Midland Messenger

January 24-27, 2022

From the Principal:

Can you believe we are half way through the school year? On Friday, our students have a day off from school, while our teachers receive training. This year, a part of our training will focus on looking at our mid-year data and making appropriate lesson plans, as we continue to fill in areas of unfinished student learning from the past 18 months. We appreciate having this important time together as a staff.


I am happy to announce that we can start welcoming volunteers back into our school! Volunteers at Midland have helped teachers, given students more practice with skills, and even helped to supervise recess. While we do require that volunteers are vaccinated to help in the school, there are other ways volunteers can help teachers, even from home. If you are interested in volunteering, please reach out to your child's teacher!


It's great to be a MUSTANG!

~Dr. Paula Dawson

Important Dates to Remember:

January 26 ~ 3:25 Dismissal (Full day of school)

January 28 ~ No School for teacher training

February 2 ~ 1:55 Dismissal

February 8 ~ Election Day

February 8 ~ HOPE Assembly

February 9 ~ 1:55 Dismissal

February 16 ~ 1:55 Dismissal

February 21-25 ~ No School for Mid-Winter Break


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

On February 8, voters will have an important choice to make on two levies that support all students enrolled in Franklin Pierce Schools. Propositions 1 and 2 are replacement levies which means that tax rates will not increase.

  • Proposition 1: Educational Programs and Operations Levy accounts for approximately 15% of annual operating budget and pays for things not funded or only partially funded by the state: teachers, paraeducators, counselors, nurses, athletics, curriculum adoptions, routine maintenance of school facilities, security measures, transportation, special education, McKinney-Vento, etc. Prop 1 replaces an existing levy passed by voters in 2018 at $4.74/ $1,000 with a new levy set at $2.50/$1,000 from 2023-2026.
  • Proposition 2: Technology Levy pays for staff and 1:1 student computing devices, classroom technology, network infrastructure that supports all of the devices, safety technologies, telecommunications, technology help desk and technicians, etc. Prop 2 replaces an existing levy passed by voters in 2018 at $.41/1,000 with a new levy set at $.41/$1,000 to support continued investment in technology from 2023-2026.

Have questions? Visit www.fpschools.org/vote or contact the Public Information Office at info@fpschools.org or (253)298-3087.

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Social Emotional Learning:

Social emotional Learning corner

Content by Mrs. Blaisdell

January 24th

The Body Sensations of Emotions

Emotions come and go. That is what they are supposed to do. Some emotions stick around and become a mood. Most emotions come in and out throughout our day. We don’t want to stay “stuck” in some emotions. Emotions can be comfortable and uncomfortable. Emotions are often paired with body sensations. Happiness and joy can lead to a feeling of “light-heartedness”. Feelings of sadness can settle in our bodies to feel heavy and then can grow to depression. The emotion of scared can make our hearts jump, our knees weak and stomachs queasy. Anger can feel hot and tingly. We can feel tense and tight from anger as well. It is important to recognize and accept that our emotions create body sensations. We can “listen to them” and work through the sensations and emotions in ways that leave us calm and peaceful enough to process our emotions in healthy ways and move in and out of them as we should.

Yearbook Cover Contest for Students

We are happy to offer a yearbook this year and we are looking for student art for the cover. Students will have an opportunity to enter the Yearbook Cover Contest between now and February 14. They will receive information about this in their classrooms this week.
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January is School Board Recognition Month

We want to thank Alex Davis, Gil Mendoza, Ron Nerio, Tono Sablan, and Mary Sherman for the many hours they volunteer on behalf of every child in our school district. Their duties include setting the vision and mission of education in the district; establishing policy; adopting an annual budget; approving all expenditures; employment of personnel; curriculum, textbooks and courses; and deciding on school sites, building plans, and construction.

Attention Kindergarten & First Grade Parents

Bathroom accidents do happen sometimes at school, so it is nice to be prepared. The health room has a very limited supply of clothing to loan to students, and it is much nicer for the student to have their own clothes to wear in these situations. Please make sure to always have a change of underwear and pants in your child's backpack. If your child has to borrow clothes from the health room, thank you for sending them back as soon as possible.

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 5 days. After 5 days, they can be tested at school and if they test negative, they can return. 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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Upcoming Events

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Franklin Pierce Schools does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.

Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to James Hester, Compliance Coordinator for State and Civil Rights Laws; Wendy Malich, Title IX Officer; or John Sander, 504/ADA Coordinator at 315 129th ST S, Tacoma, WA 98444-5099 or at (253)298-3000.