Stanwood Middle School
Family Update - November 25th, 2020
A reminder, today, Wednesday, November 25th is a short day for students!
All three grade levels will have Advisory at 10:00 a.m. and then be done for the day. Information is listed below.
There will be no school on Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th.
A reminder, with the Thanksgiving Holiday, all work assigned by teachers on Thursday, November 19th will be due Wednesday, December 2nd. Students may not see a "to-do" list on their Google Classrooms because the date is two weeks away; they will need to click into the classrooms to see all videos, assignments, and materials.
Make sure your student gets in the SMS yearbook!
We are changing the way we do our yearbook pictures this year. Students are able to take a selfie and use it for their picture. We still hope to have school pictures later in the year, which can be used for their Yearbook picture, but this is a fun way for us embrace Distance Learning.
Please see more information and click on the PDF link below from our Yearbook Staff:
• Go to https://high5.id/p/qpq4m to take your picture. Make sure you have your student's ID number handy.
• You or your student will take their selfie portrait on your phone or computer webcam and upload.
• Photos are sent directly to our system and are used to create yearbook portraits and school IDs. This entire three-step process only takes a few seconds. If your photo is rejected for quality issues, you may be asked to retake and submit.
The deadline to receive all student portraits is Friday, December 18th.
Don’t forget to order this year’s historic yearbook before we run out! Your student will not want to miss out on all of the stories that are making this year so unique.
Buy today [online through the Stanwood Middle School website] for only $25.
Last but not least, our fabulous PTO will be handing out High Honors and Perfect Attendance awards next Wednesday, December 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please check your email to see if you have earned at 3.0 or higher grade point average for first quarter. All students with a gpa of 3.0 or higher will earn an award.
As always, please reach out if you need anything!
Thank you and have a great weekend!
Stanwood Middle School
A message from our Counselor Mrs. Fox!
Gratitude & The Kindness of Strangers
Hello Everyone! Something I often encourage students to practice is Gratitude. When we are feeling stressed or overwhelmed, stopping to notice a few simple things that you are grateful for can “short circuit” the stress and bring more calm and balance to the moment. Practicing this over time allows this helpful practice to become habit.
During these challenging times, I am feeling grateful for the kindness of strangers. It seems that people are trying to slow down a bit and focus on the basic and vital needs of life, including kindness and connection, even amidst these uncertain and stressful circumstances.
Recently I was safely shopping for a birthday present at a store called Boxes and Bears. The owner of the shop and I got to talking, and when she learned I am a school counselor, she said she would like to donate a box of new fidget toys to our school. How incredibly kind of her! Then, the other night when I was home eating dinner, someone knocked on our door, kindly stepped back a good distance with their masks on, to let us know that our dome light was on in our car. So helpful!
I am also incredibly grateful for our SMS staff and families. We are working hard together to support students with distance learning and with their social-emotional / mental health. Every student deserves to know that they have support at school and in life. SMS staff make sure that students know we care and that we are here to help. I am so proud to be part of this great school community.
In the spirit of gratitude, here is an image to help inspire conversations of gratitude with your student.
Be Well ~
Stanwood Middle School
Signs of Suicide Information
All the Clubs at SMS
The SMS Community Club meets Tuesdays at 2:40. A chance for students to get together virtually to chat and share their interests. Meet code: SMS Community
SMS Homework Club with Mr. Bliss meets Tuesdays at 2:40. Students will be able to log on and get help with their classes. Mr. Bliss' speciality is math, but he can offer assistance with all other academic areas as well. Meet code: SMS HW Club
Family and Consumer Science Club with Mrs. Berg. For more information please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Games of Strategy with Mr. Wall begins Wednesday, December 2 @ 2:40. Join the Google Classroom with the code: 4xhfzv6
For more information please email him at email@example.com
Virtual HIB Poster Contest
We want to thank all of the students who entered in our virtual HIB Poster Contest. Your extra time, effort, and energy is much appreciated.
For Parents of 8th Grade Students
Yearbook Snap App
Even though we are at a distance, our yearbook can bring us together! Mr. Wall and the yearbook staff are asking people to submit photos from summer and the first day of school through the Yearbook Snap App or their computer. The flyer down below explains how to do this!
School Pictures and Student Identification Cards
We will keep you updated and make sure all our families know right away once we have them scheduled!
Below Is All The Important Information From Previous Family Messages!
1. Video regarding Family Access/Skyward
2. A link to a toolkit for Family Access/Skyward
3. A message from our Counselor Mrs. Fox
4. Our Open House slide show
5. Information regarding accessing student email
6. Information regarding accessing Google Classroom
7. The Weekly Schedule for students
Please see the video below regarding Family Access/Skyward
Click the box below for a toolkit to help with Family Access/Skyward
In case you missed it last time, here is our Open House Staff Slideshow - 2020/2021
Typically a big part of our Open House is our introduction of staff in the gym and then students are able to tour the building and see those staff members in the classrooms. Because we are not able to be in person this year Mr. Wall, our wonderful multimedia, yearbook and keyboarding teacher, has put together a slideshow to allow families to see faces, to see what peoples roles are in the building, and to see contact information for everyone!
Please click the link to see our slideshow:
SMS STAFF 2020/21
Accessing Student Email
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.
Weekly Schedule for Students
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), or the Section 504/American Disabilities Act Coordinator, Robert Hascall (email@example.com) 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), o la Sección 504 / Coordinador de la Ley de Discapacidades Estadounidenses, Robert Hascall (email@example.com), Distrito Escolar Stanwood-Camano, 26920 Pioneer Hwy, Stanwood, WA 98292. Teléfono: (360) 629- 1200