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2450 South 142nd Street SeaTac, WA 98168

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2450 South 142nd Street SeaTac, WA 98168

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October 2022 Family Newsletter

October 2022 Family Newsletter

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                             2450 S 142nd St, Seatac, WA 98168 206.631.5300

Glacier Middle School Website

October Family Newsletter

September 19, 2022

Hello Glacier Families! 

Since our last newsletter we welcomed back students and staff, and it is simply the best! Our days are filled with cross-campus greetings, laughter and “Welcome back!” In these first days, we focused on laying the foundation for a great year together:

 

  • We met for four days as a staff to connect with one another and to get invested in our shared work this year.

  • Advisors began reaching out to our students’ families to learn more about their students’ strengths, goals, and needs for the new year.

  • We held space to build community between students and their advisor, teachers, and classmates.

  • Students previewed rituals, routines, and habits of success as a middle school student through a 2-day schedule of introductory lessons

  • Students had the opportunity to sign up for Season 1 sports; practices started September 6th! 

 

Here in September, we are excited to celebrate National Latinx Heritage Month. At Glacier, we acknowledge and celebrate multilingualism and multiculturalism every day through our Dual Language program, Multilingual program, our Advisories and more! We are continuously growing to create learning spaces across our school that consistently reflect and empower the worlds that our students draw from every day. 

 

As we look ahead to the school year, you can expect a newsletter like this one every month. We’ll share important news, updates, and opportunities that affect our community and your student’s experiences here at Glacier. We’ll also post these messages to our social media pages and school website, so that they’re easy to refer back to as needed. 

In partnership,

 

 

                                               Principal                      Assistant Principal                            Assistant Principal  

maries.huening@highlineschools.org       crystal.goodwin@highlineschools.org        marquetta.smith@highlineschools.org 

 

Upcoming Events:

 

📅 October 3:   Schedule Changes

📅 October 4:   Open House

📅 October 14: Teacher Collaboration Day (No School for students)

IMPORTANT: Schedule Changes coming Monday, October 3rd!

 

As you know, we started the school year with large class sizes. We are in the fortunate position to hire more teachers to alleviate the large numbers in every grade level for Social Studies, Math, Science, and Language Art classes.

This also means that students’ schedules (and teachers’ schedules) will change. Our counselors are ready to begin the work recreating schedules, and nearly all students will be affected by the changes - some more so than others. The changes will take effect on Monday, October 3rd. Until then, all students will follow their current class schedule. This is really important!

We understand that this is a big transition for everyone – adults and children alike – so soon after the beginning of the new school year, and we want you to know that we are planning as thoughtful and intentional a shift to the new schedules as we can. Monday October 3rd will be a day in Advisories and will feel a lot like the first day of school. Students will meet their Advisory teachers and classmates on the field, go to their classrooms together, receive their new schedules, walk to their new rooms and identify their new lunch periods (all where applicable). 

 

OPEN HOUSE Tuesday, October 4

 

We are very excited to hold our Open House and welcome you all to Glacier Middle School on Tuesday, October 4 from 6-8pm!

 

After a light dinner and welcome reception from 6-6:30pm, you will have the opportunity to experience our school the way your student does! We will provide you with your student’s schedule, the bell will ring at 6:35pm and Advisory will begin. Don’t be tardy! 😉Our wonderful teachers will share with you information about their classes, how you can support your student at home, and how to contact them during each of the 8 minutes long “class periods”. Please note: This event is a chance to learn about your student’s classes and teachers. This event is not a parent-teacher conference. Our teachers will provide you with their contact information and you can schedule a meeting with them any time.

Please RSVP by 9/27 for this event. Your student will bring home an invitation this week and should return it to their Advisory teacher by 9/27. Thank you!!!

 

Here is the schedule for the evening:

6:00-6:30: Dinner and Welcome in the Commons

6:35-6:43: Advisory

6:47-6:55: Period 1

6:59-7:07: Period 2

7:11-7:19: Period 3

7:23-7:31: Period 4

7:35-7:43: Period 5

7:47-7:55: Period 6

8pm End of Open House

 

Attendance: Every Day Counts

Help your child succeed in school: Build the habit of good attendance early. Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work. Students can suffer academically if they miss 10% of the school year, or about 18 days. That's just one day every two weeks. 

 

At Glacier, we value every child and their learning experience. We also know the impact of missing lessons—a few minutes, a period, or a whole day—and how tough it can feel to catch up. We want to be proactive to support students to stay present, to remain engaged, and to set themselves up for success!

 

Excused and Unexcused Absences

 

Families will receive automatic notifications via robo-calls and/or letters for any student marked for excused and unexcused absences. You can also monitor your student’s daily attendance on ParentVUE.

