Volume 2 / October 2021
Sac News You Can Use

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Calendar of Events

NOV 16- 7th Grade Volleyball @ Chase 4:15 p.m.

xxxxxx- 8th Grade Volleyball vs Chase @ Sac 4:15 p.m

XXXXXX-6th Grade Intramurals - 3:30 p.m. - 5:25 p.m.

NOV 17- Fund Run Movie Celebration

NOV 20-LATE START @ 10:00 a.m.

NOV 21 - Celebrating Sacajawea Con

xxcxxxx- 7th Grade Volleyball @ Peperzak 4:15 p.m.


NOV 27-LATE START @ 10:00 a.m.

NOV 28- 8th Grade Honor Roll Celebration during Home Base

xxxxx x-7th Grade Volleyball vs Glover @ Sac 4:15 p.m.

xxxx xx- 8th Grade Volleyball @ Salk 4:15 p.m

XXX XXX- 6th Ggrade Intramurals - 3:30 p.m. - 5:25 p.m.

NOV 29- 7th Grade Honor Roll Celebration during Home Base

NOV 30- 6th Grade Honor Roll Celebration during Home Base

xxxxxxx- 7th Grade Volleyball vs Shaw @ Sac 4:15 p.m.

xxxxxxx- 8th Grade Volleyball @ Glover 4:15 p.m

XXxXXXX- 6th Grade Intramurals (last day of session) - 3:30 p.m. - 5:25 p.m.

DECx 4 - LATE START @ 10:00 a.m.

xxxxxxx - 8th Grade Volleyball (JV TEAMS ONLY) vs Chase @ Sac 4:15 p.m.

DECx 5 - 8th Grade Volleyball @ Flett 4:15 p.m.

DECx 7 - 7th Grade Volleyball @ Yashuhara 4:15 p.m.

xxxxxxx - 8th Grade Volleyball vs Salk @ Sac 4:15 p.m.

DEC 11 - LATE START @ 10:00 a.m.

DECx12 - 7th Grade Volleyball @ Flett 4:15 p.m.

xxxxxxxx - 8th Grade Volleyball vs Garry @ Sac 4:15 p.m.

xxxxxx - 6th Grade Intramurals Session #2 begin - 3:30 p.m. - 5:25 p.m.

DECx13 - 8th Grade Volleyball (JV TEAMS ONLY) @ Chase 4:15 p.m.

xxxxxx - 6th Grade Band/Orchestra/Choir Concert at 5:30 p.m.

xxxxxx - 7th Grade Band/Orchestra Concert at 7:00 p.m.

DECx14 - 8th Grade Volleyball @ Shaw 4:15 p.m.

xxxxxx - 8th Grade Band/Orchestra & 7th/8th Combined Choir Concert at 7p.m.

DEC 15 - Holiday Con

DECx18 -LATE START @ 10:00 a.m.

DECx13 - 8th Grade Volleyball (JV TEAMS ONLY) @ Flett 4:15 p.m.

DECx19 - 8th Grade Volleyball @ Chase 4:15 p.m.


JANXX8 - LATE START @ 10:00 a.m.

XXXXXX - 7th Grade girls & boys Basketball begin.

Message from the Principal


Wow, it is amazing to think that 1st Quarter Grades have already been posted and we are into November. Did you know that our failure rates are the lowest we have seen in recent memory? 524 students are on Honor Roll for 1st quarter with a GPA of 3.5 or over. This is so amazing. Our Parent Teacher Group will be handing out donuts and juice next week as a recognition for the hard work and dedication our Honor Roll students are exhibiting.

November is an exciting month at Sacajawea. It is 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 and our musicians are front and center visiting the Spokane Veteran’s home and Rockwood Retirement Home, performing in their first official concert and hosting distinguished guests at our Veteran’s Day Convocation. 

The month of November is all about “Gratitude” at Sacajawea. Our students are reading articles on gratitude, our staff is modeling and teaching lessons on the importance of giving back and saying thanks.  Our students and staff were so gracious and thankful for the sacrifice our military make every day as we honored our Sacajawea Veterans near and far at our Veterans Day Con on Nov. 9th. Our students wrote letters of thanks and many of the letters were read aloud at the Con. We spent the morning honoring and giving thanks to grandpas, grandmas, moms, dads and loved ones who serve. We are honored to have Tech Sergeant Juston Cunningham from Fairchild, as our featured speaker. 

Keeping with the theme of gratitude and thanks, you should have seen an email from Mr. Smith outlining 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. If you did not see this email, please read the details in the NEWS/INFO section of this issue of Sacajawea News You Can Use.  Once again, it is all about gratitude, thanks and giving.

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. 

Tracey Leyde

IMPORTANT - Upcoming....


Please make sure students are dressed for the weather. Our doors open at 8:40 am. Unfortunately, we do not have supervision until then. Students 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.




