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3/26/21


Hello BTM Families,

We are looking forward to serving our families and STUDENTS as we implement our Stage 4 in-person learning plans.  We are prepping our classrooms and our whole building to be ready for students who choose to join us in person.  We are equipping classrooms with the technology needed to serve students no matter their location during class time.  We are still buttoning down some details about how we enter the building and other procedures.  We will share this information with you as soon as we get everything settled.  I have included some of the information the district has provided below.  The Edmonds School District Website is an outstanding resource with information you may find helpful.  You can find it here.  


Six Period Day

BTM will continue with the 6 period day model in order to maintain continuity for the rest of the year.  This also allows teachers to see their students more often.  Our teachers love to see their students every day they can.  A more detailed schedule and more specific information is forthcoming.


Drive-Up Day!! Wednesday, March 31st, from 11 am until 5 pm

Come SEE and say, “HI!” to your teachers as you drive through the school parking lot! Teachers will be out front in school colors. There will be "BULLDOGGIE BAGS" for students with treats supplied by our PTSA. There will also be an opportunity to donate to our Hero Squad Fundraiser which is supporting kids with leukemia and lymphoma. We ask that everyone stay in their cars as you visit.  Hope to see you there! (And a BIG Thank You to Mr. Dalton for coordinating this!)


SPRING BREAK HALF DAY!!

As you probably know, our virtual Half Way Half Day was such a success we will be hosting another day just like it THIS FRIDAY.  Most students have signed up for their activities, but if your Bulldog has not, have them check their school email account for Mr. Treadway’s email. 



From a previous ESD Communication:

Stage 4 (7th-12th grade)

A/B/C hybrid model for in-person and fully remote students

  • For Stage 4, 7th-12th grade teachers will teach hybrid in-person students and remote/fully remote students concurrently via Zoom by operating on an A/B/C hybrid model. In this model, students who choose in-person attend class on campus two days each week. Students who choose to remain fully remote, as well as the hybrid in-person students on their remote days, will all Zoom into their classes.

 

What days will my student attend in-person classes?

  • Group A (last name begins with A through Le)

    • In-person Mondays/Thursdays

  • Group B (last name begins with Lea through Z)

    • In-person Tuesdays/Fridays 

  • Group C

    • Fully remote students

  • Wednesdays

    • All students will remain remote on Wednesdays with independent learning. 

(From Mr. Morrison:  Because of the complexity of scheduling students to be on the same days as their families, and being sure classes are balanced for safety, we are not able to change student groups.  This is a district-wide practice.  Thank you for understanding)

Why did the district decide on this model for secondary students?

This hybrid model avoids reshuffling student and staff schedules. Buildings will continue with their current master schedule, and for the most part students will keep their current teachers. There is a possibility that some individual student schedules need to change due to cohort imbalance or class size. Teachers who have requested a remote assignment for medical reasons, will continue to teach remotely with the in-person students supervised by building staff.

 

Timeline for Stage 4

  • Thursday, April 15 and Friday, April 16:

    • All Stage 4 students will have independent learning assignments (asynchronous) to allow time for teachers to set up their classrooms and prepare for the transition.  

  • Monday, April 19:

    • A/B/C hybrid/fully remote model begins for all 7th-12th grade students

  • Bell times:

    • 7th-8th grade: 8:10 a.m. - 2:10 p.m.

    • 9th-12th grade: 7:20 a.m. - 1:20 p.m.


3/19/21

 

Hello BTM Families,

I have just a couple of quick BTM only announcements to share with you.  Keep an eye out for communications from the district next week.

Thank you!

 

YEARBOOK UPDATE

Yearbooks are available for purchase from March 15-April 2! We will have another purchasing window after spring break. 

 

Check out our new yearbook page to see a sneak peek inside the yearbook.

 

We still need student portraits! Please make sure one has been submitted through this link, an outside company, OR by getting one taken at our drive-through... Sign up for your appointment here.  If we do not receive one by April 2nd, we will be using last year's school pictures in Skyward. 

 

WEDNESDAY, 3/24, PICK UP DROP OFF TIME CHANGE

This Wednesday, the 24th, our Pick Up Drop Off window will be open from 8 am to 3 pm.

We will continue the regular Wednesday hours of 10 am to 6 pm on the 31st.

 

 

3/16/21

Hello Bulldog Families,

 

First of all, we are really looking forward to seeing our students back on campus, however that may look.  Please know that I do not know any of the specifics of what this will look like since this is being planned as this is being sent.  We are making preliminary adjustments to the building and making plans for mitigating risk for when we have students and staff back on campus.  We are thinking about as many possibilities as we can so that we can be as ready as possible for when we have more details.  Please look for the emails from the district which explain what families need to do before we come back.  If you have troubles with this process, please feel free to call the school and we will help guide you.

 

In Partnership, 

 

Scott

 

morrisons@edmonds.wednet.edu

 

425.431.7834

 



Registration Information from our Counselors


Registration Update:


At this time, all 8th graders should have completed their high school registration. If it is not yet completed, please do that today. High school registration is done through Skyward, and instructions are posted on the 8th Grade Canvas page and on the BTMS website (under Counseling --> Registration Information). 



Current 7th graders are beginning registration for 8th grade this week.  Videos on elective choices and how to register are being shown in Social Studies classes Monday and Tuesday, then registration will open this Wednesday, March 17. All information about how to register will be posted on the 7th Grade Canvas page on Wednesday and will be available on the BTMS website later this week (under Counseling --> Registration Information). Students will register for classes online through a Google Form; the form can only be accessed when logged into the student's Edmonds School District account.



Please contact your student's counselor if you have questions!


Ms. Clark - Last Names A-Le       clarks884@edmonds.wednet.edu 


Ms. Harris - Last Names Lea- Z    harrisa295@edmonds.wednet.edu 



Previous Announcements:



Drive Through School Pictures Sign Up!


If you were not able to submit a photo for the yearbook, it isn’t too late.  We have another possibility...we will have an outdoor, drive-through, yearbook picture process on the 24th (and 25th if needed).  Our photographer has done this several times (just recently at MTHS) and it worked quite smoothly.  Hope for good weather.  We will have tents just in case.  Families will drive up, drop off, and pick back up.  The time out of the car should take about a minute.  Sign up for your appointment here. There will be more information to come.



Dorian Picture Information Flyer



Another Yearbook Purchase Opportunity Coming Soon


Yearbooks are $35 and will arrive in early June. There will be another window of opportunity to purchase a yearbook opening soon and will provide information about how to do this as soon as possible.



College Bound Night!  

Please download the attached Flyer HERE for our College Bound Information Night hosted by the AMAZING Karla Rios, our College and Career Readiness Specialist. This even will be happening Wednesday, March 30th from 6-7 PM.  A zoom link will be sent two days prior to the event to all families.



Edmonds Tech Orientation (links are embedded)

The Libraries and Instructional Department and Technology Department are pleased to offer video training and a hands-on Canvas course for families new to the Edmonds School District as well as other families that may want an overview of our online instructional tools. The links to the orientation video, Canvas course, and other helpful materials can be found on the ESD Learning Resources website or the Canvas Family Resources website.

