Northshore Schools Implement New Calendar and School Schedule
The Northshore School District has made some changes to the 2013-14 school calendar to continue to improve quality instruction and overall student achievement while maintaining student instructional hours. Those changes, including school times, weekly collaboration schedule and possible helpful resources can be found at <http://www.nsd.org/2013collaborationschedule>.
High School PSAT Testing
Northshore School District sophomores and juniors will have the opportunity to take the PSAT at their high schools on October 16 th , 2013. The PSAT serves as a practice for the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). It can be an indicator of how well students are progressing toward college readiness at this point in their high school career. The PSAT results are sent to students and parents only. The results are not entered into a student's permanent record, and do not affect a student's ability to get into college. Students will be charged a $10 PSAT testing fee that will be collected during student orientations in late August. Fee waivers are available for eligible students. To request a fee waiver please contact your high school principal.
Information Regarding Accommodations For Students On An IEP Or 504 Plan
Parents of students on an IEP or 504 Plan with testing accommodations have three options for the PSAT. It is important to note that testing accommodations for the PSAT are limited to providing additional time for completing the test, and taking the PSAT in a smaller group setting.
The first option asks students and parents to consider the high school and beyond plan. If a student does not plan to attend a four year college or university after graduation from high school it is not necessary to take the PSAT at this time. Parents of students on an IEP or 504 Plan should contact their student's high school counselor by October 1st, 2013 to opt out of taking the PSAT.
In the second option, students on an IEP or 504 Plan take the PSAT without accommodations, since it is a low stakes test. This gives students an opportunity to assess whether or not they will need accommodations when taking the SAT for college admissions.
In the third option, parents may request testing accommodations defined by the College Board: Additional time for completing the test, and/or taking the PSAT in a smaller group setting. It is the College Board, the governing body of the PSAT and SAT, who approves testing accommodations for students on an IEP or 504 Plan, and not the Northshore School District.
Parents interested in testing accommodations for the PSAT must make a formal request by June 14, 2013. Parents can begin the formal request process by going to the following website for more information http://professionals.collegeboard.com/testing/ssd/application/apply.
Parents will be asked to submit a copy of their student's most recent special education evaluation or testing results that occurred within the last three years, along with information about how testing accommodations were accessed in classroom testing situations over the last four months.
Parent Feedback Requested
The Northshore School District is seeking feedback from students in the JH Challenge and Pre AP/IB program via a survey to assist the district's program planning process. Students - Please complete the survey on the following link no later than June 14 , 2013. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CL2VSHK
Northshore School District is activating a new pay on-line program that will allow parents to access their student's account to pay student fees, fines, ASB sales (PE clothing, yearbook etc.) using a credit card. There is a $1.95 convenience fee per transaction, and a Parent Assistant log-in will be needed. Acceptable credit cards are VISA, MasterCard and American Express.
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News from the Health Room
Pick-up Students' Medications!
Please remember that the school does not keep students' medications in the Health Room over the summer. Be prepared to pick-up your students' medication at the end of the school year. Any medication remaining will be disposed of before summer vacation at 10am, June 19 .
Summer's "To Do" List
The Health Room is not staffed during the summer. Information is available on the Skyview Health Room website and on the Northshore School District Student Health website.
Here are some reminders of tasks which can be completed during the summer:
Get a sport physical for after school sports. Sport physicals are valid for 2 years from date of signature.
Be sure immunizations are up-to-date. Not sure? Contact your school nurse before summer or your health care provider.
If your student will be taking medication during the school day, get a medical authorization form signed by the doctor and parent. Forms are available on the Skyview Health Room website.
Review Emergency Contacts for your student. Emergency Contacts should be near by, willing and available.
Students with life threatening health conditions must have orders and medications in place on or before the first day of school.
Have a fun and safe summer.
Liz Albrecht, RN
If your student is leaving school early: Please send a hand written note to the Main Office at the beginning of the day. This note MUST have your signature as the parent or guardian. We will be sure to give your student a pass so that they will be ready to go when you arrive for pick up.
If your student would like to ride the bus with another student : Please send a hand written note to the Main Office, with your request and signature. We cannot guarantee that your student may ride another bus. Many of our buses are at capacity and do not have room for extra students. We suggest that you or your student check with us in advance.
Save the Date
9 am - 1 pm
Summer is coming and schedules are filling up fast. You won't want to miss the opportunity to make your community a better place. Save the Date for Community SERVE Day, a time to help our local schools and teachers in practical ways.
We invite you to take two simple steps:
Step #1 Mark your calendar for August 24 from 9 am to 1 pm
Step #2 Go to the website communityserveday.org and register to serve at Skyview
We are so thankful for your desire to partner with us to make our schools a better place for kids.
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PTSA Honors Three Outstanding Women
Skyview Junior High PTSA is proud to recognize three outstanding women as our award recipients for 2012-2013.
Nominations were received from our membership and announced at our general membership meeting onMay 8th.
Mary White was awarded the Golden Acorn Award for her hard work and dedication to the families at Skyview.
Kristin Jongejan was awarded the Outstanding Educator award for going above and beyond for her students.
Gloria Newvine was awarded the Outstanding Advocate award for her many years of advocacy and loyalty to our school.
