Voyager MS Family Bulletin

April 29, 2022 Weekly News

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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Updated COVID Guidelines, Health and Safety and Family Resources.

Masks

As of March 12 the statewide indoor mask mandate was lifted. That means masks are now recommended but optional on school buses, and in schools and district offices. Here's the updated guidance from Washington State Department of Health and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.


We understand that these changes may be concerning for some. We know that some staff, students and families will decide they are done wearing masks all together, while others will continue wearing them. We support and respect people’s decisions. We’ve included a few additional resources on the district website for supporting students through this transition.


Masks are still recommended (but not required) in certain situations such as high-risk indoor sports and performing arts.

It’s important to note that we don’t know if or when masks may be required again. As public health experts monitor COVID-19 in our community, the guidance may be temporarily updated in the future. We will update you if such changes are necessary.


Symptomatic persons, positive cases, additional guidance

Please see the district website and this updated flowchart for what to do if your child has symptoms or tests positive for COVID. Several circumstances listed on this webpage will still require masks.


Additional changes

  • Contact tracing for COVID-19 exposure will no longer be conducted by school employees, but we will notify staff and families if there is a positive case so people can monitor for symptoms, etc. For instance, if a positive case occurs in a classroom, we will notify the families of that classroom so we are sure to reach anyone who may be considered high risk or immune-compromised.
  • We are still required to report positive cases to the Snohomish Health District and track for district records. If your child tests positive for COVID-19, please notify the nurse hotline at 425-366-7745 (for elementary schools, middle schools and ACES), or your school nurse (for Mariner and Kamiak high schools).
  • We will continue to maintain the district COVID Dashboard to show positive cases throughout the district for the previous week.


Testing reminder

The district testing site near Mariner High School (12310 Meridian Ave. S., Everett) is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. It is open to all and now provides rapid antigen and PCR tests. No appointment needed, but you can save time by registering ahead of time.


We know how incredibly difficult this pandemic has been for our school district community, and we appreciate your continued efforts to protect the health and safety of staff and the families we serve.


Sincerely,

Mukilteo School District

Nurse Hotline

Voyager students/families now have access to the Nurse Hotline.
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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.


Stay home if you’re sick.


Thank you for your help in keeping Voyager Middle School as safe as possible.

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Monday - Thursday: 8:05am - 2:45pm

Friday: Learning Improvement Time (LIT) - Early Dismissal at 1:30pm

May 2 - May 6

Monday, May 2 - B Day

Before School

Library Open 7:40 - 8:00am

During School

Literacy Center

8:10 - 9:30am

1:15 – 2:40pm

After School

Homework Club - 2:55 - 4:00pm - VO Library

ELL Club - 2:55 - 4:00pm - Room# B151

Literacy Center Staff Club - 2:55 - 4:00pm - VO Library

Beauty & the Beast Play Practice - 3:00 - 5:00pm - Room#B141

6th/7th/8th Grade Coed Track & Field Practice - 3:00 - 4:45pm - Voyager Football Field

Tuesday, May 3- A Day

Before School

Library Open 7:40 - 8:00am

During School

Literacy Center

8:10 - 9:30am

1:15 – 2:40pm

After School

Homework Club - 2:55 - 4:00pm - VO Library

Beauty & the Beast Play Practice - 3:00 - 5:00pm - Room#B141

6th/7th/8th Grade Coed Track & Field Practice - 3:00 - 4:45pm - Voyager Football Field

Wednesday, May 4 - B Day

Before School

Library Open 7:40 - 8:00am

During School

Literacy Center

8:10 - 9:30am

1:15 – 2:40pm

After School

STEAM Club - 2:55 - 4:00pm - Room#C140

Homework Club - 2:55 - 4:00pm - VO Library

Games Club - 2:45 - 3:50pm - Room#B251

BSU Club - 2:45 - 4:00pm - Room#B244

Beauty & the Beast Play Practice - 3:00 - 5:00pm - Room#B141

7th/8th Grade Coed Track & Field Meet - VO vs. Eisenhower - 3:45pm - VO Football Field

Thursday, May 5 - A Day

Before School

Library Open 7:40 - 8:00am

During School

Literacy Center

8:10 - 9:30am

1:15 – 2:40pm

After School

Homework Club - 2:50 - 4:00pm - VO Library

Pride Club - 2:55 - 4:00pm - Room# A130

6th/7th/8th Grade Coed Track & Field Practice - 3:00 - 4:45pm - Voyager Football Field

Friday, May 6 - B Day

Before School

Library Open 7:40 - 8:00am

During School


After School

6th/7th/8th Grade Coed Track & Field Practice - 3:00 - 4:45pm - Voyager Football Field


Friday - Learning Improvement Time (LIT) - Early Dismissal at 1:30pm

Celebrate School Principals - May 1

National School Principals Day is Sunday, May 1, celebrated annually to thank the educational leaders who are responsible for the success of schools and students. Each of our school principals are deeply appreciated for the work they do to engage, inspire, prepare and strive for students and staff to reach their full academic and professional success. We love our principals!

