Voyager MS Parent Bulletin

October 21, 2021 Weekly News

Home of the Wolverines

Our mission is to prepare our youth today for tomorrow’s opportunities.

Land Acknowledgement

The Mukilteo School District acknowledges that we gather on the ancestral homelands of the Coast Salish Peoples, who have lived in the Salish Sea basin since time immemorial. We respect this place and honor the sacred spiritual connection to the land, water, and its people, past, present, and future. The district serves a diverse population of about 15,000 students who live near the Puget Sound about 15 miles north of Seattle. Dedicated staff help prepare our community's children to be successful, contributing members of the community. Our students learn in an environment that is positive, caring, and focused on their highest academic potential.

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Thought of the Week


"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more

and become more, you are a leader."


~ John Quincy Adams

Health and Safety Information for In-Person Learning

The in-person learning family guide has been posted on the Return to School website. As with last spring, school staff will follow the health and safety guidelines provided by the Washington State Department of Health. You’ll also find information about cleaning, transportation, physical distancing, masks and other in-person learning protocols.

Attendance Reminders to All Families:

We want to remind students and families about the importance of daily attendance. In order for students to do their best learning in school, students need to be present at school, on time, as many days as possible. Additionally, please be mindful about scheduling appointments outside of the school day whenever possible, or to bring students back to campus so that they miss as little school as possible.

Sick or Unable to Attend

If a student is sick or unable to attend school please contact the school within 24 hours either by phone at 425-366-5324 or email at Voyager@mukilteo.wednet.edu so that we know your student is safe and accounted for.

Health and Safety Reminders

As we approach cold and flu season, it is important to remind all our Voyager families that students should be symptom-free to come to school and before/after school activities.


Stay Home if You’re Sick – Helpful Information: A COVID -19 Toolkit https://www.snohd.org/DocumentCenter/View/8109/COVID-Toolkit-FINAL


While we recognize that many conditions can cause these symptoms, such as the “common cold” or allergies, the best way to rule out COVID is to be tested.


If your student has tested negative or is fully vaccinated for COVID, they should STILL stay home until their symptoms have improved to avoid bringing other viruses or contagious conditions to school, or coughing, wiping, or blowing their nose in the classroom, for example.


Please review the COVID-19 DAILY HEALTH SCREENING AND RESOURCE FORM. If your student has ANY of the outlined symptoms, they should stay home, (even if you believe it’s not COVID!)


Thank you for your help in keeping Voyager Middle School as safe as possible.

Week at a Glance

October 25 – October 29

Please note: After School Activity Bus leaves at 4:05pm. Clubs will be dismissed promptly.


Fall Athletics Schedule


10/25 - Monday - A Day:

Before School

Library Open 7:40 - 8:00am

Literacy Center 8:10 - 9:30am

After School

Cross Country Practice - 2:45 - 4:00pm - VO Gym

ELL Club 2:55 - 4:00pm - Room# B151

Journaling Club - 2:55 - 4:00pm - Room#B141

Craft Club - 2:55 - 4:00pm - Room#B153

Softball Game - VO vs. Kellogg - 3:45pm @ Shorecrest High School

Football Practice 3:00 - 5:00pm VO Field


10/26 - Tuesday - B Day:

Before School

Library Open 7:40 - 8:00am

Literacy Center 8:10 - 9:30am

After School

Cross Country Practice 2:45 - 4:00pm VO Gym

Softball Practice 2:45 - 4:30pm VO Field

Cribbage Club - 2:55 - 4:00pm - Room# Library

Football Practice 3:00 - 5:00pm VO Field


10/27 - Wednesday - A Day:

Before School

Library Open 7:40 - 8:00am

Literacy Center 8:10 - 9:30am

After School

Cross Country Meet - VO vs. League Meet - 3:30pm - @ Shoreline Stadium

STEAM Club - 2:55 - 4:00pm - Room#C140

Softball Game - VO vs. Olympic View - 3:45 @ Mariner

Football Game - VO vs. Eisenhower - 3:45pm - @ VO Field


10/28 - Thursday - B Day:

