Principal's Newsletter

  • Principal Update: 1/12/21

    Posted by SBLSD on 1/12/2021

    Dear Families,

    We are looking forward to another great week of learning, it’s hard to believe that there are just a few weeks left in the Semester. As we look forward to the end of the grading period and are in full swing of preparing for students to return to the building, we are also reflecting on the events of last week. We know that our students and families have been affected by the protests at the nation's Capitol in different ways. As we support students in our virtual classrooms, just like we do in the building, we want to reiterate our commitment to providing an emotionally safe and inclusive environment for all students and assure you of our continued focus on social civility by teaching respect, embracing others differences and kindness.

    We also want to thank all our families who completed the most recent survey. We understand that this was a tough decision for many families and we appreciated that opportunity to talk through the options with many of you. This week we are working on both student schedules and finalizing COVID procedures and protocols for MMS. We will share updated information with you routinely through the next few weeks.

    Updates & Reminders

    Picture Day - Round 2

    January 14- 1:00-3:00pm in the MMS Main Gym

    On Thursday, January 14th we will hold our second picture day. Lifetouch will be set up in the Main Gym from 1:00-3:00pm for any student wishing to either get their picture for the first time or retakes. We want all MMS students to have their picture taken for the yearbook. If you are getting retakes, remember to bring your previous picture packet with you.

    To order: go to mylifetouch.com, picture ID EVTGGVW6C.

    If you are planning to join us on January 14th, please make sure you wear a mask and practice social distancing. You will be asked to complete a brief questionnaire and get your temperature taken before entering the gym. If you have a fever or feeling ill, please stay home. Thank you for your cooperation.

    Attention 8th Grade Families!

    You are invited to attend our high school curriculum and activities showcase events - virtually.

    These virtual showcases will offer an opportunity to better understand students' choices for classes at Bonney Lake and Sumner high schools, including graduation requirements, academic offerings, electives, extra-curricular activities and athletics. Click on the links for each school to view details about their event schedule and program offerings.

    Watch these videos to meet the principals and get a glimpse into the values and the heart of each school community: Bonney Lake High School, Sumner High School.

    If you’re unable to attend these dates and times, most sessions will be recorded and posted for later viewing. Find more event information at www.sumnersd.org/showcase.

    PTO Meeting - January 14

    Our next PTO Meeting will be held January 14th at 6:30 via Zoom.

    ● https://sblsd.zoom.us/j/91382695234

    We are hoping to elect officers to serve the remainder of the 2021 school year. If you are interested, please complete the Google form. We’d love to have you as a part of our team!

    ● https://forms.gle/mwgzqLzQ4NowLjWy5

    College Bound Scholarship Info

    Your student may be eligible for the College Bound Scholarship program. The College Bound Scholarship is an early commitment of state financial aid (free tuition) to eligible students. See the below flyer to read more about this amazing opportunity.

    You can apply for this scholarship online at www.collegebound.wa.gov.

    7th & 8th grade students currently receiving Free and Reduced lunch services for the 2020-2021 school year will automatically be signed up for this opportunity. If you would like to see if you qualify for Free and Reduced lunch services please visit https://www.sumnersd.org/Page/3337 and fill out the online form. Here is a video to watch if you'd like to know more about College Bound Scholarship .

    If you have any questions, please email Wendy Lubash at wendy_lubash@sumnersd.org.

     
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    Important Upcoming Dates

    January 18- Martin Luther King Day, No School

    January 29- End of 1st Semester

    February 1- No School (Secondary Only)

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  • Survey in Family Access

    Posted by SBLSD on 1/6/2021

    Wolf  Families:

    By now, you should’ve heard news from the District about our gradual return to in-person instruction. In order to plan for, and meet, all health and safety requirements, we need to know now whether you’d like your child in In-Person Hybrid Learning or Full-Time Distance Learning. Simply log into Family Access to select your learning model. Find details about the learning models and timeline at www.sumnersd.org/survey.

    If you have questions or need help completing the survey, please call us at (253) 891-5200.

    We’re very excited to see our students in person soon!    

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  • Principal Update: 1/4/21

    Posted by SBLSD on 1/4/2021
    Dear Families,

    We hope this message finds you feeling ready for 2021 and that you had a wonderful holiday season. We are looking forward to the weeks ahead as we continue to move forward with “Stage 5” or hybrid learning planning. Although there are still many details to sort out, the thought of having students in our building again soon is very exciting.

