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Principal's Message

  • November 8, 2019

    Hello Warrior Families:

    At Spanaway Middle School, we are proud of our family. Our family consists of nearly 800 students who we support and care for each day. Lately we have become concerned with the amount of social media disruptions from outside the school day that have been brought to school. This has caused a lot of unnecessary drama. 

    We are asking ALL families to band together to support a school-wide effort to begin monitoring student cell phone misuse. Do you have parental controls set on your child's phone? If not, please commit to this effort. If you are unsure of how to do so, we will be having a parent informational night on November 13 from 6 - 7 PM. Please refer to the blog post to see additional topics we will be discussing. Together, we can make a difference!

    We are also starting our after-school reading club next week on November 13. Reading Club is an exciting opportunity for students to gain additional skills in reading decoding and comprehension. All students are welcome and it will be held three days a week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) from 2 - 4 p.m. More information is available in the blog post below.

    Finally, we are excited to announce our annual Food Drive is starting on Wednesday, November 13. Please help us support our community by donating food supplies from November 13 - 22. You can see more details in the blog post below, and we are also collecting toiletry items for our Homeless Drive. Join us in supporting our greater Spanaway community during this month of giving and thankfulness!

    Parents' Ultimate Guide to Snapchat (from Common Sense Media)

    The Bethel School District partners with Common Sense Media to bring digital citizenship lessons to our students. We will begin those lessons here at SMS in the coming months.

    In addition, we will share information, resources, and tips with our families so that we can work together to grow healthy, safe, and responsible users of media. We are experiencing a high number of behavior issues, including harassment, intimidation, and bullying surrounding the use of personal cell phones and social media.

    This week, we are highlighting Snapchat. Please visit Common Sense Media to find the "Parents' Ultimate Guide to Snapchat."

    Winter 1 Sports Is Underway!

    Our Girls' Basketball and Boys & Girls Wrestling seasons started on Monday, November 4th. What a great turnout we had! We've got another solid week of practices, and our first matches and games start the week of November 18th. All competitions begin at 3:30.

    You can find the full basketball schedule here, and the full wrestling schedule here. Please come out to support our Warrior Student Athletes!

    Second Step: Social-Emotional Learning Curriculum

    The Bethel School District has adopted a new social-emotional learning (SEL) curriculum for all students grade PS - 8 called Second Step. We are excited to be addressing this critical piece of adolescent growth and learning through our advisory classes each week.

    We will let you know what we have done at each grade level through this newsletter, and will include some ways to engage with your student in their learning, thinking, and growing. These messages and questions are also in Spanish here. If you have any questions about the curriculum, please reach out.

    November 5: Lesson #5

    Grade 6

    This week’s lesson is about how people’s personalities change as they grow up. Sometimes people’s personalities change because of experiences they have, and sometimes because they work hard to change their personalities.

    *Family Lesson Question*

    Ask your child to describe his or her own personality. Describe for your child how you’ve seen his or her personality change, and the good things you see in it now.

    Grade 7

    This week’s lesson is about how people’s personalities change as they grow up. Personalities come from the brain, and as brains change and develop, personalities can also change.

    *Family Lesson Question*

    Ask your child to describe his or her personality. Describe for your child how you’ve seen his or her personality change, and the good things you see in it now.

    Grade 8

    This week, your child will learn that making mistakes and failing can feel bad, but they’re also an opportunity to get better at something. Your child will think about ways to get better using these techniques: asking for help, using a new strategy, and working harder.

    *Family Lesson Question*

    Ask your child to describe a personal experience that involved making a mistake or failing at something. Together think about how that experience can be used as an opportunity to get better. Talk about a time you failed at something and how you learned from the experience.

    District Equity Team

    The Bethel School District is forming a District Equity Team and YOU are invited to be part of it. The application deadline is November 6, 2019. Learn more at here.

    Distinguished School

    Thompson Elementary has been selected as a 2019 Washington State Distinguished School! This award honors exceptional student performance for two or more consecutive years. Congratulations to the staff and students for their hard work! Read more here. 

    Have a wonderful week!

    Mrs. Shannon Leatherwood, Principal

    Spanaway Middle School


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