The Eagle Flyer Wellington Middle School

August 2021


This year is an exciting one on multiple avenues. While we are coming back together, and re-establishing norms and routines rooted in our deep history, we also look ahead to new and exciting opportunities with our new building just on the horizon. In this Eagle Flyer you can find moreinformation for the month of August regarding our daily schedule, athletics, meals this year, student drop off and pick up, resources that will help you navigate the new year, and contact information for our front office staff. We look forward to engaging with your children, igniting curiosity, nuturing resiliency, and continuing to be lifelong learners.

As we engage in the present, while also looking to the future, we will continue to reflect, collaborate, and strive to support your students to grow academically and socially. Like beginning anything new, the year before us will surely be filled with periods of excitement, anxiety, wonder, joy, and growth. Because of WMS’s caring and motivated community and staff, the 2021-22 school year will be another one full of learning and fun! Please join us in welcoming our newest teammates to WMS: Penny Davis – 7th Grade English/Language Arts and Andy Jenson – 7th Grade Integrated Services.

This year, lockers will not be checked out to students for daily use. Students will carry their backpacks to class, and the WMS staff will work with students to ensure that backpacks have the essentials for the day and are not too heavy. Lockers will still be used to store large items such as instruments and athletic gear throughout the year.

Poudre School District is still in the process of getting all students that requested a bus a route for this Fall. In an effort to prioritize students who receive bussing beginning on the first day of school, transportation has circulated a survey to all those families who received bussing last year and those who have applied for bussing this year to inquire about whether they may have alternate means of transporting their students to school in the event that PSD’s bus driver shortage prevents us from providing bus transportation. Please look for this survey if you receieved bussing last year and/or requested it this year. Routes for students that have been approved for bussing should be coming to you soon. If you did not request transportation earlier this summer, there will be another opportunity to do so before the school year begins.

As always, please don't hesitate to reach out, ask questions, or provide feedback as we look to welcome students back to campus this Fall.


Kelby Benedict, Principal

Bell Schedule
6th Grade Maroon/White Schedule
7th Grade Maroon/White Schedule
8th Grade Maroon/White Schedule
2021-2022 Daily Calendar - WMS
Meals this Year

Thanks to an extension of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s school district reimbursement program, PSD will once again offer free meals to any enrolled PSD student during the 2021-22 school year. Ala carte items will be sold at the secondary level. Cash will be accepted but no change will be given, all change will go on the student’s meal account. Please email refund requests to nutrition@psdschools.org and include your student’s name and ID number.

Families are encouraged to apply for Free and Reduced meals for the coming school year. Those who qualify for benefits are eligible for school fee/charge waivers, possible P-EBT payments, and their school will also receive additional student funding. Many community programs and businesses (City of Fort Collins Parks and Rec, Comcast, Fort Collins Soccer Club) also waive or reduce fees with proof of free or reduced meal eligibility.

Families can also apply for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (FCC BB information) that provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying households. A qualification is a household that is approved under the free and reduced school lunch or breakfast program.

Qualifying Students may Apply for Fees/Charges Waivers

Did you know? If your child is eligible for free or reduced-price meals in Poudre School District, you may also be able to take advantage of another fantastic benefit: waivers for some school fees and charges. To be eligible for these benefits, you must be approved to receive free or reduced-price meals and complete an additional form each school year.

• Free and Reduced-Priced Meal Application: Families can apply on-line at https://www.myschoolapps.com/Application or pick up a paper application at your child's school. Applications must be completed annually to stay registered for the program. Answers to frequently asked questions can be found here - Letter to Parents. Your child's free or reduced-price meal eligibility status is confidential.

• Once approved for free and reduced-priced meals, complete PSD’s Permission to Share Information for Fee Waivers and Programs to Receive Goods and Services Form. This form is available on-line through the PSD ParentVUE portal. Completing this form gives PSD's Child Nutrition Department permission to share your child's eligibility status with other district officials. These officials must also maintain confidentiality of your child's eligibility status. You must fill out the Permission to Share form each year.

