Principal's Newsletter

  • Principal Update - Nov. 17

    Posted by Curtis Hurst on 11/17/2017
     

    Dear Mountain View Families,

    Our goal to achieve 100% graduation for all students starts with outstanding student attendance.  Students with strong attendance are far more likely to academically succeed.  One way we encourage students to demonstrate strong attendance is through classroom competitions such as the "Golden A."  Each month we select a period of the day and track which class in each grade level has the best attendance.  One winning class from each grade level gets to keep a Golden A (yes, it's a huge letter A that is painted gold) for the month.  The class also selects a specific treat from a menu provided by the principals.  For the month of October, we have celebrated the following classes with the best attendance from 4th period:

    6th Grade:  Mrs. Schiemer's Class - root beer floats!

    7th Grade: Mrs. Notehelfer's Class - root beer floats!

    8th Grade: Mrs. Sjoblom's Class - doughnuts!

    We are proud of our students and their strong efforts to attend school every day!  Stay tuned for next month's winning classes!


    District Career News

    PARENTS / FAMILY / COMMUNITY MEMBERS:

    Would you like to help our students find passion for their future?

    Do you have a great job?  Do you love your life?  

    Share your career story with the future of our community!

    If you're interested in being a guest speaker at any of our career events, 

    please contact Heather Weeks, District Career Specialist for more information.

    heather_weeks@sumnersd.org


    College Bound Scholarships for 7th & 8th Grade Students

    College Bound Scholarship Applications were sent out in the mail this week. The College Bound Scholarship provides hope and incentive for students and families who otherwise might not consider college as an option because of its cost. The College Bound Scholarship is a financial aid program for 7th and 8th grade students who are eligible to participate. It is designed to inspire students to begin making their college and career plans without worrying about the cost of attending college.

    Eligibility
    Eligible students sign a pledge promising to graduate from high school, maintain a 2.0 GPA and be good citizens. In exchange, the state of Washington will pay for their college tuition and books - for up to four years or until the student earns a bachelor's degree. This four-year scholarship covers the cost of college tuition, fees, and a $500 stipend for books for low-income students who sign a pledge in 7th or 8th grade, promising to graduate from high school and demonstrate good citizenship.

    Students may apply for the College Bound Scholarship if they meet one of the following criteria:

    • Are eligible to receive free and reduced-price lunch
    • Receive TANF benefits
    • Are a foster youth
    • Meet the income standards

    Students are encouraged to apply online at collegebound@wsac.wa.govIf you qualify paper applications are also available in the counseling office. If you have questions about the application process or scholarship details, please contact Wendy Lubash or Dyanne Jewett, our Mountain View Middle School counselors at 253-891-5211, or you may email them at wendy_lubash@sumnersd.org or Dyanne_Jewett-Borst@sumnersd.org

     


    Food Drive 


    Our annual food drive to support the Bonney Lake Food Bank is going on now through Wednesday, November 23.  There are class competitions going on for the classes that bring in the most food.  Help us support our community.  Thank you!

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  • Principal Update - Oct. 20

    Posted by Curtis Hurst on 10/20/2017

    Dear Mountain View Families,

    Drop Off in the Morning

    As all of you know, the entry to the school in the morning is a busy place.  In order to ease congestion and keep students and drivers safe, we have purchased signs to direct parents that state "Pull Forward As Far As Possible" and  "Pull Forward to Here".  The last sign (Pull Forward to Here) is where we would like for you to drop off your child (not at the Attendance Office doors). The signs will be strategically placed so that all can see.  When dropping off your child in the morning, please adhere to the signs.  Mr. Moore will be present to assist.  

    By doing so, our hope is that the entrance to the school will not back up over the crosswalks and have cars stranded in the street.  
    ​​​​​​​Let's give it a try and see how it goes!  
    Thank you.
    Curtis Hurst & Susan Smith


    Holiday Support

    "The Community Big Give" will be November 18th from 9am-11am at the Walmart in Bonney Lake

    ​The Big Give is where the community donates Thanksgiving meals to families in need.  ​If you or someone you know needs help for Thanksgiving, please contact the Counseling Office by November 6th.  If you need help for the December holidays, please contact us by November 28th

    You may contact the Counseling Office directly at  253-891-5211 or you may email our counselors, Wendy Lubash at wendy_lubash@sumnersd.org or Dyanne Jewett at dyanne_jewett@sumnersd.org.  We also accept donations to help our MMS families in need.