A long time ago in the best middle school in all of Washington, a team of counselors learned of a few students whose families were struggling during the holiday season. This amazing team of counselors talked to an equally amazing group of teachers and parents who together pooled their resources, dug into their own pockets and bought turkeys, presents, Christmas trees, decorations etc.


AND....just like that SAC GIVES was born.

We are so thankful for our amazing PTG for taking this idea and running with it.

And we are so thankful for the SAC families who choose to make THIS their donation of choice during the holidays.



The first LC Screenagers Movie Feeder Pattern Event will be held on Monday November 20, 2023, from 5:30-7:00pm in the LC Commons. We will have Pizza and an LC Swag Prize raffle.


Screenagers is a three-part movie series that explores the impact of technology and media on our students. 


  • Movie #1: Explores the impact of technology on kids and tools for parents to use to help students use technology appropriately.​

  • Movie #2: Explores the impact of technology on student mental health- Scheduled for February 26th to coincide with the LC HOPE Squad Spirit Week. ​

  • Movie #3: Explores the correlation between technology, social media, media and drug/alcohol use/abuse. - April TBD


LOST & FOUND: Please consider putting your child's name on all personal items brought to school. This includes coats, jackets, gloves, backpacks, water bottles, etc. Basically, anything you would like to come home with them. We have a extra-large number of items that are not claimed and are donated every month or two to a local charity. If your child's name is on an item it will help us get it back to them instead. Our lost and found is located at the back of the cafeteria commons.


IF your student will be absent or late, for any reason, please call our 24hr Attendance Hotline at 509-354-5515 by 9:00 a.m. Leave us a message with your student’s name, clearly spelling out their last name, how long your student will be out, and the reason for their absence.

If your student has an appointment-please call the day before or send in a note so we can plan ahead with a dismissal pass to avoid disrupting the classroom. Students who have a pre-authorized pass will be released from class to meet you outside at the time you indicate. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

The earlier you can notify when your student will be absent or needs an early dismissal, the less disruptive it is for teachers and students.





DEC 5th-FEB 6th

Our 2nd session of Intramurals will be starting on December 5th and will meet every Tuesday from 3:30 p.m. - 5:25 p.m. Parents will need to sign up their students for this new session on Final Forms. This is a great way for our 6th graders to have fun, meet new friends, and play in our new gym. An after-school bus is available for ZUM riders at 5:30 p.m.

BASKETBALL - 7th & 8th Grade

Basketball will begin for 7th graders after winter break and runs from Jan. 8th - Feb. 8th. 8th grade basketball begins on Feb. 12th thru Mar. 28th. Registration is open in Final Forms for all grades. All athletes will need a valid physical uploaded and parent and student forms will need to be signed before the first practice.


Sacajawea Community:


On behalf of the staff, students, and ASB officers, I wanted to pass along a HUGE thank you to our community for raising $26,000 for our annual Fund Run fundraiser! This is a record-breaking amount and penny of this money goes to supporting kids and their experience here at Sacajawea, and we are grateful for your generosity. 



To our October Sac

Way/PBIS drawing winners!

6th Grade

  • Gene Lindeblad won a prize of his choice form the Amazon Catalog, ticket given by Mrs. James
  • Sloane Phillabaum won a Sacajawea Water Bottle, Sac Sticker and a Candy Bar, ticket given by Mrs. Klein


7th Grade

  • Kaden Weiland won a prize of his choice from the Amazon Catalog, ticket given by Mrs. Droter
  • Lydia Killian won a Sacajawea Water Bottle, Sac Sticker and a Candy Bar, ticket given by Mr. Ulmen

8th Grade

  • Ethan Peroff won a prize of his choice from the Amazon Catalog, ticket given by Mr. Fletcher
  • Hendryk Stelle won a Sacajawea Water Bottle, Sac Sticker and a Candy Bar, ticket given by Mr. Switzer

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.

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



If you haven't already done so, please sign up here to receive PTG-specific news: PTG NEWS. It is a different email system than those sent from the school, and it will only take a couple of minutes to provide your information. Thank you!


  • Honor Roll donut celebration is coming up. 8th grade celebration is Nov. 28th, 7th grade celebration is Nov. 29th and the 6th grade celebration is Nov. 30th. An email was sent with a link to the Sign Up Genius if you'd like to volunteer to hand out donuts. 

  • Teacher grants will be awarded in mid-November, so look for an update on what we were able to fund in our next newsletter!


  • Sac Gives is a wonderful opportunity to adopt a family in our Sac community this holiday season. If you are interested, or would like more information,please send an email to Sacgives1@gmail.com. You can also give a monetary donation via our PAYPAL ACCOUNT.

  • Our next PTG meeting is Wednesday,January 17 @ 12:00 PM. Please join us either in-person in room 107, or virtually via Teams. We understand that noon on a weekday is a hard time for many, so be sure to sign up to receive emails to stay in the know about PTG happenings!

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 $100.  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 an entire month on our brand new Sacajawea Middle School electronic reader board.
  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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