Volume 2 / DECEMBER 2021
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Calendar of Events


DEC 16 - RAD (Reward Activity Day)


JAN 13 - Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation


JAN 18 - PTG Meeting - 12:00 p.m.

xxxxxxx- Choir Concert - 7:00 p.m.

JAN 25 - 7th Grade Boys - Basketball Game @Home vs Chase - 4:30 p.m.

...............7th Grade Girls - Basketball Game @ Chase - 4:30 p.m.

JAN 26 - 7th Grade Boys - Basketball Game @Shaw - 4:30 p.m.

...............7th Grade Girls - Basketball Game @ Home vs Shaw - 4:30 p.m.

JAN 26-27 - Elementary Conference Days- Non-Student days for ELEMENTARY xxxxxxxxxxSTUDENTS ONLY. Middle school students do not have conferences.

FEB 1 - 7th Grade Boys - Basketball Game @ Yasuhara - 4:30 p.m.

...............7th Grade Girls - Basketball Game @ Home vs Yasuhara- 4:30 p.m.

FEB 2 - Semester 1 Ends

xxxxxx - 7th Grade Boys Basketball Game @ Flett - 4:30 p.m

....... ...- 7th Grade Girls Basketball Game @ Home vs Flett - 4:30p.m.


FEB 6 - 7th Grade Boys Basketball Game @ Home vs Salk 4:30 p.m

..........- 7th Grade Girls Basketball Game @ Salk - 4:30 p.m.

FEB 8 - 7th Grade Boys Basketball Game @ Home vs Glover 4:30 p.m

...... ...- 7th Grade Girls Basketball Game @ Glover - 4:30 p.m.

FEB 13 - Band Feeder Concert @ 7:00 p.m.

xxxxxxx- 7th Grade Boys Basketball Game @ Home vs Flett 4:30 p.m

......... .- 7th Grade Girls Basketball Game @ Flett - 4:30 p.m.

FEB 15 - Orchestra Feeder Concert @ 7:00 p.m.

xxxxxxx- PTG Meeting @ 12:00 p.m.




Please make sure students are dressed appropriately. Our doors open at 8:50 am. Students wait outside until then. We also go outside every day for lunch recess! Please let your child's counselor know if you need help getting a coat/hat/mittens for your child. Our Thunderbird Closet has lots of gently used coats etc...

Message from the Principal

Happy Holidays to our entire Sacajawea Community.

Wow this school year is flying by. It is amazing to think that 1st Quarter Grades have already been posted and it's 2nd mid quarter this week. Did you know that 79% of our students were passing all 6 classes at the end of 1st quarter? Our amazing Parent Teacher Group handed out 383 donuts last month as recognition for the hard work and dedication our Honor Roll students are exhibiting. 474 students, despite all that has happened in the last couple of years, have achieved a GPA of 3.5 or better. We are so proud of all our students because this is just one indicator of the resiliency and strength of our Sac kids.

November and December are always exciting months at Sacajawea. They are filled with activities and opportunity for our young people to showcase their talents. Our volleyball players are learning the value of teamwork, participation, and competition.  Our musicians, are working hard learning new music. Clubs are happening every afternoon. This place is a bee-hive of activity - just the way we like it!!


You probably saw a few emails from me in Oct. and Nov. talking about our annual SAC Gives program. This program was spearheaded by our Parent Teacher Group. Staff and community members partner together to adopt students and families in need and provide a holiday season filled with joy. As an UPDATE....because of your generosity we were able to provide gifts to all the Sac Families who were identified.

Thanks for partnering with our school. 

Thanks for allowing us to serve and teach such a wonderful student body. 

Thanks for helping Sacajawea continue to be the flagship middle school in Spokane and in our region. 

Thanks for your commitment and support. 

On behalf of our entire staff, I want to wish you and yours a joyful, restful winter break.

Tracey Leyde

Message from Our Counselors

Technology and Social Media at School

There’s no doubt about it that technology can be a powerful tool used to enhance our lives BUT there’s also no doubt that here at school this same technology can be disruptive to the learning environment and a distraction for kids.

Our Cell Phone/ Tech. policy matches school board policy

  • Cell phones are not allowed during the school day. Exceptions – students are allowed to use their phones/electronics at lunch. Students are also allowed to use them if there is an emergency situation or the teacher expressly authorizes using the device for educational purposes.

