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    Hello Mustang students and families. We hope you are enjoying your summer break
    Posted on 08/22/2019

    Hello Mustang students and families. We hope you are enjoying your summer break. We are

    looking forward to a great school year and are excited to serve you.

     

    Asa Mercer International Middle School

    Our amazing teachers and staff have enjoyed some time with families and friends while getting re-energized for the school year.  Our custodial staff and maintenance crew are diligently preparing Mercer for our students’ arrival. Our first day of school is September 4, 2019.

     

    Mercer takes great pride in preparing our students for success in high school and beyond, both academically and socially. Thus, an important part of our responsibility is to make sure we partner with you in preparing students for long-term success. In the service of long-term success, we often hear from families that communication about what students are learning, how students are doing, and how families can support and engage with student learning at home are priorities.

     

    For 2019-20, we want to continue to build on our communication and partnership with you. We will be communicating learning with you through electronic communication tools Schoology, our website and the Source. We also communicate via email, and from time to time send information home with students. We will talk more about our partnership at our Open House on Thursday, September 26 from 6:00-8:00pm.

     

    Action Items: In support of communication, it is very important that you have an email address on file with us here at Mercer. The Source is available beginning August 13, 2019.

    1. For parents and guardians without accounts please go to account set up: http://www.seattleschools.org/SourceSetup
    2. The Source will continue to be a resource for parents and guardians for the 2019-20 school year, including:
    • SchoolPay - enables parents and guardians to pay student fees or fines electronically
    • SPS Student Verification Form – parents may update information online
    • Health Portal – view student health information

    Again, an email address is required to enable you access to information about your student’s learning. Our primary venue for communication is electronic. It is important that contact information, including email and phone number, are updated in our system.

     

    As we look forward to our first day, the rest of this welcome letter is meant to provide you with information you will need for success as we begin the school year.

     

    If you have a specific health concern that you would like to communicate to us before the school year begins please contact our nurse, Jill Eckerdt at (206) 252-8007 between August 27 – September 4.

     

    8 Things to Preview and Know Before the Start of the School Year!

     

    1. Start and End Times to our School Day

    Mercer classes will begin at 8:55 AM and end at 3:45 PM. Our campus will be open and breakfast service will begin at 8:25 AM. As your family plans your daily routine, please be aware that students are not allowed on campus until 8:25 AM. This is when supervision for Mercer staff begins. Students are expected to be off campus by 4:00 PM unless in an after-school activity.

     

     

    2. First Day Schedules: Wednesday, September 4th, 2019:

    On the first day of school, schedules will be organized by last name and grade level. Campus is open a littler earlier on our first day of school. Students will pick up their schedules in designated locations beginning at 8:15 AM. Staff will be on hand to assist students and help them locate their 1st period class. Please note the schedule pick-up locations below:

    • 6th grade schedules will be available in the auditorium at 8:15 am, by last name.
    • 7th grade schedules will be available in the cafeteria at 8:15 am, by last name.
    • 8th grade schedules will be available in the gymnasium at 8:15 am, by last name.
    • You can also access your student’s schedule beginning Tuesday, September 3 using the the Source.

     

    Families of sixth grade students and students new to Mercer often want to stay and help middle school newcomers. You are more than welcome to do so. Rest assured that Mercer staff will spend the first day of school acclimating our new students. There will be many staff available to assist and welcome our new students. Please remember the warning bell will ring at 8:50 AM with classes beginning promptly at 8:55 AM. Please be mindful that parking can be a challenge at Mercer, see #3!

     

     

    3. Pick Up and Drop Off of Students

    The Mercer parking lot is small and congested. Cooperation and patience is needed to keep our students safe. Please be aware that it is unsafe & unlawful to drop off or to pick-up along S. Columbian Way. Columbian Way is an enforced Safe School Zone. There are traffic cameras placed along Columbian to reinforce safe driving habits. Please be aware of these cameras. Unsafe drivers will be ticketed. It is also unlawful to park in our school bus zone along 16th Ave.

     

    Families can:

    • Pick up and drop off students along 16th Ave. S, between S. Nevada and S. Dakota St.
    • Use the Jefferson Park parking area. There are direct and safe walking pathways to and from Mercer.
    • Use S. Snoqualmie St., across from Mercer. This is generally less congested and has easy access to crosswalks.
    • Use 14th Ave S west of 15th/Columbian Way. Streets are wider and near safe crossing walk zones.

