Spanaway Middle School | October 16, 2020
Are You Signed Up For Conferences?
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).
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
Click on picture for slides from Curriculum Night
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The Ins and Outs of ParentVue
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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.
OCTOBER IS DISABILITY HISTORY MONTH!
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:
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. mailto:email@example.com
They INCLUDE TECHNOLOGY ISSUES.
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
BALLOT BOXES - NOT THIS TIME
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 https://www.co.pierce.wa.us/334/Ballot-Drop-Boxes
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.
A few resources to share:
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.
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Kelsey Fischer | School Social Worker | firstname.lastname@example.org |253-800-5470| 425-390-4452
Darci Cook | School Counselor A-L | email@example.com | 253-800-5478
Ashley Kaiser | School Counselor M-Z | firstname.lastname@example.org |253-800-5477
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.
Sign up for Kindness Crew by clicking the photo above!
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. https://www.thenewstribune.com/sports/high-school/article246031970.html
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. https://medium.com/@BethelSD/bond-project-update-september-2020-9d6969e1b29e
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: https://www.piercecountywa.gov/328/Elections
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:
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Shannon Leatherwood, Principal
Kathy Elkins, Assistant Principal
Carina Pierce, Associate Administrator