Wildcats October 7, 2011
Volume 2 Issue 3
Shawnee Mission School District, 7500 Quivira, Lenexa, KS 66216
Larry E. King, Sr., Ph.D., Principal
Felicia Netolicky, Associate Principal
NEWS FROM THE PRINCIPAL
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
2 Transfers Thoughts on Report Cards
2 Research on Parental
Student Achievement Dear Mom and Dad,
3 Awards Ceremony Soon you will receive a “snapshot” of me. This picture is a time exposure that’s
been developing during the past twelve weeks. Considering my many likes and
5 Ask the Principal “Rap”
dislikes and my mood changes from day to day, it may or may not be a pretty good
likeness of me.
7 Orchestra News
When you see my snapshot, remember this is a report of someone near and dear
7 Reaching the Write to you. Please don’t get too upset if you see a blemish.
7 Youth Friends I know you always want me to try my best, and most of the time I do, but please try
to remember that all children do not learn to walk and talk at the same time, nor
8 Nurse News do they learn math and reading at the same rate. Remember that I am an
individual and try not to compare me to my brother, my sister, or the kid next
9 Intramural Kickball door.
10 Shawanoe Cultural Remember that my report card is a picture of my school progress. When you
Heritage Night meet with my teachers, you will learn many things about my life at school. My
teacher knows me as I am at school. You know how I am at home. The real me is
11 Northwest Upcoming somewhere in between. When these two pictures become blended with love and
Events understanding, I hope my snapshot will be a shining portrait.
12 NW Lady Basketball
13 Food Services
15 PTA Myth Busters
16 Calendar of Events
Transfer Deadline – January 5, 2012
All in-district and out-of-district transfer requests for the 2012-2013 school year must be submitted
to your child’s home school by January 5, 2012.
All students must first be enrolled in their home school before submitting a transfer request. Due
to the dates of kindergarten roundups in the spring, kindergarten transfer requests are due to the
home school by May 1, 2012. Out-of-district students must submit a tuition status request
Final determination of transfers will be based on space availability by the first day of school.
Students currently on transfer need only to resubmit a request for transfer if they are changing
levels (i.e. elementary to middle school or middle to high school).
Research on Parental Involvement and Student Achievement
Research has shown that one of the most promising ways to increase students' achievement is to
involve their families (Chavkin, 1993; Henderson & Berla, 1994). Herbert Walberg (1984) found
that family participation in education was twice as predictive of academic learning as family
socioeconomic status. According to Epstein, "the main reason to create a partnership with
parents is to help all youngsters succeed in school and in later life" (1995, p. 701). Below is a list
of strategies with which we want our parents to assist.
_____I will check my child’s planner (Daily Sheet) nightly.
_____I will provide a specific location for my child to study and
do homework daily/on a regular basis.
_____I am signed up for Parent@School
_____I am signed up on SM ALERT
_____I will place parent/student meeting dates on my calendar.
Back To School Night
Site Council Meetings
_____I will read the school Newsletter monthly.
_____I will review my child’s Mid and End of the Quarter
Progress Report with my child.
_____My child will qualify to receive an award and I will attend
the Awards ceremony.
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Below is a list of awards available to all 7th and 8th grade students at Trailridge Middle School. Students
who qualify for any or all of the awards will receive an award appropriate for each area. Various awards are
given, i.e.: certificates, plaques, medals, and in some instances, checks. All students who receive an award
will be honored at the Awards Ceremony at the end of the year. Their names will be called and they will
come forward to receive their award. The only exception to this will be the Honor Roll Certificates. Students
who qualify for both the A Honor Roll and the A/B Honor Roll will have their names listed in the Newsletter
and on the bulletin board outside the school office at the end of each quarter. They will receive their
certificates at the end of the year. However, if a student makes the 4.0 honors roll 3 out of 4 quarters they
also will have their names called at the Awards Ceremony and receive a medal. In addition, if an 8th grader
makes the 4.0 honor roll 7 out of 8 quarters they will have their name called and will receive an engraved
plaque at the Awards Ceremony.
There may be additional awards given by individual teams or teachers. See teachers for information
regarding these awards.
AWARD DESCRIPTION/QUALIFICATIONS PERSON GRADE
Barbara Barbara Regier was an art teacher at Trailridge for many years. Doug 8
Regier Art students who have their portfolios ready in time for Bennett
Memorial Art Trailridge’s Open House, Science & Art Fair are eligible. The
Award portfolios will be on display in the multi-purpose room with all
other artwork for the students and parents to view. Two winning
portfolios are chosen based on: presentations, quality, variety
and originality. The two winners will each receive a check in the
amount of $25.
