• October 11, 2019

    Hello Warrior Families:

    We are excited to see our Warriors continue to work hard and persevere. Our staff worked the past two days to ensure ALL students at Spanaway Middle School have the opportunity to learn. Our staff encourages you to ask questions and get involved in your children's education. We are here to support each family so please continue to be involved. There are many opportunities you can stay connected:

    • Weekly newsletter
    • Email teacher(s)
    • Conferences
    • Become a volunteer (Watch DOGs)

    We appreciate your partnership and want to encourage you to continue partnering with us to provide the best education possible for your student. Together, we can build a strong community of learners.

    Great Washington Shakeout

    Next week, Spanaway Middle School will be participating in the Great Washington Shakeout, which will be at 10:17 a.m. on October 17. Find out more information on this annual event here.

    October is Disability History Month!

    Spanaway Middle School would like to recognize disability history throughout the month of October! We hope to help increase awareness and understanding of the contributions that people with disabilities have on our society. We believe that recognizing disability history will increase respect for and promote acceptance of people with disabilities. By recognizing disability history, we hope to increase awareness and acceptance of people with disabilities, help students with disabilities to feel a sense of pride, reduce bullying, and help students with disabilities stay in school. Please take time to watch this video highlighting Muhammad Ali's inspirational story here.

    Stand Up for Others Week

    When you see someone being bullied, be brave and STAND UP for them. Bullies have been known to back off when others stand up for victims.

    If you don't feel safe get the help of an adult immediately. Be part of the solution -- not the problem! 

    It's a time to see everyone's differences and celebrate their similarities: Whether students are LGBT, African American, Asian, Muslim, AAPI, of Tribal descent or disabled ...make friends.

    Fall 2019: Student-Led Conferences

    October 30 - November 1 is Fall Conference Week! Students and families will be meeting with advisors and setting goals using their portfolios. Find out more information about conference requirements at our website here.

    Emergency Preparedness

    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 here.

    Every Student, On Time, Every Day

    Attendance Matters! We have started "Tardy Sweeps" this week at school. During random periods, we sweep all students that have not made it to class on time to the office. The students receive late passes along with a lunch success time assignment. Our goal is to have students in the class from bell to bell and not miss time. We know that this is key to academic success. Thank you for your support.

    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 #4: October 8, 2019

    Grade 6, Lesson 4: In this week’s lesson, students will learn they can help their brains grow and change by using good strategies, getting help from others, and working hard. **Family Lesson Question** Tell your child about a time you needed help from someone else to learn something new. Ask your child to tell you about something he or she is working hard to learn and how you can help.

    Grade 7, Lesson 4: This week’s lesson encourages students to embrace challenges by demonstrating that mistakes are opportunities to learn. **Family Lesson Question** Ask your child if there’s something new he or she would like to try, even if it’s challenging. Share with your child something new that you would like to try.

    Grade 8, Lesson 4: This week, your child will think about how the world could be a better place. Your child will also reflect on personal interests and how to develop them to create that better world. **Family Lesson Question** Ask your child, “What are some ways the world could be a better place?” Ask how you can support your child’s interests, and together, think about creative ways those interests can be developed to create a better world.

    Around the Bethel School District: Legislators Talk About Traffic in Bethel

    Roughly 100 members of our community gathered recently for a meeting between local faith leaders, representatives from the Bethel School District, and members of the Washington Legislature. The group discussed the major concerns facing our community, including homelessness, mental health, and traffic congestion. Read more about it here: https://medium.com/@BethelSD/faith-leaders-lawmakers-meet-to-tackle-community-problems-e8f0571a1713

    Have a fabulous week!

    Mrs. Shannon Leatherwood, Principal

    Spanaway Middle School

    October 4, 2019

    Hello Warrior Families:

    ABC Day is coming! The Bethel School District's annual ABC Day will be on Saturday, October 5 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Graham-Kapowsin High School. Join us for a full day of fun activities that the whole family can enjoy. We hope to see you there!

    This month, Spanaway Middle School will be participating in the Great Washington Shakeout, which will be at 10:17 a.m. on October 17. Find out more information on this annual event here.

    Personal Technology/Cell Phone Policy

    We have had a lot of confusion and disregard for our cell phone policy here at SMS this fall. We strongly encourage cell phones to stay home, but if they do come to school, they are to be kept in student lockers or out of sight. Some teachers have systems for keeping them in the classroom, and all students are expected to comply with that system. If phones are seen, they can be confiscated.

    October is Disability History Month!

    Spanaway Middle School would like to recognize disability history throughout the month of October! We hope to help increase awareness and understanding of the contributions that people with disabilities have on our society. We believe that recognizing disability history will increase respect for and promote acceptance of people with disabilities. By recognizing disability history, we hope to increase awareness and acceptance of people with disabilities, help students with disabilities to feel a sense of pride, reduce bullying, and help students with disabilities stay in school. Please take time to watch Mike's story here.

    Let's Knock Out Bullying at SMS!

    October is Anti-Bullying Awareness Month. This week, make friends with someone you don’t know at school.

    If you've ever been isolated from others at school or you were new at school and it took time to make friends, you know what it feels like to be left out. Or even if you were never isolated, imagine how it would feel.

    Make friends with someone at school who you don't know. You probably wish someone had done that for you. Be a leader. Take action and don't let anyone at school be in isolation.

    Challenge Others To Be Kind

    Make kindness go viral with an act of kindness and challenge friends and classmates to pay it forward with their acts of kindness. 

    Fall Conferences

    October 30 - November 1 is Fall Conference Week! Students and families will be meeting with advisors and setting goals using their portfolios.

    Emergency Preparedness

    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 here.

    Calling all Dads!

    Dads of Great Students! On October 8, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in our cafeteria, we will have our Watch Dog information meeting. If you are interested in volunteering just one day at our school and you are a father, uncle, grandfather, or other interested family member, please come to our information meeting to find out how you can become a volunteer at our school.

    Our students love to have volunteers who come in and encourage them to be the best they can be. This opportunity allows you to spend a day at our school to help support students in making a difference. Please come and find out more information about this wonderful opportunity!

    Every Student, On Time, Every Day

    Attendance Matters! We will be starting "Tardy Sweeps" this week at school. During random periods we will sweep all students that have not made it to class on time to the office. The students will receive late passes along with a lunch success time assignment. Our goal is to have students in the class from bell to bell and not miss time. We know that this is key to academic success. Thank you for your support.

    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 #3: October 1, 2019

    Grade 6, Lesson 3: This week’s lesson teaches students that they can build intelligence by using new approaches and strategies, trying new things, and working through difficulties. The understanding that they can strengthen their brains can help them achieve more in school and in life. 

    **Family Lesson Question** Tell your child about a time you had to learn something new. Explain whether it was hard to learn and how you learned it. Ask your child if there’s anything he or she would like to learn to do this year.

    Grade 7, Lesson 3: This week’s lesson explains that learning from mistakes can be useful and helps students understand how to grow from making mistakes.

    **Family Lesson Question** Tell your child about a mistake you made in the past and what you learned from it. Ask your child to tell you about a mistake he or she made and what he or she learned from it.

    Grade 8, Lesson 3: This week, your child will continue to think about identity and how people sometimes “switch” identities to fit in with different social groups. The lesson explains that it’s okay to change identities depending on the group you’re in, but your child doesn’t have to change in ways that don’t feel right.

    **Family Lesson Question** Ask if your child ever feels the need to switch identities to fit in, and how that feels. Tell your child about a time you felt you had to change in a way that didn’t feel right so you would be accepted by a group.

    Fall Sports Update

    Softball

    The SMS softball teams have had a tough week. Both varsity and JV lost to Frontier and to Liberty, who are the top two teams in the league so far. However, on Tuesday, both varsity and JV beat Cedarcrest. Both teams battled until the end and never gave up, which is incredible to see!

    For varsity, Cheyenne Heimlich, Emily Suepke-Allen, Terrin Refour and Daisha Anderson all pitched this week for the Warriors. Adriany Rivera and Dealaia Curenton both hit triples this week to lead our offense. We are halfway through the season now and varsity's record is 2-3.

    For JV, Marisa Bailey, Makayla White and Mone'T Moss have pitched great for JV and fantastic defensive plays have been made by Serenity Dahy and Ariyanna Macon-Palacis. Savannah Leonard, S'mone Edge and Marisa Bailey also had great hits including a triple for Savannah and a HOMERUN by Marisa!

    We start the second half of our season next week and look forward to facing our opponents again!

    Baseball

    Our Varsity beat Cedarcrest 7 to 6 and lost to Liberty 7 to 6 this week. Meanwhile, JV beat CMS and Liberty this week.

    Have a fabulous week!

    Mrs. Shannon Leatherwood, Principal

    Spanaway Middle School

    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.

    Fall Conferences

    October 30 - November 1 is Fall Conference Week! Students and families will be meeting with advisors and setting goals using their portfolios.

    Emergency Preparedness 

    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

    Attendance Matters

    • 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

    September 20, 2019

    Hello Warrior Families:

    This week we welcomed Superintendent Tom Seigel and two of our Bethel School District board members, Brenda Rogers and Marcus Young, to our school to meet with staff and the community. We are thankful for their support of our school and community!

    Attendance Matters!

    September is Attendance Awareness month. It is important that students are at school every day, on time and present in classes, and this video will show you more about the importance of attendance and its connection to student success.

    Late Start

    Our first Late Start is Wednesday, September 25. Doors open at 8:45 a.m. and classes start at 9:15 a.m. We will be on a schedule with Periods 1, 2, and 3. We will end our day in our first awards assembly of the year. We are excited to celebrate our Warriors showing the Warrior Way!

    Mr. Rashad Norris at Spanaway Middle School

    On Friday we welcomed a special guest speaker, Rashad Norris, to our school to speak to students about the importance of education and reading, and being successful as we start the year. Mr. Norris spoke about how education is key and gave students four keys to success:

    1. Know yourself
    2. Challenge yourself
    3. Trust/Stay in the process
    4. Follow through

    We are thankful for Mr. Norris' message and the time he spent with our students! It's going to be a great year, Warriors!

    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 #1: September 17, 2019

    • Grade 6

    In this lesson, students learned how their brains are changing and how the Second Step Program can help them grow their brains and learn to be successful.

    **Family Lesson Question**

    This week, ask your child what he or she is looking forward to learning this year in school. Describe something you enjoyed learning when you were in sixth grade.

    • Grade 7

    This lesson helped your child understand some of the changes that happen during adolescence, and how the Second Step Program can help your child succeed and do well, both as a student and as a friend.

    **Family Lesson Question**

    Ask your child about any changes he or she has noticed in friends now that they’re growing up, and what your child thinks about these changes.

    • Grade 8

    This lesson helped your child understand some of the changes that happen during adolescence and how the social-emotional skills taught in the Second Step Program can help your child be successful and get along with others, in middle school and beyond.

    **Family Lesson Question**

    Ask about any changes your child has noticed in friends now that they’re all growing up and what your child thinks about these changes.

    Second Step and the BSD in the News: Social Emotional Learning for all Elementary and Middle Schools

    Spanaway Elementary School social worker Mallory Shull recently sat down with Q13 FOX to talk about the district’s new Social-Emotional Learning curriculum and how it will help Bethel students thrive in school. https://youtu.be/fJCHiC0_n1E

    Back to School

    Please make sure you look at this important information about the 2019 - 2020 school year. This will also help as you begin the new school year.

    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

    On Wednesday, September 18, our mighty Warriors participated in the first track meet of the 2019 - 2020 season. They made us so proud with the grit and determination they showed on the track and in the field events! Our boys team took first by scoring 71 team points and the girls finished 2nd with 52 team points. Our next meet is Thursday, September 26 at Graham Kapowsin High School and starts at 3:30!

    Baseball Updates

    Our Warrior varsity boys had a hard-fought battle to the last inning against Frontier on Friday. The players did well in their first game after only 9 days of practice, finishing with a close loss, 6-7. The JV team persevered all the way through, scoring two runs in the last inning to beat the Falcons by one run. Way to represent the #WarriorWay, Spanaway!

    Free and Reduced Lunch Application

    The Free and Reduced Price Meal Application is now available online! Apply here → https://emealapps.bethelsd.org/

    iPads at Spanaway Middle School

    Most students now have their iPads, but we still need to get devices in everyone's hands as soon as possible. If you have not already completed the paperwork and purchased (or declined) insurance, please visit the Bethel SD website to do that now. You will need your student's BSD ID, and their last name is your password. All classes are using iPads consistently for class work.

    While we are thrilled that our students have the opportunity to work, learn, and create on and with dedicated digital devices, we also recognize they can be the cause of distraction, frustration, and confusion at home. Some expectations and tips to minimize some of these potential hurdles:

    • Student devices belong to the Bethel School District and are to be used for educational purposes only. All associated accounts, network access, hardware and software (apps) belong to the BSD. All activities are subject to BSD and SMS access and management.
    • Students may not be logged into any account other than the BSD-managed Apple ID they were issued at receipt of the device. Logging out of the BSD Apple ID will result in an unusable device and progressive consequences.
    • We are a Google Apps for Education (GAFE) district. This means all students have a Google account for associated products. Students may not add their personal accounts to their device (i.e. they cannot add their personal email address to Gmail or Google Drive). No one other than the student the iPad is checked out to may have accounts on the device.
    • We strongly encourage family management of time spent on the iPad at home. This means it is completely appropriate to remove it from the student's access when not being used specifically for schoolwork.
    • All iPads are expected at school 100% charged every day. Student success in the classroom depends on it.
    • Finally, we love Common Sense Media for excellent resources and tips around family monitoring and managing your child's access and use of digital devices and media. Check them out!

    Have a fabulous week!

    Shannon Leatherwood, Principal

    Spanaway Middle School

    September 13, 2019

    Hello Warrior Families:

    We are off to a great start as we continue the 2019 - 2020 School Year! We are excited to see students coming to school prepared and ready to learn each day. It’s going to be a great year! September is also Attendance Awareness month. It is important that students are at school every day, on time and present in classes, and this video will show you more about the importance of attendance and its connection to student success.

    Back to School

    Please make sure you look at this important information about the 2019 - 2020 school year. This will also help as you begin the new school year.

    Visit With District School Board Member, Marcus Young

    You are invited to visit our school board on Wednesday, September 18 from 7 - 7:30 a.m. in the library. Marcus Young will visiting Spanaway next week and we look forward to welcoming him to our community. He will be available during this time to answer any questions you may have.   

    Fall Sports Events

    Our first athletic games of the Fall Sports Season start on Wednesday, September 18 with baseball, fastpitch, and track. 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. 

    Picture Day is Coming

    Picture Day is on Friday, September 20. Pictures will be taken through science classes. 

    Caution: Our Parking Lot

    We highly encourage all families to have students ride our buses to and from school when possible. We have over 300 cars drop off in our parking lot each morning and afternoon and we have concerns when it becomes unsafe for our students. This congestion can cause unsafe situations when everyone is not following expectations.

    Please make sure:

    • You are going slow in all areas of our parking lot
    • Turn right going out of our parking lot during pick up and drop off times
    • Pay attention for families and student moving across between cars

    It is our goal to ensure the safety of all. Thank you for your support.

    Have a great week, Warriors!

    Mrs. Shannon Leatherwood,

    Spanaway Middle School

    September 8, 2019

    Hello Warrior Families:

    Welcome to the 2019 - 2020 School Year! We are off to a wonderful start and we are so excited to begin our year together. It is going to be a great one! We kicked off the year with our annual First Day of School Assembly, where we reviewed assembly expectations, practiced our Warrior Wave, met our ASB Officers, and learned about our first two character traits of the year, Community and Respect. We will be looking for students who exemplify these character traits to recognize later during our Character Assemblies!

    Back to School

    Please make sure you look at this important information about the 2019 - 2020 school year. This will also help as you begin the new school year.

    Getting iPads

    If your student has not yet received their iPad, please ensure that paperwork is filled out so that we can get them set up on iPads. More information can be found about iPads can be found here. 

    Caution: Our Parking Lot

    We highly encourage all families to have students ride our buses to and from school when possible. We have over 300 cars drop off in our parking lot each morning and afternoon and we have concerns when it becomes unsafe for our students. This congestion can cause unsafe situations when everyone is not following expectations.

    Please make sure:

    • You are going slow in all areas of our parking lot
    • Turn right going out of our parking lot during pick up and drop off times
    • Pay attention for families and student moving across between cars

    It is our goal to ensure the safety of all. Thank you for your support.

    Have a great week, Warriors!

    Mrs. Shannon Leatherwood,

    Spanaway Middle School

    August 31, 2019

    Hello Warrior Families:

    Thank you for joining us for our annual Warrior Nights! We had a great turn out with most of our students and families joining us. It was great to see everyone and I am looking forward to an amazing year.

    Back to School

    Please make sure you look at this important information about the 2019 - 2020 school year. This will also help as you begin preparing for the start of school: https://www.bethelsd.org/sms

    Successful 6th Grade WEB Orientation!

    The SMS WEB Leadership team welcomed over a hundred incoming 6th Graders to WEB Orientation on Wednesday, August 28 for a successful day of fun activities, campus tours, and important information about being a Spanaway Warrior. The 8th Grade WEB Leaders did an exceptional job working with the 6th graders and the 6th graders impressed with their energy and excitement. We are thrilled to welcome our incoming 6th grade class!

