Port Susan Middle School
Family & Student Update for 11.05.23
We had a lot of energy this week with spirit week! A big thank you to Mrs. Harrington, Mr. Bletscher, along with our band and leadership students for making it a success. We hope you all had a restful weekend as we move into term two together next week! Please make sure to check Skyward for your next quarter classes.
In addition, October was Disabled Americans Awareness Month. One of the ways our PSMS Student Equity Group worked to build awareness was by putting together the video linked below. We appreciate that our students recognized and support our efforts in embracing the diversity of others.
Our staff is focused on supporting learning for all students this school year as we work on consistent strategies aligned with our Annual Action Plan (AAP).
Immediate Changes *This week:
1) Our ask/message to students on Monday morning will be that students are not to leave during the class period for a drink of water - we will encourage water bottles or getting a drink on their way to the next class. To help keep our floors clean and our environment for learning, we ask that the size of the water bottle is less than 32 ounces (personal size). We have filling stations students can use during lunch time and/or on their way to the next class as needed.
2) We will ask students to sign out for restroom use only during class time. This will allow us to support student learning by staying in the classroom during instruction time and reaching out to parents if there is a pattern of being out of the classroom. One of the biggest concerns brought forward by staff is attendance and losing instructional minutes. We are here to support their learning!
3) Students can eat a SNACK only during advisory if allowed by the teacher. All classroom time should be snack free unless there is a specific plan set up with parent/nurse. With our custodial staff working hard to keep our buildings clean, this will be a big help.
4) Our leadership students introduced an attention cue during the spirit assembly Friday afternoon. It will be "If you hear my voice...raise your hand". We would like this to become universal in all classrooms to help with student engagement and attention during classroom instruction as well.
Students can now sign up for clubs in their Grade Level Classroom.
We have the following current clubs:
Robotics Club with Mrs.Gale Tuesdays 2:15pm-4pm
Game Club with Mr. Bletscher Tuesdays 2:30pm-3:30pm
Chess Club (UPDATED Dates and Times) with Mrs. Shoemaker Wed/Fri 2:20pm-4pm
Art Club with Mrs. Klein Thursdays 2:15pm-3:45pm
Crocheting Club with Mrs. Zurcher Thursdays 2:20pm-3:30pm
Boys Basketball had a busy week, with a morning practice, a scrimmage game, and their first away game in Anacortes. Highlights from Thursday's games include: The combined 7th/8th JV team rallied to beat Anacortes 27-24. Gabe J scored 11pts and Patrick G added multiple three pointers. Carter S also hit a 3. Honor of the game player was Joel D with great defensive play. The 7th Grade Varsity team lost a close game to Anacortes. The team was led in scoring by Ethan R with 10 pts. The team played really hard on defense, but just couldn't get shots to go in down the stretch. The honor of the game bracelet goes to Ryan O for his effort on the defensive boards. Good job team! The 8th Grade Varsity team played a great game against Anacortes. They battled the entire game, and ended up coming out with a win! After finding themselves down one, with a minute to go, Caleb R and Joseph M both made clutch baskets to give them the go ahead lead as time expired. Joseph M earned Player of The Game for his hard work and giving it his all until the game was truly over. Great job everyone!
Staff Shout Out
During the week of November 6-10, 2023 schools throughout the United States will celebrate National School Psychology Week (NSPW) to highlight the important work school psychologists and other educators do to help all students thrive. This year's theme is "Let's Grow Together," inspired by the importance of both personal and shared strengths in our growth as individuals and school communities in every season of life. The theme recognizes every aspect of growth, as fundamental to effective learning environments and to school psychologists' role in supporting student well-being and learning. In honor of School Psychology week, our PSMS shout out goes to Emily Bowne, PSMS School Psychologist.
