Port Susan Middle School

Staff Update 03/18/2022

Thank you!

I want to thank everyone for their hard work to get the information together to send to our families by mail for our spring conferences. I appreciate the feedback teachers provided as well as the organization for our students to move the forms to the next teacher daily. A big thank you to our secretaries for making copies, organizing, and stuffing the envelopes to send home to our families. All PSMS families will receive student goals to end the year, self-assessment, teacher feedback, as well as their middle school transcripts to review. We value the partnership with our parents as we continue to support the learning of all students.

Definition of HQTL

At PSMS, high quality teaching and learning means that we are a community of learners including both students and staff. Teachers provide routine and structures along with the belief that ALL students have the ability to learn.

Student Engagement

DNA Models

Mrs. Klein's students had a good time with their DNA models in Science class.

Band Class

I want to thank Mr. Richard Carey for working with our band classes these past couple of weeks. They are sounding GREAT and our 6th grade students are ready for their concert this upcoming week! Next week will be our 7th & 8th grade concert.
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Off-Campus Opportunity

Levi visits the Stanwood Police Department. What a great community connection!
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Good luck, Willa!

Willa Cross, our school spelling champion, has cleared the next hurdle on her way to spelling glory: She participated in the online regional qualifying bee, and was one of only 20 finalists who will move on to the next round this coming weekend in Seattle. Way to go, Willa!
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SHS Play

If you're looking for something fun to do and see some Port Susan alumni, this could be a fun opportunity!
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Power Hour/Student Support

We have added a day of support for Power Hour this round. Thank you to those that have made this happen for our students. It has been a success!
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Reminder that next Wednesday, March 23rd will be teacher directed. Thank you all for joining our meeting last week with David Lewis. Yesterday, we had our BLT meeting and began thinking about our strategies to work towards for consistency as part of our SIP process. I'm excited to continue this work and conversations throughout this spring and into next fall.
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Upcoming Spirit Days

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Spring Sports Information (7th & 8th Grade)

Spring is just around the corner, and so is spring sports. Starting April 12th, we will have Boys Soccer and Track/Field (Boys & Girls) for 7th & 8th grade students. Practice will be at Port Susan Middle School from 2:30-4pm. If you need paper-copies of the sign up, you can ask in the office. Otherwise, the online sign-up is found here. You can also find the sign-up link on your Grade-level Google Classroom.
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Knights Gear

Our PTO is putting together another Knights gear order. See link below:


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Upcoming XELLO Lesson #3 - Advisory Monday

In the Stanwood-Camano School District, we are utilizing the online platform Xello to allow students the opportunity to explore options, build self-knowledge, create their pathway, and document their plan. The following pages outline the scope and sequence for this work.

6th grade information

7th grade information

8th grade information

We will lead students through our second lesson on Monday as an introduction. Students may need to take time during advisory throughout the week to complete the week lesson for their grade level. Students may work on this at home as well and share it with parents.

Definition of HQTL

At PSMS, high quality teaching and learning means that we are a community of learners including both students and staff. Teachers provide routine and structures along with the belief that ALL students have the ability to learn.

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8th grade Advisory **THIS WEEK**

The high school counselors would like to meet with our 8th grade students virtually on March 22nd to go over electives and class scheduling process for next school year during Advisory and then again on Friday, March 25th for registration information. 8th grade advisory teachers, please use the link below for this meet. Between Crysty and myself, one of us with join this meet, while the other meets with the 6th & 7th grade students for regular morning announcements. If something changes, I will let you know!

8th GRADE MEET LINK HERE for Tuesday, March 22nd & Friday, March 25th

*Reminder: Google Educator Level 1 Certification - 2022

March 1, 2022 - June 1, 2022

Google Classroom Invite Link

Google for Education has level 1 and 2 certifications available. This asynchronous course will take you through the online fundamentals training program to prepare you for the (optional) Educator Level 1 exam.

Earning Level 1 certification allows teachers to distinguish themselves as educators and demonstrate mastery with Google tools. Completing the certification earns a badge that will help teachers stand out on resumes, portfolios, websites, and more. (You can also earn STEM clock hours.)

