February 6, 2016

Students of Character

Submitted photo Gardner Edgerton school board members recently recognized fourth quarter Students of Character. A student from each school was honored for displaying positive character traits. They include Mckenna Trout, Edgerton Elementary second grader; Briana Buis, Gardner Elementary fourth grader; Joe Sola, Madison Elementary second grader; Delphine High, Moonlight Elementary third grader; Garrett Pendroy, Nike Continue Reading

Wheatridge, Pioneer students raise ‘Pennies for Patients’

Students at both Gardner Edgerton School District middle schools raised nearly $3,000 to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in January. Mustangs and Jaguars collected spare change for several weeks dubbed “Pennies for Patients.” The 815 students at Wheatridge Middle School raised $1,200 in spare change. To celebrate, staff organized a “Pie a Staff Member” Continue Reading

Mustangs lose twice

The Wheatridge Middle School eighth-grade JV and varsity basketball squads dropped a pair of hard-fought non-league decisions versus Monticello Trails, Jan. 30. In eighth-grade varsity action, WMS lost 63-34 despite 14 points from Jacob Swords. Trevon Jackson added 12 points. Eric Daniels and Joel Rains had three and Kade Loring, two points. Loring dished out Continue Reading

Wheatridge receives gift of classroom equipment

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com The Gardner Edgerton School Board accepted an $887 gift of science classroom equipment from a Wheatridge Middle School parent on Nov. 14. Christy Ziegler, executive director of educational services, told the board a parent recently contacted Greg Smith, eighth grade science teacher, about donating sensor and probe equipment to benefit the science Continue Reading

WMS donates 2,011 cans to Multi-Service Center

Danedri Thompson submissions@gardnernews.com From a distance, it appeared as if one large class of middle school students was moving out of Wheatridge Middle School. Students carried cardboard box after cardboard box out to cars lining Washington Street on Thursday afternoon. The boxes, filled with cans and dried goods, were loaded into teachers’ vehicles for delivery Continue Reading

Firefighters respond to 2 false alarms at Wheatridge

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com Johnson County Fire District No. 1 responded to two automatic fire alarms at Wheatridge Middle School on Nov. 7. According to Battalion Chief Trig Morley, both alarms were false. He said the automatic alarms were inadvertently set off while maintenance work was being performed on the school’s fire detection system. “We went Continue Reading

WMS football squad drops to 4-2 after loss

Quarterback Nolan Beets rushed for 172 yards and three touchdowns leading the Wheatridge Middle School eighth-grade boys varsity football squad to a big home win versus Ottawa, Oct. 4. Other touchdowns came from Tre Jackson, David Collins and Blake Leon. Jackson also completed a 42-yard scoring strike to Kaden Loring. Leading the defense were Andrew Continue Reading

WMS football squad drops to 4-2 after loss

Ottawa scored in every quarter and posted a 52-0 home win versus the Wheatridge Middle School seventh-grade varsity football squad, Oct. 4. Despite the loss, Dakota Kemp led all rushers with 125 yards. Bryson Rohr led the defense wtih eight tackles. Now 4-2, WMS wrapped up its season Oct. 10 at cross-town rival, Pioneer. Results Continue Reading

Mustangs win in overtime against SH

Tanner Peine plunged into the end zone from one yard out helping the Wheatridge Middle School seventh-grade JV to a 12-6 overtime win versus Spring Hill, Oct. 6. After a defensive stand in overtime, WMS went to work. Austyn Hatton rushed the ball to the three-yard line. From there, Peine found the end zone behind Continue Reading

WMS Mustangs remain undefeated

The Wheatridge Middle School Mustang seventh-grade varsity football squad remained perfect at 4-0 with a 20-0 shutout at Spring Hill, Sept. 20. WMS got its offense going with a pair of first half touchdowns by running back Cayden Simmons. Quarterback Griffin Johns tacked on a third-quarter two-yard touchdown run as WMS went up 20-0. “It Continue Reading