Parent Back to School Newsletter 2019-20

Principal’s Message

Hello Titan Families, I hope this glorious time of year of later sunsets and longer days has given you and your family ample opportunity to fully appreciate the joys of the summer with plenty of laughter, play and relaxation! Now that we are a full week into August, I can barely contain my excitement to welcome our incoming 6th, 7th and 8th graders to the 2019-20 school year. As our staff busily prepare to open our doors and greet our students, our goal is to align everything we do to our purpose as a middle school: Educating the whole child in a developmentally responsive, challenging, empowering and equitable learning community. We are committed to the following for every student:

● Welcoming, safe, and supportive environment where each student is known and valued.

● High academic growth for every student.

● Fostering critical thinking, creativity, healthy lifestyle and appreciation of diversity.

● Social-emotional learning and character building.

Middle school is an unmatched time in human development, as our kids transition from childhood to adolescence. At this vital stage, we bridge the building blocks of elementary to the graduation goals of high school. Our students are beginning to define (and re-define) their identity, seek more independence, and discover their passions. It is the ideal time to set the stage for success in the future by building school success habits, exploring interests, and establishing a love for learning. A huge part of our kids academic and social-emotional growth comes from our partnerships with you at home. We are a team, and we share the goal of seeing your child flourish during their middle school years. We look forward to opportunities to collaborate with you for your student’s success. I am excited to share that in addition to the professional learning that our staff participates in every year, this year as a school, our staff will be engaged in a District-wide book study of Onward, Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators. The book encourages educators to learn about and tend to our own social-emotional well-being so that we are better able to meet the needs of each student who enters our classroom. Teaching is a highly complex, deeply emotional act that not only requires knowledge of strategies and content, but also depends upon copious amounts of compassion, love, and energy. This book study will help us cultivate and grow a community where both staff and students thrive. Enjoy the last few weeks of summer! We look forward to an excellent year of growth and learning for each student at Northshore Middle School. Please feel free to contact me at any time.

Sincerely,

Tiffany Rodríguez


 

Assistant Principal’s Message

 Hello Northshore Middle School families! It is such a joy to be returning to the Northshore Middle School community. Last year was one of learning and listening for me. I have greatly appreciated your feedback, your ideas, and your support. This year, I remain curious and courageous while planning to celebrate and inspire the same in our students. I have spent my summer connecting with my family. We’ve traveled across the country to visit family in Louisiana as we do each summer. I was able to reflect again on the beauty and strength found in our diversity as a country. One of my goals over this next school year is to experience more of the diversity within our own families and community. I hope that in doing so, and in sharing that experience with you and your child, we can cultivate an environment that draws us together towards the common goals of achieving greater equity for our students and a more positive culture overall. As I traveled this summer with my 16-year-old son, we reflected on both our middle school experiences. Our memories made clear how our experiences in middle school impact so much more than our overall academic success in high school. With that said, I have two questions for you as starters for a conversation with your own child as we enter into the new school year. (And if either of you wish to share your answers with me, please do!)

● Looking back to when you were your child’s age, what would you have wished for during your own middle school experience?

● Looking ahead to this year, what do you both wish for as you think about your child’s own middle school experience?

 Please do not hesitate to reach out to me by calling my office at 425-408-6725 or by emailing me at aschexnayder@nsd.org. As always, I welcome your input as well as your expertise as your child’s parent and look forward to partnering with you towards your child’s success.

Sincerely,

AmyLynn Schexnayder (Mrs. Schex)

 

Welcome New Staff!

We are excited to bring an amazing group of new Titan staff on board this year! Please join me in welcoming these educators to our school community.

● Leah Young - ELA

● Jay Kenyon - Special Education Teacher

● Haily Ott - Counselor

 

L.E.A.D

Lead Positively.

Engage Fully.

Accept Readily.

Decide Responsibly.