These nationally recognized awards carry the honor of a scholarship written in each recipient's name to be awarded to high school graduates for post-secondary education. The Washington State PTA Scholarship program annually awards up to $60,000 in scholarships.
Congratulations and thank you for all you have done for our school!
2013 Gift to School Recipients
We are pleased to announce that the PTSA General Membership approved the following grants totaling $1500.00 to the following recipients at our May 8general meeting.
Kerry Nanning: Functional Skills & Academic Sensory Tools
Nong Ratanapintha: SJH Head Cook - Fund for Student Lunches
Shawn McGinn: Band Request for Instrument Replacements
Frank Dellino: Skyview FRIENDS Service Projects
Frank Dellino: Snacks for Student MSP Testing
Our Gift-to-School is a program whereby Skyview Junior High School staff members can submit funding requests to the Skyview Junior High School PTSA for items they think would enrich the lives of their students. The PTSA Gift-to-School committee then evaluates requests for need/available funds etc. and determines if the request should be presented to the General PTSA Membership at the May meeting for final vote/approval.
We would like to say thanks to all of you for providing wonderful gifts of food, flowers and cash donations so that we could treat our Skyview Staff to fabulous lunches and treats throughout the school year! We have been amazed over and over at your generosity and best of all the staff members really enjoy these events.
A couple of final thoughts before the school year ends:
If your child has moved on or you would like to be removed or added to our distribution email list for next school year, please email Mary White at email@example.com
Please be sure to pick up any serving items from the staff lounge located at the back of the cafeteria.
Check the PTSA link on the Skyview website for more information including the 2013/14 PTSA Officers and open committee positions and opportunities.
Have a wonderful summer and look for a message from us in late summer as our first event will on the first day of school (7th graders only).
Staff Appreciation Committee
Flower Grams Fundraiser
Would You be interested in purchasing a flower gram?
Flower grams will be sold in the breezeway right before the final band and orchestra concert on June 13. Each $2 purchase will include a flower and personalized "gram". There will be "grams" and markers provided to write personal messages to your musician and you can give the flower gram to them at the end of the concert.
If you know that you will be purchasing one (or more) flower grams you can let me know directly and I can email you the gram ahead of time for you to fill out at home and bring to the concert that day. There will be a limited number of flower grams available. If you reserve one before hand, we will be sure to have a flower waiting for you.
You may contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Threads and Treads
Threads and Treads provides Northshore families free, quality donated clothing for school age youth, teens, young adults and parents. Clothing items include: school-appropriate clothing for the school day and special events, sports wear, shoes, and accessories. All NSD families in need of clothing assistance are welcome to shop each month for 3 outfits.
Threads and Treads is open Thursdays, 4-6pm
- - - - Last day is Thursday, June 13 - - -
Re-opens August 22, 2013
Location: Canyon Park Junior High in Portable 706
(Near tennis courts and gymnasium)
Volunteers are needed! Over the summer we will be having "work parties" to prepare for next school year. NSD staff - If you are interested in helping with the effort, let me know. Days and times can be flexible, or join the to-be scheduled work crews.
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School Supply List
Required (at school) All Core Subjects (English, History, Math, Science)
A planner (SJH planner or similar)
3-ring binder(s) (may be shared with other subjects)
Notebook paper (college ruled)
Blue and or Black pens
#2 Pencils w / erasers
USB Flash Drive
Core Class Specific Requirements
Red Pen (Science)
Graph paper (Math and Science)
A Highlighter (prefer yellow) (Science and English)
Colored Pencils (12 or more)
One package of 3x5 plain index cards (English)
Composition book for 8th/9th Science
1" 3-ring binder for 7th Math
Composition book for Math (started in 8th grade, also for 7th honors)
Composition book for English
Spiral Binder for 7th Social Studies
Ultra fine-tip sharpie for 7th Social Studies
Required (at home)
Protractor (Honors 9th Math only)
TI-83 Plus or TI-84 Plus Calculator*
*This is ONLY required for 8th grade math honors and all 9th graders. The Northshore School District requires this calculator for students to use at home. Please contact your student's teacher if you have specific questions or are concerned about this financial request as SJH has a limited number of calculators available for checkout. Be advised that is calculator will NOT be required for the first few months of the school year, so please purchase it when financially convenient.
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School Communication With Parents
Please be sure to remind your friends that all Skyview newsletters are sent through e-mail and they can sign up automatically by following these directions. This is really the best way to stay connected with what is happening for your student at Skyview Junior High. We also post the same information on the school web site.
How to Start or Stop Getting this Newsletter
If you would like to subscribe to the Skyview Junior High Newsletter simply send an e-mail to one of the following address and you will automatically be added.
9th Graders/Class 2016 = SJH2016email@example.com
8th Graders/Class 2017 = SJH2017firstname.lastname@example.org
7th Graders/Class 2018 = SJH2018email@example.com
A confirmation message will then be sent to your email address. Do a simple reply to that message and you will be added to the list.
Unsubscribe to the Skyview newsletter by sending an email to
9th Grade = SJH2016firstname.lastname@example.org
8th Grade = SJH2017email@example.com
7th Grade = SJH2018firstname.lastname@example.org
A confirmation message will then be sent to your email address. Do a simple reply to that message and you will be removed from the list.