Foothill MS Community Memo

October 4, 2021

Monday, October 11--Student Holiday (Teacher In-Service Day)

Hello Foothill Community!

In this memo you will find lots of information. We have a Dine and Donate tomorrow, Tuesday, October 5; I am hosting a Virtual Visit w/Vaiana this Friday, October 8 at 8:30am; the intradistrict transfers for 6th-12th grade window is open, and so much more. Please read below.

Sincerely your principal, Mrs. Vaiana

Finally an opportunity to get our library books to your student!

Currently we do not have a librarian or instructional media assistant so our media center is not open to students due to supervision. HOWEVER we have found a solution.
  • Your child can log onto the catalog and look for a book.
  • Once they find the book they'd like they need to fill out this form to reserve and check out a library reading book.
  • Reservations must be in by Tuesdays 8:00 am for pickup during Advisory on Thursdays.
  • Ask your advisory teacher for a pass to pickup your library book on Thursday.

Intradistrict Transfers for 2022-2023 Grades 6-12

The application for Intradistrict Transfers for students who will be in grades 6-12 in the 2022-2023 school year will be available online at from 10/15/2021-11/15/2021.

Looking ahead at Important Dates (Foothill MS and MDUSD)

October 5:
  • Dine and Donate at Jack's (see post below)
October 8:
  • Virtual Visit w/Vaiana @8:30am
  • Spirit Day: Converse vs Vans day
  • end of the 1st quarter

October 11:

  • No School for Students (MDUSD Teacher In-Service Day)

October 13:

  • MDUSD Board Meeting @6pm

October 15:

  • 2:45-4pm: Whole School Social (all students)
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Virtual Visit w/Vaiana

This Friday, October 8 at 8:30 I will host a casual meeting with no agenda but an opportunity to ask questions that hopefully I will be able to answer or follow-up with an answer.

This link is found in the Griffin News the afternoon prior to Friday.

Looking for a job midday?

We are hiring noon supervisors. So if you're looking to fill some time, get paid, and see what middle school is really like, check out the job description and application here.

Last week we had Admin talks by grade level in Advisory classes

Here is all the information we discussed with your student. If you should have questions that they can't answer please reach out to me or Ms. Stull (our vice principal):

  • Face coverings: All indoor spaces

    • Hallways, classrooms, multi use room, gym, locker room, bathrooms, OFFICE, library and media center

  • Blacktop

    • No food (you can be finishing items but NO containers)

    • Sport locations:

      • Basketball on courts

      • Football and volleyball far end (east side by the Creek)

      • Back of the gym and side may be used as a ball wall for tennis balls and soccer balls only

      • NO baseballs, lacrosse balls.

  • Lunch time

    • Hallways are all closed (exception when teachers host activities--must be supervised)

    • Snack food lines. No reserving spots. Get in line at the end of the line.

  • YOU are responsible for your garbage:

    • Do NOT leave garbage on lunch tables (inside and outside)

    • Three types of garbage on campus: compost, recycling, landfill

    • NO throwing of any food.

    • Don’t take food you won’t eat.

  • Cell phones

    • Bell to bell policy--OFF

    • Only when approved and supervised by a teacher within your classroom.

    • No posting on Social Media.

    • No filming of other students or self.

  • Chromebooks

    • Away at lunch--downtime from screen time.

    • Protect it from any damage (liquids and food).

  • If you have a problem you need help with:

    • Student statements (in office)

    • Anonymous tip-line on website on homepage.

    • Email counselor, admin, teachers.

  • Advisory Period:

    • Time for help, support, work with classmates on group projects, etc.

    • Must prearrange with the teacher and you will receive a pass.

    • Will check in with assigned teacher for attendance first.

MDUSD Covid-19 Response Page

For questions on protocols, procedures, TESTING sites, and more please view this page and all the links.

COVID-19 MDUSD Student Guidelines

These details are updated at the District level and can be found on the District's homepage as well. It includes the Chart and Written Guidelines.

School Donations at the Foothill MS Webstore

Foothill Middle School appreciates the support families provide through donations for our classes. All Donations are collected through the Foothill MS Webstore, found at that link or on our homepage.

  • Donations provide materials, which include licensing, software programs, and supplies; this is especially true of elective classes.
  • All the materials (whether tangible or not) are designed to aid students in learning and developing their skills.
  • These are ONLY for Foothill MS students. Donations do not feed into the District funds. T
  • All donations are tax deductible (tax ID#68-0091157). Any contribution is greatly appreciated.

This is not the PFA ED Fund.

REPOST: Atttendance One-Pager

This one-pager is a great resource for clearing absences, what are valid excuses for absences (CA EdCode), getting an off-campus pass, and more specifics.

Foothill MS Student Handbook.

Here is the link for reviewing policies and procedures on our campus. It is alphabetical and includes information on dress code, electronic devices, homework, medications, and more.