    While we are definitely looking ahead, we also want to take time to thank the Mountain View community for your generous support of the “Home for Holidays” product drive. Our spirits were lifted as we went into the Winter Break, it really was the perfect event, seeing a few hundred students while serving others.

    Updates & Reminders

    Picture Day - Round 2

    January 14- 1:00-3:00pm in the MMS Main Gym

    If you did not get your picture taken in August or would like retakes, please plan on attending our Round 2 photo session. Remember, if you would like retakes you need to bring your picture packet with you. All payments for photographs are made online.

    Due to Covid restrictions; only students will be allowed to enter the building. All students will have their temperature taken upon arrival and be asked to answer Covid symptom questions.

    Attention 8th Grade Families!

    Mark your calendars: High school curriculum and activities virtual showcase. Is your middle school child starting high school next fall? New 9th grade students and families are invited to attend upcoming high school curriculum and activities showcase events -- virtually.

    These Virtual Showcases will offer an opportunity to better understand students' choices for classes at Bonney Lake and Sumner high schools, including graduation requirements, academic offerings, electives, extra-curricular activities and athletics. Stay tuned for more information and links to the virtual events.

    • Jan. 12: Bonney Lake High School, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    • Jan. 14: Sumner High School, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

    Address Update

    If you have moved and haven’t updated your address, please do so by contacting our registrar, Dawn Bendon (dawn_bendon@sumnersd.org).

    Important Upcoming Dates

    January 18- Martin Luther King Day, No School

    January 29- End of 1st Semester

    February 1- No School (Secondary Only)

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  • Principal Update: 12/9/20

    Posted by SBLSD on 12/9/2020

    Dear Families,

    We have two important and timely updates for you today. Please see information below for details on two events happening at MMS next week.

    Save the Date - MMS PTO Meeting

    The MMS PTO will hold a Zoom meeting on Thursday, December 17th at 6:30pm. With the unique start to the school year, this is our first meeting and we look forward to connecting with families that are interested in supporting students and staff in various ways throughout the year. The meeting will include building updates from Principal, Amy Montgomery and Assistant Principal, Meg Shortell as well as addressing standing agenda items. We hope to see you there!

    To join the meeting: https://sblsd.zoom.us/j/91475458303

    ​​​​​​​Reverse Parade & Community Service Event

    We hope to see our Wolves at our December reverse parade on Friday, December 18th from 2:00-3:00pm. Swing through the MMS parking lot to wave hello to the Mountain View Staff and if you are able, contribute to our Winter service event, “Home for Holidays” supporting the local non-profit; Exodus Housing whose mission is to create a community free of homelessness and domestic violence.

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  • Principal Update: 12/7/20

    Posted by SBLSD on 12/7/2020

    Dear Wolf Families,

    The new and improved MMS Track & Field is now open!  We want to thank all the Sumner-Bonney Lake voters for passing the Capital Projects bond in 2016 which funded this project. To learn more about the project and for a peek at the new facility, check out our celebration video; Celebration of the MMS Track & Field Completion. Our track and field is open to the community and we look forward to seeing our neighbors and students enjoy this new and improved space.

    We also have exciting news from our virtual MMS campus. This week will add three new clubs for students to participate in. Clubs are a great way for students to connect with their classmates on a topic of interest. We hope you will encourage your students to check one (or more than one) of them out- they are open to all and no long term commitment is required. Here is a flyer with all the MMS clubs and meeting time information.

    One last celebration for our week is the continuation of our extraordinary attendance rate for live Zoom classes. In November, we celebrated a 95.5% average daily attendance rate. We are so proud of our student’s commitment to engaging in live classes.

    Updates & Reminders

    December ASB Assembly & Spirit Week Kick Off
    On Friday, December 11th, at 11:30am, the ASB will host their Spirit Week kick off assembly. Zoom information for the virtual assembly will be emailed to students later this week. The December spirit week will be Monday, December 14th - Friday, December 18th. To preview the dress up days, check out this flyer created by ASB.

    Community Dinner
    Sumner High School is sponsoring the annual Community Dinner on December 12th. The event is open to all.



    United Way Family Support

    If you or your family need assistance with basic needs, please call the United Way Helpline at 211.This is also the current number to call for assistance with housing (Coordinated Entry.)  Please visit the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District Website for information about school and community resources.

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  • Principal Update: 11/30/20

    Posted by SBLSD on 11/30/2020

    Dear Wolves,

    We hope you and your family had a safe and happy holiday. In this season of gratitude we want to thank you for your continued partnership. This year, more than ever, we are reminded that we are stronger together. We are grateful to have such a great community at MMS. It was great to connect with many of you during our virtual conferences last week. For those of you we missed, please reach out if there is anything we can do to support your student through the remainder of the semester.