     

    Reminders when dropping off and/or picking up students from Mercer:

    • Please be patient and courteous during high traffic times, 8:35-8:50 am & 3:30-3:45 pm.
    • For students that walk, please remember to be cautious when crossing streets. Looking both ways and always using the crosswalks. S. Columbian Way is a very busy street.
    • For students that ride bikes, there are bike racks located on the northwest and northeast side of our building. Make sure you to use a secure bike lock.

     

    Please practice your morning and afternoon routines with your student before the start of school!

     

    4. Mercer Morning Procedures

    In order to ensure the safety of our students we ask students and families to follow our school procedures. We will spend time teaching, communicating, and practicing these procedures and expectations with our students once school begins. Keep in mind the first day of school is different from a typical day. As your family plans your morning routines please be aware of Mercer morning procedures:

    Important Morning Procedures

     

    Please review

     

     


    1. For supervision and safety reasons students should not arrive to school before 8:25 AM.
    2. The building opens, supervision, and breakfast begin at 8:25 AM.
    3. Students who arrive before 8:35 AM are required to report to the cafeteria. All other areas of the building are off limits until 8:35 AM.
    4. Students are dismissed from the cafeteria at 8:35 AM. From 8:35 – 8:50 AM students can visit with their friends, eat breakfast, and use student lockers once they are assigned.
    5. Our warning bell rings at 8:50 AM. Students are expected to be in class before the tardy bell at 8:55 AM. Class begins sharply at 8:55 AM.

     

     

    5. Transportation Information (Mercer staff does not coordinate transportation)

    Transportation assignments will be mailed to you by the district the week of August 26-29. If you have not received notification or information by August 28th please contact district transportation at (206) 252-0900. The walking zone is expanded at middle school. This means students within 2.0 miles are expected to walk or ride to school. Transportation is not provided.  If your student is outside 2.0 miles then he/she receives either a Metro ORCA card or a school bus assignment. ORCA cards will be issued to students at school within the first week. Students will not need an ORCA card the first day of school. You can also visit the transportation website for more information: www.seattleschools.org. Again, Mercer does not coordinate transportation. If you have questions about transportation please contact the district transportation office.

     

     

    Text Box: 6. Family ID | Athletics & After School Registration Process

    We are excited to announce that we are now offering the convenience of online registration through FamilyID for athletics and after school programming. FamilyID is a secure registration platform that provides you with an easy, user-friendly way to register for our programs. When you register through FamilyID, the system keeps track of your information in your FamilyID profile. You enter your information only once for each family member for multiple uses and multiple programs. It will be helpful to have the following information handy to allow for accurate completion of your online registration: doctor information, health insurance information, Student ID. To register for Fall Sports and After School Programming, please follow these steps:

    1. A parent/guardian should register by clicking on this link: www.familyid.com

    2. If this is your first time using FamilyID, click Create Account and follow the process below.

     

      1. Create your secure FamilyID account by entering the account owner First and Last names (parent/guardian), E-mail address and password. Select I Agree to the FamilyID Terms of Service. Click Create Account.
      2. You will receive an email with a link to activate your new account. (If you don’t see the email, check your E-mail filters (spam, junk, etc.).
      3. Click on the link in your activation E-mail, which will log you in to FamilyID.com.
      4. Once in the registration form, complete the information requested. All fields with a red* are required to have an answer.
      5. Next click on the green Register Now.
    1. If you already have a FamilyID account, Click Log In. To find your program, click on the link provided by the Organization above and select the registration form under the word Programs.

    1. Click the Continue button when your form is complete.
    2. Review your registration summary.

    Fall Season for Athletics includes girl’s soccer and co-ed ultimate frisbee.

    • Physical forms are REQUIRED for participation. Physical forms are good for two years.
    • If you are a returning student and submitted a completed a physical in the 2018-19 school year, then you meet the physical requirement for 2019-20.
    • If you will be in 8th grade and submitted a physical as a 6th grade student, then you DO NOT meet the physical requirement. You will need to go to your doctor to complete and submit a new physical.
    • You will be asked to upload your completed physical in FamilyID.

     

    After School Programming does not begin until October 1st.

    • Although you can register now and select courses, course offerings will not be finalized until September 17.
    • You may need to go back into the system to register for specific Fall Session courses later in September.

