Voyager MS Family Bulletin

February 4, 2022 Weekly News

Friday, February 11 - Teacher Work Day - NO SCHOOL

Home of the Wolverines

Our mission is to prepare our youth today for tomorrow’s opportunities.

Land Acknowledgement

The Mukilteo School District acknowledges that we gather on the ancestral homelands of the Coast Salish Peoples, who have lived in the Salish Sea basin since time immemorial. We respect this place and honor the sacred spiritual connection to the land, water, and its people, past, present, and future. The district serves a diverse population of about 15,000 students who live near the Puget Sound about 15 miles north of Seattle. Dedicated staff help prepare our community's children to be successful, contributing members of the community. Our students learn in an environment that is positive, caring, and focused on their highest academic potential.

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Thought of the Week


“Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.”


~ Coretta Scott King

Health and Safety Information for In-Person Learning

The in-person learning family guide has been posted on the Return to School website. School staff will follow the health and safety guidelines provided by the Washington State Department of Health. You’ll also find information about cleaning, transportation, physical distancing, masks and other in-person learning protocols.

Attendance Reminders to All Families

We want to remind students and families about the importance of daily attendance. In order for students to do their best learning in school, students need to be present at school, on time, as many days as possible. Additionally, please be mindful about scheduling appointments outside of the school day whenever possible, or to bring students back to campus so that they miss as little school as possible.

Sick or Unable to Attend

If a student is sick or unable to attend school please contact the school within 24 hours either by phone at 425-366-5324 or email at Voyager@mukilteo.wednet.edu so that we know your student is safe and accounted for.

Health and Safety Reminders

Stay Home if You’re Sick – Helpful Information: A COVID -19 Toolkit https://www.snohd.org/DocumentCenter/View/8109/COVID-Toolkit-FINAL


While we recognize that many conditions can cause these symptoms, such as the “common cold” or allergies, the best way to rule out COVID is to be tested.


If your student has tested negative or is fully vaccinated for COVID, they should STILL stay home until their symptoms have improved to avoid bringing other viruses or contagious conditions to school, or coughing, wiping, or blowing their nose in the classroom, for example.


Please review the updated Covid-19 Daily Health Screening and Resource Form Parent-Handout-COVID-Screening-REV-011822.pdf (snoisletech.com) If your student has ANY of the outlined symptoms, they should stay home, (even if you believe it’s not COVID!)


Please call the school right away to report POSITIVE Covid Test Results so we can notify close contacts.


Thank you for your help in keeping Voyager Middle School as safe as possible.

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February 7 - February 11

Monday, February 7 - A Day

Before School

Library Open 7:40 - 8:00am

During School

Literacy Center 8:10 - 9:30am

After School

ELL Club - 2:55 - 4:00pm - Room# B151

Literacy Center Staff Club - 2:55 - 4:00pm - VO Library

7th/8th Grade Girls Basketball Practice - 3:00 - 5:00pm - Voyager Gym

Tuesday, February 8 - B Day

Before School

Library Open 7:40 - 8:00am

During School

Literacy Center 8:10 - 9:30am

After School

STEAM Club - 2:55 - 4:00pm - Room#C140

Homework Club - 2:55 - 4:00pm - VO Library

Wolvy Book Club - 2:55 - 4:00pm - VO Library

7th/8th Grade Girls Basketball Practice - 3:00 - 5:00pm - Voyager Gym

Wednesday, February 9 - A Day

Before School

Library Open 7:40 - 8:00am

During School

Literacy Center 8:10 - 9:30am

After School

STEAM Club - 2:55 - 4:00pm - Room#C140

Homework Club - 2:55 - 4:00pm - VO Library

Wolvy Book Club - 2:55 - 4:00pm - VO Library

7th/8th Grade Girls Basketball Practice - 3:00 - 5:00pm - Voyager Gym

Beauty and the Beast - Informational Meeting - 3:00 - 4:00pm - Room# B141

Thursday, February 10 - B Day

Before School

Library Open 7:40 - 8:00am

During School

Literacy Center 8:10 - 9:30am

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Assembly - 8:20am - Remote

After School

Homework Club - 2:50 - 4:00pm - VO Library

Pride Club - 2:55 - 4:00pm - Room# A130

7th/8th Grade Girls Basketball Games vs. Kellogg - 3:45pm @ Voyager

Friday, February 11

Teacher Work Day - NO SCHOOL/NO AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

National School Counseling Week "Better Together"

National School Counseling Week 2022 is Feb. 7-11, 2022, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by American School Counselor Association, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.


