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Principal's Newsletter

Newsletters are sent out to families via school messages.
  • Principal's Update: June 16

    Posted by Sarah Gillispie at 6/9/2017

    Dear 8th Grade Families,

    It is truly amazing how quickly time passes.  It seems as though it was yesterday when your child was entering Mountain View as a 6th grade student!  It has been our privilege to work with your child as they will be soon entering high school.  We have really valued and appreciated your partnership as parents over the last three years.


    Tomorrow morning we will be celebrating your child in the Touch of Class Assembly which begins at 8:00 am.  We encourage you to arrive by no later than 7:45 am.  Many students will be individually recognized during this assembly, and although we are not able to recognize all 8th graders, I want you to know that we are very proud of each and every student. 


    After tomorrow's assembly school is still in session.  There will be classes to attend and festivities at the end of the day for school-wide yearbook signing. However, if you want to leave with your child after the assembly, we ask that you sign them out.  We'll have several sign out sheets for your convenience in the main gym that you may access at the conclusion of the assembly. 


    We look forward to seeing all 8th grade families tomorrow morning! 


    From the Counseling Office 
    8th Grade Students:   If you received a College Bound Scholarship form (that was attached with your 8th grade field trip permission slip), it is due to the Counseling Office before the last day of school. Don’t miss this great opportunity for receiving scholarships for college.


    Touch of Class Assembly - Friday, June 23
    Join us on Friday, June 23, to celebrate our 8th grade students in the “Touch of Class” Assembly.  The Assembly will begin at  8:00 am.  We encourage you to arrive no later than 7:45 am.

    Parents and family of 8th grade students are welcome!


    Health Room - Medication Pick Up
    All medication needs to be picked up from the Health Room before Monday, June 26 at 2:30 pm.


    Lost and Found
    The Lost and Found closet in the Attendance Office is overflowing!  Please have your student check for any lost items before school or during their lunch.  All items will be donated to the clothing bank on Tuesday, June 27.

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  • 8th Grade Parent Info

    Posted by Sarah Gillispie at 5/16/2017

    Dear Parents of 8th Grade Students,


    At the end of each school year we celebrate with the 8th grade students of the Sumner School District by taking them to the Family Fun Center in Tukwila.  The field trip this year is scheduled for Thursday, June 22nd. You will be receiving additional information sent home with your student including a field trip form that will require your signature, information regarding the cost, and specific details about the day.


    For students to attend this fun event, they must adhere to the following expectations:

        -have no more than 3 assignments on the ICU list

        -have appropriate behavior leading up to and during the event


    The 8th Grade Team

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  • Principal's Update: March 10

    Posted by Sarah Gillispie at 3/10/2017

    Schedule your Student-Led Conference now!
    Student-Led Conferences will be held on Tuesday, March 21, from 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  Students will have early dismissal at 10:25 a.m.. Parents can schedule their student's conference now through March 10. After March 10, if you have not already scheduled your conference, one will be scheduled for you. Reminder emails will be sent out the week of March 13 verifying your Student Led Conference time.
    To schedule your conference, click on the link https://pickatime.com/mountainviewMS.
    If you have any questions, please contact the Counseling Office at (253) 891-5211.  We look forward to seeing you on March 21.

    BLHS Parent Info Night
    Current 8th grade familes:  Please join us at BLHS for class of 2021 parent information night on Wednesday, March 8, from 6:00 - 7:00 pm.  Join us in the Commons for information on registration for next year, credit information, academic and career pathways, student involvement and how BLHS supports our incoming 9th graders transitioning to high school.  We look forward to seeing you!

    From the Counseling Office
    An important component of your student's Student-Led Conference is to log into Family Access and have your child talk to you about next year’s elective classes in their schedule.  For 6th and 7th grade students this will be an opportunity to change their schedule requests if necessary.

    From the Nurses Office
    Medication Policy Reminder:
    Written Health Care Provider orders and parental permission for both prescription and over-the-counter medications are required for student’s to have medication at school.  Please refer to the Sumner School District Medication policy on our Website or call Angela Saez, our school R.N. if you have questions.

    Extravaganza Update
    Our final collection date is Tuesday, March 7.  We have brought in $9,247.90.  Our goal is $15,000.  Thank you for your support!

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  • Principal's Update: Jan. 27

    Posted by Sarah Gillispie at 1/27/2017

    Mountain View Families,


    It is hard to believe that the semester has come to an end!  As the new semester begins next Tuesday, students will be bringing home their new schedules today.  Please contact your child's counselor if you have any questions regarding your student's schedule.  Also, first semester report cards will be in the mail on February 9.  We are looking forward to a new semester, working hard to ensure success for every student, every day!


    Purchase Fitness Uniforms for 2nd semester!
    Students taking Fitness second semester will be given an order form on January 31 to bring home and complete.   The fitness uniforms are $15.00 per set and students can pay in the Attendance Office. 


