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January 12: No School - Inservice
January 15: No School - Non-contract Day

HWMS Giving Tree

Seven years ago the HWMS Counseling Office and the TEAM WEST (We Excel Starting Today) leadership group started the Gorilla Giving Tree. This idea was based off the Salvation Army Angel Tree, but with focus on our own HWMS families and members of our community who needed help during the holidays. Because of the amazing support from staff, students and community, we have been able to help hundreds of students and their families over the years. The past three years our team has wanted to do even more. Our USD261 Mission is “The Relentless Pursuit of Excellence” and one of our district’s goals is “To strengthen community pride through strategic partnerships.” Our team decided to reach out and help even more families within the Haysville community by collaborating with other organizations also providing assistance. The response was overwhelming! Between our students, staff and outside donations we raised $3,000 to purchase toys, bedding, coats, clothing, toiletries, etc. for not only our HWMS families, but also the Campus High School “Hope That Fits” program, Haysville Community Outreach and numerous residents of Peachtree Plaza. In partnering with these organizations we were able to help over 250 families! HWMS wants to sincerely thank everyone who made this happen! GREAT THINGS ARE HAPPENING IN HAYSVILLE!

December was a busy month for the HWMS National Junior Honor Society members. On the 19th, they visited the Haysville Senior Center for various activities including crafts, puzzles, gift-making, and caroling at the senior apartments. Their biggest project for the month was participating in the Gold Gloves Charity Fundraiser. NJHS members sold candy canes during lunch to be delivered to the lucky recipients during guided study on Dec. 18th. Candy canes were $1 each/or 3 for $2. Candy cane sales raised over $200. Students can also purchase a bracelet band for $2 throughout the month of January that will allow them into the CHS basketball game on January 31st for FREE. Proceeds from both events will be donated to provide financial support for pediatric cancer research.

New to Kansas this year, every 8th grade student will need an Individual Plan of Study before they move onto high school. Haysville students will get to do this through the Career Cruising website. All 8th grade students have already completed the Matchmaker on Career Cruising, an interest inventory that matches 40 careers to their interests. Ask your student about their top five careers they saved to their page! You can also check out your child’s Career Cruising account through PowerSchool. Next month we will be taking the assessment, My Skills, to see if they have the skills necessary for their top job picks. In late November we will be setting short-term and long-term goals. Sometime between December and February I will meet with every 8th grade student individually. Together we will look at their career interests, skills, goals, and pick out 9th grade classes. This will all be done before going to Campus during spring conferences to enroll. Career Cruising is the best career exploration website I have ever seen. It’s amazing how much information can be found about different occupations, colleges, the branches of military, financial aid, etc. This is a great preparation tool to help our 8th graders plan for their future! If you have any questions please feel free to contact me in the HWMS counseling

The 2017-18 HWMS yearbook is for sale now! It captures the years events, activities, friendships, experiences and memories from HW. The cost is $40 and you can place your order online at www.jostensyearbooks.com or contact the HW office. A limited quantity of yearbooks are availa-ble so reserve your copy now!

ID Cards

Students are required to have their ID cards for lunch and Media Center purposes. There is a $5 fee to replace an ID card during the school year. Students are REQUIRED to get their ID picture taken at HWMS before the school year starts.

NEW THIS YEAR! GET YOUR I.D. CARD ON YOUR MOBILE DEVICE!

If your phone is capable of receiving emails and you have a photo gallery, you can keep your I.D. card on your phone.

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Exciting Improvements Are Happening At HWMS!

Watch the drone video of all the construction around our district!

Capturing Kids Hearts

After researching programs used by some of the nation’s most successful schools, Haysville USD 261 leaders chose to join hands with the Flippen Group to bring Capturing Kids’ Hearts to its district. Five years ago, Haysville USD 261 began an initiative to transform it’s schools into emotionally safe and relationally connected places for students, staff and parents to come alive with a love for learning. “Capturing Kids’ Hearts provides us with an intentional set of tools to build connections among staff and students. We are excited to have four of our schools nominated as Capturing Kids’ Hearts Showcase Schools,” said Teresa Tosh, Assistant Superintendent Of Learning Services. “I am so proud of all of the hard work that happens throughout our district. To have that celebrated by CKH truly validates their efforts and work through this process. ”District schools nominated for the honor were Haysville West Middle School, Freeman Elementary School, Nelson Elementary School and Ruth Clark Elementary. Over the next several months, a Flippen Group site team will visit Haysville’s four nominated schools to observe and experience for themselves the remarkable impact taking place. Capturing Kids’ Hearts campuses across the country are considered for this award based on the following criteria: 1) nomination based on observation, 2) level of implementation of Capturing Kids’ Hearts processes by all staff as measured by online surveys, and 3) data demonstrating that Capturing Kids’ Hearts has made a significant improvement in attendance discipline, climate/culture, or academics. Haysville West Middle School Principal Ildo Martins - “Capturing Kids’ Hearts has transformed HWMS. Greeting students with a handshake, and establishing Social Contracts that guide positive behavior have moved HWMS from Good to Great!” Representatives of the Flippen group visited HWMS on Tues., Feb. 7th for their site visit; they spent the day observing classroom instruction, walking the halls, and visiting with HWMS students and staff members. HWMS submitted a short video portraying the implementation of CKH tools as part of the process, you can find it posted on our Facebook and Twitter. At this point we are anxiously awaiting to hear if HWMS will receive the recognition of being a Capturing Kids Hearts National Showcase School award winner!