Bunny Uttley Bunny Uttley was a secretary at Trailridge for several years. This Office 8
Award is an award for Good Citizenship presented to an 8 grade
student. The intent of this award is to identify students who have
shown good citizenship at Trailridge. Teachers nominate
students. The nominated students are voted on by teachers,
counselors, librarian and nurse. The criteria is as follows:
1. No major discipline infractions. No suspensions or exclusions
2. No D’s or F’s during the 8th grade year.
3. Has attended Trailridge 2 years.
4. Regular attendance during the school year. (District policy is to
5. Student shows compassion and a positive caring attitude toward
fellow students and staff.
6. Student demonstrates initiative and motivation in all areas of
D. J. Zeisig D. J. Zeisig was a science teacher at Trailridge from approximately Earlynn 8
Award 1966-1981. This award is for students who have made a major Reiff
contribution to the science department. After an 8th grade teacher
recommends a student, the student submits a list of their science
Gaylen Gaylen Golden taught Special Education at Trailridge for many 8
Golden years. This award is given to a special needs student to honor
Award Gaylen Golden’s memory and caring efforts with children. The
criteria is as follows:
1. Student showing marked improvements in his/her personal
2. Student willing to work with teachers to reach maximum
potential, seeking/accepting help when necessary.
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3. Student demonstrating responsibility and respect.
Geography The winner receives the Trailridge Geography Award. The winner at 7&8
Bee Trailridge then must take a written test. A high score advances the
winner to the State level. Regional and National levels follow the
Honor Roll Seventh or eighth grade students being recognized on the A/B (3.0) Teachers 7&8
Certificate honor roll will receive a certificate at the end of the school year.
Seventh or eighth grade students being recognized on the A (4.0)
honor roll for 3 of 4 quarters will receive a medal.
Eighth grade students being recognized on the A (4.0) honor roll for 7
of 8 quarters will receive a medal and a plaque.
Kansas Junior Each year eight or more of our students have won first or second Teachers 7&8
Academy of place awards in this state event. The students present their science
Science projects before a panel of scientists, engineers, and other judges.
KATS-Top This award is received by the student with the highest participation 7&8
KAT Award and dedication to the goals of KATS. Students earn points by
participation in community service activities in the school or
community. All students in Trailridge Middle school may participate
in the KATS program by turning in an application.
President’s Award is given to students who score at the 85 th percentile or higher Counselors 8
Education on the MAP test in both math and reading AND have a cumulative
Award GPA of 3.5 or higher.
Presidential Qualifying Standards-Age 13 Jay 7&8
Physical Shuttle run 9.5 seconds Howell,
Fitness Sit & reach 33 cm. Brandon
Awards Pull-ups 7 May and
Push-ups 39 Katy Reda
Mile Run 6:50
Qualifying Standards-Age 14
Shuttle run 9.1 seconds
Sit & Reach 36 cm
Mile Run 6:26
PTA There are two categories: essay and poetry. The theme changes PTA 7&8
Citizenship each year, but is designed to encourage children to think about good
Contest citizenship. This could encompass what people have done in the
past, can do now, or what they could do in the future to make a
positive impact in their community or the world.
PTA The National PTA believes that all children deserve a quality arts PTA 7&8
Reflections education and encourage students to pursue artistic expression
Contest through participation in its annual arts program, Reflections.
Students are encouraged to create and submit works of art in four
areas: musical composition, photography, literature, and visual arts.
There are four age divisions: primary (preschool-2), intermediate (3-
5), middle/junior (6-8), and senior (9-12). Students may submit as
many entries as they wish at the local level, depending on the local
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Each year Reflections challenges students to create art that supports
a specific theme. It does not matter whether an entry created for
Reflections has been done as a classroom assignment or done
independently at home. Artistic exploration and expression enhance
and develop intellectual, social and physical skills. Creating is a
valuable learning process. This program is not just for those who
have a unique talent, but for all children to encourage them to
express their feelings and ideas and to develop self-esteem.
Children of all ages can express themselves through collage,
paintings, drawings, prints, plays, sonnets, photographs, and short
stories or by writing a symphony.
Science Trailridge recognizes all students who receive a top award at the 7&8
Awards Shawnee Mission Research and Development Forum, or at the
Greater Kansas City Engineering and Science Fair, or the top award
at the Regional Junior Academy of Science.
Spelling Bee The winner receives the Trailridge Spelling Award. The winner at 7&8
Trailridge goes on to the Johnson County Spelling Bee. If he/she
wins there, they go on to State and then Nationals.
