Stanwood Middle School

Family Update - May 8th, 2021

PTO Fundraisers

Our fabulous PTO is having a Krispy Kreme fundraiser now through May 12, with delivery on May 19. A dozen doughnuts is $12. Information went home with students in their sixth period classes last week; more information is also available on the PTO Facebook page.

Also, MOD Pizza night is back. Please join the PTO at MOD’s pizza night May 10th. The event is all day from 10am-9pm. Come join us for lunch or dinner. 20% of SMS sales will go to the PTO. Just let them know that you are with Stanwood Middle School when paying. Online/Phone orders do not apply.

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Happy School Nurses Day!

This Wednesday, May 12 is School Nurses Day. A big thank you to Nurse Suzie Bliss and our HRA Dawn Nordin for all they do!

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A message from our Counselor Ms. Fox!

Naming Feelings & Expressing Hope

Hello Everyone! In our Wednesday Class Meetings this week, we reviewed some of the social emotional learning topics and coping strategies for stress that we have talked about through the year.

One strategy we talked about is “Name It to Tame It,” which is the practice of naming big feelings — like stress, overwhelm, sadness, anxiety — in order to more effectively deal with them. When we try to undermine or disregard big feelings, we deny ourselves the opportunity to process them in healthy ways. See the image below for some ideas to talk about at home!

We also asked students to practice a fun exercise called “Hope Picasso.” It has been a very unusual and difficult year for many of us, so we encouraged students to find something good from this year, along with some hope for the future, and express it creatively through painting, drawing, singing, dancing, writing, etc. Accessing the creative part of our brain is an excellent way to navigate difficult times, and the practice of simply looking toward something hopeful is profound.

Forever Hopeful ~

Kara Fox
Stanwood Middle School

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Important Survey From the District - Recovery Plan

Thank you for taking the time to help us prepare for reopening schools in the fall by answering the following questions.

The information will be used as part of the district Academic and Student Well-Being Recovery Plan.

There is a parent survey and student survey below:

Parent survey

Spanish Version of Parent Survey for Recovery Plan

English Version of Parent Survey

Student Survey

Spanish Version of 6-12 Student Survey

English Version of 6-12 Student Survey

One big class meeting this week

We are combining the classes for one big meeting this week at 11:15. Meet code: SMS

Asynchronous Attendance Attestation

Every Monday (for our AA group) and Thursday (for our BB group) students will attest to their attendance for their asynchronous days. Students can also order five day meal bags, which will be delivered to them after in-person school on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Speaking of Attendance

Whether your Spartan comes into the building or is staying remote, please call us on either their AA or BB day to let us know why they are absent. With Covid protocols, this is extremely important. Thank you!


Homework Club: 2:40 on Tuesdays--Meet Code: SMS HW Club

Drama Club: 2:30 on Wednesdays--Meet Code: DRAMA

Karaoke Club: 2:40 on Thursdays--Meet Code: SMS Sings

Extra Help

We want to help all Spartans finish strong this year--in addition to teacher office hours (now Monday/Thursday or Tuesday/Friday), we have several options for students to log in and get extra help:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday @ 12:45 p.m. -1:35 p.m.

with Mrs. Smothermon--Meet Code: SMOT

with Mrs. Davidson--Meet Code: DAVI

Wednesdays @ 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

with Mrs. Palmer--Meet Code: PALM

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Message from the District

Stanwood Camano School District Families:

In the March 19th Friday Family Message we announced that the district is partnering with Seattle Children’s to conduct COVID-19 testing on district staff and students. Our nurses have completed their training program and are now doing regular screening testing for high school athletes.

We are pleased to announce that starting Monday May 3rd, we will have the capacity to offer COVID testing any symptomatic students and staff. Currently, if a student or staff member develops COVID-19 symptoms, that staff member or student and their sibling need to stay out for 10 days or until the symptomatic student or staff member has a negative COVID-19 test. With our new capabilities, we can test these individuals, free of charge, at their school. This can lead to the quick isolation of positive individuals, hopefully preventing more exposure. More importantly, this can get our symptomatic students and their siblings back to school much sooner.

The nuts and bolts of this program:

● This test is a confirmatory molecular diagnostic test, similar to what you may have heard called a PCR test. This is a rapid test that gives results in 25 minutes.

● These tests have a 99% sensitivity and 98% specificity, meaning that the false negative rate is 1.3% and the false positive rate is less than 2.4%

By no means are families or staff required to do Cue testing. The options of seeking testing elsewhere or waiting out the 10 days remain.

● All students would need parental consent before a test can be performed.

● These tests are less invasive than the older version of COVID-19 tests. The testing swab only needs to go into the nares, rather than the nasopharyngeal area.

● No chemicals are introduced to the person being tested in the process. The test uses sterile, foam-tipped swabs, and activators are applied after they come out of the nose.

● Middle school and high school students may self-swab. Elementary students must be swabbed by a parent or guardian, per the guidelines of the program.

● The process requires the person being tested to create a QR code that links the individual to the test packet. We are not able to conduct testing without this QR code being created.

Beginning next week, if you call in to report that your student is ill with potential COVID-19 symptoms, you will be contacted by your school nurse, offering you testing for your student. You are still under no obligation to consent to this testing. It is simply a way for us to make it convenient for staff and students to get back to school.

Seattle Children’s will be responsible for managing and reporting results to public health departments as required by law.

Reminders we have sent previously:

Please make sure your student, especially 6th graders and other students new to our building, know their first period teachers name. We will have many adults at the entrance to the building, in the hallways and outside classrooms to help direct students. We also have signs posted all over the building. First period teachers will help students with directions to their second period class and we will once again have many adults in the hallways to help guide students safely and comfortably to throughout their day and entire six period day including lunches.

Bus routing. All busses will go the high school first to be screened before coming to Stanwood Middle School. For the process at the high school students receive a stamp on their wrist to verify they have been screened, please make sure your student is aware. Students being dropped off and students walking will be screened at the front of the building. At the end of the day busses will pick up students at the front of the building and parents can pick up students in our east parking lot.

As we plan for Spartans to return to Stanwood Middle School, our top priority is everyone's safety.

You and your Spartan will see videos and posters (examples below) to reflect student expectations to keep everyone safe and healthy at school.


All teachers will make sure on Monday and Thursday students know where to go for lunch. Lunch is determined by 4th period classes. Students with classes on the first floor fourth period will have first lunch. Students with classes on the second floor fourth period will have second lunch.

As we work to follow all of the protocols required for our return, it is important that you make sure your Spartan knows the following:

a. Daily Attestation questions + temperature check to be in building.

b. Students will go straight to their first class in the morning.

c. Masks covering nose and mouth at all times.

d. Social distancing in classrooms and hallways at all times.

e. Bathroom breaks during class time only.

f. No food allowed, except in the lunch room. Water bottles are allowed, students just need to ask to step into the hallway to take a drink.

g. Bring charged chromebook and headphones daily.

Here is the link to a video that will help remind everyone of our protocols:

We understand there is a lot of information! Please do not hesitate to call the school if you need anything. We will have lots of adults available to answer student questions, keep everyone safe and make sure students are comfortable.

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Cafeteria and West Gym - Set up for lunches

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Teacher Email Addresses

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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 (, or the Section 504/American Disabilities Act Coordinator, Robert Hascall ( 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 (, o la Sección 504 / Coordinador de la Ley de Discapacidades Estadounidenses, Robert Hascall (, Distrito Escolar Stanwood-Camano, 26920 Pioneer Hwy, Stanwood, WA 98292. Teléfono: (360) 629- 1200