  • Cell phones are to be turned off.

  • During class students are required to store them (powered off!!) in the cell phone holders OR they can choose to leave it in their backpack OR turn them into the office for the day.  

  • If you as a parent need to get ahold of your child, please call the office at 509-354-5500.

Cameras are to be disabled during school hours. Videotaping/taking pictures is not allowed at school. WE are hearing of accounts (created by students) using the SAC name/ logo with pictures of students and we are investigating. Posting pictures of students intended to embarrass, bully, harass or without permission is illegal. Please talk to your child about this. 

We want what you want - for your child to be successful and ready for high school. With every opportunity available…no doors closed.



  • Think about what you type or send. REMEMBER – anything you put on the internet is out there for good!! We’ve seen “pictures of regret” still circulating 3 and 4 years later.

Tips For Students continued....
  • Your online behavior is your responsibility. Don’t harass or bully. Don’t respond to online fights. If someone is bullying you electronically, tell your parent. Online harassment and bullying is illegal. In most cases it takes minutes for law enforcement to find addresses and names. No-one is anonymous
  • If you encounter something online that makes you uncomfortable.
  • If something you see online seems “too good to be true,” it probably is. Ex. offers of free stuff.

  • Create a written Internet safety plan. Set rules for Internet/ email use. Include specific strategies for scenarios. 
  • Draft a list together of what not to share, like name, age, school, address, photos.
  • Talk frequently to your teen. Discuss their online friends just as you would their other friends

MONITOR, MONITOR and then MONITOR some more!!!!
  • Review social media accounts often, text messages – frequency and time of day, email accounts. The data related to teen mental health AND the effects we are seeing in the school house are concerning. Consider blocking access or removing altogether.
  • Keep the computer in a common area of the house and require that it be charged there at night, rather than the bedroom. 
  • Ask your teen to tell you about any uncomfortable online experience, with assurances that you will not be angry.
  • Consider filtering or monitoring software. While they can help you control your teen’s online use, these devices are no substitute for parental involvement and supervision. There are great parental controls offered by almost every cell provider.

Message from our ELA DEPT.


Reading books of choice from a variety of genres spanning many interests is a great way to build imagination and problem-solving skills while improving fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension (not to mention students who read a lot become better writers, too!). Additionally, reading is a great escape that can improve resiliency and social emotional learning while exposing students to several important cultural and historical events. Please help our students meet their goal of reading 20 books each this year! Feel free to email your child's English teacher if you need help with motivational strategies or book recommendations. Teachers will be happy to respond with lots of ideas after January 3rd. Thank you SO much!

Tips for Independent Reading

IMPORTANT - Upcoming....

District-created Microsoft Teams will be "archived" during winter break.

What does this mean for you?

If a team is archived it means you will not have access to the TEAM or any work you may have planned on doing over the break. It also means that you can not turn in assignments through TEAMS. One Note is accessible but in a "read only" format (printable not editable). Teachers are able to unarchive (open up) their class teams but are responsible for actively monitoring the team and therefore actively working over their winter break. Some will choose to do this and some will not.

We want to publicly say that we respect both decisions and hope that you will too.

If you had planned on doing school work over break, please don’t panic.

There is a solution!! Download any work you had planned on doing over break before the end of school on Friday. You can turn it in when we return on January 3rd.


Your teachers should be announcing whether or not they plan to unarchive their class teams over break. If they do, you will have access to any work through Teams. If they do not, you will want to download your work to your computer prior to school ending on Friday.


Sac families- If your student is in second semester Fitness and Health and you have not done so, please purchase a PE uniform. Fitness and Health shirts are required, however purchasing shorts are optional. 

Please use the momentum ink link to purchase. These items usually take a few weeks to arrive so please order now for the second semester.  

Thank You!



7th grade Basketball season is January 3 - February 8.

 7th grade girls will have their first practice on January 3rd  from 7 A.M. to 8:30 A.M. and 7th grade boys first practice will be after school from 3:30 P.M. to 5:15 P.M. A more detailed schedule will be emailed through Final Forms to athletes that are registered when the season is closer. Games are mostly on Monday and Wednesday for the 7th grade schedule. 