Talent Duke University is our regional sponsor for the national Talent 7
Identification Identification Program (TIP). Talented 7th graders who have scored
Program at least 97%ile on a verbal or math subtest or total on an
achievement or intelligence test, are invited to participate in the
talent search. They take either the SAT or the ACT. Students can
qualify for state or national recognition with their scores, as well as
qualify for summer programs.
Trailridge strives to create responsible “thinkers.” Therefore we
have a heavy concentration on Higher Order Thinking Skills. Our
concentration with our Quality Performance Accreditation goal is
problem solving. Though there is a heavy concentration on problem
solving in our science curriculum, problem solving is taught across
Ask The Principal “Rap” Session
Every year, I organize a forum for interested students to share ideas, express concerns, or just
“rap” with me. We call the meetings “Ask The Principal ‘Rap’ Sessions.” Our meetings can be
called by students or the principal and the number of students attending varies from meeting
to meeting. Tuesday September 20, 2011, we had an after school session and an alternate
session Wednesday morning September 21, 2011. Six students attended Tuesday’s session and
two students attended Wednesday’s session. Excellent comments/questions were
made/asked. Student comments/questions and principal responses are listed below. Any
student wanting to make comments or ask questions may do so by visiting with me personally
or placing comments/questions in “THE BOX” on the table by the front office.
COMMENT & QUESTIONS
What’s Good? What’s Not So Good? RESPONSES
I like I don’t like
the school hours that there are no shower curtains in Trailridge was built in 1966. Group showers were the
because I can sleep the locker rooms building architectural designs for at that time.
longer Renovation plans are being made for SMSD middle
schools. The plans include individual showers in the
We are not treated like locker rooms.
babies like we were in
elementary school. restrooms stalls without doors All restroom stalls at Trailridge have doors. There is
an Out-Of-Order sign on one of our facility. The
repair will be completed in a timely manner.
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not having to eat lunch that we can’t move around in the We can easily have 200-300 students in the MPR in
with our class MPR in the morning the morning. In order to provide a safe and orderly
environment, we have to request that students
remain seated; it would be too chaotic allowing
being able to sit down
students to randomly get up, change, seats, walk
and visit with our friends
around etc. The best solution is to have you sit
before getting in line
together with the friends you’d like to sit with and
remain there until the 8:30 dismissal.
having 45 min for gym
Drama: There are so many people With over 900 students and staff, someone,
after school activities having different problems. statistically, will be going in to - in - or coming out of
some type of challenge in their lives. It is important
having late busses that we get our needs met. If you are offended and
are not able to reach an
being able to chew agreeable solution with the offending party, secure a
gum trusted adult (teacher, counselor, administrator,
SRO, parent) to intervene on your behalf.
the teachers and
principals The 10 min warning bell is designed to ring in specific
10 min bell in the classroom classes (PE, Art, Science, Industrial Tech, etc) to
allow for clean up.
the teachers being
tolerant; We don’t get
in trouble for little girls wearing short shorts – Booty School is the students’ profession. Therefore, they
Shorts should come to school dressed professionally
(appropriate children’s school clothing). TA “Call”
has gone out soliciting parental support. In the
meantime, I am appreciative that you are not only
willing to dress appropriately but talk with and set an
example for your classmates.
people taking advantage of gum Overall, most students are following school rules.
teachers helping with “thing” “There gum right here under Unfortunately, there is a small percentage who
problems this table.” choose to be irresponsible. We’ll address those
students on a situational basis.
changing teachers and
going from class to bus driver raising voice at students It is important that we get our needs met. If you are
class a teacher yelling at students offended and are not able to reach an agreeable
solution with the offending party, secure a trusted
45 min of study hall adult (teacher, counselor, administrator, SRO,
parent) to intervene on your behalf.
We don’t have to wear
uniforms. that the lunch period goes too fast. We managed to design our lunch periods so that it is
The last class to lunch does not slightly longer than want was negotiated. We try to
the colorful building have as long to eat. get students through the lunch lines as quickly as
possible. Some days are faster than others,
work completion depending on what food is being served.
the hand dryers in the Students without ID cards slow the lines down
restrooms. We’re not having to have ID card at lunch because they will either have to “punch in” their
wasteful. number or have their number looked up and
“punched in” by a cafeteria worker. On the other
variety of lunch foods hand, students with cards can simply swipe and go.
