Port Susan Middle School
Student & Family Update 11.13.22
I want to begin by thanking our families for your continued support of our staff, our students, and our greater community. As we all reflect on our individual purpose as part of a larger educational system, I am reminded that we are all coming from different experiences and perspectives to create a memory together at Port Susan Middle School. As we take time to honor our Veterans this weekend, what Veterans Day means to each one of us can look different. My hope is that we all, as part of a greater community, take time this weekend to thank a Veteran as we show our appreciation and honor to those that have served or are currently serving.
Using "To-Do" List
Support PSMS Band!
PSMS Band has kicked off our Butter Braid fundraiser. We're running sales until December 2nd. Online orders have been a big plus for students and customers, so don't forget about that handy option if you're interested in buying some from a student.
Click HERE to Order & Pay Online! (select seller, then order)
Sales end: December 2nd
Delivery: Friday, December 9th (after school) - students pick up and deliver
Girls' Volleyball Sign-Ups
Girls' Volleyball will begin on Wednesday, November 30th. There will be 4 teams: 7th Grade JV, 8th Grade JV, 7th Grade V, and 8th Grade Varsity. Tryouts will be Nov 30-December 2 from 2:30-4pm. Once teams are decided, there will be rotating practice times to give teams more space in the gym. Coaches will be sharing their practice times with their team.
The match schedule is found here. This is a live document and will be updated as things change or if we are able to secure a bus for transportation.
Athletic Registration: An Athletic Registration Form must be completed either online or by hard copy prior to turning out for practice. This includes emergency contact information, insurance and the Athletic Code.
Sports Physical: All athletes must have a current sports physical (good for 2yrs) turned into the office BEFORE turning out.
ASB Card/Pay to Participate: Each participant must purchase an Associated Student Body card and Pay to Participate fee before the first contest. The ASB card is $20, Pay to Participate is $50 per sport ($100 maximum per year; Free/Reduced options for those who qualify).
Transportation: In the event that we cannot get a bus to out-of district competitions (due to bus driver shortage), we will have district vans. However, seating is limited, so the Stanwood/Camano School District is allowing families to arrange transportation to and from competitions when this occurs. These families will agree to provide their own transportation to and from away competitions and understand that the district assumes no liability/responsibility for the athletes during the transportation times. The waiver will need to be signed and returned to your athletic director prior to your first out-of-district event. *Hard copies of the waiver can be picked up in the office or from your athlete's coach Parent Transportation Waiver for Middle School Sports
Inclement Weather Reminder
As the weather forecasts indicate, we may see cold weather this winter. I wanted to share with you how we make the determination to delay or close schools due to ice, snow, flooding, etc.
Safety first! We consider the safety of our children on buses, our student drivers, families driving and walking to school, and the safety of our staff, especially our bus drivers.
We monitor weather patterns using multiple methods 24/7. In particular, we use a tool called Accuweather that is specifically designed to support school districts in looking ahead at weather patterns.
When there is a concern about school starting on time, our staff begins driving the roads throughout the district as early as 2 a.m. We take photos, check road conditions, monitor traffic, look for hazards, etc. We typically drive the roads multiple times in the early morning to determine if conditions are improving, worsening, or staying the same.
We strive to decide about the school day by 5 a.m. Once the decision is made, we begin communicating with families and staff. We communicate through:
Autodialer (via School Messenger)
Email (via School Messenger)
Predicting the weather is a challenge, and our primary goal is to ensure that the roads are safe, our campuses are easy to navigate, and the weather does not impede a safe school day. Find the 2022-23 snow routes HERE.
Week of 11/14 through 11/18
Advisory SEL lesson
Advisory Quarter 1 Reflection & To-Do List
Basketball vs N. Whidbey (7th - PSMS & 8th - Lincoln)
Advisory - Homework Support
Basketball vs Cascade (Varsity Only)
Advisory - Homework Support
Linked below are previous communications. Please continue to reach out with any questions you have. You can email me directly (email@example.com) or call our office at 360.629.1360
Have a question? Please reach out...
Cherae Almanza, Principal firstname.lastname@example.org
Crysty Auckland, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director email@example.com
Dave Austin (6-8 Fitness & 6 Leadership) firstname.lastname@example.org
Jonathan Bletscher (6-8 Band) email@example.com
Joan Campbell (6-7 Math) firstname.lastname@example.org
Lori Stunz (7 ELA & 6-8 Art) email@example.com
Grace Gale (6 Science & 6-8 STEM/Robotics) GGale@stanwood.wednet.edu
Sub for Grace Gale is Jeffrey Trammell firstname.lastname@example.org
Chelsea Hanson (6-8 ELA/Humanities) CHanson@stanwood.wednet.edu
Nate Hanson (6-8 Computers/Digital Effects) email@example.com
Audrie Harrington (6/7 ELA & 7/8 Leadership) firstname.lastname@example.org
Seth Hills (6 Social Studies) email@example.com
Lori Johnson (6-8 Assist) firstname.lastname@example.org
Wade Johnson (7/8 Science) email@example.com
Rebecca Klein (6/7 Science) firstname.lastname@example.org
Meghan Lawrence (6-8 PBS) email@example.com
Ellianna Martin (6-8 Math) firstname.lastname@example.org>,
Daniel Mccrumb (6 Math/Science & 7/8 Outdoor Ed) DMccrumb@stanwood.wednet.edu
Sarah Oldow (6 ELA/Social Studies) email@example.com
Catherine Perry (6-8 EL) firstname.lastname@example.org
Tracy Riley (6-8 ELA) TRiley@stanwood.wednet.edu
Kelcie Rocha (7/8 Math) email@example.com
Brad Rochon (7/8 Science) firstname.lastname@example.org
Connie Schmidt (6-8 Health) email@example.com
Sheri Schroeder (8 History & ELA) firstname.lastname@example.org
Kym Shoemaker (7/8 Math) email@example.com
Crystal Titus (6-8 Fitness) firstname.lastname@example.org
Kayte White (8 ELA & 6 Cultures) email@example.com
Julia Zurcher (7 History & 7/8 Home Ec) firstname.lastname@example.org
Jayde Piggot (6 Counselor) email@example.com
Keli Niegemann (7/8 Counselor) firstname.lastname@example.org
Emily Bowne (School Psychologist) email@example.com
Kandyce Hansen (Speech Language Pathologist) firstname.lastname@example.org
Sara Harlan (Librarian) email@example.com
Amy Hart (Student Support Advocate) firstname.lastname@example.org
Taylor Little (Mental Health Therapist) email@example.com
The Stanwood-Camano School District does not discriminate in employment, 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. Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the District's Title IX/Affirmative Action Officer and Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator, Maurene Stanton (firstname.lastname@example.org), or the Section 504/American Disabilities Act Coordinator, Robert Hascall (email@example.com) Stanwood-Camano School District, 26920 Pioneer Hwy, Stanwood, WA 98292. Telephone: (360) 629-1200.