Teacher Appreciation Week – May 1-7

Teacher Appreciation Week is celebrated in the first full week of May, from May 1 through May 8 in 2022, and is when teachers get the extra credit they deserve. The big day is Teacher Appreciation Day on May 5, but teachers are just so great that they get a whole week to savor our appreciation. Whether you have a teacher, know a teacher, or are a

teacher, there are endless ways to give a little extra support to teachers

and teachers organizations.


Teaching is known to be a time-consuming and challenging profession, so this week is our chance to say thank you to those that play or have played such a huge role in our lives. Who doesn’t have a fond memory of a teacher who inspired us in some way?


Visit TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK - May 1-7, 2022 - National Today to learn more.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Month raises awareness of trauma and the impact it can have on the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of children, families, and communities. Mental Health Month was established in 1949 to increase awareness of the importance of mental health and wellness in Americans' lives, and to celebrate recovery from mental illness. Mental health is essential for a person's overall health. Prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can recover from mental disorders and live full and productive lives.


Over the past 20 years, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and others within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and across the Federal Government, the public health community, and the general public have made efforts to increase the importance of understanding both prevention and treatment of mental health problems. These efforts have significantly improved the outlook for those affected by mental illnesses.


Successful efforts that have raised awareness about the importance of mental health and promoted acceptance, support, prevention and recovery from these mental health conditions include:


  • The Affordable Care Act expands health insurance coverage to approximately 30 million Americans by 2016, and an estimated 11 million of these newly eligible beneficiaries will have substance abuse and/or mental health service needs.
  • The Community Mental Health Services Block Grant provides financial assistance to states and territories to carry out state plans to offer comprehensive community-based mental health services and evidence-based practices to adults with serious mental illnesses and children with serious emotional disturbances.
  • Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 eliminates the practice of unequal health treatment and improves access to much needed mental health and substance use disorder treatment services through more equitable insurance coverage.
  • The Garrett Lee Smith State/Tribal Suicide Prevention Program facilitates coordination across government agencies and the private sector in the development, implementation, and evaluation of youth suicide prevention and early intervention plans among youth-serving institutions, such as schools, educational institutions, juvenile justice systems, substance abuse programs, primary care, mental health programs, foster care systems, and other organizations.


Mental Health Month gives all of us a valuable opportunity to celebrate the tremendous strides this Nation has made in promoting mental health and increasing the public's knowledge that effective services and support are available.


Resources:

For further information about National Mental Health Month and related resources and events, visit:


Youth.gov’s May is National Mental Health Month | Youth.gov

Office of Adolescent Health, Adolescent Mental Health

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, Caring for Every Child’s Mental Health


To locate mental health services in your community, visit http://www.samhsa.gov/treatment/index.aspx or call 1-877-SAMHSA-7 (1-877-726-4727).

For more information about mental health, visit www.samhsa.gov.

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have a rich heritage thousands of years old and have both shaped the history of the United States and had their lives dramatically influenced by moments in its history. Every May during Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and throughout the year, we recognize the contributions and influence of

Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture,

and achievements of the United States.


You can find more information at several governmental agencies’ official pages for the Heritage Month:


Family Social Media Safety Webinar

Dear Mu.kilteo School District families,


Thank you to those who were able to attend last week's family safety webinar about social media. The presenter, Robert Hackenson Jr. from Dynamic Influence, shared a lot of helpful information and resources, some of which are available on his website. He also shared a recording which is available for you to watch in the next 30 days and includes the option for English or Spanish subtitles.


Watch “Parenting in a Digital Age”

Password (case sensitive): mukilteo


To use subtitles, click on the CC button in the lower right corner of the video and select English or Spanish.


District staff also shared several helpful resources that are included in the attached presentation slides.

Summer School Learning Registration is Open

Mukilteo School District will be offering summer learning to currently enrolled Mukilteo School District students in grades K-12.


July 5 - July 29, 2022

8:30 AM - 12:30 PM


Middle and High School registration are now available on-line. Acceptance is on a first-come, first-serve basis, so register early. For general information and registration on-line please visit

MSD Summer Learning 2022


  • Middle & High School Summer Learning will be held at Explorer Middle School
  • Modified/limited bus routes will be available
  • Free breakfast and lunch will be provided


All Summer Learning opportunities are in-person. There are no virtual learning options.

Friday - Learning Improvement Time (LIT) – EARLY DISMISSAL SCHEDULE

6th Grade

8:05 - 9:30am - Core

9:35 - 10:50am - Elective

10:50 - 11:20 - Lunch

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

Upcoming Events

5/13/22: Madres Latinas Meeting - Via Zoom - 10:00 - 11:00am

5/24/22: Voyager Music Booster Club Meeting - 7:30pm - Via Zoom

5/28/22: Beauty & The Beast, Jr. Play Performance - 7:00pm @ Kamiak High School

5/29/22: Beauty & The Beast, Jr. Play Performance - 1:00pm @ Kamiak High School

5/30/22: Memorial Day – No School

6/14/22: Madres Latinas Meeting - Zoom - 10:00 - 11:00am

6/17/22: Last Day of School (Early Dismissal @ 12:00pm) (Snow make up day)