     

    Text Box:

    7. Basic Supply List

    Students will need the following supplies throughout the year. Please keep extra pencils, erasers, pens, and paper at home to replenish your supply.

    • Pencils with erasers (may use mechanical but have wooden pencils as well, preferably #2 pencils)
    • Erasers, Pens (blue or black ink), composition books (3 or more), lined paper (150 sheets or more)
    • 3 ring binder (1½ inches or larger), subject dividers (to put in the binder), pocket folder to hold homework assignments
    • Backpack to carry materials
    • Useful, but not required: USB thumb drive/memory stick (8GB), colored pencils, scissors, box of tissue for classroom supply

     

    Physical Education

    Students are expected to have: T-shirt, shorts, socks, tennis shoes, 1 pack of 3x5 cards, pencil, cinch bag to carry clothes is recommended. Backpacks are not allowed into locker rooms.

     

    For Grades 6 & 7 Specifically:

    • Backpack to carry materials.
    • 3-ring zipper cloth binder-larger than 1 ½” with a strap to carry over your shoulder. You can find this at Costco, Walmart, order on Amazon. Along with lots of pencils, this is the most important supply you need.
    • Subject dividers
    • Plastic folder with pockets (for homework)
    • At least 4 boxes of sharpened pencils with erasers
    • 3 composition books (black and white), not spiral notebooks
    • Lined notebook paper (150 sheets or more)
    • 2 boxes of Kleenex to donate to your reading and writing teacher. You can bring this after week #2 of school

    Optional list - Recommended

    • Colored pencils and highlighter
    • Mechanical pencils
    • Pens (blue/black ink)
    • Ruler
    • Glue stick
    • Hand pencil sharpener (with container for shavings)
    • Calculator to keep at home

     

     

    Remember:  Basic supplies will be needed all year, so it is a good idea to keep an extra supply of pencils and paper at home to restock.

     

    • Backpack to carry materials.
    • 3-ring zipper cloth binder-larger than 1 ½” with a strap to carry over your shoulder. You can find this at Costco, Walmart, order on Amazon. Along with lots of pencils, this is the most important supply you need.
    • Subject dividers
    • Plastic folder with pockets (for homework)
    • At least 4 boxes of sharpened pencils with erasers
    • 3 composition books (black and white), not spiral notebooks
    • Lined notebook paper (150 sheets or more)
    • 2 boxes of Kleenex to donate to your reading and writing teacher. You can bring this after week #2 of school

    Optional list - Recommended

    • Colored pencils and highlighter
    • Mechanical pencils
    • Pens (blue/black ink)
    • Ruler
    • Glue stick
    • Hand pencil sharpener (with container for shavings)
    • Calculator to keep at home

     

     

    Remember:  Basic supplies will be needed all year, so it is a good idea to keep an extra supply of pencils and paper at home to restock.

     


     

    8. Important Dates

     

     

     

    August 31

    New student orientation (9:30 -10:45 AM). This orientation will be held in our cafeteria and is for students newly assigned to Mercer since last spring’s orientation.

     

    (This is only for students and families who DID NOT attend our June orientation and tour. If you attended our June orientation there is no need to attend.)

     

    September 4

    First day of school, 8:55 AM – 3:45 PM. Student Welcome Back letter and PTSA letter sent home with students on first day.

     

    September 6

    First week packet of information goes home with students at the end of our first week on Friday. There are a number of forms that need to be completed and returned to school. We will provide a Table of Content to assist in this process.

     

    September 10 Week of

     

    Teachers teach locker expectations and routines and distribute lockers to students this week.

     

    September 11

    Every Wednesday, except the first day of school, students are dismissed at 2:30 PM. Students are expected to be off campus by 2:45 unless in an after-school program. This supports professional development time for teaching staff.

     

    September 17

    OST (Out of School Time – After school programming) final fall course offerings will be posted.

    Families need register on-line, at: www.familyid.com. More information will be available for students at the OST bulletin board outside the main office.

    September

    24 & 25

     

    Picture days. More information will be sent home in advance of picture day.

     

    September 26

     

    Open House, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

    October 1

    Our FREE levy funded, after school programming, known as Out of School Time (OST) begins!

     

    October 11

    No school for students – In-service Professional Development day for staff.

     

     

    We are eager to greet and welcome every student and family member and are looking forward to working with you. Please call our main office if you have any questions (206) 252-8000. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

     

    Go Mustangs!

     

    Mercer Administrative Team