The Canvas course was created to help new students navigate access to their first day of school online and will cover topics such as Gmail, Google Drive, Chromebook basics, Canvas/Clever (for Seesaw), Skyward, Edmonds Bookmarks, and Zoom. We are excited to share this with them and others who could benefit from it. 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4BAAA62BA2F9C43-brier




3/2/21

BTM YEARBOOK PICTURES!!  March 24th and 25th.

Hi all.  Save the dates!!  We will have an outdoor, drive-through, Yearbook Picture Process on the 24th and 25th.  We will have opportunities to sign-up for appointments soon.  Our photographer has done this several times (just recently at MTHS) and it worked quite smoothly.  Hope for good weather.  We will have tents just in case.  Families will drive up, drop off, the time out of the car should take about a minute.  There will be more information to come.
WOOHOO!! THANKS!!


3/1/21

Hello BTM Families,

I’m sure you have heard that we will not be coming back to the building this year in the typical way.  As easy as this might seem to do, and as much as we would like to, our district leadership and teachers have determined that the amount of disruption would make doing so prohibitive.  The disruption would be considerable due to offering an A/B Hybrid model as well as a fully remote option which would impact which teachers would teach which classes (on-site or remote) and which students would attend or not.  We DO have some opportunities for our students to return to buildings in other ways. We will have more about this after we get more details worked out.  We will have more information next week as we begin to solidify plans.  The planned return time for these Academic and Social and Emotional Learning activities will be later in the month.  Thank you all for your continued support of your children as we work to create lower-risk opportunities during the pandemic.

In Partnership,

Scott

morrisons@edmonds.wednet.edu



Announcements as of 3/1/21:


Current 6th graders Registration will sometime next week in their 6th-grade classes.

A webinar for families new to BTMS will be Thursday, March 11th from 6:30-7:15.  The link is here and in the calendar on our website.

https://edmondsschools.zoom.us/j/85221830586?pwd=SkR5TS9RZlVEOWkwa1ZJS0dudFNHZz09


Current 7th graders Registration will be happening the week of the 15th.

There will be links to materials in Grade Level Canvas Pages.  Counselors will share more information as well, soon.


Current 8th graders Registration info from High Schools:


Lynnwood High School’s webinar was last week.  Contact their counseling department for questions:

LHS Counseling Website is here.

LHS Counseling Office Phone is - 425.431.7530



Edmonds-Woodway High School:

March 3, 2021 6:30 PM 

 

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://edmondsschools.zoom.us/j/87196598920?pwd=TWZab1cyNEFLWUQ2aU9MQllVdjBlZz09

Passcode: 231290

 

Or iPhone one-tap :

    US: +12532158782,,87196598920#,,,,*231290#  or +13462487799,,87196598920#,,,,*231290#

Or Telephone:

    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

        US: +1 253 215 8782  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 669 900 6833  or +1 646 876 9923  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 312 626 6799

Webinar ID: 871 9659 8920

Passcode: 231290

 

Meadowdale High School:

Flyer for Family Night for Registration here.

Comprehensive link to Registration Materials and information here.

 

Mountlake Terrace High School:

 

When: Mar 11, 2021 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

 

Topic: MTHS 8th grade parent night

 

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://edmondsschools.zoom.us/j/84690413517?pwd=MFpqWm02VEJ2NllRZFA4NEgwSFdhQT09

 

Passcode: 461750

Or iPhone one-tap :

    US: +12532158782,,84690413517#,,,,*461750#  or +16699006833,,84690413517#,,,,*461750#

Or Telephone: 

    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

        US: +1 253 215 8782  or +1 669 900 6833  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 646 876 9923

Webinar ID: 846 9041 3517

Passcode: 461750



2/19/21

Hello Bulldog Families,

I know it might seem crazy, but February is when we start thinking about Registration for next year.  Our Counselors will be teaming with High Schools to support current 8th-grade registration for HIGH SCHOOL, and our counselors will be working with 7th graders to show them how to register ONLINE for next year.  We will also be working with Elementaries on Registering current 6th graders for next year.  Information from Mountlake Terrace High and Edmonds Woodway is below.  There will also be information from other schools as counselors work with students.  Don’t hesitate to contact us with questions as we move through the process.  If you can believe it, we are starting this a little later than usual this year due to making adjustments for the pandemic.  We will be hosting a Webinar for families NEW TO BTM on the 11th of March.  If you are receiving this, you probably are NOT new to BTM, but I wanted to get the info. out there to share.  This is also when MTHS is hosting a similar Webinar.  We will record ours and post the link on the website for those who would like to attend both.  There will be an abundance of High School registration information in Canvas next week.


In Partnership, 

Scott

morrisons@edmonds.wednet.edu



Brier Terrace Latino Family Night!

NOCHE DE PADRES

 

Invitamos a todos los padres de Brier Terrace Middle a nuestra próxima noche de padres latinos el próximo miércoles, 24 de febrero, de 6:30-8:00 pm.

Por favor acompáñenos para conversar acerca de cómo apoyar a sus hijos durante este tiempo de gran reto de educación en línea.



Registration Information from Mountlake Terrace HS:


8th Grade Parent Night THURSDAY, MARCH 11th, 6PM

Students will be receiving more information from the MTHS Counselors who will be meeting with students in Zoom Classes.

 

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://edmondsschools.zoom.us/j/84690413517?pwd=MFpqWm02VEJ2NllRZFA4NEgwSFdhQT09

Passcode: 461750

Or iPhone one-tap :

    US: +12532158782,,84690413517#,,,,*461750#  or +16699006833,,84690413517#,,,,*461750#

Or Telephone:

    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

        US: +1 253 215 8782  or +1 669 900 6833  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 646 876 9923

Webinar ID: 846 9041 3517

Passcode: 461750

    International numbers available: https://edmondsschools.zoom.us/u/kDFaLYRrV





Registration Information from Edmonds Woodway HS, including information about the IB Program:

EWHS Registration input (through skyward) is due Friday, March 12. 

Evan Hatch and Nick Wellington (IB Coordinator) will present a Registration Guidance Lesson on Wednesday, March 3 at 11:00. Since this is an asynchronous day, Evan will provide his Zoom link to avoid any hiccups. 

Evan's Zoom link:

Join Zoom Meeting

https://edmondsschools.zoom.us/j/85618102725?pwd=Wm9vaG1OaFdoVThPMVFkVmJ3VlBGdz09

 

Meeting ID: 856 1810 2725

Passcode: 685300

 

EWHS 8th Grade Parent Night:  Wednesday, March 3

When: Mar 3, 2021 06:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Topic: EWHS 8th Grade Parent Night

 

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://edmondsschools.zoom.us/j/87196598920?pwd=TWZab1cyNEFLWUQ2aU9MQllVdjBlZz09

Passcode: 231290

2/12/21

Hello BTM Families,

Have a wonderful long weekend and have fun in the snow!!  Be Careful!!

