Stanwood Middle School
Family Message — Sunday, November 19, 2023
Good afternoon everyone!
Empowering Our Spartans
Going into Thanksgiving week, it seems appropriate to give gratitude shoutouts:
- To our Spartan families for your commitment to helping your Spartan find academic success at school.
- To our Spartan students for working hard to engage in their learning.
- To our Spartan coaches and club advisors for fostering a connection to activities for our students
- To our Spartan staff for showing the students that learning is hard work and rewarding when taking the time to do things correctly.
We also spent time last week in class meetings each morning reminding all students of behavior expectations, academic goals and focus, and how to navigate friendships during the middle school years. Here are some basic reminders for all Spartan families:
- No hats/hoods
- No gum (mints are okay)
- Cell phones/headphones off and away between 7:25-2:10
- Students can ask permission to use/check their phone
- Students using their phone/headphones without permission will have it placed in the office for the day; a second time require a parent to pick it up
- No Energy drinks on campus
- Straight to class when the bell rings/go the shortest route
- Use the bathroom closest to your classroom
We also discussed advocating for one's own learning and being focused and prepared for class; we went over how behaviors that distract others from learning is not acceptable.
Ms. Piggott, our school counselor, spent time talking about friendships, how to avoid drama, and why empathy and kindness are important qualities.
Volleyball Season Starts Soon
Registration for all sports is open right now. Please visit stanwood-wa.finalforms.com.to register your Spartan to participate in athletics.
Our Girls Volleyball season starts after Thanksgiving break and runs through January 30. All athletes should be registered through final forms and cleared by November 29, which includes having a sports physical on file.
Other sports seasons for the remainder of the year:
Girls basketball, February 5-March 21
Co-ed wresting, February 5- March 23
Co-ed track, March 25-May 31
Boys soccer, April 8-May 24
If you need any help with Final Forms registration or have questions about athletics, email
Holly Christmas, athletic director, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Gabi Braley, athletic secretary, at email@example.com
You can also call the office at 360-629-1350
Power Hour starts on November 28 and is every Tuesday and Thursday through January 25. This is a great chance for students to work on homework and get help with different subjects. Mr. Webster will hold this study time at the library starting at 2:15.
Cooking Club begins on December 5 or December 7. Spartans can sign up for either the Tuesday or Thursday session. Mrs. Berg and Mrs. Austin will help students create delectable treats from 2:15-3:45 in the FCS classroom.
All sign-ups are in the office starting this week.
Have a great Sunday everyone!
Stanwood Middle School
Spartan Pride Awards
Each week we find time either during lunch or the morning announcements to honor the students who show of PRIDE. You'll received the write up for prominent display on your refrigerator. We appreciate all of our Spartans and how they work hard across so many areas each day.
Spartan Staff Spotlight
Spartan Staff Spotlight
This week, in the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday, we turn our spotlight onto our three fabulous cafeteria ladies, Laura Johnson, Jamie Berglund, and Christina Del Grosso.
Mrs. Johnson is in her third year working in the Stanwood MS lunchroom, and really appreciates how respectful the students are when they come through the lunch line. Outside of school she likes to read good books and spend time with her grandchildren.
Jamie Berglund is in her second year working in our lunchroom, and she loves all the students and the administration (she was not paid to say that part). Outside of school she loves to take her dogs for a walk and spend time with family.
Christina Del Grosso is in her second year as our kitchen manager, which means she does breakfast duty as well. She also loves working with the students, and thinks the administration is great as well. Outside of school she likes to spend time with family and go out on some hikes.
A lot going on at SMS this past week!
We had class meetings this past week!
Mrs. Brown's Class
Staff List for SMS!
Amy Anderson - firstname.lastname@example.org
Shannon Austin - email@example.com
Jenna Berg - firstname.lastname@example.org
Gaylynn Beuthien - email@example.com
Patrick Bliss - firstname.lastname@example.org
Lara Brown - email@example.com
Elizabeth Currey - firstname.lastname@example.org
Alissa Donovan - email@example.com
Dave Gelatt - firstname.lastname@example.org
John Getzinger - email@example.com
Claudia Holum - firstname.lastname@example.org
Kelli Ingram - email@example.com
Kim Liebscher - firstname.lastname@example.org
Amelia Mundell - email@example.com
Jason Schonberg - firstname.lastname@example.org
Doug Smith - email@example.com
Jenny Taney - firstname.lastname@example.org
Morgen ten Hoopen - email@example.com
Kiah Thomas - firstname.lastname@example.org
Larry Wall - email@example.com
Mark Wayland - firstname.lastname@example.org
Carl Webster - email@example.com
Student Support Advocate
Amy Hart - firstname.lastname@example.org
Tod Klundt - email@example.com
Holly Christmas - firstname.lastname@example.org
Food bank offers resources
If your child needs a warm coat this winter, or a holiday gift, the Stanwood-Camano Food Bank can help.
