May 12, 2024

Greetings Meeker Families!

Read below to learn about upcoming events and school news.

In appreciation and in partnership on behalf of Meeker Middle School Faculty & Staff,

Dr. Cherlyn Pijanowski, Principal & Taralynn Grau, Assistant Principal

Upcoming Events

Monday

May 13

Wrestling vs. Gray @ Meeker 3:30 pm

Club B: Art with Elements of Education, Modern Cooking A, Dungeons & Dragons Beyond

Tuesday

May 14

Club B: Guitar, Minecraft Madness, Just Stringing Around Yarn Art, Belong Outside

Fastpitch vs. Gray @ Meeker 3:30 pm

Wednesday

May 15

Late Start Wednesday: Classes begin @ 9:15AM 

Testing: ELA SBA out of 4th Period – Testing Snacks Sign Up

Club B: A Journey into VR Adventures, Modern Cooking B, Dungeons & Dragons Beyond

Wrestling @Hunt 3:30 pm

Thursday

May 16

Testing: ELA SBA out of 4th Period – Testing Snacks Sign Up

Club B: Drama, Minecraft Madness, Just Stringing Around Yarn Art, Belong Outside

Fastpitch @ Hunt 3:30 pm
Track vs Hilltop @ Meeker 3:30 pm

Friday

May 17

Teen Late Night 5:00-9:00PM

Monday

May 20

Club B: Art with Elements of Education, Modern Cooking A, Dungeons & Dragons Beyond

Tuesday

May 21

Testing: WCAS for 8th Graders – Test out of 1st Period

Club B: Guitar, Minecraft Madness, Just Stringing Around Yarn Art, Belong Outside

Fastpitch Semi-Finals TBD

Wednesday

May 22

Late Start Wednesday: Classes begin @ 9:15AM 

Club B: A Journey into VR Adventures, Modern Cooking B, Dungeons & Dragons Beyond

Track All-City Finals @ Mt. Tahoma HS 3:30PM

Thursday

May 23

PTSA in Wolverine Warehouse during lunches

Club B: Drama, Minecraft Madness, Just Stringing Around Yarn Art, Belong Outside

Fastpitch Finals @ Foss 3:30

Friday

May 24

SNOW MAKEUP DAY – NO SCHOOL or Activities

Monday

May 27

SNOW MAKEUP DAY – NO SCHOOL or Activities

Tuesday

May 28

Spirit Week: Joke & Zoom Day – Business on Top, Casual on Bottom

Club B: Guitar, Minecraft Madness, Just Stringing Around Yarn Art, Belong Outside

Wednesday

May 29

Spirit Week: Kind-of-Wacky Day – Wear Neon or Tie Dye

Club B: A Journey into VR Adventures, Modern Cooking B, Dungeons & Dragons Beyond

Session 4 Sports Celebration 3:00PM – BRING YOUR UNIFORM

Thursday

May 30

Spirit Week: Music Day - Wear your favorite music shirt

Club B: Drama, Minecraft Madness, Just Stringing Around Yarn Art, Belong Outside

Friday

May 31

Spirit Week: Color Wars – Colors TBD

Teen Late Night 5:00-9:00PM

Monday

June 3

Spring Band Concert in Old Gym – 6:00PM

Club B: Art with Elements of Education, Modern Cooking A, Dungeons & Dragons Beyond

To Do’s:

⧠ Complete our School Supplies Interest Survey by Friday, May 31st.

⧠ Mark your calendars for crucial dates coming up in May & June.

⧠ Speak with your student(s) about testing expectations and plan for your student to leave electronics at home or in their backpack.

Looking ahead…

No school May 24 or 27

Please note the upcoming days on which there is no school:

  • Friday, May 24: No school. May 24 was originally a possible snow make-up day. We do not need that snow day.
  • Monday, May 27: No school due to Memorial Day. School and district offices are closed.

Last Week of School Activities – Save the Dates!

