Stanwood Middle School

Family Message - October 23rd, 2021

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Good morning Stanwood Middle School Families!


Conferences this year at Stanwood Middle School will be held Wednesday, October 27th and Thursday, October 28th. Because of the limited time we have for conferences our teachers have been working hard to determine which students they feel are in need of conferences and have reached out to families. If you would like to schedule a conference please contact the teacher using the email list below or call our office. You can schedule a Google Meet or in person conference.


There is no late start Wednesday this week!


We have regular scheduled days on Monday and Tuesday of this week, but we are on half day schedules Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Students will be in school 7:40 a.m. to 10:40 a.m.


Spirit Week this week!


Spirit Week is coming! Next week we are excited that our students get to show their school pride each day by participating in spirit week.


Monday: Comfy/Cozy Day

Tuesday: Western Day

Wednesday: Pink Out Day for Breast Cancer Awareness

Thursday: Disney Day

Friday: Costume Day

*Students must still follow all rules for masks and social distance.


Costumes Allowed October 29th


If you have any questions about potential costumes please email or talk to Mr. Klundt or Ms. Christmas before you buy anything!!

Students can wear costumes during the day.

Students are still required to wear appropriate face coverings as per school district policy.

Students cannot wear full face masks as part of their costume and there should be no blood or replica weapons with the costumes.

Full face paint is also not allowed. Students can wear makeup, but their face must be distinguishable.

Please do not wear inflatables to school, in the past we have had issues with these in hallways and in classrooms causing distractions.

All other dress code requirements are still in place. Please make sure your costume is appropriate.

Also, if a teacher asks a student to remove a part of a costume during class (ie: hats or something they are wearing or a prop they are carrying with them that is distracting them from doing their work in class) students should remove it for the class period.


Assessment


Next week our sixth graders will take the science assessment for fifth grade. We will also work to have all students who need to finish or take the math and ELA tests. Please make sure your student brings their charged chromebook and headphones (if they have them) to school each day.


Second Season Sports Registration


Please have your athlete cleared with all paperwork by Monday, November 8 so they can participate in tryouts.


Basketball and Volleyball registration is now open using this link: Basketball & Volleyball Registration Form (Second Season). We will need a hard copy of your physical and emergency information form in the office. Please call Tia Hannawalt at 360-629-1350 if you have any questions.

At this time, it is uncertain what the JV program will look like because we are the only district in our league offering JV (other districts will be cutting athletes). Students who do not make the varsity roster will have the opportunity to play at the JV level. We are still determining what this opportunity will look like for our athletes within our district.

We currently have limited transportation in our district for after school athletics/activities. For out of district transportation at the varsity level, it is possible for parents/guardians to transport their athlete to away venues. If parents/guardians are able to transport their athlete, there is a waiver that needs to be completed. It is not required to transport your athlete, but if possible, would greatly help with getting all eligible athletes to away events.

Finally, students playing basketball will need to be tested for COVID prior to each game if they are unvaccinated. Please see the guidance below for more information.


Twice Weekly COVID Testing for Basketball and Wrestling


Per the K-12 Department of Health Requirements, screening testing is required for all unvaccinated athletes in high contact indoor sports (basketball and wrestling). 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.


Please contact us if you have any questions, 360.629.1350.


Have a great weekend!


Tod Klundt

Principal

Stanwood Middle School

tklundt@stanwood.wednet.edu

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Stanwood-Camano School District


Family Communication

October 22, 2021

Hello Families,


I wanted to share an experience I had at Stanwood Middle School this week. I watched a pair of students present a mini-lesson to their science class on “Why is Light So Important?” The two students made connections between light and darkness, light and plant life, light and overall health. I was so impressed! As I listened, I began to make connections between light and learning. As we work together to improve our teaching practices, provide engaging learning experiences and give meaningful feedback to students and families, we bring the excitement of learning and growth into the lives of our students. This excitement is often seen as a “light” going off in the mind of a student. As concepts are grasped and new learning takes root, students grow and flourish. I am grateful for the time I spent at SMS learning about light and its importance!


