Roadrunner Nation News

December 16th, 2019

From the Principal & Assistant Principal

It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving has passed and we will soon be celebrating the Winter Holiday Season. At Goodman Middle School, we have lots to be thankful for! For me, I am so thankful for the 590+ smiling faces that enter our building, our wonderful staff, and the families within the Goodman Middle School Community.


Stay involved in the academic and social areas of your middle school student's life. Here are some ways to do that:

· Know where your students are before and after school. Also please remember campus does not open or have supervision until 7:45 a.m. on school days.

· Have access to your student's information through our Parent Portal.

· Make sure your contact information is current.

· Stay connected by keeping up-to-date through our social media and school webpage.

· Join our parent groups-volunteers are always appreciated.



We wish you and your families the best Holiday Season and are excited for what

2020 will bring! Happy Holidays!!



Respectfully,

Ty Robuck-Principal

Dawn Musgrove-Assistant Principal

GO ROADRUNNERS!

"Deck The Halls With Your Donations" Toy, Food, and Gift Drive

Our very own Goodman Community Service Student Committee is having a holiday toy, food, and gift drive from December 6th-17th. All donations will go to less fortunate families for the holidays. Your donations will brighten the holidays for so many families this year! Any food, clothes of all sizes, toys for all ages, and especially items for teens will be so greatly appreciated.


As a staff, we are so proud of our students and their desire to change the world by positively impacting their community!

Emergency Bus Routes

SNOW DAYS AND EMERGENCY BUS ROUTES

Buses may need to adjust where they pick up and drop off students to ensure travel happens only on roads designated as safe in the snow. These are called emergency routes.

Before winter weather starts, be sure to:

  • Review our school’s Emergency Bus Routes & Safe Zones with your student posted on our school website. Paper copies are available in the office.
  • Always be 15 minutes early for pickups.
  • Remember not to block bus loading/unloading zones.
  • Know that school delays due to inclement weather do not automatically mean emergency routes will be used.
  • Opt in to receive emergency and inclement weather notifications by texting "YES" to 67587 from the device you wish to receive messages on.
  • Check local TV and radio stations and this website for delays.

Please check this link for bus stops.

ENABLE TEXT MESSAGES FROM SCHOOL:

As mentioned earlier this year, if you are interested in receiving text messages from school, you can sign up by texting “Y” or “Yes” to our school code number 67587, or download the SchoolMessenger app.

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Yearbook Announcement

December is the last month to purchase Yearbooks at the $32 price with ASB card, $36 without.

From the VPO

The Coffee/Hot Chocolate/Apple Cider/Tea Bar has been such a huge hit. We would Love to focus on keeping these filled for our teachers. They have had so much amazing feedback are grateful for all you amazing and supportive parents.


Thank you for continuing to support our student store. We now have pride stickers for sale!

Lost & Found

This is the last call for our Lost & Found. We have an amazing amount of school supplies and clothing left around the school. Over winter break we will be donating all unclaimed items to a charity. Please, we would prefer for all these items to be found by their owners. Please come by the school and take a look.

VPO Organization

April Reich – Co-President

Jessica Carey - Co-President

Jenny Schaefer – Co-Vice President

Cherylyn Nelson – Co-Vice President

Michele Wilkins – Co-Secretary

Tory Stephens - Co-Secretary

Kim Rohr – Co-Treasurer

Amy Tingley – Co-Treasurer

Nicole Riensche - Parent Council Representative/Spirit Wear Chair

Shannon Fouts – Co-Volunteer Coordinator

Kristy Mize - Co-Volunteer Coordinator

Kristine Scaduto – Co-Student Store Coordinator

Lisa King – Co-Student Store Coordinator

Kristine Scaduto, Lisa King, Erin McCallister - Teacher Appreciation

Safety and Security

For the safety and security of all staff and students at Goodman we ask that all visitors please enter through the front door and sign in. This will also help us if there are any emergency situations. We appreciate your understanding.

Highly Capable Referrals

The Highly Capable referral window for testing is open until January 15th, 2020.


Online Highly Capable Referral form for Parents and Teachers


(Direct link- https://tinyurl.com/PSD401HCREFERRAL)


Either parents or staff may initiate referrals. When a student is referred, we do need an online form from both parents and teachers for the Multidisciplinary Team to review. Your confidential input is greatly valued in the identification process.


