Pictures of every student and all major school organizations are normally taken each year. Students are given the opportunity to purchase these pictures if they wish.
The West Middle School Journalism students publish a yearbook each school year. Orders are taken during the school year, with payment due when the order is placed. The yearbook is distributed at the end of the school year. Students should watch for information regarding the dates of sales and price of the yearbook.
This event is usually scheduled in April. All parents are urged to attend. Awards are presented to students whose exhibits in Art are judged to be exceptional.
Choir, Orchestra, and Band Concerts
During the school year, several concerts are given by students participating in Band, Orchestra, or Choir. Some of the concerts are given during school hours, while others occur in the evening. The Band, Orchestra, and Choir students also compete in several contests with other middle schools throughout the school year.
We do not approve of student gift exchange or the giving of presents to teachers. No money may be collected during school hours for any purpose unless approval is granted by the school principal.
Students may purchase insurance through the school for a nominal sum per year. Information about insurance will be given to students at the beginning of the school year. Students are not required to make this purchase. THE SCHOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE FUNDS FOR TREATMENT OF STUDENTS WHO ARE INJURED AT SCHOOL.
West Middle School periodically has fund raisers to provide additional money for the Student Activity Fund or for the Athletic Department. If you do not wish to have your son or daughter participate in these fund raisers, please send a note to the office for us to keep on file.
All visitors to West Middle School must come directly to the office and sign in. Visitors will be issued identification tags to wear while they are in the building. Parents are always welcome at school. Student visitors are generally discouraged unless it is a special visitation which has been arranged through the office.Deliveries for Students
Dropping off forgotten items is discouraged. If a parent finds it necessary to bring a forgotten item to school to be delivered, the item should be left in the office. It is the responsibility of the student to come to the office to collect the item during passing periods. This prevents interruption to class instruction time.
Delivery to school of flowers, balloons, or other similar items for students is prohibited.
For the safety of the students and in order to allow the school buses to drop students off in the proper areas, ONLY staff parking and traffic is allowed in the parking lot beside the cafeteria and in the area between the school and the football field. These restrictions apply before and immediately after school. Signs are posted to remind parents of these restrictions.
Lost and Found
Students are responsible for their school clothing, equipment, and supplies. Students are asked not to bring to school articles of great value. All articles found by teachers or students will be placed in the lost and found area in the cafeteria. (Exception: Gym clothes will be turned in to the physical education teachers.) Lost gym locks or locker locks must be found or paid for by the student.
All textbooks are issued on a rental basis at the beginning of each school year. Rented books enable the students to have books at a great savings, as the rental price is generally one-fourth of the retail price of the book. The student is held responsible for any undue wear and tear on the textbooks which are issued to him or her. If the books are damaged, the student may expect to pay a fine at the end of the semester or end of the year. If the book is lost, the student will be expected to pay for the replacement.
Indiana law requires a work permit for employment of those less than eighteen years. Work permits may be obtained in the school office. Verification of age and a "State Intention To Employ" form 896, filled out by the employer, are required to obtain the permit.
Lockers are provided for the convenience of the student. Students, for safety and security reasons, SHOULD NOT SHARE LOCKERS, GIVE OUT COMBINATIONS, OR TAMPER WITH OTHER STUDENTS' LOCKERS. In addition to the regular school locker, students will be issued a gym locker and lock when they are enrolled in physical education class and/or when they participate in a school sport. When used correctly, lockers provide a fairly safe storage place for personal property. Students are not permitted to place a personal lock on any locker, unless approved by the principal. Students who lose their lock are required to purchase a new one for $5.75 from Mrs. Browder or Mrs. Voland.