KINGSTON MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS
We Focus on Being Kind, Making Progress, and Being Safe
December 5, 2022
Weekly Principal Message
Greetings Cav Communities,
I hope you are all staying warm and dry in this icy weather!
This season is one of gratitude. I want to extend my sincere gratitude to our two local tribes for the immense wisdom, integrity, support, participation, resources, and love that is poured into our school from Port Gamble S'Klallam and Suquamish Tribes. I am grateful for the community, integrity, harmony, and kinship of this incredible community.
If you have specific questions or concerns, please reach out to me at any time firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, if phone is better, my number is 360-396-3402, Wishing you well!
-Principal Danielle Warman
Mark Your Calendars:
View the calendar for the 2022-2023 School Year for upcoming holidays and non-school days.
Vision and Hearing Screening rescreening for students who missed it will be on Monday, December 5th. This is for any student who was absent or needs to be rechecked.
Monday, December 5th: 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Coffee Chat with the Principal on Zoom: https://nkschools.zoom.us/j/89420948647#success Anyone can join and bring any topic of discussion.
Monday, December 5th: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Parent Connection Event: Decorating the staff lounge for teachers--bring all of your old holiday decor laying around to brighten up the lounge for teachers. Holiday cookies and hot chocolate provided.
Monday, December 12th 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Band Concert
Winter Break: December 19th-January 2nd
January 9th 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Coffee Chat with the Principal on Zoom: https://nkschools.zoom.us/j/89420948647#success Anyone can join and bring any topic of discussion.
Winter Wonderland Dance: Rescheduled to January 20th: 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Click here to fill out a permission slip and buy tickets: https://kms.nkschools.org/activities/dance__social
January 30th: Parent Connection Event, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Zoom discussion about teen behavior, connecting with your student, and real talk about the impact of social media on teen life.
Thank you to Barb Santos and the Suquamish Tribe for Donations to our Student Store!
Announcement: We still have several poinsettias from our recent fundraiser that were not picked up, please pick up from the main office if you ordered one. Thanks!
Family Character Dares!
We are excited to partner with the Character Strong organization and Kingston High School to post weekly "Family Character Dares". These are brief, encouraging "challenges" for each of us as we navigate our evolving relationships with the teenagers and emerging young adults in our lives. We'd love to hear your stories of how these go at home, as well as your own ideas for future "Dares" we can share!
Ms. Ellison Wears the Turkey Suit for A Good Cause!
Need a Sports Physical? See Information Below:
Thank You North Kitsap Fire and Rescue and Families Who Delivered Meals for Conferences!
We Need Volunteer Club Advisors!
Sign Up For Mid-Winter Sports!
Boys Basketball and Girls Soccer is Happening Now! Our next season starts Jan 9, 2023 for Girls Basketball (try-outs) and Co-Ed Wrestling (no cuts). Registration for these is opening up December 1, 2022 on Family ID/Arbiter.
HOW TO SIGN UP FOR NEXT SEASON'S SPORTS:
Check Here for our Sporting Events Information Including Game Times: Kingston Middle School - Arbiter Live. Game Times are subject to Change Due to Transportation Needs--Check Regularly!
Click here to learn more: Athletics Registration.
Step One: Please go to the Family ID website https://www.familyid.com/organizations/11811/programs
Step Two: Choose Kingston Middle School
Step Three: You will need to register and fill out all the information online and upload a copy of your most recent physical completed by your Doctor, or you can bring a paper copythe front office. Students will not be able to practice or participate until we have a copy of your current Physical Examination Form. (Form on Website or can be picked up in the office).
Step Four: An ASB card needs to be purchased by all athletes before competing- $15. You are given the opportunity to pay for this as you are registering. You can also pay at the school with cash or check for the exact amount.
Items Below Will Appear in Every Bulletin:
Need Help with Technology? Skyward? Google? Student Chromebooks? Click Below!
No Cost After School Tutoring is Every Tuesday and Thursday!!! Click Below for the Permission Slip to Join.
Forms Can Be Returned to the Main Office:
Access to COVID-19 Testing
Visit the COVID-19 Testing and Reporting page of our website to learn more about how to report a positive COVID-19 test, and how to obtain tests either through our schools or in the community. We will be providing families with at-home COVID-19 test kits for their children each month to use if they are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms.
