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Stewart Middle SchoolPrincipal Kim Messersmith

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Special Announcement

 

Our school is now designated as an AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction.  As you may be aware, AVID – Advancement Via Individual Determination – is something we implement at our school as a college readiness system where we

  • Commit to equity and opportunity for ALL students on a campus
  • Promote rigorous academic opportunities for our students
  • Deploy highly effective, research-based instructional practices across the school

 

Whether our students are taking AVID as an elective class, or exposed to and using the skills and tools AVID brings our teachers in core classes, we wanted you to know that our staff is recognized by AVID as a TOP example of work in these important areas.

 

For more information about AVID, please contact our counseling office or visit www.avid.org

Special Announcement

 

Our school is now designated as an AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction.  As you may be aware, AVID – Advancement Via Individual Determination – is something we implement at our school as a college readiness system where we

  • Commit to equity and opportunity for ALL students on a campus
  • Promote rigorous academic opportunities for our students
  • Deploy highly effective, research-based instructional practices across the school

 

Whether our students are taking AVID as an elective class, or exposed to and using the skills and tools AVID brings our teachers in core classes, we wanted you to know that our staff is recognized by AVID as a TOP example of work in these important areas.

 

For more information about AVID, please contact our counseling office or visit www.avid.org











 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 

 

 


 


 

 
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        Click the link below to see Stewart's Continuous Achievement Plan:

        Stewart CAP Plan Q4.pdfStewart CAP Plan Q4.pdf

         

        Important updates about FLASH (Family Life and Sexual Health) Curriculum:


        Dear Stewart Middle School Parents or Guardians:

         

        Tacoma Public School adopted the FLASH (Family Life and Sexual Health) curriculum for all students grades 5-12 in June, 2018 in alignment with Policy 2125, Policy 2126, and Regulation 2126.  Your student will participate in lessons from the FLASH curriculum the week of:

        -       6th grade – June 13th and 14th

        -       7th grade – June 6th – 10th

        -       8th grade – May 27th – June 3rd

         

        This updated curriculum (FLASH) was selected by a team of TPS Educators, Family Members, Community Members, and Health Professionals. Below is information about the FLASH Curriculum. You can preview the curriculum on the dates below.

         

        After previewing the curriculum, if you do not want your student to participate in the classes you can fill out a written waiver and submit it to Mrs. Broome in the Main Office.  Waivers are available at each preview session, listed below. Alternative learning experiences, unrelated to Sexual Health, will be provided to students who have signed waivers from their Parent/Guardian.

         

        Family FLASH Curriculum Preview Opportunities

         

        Date

        Time

        Location

         

        Ongoing Basis

        Come into our school’s Main Office to view lessons, as your schedule allows.

         

         

        About the FLASH Curriculum

         

        FLASH is a medically accurate, age-appropriate comprehensive sexual health curriculum, as identified by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).  The goals of the curriculum are to prevent teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and sexual violence, and to increase family communication about sexual health-related topics such as dating, sex and abstinence.

         

        FLASH builds skills to support young people in remaining abstinent, as well as teaching about other methods of disease and pregnancy prevention.  It promotes respectful communication, and builds skills for healthy relationships.  FLASH also contains family homework assignments that are recommended for students to talk with a family member about the topics covered in class via a prescribed set of questions. 

         

        FLASH provides a protocol for teachers when answering students’ questions about values that includes referring students back to families to learn their specific values.  As a result, students may come home with questions about the values and expectations you have for them regarding these topics.  We hope this will provide a meaningful opportunity for you to talk about these important topics together.

         

        Students will be presented with information concerning human growth and development. Surveys show that young people would like to talk more about these issues with a parent or other trusted adult, and research shows that having these conversations now plays a very important role in helping students prevent pregnancy, STDs and HIV when they are older. Please consider talking with your student.

         

        Washington State Law also now requires that students (grades 5 – 12) receive information annually concerning HIV/AIDS (TPS Policy & Regulation 2126). Students will learn about how the disease attacks the body’s immune system and what can be done to prevent the spread of it.  Students will be given the opportunity to ask questions during the presentation.

         

         

        Sincerely,

         

        Kim Messersmith

        Stewart Middle School

        (253) 571-2200​




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