Waivers are available for some but not ALL school fees and charges, including summer school tuition, extra-curricular activities and supplies, curricular supply costs and more.

After you submit the form and your child is approved, SchoolPay will automatically update fees/charges that are eligible for a waiver, displaying a $0.00 balance due once you proceed to checkout in SchoolPay.

SchoolPay is Poudre School District's online payment partner. SchoolPay allows convenient online payment to all Poudre School District fees. To set up an account, view meal activity, view balances or make payments visit https://psdschools.schoolpay.com. Purchase activity and balances are updated each evening.

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Drop Off and Pick Up

All WMS students that will be riding a bus will unload and load at Eyestone Elementary, and all parent/gaurdian drop-off and pick-up will occur on the south end of Wellington Middle School in our loop.

As our transportation department continues to try to increase the number of students on busses, we will still have quite a few students being dropped off by car or walking to school. We need all non-bus riding students to be dropped off and picked up on the south side of our building in our cirlce drive. This is for both safety and efficiency as we look to start and end the school day. Students must cross both Grant and Wilson Avenues at the newly installed crosswalk signals.

Also, if you have an older elementary student, and you are okay with them walking a bit, you are welcome to drop them off with your middle school student, and then they can walk to Eyestone on the sidewalk to the west of our building in the morning.

Morning Drop Off
Afternoon Pick Up
Middle School Fall Athletics

Pre-Season Sports Camps are next week. No need to sign up for camp, just come when you can! For all camps, please come dressed to participate in physical activity, wear appropriate shoes/cleats and bring a water bottle! See sport specific information below.

Fall atheletics registration is now open! Click here to sign up.

7th & 8th grade Football

August 16 - October 16 with optional pre-season camp 8/12-8/13 from 3:30-5 at WMS

7th & 8th grade Tennis

August 16 - October 7 with optional pre-season camp 8/9-8/13 from 2-4 at WMS

7th & 8th grade Girls' Volleyball

August 16 - October 4 with optional pre-season camp at WMS.

  • Pre-season Camp:
  • August 9: 4:00-6:00pm, 8th grade only;
  • August 10: 4:00-6:00pm, 7th and 8th grade combined;
  • August 11: 4:00-6:00pm, 7th grade only;
  • August 12: 4:00-6:00pm, 7th and 8th grade combined.

-Volleyball is a cut sport. Tryouts will happen the week of 8/16. If your athlete does not make the team, you will receive a full refund.

6th, 7th & 8th grade Cross Country

August 16 - October 2 with optional pre-season camp 8/12-8/13 from 3-4 at WMS.

Once you've registered your athlete for participation you will need to pay the fee on SchoolPay or bring a check to school prior to the first day of practice. You will also need to bring proof of a current (within the last year) sports physical if we don't already have one on file. We will be offering sports physicals at WMS on 8/5 & 8/6 if your child needs one- click here to sign up. Please let Ms. Hilarie Bartling (hbartlin@psdschools.org) or Mrs. Hunter (phunter@psdschools.org) know if you have any questions regarding registration. Thanks!

*Please refer to our Google Calendar, and emails from coaches for the most up to date game information