    Updates & Reminders

    Academic Achievement Awards
    Last week we sent out 230 academic achievement awards to students who have demonstrated Wolf PRIDE by showing excellence in their virtual studies during 1st quarter. Students who had 4 or more “As” at the end of the first quarter should look for a certificate of achievement to come to them in the mail. Way to go Wolves!

    Second Photo Day- Save the Date!
    Lifetouch Photography will be at MMS on January 14th for students who missed pictures in August or would like retakes. More details to come.

    Holiday Help
    As we approach the holiday season we want to reach out to make sure that all of our families are aware of the resources we can provide to ensure that each of our Wolves has a happy and healthy December. We want to remind you of two resources available to all of our families;

    Sumner Family Center- 253-891-6535
    Utility assistance, temporary housing assistance, vouchers

    Holiday Wishes
    The MMS community is happy to provide holiday gifts and/or food items to families in need. This year is unlike any we’ve ever experienced, if you find that you need assistance this season please reach out to your your student’s counselor:

    Ms. Jewett 6th grade & 8th grade A-K

    Mrs. Lubash 7th grade & 8th grade L-Z

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  • MMS Conference Links

    Posted by SBLSD on 11/23/2020

    Conference Zoom Links

    Last Name

    First Name

    Zoom Link

    Black

    Karen

    https://sblsd.zoom.us/j/95861910257

    Cheshier

    Justine

    https://sblsd.zoom.us/j/91813433312

    Cohen

    David

    https://sblsd.zoom.us/j/92038440173

    Conley

    Stacey

    https://sblsd.zoom.us/j/92448374956

    Cook

    Todd

    https://sblsd.zoom.us/j/94106383012 

    Davidson

    Jacquelin

    https://sblsd.zoom.us/j/99761201622 

    Davidson

    Benjamin

    https://sblsd.zoom.us/j/97909792393

    Davis

    Stacey

    https://sblsd.zoom.us/j/93216472647 

    Emery

    Jessica

    https://sblsd.zoom.us/j/91767645172

    Filkins

    Austin

    https://sblsd.zoom.us/j/96615187869

    Ford

    Jenny

    https://sblsd.zoom.us/j/99011662525

    Forman

    Kelly

    https://sblsd.zoom.us/j/98254579214 

    Gores

    Tamara

    https://sblsd.zoom.us/j/99507035674 

    Graham

    Lisa

    https://sblsd.zoom.us/j/97567728847

    Grams

    Amanda

    https://sblsd.zoom.us/j/96199984771 

    Harold

    Lori

    https://sblsd.zoom.us/j/94563587136

    Hogenson

    Brent

    https://sblsd.zoom.us/j/91944401795

    Hooper

    Kristin

    https://sblsd.zoom.us/j/92520084536

    Kilmer (Henry)

    Alyson (Lindsey) 

    https://zoom.us/meeting/95637241289

    Lemoi

    Brian

    https://sblsd.zoom.us/j/92659882784

    Lester

    Brittany

    https://sblsd.zoom.us/j/91327056247

    Lewis

    Sydney

    https://sblsd.zoom.us/j/93375030736

    Mitchell

    Tammy

    https://sblsd.zoom.us/j/97079363290

    Moye

    Dawn

    https://sblsd.zoom.us/j/96628154368

    Mueller

    Heather

    https://sblsd.zoom.us/j/95141650292

    Notehelfer

    Tammy

    https://sblsd.zoom.us/j/97807794996

    Oxford

    Tina

    https://sblsd.zoom.us/j/91513031490

    Reeves

    Malia

    https://sblsd.zoom.us/j/96145081955

    Robillard

    Mark

    https://sblsd.zoom.us/j/92796095501

    Rumpza

    David

    https://sblsd.zoom.us/j/95530429210

    Rushton

    John

    https://sblsd.zoom.us/j/97337909513

    Rygol

    Jenna

    https://sblsd.zoom.us/j/97873130638

     

    Schiemer

    Melissa

    https://sblsd.zoom.us/j/96487876361

    Scott (Lande)

