The Eagle Flyer Wellington Middle School

March 11, 2021

A glimpse into a day at Wellington Middle School!

Dear Parents and/or Guardians,

As we transition from the 3rd quarter to 4th quarter, we are so thankful for you, your students, and your support. We wouldn’t have been able to make it this far without you and we are so excited to have all students back into the building on March 22.

Procedures and protocols for Phase 4 will look a lot like Phase 3. The biggest difference is we will have all students in the building, however, we will be practicing similar safety and health protocols. Our community has done an incredible job of communicating student health concerns, and keeping students home when they are ill. Thank you! As we go into fourth-quarter, this will be one of the most important practices for us to be able to keep our students in the building. Thank you for your continued support on this.

While we have been working with transportation, and been able to get a few more kids onto buses as requests have come in, busing is still limited in fourth-quarter. With this we need your continued support and patience as we look to add twice the number of students coming to the building. If circumstances have changed in your household, and you have a new transportation need, please reach out to us. We would love to hear if you have a need for busing, would be interested in connecting with another family for carpooling, and/or would be interesting in learning more about supporting other families by driving a carpool. More information can be found below regarding PSD transportation.

As we look to double the number of students that we are bringing into the building in the morning and releasing in the afternoon, we really need to be intentional about drop off and pick up. It has run very smoothly during Phase 3, however, we have a few reminders to help us prepare for 4th quarter. Please remember students that are picked up from campus should only be picked up in between the blue shed and the chain-link fence on the south side of the school in the circle. While waiting to pick up your student in the pick up circle, please be sure to drive as far forward as possible each time the opportunity arises. This will help us maintain the efficiency we had during 3rd quarter, and support our goal of safely loading all students into cars within 15 minutes each afternoon.

If you’re picking your student up off-campus, please be sure you you coordinate with them ahead of time, and remind them that they need to cross only at the crosswalks on the southwest and northwest sides of campus. There will be no student drop off and pick up on Grant Ave adjacent to the arch.

As always, please don't hesitate to reach out, ask questions, or provide feedback as we are in this together.


Kelby Benedict, Principal

Phase 4 Learning Schedule
All students will return to in-person learning on March 22nd
Transportation in Phase 4

PSD will still bus a limited number of students when all students are in Phase 4 (read about the decision to move to Phase 4 in this Feb. 25 update). However, due to current bus driver shortages and health guidelines, among other challenges, PSD is not adding routes and will not be able to return to full busing (approximately 13,000 students in a typical school year) this year.

Busing is guaranteed for students for whom transportation is legally required (i.e. those with Individualized Transportation Plans (ITP) and some foster students), as well as McKinney-Vento students experiencing homelessness.

If circumstances in your family's life have changed and you feel your student meets these criteria or your family has extenuating circumstances, please contact Wellington Middle School (970.488.6600) to see if busing can be provided. The Transportation Department has continued to evaluate requests and add riders during the second semester.

Phase 4 - Continued Safety Protocols

As we look around the corner at Phase 4, we really appreciate your support. Each morning, please screen your student(s) for any of the symptoms below and keep them home if they are experiencing one or more of them. When a students reports to us any of the symptoms below, we are required to call you to come pick them up from school. In order to keep everyone safe and schools open, students should not come to school under any circumstances if they have any of the symptoms below.

  • In the event you are unable to pick your student up from school, please be sure your emergency contacts are up to date in ParentVUE (you can also call the school to update or verify emergency contacts)
  • Please also use the return to learn guidance to determine when your student(s) is able to return to in-person learning after experiencing any symptoms.

All staff are required to use the COVID-19 Daily Screening app and must get a "green light” from the app to work before entering a PSD facility. Staff who are sick must stay home, following staff protocols.

Families must check their student(s) for COVID-19 symptoms daily and not send them to school if they are experiencing any of the following, or are too sick to go to school, following student protocols.

COVID-19 symptoms:

Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell, fatigue, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, runny nose or congestion

If any of the above symptoms are present, please keep your child at home; call your school and leave a message on the attendance line; and contact your health care provider.

If your child develops symptoms while at school, they will be removed from class, parent/guardians will be notified, and the student will be isolated from others until their parent/guardian is able to pick them up. Under current protocols, students experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, not from another diagnosed condition, should isolate at home until at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, and if the student has had no fever for 24 hours, and if other symptoms have improved.

Online Book Fair
Online Book Fair Open Now!

Supporting a love for reading is critical to student success. Explore our online book fair and help your child find their next favorite book.

Now everyone can participate! Encourage your child to create their online wish list and share with friends and family.


Our eFair code: 3LD4E

Orders due by: April 2nd, 2021

Follett will ship your books to the school after our eFair is complete.

For every purchase made, we will earn up to 40% back in rewards to help support our school!

