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  • April 19, 2019

    Hello Warrior Families:

    We are rapidly approaching our state testing month. This week we began our grade-level SBA Expectations assemblies and lessons in advisories covering requirements and expectations during testing. We encourage all of our Warriors to do their best on the tests and to remember the keys to success: be at school and on time, and be prepared with a fully-charged iPad and non-Bluetooth headphones. We are also accepting donations for snacks. We appreciate all your support as we begin this important time of the year!

    Returning to SMS?

    If you do not plan to return to Spanaway Middle School, please contact our registrar, Ms. Nichole Grace, at 253 - 683 -  5484, or you can email her at ngrace@bethelsd.org.

    YouthTruth Survey

    Warrior Parents: Please take the 15-minute YouthTruth survey, located here, between March 18 - May 31. This survey allows you to provide feedback that we can use to improve services at Spanaway Middle School. We appreciate your input and support!

    8th Graders Only: PSCS Summer Courses

    8th Graders going into 9th Grade can apply to take summer classes at the Pierce County Skills Center. Applications and course schedule is available here and applications will be accepted beginning May 1.

    SMS Assessment Schedule

    Our 2019 Assessment Schedule is now available on our website here, and includes revised testing days, revised bell schedules, and important information about our SBA/WCAS schedule. Our SBA/WCAS testing days will run from May 1 - May 20. Please be sure to review the schedule with your student and remind them of the keys to success on the 2019 SBA:

    • Please be present, on time, and at school on testing days and inform the school if you will be absent.
    • Bring a fully-charged iPad and charger to school on testing days.
    • Bring a set of non-Bluetooth headphones or earbuds on testing days.
    • Leave cell phones and personal devices at home or in lockers.

    Wanted: Snack Donations for State Testing

    The Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) test will begin in May, and we are asking that you consider donating snack items for distribution to students as they test. Items we are asking for include:

    - Goldfish

    - Pretzels

    - Raisins

    - Fruit Roll-Ups

    - Fruit Snacks

    - Animal Graham Crackers

    - Little snack ziplock bags

    We appreciate anything you are willing to donate! Please bring them to the office.

    Upcoming Music Festivals

    • The Mountain Regional Large Choir Festival is on Tuesday, April 23
    • The Large Group Orchestra Concert is on Saturday, May 4
    • The Large Group Band Concert is on Tuesday, May 14

    SMS Family Welcome Center

    The SMS Family Welcome Center, a designated time when the building will be open for drop in to discuss questions, needs, and concerns and use a computer, is back in March. The Welcome Center will be at SMS and open on the following Thursdays from 9:45 - 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.:

    • 5/16/2019

    SMS Student-Led Conference Schedule

    Student-Led Conferences are coming up on May 21 - 23, 2019. More information, including required electronic portfolios that students are completing in advisory and success criteria for passing conferences, is located on our website here.

    SMS PrideWear Lending Closet

    We will be starting a Lending Closet for SMS PrideWear. Students who need to borrow PrideWear must see Mr. Stanley Bardoni, and the PrideWear will be checked out to them. The student must return the PrideWear within 90 days and in good condition or the student will be assessed a fine on their account.

    Wanted: Used PrideWear

    If you have PrideWear that is no longer needed, please consider donating it back to the school so that we have a stock of PrideWear that we can give to students in need. Additionally, if your child has borrowed PrideWear from the school at any point in the year, please encourage them to return the PrideWear to the school so that we can replenish our supply. Thank you!

    Have a great week!

    Mrs. Shannon Leatherwood,

    Spanaway Middle School

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