 

At Northshore, our motto is Titans LEAD, which encompasses the four pillars we use to teach positive behaviors for the classroom and good citizenship at school and beyond. These school wide common expectations apply to every area of the school, and we regularly teach and refer to them to ensure our students know and understand the expectations of our Titan community. In order to reinforce these positive behaviors, students are recognized and rewarded for exemplifying our LEAD pillars. In addition to the academic and critical thinking skills students learn to prepare them for high school and beyond, we strive to also teach students the soft skills and character traits that will empower students to be successful, productive citizens in the future. This year we have updated our pillars to be active verbs, allowing us to best describe what it looks like and sounds like to be a Titan LEADer. Here is how we define each of our pillars:

● Lead Positively: Empower others to do their best, set an example, speak up

● Engage Fully: Do your best, pay attention, work hard, work with others

● Accept Readily: Create an inclusive environment for everyone, be kind, reach out

● Decide Responsibly: Follow directions, make safe choices

 

Jump Start Day

We are kicking off the 2019-20 school year with our annual Jump Start Day on Wednesday, August 21. Both students and their parent/guardian are invited to attend. Please adhere to the following times for each grade level:

● 6th Graders: 8:00 am - 10:30 am

● 7th Graders: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

● 8th Graders: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm 4

 

Items Available for Purchase

● ASB Card - $30 - The money collected from the purchase of the ASB cards helps to support our clubs, after school activities and sports. All NMS students participating in music courses and extracurricular activities, i.e., book club, math club, sports, etc.,will be required to purchase an ASB card. ASB funds pay for all non-instructional activities.

● Yearbook with ASB card - $30.00/Yearbook without ASB card - $32.00

● PE Uniforms - Starting this school year, our PE uniforms are available for purchase online, prices vary by size. If you placed your order on or before Aug 4th, the items will be available for pick up on Jump Start Day.

● We will have sizes on hand at Jump Start Day for your student to try. Our 2nd window to order PE uniforms will be open until Sept 9th(link below) and the items will be available at school for student pick up around Sept 20th. https://tcspan.printavo.com/merch/northshore_pe If students choose not to purchase a uniform, the following are suitable substitutes:

● Solid grey crew-neck t-shirt with no designs/logos

●Solid navy blue/black basketball style shorts

● Athletic shoes with non-marking soles

● Sweats for cold weather

● Students who already own PE uniforms do not need to purchase new ones.

 

 Payment options:

● Cash, check and credit card on-site.

● Credit card - You can use your credit card to pay for items starting August 20 by going to https://schoolsales.nsd.org. You will need to bring your receipt to pick up items on August 21st.

 

Picture Information

● All students must be photographed for school purposes regardless of ASB card purchase.

● The Dorian order form was mailed to you during the first part of August.

● Dress code applies.

● Picture make-ups is Tuesday, September 10, if you are unable to attend Jump Start Day.

 

Information Available

● After school activities

●PTSA – Membership and volunteer sign-ups.

● Sport Activities

 

Locker Assignment

● Student locker assignment and combination can be found in your packet.

● Parents and students are encouraged to spend time practicing their locker combination on August 21st. WEB leaders will be in the halls to assist.

● All decorations and shelving for lockers must be easy to remove.

● Please do not put any magnets in your locker especially on the door as it trips the lock and can cause issues.

 

Planners

Thanks to our generous PTSA, all Titan students receive a planner in their back-to-school packet. Planners have many benefits, including the following:

● Students learn important organization skills to keep track of six classes which are vital as they advance to high school and beyond.

● All teachers encourage use of planners in their classes.

● Parents can review students’ planners at home to make sure they are studying for tests and completing their homework (and encourage their students to use their planner if they notice this is not happening).

● Planners also contain information about

○ Activities and Athletics

○ Student Expectations

○ Discipline information

○ Academic honesty

○ Study skills

○ And much more...

 

 

Student Spiritwear

● Titan spiritwear is available for purchase online only (link below). Information flyer in the student packet. Students may try sizes at Jump Start Day. Items ordered by the due date will be delivered to the school a couple of weeks after the deadline. https://tcspan.printavo.com/merch/northshoretitans

 

WEB Leader Training:

8th grade students selected to be WEB leaders will need to attend training on Tuesday, September 3, from 8:00-3:00 pm in the gym. Wear comfortable clothing/shoes and bring a water bottle and your own lunch.

 

WEB Day (Where Everyone Belongs)

WEB Day, an induction program for our incoming 6th graders led by trained 8th grade WEB leaders, is on Wednesday, September 4, from 8:20-2:55. Students will get to experience a high-energy and fun day getting to know their new school and classmates and will get to see their schedule and briefly meet their teachers. Students should wear comfortable clothing suitable for sitting on the floor. Do not bring a bag or backpack. No school supplies are needed on this day. Please bring money to purchase a lunch or you can bring a sack lunch.