  • Tuesday, June 18: AAA Promotion Ceremony for 8th Graders – 3:00PM
  • Wednesday, June 19: No School due to Juneteenth. School and district offices are closed.
  • Thursday, June 20: Field Day – During school hours
  • Thursday June 20: 8th Grade Celebration – 7:00 – 9:00PM
  • Friday June 21: Last day of school – Early Dismissal at 11:30AM

Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) begins this week

We begin our state testing this week! On Wednesday (5/15) and Thursday (5/16), we will take the ELA portion of the SBA. Students will begin their days in their 4th period, with shortened classes in the afternoon. It is important that students arrive on time. Students will need to bring:

  • A fully charged laptop
  • Charger
  • Wired headphones (if possible)
  • A book to read

Due to state requirements, students cannot have their cellphone, Bluetooth headphones/mouse, or smart watch on their person. If they are found to have them, on their person, during testing, their test will be immediately invalidated, and they will earn a zero. Please have a conversation with your child about the importance of handing these over to staff when asked before testing, or leave them at home, on these days.

School Supplies Kits for 2024-2025 School Year

We want to ensure our students are prepared for the 2024-2025 school year with the supplies that they need. We are asking for families to fill out Meeker’s School Supplies Interest Survey to let us know if you would be interested in purchasing a school supplies kit next year. This would be a supplies kit with all the consumable items that a student would need for the year, i.e., composition books, graphing notebooks, pencils, pens, highlighter, a pencil pouch, etc. It would NOT include items like a calculator, compass, or protractor. The cost of each kit would be around $25-$30. If this is a financial hardship for your family, there will be assistance offered. 

Meeker’s ABC Countdown starts May 13th!

Date Spirit Day

May 13

Art Day – dress like an artist or create amazing art for a class assignment or when done with other work in class

May 14

Brain Break Day – Don’t break your brain! Stay focused for instruction and then during class work time take a non-screen break!

May 15

Compliment Day – make everyone’s first SBA ELA testing day awesome by telling someone something kind!

May 16

Dance Day – Show us your school appropriate moves when you get to take a quiet brain break during SBA testing.

May 17

Exercise Day – Make a point to get some exercise you don’t normally get at lunch or after school on Friday. Or challenge Mr. Sage to a push-up contest if you really want a challenge!

Connections & Conversations: Summer program options for students

At this month’s virtual Connections & Conversations family event, you can get information about Metro Parks Tacoma summer programs available to TPS students.
 Come learn about the new Summer Beyond the Classroom programs, Club B Summer Academy, and a variety of other summer programs, camps and activities.

When: Tuesday, May 14, 6:30 p.m.
How to join: Register here

TPS Night at the Rainiers

TPS and the Rainiers are once again teaming up for a fun night at the ballpark, Wednesday, May 22. Rainiers players will wear student-designed jerseys that will be auctioned off during the game. $5 from each ticket sold will go toward the Tacoma Public Schools Beyond the Bell and Club B programs.

Buy tickets for the event here. 

2024 Summer Late Nights registration open

Tacoma middle and high school students have a free place to get dinner and hang out with friends every weeknight this summer.

Starting June 24, Summer Late Nights opens across Tacoma, with schools, community centers and non-profits opening their doors to keep teens safe and engaged. Middle and high school students can get dinner every night and participate in open gym, art and music activities, and hang out with friends.

Learn more and register.

Warmer weather safety tips

As the weather gets warmer, more students are walking or biking to school. Here are some important tips to share with children:

  • Walk or bike with a buddy or in a group. 
  • Pay attention to what’s happening around you.
  • Always cross streets at corners or marked crossings.
  • Look at drivers and make sure they see you before crossing the street. 
  • If you’re biking or scooting, wear a helmet every time.
  • Follow all the rules of the road if you’re riding a bike.     
  • Immediately tell an adult about any suspicious activities or people.
  • Know the name and phone number of someone to call in an emergency.
  • Learn how to use 911 if you need help.

Once you arrive at school, make sure the door latches behind you.

Find maps and safe routes for all elementary schools here. 

Dress Code reminder

As the weather gets warmer, this is a good time to remind parents/guardians and students about Meeker’s school dress code. Please help by making sure that:

  • Tops meet the belt line covering all skin around the waist
  • Shirt sleeves are a minimum of 3 fingers wide
  • Undergarments are not visible
  • Skirts, dresses & shorts must be longer than mid-thigh
  • Shoes are appropriate and safe, meaning NO flip-flops, sports sandals/slides, slippers, or shoes with wheels

Sign Up to provide snacks for testing!

A month from Monday, we will be starting our Spring testing cycle (SBA, WCAS, AP). We want to provide our students with a snack while they are completing their assessments. Sign up below to bulk snacks for our hard-working Wolverines!