    For any questions related to WEB, please contact one of our WEB Coordinator below:

    • Ms. Sharon Coward: scoward@bethelsd.org
    • Mrs. Lauri Isaksen: lisaksen@bethelsd.org
    • Mr. Steve Milton: smilton@bethelsd.org
    • Mrs. Lindsey Start: lstart@bethelsd.org

    Caution: Our Parking Lot

    We highly encourage all families to have students ride our buses to and from school when possible. We have over 300 cars drop off in our parking lot each morning and afternoon and we have concerns when it becomes unsafe for our students. This congestion can cause unsafe situations when everyone is not following expectations.

    Please make sure:

    • You are going slow in all areas of our parking lot
    • Turn right going out of our parking lot during pick up and drop off times
    • Pay attention for families and student moving across between cars

    It is our goal to ensure the safety of all. Thank you for your support.

    We look forward to the start of school next week! See you all soon!

    Mrs. Shannon Leatherwood,

    Spanaway Middle School

    August 25, 2019

    Hello Warrior Families:

    We look forward to seeing you at Warrior Nights this week! We are hard at work preparing for the 2019 - 2020 School Year and we are excited to welcome families this week at our annual Warrior Nights. We are always working to improve our processes so you'll notice that iPads will be ready for pick up not just at Warrior Nights this year, but during the day, as well. More information about this, as well as other reminders as you prepare for the return of school, are located below.

    Back to School

    For important information about the 2019 - 2020 and preparing for the start of school, please visit this link to our website: https://www.bethelsd.org/sms

    Warrior Nights

    Warrior Nights are coming up on August 28th and 29th. At Warrior Night, families can pick up schedules, find locker location, check out textbooks, purchase PrideWear, and update Family Access. We hope to see you there!

    • 6th Grade Warrior Night: August 28 from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

    • 7th/8th Grade Warrior Night: August 29 from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

    iPad Deployment

    Last year we received feedback from families who wanted additional opportunity to pick up their iPads before school started. We heard you. We will have our library open on August 28 and 29 from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 - 7:30 p.m. for parents and students to pay for iPad insurance and pick up his/her iPad. For 6th Graders, this is separate from 6th Grade WEB Orientation; students will not be receiving iPads at Orientation. iPads must be picked up in the library.

    6th Grade WEB Orientation

    6th Grade orientation will be held on Wednesday, August 28 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. Incoming 6th graders will spend the day working with 8th grade WEB Leaders and our WEB Coordinator team as they learn more about being a successful middle school student and get to know the school. Students should bring a sack lunch and wear comfortable clothing. Transportation is available or parents can drop off students. WEB Orientation is for 6th graders only.

    For any questions related to 6th Grade WEB Orientation, please contact one of our WEB Coordinators:

    We look forward to seeing you this week at Warrior Nights!

    Mrs. Shannon Leatherwood,

    Spanaway Middle School

    August 12, 2019

    Hello Warrior Families:

    I hope you are having a wonderful summer! The staff at Spanaway Middle School are hard at work getting ready for the 2019 - 2020 School Year. We are excited to start a new year of working together to help each student achieve their hopes and dreams. We look forward to seeing you soon!

    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.

    Back to School

    For important information about the 2019 - 2020 and preparing for the start of school, please visit this link to our website.

    6th Grade WEB Orientation

    6th Grade orientation will be held on Wednesday, August 28 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. Incoming 6th graders will spend the day working with 8th grade WEB Leaders and our WEB Coordinator team as they learn more about being a successful middle school student and get to know the school. Students should bring a sack lunch and wear comfortable clothing. For any questions related to 6th Grade WEB Orientation, please contact one of our WEB Coordinators:

    Warrior Nights

    Warrior Nights are coming up at the end of August. At Warrior Night, you can pick up your schedule and locker location, check out textbooks and purchase PrideWear, and update Family Access. We hope to see you there!

    • 6th Grade Warrior Night: August 28 from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    • 7th/8th Grade Warrior Night: August 29 from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

    iPad Deployment

    Last year we received feedback from families who wanted additional opportunity to pick up their iPads before school started. We heard you. We will have our library open on August 28 and 29 from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 -7:30 p.m. for parents and students to pay for iPad insurance and pick up his/her iPad.

    Attention All Athletes

    Please make sure students have their sports physical completed before the first day of school. Track starts the first day and we do not want them to miss out. Also, make sure you have completed the paperwork or sports on our website here. Our Fall Sports include baseball, fastpitch, and track.

    Welcome New Warrior Staff

    We are excited to welcome several new members to Team Spanaway this year, including two new administrators. Mrs. Kathy Elkins will be our new assistant principal; she comes from Truman Middle School in the Tacoma School District and has experience teaching high school math.

    We also have a new associate administrator, Mrs. Carina Pierce, who previously worked at Cougar Mountain Middle School as a teacher-librarian. We also welcome the following new staff members to our school:

    • Chris Aragon: Lead Custodian
    • Kelsey Fischer: Social Worker
    • Robin Lambes: Resource Teacher
    • David Hill: Science Teacher
    • Chris Juergens: ELA Teacher
    • Matt Waddell: Math Teacher
    • Jeremy Gigrich: Math/Science Teacher
    • Sorys Cepeda-Carvalho: Math Teacher
    • Benjamin Constantino: Math Teacher
    • Aaron McAtee: Resource Teacher
    • Jeremy Sutton: Math Teacher
    • Callie Wilhoit: Choir/Music Teacher
    • Barbara Commorato: Resource Teacher

    Please join me in welcoming them to our Spanaway family!

    STP Fundraiser: Huge Success!

    Thank you to all families and students who helped volunteer for our annual ASB fundraiser in July. We served thousands of bike riders lunch on their trek from Seattle to Portland. We could not do it without our volunteers. We raised over 10K for our ASB through this outstanding fundraiser. 

    We look forward to seeing you at Warrior Nights!

    Mrs. Shannon Leatherwood,

    Spanaway Middle School

    June 15, 2019

    Hello Warrior Families:

    This Friday we held our annual 8th Grade Celebration. It was wonderful seeing so many of our 8th Grade Warriors celebrate their final year of middle school together at the masquerade-themed evening event. Students enjoyed the light dinner and dessert, masquerade mask-making table, photo booth, and DJ-run dancing. Many thanks to Ms. Porter, Mrs. Angerman, and our ASB students for organizing the event, and our many staff supporters who helped plan and prepare the event and were on hand to help celebrate 8th graders. We are excited to continue our end-of-year celebrations and activities next week with Field Day, Awards Assemblies, and our student/staff volleyball game on the last day. Let’s make it a great end of our year, Warriors!

    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.

    Fines and Fees

    As we prepare to close out the 2018 - 2019 School Year, please make sure that you are taking care of any fines or fees associated with your student’s account. Any outstanding fines and fees will impact your student’s ability to participate in end-of-year activities and will roll over into next year.

    Yearbooks Now Available

    The yearbook is currently on sale through June 20 at both the ASB Office and online at our website here for $25 each. Yearbooks have been released and can now be picked up in the ASB Office once purchased.

    End-of-Year Events and Activities

    We have a wide variety of events and activities and coming up as we prepare to finish the 2018 - 2019 School Year:

    • PrideWear Turn-In for 8th Grade ONLY: Monday, June 17
    • Field Day: Monday, June 17
    • Locker Clean-Out: Tuesday, June 18 during Advisory
    • SMS Awards Assemblies: Wednesday, June 19
      • 6th Grade Awards: 7:45 - 8:30 a.m.
      • 7th Grade Awards: 8:40 - 9:30 a.m.
      • 8th Grade Awards: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
    • Last Day of School: Thursday, June 20 (Early Release at 9:55 a.m.)

    Skills USA Club Fundraiser

    The Skills USA Club is hosting a Back to School Pack Sale fundraiser from May 28, 2019 - June 15, 2019, and again from August 5, 2019 - August 30, 2019. For $25, you receive the following supplies: #2 Pencils, Erasers, Spiral Notebooks, Pencil Pouch, Pens, Highlighters, Binder Dividers, 3-Ring Binder, College Ruled Paper, and a Ruler. Order online here, and email Ms. Noble at lnoble@bethelsd.org with any questions.


    Summer 2019

    Stay updated throughout the summer on our school website here, and on our Facebook page here. You can also find information to prepare for the 2019 - 2020 School Year here, as well.

    8th Grade ONLY: Athletics at SLHS

    For 8th graders transferring to Spanaway Lake High School next year and interested in playing fall sports, online paperwork is available after August 1. You must have a current physical on file with the high school. Tryout dates are as follows:

    • August 21: Football
    • August 26: Volleyball, boys tennis, boys and girls cross-country, boys and girls golf, and girls swim team

    Have a great final week of school, Warriors!

    Mrs. Shannon Leatherwood,

    Spanaway Middle School


    June 7, 2019

    Hello Warrior Families:

    This week we celebrated our three retirees in a Retirement Assembly on Friday, June 7. What a special celebration for three valued members of our Warrior Family: Mr. Chuck Asbridge, Mrs. Judy Gunnarson, and Mr. Leland Kirkegaard. The assembly included tributes from staff and students, incredible music performances from the Jazz Band and Vocal Essence, and the presentation of several special gifts to our retirees. We appreciate all of their years of service to our school and community and we will miss them greatly! Thank you, Mr. Asbridge, Mrs. Gunnarson, and Mr. Kirkegaard! Warriors, there are several important events coming up in the final weeks of school. Please read below for more details. Let’s finish strong, Warriors!

    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.

    Attention Current 8th Graders

    On June 8, Spanaway Lake High School will host an event for students and is inviting current 8th graders, where they can receive a sports physical and dental exam. There will be some community partners there with information and a light lunch will be available for the student and their family.

    Fines and Fees

    As we prepare to close out the 2018 - 2019 School Year, please make sure that you are taking care of any fines or fees associated with your student’s account. Any outstanding fines and fees will impact your student’s ability to participate in end-of-year activities and will roll over into next year.

    Yearbook Pre-Sale

    The yearbook is currently on sale through June 20 at both the ASB Office and online at our website here for $25 each. Yearbooks are scheduled for release on Tuesday, June 11. Students who purchase their yearbook before June 11 will be able to retrieve their yearbooks on Tuesday, June 11 in 6th and 7th Periods. Sales will continue through June 20.

    End-of-Year Events and Activities

    We have a wide variety of events and activities and coming up as we prepare to finish the 2018 - 2019 School Year:

    • Final Choir Concert: Tuesday, June 11 at 7:00 p.m.
    • Final Art Show: Wednesday, June 12 at 6:30 p.m.
    • iPad Turn-In: Thursday, June 13 during Advisory
    • PrideWear Turn-In for 8th Grade ONLY: Friday, June 14 and Monday, June 17
    • 8th Grade Celebration: June 14 from 6 - 8:00 p.m.
    • Field Day: Monday, June 17
    • Locker Clean-Out: Tuesday, June 18 during Advisory
    • SMS Awards Assemblies: Wednesday, June 19
      • 6th Grade Awards: 7:45 - 8:30 a.m.
      • 7th Grade Awards: 8:40 - 9:30 a.m.
      • 8th Grade Awards: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
    • Last Day of School: Thursday, June 20 (Early Release at 9:55 a.m.)

    Skills USA Club Fundraiser

    The Skills USA Club is hosting a Back to School Pack Sale fundraiser from May 28, 2019 - June 15, 2019, and again from August 5, 2019 - August 30, 2019. For $25, you receive the following supplies: #2 Pencils, Erasers, Spiral Notebooks, Pencil Pouch, Pens, Highlighters, Binder Dividers, 3-Ring Binder, College Ruled Paper, and a Ruler. Order online here, and email Ms. Noble at lnoble@bethelsd.org with any questions.

    Have a great week!

    Mrs. Shannon Leatherwood,

    Spanaway Middle School


    June 2, 2019

    Hello Warrior Families:

    As we wind down the 2018 - 2019 School Year, we want to encourage all students to finish strong and do their best in classes. Important learning continues in all classrooms and we want to encourage all students to finish the year strong. Additionally, as we close out the year, there are several activities happening at Spanaway Middle School that include the SMS Awards Assemblies, the final choir concert and final art show, 8th Grade Celebration, and Field Day. Further information can be found in the message below. Let’s finish strong, Warriors! We can do this!

    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.

    Around Bethel: Free Vaccines

    There is currently a measles outbreak in Washington State, with two cases in Pierce County. Mary Bridge will be providing free vaccines to children at Camas Prairie Elementary on June 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Additional information can be found here.

    SMS Retirement Assembly

    Join us on Friday, June 7 at 7:30 a.m. to honor our three retirees: Mrs. Judy Gunnarson, Mr. Leland Kirkegaard, and Mr. Chuck Asbridge. We will hold a special retirement ceremony to recognize their years of service to Spanaway Middle School and the Bethel School District.

    Attention Current 8th Graders

    On June 8, Spanaway Lake High School will host an event for students and is inviting current 8th graders, where they can receive a sports physical and dental exam. There will be some community partners there with information and a light lunch will be available for the student and their family.

    Fines and Fees

    As we prepare to close out the 2018 - 2019 School Year, please make sure that you are taking care of any fines or fees associated with your student’s account. Any outstanding fines and fees will impact your student’s ability to participate in end-of-year activities and will roll over into next year.

    Yearbook Pre-Sale

    The yearbook will be available for pre-purchase starting May 21 and continuing through June 20, either in the ASB Office or online at our website here for $25 each. Yearbooks are tentatively scheduled for release on Monday, June 10. Students who purchase their yearbook before June 7 will be able to retrieve their yearbooks on June 10. Sales will continue through June 20.

    End-of-Year Events and Activities

    We have a wide variety of events coming up as we prepare to finish the 2018 - 2019 School Year:

    • Final Choir Concert: Tuesday, June 11 at 7:00 p.m.
    • Final Art Show: Wednesday, June 12 at 6:30 p.m.
    • 8th Grade Celebration: June 14 from 6 - 8:00 p.m.
    • Field Day: Monday, June 17

    iPad Return Coming Soon

    Students will be turning in their iPads on Thursday, June 13 to their advisory teacher. Students will need to turn in their iPad, their case, and their Apple-brand charging cord and block. If students are missing any of these, please ensure that they are located prior to June 13, as fines will be assessed and charged to student accounts.

    SMS Awards Assemblies

    Our SMS Awards Assemblies will be on Wednesday, June 19 with the following schedule:

    • 6th Grade Awards: 7:15 - 8:39 a.m.
    • 7th Grade Awards: 8:39 - 9:33 a.m.
    • 8th Grade Awards: 9:33 - 10:26 a.m.

    Skills USA Club Fundraiser

    The Skills USA Club is hosting a Back to School Pack Sale fundraiser from May 28, 2019 - June 15, 2019, and again from August 5, 2019 - August 30, 2019. For $25, you receive the following supplies: #2 Pencils, Erasers, Spiral Notebooks, Pencil Pouch, Pens, Highlighters, Binder Dividers, 3-Ring Binder, College Ruled Paper, and a Ruler. Order online here, and email Ms. Noble at lnoble@bethelsd.org with any questions.

    Have a great week!

    Mrs. Shannon Leatherwood,

    Spanaway Middle School


    May 27, 2019

    Hello Warrior Families:

    It was wonderful seeing all of our Warrior families this week during Spring Student-Led Conferences! We enjoyed seeing Warrior students talking about the growth and progress they have made this year. As we close out state testing and conferences, we will transition next week to final STAR tests and beginning our end-of-year activities and tasks. Students will be taking their final STAR Tests after Memorial Day, with ELA testing on May 28 - 29, and Math testing on May 30 - 31. Please encourage students to do well on these tests! It’s a great opportunity for them to show what they know!

    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!

    Around Bethel: Free Vaccines

    There is currently a measles outbreak in Washington State, with two cases in Pierce County. Mary Bridge will be providing free vaccines to children at Camas Prairie Elementary on June 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Additional information can be found here.

    Attention Current 8th Graders

    On June 8, Spanaway Lake High School will host an event for students and is inviting current 8th graders, where they can receive a sports physical and dental exam. There will be some community partners there with information and a light lunch will be available for the student and their family. 

    Fines and Fees

    As we prepare to close out the 2018 - 2019 School Year, please make sure that you are taking care of any fines or fees associated with your student’s account. Any outstanding fines and fees will impact your student’s ability to participate in end-of-year activities and will roll over into next year.

    Yearbook Pre-Sale

    The yearbook will be available for pre-purchase starting May 21 and continuing through June 20, either in the ASB Office or online at our website here for $25 each. Yearbooks are tentatively scheduled for release on Friday, June 7. Students who purchase their yearbook before June 7 will be able to retrieve their yearbooks on June 10. Sales will continue through June 20.

    End-of-Year Events and Activities

    We have a wide variety of events coming up as we prepare to finish the 2018 - 2019 School Year:

    • Final Choir concert: Thursday, May 30 at 7 p.m.
    • Final Art Show: Wednesday, June 12 at 6:30 p.m.
    • 8th Grade Celebration: June 14 from 6 - 8:00 p.m.
    • Field Day: Monday, June 17

    SMS Awards Assemblies

    Our SMS Awards Assemblies will be on Wednesday, June 19 with the following schedule:

    • 6th Grade Awards: 7:15 - 8:39 a.m.
    • 7th Grade Awards: 8:39 - 9:33 a.m.
    • 8th Grade Awards: 9:33 - 10:26 a.m.

    iPad Return Coming Soon

    Students will be turning in their iPads on Thursday, June 13 to their advisory teacher. Students will need to turn in their iPad, their case, and their Apple-brand charging cord and block. If students are missing any of these, please ensure that they are located prior to June 13, as fines will be assessed and charged to student accounts.

