Middle School Newsletter: January 14, 2019

Middle School Newsletter: January 14, 2019

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, January 22 5:15PM and 6:30PM
Middle School Basketball games at Highline Athletic Club! See our “Clubs & Sports” section for more details. Come to the games and support our students!

Monday, January 28 8:30 – 10:30am
Shadow Day – Invite your friends to have their children shadow an Atlas classroom!

Monday, January 28 4:00PM and 5:30PM
Middle School Basketball games at Othello Youth Center! See our “Clubs & Sports” section for more details. Come to the games and support our students!

Tuesday, February 5 4:30 – 5:30pm
Open House – Invite families to get to know about our school and attend next year!

Full Calendar and Bell schedule – Click HERE


Around Our School

Chromebook Care

Recently there has been an uptick in students at school without their computers and/or chargers. We want to remind everyone that students need to have both every day.

Middle School Food Drive

Thank you to everyone that contributed food to the middle school food drive. We donated 732 pounds of food to the West Seattle Food Bank! The pod that collected the most food was Wisconsin, with 214 pounds!


Clubs and Sports!


The Atlas soccer season is fast approaching, beginning on March 11th and going until May 10th. We will have middle school and high school, girls and boys teams. If your student is interested in playing please make sure they have a physical on file from this school year. Stay tuned on tryout dates and times, go Orcas!


The remaining middle school basketball games for the season are below. Come cheer on our Orcas!

  • – Tuesday, January 22nd: Boys at 5:15pm, Girls at 6:30pm at Highline Athletic Club (125 S 156th Street, Burien)
  • – Monday, January 28th: Girls at 4pm, Boys at 5:30 at Othello Youth Center (Seattle Union Gospel Mission, 3800 S Othello St)

Sweatshirts and T-shirts
Our wonderful basketball coaches put together an order form for Atlas basketball sweatshirts and t-shirts. If you would like to purchase one please fill out this order form and return to the main office.


Volunteer Opportunities

New Opportunities – See Below for more information!

We are currently looking for help from our community in the following areas. Thank you in advance for your commitment and time!

We are looking for volunteers in the following roles:

Community Engagement Committee volunteers. Lenny Cedano, of our Recruitment and Community Engagement Team, is looking for parents to join our Recruitment and Community Engagement Committee. Our goal will be to (1) create targeted recruitment and community engagement hubs in our respective neighborhoods that’s cater to the communities we serve, and (2) meet our Atlas recruitment goals. Experience in PR, Marketing, or Community Outreach preferred but not required. Please contact Mr. Cedano if you’d like to sign up!

Traffic Flow Manager. We are looking for volunteers before assigning traffic flow managers. The volunteer needs to be available from 7:50-8:20 am and 3:15-3:35pm. The safety of our students come first, we also want to make sure arrival and dismissal traffic are as smooth as possible. Please contact Mr. Brewer if interested.


School Leader Focus

Katie Bubalo, Executive Director High School and Andrea Klein, Executive Director Middle School

Dear families,

Happy New Year! We have enjoyed our first week back with students and are looking forward to an exciting year ahead. I would love to start the new year by sharing some awesome news. Check out this article recently published in the Seattle Times about the successes of Seattle charter schools! This is a huge victory for our school community, and I wanted to thank you for all of your support and encouragement along the journey.

As we head into the new year, we are looking to build on our successes from first semester, which ended with 70% of our high schoolers completely On Track in all classes! This semester, our biggest goal is to have all students turning all projects in on time every time. To support this effort, please glance at your student’s platform once per week to see if they have any upcoming projects and check in with them about their action steps to ensure timely submission.

Thank you for your partnership in this incredible work. I am so grateful for your support for Atlas.

With gratitude,

Katie & Andrea


Middle School Updates

Rachel Wong, 6th Grade Math
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Office Hours: Wednesdays, 3:30 – 4:30pm

We are finishing up Unit 4 on Dividing Fractions. The unit test for this will be on Wednesday, January 23 and Thursday, January 24 in class. Please make sure your students are here so that they can finish the test in those two days. The 4th math CA is due on January 22, and students should work to get past it so that it doesn’t turn red. We will be starting to talk about the SBAC test that will happen at the end of the year and prepare for that by spiraling back to some content from the beginning of the year as well as preparing strategies to help us in the coming weeks and months. As always, please reach out with any questions!