August Calendar

Monday, August 9

Pre-season Tennis Camp, 2-4 pm

Pre-season 8th Grade Volleyball Camp, 4-6 pm

Tuesday, August 10

Pre-season Tennis Camp, 2-4 pm

Pre-season 7th & 8th Grade Volleyball Camp, 4-6 pm

Wednesday, August 11

Pre-season Tennis Camp, 2-4 pm

Pre-season 7th Grade Volleyball Camp, 4-6 pm

Thursday, August 12

Pre-season 7th & 8th Grade Football Camp, 3:30-5 pm

Pre-season 6th-8th Grade Cross Country Camp, 3-4 pm

Pre-season 7th & 8th Grade Volleyball Camp, 4-6 pm

Pre-season Pre-season Tennis Camp, 2-4 pm

Friday, August 13 : 6th Grade Transition Day, First Day of School for 6th Grade

7th & 8th Grade Football Camp, 3:30-5

Pre-season 6th-8th Grade Cross Country Camp, 3-4 pm

Pre-season Tennis Camp, 2-4 pm

Monday, August 16 : All students, First Day of School for 7th & 8th Grade

Thursday, August 26 : Back to School Night, stay tuned for more details

COVID-19 Screening Tool

The at home COVID-19 symptom screening tool for parents and staff can be found below. In alignment with all Poudre School District buildings, all students, staff, and visitors are required to wear a mask at Wellington Middle School regardless of vaccination status.

Parents and guardians can use these symptom checklists to determine when to keep their child at home. School staff can also use this tool to determine if they need to stay at home. ​Any student or staff diagnosed with COVID-19 or who is a close contact of a COVID-19 case should not go to school and should ​isolate or quarantine​ according to public health recommendations regardless of current symptoms.

This symptom screen refers only to ​new symptoms or a change in usual symptoms​. A student/staff should not be kept home for usual symptoms they experience due to a chronic condition unless they are worse than usual. These guidelines are ​in addition to​ your regularschool guidance (for example, a child with vomiting should also not attend school based onusual school guidance). Please refer to the ​Return to Learn​ guidance to determine when it is appropriate to return to school.

If your child is/you are experiencing any potentially life-threatening symptoms please call 911.

Symptom Screen:

If any of the following symptoms are present, keep the child at home/stay at home, inform the school of symptoms, and reach out to a health care provider about COVID-19 testing and next steps for treatment.

  • Feeling feverish, having chills, or temperature 100.4°F or higher.
  • New or unexplained persistent cough.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Loss of taste or smell.
  • Fatigue.
  • Muscle aches.
  • Headache.
  • Sore throat.
  • Nausea or vomiting.​
  • Diarrhea.​
  • Runny nose or congestion.

Teachers will take attendance through Synergy in each synchronous class period. It is important that students log on at the start of each class period so they do not miss anything and don't get marked absent. There is a new feature in ParentVue, so if you know your child will be absent you can go into ParentVue on the child's page and click on the Report Absence (blue tab with alarm bell). You are also welcome to call the attendance line at 970-488-6601.

Need help with ParentVUE or StudentVUE?

Accessing and Activating a ParentVUE Account;

ParentVUE Frequently Asked Questions;

or call Peggy Hunter at 488.6607 or email her at phunter@psdschools.org.

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Technology Support

If a student is having issues with their laptops, the following links can be used to help troubleshoot before calling or emailing the PSD IT department.

PSD's IT Department is providing support to students and families with a new tech help website and IT support phone line and email. Community tech help website offers device troubleshooting and application technical support information, how-to guides, a calendar with important upcoming dates related to PSD technology and more. IT support for Wellington Middle School can be found by calling Andrea Bock at 970-488-6623 or by emailing her at abock@psdschools.org.

Social Media Sites

Please do not hesitate to contact the school for any questions or concerns as we launch into this school year. Our office will be staffed Monday through Friday from 7:30 am - 3:30 pm to answer questions and provide you with the resources you may need. Important information as well as contact/email addresses for teachers and staff can be found here on the Wellington Middle School website.

Contact Us
  • Principal: Kelby Benedict - kbenedic@psdschools.org, 970-488-6603
  • Assistant Principal: Steven Watkins - swatkins@psdschools.org, 970-488-6604
  • Assistant Principal/Athletic Director: Hilarie Bartling - hbartlin@psdschools.org, 970-488-6671
  • Dean of Students: Marc Buffington - marcb@psdschools.org, 970-488-6648
  • Main Line: 970-488-6600
  • Attendance Line: 970-488-6601
  • Fax Line: 970-488-6602

For more information regarding PSD's health and safety protocols, COVID-19 response, and meals for students please visit: https://www.psdschools.org/2021-22-School-Year.


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