Voyager MS Family Bulletin

January 27, 2022 Weekly News

Friday, January 28 - Teacher Work Day - NO SCHOOL

Home of the Wolverines

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


Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.”


~ Wilma Rudolph

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

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 updated Covid-19 Daily Health Screening and Resource Form Parent-Handout-COVID-Screening-REV-011822.pdf (snoisletech.com) If your student has ANY of the outlined symptoms, they should stay home, (even if you believe it’s not COVID!)


Please call the school right away to report POSITIVE Covid Test Results so we can notify close contacts.


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

Week at a Glance

January 31 - February 4

Activity Bus Leaves Promptly at 4:05pm



1/31 - Monday - B Day


Before School

Library Open 7:40 - 8:00am

During School

Literacy Center 8:10 - 9:30am

After School

ELL Club - 2:55 - 4:00pm - Room# B151

Literacy Center Staff Club - 2:55 - 4:00pm - VO Library

7th/8th Grade Girls Basketball Practice - 3:00 - 5:00pm - Voyager Gym


2/1- Tuesday - A Day:


Before School

Library Open 7:40 - 8:00am

During School

Literacy Center 8:10 - 9:30am

After School

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

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

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

7th/8th Grade Girls Basketball Practice - 3:00 - 5:00pm - Voyager Gym


2/2 - 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

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

7th/8th Grade Girls Basketball Practice - 3:00 - 5:00pm - Voyager Gym


2/3 - Thursday - A Day:

Before School

Library Open 7:40 - 8:00am

During School

Literacy Center 8:10 - 9:30am

After School

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

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

7th/8th Grade Girls Basketball Games vs. College Place - 3:45pm - @ College Place


2/4 - Friday - B Day:


Before School

Library Open 7:40 - 8:00am

During School

Literacy Center 8:10 - 9:30am

After School

7th/8th Grade Girls Basketball Practice - 3:00 - 5:00pm - Voyager 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.

State Change to Testing Requirement for Athletes

Due to the limited availability of COVID-19 tests, the state changed the testing requirements for athletes participating in “high-risk” athletics (basketball, unified basketball, cheer, wrestling), effective immediately.


TESTING:

Testing for athletes in high-risk sports is now only required on the day of a competition. Testing of asymptomatic athletes three times a week is no longer required. Testing is required of all participating athletes, regardless of vaccination status. Athletes who have had a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 in the last 90 days and who have recovered, do not need to test. Coaches and other involved staff do not need to test on competition days.


If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they will be excluded from that day’s competition and/or practice. Any athletes who test positive will follow current guidelines for isolation which include staying home for at least 5 full days and until they are well. Symptomatic students who have not received negative PCR test result for COVID must stay home for a full 5 days before returning.


MASKS:

Masks must be worn by athletes in these high-risk sports during all practices and training. Coaches and staff must wear masks at all times.


VACCINATIONS:

Please note that students ages 18 and older must have their third dose of COVID-19 to be exempt from quarantining if identified as a close contact. Please see the Snohomish Health District website for vaccination locations.


Sincerely,

Mukilteo School District

Everett Mall Vaccination Site - Snohomish Health District

Anyone age 5 or older can be vaccinated at this site. This site is open 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday.


1402 SE Everett Mall Way
Everett, WA 98208


This vaccination site is:

  • Indoors, by appointment or walk-ups welcome
  • Offering Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines
  • No cost, regardless of insurance status


For more information, including reserving appointments online, visit Everett Mall Vaccination Site | Snohomish Health District, WA (snohd.org) For those with limited or no internet access, the call center at 425-339-5278 is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays (closed weekends and holidays).

SAVE THE DATE: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Assembly - February 10

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr assembly that we always look forward

to has been rescheduled. Voyager Middle School collaborates with Mariner High School to create our spectacular recognition of Dr. King. The Mariner staff needs many students to help create the presentation and due to our county’s rising COVID case numbers, that just can’t happen right now. We have rescheduled the assembly to take place during Black History Month on February 10 hoping that more students get to participate.


This event will be livestreamed. Link to livestream on February 10 at 8:20am is forthcoming.


To learn more about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, please visit history.com

February is Black History Month

Black History Month, also known as African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of blacks in U.S. history. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.


Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom also devote a month to celebrating black history.


During the month of February, VO students will learn more about Black History Month and how black activists, musicians, scientists, and doctors and many other trailblazers have shaped the course of history.


To learn more about more Black History Month, please visit Black History Month 2022: Facts, Origins & More | HISTORY - HISTORY

SAVE THE DATE: Voyager Music Boosters Club Meeting - February 8

Parents of students in the Voyager Band, Orchestra, or Choir, if your student is in any of the music classes above, you are automatically a part of the Voyager Music Boosters. Please join us at our next meeting via Zoom on February 8 at 7:30pm to find out how you can support your student. All are welcome!


Join Zoom Meeting

https://mukilteoschools-org.zoom.us/j/96420753548?pwd=YTBpYTl4bGlvQjV6czRTY0FIcGFFUT09

Meeting ID: 964 2075 3548

Passcode: 939639

Remember to Vote by February 8!

