September 27, 2019
Hello Warrior Families:
This week we recognized and celebrated Warriors who followed our character traits of Community and Respect in our first Character Awards Assembly. We look forward to recognizing students for our next character traits, Responsibility and Safety, at our next Character Awards Assembly.
ABC Day – October 5 at GKHS
Mark your calendars! Our 11th Annual All Bethel Community Day (ABC Day) is just around the corner on Saturday, October 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Graham-Kapowsin High School.
October Spirit Week
Our first Spirit Week of the year is coming up on October 21 - 25. More information coming soon. Remember that Civi-Day expectations must be observed during Spirit Weeks, and those can be found here.
October 30 - November 1 is Fall Conference Week! Students and families will be meeting with advisors and setting goals using their portfolios.
Nobody wants to think about a disaster hitting one of our schools, but it’s imperative that district leaders plan for every conceivable emergency. Read up on some of the emergency preparedness items we're working on now: https://medium.com/@BethelSD/emergency-preparedness-remains-a-district-priority-e0d63ea11220
- Absence Notifications: A note or phone call from home is required to excuse an absence. Students who return from an absence need to report to the attendance office prior to the start of school. Please call our attendance clerk, Sharon Miller, at 253-683-5492 if needed.
- Early Dismissal: If students need to leave school early, they must bring a note from home, and turn it into the attendance office in the morning to receive an early dismissal pass.
- Passing Periods: Now that students are settled in with their schedules, lockers and transportation, we are enforcing our expectation that students transition to class in the passing period. They should be ready to be actively engaged when the bell rings.
- First Period Classes Need Our Students Our Time! We still have students that struggle to arrive on time to school and our highest absenteeism is during first period. Please let us know if there is something we can do to support your family to get kids here on time. We are here to help.
- Period Attendance Percentages:
- 1. 88.7%
- 2. 91.2%
- 3. 92.4%
- 4. 92.7%
- 5. 92.7%
- 6. 91.9%
- 7. 91.6%
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.
Lesson #2: September 24, 2019
- Grade 6, Lesson 2A: This week’s lesson teaches students that it’s okay to feel nervous about starting middle school. This lesson talks about common fears students have, lets them know their concerns are normal, and helps them feel like they belong. **Family Lesson Question** Ask your child about the adults he or she has met at school. Tell your child about an adult who helped you when you were your child’s age.
- Grade 7, Lesson 2B: This week, your child will think of ways he or she can help new students feel welcome at school. **Family Lesson Question* Ask your child to think of a group he or she enjoys being a part of, and what he or she would do to help a new person in the group feel welcome. Tell your child about a time you helped someone new to your community.
- Grade 8, Lesson 2: This week’s lesson will help your child reflect on personal identity by asking the question “Who am I?” Your child will learn that people’s identities change over time and that adolescence is a period when people typically explore questions about who they are. **Family Lesson Question** Ask each member of the family to answer the question “Who am I?” Follow up by asking which are the most important aspects of each person’s identity and why.
Fall Sports Update
We are excited to cheer for all our Warrior athletes and encourage you to attend our games! Find schedules for all athletic events here, as well as additional information about athletics at Spanaway Middle School. Please remember that students attending games must leave campus when school ends and return for the game no earlier than 3:15 p.m.
Track and Field Updates
The coaches would like to recognize the following athletes for their hard work and improvement at yesterday’s track meet. Both the boys and girls teams finished in 2nd place.
- Jaelyn Collins set new Personal Records in both the 1600m and 800m races - finishing 3rd and 2nd respectively,
- Paxton Martinez set a personal record in both the 1600m and 800m races.
- Azrhianna Holloway ran hard and showed outstanding effort in the 200m race.
- Jonas Lima a 6th grader on Varsity showed outstanding effort in the 100m race as he took 2nd place. He also took 1st place for 2 weeks in a row in the long jump.
- Anna Perez, another 6th grader on Varsity, took 2nd place in shot put and set a new personal record by 2 feet!
- RJ Criss took 1st in shot put for the 2nd week in a row and has been a tremendous help to the coaches mentoring our other throwers
- Jocelynn Gordon took 2nd place and set a new personal record in Long Jump and took 3rd place in both the Javelin and High Jump.
Thanks to all who toughed it out and persevered under the rainy muddy track conditions yesterday. Way to go Warriors!!!
Fall Sports Pictures
Fall sports pictures will be taken this Monday, Sept. 30th. All Baseball, Fastpitch, and Track athletes need to bring their uniforms for pictures. Pictures will take place during the regular practice time after school.
Have a great week, Warriors!
Mrs. Shannon Leatherwood
Spanaway Middle School