Midland Messenger

September 20-24, 2021

Dear Midland Families,

This week Midland students have been learning about our school-wide behavior program called Mustang Pride. It is our goal to instill pride and enthusiasm for school in our students. Research shows that students do better when rules and consequences are clear and consistent.

Our program asks students to follow our school rules and six classroom rules. These rules encompass our 4 Be's- Be Safe, Be Responsible, Be Respectful, and Be Productive. We will continue to have our Midland Pride Tickets, Marvelous Mustang Club, HOPE assemblies, and classroom incentives and recognitions for students. The biggest benefit of Mustang Pride is that there is a pre-determined response to student misbehavior, so that we are consistent throughout the school. After a specific request for a student to "check their behavior," students who continue to misbehave will have to go to "think time." If misbehavior continues, they will miss part of a recess and they will have to call home to talk with a parent. We are hopeful that this step will cause students to change their behavior; however, if misbehavior continues, a student may miss classroom incentives or see the principal, and depending on the behavior, a parent conference may be set up.

As we first start our new plan, it is possible that your child will call home to talk with you. If this happens, we are requesting that you help your child in making better choices at school. We are asking for your partnership in helping your child to be successful.

Below you will see the school rules, classroom rules, and both positives and consequences on the "What If" chart. Please ask your child about this as they learn about it through the week.

I want to thank you in advance for your support as we create more consistency of our school-wide expectations. Please let me know if you have questions.

It's great to be a MUSTANG!

~Dr. Paula Dawson

Important Dates to Remember:

September 22 ~ 1:55 Dismissal

September 29 ~ HOPE Assembly

September 29 ~ 1:55 Dismissal

October 4 ~ No School for Teacher Training

Oct 5-8 ~ Fall Conferences. Dismissal @ 11:55 am

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

Have you always wanted to work at school?

Midland has an opening for a classroom para-educator. If you might be interested, you are welcome to call Dr. Dawson for information. The job is posted at fpschools.org, go to Human Resources, and click Join our Team.
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Social Emotional Learning:

Social emotional Learning corner

Content by Mrs. Blaisdell

September 20th

Social Emotional Learning is a process through which individuals build awareness and skills in managing emotions, setting goals, establishing relationships, and making responsible decisions that support success in school and in life.

We have started the year by discussing and practicing the Core Practice of Breathing. We discussed the difference between “survival breathing” and powerful and purposeful breathing. Powerful and purposeful breathing can energize our brain and body, it can calm our brain and body, and it can soothe our brain and body. Ask your children about the breathes we have practiced.

  1. “Fill ‘em up—Whoosh it Out” 2. Square Breathing


Family Access: Please 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.

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:


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

Healthy and Safe practices at Midland

Midland families,

Just a reminder of the things that we'd like you to consider before sending your child to school each day:

  • A temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or above?
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

These are some safety precautions we will be practicing at Midland:

  • Students will be required to wear a mask on the bus, in the halls, in class, and at recess.
  • Students will wash hands and use hand sanitizer throughout the day.
  • Students will sit 3 feet apart in the classroom, and 6 feet apart during breakfast & lunch.

If your child has been exposed to COVID, or if they are showing symptoms of illness, you may not send them to school until they have been quarantined and symptom free for 14 days. Teachers will provide work for students during this time. We are counting on everyone to keep Midland safe for all students and staff. Thank you!

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