    ASB News
    The annual “Extravaganza” fundraiser will begin in February.  This is our only fundraiser and it is an important opportunity for our school to raise money to support athletics, school-wide celebrations and assemblies, and it helps support all clubs!  More info coming soon….


    Chromebook Coverage
    We are now half-way through the school year, so the cost of the chromebook coverage program is now half price.  Additional chargers can also be purchased.  Please see Mrs. Dunn in the Library for more information.

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  • Principal's Update: Jan. 6

    Posted by Sarah Gillispie at 1/6/2017

    Dear Mountain View Families,

    Welcome back after a long winter break!  We have returned to our rigorous routines of teaching and learning at Mountain View.  Please encourage your child to stay focused on their school work through the end of the semester.  We have only 16 days left!

    The next sports season is right around the corner.  Seventh and eighth grade boys basketball, and grades 6 - 8 girls soccer begin practice on January 11.  Sixth grade boys basketball begins on January 13.  All MMS students are welcome to participate!


    Bonney Lake High School Student Showcase
    Save the date for Bonney Lake High School’s annual Curriculum and Activities Showcase from on Thursday, January 19th from 6:00-7:30.

    Opportunities and information you can access at our Showcase…

    Demonstrations of class projects and student performances.

    Preview required and elective course curriculum.

    Learn how our Pre-AP, Honors and AP classes can help prepare you for future success.

    Check out what extracurricular activities are available at BLHS and meet the students and staff involved.

    Pick up information about our athletic programs.

    Learn about the unique 9th & 10th grade academic teaming program designed to ensure success.

    Meet the staff and students that make BLHS great!  


    6th Grade Game Day
    Our WEB Leaders will host an all 6th grade “Souper Bowl Fun” game day, on Tuesday, January 10 from 2:20-3:30 pm.  Admission is a can of soup!  All students must have a ride home at 3:30 pm.  Come join the fun!


    From The Nurses Office
    If your student has nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, they should be symptom free for 24 hours before returning to school. Please see the complete "When to keep your child home" list on Sumner School District web site.

    Encourage your student to wash hands frequently, and cough into their sleeve. Make sure they drink plenty of fluids and get at least 9-10 hours of sleep each night. 

    "Optimal learning requires good emotional and physical health"

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  • Principal's Update: Dec. 19

    Posted by Sarah Gillispie at 12/19/2016

    Thank you Mountain View families for the amazing support of our Annual Food Drive for the Bonney Lake Food Bank! 


    Next week is Spirit Week!
    Monday – Pajama Day or wear Blue

    Tuesday – School Spirit-any school spirit; elementary, middle school,high school, college or wear Black

    Wednesday – Wacky Hair/Fuzzy Sox or wear Yellow

    Thursday – Throwback Thursday (any decade you want) or wear Pink

    Friday – Ugly Sweater/Holiday (Red/Green) Color Day

    ASB is continuing our Coin Drive to raise enough money for an AED.  The drive will run until Thursday, December 15.  We have raised $125.00 so far.  Thank you for contributing!


    Winter Sport Season
    Boys basketball for students in grades 7-8 will begin on January 11.

    Boys 6th grade basketball start date is yet to be determined. Mr. Rumpza will notify students on KMVM, our morning news.  

    Girls soccer for grades 6-8 will begin on January 11. 

    Registration is done online on FamilyID, found on the MMS Web site under Athletics. 

    If you have any questions, please contact our Athletic Director, Mr. Rumpza, at 253.891.5200, or e-mail at dave_rumpza@sumnersd.org.


    PTO Meeting
    Please join the PTO for their last meeting of the year!  Monday, December 12, 6:00 pm in the library.


    Winter Band Concert
    The Winter Band Concert is Tuesday, December 13, at 6:30 pm.  Please join us.

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  • Principal's Update: Nov. 10

    Posted by Sarah Gillispie at 11/10/2016

    Dear Mountain View Families,


    Can you believe we are already approaching the first grading period?  Our goal is to get grades in the mail to you by no later than 11/23, just prior to Thanksgiving break. 

    In that mailing you will find:

    1. Your child's Mid - Semester Report Card
    2. Student Information Update Form
    3. Fall MAP Reading and Math Reports

    There will be another reminder as we get closer to Thanksgiving, but please complete and return the student information update form to the office.  It is so important that we have accurate records and contact information - thank you.


    Chromebook Update:

    Some students are falling into the habit of forgetting their chromebook at home or forgetting to charge it overnight.  Please assist your child to get into a strong routine for school preparation.  These devices are critically important learning tools and every student needs to be prepared to learn every day.  Although we do have a charging station in the library, and are able to loan a device for the day, students cannot take the

    loaner home.  If students leave their device at home, we will ask them to call home and see if a family member is able to bring their device to school.   If a loaner is necessary, then it is very important that students remember to return the loaned device to the library prior to leaving for the day.  Students who demonstrate consistent difficulties will engage in a problem solving session with their counselor and a contact home to parents will be necessary.  We ask for your partnership as we assist students to establish strong habits and routines. 