8th grade Basketball season is February 13 - March 31.

Please make sure that your child is registered on Final Forms and has a current physical uploaded. There are also parent and student forms that must be signed before an athlete can be cleared to practice. Please email the Angela Smith at angelasm@spokaneschools.org with questions. 


Go Thunderbirds! 


Work on our new building continues even in these cold winter months. Most of the glass is installed and that has allowed Lydig to complete interior work throughout the last few months. Everything is right on schedule for our Fall 2022 opening!



To our Sac Way/PBIS drawing winners!

Our October winners are Christoper Cashion, who was nominated by Loriene Slattery, and Diego Vazquez, who was nominated by Mrs. Droter, and won a prize of their choice from our PBIS Catalog. Skyler Loomer, nominated by Katie Droter, won a Sac beanie and Marcus Miller, nominated by Nikki Malone, won a Sac water bottle & sticker.

Our November winners are Felix Naipo, who was nominated by Ms. Leyde and Quinn Henson who was nominated by Mr. Rockett, and won a prize of their choice from our PBIS Catalog. Serenity Daniels, nominated by Mrs. Droter, won a North Face Backpack and Kayla Morgan, nominated by Mrs. Slattery, won her choice between a Sac water bottle and sticker or a Sac Beanie or a Hamilton T-shirt generously donated by the Community Club/Carl Maxey center

Students can turn in Sac Cards that they earn from staff members for our monthly drawings in the student office, or save up tickets to “buy” other prizes in the Business Office. To find out more about how you or your business can support our Sac Way/PBIS program, please contact Laura Treece at 509-354-5444 or LauraT@SpokaneSchools.org.


If you need food over the weekend, then you should sign up for Bite2Go! Bite2Go is 100% free and completely anonymous.


Bite2Go is a weekend meal program powered by Second Harvest, At The Core, and local adoptive organizations. Each week students participating in the program receive a pre-packaged bag of nutritious food to take home for the weekend at no cost to you or your family. Every Friday, staff members at participating schools discreetly hand out the bags of food to students in need.



No. There are no obligations for families or students participating in the program. Food is provided at no cost and there are no requirements for signing up. If you’d like your student to participate in the Bite2Go program, contact your school’s counselor today.



They may now choose up to 8 items from a list of 25 choices. They do not have to choose from categories anymore - they can order only what they want. They can choose as few as they want, or as many as 8. Students may choose from a list of food items that include:

Canned tuna, chicken, chili, pork & beans, spaghetti noodles, canned tomato sauce, mac & cheese cups, oatmeal cups, toaster pastries, cheese wedges, peanut butter squeeze packs, Gatorade and more!

Once you sign up you will receive a bag of food once a week.


How to Order Bite2Go: 


  1. Click on this link BITE2GO. This will take you to the Bite2Go order form.
  2. Fill out the order form.
  3.  Input your student ID and the date. Under teacher/staff person put Mrs. Centenari.
  4. Select your grade
  5. Select “manage your order” to section options. Pick items from the Bite2Go menu, you will get these items every week, but you can change them at any time to add variety to your bag.
  6. Once the order form is filled out and submitted you will receive a pass letting you know where to pick up your Bite2Go bag on Thursdays after 3rd period or Fridays at any time.
  7. If you have any questions email­­­ veronicas@spokaneschools.org


Please call anytime your student will not be attending class. It is important that you notify the office when your student will be
absent - don't just tell the teacher.

To avoid missing precious learning time, please do your best to schedule appointments outside of school hours. If this is not possible please call the day before or send in a note so we can plan ahead with a dismissal pass to avoid disrupting the classroom. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
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.

Over 500 of our Sac Thunderbirds achieved “Gold Status” or higher on our Sacajawea “Middle School Matters” points system for Quarter 1. This point system rewards students for a variety of things such as good attendance, positive behavior, GPA above a 2.5, completing activities in Home Base, having no missing assignments in their classes, staying organized by using their planner, furthering their literacy skills through reading page trackers, and more! Students who earn points in our “Gold” range each quarter can apply for “Platinum status” at the end of the year to earn a fun reward activity in June (last year we went to Silverwood). Students who earned “Gold Status” first quarter earned the privilege of attending our Reward Activity Day on the day before Winter Break. Students got to choose from a variety of activity rooms hosted by our staff: we have holiday movies, crafts, 3-on-3 Basketball and more for students to choose from. The 500+ students who earned this status in their first quarter of this year are just another example of how amazing our Sac Thunderbirds are!!

