About west middle school

DeSoto West Middle School will be guided by its core values of respect, accountability, and responsibility as we strive to become a collaborative, all-inclusive, and safe learning-centered campus for a diverse student and teacher population. DeSoto West Middle School will strive to provide all the tools necessary for our students to have the confidence, competence, and information needed to compete successfully in a global society.

What's Happening at West!!!

New NJHSMale Leadership teachersMale Leadership BoysNew NJHS 2018-19

Congratulations to West Middle School’s new members of the school’s National Junior Honor Society pictured at their May 8 induction ceremony with Trustee Sandre Moncriffe.

DeSoto ISD Announces Summer Reading List
Posted on 05/23/2018
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The DeSoto ISD community of educators is dedicated to the success of each and every student. As you and your children make this journey in partnership with us, we want to provide information and resources to help them succeed. A major part of our mission is to help you support your children’s learning.

ELA/Reading courses in grades K-4 will focus on the development of the foundational skills needed for a student to be successful at the elementary level and beyond. We focus on reading, writing, oral and written conventions, listening and speaking. Courses in grades 5-12 focus on continuing the development of skills taught at the elementary level, and preparing students for college and careers.

The DeSoto ISD curriculum teams work together, using the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) and English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) to develop meaningful curricula.



Students in middle/high school Pre-AP and AP English courses are required to read one book and complete the accompanying assignments. Selected titles represent a variety of voices, cultures, perspectives, and ideologies. The goal is to provide students with an abundance of choice in the texts they interact with in an effort to develop their understanding, perspective, and appreciation for the people, places, and ideas that comprise of their world.


    DeSoto ISD is also providing parents the district’s Library Media Centers recommended reading listby grade level (attached below).

    Also, please note that the Confidential Student Report (CSR) that comes out with the STAAR results will have recommended reading based on your student’s performance on the reading STAAR test

    DeSoto ISD to Require Clear Backpacks for 2018-2019 School Year
    Please be advised that parents will need to ensure that students have clear backpacks for the upcoming school year. This is the first in a number of measures to be implemented in the upcoming school year to increase school safety. 
    The change was approved as one of a series of recommendations to the Student Code of Conduct for the 2018-2019 school year at the May 29 DeSoto ISD Board Meeting.
    Other changes included the revised consequence matrix for student dress code violations; the prohibition of cell phones out or turned on for students in grades K-8 without teacher approval; added note regarding no facial piercings for students; and a clarification on natural hair colors.

    Links to finding Backpacks:
    Eastsport Clear Backpack with Front Pocket, Adjustable Straps and Lash Tab

    West IB MYP Candidacy Phase

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    West Middle School is currently in the Candidacy Phase of the International Baccalaureate Program (IB). 

    What is IB?

    Founded in 1968, the International Baccalaureate® (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation offering four highly respected programs of international education Primary Years Program (PYP), Middle Years Program (MYP) Diploma Program (DP) and the Career Program (CP).  Each develops the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills needed to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. Schools must be authorized, by the IB organization, to offer any of the programs. The MYP starts in 6th grade and goes to the 10th grade; West is a part of the MYP.

    What is MYP?

    The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (MYP), sometimes referred to as pre-IB, is an educational program offered around the world as part of the International Baccalaureate (IB) continuum. MYP is intended to prepare students between the ages of 11 to 16 for the two-year IB Diploma Program.  This period, encompassing early puberty and mid-adolescence, is a particularly critical phase of personal and intellectual development and requires a program that helps students participate actively and responsibly in a changing and increasingly interrelated world. Learning how to learn and how to evaluate information critically is as important as learning facts. 1

    How does MYP benefit my student?

    Students at International Baccalaureate® (IB) World Schools are given a unique education.

    They will:

    • be encouraged to think independently and drive their own learning
    • take part in programs of education that can lead them to some of the highest ranking universities around the world
    • become more culturally aware, through the development of a second language
    • be able to engage with people in an increasingly globalized, rapidly changing world.2


    1 http://occ.ibo.org/ibis/occ/guest/mypxx_home.cfm?subject=mypxx

    2 http://www.ibo.org/benefits/benefits-for-students/


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