    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


    May 17, 2019

    Hello Warrior Families:

    We are nearly finished with state testing and are so proud of how hard Warriors have worked throughout the last three weeks! We will be returning to normal schedules on Friday, May 24 after we finish Student-Led Conferences. Conferences are coming up next week from May 21 - 23 and we look forward to seeing all of our Warriors and their families in their annual spring conference with their advisor. If you haven’t scheduled a conference with your student’s advisor already, please do so as soon as possible. More information about conferences, including required electronic portfolios that students are completing in advisory and success criteria for passing conferences, is located on our website here. We look forward to seeing you next week!

    Volleyball Awards Reminder

    The volleyball awards celebration is on Monday, May 20 in the Commons from 2 - 3:30 p.m. An activity bus will be available at 4 p.m., and any food or snacks that parents want to bring or send can be sent to the office during the day or to the Commons right after school.

    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!

    Fines and Fees

    As we prepare to close out the 2018 - 2019 School Year, please make sure that you are taking care of any fines or fees associated with your student’s account. Any outstanding fines and fees will impact your student’s ability to participate in end-of-year activities and will roll over into next year. A great time to take care of them is during student-led conferences next week!

    Yearbook Sale Coming Soon

    The yearbook will be available for pre-purchase  starting May 21 and continuing through June 20, either in the ASB Office or online at our website here for $25 each. Yearbooks are tentatively scheduled for release on Friday, June 7. Students who purchase their yearbook before June 7 will be able to retrieve their yearbooks on June 7. Sales will continue through June 20.

    End-of-Year Events and Activities

    We have a wide variety of events coming up as we prepare to finish the 2018 - 2019 School Year:

    • Final Band and Orchestra concert: Wednesday, May 22 at 7 p.m.
    • Final Choir concert: Thursday, May 30 at 7 p.m.
    • Final Art Show: Wednesday, June 12 at 6:30 p.m.
    • 8th Grade Celebration: June 14 from 6 - 8:00 p.m.
    • Field Day: Monday, June 17

    Final STAR Tests

    Students will be taking their final STAR Tests after Memorial Day. ELA testing will be on May 28 - 29, and Math testing will be on May 30 - 31. Please encourage students to do well on these tests! It’s a great opportunity for them to show what they know!

    iPad Return Coming Soon

    Students will be turning in their iPads on Thursday, June 13 to their advisory teacher. Students will need to turn in their iPad, their case, and their Apple-brand charging cord and block. If students are missing any of these, please ensure that they are located prior to June 13, as fines will be assessed and charged to student accounts.

    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


    May 10, 2019

    Hello Warrior Families:

    We are halfway through state testing and we are so proud of how hard our Warriors are working to do their best! Students are coming to school prepared to show what they know and we look forward to seeing this continue in our final five days of testing. We continue testing next week and we encourage Warriors to continue doing their best and remembering the keys to success:

    • Be at school and on time
    • Be prepared with a fully-charged iPad and non-Bluetooth headphones.
    • Do your best!

    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!

    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.

    Upcoming Music Festivals

    • The Large Group Band Concert is on Tuesday, May 14 at SMS

    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!

    Around Bethel: Transportation Wins Award

    Our Transportation Department has once again been singled out for operating some of the cleanest, most sustainable school buses in the country! Bethel was recently awarded the Transit Mobility Award. Other winners included San Diego Metro Transit, the City of Oakland, and the University of California, Irvine. Great work!

    Around Bethel: Flextime at the High School

    “Flextime” is moving beyond the business world! Last year, our high schools began piloting flexible schedules for some students. The idea behind the program is to work with students who have circumstances that get in the way of regular attendance so they can still find success in the classroom. https://medium.com/@BethelSD/program-allows-students-to-flex-their-time-in-the-classroom-2c0264d4ac73

    Have a great week!

    Mrs. Shannon Leatherwood,

    Spanaway Middle School


    May 3, 2019

    Hello Warrior Families:

    Students have been hard at work doing their best on state tests this week and we are so proud of our Warriors for coming prepared and ready to go! We continue testing all next week and we encourage Warriors to continue doing their best and remembering the keys to success:

    • Be at school and on time
    • Be prepared with a fully-charged iPad and non-Bluetooth headphones.
    • Do your best!

    We are also accepting donations for snacks. We appreciate all your support as we continue with this important time of the year! Please encourage your student to do their best!

    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!

    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 has started, 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 Large Group Band Concert is on Tuesday, May 14 at SMS

    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


    April 27, 2019

    Hello Warrior Families:

    Next week we will kick of our state testing in the SBA ELA, SBA Math, and WCAS for 8th graders. The past two weeks, we have held 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
    • Be prepared with a fully-charged iPad and non-Bluetooth headphones.
    • Do your best!

    We are also accepting donations for snacks. We appreciate all your support as we begin this important time of the year! Please encourage your student to do their best!

    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 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


    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


    April 12, 2019

    Hello Warrior Families:

    Welcome back from Spring Break! We are excited to finish our year strong and have several important things to complete before we get to June. In May, we start standardized state testing, and we also have student-led conferences in May, as well. We encourage all of our Warriors to work hard to prepare for these two important events and to do their best. We believe in you, Warriors! Let’s finish strong!

    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 to school on testing days.
    • Bring a set of headphones or earbuds on testing days.
    • Leave cell phones and personal devices at home or in lockers.

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

    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


    March 29, 2019

    Hello Warrior Families:

    We are now two weeks into Trimester 3, and we have been hard at work learning essential lessons as we prepare for state testing in the spring. We are proud of the effort and hard work Warriors have shown in classes, and we look forward to seeing continued work from Warriors when we return from Spring Break. Have a safe and restful Break, Warriors!

    Snow Day Make Up:

    Due to our three snow days this year, June 18th will now be a full day of school, June 19 will be a full day of school, and June 20th will be the last day of school (and a half day). May 24th will also be used as a snow make-up day. NOTE: We were not able to utilize the state's emergency waiver days – if we had, the minimum number of instructional hours would not have been met.

    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!

    Spring Break

    Spring Break is April 1 - April 5. School will be closed during this week.

    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. 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 to school on testing days.
    • Bring a set of headphones or earbuds on testing days.
    • Leave cell phones and personal devices at home or in lockers.

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

    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


    March 22, 2019

    Hello Warrior Families:

    This week we wrapped up our Winter II sports seasons with two well-attended banquets. Congratulations to all of our Winter II sports athletes! This week we also kicked off our Spring Sports season with football tryouts, with volleyball and cross-country tryouts starting on Monday, March 25. As we get closer to Spring Break, we want to encourage all of our Warriors to continue to stay focused in class and to work hard on their learning - we believe in you, Warriors! Finally, it’s Education Support Professionals Week! We want to thank all of our education support professionals who are involved in nearly every aspect of education – maintaining buildings and grounds; providing safe transportation; preparing and serving meals; keeping school facilities clean and orderly; assisting in the classrooms; providing over 60% of all instructional hours to special education, English Language Learner and opportunity gap students; providing information technology and media services; administrative support functions; and many other specialized services. Thank you to all of our amazing classified staff for your steadfast dedication to Team Bethel!

    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!

    Spring Sports Coming Soon

    Spring Middle School Sports will be starting soon! Football began Wednesday March 20th, then Volleyball and Cross Country begin Monday March 25th. You must have the online sports registration and a physical turned in BEFORE the start dates in order to participate in the tryouts. Tryout days do count as practices! If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Turner-Burke at kturner@bethelsd.org.

    LENS Project

    On Wednesday, March 27, the LENS project will have a pizza celebration in the Commons from 4:15 - 5:00 p.m. to celebrate the completion of their program. We look forward to seeing LENS parents there! Watch for information next year if you would like to have your child attend. We would love to have more join us next year.

    District Choral Festival

    The district’s annual Choral Festival is on Wednesday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m. at PLU. We hope to see you there!

    Spring Band and Orchestra Concert

    Our band and orchestra will host their Spring Concert on Thursday, March 28 at 7 p.m. We hope to see you there!

    Spring Break

    Spring Break is April 1 - April 5. School will be closed during this week.

    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. 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 to school on testing days.
    • Bring a set of headphones or earbuds on testing days.
    • Leave cell phones and personal devices at home or in lockers.

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

    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!

    Bond Update

    Now that voters have approved a bond to build new schools, there is a light at the end of the overcrowded tunnel, and boundaries will NOT need to be shifted simply to spread out the crowds in the 2019/20 school year. That said, there may be a small change this summer ... read more at https://bit.ly/2UzO5dw. The News Tribune also published a nice breakdown of our bond construction plans for the coming years. https://bit.ly/2T0sn0v

    Have a great week!

    Mrs. Shannon Leatherwood,

    Spanaway Middle School


    March 15, 2019

    Hello Warrior Families:

    We have several celebrations to share this week! First, congratulations to all of our Solo/Ensemble choir students who participated in the contest on Saturday, March 9 at Clover Park High School! Way to represent Spanaway Middle School! We also held an art show on Wednesday, March 13 and several students were recognized for their exceptional art pieces with first, second, and third place awards, and the principal's award. Wednesday was also our building Battle of the Books, and we are excited to see our winning team represent Spanaway in the district Battle of the Books next week. Then, on Friday, we also celebrated and recognized students who demonstrated our character traits of Perseverance and Hard Work in our PBiS Assembly, and we kicked off our new character traits of Trust and Honesty. We will be looking for Warriors who demonstrate these two traits in the coming weeks. Finally, Trimester 2 now closed, finishing on March 15. Report cards will be mailed home shortly after the close of the trimester. Trimester 3 starts on Monday, March 18. Let’s finish strong, Warriors!

    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.

    Attention: 7th Graders

    WEB Leadership is beginning their 2019 - 2020 WEB Leader recruitment for 7th graders going into 8th grade on Tuesday, March 5. Applications for leadership will be available through March 22, and the final day to turn in complete applications is March 22. Interested 7th graders can see one of the SMS WEB Coordinators (Ms. Coward, Ms. Isaksen, and Ms. Mays) for more information.

    PTSA Meeting

    There is a general PTSA meeting in the library on Tuesday, March 19 at 6 p.m. We hope to see you there!

    District Battle of the Books

    The district’s annual Battle of the Books contest is on Tuesday, March 19 at 7 p.m. at Elk Plain School of Choice. Good luck to our Warrior participants!

    Spring Sports Coming Soon

    Spring Middle School Sports will be starting soon! Football begins Wednesday March 20th, then Volleyball and Cross Country begin Monday March 25th. You must have the online sports registration and a physical turned in BEFORE the start dates in order to participate in the tryouts. Tryout days do count as practices! If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Turner-Burke at kturner@bethelsd.org.

    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.:

    • 3/21/2019
    • 4/25/2019
    • 5/16/2019

    Spring Band and Orchestra Concert

    Our band and orchestra will host their Spring Concert on Thursday, March 28 at 7 p.m. We hope to see you there!

    Spring Break

    Spring Break is April 1 - April 5. School will be closed during this week.

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

    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


    March 8, 2019

    Hello Warrior Families:

    Congratulations to all of our Band/Orchestra Solo/Ensemble students who participated in the contest on Saturday, March 2 at Charles Wright Academy! Way to represent Spanaway Middle School! Trimester 2 is coming to a rapid close, finishing on March 15, which is also an early-release day. Please encourage students to ensure they are passing all of their classes with a C or better, and that they are reaching out to teachers if they are failing classes. Our goal is that all Warriors are successful in Trimester 2! Report cards will be mailed home shortly after the close of the trimester.

    Attention Choir Students

    The Solo/Ensemble Contest is on Saturday, March 9 at Clover Park High School. Good luck to all our participants!

    Attention: 7th Graders

    WEB Leadership is beginning their 2019 - 2020 WEB Leader recruitment for 7th graders going into 8th grade on Tuesday, March 5. Applications for leadership will be available through March 22, and the final day to turn in complete applications is March 22. Interested 7th graders can see one of the SMS WEB Coordinators (Ms. Coward, Ms. Isaksen, and Ms. Mays) for more information.

    Art Show

    Our second juried art show will be held on Wednesday, March 13 at 6:30 p.m. We hope to see you there!

    PTSA Meeting

    There is a general PTSA meeting in the library on Tuesday, March 19 at 6 p.m. We hope to see you there!

    District Battle of the Books

    The district’s annual Battle of the Books contest is on Tuesday, March 19 at 7 p.m. at Elk Plain School of Choice. Good luck to our Warrior participants!

    Spring Sports Coming Soon

    Spring Middle School Sports will be starting soon! Football begins Wednesday March 20th, then Volleyball and Cross Country begin Monday March 25th. You must have the online sports registration and a physical turned in BEFORE the start dates in order to participate in the tryouts. Tryout days do count as practices! If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Turner-Burke at kturner@bethelsd.org.

    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.:

    • 3/21/2019
    • 4/25/2019
    • 5/16/2019

    Spring Band and Orchestra Concert

    Our band and orchestra will host their Spring Concert on Thursday, March 28 at 7 p.m. We hope to see you there!

    Spring Break

    Spring Break is April 1 - April 5. School will be closed during this week.

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

    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


    March 1, 2019

    Hello Warrior Families:

    This week we held the D.A.N.C.E. - the Day and Night Crazy Event. Over 100 students enjoyed an afternoon of fun and activities that included volleyball, a movie, and dancing, as well as concessions and raffles. Special thanks to the ASB leadership students and advisors who hosted the event!

    Attention Choir and Band/Orchestra Students

    The Band/Orchestra Solo/Ensemble Contest is on Saturday, March 2 at Charles Wright Academy, and the Middle School Choral Solo and Ensemble on Saturday, March 9 at Clover Park High School. Good luck to all our participants!

    Attention: 7th Graders

    WEB Leadership is beginning their 2019 - 2020 WEB Leader recruitment for 7th graders going into 8th grade on Tuesday, March 5. Applications for leadership will be available through March 22, and the final day to turn in complete applications is March 22. Interested 7th graders can see one of the SMS WEB Coordinators (Ms. Coward, Ms. Isaksen, and Ms. Mays) for more information.

    Art Show

    Our second juried art show will be held on Wednesday, March 13 at 6:30 p.m. We hope to see you there!

    End of Trimester 2

    Trimester 2 ends on March 15, which is also an early-release day. Report cards will be mailed home shortly after.

    PTSA Meeting

    There is a general PTSA meeting in the library on Tuesday, March 19 at 6 p.m. We hope to see you there!

    District Battle of the Books

    The district’s annual Battle of the Books contest is on Tuesday, March 19 at 7 p.m. at Elk Plain School of Choice. Good luck to our Warrior participants!

    Spring Sports Coming Soon

    Spring Middle School Sports will be starting soon! Football begins Wednesday March 20th, then Volleyball and Cross Country begin Monday March 25th. You must have the online sports registration and a physical turned in BEFORE the start dates in order to participate in the tryouts. Tryout days do count as practices! If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Turner-Burke at kturner@bethelsd.org.

    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.:

    • 3/21/2019
    • 4/25/2019
    • 5/16/2019

    Spring Band and Orchestra Concert

    Our band and orchestra will host their Spring Concert on Thursday, March 28 at 7 p.m. We hope to see you there!

    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


    Hello Warrior Families:

    Thank you once again for all your flexibility with the various schedule changes this month as we dealt with inclement weather and a multi-day holiday. We know that with inconsistent schedules students are more anxious and unsettled, and that it can impact student success at school. We are excited to return to our normal schedules as we approach the end of Trimester 2.

    Stay strong, Warriors!

    It’s Official: Bond Passed and Certified

    It’s official! The February 12 Special Election was certified Friday morning and our School Construction Bond passed with 66.14 percent approval.  You are invited to come celebrate the victory at next Tuesday’s School Board Meeting. The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. in the ESC Boardroom. THANK YOU VOTERS!

    D.A.N.C.E. - Day And Night Crazy Event

    The D.A.N.C.E. is coming on Thursday, February 28 from 2 - 4 p.m. Students are invited to participate in an afternoon of gaming, art, a photobooth, volleyball, basketball, raffle prizes, games, concessions, and a DJ for dancing. Tickets go on sale from February 14 - February 27, and the cost is $10 without an ASB card and $8 with an ASB card. All grades are welcome!

    Attention Choir and Band/Orchestra Students

    The Band/Orchestra Solo/Ensemble Contest is on Saturday, March 2 at Charles Wright Academy, and the Middle School Choral Solo and Ensemble on Saturday, March 9 at Clover Park High School. Good luck to all our participants!

    Art Show

    Our second juried art show will be held on Wednesday, March 13 at 6:30 p.m. We hope to see you there!

    PTSA Meeting

    There is a general PTSA meeting in the library on Tuesday, March 19 at 6 p.m. We hope to see you there!

    District Battle of the Books

    The district’s annual Battle of the Books contest is on Tuesday, March 19 at 7 p.m. at Elk Plain School of Choice. Good luck to our Warrior participants!

    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.:

    • 3/21/2019
    • 4/25/2019
    • 5/16/2019

    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!

    Stay Healthy!

    Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February, and it can last as late as May. During this time we want to remind you that keeping your student home when they are sick is an important way to help prevent the spread of germs that cause illnesses.

    Learn more here → https://bit.ly/2CBWghv and here → https://bit.ly/2MqM3J9. Remember that hand-washing is the number one way to prevent the spread of illness! Here is a video or two for more information.

