Stanwood Middle School
Family Message - October 9th, 2021
SMS MOD Pizza Fundraiser Monday!
Good morning Stanwood Middle School Families!
We have completed 26 days of school, are over halfway through the first quarter of the school year, and we want to keep students focused on developing positive routines. Our return to in person learning has been focused on getting students comfortable with our school and classroom procedures. As we move deeper into the school year we want to maintain positive momentum and focus on students getting the most out of every day! Please continue to stay in contact with teachers (email addresses below) and encourage your student to advocate for themselves by contacting teachers as well.
A reminder, we have no school this Friday, October 15th, for Teacher Professional Development.
Monday October 18 begins the Fall SBA Assessment--all students will take math and ELA. Sixth graders will also take science. This is a computer only test this fall, focusing on last year's standards. Students will need headphones each day plus a fully charged chromebook. Students who are not using a school chromebook will borrow one for testing.
Also, in an attempt to support efforts to continue offering middle school and high school athletics and the opportunity for spectators to attend athletic events, the Stanwood-Camano School District is requiring that all spectators, coaches, support personnel, and athletes on the sidelines, wear masks while on school grounds. We appreciate your cooperation.
We will be having conferences at the end of this month. These will occur October 27, 28, and 29. Each of these days will be a half day of school with students being released at 10:40 a.m. We will more information regarding conference days and times very soon!
Please contact us if you have any questions, 360.629.1350.
Have a great weekend!
Stanwood Middle School
Skyward and Grades
All students have grades in Skyward. Advisory teachers are working with all students to develop strategies to help students make up work, turn work in on time, and reach out for help when needed. Please encourage your Spartan to make up work and communicate with teachers when they need help in school. All teacher emails are listed below for you!
Picture Retakes - October 22
If you missed picture day, October 22 is our retake day.
Our bus to the YMCA has started. Students must bring a parent note (or have parents call the office) to get a pass for the bus. This will be a permanent pass and only one note or phone call is needed.
Our wonderful PTO helped by paying to have water bottle filling stations placed around the school a few years ago. Please have your student bring their refillable water bottles to school and use them often.
As I visit classrooms each week, I am amazed and impressed by the learning and growth that is taking place across our schools. Our students are engaged in math and science projects, creative writing activities and arts galore! In one classroom, I watched students consider the many ways they can encourage themselves and their peers to be their best each day. Our teachers, parents, staff and administrators have demonstrated flexible, patient and kind leadership over the last month. Thank you for all that you do to support our schools!
Reminder: Friday, October 15, is a Non-Student Day
During this month's non-student day, our staff will be participating in professional development. This day allows our staff to grow their craft as they learn about and plan for high-quality learning experiences for your children.
Fall Conferences Will Have a Virtual Option
October 27th, 28th and 29th are early release days for K-12 parent-teacher conferences. You will have the option to attend in person or virtually via Google Meets. The schedule for these days will be 7:40 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. for secondary schools and 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for elementary schools. Please note that October 27th is a Wednesday but is not a late start day. Schools will soon be reaching out to you to schedule conferences. Please contact your student’s school if you have questions.
Twice Weekly COVID Testing for Basketball, Wrestling and Water Polo
Per the K-12 Department of Health Requirements, screening testing is required for all unvaccinated athletes in high contact indoor sports (basketball, wrestling, water polo). This is not a new requirement, this requirement has been in place since August.
Fully vaccinated athletes do not have to participate in screening testing. Screening testing must be performed twice weekly using a molecular or antigen test. A rapid antigen test is performed on all unvaccinated athletes within 24 hours of the competition. In a multi-day event, testing will occur before each competition. The second test during the week will be performed 3-4 days prior to or after the competition and may be a molecular or antigen test. If a molecular test is performed, the athlete does not need to isolate while awaiting screening test results, unless they are exhibiting symptoms.
