Midland Messenger

November 8-12, 2021

Dear Midland Families,

I want to stop to appreciate our Veterans! This week our school will recognize the work of our veterans with a virtual assembly, which was prepared by Joint Base Lewis McCord (JBLM). This locally produced video highlights the jobs which can be done in different branches of the military. Teachers will be teaching about our Veterans and the contributions they have made to our country.


Please know that in observance of Veterans' Day, there will not be school on Thursday, November 11th.


On behalf of our Midland community, I want to extend our deep appreciation for all our military families. Thank you for your sacrificial service!


It's great to be a MUSTANG!

~Dr. Paula Dawson

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Important Dates to Remember:

November 10 ~ FULL Day of School (3:25 Dismissal)

November 11 ~ No School for Veteran's Day

November 17 ~ 1:55 Dismissal

November 24 ~ 11:55 Dismissal

November 25-26 ~ No School for Thanksgiving Holiday




**For additional future scheduled activities, please check out our Midland calendar at https://midland.fpschools.org/**

Picture Retake Day is Nov. 15th

Mark your calendars for our Quality School Portraits picture retake day on Monday, November 15th! If you are getting retakes, be sure to return the original package of pictures with your student on that day. All students that missed the first picture day will be getting their picture taken for the yearbook, even if they are not ordering pictures.
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Social Emotional Learning:

Social emotional Learning corner

Content by Mrs. Blaisdell

November 8th

Listening and Focus—The Reticular Activating System

*Our Brain’s FOCUS FILTER*

It sits at the base of our brain. (shown in red) It filters out noises, information and distractions

that we do not need to focus on. Our environment typically consists of over 100,000 pieces of information “floating” around at any given time. Our brain can only process a small amount. The reticular activating may let in up to 40 environmental pieces of information at a time. Sights, sounds, feelings, etc filter through our Reticular Activating System (RAS) all the time. Most pieces of information around us are filtered OUT. The GREAT news is that we can “aim” our focus and “open” our RAS to things that we know are important and need our attention. We can increase our ability to see things around us that we CHOOSE to focus more on. A great example is when we choose to see things to be grateful for in every situation, then our RAS allows us to see MORE things around us with which we can feel grateful for. 💖

Text Message Emergency Notification

If you have a cell phone number in our Skyward system, you can opt-in to receive text message emergency notifications by texting “yes” to 67587. Messaging will be reserved for emergency situations only including safety and security information, school closures, and unique schedule changes.

Substitutes needed in our kitchens

Our Nutrition Services Department is looking for substitutes for our kitchen staff. If you are interested, please visit our district website to apply.

SPYA is back!!

The Summit-Parkland Youth Association is back! The district will be partnering with SPYA to offer recreational sports to Franklin Pierce students in grades K-6.

Basketball is just around the corner - the season will be November 15th-February 18th. Registration is open! SPYA is also in need of coaches and referees. Please call 253-298-3019 or Click here for more information.

Looking for Clothing Donations

Is your child growing out of their clothes? Our health room is in need of some donated clothes for those times when a student needs to change. Specifically, we could use some small (4-6), medium (8-10) and large (12-14) size stretchy pants, jeans, t-shirts, and sweatshirts for both boys and girls. Thanks for considering.

Healthy and Safe practices at Midland

Midland families,

Just a reminder of the things that we'd like you to consider before sending your child to school each day:


  • A temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or above?
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell


These are some safety precautions we will be practicing at Midland:

  • Students will be required to wear a mask on the bus, in the halls, in class, and at recess.
  • Students will wash hands and use hand sanitizer throughout the day.
  • Students will sit 3 feet apart in the classroom, and 6 feet apart during breakfast & lunch.


If your child has been exposed to COVID, or if they are showing symptoms of illness, you may not send them to school until they have been quarantined and symptom free for 10 days. Teachers will provide work for students during this time. We are counting on everyone to keep Midland safe for all students and staff. Thank you!

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Upcoming Events

(Early Release, School Events, Academic Calendar, etc.)

Franklin Pierce Schools 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.

Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to James Hester, Compliance Coordinator for State and Civil Rights Laws; Wendy Malich, Title IX Officer; or John Sander, 504/ADA Coordinator at 315 129th ST S, Tacoma, WA 98444-5099 or at (253)298-3000.