WMS Daily Announcements 2/9/17

WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL                ANNOUNCEMENTS                     2/9/2017


Today is a GOLD Day!


Upcoming events and dates to remember:

Feb. 7, 8 & 9 – Iowa Assessments Testing

Feb. 20 – NO SCHOOL – Presidents Day


Parents, I am sure many of you saw the article in the Muscatine Journal about the changes at West this year. The author, Liora Engle-Smith, is planning a follow-up story with the parents’ point of view. As with any change, some people love it and some people don’t.

Liora would also like to write a story about cyber bullying and include parents’ perspectives.

If you would like to express your opinions on one or both of these topics, please contact her via email:


Jan Collinson



Excellence in Education

The following scholarships and awards are available:

Twenty senior scholarships ($3000 each)

Ten Eighth grade student scholarships ($1000 each)

Four professional awards ($1000 each)

One support staff award ($500)


Nomination forms are available

online at


Electronic nomination forms will be accepted until

11:59 p.m. on February 22, 2017


The Excellence in Education Program will be held on Sunday, May 7, 2017


Science Fair Participants: The only time we will have to work on the science fair project this year is during the interest group called Science Fair.  There will be no after school meetings and what I know now is that science fair will be held at the end of March.  We will only have 6 weeks to work on this project.

If you did not sign up for Science Fair as your first choice please let Mrs. Collinson, Mrs. Schroeder, or Mrs. Curtis know so that you are added to our list of science fair participants.


The sixth grade teachers and students would appreciate if everyone could turn in any Box Tops they have been collecting at home: 6th graders can bring their Box Tops to their homeroom teacher, and 7th and 8th graders can bring their Box Tops to the main office. The last day to turn in Box Tops is February 24.


Thank you all of you who have shown interest in the Muscatine-Japan Youth Exchange program.  There will be an informational meeting on Tuesday, February 21 at 7pm.  The meeting will be held at West Middle School in the Art Room (room 28).

The meeting will be approximately 45 minutes.  We will go over specifics regarding hosting an exchange student and your eligibility to go to Japan during the summer of 2018.  Fundraising will also be discussed.


The main office has information on the Iowa Middle Schools State Bowling Championship to be held at Perfect Games in Ames, IA on March 4, 2017 at 1:00pm. This is open to students 5th – 8th grades. Entry deadline is February 27th.


As we begin the process of transitioning 8th grade students to MHS all parent/guardians and their student are requested to attend a one on one meeting for the MHS Course Selection Process. At this meeting, you will be meeting with an MHS Counselor to select courses for the following school year. Meetings will be scheduled through the middle school guidance office for the following dates: Wednesday, March 1st; Thursday, March 2nd, and Friday, March 3rd. Please call to reserve your time slot now.


For your convenience all athletic and activity events can now be found on the WMS calendar.  This one stop convenient calendar will make it easy for staff, students and parents to access dates and times for all activities. Just click on the “School Calendar” tab at the top right.


The Attendance Office has purple NIKE athletic bags for sale for $30.00. Stop by to take a look.


If you have any questions or if your child will not be at school for any reason, you can e-mail me at or you can call 563-263-0411 anytime after 7:30 a.m.


LUNCH TODAY: Chicken Softshell or Cheeseburger

2/10/17: Ham & Cheese Sandwich or Cheese Pizza


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