 

7th/8th Grade New Student Orientation

New to NMS 7th/ 8th grade students are invited to attend a 90-minute welcome program on Wednesday, September 4, from 9:30-11:00 in the NMS library. Students will have an opportunity to tour the school, meet the counselors, meet other students, see their schedules and ask questions.

 

 Curriculum Night:

Northshore’s Curriculum Night is on Wednesday, September 11, at 6:30 pm. Parents/guardians will have the opportunity to meet their students’ teachers by following their students’ class schedule and visiting each classroom. Our parking lot has limited capacity. Woodmoor’s parking lot will be open as well.

 

Attendance

Studies have shown a strong correlation between regular and consistent attendance and student achievement. On-time graduation rates are also correlated with attendance beginning with kindergarten. Because of this, Northshore Middle School partners with parents to support strong, consistent attendance for our student body.

 

When your student is absent, please notify the school in one of the following ways: On NMS website, under the parent tab, click on attendance and fill out a form.

● Call 425-408-6710 and leave a voicemail.

● Send in a note with your student.

 

For more information about the attendance policy at Northshore, please refer to the student handbook or the NMS website.

 

How to make up school work when absent:

● Work missed while absent, (both excused and unexcused) is expected to be completed. If a student is on vacation, if given ahead, the work should be complete upon their return. If a student is ill, they may have additional time to complete the work.

● It is the student’s responsibility to follow-up with the teacher.

● Please check StudentVue/ParentVue (https://www.nsd.org/Page/28746), Teacher Websites, or communicate with teachers via email for homework and information. Homework may be available for downloading & printing or can be picked up in the attendance office.

● For pre-arranged absences, students should complete a Pre-arranged Absence Form found in the Attendance Office. Make-up work may be requested ahead of time from teachers and should be completed upon return.

● Teachers must be given at least two full days to prepare requested homework, and it is the students' responsibility to complete the missed work.

 

Schedule Distribution and Changes

Student schedules will be handed out on the first day of school.

 Once a student is placed in any year-long class(es), changes rarely occur. Schedule changes are not made for different periods or different teachers. All core classes are year-long. Core classes include: English, Math, Social Studies, Science, as well as Music, and World Languages. 7 In most cases, when a student schedule is completed, electives cannot be changed. Some students are disappointed that they did not get their first elective choice, as marked on their course selection form. Unfortunately, it is not possible for everyone to get their first and second choices. At the beginning and end of the semester we may be able to open up requests for semester-long elective changes. We will let students know if this is an option, and request forms will be available in the Attendance Office. A request for a change in elective does not guarantee it will happen.

 

School Supplies list Required Classroom Supplies

● NMS Planner (provided by the school)

● 4 composition books- (1 ELA/2 Science/1 Social Studies)

● 1 composition book or spiral notebook with graph paper (graph stickies are available for purchase in the office ($4 for 90) as an option)- Math

● Large 3-ring binder

● Pens/Pencils/Erasers

● Red Correcting Pens

● Highlighter

● Notebook Paper

● Bookcovers for textbooks (paper bag is great)

 

Optional Classroom Supplies

● Tape

● Gluestick

● Colored pencils

● Flashdrive

Needed At Home

● Ruler, Compass, Protractor-Math

● 10-key Calculator with √ button (phone ok)-6th,7th,8th Math

● TI-83+ or TI-84 Calculator (some available for loan in financial need) - Algebra,Geometry

 

Backpacks for Kids

Backpacks containing school supplies are available for students with need. Just let your student’s counselor know.

 

Block Schedule ( "DRAFT" schedule below - subject to minor adjustments based on bus schedules)

NMS runs on a block schedule, which has enormous educational benefits for kids. Some of these include fewer transitions during the day, depth not breadth in the subject matter, more time for active learning, and support for struggling learners. Our schedule also includes Advisory and Titan Time. Advisory is a time to build community, participate in social-emotional learning, learn study skills and and get academic support. Titan Time is a brief break from academics to enjoy a snack, social time, and movement.

 

Lunches

Students are able to purchase full breakfasts/lunches and ala carte items before school, during Titan Time and during lunches using cash or accessing their lunch account with their student number. Regular breakfast costs $2.00 and lunch is $3.25. Ala carte item prices vary. It is easy for students to overspend their lunch accounts, so we recommend reviewing with your student your expectations of how much they may spend on a given day.