    ASB Dance - Thursday, October 26

    Our first ASB dance will be Thursday, October 26, from 2:20-4:00 pm.  Tickets are now on sale in the Attendance Office.  The cost is $3.00 with an ASB and $5.00 without.  
    The theme is orange and black and there will be music and activities for everyone to enjoy.  

    ​​​​​​​Pizza and froyo will be on sale in the Wolf Den.  Come join the fun and make sure you have a ride home at 4:00 pm.


    From the Health Room

    Thank you for turning in your students immunizations.  Letters have been sent out to remind those who still need updated immunizations.  

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  • Principal Update - Sept. 18

    Posted by Curtis Hurst on 9/18/2017

    Greetings Mountain View Families!

    Do you ever worry about your child's use of social media, video games or screen time?  The movie Screenagers is about the impact of screen time on children and how to help families minimize harmful effects.   The film provides practical tips to help you and your child find a healthy balance between screen time and other activities. 

    Please join us for a special viewing of Screenagers on Tuesday, September 19th at 6:00pm in the Lakeridge Middle School Commons.  Additional resources and materials will be provided.  
    This is a free event for all parents!

    We are looking forward to partnering with you to help your child be a responsible citizen in the digital age. 

    Student Housing Questionnaire:
    Last Friday, your child brought home an annual housing questionnaire that assists us with providing the best possible services for all families.  Please have your child bring back your completed survey to their first period teacher.  It is very brief and easy to complete.  Thanks!

    Student School Pictures:
    On Friday (and today) your student received their proof and / or picture packet from Lifetouch Photography.  If students have not yet had their picture taken, our retake day is Friday, October 6. We have picture packets available in the Attendance Office or you can order online at mylifetouch.com (picture day ID: LS227003Q1).

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  • September Newsletter

    Posted by Curtis Hurst on 9/8/2017

    Welcome Back!

    Dear Mountain View Families,

    Welcome back to school!  We are so excited to have your child at Mountain View as we are off to a great start to the beginning of a wonderful year.  If your child is in need of school supplies, please direct them to the Guidance Office as we are able to supplement what they may need for the classroom.  As always, if you have a question or concern, please contact us.  

    Chrome Books!
    On Monday students will be receiving their chrome books.  Sixth grade students will be getting new devices that will be assigned to them for the next three years.  Seventh and eighth grade students will be getting the device that they had last year.  Please encourage your child to be responsible with their device.  It needs to come to school every day fully charged.  Chrome books are essential to our academic program and we are so fortunate that we can issue one to each and every student at Mountain View.  Chromebook insurance is still available and we encourage you to purchase it if you have not done so.  Simply call the office and we will be happy to help.

    Mark your calendars now for MMS Curriculum Night on Tuesday, September 26, at 6:00 pm.


    Screenagers Movie at Lakeridge Middle School - September 19 - 6:00 pm

    Dear Mountain View Families,

    Do you ever worry about your child's use of social media, video games or screen time?  

    The movie Screenagers is about the impact of screen time on children and how to help families minimize harmful effects.   The film provides practical tips to help you and your child find a healthy balance between screen time and other activities. 

    Please join us for a special viewing of Screenagers on Tuesday, September 19 at 6:00pm in the Lakeridge Middle School Commons.  This is a free event for all parents!  Additional resources and materials will be provided.

    We are looking forward to partnering with you to help your child be a responsible citizen in the digital age. 


    Student Pick-up

    We want all students to be safe.  If you arrive to pick up your child before 2:20 pm, please do not stop and wait for your child along the entrance and exit curbsides.   Please do not stop in the loop to wait for your child. Please continue through the loop and park in the lower or upper parking lot.  


    New Discipline Communication

    It's important to us to be as prompt and accurate as possible regarding your child's behavior at school.  To support this endeavor, and to keep you continuously in the loop with what is occurring with your child at Mountain View, we have developed an online system which will enable us to send an immediate email to you if your child has a behavior concern in class or on campus.  The online system will increase efficiency and timeliness with our communication.  As always, we will continue our normal modes of communications, parent teacher conferences and face to face interactions to best support your child's social and academic success at school.