    Have a great week!

    Mrs. Shannon Leatherwood,

    Spanaway Middle School


    February 15, 2019

    Hello Warrior Families:

    Thank you again for your flexibility and understanding during this second week of winter weather. We look forward to returning to regular schedules as we move past this weather and appreciate your continued understanding and flexibility with the unpredictable nature of the weather.

    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!

    PTSA Meeting

    There is a general PTSA meeting in the library on Tuesday, March 19 at 6 p.m. We hope to see you there!

    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. 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.:

    • 2/21/2019
    • 3/21/2019
    • 4/25/2019
    • 5/16/2019

    Wanted: SkillsUSA Club Members

    The SkillsUSA Club is holding a membership drive meeting to accept new members for Spring membership on Thursday, February 21 from 1:45 - 4:00 p.m. in D152 and D157. Club activities for the Spring include VR Headsets and programming, Augmented Reality, Wearables, Coding and Game Design, Music Mixing, Digital Photography, and Emoji Design. Students interested in joining the SkillsUSA Club to participate in these activities are invited to see Mrs. Lois Noble. The club is accepting 30 new members with a permission slip.

    STEM Family Fun Night

    Join us on Thursday, February 21 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. as we celebrate College and Career Readiness Month with our third STEM Family Fun Night. Meet us in the Commons for food, prizes, games, and activities that demonstrate STEM skills. We will also have sign ups available for a Pierce County Skills Center (PCSC) field trip for 7th graders. We hope to see you there! Please bring your iPad too!

    D.A.N.C.E. - Day And Night Crazy Event

    The D.A.N.C.E. is coming on Thursday, February 28 from 2 - 4 p.m. Students are invited to participate in an afternoon of gaming, art, a photobooth, volleyball, basketball, raffle prizes, games, concessions, and a DJ for dancing. Tickets go on sale from February 14 - February 27, and the cost is $10 without an ASB card and $8 with an ASB card. All grades are welcome!

    Stay Healthy!

    Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February, and it can last as late as May. During this time we want to remind you that keeping your student home when they are sick is an important way to help prevent the spread of germs that cause illnesses.

    Learn more here → https://bit.ly/2CBWghv and here → https://bit.ly/2MqM3J9. Remember that hand-washing is the number one way to prevent the spread of illness! Here is a video or two for more information.

    Have a great week!

    Mrs. Shannon Leatherwood,

    Spanaway Middle School


    February 8, 2019

    Hello Warrior Families:

    Thank you for your flexibility and understanding during this week of winter weather. We hope that all our Warrior families stay safe and warm in the coming days, and we appreciate your continued understanding and flexibility with the unpredictable nature of the weather. We will continue to keep you informed and updated as to any possible changes in schedule in the upcoming days.

    Bond Update

    If you haven’t received your ballot for the February Special Election, please call the Pierce County Elections Office at 253-798-8683. If you have your ballot and haven’t voted yet, be sure to take time to get it done before Election Day, February 12. Once your ballot is ready, you can drop it in the mail (postage is prepaid), at any of our school offices, or at a Pierce County Ballot Box. Ballot boxes located in our area include those at Graham Fire and Rescue, Parkland/Spanaway Library, Roy Y Park and Ride, Roy City Hall, and the South Hill Library.

    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!

    PTSA Meeting

    There is a general PTSA meeting in the library on Tuesday, February 12 at 6 p.m. We hope to see you there!

    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. 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.:

    • 2/21/2019
    • 3/21/2019
    • 4/25/2019
    • 5/16/2019

    Stay Healthy!

    Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February, and it can last as late as May. During this time we want to remind you that keeping your student home when they are sick is an important way to help prevent the spread of germs that cause illnesses.

    Learn more here → https://bit.ly/2CBWghv and here → https://bit.ly/2MqM3J9. Remember that hand-washing is the number one way to prevent the spread of illness! Here is a video or two for more information.

    Have a great week!

    Mrs. Shannon Leatherwood,

    Spanaway Middle School


    February 3, 2019

    Hello Warrior Families:

    This week we hosted our annual Jazz Night, the Music Department’s biggest fundraiser of the year. What a fantastic evening of music featuring several performances from our music students in band and choir! Congratulations to all of the students who participated in Jazz Night, and thank you to all of the staff, parents, and community members who contributed to its success!

    Bond Update

    As you probably know by now, we have a School Construction Bond on the February 12 Special Election ballot. Building new schools isn’t cheap, but thanks to the recent changes in how the state funds public education, local school-related taxes in 2019 will be lower for Bethel taxpayers than they were in 2018 — even if our bond is approved. https://bit.ly/2MeVOu1

    Progress 2

    The halfway point of Trimester 2 is approaching and grades will be posted by the end of the month. The end of Trimester 2 is March 15.

    SLHS Curriculum Night

    SLHS is hosting a Curriculum Night on Thursday, February 7. 8th Graders are invited from 6 - 6:30 p.m., and then the Curriculum Fair is open to all from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. We hope to see you there!

    PTSA Meeting

    There is a general PTSA meeting in the library on Tuesday, February 12 at 6 p.m. We hope to see you there!

    New School Resource Officers (SROs)

    Two new School Resource Officers (SROs) started this week in the Bethel and Graham-Kapowsin high school areas. Later this month we will welcome our fifth SRO who will be stationed in the Spanaway Lake High School area. Safety and security is a critical part of what we do and we are grateful to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department for working so closely alongside us to protect our students and staff.

    English Language Learner Population Growing

    In 2015 we had 600 ELL (English Language Learner) students speaking 21 languages. In 2018 we had 971 ELL students speaking 42 languages. That’s 5% of our student population. Our community is growing and changing and we are proud to serve all of our families. You can see one of our ELL classes at Spanaway Middle School in action in this video: https://youtu.be/uhwBKX5Dbt8

    Stay Healthy!

    Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February, and it can last as late as May. During this time we want to remind you that keeping your student home when they are sick is an important way to help prevent the spread of germs that cause illnesses.

    Learn more here → https://bit.ly/2CBWghv and here → https://bit.ly/2MqM3J9. Remember that hand-washing is the number one way to prevent the spread of illness! Here is a video or two for more information.

    Have a great week!

    Mrs. Shannon Leatherwood,

    Spanaway Middle School


    January 24, 2019

    Hello Warrior Families:

    This week I would like to highlight the importance of attendance, especially as we hit the halfway point of the 2018 - 2019 School Year. This is the time of year when winter takes a toll on school attendance, between the weather and sicknesses. These absences, even if they are excused, can add up to academic trouble. At Spanaway Middle School, we expect every student to be at school every day and on time - please help encourage your student to be present every day, and to stay healthy so they can continue learning and growing this year! And above all, let us know how we can help. We want your children and all our students to succeed. And that means attending school every day possible.

    Bond Update

    As you probably know by now, we have a School Construction Bond on the February 12 Special Election ballot. Building new schools isn’t cheap, but thanks to the recent changes in how the state funds public education, local school-related taxes in 2019 will be lower for Bethel taxpayers than they were in 2018 — even if our bond is approved. https://bit.ly/2MeVOu1

    Technology Fair and Art Festival

    The 25th annual Technology Fair and Art Festival is next Saturday, January 26, at Spanaway Lake High School from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. We hope to see you there!

    Jazz Night at Spanaway Middle School

    Our annual Jazz Night is coming on Friday, February 1 from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. This annual night is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Music Department. We hope to see you there for a fun night of jazz, dessert, and coffee, along with a silent auction!

    Highly Capable Referrals

    The highly capable referral window is open from January 8 - January 31. Anyone can refer a student for testing, and more information can be found at this link.

    Progress 2

    The halfway point of Trimester 2 is approaching and grades will be posted by the end of the month. The end of Trimester 2 is March 15.

    SLHS Curriculum Night

    SLHS is hosting a Curriculum Night on Thursday, February 7. 8th Graders are invited from 6 - 6:30 p.m., and then the Curriculum Fair is open to all from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. We hope to see you there!

    New School Resource Officers (SROs)

    Two new School Resource Officers (SROs) started this week in the Bethel and Graham-Kapowsin high school areas. Later this month we will welcome our fifth SRO who will be stationed in the Spanaway Lake High School area. Safety and security is a critical part of what we do and we are grateful to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department for working so closely alongside us to protect our students and staff.

    English Language Learner Population Growing

    In 2015 we had 600 ELL (English Language Learner) students speaking 21 languages. In 2018 we had 971 ELL students speaking 42 languages. That’s 5% of our student population. Our community is growing and changing and we are proud to serve all of our families. You can see one of our ELL classes at Spanaway Middle School in action in this video: https://youtu.be/uhwBKX5Dbt8

    Have a great week!

    Mrs. Shannon Leatherwood,

    Spanaway Middle School


    January 18

    Hello Warrior Families:

    This week we closed out our character traits of Community Service and Kindness with an awards recognition assembly and kicked off our two new character traits of perseverance and hard work. We look forward to seeing students demonstrate these two traits as we approach the mid-way point of the school year.

    Bond Update

    Our School Board voted unanimously to put another bond before the voters this February. The February bond is very similar to the bond that failed in November. There are a few small changes based on community feedback, but the overall cost is the same. If approved, the bond would build three brand new schools, including a brand new Bethel High School. It would also renovate and expand six of our other schools, including a new wing on Graham-Kapowsin High School. Learn more at www.bethelsd.org/bond

    Highly Capable Referrals

    The highly capable referral window is open from January 8 - January 31. Anyone can refer a student for testing, and more information can be found at this link.

    Winter II Sports Season

    Winter II Sports Season will kick off next week with tryouts starting January 22. Please see this link for more information about requirements and expectations for participating in athletics at Spanaway Middle School.

    SMS Family Welcome Center

    We are excited to host the fifth 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. The Welcome Center will be at SMS and open on the following Thursdays from 6:45 - 8:30 a.m. and 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.:

    • 1/24/2019
    • 2/21/2019
    • 3/21/2019
    • 4/25/2019
    • 5/16/2019

    Technology Fair and Art Festival

    The annual Technology Fair and Art Festival is scheduled for January 26 at Spanaway Lake High School from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be lots to do and see including a coding creation station, escape rooms, a robotics competition, and incredible art displays from across the district. We hope to see you there!

    Progress 2

    The halfway point of Trimester 2 is approaching and grades will be posted by the end of the month. The end of Trimester 2 is March 15.

    SLHS Curriculum Night

    SLHS is hosting a Curriculum Night on Thursday, February 7. 8th Graders are invited from 6 - 6:30 p.m., and then the Curriculum Fair is open to all from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. We hope to see you there!

    Attendance

    This is the time of year when winter takes a toll on school attendance. Snow and slushy weather can keep families from getting their children to school. So can the colds, fevers and earaches that often come with the winter months.

    These absences, even if they are excused, can add up to academic trouble. If it is a snowy or rainy day but school is still open, students miss out on learning if they aren’t in class.  These absences can result in lower test scores and grades.

    There’s not much we can do about the weather, but there are two key steps every family can take to help avoid absences this year.

    1. Develop back up plans for getting your children to school in winter weather. That could mean checking with other families who have a car that can manage in the snow or forming a “walking school bus” to walk your children to school with other parents. If you’re stuck, call the school. We can connect you with other parents or staff members who can help.
    2. Keep your children healthy. Dress them warmly for the cold weather and make sure they’ve got hats and gloves. Encourage them to wash their hands regularly, and send them to school with a bottle of hand sanitizer. If your children do get sick, talk to a doctor or the school nurse about whether they should come to school and when it is okay for them to return.

    Above all, let us know how we can help. We want your children and all our students to succeed. And that means attending school every day possible.

    Have a great week!

    Mrs. Shannon Leatherwood,

    Spanaway Middle School

     


    January 11, 2019

    Hello Warrior Families:

    Welcome back to the 2018 - 2019 School Year! We are excited to kick off a new year with our Warrior community and continue the 2018 - 2019 School Year together. This week we concluded our Winter I sports seasons with our varsity girls basketball team finishing their season with an undefeated 10-0 record, and 20-0 record in two years, to claim the district championship. Our JV girls basketball team and our wrestling teams also concluded their seasons, and we congratulate all of our student athletes and look forward to our next sports season.

    Register to Vote

    The deadline to register online to vote in the February bond election is January 14. If you are not already registered to vote, please do so today. It only takes two minutes. The link to do so is here.

    Bond Update

    The District’s bond election is on February 12, and more information about it can be found here.

    Wrestling Tournaments

    The Wrestling Championship will be held on Saturday, January 12 at SLHS from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. We hope to see you there to cheer on our Warriors!

    STAR Reading and Math

    Students will be taking the STAR Reading and Math tests for their Winter Benchmark January 14 - January 18. Please encourage students to do their best on these tests!

    Highly Capable Referrals

    The highly capable referral window is open from January 8 - January 31. Anyone can refer a student for testing, and more information can be found at this link.

    Winter II Sports Season

    Winter II Sports Season will kick off shortly after we return in January, with tryouts starting January 22. Please see this linkfor more information about requirements and expectations for participating in athletics at Spanaway Middle School.

    SMS Family Welcome Center

    We are excited to host the fifth 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. The Welcome Center will be at SMS and open on the following Thursdays from 6:45 - 8:30 a.m. and 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.:

    • 1/24/2019
    • 2/21/2019
    • 3/21/2019
    • 4/25/2019
    • 5/16/2019

    Technology Fair and Art Festival

    Mark your calendars for the annual Technology Fair and Art Festival! The event is scheduled for January 26, 2019 at Spanaway Lake High School from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be lots to do and see including a coding creation station, escape rooms, a robotics competition, and incredible art displays from across the district. We hope to see you there!

    Progress 2

    The halfway point of Trimester 2 is approaching and grades will be posted by the end of the month. The end of Trimester 2 is March 15.

    Attendance

    This is the time of year when winter takes a toll on school attendance. Snow and slushy weather can keep families from getting their children to school. So can the colds, fevers and earaches that often come with the winter months.

    These absences, even if they are excused, can add up to academic trouble. If it is a snowy or rainy day but school is still open, students miss out on learning if they aren’t in class.  These absences can result in lower test scores and grades.

    There’s not much we can do about the weather, but there are two key steps every family can take to help avoid absences this year.

    1. Develop back up plans for getting your children to school in winter weather. That could mean checking with other families who have a car that can manage in the snow or forming a “walking school bus” to walk your children to school with other parents. If you’re stuck, call the school. We can connect you with other parents or staff members who can help.
    2. Keep your children healthy. Dress them warmly for the cold weather and make sure they’ve got hats and gloves. Encourage them to wash their hands regularly, and send them to school with a bottle of hand sanitizer. If your children do get sick, talk to a doctor or the school nurse about whether they should come to school and when it is okay for them to return.

    Above all, let us know how we can help. We want your children and all our students to succeed. And that means attending school every day possible.

    Looking forward to continuing our year together!

    Mrs. Shannon Leatherwood,

    Spanaway Middle School


    January 6, 2019

    Hello Warrior Families:

    Happy New Year! We hope you had a wonderful, restful, safe Winter Break, and we are excited to welcome Warriors back to school this week as we kick off 2019 and the remaining six months of the 2018 - 2019 School Year together. As we begin the new year together, we want to remind students that our current character traits are community service and kindness, and to encourage them to actively seek ways to serve their community and show kindness to all.

    Register to Vote

    The deadline to register online to vote in the February bond election is January 14. If you are not already registered to vote, please do so today. It only takes two minutes. www.sos.wa.gov/elections/register.aspx

    Wrestling Tournaments

    The JV Wrestling Tournament will be on Thursday, January 10 at 3:30 p.m. here at Spanaway, and the Wrestling Championship will be held on Saturday, January 12 at SLHS from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. We hope to see you there to cheer on our Warriors!

    STAR Reading and Math

    Students will be taking the STAR Reading and Math tests for their Winter Benchmark January 14 - January 18. Please encourage students to do their best on these tests!

    Winter II Sports Season

    Winter II Sports Season will kick off shortly after we return in January, with tryouts starting January 22. Please see this link for more information about requirements and expectations for participating in athletics at Spanaway Middle School.

    SMS Family Welcome Center

    We are excited to host the fifth 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. The Welcome Center will be at SMS and open on the following Thursdays from 6:45 - 8:30 a.m. and 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.:

    • 1/24/2019
    • 2/21/2019
    • 3/21/2019
    • 4/25/2019
    • 5/16/2019

    Technology Fair and Art Festival

    Mark your calendars for the annual Technology Fair and Art Festival! The event is scheduled for January 26, 2019 at Spanaway Lake High School from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be lots to do and see including a coding creation station, escape rooms, a robotics competition, and incredible art displays from across the district. We hope to see you there!

    Progress 2

    The halfway point of Trimester 2 is approaching and grades will be posted by the end of the month. The end of Trimester 2 is March 15.

    Attendance

    This is the time of year when winter takes a toll on school attendance. Snow and slushy weather can keep families from getting their children to school. So can the colds, fevers and earaches that often come with the winter months.

    These absences, even if they are excused, can add up to academic trouble. If it is a snowy or rainy day but school is still open, students miss out on learning if they aren’t in class.  These absences can result in lower test scores and grades.

    There’s not much we can do about the weather, but there are two key steps every family can take to help avoid absences this year.