In Partnership,

Scott

morrisons@edmonds.wednet.edu



Announcements:


NO SCHOOL MONDAY AND TUESDAY:

In observance of Presidents Day, schools are closed on February 15th and 16th.


Semester 1 Report Cards Have Been Posted to Skyward:

Please log into Skyward Family Access to see them.


Registration Information from the Counseling Department:

Registration for next year is coming up! We will be guiding students and families through the whole process, but here is a brief highlight of what's to come: 


For current 8th graders registering for high school: Counselors will have conversations about planning for their high school courses and electives at the end of February, and the high school will share more information the first week of March. Students will have the opportunity to select classes and talk with high school counselors during the week of March 8th. 


For our current 7th graders registering for 8th grade: Counselors will work with students for selecting electives the week of March 15th. 


For families with current 6th graders: We are working on a plan with elementary schools and will have registration information to your students by March 9th. 


A parent meeting (Webinar) for NEW to BTMS families is scheduled for Thursday, March 11th and more details will be announced soon.




Previous Announcements:


Yearbook Photos and Purchasing Information:

Hi Bulldog Families, 

Please check out the attached flyer to learn how to buy a yearbook! They are $35 and will arrive early June. More details on picking up your yearbook coming soon. We have a set amount of time we can sell for, and our first buying window closes next Friday, February 12th! Buy your 2020-2021 yearbook now!

 

Remember to submit your student's "school portrait" by March 5th otherwise we will use last year's school picture! Use this link for the portrait or any other pictures you want to submit for the yearbook: https://images.jostens.com/415464267

- BTMS Yearbook Team

 

Brier Terrace MS Yearbook Flyer.pdf

99 KB

 


A Message from the Library!!



Request a Book HERE!!


Our Equity Team:

...Invites you to join our Brier Terrace Bulldogs Team in the Virtual Black Lives Matter 5K!

Click here to register. 

Team Name:  Brier Terrace Bulldogs Code: D2PV87FF



A Message from Nurse Patrick about Vision and Hearing Screening:

Hello families, 

We wish so much we could be in person to screen your child's hearing and vision but until we return to normalcy this will not be possible unfortunately.

We recommended that you monitor your student for auditory and vision impairments. 

• Ensuring students’ vision and hearing is not impaired is essential to continued success in

learning, both in-person and virtually. If you have a concern about your

child’s vision, please make an appointment with a licensed vision care professional

such as an ophthalmologist or optician. If you do not have insurance, please contact your school nurse to obtain a voucher.

• Taking a student to a well-child visit is beneficial for a student’s health, including their

vision and hearing. Well-child visits, while not a replacement for school-based

screenings, may capture an auditory or vision impairment.


!!!Out-of-Compliance with Immunization Requirements!!!!

Please know that our school nurse, Patrick Roach , is contacting families who are out of compliance.

 

As of August 1st, 2020, a new immunization rule requires a student to have received all of the school required immunizations that are expected by the State immunization schedule on or before their first day of in-person attendance to attend school (this includes sports and other program activities).  We have provided more details on the rule change and materials to support you at www.doh.wa.gov/schoolimms2020.

The parents/guardians are required to provide proof of their student’s immunization records to the school on or before their first day of attendance and these records must be medically verified and could include:

  • A Certificate of Immunization Status (CIS) printed from the Immunization Information System (IIS)

  • A physical copy of the CIS form with a healthcare provider signature

  • A physical copy of the CIS with accompanying medical immunization records from a healthcare provider verified and signed by school staff 

  • A CIS printed from MyIR

Families are no longer provided a 30-day conditional status unless they have received the first dose of the vaccine series.  Which they are then provided the number of days of conditional status until the next vaccine series date requirement is completed.  Student Health Services has reached out to parents/guardians encouraging them to get their students caught up on vaccinations. As we are getting ready to increase the number of students returning to in-person learning at all levels, I wanted to provide a reminder that it is the duty of the building administrator by law, RCW 28A.210.120, to prohibit students from attending school for whom are not in compliance with RCW 28A.210.080 and to continue to prohibit the student until such proof of immunization, certification of exemption, or approved schedule has been provided.





2/4/21

Hello BTM Families,

Welcome to Second Semester.  I want to thank you for your patience as we are ironing out wrinkles that come along with adding staff and reducing class sizes.  We are hoping that everything will be smoothed out by Monday.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need any support.  

I am hopeful for this semester.  As we continue through the Pandemic in Continuous Learning 2.0 and as we move forward, I am encouraged by the sense of hope that we have for more student engagement and success.  We have a much better sense of what to expect than we had at the beginning of the year.  I know you are all working to support your children in ways you never imagined.  At the school we are also trying new things and working to find ways to better engage students.  

We are hoping to ride the positive vibes that were created at our VIRTUAL Half Way Half Day.  We were all pleased with the positive feedback we received.  We weren’t sure how it was going to go, and although we had some glitches with sign ups and access to the Assembly, the day went well for the most part.  Our staff worked really hard to find ways to support the interests of our students and to create activities we thought they would enjoy.  Mr. Treadway and Ms. Wertman led us through this and I want to thank them for their work to create a positive experience for your children.  We thought having a day just about doing fun things together was important.  Please know that our District and our staff at BTM are keenly aware that ALL of our students are having to overcome some really difficult challenges in and out of school that are made more difficult because of where our students and children are developmentally.  I can’t imagine going through this as a Middle Schooler.  They, and YOU, deserve a big Milkshake when this is all over (and much more!!).  Thank you and please let us know if we can be of any assistance to you and your families.

In Partnership,

Scott

morrisons@edmonds.wednet.edu



Announcements:


Yearbook Photos and Purchasing Information:

Hi Bulldog Families, 

Please check out the attached flyer to learn how to buy a yearbook! They are $35 and will arrive early June. More details on picking up your yearbook coming soon. We have a set amount of time we can sell for, and our first buying window closes next Friday, February 12th! Buy your 2020-2021 yearbook now!

 

Remember to submit your student's "school portrait" by March 5th otherwise we will use last year's school picture! Use this link for the portrait or any other pictures you want to submit for the yearbook: https://images.jostens.com/415464267

- BTMS Yearbook Team

 

Brier Terrace MS Yearbook Flyer.pdf

99 KB

 


A Message from the Library!!



Request a Book HERE!!


Our Equity Team:

...Invites you to join our Brier Terrace Bulldogs Team in the Virtual Black Lives Matter 5K!

Click here to register. 

Team Name:  Brier Terrace Bulldogs Code: D2PV87FF



A Message from Nurse Patrick about Vision and Hearing Screening:

Hello families, 

We wish so much we could be in person to screen your child's hearing and vision but until we return to normalcy this will not be possible unfortunately.

We recommended that you monitor your student for auditory and vision impairments. 

• Ensuring students’ vision and hearing is not impaired is essential to continued success in

learning, both in-person and virtually. If you have a concern about your

child’s vision, please make an appointment with a licensed vision care professional

such as an ophthalmologist or optician. If you do not have insurance, please contact your school nurse to obtain a voucher.