The Educator Level 1 certification is valid for three years.

Course Options (must be completed by June 1, 2022)

  • Option 1: Register on pdEnroller and complete the course for 17 STEM clock hours

  • Option 2: Register on pdEnroller, complete the course, and take the 3-hour exam for 20 STEM clock hours ($10 fee to be paid for by participant)

Clock Hours

Online Instruction

  • 17 clock hours

Google Educator Level 1 Exam (optional)

  • An additional 3 clock hours

*Reminder: Panorama Data Dashboard - Check it Out!

Our district has partnered with Panorama Education, a data platform that gives you a visual representation of the following state and benchmark assessments: SBA & WCAS, aimswebPlus, NWEA MAP, and WIDA.

This tool is great for tracking student success, creating intervention plans, and much more. An account has been created for each of you. Once you log in, you will be able to view the adult SEL survey results and data from the students you serve. Use this link to access the sign in page and select ‘Sign in with Google’. Training sessions are being scheduled. In the meantime, please find time to explore this platform.

SBA Testing

SBA Testing

  • Window open NOW through June 10th for ELA/Math. Science is open until June 3rd.

  • Test approximate length:

    • ELA PT (100-180 min) *May 2nd - 6th

    • Math CAT (40-60 min) *May 2nd - 6th

    • ELA CAT (40-60 min) *May 9th - 13th

    • Math PT (40-90 min) *May 9th - 13th

    • Science (120 min) *May 16th - 20th

    • Make up testing

      • Science by June 3rd

      • ELA/Math June 10th

  • We will keep regular bell schedule
  • Testing will be completed through content classroom during regular instruction time. Limit testing to 3 weeks in length and then allow 3 weeks for make up/completion as needed.
  • No proctor training needed because it was taken care of in the fall. Refresher for those that would like will be offered on April 13th during Grade Prep Day (OPTIONAL).

Week of March 21st through March 25th


Regular Schedule

Advisory - XELLO Lesson #3

Varsity Basketball @ Cedarcrest

Wrestling @ Lakewood


Regular Schedule

Admin Meeting 7:30 -10:30 a.m. (Crysty & Cherae)

Advisory - Homework Support

6th Grade Band Concert


RED Wednesday

Classified Staff Donuts w/Dr. Rumbaugh (Staff Room @ 7:30 a.m.)

Varsity Basketball vs CAV/LSMS

Wrestling @ Lakewood


Regular Schedule

Advisory - Homework Support

JV Wrestling @ North Lake MS


Regular Schedule

Advisory - Homework Support

District Information

Air Purifiers

If you have an air purifier in your classroom that is not district issued, please send a picture of the make and model number to Ryan Ovenell. Some brands of air purifiers are not approved for use in public spaces. Thank you.

Special Education March Newsletter

Hi, you will find our March edition of the Stanwood-Camano special education newsletter here.

We got a good amount of feedback on the February edition, which was much appreciated! There were some of you who may not have been sent the February newsletter, and if so, you can find it here.

Thank you,

Robert and Melissa


Learn more detailed information about the proposed levy at https://www.stanwood.wednet.edu/levy

This proposed local replacement levy would fund critical facility and technology needs not funded by the state.

50% is to be used for long-term facility needs and 50% is to be used to upgrade the technology used for student learning and staff/personnel computers at all schools.

This is not a new tax. This is a replacement of an expiring levy and will not raise taxes currently being paid if it is approved. We are committed to keeping the rates as stable as possible. The estimated tax rate per $1,000 of the assessed property value is $0.27 for each year of this proposed levy. If approved on April 26, 2022, the total local school tax rate is expected to drop in 2023 and is anticipated to decrease over the next four years. If property values go up, the amount collected ($0.27) is reduced.

If the levy fails a second time, the district may not place it on the ballot again until 2023. Planned capital projects would be delayed and the district would not be able to adequately maintain and upgrade its technology for student learning.

