I am sorry to be closing out the year this way. I really wished we all could have been together on the last day of school to say our goodbyes in person. It was definitely a strange 2019-2020 school year, to say the least. I want to say thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for gifting me the honor of working with your students this year. I couldn't be more proud of the humans are and the growth I saw this year in each and every one of them!
There are a couple of housekeeping items to share.
* Grading: If you recieved a B or C and want to change it to an "S", please email Mrs. Peterson at: firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday.
* Locker Contents: We will keep everything until the start of the year, so if you discover something you didn't pick up, we won't clear it out yet.
* Yearbooks: If you ordered a yearbook, they will be arriving late summer and we will advertise a date to pick them up!
* History Trip: 6th and 7th Graders, if you already registered for the trip to Yakima, it has been rescheduled for October.
* Year-End Video: Don't forget to watch our awesome year-end video at noon today!
I hope everyone has a restful summer. I so look forward to seeing you all in the fall. (8th grader, now 9th graders, please come visit). Please take good care of you and yours.
Lora Jackson, Principal
I hope this email finds you well. I wish that we weren't educating through a virtual environment right now. It has been hard on us as educators and I know it is hard on families, too. That being said, we only have a month to go of this school year and hopefully we will be starting school as normal when we return.
Toda,y teachers are updating their mid-quarter 4 grades. Those should all be posted and ready for viewing by Friday. Here are a few reminders about how middles schools in our district are addressing grading for Quarter 4.
4th Quarter Grading:
- Student assignments will be graded in a timely manner and posted in PowerSchool.
- Grades of D or F will automatically be changed to Satisfactory “S” in June after final grades have posted. This is in recognition of students’ differing circumstances and ability to engage during this unique time. Note: “S” does not have any impact on GPA or honor roll.
- To earn a final letter grade of A, B, or C instead of the "S", students are expected to complete a reasonable percentage of assignments. Each teacher has determined what percentage of assignments must be completed to earn the A, B, or C.
- Parents can request grades of B or C to be changed to Satisfactory (S) after grades have been posted at the end of quarter 4 (in June). We are planning to have the office make these changes as requested.
Please let me know if you have any questions about grading or anything else. Take Care.
Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year. I’m looking forward to my fifth year as Principal at North Pines Middle School. We have a great year planned and are off to an awesome start!
Our staff is highly qualified and committed to partnering with each other, students, and parents to ensure a positive, intellectual learning environment. Our students should be good citizens and be prepared to do well at U-High or CVHS (or another high school).
Academically: Our staff is highly skilled at designing engaging and challenging lessons for our students, while offering lots of support when students need it. These lessons prepare our students for college or career and definitely for success in high school. We are lucky to be an AVID school. As part of AVID, all of our students stay organized using a 3-ring binder system that has tabs for each class and a pencil pouch. Also, AVID teaches our students how to take good notes as well as ask and answer higher-level questions.
Social-emotionally: Middle school is an exciting time of change. Not only will students will be managing more classes and increased workload, they will be adjusting to social changes as well. At North Pines, all students have a Character Strong class once per week. This class helps us grow our skills to be kind, empathetic, and courageous every day. North Pines uses Restorative Justice to help students fix problems when they make mistakes or harm someone else.
The following will help us have a successful, enjoyable school year:
- Communicate respectfully with others.
- Challenge yourself to find solutions.
- Surround yourself with positive people.
- Look for ways to use your strengths to contribute to our school community.
- Ask your child questions about school, such as “What was the most interesting thing you learned in math today?”
- Register for and use Power School to check on your child’s attendance and academic progress.
- Communicate with your child’s teachers to establish successful home/school connections. Email, call, or set-up a visit.
- Ask about ways to volunteer at school.
I am honored to serve as Principal at North Pines Middle School and to continue to grow the relationships with students and families. Thank you for being a part of our community.