    1. Develop back up plans for getting your children to school in winter weather. That could mean checking with other families who have a car that can manage in the snow or forming a “walking school bus” to walk your children to school with other parents. If you’re stuck, call the school. We can connect you with other parents or staff members who can help.
    2. Keep your children healthy. Dress them warmly for the cold weather and make sure they’ve got hats and gloves. Encourage them to wash their hands regularly, and send them to school with a bottle of hand sanitizer. If your children do get sick, talk to a doctor or the school nurse about whether they should come to school and when it is okay for them to return.

    Above all, let us know how we can help. We want your children and all our students to succeed. And that means attending school every day possible.

    Looking forward to beginning a new year with our Warrior community!

    Mrs. Shannon Leatherwood,

    Spanaway Middle School


    December 21

    Hello Warrior Families:

    Happy Winter Break! We enjoyed seeing students participate in our Holiday Spirit Week as we finished out our last week of school before Winter Break. We also enjoyed the incredible Holiday Music Assembly our fantastic music department hosted on Friday, December 21 to close out our week and send us into the holidays. We wish you all a wonderful, safe, and merry holiday season, and we look forward to seeing you all again in the new year!

    Attendance

    This is the time of year when winter takes a toll on school attendance. Snow and slushy weather can keep families from getting their children to school. So can the colds, fevers and earaches that often come with the winter months.

    These absences, even if they are excused, can add up to academic trouble. If it is a snowy or rainy day but school is still open, students miss out on learning if they aren’t in class.  These absences can result in lower test scores and grades.

    There’s not much we can do about the weather, but there are two key steps every family can take to help avoid absences this year.

    1. Develop back up plans for getting your children to school in winter weather. That could mean checking with other families who have a car that can manage in the snow or forming a “walking school bus” to walk your children to school with other parents. If you’re stuck, call the school. We can connect you with other parents or staff members who can help.
    2. Keep your children healthy. Dress them warmly for the cold weather and make sure they’ve got hats and gloves. Encourage them to wash their hands regularly, and send them to school with a bottle of hand sanitizer. If your children do get sick, talk to a doctor or the school nurse about whether they should come to school and when it is okay for them to return.

    Above all, let us know how we can help. We want your children and all our students to succeed. And that means attending school every day possible.

    Bond Updates

    At the December Long Range Facilities Task Force meeting, community members gathered to discuss their final three options to deal with our overcrowded schools if we’re unable to build new schools. https://bit.ly/2QATItH.

    Register to Vote

    If you are not already registered to vote, please do so today. It only takes two minutes. The deadline to register online to vote in the February bond election is January 14, 2019. https://wei.sos.wa.gov/agency/osos/en/voters/Pages/register_to_vote.aspx. Also, just because you hear it repeated, doesn’t make it true. We rounded up another 10 frequently-seen critiques of our district for another round of Bethel MythBusters: https://bit.ly/2PIr1G3

    Technology Fair and Art Festival

    Mark your calendars for the annual Technology Fair and Art Festival! The event is scheduled for January 26, 2019 at Spanaway Lake High School from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be lots to do and see including a coding creation station, escape rooms, a robotics competition, and incredible art displays from across the district. We hope to see you there!

    Winter II Sports Season

    Winter II Sports Season will kick off shortly after we return in January, with tryouts starting January 22. Please see this link for more information about requirements and expectations for participating in athletics at Spanaway Middle School.

    Wishing you all a wonderful and safe holiday season and a very happy new year!

    Mrs. Shannon Leatherwood,

    Spanaway Middle School


    December 14

    Hello Warrior Families:

    Last week we celebrated our students who demonstrated the character traits of responsibility and safety at our PBiS assembly and kicked off our new character traits of community service and kindness. Warriors have had a few recent opportunities to participate in community service this year by taking part in last month’s annual Food Drive, and this year we also added the Homeless Drive to collect needed items for the homeless community. Fifty packages were prepared for our homeless community, and blankets were also sent with many of the packages. Way to go, Warriors! We will continue to focus on these two traits as we enter the new year.

    Bethel School District Bond Update

    We will be re-running the Bethel School District Construction Bond on February 5, 2019. Please register to vote! More information can be found here.

    Holiday Spirit Week

    Our next spirit week is from Monday, December 17 to Friday, December 21. Remember to follow Civi-Day expectations, viewed here, during Spirit Days. Spirit Days include:

    • Monday - SILENT NIGHT
      • Come to school in your favorite PJs
    • Tuesday - JINGLE BELLS
      • Show off your holiday bling
    • Wednesday - BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE
      • Don your favorite flannel and holiday socks
    • Thursday - CANDY CANE LANE
      • Wear red and white - look like your favorite winter treat
    • Friday - DECK THE HALLS
      • Bring out the tacky sweaters and Santa hats

    Winter Break

    Winter Break will be from December 22 - January 7. School returns on January 8, 2019.

    Have a great weekend, Warriors!

    Mrs. Shannon Leatherwood

    Principal


    December 7

    Hello Warrior Families:

    Today, Friday, December 7 is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day remembering the events of December 7, 1941. Every year on this day, Pearl Harbor Survivors, veterans, and visitors gather to honor and remember the servicemembers and civilians who were killed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that signaled the start of American involvement in World War Two. Congress designated December 7 as a national day of remembrance in 1994. Today we honor and remember all those who lost their lives that day, and thank those who continue to defend our country today.

    Last week, we were honored to host Nathan Harmon from Your Life Speaks as our guest speaker during our early dismissal assembly. One of the top school speakers in the country, Nathan delivered a powerful message to our students on kindness, self-worth, and respect as he shared his life story and challenged students to make good choices. We appreciate his visit and the positive impact it had on our students!

    On Wednesday this week, we concluded our character traits of responsibility and safety and kicked off our new character traits of community service and kindness. We encourage all students to be looking for ways they can serve their communities and show kindness to all.

    Athletics Reminders

    As the Winter 1 Sports Season continues, remember that all home games start at 3:30 p.m. Sports Schedules are available on our school calendar on our website, and at the Bethel School District’s athletics website. Please remember that students must be off campus from 1:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. unless they are in an after-school club or activity, and students may return to campus at 3:30 p.m. for home games.

    Music Concerts

    Our choir concert is on Wednesday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m. We look forward to seeing you there!

    Bethel School District Bond Update

    On November 27th, Bethel’s School Construction Bond was officially defeated 59.22% to 40.78%. When a legislator wins by 60% it’s called a landslide. This should not be the minimum percentage needed to provide quality schools for our kids. Please contact your legislators about dropping the 60% supermajority requirement for school bonds to a simple majority of 50%. www.bethelsd.org/Drop60. While the School Board decides if/when they will put another bond before voters, our Long Range Task Force continues to study alternative options to relieve overcrowding, and the Boundary Committee is considering boundary changes for the 2019/20 school year. The Long Range Task Force recently dove into the controversial idea of moving all of Bethel’s fifth-grade students up into the middle schools, which would create more capacity in our overcrowded elementary schools. Learn more about their latest meeting at https://bit.ly/2P5Ge3H

    School Safety

    Thanks to Q13 FOX for bringing viewers inside one of our schools for a lockdown drill. We couldn't be prouder of our students and staff who prepare for the worst (fire, intruder, earthquake) many times a year. https://bit.ly/2KBuC7W. More information about school safety at the Bethel School District can be found at this link. 

    Holiday Spirit Week

    Our next spirit week is from Monday, December 17 to Friday, December 21. Remember to follow Civi-Day expectations, viewed here, during Spirit Days. Spirit Days include:

    • Monday - SILENT NIGHT
        • Come to school in your favorite PJs
    • Tuesday - JINGLE BELLS
        • Show off your holiday bling
    • Wednesday - BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE
        • Don your favorite flannel and holiday socks
    • Thursday - CANDY CANE LANE
        • Wear red and white - look like your favorite winter treat
    • Friday - DECK THE HALLS
      • Bring out the tacky sweaters and Santa hats

    Have a great weekend!

    Shannon Leatherwood, Principal

     


    November 30, 2018

    Hello:

    Happy Friday! With the end of Trimester 1 today, we are now one-third of the way through the 2018 - 2019 School Year, and we want to encourage students to continue working hard in classes and staying focused on their learning. We are also wrapping up our current character traits of Responsibility and Safety and will kick off our next character traits, Community Service and Kindness, next week. This time of year is a wonderful time to encourage students to show kindness and lend a hand in their communities. We will be reviewing these traits during our Late Start assembly on Wednesday, December 5.

    Athletics Reminders

    We are now two weeks into the Winter 1 Sports Season, with all home games starting at 3:30 p.m. Sports Schedules are available on our school calendar on our website, and at the Bethel School District’s athletics website. Please remember that students must be off campus from 1:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. unless they are in an after-school club or activity, and students may return to campus at 3:30 p.m. for home games.

    Start of Trimester 2

    Trimester 2 starts on Monday, December 3. Please have students check their schedules Sunday night to ensure they know their schedules, as many students may be changing their electives classes. Trimester 1 grades will be sent home the following week.

    Music Concerts

    Our band and orchestra concert is coming up on Wednesday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m., and our choir concert will follow on Wednesday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m. We look forward to seeing you there!

    High School Trimester Transition Meeting - 8th Grade

    SLHS would like to invite you to learn more about their transition from being on a semester calendar (credit bearing grades given every 90 days) to being on a trimester calendar (credit bearing grades given every 60 days) on Thursday, December 6th at 6:30pm in the SLHS library. 

    All Bethel School District High Schools are planning on moving to trimesters in the 19/20 school year and would like to keep you updated on the work being done to complete a smooth transition. Currently the elementary and middle schools are on a trimester calendar.

    If you have any questions please contact SLHS at 253-683-5691.  A similar event will be held at Bethel High School on Monday, December 17 at 6 pm. You are welcome to attend either event.

    Holiday Spirit Week

    Our next spirit week is from Monday, December 17 to Friday, December 21. Remember to follow Civi-Day expectations, viewed here, during Spirit Days. Spirit Days include:

    • Monday - SILENT NIGHT
      • Come to school in your favorite PJs
    • Tuesday - JINGLE BELLS
      • Show off your holiday bling
    • Wednesday - BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE
      • Don your favorite flannel and holiday socks
    • Thursday - CANDY CANE LANE
      • Wear red and white - look like your favorite winter treat
    • Friday - DECK THE HALLS
      • Bring out the tacky sweaters and Santa hats

    Have a great weekend!

    Shannon Leatherwood, Principal

     


    November 21, 2018

    Hello:

    Happy Thanksgiving! I want to thank all of you for being part of our Warrior Family - students, staff, and families. I appreciate each of you and wish you all a safe and happy Thanksgiving Break!

    Bright Bytes

    All Bethel Schools are taking part in our annual technology use and integration survey.  The results of this survey help us understand how well we are integrating and using technology in the classroom.  It also helps us to understand how technology is used at home and the level of access to technology and the internet students and families have at home.  Could you take a moment, follow this link: https://bbyt.es/8C2GC, and complete the survey?  Your answers will help create a clear picture of technology use throughout the district, both in school and at home.

    SMS STEM Night

    Our next SMS STEM Night is on Thursday, November 29 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. and will include snacks and hands-on activities for the whole family. Sessions include Pierce County Skill Center: Game Design; Math Madness: Inside Math Classes at SMS; Career Pathways and Goal Setting at SMS; and time with LAP teachers. We hope to see you there!

    SMS Juried Art Show

    Our first Art Show will be on Wednesday, November 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Mrs. Start’s classroom. Volunteer judges will be judging the art displayed. We look forward to seeing you there!

    End of Trimester 1

    Trimester 1 ends on November 30, and Friday, November 30 is an early-release day with a guest speaker assembly. Trimester 2 will start the following Monday.

    Music Concerts

    Our band and orchestra concert is coming up on Wednesday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m., and our choir concert will follow on Wednesday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m. We look forward to seeing you there!

    High School Trimester Transition Meeting-8th Grade

    SLHS would like to invite you to learn more about their transition from being on a semester calendar (credit bearing grades given every 90 days) to being on a trimester calendar (credit bearing grades given every 60 days) on Thursday, December 6th at 6:30pm in the SLHS library. 

    All Bethel School District High Schools are planning on moving to trimesters in the 19/20 school year and would like to keep you updated on the work being done to complete a smooth transition. Currently the elementary and middle schools are on a trimester calendar.

    If you have any questions please contact SLHS at 253-683-5691.  A similar event will be held at Bethel High School on Monday, December 17 at 6 pm. You are welcome to attend either event.

    Holiday Spirit Week

    Our next spirit week is from Monday, December 17 to Friday, December 21. More information will come later.

    Bond Update

    Ballots are still being counted for our School Construction Bond, but that didn’t stop the Boundary Review Committee from meeting this week to discuss what will happen if the bond fails to reach a 60% supermajority and we can’t begin building new schools in the near future. https://bit.ly/2qQ5cKK

    Cell Phones/iPads

    Our school requires cell phones to be put away during the day. When students are at school, their phones should be in their lockers.  Thank you for supporting us with this as we work to provide your child with the best instructional program.

    There have been several iPads that have been misused over the past few weeks.  It is our Warrior Way to ensure we are responsible for our iPads and take care of them. I have listed our discipline policy regarding consequences when iPads are misused below:

    iPad/Cellphone Consequence

     

    • iPad Use: Student misuses iPad, possible destruction or leaves iPad unattended
    • iPhone Use: Student has cell phone out during school

    Level 1

    • Reteach Expectation(s)
    • Parents contacted
    • Level 1 Success Time

    Level 2

    • Reteach Expectation(s)
    • Parents contacted and possible conference set up
    • Level 1 or 2 Success Time
    • Take away iPad 1 day
    • iPhone in office for day

    Level 3

    • Reteach Expectation(s)
    • Parents contacted and possible conference set up
    • Level 1 or 2 Success Time
    • iPad-check in/out for trimester
    • iPhone in office for parent pick up

    Level 4

    • Reteach Expectation(s)
    • Parents contacted conference set up
    • 2 Success Time
    • iPad-check in/out for rest of year

    Have a great Thanksgiving Break!

    Shannon Leatherwood, Principal


     

    November 15, 2018

    Hello:

    Happy Friday! This week we concluded our Food Drive and together our Warriors collected 1,393 items for our Warrior Families and our homeless communities. Well done, Warriors! We are thankful for your giving spirits! And as we approach our annual day of thanksgiving next week, I want to thank all of you for being part of our Warrior Family - students, staff, and families. I appreciate each of you and wish you all a safe and happy Thanksgiving Break!

    SMS STEM Night - Date Changed

    Our next SMS STEM Night is on Thursday, November 29 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. and will include snacks and hands-on activities for the whole family. Sessions include Pierce County Skill Center: Game Design; Math Madness: Inside Math Classes at SMS; Career Pathways and Goal Setting at SMS; and time with LAP teachers. We hope to see you there!

    Walking School Bus

    Our 2nd monthly Walking School Bus is on Tuesday, November 20. Join us at the corner of B Street and 168th at 6:30 a.m. to walk to school together!

    Half Off Hoodies

    We are fundraising for our PBiS incentives and our InvestED Funds by selling blue hoodies in sizes Youth Small to Adult X-Large at $12 each through November 20. These can be purchased in the ASB Office during ASB hours and online.

    End of Trimester 1

    Trimester 1 ends on November 30, and Friday, November 30 is an early-release day with a guest speaker assembly. Trimester 2 will start the following Monday.

    Cell Phones/iPads

    Our school requires cell phones to be put away during the day. When students are at school, their phones should be in their lockers.  Thank you for supporting us with this as we work to provide your child with the best instructional program.

    There have been several iPads that have been misused over the past few weeks.  It is our Warrior Way to ensure we are responsible for our iPads and take care of them. I have listed our discipline policy regarding consequences when iPads are misused below:

    iPad/Cellphone Consequence

     

    • iPad Use

     

    Student misuses iPad, possible destruction or leaves iPad unattended

     

    • iPhone Use

     

    Student has cell phone out during school

    Level 1

    • Reteach Expectation(s)
    • Parents contacted
    • Level 1 Success Time

    Level 2

    • Reteach Expectation(s)
    • Parents contacted and possible conference set up
    • Level 1 or 2 Success Time
    • Take away iPad 1 day
    • iPhone in office for day

    Level 3

    • Reteach Expectation(s)
    • Parents contacted and possible conference set up
    • Level 1 or 2 Success Time
    • iPad-check in/out for trimester
    • iPhone in office for parent pick up

    Level 4

    • Reteach Expectation(s)
    • Parents contacted conference set up
    • 2 Success Time
    • iPad-check in/out for rest of year

    Have a great weekend!

    Shannon Leatherwood, Principal


    November 9, 2018

    Hello:

    Happy Friday! This week we honored the veterans of our community at our annual Veteran’s Day assembly, featuring incredible musical performances by our students and commemorations by our staff. We also hosted a Veteran’s Day lunch for the veterans of our community and their students and staff, and it was wonderful visiting with our families and recognizing them at our assembly. We want to thank all of our veterans for their service and sacrifice for our country - we appreciate you!

    Veteran’s Day: No School

    There is no school on Veteran’s Day, which is Monday, November 12.

    SMS STEM Night

    Our next SMS STEM Night is on Thursday, November 15 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. and will include snacks and hands-on activities for the whole family. Sessions include Pierce County Skill Center: Game Design; Math Madness: Inside Math Classes at SMS; Career Pathways and Goal Setting at SMS; and time with LAP teachers. We hope to see you there!

