Voyager MS Parent Bulletin

January 4, 2022 Weekly News

Home of the Wolverines

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Welcome Back!

Our mission is to prepare our youth today for tomorrow’s opportunities.

Land Acknowledgement

The Mukilteo School District acknowledges that we gather on the ancestral homelands of the Coast Salish Peoples, who have lived in the Salish Sea basin since time immemorial. We respect this place and honor the sacred spiritual connection to the land, water, and its people, past, present, and future. The district serves a diverse population of about 15,000 students who live near the Puget Sound about 15 miles north of Seattle. Dedicated staff help prepare our community's children to be successful, contributing members of the community. Our students learn in an environment that is positive, caring, and focused on their highest academic potential.

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Thought of the Week


“Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”


~ Carl Bard

Health and Safety Information for In-Person Learning

The in-person learning family guide has been posted on the Return to School website. As with last spring, school staff will follow the health and safety guidelines provided by the Washington State Department of Health. You’ll also find information about cleaning, transportation, physical distancing, masks and other in-person learning protocols.

Attendance Reminders to All Families

We want to remind students and families about the importance of daily attendance. In order for students to do their best learning in school, students need to be present at school, on time, as many days as possible. Additionally, please be mindful about scheduling appointments outside of the school day whenever possible, or to bring students back to campus so that they miss as little school as possible.

Sick or Unable to Attend

If a student is sick or unable to attend school please contact the school within 24 hours either by phone at 425-366-5324 or email at Voyager@mukilteo.wednet.edu so that we know your student is safe and accounted for.

Health and Safety Reminders

As we approach cold and flu season, it is important to remind all our Voyager families that students should be symptom-free to come to school and before/after school activities.


Stay Home if You’re Sick – Helpful Information: A COVID -19 Toolkit https://www.snohd.org/DocumentCenter/View/8109/COVID-Toolkit-FINAL


While we recognize that many conditions can cause these symptoms, such as the “common cold” or allergies, the best way to rule out COVID is to be tested.


If your student has tested negative or is fully vaccinated for COVID, they should STILL stay home until their symptoms have improved to avoid bringing other viruses or contagious conditions to school, or coughing, wiping, or blowing their nose in the classroom, for example.


Please review the COVID-19 DAILY HEALTH SCREENING AND RESOURCE FORM. If your student has ANY of the outlined symptoms, they should stay home, (even if you believe it’s not COVID!)


Thank you for your help in keeping Voyager Middle School as safe as possible.

Week at a Glance

January 3 - January 7

Activity Bus Leaves Promptly at 4:05pm


Season Two Sports - Fall Athletics Schedule



1/3 - Monday - B Day:


NO SCHOOL - Due to inclement weather


1/4- Tuesday - A Day:


* School 2 Hours Late Start at 10:05am due to hazardous conditions.


Before School

7th Grade Girls Volleyball Practice - 6:15 - 7:45am - VO Gym - CANCELLED

Library Open 7:40 - 8:00am - CANCELLED

During School

Literacy Center 8:10 - 9:30am - CANCELLED

After School

VO Homework Room - 2:50 - 4:00pm - VO Library

Cribbage Club - 2:55 - 4:00pm - Room# Library - CANCELLED

Craft Club - 2:55 - 4:00pm - Room# B153

8th Grade Girls Volleyball Practice 3:00 - 5:00pm - VO Commons

7th/8th Grade Boys Basketball Practice - 3:00 - 5:00pm - VO Gym


1/5- Wednesday - B Day:

Before School

Library Open 7:40 - 8:00am

During School

Literacy Center 8:10 - 9:30am

After School

STEAM Club - 2:55 - 4:00pm - Room#C140 - CANCELLED

Homework Club - 2:55 - 4:00pm - VO Library

7th/8th Grade Girls Volleyball Games vs. Einstein - 3:45pm @ Voyager

7th/8th Grade Boys Basketball Games vs. Einstein - 3:45pm - @ Einstein


1/6- Thursday - A Day:

Before School

7th Grade Girls Volleyball Practice - 6:15 - 7:45am - VO Gym

Library Open 7:40 - 8:00am

During School

Literacy Center 8:10 - 9:30am

After School

VO Homework Room - 2:50 - 4:00pm - VO Library

Pride Club - 2:55 - 4:00pm - Room# A130

8th Grade Girls Volleyball Practice 3:00 - 5:00pm - VO Commons

7th/8th Grade Boys Basketball Practice - 3:00 - 5:00pm - VO Gym


1/7- Friday - B Day:


Before School

7th Grade Girls Volleyball Practice - 6:15 - 7:45am - VO Gym

Library Open 7:40 - 8:00am

During School

Literacy Center 8:10 - 9:10am

After School

7th/8th Grade Girls Volleyball Practice 3:00 - 5:00pm - VO Gym

7th/8th Grade Boys Basketball Practice - 1:30 - 3:00pm - VO Gym


Learning Improvement Time (LIT) Dismissal, Fridays

On Fridays Voyager students are usually released from school at 1:30pm due to Learning Improvement Time (LIT) time for staff. There are no after school activity buses on early dismissal Fridays.

