Community Newsletter

Marysville Middle Wildcats | March 2022

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Letter from the Principal

Dear Wildcat Families,


It seems like February passed by extremely quickly. With March comes the promise of spring and brighter, longer days. The month of March is also a time of transition as we move from winter and the many activities associated with it and into the anticipation of spring. Not only are we transitioning seasons, we are also transitioning into having a choice on whether to wear a mask and what classes students are going to register for next year. As we hope for warmer weather and traverse more transition, we want to keep our students focused on continuing to strive to do their best and be their best selves. I appreciate all that you do at home to support your student and the community as a whole. I am grateful that you join us for evening events such as the AVID Family Night and the Black Cultural Celebration as well as reach out and connect by phone, email, or in person. Thank you for making the bridge between school and home so strong. I am so fortunate to work along side all of our students, staff, and families; your participation and continuous support is invaluable.


Warmly,

Mary Ingraham

We Stand in Solidarity Together

The current tragedy in Ukraine is in the hearts and minds of many of our students, families, and staff as news and images are ever-present in both traditional and social media. It is particularly sensitive for those who have relatives and roots in this part of the world. We as a community need to lean in now more than ever by showing deeper compassion, care, and connection. Our hearts are with all who are directly or indirectly impacted by this war and we are standing with you in solidarity.

Billy Frank Jr. Day March 9th

Billy Frank Jr. (March 9, 1931 – May 5, 2014) was a Native American environmental leader and treaty rights activist. A Nisqually tribal member, Frank led a grassroots campaign for fishing rights on the tribe's Nisqually River, located in Washington state, in the 1960s and 1970s.

Billy Frank Jr. was born in Nisqually, Washington in 1931 to Willie and Angeline Frank. His father Willie, born Qui-Lash-Kut, lived to 102 years and his mother Angeline lived into her 90's. He grew up on six acres on the Nisqually River known as Frank’s Landing, land purchased by his father "after the expansion of an Army base nearby drove them from their reservation."

Honoring Billy Frank Jr.

Women's History Month

Women’s History Month began as a local celebration in Santa Rosa, California. The Education Task Force of the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women planned and executed a “Women’s History Week” celebration in 1978. The organizers selected the week of March 8 to correspond with International Women’s Day. The movement spread across the country as other communities initiated their own Women’s History Week celebrations the following year.


In 1980, a consortium of women’s groups and historians—led by the National Women’s History Project (now the National Women's History Alliance)—successfully lobbied for national recognition. In February 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the Week of March 8th 1980 as National Women’s History Week.


Subsequent Presidents continued to proclaim a National Women’s History Week in March until 1987 when Congress passed Public Law 100-9, designating March as “Women’s History Month.” Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, each president has issued an annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.”

-From the National Women's History Museum

What is a Woman? - Women's History Month Commercial

Natural Leaders

Natural Leaders serve as multi-cultural bridges between students, families, communities, and schools.


On March 31st we will be holding a Listening Session to launch our partnership with families through Natural Leaders. This event will be from 6:00 to 7:00 pm in the MMS Library where we will come together to connect and learn from you and your experience. We also will have the opportunity to eat cookies together. We hope to have you join us.


Who are Natural Leaders?

Natural Leaders are multi-cultural parents and family members that serve as a bridge between families, community and school.


Why are they needed?

Natural Leaders represent the diversity of their school communities. Honoring their experiences and listening to their voice ensures more equity and access for all students.

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On February 23, 2022, the Marysville School District Board of Directors adopted two resolutions that ask Marysville and Tulalip voters to reconsider two replacement levy measures on April 26. These revised measures reflect the feedback that the school district received from our community. Successful passage of levies is critical for the educational programs and services students receive including extracurricular activities such as sports, clubs, music, and the arts, access to technology along with the maintenance of the facilities where students learn and grow.

The replacement levies have a combined lower tax rate that reduces the burden of cost to taxpayers by .87 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value.

