic Schedules

Volleyball Schedule

Cross Country Schedule

Wrestling Schedule

Girls Basketball Schedule

Boys Basketball Schedule

Contact Information

Athletic Director: Jake Bauer, jacobbauer@smsd.org

Athletic Coordinator: Heather Mayfield, heathermayfield@smsd.org

Volleyball: Cara Hillman, carajhillman@smsd.org

Cross Country: Heather Mayfield, heathermayfield@smsd.org

Wrestling: Justin Andrews, justinandrews387@gmail.com

Girls’ Basketball: Elissa Ojeda, elissaojeda@smsd.org

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

Athletic Trainer: Josh Hardy, jhardy2@kumc.edu

Club Information

After school clubs have started at Trailridge! Please visit our website to view what clubs we have to offer at Trailridge. If any student would like to start a club then they can talk with a teacher to sponsor the club. https://trailridge.smsd.org/activities-athletics/after-school-clubs

Technology at Trailridge

Did you know that you can monitor activity on your student's device?

Did you know that each student device has a filtering software called Lightspeed on it? Did you know that parents are able to have certain access and controls within Lightspeed?

Please use this link to learn more.

Using that link you can set up a parent portal, pause internet activity, setup restrictions, etc.

Social Media Tips

We have seen an increase in the number of hurtful situations we are navigating that has started on social media. At this age, it is important that adults monitor and are actively aware of their student's social media accounts. Middle school is a completely different experience for our students than when we were in school. Social media is a very powerful tool and can effect our students. Continue to be active, have ongoing conversations and use important steps to ensure your student is using their social media in a productive way.

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 2021/2022!

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


Upcoming Dodgeball Tournament - February 10th

The annual Trailridge Dodgeball Tournament will be held on Friday, February 10, 2023. The tournament is open to all current Trailridge students and students may register as a full team of up to 8 OR individually/in a small group to be put on a team. We're also in need of volunteers to help with ticket sales and concessions. Full details, links, and the registration packet can be found on the PTA website or students can pick up one in the office.

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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PTA Amazon Smile

Help support our TMS PTA through Amazon purchases. The PTA receives a kickback on each purchase made!

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
  • ATTENDANCE CLERK: Nicole Shay 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