Dear VVMS Parents and Families,
School starts this week, and we are so excited to have our school full of students again! Our staff spent last week together preparing to provide them with a welcoming arrival. This work will help students acclimate to in-person learning and will also develop relationships so they feel connected to school. Here is what will be happening this week to support our students with their return:
Arrival to School – Early-arriving students will report to the Commons until 7:15am, and then will have 10 minutes to walk to their first class with their friends. Breakfast is free to all students this school year and will be served when students arrive at school.
September 8th - Our first day of school with 7th grade students is designed to make them feel welcome and to build relationships. Students will be greeted by staff members and our 8th grade WEB (Where Everyone Belongs) leaders. Our 7th grade students will take part in a variety of small group activities that will allow them to become more familiar with the school, their teachers, and their peers. The afternoon will be spent going to each class for a short period of time so students can practice walking to each class and get to know their teachers and classmates. Schedules will be available for pickup in the gym mid-morning prior to them following their class schedule. Students will only need to bring a writing utensil and paper for this day.
September 9th - Our first day of school with all students (7th and 8th grade). Staff members will be at drop-off areas to welcome our students. Schedules will be available for pickup in the Commons for all students. There will be a regular bell schedule, and teachers will focus on building relationships and training students “how to do school” in their classes. Science teachers will present relevant information from our school’s safety plan to their students. Laptops will be checked out through math classes. Students will only need to bring a writing utensil and paper for this day.
Lunch – Lunch is free to all students this year. Students can select their seats on September 9th seating will be spread out to three different areas (Commons, Viking Hall, and some outdoor seating) to accommodate physical distancing. Students will be assigned to those seats for the first couple weeks of school. After 15 minutes, outdoor play areas and the library will be open.
Athletics and Clubs – School sports start this week, and some clubs will start in a couple weeks. We highly encourage students to participate in at least one sport or club. Students who do so are more likely to graduate from high school, attend college, have higher grades, feel more connected to school, and have greater self-esteem. Students will be given access to a locked classroom on the first day to put their athletic equipment in before first period so they do not have to carry it in their backpacks all day. Coaches will check lockers out to students during the first practice, and students will be given access to those lockers in the morning so they can store their athletic equipment. Students will need to bring a combination lock to secure their belongings in their athletic locker.
End of School – Students will be reminded which bus route they ride, and all teachers will be in the bus loop to help students find their bus.
Please let us know if you have any questions about your student’s return to school. The Valley View staff is committed to making every 7th and 8th grader feel welcome and supported. We can’t wait to see everyone back.
Brian Burdon-Principal (Interim)
Philippa Farrell- Assistant Principal (Interim) Last Names (A-K)
Brenda Weyhrauch-Assistant Principal Last Names (L-Z)
Calendar and Events
Student Schedules Released to Family Access
- Thursday, September 2 at 6 p.m.
WEB Day - First Day of School 7th Grade only
- Wednesday, September 8
First Day of School 7th and 8th Grade
- Thursday, September 9
- Laptop Distribution through Math Classes
Picture Make-up Day (for those who missed Viking Days)
- Tuesday, September 14
- Tuesday, September 21 @ 6:30 p.m.
Picture Re-take Day
- Tuesday, October 26
Important 2021-2022 school year dates
- Thursday, September 2 - Skyward/Family Access will be open at 10 a.m. (elementary) and 6 p.m. (middle and high school) for viewing teacher assignments, student schedules, food service information and other important information. Please note that individual teacher assignments and student schedules may be subject to change up to the first day of school.
- Wednesday, September 8 – First day of school (first day of school for 1st – 7th and 9th graders).
- Thursday, September 9 and Friday, September 10 - All students except kindergarteners attend school.
- Thursday, November 11, 2021 - Veterans Day (no school)
- Wednesday, November 24, 2021 - Half-day early release
- Thursday, November 25-Friday, November 26, 2021 - Thanksgiving Break (no school)
- Friday, December 17, 2021 - Half-day early release
- Monday, December 20-Friday, December 31, 2021 - Winter Break (no school)
- Monday, January 17, 2022 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day (no school)
- Friday, February 18-Monday, February 21, 2022 - Mid-Winter Break (no school)
- Monday, April 4-Friday, April 8, 2022 - Spring Break (no school)
- Monday, May 30, 2022 - Memorial Day (no school)
Laptops will be issued to students on September 9
This year laptop insurance will be optional on an “OPT-IN” basis. Please know that by not opting in you will be assuming all liability when your student checks out a laptop. Please see form below for all details, including deductibles. To opt-in for coverage you will need to pay the $30 fee to Mrs. Dalrymple in the Bookkeeping Office or purchase online through InTouch. This coverage must be purchased within two weeks of laptop checkout.
P.E. Clothing Requirements
Students will be changing into their PE clothes at the start of their PE class period. The required clothes are, t-shirt or sweatshirt, shorts or sweatpants (6-inch inseam minimum), athletic shoes that lace up. Please remember to have your student bring a combination lock to school by Sept. 13th.
Updates and Things to Note
Skyward/Family Access: Skyward/Family Access will be open for viewing teacher assignments, student schedules, food service information and other important information. Please note that individual teacher assignments and student schedules may be subject to change up to the first day of school.
Agendas: Students will not be required to purchase agendas. Thank you to the Parent Club for providing all students with an agenda and school handbook. Students will receive their agendas later in the month.
PE clothing: Uniforms are not required. Students will be required to wear school appropriate tennis shoes, t-shirts, sweatshirts/sweats, or shorts.
Medication at school: If your child needs to take a prescription medication at school, you must have a SSD form signed by your doctor. See link below.
2021-2022 Fall Sports/Season 1
Football, Girls Softball, and Cross Country
Students planning on turning out for sports need to do the following:
Complete a sports physical
Turn it in during Viking Days (August 24-25) or to Michelle Walker in the main office
Please make sure the physician completes their portion and signs it
Physicals are good for 24 months
Complete online packet through RankOne Sports - See link below
Purchase an ASB card
Pay the $50 per sport participation fee per sport after tryouts and before the first game
There is a maximum $100 per year, per student
Athletic fees can be waived for students on free and reduced lunch – please provide a copy of the free/reduced lunch letter to Mrs. Dalrymple
Refunds will not be provided after the first contest
See document below for more information on each sport.
WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students)
- Come volunteer and keep our school safe
- All are welcome, dads, moms, uncles, grandfathers, etc.
- Information provided in Main Office and Curriculum Night
Student Last Names L-Z
Assistant Principal (Interim)
Student Last Names A-K
Main Office Secretary/Athletics
Last Names A-K
Last Names L-Z
Notice of Non-Discrimination
The Snohomish 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 a 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, Title IX Coordinator and ADA – Darryl Pernat, 1601 Avenue D, Snohomish, WA 98290, 360-563-7285, email@example.com; Section 504 Coordinator and Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying – Shawn Stevenson, 1601 Avenue D, Snohomish, WA 98290, 360-563-7282, firstname.lastname@example.org.