August 2016

Dear Parents,

Our staff at West Middle School is committed to continue with our mission of inspiring every student to think, to learn, to achieve, and to care.  Please join us in this mission by actively participating in your child’s education.  We encourage you to maintain ongoing contact with our West teaching staff and our administrative team throughout the year.   If you ever have questions or concerns, we encourage you to contact your student’s teacher right away.  This will allow you to partner with the teacher in order to correct problems or address concerns while they are still easily manageable.   We also encourage you to contact us at any time with questions, ideas or concerns.  We truly welcome your feedback and will work to implement it in meeting your child’s educational needs. 

As your principal, I continue to hear from parents about the tools they find to be most helpful.  Parents always express how helpful it is to check in on PowerSchool two or three times each week to monitor their student’s grades.  Your students should also make a regular practice of monitoring their own progress in each class, as they are all aware of how to access PowerSchool via the student portal.  Please download this PowerSchool Quick Reference Guide​ for more information on PowerSchool.

Please work to use
COLE to keep an eye on what’s coming in days and weeks ahead.  Using COLE is especially helpful if students are absent or might be missing important class handouts and resources.  These tools and practices will assist you in being an active part of your child’s education here at West Middle School.  Please use your West Side Story as a resource to keep on top of school activities, PTCO events, and other important scheduling information.  Also, make sure that you’re signed up to receive the “West Weekly News” email updates through our PTCO.  As we work to go green and reduce printing and mailing costs, please access your West Side Story and other school information via the WMS website at or from the district website at