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Welcome to Portage West!
Moving to new frontiers.

West Middle School is located in Portage, Michigan and serves about 690 students in grades six, seven and eight. West also serves as the Hearing Impaired middle school for Kalamazoo county. 

Mission Statement

"The West Middle School community will offer students preparation for a lifetime of learning, enabling the student to meet life's challenges."

School News

NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION Monday August 25th at 9:00 am.

Attention incoming 6th graders and any new 7th/8th graders. Our Orientation will begin on the 25th with an informational meeting in our Little Theater followed by some time to walk through your scheduled and familiarize yourself with the building. We hope to see you there

For suggested school supplies for the 14-15 school year, please see the two lists below
6th Grade
7th/8th Grade

August/September Newsletter - click on the blue link   

Voluntary Student insurance is now available.  Find out more here.


2014-2015 Transportation
- Households have received notifications about transportation services for 2014-15. We encourage you to sign up for services by June 27th

FREE Healthy Food to fuel your summer for any child 18 years and younger - CLICK HERE for more information.

Athletic Physicals: Please make sure that you try to get your student an athletic physical this summer if you can to avoid any kind of situation during the school year where your student surprises you with needing one in order to participate in a sport.   Athletic physicals are good on or after April 15th of the current school year until the following April.  Mr. Helsom does not carry athletic physicals over from one school year to another.  When in doubt, please email him to confirm that your student has a physical on file for the current school year.  He can be reached at ghelsom@portageps.org

Concussion Awareness Forms can be found at this link. Please click on the link, print the form off, sign the second page and turn it in to the main office. Students must have a form signed and on file in the office in order to participate in all school activities. Questions about concussions or the materials? Feel free to contact Mr. Helsom, Athletic Director at West Middle School at ghelsom@portageps.org.

Pay to Participate Information: Please click here for information regarding the new Pay to Participate program for middle and high schools.

Portage Middle School Harrassment/Bullying Guidelines Click here.

Free and Reduced Lunch Benefits: The following link provides information for parents on the new free and reduced meal benefit application process. Click here.

Student Lunch Account Balances

Portage Public Schools is pleased to announce a website where parents can now add money to their children’s food service accounts with a credit or debit card *. This site also provides balance/transaction information, allows you to place purchasing restrictions on your children’s account and transfers funds between your children’s account. SendMoneyToSchool.com provides access for all grade levels (K-12) and is part of the Meal Magic Food Service software program the district uses. The following link will provide you with information on how to setup your account. http://www.portageps.org/departments/foods/creditcard.aspx

Parents can travel directly to this service from the following link:
http://www.sendmoneytoschool.com/

* Please note there is a $1 convenience fee charged to your credit/debit card when placing money on your children’s account.

Help Student Leaders Get Cash For Your Trash! Student Leaders would like you to keep your eye out for the following recyclable items for empty inkjet cartridges and empty laser cartridges. West Middle School can earn cash for the used items you bring in. Just bring in your recyclables for donation to the media center or front office. This collection will be ongoing - we will collect items all year round. Help us get cash for your trash!

Support WMS When You Shop by taking advantage of the fund raising offers made by these businesses. Click here to see the list.

Safe Routes to School Initiative:
Walking & Biking Safely to School
Safe Walking & Biking Routes to West Middle

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