Voyager MS Parent Bulletin

November 5, 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


As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the

highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”


~ John F. Kennedy

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

NO SCHOOL Thursday, November 11 - Veteran's Day

Daylight Saving Time - Fall Back 1 Hour

Autumn brings colorful leaves, cooler air and the smell of winter approaching. It also reminds us that it's time to "fall back" one hour. Daylight Saving Time ends this Sunday, November 7, at 2 a.m., at which time, clocks will be turned back one hour, giving us more daylight in the autumn and winter mornings. Remember to turn your clock back one hour before retiring for the evening this Saturday. Enjoy your extra hour of sleep!

November 8 - November 12

Activity Bus Leaves Promptly at 4:05pm


Fall Athletics Schedule


11/8 - Monday - A Day:

Before School

7th Grade Girls Volleyball Try-Outs - 6:15 - 7:45am - VO Gym

Library Open 7:40 - 8:00am

During School

Literacy Center 8:10 - 9:30am

After School

VO Homework Room - 2:50 - 4:00pm - VO Library

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

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

8th Grade Girls Volleyball Try-Outs - 3:00 - 5:00pm - VO Gym

7th/8th Grade Boys & Girls Soccer Practice - 3:00 - 5:00pm - VO Field

7th/8th Grade Boys Basketball Try-Outs - 3:00 - 5:30pm - Mariner HS


11/9 - Tuesday - B Day:

Before School

7th Grade Girls Volleyball Try-Outs - 6:15 - 7:45am - VO Gym

Library Open 7:40 - 8:00am

During School

Literacy Center 8:10 - 9:30am

After School

VO Homework Room - 2:50 - 4:00pm - VO Library

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

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

8th Grade Girls Volleyball Try-Outs - 3:00 - 5:00pm - VO Gym

7th/8th Grade Boys & Girls Soccer Practice - 3:00 - 5:00pm - VO Field

7th/8th Grade Boys Basketball Try-Outs - 3:00 - 5:30pm - Mariner HS


11/10 - Wednesday - A Day:

Before School

7th Grade Girls Volleyball Try-Outs - 6:15 - 7:45am - VO Gym

Library Open 7:40 - 8:00am

During School

Literacy Center 8:10 - 9:30am

After School

VO Homework Room - 2:50 - 4:00pm - VO Library

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

8th Grade Girls Volleyball Try-Outs - 3:00 - 5:00pm - VO Gym

7th/8th Grade Boys & Girls Soccer Practice - 3:00 - 5:00pm - VO Field

7th/8th Grade Boys Basketball Try-Outs - 3:00 - 5:30pm - Mariner HS


11/11 - Thursday

Veteran's Day - NO SCHOOL


11/12 - Friday - B Day:

Before School

7th Grade Girls Volleyball Practice - 6:15 - 7:45am - VO Gym

Library Open 7:40 - 8:00am

During School

Literacy Center 8:10 - 9:10am

After School

8th Grade Girls Volleyball Practice - 3:00 - 5:00pm - VO Gym

7th/8th Grade Boys Soccer Practice - 1:30 - 2:30pm - VO Field

7th/8th Grade Girls Soccer Practice - 1:30 - 3:00pm - VO Field

7th/8th Grade Boys Basketball Practice - 1:30 - 3:00pm - VO Gym


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

Veteran’s Day Assembly Webinar - November 10

Veterans Day is a United States federal holiday that honors all military veterans who have served in the U.S. military and is observed annually on November 11. The Day coincides with Remembrance Day and Armistice Day which marks the anniversary of the end of World War I (ended November 11th)


We will be holding a Veteran’s Day Assembly Webinar on Wednesday, November 10 from 8:15am - 8:45am. A link to join the webinar will be posted the evening prior to November 10 on Schoology, Voyager's website and Instagram.


We hope you can join us for this important and special assembly.


Learn more about the history of Veterans Day.

The Voyager Homework Room is NOW OPEN!

We are proud to offer the Voyager Homework Room as an afterschool academic resource to our students. Attendance is not mandatory but we do encourage students to attend on a drop in basis if they could use a place to get caught up on homework, get help if needed or a quiet place to work on assignments or to read.


Our homework room will be staffed by two of our amazing paraeducators.


When & Where: Monday thru Thursday from 2:50pm – 4:00pm in the Voyager Library

(Activity Bus leaves promptly at 4:05pm)


Expectations:


  • All school rules apply
  • Students must bring all materials with them such as binders, planners, assignments, textbooks, independent reading books.
  • Get everything you need from your locker before you come, as well use the restroom.
  • Sign in and sign out. Get a Homework Room stamp in your planner
  • If you take the activity bus, you need to stay the entire time even if your assignment is finished. Make sure you have your independent reading book.
  • If you are a walker, you may leave when your assignment is finished. When you leave, you must leave campus.