Virtual Coffee with the Board

The School Board will be holding Virtual Coffee with the Board events on November 8 and 9, 2021, with morning, mid-day and evening sessions available. This is an opportunity for families and the community to interact with and meet your School Board of Directors, receive district updates, and have an opportunity to ask questions.


Employment opportunities with SCSD

SCSD is hiring! We love to have family members as SCSD employees. Please visit our Employment Opportunities page and apply online. We have immediate openings for bus drivers, custodians, electricians, food service workers and paraeducators.


Fall conferences reminder

A reminder to families that October 27, 28 and 29 are early release days for parent-teacher conferences. The schedule for those days will be 7:40 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. for secondary schools and 9:00 a.m. to noon for elementary schools. Please note that the 27th is a Wednesday, but is not a late start day. Please contact your student’s school if you have questions about scheduling conferences. You will have the option to attend in person or virtually via Google Meets.

Strategic Plan

Help plan our future in the SCSD as we begin the work to create our five-year strategic plan. We will be scheduling a series of virtual community forums to share your ideas for our district. Look for more detailed information soon.


Replacement Capital Projects and Technology Levy

On the February 2022 ballot, we will be running a 4-year Replacement Capital Projects and Technology Levy that would replace an expiring 4-year capital levy. This levy proposal would allow the district to maintain technology systems and continue to make major improvements to existing facilities.


The estimated tax rate per $1,000 of assessed property value for this measure is 27 cents for each year of the levy. There is no increase in the tax rate in this levy from the previous 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 in 2026.


Did you miss the last messages?

Due to technical issues, the October 8 and 15 Friday Family Messages did not reach all of the intended recipients. Please find a link below to these messages. We apologize if you did not receive this information earlier. For those who visit our website and district Facebook page, the messages were available there. Here are the links to the October 8, and October 15 Friday family messages.

Counselors Note

This week in 6th Grade Advisory, we identified the differences between character and personality. Our lesson defined character as something that we can practice, something we build through the thousands of choices we make every single day. We were then introduced to our first Character Dare. Character Dares are short activities designed to help us practice and generalize the skills learned in each lesson. The next couple weeks we will be talking about meeting new people, getting to know our school, and completing a values exploration.

In 7th Grade Advisory, we started focusing on values, which are what we individually and collectively judge to be important in our lives. The goal was to dig deep into our values, where they come from, and how we can put them into practice. Over the next three weeks, we will continue to focus on how values help guide us in life, and reflect on how we can put those values into action!

In 8th Grade Advisory, we started focusing on the future--specifically, the fall after high school graduation and then five years after that in the fall of 2031! It is never too early to start dreaming about what the future can hold. Over the next three weeks, we are going to focus more on planning for the future and how to make dreams a reality!

With conferences coming up next week, we want you to know us counselors will be available for our parents and guardians who would like to meet. You can reach us through email or phone call. Please reach out if you have any questions or could use extra support!

Jayde Piggott - 6th Grade Counselor

Kyland Fischer - 7th/8th Grade Counselor

(360)629-1350

Survey from our Career and Technical Education Department

The Stanwood-Camano School District Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program is seeking parent/ guardian and community input. Career and Technical Education (CTE - formerly referred to as vocational education) prepares students for life and a career after high school. Through hands-on experiences, students explore career opportunities, develop skills to prepare for those opportunities, and apply their academic, leadership, employability, and technical skills. Click here for a list of the CTE programs and courses offered in the district in grades 7-12. We are seeking your input on the program to assist us in evaluating and planning for the future.


Please take a moment to complete the survey found here. Your input will help guide our decision making for the next few years.

Teacher contact information

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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!

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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 (mstanton@stanwood.wednet.edu), or the Section 504/American Disabilities Act Coordinator, Robert Hascall (rhascall@stanwood.wednet.edu) 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 (mstanton@stanwood.wednet.edu), o la Sección 504 / Coordinador de la Ley de Discapacidades Estadounidenses, Robert Hascall (rhascall@stanwood.wednet.edu), Distrito Escolar Stanwood-Camano, 26920 Pioneer Hwy, Stanwood, WA 98292. Teléfono: (360) 629- 1200