Stanwood Middle School

Family Update - August 25th, 2020

Good evening Stanwood Middle School Families!


This is our second family update of the year. I want to start by making sure everyone shares this information with others in our Stanwood Middle School community. Many parents and guardians have emailed me in the past week letting me know they have not received our communications. It seems many email systems put our communications in the spam or junk folder. So, we are asking you (especially families of new 6th graders) to share this communication with all your friends and neighbors!


We put the link on our website, we have our PTO Facebook page use it, and we forward it to anyone who makes us aware they are not receiving them, but we could use your help too! So spread the word so we can all be prepared for the beginning of the year!


As I mentioned last week, we can't wait to get started on this new adventure and appreciate everyone's patience as we navigate these new times! Some of the information included in this communication was in last week's email, but it is very important for our families so we have it here as well.


We are handing out chromebooks to students each day between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Please call 360.629.1350 and we will bring one out to you at the front of the school.


A few teachers will be handing out kits, supplies or instruments students will need for the beginning of school. Those teachers will communicate with students through their email and those kits or supplies will be available between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on the days given by the teacher.


We are currently out of hotspots, but the District has ordered more. We will let you know when they arrive.


If your student needs any supplies for school please call and we will have those available.


We are working with the company we contract with for school pictures and at this time we will be having our picture day later this year. We will keep you updated.


Stanwood Middle School will be releasing our Open House video and introduction for all students on the evening of Tuesday, September 1st. All families will receive the email and it will be posted on our website.


Please do not hesitate to call the school for any information, 360.629.1350.


Tod Klundt


Principal

Stanwood Middle School

tklundt@stanwood.wednet.edu

360.629.1350

A message from our counselor Mrs. Fox!

Welcome to the 2020-21 School Year! As your School Counselor, I would like to extend a very warm welcome to our incoming 6th grade students and to our new students in every grade! And, a very warm welcome back to all of our returning students! I loved being in your classes and class meetings, and getting to know so many of you, last school year, and I am looking forward to another wonderful year with you!


This is going to be a great school year, even if it’s an unusual one! I am looking forward to joining your classes from time to time, setting up some great opportunities online and in groups, and meeting with you individually to support your success. There are hard parts of this unusual time, and there are also opportunities for unique growth. We will get through this together, as kind humans and with strong SMS Spartan Spirit!


I want to make sure that all students and families know how to contact me — and some of the ways I can support your success.


-The easiest and quickest way to contact me right now is by email at KFox@stanwood.wednet.edu. I do my best to reply to emails within 24-48 hours during the week. You can also call or text me on my work cell phone at 360-421-2556.


-If you would like to schedule a meeting, we can meet either online via Google Meet, or by telephone. Both are great options! If you would like to meet, please email me your preferred days and times to meet during the school days, and I will reply to schedule our meeting.


-I support students in many ways, including with time management, study skills, social emotional learning, peer conflict, and stress management, including the stressors of the pandemic. My role is designed to be relatively short-term, which means that I also refer students to mental health and other community resources at times, as well as to our Student Support Advocate. I also manage 504 Plans, work on student schedules, teach occasional lessons, and I work with families as needed to support students.


My approach with students is positive, kind, and realistic, with an orientation towards growth, problem solving, and creative thinking. I am a big fan of self-care, healthy coping strategies, and easy-to-use tools to help make students’ academic and social-emotional lives more positive and successful.


Here are a few images to keep in mind as we start this school year, along with one of my favorite memories from this summer — I hope you had a fun and healthy summer. I look forward to seeing you all soon!

Picking up Chrome Books and Office Hours

You can pick up a chromebook anytime between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Just call the office and they can help arrange a time.


Stanwood Middle School will be open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please call the office at 360.629.1350 if you have questions, need information or need to speak to any of us. We are trying to limit the number of people in our building at this time so we appreciate you calling or emailing instead of stopping by in person.

Google Classroom Training For Parents!

District staff will be providing training on our educational platforms for parents on August 26 and 27. Please join the zoom meetings below for more information on how these platforms can be used to keep you up to date.



When: Aug 26, 2020 04:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Google Classroom 101 for Parents

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://zoom.us/j/93609754029

Or iPhone one-tap :

US: +12532158782,,93609754029# or +16699006833,,93609754029#

Or Telephone:

Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

US: +1 253 215 8782 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 876 9923

Webinar ID: 936 0975 4029

International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/ad86Cvc6v


When: Aug 27, 2020 05:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Google Classroom 101 for Parents

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://zoom.us/j/95943752609

Or iPhone one-tap :

US: +12532158782,,95943752609# or +16699006833,,95943752609#

Or Telephone:

Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

US: +1 253 215 8782 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 876 9923 or +1 301 715 8592

Webinar ID: 959 4375 2609

International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/ajmt7VxpU

Accessing Student Email

Please review the steps below on how to access student email. It is important that students are able to join their classrooms to access learning materials and get the Google Meet "nicknames" to join classes. That information will be sent to student emails.
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Google Classroom Access

Students will need to access Google Classroom to get assignments, take quizzes and tests, and see other information teachers post.


Here are directions to access Google Classroom.

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Weekly Schedule for Students (This was included last week!)

Please see the schedule below for what the schedule will look like for a middle school student once we start school.


Students will attend periods 1, 3, & 5 on Mondays and Thursdays as well as periods 2, 4, & 6 on Tuesdays and Fridays (schedule with times shown below).


During these class times, teachers may be instructing students and/or be showing a pre-recorded video along with classroom discussions & activities.


On Wednesdays, students will have the opportunity to check in with their teachers during student hours set up by individual teachers.


Once we've finalized schedules, directions will be emailed in how to log into Skyward Family Access to view as well as invites to join all Google Classrooms will be sent out. More information to come soon in our weekly updates.


While things will definitely look different this fall, we will be connecting with each student in different ways beyond the six classes students have.


•We will have a daily check-in and morning announcements for each class.


•We will have Wednesday class meetings for large group advisory lessons and celebrations.


•We will offer clubs once the school year starts.


•We will (fingers crossed) offer sports starting in January.

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Weekly Overview Template (This was included last week!)

Within Google Classroom, teachers will share a template that outlines what students will be working on for the week and how to access resources. This includes learning targets, student hours to contact teachers, and how that contact should be made.


An example of the template is pictured below.

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What can we do to prepare for the first day of school? (This was included last week!)

If your student has a cell phone, there are apps that can help keep them organized at their finger tips. There are directions below regarding adding email, Google Meet, as well as Google Classroom apps to your smartphone. It is okay if you, as a parent, want to add these to your phone for alerts on behalf of your student as well (if they do not have a device or you'd like the same updates).


It is important, when adding these apps, that students are using their school email address. These are their computer log - in with k12.scsd.ac as ending.

Example: smithjam000@k12.scsd.ac (email) & S!lunchnumber (password)

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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