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Newsletter - Fall 2017

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Details From Mr. Davidson

“Ahhh mom, it’s just one missed day!!!”
The following excerpt came from the May 2014, NewsLeader publication, “Students who are chronically absent - meaning that they miss at least 10% of the school year - are more likely to have difficulty reading in third grade, fail courses by 6th grade, and ultimately drop out of high school when compared with their peers who regularly attend school.” Even excused absences are a problem, as both excused and unexcused absences result in too much time lost in the classroom.

Would you ignore the warning light on your car dashboard? Students with chronic absences are letting us know something is wrong. The blinking warning light is telling us we need to fix something, your child being chronically absent more than likely means something is wrong. Studies show that higher parent engagement counters absenteeism, and will improve your student’s attendance.

According to Attendanceworks.org, here is a list of the potential side effects of chronic absenteeism:

  • Reading levels are typically lower than grade level peers, meaning students are much less likely to read proficiently
  • Well documented that test scores on average are well below grade level peers
  • Missed instruction means a larger negative impact on achievement, and higher chance of academic struggle
  • Struggles in school, leading to higher levels of suspension, as school discipline becomes less effective
  • Students become less engaged in school climate, and less engaged in instruction
  • Parents become negative to school experience
  • Ultimately, leads to a much higher percentage of students dropping out of school


College Bound Scholarship

If you qualify for free or reduced lunch, you need to read this!! The State of Washington is guaranteeing that anyone who meets the criteria WILL receive this scholarship, which covers the amount of tuition and books for 4 years of college! This amounts to thousands of dollars for free; this is NOT a loan you have to pay back.

To be eligible, middle school students must:

  • Qualify for free or reduced lunch (or meet similar income criteria).
  • Submit an application before the end of their 8th grade year.
  • Sign a pledge agreeing to keep their grades up and be a good citizen in school and in their communty.

 You can get more details on their website, but that’s really about it! It’s pretty simple!

There are paper applications and brochures available at Thunder Mountain (all eligible students are being encouraged to pick one up), or you can apply online and get more information at: www.hecb.wa.gov/collegebound.

Feel free to contact Mrs. Sandy Wright (counselor) if you have any questions: 360.802.7547.


Student Intervention

Every Wednesday morning, our teachers, counselor and administrative staff members are meeting to identify students who have fallen behind in their classes.

Once we are aware of who may be struggling, we are looking for ways to provide them with extra support. This could involve working with instructional assistants during Monday- Thursday Focus periods. If your child participates in intervention, please know that this is not a punishment!

We are viewing this as time to provide our students with an occasional extra boost to support their success in middle school.


From the Nurse's Desk

The school year has barely started, but upset stomachs and sore throats are already bugging our students. We’ve already seen a few students with flu symptoms (headache, achy all over the body and fever), who we sent home. If your student experiences a fever of 100.0 F, please keep them home for at least 24 hours after the fever has passed without the use of fever-reducing medications. Practice good hygiene and encourage your children to do the same.

Medications at school: All medications (even cough drops) have to be brought to school by an adult along with doctor’s orders. Doctor's orders are renewed every year. Medication authorization forms are available on the school's website. On TMMS website go to District Departments then select Health and Wellness. On the left side select Forms. You can print the forms. Also we have immunization information here for your consideration.

Kristine Olson, LPN


Committed to Safe and Civil Schools

Enumclaw School District is dedicated to creating positive and safe environments that support learning and teaching for all. If an individual or group sees or experiences harassment, intimidation or bullying, the District has a form available to report an incident (3207F) or reports can be made to staff members. Please visit our website to learn more about harassment, intimidation and bullying.


Drop off/Pick up

Please remember when bringing your student to school that our building opens for students at 7: 4 0 a.m. and students are expected to go home immediately after school unless they are involved in a school-sponsored activity. We currently have students who are being dropped off early/picked up late and we are unable to provide adequate supervision for them during these times. Thank you for understanding these guidelines and supporting us in providing a safe environment for students.

Please be aware of the Stop lines, Fire Lane, and blocking of parked cars that are trying to exit the parking lot. We have been reminded that it is illegal to park in the fire lane and you could be issued a ticket.

Since we do not have traffic supervision available we are asking you to monitor your own driving and parking practices in the interest of safety. Thanks


Clothing Bank

The Enumclaw Clothing Bank has moved back into the old JJ Smith building. We offer clothes, coats, shoes and "new" socks and underwear to children in the district who may need a little help. There are limits to what each child gets each time they come in and everything is FREE.

We have a small adult and baby section but our focus is to help school age children have clean, usable clothing to boost self-confidence and productivity in school.

We are open every Tuesday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Closed on all school closures and holidays. You may drop off gently used clothing items during hours of operation. We are in need of volunteers. If anyone is interested in volunteering please contact Sheila Smith 360-829-6605.



Here is a list of clubs that Thunder Mountain will offer your students this year:

Clubs Advisor Date
ASB Rose Leggett/Kamele Kimball September
School Historians Lisa Horton October
Positively Charged Titans Kamele Kimball/Seth Polson October
Yearbook Melanie & Mark Hanson Mid-October
FC Thunder Soccer Club Dan Rogel October
Knowledge Bowl Mark Hanson End of October
Chess Club Mark Hanson March
Geography Bee Rose Leggett January
Flight Club Dan Rogel October
Volleyball Club Kamele Kimball TBD
Weightlifting Club Shaun DeForrest October


A letter from Mr. Nelson - Superintendent Enumclaw School District

Will School be closed or an hour late?

