Dear Chinook Families,
I truly believe I have one of the greatest jobs in the
world and am so proud to be able to serve as the principal at Chinook Middle
Our team of teachers and support staff are some of the
most outstanding individuals I have ever worked with and I commend each an
every one of them for their service and commitment to our students’ education. At
Chinook we are committed to building and sustaining a culture of achievement
where all students excel. As we enter the 2016 – 2017 school year we have much
to look forward to.
Chinook will start the year with our 2nd
annual Middle School Bridge Program. “The Bridge” is a two-day, with a third BONUS DAY, program designed
to ensure all incoming 7th graders experience a smooth transition between
elementary and middle school. It is our hope to have 100% of all incoming
students in attendance on August 24 and 25. “The Bridge” starts at 8:00 a.m. and
ends at 1:00 p.m. Breakfast, lunch, and transportation are provided. We need all
students and families to attend. You will be receive a phone call invitation.
BONUS DAY- Students who attend Middle School Bridge will be treated to a school year kick-off party at Husky Stadium with Russell Wilson of the SEAHAWKS! This exciting opportunity is sponsored by Alaska Airlines and takes place on Friday, August 26. Transportation will be provided. We look forward to meeting you
Our action plans for the school year align with our
district strategic plan, working to ensure students will be prepared to meet
· 95% of our 9th grade students will be at grade level
standard in algebra. This means we will increase access with more course
offerings for 8th grade algebra and 7th grade pre-algebra
classes next year.
· 95% of our students will graduate prepared to choose
their future. This means we will provide excellent instruction using standards
based instruction and grading practices in all classrooms. Increased reading
expectations in the areas of volume and stamina for all students is critical to
this goal and an area of focus in the 2016 – 2017 school year.
· Reduce suspension rates to zero by 2018 (except when
critical for student and staff safety). This means our guidelines and
expectations will be clearly communicated to students and families. Staff will
provide consistency with common messages across classrooms. And we will use
restorative practices when addressing and solving problems at school.
We continue to work to improve our literacy and math
progress which includes a blended learning approach with technology programs to
enhance our students’ access to math and literacy content.
On August 31, we will host an Open House between 8:00 a.m.
and 4:00 p.m. This day provides time for students and their families to visit our
campus, meet teachers, counselors, principals, and support staff. You will be
able to purchase your ASB cards, PE clothes, and check out your Chromebook for
the school year.
Chinook Middle School continues to build a safe
community of learners through the establishment of clear guidelines and
expectations and Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS). Our Guidelines
are driven by Chinook Values to SOAR. Thunderbirds Soar to Success through Safety, Organization, Achieving
and Respect. In addition we offer
increased personalization through a teaming or house model in which four core
teachers will work closely together to serve 100 to 130 students with Advisory
at the heart of our school model.
Students will participate in an advisory three times a
week. Each Advisory is small with one advisor assigned to 18 or 20 students
max. Our Advisory and Houses will use a relentless approach to ensure every
student is on track and progressing in school. We encourage all parents and
families to get to know your child’s Advisor. This will be your first point of
contact to acknowledge the successes, ask questions, and share concerns.
Advisors are expected to maintain regular contact and be available to parents
Community Partnerships are important to our work. We
look forward to continuing our partnership with Mac Strong TEAM WORKS
foundation. TEAM-WORKS mission is to provide holistic, compassionate and
culturally responsive mentoring to empower disadvantaged youth and their
families to develop strong minds, strong bodies, and strong character. TEAM
WORKS will continue to run through our Health classes this year.
Finally, we want our students and families to learn
about our rich after-school programs. All students are welcome to join sports.
We offer a large choice over four seasons. Clubs and extended learning
opportunities are also available and include: Science Olympiads, Debate and
Mock Trial Club, Techbridge, and Garden Club. After-school tutoring will also
be available. If this is something you want to make sure your student can
access, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
We are definitely looking forward to an exciting year at
Chinook Middle School, Home of the Thunderbirds!
Please see our Performance Report for more information
about Chinook Middle School (coming soon)
Karin Jones, School Principal
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