How long have you taught at PSMS/what all have you taught: This is my 12th year as school psychologist at Port Susan. What is your favorite thing about PSMS: One of my favorite things about Port Susan is having multiple special education programs in our building. All of our students' various strengths and needs contribute to the wonderful community we have here. I am also lucky to work with an amazing and dedicated team. What do you do when you are not at PSMS (hobbies/fun): Outside of work I enjoy going to sporting events, especially Sounders and Reign games, baking, and spending time with my nephews.
November menu is now available
Families can find breakfast and lunch menus for November and meal prices on our Food Services webpage and via the Menu button at the top of each school website.
Meanwhile, we continue to encourage families to submit a Free and Reduced Meal application online via Skyward Family Access by clicking the Food Service tab and then Applications.
Week of 11/06 through 11/10
Monday, November 6th
- Regular Schedule
- Advisory: Homework/SSR
Tuesday, November 7th
- Regular Schedule
- Advisory: Homework/SSR
- Boys Basketball vs SMS
- Game Club
- Robotics Club
Wednesday, November 8th
- Wednesday Schedule
- Chess Club
Thursday, November 9th
- Regular Schedule
- Advisory: Veterans Day
- Art Club
- Crocheting Club
- Boys Basketball @ NW
Friday, November 10th
Community meeting about the replacement levy
The first in a series of free, public events to share information about the school district's replacement levy is taking place from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Nov. 2 in the Stanwood-Camano YMCA's Community Room.
The Replacement Levy will be on the Feb. 13 ballot. The levy is not a new tax. It is a replacement for our current levy, set to expire in 2024.
Come learn about the levy and ask any questions you may have.
Join our CFAC team
The Capital Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC) plays a key role in developing our long-term capital facilities plan and providing input on facility use to ensure the community's values and priorities are accurately represented. Learn about the team on our CFAC webpage and complete this form to join.
Cherae Almanza, Principal
Crysty Auckland, Assistant Principal
Dave Austin (6-8 Fitness & Social Studies 6) email@example.com
Jonathan Bletscher (6-8 Band & 6 Choir) firstname.lastname@example.org
Joan Campbell (6-7 Math) email@example.com
Lori Stunz (7 ELA & 7/8 Art) firstname.lastname@example.org
Grace Gale (6 Science & 8 STEM/Robotics) GGale@stanwood.wednet.edu
Chelsea Hanson (6-8 ELA/Humanities) CHanson@stanwood.wednet.edu
Audrie Harrington (6/7 ELA & 7/8 Leadership) email@example.com
Seth Hills (6/7 Social Studies) firstname.lastname@example.org
Lori Johnson (6-8 Assist) email@example.com
Wade Johnson (7/8 Science) firstname.lastname@example.org
Rebecca Klein (6/7 Science) email@example.com
Meghan Lawrence (6-8 PBS) firstname.lastname@example.org
Ellianna Martin (6-8 Math) email@example.com>,
Daniel Mccrumb (6/7 Science) DMccrumb@stanwood.wednet.edu
Sarah Oldow (6-8 Health & 6 Art) firstname.lastname@example.org
Tracy Riley (6-8 ELA) TRiley@stanwood.wednet.edu
Kelcie Rocha (7/8 Math) email@example.com
Brad Rochon (6-8 Computers & 6 Leadership) firstname.lastname@example.org
Sheri Schroeder (8 History & ELA) email@example.com
Kym Shoemaker (7/8 Math) firstname.lastname@example.org
Crystal Titus (6-8 Fitness & 7/8 Lifetime Fitness) email@example.com
Kayte White (8 ELA & 6 Cultures) firstname.lastname@example.org
Julia Zurcher (7 History & 7/8 Home Ec) email@example.com
Keli Niegemann (6-8 Counselor) firstname.lastname@example.org
Emily Bowne (School Psychologist) email@example.com
Kandyce Hansen (Speech Language Pathologist) firstname.lastname@example.org
Sara Harlan (Librarian) email@example.com
Amy Hart (Student Support Advocate) firstname.lastname@example.org