WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL!Posted by Terri Vickers on 8/16/2018 1:30:00 PM
August 13, 2018
Dear McMurray Students and Parents,
Welcome to McMurray Middle School for the 2018-2019 school year. Our team is looking forward to starting the school year and developing an outstanding learning community at McMurray! This year school begins on Tuesday, September 4th with a full day of classes. Student schedules can be viewed on Skyward Student and Family Access, and students will also receive a hard copy along with their locker assignments on the first day of school.
We invite all 6th graders and those students new to the district to an orientation on Thursday, August 30 from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. Students will meet their teachers, be welcomed by McMurray Student Mentors and receive a printed copy of their schedules and locker assignments at that time. We encourage parents to stay for their very own event that includes a special welcome from our administration and an informative session with Parent Educator, Yvonne-Monique Aviva, who will speak on creating a positive transition to middle school with a focus on helping your student manage stress and anxiety successfully.
For support from your School Counselors, please contact Yvette Butler if your student’s last name begins with letters A-K and contact Carolyn Zike if your student’s last name begins with letters L-Z. We will be working with these students as they progress through their middle school years. School Counselors return to regular office hours beginning August 23rd and are most easily reached by email. Please contact Yvette at firstname.lastname@example.org or Carolyn at email@example.com.
We look forward to making this an excellent school year! Our highest priorities for the year will be:
- Promoting curiosity, engagement, critical thinking, and academic growth for all students.
- Developing a safe and positive school climate will be emphasized throughout the year, with a particular focus on fostering empathy, inclusion, responsibility and respect.
- Enhancing positive collaboration with students, home and the community through a variety of outreach, volunteerism, and communications.
This year will commence with our normal schedule, beginning with the first bell at 7:55 a.m. and dismissal at 2:40 p.m., with last year’s “two lunch” schedule continuing. We will continue with Professional Development Days (10:30 start, 2:40 dismissal). However, we will no longer run the “Block Schedule” this year on PDD weeks. We will utilize block schedules as needed in the Spring for assessment purposes.
Visitors and volunteers are always welcome and I encourage you to become involved in our school in whatever way you can. Volunteers are needed August 29 and September 4- 6. Please see more information on last page of this letter. Visit our website for information updates at www.vashonsd.org/mcmurray. I also encourage you to check out our PTSA partner website at www.vashonptsa.org.
We will communicate with you this year primarily via email, so please make sure we have your current email address. Report cards will be posted on Skyward and will not be mailed. You may update your contact information via Family Access or contact Barbara Jensen at firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions regarding the upcoming year, and please see the information following this letter for more specific information about the start of the 2018-2019 school year. I appreciate your involvement and look forward to working with you this year!
Greg Allison, Principal
Juanita McGilton, Assistant Principal