Principal News

Spanaway Middle School | October 16, 2020

Are You Signed Up For Conferences?

Hello Warrior Families:

Curriculum Night:

Thank you for joining our Curriculum Night this past Wednesday. We have attached the link below for those of you who want to review the slides with your child or if you missed our meeting. There were great questions and we have made sure answers have been included in the slideshow. Thank you so much for joining us.

Conferences are Coming!

Your child's advisor will be providing times for our 2020 Student Led Conferences. Each student at SMS will have a presentation they will develop for these conferences. The advisory teacher will send out a Zoom link allowing families to come into the Zoom and join the teacher during the presentation. Our conferences are October 28-October 30. Please make sure you join us for this important event. Our goals is 100% participation! I have include the schedule for conferences. Please take a close look as students need to be to class on time in the morning. The afternoon they will be learning independently (asynchronously).

Progress Reports:

Next Thursday students will have a 1/2 day instruction followed by independent learning (asynchronous) time where they will be working on assignment provided in each class. Next Friday, they will not have school because we have our 2nd Waiver Day. Please take a look below at our schedule for next week.

Have a great week!

Shannon Leatherwood, Principal


Next Week's Schedule

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Click on picture for slides from Curriculum Night


Join ART Club!

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Conference Schedule

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The Ins and Outs of ParentVue

ParentVue is up and running, and we know there are a lot of new features to figure out. Click on the button below to get a thorough walk-through of ParentVue.


charge that iPad, Warriors!

Warriors, please remember to establish a routine each night of connecting your iPad to the charger. Starting the school day with 100% battery is best. Also, give your iPad a break for 30 minutes during lunch and put it back on the charger. This should get you through the last class of the day. Trying to charge the iPad while Zooming will generally not work and your iPad will die.


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Warrior Students and Families: The SMS Yearbook needs you! Please consider submitting your photos on Yearbook Snap for publication consideration in the 2020 - 2021 Yearbook. Watch this video (also on the button below) for more information, and if you have any questions, please contact our SMS Yearbook Advisor, Ms. Sharon Coward, at


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Second Step Social Emotional Learning Curriculum

This will mark the second year the Bethel School District will be using the social emotional learning (SEL) curriculum for all students grade PS - 8 called Second Step. We are excited to be addressing this critical piece of adolescent growth and learning through our advisory classes each week.

We will let you know what we are doing at each grade level through this newsletter, and will include some ways to engage with your student in their learning, thinking and growing. These messages and questions are also in Spanish here. If you have any questions about the curriculum, please reach out.

6th Grade: Lesson 6: Monitoring Your Progress


In this week’s lesson, your child will learn strategies for how to stay on track toward their goals. They’ll learn how to monitor their own progress, decide if they need to try new strategies, and determine when their goal is complete.

Ask your child about a goal they’re actively working toward. Ask them if they are encountering any roadblocks and how you can help them determine the next steps forward.

7th Grade: Lesson 6: Overcoming Roadblocks 2

In this week’s lesson, your child will identify a goal they want to work on, anticipate roadblocks, and develop an If–Then Plan for their own goal.

Think of a time you achieved a big goal, such as learning to drive or graduating from school. Tell your child about your big goal and some of the smaller goals you needed to finish in order to achieve it. Ask your child to tell you about a goal they have.

8th Grade: Lesson 6: My Future Self

In this week’s lesson, your child will imagine who they want to be in the future.

Ask your child what they want their life to look like in the future. What skills or abilities do they want to have? What qualities or values do they want to develop?


Meet Some of the STUPENDOUS SMS Science Team

Click on the picture above to access a short video about each staff member.



Spanaway Middle School would like to recognize disability history throughout the month of October! We hope to help increase awareness and understanding of the contributions that people with disabilities have on our society. We believe that recognizing disability history will increase respect for and promote acceptance of people with disabilities. By recognizing disability history, we hope to increase awareness and acceptance of people with disabilities, help students with disabilities to feel a sense of pride, reduce bullying, and help students with disabilities stay in school.

This week we would like to highlight a video from The Office of the Education Ombuds. They created a video series last year featuring five students from across the state. Please watch the video and story below:

One Out of Five - Kenassa's Story English Captions


Attendance Matters - Additional Approved Excused Absences

As of Monday, October 5th, we are required to identify any absences as either excused or unexcused. We have new categories of Excused absences for Virtual Learning. If your student's absence fits into any of these categories, please report the absences as an excuse in ParentVue or email our attendance clerk, Sharon Miller.


Here is the list of the new approved Covid-19 related reasons:

  • Absences related to the student’s illness, health condition, or medical appointments due to COVID-19;
  • Absences related to caring for a family member who has an illness, health condition, or medical appointment due to COVID-19;
  • Absences related to the student’s employment or other family obligations during regularly scheduled school hours that are temporarily necessary due to COVID-19 until other arrangements can be made, including placement in a more flexible education program;
  • Absences due to the student’s parent’s work schedule or other obligations during regularly scheduled school hours, until other arrangements can be made; (
  • Absences due to the student’s lack of necessary instructional tools, including internet broadband access or connectivity;
  • Other COVID-19 related circumstances as determined.

Families and Students: Here is a link to the Bethel School District memo regarding attendance: Link


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We will not be collecting ballots at our schools this year due to COVID-19. If you want to drop off ballots, please head to the nearest ballot box. Ballot boxes in our area include:

      • Graham Fire and Rescue (10012 187th St E)
      • Parkland/Spanaway Library, Roy Y Park and Ride
      • South Hill Library
      • Roy City Hall

You can find a full list of Pierce County drop boxes at

Of course, all ballots are postage-paid, and can also be dropped into any US Mail box. For more information about elections, visit the Washington Secretary of State website.


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A few resources to share:

Rental assistance through Pierce County

Parents and community members: your voice is important! Join our district's equity team to share your experience and wisdom!

For info on job training, homelessness resources, and a lesson on supporting students with stress, see the flyers below.

And for even more resources, follow me on Facebook!

Kelsey Fischer | School Social Worker | |253-800-5470| 425-390-4452

Darci Cook | School Counselor A-L | | 253-800-5478

Ashley Kaiser | School Counselor M-Z | |253-800-5477

Holiday Help Form

Please, fill out this form if you are in need of help for the upcoming Holidays. This is not a guarantee of services, but we will work hard to provide assistance depending on our resources.

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Sign up for Kindness Crew by clicking the photo above!

Kindness Crew will be meeting every Wednesday at 2pm. All are welcome!
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SMS Social Worker Facebook

Follow me for up-to-date resources, information, and positivity!


Bethel School District Stories of the Week:

GKHS Junior overcame three open-heart surgeries

Check out this great story about Graham-Kapowsin High School junior Judah Van Stralen, who overcame three open-heart surgeries as a kid and is now a member of GK’s cross country team.

Bond Project Update

Our construction crews recently worked on plumbing and framing the A- and B-wings at Katherine G. Johnson Elementary School. They also worked on the school’s sewer and stormwater systems and began installing floor joists and electrical work throughout the project.

New Clinic at BMS

The new Community Health Care clinic is nearly twice the size of their temporary set up, which means more students will soon be able to access services.


Ballots will be mailed on October 16. Educate yourself on the issues and the candidates, and learn more about the November 3rd General Election here:

Join the District Equity Team

The Bethel School District Equity Team is inviting parents and community members to join! Membership on the team will be determined through an application process and members will be selected to best represent the diverse perspectives of the district. Learn more and apply here:


Technology/iPad Support

If unable to access the app on your iPad, click here to get iPad and technology support. *Bookmark this link in Safari or Chrome so you can find it on any device you are logged into.


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