School News

COVID-19 Testing for Staff and Students

In coordination with Premier Medical Group, testing is available at:


Mukilteo School District Office 9401

Sharon Drive Everett, WA 98204


  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Testing outside at back of building
  • Rapid antigen testing only
  • No appointment needed
  • No fee


Persons wishing to be tested must provide consent and pre-register one time only at: https://pmg.app.perseus.id/DIV/MUKILTEO or scan the QR code with mobile device. If needed, help with registration is available at the testing site.


Test results will be sent by text. If you don't receive results after two hours, please scan the QR code and log into your account or log in through the link above.


Please review the flyer attached for QR code.

Operation Community Holiday Cards Drop 2021

Voyager students wrote well over 800 holiday cards to distribute to our elderly neighbors! Thank you to our students for their kindness and thoughtfulness and to the parents/guardians who donated blank holiday cards to help make this event happen! The messages throughout the cards were truly heart warming.


Holiday cards were delivered to five local retirement/nursing homes, spreading cheer throughout, compliments of Voyager Middle School! Go Wolverines!!

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How to Get Information About School Closures or Delays

How to Get Information About School Closures or Delays

In the event of inclement weather, a power outage, or some other emergency making it necessary to close or delay schools, you can find that information in a number of ways:


Arrange beforehand to get an email or text message. You have several options in addition to Blackboard Connect:


CHECK YOUR PHONE
Information will be sent to families using the mass communication system via email, phone and text (if entered into the Blackboard Connect Portal). Connect to Blackboard Connect.


Emergency Information. Visit here if you want information about emergencies, such as the procedures for school closures, lockdowns, and shelter-in-place. Or call the school district’s Emergency Information Line at 425-356-1299 or the 24-hour information line for your child’s school.


CHECK THE WEBSITE

You also can check the status by going to this school district website. Mukilteo School District Web Site. Information about school closures or delays is also made available to the local media through a service called FlashAlert. You can go directly to the Flash Alert website.


CHECK THE LOCAL MEDIA

Many local radio stations provide regular reports on school closures, including KRKO (1380 AM), KIRO (97.3 FM), or KOMO (1000 AM). As for television stations, watch the morning news on KOMO (Channel 4), KING (Channel 5), KIRO (Channel 7) or KCPQ (Channel 13).

Mariner Jr. Cheer Program

Our junior cheer program is open to participants in 1st - 8th grade in the Everett & Mukilteo School Districts. Your cheerleader will learn cheers, dances, and stunts during our three month season. We perform in community events and local competitions.


Mariner Jr. Cheer is a feeder program to Mariner High School Cheer program. It is our goal as Coordinators to create a fun, inviting environment for members to learn cheers and teamwork but also this is a sport. Members will be conditioned athletically and they will learn what will be expected of them at the high school level if they choose to continue with Cheer and represent their High School with pride.


For additional information, including registration, please visit Home | marinerjrcheer (wixsite.com)

New Convenient Digital Vax Record

Are you looking for a convenient way to store your vaccination records? Meet WA Verify – your personal vaccination SMART Health Card QR Code. Keep it in your phone, scan it wherever proof of vaccination is required and stop worrying about grabbing your vaccine card on the way out the door.

Helpful Resources

Links

Mukilteo School District Web Site

Voyager Middle School Web Site

https://www.flashalert.net/login/

Mukilteo School District 2021-22 School Calendar

Voyager Calendar

Fall Athletics Schedule

Voyager Clubs for the 2021/2022 School Year: Voyager Clubs (mukilteoschools.org)

MSD Parent Center

FAMILY ACCESS: link

FlashAlert Newswire and Messenger

Covid Data Dashboard Return to School / COVID cases dashboard (mukilteoschools.org)

Nutrition Services webpage

Free Student Meals for the 21-22 School Year! Complete the application

Transportation Department (425)366-1306 or visit Find Your School Bus Route.

VO Facebook @voyagermiddleschool

VO Instagram @voyagerwolverines

Voyager Middle School - YouTube

Revolution Prep. Academic tutoring accessible through the student portal (Free Tutoring Services for Middle and High School Students)

Voyager School Counselors

Brenna Reid, 6th Grade Counselor ReidBC@mukilteo.wednet.edu, 425-366-5334

Vincenza Moody, 7th Grade Counselor MoodyVC@mukilteo.wednet.edu, 425-366-5333

Margaret Peterson, 8th Grade Counselor​ PetersonMJ@mukilteo.wednet.edu, 425-366-5332

Free tutoring services for middle and high school students!

Students in grades 6 through 12 will have access to free online tutoring services through a partnership with Revolution Prep. Academic tutoring will be accessible through the student portal on the district website in many key academic subjects (math, science, English Language and literature, foreign languages, history, etc.).


For more information, please access recordings here Free tutoring for middle and high school students! Additional family webinars in other languages will be presented in January.

Mukilteo School District is Hiring!