During the month of March, community round table discussions are scheduled for each Board of Director district area. Come and meet school district leadership staff and our area board member to learn more about the levy measures, costs, funding, and impacts on 3/16 at our Opportunity Fair Open House between 5pm and 7pm.


We look forward to seeing you!

To learn more about the replacement levy measures, go to https://www.msd25.org/page/levy-and-capital-levy-2022.
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MMS, TMS, & CMS Skate Night Fundraiser

Thursday, March 17th from 5-7pm

Marysville Skate Center 7313 44th Ave NE, Marysville, WA

$7.50 for skates or $10.50 for rollerblades

Students who wear the MOST Green can WIN a Prize

*Please wear school appropriate attire and do not bring outside food or drink.

*School conduct codes apply

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Indoor Mask Requirements Lifted Effective March 12, 2022

Governor Inslee announced, effective March 12, 2022, indoor mask requirements will be lifted for schools and on school buses. This follows the earlier announcement lifting the outdoor mask mandate that went into effect on February 18.


We will continue to follow the requirements of the Governor, the Department of Health, and our local Snohomish County Health District. Between now and March 12th, all students, staff, and volunteers/visitors will be required to continue to wear a mask indoors and on buses. After the requirement goes into effect on March 12, mask wearing indoors, on buses, and outdoors will be optional.


With this change in protocol, I encourage you to talk with your student as change brings about transition. Our focus at MMS is about respect. We are committed to being kind and respecting each person's decision to wear or to not wear a mask based on their own experiences and comfort. We will not tolerate any teasing about a person's decision. Thank you for your support in this transition.

Panorama Survey

Dear MSD Families of Students in Grades 3 - 12,


Beginning March 7, the Marysville School District will launch our annual spring surveys to each of the following groups:

  • Parents and Guardians

  • Students in grades 3 - 12

  • Staff

Just like in the fall, the school district will survey students on their social-emotional learning competencies and views about the overall school environment. Students in grades 3 - 12 will take the survey at school during class time. If you would like to opt your child out of the survey, please notify your child’s school. Include your child’s name, teacher’s name, or advisor/homeroom teacher for middle and high school students.


A separate survey for parents and guardians will be shared through email and posted on the Marysville School District website on Monday, March 7th.


If you have any questions about the spring surveys, please feel free to contact our Curriculum and Assessment or Equity and Family Engagement offices at (360) 965-0018.


Thank you!

Panorama Spring Family Survey

We want to hear from you as we continually track our progress and growth areas as a school community! It is time for our follow up spring Panorama survey. Your feedback is critical. Please participate during the survey window of March 7 - 25.


Helping students do their best in school requires a team effort. Parents, students, and schools all play important roles in this process. To help all of us learn how to make your child's schooling experience as positive and beneficial as possible, please give your honest, thoughtful responses to the survey questions.

Click HERE to participate in the survey. The survey is available in English and Spanish. Use the dropdown box located at the top left corner of the survey page to choose your language.


Thank you! We look forward to hearing from you.

2022-2023 Registration and Boundary Changes

With the boundary change that will be in effect for the 2022-2023 school year, we have intentionally schedule some common events, aligned applications for application classes, and created a common course catalogue for middle schools (high schools already have a course catalogue). Please find below dates and times of events and links to the applications for application classes.


Monday, March 14th:

Current 6th and 7th graders who will be changing middle schools received a permission slip last week to attend a field trip to their new middle school on Monday, March 14th. At MMS we will be hosting our current students who are staying with us along with students who will be joining us next year from Totem and Cedarcrest for an assembly and tour of the school. Students who will be attending Totem or Cedarcrest will be participating in the same activities but at their new middle school.


During this same time, our current 8th grade students will have the opportunity to learn about their high school for next year as the high school counselors will be presenting to the students. The students who will be going to MPHS will gather in one location while those going to MGHS will gather in a different locations. All students will learn about Legacy and Heritage high schools through a virtual presentation during this same time.


