Weekly Announcements

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September 17th  2017

Office Hours - Monday - Friday 7:45 - 3:30  Closed for lunch 12 - 1pm Monday through Thursday and 11:30 - 12:30 Fridays Please call 253 571 2300 if you need help or to schedule an appointment. 

  • SAVE THE DATE for SAMI Open House & Back to School Night- moved to October 3rd at the Environmental Learning Center  so we can have it in our new Environmental Learning Center 5:30 - 7:30.  Join us to meet the teachers and mentors along with a look at the new building.   

 

  • SAMI: Please consider supporting the Elements of Education Partners back to school drive! Elements of Education Partners helps to fund the innovative programs here at SAMi.

    • This semester SAMI has 6 Adjunct Instructor classes.      These classes are taught by professionals in their field, adding depth and      breadth to the curriculum, and pairing students early on with mentors in      their areas of passion. 
    • Three SAMI teachers received funding for project based      learning in their classroom. These projects are enhancing our curriculum      by finding new ways to bring student’s passions into the classroom.
    • An EE Fellow is working with our student services team.      This is a position designed to increase interest in the field of education      while simultaneously providing extra support to our students that need it      most. 
    • EE provides funding to support recruitment and      retention of our teachers, and sponsors regular professional development.

    Visit www.elementsofed.org/back-to-school to learn more!

 

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  • Mentor Group Locations are posted here and at the portables.  Be sure to check in with your mentor and fellow mentees to make sure you are meeting at the correct spot.  Mentor Group locations change depending on the activity (tech space? forest space? field trip?)
  • The SAT and PSAT will be given to all SAMI students on Wednesday October 11th.  These are mandatory, district required tests.  Please make sure you are well rested, get a good breakfast and are ready to do your best on this FREE test (usually $85 on a Saturday). 
  • DIscover U Week October 9 - 13th.  Ask staff about college journey.
  • Conference Week will be October 9th - 13th in the evening and 10:30 - 3:45 on Friday. There will be no regular classes to accommodate Fall Conferences.  The purpose of conferences is to discuss your goals related to: your post high plan connected to your passions, on track to graduate (current portfolio), your mastery of standards and reflection on regular attendance.
  • September 22nd will be our first annual SAMI Service Day in Pt. Defiance Park.  During All-Day Mentor Group, we will participate in projects at the Zoo, the Fort, Camp Six and in the trails.  Please talk to your mentor about the details. 

 

  • College Visit Fridays: Friday, September 29 – A representative from Evergreen State will be available to meet with our students at 1:30 pm. The Act 6 Scholarship Program will be available to answer student questions, as well.

Friday, November 3 – A representative from Eckerd College and (tentatively) PLU will be available to meet with our students.

We anticipate adding more schools to each of these college visit days in the next few weeks.

  • From our career counselor -  seniors to take the post high planning survey, available here:

    http://tinyurl.com/eeposthigh

    Whether seniors plan to attend a four year university or go directly into the workforce after high school, this survey is an opportunity for us to get to know more about each senior’s post-graduation plan and provide support. So far, about 50 seniors from SOTA and SAMI have completed the survey. Seniors, please take this in your classrooms to take a few minutes to fill it out.

  •  Manufacturing Day – Thursday, October 5, 9 am to 12:30 pm. Students interested in entering a trade after graduation will have a valuable opportunity to visit two major employers and learn about the AJAC Apprenticeship program – a six-year earn while you learn program that sets students up for success in the trades.
    Mentors: **Juniors needed for Manufacturing Day! Email Jennifer at jboutel@tacoma.k12.wa.us to recommend a student. Please remember to consider young women for this opportunity

  • Our relationship with METRO PARKS is critical to our success in the park. We are its stewards - please encourage everyone to drive 20 miles per hour in the park and to follow all park ordinances especially with regards to skateboarding and no smoking of any kind by park patrons.  We have agreed that SAMI students will park at Camp Six and use the shuttle transit or walking trails.  Parking is at a premium especially due to construction, please help us with this effort. 
  • ORCA bus pass-  Students received their Pierce Transit ORCA card.  Also-  See the Yellow Bus Schedule 2017-18 below if Pierce Transit bus times are not frequent enough to get you to SAMI and back. To make sure you get on a bus, arrive 5-10 minutes prior to the time.  If there are concerns, email kstarks@tacoma.k12.wa.us with what happened so we can alert the transportation department. 