 

The following are some of the most common valid excuses for absences (Excused Absence):

  • Absences due to illness, health condition, or medical appointment for the student or dependent; the school may require a note from a medical provider after three (3) absences in a month

  • Absences due to family emergencies including, but not limited to, a death or illness in the family; may require a meeting with the school to develop a plan to make up student work

  • Religious or cultural purpose including observance of religious or cultural holiday

  • Absences directly related to a student’s homelessness or foster care/dependency status 

  • Absences due to suspensions, expulsions, or emergency expulsions

  • Participation in a district or school approved activity or instructional program 

  • Absences due to a student’s migrant status 

 

The following are also valid excuses for absence, but may require a meeting with Dr. Huening, Ms. Goodwin, Ms. Smith, or their designees:

  • Absences due to student safety concerns

  • Absences due to participation in a prior approved activity that is consistent with district policy

  • Absences due to the student’s lack of necessary instructional tools (including internet access/connectivity)

 

To excuse an absence, please call our Attendance office at (206) 631-5300 or email Perla Garcia. All absences not approved above and/or reported to Attendance are unexcused.

 

For additional information, please review Highline’s policies, procedures, and available support HERE.

 

Late to school?

For students who are coming late to school, please check in at the Attendance window. This is the only opportunity to correct their attendance at the start of the day. They will get a pass and be able to proceed directly to class.

 

We’re All On Your Team!

Leadership

  • Principal: Dr. Maries Huening (English, German, French)

  • Assistant Principal: Crystal Goodwin (English, Spanish, American Sign Language) 

  • Assistant Principal: Marquetta Smith (English)

  • Dean of Students: Javier Mancilla (English, Spanish)

  • Re-Engagement Specialist: Stan Thesenvitz (English)

  • Success Dean: Emily Mruk (English)

 

Main Office

  • Office Manager: Susan Hope (English)

  • Registrar: Charlene Li (English, Mandarin, Cantonese, French, Tiawanese, Japanese)

  • Bookkeeper: Perla Garcia (English, Spanish)

  • Family Liaison: Zahira Lopez (English, Spanish)

  • Attendance: Jeana Ragghianti (English)

 

Counselors

  • 6th grade: Luna Barbosa (English, Portuguese)

  • 7th grade: Anamarleny Alvarez Villa (English, Spanish)

  • 8th grade: Chasmon (Mr. Chaz) Tarimel (English, Palauan, Japanese)

 

Other Roles:

Advisor: This is your student’s point person on campus! During Advisory (Monday-Thursday) students learn social-emotional skills like self-management, self-regulation, and self-expression. Advisories meet in Community Circles and present an important place for your student to develop a sense of belonging and safety at school. Advisors are the lead for family communication with their advisory-families. You can expect to hear from your student’s advisor regularly and you can reach out to your student’s advisor any time.


Teacher: In middle school, students take six content courses per semester. Teachers lead these classes, which means that unlike in elementary school your student has six different teachers over the course of the school day. You can monitor in Google Classroom for updates about what is happening in your student’s classes; in ParentVUE you can check your student’s current grade, missing assignments, and communicate directly with teachers.

 

Family Connection Time

Starting Wednesday, September 7 and until the end of the month of September, you can expect to be contacted via phone by your student’s Advisory teacher. The Advisor plays a critical role in our school to create an environment where students and families feel connected and belonging. Glacier’s Advisors are excited to talk with you about your goals, needs, and priorities for the new year. 

 

To help you think ahead about these conversations, you might consider these questions:

  • What are your student’s strengths? What makes him/her/them the amazing child you know them to be?

  • What are your student’s needs? What does effective support at school look and sound like?

  • What are your student’s interests or passions? How might these align with academic, athletic or extracurricular programs offered at Glacier?

  • How do you wish to be involved in your student’s education? What structures for communication and participation work best for you?

Get Involved

Want to volunteer?

Interested in volunteering at Glacier? Please scan the QR code or click this link to sign up.

 

Interested in more involvement? Creating a PTSA (Parent-Teacher-Student-Association) or a Family and Community Engagement Team? 

Reach out to Crystal Goodwin or Marquetta Smith (Assistant Principals) to let us know how we can create opportunities that are meaningful for you and your family! 

 

Follow Us for Updates

We’ll send monthly newsletters like this one to keep you up-to-date on school-wide events and details. But we also distribute regular updates via social media and these communication platforms: 

  • Website: glacier.highlineschools.org 

  • ParentVUE: Read THIS GUIDE to learn how to set up and activate your account

  • SchoolMessenger:  Confirm that your contact information is correct in ParentVUE to receive updates

  • Google Classroom: Read THIS GUIDE to learn how to monitor your student’s work in class

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