 

Student accounts may be replenished by bringing in cash, checks or credit card payments online at paypams.com (there is a $1.95 processing fee for each payment transaction). Using paypams allows families to monitor student purchasing patterns. You may create an account for this purpose without using it as a way to load funds into a student account. If you have questions about food services at NMS, please see the district website at https://www.nsd.org/meals or feel free to contact our kitchen manager Mary Ege at (425) 408-6708.

 

Before School

Our cafeteria doors open 30 minutes prior to school starting, at 7:50. Students arriving between 7:50 - 8:05 are able to go to the cafeteria or courtyard. For supervision purposes, students may not go beyond 9 these areas unless they have a pre-arranged appointment with a staff person and a pass from that staff person. Hallways open to students at 8:05.

 

Closed campus during school hours:

To ensure we maintain a secure campus, our school building, sports fields, and parking area are for school-related activities only during the school day. Only students, staff, and visitors who have checked into the office are allowed on campus during the school day.

 

Visitors

To ensure campus security, we require all visitors to check-in at the main office before entering any other part of the school and wear a visitor badge (with the exception of attendance at school events after school).

● Visitors are defined as anyone other than students or staff.

● Visitors are only permitted in classrooms when it is previously arranged with the teacher.

● Please schedule meetings with staff in advance. We welcome collaboration with parents/guardians, and see it as essential to student success. In order for us to provide our undivided attention and sufficient time, we ask that you email or call to set up a meeting at a mutually agreed-upon time.

● Always wear a visitor badge. Just as staff are required to wear ID badges, so too is any adult entering the building during school hours.

● If you are picking your student up from an after school activity, please arrange to meet your student in the parking lot or courtyard. For security reasons, our doors lock at 3:15. With the exception of pre-arranged meetings, sporting events, and performances, visitors are not allowed to enter the building. A list of all clubs and a contact number for the club advisor will be posted on the main entrance doors in case you need to contact your student prior to the club dismissal.

 

After School Activities and Athletics

Research shows that when students are connected to school, they improve their academic achievement and enjoyment of school. NMS offers many ways for students to get involved and get connected to school. After school busses are available for students who ride the bus to school. Busses run an alternate route.

ASB/Clubs Detailed club information will be shared through announcements during the school year. A few examples of active clubs at NMS are:

● ASB Cabinet (6th grade representative elections to be held in early September)

● Honor Society

● Science Olympiad

● FCCLA (Family Career Community Leaders of America)

● Journalism

● Diversity Club

● GSA (Gay Straight Alliance)

● Lego Club

● Homework Club

● Math Club

● Yearbook

 

Athletics: Fall Sports at NMS

Please note our Season 1 Sports offering has changed this school year. 6th Grade Boys Soccer is in the fall and 7th & 8th Grade Boys & Girls Soccer will be offered in Spring. Change noted below with an asterisk.

Cross Country – Boys & Girls – All Grades - Non Cut

7 th & 8 th Grade Boys Tennis – Cut

7 th & 8 th Grade Girls Volleyball – Cut

6 th Grade Girls Soccer – Non Cut

7th & 8th Grade Girls Soccer – Cut

 

Register for sports online with Final Forms, https://northshore-wa.finalforms.com/ by August 31. Tryouts/first day of sports is September 5, please come prepared with gear. Practice/tryouts are from 3-4:40 PM.

NOTE: Sports physicals are good for two years from the date of your physical exam and you must have a copy on file to tryout/practice.

 Intramurals will be available between athletic seasons

 

Sports Participation Fee

The sports participation fee is $100 for each sport plus $30 for an ASB card. Sports fees are due before the first game/meet and can be paid in the main office. Students participating in more than one sport will pay a maximum of $200 per school year. Families with two or more students participating at the same middle school during the same season will be charged $70 per participant up to a family limit of $280 per year.

Financial assistance is available for students who need help paying the participation fee. Contact your school counselor or athletic director for information.

 

Bus Information:

● Detailed information regarding bus stops and routes can be found after August 28 by going to http://versatrans.nsd.org/elinkrp and inputting your residence information.

● Make sure your student arrives to the assigned bus stop at least five minutes early.

● Activity buses for students staying after school for clubs, sports, and activities are available on Monday, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays starting September 5. The bus leaves the school at 4:45PM.

