Kuna Middle School

Weekly News - January 13, 2023

Implementing closed, locked doors inside our school

For years, we've locked the outside doors to our schools when our students are present and asked everyone to follow procedures to get in. We are now extending the closed, locked door policy to inside our school, too.

Why? This change reflects a life saving lesson our law enforcement partners learned from the tragic events in recent years: no locked door has ever been breached by a school shooter.

We are working with our teachers and staff to begin implementation next week. Closing and locking doors does not mean that we are in lock down.We can still use hallways for intervention classes, individual sessions and teachers can still or go outside for class. Visitors can come to our classrooms and school.

Again, the reason for this change is simple safety for you and our students. Locking the doors has saved lives and prevented injuries.

Upcoming Events & Information

  • January 16th - NO SCHOOL (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
  • January 16-20th - Tissue Drive
  • January 18-20th - Early Release @ 12:15pm (secondary ONLY)
  • January 20th - End of Semester/Quarter 2 (secondary ONLY)
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Looking Ahead

  • January 26th - Connecting Community Event (6:30-8pm Kuna Performing Arts Center @ KHS)
  • January 31st - KMS Parent Advisory Committee/PTO Meeting (6pm - KMS Library)
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Staff Spotlight - Mrs. Winn & Ms. Thompson

Mrs. Winn is new to KMS this year and teaches 8th grade math. She has worked in education for many years doing everything from special needs preschool to graduate research studies. Mrs. Winn has Bachelor's and Master's Degrees and is currently working on her Ed. D in Curriculum and Instructional and Educational Leadership through BSU. She has four kids who attend school in the Kuna School District and enjoys spending time with her family. Thank you for choosing KMS, Mrs. Winn!

Mrs. Winn's Favorites

Snack - popcorn

Color - blue

Hobby - chauffeur for her kids

Fast Food - Waffle Love

Store - Home Depot

Drink - Dr. Pepper

Book - ALL

Candy - Snickers, Twix

Music - all types

Sport - cheer, golf, volleyball, taekwondo

Ms. Thompson currently teaches 7th grade English Language Arts and is in her 16th year of teaching. She has her Master's Degree from BSU and her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Idaho. Ms. Thompson has two daughters and four dogs. She enjoys reading, cooking, baking, crafting, organizing, and exploring new places. Ms. Thompson also hopes to visit the national paks, New Orleans, the East Coast, and more of Europe. KMS is thankful for Ms. Thompson!

Ms. Thompson's Favorites

Snack - chips and salsa

Color - aquamarine

Hobby - cooking and baking

Fast Food - Los Betos tacos

Store - Target

Drink - coconut water

Book - The Mayfair Witch Chronicles by Anne Rice

Candy - Skor Bar, Almond Joy

Music - classic rock

Sport - weight lifting and yoga

Student Spotlight - Troy Edwards

Seventh grade student, Troy Edwards, received Honorable Mention for participating in the Idaho Forest Products Essay Contest. Troy was also awarded 2nd place in the Patriot's Pen Essay Contest last month by the Kuna VFW. Way to go, Troy!
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Law Enforcement Appreciate Day

KMS students helped to celebrate our wonderful law enforcement partners and SRO, Detective Thai, with some treats and fun goodies this week!
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Brain Break

Students and staff participated in an impromptu assembly earlier this week. Included in the assembly was a Staff vs Students tug-of-war game!
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AVID College Research Projects

Students in Mrs. Mathias' AVID class have been working on college research projects. This was a month-long project that included research, an essay, and a visual display!
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Attendance Information

KMS Attendance - DIRECT LINE (208) 955-0257

We are here for you!

Our attendance office is very busy with multiple calls per minute.

Message are checked frequently; If you need to call your student out, please leave a detailed message and we will get your needs taken care of.

Please be assured that we listen to ALL messages and update as they come in.

Student Release during the School Day

School is released for the day at 2:15pm. This is a great opportunity for appointments to be made for after school to maximize learning time for your child.

If you need to get your child released from school for an appointment, please call at least 30 minutes ahead of time so that we can assist in a timely manner. After you call your child out, we will send a slip to their classroom with a release time. Your child can then mean you outside at the arranged time, so you do not need to come into the building.

Unexcused Absences

If you are notified that your child has an Unexcused Absence at any point during the day, please reach out to the teacher directly for clarification (if needed). Teachers will then notify the attendance clerk if any changes to attendance need to be made.