Interested in exploring the Art Of France and Spain this summer? Contact Mrs. Pavey or check out the link www.explorica.com/Pavey-1896 for detailed information.

Travel through EUROPE this summer with other students from all over! See Mrs. Pavey in room 121, email zigp@spokaneschools.org, or visit this website: www.explorica.com/Pavey-4131 today!

This is NOT and SPS event, but HS credits are available through Explorica upon request.  


Sacajawea is proud to share that our very own Heather Montgomery, Sacajawea's orchestra teacher, is the 2022-23 receipient of the Spokane Youth Symphony's Carolyn Hage Nunemaker Teacher Appreciation Award. Heather was presented with the award on November 20th. Heathers talent and dedication to her students make Sac's music program an unparalled success!

Sacajawea hosted the Lions Club Luncheon on Wednesday, December 14th. For over 40 years Ssc has helped the Spokane Central Lions Club throw a holiday party for the residents of Lakeland Village. Our ASB student officers serve lunch, our band, choir, orchestra and drill team provide entertainment and then Santa arrives with tons of presents. Such a great day!! 

ASB Officers Joey Campanella, Tolla Matthews, Morgan Synder, Grace Parker, and Jay Crotty, (pictured below) were on hand to help Santa and Mrs. Claus with the presents!

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



Thank you to everyone who made Sac Gives such a success! Because of your generosity we were able to provide gifts for 37 families and give gift cards to 21 additional families.

In November, the PTG funded 9 Teacher/Staff Grant requests totaling $3,066.75! Here is a quick summary of this year's grants. Feel free to contact the PTG if you are interest in more information on any of these.

  • Mrs.Ward, Mr. Ulmen & Ms. Kilbourne:  7th Grade Advanced English Language Arts - 30 copies of Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Amber Eastham: Air Track System for Force and Motion Unit in 8th grade science 
  • Yvonne Quigley: 1st & 2nd year Chinese & Chinese Club Ink Brush Painting Materials 
  • Nancy Nicholas & Erika Leland: Drill Team Club support
  • Katie Droter: Homework Center snacks
  • Lindsay Hernandez: Zipper Binders for kids working with Intervention Specialist 
  • Heather Montgomery: Guitar tuners


We hope you will join us at our monthly meetings (the 3rd Wednesday of each month at noon, either in-person or via zoom) to learn more about the wonderful things happening at Sacajawea and to share your voice about how we can enrich the Sac experience even more. If you are not already on our communications list, please email your contact info to sacptg@yahoo.com.

Community Partners

About our Community Partner's Program..... We would appreciate you partnering with us in supporting the PBIS program at Sacajawea. There are 2 ways to participate and help the Sacajawea community.

  1. 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 Sacajawea Middle School reader board, located on Grand Blvd. at 32nd Ave.
  2. Other businesses provide us with rewards and tangible goods for students and staff.

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 Laura Treece at laurat@spokaneschools.org

Spokane Public Schools complies with all federal and state rules and regulations and does not discriminate in the admission, treatment, employment, or access to its programs or activities on the basis of age, sex, marital status, race, color, creed, national origin, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, sexual orientation including gender expression or gender identity, or honorably discharged veteran or military status. This holds true for all students who are interested in participating in educational programs and/or extracurricular school activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the school district's Title IX/Staff Civil Rights Officer, ADA Officer, Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB)/Student Civil Rights Officer and/or 504 Compliance Officer. Officers: *Title IX/Staff Civil Rights Officer, Jodi Harmon, (509) 354-7344 *Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB)/Student Civil Rights Officer, Jodi Harmon, (509) 354-7344 *504 Compliance Officer, Jodi Harmon, (509) 354-7344 * ADA Officer, Stephanie Busch, (509) 354-5993 * Affirmative Action Officer, Nancy Lopez-Williams, (509) 354-5651 * Equal Opportunity Officer, Nancy Lopez-Williams, (509) 354-5651 *200 N. Bernard Street, Spokane, WA 99201-0206 View EEO Information



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