Voyager MS Family Bulletin

February 11, 2022 Weekly News

Home of the Wolverines

NO SCHOOL - February 21 - 25


  • February 21 - In Observance of President's Day
  • February 22 - 25 - Mid Winter Break


As a reminder, if your student will be absent for a period of three or more days beyond the scheduled mid-winter break time, please notify the school at 425-366-5300 or email at Voyager@mukilteo.wednet.edu

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

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Health and Safety Information for In-Person Learning

The in-person learning family guide has been posted on the Return to School website. 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

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 updated Covid-19 Daily Health Screening and Resource Form Parent-Handout-COVID-Screening-REV-011822.pdf (snoisletech.com) If your student has ANY of the outlined symptoms, they should stay home, (even if you believe it’s not COVID!)


Please call the school right away to report POSITIVE Covid Test Results so we can notify close contacts.


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

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February 14 - February 18

Monday, February 14 - A Day

Before School

Library Open 7:40 - 8:00am

During School

Literacy Center 8:10 - 9:30am

After School

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

Literacy Center Staff Club - 2:55 - 4:00pm - VO Library

7th/8th Grade Girls Basketball Practice - 3:00 - 5:00pm - Voyager Gym

6th/7th/8th Grade Boys Wrestling Practice - 3:30pm - 6:00pm - Mariner HS

Tuesday, February 15 - B Day

Before School

Library Open 7:40 - 8:00am

During School

Literacy Center 8:10 - 9:30am

After School

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

Homework Club - 2:55 - 4:00pm - VO Library

Wolvy Book Club - 2:55 - 4:00pm - VO Library

7th/8th Grade Girls Basketball Games vs. Harbour Pointe - 3:45pm @ Harbour Pointe

6th/7th/8th Grade Boys Wrestling Practice - 3:30pm - 6:00pm - Mariner HS

Wednesday, February 16 - A Day

Before School

Library Open 7:40 - 8:00am

During School

Literacy Center 8:10 - 9:30am

After School

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

Homework Club - 2:55 - 4:00pm - VO Library

7th/8th Grade Girls Basketball Practice - 3:00 - 5:00pm - Voyager Gym

6th/7th/8th Grade Boys Wrestling Practice - 3:30pm - 6:00pm - Mariner HS

Thursday, February 17 - B Day

Before School

Library Open 7:40 - 8:00am

During School

Literacy Center 8:10 - 9:30am

After School

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

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

7th/8th Grade Girls Basketball Games vs. Evergreen - 3:45pm @ Evergreen

6th/7th/8th Grade Boys Wrestling Practice - 3:30pm - 6:00pm - Mariner HS

Friday, February 18 - A Day

Before School

Library Open 7:40 - 8:00am

During School

Literacy Center 8:10 - 9:30am

After School

7th/8th Grade Girls Basketball Practice - 3:00 - 5:00pm - Voyager Gym

Random Acts of Kindness Week is February 13-19

Random Acts of Kindness Day is Thursday February 17 and Random Acts of Kindness Week is February 13-19.


The work to create a kinder world never ends. There is no limit on the amount of goodness we can put into the world, but we need your help!


We invite you to join the annual Random Acts of Kindness Day (RAK DAY) celebration on Thursday, February 17, 2022 and help #MakeKindnesstheNorm


For more information, please visit Random Acts of Kindness Day


“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.”


~ Princess Diana

SAVE THE DATE: Voyager Yearbook Fundraiser at MOD Pizza - February 27

Voyager Yearbook will be partnering with the MOD Pizza on Evergreen Way ( 7909 Evergreen Way, Everett, WA 98203 ). Members of the Voyager Community that come into the store and mention Voyager Yearbook or use the Code MOD2225 will allow MOD Pizza to donate 20% of that sale to Voyager Yearbook. All money raised from Yearbook events this year will go to offsetting the cost of the Yearbook in an effort to make yearbooks more affordable to all students.


Stop by MOD on February 27 for some great pizza and to support a worthy cause.

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Assembly

On Thursday, February 10, Voyager Middle School collaborated with Mariner High School to create a spectacular recognition of Dr. King. Congratulations to our students and staff for putting together an amazing and moving assembly. Thank you!


