Parent Bulletin


Vision Statement:  Goldendale Middle School strives to inspire, educate, and empower our students.

Mission Statement:  Goldendale Middle School provides a rigorous educational environment that encourages respect, responsibility, and resourcefulness from all.    

PARENT BULLETIN – March 5, 2018



Tuesday, March 6th – Middle School Group/Individual Picture Day

Sunday, March 11th – Daylight Saving Time – turn your clocks forward 1 hour

Monday, March 12th – 8th Grade Honor Roll Off Campus, 11 – 12pm

Tuesday, March 13th – 7th Grade Honor Roll Off Campus, 11 – 12pm

Tuesday, March 13th – Middle School PTO, 6:30pm - Library

Thursday, March 15th – 6th Grade Honor Roll Off Campus, 11 – 12pm

Friday, March 16th – 5th Grade Honor Roll Off Campus, 11 – 12pm

Friday, March 16th – Family Bingo Night, GMS – 5:30 – 8:00

Friday, March 23rd – NO SCHOOL – SNOW MAKE-UP DAY

Monday, March 26th through Friday, March 30th – BOOK FAIR

Wednesday, March 28th & Thursday, March 29th – Parent/Teacher Conferences (see information below)


Dear Parents -

Recently our Leadership students have taken on the challenge of informing their classmates about how they can keep Goldendale Middle School a safe place for everyone. IN our front display case we have a “See Something, Say Something” display to encourage students to let an adult know when something another student says makes them nervous from a safety standpoint.  In addition, the animated screen near the front office has slides associated with the same idea.  Finally, Leadership students are making some small cards so that each student knows what to do in the event one of their peers begins showing unpredictable behavior.

All of which brings me to the parents’ role.  Often you are the person your student will first talk to regarding things that make them uncomfortable.  If you hear anything that makes you concerned, please call our office and Mrs. Wilde or Mrs. Thiele will forward the call to Ms. Babler or to an administrator.  You are welcome to call even if you have concerns about a person who is not a student here. A second aspect of your role as a parent is to monitor your student’s use of technology.  Students will put on instagram or snapchat things they would never say or do in person.  In fact, most students use snapchat only to avoid the eyes of parents and other caring adults who would advise them against some things.  If you don’t know how parental controls work, now is a good time to find out.  I know of several parents who see every text sent by their child’s phone.  Not a bad idea, and your cell service provider can help with setting it up.  

Safety is the job of all of us every day.  Please let us know if you run into anything that raises your level of concern regarding our students.  


Thank you, Mr. Barta

 7TH GRADE SCIENCE….The Seventh Grade Science Fair is Thursday, March 8th at 5:30-6:30 pm.  It is a course requirement for all 7th graders to attend and present their project.

 FAMILY BINGO NIGHT….The Goldendale Middle School PTO is sponsoring Family Bingo night Friday, March 16th.  The doors open at 5:30 pm and the games start at 6:00 pm.  Bingo packets are $20/family packet - $5/dauber and ticket - $3/extra pack.  Prizes for “most green” and best hat!  Concessions available.

PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES are scheduled for Wednesday, March 28th and Thursday, March 29th.  All teachers (5th – 8th grades) will be scheduling conference times. Teachers will be available for conferences on Wednesday, noon – 3:15 and Thursday, noon - 3:15 & 5 - 8pm. Students will be released at noon on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. THERE WILL BE NO CONFERENCES AT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL ON TUESDAY OR FRIDAY.

5TH GRADE NEWS……..We are 1/2 way through the 3rd Quarter:  A.R. is part of the student's reading grades. Remember this is the current percent of their goal that the student has met. It is not final and will be updated as the student meets more of their goal. Students have until Monday, April 9th, to meet their A.R. Goal. 

On Friday, March 16th, PTO is sponsoring a Bingo Night. The 5th Grade will be running the concession stand as part of their fundraiser for a field trip. A few parents will be contacted to donate some dinner items. Each class will build a basket that will be a prize at Bingo. Mrs. Lummio's class theme is games,  Mrs. Schuster's theme is art/school supplies and Mrs. Goble's is baking.

March 30th will mark the last day for all missing or late assignments. Progress Reports will be shared at conferences. 


ALL SCHOOL FUNDRAISER…Goldendale Middle School students are again selling flower hanging baskets and planter boxes!!   Baskets and boxes sell for $20 each and are a beautiful mixture of summer flowers.   All profits will go to the General ASB fund to be used in various ways for our students.  Students can pick up the sales envelope in the middle school office.  There will be prizes for first, second and third place sellers.  Sales started on Monday, March 19th.  A preliminary order will be placed on Thursday, April 12th with the final order being placed on Thursday, April 26th.  These flowers make wonderful Mother’s Day gifts!! 

BOOKFAIR – The Scholastic Bookfair is coming to Goldendale Middle School on Monday, March 26th.  The bookfair will open at 7:45 am and close at 4pm.  Hours will be extended during evening coneferences.  There will be books for all ages and other goodies to purchase. The bookfair closes on Friday, March 30th.  Please help support GMS Library.

YEARBOOKS ARE NOW ON SALE IN THE OFFICE. $13.00 each for the first 100 purchased, then $16.00 each.   You can also purchase them online at and enter the code 12717918.   Hurry in and order yours now! 

FLU SEASON…The flu season is upon us.  Please remind your students of the following – please do not share food and/or drinks – wash hands often –  cover cough with elbow – drink lots of fluids and get plenty of rest. 