Free Family Thanksgiving Dinner with All the Trimmings - Thursday, November 25

Westgate Chapel will be holding their 27th annual Free Thanksgiving dinner for all who would like to join on Thursday, November 25. Aside from a delicious warm meal, there will be:


  • Children’s crafts & gifts
  • Family Photos
  • Deaf Interpretation (3:30pm only)
  • Food & Clothing Bank
  • Chance to win an apple iPad (8th generation) at the 11am seating.
  • Drawings for $75 AMC Theater tickets, men’s & women’s smart watches and other great prizes at all three seatings.


Three Seatings: 11:00am, 1:30pm & 3:30pm


Westgate Chapel

22901 Edmonds Way

Edmonds, WA 98020

(425)775-2776


For additional information please visit Westgate Thanksgiving - Westgate Chapel


Admission is FREE. Door open at 9:45am. No Reservations Needed

Food Assistance

If you or someone you know is in need of food assistance, please visit: Food Bank | VOAWW


Volunteers of America – Western WA - Everett Food Bank

Casino Road Food Pantries – Holiday Food Distribution


Distribution of holiday meals for Thanksgiving and Christmas will also be available.


There are currently no eligibility or documentation requirements to receive food.

Reminder: Cell Phones/Electronic Devices at School

Because we value a focused learning environment here at Voyager

Middle School, all cell phone and personal electronic device usage

within the classroom learning environment, is prohibited. As a reminder,

cell phones, headphones, earbuds, AirPods, Bluetooth speakers, and

gaming devices are to be turned off, put away and kept away during the

school day. Such devices are disruptive to the learning environment and

often targeted for theft.


Students are advised to leave these devices at home, however, they are allowed on campus as long as they do not interfere with student learning. If a student’s cell phone is out, rings, or is used for text messaging, it will be confiscated by the teacher and turned into the office. Confiscated items will not be returned until picked up by a parent/guardian. Should a student need to contact a parent they may do so from the front office or classroom with teacher permission.


Please note that Voyager Middle School is not liable for any electronic device brought to school.

November is Native American Heritage Month

November is National Native American Heritage Month. We celebrate and honor the remarkable Native Americans who have contributed tremendously to the history and character of our nation. Read more.

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

Voyager Clubs for the 2021/2022 School Year: Voyager Clubs (mukilteoschools.org)

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

Season Two Sports

For information on Season 2 Sports at Voyager please visit: Season Two Sports Information (mukilteoschools.org)


For Season 2 Sports Schedules, please visit: Fall Athletics Schedule

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...

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.

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

11/24: 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

1/17/22: Martin Luther King Jr. Day – No School

2/21/22: President's Day – No School

2/22/22 - 2/25/22: Mid Winter Break – No School

4/11/22 - 4/15/22: Spring 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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Three strategies help your child become a better writer

Not every student is a born writer. But students who write well tend to do better in school than students who don’t. To help your child improve her writing, have her:


  1. Read it aloud. After she completes a writing assignment for class,

    ask your child to read it to you. She can also read it to herself. Suggest she mark anything that sounds repetitive, clunky or ungrammatical as she reads.

  2. Revise it. Even a great first draft can almost always be improved with careful editing. So have your child go back through her work to see where it can be tightened up, expanded or clarified.

  3. Ask for help. If her piece of writing still seems a little flat or weak, suggest that your child ask her teacher to recommend a reputable writing website. Together, explore its ideas for strengthening writing.


Beyond that, remind your child that one of the best ways to become a stronger writer is simply to read. The more she surrounds herself with words, the more examples she’ll see

of solid writing. And that familiarity will help when it’s time for her to put her thoughts into words.


~ The Parent Institute

Are you setting your child up for future success?

The choices your child makes in middle school can influence her success in high school and beyond. Are you doing all you can to set your child up for success? Answer yes or no to the

questions below to find out:


  1. Do you encourage your middle schooler to take the most rigorous classes she can successfully handle each year?
  2. Do you share with your child the importance of reading and urge her to read often?
  3. Do you watch the news with your child and encourage her to learn about current affairs to boost her awareness of civics and history?
  4. Do you encourage your child to take a foreign language? Starting in middle school can give your child a foundation for high school.
  5. Have you talked with your child about her interests and ways they might translate to a career?


How well are you doing?

Mostly yes answers mean you are helping your child focus on the future. For no answers, try those ideas.


~ 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.