Port Susan Middle School

Student & Family Update 11.29.20


This past week while driving into school, my thoughts went to all I'm thankful for throughout this time. I thought about my own family, staff onsite, our small groups of onsite students, as well as our parents, students & teachers that are working multiple hours to support this time through distance learning. This year has been difficult, to say the least. I am not only thankful for our school community, but proud to be a part of it. I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! ~Cherae Almanza

Need Homework Support?

If you're finding that you could use some help/assistance in completing homework, along with student/teacher hours on Wednesdays, we have homework support Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday. This is broken down by grade level with paraeducator support daily from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m.

  • Homework Support for 6th grade google meet nickname: psms6
  • Homework Support for 7th grade google meet nickname: psms7
  • Homework Support for 8th grade google meet nickname: psms8

This is a great way to share your screen, ask questions, & complete a few assignments to stay on top of your work throughout this time.

Student & Family Supports Available

School Counseling Support

We realize that many of your students are having struggles in relation to this pandemic, learning online, missing social connections, as well as missing out on important activities. Below are some COVID Mental Health Tips that you may find useful. Please share these with our child if you feel it may be helpful. You may always reach out to me as well. I am available each day to do google meets with students and/or parents. ~Keli Niegemann, Counselor

Family Supports

Our district now has recently filled our Family Liaison position. Mariela Hernandez Bartolomei has an office at Port Susan Middle School and is here to specifically support families who are non-English Speaking. Please reach out to her at 360.403.3654 (direct line at Port Susan) or 360.965.8268 (cell) with any questions.

The Student Support Advocate assists families in need of food, housing, health care (both behavioral and physical health), clothing, utilities, and other family needs. For Port Susan Middle School, Azra Grudic works with our families. You can contact her at 360.403.3653 (direct line) or 360.965.8875 (cell).

Inclement Weather/Power Outages (More Information/Clarification)

A question has come up regarding inclement weather and extended power outages that will not allow students to continue on work online. If power outages are widespread and last more than a day, the district may elect to cancel school completely rather than have the day be carried out through distance learning. If this were to occur, we’d have to make up these days as we do with a traditional snow day and extended time would be given for current assignments.

Even if Google Meets are not able to happen because of a power outage, the day will still count as a school day as long as students have assignments available and weekly drop dates and due dates will continue. During distance learning, we will count school days because work is available for students.

If the length of the power outage lasts multiple days in a small area, we ask that students contact their teacher &/or the school so we can excuse the attendance to allow more time to complete work. This would be an excused absence for students in that small area only and the remaining students would continue to attend.

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Can my student access work offline?

Setting up your chromebook to be able to complete assignments offline is possible. This might be helpful if you have limited internet access, traveling without internet access, or inclement weather situations.

Linked below are both written directions as well as a short video to make this possible. Please reach out if you have any questions.

Google Drive Offline

Upcoming Dates...

Next Week

Monday, 11/30: Periods 1, 3, 5

Tuesday, 12/01: Periods 2, 4, 6

Wednesday, 12/02: Grade level meeting only & work from week 12/13 due @ 11:59p.m.

Thursday 12/03: Periods 1, 3, 5

Friday 12/04: Periods 2, 4, 6

Future Dates

12/09: Virtual Assembly #1 @ 11:15 a.m. (ALL Students - No Advisory/Grade Level Meeting)

12/14 - 12/18: Spirit Week (Details TBA)

01/13: Virtual Assembly #2 @ 11:15 a.m. (ALL Students - No Advisory/Grade Level Meeting)

Advisory/Grade Level Meetings Calendar

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Weekly Drop & Due Dates

*Due Date for Week 12&13 December 2nd @ 11:59 p.m.
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Have a Question?

PSMS Office Hours: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. daily (360.629.1360)

"I have a Question" Link: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. (Link located on all google classrooms)

Send an email:

Take Care & Stay Safe

Cherae Almanza, Principal

Crysty Auckland, Assistant Principal

The Stanwood-Camano School District does not discriminate in employment, programs, or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the District's Title IX/Affirmative Action Officer and Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator, Maurene Stanton (mstanton@stanwood.wednet.edu), or the Section 504/American Disabilities Act Coordinator, Robert Hascall (rhascall@stanwood.wednet.edu) Stanwood-Camano School District, 26920 Pioneer Hwy, Stanwood, WA 98292. Telephone: (360) 629-1200.

El Distrito Escolar de Stanwood-Camano School District no discrimina en sus programas o actividades por motivos de sexo, raza, credo, religión, color, origen nacional, edad, condición de veterano de guerra o grado militar, orientación sexual, expresión de género o identidad, discapacidad o uso de perro guía entrenado o animal de servicio, y ofrece igualdad de acceso a los Boy Scouts y a otros grupos de jóvenes especificados. El empleado mencionado a continuación ha sido designado para atender consultas y quejas de supuesta discriminación: Título IX / Oficial de Acción Afirmativa y Coordinador de Cumplimiento de Derechos Civiles, Maurene Stanton (mstanton@stanwood.wednet.edu), o la Sección 504 / Coordinador de la Ley de Discapacidades Estadounidenses, Robert Hascall (rhascall@stanwood.wednet.edu), Distrito Escolar Stanwood-Camano, 26920 Pioneer Hwy, Stanwood, WA 98292. Teléfono: (360) 629- 1200.