Skyridge Newsletter

April 2019


Dear Skyhawk Families:

Here we are on the eve of another spring break and the energy within the building is very impressive. Our 8th grade girls’ basketball team won the district title last night, our Science Olympiad team is preparing for the state competition, and our thespians are busy preparing for opening night of the Lion King on April 26. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for this event and get your tickets. It will be a great show. Speaking of calendars, don’t forget that our track program gets underway on Monday after spring break. This is one of our most popular activities and all are welcome, regardless of previous experience. Click here to sign up!

April also means looking forward to next year and preparing our students for their next adventures. For our eighth graders, this means leaving the Skyridge nest and moving onto their high school experience. Our students have been working on their high school plans the last two weeks and just completed their forecasting for 9th grade this week. This can be an anxious time for many students as we ask them to look at their next 4 years and plan their classes. Please assure them that these plans are always changing and they will get the opportunity each year to update those plans and make the changes that will help them reach their evolving goals. We complete these plans in pencil for a reason…they will change.

For some of our current sixth and seventh graders, there may be a desire to challenge their placement in their math or language arts classes. This process will open right after spring break, April 8. Specific information is included within this newsletter, so keep reading to find out more. Please remember that no matter where your child is placed, we will work hard to find that balance between challenge and success that will prepare them for whatever their future might hold.

I hope you all have a wonderful spring break full of great memories with family and friends. We look forward to hearing all about those memories from our students when we welcome them back on April 8. Just as a reminder, that day will be a Hawk day. As always, if there is anything we can help with; please don’t hesitate to contact us here in the office.

Go Skyhawks!



April 8—School resumes—it will be a HAWK day

April 8—2019-20 Challenge Applications Available in Main Office

April 8—Track Practice Begins

April 11– LATE START—Classes begin at 11 AM. Buses pick up approximately two hours later than normal.

April 12– Middle School Choir Festival (8th Grade Only)

April 12-13—Science Olympiad State Competition

April 18—Wellness Series—All About Boys @DHS 6 PM

April 25—LATE START—Classes begin at 11 AM. Buses pick up approximately two hours later than normal.

April 26—Challenge applications are due to main office by 4 PM

April 26—Musical 7 PM in the CHS Theatre

April 27—Math Olympiad Competition

April 27—Musical 2 PM and 7 PM in the CHS Theatre

May—SBA Testing –see schedule on Skyridge website

2019-20 Placement Challenge Applications

Applications for students wishing to challenge class placement for the 2019-20 academic year are available in the main office. Deadline to turn in these applications will be Friday, April 26.

Applications are available for the following:

· 7th grade students wishing to challenge into a higher math placement

· 7th grade students wishing to challenge into Pre-AP LA

· 6th grade students wishing to challenge into a higher math placement

The challenge window for 6th and 7th grade students wishing to test for Hi Cap LA has been completed for the year. This process is run through the district office. The nomination window was open in November 2018 and closed in December.

Math challenges will only be considered to bypass one level of math. Students currently in compact 7/8 do not need apply. Students will not be allowed to bypass Algebra I.


PTO Board Members/Volunteers needed for 2019-20

The Skyridge PTO is a small organization that fundraises to award teacher grants; offers spirit wear to build community; assists the ASB with events. Minimum hours (1-2) needed each month. Seeking vice president and secretary.


We're excited to announce our new 6th grade ASB members: London Eneas, Presley Fogle, Henry Gilbert, Mason Glassmire, Beau Harlan, Mia Hutton, Bethany McKinstry, Arvin Shyam, Derebe Smith, Nicholas Speer, Reese Strawn, Victor Tran, and Judah Webberly.


Please email or call the office before 2 PM to notify staff. Picking up students during the final 30 minutes of the day without notice can take several minutes as students are in one of seven locations with flex study (ELA, math, science, health, gym, study hall, or library). Email or call 360-833-5806. Voice mail is checked often.


As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact the staff in the main office at 360-833-5800, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.