● The NMS student handbook and website provide more information regarding bus passes and other bus questions

 

Parking Lot Safety

If you are a parent who provides transportation for your student, you are well aware that the beginning and end of the day are busy times at any school parking lot. With busses, cars, and students on foot, it is 11 important that we keep safe and courteous driving as a top priority. We ask that you abide by the following procedures when picking-up or dropping off:

● Pull forward as far as possible in the car loading/unloading lane. This is essential to ensuring that the cars pulling in have a place to go. Please do not pick up near the entrance, as it blocks the cars behind you. Pull in the drop off/pick up lane as far as possible and have your student exit/enter as quickly as possible to allow the cars behind you to proceed. At times there is a line of traffic waiting to pull in behind you, so please be aware and be as efficient and safe as possible.

● Do not pick up/drop off in the intersection. At no time should students should exit or board a vehicle at the intersection.

● Open parking spots are available. Please feel free to use these parking spots while you wait.

● Yield to busses. They have a very tight timeline to get to their next route and they have the right of way.

● Busses will exit the school in a line together. Please avoid attempting to cut into the line.

● Do not pull into the bus loading area for drop off/pick up purposes.

● When exiting the school, leave sufficient space for busses to make a wide turn. Never attempt to turn right to exit right out of the school when busses are leaving. Due to their wide turns, accidents can occur when a car attempts to do this.

● U-turns are not permitted in the parking lot.

● Drive safely on 160th and be aware of kids on sidewalks or crossing the road. Take extra precaution near the crosswalks. Thank you very much for driving safely and courteously. Although many of us are often in a hurry, if we all follow these procedures, the entire process will run more smoothly and efficiently for everyone.

 

 

Communication from school

 

General information

● Check the school website, teacher website, and ParentVue for information. ●

 Automated calls will go home for important school/district information.

● Newsletters and important communications from the school will be emailed. Please ensure we have your correct email.

● Students are recognized in several ways - Titan cards, Titan of the month breakfast, Semester LEAD awards.

● Please be sure to update the school with changes in phone numbers, email, or address by contacting our registrar.

 

Grades

● Parents can track student progress and grades on ParentVue. If you need help accessing ParentVue, please contact Registrar (425) 408 6718 or email rmullinnix@nsd.org. ● Quarter grades brought home by students

● Semester grades mailed home

 

Who To Contact (Email or call)

● Main office - General information, athletics, clubs

●Attendance office - Absences, registration, nurse, counselors

● Teacher - Specific questions about student progress or course expectations.

○ Start by encouraging and empowering your child to talk to their teacher about questions they have first.

○ Our teachers value partnering with parents for student success. They will respond within two school days. Please remember they have over 150 students.

● Counselor - academic questions, social-emotional support, concerns about a student, course selection, etc.

● Administration - All other questions or concerns

● Preguntas en español, favor de llamar (425) 408-6705.

 

PTSA

Partnering with parents is important for ensuring both individual student achievements as well as the overall success of the school as a whole. Northshore Middle School is fortunate to have a very supportive PTSA that has an enormous positive impact on our Titan community. Our generous PTSA enhances our school in numerous ways, such as providing classroom grants for teachers, parent partners for lunch supervision, maintaining our emergency supplies, supporting students with financial need, and recognizing our excellent staff (to name just a few). There are many ways to get involved. More information on becoming a member and getting involved can be found on the web at http://nms-ptsa.org/.

 

Volunteering at NMS We encourage family, business, and community members to become actively involved in our school. There are a wide variety of ways to help out:

● Helping in the classrooms, library, lunch supervision, field trips and academic support.

● Participation in PTSA school-related activities

● Help with school events such as vision screening, sporting events, and clubs.

 

Please email our assistant principal, AmyLynn Schexnayder (aschexnayder@nsd.org) if you have any questions about how to get involved.

 

*Volunteers must complete a volunteer application. The forms can be downloaded from the district website under “Partners & Volunteers” or our office manager Leah Gilbert can assist you.

 

Message from the Nurse

 

Welcome to Northshore Middle School! I am excited to work with your students this coming school year! Here are some things we need to be ready for your students’ health needs while at school.

 

Health Registration Forms:
Health Registration form is your opportunity to share with the school something about your students’ health history and health needs. If you have an incoming 6 th or 7 th grader and have not yet completed a current Health Registration form, click here to print a form to submit to school nurse as soon as possible.