We are hiring many positions, including bus drivers, food service workers, substitutes, paraeducators, and more! Learn more about the jobs and application process and ask questions during a weekly information Zoom meeting - every Thursday, 4 to 5 p.m. The Zoom link is on the district home page and website calendar. https://www.mukilteoschools.org/Page/10...

State Mask Mandate

Masks are now required for outdoor events with 500 or more people, Regardless of vaccination status. Please remember this when attending school district sporting events, as masks are required for all attendees.

COVID-19 Testing Locations

Visit the Washington State Department of Health’s Testing for COVID-19 page for the latest updates, information about who should be tested, what you should do after you’re tested, vaccine information, testing locations and data dashboard.

Back to School Resources

If your child has a need for school supplies, food, clothing or community resources, please contact Kristen Anderson, Lead Student Support Advocate at AndersonKM@mukilteo.wednet.edu or Olga Mantilla, Family Engagement Liaison at Mantillaoy@mukilteo.wednet.edu

Stay Connected!

We send a schoolwide weekly newsletter and other regular communications out via Blackboard, our district wide communication system. By enrolling your child in our school, you are automatically set up to receive Blackboard messages from us. If you have updates to e-mail or phone numbers that you would like to make related to these communications, please call the main office at 425-366-5300.

Upcoming Events

1/13/22: MLK Assembly

1/17/22: Martin Luther King Jr. Day – No School

1/18/22: Individual Team Academic Awards Assembly

2/21/22: President's Day – No School

2/22/22 - 2/25/22: Mid Winter Break – No School

4/11/22 - 4/15/22: Spring Break – No School

5/30/22: Memorial Day – No School

Friday - Learning Improvement Time (LIT) – EARLY DISMISSAL SCHEDULE

6th Grade

8:05 - 9:30am - Core

9:35 - 10:50am - Elective

11:25 - 11:55am - Intervention

12:00 - 1:30pm - Core


7th Grade

8:05 - 8:35am - Intervention

8:40 - 11:40am Core

11:40 - 12:10 - Lunch

12:15 - 1:30pm - Elective


8th Grade

8:05 - 9:15am - Elective

9:20 - 12:15pm - Core

12:15 - 12:45pm - Lunch

12:50 - 1:30pm - Intervention

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Reinforce six traits that lead to academic achievement

No two children are the same, but successful students do have some things in common. To develop these traits in your child, encourage her to be:


  1. Curious. Curious students won’t accept “just because” as an answer. They want to know things. To stoke your child’s curiosity, expose her to new ideas and experiences.
  2. Persistent. Successful students keep trying until they master tough assignments. They set goals and work diligently to reach them. Acknowledge your child’s effort when she puts in long hours studying; don’t focus solely on the resulting grade.
  3. Organized. Even an academic star will struggle in school if she can’t find things. Make sure your child has the tools to help her organize her schoolwork and manage her time, such as calendars, sticky notes and file folders.
  4. Resilient. Everyone fails sometimes, but successful students don’t let failure derail them. Encourage your child to take responsibility for her actions and create a plan for improvement.
  5. Open-minded. Remind your child to listen to the opinions of others and engage in constructive conversations with classmates—even when she disagrees.
  6. Confident. When students know the adults in their lives love them and believe in them, the sky is the limit!



~ The Parent Institute

Show your child how to enjoy time alone

The middle school years are a peer-driven time of life. This makes things like social distancing and virtual learning especially challenging for some students.


Remind your child that he can be happy in his own company. Encourage him to engage in

pursuits such as:


  • Reading. Your child is always less likely to feel lonely when he’s immersed in a good book, or any other material he enjoys reading.
  • Arts and crafts. Adolescents are often wonderfully creative and can produce beautiful work when given the time.
  • Exercise. Suggest your child go for a walk each day. He can listen to music or an audiobook, or just be alone with his thoughts.
  • Cooking. Growing kids are usually drawn to the kitchen. Cooking is a rewarding experience that involves all five senses. And as a bonus, your child can eat what he creates!
  • Daydreaming. Let your child know it’s OK to spend some time doing absolutely nothing!


~ The Parent Institute

Mukilteo School District does not discriminate in any 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 trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights Coordinator and Title IX Coordinator Dan Dizon (425-356-1319), dizonds@mukilteo.wednet.edu, Section 504 Coordinator Lisa Pitsch (425-356-1277), pitschla@mukilteo.wednet.edu, and the ADA/Access Coordinator Karen Mooseker (425-356-1330), moosekerkw@mukilteo.wednet.edu. Address: 9401 Sharon Drive in Everett, WA. Inquiries regarding ADA/Access issues at Sno-Isle TECH Skills Center should be directed to Wes Allen, Director (425-348-2220) allenwr@mukilteo.wednet.edu. Address: 9001 Airport Road in Everett, WA 98204.

Family Engagement Liaison

My name is Olga Mantilla, Family Engagement Liaison here at Voyager Middle School. I am here to support students and their families through their middle school years at Voyager.