Join us in celebrating our three amazing Voyager counselors, Brenna Reid, 6th Grade Counselor, Vincenza Moody, 7th Grade Counselor and Margaret Peterson, 8th Grade Counselor​. They make a difference in our student’s lives every day!

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Assembly - February 10

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. assembly that we always look forward

to has been rescheduled. Voyager Middle School collaborates with Mariner High School to create our spectacular recognition of Dr. King. The Mariner staff needs many students to help create the presentation

and due to our county’s rising COVID case numbers, that just can’t

happen right now. We have rescheduled the assembly to take place

during Black History Month on February 10 hoping that more students

get to participate.


This event will be livestreamed on Thursday, February 10 from 8:19am - 9:04am. The link to livestream will be provided the evening prior on Schoology, Voyager's School website and Facebook page.


To learn more about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, please visit history.com

February is Black History Month

Black History Month, also known as African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of blacks in U.S. history. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.


Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom also devote a month to celebrating black history.


During the month of February, VO students will learn more about Black History Month and how black activists, musicians, scientists, and doctors and many other trailblazers have shaped the course of history.


To learn more about Black History Month, please visit Black History Month 2022: Facts, Origins & More | HISTORY - HISTORY

Remember to Vote by February 8!

The Mukilteo School District Board of Directors approved resolutions during their November 22 board meeting to place two levy resolutions on the Feb. 8, 2022, election ballot: a Replacement Educational Programs Levy and a Capital Projects Levy for technology and facilities. The current Educational Programs Levy and Capital Projects Levy will expire in 2022, and the proposed levies, if passed, would replace the expiring levies. See board presentation.


You can still vote

A person can register or update an existing registration online at votewa.gov or by mail through Jan. 31. After that, a person can register as well as vote in person at the county elections office during business hours and until 8 p.m. on the day of the election.


If you’re interested in learning more about the replacement levy proposals, please visit Financials / 2022 Levy proposals (mukilteoschools.org) on our district website.

SAVE THE DATE - Auditions - Informational Meeting on February 9

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Homework Help through Revolution Prep

Dear middle and high school families,


As a reminder, this free, online tutoring resource for all students gives all secondary school students (middle and high school) on-demand help designed to support academic learning and what students are learning in class.


Students can choose to engage with this service or not at any time. There is no subscription or commitment. Sessions are offered in one-hour blocks with up to five other students, and are available throughout the day, after school, evenings and weekends. You can drop-in to a session or reserve a spot in advance. Reservations are recommended as some sessions may fill up.


Look for the orange Revolution Prep icon in the student portal. The login is the same as the student’s Schoology login.


Learn more on the Homework Help tutoring services webpage on the district website.

Homework Help Tutoring Overview video


Sincerely,

Mukilteo School District

Helpful Resources

Voyager School Counselors

6th Grade Counselor

Brenna Reid

ReidBC@mukilteo.wednet.edu

425-366-5334


7th Grade Counselor

Vincenza Moody

MoodyVC@mukilteo.wednet.edu

425-366-5333


8th Grade Counselor​

Margaret Peterson

PetersonMJ@mukilteo.wednet.edu

425-366-5332

Student and Family Support and Resources

Kristen Anderson

Student Support Advocate

andersonkm@mukilteo.wednet.edu

(425)366-5322


Olga Mantilla

Family Engagement Liaison

mantillaoy@mukilteo.wednet.edu

(425)366-5313

COVID-19 Testing Locations

Mukilteo School District takes all positive COVID-19 cases seriously. The current surge in cases has made it challenging for families to get tested. The information below provides links and information about COVID testing locations currently available:


Return to School / COVID testing locations (mukilteoschools.org)


Everett Mall Vaccination Site - Snohomish Health District

Everett Mall Vaccination Site | Snohomish Health District, WA (snohd.org) For those with limited or no internet access, the call center at 425-339-5278 is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays (closed weekends and holidays).

