West Grand Middle School

PO Box 515
715 Kinsey Avenue
Kremmling CO 80459

Mr. Buller

Mr. Buller • K8 Principal

Mr. Buller was born and raised in the small eastern Nebraska town of Henderson. After high school, he went on to earn a Bachelor's Degree in German and English from Doane College in Crete, Nebraska. Shortly after college, Buller got his first teaching job in Gretna (near Omaha) where he taught all levels of German. He has also taught German and English in Potter, Nebraska, and Wray, Colorado. In 2011, Buller transitioned from the classroom to administration where he served as a K-8 principal in Yuma, Colorado.

While at Doane, Mr. Buller met his future wife, Andrea, while on band tour in Chicago. They married in 2000, and together they have four wonderful children: Jakob, Elisabet (Lisi), Karsten, and Brantley. 

Mr. Pesch • Dean of Students

I have been with this school district for 30 years and have taught 4th grade for 13 years, middle school math and science, 8 years. I have been middle school PE teacher 8 years.

Also Dean of Students for 2 years.

I have coached middle school football and basketball, currently coaching varsity boys basketball for 27 years. I am the middle school athletic director at this time.

I am excited to be at the PK8 building working with a great staff to give the students a awesome education.

I love to hunt and fish that is one of the reasons I have continued to stay in this community. I have great respect for all the parents and community members and think Kremmling is a wonderful place to raise a family.


posted Feb 6, 2017, 4:00 PM by Dominique Jones

Middle school student council is selling Val-O-Grams to be delivered on Valentine's Day next week.  You can purchase these for any student Preschool - 12th grade at the front office of the K-8 school.  There are many options to choose from including:  chocolate roses, suckers, small plush toys, light up heart necklaces, and craft kits.  Thanks for your support!!


posted Jan 11, 2016, 11:24 AM by Laura Gore   [ updated Mar 14, 2017, 3:35 PM by Dominique Jones ]

Jingle Jog

posted Dec 7, 2015, 11:11 AM by Laura Gore   [ updated Dec 7, 2015, 2:42 PM ]

What:  Jingle Jog

When:  December 14th and 15th  7:15-7:45 A.M.
Where:  West Grand Elementary and Middle School Gymnasium
Bring Parents/Guardians to spend half an hour jogging, walking, and jingling all the way!  Middle school students will receive one health point for their grade for participating.

December Classroom News

posted Dec 7, 2015, 10:54 AM by Laura Gore   [ updated Dec 7, 2015, 2:40 PM ]


6th Grade:  We are multiplying and dividing fractions and decimals.  We will also be introduced to ratios.

7th Grade:  We are adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing integers.  

8th Grade:  We are adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing in scientific notation.  We will also be introduced to one variable linear equations.

Dates to Remember:  
Class Expectations Quiz - 12/3
Chapter Quiz 12/10
Unit Test 12/17

Reminders:   Students need to come to class prepared, take notes (write down everything on the board), use math talk only, and stay on task.


6th Grade:  We are studying rocks and minerals.

7th Grade:  We are studying volcanoes and will soon be moving on to a unit on cells.

8th Grade:  We are studying work and power and will soon be moving on to thermal energy

Upcoming Projects:  
8th grade- Rube Goldberg machines are due on Thursday 12/3
7th grade- Have to build 3D cells the week of the 12/14
Science fair- Students who are participating in science fair need to have completed their experiments when they come back from winter break.

Dates to Remember:  Science Fair is January 28th at the high school

Social Studies:

6th Grade:  We are studying Central and South America

7th Grade:  We are learning about the origins of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in the ancient world.

8th Grade:  We are learning about the creation of our (the United States of America) government after we gained our independence from Britain.

Upcoming Projects: 
6th and 8th Grades- We are currently working on menu style project boards.  Projects should be turned in as completed.  All projects are due by December 17th.
7th grade research class - Judging will occur shortly after we return to school after Winter Break.  Please, let me know via email if 
you have an interest in helping with the judging process.  