- Test kits are being distributed for families to use at-home if their student has COVID-19 symptoms.
- Testing is voluntary, families are not required to test for COVID-19.
- The Department of Health requires schools to provide a variety of ways to ensure that COVID-19 testing is available in the school community. Providing each family with tests is one recommended way.
- The at-home tests are provided through a grant.
- Reporting a Positive COVID-19 case may be done via bit.ly/nkcovidtest. Reporting a positive case helps us monitor any outbreaks, and communicate school by school results to our community as required by the Department of Health.
School Lunch Info!
Food & Nutrition Services would like to remind you that we offer both Breakfast and Lunch daily at all the North Kitsap schools.
During the last couple of years, due to the COVID pandemic, all meals for all students have been free via waivers issued by the USDA. Those waivers have expired.
This school year, only students who are qualified for free or reduced-price meals either through Direct Certification or a paper application will receive free meals. All other students must pay for their meals starting on the first day of school (August 31st). Payments may be made with a debit or credit card online through Skyward Family Access or with cash and/or checks in the school cafeteria service line.
K-5 $2.50 K-5 $3.75
6-12 $2.75 6-12 $4.00
Below you will find multiple documents in both English and Spanish. If you need a different language translated, please let us know and we will get that for you.
Applications may also be submitted completely online through Skyward Family Access.
All Free/Reduced applications from prior years will expire on October 13th, 2022. We cannot backdate the application so the Food & Nutrition Services office must receive and process applications prior to that date for charges not to accrue. All charges on a student’s account are the parent/guardians to repay.
If you have any questions regarding the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program or any of the documents attached, please contact the Food & Nutrition Services office.
NKSD Food & Nutrition Services
We Want to Hear From You, Here's How:
Monthly Parent Meetings
We offer parent connection events every month. This is an opportunity to connect, share feedback, ask questions, and build community. Topics are generated by parents, teachers, and students. Check the "Important Dates" section above for more info.
Coffee Chat with the Principal on Zoom!
Drop in to chat with the principal, Danielle Warman, in this open Zoom for families and community members who wish to discuss topics related to Kingston Middle School. Check out the calendar above for the dates and zoom links.
If your child has been out of school and you are not sure how to keep up their grades, you are welcomed to contact their teacher directly. We all have a lot of grace and understanding for the current situation and want to help your child stay successful.
Each Department at KMS has a slightly different policy on grading. However, you can count on some key consistent practices from all of your child’s teachers:
- A failing grade should not be a surprise to a parent/guardian. Regular dialogue between the teacher and family is essential; parents are encouraged to reach out if you have not heard from your child’s teacher.
- We do not believe in zeros for missing assignments. Instead, teachers will place a 50% grade, or not count the work toward the final grade. There are a few exceptions for this if the assignment has little to no impact on the final grade and for formal assessments.
- Students should always have an opportunity to turn in late work, complete an alternative assignment, or demonstrate a standard prior to the quarter end in place of a missing assignment. (Teacher discretion for how to show standard).
- Skyward should be updated regularly and at a minimum at least every two weeks.
Reporting Safety Concerns
Our district is now using Vector Alert, a tip reporting service that allows students, staff, and parents to submit safety concerns to us in five different ways:
- Web: http://2120.alert1.us
- Phone: 973.315.6264
- Text: Text your tip to 973.315.6264
- Email: email@example.com
- App: Search for “Vector Alert” in the App Store to download for free
You can easily report tips on bullying, harassment, drugs, vandalism, threats of violence, or any safety issue you're concerned about through Vector Alert. When you submit a tip, be sure to use our district’s identification code: 2120 in your communication. Every tip Vector Alert receives about our district is immediately logged in the system and our administration is notified so that they can investigate and take appropriate action. Tips may also be submitted anonymously if you prefer.
NEED TO CONTACT US? Here is a quick-glance list of contact information.
Principal, Danielle Warman
Assistant Principal, Michael Bosch
Office Manager, Brandy Lacey
Attendance, Shelbe Thibeault
Athletic Secretary, Susan Weins
Counseling Secretary, Holly Marsh
Counselor, Stephanie Robinson A-L Alphabet
Counselor, Pat Jensen M-Z Alphabet