    ICU Update:

    We are off to a great start this year!  Homework Lunch and Homework Enhancement have had outstanding attendance and students are working hard.

    As you can see, we have collected more than 2000 missing assignments as of today.  Wow!  In the past, we perhaps would only capture a portion of the missing work.  On top of that, the completion rate far exceeds the assigned rate.  Students are doing a great job and learning that at MMS, you are required to do your work.  Again, not all practice assignments go into a teacher's grade book in Family Access.  However, if it is assigned, it's important for future classroom success on tests, quizzes and formal assessments.  We are seeing positive changes in our culture and mindset around student accountability and work ethic. 
    Thank you for your support.


    From the Counseling Office

    The BIG GIVE Thanksgiving food basket handouts are on Saturday, November 19th from 9-11am at the Bonney Lake Walmart.  If you are a family that could use assistance this year with a Thanksgiving meal, please contact Mrs. Lubash or Mrs. Jewett at 253-891-5211 or by email at wendy_lubash@sumnersd.org or dyanne_jewett@sumnersd.org.  Also, if you or someone you know could use assistance for a Holiday meal or gifts for your kids for the Winter Break, please contact Mrs. Lubash or Mrs. Jewett. 

    If you would like to help donate items to help families during this holiday season, please let us know. 


    ASB News

    The ASB student leaders have chosen "it's a great day" as their driving statement this school year with a specific focus each month.  The focus for the month of November is being thankful, so the November statement is:  It's a great day to be thankful."  For those of you on Instagram and Twitter, you can follow us on Instagram @mms_wolves_asb and on Twitter @MountainMiddle.  All through the month of November, our ASB student leaders will be looking for and recognizing students who are showing gratitude. Students acknowledged will receive a leadership ticket which will go into regular drawings for prizes.

    Our annual Food Drive will be begin on November 14 and will support the Bonney Lake Food Bank.  We have some fun class competitions associated with this important event so watch for additional details coming your way soon.  


    From the Nurses Office

    Thank you to all parents who have students vaccinations have been completed and turned in. There are still many students who need immunizations.  Please get your student's immunizations completed and turned in to the health room. 

    Medication at school policy reminder: Student's need to have a completed order signed by doctor and parents to have prescription or over the counter medication at school. 

    Please contact our school nurse, Angela Saez 253-891-5214 if you have questions, or need help with anything. 


    TNO- Teen Night Out is Friday, November 18
    PTO sponsored Teen Night Out is Friday, November 18, 6:00-9:00 pm. Students can be dropped off and will be supervised during this awesome night packed with fun activities!  Tickets will be on sale, Wednesday-Friday during all lunches.  They are $5.00 in advance and $6.00 at the door.  This includes a piece of pizza and drink. 
    For more information flyers are in the office.


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  • Principal's Update: Oct. 18

    Posted by Sarah Gillispie at 10/18/2016

    Dear Mountain View Families,


    Practice Really Does Matter!

    As you know, we believe every student should complete every assignment for every teacher. By doing all work assigned, this greatly enhances a student's opportunity to succeed on classroom assessments and / or projects.  Of course, teachers will enter all classroom tests, assessments and major projects into their grade book in Family Access.   Some teachers, however, may enter practice assignments while others may not.  The ICU list is there to notify you in real time that practice really does make a difference.  So . . . if you do get an ICU notification via email or text, you can trust that the expectation is high for work completion, and it really does count toward classroom success.


    Box Tops
    Competition is running through your students' Advisory classes. Send in unexpired Box Tops only (no soup labels this year). Collections dates are 10/19 & 10/26. Top classes for each grade level will be rewarded with donuts!


    Dance – October 25
    The first school dance will be this Friday, October 21, from 2:30 to 4:00 pm.   It will include music, pizza and other fun activities. Admission is $3.00 with an ASB Card and $5.00 without an ASB card, and can be paid in the Attendance Office.  The Snack Shack will be open!  Students must have transportation home at 4:00 pm. 

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  • Principal's Update: Sept. 29

    Posted by Elle Warmuth at 9/30/2016

    Dear Mountain View Families,
    We are quickly back into the full swing of school and this newsletter has some important information for you to know.  As always, we encourage you to contact us at any time if you have questions.


    Picture Retakes
    If your student did not have their picture taken on Wolfpride Day, we will have picture retakes tomorrow morning.  We have picture packets in the office or you can go online at mylifetouch.com to order (ID: LS226082Q1).  We want all students to have their picture taken for the yearbook.

