Port Susan Middle School

Student & Family Update 01.24.21


I want to thank you all for your continued support for our school community throughout this difficult time. As we talked with students in our grade level meeting, we continued to encourage them to reach out to us as well as one another if they have questions or just simply need to talk.

In all google classrooms, we have a few options for students to reach out to our staff. These include our daily check in form, I have a question google meet link, as well as our newly added counseling support google meet link. Please encourage or join with your student if you feel there is anything we can do for you or you have an idea that you'd like to share with us.

Mid Year Supply/Item Pick Up

As we are approaching the end of the semester, it is a great time to stop by Port Susan Middle School to pick up or exchange any items you need.

  • Swap out chromebooks that are not working properly (cameras or mics have been going out)
  • Textbook pick up - check with your teachers to see if we have something you'll need
  • AR books return &/or check out (use our website to put books on hold)
  • Classroom Novels for ELA - we have these ready for you!

Please make arrangements to come to our school to exchange chromebooks &/or pick up supplies or textbooks. If you pull up front, one of our secretaries will be right out to help you with what you need anytime between 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Also, I understand with work schedules, this time frame might not work. If that is the case, send me an email (calmanza@stanwood.wednet.edu) and we can arrange a better time for you to make sure you have what you need.

Reaching Out (Character Dare #9) - Advisory Lesson

In advisory last week, students were challenged with The "Daymaker" Message below. I cannot express enough how proud I am of each and every student. Their respect and kindness towards one another as well as our staff is something they should all continue to hold their heads high about. Throughout these next couple of weeks, I have no doubt they will share that with others and be someone's "Daymaker".
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Community Resource

If you're interested in the topic below, check out this link for more information.


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Congratulations, Mrs. Julie Zurcher!

We had the opportunity to celebrate Mrs. Zurcher this past week for receiving the Certificated Employee of the Month for the Stanwood-Camano School District. This was definitely well deserved recognition.

As you know, we have an amazing staff at Port Susan Middle School that some of you students and parents would like to recognize. Please take a look at the link below if you'd like to nominate someone that has made a positive impact for you throughout this difficult time.

Would you like to nominate a Stanwood-Camano School District employee for their outstanding service? Please visit the district 's Staff Recognition Program page for details.
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School Board Appreciation Month

January we acknowledge and thank our school board for their continued support throughout the year. Along with our leadership students, we have put together a slide show to share our appreciation. Thank you for all you do!

Coffee with the School Board!

You are invited to virtual Coffee with the Board! Grab a cup of coffee and log in for a chance to interact with and meet your School Board Directors. In this edition, the Board will take you on a virtual tour of new construction.

January 27, 2021; 9:00am - 10:00am, Directors Ken Christoferson and Al Schreiber
Register in advance for this webinar:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
January 27, 2021; 12:00pm - 1:00pm, Directors Natalie Hagglund and Charlotte Murry
Register in advance for this webinar:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

January 28, 2021; 06:30pm - 7:30pm, Directors Ken Christoferson and Miranda Evans
Register in advance for this webinar:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar

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Virtual Hallway

Take a look at the art our students are creating! Check out the virtual hallway linked below for all student work - amazing!

Second Semester Schedules

All student schedules have been updated and should be set for Semester 2. The transition to a new elective teacher for semester 2 on Monday, February 1st (more detailed information & meet codes below). Students - please do not archive any classes from Semester 1 - teachers will take care of this after grading is complete.
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Weekly Drop Dates

Reminder - We will make the semester 2 transition for students on Monday, February 1st. Work for yearlong classes will still be dropped on Thursday, January 28th. For classes that have a change at semester, we will use that time to support the student transition that week to their new google classroom and meets. *Students should NOT archive their classes at semester because grading of assignments still will be happening. Teachers can do this once they are complete as needed.

Thursday, January 28th: Last Day (Semester 1). We will continue with all semester 1 classes in meets through Friday, January 29th.

Monday, February 1st: Semester class transition on Monday/Tuesday to go over class expectations, make sure all students join your google classroom, etc. ***First week of work drop/weekly overview would be Thursday, February 4th for semester 2 electives and/or semester courses.

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Upcoming Wednesday

This Wednesday, January 27th, we hope to see all students at our virtual assembly.

Time: 12:15 p.m. for all students - try to log in a little early because it will start right on time. Just a reminder to close your other tabs for the best streaming throughout the assembly.

Grade level meeting codes:

  • 6th grade @ 12:15 p.m. (psms2027)
  • 7th grade @ 12:15 p.m. (psms2026)
  • 8th grade @ 12:15 p.m. (psms2025)

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Week of 01/25 through 01/29

Monday: Periods 1, 3, 5

Tuesday: Periods 2, 4, 6

Wednesday: Virtual Assembly (All students @ 12:15 p.m.)

Thursday: Periods 1, 3, 5

*Lunch Group 10:30 a.m. (knights)

Friday: Periods 2, 4, 6

January Calendar

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Thank you - you are appreciated!!

Cherae Almanza, Principal

Crysty Auckland, Assistant Principal

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