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March 3, 2023

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Important Upcoming Dates

  • March 6: Middle School Band Festival
  • March 7: Choir Concert at Trailridge
  • March 9: Middle School Orchestra Festival
  • March 10-17: Spring Break - NO SCHOOL
  • March 23: Middle School Choir Festival @ SMNW
  • March 27 & 28: 8th Grade Science State Assessments
  • April 3 & 4: Reading State Assessment Dates
  • April 5 & 6: Math State Assessment Dates
  • April 7: No School
  • April 8: State Assessment Makeups

Note from Admin Team

Greetings Wildcats,

We are one week closer to spring break and there have been a lot of great things going on. This upcoming week we have multiple performances and activities planned. On Thursday we will have our end of the quarter celebration day for students who qualify. Please encourage your student to finish the school year out strong and to turn in any missing work they may have.

With it being the end of the quarter, I do want to point out that we have seen an increase in student behaviors over the past two weeks. I encourage you to have conversations with your student about appropriate school behavior and following school expectations. We want our students to be able to enjoy Trailridge while being kind, responsible and respectful as well. Thank you in advance for your help in resetting our student expectations as we navigate the final quarter of the school year.

I am also excited to give a big shout out to our BSU. The students and staff in our BSU did an awesome job planning multiple events to learn and celebrate Black History Month. I am so proud that all of the activities and events were student driven. It is exciting to see the leadership in our students as they prepared the activities of the month. Great work TR BSU!

Have a great weekend!

Matt, Jake and Ericka

Trailridge Middle School Administration


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!


Wildcat Student Highlight!

Help us celebrate your student!

We are so fortunate to have some remarkable students attend Trailridge. They have a variety of talents. We work hard to celebrate things that happen in the building and within our programs. However, we realize we have awesome students doing awesome work outside of the building as well. We would love to add a portion of our weekly newsletter to highlight our students doing those things as well. Some examples may include girls scout troop projects, volunteering/service opportunities, gymnastics, swimming competitions, winning writing competitions or getting published, outside athletics accomplishments.

If you wish to have your student highlighted, please share that information with us. Email Matt Engler (matthewengler@smsd.org) with pictures and a description of what it is. Our students are amazing and let’s continue to look for ways to encourage and recognize them!

Trailridge Student Service Team

General Information

Happy March Wildcats!

We are very happy to share with you all that our SMSD colleagues over at Indian Hills Middle School have arranged for a special guest to come offer some support for parents who may have a student experiencing ADHD, Anxiety, and/or Depression. This amazing presentation will be offered on Wednesday, March 29, 2023. Please see below for more details and click the Eventbrite link below to register.

Jason Bohn from Renew Counseling will be offering parent programming the evening of March 29that Indian Hills Middle School.

The title of his presentation is:

BOLD Parenting Adolescent ADHD, Anxiety & Depression


As 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 (VickiCanady@smsd.org)

Elisabeth Johnsrud (ElisabethJohnsrud@smsd.org)

Kristin Warner (KristinWarner@smsd.org)

Trailridge Athletics

Athletics Update

Upcoming Camps

Clink the links below for information on upcoming camps at SM Northwest. If you have questions please contact the respected coach.

SM Northwest Summer Athletic Camps

Summer Weights

Middle School Summer Weights

Boys Basketball

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

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.

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

CANVAS Parent Support

See the flyer below for support on accessing Canvas. You can also access that flyer by clicking here.
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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

SMNW Yard Sale Sign!

8th Grade Families - Shawnee Mission Northwest PTSA is holding their spring yard sign sale! These signs are available for order twice per year, but the fall order often doesn't arrive until most of the way through the fall sports season. If you'd like to have yours ready for Freshman year (and First Day of High School photos in August!), place your order on the SMNW PTSA website by March 10. http://www.smnwptsa.org

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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 2022/2023!

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


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