Stanwood Middle School

Family Message - October 30th, 2021

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Good morning Stanwood Middle School Families!


We wanted to let everyone know that we are now requiring identification when students are picked up at Stanwood Middle School. Our secretaries are doing an amazing job recognizing most of our parents and guardians with masks on, but this will make the process even easier for them. Thank you for your patience as we change our procedure for check out of students.


Assessment


This week we will focus on make-ups/finishing the SBA for Math and ELA as well as any sixth graders who need to finish their science test.


Cookie Dough Handout


This Thursday all of our cookie dough orders will arrive at school. We will send home small quantities with students on the bus. For students with large orders, pick-up will be available after school. We will send more information home Wednesday afternoon.


End of First Quarter


This Friday marks the end of our first quarter. Spartans should be aware of any final due dates from their teachers. Please reach out to any teachers by using the emails below should you have any questions.


Second Season Sports Registration


Please have your athlete cleared with all paperwork by Monday, November 8 so they can participate in tryouts.


Basketball and Volleyball registration is now open using this link: Basketball & Volleyball Registration Form (Second Season). We will need a hard copy of your physical and emergency information form in the office. Please call Tia Hannawalt at 360-629-1350 if you have any questions.

At this time, it is uncertain what the JV program will look like because we are the only district in our league offering JV (other districts will be cutting athletes). Students who do not make the varsity roster will have the opportunity to play at the JV level. We are still determining what this opportunity will look like for our athletes within our district.

We currently have limited transportation in our district for after school athletics/activities. For out of district transportation at the varsity level, it is possible for parents/guardians to transport their athlete to away venues. If parents/guardians are able to transport their athlete, there is a waiver that needs to be completed. It is not required to transport your athlete, but if possible, would greatly help with getting all eligible athletes to away events.

Finally, students playing basketball will need to be tested for COVID prior to each game if they are unvaccinated. Please see the guidance below for more information.


Twice Weekly COVID Testing for Basketball and Wrestling


Per the K-12 Department of Health Requirements, screening testing is required for all unvaccinated athletes in high contact indoor sports (basketball and wrestling). This is not a new requirement, this requirement has been in place since August.


Fully vaccinated athletes do not have to participate in screening testing. Screening testing must be performed twice weekly using a molecular or antigen test. A rapid antigen test is performed on all unvaccinated athletes within 24 hours of the competition. In a multi-day event, testing will occur before each competition. The second test during the week will be performed 3-4 days prior to or after the competition and may be a molecular or antigen test. If a molecular test is performed, the athlete does not need to isolate while awaiting screening test results, unless they are exhibiting symptoms.


Please contact us if you have any questions, 360.629.1350.


Have a great weekend!


Tod Klundt

Principal

Stanwood Middle School

tklundt@stanwood.wednet.edu

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Survey from our Career and Technical Education Department

The Stanwood-Camano School District Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program is seeking parent/ guardian and community input. Career and Technical Education (CTE - formerly referred to as vocational education) prepares students for life and a career after high school. Through hands-on experiences, students explore career opportunities, develop skills to prepare for those opportunities, and apply their academic, leadership, employability, and technical skills. Click here for a list of the CTE programs and courses offered in the district in grades 7-12. We are seeking your input on the program to assist us in evaluating and planning for the future.


Please take a moment to complete the survey found here. Your input will help guide our decision making for the next few years.

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Attention all 8th grade parents. Now is your chance to highlight your student with a Parent Ad in this year's yearbook.


If you own a business and would like to support the SMS yearbook program now is your opportunity to purchase a Business Ad.

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Stanwood-Camano School District


Family Communication

October 29, 2021

Hello Families,


This week I had the pleasure of visiting kindergarten classrooms at Stanwood Elementary. There was much excitement about pumpkins, falling leaves and the changing weather! Students had the opportunity to draw Jack-o-Lanterns — this one stood out to me and I wanted to share it with you. (picture below)


The Great Shakeout

Last Thursday, more than one million Washingtonians participated in "The Great ShakeOut," the largest earthquake and tsunami drill in the world. Our entire district participated in the test of its district-wide earthquake early warning system — the first of its kind in the state. KING 5 was at Stanwood High School during the drill, you can see their news story here and the story in The Herald here.