• Taking a student to a well-child visit is beneficial for a student’s health, including their

vision and hearing. Well-child visits, while not a replacement for school-based

screenings, may capture an auditory or vision impairment.




Previous Announcements:


MLK and African American History Month:

I want our community to know that we shared a video tribute created by students in our Journalism class and other staff members to celebrate the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  In it, there was a quote from Dr. King similar to this from 1958, “True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.”  At Brier Terrace we are striving to ensure that we are a place where justice is present.  We are proactively searching for injustice in our school, whether in our classrooms and/or in our systems.  Our Equity Team and our District are guiding us through this work.  I hope that one day we will be able to say that there is NO injustice in our school.  I also know we have work to do and we have the will to do this work.


We are currently working on ways to even more intentionally bring attention to African American Achievement throughout African American History Month, and beyond.



Black Lives Matter Month of Action in Edmonds! (from the district)

The School Board adopted the Black Lives Matter Month of Action resolution # 20-03 in February 2020. This resolution combined with our Race and Equity Policy 0600 serves as the foundation for which all of our work and commitment to our students, families, and staff is grounded. 

 

In preparation for February's month of action, we have formed a Black Lives Matter Month of Action Planning Committee. Any Edmonds School District student, family & staff are welcome to join this planning committee to help us create virtual activities and events for students, families, and staff. The committee meets a few times between now and March to plan a variety of events. 

 

Upcoming meeting dates:

Jan. 28th - 6:00-7:00 PM

Feb. 10th - 6:30-8:00 PM


If you would like to attend please email Sally Guzman - GuzmanReyesS@edmonds.wednet.edu

 

!!!Out-of-Compliance with Immunization Requirements!!!!

Please know that our school nurse, Patrick Roach , is contacting families who are out of compliance.

 

As of August 1st, 2020, a new immunization rule requires a student to have received all of the school required immunizations that are expected by the State immunization schedule on or before their first day of in-person attendance to attend school (this includes sports and other program activities).  We have provided more details on the rule change and materials to support you at www.doh.wa.gov/schoolimms2020.

The parents/guardians are required to provide proof of their student’s immunization records to the school on or before their first day of attendance and these records must be medically verified and could include:

  • A Certificate of Immunization Status (CIS) printed from the Immunization Information System (IIS)

  • A physical copy of the CIS form with a healthcare provider signature

  • A physical copy of the CIS with accompanying medical immunization records from a healthcare provider verified and signed by school staff 

  • A CIS printed from MyIR

Families are no longer provided a 30-day conditional status unless they have received the first dose of the vaccine series.  Which they are then provided the number of days of conditional status until the next vaccine series date requirement is completed.  Student Health Services has reached out to parents/guardians encouraging them to get their students caught up on vaccinations. As we are getting ready to increase the number of students returning to in-person learning at all levels, I wanted to provide a reminder that it is the duty of the building administrator by law, RCW 28A.210.120, to prohibit students from attending school for whom are not in compliance with RCW 28A.210.080 and to continue to prohibit the student until such proof of immunization, certification of exemption, or approved schedule has been provided.

 






1/11/21 (see the 1/7/21 message below)

Hello BTM Families,

I’d like to follow up on the communication sent by the district about NC grades.  NC grades from Middle School classes will not affect students' ability to move on to their next grade or directly impact graduation.  Although we would like to see all of our students engage at high levels and we do encourage them to contact their teachers if they need help, we understand that families are dealing with a wide variety of circumstances and that student health and safety is most important as we think about how and to what level we encourage students to engage.  


There are some implications, as explained below, for NC grades for students taking high school Credit-bearing classes in the Middle School (Algebra, Geometry, and Spanish).  Again, you should talk to your child’s teacher or me if you have any questions about high school credit-bearing classes.

In Partnership,

Scott Morrison

morrisons@edmonds.wednet.edu



Important Information for Middle School and High School Families 
on the No Credit, NC Grade

In the final weeks of the semester, we want to provide information on the No Credit, NC grade.  With many students working hard to raise their grades over the next few weeks, it is important for our students and their families to understand fully the NC grade and the processes for addressing these marks when the semester ends.  

More on NC Grades

The NC is assigned when a student has not earned a passing grade (A, B, C, or D).  While a failing grade (F)  will not be assigned, a grade of NC means the student has not earned credit for the course.  In order to meet graduation requirements, students will need to work very hard to change the NC grade to a passing grade.  

Students assigned an NC for a course will be given opportunities to re-engage in learning and complete the course.  A plan for course completion and earning credit will be developed between the teacher, student, families, counselors, and administrators, as appropriate.  

The opportunities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Working with the teacher who assigned the NC to finish coursework needed to earn a passing grade is preferred
  • Completing coursework in Summer School
  • Independent Study developed in consultation with the teacher
  • Taking and completing online courses through our Edmonds eLearning Academy
  • Earning competency-based credits through assessments or High School and Beyond Plan Pathways

If your child received any NC grades on their first quarter grade report, it is important to check in with them to see how things are going as we near the end of the semester.  Our teachers have been consulting with students and communicating with families about what is needed to raise grades in their courses.  There is still time to raise current NCs to passing grades!  If you have any questions about this or other grading concerns, please contact your child’s school. 



1/7/21

Hello BTM Families,

First, I want to say Happy New Year.  I want to wish you all peace and good health in 2021.  That being said, I want to acknowledge that all of us are processing so many challenging issues affecting our lives, including the incidents in Washington DC yesterday.  I was able to communicate to our staff that it is important to acknowledge that students may need to process some feelings about what is happening in our country, at the same time, we don’t want to unnecessarily generate discomfort in our students that may distract them from learning.  We will be doing our best to support positive learning environments for the young people we serve and take advantage of learning opportunities as they arise.

On another note, I want to be sure you know that one thing we are working on as a district and school is ensuring that our school serves every student well, and ensuring that our system is NOT putting up barriers to success, including ensuring we are being equitable in how we serve our students from every background and from all races.  

Over the years our district has been reflecting on our work in this area and determined, based on a great deal of student learning data, that we need to do a better job of this.  So, our district made an Equity policy that states, among other things, that,  “...we will prioritize our efforts and resources on strategies that eliminate institutional racism.”

As part of this work, our school Equity Team has set a goal for us to introduce the ideas behind the Black Lives Matter movement to the whole Brier Terrace Community.  We are just beginning this work and we have a lot to learn and we understand this work is not easy and not “cut and dry”.  We also understand that this work is never-ending and requires us to work within ourselves and outside of ourselves.  We also understand that this is important work because right now our system is not working for everyone and we need to keep working to take down barriers, build bridges, and ensure ALL of our students are served well by the great work of this community.  

There will be more on this as we continue the work to serve ALL of our students.