The most efficient way to “move” students through
11 min passing periods the lines is to have them bring and swipe their cards.
in the morning Students without cards will go to the end of the lines
getting our own lockers to not penalize those with cards
that there are not as Since classes are in session during the lunch periods
many problems as not being able to go to lockers and classrooms are on the other side the majority of
there was at my last between lunch the locker walls the opening and closing of lockers
school. I will be extremely disruptive.
don’t have people
wanting to fight me Overall, most students are following school rules.
people bodying and necking Unfortunately, there is a small percentage who
how the school is choose to be irresponsible. We’ll address those
monitored students on a situational basis.
carrying my phone in teachers counting you tardy if you Our tardy policy defines students as being tardy in
my pocket at school are in the room but not in your seat they are not in the classroom by the ringing of the
not having many windows at TR. The four classrooms on the north side of the building
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Want to go outside to get fresh air. are the only classrooms with windows.
Our school day does not allow time for recess.
Students have opportunities to exert energy during
Physical Education classes. Additionally, some
classes utilize our outside campus for instructional
New skills and concepts are not introduced through
Homework. The level is too high homework. If the homework is too difficult, arrange
a time to meet with your teacher(s). Academic
excellence, like in music and athletics require
practice. Practice enables the musician to excel on
the stage, the athlete to excel on the field, the
student to excel in the classroom. For the you, that
"practice" is homework. Your teachers provide
homework in an attempt to balance and reinforce
the skills and knowledge gained through external
interactions in the classroom. Homework allows you
to take the skills and knowledge gained externally
and interact with those experiences internally
No. Our student activities committee is in the
Is there a dance on the 30th process of planning our school party. No date has
been set yet, but it will be soon
Listen to the announcements for the latest.
The orchestra will present their Fall concert on Thursday, Oct. 27, 7:00 p.m. in the multi-purpose
room at Trailridge. The concert will include a couple of Halloween songs, including Skin and Bones
and Rockin’ Halloween. Level two orchestra students will be performing the Walt Disney favorite
selections from Pocahontas. In addition, a cello choir will be playing Calypso. In preparation for the
concert Level One students will be having rehearsals after school on Thursday, Oct. 20 th and
Tuesday, Oct. 25th. We hope you can join us for some fun music.
Reaching the Write Minds
There are still openings for the Coterie workshop on Friday, October 21. Twenty students will have
the opportunity to participate in a playwriting seminar, “Reaching the Write Minds.” The seminar will
be conducted in the library by Vi Tran, a Coterie Theatre professional playwright/facilitator. By the
end of the day students will complete several fully written scenes and devised a beginning scenario
for a complete play. The cost of the workshop is $15. Interested students should contact Mrs.
Ramsey (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible in Room 17.
As a YouthFriends mentor, you can choose from a wide range of in-school activities to assist
students, including serving as a lunch buddy, sharing special talents or career interests,
tutoring in math or reading, or simply being a good friend who listens. YouthFriends
accommodates your interests and busy schedules. Volunteer for as little as thirty minutes per
week and select a school close to your work or home. To complete an application, go to
youthfriends.org. For more information, contact your YouthFriends building connector Kristin
Warner at 993-1013, or the district volunteer and community partnership coordinator Rachel
Larsen at (913) 993-6411 or email@example.com
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Dear Trailridge Parents;
I would like to share with you the plans for October from the Nursing Office.
1. I will be screening all 7th grade students and all new 8th grade students for Vision
and Hearing. Parents will be notified only if there is a problem and students need
further medical evaluations.
2. I am contacting parents regarding immunizations. The State of Kansas
requirements for Middle School enrollment are: Tdap-Tetanus, Diptheria, and
Acellular Pertusis; 3 doses of Hepatitis B; 2 doses of Varicella(Chicken Pox); 1 dose
of Polio after age 4 years old for a total of 3-4 doses.
3. Drug Free Club is planning for Red Ribbon Week at the End of October.
Please contact me if you have any questions at 913-993-1007.
Darla Denny RN, BSN, MET
Trailridge Middle School
913-993-1007 phone number
913-993-1199 fax number
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The Trailridge kickball team placed 1st in the first annual Shawnee Mission Middle School
Intramural Kickball Tournament! The Loud Crowd was there to cheer the team onto
victory. The Trailridge championship team consisted of Will Ayala, CJ Johnson, Pavan
Mahendrada, Seth Bowman, AJ Patterson-Siegrist, Macy Hart, Najma Warsame, Emiel
Winkelmolen, Cole Michalski and Collin Banks.
Shawanoe Elementary PTA Presents
Thursday, October 6th 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Featuring Live performances from:
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El Grupo Folklorico Atotonilco
Mexican Folkdancing – 6:30 p.m.
Hema Sharma & The Nritya Dancers
Native Indian Dancing – 7:00 p.m.
Willie Arthur Smith’s
Marching Cobras, Inc.
Drill Team and Drum Line – 7:30 p.m.