    Half Off Hoodies

    We are fundraising for our PBiS incentives and our InvestED Funds by selling blue hoodies in sizes Youth Small to Adult X-Large at $12 each through November 20. These can be purchased in the ASB Office during ASB hours and online.

    Holiday Food Drive

    Our annual holiday food drive is coming up and will run from Monday, November 5 to Thursday, November 16. Any donations can be sent with your child to their advisory teacher, as advisory teachers will be collecting donations during this time. We appreciate all you do to help support our community during this time!

    SMS Family Welcome Center

    We are excited to host the third 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. The Welcome Center will be at SMS and open on the following Thursdays from 6:45 - 8:30 a.m. and 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.:

    • 11/15/2018
    • 12/20/2018
    • 1/24/2019
    • 2/21/2019
    • 3/21/2019
    • 4/25/2019
    • 5/16/2019

    Cell Phones/iPads

    Our school requires cell phones to be put away during the day. When students are at school, their phones should be in their lockers.  Thank you for supporting us with this as we work to provide your child with the best instructional program.

    There have been several iPads that have been misused over the past few weeks.  It is our Warrior Way to ensure we are responsible for our iPads and take care of them. I have listed our discipline policy regarding consequences when iPads are misused below:

    iPad/Cellphone Consequence

     

    • iPad Use

     

    Student misuses iPad, possible destruction or leaves iPad unattended

     

    • iPhone Use

     

    Student has cell phone out during school

    Level 1

    • Reteach Expectation(s)
    • Parents contacted
    • Level 1 Success Time

    Level 2

    • Reteach Expectation(s)
    • Parents contacted and possible conference set up
    • Level 1 or 2 Success Time
    • Take away iPad 1 day
    • iPhone in office for day

    Level 3

    • Reteach Expectation(s)
    • Parents contacted and possible conference set up
    • Level 1 or 2 Success Time
    • iPad-check in/out for trimester
    • iPhone in office for parent pick up

    Level 4

    • Reteach Expectation(s)
    • Parents contacted conference set up
    • 2 Success Time
    • iPad-check in/out for rest of year

    Have a great weekend!

    Shannon Leatherwood, Principal


    November 2, 2018

    Hello:

    Happy Friday! It was wonderful seeing families and students at Fall Conferences this week. Connecting with our families and working together to help each student reach their hopes and dreams is one of our priorities at Spanaway Middle School. We enjoyed visiting with families this week and sharing student goals and progress in school. We look forward to seeing families throughout the year, and again in May for Spring Conferences!

    Half Off Hoodies

    We are fundraising for our PBiS incentives and our InvestED Funds by selling blue hoodies in sizes Youth Small to Adult X-Large at $12 each through November 20. These can be purchased in the ASB Office during ASB hours and online.

    Winter I Sports Season

    We concluded the Fall Sports Season this week and will be preparing for the Winter I Sports Season: girls basketball and wrestling. Tryouts for these two sports start on November 5. Please see this link for more information about requirements and expectations for participating in athletics at Spanaway Middle School.

    Holiday Food Drive

    Our annual holiday food drive is coming up and will run from Monday, November 5 to Thursday, November 16. Any donations can be sent with your child to their advisory teacher, as advisory teachers will be collecting donations during this time. We appreciate all you do to help support our community during this time!

    Bond Update

    1. Be sure to educate yourselves and vote! Bethel has a School Construction Bond on the ballot. Learn more about it in this short video: https://youtu.be/wnwnTEvb_uY
    2. We’ve all seen the construction happening in every corner of the school district. With all this new growth in our community, we expect to be adding students at a rate of 300 a year for the next decade. Learn more here → https://bit.ly/2BYmjRq
    3. There are a lot of myths and misconceptions swirling around about Bethel’s history with bonds. Let’s take a look at (and bust) a few of those myths. https://bit.ly/2Cn2Bib
    4. Are you registered to vote? The deadline to register online or by mail has passed, but you can still register in person, which you can do up to 8-days prior to Election Day. Learn more at https://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/auditors/

    Veteran’s Day: No School

    There is no school on Veteran’s Day, which is Monday, November 12.

    SMS Family Welcome Center

    We are excited to host the third 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. 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.:

    • 11/15/2018
    • 12/20/2018
    • 1/24/2019
    • 2/21/2019
    • 3/21/2019
    • 4/25/2019
    • 5/16/2019

    Cell Phones/iPads

    Our school requires cell phones to be put away during the day. When students are at school, their phones should be in their lockers.  Thank you for supporting us with this as we work to provide your child with the best instructional program.

    There have been several iPads that have been misused over the past few weeks.  It is our Warrior Way to ensure we are responsible for our iPads and take care of them. I have listed our discipline policy regarding consequences when iPads are misused below:

    iPad Use

    Student misuses iPad, possible destruction or leaves iPad unattended

    iPhone Use

    Student has cell phone out during school

    • Reteach Expectation(s)
    • Parents contacted
    • Level 1 Success Time
    • Reteach Expectation(s)
    • Parents contacted and possible conference set up
    • Level 1 or 2 Success Time
    • Take away iPad 1 day
    • iPhone in office for day
    • Reteach Expectation(s)
    • Parents contacted and possible conference set up
    • Level 1 or 2 Success Time
    • iPad-check in/out for trimester
    • iPhone in office for parent pick up
    • Reteach Expectation(s)
    • Parents contacted conference set up
    • 2 Success Time
    • iPad-check in/out for rest of year
    • iPhone in office for parent pick up and stay home

    Thank you for attending our conferences!  The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Our staff is amazing and we hope you continue your partnership with us by reaching out if you have any questions.

    Have a great weekend!

    Shannon Leatherwood, Principal


    October 26, 2018

    Greetings,

    Happy Friday! We enjoyed seeing students participate in Spirit Week this week. We encourage all students to participate in school spirit events and activities, and more opportunities will be coming up later this year. We are also continuing to focus on our current character traits of responsibility and safety. Last week we had a guest speaker at our PBiS Assembly talk about student physical and emotional safety and the importance of student self-advocacy and how students should report concerns to an adult when their safety is in question. We encourage all students to reach out to an adult and speak up when they have questions or concerns. Student safety is our top priority!

    You are Invited!

    Spanaway Middle School Veterans Day Lunch and celebration. Please come join Spanaway Middle school students as we say “Thank You” to the Veterans and Active Duty Military members in our community. Come enjoy lunch on us on November 7th from 11:30 to 12:30

    with an assembly to honor your service to follow.  If you have a picture that you would like included in the slideshow please send it with your student with branch of military and years of service.  I will make sure it is safe and returned to you.

    Please RSVP by Friday November 1st to Mrs. Angerman at dangerman@bethelsd.org with the number of family members that will be joining your student at the breakfast. Thank you for your service and we hope to see you November 7th!

    New Website

    Our website has been revised to match the district website, and one of the new features is a place for blog updates. We will be updating this place once a week or more with important school information.

    Half Off Hoodies

    We are fundraising for our PBiS incentives and our InvestED Funds by selling blue hoodies in sizes Youth Small to Adult X-Large at $12 each through November 20. These can be purchased in the ASB Office during ASB hours (located here) and online (located here).

    End of Progress 1

    The halfway point of the trimester is coming up on October 26, and there is an early dismissal on this day so teachers can prepare Progress 1 report cards. These cards are not printed will be available online at Family Access by November 1.

    Fall Conferences

    Fall Conferences are coming up on October 31 - November 2. These days are all Early Release days with a release time of 9:55 a.m. Conferences will be through advisories this year. Your student’s advisory teacher will contact you regarding setting up a conference time for your student. We look forward to seeing all Warrior families at conferences!

    Yearbook Sale Coming Up

    The yearbook will be available for purchase during Fall Conferences on October 31 - November 2. The yearbook is only available to purchase a few times a year, and the next time to purchase it will be during Spring Conferences in May. Purchase them for $25 in the ASB Office or online next week.

    Winter I Sports Season

    We concluded the Fall Sports Season this week and will be preparing for the Winter I Sports Season: girls basketball and wrestling. Tryouts for these two sports start on November 5. Please see this link for more information about requirements and expectations for participating in athletics at Spanaway Middle School.

    Advanced Orchestra Fall Concert

    The Advanced Orchestra will be playing in the Fall Concert at Spanaway Lake High School on November 1 at 7:00 p.m.

    Bond Update

    1. Ballots will be arriving this weekend for the November Election. Be sure to educate yourselves and vote! Bethel has a School Construction Bond on the ballot. Learn more about it in this short video: https://youtu.be/wnwnTEvb_uY
    2. We’ve all seen the construction happening in every corner of the school district. With all this new growth in our community, we expect to be adding students at a rate of 300 a year for the next decade. Learn more here → https://bit.ly/2BYmjRq
    3. There are a lot of myths and misconceptions swirling around about Bethel’s history with bonds. Let’s take a look at (and bust) a few of those myths. https://bit.ly/2Cn2Bib
    4. Are you registered to vote? The deadline to register online or by mail has passed, but you can still register in person, which you can do up to 8-days prior to Election Day. Learn more at https://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/auditors/

    Holiday Food Drive

    Our annual holiday food drive is coming up and will run from Monday, November 5 to Thursday, November 16. Any donations can be sent with your child to their advisory teacher, as advisory teachers will be collecting donations during this time. We appreciate all you do to help support our community during this time!

    National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

    National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, October 27, 2018 (10 AM - 2 PM).  Getting rid of unused medication in the home, is one of the most powerful ways to prevent problems associated with inappropriate medicine access. In addition to disposal, locking medicines securely helps prevent children, teens, or adults from accessing medications that have not been prescribed to them.

    Have a great weekend, Warriors!

    Mrs. Shannon Leatherwood

    Principal, Spanaway Middle School

     


    October 19, 2018

    Hello Families:

    Happy Friday! This week I want to talk about student safety. Safety is one of our two new character traits that we are focusing on this trimester, and at Spanaway Middle School, student safety is of utmost importance to us. Because we care about student safety, we want to be prepared for every possible situation, and that includes preparing for emergencies like lockdowns, earthquakes, and other situations. This week, we practiced the Great Washington Shakeout, which is a statewide earthquake drill that every school and every classroom practices at 10:18 a.m. on October 18. More information can be found here: https://www.shakeout.org/washington/. We will be practicing an emergency drill at least once a month to ensure that students, and staff, are safe no matter what. Our other character trait is responsibility. It is our responsibility to ensure the safety of all our Warrior students and staff! This week we also had our first PBiS Awards Assembly recognizing students who demonstrated our previous character traits of community and respect. We look forward to recognizing additional students at our next assembly who exemplify our current character traits of safety and responsibility.

    Spirit Week

    Our first Spirit Week is next week. Students may wear clothes according to the following themes:

    Monday - Tourist day

    Tuesday - Formal day

    Wednesday - Sport day

    Thursday - Twin day

    Friday - Orange vs Purple  (wear the color you like best)

    Civi-Day expectations apply to each of these days. More information about Civi-Day Expectations can be found here: https://www.bethelsd.org/Page/4521.

    End of Progress 1

    The halfway point of the trimester is coming up on October 26, and there is an early dismissal on this day so teachers can prepare Progress 1 report cards. These cards are not printed will be available online at Family Access by November 1.

    Fall Conferences

    Fall Conferences are coming up on October 31 - November 2. Conferences will be through advisories this year. Your student’s advisory teacher will contact you regarding setting up a conference time for your student. We look forward to seeing all Warrior families at conferences!

    Career Day Update

    Career Day has been cancelled for the 2018 - 2019 School Year due to conflicting schedules and other logistics outside our control. Thank you to all families who offered to help; we appreciate you! We hope to hold Career Day again in the 2019 - 2020 School Year.

    Invest Ed

    We are extremely low on our InvestEd funds this year.  Did you know InvestEd matches and doubles your contribution? InvestEd Donations:   So if you donate 10 dollars, we get 20 dollars to help with students!

    InvestEd is a crucial fund we use for student's families when they need assistance with school related costs, fees, and to buy the students necessary materials for school. In the past, we have used it for:

    -ASB cards

    -iPad insurance

    -Sports Fees, including sports outside of school

    -Band and music costs (such as reeds for instruments)

    -Clothes, shoes, and PrideWear

    If you would like to donate to help out students and families in need, please consider donating to InvestEd by giving your donation to Terri Roth in ASB.  You can also go directly to InvestEd.org and assign it directly to Spanaway Middle School.

    Registered to Vote

    Are you registered to vote? If not, you can do so here → https://bit.ly/1k7HTl5

    Stay Informed and Connected

    Make sure to follow us on social media!

    • Facebook
    • Instagram: @spanaway_middle_school
    • Twitter: @SpanawayMS

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Mrs. Shannon Leatherwood

    Principal, Spanaway Middle School

     


    October 12, 2018

    Hello Families:

    We are coming close to two important dates this month: the midway point of Trimester 1 with Progress 1 reports expected to be posted to Family Access by October 31, and Fall Conference week from October 31 - November 2. We look forward to sharing student academic progress with families in the Progress 1 reports and seeing all of our Warrior families during Fall Conference week! Other updates include:

    Federal Impact Forms

    The annual Federal Impact Forms have been passed out to all students. ALL STUDENTS must return these forms, signed, by November 10. Please help us ensure that all forms are returned signed by asking your student about the form next week and sending it back signed by November 10. We appreciate your support in getting these finished!

    New Signs

    Our new signs came in for the No Left turns for the driveway. Please do not turn left out of the Spanaway Middle School driveway from 6:30 - 7:30 and then again 1:30 - 2:30. It is a ticketed  offense if you do. Please help us keep all of our Warriors safe!

    Cookie Dough Fundraiser

    Our cookie dough fundraiser has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. We will communicate more information later.

    Invest Ed

    We are extremely low on our InvestEd funds this year.  Did you know InvestEd matches and doubles your contribution? InvestEd Donations:   So if you donate 10 dollars, we get 20 dollars to help with students!

    InvestEd is a crucial fund we use for student's families when they need assistance with school related costs, fees, and to buy the students necessary materials for school. In the past, we have used it for:

    -ASB cards

    -iPad insurance

    -Sports Fees, including sports outside of school

    -Band and music costs (such as reeds for instruments)

    -Clothes, shoes, and PrideWear

    If you would like to donate to help out students and families in need, please consider donating to InvestEd by giving your donation to Terri Roth in ASB.  You can also go directly to InvestEd.org and assign it directly to Spanaway Middle School.

    SMS Family Welcome Center

    We are excited to host the second 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. 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.:

    • 10/18/2018
    • 11/15/2018
    • 12/20/2018
    • 1/24/2019
    • 2/21/2019
    • 3/21/2019
    • 4/25/2019
    • 5/16/2019

    Registered to Vote

    Are you registered to vote? If not, you can do so here → https://bit.ly/1k7HTl5

    Stay Informed and Connected

    Make sure to follow us on social media!

    • Facebook
    • Instagram: @spanaway_middle_school
    • Twitter: @SpanawayMS

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Mrs. Shannon Leatherwood

    Principal, Spanaway Middle School

     


    October 5, 2018

    Hello Families:

    We are having an outstanding school year! I wanted to take a moment to highlight the hard work and contributions of our Warrior staff, because when we have a strong staff who put students first and work together to increase student success, we can collectively help students reach their hopes and dreams. We believe that our Warrior staff help make Spanaway Middle School the best school in the state and we are thankful for all they do each and every day!

    Federal Impact Forms

    The annual Federal Impact Forms have been passed out to all students. ALL STUDENTS must return these forms, signed, by November 10. Please help us ensure that all forms are returned signed by asking your student about the form next week and sending it back signed by November 10. We appreciate your support in getting these finished!

    Walking School Bus

    Wednesday, October 10, is National Walk to School Day!  To celebrate, SMS will be hosting our first Walking School Bus of the year. Students who walk to school are encouraged to meet Warrior staff at the corner of 168th and B Street at 6:20 a.m. as we walk to school together to help promote student safety and the importance of walking in groups.

    Cookie Dough Fundraiser

    We are kicking off our cookie dough fundraiser on Thursday, October 11 and it will end on Friday, October 26. More information will be coming soon.

    Invest Ed

    We are extremely low on our InvestEd funds this year.  Did you know InvestEd matches and doubles your contribution? InvestEd Donations:   So if you donate 10 dollars, we get 20 dollars to help with students!

    InvestEd is a crucial fund we use for student's families when they need assistance with school related costs, fees, and to buy the students necessary materials for school. In the past, we have used it for:

    -ASB cards

    -iPad insurance

    -Sports Fees, including sports outside of school

    -Band and music costs (such as reeds for instruments)

    -Clothes, shoes, and PrideWear

    If you would like to donate to help out students and families in need, please consider donating to InvestEd by giving your donation to Terri Roth in ASB.  You can also go directly to InvestEd.org and assign it directly to Spanaway Middle School.