This year when a teacher or a parent submits the form, an email is generated to the other piece of the parent/teacher puzzle to ask them to fill out their referral with the link attached. We hope this will aid in the home to school communication but please be sure to reach out to parents when you submit a referral in case any of the auto-generated emails are filtered into Clutter.


Please see https://www.psd401.net/learning/highly-capable or contact Kiona Rainey (raineyk@psd401.net) for more information on referrals.

Cold and Flu Season

Flu season is upon us! While we want every child at school everyday, staying home when sick is an important way to help prevent the spread of germs that cause illnesses. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that your child be kept home if he/she is not able to take part in normal school activities, the illness causes an unsafe or unhealthy place for others at school, or when the child requires care that cannot be managed at school.


Keep your student home if he/she has:

  • Fever (temperature over 100° F)

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • Red, draining eyes

  • Rash


Students may return to school after being symptom free without anti-fever medication for 24 hours or your health care provider indicates your student is no longer contagious.

Cell Phone Policy At Goodman

Parents,

This year the staff at Goodman have begun working on a few new policies to ensure consistency across the building. One of these is the use of cell phones. We changed our cell phone policy. We hope you will agree with our decision and support this policy by not texting or calling students during class time. We appreciate your support.


Appropriate Use / Locations

Students can use their cell phones prior to the 8:15 bell, during passing periods, and their entire lunch time.


Inappropriate Use

During class time all electronic devices other than the Chromebook will be put away.


If the cell phone or personal electronic device is found to be in use during the class period without permission, it may be confiscated. On the first offense, the student may pick up the device from the teacher. The second offense the student can pick it up from the office at the end of the day. On the third or subsequent violations, parents will be responsible to pick up the device from the office.

Attendance Matters

Attendance matters and we need your help. What is considered good attendance? Data shows students should not miss more than 9 days in a school year to stay engaged, successful and on track for graduation. This breaks down to no more than 1 absence per month.


Every minute of our school day provides opportunities for learning-including the days leading up to, and after a scheduled school break. Please help us support your student by minimizing absences.


The Attendance Window is the place for your student to take care of bus notes and early dismissals. It is open daily from 8:00am-8:15am.


Early Dismissals: Please send your student with a note to bring to the attendance window first thing in the morning for an early dismissal pass. They will be able to meet you in the front of the building at the designated time. For an unplanned early release, please call the main office at 253.530.1600 and we can have your student waiting in the office for you.


Late Arrivals: If your student has a morning appointment, please call the attendance line at 253.530.1607 with an estimated arrival time.


Bus Notes: If your student needs to take a different bus or go to a different stop they will need a bus pass. Send your student with a note or call the main office at 253.530.1600. Transportation change requests are available until 1:45 pm.


Occasionally there will be times that your student will not be able to attend school. In those instances please call the attendance line-anytime at 253.530.1607. It is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. All absences must be excused within 48 hours.

Come Join Our Team

JOIN OUR TEAM

If you enjoy kids and driving, become a school bus driver. Peninsula School District Transportation Department is seeking candidates to become substitute school bus drivers.

Peninsula School Bus Drivers transport over 5,500 students daily and travel more than a million miles per year. We are a great team, who take pride in transporting our students to and from school safely.

We offer a comprehensive paid training program. With completion of our training, you will become a CDL licensed driver and a valuable member of our Transportation Team.

Interviews are being scheduled for the week December 10th for our winter class.

Class begins January 6th

apply on-line: psd401.net/human-resources

Or call 253-530-3900 for more information

This is a very rewarding occupation and an excellent source of supplemental income.

Middle Years

Every month we share a monthly newsletter for families as part of our communication called Middle Years. This is filled with practical ideas that promote academic success, tips for communication with middle schoolers, healthy habits and positive character traits. If you have any question please call the school or email me directly and let me know what you think.

December Newsletter

The Peninsula School District does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability in its programs and activities 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 and Compliance Officer, Dan Gregory, at (253) 530-1009, email gregoryd@psd401.net or the Section 504 and ADA Coordinator, John Yellowlees, at (253) 530-1081, email yellowleesj@psd401.net.Mailing address: 14015 62nd Ave. NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98332.