Community Newsletter

Marysville Middle Wildcats | October 2021

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Letter from the Principal

Wildcat Families,


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.


Sincerely,


Mary Ingraham

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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.


MMS PTSA

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Attendance Line for Absences

We are required by law to track attendance for each student AND to inform families if a student misses class. Additionally, if students are not feeling well, please keep them home and call the attendance office, 360-965-0901, so that the absence can be excused.


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.

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AVID Family Night - Signing Event

AVID Families please join us on October 20th from 5:00 to 6:00 for the AVID Signing Party. Our AVID team has prepared your student's letter of intent (much like a letter of intent to sign on to and commit to a college or university) for the MMS AVID classes and this event is to celebrate the joining and unifying of our AVID students and families. Please be on the look out for more communication about the event from your student's AVID teacher.

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

Teen Suicide Prevention

Skyward Family Access

Skyward has all kinds of useful information for students and their families. You can see specific grades on assignments, what might be missing, you can contact the teacher directly, and even change your information. Parents and students have different log-ins, however, sitting down together to check in regularly is a great way to keep on top of assignments, celebrate successes and problem solve if your student is having difficulty in a class. If you need to have your Skyward password reset you should be able to click the "forgot password" link. Or, call the office and we will send you a link to reset it.
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October - December 2021: Marysville School District’s Family Engagement Focus on Student Academic Engagement and Social Emotional Health

We are in unprecedented times. It is more important than ever that we cultivate positive relationships with our students and families. In an effort to ease the stress and trauma that we are all experiencing, our district is proud to offer a series of family engagement opportunities around social emotional health and student academic engagement for the family. The Parent Bootcamp Series features conversations about AVID, Stress and Trauma Impact and Tools.


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


Featured Courses

● 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 andrea_wyatt@msd25.org, or 360-965-0053 4220 80 th Street NE, Marysville, WA 98270


Pamphlet Links:

English Version

Versión Español

Operation School Bell

Operation School Bell is a program to assist students who need clothing. It is run by the Assistance League of Everett and since 1965 they have been providing school clothes to over 99,139 children and teens, one child at a time. If you have a student in need of clothing please fill out the application below.

Food for Thought Backpack Program...Striving to End Childhood Hunger!

Marysville Community Food Bank offers a program to all families to provide food for the weekends and/or holidays when your child/children are not in school. Please see the application below and if you have any questions or need any help please contact the main office or your student's counselor.

Second Step: Bullying Prevention Curriculum

Families, the attached PDF is a letter to you explaining the bullying prevention curriculum we are using in advisory which includes the intended learning outcomes for the unit.

Tutoring Opportunity Provided by a Community Partner

Grove Tutoring for students is available on Wednesdays from 4:00 to 6:00 pm close to MMS at 4705 Grove Street. The tutoring is free and food is provided. Students just need to sign up at www.grove.church/tutoring.
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IMPORTANT DATES

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 School

October 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

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