    SMS Family Welcome Center

    We are excited to host the second 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. 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.:

    • 10/18/2018
    • 11/15/2018
    • 12/20/2018
    • 1/24/2019
    • 2/21/2019
    • 3/21/2019
    • 4/25/2019
    • 5/16/2019

    Bond Information

    For many of our students, school starts pretty early. As winter approaches and the days get shorter, our headlights pick up the silhouettes of kids waiting at bus stops in the early morning hours. But what if school started even earlier? “Double Shifting” is one idea currently being explored by the Long Range Facilities Task Force to help combat overcrowding in the event the November School Construction Bond does not pass. In a double shifting model, half of a school’s student population would attend from roughly 6 a.m. to noon, and the other half would attend from noon until 6 p.m. In this scenario, you can only imagine what time the buses would have to roll to start picking kids up in the morning. One parent said, “In my house it would be like pajama day, every day.” Read more at www.bethelsd.org/TaskForce

    Registered to Vote

    Are you registered to vote? If not, you can do so here → https://bit.ly/1k7HTl5

    ABC Day

    The annual entertainment extravaganza known as All Bethel Community Day is coming on October 6th and you’re invited to take part in the fun. This year’s ABC Day will include a Blackhawk helicopter, free wagon rides, the Seahawks mascot Blitz, superheroes, a Bike-A-Thon with FREE bike helmets, animal exhibits, the Pacific Wrestling Federation, the Rhythm Ambassadors Latin Salsa Band, and much more! Join us on October 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bethel High School.

    SMS CLUBS

    SMS has some great clubs this year for students to join!  If your student is interested, they can contact the teacher that is running the club.  There is an activity bus that runs at 4:00pm to bring your student home; just make sure the teacher knows ahead of time how your student will be getting home and if they are riding the activity bus. 

    Ukulele Club:  Mr. Hamelin

    Thursdays from 2:00pm-4:00pm

    Bike Club: Mr. Birdseye

    Thursdays from 2:00pm-4:00pm

    *Currently Full

    Robotics Club: Mr. Coward

    Thursdays from 2:00pm-4:00pm

    Skills USA: Mrs. Noble

    Thursdays from 2:00pm-4:00pm

    *Involves STEM, Leadership, and Community Building

    Art Club: Mrs. Start

    Thursdays from 2:00pm-4:00pm

    Yearbook (By Application):  Ms. Coward

    Wednesdays and Fridays from 2:00pm-4:00pm

    *Currently Full

    Jazz Club (By Audition): Mr. Graciano

    Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00pm-4:00pm

    *Must audition with teacher to join

    Vocal Essence 5.0 (by audition): Mr. Kirkegaard

    Wednesdays from 2:00pm-4:00pm

    *Must audition with teacher to join

    TRIO (By Application): Mr. Johnson

    Wednesdays from 2:00pm-4:00pm.

    Stay Informed and Connected

    Make sure to follow us on social media!

    • Facebook
    • Instagram: @spanaway_middle_school
    • Twitter: @SpanawayMS

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Mrs. Shannon Leatherwood

    Principal, Spanaway Middle School


    September 28, 2018

    Hello Families:

    This week we had our first Late Start of the year.  Our students did an exceptional job getting to school on time and adapting to the schedule change. We continue to be excited about the positive start to the new year.  This year our Late Starts days end with an assembly. This week, David Graciano came to speak to our students about what it means to be a part of a community and how important taking care of others within that community is. As a graduate of Spanaway Lake High School, David shared stories of how he grew up here and how his community impacted who he is today. His experiences and positive mindset have contributed to his success today.  We would like to thank David for sharing his story and inspiring our students to act upon their hopes to achieve their dreams!

    Federal Impact Forms

    The annual Federal Impact Forms will be passed out to students through advisory on Monday, October 1. ALL STUDENTS must return these forms, signed, by November 10. Please help us ensure that all forms are returned signed by asking your student about the form next week and sending it back signed by November 10. We appreciate your support in getting these finished!

    WATCH DOGS - Mrs. Moore

    Calling all Dads, Grandpas, Uncles, and Father Figures of great SMS students! Come join us for a fun informative evening to learn all about how you can be involved in your students school day by becoming a WATCH dog at Spanaway Middle School! Join us on Friday, October 5th from 6-7pm. There will be pizza, drinks, and fun!

    PTSA Meeting

    Our first PTSA meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 9 at 6 p.m. at Spanaway Middle School in the library. This is a general membership meeting and all are welcome. We hope to see you there!

    Cookie Dough Fundraiser

    We are kicking off our cookie dough fundraiser on Thursday, October 11 and it will end on Friday, October 26. More information will be coming soon.

    Invest Ed

    We are extremely low on our InvestEd funds this year.  Did you know InvestEd matches and doubles your contribution? InvestEd Donations:   So if you donate 10 dollars, we get 20 dollars to help with students!

    InvestEd is a crucial fund we use for student's families when they need assistance with school related costs, fees, and to buy the students necessary materials for school. In the past, we have used it for:

    -ASB cards

    -iPad insurance

    -Sports Fees, including sports outside of school

    -Band and music costs (such as reeds for instruments)

    -Clothes, shoes, and PrideWear

    If you would like to donate to help out students and families in need, please consider donating to InvestEd by giving your donation to Terri Roth in ASB.  You can also go directly to InvestEd.org and assign it directly to Spanaway Middle School.

    Attendance Matters!

    We want our students here each and every day! Our building goal is 95% of our students present and on time every day. Please help support our goal; right now we have an average of 93% of our students here. We can do better! Families, what can you do? A LOT! Make school attendance a priority. Talk about the importance of showing up to school every day and make that the expectation. Help your student maintain daily routines, such as finishing homework and getting a good night's sleep. Try not to schedule dental and medical appointments during the school day. Do not let your child stay home unless truly sick. We need your support! Every day counts.

    ABC Day

    This year’s ABC (All Bethel Community) Day will take place October 6 from 10 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Bethel High School. We hope to see you at this fun, informative, and exciting community event!

    Bethel Bond

    Members of the Long Range Facilities Task Force met this week to study future options to ease the overcrowding in our schools if November's School Construction Bond does not pass. Specifically the Task Force is looking at multi-track year-round schools, double shifting, repurposing commercial sites into schools, leasing classroom space at adjacent districts, turning a middle school into an elementary school, and converting Elk Plain K-8 back to a K-5 configuration to free up space for more elementary students. More information is at BethelSD.org/TaskForce. KOMO and Q13 visited Bethel this week to talk about the options we’re exploring if November’s bond doesn’t pass.

    Year-round school looms at Bethel if bond fails (KOMO)

    https://komonews.com/news/local/administrators-year-round-school-an-option-if-bethel-school-district-bond-proposal-fails

    Options to ease overcrowding in Bethel (Q13)

    https://q13fox.com/2018/09/18/options-to-ease-overcrowding-in-bethel-school-district-examined-in-case-bond-measure-rejected/

    Stay Informed and Connected

    Make sure to follow us on social media!

    • Facebook
    • Instagram: @spanaway_middle_school
    • Twitter: @SpanawayMS

    Have a wonderful week!

    Go Warriors!

    Mrs. Shannon Leatherwood

    Principal

     


    September 21, 2018

    Hello Warriors:

    Another great week at Spanaway Middle School! We are seeing great things from students each and every day, both in the classroom and around campus, and we are excited to kick off the 2018 - 2019 School Year’s Fall Sports season with baseball, fast pitch, and track all starting their matches this week. Other updates are below.

    Invest Ed

    We are extremely low on our InvestEd funds this year.  Did you know InvestEd matches and doubles your contribution? InvestEd Donations:   So if you donate 10 dollars, we get 20 dollars to help with students! InvestEd is a crucial fund we use for student's families when they need assistance with school related costs, fees, and to buy the students necessary materials for school. In the past, we have used it for:

    -ASB cards

    -iPad insurance

    -Sports Fees, including sports outside of school

    -Band and music costs (such as reeds for instruments)

    -Clothes, shoes, and Pridewear

    If you would like to donate to help out students and families in need, please consider donating to InvestEd by giving your donation to Terri Roth in ASB.  You can also go directly to InvestEd.org and assign it directly to Spanaway Middle School.

    Schedule Update

    The new schedule changes are now in effect. Students received their schedules today in advisory and began their new classes today. We are excited to welcome two new teachers to our building: Mr. Ryan Baker and Ms. Ana Flores. They will each be teaching one class period in the morning before returning to Spanaway Lake High School for the rest of their classes.

    Attention: 6th Graders Interested in Choir

    We are looking for 6th graders interested in joining choir. Please call the office at 253-683-5400 for more information and to sign up. This will be a yearlong electives class.

    Bethel Bond Update

    Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer Mike Lonergan has confirmed that taxes will be going down for Bethel voters, even if the November bond is approved by voters. “…it is my opinion that both the school district tax rate and the average amount of school district tax per residential property will be lower in 2019 than in 2018.” In his email to Superintendent Tom Seigel, Lonergan said the local levy/bond rate would drop from $5.95 per thousand dollars of property value in 2018 to $4.88 per thousand in 2019, a number which INCLUDES a passed November bond. Read the full article at https://bit.ly/2ModO3u

    Local News Update

    This week the Seattle Times published a thorough and sobering article on the front page about the issue of student homelessness in Bethel. Please take a few minutes to read the story and see what our amazing staff members are doing to help these students. https://bit.ly/2x5eKFi

    WATCH DOGS

    Calling all Dads, Grandpas, Uncles, and Father Figures of great SMS students! Come join us for a fun informative evening to learn all about how you can be involved in your students school day by becoming a WATCH dog at Spanaway Middle School! Join us on Friday, October 5th from 6-7pm. There will be pizza, drinks, and fun!

    ABC Day

    We’re very excited to announce that The Boeing Company is sponsoring this year’s ABC Day! The company’s generous $5,000 donation will allow us to once again educate and entertain thousands of members of the Bethel community. This year’s ABC Day will take place October 6 at Bethel High School. #BoeingPartner

    Attendance Matters!

    Did you know that students should miss no more than 9 days of school each year to stay engaged, successful and on track to graduation? By 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three signs that a student may drop out of high school. It is important that our students make it to school on time each and every day. To support your student's attendance success please help your child maintain daily routines, such as finishing homework and getting a good night's sleep. Try not to schedule dental and medical appointments during the school day. Please do not let your child stay home unless they are truly too sick for school. Please refer to the attached poster as a guide on this link for when you should keep your student home.  Thank you for supporting your student's continued success.

    After-School Childcare

    Don't forget to register for before and after school care! Right at School will be providing before and after school child care at all Bethel elementary schools, with the exception of Thompson, which will continue to be served by the Boys and Girls Club. To register for Right at School visit https://rightatschool.com/program-finder/ or call 855-287-2466. To register for Boys & Girls Club at Thompson, email southpierce@bgcsps.org or call 253-693-8111.

    Stopping for School Buses

    Thanks to the Washington State Patrol for putting together this informative video about when to stop for a school bus! www.facebook.com/WashingtonStatePatrol/videos/2200201673327872

    Stay Informed and Connected

    Make sure to follow us on social media!

    • Facebook
    • Instagram: @spanaway_middle_school
    • Twitter: @SpanawayMS

    WEB Hat Day

    Our student leadership and mentorship program, WEB, is running a fundraiser on Friday, September 28. Students can purchase a bracelet for $1 on Wednesday, September 26 and Thursday, September 27 during ASB hours in the ASB office and use their bracelet to wear their hat on Friday, September 28. The funds will be used to support the WEB program and their 6th grade events.

    Have a great week, Warriors!

    Go Warriors!

    Mrs. Shannon Leatherwood

    Principal


    September 14, 2018

    Hello SMS families:

    We are off to a great start this year! We are excited by the energy and enthusiasm of students as they start the new year, and are impressed by the efforts students are showing towards their learning. Additionally, students are consistently following the Warrior Way as they begin their new classes and have demonstrated that they are ready to grow and learn this year. Way to go, Warriors!

    Bond

    We have an important election coming up.  Please make sure you have registered to vote.  Click here for the website register: https://weiapplets.sos.wa.gov/MyVoteOLVR/MyVoteOLVR

    iPad Paperwork

    Parents: if you have not yet completed the iPad paperwork online here, please do so as soon as possible. We are unable to distribute your student’s iPad until this paperwork is completed. Please let us know if you have any questions!

    Revised ASB Hours

    Our ASB hours are revised for this year; please see the hours listed below.

    • 10:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

    Picture Day is Coming

    Friday, September 21 is Picture Day. Packets will be handed out in advisories on Monday, September 17.

    Attendance Matters!

    Did you know that students should miss no more than 9 days of school each year to stay engaged, successful and on track to graduation? By 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three signs that a student may drop out of high school. It is important that our students make it to school on time each and every day. To support your student's attendance success please help your child maintain daily routines, such as finishing homework and getting a good night's sleep. Try not to schedule dental and medical appointments during the school day. Please do not let your child stay home unless they are truly too sick for school. Please refer to the attached poster as a guide on this link for when you should keep your student home.  Thank you for supporting your student's continued success.

    STEM Night

    Our first STEM Family Night is on Thursday, September 20 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. in the Commons. Sessions that are available include Skyward, Canvas, PSCS, and STEM Clubs. Refreshments will be provided. Bring the whole family!

    SMS Family Welcome Center

    We are excited to introduce 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. 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.:

    • 9/20/2018
    • 10/18/2018
    • 11/15/2018
    • 12/20/2018
    • 1/24/2019
    • 2/21/2019
    • 3/21/2019
    • 4/25/2019
    • 5/16/2019

    Instrumental Rental Night

    Instrumental Rental Night is coming up on Tuesday, September 18 from 4 - 7:00 p.m. at Spanaway Lake High School.

    Message From Mrs. Moore (Our New Associate Administrator)

    I wanted to introduce myself to you. My name is Marnie Moore and I am the new Associate Administrator at Spanaway Middle School. I have been in education over 15 years and I am excited to get to know the students at SMS. Recently, someone asked me why I chose to go into education. I chose to go into education because I am given the opportunity to make a positive impact in the lives around me. It only takes me two seconds to say something to a student or a parent that could potentially have a lifelong positive impact. I went into administration because when I heard comments from students and parents such as, “I want you for a principal,” or “Thank you for all that you do for my child,” my heart fills up with joy. One of my favorite quotes comes from an inspiring educator Rita Pierson: "Every child deserves an adult who will never give up on them." I chose to go into education because I am that adult. Please let me know how I can support you and your student have a successful 2018 - 2019 school year!

    Progress 1: Character Traits of Community & Respect

    Every grading period, we will have two new Character Traits that we will focus on as a building, and we will work to recognize students who demonstrate these traits. The link to the video is in the Classroom PBiS presentation, and is also included here. All of the character traits videos can be found on that Bethel Schools YouTube channel.

    Excited to continue a wonderful year with our fabulous students!

    Go Warriors!

    Thank you,

    Mrs. Shannon Leatherwood

    Principal


    September 17, 2018

    Hello Warriors:

    I wanted to update you about some possible changes that may occur to your student’s schedule. Due to increased enrollment in all grade levels, we have created more class sections to balance and reduce class sizes. This will result in some students being moved into new classes. You may notice that student schedules on Skyward and Family Access may be different from your student’s current schedule. This is a result of these school-wide scheduling changes. All students will receive a reprinted schedule in advisories by the end of the week, and we will let students know when they can begin attending their new classes, which will not take effect until the end of the week. The staff at Spanaway Middle School is committed to helping each student be successful in their classes, and please let us know if you have any questions about these potential schedule changes for your student.

    Thank you, and I look forward to working with you and your student to help them reach their hopes and dreams this year at Spanaway Middle School.

    Go Warriors!

    Mrs. Leatherwood

    Principal

    Spanaway Middle School

     


    September 14, 2018

    Hello SMS families:

    We are off to a great start this year! We are excited by the energy and enthusiasm of students as they start the new year, and are impressed by the efforts students are showing towards their learning. Additionally, students are consistently following the Warrior Way as they begin their new classes and have demonstrated that they are ready to grow and learn this year. Way to go, Warriors!

    Bond

    We have an important election coming up.  Please make sure you have registered to vote.  Click here for the website register: https://weiapplets.sos.wa.gov/MyVoteOLVR/MyVoteOLVR

    iPad Paperwork

    Parents: if you have not yet completed the iPad paperwork online here, please do so as soon as possible. We are unable to distribute your student’s iPad until this paperwork is completed. Please let us know if you have any questions!

    Revised ASB Hours

    Our ASB hours are revised for this year; please see the hours listed below.

    • 10:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

    Picture Day is Coming

    Friday, September 21 is Picture Day. Packets will be handed out in advisories on Monday, September 17.

    Attendance Matters!

    Did you know that students should miss no more than 9 days of school each year to stay engaged, successful and on track to graduation? By 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three signs that a student may drop out of high school. It is important that our students make it to school on time each and every day. To support your student's attendance success please help your child maintain daily routines, such as finishing homework and getting a good night's sleep. Try not to schedule dental and medical appointments during the school day. Please do not let your child stay home unless they are truly too sick for school. Please refer to the attached poster as a guide on this link for when you should keep your student home.  Thank you for supporting your student's continued success.

    STEM Night

    Our first STEM Family Night is on Thursday, September 20 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. in the Commons. Sessions that are available include Skyward, Canvas, PSCS, and STEM Clubs. Refreshments will be provided. Bring the whole family!

    SMS Family Welcome Center

    We are excited to introduce 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. 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.:

    • 9/20/2018
    • 10/18/2018
    • 11/15/2018
    • 12/20/2018
    • 1/24/2019
    • 2/21/2019
    • 3/21/2019
    • 4/25/2019
    • 5/16/2019

    Instrumental Rental Night

    Instrumental Rental Night is coming up on Tuesday, September 18 from 4 - 7:00 p.m. at Spanaway Lake High School.