 

Medications:
Medications and Medication Authorization forms can be delivered to the Health Room on Jump Start Day, Wednesday, August 22nd, or Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, August 28, 29, 30, during school hours. Alternately, completed Medication Authorization forms can be faxed to (425) 408-6702. Forms must be signed by the parent or guardian in the top section and by the health care provider at the bottom. Please bring all medication in its original container. It is very helpful when it is in the smallest possible container, ideally ‘travel-size’. Please note students with emergency medications, including Epi-pens, need to come in before your student starts school.

 

Immunizations:
Effective 2016-17 school year, all students (K-12) are required to have two doses of Varicella (chickenpox vaccine), or show proof of immunity. More information about all of the immunization requirements can be found here.

 Please note that you can now print your child’s Certificate of Immunization Status (CIS) through a new web portal called MyIR. This secure online system pulls data from the WA Immunization Information System (WAIIS) and will auto populate the CIS with immunizations contained in the WAIIS. Parents just need to print, sign, and submit the CIS to the school or preschool/child care.

 

 

Dear parents and guardians,

As of July 28, 2019, a new state law removes the personal and philosophical option to exempt children from the MMR vaccine required for school and child care attendance. Medical and religious exemptions are not affected by this new law. Based on this new law, families will need to provide updated healthcare provider verified immunization paperwork at or before the start of the 2019-20 school year if their student has a personal/philosophical exemption for the MMR vaccine. Children without a medical or religious exemption will need two doses of MMR vaccine to be allowed into school, starting on Wednesday, September 4, 2019. Because MMR vaccine doses must be administered at least a month apart, children may be entered into school if they have healthcare provider verified paperwork showing at least one dose of MMR vaccine by the beginning of the school year. This will allow a conditional status for up to 30 days, at which point families will need to provide records showing their child received the second dose of vaccine. In Summary: • Personal/philosophical exemptions for MMR are no longer valid • Children need healthcare provider verified proof of MMR vaccination by the first day of school • Children not compliant with state vaccine requirements may be excluded from school You can find more information at the WA Department of Health exemption law change web page, including FAQs: www.doh.wa.gov/mmrexemption If you have any questions, contact your school nurse.

 

Complex behavioral/ health needs:

If your student has a health update, emergency care plan, complex behavioral health or medical need, or if you would prefer to meet in person to discuss health care planning at school, please send an email and I will respond with available meeting times.

 

Counseling

Our counselors work with students and families to address academic and social/emotional needs. You should contact your student’s counselor if there are issues with appropriate level placement, relationships with friends/family members, harassment/bullying/intimidation, financial assistance for school supplies and activities, study or organizational skills or other concerns that may impact student 14 success at school. Counselors encourage student advocacy by having them schedule their own appointments by either filling out a form in the counseling office or sending an email.

 

Students are assigned to counselors based on the alphabet.

Kristie Elder: A-H

kelder@nsd.org

425-408-6720

 

Kendra Lowe: I- Sl

klowe@nsd.org

425-408-6721

 

Haley Ott: Sm – Z

hott@nsd.org

425-408-6736

 For more information regarding school counselors, please refer to the student handbook or the NMS website.

 

Financial Assistance

Families in need of financial assistance must complete the Free and Reduced Lunch application each year. Applications are available in the Attendance Office. Please contact the counselor, if you need assistance with school supplies or an ASB card

 

Technology, including Cell Phones

The following are the Northshore Middle School student expectations for cell phones on campus:

● Cell phones are not permitted to be used during the school day.

● Cell phones must be put on silent and kept away completely between 8:20 - 2:55.

● Cell phones may only be used if a staff member permits it for educational purposes.

● When used with permission, cell phones may only be used in staff presence.

● Students may not take pictures or record video/audio on campus unless they have received

permission from a staff member AND from those they wish to video or take pictures of.

All students are aware that not meeting these expectations will result in progressive

disciplinary action.

 

PARENTS: Please review our cell phone expectations with your child. Be aware, repeated

failures to meet cell phone expectations will result in a parent or guardian collecting the student’s

phone from our office. Also, as cell phones are not permitted except for at teacher discretion for

instructional purposes only, please avoid texting time-sensitive information to your student during

the school day. Please call the main office if you need to share important information with your

student. We appreciate your partnership on upholding the school's technology use policy.