Before School

Library Open 7:40 - 8:00am

Literacy Center 8:10 - 9:30am

After School

Cross Country Meet - VO vs. Mukilteo School District Meet - 3:45pm @ Harbour Pointe

Softball Practice - VO vs. Explorer - 3:45 @ Mariner

Pride Club - 2:55 - 4:00pm - Room# A130

Football Practice 3:00 - 5:00pm VO Field


10/29 - Friday - A Day:

Before School

Library Open 7:40 - 8:00am

Literacy Center 8:10 - 9:30am

After School

Cross Country Practice - 2:45 - 4:00pm - VO Gym

ELL Club 2:55 - 4:00pm - Room# B151

Journaling Club - 2:55 - 4:00pm - Room#B141

Craft Club - 2:55 - 4:00pm - Room#B153

Softball Game - VO vs. Kellogg - 3:45pm @ Shorecrest High School

Football Practice 3:00 - 5:00pm VO Field


Learning Improvement Time (LIT) Dismissal, Fridays

On Fridays Voyager students are usually released from school at 1:30pm due to Learning Improvement Time (LIT) time for staff. There are no after school activity buses on early dismissal Fridays.

School News

It's Spirit Week at Voyager!

Remember this is a chance to ENJOY life! To see our SCHOOL SPIRIT. To be CREATIVE . To engage with the COMMUNITY. To UPLIFT, SUPPORT, CHEER ON, and add some LIGHT to our little corner of the world! Have fun!


Monday, Oct. 25 Comfy Cozy, PJ Day

Tuesday, Oct. 26 Twin Day, Twin Tuesday

Wednesday, Oct. 27 Throwback Day/Decades Day

Thursday, Oct. 28 Black and White Day

Friday, Oct. 29 Halloween Costumes or Halloween, Fall themed clothing

Picture RETAKE Day – Wednesday, October 27

School pictures retake day is scheduled for Wednesday, October 27. If you would like to order a picture package please return the completed form/envelope on picture day at school on October 27, with exact payment in the form of a check, cash or you may pay online at https://ios.mydorian.com/login_shoot. Order online using the access key found on the Picture Day envelope. Pictures will be taken during school hours.


Reminder: Students that want a re-take picture must bring back their original picture packet with them on October 27.

Spooky Grams On Sale Now!

Wolverines, send a note and a treat to a friend! $1 each. The funds raised will go towards offsetting the cost of the Yearbook. Our goal this year is to make the Yearbook accessible to as many students as possible.


You can purchase your Spooky Grams from our bookkeeper, Mrs. Nelson through Monday, 10/25. Grams will be delivered to recipients on Friday, 10/29 during lunch.


For any questions, please contact Mr. Hare at HAREMJ@mukilteo.wednet.edu

Remember to Vote

On November 2nd we will elect over 170 of our neighbors to serve on the Snohomish County Council, on local city councils and on other important local boards, commissions, and offices. Our local elected officials determine which local issues become priorities like road maintenance, school and neighborhood improvements, open space planning, economic development, and emergency response to name a few.


Historically, less than half of us who are eligible to vote choose to vote in local elections. We can do better! Democracy works best when all voices are heard, so please return your ballot on or before Election Day and make your voice heard.


The local voters’ pamphlet is designed to help inform your voting decisions. The voters’ pamphlet November-21-LVP-Master (snohomishcountywa.gov) includes statements written by the candidates and information about local ballot measures. Your vote is important. Make sure to follow the voting instructions, sign your ballot envelope and return your ballot on or before Election Day, November 2. Your local community is counting on you - please vote in this General Election!


For more information about voter registration, ballot box locations, tracking ballots, etc., visit the Snohomish County Elections website.

Gender Inclusive Restroom

The Mukilteo School District ​Board believes in fostering an educational environment that is safe and free of discrimination for all students, regardless of gender identity or gender expression or sex. To that end, the Board recognizes the importance of an inclusive approach toward transgender and gender-expansive students with regard to official records, confidential health and education information, communication, restroom and locker room use and accessibility, sports and physical education, dress codes and other school activities, in order to provide these students with an equal opportunity for learning and achievement.