International Potluck Dinner
Please bring one dish to share that represents
Your family’s cultural heritage
There will be additional food and drinks provided
Global Fashion Parade
Showcase your multicultural costuming & clothing in this parade
A suggested donation of $3 per person or $6 a family
will be collected at the door
Please contact Emily Freeman with any questions: 913-322-6229
Krispy Kreme Fundraiser – MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9!
Upcoming Northwest Events
Krispy Kreme is hosting a “High School Rivalry” Competition between Shawnee Mission
Northwest and Shawnee Mission North from Monday, September 12 – Sunday, October
9! There will be chocolate iced doughnuts with orange and black sprinkles for
Northwest and chocolate iced doughnuts with red and black sprinkles for North –
they’re behind the counter, you have to ASK for them! The store will tally which school
community can purchase the most school spirited donuts from the 8805 Shawnee
Mission Parkway (by Antioch) Krispy Kreme location! The donuts are .99 cents each or
$7.99 per dozen. When purchasing a large quantity (3-4 dozen or more), please call the
store 24 hours in advance so they’ll be prepared – (913) 432-5944.
The winning school will receive $750 to use in their school – SMNW StuCo will donate
the money to PTSA to help fund the After Graduation Party at PowerPlay! Buy SMNW
donuts from Krispy Kreme all month and help SMNW beat SMN! Keep Krispy Kreme in
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mind when you have an early morning meeting, family gatherings, or just want to reward
yourself with a snack.
Join the SMNW Community for the 2011 Homecoming Parade – Cougar Crazy Circus:
Battle Under the Big Top! Saturday, October 8, rain or shine, the parade will start at
10:00 am at the Reformed Presbyterian Church at 6835 Pflumm, go north on Pflumm,
turn east on 67th and end up at SMNW west student parking lot around 11:00 am!
Annual Halloween Carnival
Saturday, October 29 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at SMNW High School (12701 West 67th
Street in Shawnee between Pflumm and Quivira). This program allows kids/students up
to grade 3 to have a safe, fun environment to trick-or-treat and participate in exciting
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Did you know that breakfast is available each day at your student’s school? Breakfast is a good
indicator of doing well at school. Studies show that students who eat breakfast perform better
academically and behaviorally. Students who eat breakfast have healthier overall eating habits and
better weight management than those students who don’t. If it is difficult to fit breakfast into your
morning routine, breakfast is available in 31 elementary schools and all middle and high schools. A
student must choose a full portion of at least three of the four components to receive a reimbursable
school breakfast. The components include: entrée, toast, fruit/juice, and milk. If your school does not
have a breakfast program, crackers and milk will be available to any student, regardless of ability to pay,
who is hungry upon arrival at school in the morning. These items will be available at the child’s school.
The school breakfast menus, lunch menus, and other nutrition information are available on the district’s
website at http://www.smsd.org/parents/foodservices.htm.
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October 7 8th grade band performs at SMNW football game – meet at NW 5:30pm
October 11 7th grade band rehearsal Room 112 3:45pm-4:35pm
October 11 Fall Choir Concert
October 12 QSP Magazine Sales – Final Turn In
October 12 8th grade band rehearsal Room 112 3:45pm-4:35pm
October 13 Site Council Meeting in the Library 5:00pm-6:00pm
October 13 PTA Meeting in the Library 6:00pm-7:00pm
October 13 Fall Band Concert at SMNW Auditorium 6:30pm
October 14 NO SCHOOL – End of Quarter
October 19 Picture Retake Day
October 19 Cross Country @ Indian Woods
October 20 Orchestra rehearsal Room 115 3:50pm-4:35pm
October 20 Red Ribbon Week after school decorating
October 20 Hispanic Achievement Meeting in the Library 6:00pm-7:00pm
October 21 Coterie Theatre Workshop in the Library 8:50am-2:30pm
October 24-28 Red Ribbon Week
October 25 NW Area Choral Festival
October 25 Orchestra rehearsal Room 112 3:50pm-4:35pm
October 27 Intramural - Flag Football Tournament @ Trailridge
October 27 Fall Orchestra Concert 7:00pm
November 2 October Wii reward
November 3 LATE START – Classes begin 10:45am
November 8 Black Achievement Meeting in the Library 6:00pm-7:00pm
November 15 EARLY DISMISSAL – Classes end 1:45pm
November 15 Hispanic Achievement Meeting in the Library 6:00pm-7:00pm
November 17 Intramural - Coed Wiffle Ball Tournament @ Hocker Grove
November 22 Day before break-no late bus
November 23-25 NO SCHOOL – Thanksgiving Break
November 29 1st Jazz band rehearsal Room 112 3:50pm-4:35pm