Please see the district policy on Race and Equity here.  ESD Equity Policy

In Partnership,

Scott Morrison

morrisons@edmonds.wednet.edu

 

NC Grades

The district will be sending a communication about NC Grades soon (if this hasn’t happened already).  Please be on the lookout for this.  I will send it to you all as well and post it to the website as soon as it is sent.



12/18/20


Subject line: Message from the BTM Counseling Department


Dear BTM Families,


First and foremost, we would like to acknowledge how hard this year has been for many families. As 2020 comes to an end, we want to reflect on all the ways your kids have grown this year. Students have transitioned from daily in-person learning to the online learning environment of the spring and then the fully remote scheduled learning for the fall. It has been a joy for us to watch your students learn so many new skills. Things like Canvas, Zoom, Peardeck, how to troubleshoot issues, how to do online research, how to ask for help via email and so many more skills that are invaluable in our technology-driven culture and workforce. 


Many students had one or more NC (no credit) grades on their progress reports that came out just before the Thanksgiving break. If your student was one of those students, please know that we want to help them to be successful! What we are finding is that success looks different for every student this year. Some strategies that we have found to help find success include:

  • Making a personal schedule for attending office hours. For example: On Mondays the student will always go to (insert teacher)’s office hours/study club. On Tuesdays a different teacher, etc. 

  • Sending teachers emails asking for help if they don’t understand an assignment

  • Using the chat feature in Zoom classes to privately ask a question. Often if one student has a question, others do too so it’s important for someone to be brave to ask the question

  • When behind in multiple classes, picking one or two classes to focus on first for catching up

  • Doing today’s homework first and then going backwards to make up other work. 


Some strategies for finding positivity in this environment are focusing on gratitude and things that bring you joy or give you energy. One idea is to ask each family member what they are grateful for that day. Some days it might be as simple as a special snack or an email back from a teacher, and other days it could be more profound and thought provoking. There is a lot of data about how gratitude can help mental health. Another question to bring to the table is what are things that bring your family joy? Board games, going for walks/hikes, art, video games, movie nights, cooking new recipes, the list of ideas and activities is endless and different for each family. By revisiting some of those activities, it can positively impact the energy in your home. 


We also know that mental health is a huge factor right now. Mental health counselors often have few openings, it’s hard to get into the doctor, parents are stressed because of work and finances, the list goes on and on; it is really hard! Our district sent an email on 12/8 talking about how it is ok to not be ok. We totally agree that mental health needs to be a priority for students.


At BTM, we are here for you and your student. We have been with many families through many hard times over the years. What we know is that hard times pass, and students recover and learn to thrive again. We want to make sure you are getting what you need to survive on hard days and helping you to thrive wherever possible.


Thank you for being such awesome families to work with! Please know that all school staff is available to help your student. We would love to help you brainstorm and create a plan for your student to get caught up. This can be done through emails, phone calls, or Zoom meetings.


Have a restful Winter Break! 


Mrs. Clark and Ms. Harris






12/7/20


Hello BTM Community,

I want to say thank you to all of you for supporting your children so well.  I know this is a VERY difficult situation and you are doing WAY MORE than you are used to.  I am hearing from so many of you about the challenges you are overcoming and the great work you are doing to support your children.  So again a HUGE THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!! to all of you out there who are helping kids figure this all out, not just for school, but for life.

We are in this together.

In Partnership,

Scott

morrisons@edmonds.wednet.edu


LIBRARY BOOKS!!!

December 16-18 are the last official library pick up days before the two-week winter break.  If students would like to reserve a book (or multiple books) to have over break, please have them fill out the Library Book Request Form no later than Tuesday, December 15th.  Books can be picked up on December 16th from 11-6, and December 17th and 18th from 8-3.


MEAL SERVICE OVER BREAK

"Meal service is available over winter break!!!

Check out the meal service schedule to pick up your weeks worth of breakfast and lunch. #esdkitchencrew team has volunteered to serve on December 23rd and 30th so meal pick up is available for free for all kids age 1-18 over winter break.

Home deliveries for those unable to pick up meals for transportation or medical reasons will happen on the 23rd and 30th as well thanks for various Edmonds School District staff volunteering to make the deliveries!  This week we are serving on our regular Wednesday and Thursday times! Make it a great week!

https://www.edmonds.wednet.edu/cms/One.aspx?portalId=306754&pageId=32139453   

WELL CHILD CARE NOTE FROM THE NURSE

Well-child care is important even during a pandemic. Checkups are valuable for growth, development, early detection, immunizations, behavior support, and learning success! Many clinics have adapted visits to keep patients safe during the pandemic. If you need help connecting with a primary health clinic, don't hesitate to contact your school nurse:  Patrick Roach, BSN, RN at roachw519@edmonds.wednet.edu

 

Flyers:

Well Child Care Promotion - English

Well Child Care Promotion - Spanish

Well Child Care Promotion - Russian  







11/30/20


Hello BTM Community,

Three important Announcements are below.

Thank you!

Scott

morrisons@edmonds.wednet.edu



Foundry10 Student Survey Parent/Guardian Permission


We would love your participation!!!!  Please help Foundry10 help us by signing your child up for this School District Approved Survey!!

The link to the survey described below is here.    https://forms.gle/mJzdSNEJpWC9fWHU9

 

Schools in our district as well as others in the region have been extremely fortunate to be the beneficiaries of a philanthropic organization called Foundry10.  Foundry10 has partnered with schools to support them in ways that districts simply cannot due to the obvious constraints public schools face.  Foundry10 would like OUR help to find ways to best support students during Continuous Learning 2.0 (our current situation).  They would like to survey our students about how they are dealing with school as it is now.  In order to do this, they will need permission from parents/guardians.  In the upcoming days, I will be sending a link to a parent permission form.  This will ask for your child’s school email only as a way to send them the survey.  Next Week, we will use Advisory Period as the time for students to fill out the survey.  We will use the data to inform our practice and Foundry10 has provided a grant to address the needs identified in the data as we see fit.  They will also use the data to inform their practice.  This survey and process have been approved by the Edmonds School District Director of Assessment and the School Board.  

 

Student Tech Support on Zoom

The Student Technology Support team is launching a new option for student support on Zoom. Students can now connect with one of our team members by using the following link: https://edmondsschools.zoom.us/my/esdtechsupport and passcode: 030727.


This option is available starting today. Tech Support Zoom hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM. Students will be placed in a waiting room and admitted to a private breakout room once one of our techs is available.


Our student support techs will still be available by phone or email Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM at 425-431-1211 or techsupport@edmonds15.org.

 

 


Yearbook

This year we need your help to fill up our yearbook pages! Throughout the year we will be asking students, parents and teachers for images and information. 

 

Sports:

Even though we don't have school sports, we know lots of students are still participating in them whether they are organized or just for fun at home! We would love to see pictures! 

 

Pets:

We need pictures of pets! Images should include your student with the pet and please add the name of the pet in the image description when submitting.

 

Food:

We are looking for images of your student cooking or enjoying a meal. It could be a picture of a holiday meal, their favorite fast food or dessert, or even weird food combinations they enjoy. We would also love to see any culturally specific meals your student enjoys. Our survey to the students later this week will also include their prefered meal of the day, recipes and favorite pizza toppings.

