Volume IV | May 2018
News & Updates
Calendar of Events
May 23 - All City Track Meet
May 28 - Memorial Day ~ No School.
May 29, 30, 31 - 6th grade visits
June 1 - 8th grade visits to LC and Ferris
June 4 - FINALS - Science & Spanish Day 1
June 5 - FINALS - Social St. & Spanish Day 2
June 6 - FINALS - Electives & Spanish Day 3
June 7 - FINALS - ELA
June 8 - FINALS - Math
June 11 - Locker Clean Out and Yearbook Pre- Release Party
June 12 - Triple Play Trip for Platinum Students
June 13 - 8th grade Fun Day
June 14 - Rubber Thunderbird Con Last Day of School!!
June 18 - Summer School Starts (See below for more information)
June 29 - Summer School Ends
August 30 - 1st Day of School
Message from the Principal
 
 Your children have spent the last several months working with counselors and staff from all of our feeder elementary schools, Sacajawea, Ferris, LC, and our Community School to begin the process of moving up from 6 th grade to 7 th grade, from 7 th grade to 8 th grade, and from 8 th grade to 9 th grade.  Our staff believe it is developmentally responsive for all of our students to have an awareness of future course offerings and the rigors of the next year of their education. Students have filled out class requests, reviewed career inventories, and completed the process of registering for their next grade. We are excited for all of our students and families to make this transition and confident in their abilities academically and socially. Sacajawea stakeholders, please join me in welcoming our incoming 6 th graders to our Thunderbird family.    
 
Did you know?
·       Sacajawea is recognized for our college and career going culture. We believe every student in our building should have access to post-secondary opportunities. Please check in at the office, walk our halls and see for yourself.  
·       Our school has a “needy student” fund that we use to help with books, binders, clothing, fees, athletics etc.  If you would like to help those less fortunate please send in a check payable to Sacajawea Middle School Needy Student Fund. We are looking for donations for this valuable fund as we wrap up the 2017/18 school year and prepare for the 2018/19 school year to begin. 
·       Positive Behavior Supports is our school’s education program to teach character traits, perseverance and on task behavior etc. We partner with local businesses to provide prizes for student drawings. Students earn “Sac” cards for representing our PBS traits. If you own a business and would like to partner with our school, please contact Mrs. Leyde at #354-5500. It is a win/win for our school, our community and our students.   
·       Sacajawea has a comprehensive website that links families to activities and events happening in our school and our district. Please visit www.sacthunderbirds.com for access to basic information. 
·       Sacajawea is one of the highest performing middle schools in the region. Here is evidence of our latest PSAT data:
The 2017/18 school year has been one of our best. We are so proud of the academic, social and developmental gains of each of our students. As the former Principal of Lewis and Clark High School, I am reminded daily how “ready” Sacajawea students are for the rigors and academic press of high school. This is a tribute to our students, staff and parents. Thank you again for a wonderful year.
 
Congratulations/Good News/Celebrations

Congratulations : Share your good news with us! We love to feature the incredible things our students are doing inside and outside of school. If you have good news to share, please send it to Tracey Leyde ( traceyl@spokaneschools.org ) to be included in the SacNYCU
Congratulations to our Marching Band and Drill Team for an outstanding performance at the Junior Lilac Parade on Saturday May 12th.


In Art Club this year, we finished two quilts we intend to donate to the foster care system or to the teen center downtown this week!
One of the quilts was actually started by an art club a few years back, but since we inherited a quilting machine, we finally were able to complete it!
Last semesters members included Sierra Roberts, Annalise Tollion, Jenna Price, Aidan Howell, Alex Boyce and several others who came and went for art club meetings, contributing when they could.
Mrs. Pavey is very proud to have finally completed these enormous projects and cannot wait to drop them into some very deserving hands later this month! Until then, they are on display in the case outside room 121. Come by and take a look!



Congratulations Mr. Krestian on being awarded a classroom grant of $150. THANK YOU STCU!!!
News/Info
Tis the Season.....

Students continue testing this week.
We are on a block schedule and students will be testing with their content teacher in the same period they have the subject.
ex. if they have ELA 1st period they will do the ELA test during 1st period.

Test days:
ELA
May 9 (Block A - Periods 1, 3, 5)
May 10 (Block B - Periods 2, 4, 6)
May 14 (Block A)
May 15 (Block B)

Math
May 16 (Block A)
May 17 (Block B)
May 24 (Regular bell schedule - all students)

Science
May 21 (Block A)
May 22 (Block B)



Testing Block Schedule


Home Base - 9:00 - 9:20
1st or 2nd Period - 9:24 - 11:14
LUNCH (1st Lunch) - 11:14 - 11:44
3rd or 4th Period (7th graders) 11:48 - 1:38
3rd or 4th Period (8th graders) 11:18 - 1:08
2nd Lunch - 1:08 - 1:38
5th or 6th Period - 1:42 - 3:30








**Parents: you can help by making sure your child gets plenty of rest and has a good breakfast on test days. Please try to avoid scheduling appointments on these dates.
Sacajawea Middle School Group Night Out with the Spokane Indians

 Friday June 15 @ 6:30 pm
Avista Stadium
Opening Night Fireworks.
Group seating - Tickets are only $5.00
Call 509-343-OTTO to order or go to www.spokaneindians.com
Click on Groups and find Sacajawea and click to purchase tickets.
Information about BACK TO SCHOOL 2018

I ncoming 7th graders only.....Sneak Peek will be on Aug. 28, 2018 starting at 1:30. Drop in anytime between 1:30 - 4:30 to get your schedule and find your classes.