Chris Hennings, 6th Grade History
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Office Hours: Thursdays, 3:30 – 4:30pm

This past week students began their work on a new project – Beliefs and Practices. This project will cover the world’s 5 major religions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. Students will be exploring the belief systems and practices of each religion and completing a comparison between two or more of these religions for their Final Product. They will receive feedback on their first checkpoint this week and completing their second by week’s end. Keep an eye out on your student’s platform!

Civilization in Ancient Greece CA DUE February 5th!


Amanda Wolfe, 6th Grade Science
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Office Hours: Mondays, 3:30 – 4:30pm

We are in a new project called Climate Change. This week students will move forward in their Climate change projects by starting to research and design their Geoengineering solutions with their groups. They will get feedback for Checkpoint 2 and move on to Checkpoint 3. Checkpoint 3 is due on Thursday.


Chineka Jones, 6th Grade English
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Office Hours: Mondays, 3:30 – 4:30pm

This week, in  English 6, students will choose one poem to perform in the Poetry Slam, which is one of the final products of Exploring Poetry. They will write a script for their Poetry Slam Performance and recite one poem of their choice. Poetry Slam Performances will start on January 17 and continue on January 23 and January 24. If you would like to stop by and see your child perform send me an email.

The Point of View CA is due January 22. Students will be matched in Study Pairs and continue completing their Point of View Study Guide, in order to pass the CA when taken. Currently 76% of students have passed the Point of View CA.


Prahith Chakka, 7th Grade Math
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Office Hours: Thursdays, 3:30 – 4:25pm

Students will be starting their next unit around rational number arithmetic, so they will get to practice working with negative numbers. The next unit assessment will be after the New Year. The classroom needs pencils! Thank you!


Megan McGraw, 7th Grade History
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Office Hours: Wednesdays, 3:30 – 4:30pm

This week, we began our third unit, Islam & Interconnectedness. In this unit students will focus on writing an Inquiry Argument paragraph and designing a multimedia written New Student Guide about what they have researched in our unit.


Candice Landry, 7th Grade Science
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This week students have been learning about elements and compounds for the start of their new project on Chemical Reactions. In this project, students will use the tools of scientific research to explore their own question about how different substances interact. They will design plans to collect their data, and use their data as evidence to support their conclusions in the formal lab report describing their study.


Michelle McClintock, 7th Grade English
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Office Hours: Mondays, 3:30 – 4:30pm

Students are reading their chosen books for their project. We have been exploring how books can be very different from the movie versions, even though they convey the same message. We will discuss ways that authors and directors use specific tools to create impact on the reader and viewer. We will be working on the cognitive skill of “Preparation” as students prepare for our first Checkpoint, “Literature Circles.”


Danielle Pottberg, Art/Yoga
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Students are finishing up their semester with a portfolio review. This week students will finish all projects of the semester from collage to painting to Women’s Work and finish off with a 1 on 1 critique of their work and talk about their experience and progress in the class.

Yoga students are learning both inversions and restorative poses with props through the end of the semester. Students have begun to complete the sequence with only verbal cues and no physical model, as well as listen to the sanskrit words in the asana practice for cues.



Nick Woodruff, Film Studies

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Stories matter, and movies/film tell stories that reflect different cultures and show a narrative of history. In this course, we will be reading articles, watching films, completing movie guides, and engaging in discussions and written reflections about various historical and cultural themes.


Maria Torres, Conditioning
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Office Hours: Wednesdays, 3:30 – 4:30pm
Middle School Conditioning students are continuing to work on their Cardiovascular project. The project is focused on the cardiovascular system. Your students are working to build their own cardio focus workout plan that they will present and teach the class. Also, I’m still in need of yoga mats if you would like to donate to your class.
Ceara Threat, Drama
Email me hereNext week new Drama students will be introduced to this semester’s projects. My goal for them this semester is to help them become clear and confident communicators with new found knowledge and hopefully an interest in Theatre Arts. Students will be working up to individual and group performances in front of the class. Students will get to participate in projects that include auditioning, improvisation, scene work, and musical theatre.
Erin Teynor, Mental Health Counselor
Email me hereYou can find me in the middle school wing across from Room 1. Come on by during pod time or lunch to set up an appointment. I can also be reached by email or by phone at 253-290-0614.

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