Stanwood Middle School
Family Message - October 1, 2022
Good morning Stanwood Middle School Families and welcome to October!
Empowering our Spartans to LEARN
Meeting the needs of our students and helping them grow in their education is our number one priority at Stanwood Middle School. This week, our staff met to learn and discuss MTSS--Multi-Tiered System of Supports. Our work this year around MTSS is to identify and fortify the first tier of support for ALL students.
Our goal is to make sure that 1). all students know how to ask for and access help in their academic classes and 2). that every Spartan has a good connection here at school to where they want to be here and learn. The discussions and ideas amongst staff are exciting and a great focus for our year. We are excited to begin this journey as a staff, but more importantly, with our Spartans this year.
Boys Basketball and Girls Volleyball
Stanwood Middle School Athletic Registration is open for boys basketball and girls volleyball. With our new league, the season is divided into two parts.
Basketball starts with the first practice on October 19 and the last game on November 29.
Volleyball starts with the first practice on November 30 and the last match on January 26.
In order for an athlete to start a season on time, they must fill out the registration form (link above or hard copy in the office) and be sure to include emergency contact information, insurance and the Athletic Code. 6th graders can participate in Cross Country (XC) and Wrestling only.
Sports Physical: All athletes must have a current sports physical (good for 2yrs) turned into the office BEFORE turning out.
ASB Card/Pay to Participate: Each participant must purchase an Associated Student Body card and Pay to Participate fee before the first contest. The ASB card is $20, Pay to Participate is $50 per sport ($100 maximum per year; Free/Reduced options for those who qualify).
Transportation: In the event that we cannot get a bus to out-of district competitions (due to bus driver shortage), we will have district vans. However, seating is limited, so the Stanwood/Camano School District is allowing families to arrange transportation to and from competitions when this occurs. These families will agree to provide their own transportation to and from away competitions and understand that the district assumes no liability/responsibility for the athletes during the transportation times. The waiver will need to be signed and returned to your athletic director prior to your first out-of-district event. *Hard copies of the waiver can be picked up in the office or from your athlete's coach Parent Transportation Waiver for Middle School Sports
Volleyball club meets every Tuesday and Thursday until 4 p.m.
Art club meets every Monday and Wednesday until 3:15 p.m.
Custodian Appreciation Day
Stanwood Middle School is the oldest building in the Stanwood Camano School District, but you'd never guess that when you walk inside. Our custodial staff works diligently to keep our school safe and clean to make sure our students can focus on learning each and every day. Thank you for all you do!
Students who purchased an ASB card can come at lunch to get the sticker for their ASB.
Please call the school if you have any questions, 360.629.1350!
Stanwood Middle School
Meet the Spartan Staff
This week we are highlighting our Counseling Team, located in the main office.
Kyland Fischer is in her second year as the 7th and 8th grade counselor. She is here daily and can help students with classes, friend conflicts, and other problems they might be having that is taking away from their ability to be in class and focus.
Jayde Piggott is also in her second year at SMS; she is here every Tuesday and Friday, then rotates Wednesdays to work with our 6th graders. Ms. Piggott also helps students with academic and emotional needs.
Amy Hart is in her third year at our school. She is our Student Support Advocate and available to help students in a variety of ways, including Operation School Bell, Hope Food Bags, and working with students who need extra support. Mrs. Hart is here on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Friday afternoons.
Taylor Little joins us this year as our Mental Health Counselor. Taylor works with students in need of in-depth counseling services; she is here on Tuesdays and Fridays and every other Thursday.
Our counseling team works very diligently to support our students' academic and emotional needs on a daily basis to where our Spartans can be empowered to learn in their classrooms. Don't hesitate to reach out to our team with your questions about how to best work with your student.
A note from our photographer:
Dear Parents of Stanwood Middle School Students,
We enjoyed the opportunity to photograph your students today... lots of smiles, check out their ID card!
If you missed an opportunity to purchase photos, you can still send your order in to the school up until next Wednesday. Just have your student drop it off in the office. Or, if you prefer, you can place an online order using the link below. Important - do not fill out the online form if you already submitted a paper form.
