Stanwood Middle School

Family Update - November 7th, 2020

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Good morning Stanwood Middle School Families!


As you know the quarter ended this past Thursday and that means conferences are coming up! At Stanwood Middle School they will be held the evening of November 18th and November 19th between 2:45 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. this year.


We have limited times this year for conferences, which is a change from the past. Our teachers have been working hard to determine which students they feel are in need of conferences and will be reaching out to families this week. We ask that you hold off requesting a conference until teachers have reached out and scheduled conferences. I will send an update in our Family Message next week.


You may see that your student has I/Incomplete listed as a grade. This indicates that your student earned between a 50% to a 59.9%. At the beginning of the year our District determined the grading scale for our secondary schools and this was included. We wanted to make sure you understand this as report cards for 1st Quarter will be coming out soon.


We have lots of information from our amazing PTO listed below, please make sure you scroll down and take a look!


As always, please reach out if you need anything!


Thank you and have a great weekend!


Tod Klundt

Principal

Stanwood Middle School

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A message from our Counselor Mrs. Fox!

Unique Strengths


Hello Everyone! In each of the Class Meetings this week, I presented a short lesson about personal strengths. Each of us, of course, has unique abilities and strengths. When we focus on these, we feel more confident and better able to navigate tough situations.


When students are facing a stressful situation, overwhelmed with schoolwork, or navigating big emotions, it can be useful to focus on a personal strength to help their brain and body focus on what they can uniquely bring to the situation and creatively problem solve.


We looked at many strengths including: Brave, Resilient, Determined, Generous, Loyal, Focused, Gentle, Protective, Independent, Graceful, Kind, Wise, Trustworthy, Fun, and Resourceful.


I asked each student to choose one strength that is true for them and share it in chat, along with an example of how they show that unique strength. It was a great way to help students connect and get to know each other in another way, and to help students focus on something uniquely positive and awesome about themselves. I encourage you to ask your student about their unique strength(s) and help them remember it when they are feeling overwhelmed or stressed.


Thank you for helping your SMS student navigate the first quarter of distance learning!



Kara Fox
Counselor
Stanwood Middle School

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PTO message and information:

GREETINGS SMS FAMILIES!


Your friendly PTO is having a Spirit Wear sale starting today until Friday Nov 20.


Please complete the form below and return to:


SMS PTO

PO Box 1387

Stanwood, WA 98292


or email back to: stanwoodmiddleschoolpto@gmail.com


Drive by pick up dates will be Wednesday, Dec 9 - Friday, Dec 11, times TBA. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at the above address or call Dawn Nordin at 206-999-0619.

PTO Spirit Wear Form - Click the PDF below:

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Super Star Spartan

Teachers are naming students for meeting expectations and going beyond the norm during Distance Learning. We are posting these Super Star Spartan Shout-outs in our morning announcements as they come in, and will highlight the students during the class meetings on Wednesdays as well.


*You can find our morning announcements on our website each day, the Stanwood Middle School PTO Facebook page each day, or clicking on this link: Stanwood Middle School Morning Announcements

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SEL

What is SEL?


SEL is an acronym for social/emotional learning. We are committed to regularly checking in with students to see how they are doing with school and during this unprecedented time. Our district wide adopted curriculum is Character Strong. You will see these messages pop up in our announcements, advisories, and classrooms. Here is this week's Character Dare students received in Advisory.

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For Parents of 8th Grade Students

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Yearbook Snap App

Even though we are at a distance, our yearbook can bring us together! Mr. Wall and the yearbook staff are asking people to submit photos from summer and the first day of school through the Yearbook Snap App or their computer. The flyer down below explains how to do this!

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School Pictures and Student Identification Cards

At this time we are working with our picture company to set a date for School Pictures to be taken. We want to make sure we are able to provide a safe place for our students, staff and the company's photographers to take quality school pictures and provide student identification cards.


We will keep you updated and make sure all our families know right away once we have them scheduled!

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Message from Food Service

Here is a link from our Food Service Department.


Please click on this link food service page.

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Below Is All The Important Information From Previous Family Messages!

Including:


1. Video regarding Family Access/Skyward

2. A link to a toolkit for Family Access/Skyward

3. A message from our Counselor Mrs. Fox

4. Our Open House slide show

5. Information regarding accessing student email

6. Information regarding accessing Google Classroom

7. The Weekly Schedule for students

Please see the video below regarding Family Access/Skyward

Skyward/Family Access

Click the box below for a toolkit to help with Family Access/Skyward

In case you missed it last time, here is our Open House Staff Slideshow - 2020/2021

Typically a big part of our Open House is our introduction of staff in the gym and then students are able to tour the building and see those staff members in the classrooms. Because we are not able to be in person this year Mr. Wall, our wonderful multimedia, yearbook and keyboarding teacher, has put together a slideshow to allow families to see faces, to see what peoples roles are in the building, and to see contact information for everyone!


Please click the link to see our slideshow:


SMS STAFF 2020/21

Accessing Student Email

Please review the steps below on how to access student email. It is important that students are able to join their classrooms to access learning materials and get the Google Meet "nicknames" to join classes. That information will be sent to student emails.
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Google Classroom Access

Students will need to access Google Classroom to get assignments, take quizzes and tests, and see other information teachers post.


Here are directions to access Google Classroom.

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Weekly Schedule for Students

Please see the schedule below for what the schedule will look like for a middle school student once we start school.


Students will attend periods 1, 3, & 5 on Mondays and Thursdays as well as periods 2, 4, & 6 on Tuesdays and Fridays (schedule with times shown below).


During these class times, teachers may be instructing students and/or be showing a pre-recorded video along with classroom discussions & activities.


On Wednesdays, students will have the opportunity to check in with their teachers during student hours set up by individual teachers.

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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, Maurene Stanton (mstanton@stanwood.wednet.edu), or the Section 504/American Disabilities Act Coordinator, Robert Hascall (rhascall@stanwood.wednet.edu) Stanwood-Camano School District, 26920 Pioneer Hwy, Stanwood, WA 98292. Telephone: (360) 629-1200.



El Distrito Escolar de Stanwood-Camano School District no discrimina en sus programas o actividades por motivos de sexo, raza, credo, religión, color, origen nacional, edad, condición de veterano de guerra o grado militar, orientación sexual, expresión de género o identidad, discapacidad o uso de perro guía entrenado o animal de servicio, y ofrece igualdad de acceso a los Boy Scouts y a otros grupos de jóvenes especificados. El empleado mencionado a continuación ha sido designado para atender consultas y quejas de supuesta discriminación: Título IX / Oficial de Acción Afirmativa y Coordinador de Cumplimiento de Derechos Civiles, Maurene Stanton (mstanton@stanwood.wednet.edu), o la Sección 504 / Coordinador de la Ley de Discapacidades Estadounidenses, Robert Hascall (rhascall@stanwood.wednet.edu), Distrito Escolar Stanwood-Camano, 26920 Pioneer Hwy, Stanwood, WA 98292. Teléfono: (360) 629- 1200