Marysville Middle Wildcats | October 2021
Letter from the Principal
Welcome to October and Fall. The routine and consistency of school is settling back in for all of us as the days become shorter and the leaves change color. And, the staff's commitment and work to ensure that every student knows that they are valued and belong at MMS as well as our investment in each and every student's success continues on with fervor. We are grateful for the first month of school that we spent together as we are rediscovering our rhythm as a school and community, it is wonderful to be on this journey together.
October is Bullying Prevention Month. This month we will focus on learning how to recognize bullying and to take action to stop it. With the creation of social media, bullying is much bigger than what I experienced in school where when I left school the bullying did not come home with me. With social media and the connections that our students have to the world through it, acts of bullying can form an unrelenting barrage of negativity. The only way to counter this is through being informed and knowing how to stand and act against bullying. This learning will be at the center of our curriculum during PAWS, our advisory time.
Given the pandemic disrupted learning environment of the past year and a half, we have focused as a staff on diagnostic teaching. This is where we use pre-assessments to get a clear understanding of each students strengths and growth areas and plan our lessons and curriculums to ensure that we are meeting and challenging all students exactly to their individual learning needs. The STAR and Smarter Balanced assessments are two assessments that we use diagnostically. Students recently completed the STAR assessments for reading and math. All students in our District complete a pre-assessment in the fall and a post assessment in the spring. Our goal with these two assessments is to see and measure student learning growth throughout the year. Further, this year students will be taking the Smarter Balance assessment that they were supposed to take last year at the end of October and their grade level Smarter Balance assessment in the spring. In between these assessments, teachers are working tirelessly through their curriculum and with each lesson to foster great learning gains for each and every student at MMS.
The Smarter Balance and STAR assessments are designed to measure academic growth while the Healthy Youth Survey and Panorama surveys measure social emotional learning and wellbeing. Research shows time and again that in order to make academic gains students must be socially and emotionally healthy. Students in 6th and 8th grades will be taking the Healthy Youth survey in October. This survey includes questions related to physical activity and diet, unintentional and intentional injury, substance use, risk and protective factors, and access to school-based services. Survey results are used by schools, communities, and state agencies to plan programs to support our youth and reduce their risks. Later in the Fall, students will take the Panorama survey for the first time this year. The Panorama survey focuses on social emotional learning around self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, responsible decision-making, and sense of belonging. As a school, we are committed to teaching the whole child and ensuring that we are working in tandem with all of you so that each and every student thrives.
As always, I wish to express sincere gratitude towards our entire school community. We would not be the amazing school that we are without the support and partnership of all of you. Thank you for making the MMS community strong and vibrant. It is an honor to work with your students and along with all of you.
Healthy Youth Survey
Our school is participating in the Washington State Healthy Youth Survey during fall 2021. The survey will be given to students in Grades 6, 8, 10 and 12 in large districts and students in Grades 6 through 12 in small school districts.
The Healthy Youth Survey includes questions related to physical activity and diet, unintentional and intentional injury, substance use, sexual behaviors, abuse, risk and protective factors, and access to school-based services. Survey results are used by schools, communities and state agencies to plan programs to support our youth and reduce their risks.
Participation in the survey is voluntary and the students’ answers are anonymous. Most schools will be administering the survey online this year. No privacy issues were identified in the E-survey pilot conducted in 2019. This year, schools and districts are being instructed to disable any recording, keystroke tracking, and video capture software on school-issued devices used to take the survey.
They are also going to instruct students to do the same on personal devices used to take the survey before they begin. If you use any software to monitor the device your student will use to take the survey, please turn it off before they begin to ensure their honest participation.
Please read the Parent and Student Notification Letter for more information about the Healthy Youth Survey.
Attendance Line for Absences
If your student has an appointment during the school day, it will be much easier on you and the student if you let us know as soon as possible. Your student will be given a pass to leave class at the designated time. This can be especially helpful if you need to get your student during lunch time.
AVID Family Night - Signing Event
Signs of Suicide SOS Curriculum
Your student will be participating in a curriculum called Signs of Suicide. The focus is on helping students know what to do if they or someone they know is contemplating suicide. They learn to Acknowledge, Care, Tell a trusted adult - ACT. Attached is the parent information letter and a VIDEO
Skyward Family Access
October - December 2021: Marysville School District’s Family Engagement Focus on Student Academic Engagement and Social Emotional Health
All courses have a limited number of seats – enroll today to reserve your spot! A link for the session will be forwarded to you upon registration.
To register, please click on the link below: https://rb.gy/wipsvb
● Stress and Trauma - Impact and Tools
● AVID – Overview and Fixed vs. Growth Mindset
This programming is brought to you by the Title I/LAP Department at the Marysville School District. For any questions, please contact Andrea Wyatt, Director of Title I/LAP/McKinney-Vento/Foster Care firstname.lastname@example.org, or 360-965-0053 4220 80 th Street NE, Marysville, WA 98270
Operation School Bell
Food for Thought Backpack Program...Striving to End Childhood Hunger!
Second Step: Bullying Prevention Curriculum
Tutoring Opportunity Provided by a Community Partner
October 4 - Cross Country @ Snohomish HS/Softball @ MP
October 6 - Softball @ MP
October 7 - PTSA Fundraiser at Marysville Skate Center 5-7pm
October 7 - Football @ Cavelero
October 8 - No SchoolOctober 11 - Hispanic Heritage Night 4-6pm
October 11 - Softball @ MP
October 12 - Cross Country @ Jennings Park
October 13 - Softball @ Hidden River
October 14 - Football @ Valley View/Cross Country @ Haller
October 18 - Softball @ MP
October 19 - Cross Country @ Strawberry Fields
October 20 - AVID Family Night 5-6pm
October 20 - Softball @ Cavelero
October 21 - Football - Bye/Cross Country @ Jennings
October 25-29 - Spirit Week
October 25-29 - SmarterBalance Assessment
October 25 - Fudge Fundraiser Begins
October 29 - Cross Country @ Lakewood (Championships)
November 3 - Picture Make Up Day