Weekly Announcements

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Week of January 16th 

Office Hours - Monday - Friday 7:45 - 3:45.  Ms. Starks, our Attendance Secretary and Registrar  253 571 2300 or kstarks@tacoma.k12.wa.us or Ms. Toy, our Office Coordinator at 253 571 2323 jtoy@tacoma.k12.wa.us can help answer your questions. 

If you receive a phone call or check www.tacomaschools.org that there is a Late Start or Inclement Weather Schedule school will start at 10:30 (safety is the first priority!)

January 19th is ALL DAY Mentor Group 10:30 - 3:20  back at your school to understand Post High plans (graduation requirement on transcript) and On-Track to Graduate status  (transcript checks).  We hope that the older students will share their expertise and help the younger students with the requirements for their hopes and dreams! If you have questions, please contact your mentor

Save the date for the ELC Grand Opening Saturday January 27th 11am- 2pm for a free day for Tacoma residents in the Pt. Defiance Zoo and at Ft. Nisqually. Join us to thank Tacoma for supporting school done a little differently. 

STAMP - language competency testing (transcript credit and seal of biliteracy)will be held during the week of Januay 16th - 26th.  If you are interested in taking this test contact Ms. Hall at jhall@tacoma.k12.wa.us for her to request a testing code.  We need your information as soon as possible.  You must be literate in reading, writing, speaking and listening to earn up to 4 credits of world language and a seal of biliteracy on your diploma (depending on the test level you achieve.  Two more testing opportunities one in March and one in May.

I Ready testing for Math and ELC will be held at the PDC 8am this coming Wednesday January 10 Buses available to the PDC from SAMI at Camp Six.  Students will be returned to SAMI.

Seniors! Washington Opportunity Scholarship ($22K for specific state schools) interested? Contact Jen Boutell at jboutel@tacoma.k12.wa.us  Due date is February 28th.  Apply here.

Driving in the park is bad for our health- it puts student drivers at risk (liability $$ especially if they are driving other students), it jeopardizes our relationship with Pt. Defiance Park who are hosting our high school and it's bad for the environment.  SAMI hikers should use the trails or the shuttle system. Please! -  Follow all park rules about protecting the plants, animals and buildings.  Treat each other with respect.  As always, make sure our partners, community businesses, Metro Parks and PDZA staff, and our bus drivers are honored for their commitment to SAMI's success.  Our school exists in a larger community that cares for us.  If you see something, say something.

Go over your schedule in your HAC-   If you have corrections, email your mentor and have them email Liz Minks lminks@tacoma.k12.wa.us and Joni Hall jhall@tacoma.k12.wa.us for approval.  We will send this to Ms. Starks for updates. 

Mini-term 2018 8:45 - 3:20.  Buses and meals are at the normal times and locations. SAMI Locations are at Camp Six (5502 Five Mile Drive), Environmental Learning Center (start at the entrance to the zoo and go down the ramp) or the Pagoda just past the Duck Pond.  SOTA Locations are at the Post Office 1102 A Street, Ted Brown 1118 Commerce Street (just next to the light rail stop) or 1950 Pacific Avenue (across the street from the WA History Museum parking lot). Or IDEA building at 253 571 6701 Park Avenue If you have questions, contact SAMI at 253 571 2300 or SOTA 253 571 7900 or IDEA at 253 571 2555

Join the Innovation Challenge to Reduce Plastic Pollution and the Pt. Defiance Park campaign for no-single use plastics including on SAMI campus.  What is your idea to help SAMI join the efforts?  Submit your proposal to the Co-Directors by March 2nd.  Include Mentor Group name, idea for implementation, goal to reduce plastic pollution year 1, year 2 and year 3, resources needed and the plan.  Check out some resources:  inhabitat   bthechange  nrdc  plasticpollutioncoalition     

Senior Break Outs Fridays 1:20 - 3:20 College Visit Fridays. Ms. Boutell has important information about getting into your dream college, university, technical program or internship. For more college events, visit our college and career advising pagePlan 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, Ms. Boutell jboutel@tacoma.k12.wa.us 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 (opens in October)  Free Application for Federal Student Aid  http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ 

Tutoring Schedule

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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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  • 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. .  

 Use these Scholarships/Financial Aid Search Engines:

http://www.hecb.wa.gov/PayingForCollege

 

 

 

 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

  • Guidance and College Support - Ms. Hall jhall@tacoma.k12.wa.us  and Ms. Boutell jboutel@tacoma.k12.wa.us
  • Bus information (see above) or contact us in the main office?  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 tnettle@tacoma.k12.wa.us 
  • 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. Hall jhall@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 at the ELC first floor jboutel@tacoma.k12.wa.us 
  • 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. Tiersch 253.571.7911 mtiersc@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