Capital Projects & Technology Replacement Levy on February Ballot
The district will have a Levy on the February 8, 2022, Ballot. The estimated tax rate per $1,000 of assessed property value for this measure is 27 cents for each year of the levy. School districts are allowed to collect only the amount of money approved by voters. Unlike bonds, there is no interest cost for a capital levy.
When assessed property values change, the local school tax rate is adjusted to ensure that the district collects only the levy dollar amount approved by voters. If approved by voters, this measure would expire at the end of 2026. The proposed total local school tax rate is expected to decrease from current levels. The Replacement Capital Projects & Technology Levy is expected to provide funding over 4 years.
This levy proposal is expected to allow the district to maintain technology systems and continue to make major improvements to existing facilities. To learn more about the upcoming levy, click here.
Mask Guidance and Sports
In an attempt to support efforts to continue offering middle school and high school athletics and the opportunity for spectators to attend athletic events, the Stanwood-Camano School District is requiring that all spectators, coaches, support personnel, and athletes on the sidelines, wear masks while on school grounds. We appreciate your cooperation.
Thank you to all of the parents who are able to drive their Spartan athlete to away competitions. If there is a change in your plans to drive your Spartan, please let our office know as soon as possible. Thank you so much!
Healthy Youth Survey
Teacher contact information
Here is a list of staff emails to help with parent communication:
Anderson - email@example.com
Austin - firstname.lastname@example.org
Berg - email@example.com
Hearn (Beuthien) - firstname.lastname@example.org
Bliss - email@example.com
Bridenbaugh - firstname.lastname@example.org
Brown - email@example.com
Carlson - firstname.lastname@example.org
Diel - email@example.com
Donovan - firstname.lastname@example.org
Ensley - email@example.com
Gelatt - firstname.lastname@example.org
Getzinger - email@example.com
Harlan (librarian) - firstname.lastname@example.org
Holum - email@example.com
Ingram - firstname.lastname@example.org
Liebscher - email@example.com
May - firstname.lastname@example.org
Rawson (Rockwood) - email@example.com
Schonberg - firstname.lastname@example.org
Stuart - email@example.com
Stunz - firstname.lastname@example.org
ten Hoopen - email@example.com
Thomas - firstname.lastname@example.org
Wall - email@example.com
Holly Christmas - firstname.lastname@example.org
Kyland Fischer - 7th and 8th Grade - email@example.com
Jayde Piggott - 6th Grade - firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Support Advocate
Amy Hart - email@example.com
Jo E Scarber - firstname.lastname@example.org
Stanwood Middle School PTO
Our PTO is an amazing group of people working together to support our students. From fundraisers to activities, their work helps our Spartans engage, connect, and thrive at Stanwood Middle School. Please like their Facebook page for all the up-to-date information about our school--and get ready for a great fundraiser coming this September!
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 (email@example.com), or the Section 504/American Disabilities Act Coordinator, Robert Hascall (firstname.lastname@example.org) Stanwood-Camano School District, 26920 Pioneer Hwy, Stanwood, WA 98292. Telephone: (360) 629-1200.
El Distrito Escolar de Stanwood-Camano School District no discrimina en sus programas o actividades por motivos de sexo, raza, credo, religión, color, origen nacional, edad, condición de veterano de guerra o grado militar, orientación sexual, expresión de género o identidad, discapacidad o uso de perro guía entrenado o animal de servicio, y ofrece igualdad de acceso a los Boy Scouts y a otros grupos de jóvenes especificados. El empleado mencionado a continuación ha sido designado para atender consultas y quejas de supuesta discriminación: Título IX / Oficial de Acción Afirmativa y Coordinador de Cumplimiento de Derechos Civiles, Maurene Stanton (email@example.com), o la Sección 504 / Coordinador de la Ley de Discapacidades Estadounidenses, Robert Hascall (firstname.lastname@example.org), Distrito Escolar Stanwood-Camano, 26920 Pioneer Hwy, Stanwood, WA 98292. Teléfono: (360) 629- 1200