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The Gratitude Project – Fundraising Campaign to Support Our Troops

The Gratitude Project at West Middle School was founded in 2004 as a way to support our troops. Over the years, the West community has sent hundreds of care packages to troops, donated thousands of new and gently used clothing items to our local Veteran’s Hospital, and our choir and orchestra have brought the holiday spirit to veterans in the hospital.

For the last two years, the West Middle School Gratitude Project has partnered with Vetpuppyforlife.org, raising money to purchase a puppy to help a veteran suffering from PTSD. We are partnering with the organization again this year, and are raising funds to purchase another puppy for a veteran. Last year, West 8th grade students and teachers were on hand when a puppy was presented to a US Army Veteran.

All donations are welcome! Donations of $5 or more will receive a sticker or dog tag with “WMS Loves USA” on the dog tag. The Puppy Project begins Thursday, November 8th to coincide with West’s Veteran’s Celebrations. The puppy and the veteran will receive all the training needed, and a fund will provide for the health care needs of the puppy. Belcaro Animal Hospitals will provide additional shots and neutering at no cost. Donations may be made before and after school at the main entrance. We will also have a Hat Day on November 16. For $1.00, students can wear a hat to support our veterans!

Fundraising Goal: $3,500 by Nov. 30.

Thank you for your continued support of this West Middle School tradition.

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Wildcat Challenge Fundraiser Results

The 2018 Wildcat Challenge Fundraiser was a tremendous success! Thank you for your support – and a special thanks to Assistant Principal Don Zapfel for dying his hair blue to show his support!

Total Raised: $83,329.19

Average Per Student: $145.17

Student Population Participation: 44.32%

# of States with a Minimum of $500 in Donations: California, Colorado, Florida, and Oregon

6th Grade Wins with $33,806.64 raised

7th Grade raised $26,883.29

8th Grade raised $22,639.26

Prizes:

  • 6th Grade will get to participate in the Students vs. Teachers Lip Sync Battle Party – time/date TBD
  • Each 6th grade teacher is entered to win a $500 shopping spree for their classroom

SSR Winners:     

6th Grade – Team Sample wins with $4,000 raised

7th Grade – Team Spradley wins with $3,236.75 raised

8th Grade – Team Ingraham wins with $2,945 raised

Prizes:

  • Each teacher will receive a $100 Visa Gift Card for classroom items
  • Each class gets a Silly String & Pizza Party.

Top Student Leader:
Laya Rankin, 6th Grade, Team Sample with $3000 raised! She will receive a Great Wolf Lodge package!

Pie the Principal Assembly:
If we can get to $125,000 with Wildcat Challenge Fundraiser and Family Giving (later this year) combined, we can still have the assembly.

Team Spirit Awards:
Ms. Garcia, with input from the Admininstration Team and WEB leaders, judged the team spirit on Friday and the winners are:

6th: Team Rizo

7th: Team Warnke

8th: Team Silva

Prizes: Each class earns a pizza party!

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Volunteers Needed for West School Store & To Lead School Tours

West School Store Volunteers Needed

The West School Store is located in the cafeteria and sells school supplies, locker accessories, gum and other items. It is open MondayWednesday and Fridays during lunch from 11:20 a.m. – 1:20 p.m. We need a minimum of 2 volunteers to run the store everyday. You are welcome to partner with friends and share shifts if needed.

If this is your first time working in the school store, please email minbaglieri@gmail.com or chiaramarzano@mac.com for instructions. Click here to sign-up to volunteer!

Lunches:
11:27-11:57 8th grade
11:59-12:29 6th grade
12:47-1:17 7th grade

West School Tour Volunteers Needed

Please call or email Bonnie List (646-345-3313 or Bonbonsel@comcast.net) if you are interested in giving tours at West Middle School. The commitment is minimal, you can sign up to do as little as 1 tour or as many as you like. It is a great way to learn more about the school and meet the teachers. 8th grade web leaders will sign up to do it with you.

Tours will be given on a Tuesday &/or Thursday. This is a 45-minute commitment from 2-2:45 p.m