Principal News

Spanaway Middle School | MAY 25, 2020

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Attendance Matters!

Hello Families:


This week we celebrated Memorial Day. This federal holiday in the the United States is for honoring and mourning the military personnel who fought and died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. We ope you were able to take time to honor those who fought for us.


This is the last week of May. We have a few weeks left of school (June 19) and many students need to get caught up in classes. PLEASE help us by getting your child to engage in classes by completing class work. We hope to see an increase as we begin winding down to the end of the year.


Thank you,


Shannon Leatherwood, Principal

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8th GRADE MEMORY DOORS

8th Grade Families! We want to help celebrate your student's time as a Warrior. Check out the Memory Door Decorating activity below, and be sure to share your special doors with Mrs. Pierce (cpierce@bethelsd.org) so we can create a slideshow of their best moments and memories.
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(CP 5.24.20)

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Help Button for Students and Families

We have heard from some of you that you are overwhelmed when trying to figure out what you need to do (or what your child needs to do) and you don't know where to turn. Here you go - a help button. All we ask is your name, how and when to get in contact with you, and what you need. We will do everything we can to get you help. Just push it for Help.

[KE 05.09.20]

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SL 5/18/20

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SPRING 2020 FAMILY RESOURCES NEWSLETTER

Please check the Spring 2020 family resources newsletter for the following:



  • Family/Guardian Survey
  • Tutoring information
  • Meals in Motion Information
  • Student Expectations for Zoom
  • Canvas for Parents (as Observers) & How to Manage Canvas Notifications
  • Wide Open School Resources from Common Sense Media
  • iPad/Technology Resources
  • Library Corner
  • Virtual Classroom Schedule and Teacher Office Hours
  • Community Resources: Food Banks, Rental Assistance, Healthcare
  • Employment Resources
  • Family Resources
  • Crisis Hotlines & Websites
  • Social Worker & Counselor Contact Information
  • Administrator Contacts

(KE 050220)

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Let us know how we can improve!

Thank you to those of you that submitted feedback in our survey. It is a great way for you to let us know your needs. If you did not get a chance, please help us by filling out the survey now. We would love to hear from you.

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Counselors & Social Worker Corner

Hi everyone,


We hope you are enjoying a good long weekend!


Do you need financial assistance to help with essential needs not met due to COVID-19? You can apply here through Bethel Community Services.


Sprinker Recreation Center is open for showers Monday through Friday from 10am to 2pm (except Memorial Day). Their address is 14824 C St S, Tacoma WA 98444.


Please also see the flyer below on rental assistance if COVID-19 has impacted your ability to pay rent.


Is your family busy but restless? Check out these time-saving physical activities for busy families. Want to try something new? Choose your own family adventure!


Please email us if you have any questions. You can also call our work phones and leave a voicemail, and we will return your call from home or work as soon as we can!


The deadline for College Bound Scholarship has been extended. If your child is in 7th or 8th grade, please have them fill out the College Bound Scholarship and submit by November 30, 2020. The application can be found here. The College Bound Scholarship is an early commitment of state financial aid to eligible students who sign up in middle school and fulfill the College Bound pledge. It covers average tuition, fees, and a book allowance at over 60 colleges, universities, and technical schools in Washington. For questions, please reach out to Darci Cook or Ashley Kaiser.


Kelsey Fischer | School Social Worker | kfischer@bethelsd.org |253-800-5470

Darci Cook | School Counselor A-L | drcook@bethelsd.org | 253-800-5478

Ashley Kaiser | School Counselor M-Z | aekaiser@bethelsd.org |253-800-5477


(5/24/20 KF)

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Administration Emails

Shannon Leatherwood: sleatherwo@bethelsd.org

Kathy Elkins: kelkins@bethelsd.org

Carina Pierce: cpierce@bethelsd.org

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All District Phone Numbers Have Changed

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Parent Instructions for Canvas

Canvas is the software used by our teachers to organize their classes. Announcements, assignments, lesson videos, zoom links and times, office hours, and links to previously recorded zoom lessons are all there. The link below is also in our resourses newsletter but it is frequently asked for so here it is again.

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Warrior Way Online: Respect, Responsible, Safe

(Also published in the Warrior Student Update)


A reminder to all students that Zoom and Canvas are now our classroom, and behavior expectations remain as they were in-building: to be Respectful, Responsible, and Safe.

Some reminders:


  • All conversations should be on topic and school appropriate, always respectful of the students and adults in the space.
  • Taking pictures or videos of your Zoom meetings are not allowed. You do NOT have permission to capture anyone's picture, or to record any part of the online meetings. Any of these activities and/or posting images of students or staff to social media or forwarding them in any way will be considered harassment and will receive disciplinary consequences, to include conversations with administration and families, and potentially being removed from all digital platforms.


(CP 5.6.20)

We will move old articles down to an archived section so that they are still available for you.

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iPad Passcode Troubleshooting

Please read below and share with your students. Now that students have iPads at home some may have put a passcode on them. This is either a 4-digit, or 6-digit character passcode that students enter to get into their iPads after pressing the home button. Often, students forget their passcode. If this happens please do the following instead of restarting or guessing!


  • If your student has forgotten their passcode, don't do anything with the iPad! A parent or guardian should email one of us at cwohlmache@bethelsd.org, dbrokaw@bethelsd.org, or cpierce@bethelsd.org with the student’s name and the barcode number on the back of the iPad. One of us will clear the passcode remotely. *Please note: We can only clear the passcode if a parent requests it; not a student.*

  • Why is the first bullet so important? If a student restarts their iPad thinking it will fix the problem, it disconnects the iPad from the WiFi in your house and we cannot clear the passcode remotely. The only way to clear the passcode after that is to make an appointment with district technology to have them reset the iPad. This means physically going to the technology building with the iPad and waiting while they reset it. It takes about 20 minutes.


Please consider the following suggestions to avoid this problem altogether:

  • Do NOT have your student set a passcode. To keep other people from using the iPad in your household make sure it is hidden or out of reach when not in use.

  • If you, as a parent, would prefer them to use a passcode, please record the passcode in a non-digital place that both you and your child (and no one else) can access if needed. Regardless of the pathway you choose, please impress upon your child how important it is to NEVER share the passcode with anyone else.


Thanks for your continued support during these trying times!


Mr. Wohlmacher

Mrs. Brokaw

Mrs. Pierce

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Zoom Access Changes

In order to keep our students safe and ensure only Bethel students and staff are participating in our Zoom sessions, the Bethel School District has restricted access to our virtual sessions to only those with staff or student Google accounts. Students will now be required to sign in to their BSD Google account before they can participate in a Zoom class or meeting. Students are also required to use their full name (first and last) to participate and will be moved to the Waiting Room until their full name is displayed.


Families, please have conversations with your students about appropriate, safe, and respectful behaviors in classes, chat rooms, and discussion boards. This change is a direct result of students making inappropriate, offensive, and harmful choices online. As families, you are welcome to be with your child when they participate online, but you will no longer be able to log into a session.


If you have any questions or concerns, please email Mrs. Pierce (cpierce@bethelsd.org).