Midland Messenger

August 22, 2021

Dear Midland Families,

Welcome to the 2021-22 School Year! Our Midland Staff have been working hard in preparation for an excellent school year! Our school is committed to our motto: Achieving Success, Inspiring Hope, Celebrating Community. We will achieve this through explicit teaching of school-wide expectations, differentiated instruction in the classroom, use of data to inform our instruction, and a safe and positive school culture. Your students are the inspiration for our work and we are looking forward to partnering with you to help your student to achieve success at Midland.

This year we have added some new staff.

Please help me welcome:

Karen Gustafson (Kindergarten), April Blankenship (2nd Grade), Kaylee Ness (3rd Grade), Bertie Tompkins (3rd Grade), Russ Anderson (5th Grade), Rachel McGlothlen (5th Grade), Nikki VanderWood (5th Grade), Kim Jackson (PE), Anneliese Kellogg (Music), Madison Hatfield (Psychologist), Maddie Roberts (Physical Therapist), Jen Weimer (Para), Michelle Gust (Para).

I welcome your communication. Please call or email me to share your celebrations or concerns at (253)298-4501 or pdawson@fpschools.org

It's great to be a MUSTANG!

~Dr. Paula Dawson

Important Dates to Remember:

August 26 ~ Virtual Meet and Greet (see below)

August 31 ~ 1st Day of School

September 3 & 6 ~ No School for Labor Day Weekend

September 15 ~ 1:55 Dismissal

September 22 ~ 1:55 Dismissal

September 29 ~ 1:55 Dismissal

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

Meet and Greet

We will be hosting a virtual Meet and Greet for students and families on Thursday, August 26th from 4:00-5:30 pm. Prior to this event, please log onto your Family Access (see below) to find out who your child's teacher will be. Please use the link below to join us!

Family Access: Find your teacher and update your information

Interactive Skyward Family Access features are open and ready for primary guardians to review, update, and/or request changes to your child's information.

In Family Access, you can also see who your child's teacher will be for the 2021-22 school year.

We ask that a primary guardian log into Family Access and complete the Annual Student Information Update for your student. Please use this link to log into Skyward Family Access:


If you need help gaining access to a computer, try the Pierce County Library, visit your school, or come to the district office.

2021-22 Midland Daily Schedule

8:40 Breakfast

8:50 First bell, students are in class

8:55 Tardy bell, school begins

11:30-12:20 Kindergarten Lunch/Recess

11:30-12:20 1st Grade Lunch/Recess

11:55-12:45 2nd Grade Lunch/Recess

11:55-12:45 3rd Grade Lunch/Recess

12:20-1:10 4th Grade Lunch/Recess

12:20-1:10 5th Grade Lunch/Recess

3:25 Dismissal

*MOST Wednesdays will be a 1:55 dismissal*

(PLEASE check the calendar for specific dates)

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 14 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.