Dear Families, 
Below is information that I hope you will find helpful in understanding how we make decisions to delay or cancel school and how you can access and be notified about this information. Around 3:30 AM on these wintry days, Everett Cunningham, our transportation supervisor, Ed Hatzeneler, our

director of business and operations, and I begin to monitor road conditions. Everett takes one side of the district and Ed & I take the other. We are actually one of the largest districts in terms of geographic area in the state of Washington. Weather conditions in Black Diamond/Ravensdale or Greenwater can be much different than Westwood or Enumclaw High School areas. 

 In determining decisions regarding school delays or closures, we use many indicators including: 

  • Road conditions for buses and staff/student drivers
  • Amount of snow or ice
  • Outside temperature
  • Weather forecast and changing weather conditions

It is not uncommon to have delays in the early winter with little snow if the temperature is below freezing and not expected to raise much above freezing during the day. We find that road conditions for our buses are quite treacherous in these icy conditions. In late winter, the converse could be true. We could have several inches of wet snow, but the temperature is above freezing, making roads passable. We make the very best decision each time we are faced with winter weather conditions. Our goal for determining school delay or closure status is 5:30 AM. Sometimes this is difficult when snow does not begin to fall until after 6:00 AM. 

We want to clearly communicate how you can and will receive this information from us. 

http://flashalert.net: You can go to this website and sign up to have any school delay or closure alert come to your email address. You will receive this information as soon as I officially push the button on my computer! · We will place the delay or closure announcement on our district website at www.enumclaw.wednet.edu, or our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/enumclawschooldistrict. If our district is running emergency bus routes, you can find this information on our website and Facebook as well. 

  • Each family will receive a phone call via our School Messenger around 6:00 AM if a decision has been reached regarding a delay or school closure. As mentioned earlier, sometimes the weather conditions shift after 6:00 AM and therefore a decision will be made at the earliest time possible.
  • Radio and television stations will receive our information as soon as I push the button on my computer. There are times you might hear an announcement on the television or radio before your call around 6:00. They are tracking many school districts and a few times have reported information different than what we have decided.
  • Please use one of the above sources if you receive contradictory information.


Mark your calendar - Parent /Teacher Conferences

THURSDAY - NOVEMBER 17: 1:00 - 4:00 PM and 5:30 - 8:00 PM

MONDAY - NOVEMBER 21: 1:00 - 3:00 PM

TUESDAY - NOVEMBER 2: 1:00 - 3:00 PM

What date and time did you sign up for?


Final Yearbook Sale

December 5th - 9th

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to have a historic record of your 2017-2018 school year at Thunder Mountain Middle School! This is your last chance to purchase a yearbook for this school year. Cost: $28.00


Book Fair...

Thunder Mountain Middle School will be the site of the annual Scholastic Book Fair December 11th - 15th. The fair provides a fun selection of student literature, posters, software, and other gifts. It also provides a way to generate new books for our library.

Students will have the opportunity to shop before/after school and once during an English class. More information and exact hours will be advertised as the time approaches.

Take advantage of this opportunity to purchase gifts or add books to personal collections.

If you would like to volunteer to help, please contact mark_hanson@enumclaw.wednet.edu.


8th Grade Parents

Believe it or not, the 8th grade promotion dance/party will be here before you know it! We are looking for a group of parent volunteers who would like to serve on the planning and coordinating committee. This would involve a few meetings between March and June, with responsibilities that would include coming up with theme ideas for the students to vote on, decorating, providing refreshments, and clean up. This is a very special evening for our 8th graders, as it is a celebration of their time together at Thunder Mountain.

We would appreciate your help in making this a memorable and enjoyable event for them. If interested, please contact Shawn 802.7499 in the main office.


2nd Season Sports

Girls Basketball, Wrestling & New this year Boys Soccer
Basketball, Soccer for 7th/8th grade
Wrestling for 6th/7th/8th grade

Start Oct. 25th
6th grade Basketball will start Oct. 30

Basketball Coaches: Larry Revell, Mike Firnkoess & Laura Albrecht
Soccer Coaches: Dan Rogel & Jason Patterson
Wrestling Coaches: Shaun DeForrest & Robert Garcia

Students need an ASB card, Athletic User Fee, current physical, insurance, concussion/ cardiac arrest form and blue card cleared in the Main Office in order to participate.


Upcoming Events

November 8th: Veteran’s Assembly
November 9th & 10th: No School - Teacher Planning and Veteran’s Day
November 16th - 22nd: Half Day Release @ 11:25
November 17th: Parent Teacher Conferences
November 21st & 22rd: Parent Teacher Conferences
November 24th & 25th: No School

 December 1st: End of Trimester
Reports cards mailed home around the 12th

December 4th - 8th: Final Yearbook Sales- $28.00
December 11th - 15th: Book Fair
December 19th: Winter Concert - 7:00P.M. in the Commons
December 21st - Jan. 2nd: No School - Winter Break