Midland Messenger

August 22, 2022

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From the Principal:

Dear Families,

Welcome to the 2022-23 School Year! Our Midland Staff have been working hard in preparation for an excellent school year! Our school is committed to our motto: Achieving Success, Inspiring Hope, Celebrating Community. We will achieve this through explicit teaching of school-wide expectations, differentiated instruction in the classroom, use of data to inform our instruction, and a safe and positive school culture. Your students are the inspiration for our work and we are looking forward to partnering with you to help your student to achieve success at Midland.

This year we have added some new staff.

Please help me welcome:

Kristina Frederick (Assistant Principal), Makennah Asher (1st Grade), Colleen Gibson (1st Grade), David Lorms (2nd Grade), Robin Allen (3rd Grade), Oliva Cano-Dominguez (3rd Grade), Megan Pratt (5th Grade), Alissa Wegleitner (Resource Room), Rachel Versolenko (ELL), Lisbeth Gutierrez Perez (ELL Para Educator), Hilary Brastad (LAP Math), Kobayashi-Kajiwara (Virtual Speech), Felita Williams (Primary Support Center), LaGulia White (Intermediate Support Center)

Additionally, Student Teachers: Mindy Apel, Christina Biggs, Stacey Kupper, and Jace Keim

I welcome your communication. Please call or email me to share your celebrations or concerns at (253)298-4501 or pdawson@fpschools.org

It's great to be a MUSTANG!

~Dr. Paula Dawson

Important Dates to Remember:

August 25 ~ Ice Cream Social at Midland 4-5:30 pm

August 30 ~ First day of school for 1st - 5th Grade

September 2 & 5 ~ NO SCHOOL for Labor Day

September 6 ~ First full day of school for Kindergarten

September 14 ~ 1:55 Dismissal

September 21 ~ Taproot Theater 12:45-1:45 pm

September 21 ~ 1:55 Dismissal

September 22 ~ Midland Open House 6-7:30 pm

September 28 ~ 1:55 Dismissal

**For additional future scheduled activities, please check out our Midland calendar at https://midland.fpschools.org/**

Welcome Back Ice Cream Social

Please join us for a fun family ice cream social to kick off our school year! Come to visit Midland, meet the staff, and enjoy a yummy treat from 4-5:30 pm on Thursday, August 25th.

We look forward to seeing you!!

2022-23 Midland Daily Schedule

8:40 Breakfast

8:50 Warning bell, students are in class

8:55 Tardy bell, school begins

11:20-12:15 Kindergarten Lunch/Recess

11:20-12:15 1st Grade Lunch/Recess

11:50-12:45 2nd Grade Lunch/Recess

12:20-1:15 3rd Grade Lunch/Recess

12:20-1:15 4th Grade Lunch/Recess

11:50-12:45 5th Grade Lunch/Recess

3:25 Dismissal

*MOST Wednesdays will be a 1:55 dismissal*

(PLEASE check the calendar for specific dates)

Family Access: Find your teacher and update your information

Interactive Skyward Family Access features are open and ready for primary guardians to review, update, and/or request changes to your child's information.

In Family Access, you can also see who your child's teacher will be for the 2022-23 school year.

We ask that a primary guardian log into Family Access and complete the Annual Student Information Update for your student. Please use this link to log into Skyward Family Access:


Please enter your login ID- It will be either your email address or first name.last name (Sally.Jones)

Password will be something you chose in the past or you can set a new password.

From here you will see your student's name on the upper left-hand corner with multiple options available to you. If you have more than one student attending a Franklin Pierce School you will have a drop down that says All Students, when you click on the drop down it will have all your students and you would choose the correct student.

This screen shot is for a family with multiple students. Click the drop-down arrow to the right of All Students to select the correct student. Click on Annual Student Information Update and complete ALL steps.

If you need help gaining access to a computer, try the Pierce County Library, visit your school, or come to the district office.

Morning Drop Off Information

If you are a parent who is driving their child to school, here are some important items to consider:

  • Please use the parent drop off zone in front of the school.
  • Please follow the directions of the Safety Patrol on duty.
  • Students can be dropped off between 8:40-8:50am.
  • Students can pick up breakfast and go directly to class.
  • Students need to be in class by 8:55, when the tardy bell rings.
  • Students who arrive at or after 8:55 will have to have a parent come into the office to sign them in. *Please note that due to safety concerns, our tardy drop off policy has changed. Parents may not drop off late students to enter the building unsupervised. Parents must park, come into the office, and sign the student in with the time and reason for the tardy.
  • After 5 tardies, a parent meeting with an administrator will be required. Students may need to start taking the bus if they continue to be late for school.

Thank you in advance for understanding that our school day begins at 8:55 and students should be present at that time.

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NEW Before and Afterschool Care for the 2022-23 School Year!

Serving students at ALL 8 Elementary Schools

Right at School will operate before and afterschool programs at all eight Franklin Pierce elementary schools! Right at School offers a safe environment for students to learn, to play, and to grow!

2022-2023 Online Registration for NEW students

At this time, we are taking registration for those children who live within our attendance boundaries, or have daycare in our area. Enrollees must provide a copy of their child’s birth certificate, immunization records, and proof of residence by uploading them to our district's website along with their registration information. To be eligible for kindergarten, children must be five years of age by August 31, 2022.

Please visit fpschools.org - click on the red "Enrollment" circle - follow the instructions for the 2022-23 school year.

Current students who live within the Midland Elementary boundaries are automatically enrolled at Midland for the 2022-23 school year.

  • Students who were overloaded to Midland for the 2021-22 school year will return to their home schools for 2022-23.
  • Students living within our district but outside of Midland boundaries who want to attend Midland must complete a within-district transfer form online. Click here to access the Transfers and Homeschool form
  • Out-of-district students who wish to attend Midland must complete a new out-of-district transfer (Choice Transfer) from their home district to be considered for enrollment.

For any questions, please contact our school office at 253-298-4500.

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Upcoming Events

(Early Release, School Events, Academic Calendar, etc.)

Franklin Pierce Schools does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.

Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to James Hester, Compliance Coordinator for State and Civil Rights Laws; Wendy Malich, Title IX Officer; or John Sander, 504/ADA Coordinator at 315 129th ST S, Tacoma, WA 98444-5099 or at (253)298-3000.