March Calendar

Monday, March 15 - Friday, March 19 : No School, Spring Break

Book Fair Opens

Monday, March 22 - Friday, March 26 : All students, in-person learning

Eagles After Hours ~ Tuesday, March 23 & Thursday, March 25

March 24, 8th Grade Picture Day

Monday, March 29 - Friday, April 2 : All students, in-person learning

Eagles After Hours ~ Tuesday, March 30 & Thursday, April 1

Friday, April 2 ~ Book Fair Closes

Golf, Track & Field, and Unified Basketball registration for 6th-8th is open now!
  • Girl's Softball ~ March 1 to April 14
  • Boys & Girls Golf* ~ March 22 to May 6
  • Track* ~ April 12 to May 5
  • Unified Basketball* ~ March 29 to May 5

*Schedules coming soon

This will be our inaugural season for Unified Basketball! Season Dates are March 29 to May 5, and we are very excited to provide students with this opportunity. Young people with disabilities do not often get a chance to play on their school sports teams. Unified Sports is dedicated to promoting social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences. Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities & physical limitations on the same team. It was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding.

If your child would like to be a peer partner they will need to complete this application. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1YGUwkMz_Ajyp_uRiSj4vJd1jlizMhxuDIOn_tUZG-jw/edit?usp=sharing If they are selected, they will need to have a sports physical on file and sign up on Sports Engine.

Athletic Registration Packet (please us the first link below to access Sports Engine)

Physical Form attached for easy printing. (A HARD COPY MUST BE ON FILE IN THE OFFICE) 2020-2021 Middle School Physicians Certification of Student Fitness.pdf 2020-2021 Middle School Physicians Certification of Student Fitness ESP.pdf



Does your student need a sports physical or other medical or mental health services?

The Health and Wellness Center at Centennial High School and virtual care program at Lincoln Middle School offers sports physicals/annual exams, sick visits, mental health services etc. year-round. The Center has a $0-$35 sliding scale (for qualifying families), accepts Medicaid/CHP+, most insurance plans and offers fee-for-service. No co-pays / deductibles are required. No student enrolled for care is ever turned away for an inability to pay for services provided at the Center. For more information, visit the website at https://hwcenter.org/ or call the (970) 488-4950.

If you believe your family qualifies for free/reduced fees, please apply.


Once approved, login into your ParentVUE account, click the forms link and fill out the permission to share form.

SchoolPay is now open. (Fees must be paid and sports physical must be on file prior to tryouts.)

Hilarie Bartling

Athletic Director/Dean | Wellington Middle School

4001 Wilson Ave. Wellington, CO 80549

office: (970) 488-6671 | fax: (970) 488-6601

email: hbartlin@psdschools.org

Eagles After Hours

We are working hard to offer safe after school opportunities for students through Eagles After Hours. After Spring Break, Eagles After Hours will move back to Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.

We are excited to add to our Eagles After Hours programming by partnering with the Boys & Girls Clubs to bring you Eagles Club! Our Wellington Middle School Staff will be leading a majority of the activities including homework help/tutoring and it will be packed with innovative programs around tech, music, STEM and sports.

Please see attached flyer for more information and click this link to register!

Please contact Megan Hale, Club Director, at 970-568-7338 or mhale@bgclarimer.org for more information.

Drop Off and Pick Up

Thank you for your continued patience with drop off and pickup. As we know with less students on buses it has increased the numbers of cars at Wellington and Eyestone. Please remember not to park, meet, or drop off your students along the north side of Grant Ave in front of the arch. Students must cross Grant Ave at the crosswalk, and we do not want them walking through the drop-off circle.

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 arrival plan
Afternoon dismissal plan
Upcoming Summer Opportunities
Summer STEM Program
Absences Throughout the Phases

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.

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.

Meals this Semester

The district will provide free meals to PSD students (PreK-12) through the end of the 2020-21 school year. PSD Meals During 2020-21 web page

There is no cost for meals: Meals are currently free through the 2020-21 school year, as part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture school district reimbursement program. Parents are encouraged to still apply for free and reduced-priced meals, which helps with school funding (apply on the Free and Reduced-Priced Meals website).

Designated school and mobile sites: Sack meals are available to students (any child 18 or younger) 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday (on scheduled school days). People must wear face coverings and maintain social distancing at meal sites. See the latest list of meal sites below.

Social Media Sites

Please do not hesitate to contact the school for any questions or concerns while our students are learning within any of our phases. 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 new Wellington Middle School website. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all learn to navigate through this continuously adapting school year! We will navigate through this challenging time together because EAGLES SOAR TOGETHER!!

Contact Us
  • Principal: Kelby Benedict - kbenedic@psdschools.org, 970-488-6603
  • Assistant Principal: Steven Watkins - swatkins@psdschools.org, 970-488-6604
  • Dean of Students/Athletic Director: Hilarie Bartling - hbartlin@psdschools.org, 970-488-6671
  • 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/psd2020-21.


Created with an image by Dane Deaner - "Eagle on the Way"