Dates to Remember:  
Our second Brain Bowl meet is Friday, December 11, 2015 in Walden at 9:00 am.  The bus will leave the middle school at 6:45 am. 
Students need to be at the school by 6:30 am.


6th Grade:  We are working on comprehension of nonfiction text, text annotation, and using textual evidence when explaining our answers to 
comprehension questions.  We are also working on our latin roots review unit.

7th Grade:  We are working on comprehension of nonfiction text, text annotation, and using textual evidence when explaining our answers to 
comprehension questions.  We are also working on our latin roots review unit.

8th Grade:  We are doing a virtual (online) tour of Ellis Island in which we read, view, and listen to primary sources.  We are annotating sources, 
answering comprehension questions, and responding in our reading response journals.  We are also working on our latin roots review unit.

Dates to Remember:  
Vocabulary Review Test Units 5-7 - Wednesday Dec. 16th

Every student needs to have a book to read in class every day.
Winter break is a great time to touch base with your child about school supplies.  Please replenish if needed.

Language Arts:  

6th Grade:  We are focusing on paragraph writing with varying sentence structures, spelling, and grammar practice.

7th Grade:  We are focusing on paragraph writing with varying sentence structures, spelling, and grammar practice.

8th Grade:  We are focusing on essay writing with well-developed paragraphs and varying sentence structures, spelling, and grammar practice.

Technology Class:

All Classes:  6th, 7th, and 8th grade students have been working in Code.org.   Code.org is a blockly style coding technique.  It is an easy way to be introduced to the world of computer programming.  Students have been putting their math skills to the test solving computer based problems.  Group problem solving has been promoted to learn basic group dynamics to problem solving.


6th Grade - Students are currently studying low-relief sculptures. Students will be studying low relief sculpture artist like Edward Sheffield Bartholomew. Students will be creating their own low-relief sculptures using string, cardboard, glue, tin foil, and sharpies.

7th Grade- Students are currently working on color theory. As a class the students discussed different emotions that viewers feel when looking at certain colors. Student's’ paired in groups to look at famous artwork from America to discuss why each artist used the colors they used. Students will be creating an adjective that describes them using color theory and design to create that adjective. 

8th Grade - Students are learning about the Pop Art movement and relief printmaking. Students looked at and discussed artists that worked in the pop art style. As a class students have discussed what is considered popular culture in their world. Students will use relief printing; a printmaking technique, to create their pop art final. 

Physical Education:

6th Grade - Floor Hockey (rules, and strategies) 

7th Grade - Floor Hockey (rules, strategies, and game play) 

8th Grade - Floor Hockey (rules, strategies, and game play) 

Reminders:  Have all your children come to school with gym clothes so they can dress out and participate.  (gym shoes, shorts/sweats, t-shirt)


6th Grade - The 6th grade band is working on new music for the winter concert December 16 at 7:00 pm in the West Grand High School Auditorium.  Selections include “Jingle Bells”, “Jolly Old St. Nicholas” and “Up On The Housetop”.

7th Grade - The 7th grade band is working on music for the winter concert December 16 at 7:00 pm in the West Grand High School Auditorium.  Selections include “Bandissimo”, “Dubble Bubble” and “The Little Drummer Boy”.

8th Grade - The 8th grade band is working on music for the winter concert December 16 at 7:00 pm in the West Grand High School Auditorium. They will be performing along with the 7th grade band as well as with the High School Band. Selections with the High School Band include “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”, “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer”, “Winter Holiday” and “Radioactive”.

Upcoming Projects:  Solo and Ensemble Contest / Concert in February

Dates to Remember:    
December 16, 2015  Winter Concert 7:00 pm WGHS Auditorium
April 27, 2016 Spring Concert 7:00 pm WGHS Auditorium
May 5, 2016 8th Grade Honor Band (students selected by audition)

Concert attire for Winter Concert: Dress nice, school appropriate.
Concert attire for all other performances:  7th and 8th grade -All Black /6th grade -Dress nice, school appropriate

Other Updates:  
West Grand High School play February 25 & 27, 2016
Sock Hop Music Fundraiser - February / March  
Would you like to volunteer to help?   e-mail Mr. Bowerly  at bowerlyd@wgsd.us or call 970-724-1000

National Junior Honor Society

The National Junior Honor Society food drive was once again a success this year.  Thank you parents and students for all your donations and help. Congratulations goes to the 8th grade for donating the most non-perishable food items. The class will be receiving a pizza party the last week before December break. The exact day and time will be announced to students.

