West Ridge Reflections

November 9, 2017

West Ridge Middle School


 With Respect, Honor, & Gratitude - Thank You, Veterans





Do you ever wonder when you should intervene when your child is having an issue with school? Whether that concern is academic, social, or behavioral, it is often difficult to know just when to step in and when to allow your child to handle it on their own.


Here a few guidelines on how to make that determination. I use the term guidelines because certainly they won't work in every case, but they can be used a gauge.


1.  Is this the first time your child has made the complaint? If so, solicit suggestions from him/her on how to resolve the situation on their own. Let them come up with the ideas and then verbally show them how to problem solve the different scenarios until they find one they are comfortable with. When I suggest verbally showing them, I mean you need to make your inner monologue that you do automatically as an adult transparent for your child. They need to hear and understand the process you go through when trying to resolve situations. Be sure to debrief with your child after they have time to act on their decision to reinforce the process and give them encouragement for handling things on their own. This is such an important step to understanding how to navigate the adult world. 


2.  Has your child complained about this before? If this is not the first time you have heard about this particular complaint, there are two paths to take. First, if all they have done is complain, then use the suggestion in step one. However, if you have already problem solved and your child tried to resolve it on their own with no success, then problem solve some more and get them to try again. Remember, most of us are not successful the first, second, or even third time we try something. Encourage them to continue to work things out by coming up with a plan. Be sure to debrief with your child after each attempt at a resolution. Remember, you are trying to build resiliency with your child - the more often they can identify the obstacles and find ways to handle them on their own, then the more self-confidence they will have in life. (If you see this having a significant negative impact on your child's self-esteem with the repeated attempts, then perhaps it is time to talk to a counselor or administrator.)


3.  Is your child depressed and unable to articulate the concern? By this I mean, are they coming home crying each day or do they have a feeling of despair? If this is the case, and you are unable to get past the helpless feeling they may have, then I would encourage you to reach out to your child's counselor for support. The counselor can provide an unbiased perspective, which can help you and your child articulate the concerns and come up with a plan of action.


4.  Has it reached the point that your child's afraid to come to school? Are they coming home physically or emotionally hurt by another student or adult? Did they wait too long before reaching out to you to where this is having a significant impact on their well-being? If so, please reach out to your child's grade level assistant principal. It is not okay for your child not to feel safe at school. We are here to make sure that all students feel safe on our campus and we will work with you and your child to make that happen.


If you are ever unsure if this is time to intervene, please don't hesitate to contact one of our counselors or an administrator and just run the situation by one of us. I promise you, sometimes hearing from people who have been working with middle schoolers for quite a while can be reassuring and we are more than happy to help!


Remember, we are here for you!


West Ridge Middle School Named

21st Century Learning Exemplar


Carol Reese

Future City Engineering Champs - February 2017


Austin, Texas - The Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21) has designated West Ridge Middle School as a Beyond School 21st Century Learning Exemplar for 2017-2018.  West Ridge is one of 16 schools/programs in the nation to earn this award for its outstanding practices in equipping students with the necessary skills and knowledge for success in college, career, and life through its Future City Engineering Program (headed by Carol Reese).






Now that the cooler temperatures have arrived, it feels like fall is finally here!

Believe it or not we only have 13 days until our Thanksgiving break, but more importantly, only 12 days until PIE DAY – November 21st!


Get involved with this long-standing West Ridge tradition of gifting a pie to EVERY staff member at West Ridge. That's a total of 125 pies!


Want to BAKE a pie?  Bake it and deliver it during drop off on Tuesday, November 21 between 7:30 - 8:30am. (Please - no pies requiring refrigeration.)


Want to ORDER a pie? 

Click on Wildcat Boosters Website - Pie Day


Check out the Pie Day flyer below for more details.

Thank you so much for your support!



It's a great day to be a Wildcat!
Aimee Cunningham & Suzanne Newhouse
WRMS Wildcat Club Co-Presidents

Don't Want to Miss a Thing This Year at WRMS?
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ADOPT-A-FAMILY Coming Soon!!!



Hello West Ridge Families,


We are looking for some wonderful parent volunteers to help continue on the tradition of offering Career Day to the 8th grade, for 2018/2019 school year.


We would like to have a group of 7th Grade parent volunteers participate in this year's Career Day so that you know how Career Day is coordinated for the next school year. Career Day this year will take place on Thursday, November 30th, 2017.


Please contact Christy Catalano or Kiran Avasthi at the email addresses below if you would like to participate.


Kiran Avasthi and Christy Catalano
8th and 7th grade counselors



Hat Creek Spirit Night

Wildcat Socks


Everything You Want to Know about Drugs, Alcohol & Teens: A Panel Discussion


Thursday, November 16th



Image: Dan Siegel, author, Unlocking the Adolescent Brain

Join parents throughout Austin for Everything You Want to Know about Drugs, Alcohol & Teens: A Panel Discussion.


Austin is known for its party culture—our teens face unique challenges. Come hear about substance abuse prevention, education and communication strategies, and get "street-wise" to what you need to know about raising a teen in Austin, TX. Gain a better understanding of the teen brain and how substances affect brain development. Receive tools, tips and gain knowledge from a panel of psychotherapists, counselors and substance abuse educators who will share how to support your teen in making wise choices and tapping their innate strength and resiliency.


When: Thursday, Nov. 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: The Headwaters School Studio, 8th and Rio Grande
Cost: Free and open to all Austin parents of teens 14-19

Make sure and tell your friends about our WELLBbeings group: talks & community for parents of teens. They can visit our website at www.WELLbeingsATX.org, join our mailing list or hop onto our Facebook Community Page.


We look forward to seeing you Nov. 16!


Warmly, Renee Trudeau (volunteer) and the WELLbeings Team
Wellbeingsatx@reneetrudeau.com www.WELLbeingsatx.org



Our shared commitment to attract and retain high-quality teachers is just one reason we called for a TRE to swap two pennies, lower the tax rate and generate $3 million of additional operating funds that will stay local.

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) focus highlights self-awareness and self-management. Educating teens about the mindfulness research and the benefits of mindfulness is a way to support teens in developing their own mindful practice. Building autonomy, competence, and connection with our kids develops self-reliant, competent and resilient adults.





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