 

Staying Connected:

How is your student staying in touch with friends and family? Are they socially distancing, using technology or have a small safe bubble of people they see regularly? We would like to see the variety of ways students are communicating and socializing. 

 

Please submit any and all images you would like to share through this link https://images.jostens.com/415464267. Please make sure to include all relevant information so we can give recognition in the yearbook.  In your student's grade level Canvas courses, there will also be surveys and picture links for them to submit images as well.

 

We will be sending out requests for more pictures soon!

 

Thank you,

 

Mrs. Giroux and Ms. Koday

 

Please email Mrs. Giroux with further questions. 

girouxc771@edmonds.wednet.edu




Principal's Message 10/27/20

Hello Brier Terrace Families,

We are approaching the end of the quarter, which is November 10th.  I know teachers are working with your students to support them and help them to do their best.  If you feel like your student still needs support, but sure they are visiting what many teachers are now calling “Study Club” or “Office Hours”.  Teachers will be able to support students and families from 1-2:30 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and by appointment with the teacher.  We want all of our students to be successful and are working hard to support you and them.  We know our current situation takes a lot of adjustment and we are doing this on the fly.  This is a work in progress and we appreciate your support with this.


In Partnership,

Scott Morrison

Principal

morrisons@edmonds.wednet.edu


NO SCHOOL WEDNESDAY (Pick Up and Drop Off from 7-2:30 tomorrow)

Wednesday, the 28th, is a non-student day where teachers will be working and learning together.  There will be no need for students to sign in, however, they may sign in if they would like to continue to work Asynchronously. There will be NO ATTENDANCE TAKEN.


Advisory Attendance

We are discovering that there is some confusion about how our Advisory Period is accounted for for attendance.  The 7th period on the student schedules is actually Advisory.  Advisory meets after 2nd period (10:00-10:15).  If students are not attending the zoom session, they are being marked absent.  There are some important things that happen during Advisory like ASB Elections (happening now), Lessons from Counselors, Relationship building, and other school business.  Please be sure your children are checking in with their Advisory teacher every day during this time.  You should know that your child’s advisory teacher is their 6th-period teacher in almost all cases.


School Pictures

Our Photography company has adjusted its policy and we are now able to set up a school photograph process.  This will be happening in the upcoming months.  We will be following strict protocols that align with the Health District guidance.  We will inform you of the details as soon as we get them. 



Principal's Message 10/19/20

Hello Brier Terrace Community,

As we continue our work with your children, we want you to know that we are hearing from many of your thoughts about assignment “completion”.  We are hearing that online processes are more difficult to navigate and make what was “easy” in person, more difficult, and cumbersome in the online setting.  We hear this and are making adjustments where we can, based on this feedback.  When you and your students do encounter challenges, my best advice is to ATTEND OFFICE HOURS or otherwise communicate with teachers.  Sometimes it helps to just talk to the teacher so that they can help students (and families) navigate and prioritize the tasks that have been assigned.  This also helps teachers to understand better where the challenges are that students might be facing.  We are all in this together and all want the same thing, for your children, our students, which is to learn and be successful during a time that is so different from our usual way of doing things.  Thank you for your support! 


Please look through the following information about what is happening at BTM


Ms. Allen, our Attendance Specialist, is OUT THIS WEEK - She will make any necessary adjustments to students’ attendance when she returns next week.  Thank you for your patience.


Speaking of Attendance...


Attendance Calls Start Today!  We want to inform you that we are obligated, as a district, to inform families if students do not attend school.  Our procedures under Continuous Learning 2.0 include taking attendance during the Synchronous Learning time (ZOOM) and reporting to families when students are not attending.  We understand that sometimes students are not able to attend the Synchronous time for technical and other reasons and that logging in to Canvas to engage in Asynchronous learning may happen after the Synchronous Learning time.  This IS an acceptable form of attending class and student attendance will be adjusted in these cases.  For more information about our district attendance policies and procedures, click here.  I have also attached an Attendance Q and A guide from our district.



“College Bound” Scholarship Information from Karla Rios, our College and Career Readiness Specialist


Hello Brier Terrace Families, 

I will be hosting a College Bound informational on Tuesday, October 20thfrom 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM through zoom. During this informational, we will be going over the requirements to apply for College Bound and next steps in how to obtain your student’s College Bound form. For more information, feel free to reach out to Karla Rios.

Zoom Link: https://edmondsschools.zoom.us/j/88358585217?pwd%3DZEkvVm81RS9vR3grNzFjU3hkM2h2UT09

Passcode: 731078


Karla Rios- CCR Specialist

Riosk382@edmonds.wednet.edu

425-431-4172


NO PICK UP/DROP OFF October 16th - 23 - Because some staff members will be unavailable, our usual Pick Up and Drop Off will not be in place from Friday, October 16th through Friday October 23rd.  We will be back up and running on October 26th.  


Families as “observer” on Canvas (from the district):  We want to continue to help all families become Canvas observers so that they can monitor their student’s progress.

Please review the new method of generating a pairing code (needed to set up an observer account), and consider how you might encourage a systematic approach within your building for checking on which students do not yet have observers and then reaching out to those families. This might include having all teachers of a certain period check which students in that period don’t have an observer and either submitting that info centrally (so that someone could follow up) or reaching out to those families directly. We know your schools are different, and your instructional tech coach can help you to brainstorm what might work best at your site.


Canvas observer account

  • Once a family becomes an “observer” of a student, they are connected with ALL of their student’s Canvas courses now and in future years.

  • This page provides parents with information about what it means to be an observer and how to set up an observer account.

  • There are now two methods for families to get the “pairing code” that is necessary to set up a Canvas observer account:

    • Student generates pairing code: Families can find more information here.

    • NEW: Teacher generates pairing codes. This can be done from the “People” page in a Canvas course, either for all students in a course or for an individual student. Teachers can check out the written or video directions here. [Note: Counselors can also generate pairing codes.]

    • The codes only last for 7 days or 1 use, and multiple codes can be generated (if code expires or multiple family members would like to set up an observer account).



A note from the Library - Just a reminder from our amazing Librarian, Ms. Kaspyrzyk:   Please remember that your student can request physical books from the BTMS library.  Students have access to a Google Form where they can not only pick the books they want to read, but also decide if they will get the books at curbside pick up or have them delivered (please refer to an email from our librarian about these options).


Yearbooks!!! - We still have plenty of yearbooks for $35.00.  Please write a check to ESD for $35.00 and bring them to the drop-off window at the school.  