Tuesday, March 15th & Wednesday, March 16th:

During these two days, the counselors, band, choir, orchestra, and administration will be visiting our feeder elementary schools to introduce them to middle school and welcome them to MMS.


Wednesday, March 16th:

From 5:00 to 6:30 in the evening we will be hosting an open house for families and students to come and learn about all that we offer at MMS. We are calling this event the Opportunity and Registration Fair because families and students can meet with teachers and learn about the different courses that we have at MMS, learn about the different clubs and sports that we offer, tour the school, eat ice cream and socialize, and join into the community by connecting with one another. In the library students and families will have the option of registering for next year's class right then and there with the help of our counselors.


Application Classes:

We offer a few courses that require acceptance to take the class through an application process. Please find the links to the applications below. AVID is open to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students while ASB, WEB, and Yearbook are open only to 7th and 8th grade students.

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MMS PTSA

Thank you to our AMAZING PTSA who make so much possible for us!! Thank you for the hallway and swag rewards. Thank you for the snacks and treats. Thank you for all you do!!
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Attendance Line for Absences

We are required by law to track attendance for each student AND to inform families if a student misses class. Additionally, if students are not feeling well, please keep them home and call the attendance office, 360-965-0901, so that the absence can be excused.


If your student has an appointment during the school day, it will be much easier on you and the student if you let us know as soon as possible. Your student will be given a pass to leave class at the designated time. This can be especially helpful if you need to get your student during lunch time.

Skyward Family Access

Skyward has all kinds of useful information for students and their families. You can see specific grades on assignments, what might be missing, you can contact the teacher directly, and even change your information. Parents and students have different log-ins, however, sitting down together to check in regularly is a great way to keep on top of assignments, celebrate successes and problem solve if your student is having difficulty in a class. If you need to have your Skyward password reset you should be able to click the "forgot password" link. Or, call the office and we will send you a link to reset it.

Operation School Bell

Operation School Bell is a program to assist students who need clothing. It is run by the Assistance League of Everett and since 1965 they have been providing school clothes to over 99,139 children and teens, one child at a time. If you have a student in need of clothing please fill out the application below.

Food for Thought Backpack Program...Striving to End Childhood Hunger!

Marysville Community Food Bank offers a program to all families to provide food for the weekends and/or holidays when your child/children are not in school. Please see the application below and if you have any questions or need any help please contact the main office or your student's counselor.

Tutoring Opportunity Provided by a Community Partner

Grove Tutoring for students is available on Wednesdays from 4:00 to 6:00 pm close to MMS at 4705 Grove Street. The tutoring is free and food is provided. Students just need to sign up at www.grove.church/tutoring.
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AVID Family Night a Huge Success!

AVID Family Night - February 16, 2022

IMPORTANT DATES

3/2 - Basketball @ Port Susan

3/2 - Wrestling @ Totem

3/3 - JV Wrestling @ Totem

3/7 - 11 - ASB Holi-gram sale

3/7 - 7th Basketball @ NL/8th BYE

3/8 - JV Wrestling @ Stanwood

3/9 - Basketball @ Home

3/9 - Wrestling @ Lakewood

3/14 - Boundary Change Field Trip (6th & 7th graders)

3/14 - Basketball @ Home (Post)

3/16 - Basketball @ Park Place

3/16 - Wrestling @ Home

3/16 - Opportunity Fair Open House 5pm-6:30pm

3/17 - Skate Night @ Marysville Skate Center 5pm-7pm

3/17 - JV Wrestling @ Stanwood

3/18 - No School

3/21 - Basketball @ Home (Totem)

3/21 - Wrestling @ Park Place

3/23 - Basketball @ Home (Haller)

3/23 - Wrestling @ Granite Falls

3/24 - JV Wrestling @ Valley View

3/28 - Basketball @ Cavelero/Lake Stevens

3/28 - Wrestling @ Cavelero

3/29 - JV Wrestling @ Totem

3/30 - Basketball @ Cedarcrest

3/30 - Wrestling @ Home

3/31 - Latinx Family Night 6pm-7pm

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