Weekly Announcements

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Summer Office Hours  8 am - 4pm Monday - Thursday.  

Call ahead for an appointment 253 571 2300 if possible.   

July  2017 

 

  • Incoming 9th Graders First Look Classes gives our newest members of SAMI a great first look at the academic pathways we offer here in Pt. Defiance Park- marine, zoo and more.  First Look is also a great opportunity for our current students to share their passions and understanding of SAMI with younger students.  This kind of learning is THE most rigorous and makes our community stronger.  Volunteers for First Look are needed.  Please contact Tim Chalberg (tchalbe@tacoma.k12.wa.us) or Lauren Anderson (landers@tacoma.k12.wa.us) for more information.  
  • SAMI All School Retreat is August 28th - 30th - we meet in the Foss High School parking lot early to head to Black Lake Camp.  Be sure your permission slip and payment or payment/plan is in to Ms. Toy in the main office. Call 253 571 2323 to talk to Ms. Toy.
  • Senior Links  -Link to the video of graduation ceremony, To order pictures from the ceremony www.leosphotography.com and they will need to enter in the code: Gra4312        Senior Portraits (from the fall)  link for free download of your pictures https://tsami.shutterfly.com/    Password (case sensitive): SAMi2017 . Transcripts will be available July 5th  Call ahead to make sure our staff is available to get you what you need. 253 571 2300 or email kstarks@tacoma.k12.wa.us  Diplomas will be available on July 10th. 
  • Back on Track Summer School is at SOTA Post Office 1102 A Street 2nd Floor.  9 am - 12pm Monday - Thursday.  July 3-4 are observed holiday days off.  Students must attend 11 or the 12 days for the full 3 hours or no credit will be earned.  If you are not sure if you have been assigned, contact Ralph Harrison at rharri1@Tacoma.k12.wa.us

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  • SAMily Summer Read for students, staff and families is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.  If you need help getting a book, contact your mentor or the main office 253 571 2300.  Check out this link to a hilarious promotional video starring our wonderful humanities team. The Alchemist   will be the focus of our cabin readings, as well as a common experience for our mentor group to reflect on. In order to make this meaningful, we need everyone to participate. Here’s how you can help:
  1. Respond thoughtfully to the discussion questions. [Required.]  Give an honest, detailed response, using your personal experience and evidence from the text. Don’t forget page numbers!
  2. Respond to someone else’s post. [Helpful, but optional.] Ask a clarifying question or share a similar experience.
  3. Post some new knowledge. [Fun!] If something in this book catches your attention, follow it! Research some historical, literary, or religious reference. Draw a picture of a character or a scene. Define some interesting words and track down their etymology.  Go nuts! If it interests you, it will probably interest someone else.

You can do this in little bits over the summer, or in one big chunk when you’ve finished the book.  No matter what you choose, just please make sure you’ve done your part by August 25 (the Friday before camp).  Here are some questions to get you started: What is more important, the journey or the destination?  What is your favorite quote so far from the book and why? 

  • Plan for College - use this link to find comprehensive post high opportunities from four year to technical college to apprenticeship.  Tacoma students have options! https://www.tacomaschools.org/plan4college/Pages/default.aspx
  • Check out the College Match  Use this college match site to find your perfect college.  Narrow your search by program, location and more. 
  • The Common App is a common site that many colleges and universities use to gather information from you, your counselors (that would be Liz Minks or Ralph Harrison in this sense) and your mentors and other recommenders.  Use this link to find out more.  If you need help, contact your mentor, the fine folks in Portable G or Portable H.  We all would love to help. http://www.commonapp.org
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. .  
  • WUE - (SENIOR YEAR ONLY)  - Western Undergraduate Exchange (also works at University of Hawaii)   http://wiche.edu/wue
  • TOOLKITS FOR GETTING TO COLLEGE 

 

 

 

 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?  
  • Medications at school? Ms. Ells, school nurse 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?  kstarks@tacoma.k12.wa.us 253 571 2300 Portable H
  • State and National Assessments (SBAC, PSAT/SAT or AP)? Ms. Orlando korland@tacoma.k12.wa.us
  • College in the High School classes? Kristin 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.nextmove.org 
  • Help with understanding class materials, standards or grades? mentor and Ms. Minks  lminks@tacoma.k12.wa.us 253 571 2313
  • Graduation Support? 
  • 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 
  • ASB clubs and activities?  Ms. Wickman and Ms. Plourde in Portables M and G
  • 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? 
  • Graduation activities and ceremony in June? Ms. Wickman and Ms. Farewell
  • Artrageous Auction? Ms. Skobel and Ms. Folsom-Hill