In case you missed it, here is the link to the recording https://youtu.be/8E6yvZYdVj4

February is Black History Month

Black History Month, also known as African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of blacks in U.S. history. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.


Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom also devote a month to celebrating black history.


During the month of February, VO students will learn more about Black History Month and how black activists, musicians, scientists, and doctors and many other trailblazers have shaped the course of history.


To learn more about Black History Month, please visit Black History Month 2022: Facts, Origins & More | HISTORY - HISTORY

Good News! Both district levies are passing!

Dear Mukilteo School District families,

The initial election results show both district levies are passing. Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote, and to everyone who volunteered their time to support these levies.

The renewal of the Educational Programs Levy funds critical day-to-day school operations, including educator and nurse salaries, substitutes, Special Education, and extracurricular activities like athletics and music.


The renewal of the Capital Projects Levy continues our investment in student and employee technology. This levy funds student computers to continue our 1:1 program and updates to technology programs and systems to ensure our students and employees have the most up-to-date learning supports. It also supports facility needs such as ventilation, security camera updates and other building maintenance to keep schools safe places to learn and work.

We work very hard to be fiscally wise and we appreciate our community’s longstanding history of supporting our schools.


An extra big thank you to the Citizens’ Team members for supporting the levies and to those who volunteered time to help our community understand the importance of these measures.


Sincerely,

Dr. Alison Brynelson

Superintendent

Career Fair - March 5

Do you know someone who is looking for a rewarding and fulfilling job? Tell them Mukilteo School District is hiring! There will be a virtual Career Fair Saturday, March 5, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with information about job opportunities.


Anyone interested in learning more about Mukilteo School District or interviewing for a certificated, paraeducator, or bus driver position is

encouraged to register for the Career Fair on the district employment website.

Helpful Resources

Voyager School Counselors

6th Grade Counselor

Brenna Reid

ReidBC@mukilteo.wednet.edu

425-366-5334


7th Grade Counselor

Vincenza Moody

MoodyVC@mukilteo.wednet.edu

425-366-5333


8th Grade Counselor​

Margaret Peterson

PetersonMJ@mukilteo.wednet.edu

425-366-5332

Student and Family Support and Resources

Kristen Anderson

Student Support Advocate

andersonkm@mukilteo.wednet.edu

(425)366-5322


Olga Mantilla

Family Engagement Liaison

mantillaoy@mukilteo.wednet.edu

(425)366-5313

COVID-19 Testing Locations

Mukilteo School District takes all positive COVID-19 cases seriously. The current surge in cases has made it challenging for families to get tested. The information below provides links and information about COVID testing locations currently available:


Return to School / COVID testing locations (mukilteoschools.org)


Everett Mall Vaccination Site - Snohomish Health District

Everett Mall Vaccination Site | Snohomish Health District, WA (snohd.org) For those with limited or no internet access, the call center at 425-339-5278 is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays (closed weekends and holidays).

Mukilteo School District - Past Family Messages

Please visit https://www.mukilteoschools.org/Page/14190 for a history of messages the district has sent families regarding COVID-19, related school district closure and other important information.

Links

Mukilteo School District Web Site

Voyager Middle School Web Site

Voyager Staff Directory / Home (mukilteoschools.org)

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

New Covid Guidance and Free at Home Covid-19 Tests

For the new COVID guidance for five-day quarantines, please see the attached family screening flow chart under the Family Guide tab. It is important to note that your student must be symptom-free and provide proof of a negative COVID test to return after day five of quarantine.


Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order four at-⁠home rapid antigen COVID-⁠19 tests. In addition, Washingtonian residents of eligible communities can also obtain free tests.


Government: COVIDtests.gov - Free at-home COVID-19 tests

WA State: Home - Say Yes! To Covid Test (sayyescovidhometest.org)


Snohomish Health District has approved us to accept home test results temporarily while testing resources in the community remain strained. Once district or community test sites are operational and able to handle higher volumes again, we will stop accepting home test results.

How to Get Information About School Closures or Delays

In the event of inclement weather, a power outage, or some other emergency making it necessary to close or delay schools, you can find that information in a number of ways:


CHECK YOUR PHONE Connect to Blackboard Connect.