Voyager has recently designated a single stall restroom as an inclusive, all-gender restroom and changing room. This restroom is in the B building across the hall from the bookkeeper’s office and is open to students and staff. Gender-expansive, transgender, and gender fluid students may use whatever restroom matches their gender identity, and we hope this additional option will help students have more choices that may better align with their identity. This additional option also complies with Mukilteo School District Board Policy 3211. http://info.mukilteo.wednet.edu/board/Policy/Pol/3211.html

Tips for Celebrating Halloween Safely from the Snohomish Health District

Kids, families and businesses have had to approach a number of traditions and favorite pastimes differently this year. That will continue with fall and winter holidays ahead, particularly with Halloween quickly approaching. Similar to tips released by the Washington State Department of Health, the Snohomish Health District recommends opting for household-only and/or virtual activities.


From scavenger hunts or movie marathons, to costume or pumpkin carving contests online, sticking with ghouls and goblins at home is best. Regardless of how you choose to celebrate Halloween, it is important to keep the following in mind: Here are a few tips for celebrating Halloween safely: News Flash • Snohomish Health District, WA • CivicEngage (snohd.org)

National Principal's Month

National Principals' Month each October is an opportunity to honor our incredible principals and assistant principals for their visionary leadership and tireless pursuit of success for staff and students. Thank you, school leaders!


Thank you Dr. Zirkle and Ms. Porter for all you do to make Voyager great!

October is National Bullying Prevention Month.

October in National Bullying Prevention Month, a time to focus and raise awareness on bullying. During this month, many groups across the country will release new resources, campaigns, and efforts aimed at bringing awareness to the issue of bullying.


To learn more about bullying prevention please visit National Bullying Prevention Month | youth.gov

Support Your Local School – Fred Meyers Community Rewards

Support your student’s school just by shopping at Fred Meyer with your Rewards Card. Fred Meyers donates each year to the local schools, community organizations and nonprofits of your choice through their Fred Meyer Community Rewards program. All you have to do is link your Rewards Card to an organization and scan it every time you shop at Fred Meyer. Easy as 1, 2, 3! Here’s how it works:


Visit www.fredmeyer.com/i/community/community-rewards


  1. Create a digital account.
  2. Link your Card to an organization.
  3. Your organization earns.


If you have any questions, please contact Fred Meyers Customer Service Center


Please consider supporting Voyager Middle School through this wonderful program!

Mukilteo School District is Hiring!

We are hiring many positions, including bus drivers, food service workers, substitutes, paraeducators, and more! Learn more about the jobs and application process and ask questions during a weekly information Zoom meeting - every Thursday, 4 to 5 p.m. The Zoom link is on the district home page and website calendar. https://www.mukilteoschools.org/Page/10...

Helpful Resources

Links

Mukilteo School District Web Site

Voyager Middle School Web Site

https://www.flashalert.net/login/

Mukilteo School District 2021-22 School Calendar

Voyager Calendar

Fall Athletics Schedule

MSD Parent Center

FAMILY ACCESS: link

FlashAlert Newswire and Messenger

Covid Data Dashboard Return to School / COVID cases dashboard (mukilteoschools.org)

Nutrition Services webpage

Free Student Meals for the 21-22 School Year! Complete the application

Transportation Department (425)366-1306 or visit Find Your School Bus Route.

VO Facebook @voyagermiddleschool

VO Instagram @voyagerwolverines

Voyager Middle School - YouTube

Voyager School Counselors

Brenna Reid, 6th Grade Counselor ReidBC@mukilteo.wednet.edu, 425-366-5334

Vincenza Moody, 7th Grade Counselor MoodyVC@mukilteo.wednet.edu, 425-366-5333

Margaret Peterson, 8th Grade Counselor​ PetersonMJ@mukilteo.wednet.edu, 425-366-5332

New State Mask Mandate

Masks are now required for outdoor events with 500 or more people, Regardless of vaccination status. Please remember this when attending school district sporting events, as masks are required for all attendees.

COVID-19 Testing Locations

Visit the Washington State Department of Health’s Testing for COVID-19 page for the latest updates, information about who should be tested, what you should do after you’re tested, vaccine information, testing locations and data dashboard.