The District cannot wait until November to resubmit the levy for approval. When voters renew levy funding, the amount is approved by calendar years, January through December. However, public school district budgets are written by the school year which starts each September 1, running 12 months to August 31 of the following year. Public school budget planning begins in the spring for the next school year. To do so, school leaders must know how many dollars are available.

Does the increase in home prices in our community affect what taxpayers will pay with this measure?

No. Property tax assessments may fluctuate, but the district only collects the total amount approved by voters. When property values rise, rates go down.

The levy funds technology devices and supports learning for students and staff.

Thanks to voter support in 2018, all of Stanwood-Camano’s 4,500 students had access to a Chromebook computer to use during online learning throughout the pandemic. When the 2019 levy expires at the end of 2022, this levy will replace it to keep devices updated, supported, and properly maintained.

The proposed replacement levy will continue funding the purchase of computers, online curriculum, and technical support for students and their teachers. Specifically,

  • 25% of staff devices will be renewed each year (about 100 devices per year)

  • 25% of student Chromebooks will be renewed each year (about 1100 devices per year)

  • Out of date Chromebooks are returned for credit to purchase repair and replacement parts for current Chromebooks (screen repair, power cords, etc.)

  • Purchasing internet hotspots for families and district internet and filtering software

  • Learning applications/online learning supports (IXL, Robotics Software, Renaissance, assistive technology, Read and Write, Read Naturally, typing programs and more)

  • Communications tools such as School Messenger and S’more (school newsletters)

  • Security camera maintenance and licensing

  • Servers with backup power supplies during power outages (this allows us to maintain some phones and WiFi at schools when the power goes out)

Funding from the current levy has provided:

  • Expansion and update of student computing devices in the classroom and for home use by students.

  • Annual maintenance fees associated with online applications, subscriptions, and software licenses.

  • Renewal of about 25% of staff computers per year, about 100 devices.

  • Renewal of 25% of student Chromebooks per year, about 1,100 devices.

  • Maintenance and upgrades of the district WiFi network and filtering

  • Learning applications

  • Personnel, including four technology department staff and Technology Teacher on Special Assignment

  • Security, including camera installation and maintenance and access control licensing

  • Server upgrades

Capital Projects

The levy provides funding for prioritized facility improvements

Older systems such as boilers, roofs, fire sprinkler systems, public address systems, bleachers, security fencing, and sidewalks are at or near the end of their useful life. The proposed levy would fund:

  • New roof at Cedarhome Elementary;

  • New boilers at Cedarhome and Elger Bay;

  • Replacement fire sprinkler lines at Utsalady and Elger Bay Elementary Schools;

  • Portable maintenance at Port Susan, including new roofs, paint and siding repair;

  • Upgraded public address systems at Stanwood Middle and Stanwood Elementary Schools; and

  • Various projects to improve student safety, such as fencing, sidewalks, and bleacher replacements.

Funds from the current levy have provided:

  • Replacement of fire alarm systems at Cedarhome, Twin City, and Stanwood Elementary;

  • Playground safety improvements at Cedarhome, Elger Bay, and Utsalady Elementary;

  • Renovation and roof replacement for the facility that houses the Stanwood High School Transition Program; and

  • Window replacements for Stanwood Middle School (to occur in Summer 2023 using 2019-2020 levy funds).

Election date

In the April 26, 2022 election, Stanwood-Camano’s Capital Projects and Technology levy requires a simple majority, or 50% + 1 of the votes cast, to pass.

How can I vote?

Please register to vote through the Washington Secretary of State election website if you haven’t already done so. The April 26, 2022, special election is an all-mail election. Registered voters who live in the Stanwood-Camano School District boundary will receive their ballot around April 8, 2022. Ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday, April 26, 2022. No postage is required to return your ballot. There is a secure ballot drop box near the Stanwood Library at 9701 271st St NW and at the Island County Administration Building at 121 N East Camano Drive on Camano Island. The dropbox is open until 8 p.m. on Election Night.

Our community has a long history of supporting our schools and local control of educational programs. We are committed to openness and transparency. Please call 360-629-1200 or send an email to scsdinfo@stanwood.wednet.edu with any questions you may have about this proposal.

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Have a wonderful weekend! ~Cherae