Bulldog Drool Newsletter

November 19, 2021

In This Issue

News to Know
  • Need a Hand with the Holidays?
  • NTMS ASB Food Drive
  • This Week's Student Character Dare
  • Thanksgiving Week Schedule
  • Fall 2021 SBA Scores
  • Substitute Teachers, Paraeducators & Custodians Needed
  • Highly Capable Program Dates
Student Spotlight

  • Koosmann's Robotics Team: Nutz N' Voltz
  • Veterans Day Essay Contest Winners

Food Services
  • December Menus
Message from the District Nurse
  • Test To Stay
  • When Does My Child Need To Stay Home From School?

Community Resources

NTMS Contact Information



22: Math Club @ 7am Room 157 / Soccer & Basketball practice 2:20 - 4p

22: School Board Meeting 6pm

23: Future Scientists Club @ 7am in Room 155 / Soccer & Basketball practice 2:20 - 4p

24: NO LATE START! SCHOOL STARTS AT 7:45 am! Early Dismissal at 10:50am!

25 - 26: No School

29: Soccer & Basketball practice 2:20 - 4p

30: Future Scientists Club @ 7am in Room 155 / 7/8 Power Club (if you've signed up with Roscoe) in the band room / Soccer & Basketball practice 2:20 - 4p

News To Know

Need a Hand for the Holidays?

Fill out the Google Form Below!

Spanish Google Form


Students should take donations to their Social Studies class! Now through December 10th! Thank you!

Boxed, bagged, and canned non-perishable items (no glass, please)

Donations Requests:

  • Boxed stuffing
  • Cornbread mix
  • Instant mashed potato flakes
  • Cream of mushroom soup
  • Canned or packet gravy
  • Canned green beans
  • Canned pumpkin
  • Canned cranberry sauce
  • French fried onions
  • Canned yams
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Sugar
  • All purpose flour
  • Salt & pepper
  • Jell-o

Current totals:

6th: 121

7th: 664

8th: 277

Goal: 1200 per grade.

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This Week's Student Character Dare

With Thanksgiving upon us, We Dare you to do one kind thing for a family member each day until Thanksgiving.


    • Do a chore around the house without being asked
    • Help a sibling/family member with schoolwork
    • Make dinner for your family
    • Tell a family member why you are thankful for them
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Thanksgiving Week Schedule


With Thanksgiving week upon us our schedule looks a little different next week. We have an early release on Wednesday and no school on Thursday or Friday. There will be NO SPORTS PRACTICE ON EARLY RELEASE WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 24TH!

Wednesday November 24: Early Release (No late start)

Thursday November 25th: No School

Friday November 26th: No School

Early Release Bell Schedule (Nov 24th)

1st: 7:45 - 8:15 (30 min)

2nd: 8:18 - 8:46 (28 min)

3rd: 8:49 - 9:17 (28 min)

4th: 9:20 - 9:48 (28 min)

5th: 9:51 - 10:19 (28 min)

6th: 10:22 - 10:50(28 min)

*Lunch is not served on early release days.

Fall 2021 SBA Scores

Dear Families,

Students in grades 4 through 8 recently took Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) in English language arts (ELA) and math. Sixth grade students also took the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS). These assessments were postponed from Spring of 2021 for all Washington state students. The primary purpose of the fall test was a brief check-in on how schools and students are doing after the 2020-21 school year.

Preliminary student scores from those assessments are now available in the desktop version of Skyward Family Access (but not the mobile app). Log into Family Access and choose Test Scores from the menu on the left. Fall 2021 tests have a date of 11/1/2021.

If you don’t know your Family Access username or password, click “Forgot your Login/Password” on the login page and enter the email address on file with the district.

On these tests, students whose performance level score was an L3 or L4 demonstrated most of the skills and knowledge required to meet state expectations on a typical end-of-year test. Test results are only one way to know how students are doing in ELA, math and science. If you have questions about your student’s learning, please contact their teacher or school principal.

For more information, please see OSPI’s Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about Fall 2021 Assessments.

Substitute Teachers, Paraeducators & Custodians Needed

We are in desperate need of substitute teachers, paraeducators and custodians . If you are interested in becoming a substitute teacher, you need a 4 year degree and complete an application, which can be found on our website. Please see, or call, Jade Hughes in the District Office for more details.

Jade Hughes

Human Resources Technician



Highly Capable Nomination Timeline

Nomination window opens: December 6, 2021.

Nomination window closes: January 14, 2022.

Evaluation for nominated students will begin the week of January 31, 2022.

Nomination packets are being reworked and will be provided as soon as completed.