     


    From the Nurses Office

    Parents of 6th graders: a friendly reminder to please get your student's 6th grade Tdap booster taken care of as soon as possible. Please let me know if you have any questions regarding this booster.

    Angela Saez, LPN
    253.891.5214

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  • August Newsletter

    Posted by Curtis Hurst on 8/18/2017

    Welcome Back Wolves!

    Welcome Back to School!  We hope you have had a wonderful summer break and have enjoyed extra family time throughout July and August. We are excited for the return of school, greeting our current students and welcoming all of our new wolves as well!  Our mission is to provide the best possible educational experience for every student, in every classroom, every day.

     


    Grading Update 

    A big change in store for this year’s students as we will be moving away from standards based grading and will return to a traditional grading system.  We will now use letter grades and 100 point scale to report grades in teacher gradebooks and on report cards.  In fact, all secondary teachers will be using the same grade book and report card.  We believe that this will offer more clarity for students and parents.  We will no longer use the ICU database for reporting missing assignments as it will simply cause more confusion with our new reporting system.  All student progress and current grades will be located in Skyward in Family Access.  We encourage you to use this system on a daily basis in order to increase communication and partnership between parents and teachers.  We have very high expectations for students at MMS as we believe they should complete every assignment for every teacher, every day.  By doing so, they will be optimally prepared in the classroom and when taking classroom based assessments.   At the beginning of school we will send out a communication that will assist parents in setting up notifications in Family Access so you can stay on top of your child’s academic performance.


    Wolf Pride Day is Tuesday, August 29!

     

    Mark you calendars for August 29 from 12:30 - 6:00 pm for Wolf Pride Day. Our doors will be open during this time for you to help your child be prepared for the first day of school.

    • Have your school pictures taken - Lifetouch picture info will be sent via email

    • Pick up your class schedule

    • Meet your teachers

    • Tour the school

    • Purchase your ASB card, yearbook and PE uniforms

    • Add money to your lunch account

    • And . . .  much more!

    Below are the expected fees and costs for your planning:
    ASB Card $ 15.00
    Planner $   7.00
    Yearbook $ 20.00
    PE Uniform $ 15.00
    Art Fee $   5.00
    Chromebook Insurance $ 30.00

    • New this year:  there will be a $5.00 discount on all chromebook insurance fees on Wolfpride Day, 9/29.

    • Picture retake day is Friday, October 6


    Athletic Information

    Track (6-8 grade), Baseball (7-8th grade) and Fastpitch (7th-8th grade) are the fall sports beginning 9/6.  Please go to SSD Web site, “for families” tab,  “athletics and activities” and sign up on Family ID to register.  You may pay athletic participation fees online through Family Access or at the school.  You must have a current physical on file and purchase an ASB card to participate in sports.

     

    Athletic Fees:
    7/8 grade sport fee $ 60.00 per sport
    7/8 grade reduced lunch $ 30.00 per sport
    7/8grade free lunch $ 15.00 per sport

    6th grade sports fee $ 40.00 per sport
    6th grade reduced lunch $ 20.00 per sport
    6th grade free lunch $ 10.00 per sport


    Family Access Payment Info

    To avoid the payment line, you can also pay for all your items online through Family Access by using the following instructions:

     

    Step 1: Log in
    Log into Family Access using your ID and Password, on the Sumner School District web site; www.sumnersd.org
    In the upper right-hand corner click on District Links
    Log into Online Payments using your Family Access username and password (lowercase)
    Click on your child's name
    Click on Fees, or Fine  (A Fee turns into a Fine if not paid by the 10th of each month).  Families with fines will have a message regarding their child's fees. Simply click on "View Fines" to see what has been assessed to your child's account.

    Step 2: Select Items to purchase.
    Browse for desired items/fees to purchase
    Most students at schedule pick up pay for ASB, Yearbook, PE Uniform and Planner, Select "Add"
    The processing fee will be added to give you the exact amount for payment
    To purchase items for another student simply click "Your Family" at the top   

    Step 3: Print Receipt and bring to school to pick up your planner in the Main Office.  

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