  

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  • Plan for College - use this link to find comprehensive post high opportunities from four year to technical college to apprenticeship.  Tacoma students have options! Use this college match site  to find your perfect college by narrowing your search by program, location and more. The Common App hosts hundreds of colleges helping you by creating an account and choosing your SAMI counselor, Jen Boutell to help you every step of the way.  And College Bound Scholars- use this website to stay current and eligible for your scholarship http://www.readysetgrad.org/college/College-Bound-Pledge   .  Don't forget to fill out your FAFSA in October Free Application for Federal Student Aid  http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ 
  • Pre-Application Worksheet  www.CollegeAnswer.com/preapp Any student planning to attend a state or private university, community college, or vocational school is usually required to apply FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Financial Aid) applications can be submitted after January 1st for the upcoming academic year starting that fall. .  

 

 

 

 

 SAMI Bell Schedule  

Time

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

8:00 – 9:30

1st

5th

1st

5th

9:45 – 11:15

2nd

6th

2nd

6th

11:15 – 12:05

lunch & study

lunch & study

lunch &      study

lunch & study

12:05 – 1:35

3rd

7th

3rd

7th

1:50 – 3:20

4th

8th

4th

8th

 

Time

Friday

8:00 – 10:00

Inquiry Team for staff

10:30 – 12:30

Mentor Group

12:30 – 1:20

Lunch & Study

1:20 – 3:20

Adventures & Applications 

  • Inclement Weather Schedule will be normal schedule with the exception of missing 1st or 5th period.  Buses will run on normal routes.  Fridays is always a late start for students, so this schedule will remain the same. 
 
 
 Who do I talk to to find out about..... 

Though your mentor is always the best (and usually the first point of contact), if you need support please contact these staff members through their email or phone.  If you would like to meet them, make an appointment and first check in at the main office in Portable H

  • Bus information (see above) or contact us in the main office?  Mr. Nettles 253 571 2300
  • Medications at school? Ms. Ells, school nurse jells@tacoma.k12.wa.us 253 571 2300
  • Student parking and driving at SAMI? Officer Nettles 253 571 2300 
  • Need help getting your student to set good goals, finding out about appropriate activities, creating a plan for improving grades, helping my student be successful? Start with the mentor
  • Attendance?   Ms. Starks Portable H 253 571 2300 kstarks@tacoma.k12.wa.us
  • Balance payments for Orca (bus) cards, camp/all school retreat in August at Black Lake and Mini-term fees?  Ms. Toy 571-2323, Portable H jtoy@tacoma.k12.wa.us
  • Scheduling classes? Ms. Hall jhall@tacoma.k12.wa.us or Ms. Minks lminks@tacoma.k12.wa.us
  • State and National Assessments SBA? Ms. Orlando korland@tacoma.k12.wa.us
  • College Board, SAT, PSAT and AP?  Ms. Dumont jdumont@tacoma.k12.wa.us 
  • College in the High School classes? Ms. Tinder ktinder@tacoma.k12.wa.us
  • Internships for 11th and 12th grade students? Talk to the Next Move Portable H on Wednesdays Alexa Folsom-Hill www.nextmovetacoma.org 
  • Help with understanding class materials, standards or grades? mentor and Ms. Minks  lminks@tacoma.k12.wa.us 253 571 2313
  • Graduation Support? Ms. Hall jhall@tacoma.k12.wa.us 253 571 2308 or Ms. Boutell in the main office on Tuesdays and every other Friday
  • Emotional or social service support for my student or family?  Ms. Dumont Portable G jdumont@tacoma.k12.wa.us
  • Admissions to SAMI or SOTA?  Ms. Boney 253.571.7911 jboney@tacoma.k12.wa.us
  • The BRIDGE Program? Ms. Flynn Portable G sflynn@tacoma.k12.wa.us
  • Strong Start Program ? Ms. Farewell sfarewe@tacoma.k12.wa.us
  • Special Education? Ms. Flynn  Portable G sflynn@tacoma.k12.wa.us
  • 504 (Individuals with Disabilities Plans)? Ms. Dumont Portable H jdumont@tacoma.k12.wa.us
  • Senior/Culminating Projects? Mr. Chalberg, Ms. Dewine, Mr. Matthews and Ms. Jost
  • ASB clubs and activities?  Ms. Wickman, Mr. Devine 
  • Mentor Group? start with your mentor and then Ms. Minks or Ms. Hall Admin Garden Shed  (yes, it's a garden shed)
  • Workshop classes-   A & A (adventures & applications) Mini-term or Microterm ?  Liz Minks lminks@tacoma.k12.wa.us  253 571 2313
  • Facilities  Ms. Minks lminks@tacoma.k12.wa.us 253 571 2313
  • Graduation activities and ceremony in June? Ms. Wickman and Ms. Farewell
  • Artrageous Auction? Ms. Skobel and Ms. Folsom-Hill