September Family Newsletter
August 30, 2022
Hello Glacier Families!
We hope that this message finds all of you well and that you are enjoying the end of a restful summer! We are so excited to welcome back staff, students, and families this week!
This school year, we want to focus on building culture, connections, and community among our adults, students, and families as we continue to transition to in-person learning. It is a year of discovery for all of us that offers exciting opportunities to invent and establish traditions that are uniquely Glacier. We are going to work on building and strengthening relationships with our students and their families and continue to navigate together the evolving reality of living through a pandemic. This year we are excited to lean into individual and collective growth!
We three are honored to serve the Glacier community and vow to do what we can to create a learning environment where every student belongs, can excel every day, and finds joy in learning.
Read on for useful details about our school and upcoming events!
📅 Sept 1 - First Day of School!
📅 Sept 5 - No School! Labor Day
We’re All On Your Team!
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:
Back to School FAQs
What about cell phones? All Glacier students - 6th, 7th and 8th graders – may use their phones only before and after school. During the school day – i.e. during passing periods, in class, during lunch, in the bathroom – the phone must stay in their backpack. If a phone is in use during school hours it will be confiscated and held in the main office until the end of the day.
How do I know if my student is registered? Students who attended elementary school in the area are typically rolled over to Glacier (Seahurst, Cedarhurst, Hilltop and Beverly Park). Confirm your student’s enrollment on your ParentVUE account, or check your address assignment HERE!
What time does school start and end? On Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, school begins at 8:05 AM and ends at 2:35 PM. On Fridays, we have early release for staff professional development; school starts at 8:05 AM and ends at 1:05 PM.
What meals are served at Glacier? We serve breakfast and lunch daily. This year, all meals are free to all students!
What is the daily schedule? You can find our Bell Schedule HERE on our school website.
What classes is my student taking this year? To look up your student’s schedule, log in to ParentVUE (directions HERE). Counselors will continue to make adjustments until the first day of school; we’ll distribute hard copies of schedules on Day 2 (Sept 2nd).
How will my student know where to go when they get to campus? We know that change is hard, whether it’s a new school or a new grade level! Our first several days back to school will focus on routines and procedures, to help students feel safe, clear, and well-supported. Counselors will distribute copies of students’ schedules on Day 2 (Friday Sept 2nd), and Advisors can help print additional copies, if needed. Admin, counselors, and support staff will be highly visible throughout those early weeks to help students navigate buildings, interpret schedules, and clarify any confusion!
What is my student’s bus stop and route? Use THIS LINK to look up the bus route that serves your address!
How can I monitor my student’s grades, attendance, and other information? You have access to all the details of your student’s schedule and progress on ParentVUE. Use THIS GUIDE to register or activate your account, if you haven’t done so already. If you have additional questions about how your student is doing, reach out to their Advisor!
HEALTH PHYSICALS AT HEALTHPOINT
Is your Middle School student planning to play sports this year? Highline Public Schools requires students to have a medical exam before they can play. This exam needs to be done every other year, and it can be done during a teen’s annual check-up.
The HealthPoint clinic at Evergreen High School is open through the summer and now scheduling for sports physicals. These exams are available without any out-of-pocket cost. Don’t wait until the last minute and risk your student not being cleared. If you would like to schedule your sports physical with HealthPoint, or want more information on other services available, please call the Evergreen High HealthPoint Clinic at 206-835-2615.
For more information, visit THIS LINK. Here are some other health needs that HealthPoint can support:
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:
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!