Other NJHS news - the group will be walking to Cliffview Assisted Living Center Monday, December 7, 2015 to spread holiday cheer and help decorate Christmas trees.  

Upcoming Choir and Band Concerts

posted Oct 5, 2015, 9:26 AM by Laura Gore

There will be a fall choir and band concert (grades 7-12) on Wednesday October 14 at the High School auditorium.  Please come listen and support our music programs at West Grand.

Poster Contest

posted Sep 18, 2015, 12:27 PM by Laura Gore

West Grand Middle School students have the opportunity to participate in a poster drawing competition from Colorado Parks and Wildlife and CDOT.  The winner of this competition will get his or her poster made into a billboard that will be placed along Highway 9.  There will also be 2 winners from each grade who will get prizes.  Students will need to get a permission slip signed, complete a poster on 11x17 paper, and complete an essay (anywhere from 2 sentences to 1 page) to compete.  Several posters will be chosen to be placed in government buildings across the state and used for educational purposes. 

September News

posted Aug 24, 2015, 2:37 PM by Laura Gore   [ updated Aug 24, 2015, 8:49 PM ]

Science -

September is a very exciting month for science classes!  We start off the year learning the scientific method and once September starts we get to get into our first science topics!  8th grade will be learning about the physics of motion, 7th grade will be diving into the history of our planet, and 6th grade will start out with Ecology!  This is the month of our watershed field trips too!  6th grade's field trip is 9/15, 7th grade's is 9/16, and 8th grade is 9/17.  I will be sending home permission slips and asking for parent volunteers to join us those days. These field trips are a lot of fun and a great opportunity for students to see the science that surrounds the water they see everyday.  I would greatly appreciate any parents who could join us for one of those days.  If you would like to join us, you can contact me by email (messersmitha@wgsd.us)  to let me know.

Math -

In September we will be reviewing key concepts and crucial knowledge that will be essential for students to succeed this year. We will also be starting a new homework system this year where students will have daily homework (with the opportunity to finish it during class, study hall, intervention, etc) as well as a weekly homework packet that will be DUE THURSDAY. I expect students to have a good amount of homework throughout the week, but my goal is for them to not have any during the weekend. 

Social Studies -

8th Grade is starting strong with the colonization of North America and is doing a project right off the bat.  The project is about telling the story of the lost colony of Roanoke.  All projects will be presented by Thursday, August 27.  7th grade is beginning with Ancient Rome.  The students will be conducting a "Rome Day" towards the end of the unit to show all that they have learned.  This will include dressing up as the Romans, cooking Roman food, talking about Roman politics and leaders, portraying what the daily lives and education was like during Ancient Rome, etc.  6th grade is beginning with the Mayans, Aztecs, and Incas.  We will watch documentaries, perform some close reading of primary and secondary sources, and do some art related projects.  We will be celebrating Day of the Dead, as we will also be studying Mexico, Central America, and South America (not necessarily all in the first nine weeks).

Reading and Language Arts -

Our 6th grade classes will be reading, The Watsons Go to Birmingham in September and will have many activities and assignments that revolve around the book.  Our 7th grade classes will be reading, The Giver.  We will have many written responses pertaining to individuality and rules and order, which are major themes in the story.  The 8th graders will be reading, The Outsiders, which is a classic coming of age novel that follows two rival groups of teenagers during the 1960's that are divided by their socioeconomic status.  We will also be including vocabulary lessons on vocabulary roots every other week.  Our writing in September will focus on responding to what we read and 6 trait writing.  We will also move through our spelling units with a new lesson and test every other week.  We're excited to get our new school year underway! 

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