In Partnership,


Scott Morrison

Principal

425.431.7837


 

10/9/20

Hello Brier Terrace Community,

We are entering our 6th week of Continuous Learning 2.0 and it seems like we are starting to get into a groove.  We are seeing really great things from our students and are so proud of their efforts to make this new reality work.  I have also been hearing that some students are still adjusting to the load/new way of doing things.  I want you to know about some things we are doing as a staff to help.  First, we have discussed this issue as a staff and we are monitoring the situation.  Staff members are checking in with classes through surveys, writing prompts, and discussion to be sure students are heard.  We are being clear about how to access support.  Our staff is available to support students during office hours from 1-2:30 though zoom and by appointment.  We care about your children and want them to be successful.  We are also monitoring students’ levels of engagement and when teachers have concerns about levels of engagement, they are reaching out to families and other staff members to help ensure we are supporting students and families.  We are surveying students through a system called Panorama to monitor their Social and Emotional well being and will follow up with students if they request a check-in with an adult.  We are also discussing other ideas for supporting students in other ways and will be rolling them out as we solidify our plans.  Again, please know that the BTM staff are working VERY HARD to ensure students are feeling good about school and learning.  Please do not hesitate to contact teachers, counselors, or me if your child needs help figuring things out.  


Contact information is in Canvas and on our website.


Canvas and Zoom and Skyward (grades and more)  - First, because of some technical issues, Canvas and Skyward are not synching correctly, so please look in Canvas for the most accurate grade information and contact teachers if you have questions.  We want to acknowledge that Canvas and Zoom and Skyward do not always run perfectly.  As you all know, sometimes in the remote setting, our technology can run slowly or behave unexpectedly.  We work hard to ensure our systems are as reliable as possible and appreciate your patience when technology causes unexpected challenges.  Thank you!


NO PICK UP/DROP OFF October 16th - 23 - Because some staff members will be unavailable, our usual Pick Up and Drop Off will not be in place from Friday, October 16th through Friday October 23rd.  We will be back up and running on October 26th.  


A note from the Library - Just a reminder from our amazing Librarian, Ms. Kaspyrzyk:   Please remember that your student can request physical books from the BTMS library.  Students have access to a Google Form where they can not only pick the books they want to read, but also decide if they will get the books at curbside pick up or have them delivered (please refer to an email from our librarian about these options).


Yearbooks!!! - We still have plenty of yearbooks for $35.00.  Please write a check to ESD for $35.00 and bring them to the drop-off window at the school.  


Too Many Emails/Notifications? - One way to reduce the number of emails you receive is to change your notification settings in Canvas.  Click this link to see the page Ms. Mello created to show how to manage these things in Canvas:

It's a two step process so it should be pretty easy. I am not able to see how a parent or student views this section so I cannot confirm if they have different options. Ms. Mello and we suggest that you turn on notifications for the following (in order of importance):

  1. Announcements - Course notifications sent to students (Parents should receive this if they have a parent account set up).

  2. Due Date - Notifies when a due date is set or changed.

  3. Submission Comment - notifies them whenever a teacher provides feedback on an assignment.

  4. Grading - Student/Parent will be notified whenever an assignment is graded so this would be optional and dependent on how many emails/push notifications they want to receive from teachers.

If you need help setting up an observer role (parent account), the district put together a resource site to assist: https://sites.google.com/edmonds.wednet.edu/canvasfamily/observer-role 





In Partnership,


Scott Morrison

Principal

425.431.7837





9/28/20

Hello Brier Terrace Community,

I have two announcements for you as we begin our 3rd full week of Continuous Learning 2.0. 

Thank you all for your partnership as we work to make this a great learning experience for ALL.


Schedule Changes

Due to budget constraints, we are making some adjustments to our schedule.  Your child may be involved in a schedule adjustment, mostly around PE.  Our staff is working with students to help make this transition as smooth as possible.  Thank you for understanding.


Curriculum Night this Wednesday, September 30th from 6:30 to 8:15

We will start the evening with a Webinar hosted by the Administration and Counseling staff.  We will then guide families to Zoom meetings with you child’s teachers.  We ask that you copy your child’s school schedule.  YOU WILL NEED TEACHER NAMES AND PERIODS in order to follow the schedule of the evening.  Starting at 6:50 we will move through the schedule, period by period.  Each period will last 10 minutes with a 5 minute break in between.  ADVISORY WILL NOT BE PART OF THE EVENING.  We will supply a list of teachers with zoom links you will use to access the “class” during the scheduled times.  We will be sending this list closer to the actual start of Curriculum Night for security reasons.  Check your email for access to this list before the webinar on Wednesday.  We are crossing our fingers that this will work smoothly.  Please keep in mind that we have never done this.  :)

Below is the link to the Webinar portion of the evening starting at 6:30.  You may need to copy and paste.  This will be posted on the School Website under Principal’s Message:

https://edmondsschools.zoom.us/s/85194588766
Or join webinar with the following methods
Phone one-tap
Phone one-tap: US: +12532158782,,85194588766# or +13462487799,,85194588766#
Join by Telephone
For higher quality, dial a number based on your current location.
Dial:
US : +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 646 876 9923 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799
Webinar ID: 851 9458 8766
Passcode: 809144
International numbers

 

Thank you!

Scott Morrison

Principal





9/21/20


Hello BTM Community,

We are entering our second full week of Continuous Learning 2.0 (CL2) and we are experiencing, and rising to many challenges.  What is most surprising to me is how many surprises are popping up.  What is most encouraging is how our teachers, families, district staff, and our state systems are responding thoughtfully and relatively quickly, considering the daily life challenges or our students, families, and staff as we move forward educating our students.  One very important challenge in CL2 is that our Technology Department is now part of just about everything we do. I have been impressed with what they HAVE been able to accomplish.  I know there continue to be some situations where we are still challenged.  Please know we are working diligently as a system to address these issues so that all students can learn. 

I want to again thank you all for your support as we work to educate your children at the highest possible levels with empathy and compassion.


In Partnership,

Scott Morrison

Principal


8th Grade Chromebook Exchange - is this Wednesday,  from 1 PM - 6 PM.

This Wednesday is ONLY for the 8th Grade Chromebook Exchange.  Mr. Turner will be sending details.


Early Release Wednesday the 23rd - This Wednesday is an Early Release Day for Staff, so they will not be available after 11:10.  We will be doing some required training and working to improve our effectiveness during Continuous Learning 2.0.  If you look at the district calendar, you will see that there are many Wednesdays like this throughout the year.


Attendance for Wednesdays - I believe there will be communication about Wednesday  Attendance from the district soon!!  This is not just for this Wednesday, but every Wednesday during CL2.


Curriculum Night - Tentatively September 30th from 6:30 to 8. We are still working on how this might work.  More to come likely later this week.


School Pictures - The company we are working with on school pictures, Dorian, is planning to reschedule times after we come back to in-person learning.  We will provide details as they come.



PTSA - Our Wonderful PTSA has asked me to include some information.  Please see the letter below and attached.






Welcome to the 2020-21 school year!



Bulldog Families,

 

BTMS PTSA serves the students, staff, and families of the Brier Terrace Middle School community. School needs differ this year, so the PTSA’s goals will have to adapt. At the local level, we have provided classroom grants, staff appreciation, library support, family and student-focused events, and more. We have also advocated for students at school, the district, the state, and nationwide. Help us determine what we do now.