Warm Coats for Kids

The Stanwood-Camano Food Bank’s “Warm Coats for Kids” program is well underway! Hundreds of coats have been given to students and families in our area. The program continues and serves any youth enrolled in our schools. Check out the Warm Coats Informational Flyer for more information.


Virtual Coffee with the Board

The School Board will be holding Virtual Coffee with the Board events on November 8 and 9, 2021, with morning, mid-day and evening sessions available. This is an opportunity for families and the community to interact with and meet your School Board of Directors, receive district updates, and have an opportunity to ask questions.


Please remember to vote!

Ballots have been mailed to registered voters for the November 2, 2021 general election. A Snohomish County ballot drop box is located near the Stanwood library, 9701 271st St NW, and an Island County ballot drop box at 121 N. East Camano Drive, Camano Island. Ballot drop boxes are open until 8 p.m. on Election Day. To return your ballot by mail, simply drop your ballot in a mailbox; no postage necessary. Mail-in ballots must be in the box before the last pick-up time on Election Day to be postmarked on time. To register to vote, visit votewa.gov.


CTE Parent/Guardian Input Opportunity

The Stanwood-Camano School District Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program is seeking parent/guardian and community input. Career and Technical Education (CTE - formerly referred to as vocational education) prepares students for life and a career after high school. Through hands-on experiences, students explore career opportunities, develop skills to prepare for those opportunities, and apply their academic, leadership, employability, and technical skills. Click here for a list of the CTE programs and courses offered in the district in grades 7-12. We are seeking your input on the program to assist us in evaluating and planning for the future.


Please take a moment to complete the survey found here. Your input will help guide our decision making for the next few years.


Calling all nurses, paramedics, medical assistants, certified nursing assistants, and EMT’s:

Have you always wanted to see what it’s like to take care of kids in a school setting? We are looking for substitute nurses and health room assistants. If you are interested, please see the posting here, or reach out to our district nurse, Mary Hoffman, mhoffman@stanwood.wednet.edu.


With the increased need for testing, contact tracing, and management of our health rooms, our district has been approved for funding assistance through the Washington State Department of Health Learn to Return program. A variety of new positions have been posted on our district website.


Follow us on Facebook!

Our communications team is frequently posting to our SCSD Facebook page, please follow us and look for us to add more social media platforms soon.
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Counselors Note

The theme for 6th grade CharacterStrong sessions this year is “Belonging”. This week's lesson was one of two lessons with the goal of helping students make connections and build relationships within our school. Tuesday’s lesson had an activity that introduced students to new people in their advisory classes, and also helped students make a plan to get to know four new adults in the building. The next couple weeks we will get to know our school, complete a values exploration, and talk about what values in our community can look like.

In 7th Grade Advisory, we continue working on identifying our values. We applied learning from last week's session related to values and discussed how we might have the same or different values for various reasons. Over the next three weeks, we will continue to focus on how values help guide us in life, and reflect on how we can put those values into action!

In 8th Grade Advisory, we continued talking about the future, thinking about high school, what we hope for, obstacles we might face to achieve those wishes, and ways we will overcome those obstacles. It is never too early to start dreaming about what the future can hold. Over the next three weeks, we are going to continue that discussion around planning for the future and how to make dreams a reality!

Important Date

On Monday, 11/8/2021, our counselors will be teaching the Signs of Sucicide curriculum to our 7th & 8th grade students. This is an evidence-based program that helps students and staff differentiate between typical development, and what may be a more serious mental health issue such as depression. The SOS, Signs of Suicide Prevention Program teaches students what to do when they are worried about a friend by employing the ACT message.

Acknowledge-Care-Tell

Acknowledge that you are seeing signs of depression or suicide in yourself or a friend and that it is serious.

Care Let your friend know that you care about them and that you are concerned that they need help you cannot provide.

Tell a trusted adult. Take your friend with you or go alone if you need to.

Please refer to our school website under Current News” for more information and resources. or reach out to our school counselors listed below. As always, please also reach out if you or your student can use extra support!

Thank you,

Jayde Piggott - 6th Grade Counselor

Kyland Fischer - 7th/8th Grade Counselor

(360)629-1350

Teacher contact information

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Stanwood Middle School PTO

Our PTO is an amazing group of people working together to support our students. From fundraisers to activities, their work helps our Spartans engage, connect, and thrive at Stanwood Middle School. Please like their Facebook page for all the up-to-date information about our school--and get ready for a great fundraiser coming this September!

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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 (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