The Mukilteo School District Board of Directors approved resolutions during their November 22 board meeting to place two levy resolutions on the Feb. 8, 2022, election ballot: a Replacement Educational Programs Levy and a Capital Projects Levy for technology and facilities. The current Educational Programs Levy and Capital Projects Levy will expire in 2022, and the proposed levies, if passed, would replace the expiring levies. See board presentation.


You can still vote

A person can register or update an existing registration online at votewa.gov or by mail through Jan. 31. After that, a person can register as well as vote in person at the county elections office during business hours and until 8 p.m. on the day of the election.


If you’re interested in learning more about the replacement levy proposals, please visit Financials / 2022 Levy proposals (mukilteoschools.org) on our district website.

Helpful Resources

COVID-19 Testing Locations

The Washington State Department of Health offers a comprehensive

list of testing sites throughout the State. Click your area on the map to find testing sites near you. You can also search for locations by typing in the city nearest you.


If you have a health care provider, you can also call them for an appointment. Choose the option that works best for you. For additional questions about testing sites, call 2-1-1.


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.

Mukilteo School District - Past Family Messages

Please visit https://www.mukilteoschools.org/Page/14190 for a history of messages the district has sent families regarding COVID-19, related school district closure and other important information.

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

New Covid Guidance and Free at Home Covid-19 Tests

For the new COVID guidance for five-day quarantines, please see the attached family screening flow chart under the Family Guide tab. It is important to note that your student must be symptom-free and provide proof of a negative COVID test to return after day five of quarantine.


Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order four at-⁠home rapid antigen COVID-⁠19 tests. In addition, Washingtonian residents of eligible communities can also obtain free tests.


Government: COVIDtests.gov - Free at-home COVID-19 tests

WA State: Home - Say Yes! To Covid Test (sayyescovidhometest.org)


Snohomish Health District has approved us to accept home test results temporarily while testing resources in the community remain strained. Once district or community test sites are operational and able to handle higher volumes again, we will stop accepting home test results.

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:


CHECK YOUR PHONE Connect to Blackboard Connect.

Visit here if you want information about emergencies, such as the procedures for school closures, lockdowns, and shelter-in-place. Emergency Information. 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 Mukilteo School District Web Site.

You can go directly to the Flash Alert website.​

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.).


The sessions are offered in one-hour blocks with up to 5 other students. They are available after school, evenings and weekends. Students may drop-in to a session, but reservations are recommended as some sessions may fill up.


Watch this five-minute video to get started!


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.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide - FREE Tax Preparation & Filing

Free Tax-Aide tax assistance is available from Feb. 1 to April 15. Tax-Aide sites are located throughout Snohomish County. Find site locations and hours of availability near you.


Visit AARP Tax-Aide for more information.

New Convenient Digital Vax Record

Vaccination digital record storage Meet WA Verify

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.

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 schoolwide and 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

Season Three Sports Schedule - https://www.arbiterlive.com/Teams?entityId=33418


2/8/22: Voyager Music Boosters Club Meeting - Zoom

2/8/22: Madres Latinas Meeting - Zoom

2/10/22: MLK Assembly

2/11/22: Teacher Work Day - No School

2/21/22: President's Day - No School

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

3/18/22: End of the 2nd Trimester

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

4/19/22: Madres Latinas Meeting - Zoom

5/13/22: Madres Latinas Meeting - Zoom

5/30/22: Memorial Day – No School

6/14/22: Madres Latinas Meeting - Zoom

6/17/22: Last Day of School (Early Dismissal @ 12:00pm) (Snow make up day)

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

Big picture

Focusing praise on effort may not promote learning

Parents and teachers know that students’ attitudes can affect their learning. Students who believe that intelligence can grow over time tend to do better than those who think that people are just born smart or not.


So you’d think that praising your middle schooler’s effort would help him develop this growth mindset. However, research reveals that in kids this age, focusing praise on students’ effort can backfire.


As students reach middle school, they often admire others who seem to succeed without much effort. So when they get praised only for their effort, they can feel put down.


To help your child develop the growth mindset he needs to learn and succeed:


  1. Reinforce the value of mistakes. When he earns a disappointing grade, tell him to think about what went wrong—and what he can learn from it.
  2. Ask him to reflect on his learning. If he has made progress in a tough class, help him see how far he’s come.
  3. Focus on strategies. Help your child think about the specific things he did to succeed and encourage him to try those things again.
  4. Support healthy friendships. Being friends with other kids who want to do their best can give your child the motivation he needs to succeed.


~ The Parent Institute

Physical activity is linked to academic gains

Exercise helps your child build the strong body she needs for good health. And research suggests that exercise also has benefits that support performance in school.


Studies show that students who are active perform better in school than students who aren’t active.


Exercise can help:


  • Increase the flow of oxygen and blood to your child’s brain. This can help her stay alert and concentrate on what she’s learning.
  • Put your child in a better mood. Exercise is known to increase positive feelings and reduce stress. Stress and anxiety work against school progress.
  • Increase your child’s energy so she has more stamina to study.
  • Reinforce certain lessons that help your child do better in school. This is especially true if she is on a sports team. Sports require players to follow rules, control their bodies and take turns. These actions are also associated with school success.


~ 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.