Finn Hill Falcon Flyer

September 10, 2021

From the Desk of Dr. Smith

Dear Finn Hill Community,

First of all, I want to thank everyone for a successful school opening. We had a fun assembly. Students are getting familiar with their lockers and teachers are doing amazing lessons on building connections.

Here's what I observed:

  • During my visit to Ms. Crawford's math class, I observed students working on building relationships using hexagonal shapes. Students had to write six things about their personal selves and share with a peer.
  • During my visit to Mr. Wood's ELA class, students were engaged in creating a classroom constitution.
  • I visited Mrs. Lynch's class and they were sending rockets into space. They were learning a lot about gravity.
  • During my visit to Ms. Churchill's class, students were engaged in a Zoom lesson based on their identities.

We know that space is at a premium at FHMS. However, we need to mindful of parking near the bus loop. Right now parked cars are preventing the bus from turning into the school entrance. Thanks for your attention to this.

PTSA president Sarah Martel and I met yesterday to collaborate on bringing volunteers into the building to support us during lunches. As you know, it has been challenging to safely bring volunteers into the school, so more information will be forthcoming on this.

My first Java with Joseph of the year will happen on Thursday from 11:00-11:30 am. Look for a link to be sent out on Wednesday that you can use to join this event. For new families, the purpose is to access the principal, learn about what is going in the school, and to stay current and updated. Java with Joseph is also an opportunity for me to get input about what the Finn Hill community needs.

Just for your information, we will be having our first fire drill next week on Tuesday.

As we plan for our first full week of school next week, we hope you have a wonderful weekend!


Dr. Joseph Smith

Good Things

  • Shout out to Ms. Holland, Mr. Decker, and Ms. Stephens for getting Finn Hill athletics up and running for season 1!
  • Kudos to our fabulous library team and much gratitude to all of the staff who pitched in to contribute to a successful student laptop distribution week!
  • Thank you to the PTSA for rallying again to help us with volunteers for laptop distribution. We appreciate you!

This Week at FHMS

Monday, September 13

  • Practice begins for co-ed cross country
Tuesday, September 14
  • PTSA Meeting (online), 7:00-9:00 pm
Wednesday, September 15
  • Yom Kippur
  • Early release at 1:35 pm

Thursday, September 16

  • Yom Kippur
  • Java with Joseph (Principal-Parent Coffee), 11:00 am, via Teams online

Coaches Needed

We have several openings for season 1 coaches:

  • Two boys' basketball coaches (regional level)
  • Three boys' tennis coaches (all levels)

Boys' basketball and boys' tennis practices have been postponed due to a lack of coaches. The season will begin on 9/20/21 and end on 10/29/21. If we cannot hire coaches, then we will have to cancel boys' tennis.

Please note that coaches will need to be vaccinated, have a background check completed, and be CPR certified. Other training may be required.

If interested, please get in touch with Ms. Holland, Ms. Stephens, or Mr. Decker.

Upcoming Events

Monday, September 20
  • Practice begins for boys' basketball and boys' tennis


Beginning Monday, September 13, students will be allowed to purchase items from the front office before school and at lunch only. Students who need to buy items will be allowed into the school through the front doors at 8:15 am so they can take care of business and still be on time to class. Students may eat breakfast beginning at 7:45 am but need to remain in the commons until 8:25 am. All other students who are not eating breakfast or buying school items will enter school through the courtyard gates beginning at 8:25 am.

Friendly Reminder-Student Water Bottles

Students should plan to bring a water bottle each day to make sure they stay hydrated. Students can bring reusable water bottles or single-use water bottles.

Washington State Fair Tickets

Each year, Washington State Fair provides LWSD with free fair tickets for staff and students. We have a supply of tickets for any student under age 18. Your Falcon can stop by the student services desk and request tickets for the children in your family to go to the fair for free, first come, first serve. The fair goes until 9/26/21.

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