Nearly any child aged 0-18 living in the Stanwood-Camano area is eligible to receive a new coat and a visit to their Christmas House shop. In order to qualify and receive a shopping appointment, you must be able to show verification of Stanwood-Camano residence for you and your children.
Warm Coats For Kids services run now through Dec. 21. Christmas House services operate from Dec. 5 to Dec. 21. Both programs operate from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
Thanksgiving food distribution
A household can receive a ticket for thanksgiving meal items during the next food bank serve day: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22. The food bank is then closed Nov. 23-26.
Get levy facts on our website
Why do school districts ask voters to approve levies? In short: To bridge the gap between what the state provides and the services our community wants.
Levy dollars help pay for staffing and operations, including for sports, most safety and security personnel, and many other staffing costs such as teaching, nursing, and counseling.
This replacement levy would continue funding for educational programs so all Stanwood-Camano students have opportunities to succeed in school.
YMCA wins grants to help local students
The Stanwood-Camano YMCA has been awarded a grant from Island County Grant, which will specifically aid youth who live on Camano Island.
This grant enables the YMCA to provide Teen Memberships, Teen Programming, Teen Swim/Sport Lessons, and more to those who qualify. The YMCA said supporting the health, social development, and overall well-being of local youth is a strong investment in the future of our community.
To be eligible for these benefits, students must be residents of Camano Island and be between 6th graders through 12th graders who are 17 years old."
For more, contact the YMCA at ymca-snoco.org/connect
Important SMS Information
Check out your student's route and bus stop information for the 2023-24 school year now at our Bus Route Information webpage, which includes instructions on how to use Versatrans eLink.
Student Drop Off/Pick Up
Student drop off/pick up will be in our east parking lot. This is the opposite parking lot from where our busses drop off. Students will still enter through the front of the building when dropped off in the morning.
Once students arrive at school they can eat breakfast in the cafeteria each day. All students will wait in the foyer, or cafeteria if eating breakfast, until our bell rings at 7:25 a.m. When the bell rings at 7:25 a.m. students will go straight to class. On regular schedule days students go straight to 1st period, on Wednesday students will go straight to our Spartan Space (Advisory).
Routines and Expectations at Stanwood Middle School
You will see below we have included expectations we have developed for classrooms, the cafeteria, hallways, bathrooms, the library, our outside areas, and the bus lane before and after school. we will review all of these with students throughout the first week.
In addition to what is listed below, we don't allow hats, hoods, gum chewing or cell phone usage from 7:25 a.m. to 2:10 p.m. We will talk with students about these expectations during the first week as well.
During the first day of school Holly Christmas, our Assistant Principal, Jayde Piggott, our Counselor, and myself will be visiting every classroom twice. We will first walk around in the morning to introduce ourselves to every student and make sure we answer questions about lunches, schedules and anything else that will make students comfortable on their first day. We will again visit every classroom after lunches to talk about bus and pickup procedures for students after school.
After School Bus Procedures
First Wave: Stanwood Buses - students will leave class and go straight to their bus.
Second Wave: Camano Buses - students will go to the following classrooms to be supervised.
Rt 15: Mr. Wall, 151
Rt. 14: Mr. Bliss, 153
Rt. 12: Mrs. Donovan, 159
Rt. 11: Mrs. ten Hoppen, 105
Rt. 10: Mrs. Berg, 107
Y bus: Mr. Schonberg, 218
Students need to exit the building immediately and go to their bus, their bus room, leave to home, pick up line, or practice/club/activity.
A few reminders:
- Find school breakfast and lunch menus HERE
- Sign up to volunteer in our schools HERE
- See our job openings HERE
- See school start times HERE
- Steps on how to complete Free & Reduced Meal applications are HERE
- Find the calendars for the school year HERE
- Sign up for our new weekly Spartan Sports Report newsletter HERE
The Stanwood-Camano School District does not discriminate in employment, 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 a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the District's Title IX/Affirmative Action Officer and Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator, Christine Del Pozo (email@example.com), or the Section 504/American Disabilities Act Coordinator, Robert Hascall (firstname.lastname@example.org) Stanwood-Camano School District, 26920 Pioneer Hwy, Stanwood, WA 98292. Telephone: (360) 629-1200.