Testing Snacks Sign Up

Summer program registration open

Registration opened Monday, April 29, for programs available to TPS elementary and middle school students this summer. Programs are similar to Beyond the Bell and Club B – run by Metro Parks Tacoma in Tacoma’s schools.

Register online at Compass (tpsapps.org).

Financial assistance is available through Metro Parks Tacoma. Fill out the form below to apply. 

Beyond the Bell: Session 5 - Summer Beyond the Classroom Financial Assistance Request (office.com)

Updates from Meeker PTSA

8th Grade Party Highlights

  1. Amazon Wishlist
    1. Or donate shopping funds directly to PTSA and we will shop for you. Just send the PTSA an email to notify us of the donation. https://www.meekermiddlepta.com/shop
  2. Food items needed and Items to borrow https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E49ACAD2CA7F8CE9-48157885-2024
  3. If you are an artist or makeup artist, please reach out!  We are looking for someone for face painting. 

Wolverine Warehouse 

We only have a handful of Wolverine Warehouses left for the school year! If you are interested in volunteering, it's a quick-paced, easy, super fun way to interact with the students while helping to reward good behavior at Meeker.  Sign up here:  Wolverine Wearhouse Volunteer Link

NE Tacoma Healthy Kids Coalition

May Volunteers Needed! The NE Tacoma Healthy Kids Coalition needs volunteers to unload food deliveries, pack weekend meal bags and deliver to our schools in the month of May. Please sign up here if you are able to help: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080545AAAE2DA1FF2-48981980-nethealthy.

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Office Hours & Backpack Storage

Meeker’s Main Office hours are 7:30-3:30PM. The office will be locked beginning at 3:30, and students will not be allowed into the office. In addition, the office is not for students to store their backpack in. If a student does not want to take their backpack to class, they will be instructed to utilize their locker. StudentVUE has locker information if a student needs it.

Athletic bags and equipment that are larger than the student locker is still welcomed to be stored in the office.  

Transportation changes would impact school start and end times for 2024-25 school year

Transportation changes to bus route schedules would impact school start times beginning in the 2024-25 school year. The need for a more efficient system drove the change. These updates reduce the number of bus routes, which will save about $1 million in transportation costs per year.

  • High school would start at 8:05 a.m. and end at 2:35 p.m.
  • Middle school would start at 7:40 a.m. and end at 2:10 p.m.
  • Some elementary schools would start at 8:40; some would start at 9. This will be determined in May and will be communicated to families at that time.

Questions? Please email us at info@tacoma.k12.wa.us. 

Update Your Bus App 

The school bus app offered to TPS families this year will retire May 1 and be replace with My Ride K-12. You can download the free My Ride K-12 and start using it now. My Ride K-12 allows families to access their secure data for their child’s bus stop location, route and pickup time from their phone. Download the app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

No food deliveries to students or by students

Please do not order your student food and have it delivered to Meeker by DoorDash, Uber Eats, etc. All Tacoma Schools run as closed campuses. Per our handbook in the Closed Campus section on our website:  Students may not have food or other items delivered to campus by outside vendors. Thank you for understanding.

Handbook - Meeker Middle School (tacomaschools.org)

Free online tutoring services available 24-7

Students in grades 3-12 can access a free, 24-hour tutoring service, Tutor.com. We encourage you and your child to look at what the service offers, including access to a live tutor online, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Students access the service through Clever. Learn more about what’s offered on our web site. Online Tutoring Support - Tacoma Public Schools (tacomaschools.org)

Gradebook Updates

Students and families in grades 6-12 will see more grading detail in their daily assignments and exams for second semester. Daily assignments and exams will now show grade points to the tenth; for example, 3.8, 3.7, 3.6, etc. This enhancement allows students to receive more specific feedback from their teachers.  Report cards will continue to show the overall GPA. To understand how each grade point is assigned to an overall grade score, view the secondary grading chart on our website.

10-School-Day Rule for Grades and Assignments

We know that all students learn differently, so I want to highlight some changes in our grading policy. There are two important ways that students can advocate for their own learning:

  • Students have 10 school days from the original due date to turn in an assignment and receive full credit.

  • Students have 10 school days from receiving a grade on an assignment or assessment to request a revision, retake, or correction.

 I encourage you to review assignments and grades with your child and reach out to their teacher if you have questions. As a reminder, students in grades 3-12 have access to a free tutoring service online.