Support for students transitioning to in-person learning

As more students return to in-person learning, students and families may be experiencing many different emotions. Even a positive change can cause anxiety or stress. Here are a few resources to help your child transition back to in-person school.



You can also reach out to your child’s school to connect with the school counselor for assistance.

Back to School Resources

If your child has a need for school supplies, food, clothing or community resources, please contact Kristen Anderson, Lead Student Support Advocate at AndersonKM@mukilteo.wednet.edu or Olga Mantilla, Family Engagement Liaison at Mantillaoy@mukilteo.wednet.edu

Stay Connected!

We send a schoolwide weekly newsletter and other regular communications out via Blackboard, our district wide communication system. By enrolling your child in our school, you are automatically set up to receive Blackboard messages from us. If you have updates to e-mail or phone numbers that you would like to make related to these communications, please call the main office at 425-366-5300.

Upcoming Events

11/11: Veteran’s Day – No School

11/24: Early Dismissal - 12:00pm

11/25: Thanksgiving Day – No School

11/26: Native American Heritage Day – No School

12/20 - 12:31: Winter Break – No School

Friday - Learning Improvement Time (LIT) – EARLY DISMISSAL SCHEDULE

6th Grade

8:05 - 9:30am - Core

9:35 - 10:50am - Elective

11:25 - 11:55am - Intervention

12:00 - 1:30pm - Core


7th Grade

8:05 - 8:35am - Intervention

8:40 - 11:40am Core

11:40 - 12:10 - Lunch

12:15 - 1:30pm - Elective


8th Grade

8:05 - 9:15am - Elective

9:20 - 12:15pm - Core

12:15 - 12:45pm - Lunch

12:50 - 1:30pm - Intervention

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Middle schoolers like to have a sense of control over homework

You might have a difficult time finding a middle school student who loves doing homework. But you can help your child develop a positive attitude about it. The key is to give him a feeling of control. Research shows that middle school students have definite preferences about homework. They would rather:


  • Do homework somewhere other than at home.
  • Do homework when their peers are around.
  • Have their parents be less involved with their homework.


So what can you do to support your child? You can:


  • Check your child’s achievement at school. Is he doing fairly well? If so, consider allowing him to choose where he completes homework, within reason.
  • Let your child try studying with a friend, in person or online. Keep an eye on the study session.
  • Provide encouragement. Say things like, “I see you working hard on your homework. That’s why you make progress!”


~ The Parent Institute

What if your child doesn’t like a teacher?


One way that middle school differs from elementary school is in the number of teachers students have. Adapting to the different personalities and teaching styles of multiple teachers can be challenging. Middle schoolers may dislike teachers who they feel are too tough, give too much homework or give hard tests. Here are a few strategies for handling your child’s dislike of a teacher:


  • Don’t jump to take your child’s side. Unless you are in class each day, you don’t know that your child’s “horror stories” are true. Talk to your child to find out exactly what the teacher says or does to inspire his dislike.

  • Remember that it’s not the teacher’s job to be popular. Your child doesn’t have to like the teacher’s personality to learn from her and show her respect.

  • Realize that in most cases, your child will need to accept the situation. Middle school is more challenging and rigorous than elementary school. Your child may have to study harder and work longer.

  • Talk to the teacher. If you believe there may be a personal issue between a teacher and your child, ask the teacher for a conference. Listen to her side, calmly give yours and work out a plan to go forward.


~ The Parent Institute

Mukilteo School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights Coordinator and Title IX Coordinator Dan Dizon (425-356-1319), dizonds@mukilteo.wednet.edu, Section 504 Coordinator Lisa Pitsch (425-356-1277), pitschla@mukilteo.wednet.edu, and the ADA/Access Coordinator Karen Mooseker (425-356-1330), moosekerkw@mukilteo.wednet.edu. Address: 9401 Sharon Drive in Everett, WA. Inquiries regarding ADA/Access issues at Sno-Isle TECH Skills Center should be directed to Wes Allen, Director (425-348-2220) allenwr@mukilteo.wednet.edu. Address: 9001 Airport Road in Everett, WA 98204.

Family Engagement Liaison

My name is Olga Mantilla, Family Engagement Liaison here at Voyager Middle School. I am here to support students and their families through their middle school years at Voyager.