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Communication From Principal Houston

Summary: School information and messages from Principal Houston.

Letters from Principal John Houston

Watch for email updates from Principal John Houston about school information and events.


Remote Learning and Snow Days

Summary: Hopefully, students brought their laptops home for Winter Break in case of inclement weather. SPS will switch to online learning if school’s close due to snow/ice.


Internet Access

We want to make sure everyone has internet access from Ms. Fraley and the Counseling Department:

Hello Families:

If SPS moves to remote learning, it will be important for families to have an internet connection for their students. For families who do not have internet, there are several options available to support your student. The Affordable Connectivity Program offers families a discount on monthly broadband service for qualifying families.   Additionally, Internet providers such as Comcast supply low-cost internet solutions for eligible customers.  

For families who do not qualify for either program, the school district will offer hot spots which is a portable device that provides Wi-Fi when students do not have internet available at home.  

If you need assistance in applying for any of the low-cost programs or need a hot spot for your student, please contact the main office at Whitman. Staff can help families in gaining access to the internet. Our WMS Main Office phone number is 206.252.1200.


Email messages are sent via the district School Messenger to Whitman MS Families. If you are not receiving these messages from School Messenger please check your profile in SchoolMessenger as well as your spam email folder.

Previous Letters

Regarding Lockers

Update on Lockers | Sept 23: They are still happening. Here’s the update from Principal Houston today. We are very sorry for the strain this is causing our students and families. We are in the process of correcting combinations that did not match up with our spreadsheet. Unfortunately it is taking us longer than expected. I hope we are within a week of being completed. ~ Thanks for your patience

Update: Sept 6, 2022 | We have not heard from the district when the Schedules will be posted on the Source. Stay tuned!

August 30, 2022

Not So Great News

This is communication we received this weekend from the District: I am sorry everyone, there has been a misunderstanding with this process. Due to the schedules being accessible in places like NewsELA, the PowerSchool App and Clever apps there will no longer be an option to open the Source prior to Sept 6. On Sept 6 at 7 a.m. The Source will show student schedules for all families.  


August 26, 2022

Hello Whitman Wildcats!

Just a few more days to the 1st Day of School! We are so excited to welcome back our students and families. Below is some important information!

Welcome Night

6th grade and New to Whitman Welcome Night is Wednesday August 31, 2022, at 6pm. We will have a short greeting from the PTSA and Principal Houston. Following will be time to explore the building. Maps and schedules will be provided as you enter the building. Come early to get your schedule!

Schedules

Schedules will be open to students on the Source August 31, 2022. Learn how to access the Source.

We will not be making schedule changes this year unless they are for the following reasons: IEP compliance or course sequence (World Languages, Math, Music, etc.).

This year we are experiencing an influx of new students, which is great, but it is also overloading many of our classes. Throughout the month of September our Data Registrar will be working with administration, counselors, and staff to level out some of these overloaded classes. Please bear with us as we make these adjustments.

Administration Update

Whitman is sorry to see our Assistant Principal, Ms. Cable, go, but we are excited for her new position as Assistant Principal at Cleveland High School. Please feel free to reach out and congratulate her on her new position!

We will be conducting interviews for this open position as early as next week. If you are interested in participating, please contact Janice Runner at jmrunner@seattleschools.org. Team members will need to have completed SPS Site-Based Interview Training to participate. I will be providing additional Administrator Hiring training next week for hiring team members.

Community Clean Up Day

Join your Whitman community to beautify our campus grounds. We will be weeding, pruning, raking and sweeping to get everything spiffy for the first day of school. Children welcome and tools provided, or feel free to bring your own. High Schoolers can earn Service Hours. Sign up for a slot to help out. Please also take 30 seconds to fill out the SPS Profile Form.

Questions? Contact Claire Elam at claireelam@mac.com

Be Sure to Visit Our School Website!

Email messages are sent via SchoolMessenger to Whitman Middle School Families.

Letter from Principal John Houston

August 3, 2022

Welcome from Whitman! Hello Wildcats!

It has been a great and eventful summer for us and we want to share some updates with everyone!

We have some new faces coming to Whitman this year in many of our departments. It is sad to see folks leave but also exciting to welcome new staff. More updates will be coming soon as we finalize all the details.

Sports

If your student is new to Whitman or didn’t play a sport at Whitman last year, please make an appointment with your doctor for a sports physical as soon as possible.  Please take the district Participation Physical Form with you and have it signed by the physician.  This form is good for two years and covers all middle school sports.

The rest of the sports paperwork will be available the 2nd week of school in the office, and on the website which you can turn in with the sports physical.

Fall sports are Ultimate Frisbee (co-ed and no cut) and Girls Soccer.

Enrollment/Scheduling

We are busy working with our administrative assistant, registrar, counselors, department heads, IEP case managers, and multi-lingual staff to make sure our students are assigned to the right classes for the year. We are experiencing a significant increase in enrollment numbers that are causing our classes to fill up quickly. 

One question we have for you – does your student plan on attending Whitman next year? If you know that they will not be attending, please email Janice Runner at jmrunner@seattleschools.org. Thanks for your assistance with that task!

Incoming 6th Graders and Students New to Whitman

We are planning on hosting a welcome night for 6th grade and new-to-Whitman students on Wednesday August 31 at 6 p.m.. We will send out more information as details become available. Please keep checking our Whitman MS Website for announcements and resources connecting you to Whitman!

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