Helpful Resources

Voyager School Counselors

6th Grade Counselor

Brenna Reid

ReidBC@mukilteo.wednet.edu

425-366-5334


7th Grade Counselor

Vincenza Moody

MoodyVC@mukilteo.wednet.edu

425-366-5333


8th Grade Counselor​

Margaret Peterson

PetersonMJ@mukilteo.wednet.edu

425-366-5332

Student and Family Support and Resources

Kristen Anderson

Student Support Advocate

andersonkm@mukilteo.wednet.edu

(425)366-5322


Olga Mantilla

Family Engagement Liaison

mantillaoy@mukilteo.wednet.edu

(425)366-5313

COVID-19 Testing Locations

Mukilteo School District


Covid Testing Even Easier

The COVID testing location at 12310 Meridian Ave. S., Everett, 98208 (near Mariner High School) is now accepting walk-ups! While appointments are still encouraged, they have capacity to see students, staff and community members even without an appointment.


Please see attached map for entrance and exit locations.

Please use the registration and appointment sign-up link if you plan to make an appointment.


Additional testing locations within the community


Return to School / COVID testing locations (mukilteoschools.org)


Everett Mall Vaccination Site - Snohomish Health District

Everett Mall Vaccination Site | Snohomish Health District, WA (snohd.org) For those with limited or no internet access, the call center at 425-339-5278 is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays (closed weekends and holidays).


Free at Home Covid-19 Tests from Government and State

Government: COVIDtests.gov - Free at-home COVID-19 tests

WA State: Home - Say Yes! To Covid Test (sayyescovidhometest.org)

Volunteer Information and Forms

Voyager is always looking for volunteers to assist with various events throughout the school year.


If you would like to donate your time, you can print a Volunteer Application Packet in your preferred language by visiting Volunteers / Volunteer Information and Forms (mukilteoschools.org) or visit our Front Office to obtain a Volunteer Application Packet.


Please note: As of March 7, 2022, volunteers must show proof of vaccination as part of the approval process. Boosters are not currently required for volunteers. Vaccination exemptions or accommodations are not available for volunteers at this time.


For any questions, including volunteer opportunities, please contact Olga Mantilla at mantillaoy@mukilteo.wednet.edu or (425)366-5313.

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 and other important information.

Voyager MS Family Bulletins - Past Issues

Links

Mukilteo School District Web Site

Mukilteo School District Facebook Page

Voyager Middle School Web Site

Voyager Staff Directory / Home (mukilteoschools.org)

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: https://www.flashalert.net/login/

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

2021/2022 Voyager Yearbooks – Now on Sale!

Yearbooks are now available for sale at $15. The last date you can buy a yearbook is the last day of school, Friday, June 17. Yearbooks can be purchased at Voyager with Ms. Nelson, Bookkeeper. Cash or Check accepted. In person credit card purchase is also accepted.


Yearbooks will be distributed the last week of school.


For any questions please e-mail Mr. Hare at haremj@mukilteo.wednet.edu

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 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.

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...


Virtual Career Fair - RESCHEDULED to March 26

Saturday, March 26, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with information about job opportunities.


Anyone interested in learning more about Mukilteo School District or interviewing for a certificated, paraeducator, or bus driver position is encouraged to register for the Career Fair on the district employment website.

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 schoolwide and 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.

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Add a bit of variety to your child’s reading

Experts agree that reading is the foundation of learning. But it doesn’t have to involve heavy, dusty volumes perched on tall shelves! Times have changed, and there are now more ways to expose your child to the benefits and satisfaction of reading.


To encourage your middle schooler to read more, “think outside the book.” Nudge him toward:


  • Audiobooks. These recordings of books are great resources, especially if your child struggles with fluency. Listening to stories read aloud is a proven way to build reading skills. Audiobooks offer many of the same benefits as print versions, exposure to story structure, compelling plots and new vocabulary words. For an added boost, encourage your child to read along in the print version while listening to the audiobook.


As with traditional books, you can check out audiobooks from the library. You can also download free titles from websites like www.loyalbooks.com.


  • E-books. Your child can read digital versions of books on a computer or a handheld device. While some e-books contain strictly text, others include graphics, videos and links. But be careful: Too many bells and whistles can distract readers. E-books are available at the public library and online at websites such as www.goodreads.com.


~ The Parent Institute

Help your child gain a deeper understanding while reading

As students begin to read more complex material in school, they will need to really think about what they’re reading. Encourage your middle schooler to focus on:


  • The author’s purpose. Why did the author write this? Was it to inform the reader? To entertain? To influence thinking?
  • The main idea and details. What is the author’s basic message? What elements does the author include that support and strengthens this message?
  • Figurative language. “The ocean sang to me,” doesn’t mean the ocean really sang. It means that the ocean was appealing.
  • The sequence of events. What happened first in the story? What happened next? What was the result?
  • Relationships between things that happened in the story and its outcome.
  • The characters’ feelings. What decisions did they make as a result of those feelings?


~ 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.