Visit here if you want information about emergencies, such as the procedures for school closures, lockdowns, and shelter-in-place. Emergency Information. Or call the school district’s Emergency Information Line at 425-356-1299 or the 24-hour information line for your child’s school.

CHECK THE WEBSITE Mukilteo School District Web Site.

You can go directly to the Flash Alert website.​

Free tutoring services for middle and high school students!

Students in grades 6 through 12 have access to free online tutoring services through a partnership with Revolution Prep. Academic tutoring will be accessible through the student portal on the district website in many key academic subjects (math, science, English Language and literature, foreign languages, history, etc.).


The sessions are offered in one-hour blocks with up to 5 other students. They are available after school, evenings and weekends. Students may drop-in to a session, but reservations are recommended as some sessions may fill up.


Watch this five-minute video to get started!


For more information, please access recordings here Free tutoring for middle and high school students! Additional family webinars in other languages will be presented in January.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide - FREE Tax Preparation & Filing

Free Tax-Aide tax assistance is available from Feb. 1 to April 15. Tax-Aide sites are located throughout Snohomish County. Find site locations and hours of availability near you.


Visit AARP Tax-Aide for more information.

New Convenient Digital Vax Record

Vaccination digital record storage Meet WA Verify

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...

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.

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 schoolwide and 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

Season Three Sports Schedule - https://www.arbiterlive.com/Teams?entityId=33418


3/2/22: Beauty & The Beast Auditions - 3:00 - 5:00pm

3/3/22: Beauty & The Beast Auditions - 3:00 - 5:00pm

3/18/22: End of the 2nd Trimester

4/11/22 - 4/15/22: Spring Break – No School

4/19/22: Madres Latinas Meeting - Zoom

5/13/22: Madres Latinas Meeting - Zoom

5/30/22: Memorial Day – No School

6/14/22: Madres Latinas Meeting - Zoom

6/17/22: Last Day of School (Early Dismissal @ 12:00pm) (Snow make up day)

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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Study shows listening to music while studying hinders learning

Some students listen to music almost non-stop. There’s a playlist for walking to the bus. There’s a playlist for times when they’re with friends. They listen until their coach or their teacher makes them take the ear buds out.


But should your child listen while he’s studying? One reading comprehension study says no.


Researchers in Cardiff, Wales, set out to find answers to several questions. How does listening to music affect learning something new? Does it matter what type of music students listen to while studying? Would it make a difference if the music had lyrics?


Students were divided into groups. They were asked to learn new material under different conditions. Then they took a test on what they had learned. The answers were clear and consistent. Students who studied in silence did much better. Their grades were up

to 60 percent higher than those of students who listened to music.


Whether students heard pop, rap, hip hop or heavy metal made almost no difference. It’s not the type of music—it’s the act of listening. When students are listening, their brains don’t focus efficiently on learning.


The students who studied in silence said they had fewer distractions. It was easier for them to concentrate on the task at hand.


There are times when listening to music can be helpful. For example, it might relax your child before a test. But mastering new content is hard. It takes focus and attention. So to make the most of study time, make sure your child turns off the music.


~ The Parent Institute

Questions & Answers

Q: I didn’t do that well in math when I was in school. Now my daughter is taking a math class that I don’t understand. How can I help her when she’s struggling with her math homework?


A: You can help your daughter with her math homework—even if you don’t know how to do it. Here’s how:


  • Have a positive attitude. Several studies show that parents’ attitudes about math have a direct effect on their children’s achievement in the subject. So avoid saying things like, “I was never very good in math.” Instead, say, “Wow, that looks challenging. I know you will be able to figure it out!”
  • Ask your child to explain the math problem to you. Have her tell you, step by step, how she thinks she should solve it. This is one of the best ways for students to figure out a new math concept.
  • Suggest that your child write down the steps she has followed when doing her homework. While there may be only one right answer to a problem, there may be many ways to arrive at it. Then, she can show the teacher what she did. If her answer is wrong, the teacher will know where she went off track.
  • Point out times during the day when you use math. Whether you use math on the job or to double a recipe, your child will see that the subject is one she will always need.
  • Encourage your child to try hard and work her way through math challenges. Her success will make it easier for her to face other challenges ahead.


~ 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.