STUDENT OF THE MONTH:  The focus for February is “fairness”.  Justice, equity, equality, impartiality, and consistency are the pillars for this month.

5th – Angelina Owen, Kaiden Henry, Evan Riley, Abigail Smith, Anthony Hauck, Emily Tindall

6th – Talitha Adams, Daniel Obrezha, Jasmin Chavez-Thompson, Mara Garner, Zati Brown, Jaden Allen

7th – Jonathan Lovewell, Kali Watson, Aspen Balodis, Hailey Phillips, Seth Whitman

8th – Benjamin Huwe, Justyn Foster, Cayden Foster, Mathew Bowen

Intervention Changes for 5th and 6th graders: Mrs. Wanderscheid's Homeroom will be introduced to the AVID Program. Mrs. Goble will continue to teach the Highly Capable class implementing STEM lessons and DUO Lingo. Mrs. Huwe has a class of students that will continue to work on basic skills. Mrs. Tallman will host an Enrichment Class. Mrs. Schuster and Mrs. Lummio's classes will be a Study Hall for students who are in danger of failing or attending Summer School. 

THE GEAR UP GRANT is already at work for our kids!  The newly purchased chrome tablets, one for each student in the 6th and 7th grades, have arrived and are being put to great use in the classrooms!  A trip to visit a college campus this spring is in the planning stages.  We hope to inspire young minds to consider college as an option that is within reach.  It’s good for middle school students to begin to focus on their dreams and what it takes to achieve them.  Touring a college campus allows them to see what it might be like to be there one day!luSKYWARD UPDATE – Please log into Skyward to check your current phone number and address.  A current phone number is very important – this is the number that will receive the automated call regarding school delays or closures.


HONOR ROLL OFF-CAMPUS....Off-campus honor roll lunch is a privilege extended to students who have attained honor roll status (GPA of 3.0 and above  with no grade lower than a C-) during the preceding quarter.  With parental permission on file, the student may leave campus at lunchtime.  Lunchtime on these days will be extended 30 minutes beyond the usual time.  The school provides no supervision for this activity.  Your permission indicates that you, as parent, take responsibility for your student and that any injury to that student or any injury caused by the student will not be the legal or financial responsibility of the Goldendale School District.  For your convenience the Honor Roll Off-Campus permission has been included in this e-mail.



The Goldendale School District receives supplemental funds through the Title I, Part A grant.  One of the initiatives of this grant is to support parents and families’ ability to stay informed and develop successful partnership with the school.  There are many opportunities to stay involved and informed.  Parents are encouraged to contact their building Principals and Special Programs Coordinator with questions.  Parents are invited to participate in and attend their appropriate school’s Leadership team meetings, attend the bi-annual Parent and Family Engagement meetings and support PTO events.  Parents and guardians are entitled to be informed of their rights and the process for Title I complaints.   If your concern was not addressed by the Special Programs Coordinator or Principal please contact OSPI 360.725.6100 or mail your complaint to Citizen Complaint – Title I, Part A Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504.  If you are interested in more information the OSPI website can be located at



In effort to keep parents and community members informed regarding important issues affecting our schools, this letter is written to explain changes in regards to the new legislation centered on student achievement and accountability.  As the new state assessment (Smarter Balanced Testing) data builds its foundation, and state legislation defines the new ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), schools are held accountable for participation rates.  Goldendale School District met participation rates of 95% for all students in all three schools.  Find specific and detailed data regarding Goldendale’s performance, as well as how we compare with state and other schools in our state at:



In accordance with Federal law, the Goldendale School District is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, creed, religion, age, veteran or military status, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, and provides access to the Boy Scouts of America and other designated youth groups. To file a complaint of discrimination, write to John Westerman, Title IX, ADA/504 Director, Harassment, Intimidation & Bullying Compliance Officer and Civil Rights Compliance Officer of Goldendale School District No. 404, 525 Simcoe Drive, Goldendale WA 98620 or call (509) 773-5846 or email to Goldendale School District is an equal opportunity employer, complies with all Federal Rules and Regulations, and does not discriminate for all district employment opportunities. Goldendale School District is an equal opportunity employer, complies with all Federal Rules and Regulations, and does not discriminate for all district programs and employment opportunities.


De acuerdo con la ley federal, el distrito escolar de Goldendale está prohibido discriminar por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo, orientación sexual, expresión de género, identidad de género, credo, religión, edad, veterano o situación militar, discapacidad o el uso de un perro guía entrenado o animal de servicio por una persona con una discapacidad, y proporciona acceso a los Boy Scouts of America y otros grupos juveniles designados. Para presentar una queja de discriminación, escriba a John Westerman, Título IX, ADA / 504 Director de, acoso, intimidación y Oficial de Cumplimiento La intimidación y el Oficial de Cumplimiento de los Derechos Civiles del distrito escolar de Goldendale No. 404, 525 Simcoe Drive, Goldendale WA 98620 o llame al (509) 773-5846 o por correo electrónico a El Distrito escolar de Goldendale es un empleador de igualdad de oportunidades, cumple con todas las reglas y regulaciones federales, y no discrimina por todas las oportunidades de empleo de distrito. Distrito escolar de Goldendale es un empleador de igualdad de oportunidades, cumple con todas las reglas y regulaciones federales, y no discrimina a contra los programas del distrito y las oportunidades de empleo.