Dear Pacific Families:
Today, the staff and I welcomed 600 students to the 2016-17 school year! If you dropped your child off this morning, you may have witnessed nearly one hundred business and community members greeting students, high-fiving and wishing them a great school year. This welcome back to school event was made possible through our collaboration with the Des Moines Police Department and Reach Out Des Moines, a group of community agencies including Franciscan Health, King County Libraries, the Mt. Rainier Pool and others. And, we were pleased to see so many parents\families joining us for coffee and donuts. The teachers and I appreciate the support the Pacific families and the community give to our school community
Speaking of support, we have a fantastic PTSA Board committed to working with all parents and staff to provide students with a positive middle school experience. Our board members are Jeni Watson, President; Leslie Sivret, Vice President; Laurie Perovich, treasurer, and Slavka Bishoff, Secretary. They will be introduced at our Open House on Thursday, September 22.This year, we will be serving burgers before Open house and have a short program before families visit classrooms and meet teachers. More details about Open House will be communicated in the coming weeks. We are excited about introducing you to our new staff members at Open House. They include:
Mr. Ken Kulk, Inclusive Education, Language Arts
Mr. Jason Gardner, Inclusive Education, Mathematics
Mr. Robbie Furtado, History
Mr. Keegan Burke, Science
Ms. Victoria Nelson-Killingsworth, Health
Ms. Claudia House, Health
Ms. Diana Soto, Counselor
My administrative team is comprised of Assistant Principal, Mr. John Erickson; Academic Dean, Ms. Kathy Onorati; and Success Dean, Mr. Loren Liwenag. Our new office manager, Ms. Lindsay Mora is ready to provide excellent service to our students, staff and families. There are several changes to schoolwide expectations that I would like all families to know about:
Hats or wearing of hoods are NOT permitted on campus.
Eating will only be permitted in the cafeteria. No eating in classrooms unless it is a class celebration\party endorsed by the teacher. No energy drinks or other beverages permitted in classrooms.
Cell phones permitted only in the cafeteria during breakfast and lunch.
Holes in jeans permitted at the knee or lower. No holes above the knee.
The staff and I appreciate your support in enforcing these school-wide expectations.
This year, students will have Advisory from 8:10-8:30 Monday through Thursday. Advisory focuses on keeping students on track in terms of study skills, social skills, self-advocacy skills and more. We have made every effort to place students in an advisory class with one of the teachers they see each day. The relationship built between students and advisors is key to a student’s overall success while at Pacific Middle School.
Finally, I want all families to know how much I love leading Pacific and that I’m committed to making Pacific a safe place for everyone. The challenges our school community experienced last spring have given me greater resolve in doing everything possible to make this school the best it can be. Together, we can make it happen.
Please reach out to me with questions, concerns, ideas and solutions.
Looking forward to a successful and productive year.