Voyager MS Parent Bulletin

January 14, 2022 Weekly News

Monday, January 17 - NO SCHOOL - In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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


"Peace is not merely the absence of war, but it is the presence of justice"


~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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

January 17 - January 21

Activity Bus Leaves Promptly at 4:05pm


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



1/17 - Monday


Martin Luther King Jr. Day - NO SCHOOL


1/18- Tuesday - 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

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

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

7th/8th Grade Girls Basketball Try-Outs - 2:50 - 5:00pm - Voyager Gym


1/19- Wednesday - 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 Try-Outs - 2:50 - 5:00pm - Voyager Gym


1/20- Thursday - 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 Try-Outs - 2:50 - 5:00pm - Voyager Gym


1/21- Friday - A Day:


Before School

Library Open 7:40 - 8:00am

During School

Literacy Center 8:10 - 9:10am

After School


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.

Season Three Sports are starting SOON!

Does your child want to participate in Voyager's Girls Basketball or Boys Wrestling? Voyager will be holding tryouts for these season three sports, but to participate you and your child will need to complete the following steps.


For GIRLS BASKETBALL:

Tryouts start on January 18!

If interested meet in the Voyager Gymnasium at 2:50pm on 1/18/22


To try out you must complete the following steps:

  1. Completed necessary paper work on FinalForms online
  2. Turned in a physical to Mrs. Tolstedt or to the student office ​
  3. Signed parent consent form to be rapid tested during the season.
  4. Must be a 7th or 8th grader.


For BOYS WRESTLING:

Practice starts on March 10

If interested meet in the Voyager Gymnasium at 2:50pm on 3/10/22


To try out you must complete the following steps:

  1. Complete all forms on FinalForms online
  2. Turn in a physical to the student office or Mrs. Tolstedt
  3. Signed parent consent form to be rapid tested during the season.
  4. Be a 7th or 8th grader.


- Rapid Testing Document (ENGLISH)

- Rapid Testing Document (SPANISH)


For additional information please visit Voyager's Sports Sign Up Guide at https://wa01819447.schoolwires.net/domain/2516

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Monday, January 17

Martin Luther King Day is observed every year on the third Monday of January — on January 17 this year. King was an influential civil rights leader best known for his work on racial equality and ending racial segregation in the United States. His life and achievements are remembered and celebrated on this day.


This January 17, make the holiday more than just a day off and take time to reflect and consider taking action on civil rights issues across the globe.


To learn more about Dr. King please visit MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY - January 17, 2022 - National Today

SAVE THE DATE: National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony - January 27

National Junior Honor Society is a national organization that recognizes students in our schools who not only achieve academically but are also contributing members of their communities. The criteria to be inducted into NJHS requires students to submit an application and only students who have a 3.4 GPA or higher are invited to apply. Applications are carefully reviewed for GPA as well as service and recommendations from current and past teachers. If accepted, students and their families are invited to participate in an induction ceremony.


The ceremony for the 2021-2022 school year will be held on Thursday, January 27, 7:00 – 8:00pm in a webinar format.


Webinar Details

National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony
Voyager Middle School students will be inducted into the National Junior Honor Society


Start Date and Duration:
1/27/2022 - 7:00:00 PM (1 hr)


Use and share this link to join the webinar (the passcode is included in the link):

https://mukilteoschools-org.zoom.us/j/98850105348?pwd=M3lBSzZ4Mml4MTRFMXNnaE41TTA2dz09


Passcode: 818159

Need Help?

We care about and understand the importance of the Health and Wellness of our students, staff, and community. Our community thrives when all families have the information and resources they need to support each persons’ physical, social, and emotional well-being. If you are experiencing a crisis, need resources, or are struggling with other challenges, we are here for you.


The links within https://www.mukilteoschools.org/domain/2623 provide a variety of community-based resources that meet the diverse needs of our community. You may also contact the school counselors, social workers, and/or support specialists at your child's school for individual assistance. ​

Helpful Resources

COVID-19 Testing Locations

The Washington State Department of Health offers a comprehensive

list of testing sites throughout the State. Click your area on the map to find testing sites near you. You can also search for locations by typing in the city nearest you.


If you have a health care provider, you can also call them for an appointment. Choose the option that works best for you. For additional questions about testing sites, call 2-1-1.


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.

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

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

Revolution Prep. Academic tutoring accessible through the student portal (Free Tutoring Services for Middle and High School Students)

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

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 will 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.

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

1/28/22: Teacher Work Day - No School

2/11/22: Teacher Work 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

5/30/22: Memorial Day – No School

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

Big picture

Unsupervised time can lead to trouble for middle schoolers

Some parents think their middle schoolers don’t need to be supervised when they are home alone. But studies show that kids with too much time on their hands may be at higher risk

of substance abuse.


One study found that eighth graders who were unsupervised for 11 hours a week were twice as likely to use drugs and alcohol as those under some form of adult supervision.


Where can parents who work outside the home find after-school supervision for their kids? Here are some suggestions:


  • Youth organizations. Scouting, 4-H and many other student organizations have programs designed specifically for middle school students.
  • Volunteer work. Your child can gain job skills while making the world a better place. Visit dosomething.org for ideas.
  • School activities. Whether your child stays after school for sports or a club, he will be involved in a positive activity.
  • Community centers. Check out programs for preteens.
  • Neighbors. Perhaps a neighbor or relative who is home during the day would be willing to check in on your child every few hours.


~ The Parent Institute

Questions & Answers

Q: I know I’m deciding too many things for my middle schooler. How can I help him start making choices for himself without letting him make poor ones?


A: Here’s the short answer: You can’t. Learning to make good decisions—and learning lessons from the bad ones—is part of growing up. So when your middle schooler makes a poor choice, don’t see it as “letting” him fail. Instead, view it as allowing him to figure out what good decision-making is.


Of course, there are certain areas where your child should not be allowed to decide things

for himself. These include:


  • Health safety.
  • Drugs and alcohol.
  • Chores.
  • School attendance.


Other areas, however, can be open for discussion—at least to a degree. Here are three:


  1. Studying. Doing homework is non-negotiable. But be flexible about how your child does it. If he claims he works best sprawled on the floor listening to music, let him try it. His grades will reveal whether he’s correct.
  2. Bedtime. If you’ve insisted on the same bedtime for years, revisit the issue. Let your child weigh in on an appropriate bedtime. If it’s reasonable, allow it—as long as he gets at least nine hours of sleep each night.
  3. His room. If you argue with your child about keeping his room clean, stop. Assuming it’s not so horrible that the health department intervenes, let him decide how tidy things should be.


~ 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.