 

We invite you to join us by becoming a member. 


Being a member does not mean you have to volunteer. We appreciate all our volunteers, but you choose your level of involvement. There are many different reasons people join our PTSA - volunteers, donors (funds/items/refreshments/etc.), advocates, advisors, connect with other parents, have the ability to influence decisions, or simply to be kept informed. We would love all the volunteers we could get, but it is completely optional.


Our success depends on your membership and support to help enrich the school experience. Membership is $10.00 per person, which supports our local, council, state, and national chapters. Joining is easy! Go to https://mp.gg/n1b9q, click START HERE, and follow the directions.


You can also help by donating extra funds to sponsor a teacher, administrator, or support staff. Go to https://btmsptsa.square.site to donate a membership.

For more information, feel free to contact us at  btmsptsa@gmail.com, visit our website at https://btmsptsa.square.site, and follow us on Facebook at http://facebook.com/btmsptsa.


Thank you,


Nicole Auayan

2020-21 Co-Vice President

Brier Terrace Middle School PTSA




9/11/20

Hello BTM Community,

I want to thank you for your patience and perseverance as we start the 2020-2021 school year.  Our teachers and staff have been working hard to learn a lot and adjust like crazy to make this start of the school year kind, respectful, and safe.  I was able to pop into “classrooms” the first day and I saw students attentive and ready to learn.  An important part of what students learn in Middle School is how to get along with others and how to advocate for themselves in a respectful and effective way, Socially, Emotionally, and Academically.  These are the things we are attending to as we begin the year. Our staff has been trying to put students at ease by helping them learn how to navigate Canvas and the other tools they will need to make this a successful year.  We are working to build positive connections between students and between staff and students.  This work will continue as we move through the year, and the rigor will progressively increase, but we need to be sure students are feeling they are in a respectful learning environment first.  

Thank you!


Login and Passwords

If students are still experiencing problems with logging into their Chromebooks, please have THEM email our Chromebook Support Specialist, Wed Al Obaidi, at alobaidiw692@edmonds.wednet.edu

She will be able to help with this.  You can also call the main office at 425.431.7834.


This is a nice resource as well!   Canvas Resources for Families  


Scheduling

Scheduling is mostly finished at this point.  We are still adjusting some classes to be sure we balance and this may go into next week.  Thank you for your patience as we finish this work.  

If you questions about scheduling please contact your counselor:

Last names A-Le Sam Clark clarks884@edmonds.wednet.edu 425.431.4103

Last names Lea-Z Amanda Harris  harrisa295@edmonds.wednet.edu 425.431.4104


Materials Pick Up and Drop Off

We have scheduled a Materials pick-up for Wednesday, September 16th from 1pm to 6pm.  We will be sending details soon and we will be scheduling regular dates for these.


Remind App

We are learning about A LOT of new technology right now an one thing I am just getting to learning about is the Remind App.  Sometime this month, you will have an opportunity to sign up for Remind for BTM.  This app will allow us to send messages via text.  I encourage all of our families to sign up as a way to receive information in a timely manner.


Video On! :)

If you have ever hosted a ZOOM meeting, you know how odd it is to talk to a “room” of people without the usual feedback you may receive from an audience.  Teachers are very used to seeing what is happening in a classroom and reading the room.  Right now, we have many students with video off.  We understand that there are a lot of very good reasons why we might choose this.  We also know OUR TEACHERS WANT TO SEE THEIR STUDENTS!  :)  At the request of our staff, if possible, will you ask your child to show their face on the zoom screen?  Not required, but strongly desired by our staff.  THANK YOU!


Thank you all for helping us through the first of the year and managing the bumps along the way with grace and patience.


In Partnership,

Scott





9/8/20

Hello BTM Families,

Tomorrow we are starting the school year, and even though it is Wednesday, students will be meeting with their teachers for Synchronous Instruction in the morning (ZOOM meetings).  Students will be able to access the meetings through Canvas on their classroom tabs.  In case a student is unable to access Canvas, I have asked 1st-period teachers to email students and families with the link, just in case.  Again, we prefer that students do this through Canvas if possible.  Please do not email counselors for tech support since they likely cannot answer your tech questions and they are very busy balancing classes right now.  I have included a message from our tech department below with many resources for student and family access to Canvas linked.


Attendance during Continuous Learning 2.0

Students are expected to attend meetings with teachers during Continuous Learning 2.0 and we will be taking attendance.  We also understand that some families are facing challenges that are different from normal.  If your child is not able to attend a part of the day, please help them to look in Canvas and attempt tasks teachers have published in the different parts of the Canvas classrooms.  This will help us to know your child is attending.  If you need to excuse your child from school due to sickness, doctor appointments, or other reasons, our process has not changed from On-Campus instruction.  Please email the attendance office at allenr478@edmonds.wednet.edu  or 425.431.7834.


Schedules

We are still working to balance schedules at this time.  This will likely continue through the week, even after school starts.  This is normal (although we are facing considerably more challenges this year).  Please don’t be surprised if your child’s schedule changes slightly as we work through this process.  If something does not seem right about your child’s schedule after tomorrow, please contact their counselor:

Last Names A-Le Sam Clark clarks884@edmonds.wednet.edu 

Last Names Lea-Z Amanda Harris harrisa295@edmonds.wednet.edu

Thank you for your patience.


Our staff is doing great work as we plan to engage students and build positive connections within our classrooms.  I am excited for your children to see each other and meet their teachers this year in a more structured and consistent environment from last spring.  As we work through some inevitable challenges, I am very optimistic that this is will be a great year for all of us.


In partnership,

Scott Morrison

Principal


Below is a message from our District Tech Department regarding Family Access to Canvas:


Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year! All teachers grades 3-12 will be using Canvas to share weekly agendas, learning materials, Zoom links, and assignments - and to communicate with students.   


As a parent/guardian, you will be able to create an account in Canvas to observe the progress of your student(s). Once your account is created, you will be able to monitor their progress throughout each year and each class of their educational experience in Edmonds.  


How do I get started?

Written Directions: 


Video Tutorials:

  • Setting Up An Account  

    • The video provides directions for setting up an account on a  Mobile Device & Computer.  The Canvas Parent App needs to be downloaded on a Mobile Device in order to access Canvas. 

  • Adding Multiple Students  


How do I use Canvas as a Parent/Guardian?


More tutorials and information about Canvas can be found on the Canvas: Family Resource Site


Message for Families - Spanish


¡Bienvenidos al año escolar 2020-2021! Todos los maestros de los grados 3 a 12 usarán el programa de Canvas para compartir agendas semanales, materiales de aprendizaje, tareas, enlaces de Zoom (para reuniones en línea), y para comunicarse con los estudiantes.


Como padre / guardián, usted podrá crear una cuenta en Canvas para observar el progreso de su(s) estudiante(s). Después de crear su cuenta, usted podrá observar el progreso de su estudiante a lo largo de cada año y cada clase de su experiencia educativa en Edmonds. Usted usará el mismo cuento del grado 3 a 12.