Safety is our first Priority!

We are asking for your help. There have been several close calls in the parking lot where students/staff and patrons have almost been hit by cars. Please DO NOT park in the driving lanes before or after school, even if you are sitting in your car. The driving lanes have been totally blocked due to drivers parked three cars wide and parking the wrong direction on both sides of the driving lane. The only time you should be in our driving lanes is if you are entering or leaving the HWMS premises. When you are waiting for your child please park in a marked parking stall in the lot. If we ALL follow these procedures, traffic will flow in an orderly fashion and more importantly we will keep our kids safe in the parking lot.

Parents, don't let your child run out of lunch money. My School Bucks is an online program to deposit money into your child's meal account. Create an account at www.myschoolbucks.com. This program has replaced mylunchmoney.com.

To ensure the safety of our students all parent volunteers must fill out a district volunteer application. All perspective volunteers will be subject to a background check and may be interviewed by the building principal.

MARCO’S PIZZA COUPONS– Available in the main office. The cost of the coupon is $10 for $150 in discounts. All proceeds go directly to HWMS. See SAMPLE coupon attached.

BOX TOPS 4 EDUCATION- Students can dropBox Tops Labels in the container provided in the front entrance by the main office. The school will receive a check to spend on student needs when they are redeemed.

RECYCLABLE CARTRIDGES- HWMS will Also recycle your inkjet cartridges, laser toner cartridges and cell phones. Just have your child drop them off in a plastic bag in the main office.

Kansas regulations now require that we provide all parents with notice of policies regarding Emergency Safety Interventions ("ESI''). The State of Kansas policy is available on our website and in our student handbooks. In addition, we will provide a copy of the policy at any time upon request.

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School Facts

Haysville West Middle School is one of two middle schools in Unified School District 261 - Haysville Public Schools. The school opened on August 13, 2008.

Student Enrollment: 512

Grade Levels: 6-8

Feeder Schools: Oatville and Prairie Elementary Schools

School Colors: Purple and Black

Mascot: Gorilla

Bell Schedule

1st Hour 7:35 - 8:24
2nd Hour 8:28 - 9:14
3rd Hour 9:18 - 10:04
4th Hour 10:08 - 10:54
5th Hour 10:58 - 12:22
6th Hour 12:26 - 1:12
7th Hour 1:16 - 2:02
8th Hour 2:07 - 2:50
Haysville West Middle School

Staff List

View Staff List for email addresses and teacher websites.

Administrators at Haysville West Middle School
L-R: Mr. Martins, Mrs. McMullin, Mr. Hamilton

HWMS Administrators

Ildo Martins, Principal
email: imartins@usd261.com

Nicki McMullin, Assistant Principal
email: nmcmulli@usd261.com

Ty Hamilton, Athletic Director
email: thamilton@usd261.com

Secretaries at Haysville West Middle School
L-R: Mrs. Elliott, Mrs. Boes, Mrs. Parks

HWMS Secretaries

Tammy Boes, Principal's Secretary
email: tboes@usd261.com

Cindy Elliott, Attendance Secretary
email: celliott@usd261.com

Kim Parks, Athletics Secretary
email: kparks@usd261.com

 

 

Counselors at Haysville West Middle School
L-R: Mrs. Swearingen, Mrs. Quinn, Mrs. Wood, Mr. McDonald

HWMS Counseling Department

Keven McDonald, Counselor
email: kmcdonald@usd261.com

Shelly Swearingen, Counselor
email: sswearingen@usd261.com

Jessica Quinn, Psychologist
email: jquinn@usd261.com

Debbie Wood, Secretary
email: dwood@usd261.com