Once again, thank you!
Message from the District
We thank you and your family for being our valued partners as we work together to educate the children in our district. As you may already be aware, building our social-emotional learning skills is an important goal for our school this year. Over the next several weeks, students and teachers will participate in several exercises to better understand these concepts and to reflect on how they perceive these skills in themselves.
We will be asking for your child to reflect on their own mindsets and approaches to learning via an online survey they will be completing at school. The survey shouldn’t take more than 20-30 minutes to complete.
The survey content will ask students to self-reflect on self management, grit, self efficacy, effort, learning strategies and emotional regulation.
We are asking that all of our students participate in the surveys, as their responses will provide invaluable insights into their experiences and how we can improve and adapt our district to their needs. If a student doesn’t feel like they have enough information to answer a question, they will be able to skip the item altogether. The responses to these surveys will be completely confidential.
If you have any questions about the SEL survey , please don’t hesitate to contact Kelly Parsons at (360) 629-1246 firstname.lastname@example.org
HOPE food bags
SMS and the Stanwood-Camano Food Bank understand this school year may be tough for families in our community, with the Universal School Lunch program ending and food costs skyrocketing. We want to encourage families to take advantage of the HOPE Backpack Meals Program to assist in feeding your child(ren) over the weekends throughout the school year.
A “backpack” is a grocery bag filled with non-perishable items and our cold packs include fresh fruit, cheese, and yogurt when available. Each student can receive 1 backpack and 1 cold pack to take home on Fridays. Students can also take extra backpacks/cold packs home for their siblings if so desired. For holiday breaks, students will be able to take 2 backpacks, and 1 cold pack.
Any child wanting a backpack/cold pack can receive one. There are no applications, documents, or income requirements needed for students to qualify.
School staff will distribute HOPE bags every Friday after school in the foyer outside the cafeteria. (This may change for holidays and/or conferences). Students can stop by and grab a bag before getting on their bus or heading to the parking lot for parent pick up.
If you have any questions, please reach out to the SMS Student Support Advocate, Amy Hart at: 360-965-8249 or email@example.com.
Operation School Bell
2022-2023 School Year
Our school district is fortunate to have access to Operation School Bell ®, a program offered by the Assistance Leagues of Everett ® for students who are in need of new clothes. To qualify for assistance, a child must be enrolled full time and qualify for the free or reduced lunch program. The process only takes a few minutes to get started and involves basic information.
In order to participate in this program, it is important that you complete the necessary forms for EACH child. Forms can be emailed to you or you/your student can pick them up from your child’s school.
There are options this year for how you would like to receive your clothing. You can choose to have a volunteer shop for you child and a bag of clothing will be delivered to your child’s school OR there will be a designated day (undetermined at this time) where your child, with your permission, will travel with district staff to the facility in Everett to shop for their own clothing items.
This program is for all SCSD students in preschool through 8th grade. High school students participate in a portion of Operation School Bell called “Teen Retail.” Please contact Azra Grudic, Student Support Advocate, if you have a HS student in need of clothing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that each child can only attend Operation School Bell ® ONCE each school year (through either the Stanwood-Camano School District or another program such as ECEAP).
To participate in Operation School Bell® your student can pick up a packet from the front office staff at any time, or you can contact Amy Hart, Student Support Advocate to get the paperwork: email@example.com or 360-965-8249.
Student Support Advocate
Stanwood-Camano School District
Please be aware as we hand out chromebooks that there are fines associated with them if they are not returned and/or returned without damage.
Skyward Login Information
Families can access individual student transportation information online.
Versatrans eLink is the portal to access the bus route, stop time, location, and the bus your child will be riding. The "User Name" and "Password" on the login page is your student's 7-digit identification number.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), or the Section 504/American Disabilities Act Coordinator, Robert Hascall (email@example.com) 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), o la Sección 504 / Coordinador de la Ley de Discapacidades Estadounidenses, Robert Hascall (email@example.com), Distrito Escolar Stanwood-Camano, 26920 Pioneer Hwy, Stanwood, WA 98292. Teléfono: (360) 629- 1200