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November 2018

Chaska Middle School West
140 Engler Boulevard 
Chaska, MN 55318


School Hours
8:40 - 3:30 


Attendance Line 952-556-7499

Attendance Email

Counselors -
Scott Buschena 952-556-7432
6th grade Comets
7th grade
Shannon Hanlon 952-556-7433
6th grade Meteors
8th grade 

Nurse -  Marcie Bartholomew 

Intercultural Specialist -  
(Spanish speaking)
Lucia Seeman

Nutrition Site Manager - 
Jan Young 952-556-7404

Bus Company
Positive Connections - 

District Transportation Dept. -  



Quick Links

Principal Points from Sheryl Hough
Our annual Walkin' on the West Side Fundraiser was a huge success again this year, as we raised  $13,400. We modified our walk because of the chilly weather, and students enjoyed walking around our campus with their teachers and peers. Thanks to all of you for your support. Students get to help decide how we spend a portion of our money.  We also use our proceeds to provide scholarships for students for Deep Portage, other field trips, student pictures and activity fees. 
Lots of excitement ahead as November is action-packed with our 6th grade students heading to Deep Portage, our Veterans Day Celebration on Nov. 12th and our Conferences coming up on Nov. 15th, 19th and the afternoon of Nov. 26th. 6th graders are also going to Orchestra Hall on Nov. 30th.  
We look forward to seeing all of you at conferences where you'll have the opportunity to sign up online in advance to see specific teachers. Please bring your child with you, as our goal is for students to partner with their parents and school to ensure their success.
Our next PTO meeting is Nov. 13th at 4:00 in the Large Conference Room inside the Main Office. We hope to see more of you there! Please come learn valuable information about our school and find ways to become involved at West.
11/5 - 7      6th grade Meteors to Deep Portage 
11/7 - 9      6th grade Comets to Deep Portage 
11/12         Veterans Day Program 
11/15         Conferences  
11/19         Conferences 
11/21 - 23  No School - Thanksgiving break
11/26         No School - Teacher workshop
11/26         Afternoon Conferences  
11/27         Choir Concerts - Small gym
11/30         6th grade Field Trip to Orchestra Hall 

From our Administrative Dean

Please drive slowly and safely when picking up and dropping off students at school.
There is more congestion at the end of the day, and it is important to be patient, respectful and courteous to other drivers. Please refrain from cell phone use and be alert for pedestrians. This is an opportunity to model safe driving habits for your children for when they begin to drive in the near future.

Walkin' on the West Side Fundraiser
Thank you families and friends for your generous support!  Our fall fundraiser was very successful raising over $13,400 for our school! 

6th Grade Deep Portage - Happening Soon
All sixth graders are preparing for their exciting and educational Deep Portage Experience: Nov. 5 - 7 for Meteors and Nov. 7 - 9 for Comets. Click here for more information.
Veterans Day Program
CMSW has a strong tradition of hosting an outstanding Veterans Day Celebration. On Monday Nov. 12 at 8:40 a.m. we will begin with the flag-raising, an Honor Guard 21-gun salute and Taps. Following that there will be a ceremony in the Large Gym with student and guest speakers, as well as band, choir and orchestra performances. Please encourage all military family members and friends to join us as honored guests.
We will hold Conferences in the afternoon and evenings on Thursday Nov. 15 & Monday Nov. 19 and in the afternoon on Monday Nov. 26. Watch for an email next week with a link to sign up for a time slot to meet with the teachers you choose to see. Students should attend conferences with you.

Student Council News
School Spirit Days for November   
  • Monday Nov. 12 - wear red, white & blue to support Veterans
  • Friday Nov. 30 - wear college gear

We had a fun and successful 6th grade party last week. Thank you to all of the families who helped in some way with donations, volunteering or had their student join the fun!

Parent Teacher Organization 
The next meeting will be Tuesday Nov. 13th at 4:00 in the Large Conference Room in the Main Office. Please join us in support of our students and school. 
6th Grade Upcoming Orchestra Hall Field Trip
On Friday, Nov. 30, the entire 6th grade will be taking a field trip to Orchestra Hall to see "Rhythm Moves Me" - part of their Young People's Concerts Series. It will be a world-class listening experience for students and a wonderful cultural opportunity. Here is a link to the field trip Permission Slip.  
Washington, DC Trip

Ninety-six students and their chaperones enjoyed creating life memories during the annual 8th grade Washington, DC Trip over MEA break. Some highlights included visits to the US Capitol, Mount Vernon, Smithsonian Museums, Arlington National Cemetery, Potomac River Cruise and several other monuments and memorials around the DC area.
Here is a link to the video of the Wreath Laying Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.  
Information and registration for next year's trip will be available in December, so 7th grade families should watch for it. 
Mental Health - #Stigma180
Madalyn Larson is the District 112 Family School Coordinator who provides mental health support to students and families. Here is an informative fact sheet about mental health. Contact Madalyn or a school counselor with questions or concerns about your student. 
Special Education Advisory Council  
Parents/guardians are needed for this District 112  
council. Here is a link to a flyer with specific information about the council's mission, meeting dates, etc. 

Box Tops for Education 
We collect box tops to earn cash for our school. Please clip and bring them into the Main Office. 
Student Attendance Reminders
If you student is absent or arriving late to school, please call the Attendance Line at 952-556-7499 or email Cmwattendance@District112.org. If you have called them in, you may drop them off to come into the office alone for a pass to class.    
When picking up your student before 3:30 please send a note with them. They should give their teacher the note 5 minutes before the pick-up time so they can be waiting for you in the office when you come in to sign them out.   
Students should be at school in time to be in their seat, in their classroom, ready to learn at 8:40. Thank you for your support. 
From the District Office

Getting Going with Empower
Empower is an online tool used by our district to report a student's progress in learning academic standards. It allows students, parents and teachers to see what a student has learned and what is next. Empower is being used in nearly 200 classrooms across the district and at all grade levels. We've listened to parent and student feedback and have made some enhancements to Empower. Our Teaching & Learning staff recently offered two webinars for parents to learn how to login, view feedback, and to see how learning is reported in Empower. View a recording of the webinar HERE. For more information about Empower, click HERE.