Mukilteo School District - Past Family Messages

Please visit https://www.mukilteoschools.org/Page/14190 for a history of messages the district has sent families regarding COVID-19, related school district closure and other important information.

Links

Mukilteo School District Web Site

Voyager Middle School Web Site

Voyager Staff Directory / Home (mukilteoschools.org)

https://www.flashalert.net/login/

Mukilteo School District 2021-22 School Calendar

Voyager Calendar

Fall Athletics Schedule

Voyager Clubs for the 2021/2022 School Year: Voyager Clubs (mukilteoschools.org)

MSD Parent Center

FAMILY ACCESS: link

FlashAlert Newswire and Messenger

Covid Data Dashboard Return to School / COVID cases dashboard (mukilteoschools.org)

Nutrition Services webpage

Free Student Meals for the 21-22 School Year! Complete the application

Transportation Department (425)366-1306 or visit Find Your School Bus Route.

VO Facebook @voyagermiddleschool

VO Instagram @voyagerwolverines

Voyager Middle School - YouTube

New Covid Guidance and Free at Home Covid-19 Tests

For the new COVID guidance for five-day quarantines, please see the attached family screening flow chart under the Family Guide tab. It is important to note that your student must be symptom-free and provide proof of a negative COVID test to return after day five of quarantine.


Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order four at-⁠home rapid antigen COVID-⁠19 tests. In addition, Washingtonian residents of eligible communities can also obtain free tests.


Government: COVIDtests.gov - Free at-home COVID-19 tests

WA State: Home - Say Yes! To Covid Test (sayyescovidhometest.org)


Snohomish Health District has approved us to accept home test results temporarily while testing resources in the community remain strained. Once district or community test sites are operational and able to handle higher volumes again, we will stop accepting home test results.

How to Get Information About School Closures or Delays

In the event of inclement weather, a power outage, or some other emergency making it necessary to close or delay schools, you can find that information in a number of ways:


CHECK YOUR PHONE Connect to Blackboard Connect.

Visit here if you want information about emergencies, such as the procedures for school closures, lockdowns, and shelter-in-place. Emergency Information. Or call the school district’s Emergency Information Line at 425-356-1299 or the 24-hour information line for your child’s school.

CHECK THE WEBSITE Mukilteo School District Web Site.

You can go directly to the Flash Alert website.​

Free tutoring services for middle and high school students!

Students in grades 6 through 12 have access to free online tutoring services through a partnership with Revolution Prep. Academic tutoring will be accessible through the student portal on the district website in many key academic subjects (math, science, English Language and literature, foreign languages, history, etc.).


The sessions are offered in one-hour blocks with up to 5 other students. They are available after school, evenings and weekends. Students may drop-in to a session, but reservations are recommended as some sessions may fill up.


Watch this five-minute video to get started!


For more information, please access recordings here Free tutoring for middle and high school students! Additional family webinars in other languages will be presented in January.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide - FREE Tax Preparation & Filing

Free Tax-Aide tax assistance is available from Feb. 1 to April 15. Tax-Aide sites are located throughout Snohomish County. Find site locations and hours of availability near you.


Visit AARP Tax-Aide for more information.

New Convenient Digital Vax Record

Vaccination digital record storage Meet WA Verify

Mukilteo School District is Hiring!

We are hiring many positions, including bus drivers, food service workers, substitutes, paraeducators, and more! Learn more about the jobs and application process and ask questions during a weekly information Zoom meeting - every Thursday, 4 to 5 p.m. The Zoom link is on the district home page and website calendar. https://www.mukilteoschools.org/Page/10...

State Mask Mandate

Masks are now required for outdoor events with 500 or more people, Regardless of vaccination status. Please remember this when attending school district sporting events, as masks are required for all attendees.

Stay Connected!