    Carrie (Norma)

    https://sblsd.zoom.us/j/9871728645

    Seavello

    Nicholas

    https://sblsd.zoom.us/j/92876715842

    Shimoda

    Teri

    https://sblsd.zoom.us/j/95980936703

    Sjoblom

    Rebecca

    https://sblsd.zoom.us/j/91801302270

    Sroka

    Theresa

    https://sblsd.zoom.us/j/91770778426

    Stephens

    Krystal

    https://sblsd.zoom.us/j/98773846301

    Thrush

    David Andy

    https://sblsd.zoom.us/j/2269669489 

    Topper

    Janet

    https://sblsd.zoom.us/j/97194252996

    Wilson

    Sara Brooke

    https://sblsd.zoom.us/j/93615025696

     

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  • Principal Update: 11/20/20

    Posted by SBLSD on 11/20/2020

    Dear Families,

    We are looking forward to connecting with many of you next week during our Fall Virtual Conferences. Online scheduling will close at 3:00 pm today.  Please see the details below regarding scheduling conferences and asynchronous work for Monday and Tuesday next week.

    Scheduling a Conference

    There are still times available!  If you would like to schedule a conference you can do so via Skyward Family Access you can refer to the Conference Scheduling Instructions.

    You are also welcome to call the MMS office at 253-891-5200 and our staff would be happy to schedule conferences for you.

    Conference Links- Check your inbox! Our teachers have shared a Zoom meeting link for their conference. When you enter the conference you will be in the “waiting room” until it’s time to meet. 
    ​​​​​​​If you have any problems getting into a meeting please call 253-891-5200.

    Asynchronous Work Monday & Tuesday

    To accommodate parent-teacher conferences, we will be modifying the instructional schedule for students on Monday, November 23 and Tuesday, November 24 and there will be no Zoom classes.

    Students will receive asynchronous work focused on missing work, retakes and/or extension activities. Specific information will follow from your child’s classroom teachers.

    Students can still access tutoring or support from our para educator team on Monday from
    2:00-3:00 pm.

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  • Conference Reminder

    Posted by SBLSD on 11/18/2020

    Dear Families,

    We wanted to reach out with a reminder that conference scheduling is open now through Friday, November 20. Conferences will be held on Monday, November 23 and Tuesday, November 24. Our goal of the 10 minute virtual conferences is to give teachers an opportunity to share progress towards learning goals and to problem solve any challenges students are facing in navigating the virtual environment.

    We are using the scheduling feature through Skyward Family Access. Here is the step by step Conference Scheduling Instructions. Alternatively, you can call the MMS Office Staff who will be happy to schedule one or more conferences for you.

    Conference Support Contacts:

    MMS Main Office- 253-891-5200

    Email for 6th Grade Families- heather_trudgeon@sumnersd.org

    Email for 7th/8th Grade Families- becky-henry_kelleher@sumnersd.org

    Conference Updates/Reminders

    • Zoom links for conferences will be shared via an email message directly from the teacher. We will also post the conference meeting links. These are not the same links students use to access class.
    • 6th Grade Families-  If your student’s math/science or language arts/social studies teacher is the same person, you only need to schedule 1 conference time frame.

    Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

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  • Principal Update: 11/16/20

    Posted by SBLSD on 11/16/2020

    Dear Families,

    We are excited to be offering Fall Virtual Conferences for families this year on Monday, November 23rd and Tuesday November 24th. The purpose of these conferences is for MMS staff to connect with our families, discuss student progress and problem solve challenges you may be encountering in distance learning. Due to time constraints that limit the ability for each teacher to meet with each family, we ask families to prioritize virtual conferences for classes in which their student needs support.

    Online scheduling is available now through November 20th at 3:00pm

    How do parents sign up for the virtual conference?

    Schedule a conference online through Family Access.

    • To access the conference scheduler in Family Access, select Conferences from the Family Access menu
    • Click All Conferences
    • Click Select a Time to pick a time slot for a student’s class
    • Click Select to the right of the desired Conference Time Slot
    • The Select Time Slot dialog box will appear. A warning will be displayed if a time conflict exists. Click Back to select another time if there is a conflict. Or click Save
    • Repeat steps 1-3 until slots have been scheduled for the conferences you would like to participate in.

    These Conference Scheduling Instructions also provide the directions with pictures.

    Families will schedule an appointment date and time with specific teachers and will receive an email confirming the scheduled conference. Teachers will send a separate email to parents/families with a link to the Zoom conference.

    Please refer to these important Frequently Asked Questions about virtual conferences.

    Our Office Staff is also on hand to answer any questions about conferences or help you schedule, you can contact the MMS Office at 253-891-5200 or via email-

    becky_henry-kelleher@sumnersd.org (7th & 8th Grade Families)

    heather_trudgeon@sumnersd.org (6th Grade Families) 

    We look forward to meeting with you to talk about your child(ren)’s learning progress.

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