    Message From Mrs. Moore (Our New Associate Administrator)

    I wanted to introduce myself to you. My name is Marnie Moore and I am the new Associate Administrator at Spanaway Middle School. I have been in education over 15 years and I am excited to get to know the students at SMS. Recently, someone asked me why I chose to go into education. I chose to go into education because I am given the opportunity to make a positive impact in the lives around me. It only takes me two seconds to say something to a student or a parent that could potentially have a lifelong positive impact. I went into administration because when I heard comments from students and parents such as, “I want you for a principal,” or “Thank you for all that you do for my child,” my heart fills up with joy. One of my favorite quotes comes from an inspiring educator Rita Pierson: "Every child deserves an adult who will never give up on them." I chose to go into education because I am that adult. Please let me know how I can support you and your student have a successful 2018 - 2019 school year!

    Progress 1: Character Traits of Community & Respect

    Every grading period, we will have two new Character Traits that we will focus on as a building, and we will work to recognize students who demonstrate these traits. The link to the video is in the Classroom PBiS presentation, and is also included here. All of the character traits videos can be found on that Bethel Schools YouTube channel.

    Excited to continue a wonderful year with our fabulous students!

    Go Warriors!

    Thank you,

    Mrs. Shannon Leatherwood

    Principal

     


    September 7, 2018

    Hello SMS Families:

    Happy First Week of School! We here at Spanaway Middle School are excited to begin the 2018 - 2019 School Year! A few reminders as we begin our year together:

    Family Access, Skyward, and Canvas

    Family Access is the one-stop portal to access grades, calendars, see messages, and other information about your student. Please check Family Access frequently and make sure that your contact information is updated. Additionally, parents can access and view student Canvas accounts to keep track of assignments and homework. You can sign up for your Canvas account as a parent here. For directions to sign up for your Canvas account, check out this YouTube video.

    Attendance

    September is Attendance Month, and at Spanaway Middle School, we want to see all students in class, on time, every day. We look forward to seeing all Warriors in their classes every day!

    Schedules

    We appreciate your flexibility with enrollment and schedules. We continue to grow and there may be schedule changes as the year begins. It is critical that we have an accurate count of our student population so that we can have the appropriate staffing and support for every student. The first four days of the school year are especially crucial and your student must attend school during those first four days (September 6 - 11, 2018). If your student does not attend school during those first four days, your student will be automatically withdrawn from Spanaway Middle School. Please contact us at 253 - 683 - 5400 if you have any questions.

    ASB

    PrideWear is available at The Lineup at 16219 Pacific Ave S Spanaway, WA 98387. Their hours are Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. PrideWear is also available at the ASB Office, and the ASB Office is open at the following times:

    • Monday - Friday: 6:30 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.
    • Monday - Friday: 10:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Monday - Friday: 1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    Warrior Families, I look forward to working with you to help each of our Warriors reach their hopes and dreams this year! Our Warrior staff is excited to welcome you to a new year, and are determined to make this year a great one. We look forward to partnering with you to help your student build their character, confidence, and college readiness, and by working together, we believe all of our students will reach their hopes and dreams.

    Go Warriors!

    Thank you,

    Mrs. Shannon Leatherwood

    Principal


    September 7, 2018

    Hello SMS Families:

    Happy First Week of School! We here at Spanaway Middle School are excited to begin the 2018 - 2019 School Year! A few reminders as we begin our year together:

    Family Access, Skyward, and Canvas

    Family Access is the one-stop portal to access grades, calendars, see messages, and other information about your student. Please check Family Access frequently and make sure that your contact information is updated. Additionally, parents can access and view student Canvas accounts to keep track of assignments and homework. You can sign up for your Canvas account as a parent here. For directions to sign up for your Canvas account, check out this YouTube video.

    Attendance

    September is Attendance Month, and at Spanaway Middle School, we want to see all students in class, on time, every day. We look forward to seeing all Warriors in their classes every day!

    Schedules

    We appreciate your flexibility with enrollment and schedules. We continue to grow and there may be schedule changes as the year begins. It is critical that we have an accurate count of our student population so that we can have the appropriate staffing and support for every student. The first four days of the school year are especially crucial and your student must attend school during those first four days (September 6 - 11, 2018). If your student does not attend school during those first four days, your student will be automatically withdrawn from Spanaway Middle School. Please contact us at 253 - 683 - 5400 if you have any questions.

    ASB

    PrideWear is available at The Lineup at 16219 Pacific Ave S Spanaway, WA 98387. Their hours are Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. PrideWear is also available at the ASB Office, and the ASB Office is open at the following times:

    • Monday - Friday: 6:30 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.
    • Monday - Friday: 10:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Monday - Friday: 1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    Warrior Families, I look forward to working with you to help each of our Warriors reach their hopes and dreams this year! Our Warrior staff is excited to welcome you to a new year, and are determined to make this year a great one. We look forward to partnering with you to help your student build their character, confidence, and college readiness, and by working together, we believe all of our students will reach their hopes and dreams.

    Go Warriors!

    Thank you,

    Mrs. Shannon Leatherwood

    Principal


    August 21, 2018

    Hello SMS Families:

    We have a short survey for you to access. Please click on the link below to access our survey. This will help guide us in our mission and vision for SMS this year.  We want to know ways you want to engage with our school. Thank you in advance for helping us with this survey.

    This year you can count on weekly emails from me.  I will be sending out important information about our school and ways you can engage.  Please make sure your Family Access is up to date with the correct information. These emails will be sent on Fridays.

    Schedules:  We are working tirelessly to ensure every student schedule is finalized.  We will have them available for you to view beginning next week. Please do not print them until your Warrior Night as they may change.

    Here is the link to take the survey:  

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdlaGYnJHvYeOwUBzJXfhmj3j1qoZcj5ck1EBc98qHDMGjW5A/viewform?usp=sf_link

    Have a fabulous week!

    Shannon Leatherwood,

    Principal

     


    August 16, 2018

    Hello Spanaway Middle School Families:

    We are excited to begin another successful school year together! We are also excited to welcome our new assistant principal, Mrs. Kelsey (Carr) Brookman, and our new associate administrator, Mrs. Marnie Moore. We wish our previous assistant principal, Mr. Christopher Lezcano, all the best in his new position and thank him for his service to Spanaway Middle School!

    As we prepare to begin the new school year, please note the important information below.

    6th Grade WEB Orientation

    • Purpose: WEB Orientation helps incoming 6th graders transition to middle school by introducing them to Spanaway Middle School, providing a school tour, and helping them get to know each other.
    • Date: August 29, 2018
    • Time: 9:15 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
    • Remember to bring a sack lunch!

    Warrior Nights

    At Warrior Nights you can get schedules and lockers; purchase PrideWear, yearbooks, ASB Cards, and Pay-to-Play; visit classrooms and meet teachers; and obtain iPad coverage and receive your iPad for the 2018 - 2019 School Year.

    • 6th Grade: August 29 from 5 - 7:30 p.m.
    • 7th/8th Grade: August 30 from 5 - 7:30 p.m.

    iPad Information

    iPad forms can be completed online here, and iPads can be checked out at the library during Warrior Nights. You can also complete iPad forms at the library during Warrior Nights, but your wait time to check out will be reduced if you complete the forms prior to Warrior Nights.

    This year, the library will be open for iPad check-out all day on the days of Warrior Nights from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on August 29 and August 30.

    PrideWear

    PrideWear guidelines have been updated and can be found here. Starting in August 2018, PrideWear will be available for purchase from The Lineup at 16219 Pacific Ave S

    Spanaway, WA 98387. PrideWear can also be purchased at the ASB Store and during Warrior Nights on August 29 and August 30.

    Attendance Matters

    Did you know that 1 in 7 U.S. students miss nearly a month of school each year? And that students who miss 2 - 4 days in September will miss nearly a month of school? Attendance matters! At Spanaway Middle School, our goal is to to have every student in class every day so that they can be successful and reach their hopes and dreams. Additional information about the importance can be found at attendanceworks.org.

    School Information

      • Office Reopens: August 27 7AM-2PM
      • First Day of School: September 6, 2018
      • School Hours: Doors open at 6:45 a.m. and classes start at 7:15 a.m. Dismissal is at 1:45 p.m. The bell schedule for the 2018 - 2019 School Year can be found here.

     

    • Reminder: Please take a few moments to update Family Access with any new phone numbers or address changes; this helps us keep you informed on important information about the school and your student. Family Access can be found here.

     

    Enjoy the last month of summer and I look forward to seeing you soon!

    Thank you, Warriors!

    Mrs. Shannon Leatherwood

     


    August 10, 2018

    Hello Spanaway Middle School Families:

    I hope everyone is having an enjoyable and safe summer! The staff at Spanaway Middle School is excited to begin another great school year. I would like to extend a warm welcome to our incoming 6th grade class and a welcome back to our incoming 7th and 8th graders. Our goal at Spanaway Middle School is to inspire our students towards a path of greatness, to challenge them to achieve their hopes and dreams every day, and to help them become successful 21st Century Learners. Below you will find important information as we transition to beginning another year at Spanaway Middle School.

    School Information

    • Office Reopens: August 27
    • First Day of School: September 6, 2018
    • School Hours: Doors open at 6:45 a.m. and classes start at 7:15 a.m. Dismissal is at 1:45 p.m. The bell schedule for the 2018 - 2019 School Year can be found here.
    • We are welcoming the team members to our Spanaway Warrior family:
      • Mrs. Cindy Farris: Secretary to the Principal
      • Mrs. Sharon Miller: Attendance Clerk
      • Ms. Nicole Grace: Registrar
      • Ms. Terri Roth: ASB/LMC Clerk
    • Reminder: Please take a few moments to update Family Access with any new phone numbers or address changes. Family Access can be found here.

    6th Grade WEB Orientation

    • Purpose: WEB Orientation helps incoming 6th graders transition to middle school by introducing them to Spanaway Middle School, providing a school tour, and helping them get to know each other.
    • Date: August 29, 2018
    • Time: 9:15 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
    • Remember to bring a sack lunch!

    Warrior Nights

    At Warrior Nights you can get schedules and lockers; purchase PrideWear, yearbooks, ASB Cards, and Pay-to-Play; visit classrooms and meet teachers; and obtain iPad coverage and receive your iPad for the 2018 - 2019 School Year.

    • 6th Grade: August 29 from 5 - 7:30 p.m.
    • 7th/8th Grade: August 30 from 5 - 7:30 p.m.

    iPad Information

    iPad forms can be completed online here, and iPads can be checked out at the library during Warrior Nights. You can also complete iPad forms at the library during Warrior Nights, but your wait time to check out will be reduced if you complete the forms prior to Warrior Nights.

    This year, the library will be open for iPad check-out all day on the days of Warrior Nights from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on August 29 and August 30.

    PrideWear

    PrideWear guidelines have been updated and can be found here. Starting in August 2018, PrideWear will be available for purchase from The Lineup here. PrideWear can also be purchased at the ASB Store and during Warrior Nights on August 29 and August 30.

    The staff is looking forward to the students returning and another successful school year! Enjoy the last month of summer and I look forward to seeing you soon!

    Thank you, Warriors!

    Mrs. Shannon Leatherwood


     

    June 2018

    Hello Spanaway Middle School Families:

    What an amazing year it has been! As a first-year principal at Spanaway Middle School, I have enjoyed getting to know Warrior students and families both throughout the school day and at school and district events, and I want to thank you all for an incredible year. I am so excited about all of the growth and learning students accomplished this year, and the progress our school has made, and I am proud to call myself a Spanaway Warrior!

    As you begin your summer, I want to remind you of a few important things. First, students will have access to Imagine Math through August, which is located at math.imaginelearning.com. Practicing for 60 - 90 minutes a week will help keep math skills sharp through the summer. Second, while there is no official summer reading requirement this year, students are highly encouraged to read throughout the summer, and we offer suggestions for books on our website.

    I also want to remind you of a few important dates waiting at the end of summer:

    • 6th Grade WEB Orientation: August 29 from 9:15 - 1:45 p.m.
    • 6th Grade Warrior Night: August 29 from 5 - 7:30 p.m.
    • 7th/8th Grade Warrior Night: August 30 from 5 - 7:30 p.m.
    • First Day of School: September 6, 2018

    Wishing you all a wonderful and safe summer, and looking forward to seeing you again in August for the start of the 2018 - 2019 School Year!

    Thank you, Warriors!

    Mrs. Shannon Leatherwood

     


    March 23, 2018

    Hello Spanaway Middle School Families:

    Happy Spring! We kicked off Trimester 3 on March 19 and with the new trimester comes some new changes to our PrideWear policy, as well as important reminders for Spring 2018.

    First, we are piloting a new change to our PrideWear policy this trimester, where we are allowing students to wear pants with non-PrideWear colors, sweatpants and athletic pants, and jeans with holes below the knee (unless there are leggings underneath). Leggings are allowed with shorts or skirts over them that are finger-tip length or longer. We are piloting these changes through Trimester 3 to determine if we will implement it in the 2018 - 2019 School Year.

    Next, one of the most important events on our calendar for Spring 2018 is our state-standardized test, the Smarter Balanced Assessment. Our SBA schedule is currently on our website, and we look forward to seeing all of our Warriors do their very best on these important tests that will measure the skills and knowledge they have gained this year in Math, ELA, and for 8th grade, Science. Our expectation is that every Warrior is present, on time, and prepared for each day of testing, and that they arrive at school with a fully-charged iPad and headphones. Students following all directions, at school for each day of testing, and fully prepared will earn a Civi-Day from their proctoring teachers. 

    Finally, a reminder that Attendance Matters! It is important to be in school and on time each day, especially during Trimester 3 as we wrap up the school year.

    Let’s finish the 2017 - 2018 School Year strong, Warriors!

    Thank you,

    Shannon Leatherwood

    Principal

    Spanaway Middle School

     


    November 17, 2017

    Hello Spanaway Middle School Families,

    Thank you for coming to our fall conferences. We enjoyed seeing everyone. Our students did a fabulous job sharing their progress and goals. Many of them were able to set goals for the year with you. This was a great time for them to begin understanding the importance of attending school and working hard. We sent out a conference survey for parents to fill out. Please take the time to complete this short survey. This helps us as we plan for the future.

    http://tinyurl.com/SMSFall2017ParentSurvey

    Many times we ask our children how school went. The answer to our question is typically the similar. Are you tired of getting the same answer? Try some of these:

    https://herviewfromhome.com/50-questions-to-ask-your-kids-instead-of-asking-how-was-your-day/

    This week was our annual food drive for families. We would like to thank everyone who donated. We had a huge outpouring of donations. This will make a difference for many of our families and the community. Thank you!!  

    Like us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram #ignitingfamilies                

    Have you noticed our attendance board as you come into our school? We have been over 90% almost every day this year. That means we have had most of our students attending school every day. Research shows we are more likely to graduate when our attendance in middle school is high. Thank you for sending your child(ren) to school.                

    From everyone at Spanaway Middle School, we wish you the best during the Thanksgiving holiday.                   

    Shannon Leatherwood

    Principal

    Spanaway Middle School

     


    September 7, 2017

    Welcome Back to School!

    Dear Spanaway Middle School Families,

    I would like to take the time, on behalf of the entire faculty and staff, to welcome you to a new school year filled with hopes and dreams. As I begin my first year at Spanaway Middle School, I am particularly grateful for our outstanding staff that is dedicated to the success of each student. I am eager to see many of you during the first weeks of school so we can partner in making sure each day is successful for your child(ren). It was great meeting many of you at our Warrior Nights last week. We would love to continue building partnerships throughout the year.

    This summer we have had many hours of discussion centered on how staff and families can work together to ensure that our students are reaching their fullest potential. Our staff is committed to making sure each child has the opportunity to succeed by establishing school-wide expectations throughout our school. We will be teaching, modeling, and reinforcing expected behaviors throughout the year. We will ask parents to support us as we communicate ways we can work together. One exciting way we would like to involve families is through our WATCH DOGS program.

    In late September we will be notifying all parents about an exciting way to involve our dads in our school. WATCH DOGS stands for Dads of Great Students. This is an opportunity to get our dads involved in our school. We are excited to begin this journey with you. We also do not want this to be only for our dads. If you are a mom and want to be involved, we welcome you, too. If you would like to know more about this outstanding program, please go to http://www.fathers.com/watchdogs/

    We will be sending out a date for an orientation soon. Please stay tuned!

    Each year brings positive change. We are excited to welcome some new staff here at Spanaway Middle School:

    • Lindsey Start-ART
    • Valarie Bilibei-Science
    • Jarrett Thompson-Humanities and US History
    • Carlton Foreman-Special Education Teacher
    • Jessica Hausman-Science
    • Marci Braithwaite-Math
    • Tatiana Robles-Para Educator
    • Robin Libby-Para Educator
    • Pamela Morris-Para Educator
    • Tiffany Black-Para Educator
    • Melody Campbell-Para Educator

    We are fortunate to have a wealth of experience and knowledge joining our outstanding, dedicated staff.

    Many of you will ask why we are so focused on attendance here at Spanaway Middle School. Did you know that every absence, excused or unexcused, is a learning opportunity lost and can have significant impacts on a student’s success in school and life? A student who misses 10% or more of their school days, which amounts to 18 or more days in a school year (or just two days a month), for any reason is considered chronically absent. Chronically absent students are more likely to fall behind in reading and math and less likely to graduate from high school. Here at Spanaway, our goal is to get every student across the stage for graduation. Please help us in achieving our goal by getting your child to school. Every Student, On Time, Every Day!

    Thank you for your commitment to your child(ren). In working together, we can help make this a great year for everyone!

    Thank you,

    Shannon Leatherwood

    Principal

    Spanaway Middle School