Midland Messenger

January 3-7, 2022

From the Principal:

Dear Parents and Families,


Happy New Year! I hope that you and your family had a very joyous holiday season and that you are looking forward to the coming year! At Midland, we have been preparing for this year in many ways. Immediately upon our return, our LAP staff will be doing our winter benchmark testing. The purpose of this quick assessment is to check the progress of our students’ basic reading and math skills. Information gathered from our benchmarking will inform our instructional practices for the coming months.



One of the values of being a Kids at Hope school is that we “time travel” to our future to determine the skills we need to be successful. We want our students to know where they are with learning the standards, and then we help them to progress so they can be successful. Although our teachers do not send home “new learning” for homework, you can certainly help your student to achieve success by keeping or starting some new year habits. Midland students should be reading (or being read to) for at least 20 minutes each night. Additionally, kindergarten students should be counting to 100, first and second grade students should be learning their addition and subtraction facts, third grade students should know their multiplication facts, and our fourth and fifth grade students should be mastering multi-digit multiplication and division. Your support of these learning goals will help your child to succeed in the coming year!


It's great to be a MUSTANG!

~Dr. Paula Dawson

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Important Dates to Remember:

January 5 ~ 1:55 Dismissal

January 12 ~ 1:55 Dismissal

January 17 ~ Martin Luther King Jr. Day - NO SCHOOL

January 19 ~ 3:25 Dismissal (Full day of school)

January 26 ~ 3:25 Dismissal (Full day of school)

January 28 ~ No School for teacher training



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

January is School Board Recognition Month

We want to thank Alex Davis, Gil Mendoza, Ron Nerio, Tono Sablan, and Mary Sherman for the many hours they volunteer on behalf of every child in our school district. Their duties include setting the vision and mission of education in the district; establishing policy; adopting an annual budget; approving all expenditures; employment of personnel; curriculum, textbooks and courses; and deciding on school sites, building plans, and construction.

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Social Emotional Learning:

Social emotional Learning corner

Content by Mrs. Blaisdell

January 3rd

Goal Setting

We will be focusing in the next 4 weeks on Goal Setting in our shortened Wednesday SEL classes.

Why is goal setting important for children?

First and foremost, setting goals is important for kids because it establishes a sense of purpose for their actions. Realistic, meaningful goals have plenty of other benefits too. They help with decision making, improve self-confidence and independence, and teach perseverance alongside countless other positive impacts.

Students will be setting a goal and establishing what sort of TIME, EFFORT, and PRACTICE will be needed to achieve those goals.

The SEL Standards for goal setting are as follows:

Early Elementary (K-2)-With adult assistance, I can identify steps to achieve a person goal or complete a task.

Late Elementary (3-5)—I can learn I the midst of challenges, create a goal, and track progress toward the achievement of that goal.

Substitutes needed in our kitchens

Our Nutrition Services Department is looking for substitutes for our kitchen staff. If you are interested, please visit our district website to apply.

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 10 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.