We send a schoolwide weekly newsletter and other regular communications out via Blackboard, our district wide communication system. By enrolling your child in our school, you are automatically set up to receive schoolwide and Blackboard messages from us. If you have updates to e-mail or phone numbers that you would like to make related to these communications, please call the main office at 425-366-5300.

Upcoming Events

Season Three Sports Schedule - https://www.arbiterlive.com/Teams?entityId=33418


2/9/22: Beauty & The Beast Informationa Meeting - 3:00 - 4:00pm - Room# B141

2/21/22: President's Day - No School

2/22/22 - 2/25/22: Mid Winter Break – No School

3/2/22: Beauty & The Beast Auditions - 3:00 - 5:00pm

3/3/22: Beauty & The Beast Auditions - 3:00 - 5:00pm

3/18/22: End of the 2nd Trimester

4/11/22 - 4/15/22: Spring Break – No School

4/19/22: Madres Latinas Meeting - Zoom

5/13/22: Madres Latinas Meeting - Zoom

5/30/22: Memorial Day – No School

6/14/22: Madres Latinas Meeting - Zoom

6/17/22: Last Day of School (Early Dismissal @ 12:00pm) (Snow make up day)

Friday - Learning Improvement Time (LIT) – EARLY DISMISSAL SCHEDULE

6th Grade

8:05 - 9:30am - Core

9:35 - 10:50am - Elective

11:25 - 11:55am - Intervention

12:00 - 1:30pm - Core


7th Grade

8:05 - 8:35am - Intervention

8:40 - 11:40am Core

11:40 - 12:10 - Lunch

12:15 - 1:30pm - Elective


8th Grade

8:05 - 9:15am - Elective

9:20 - 12:15pm - Core

12:15 - 12:45pm - Lunch

12:50 - 1:30pm - Intervention

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School counselors provide support in challenging times

The pandemic has left many students struggling —both academically and mentally. Middle school counselors are here to help. They have specialized training that allows them to understand and support students as they face the unique challenges of middle school.


Your child’s school counselor can help her:


  • Set and meet goals. The counselor can help your child define what she hopes to achieve in school this year and beyond. The counselor can then suggest classes and activities to help her meet those goals.
  • Resolve conflicts. If your child is struggling with something in school—whether academic or social—her counselor can guide her through it.
  • Find extra support. From therapy to tutoring, the counselor can assist with finding outside resources that can help your student thrive.


“Middle school counselors enhance the learning process and promote academic, career and social/emotional development.”


~ American School Counselor Association


~ The Parent Institute

Are you boosting your child’s concentration?

Does your child have the winter blahs? If so, his concentration may start to diminish. Are you helping him stay focused? Answer yes or no to the questions below to find out:


  1. Do you encourage your child to do a focus-building activity he enjoys? For some kids, this might be reading; for others, it could be sports or chess club.
  2. Do you set limits on recreational screen time? Extended time in front of a TV, computer, tablet or smartphone can reduce concentration.
  3. Do you encourage your child to finish tasks and then praise him for doing so?
  4. Do you discourage multitasking? It’s difficult to concentrate on homework if your child is also watching TV and texting friends.
  5. Do you minimize interruptions when your child is working hard?


How well are you doing?

Mostly yes answers mean you are helping your child keep his mind on task. Mostly no answers? Check the quiz for some suggestions.


~ The Parent Institute

Mukilteo School District does not discriminate in any 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 trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights Coordinator and Title IX Coordinator Dan Dizon (425-356-1319), dizonds@mukilteo.wednet.edu, Section 504 Coordinator Lisa Pitsch (425-356-1277), pitschla@mukilteo.wednet.edu, and the ADA/Access Coordinator Karen Mooseker (425-356-1330), moosekerkw@mukilteo.wednet.edu. Address: 9401 Sharon Drive in Everett, WA. Inquiries regarding ADA/Access issues at Sno-Isle TECH Skills Center should be directed to Wes Allen, Director (425-348-2220) allenwr@mukilteo.wednet.edu. Address: 9001 Airport Road in Everett, WA 98204.