8th grade students will be able to access their schedules by logging into PowerSchool after 4:00 on Aug. 29th OR they will get their schedules on the first day of school in Home Base.

For those of you who are waaaay too organized below is the school supply list....

Remember to buy your yearbook . It is currently $25 in the book room, but will be going up to $30 on June 1st.
2 Opportunities for our incoming 7th graders......Summer School

ALGEBRA BRIDGE CAMP
This camp is intended for incoming 7th graders who plan on entering Algebra in the fall. Get a head start on math for next year…refine your skills and enter Algebra ready to excel! This camp is HIGHLY recommended for students who plan to enter Algebra and did not complete the SVL Accelerated Program as a 6th grader. Only 22 spots available.

AVID SUMMER BRIDGE MATH CAMP
This fun interactive camp is for incoming 7th graders who plan on taking Accelerated Math in the fall. This will give you a jump start on concepts and rocket you to the top of the class! This camp is HIGHLY recommended for all students who will enter Accelerated Math this fall. Only 22 spots available.

Please print off and fill out this application . Bring it in to the main office. Questions call Taylor Skidmore @354-5500
6th grade Move-Up Visits will take place May 29th, 30, 31st and June 1st. Students from our feeder Elementary Schools will tour the building and learn more about what they are getting into!!! We will also be handing out their summer assignments at this visit. ALL SAC students have summer work. Due Aug. 30th.

The 8 th  Grade Move-Up Visit will take place on June 1 from 8:25am-11:00am . Students from Sacajawea will go to visit either Ferris or LC depending on where they are attending next fall.
 
Dormant Spray Alert

This is to inform you that our annual dormant oil spray will be applied to the trees and shrubs at Sacajawea on May 18th. This spray application consists of one gallon of mineral oil mixed in 80 gallons of water to cover and kill dormant insect eggs that over winter in our area. A weed and grass control spray will be applied to the shrub beds and mowing strips at on the same day. Our school has taken steps to keep school children away from these areas for 24 hours following the application of spray. We ask that you and your children refrain from making contact with or playing around the trees and shrubs at our school. Thank you.
PTG Corner

Get involved.
We are really nice people...please join the Sacajawea PTG. This parent group helps support Sacajawea students and staff. Honor Roll Celebrations, supporting needy students, 8th grade fun day, and more are all examples of the way our PTG supports our learning community. Our next meeting will be in the fall. Stay tuned for more information.

Donate.
We strive to provide the BEST middle school experience for your child. Many of the activities we offer here at SAC are unfunded and don't happen at other middle schools. This is because of YOUR PTG. Sacajawea PTG is solely funded by your direct donation. Parents tell us that they don't want to sell cookie dough, wrapping paper, chocolates, etc..... If every parent donated a minimum of 20.00 our PTG would net 16000.00 to support student activities and events. Funds are getting low... .CLICK HERE and donate today!!! Or pick up an envelope in the main office. Please make checks payable to Sacajawea PTG.


Volunteers are needed. Please volunteer your time. Contact our office to get in touch with our volunteer coordinator at 509-354-5500.
Too hot to cook!!!
PLAN to EAT out on May 23rd at Papa Murphy's on 29th All day a portion of the proceeds go to Sac PTG
Planning to ride the school bus next year? All eligible riders must register online to ride the bus every year! All eligible bus riders in Spokane Public Schools must register online now to ride the bus for the 2018-19 school year. How? Visit www.spokaneschools.org/BusRegistration . You can check your eligibility there too. Registration closes June 30 . Specific bus route information will be available online by the second week of August.
  New for fall: Changes to asthma requirements: Starting this fall, all asthma will be considered a life-threatening health condition. For students who have a diagnosis of asthma, state law requires them to have a signed Asthma Care Plan and Medication Orders on file, updated by a health care provider each year. 
 
All students who have asthma will be required to have an Asthma Care Plan and Medication Orders AND an inhaler at school prior to the first day of school or they will be excluded. Please contact Becky Doughty, director of Health Services, at 354-7298 with any questions.
 
RCW 28A.210 : Life-threatening health conditions: Prior to attendance at school, each child with a potentially life-threatening health condition shall present a medication or treatment order addressing the condition. A life threatening health condition means a condition that will put the child in danger of death during the school day if a medication or treatment order is not in place. Needing to keep asthma medications at school is considered a potentially life threatening health condition.
Digital Library Cards: The Spokane Public Library is introducing Digital Access Library Cards for all middle and high school students. These specialized library cards give students online access to most of the library's digital learning resources that are ideal for research. How to access: go to www. spokaneschools.org/students . Click the ‘Clever’ button and log in like normal. Click the Spokane Public Library icon, where you’ll see your library card number and pin displayed at the top of the page.
 
FREE Microsoft 365 Office Suite Software for Home Use: All SAC students have access to the full suite of Microsoft Office's newest software both online and for home download. This $99/year value is free for all of our students. Visit: http://www.spokaneschools.org/Page/23164 to learn how to log in and download your software.
Community Partners
About our Community Partner's Program..... We would appreciate you partnering with us in supporting the PBIS program at Sacajawea. We ask that businesses pick one month of the school year to sponsor our PBIS program, with a suggested donation of $75.  
When your business sponsors a month of PBIS, it will be recognized in Sacajawea “News You Can Use” email with a link to your businesses’ website. This email gives your business exposure to the families of the 800+ students enrolled at Sacajawea. We will also advertise your business for the entire month on our brand new Sacajawea Middle School electronic reader board, located on Grand Blvd. at 32nd Ave.
If you are a business owner and would like to partner with us by contributing to our Sacajawea family with donations of time or resources please email traceyl@spokaneschools.org. In return we will add your business info to this monthly publication .