● NSD’s Responsible Use Procedure (RUP) is in place to foster the idea of digital citizenship.

Parents should annually review the RUP and the district assumes that families agree with the

outlined procedures. Detailed information about the RUP can be found by going to the district

website, under the departments tab and selecting instructional technology.

 

 

Harassment/Intimidation/Bullying (HIB):

The Northshore School District and NMS strive to provide students with optimal conditions for learning by maintaining a school environment where everyone is treated with respect and no one is physically or 15 emotionally harmed. In order to ensure respect and prevent harm, it is a violation of district and school policy for a student to be harassed, intimidated, bullied or cyberbullied by others in the school community, at school sponsored events, or when such actions create a substantial disruption to the educational process. The school community includes all students, school employees, school board members, contractors, unpaid volunteers, families, patrons, and other visitors. Harassment because of a student’s race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, including gender expression or identity, mental or physical disability, or other distinguishing characteristics is prohibited incidents of bullying, intimidation, or harassment may be reported orally or in writing to any staff member. You will find more information on the district’s website in the Student Resources tab under the Quick Links.

 

Dress Code

Out of respect for the diverse Northshore Middle School community, we strive to foster an environment that is safe, healthy and conducive to teaching and learning. Student dress should be compatible with this educational setting rather than an off-campus social setting. Northshore Middle School students and staff will adhere to the following guidelines:

·      Specific information about NMS student expectations and discipline policy can be found in the student planner and the NMS website.

 

Tips for Parents

Middle School is often a time of great transition for students and their families. Here are some ideas for supporting your student during their years at NMS.

● Coach your student to be a self-advocate when there are questions or concerns first. Have them communicate their question first. At first, consider contacting the appropriate person to check to see if your student has shared their question/concern.

● Set specific times for homework and study. Make sure your student has a place to study that is free from distractions. Encourage the use their planner to help your student stay organized with due dates. Students may need to access a computer for homework and information. Computers are available for student use in the library.

● Regularly monitor your student’s progress by checking ParentVUE. If you have questions, ask your student and direct them to follow up with their teacher. If you need your ParentVue login information contact our registrar at 425-408-6718.

● Monitor your child’s use of technology. Smartphones are powerful tools and students may struggle in using them appropriately. Be aware of their social media presence and speak with them about appropriate use and the danger of strangers on-line. If your child has their own phone, set limits and consider restricting access at night. Be aware that some kids have multiple social media accounts.

● Stay connected at school by volunteering in any way you can. There is a wide range of opportunities that can be available to accommodate even a busy work schedule. Contact the NMS PTSA or the school to find ways to help.

● Attendance is a key indicator of student success. Students who have poor attendance are more likely to drop out of school or not graduate on time. If you are having issues with getting your student to school, contact the counselor or administrator so we can partner with you to support your student’s attendance.

● Sleep is critical. It can be difficult for teenagers to fall asleep at night. Work with them to ensure that they are getting enough sleep, eight hours minimum, to support their growing brains and bodies.

● Eating a healthy breakfast, snack, and lunch are important for learning and growing. Periodically monitor your student’s lunch account to ensure they are making healthy eating choices at school.

● Vapes and e-cigarettes, a problematic trend for teens over the last several years, have caused great concern among healthcare providers and educators. These devices can be difficult to detect due to their small size and odor-less vapor. While many teens may believe that they are harmless, this is simply not true. Some vapes contain nicotine or other illegal substances, and even those that don’t still have chemicals that have not been deemed safe for inhalation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Despite the fact that vapes are illegal for anyone under the age of 18, they 17 are designed and marketed to appeal to youth. Possession or use of vapes at school will result in suspension per the school District’s policy, which can be found in Rights and Responsibilities Handbook.

● Everyone makes mistakes. Part of the growing and learning process involves mistakes and it is important for adolescents to learn how to recover from mistakes. Some of the most powerful lessons come from reflecting what we did wrong and how we can do better next time.

● Adolescence can be difficult to navigate as parents, as we balance between their growing independence and setting appropriate limits. In the end, what our kids need most is our love and support.

 

 

We appreciate your support in keeping our school safe. As we tell our students, “If you see something, say something.” Please join us in erring on the side of caution and letting us know if you have a safety concern. Reports can be made anonymously through our District’s Safe Schools alert system on-line at http://1414.alert1.us or via text at 855-521-2665