    Mountain View's Smarter Balanced Assessment Performance, including 8th Grade Science MSP

    To view our school's spring of 2016 assessment results, please click here .  If you have any questions or need assistance interpreting these results, Mr. Hurst will be happy to assist.  We are pleased with our results and evidence of growth from 2015.  (You may notice that Laurie Dent is listed as the principal on this site.  That is of course, incorrect, as she is currently our outstanding Superintendent!)

    ICU / Homework Lunch / Homework Enhancement
    At Mountain View we believe that all students will turn in every assignment to every teacher and perform to the best of their ability.  We believe that this not only teaches and reinforces responsibility, but more importantly it best prepares students for classroom assessments and overall academic performance.  You may begin receiving missing assignment notifications via text or email and new for this year, students will also receive notification through their school email account. Homework lunch is required for students who have three or more missing assignments.  Please know that this is not punitive, but simply extra time for class work.  Your support for this program is critical. 


    Cyber Safety Information
    Mountain View is hosting an informative session on Digital Citizenship and Cyber Safety.  Aaron Tomyn, the Sumner School District Technology Integration Specialist, will be presenting.   Just as we teach students how to be good citizens in the physical world we must also teach them expectations online. Parents, students, and teachers need common language and expectations.  Come and learn what's going on in Cyberland and learn how to help your child stay safe. Please join us, Monday, October 10, from 5:00-6:00 PM in the Commons.

    “Fall Free For All” - 6th Grade Game Day

    The 8th grade WEB Leaders will be hosting their first 6th grade game day after school on Tuesday, October 4, from 2:30 - 3:30 pm.   

    All 6th grade students are welcome to this free event!  There will be basketball, foosball, air hockey, bingo, and toilet paper bowling!  There will be snacks available to purchase from the Wolf Den Store.

    The fun ends at 3:30 pm.   All students will need to arrange a ride home. 

    Houston Kraft Assembly

    We were very fortunate to have Houston Kraft with us last Monday.  In a school wide assembly, and later in smaller teams, Houston worked with our students and mentor high school students to increase capacity to care, to empathize and to choose love and kindness in one's daily interactions.  Mr. Kraft's message is strong, inspirational and timely as we seek to build a powerful and caring student culture and climate.  Our building theme this year is "Work Hard; Be Kind!"  His message and work with students was perfect timing.

    Digital Tools and Online Resources for Learning

    To learn much more about expanded learning opportunities available to all students, click here. This is especially useful information for parents regarding English Language Arts and Math curriculum.  Check it out!

    CARE Team at MMS

    C ompassionate
    R especting
    E veryone


    All students are welcome to join us on Wednesday mornings before school from 8:00-9:00 am in the library. We are all about kindness and serving! The actions we do as a group will reflect the compassionate people we are as individuals. 

    CARE Team is taking the place of Momentum Club this year and is meeting before school instead of during lunches. This gives the opportunity for 6th, 7th and 8th grade club members to all meet and serve together with more time to accomplish great things!  If you have any questions, feel free to call Mrs. Dyche at 253-891-5210 or email at michele_dyche@sumnersd.org.  

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  • Chromebook Distribution is Tuesday, September 13!

    Posted by Curtis Hurst at 9/12/2016

    Dear Mountain View Families,


    Our District's One to One Chromebook Deployment plan is going great, and tomorrow, MMS students will be receiving their device.  Please know that your student will be bringing home their new technology tomorrow after school. 


    Below is important information for parents and students:


    Every student viewed an orientation / tutorial video in their ELA class today.


    Chromebooks will be checked out to all students in the auxiliary gym during their math class period tomorrow, along with a charger and chromebook case (device is fully functional in its protective case).


    Every student will be taught a lesson that includes usage tips and digital citizenship in their ELA class on Wednesday, 9/14.


    As many of you know, we do not have hallway lockers at MMS, which creates unique challenges for students and staff.  Please assist our staff in reinforcing these fundamental expectations for all students:


    • Chromebooks must remain in the protective case at all times
    • Chargers should be left at home for nightly use
    • When traveling from class to class, students should place their device in their backpacks
    • Chromebooks are not allowed out of backpacks and to be used in the cafeteria during breakfast and lunch, or on the bus
    • Chromebooks should be locked in the students PE locker when attending that class


    These expectations will hopefully extend the life of each device.  We are committed to all students having equitable access to curriculum and technology, and we are excited that this will further engage student learning and achievement.



    Curriculum Night is Tuesday, September 20!

    Mark you calendars for Tuesday, September 20, for Curriculum Night!  We begin at 6:00 pm in the cafeteria.  Please arrive early so we can all be seated and ready to go for brief introductions.  By traveling your child's class schedule, this will be a wonderful opportunity for you to meet your child's teachers, to learn more about content curriculum and classroom expectations for learning.  Hope you can join us!

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