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Student Spotlight

Koosmann's Robotics Team - Nutz 'N Voltz

Last Saturday our school's robotic team, Nutz 'N Voltz, traveled to Stewart Middle School in Tacoma and competed in the FIRST Technical Challenge Robotics Competition. We competed with and against10 other area middle and high schools. Students have been working using their STEAM skills on this robot for the past two months and it performed admirably! Our next competition is in a few weeks where we have the chance to fix and add components to improve our score. It was a great event and we can't wait to head back for more!!

Dieringer Education Foundation Veterans Day Essay Contest Winners 2021!

Mr. Keaton and the 2021 Winners!

8th: 1st - Maggie J., 2nd - Ella D., 3rd -Truman J.

7th: 1st - Elle T., 2nd - Annaliese S., 3rd - Parker H.

6th: 1st - Lucia R., 2nd - Ryan R., 3rd - Leyla R.

From left to right: Leyla R., Ryan R., Lucia R.M., Parker H., Elle T., Truman J., Ella D., Maggie J., Mr. Keaton.

Not pictured: Annaliese S.

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December Food Menus

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From the District Nurse

Test To Stay Program

We are making some changes to follow the most recent guidance from the state department of health and quarantine periods. As usual the timing wasn’t the best. Right after we sent information home with students about the Test to Stay program, the state guidance changed. The new required quarantine time is seven days for students or staff who are symptom free and can produce a negative PCR or rapid antigen test result taken on day 5, 6, or 7 after exposure (students or staff with symptoms are still required to get a PCR Covid test).

In the end, this news shortens the quarantine time for students and staff who are close contacts. Students who are identified as a close contact with another student at school can participate in Test to Stay and this process is now seven days instead of ten days. Students exposed outside of school can return to school after seven days, too, as long as they are symptom free and produce a negative PCR or rapid antigen test result taken on day 5, 6, or 7 after exposure. Anyone who is a close contact who does not participate in Test to Stay or refuses to get tested, must still stay quarantined for ten days and can return to school after that window of time has passed as long as the individual is symptom free.

This new time frame above combined with the recent eligibility to get vaccinated for students ages 5-11 will combine to keep more kids in school as we progress through the school year.

COVID Testing for Students with Symptoms

If your child is out sick or sent home due to COVID like symptoms they will need a negative PCR COVID Test to return to school. It must be a PCR test. The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department will not let us accept a negative antigen test (sometimes called a rapid antigen test) for students with symptoms to return to school, nor will they let us accept a home COVID test.

*Exception: If your student has tested positive for COVID in the last 90 days, please call the school for testing directions.

We have had fast results and excellent reviews from this site in Auburn:

Health Commons Project

And here are other testing sites in Pierce County: Testing Information

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The Washington State Department of Health does not recommend the use of masks with loosely woven fabric, exhalation valves or vents, or single layer bandanas or gaiters. Please be sure your student is not wearing these. Cloth face coverings should be constructed of two or more tightly woven layers. We have cloth and disposable masks available on request!

Make sure your child's mask has two or more tightly woven layers, fits snugly against the face, and covers both the nose and the mouth.

CDC Information about effective mask use

Student Vaccinations

If your student has been vaccinated for Covid-19, please turn in proof of vaccination.

You may bring a copy to the office, or email it to Mrs. Liedtke, kliedtke@dieringer.wednet.edu

*Fully vaccinated individuals do not have to quarantine after being in close contact with someone who is Covid positive! They must monitor for Covid symptoms for a full 14 days. A Covid test is recommended on day 3-5 after last exposure. If any symptoms develop, they must stay home and get a Covid PCR test - NOT an antigen or rapid antigen test. Fully vaccinated means it has been at least 14 days since a person received their final Covid vaccine.

Weekly Attendance

Weekly Attendance Average: 92%

Community Resources

Teenlink - 1-866-833-6546 (For youth and teens open daily 6:00-10:00pm)

Text Support Line - 741741

Pierce County Crisis Line 1-800-576-776 (24 hours)

National Suicide Prevention - 1-800-273-8255

Sumner Food Bank

If you and your family are in need of food assistance:

NO appointment is needed at this time.

"That's right, no appointment needed and no identification needed. Just show up and shop like any grocery store... and we'll take care of the rest. We serve all... EVERY address, EVERY city, EVERY zip code."

Food Distribution Hours:

  • Mon-Fri : 10:00am-1:00pm
  • Thurs: 5:00pm-7:00pm

Client Information Link: 253-863-3793

Food Bank Address: 15625 Maine Street E. Sumner, WA

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Contact Information

School Hours: 7:30 - 3:30pm

Principal: David Uberti, duberti@dieringer.wednet.edu

Asst. Principal: Tyler Borden, tborden@dieringer.wednet.edu

Counselor: Jennifer Roscoe, jroscoe@dieringer.wednet.edu

Tech Coach: Dietrich Baker, dbaker@dieringer.wednet.edu