Parent Bulletin


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

Mission Statement:  Valuing a growth mindset, Goldendale Middle School strives to provide opportunities for growth and opportunities for breakthroughs in our classrooms, ensuring students readiness to participate in our global society.

  PARENT BULLETIN – May 3, 2019


Friday, May 24th – NO SCHOOL

Monday, May 27th – NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 28th – NJHS Induction, 6:30 – GMS cafeteria

Thursday, May 30th – GMS End-of-the-Year BBQ, 11 – 12

Wednesday, June 12th – 8th Grade Promotion, 6:30 GMS Gym

PARENTS/GRANDPARENTS/GUARDIANS ARE INVITED TO GMS BBQ – Goldendale Middle School is hosting our annual end-of-year barbeque.  Barbequed hamburgers are on the menu - Klickitat County Commissioners and elected officials will do the cooking.  Adult meal is $4.45 and students will pay their school lunch cost.  Please RSVP by Thursday, May 23rd by calling the middle school at 773-4323.

SBAC (Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium) TESTING...Students will be testing on the following dates:

5th grade:  May 8, May 14, May 16, May 22 and May 23

6th grade:  May 8, May 14, May 16, May 22

7th grade:  May 7, May 15, May 17, May 21

8th grade:  May 7, May 15, May 17, May 21, May 29

Please make sure your student has a good breakfast and is well-rested on those days and ready to do their best.

8TH GRADERS……If you have not already done so, please send in pictures of your 8th grade student to be included in the 8th Grade Promotion Slide-show.  Any age is acceptable – no naked baby pictures. 

Exciting Gear Up college tours are coming up! Seven 6th grade Gear Up students will get to travel to Perry Technical Institute on Thursday, May 30th.  Then, on Friday, May 31st, we’ll take a van of nine 6th graders to check out Corbin University in Salem, Oregon.  Students for these trips will be selected based on interest and a written essay.  Please encourage your student to write the essays and take advantage of these opportunities!  Essays and permission forms are due May 21st.

On June 10 and 11, our 7th and 8th grade AVID elective students will be touring Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga University, and Washington State University on an overnight trip.  A great chance for our students to see what post-high school education is all about!

And, of course, coming up in June will be the Goldendale Middle School celebration of our 8th grade students’ promotion to high school!

IF YOUR STUDENT IS FALLING BEHIND IN CLASS OR GETTING LOW GRADES, HELP IS AVAILABLE!  The GMS After School Program provides tutoring help with homework for all students… and snacks are also offered!  Kids can get help after school Monday through Thursday in room 18.  And, you can speak directly with an academic counselor concerning your child’s grades.  Just call the school to speak with Mrs. Tamara Johnson or Mrs. Molly Fahlenkamp, or email them with your questions. or

COMPUTER LAB OPEN – The Middle School Computer Lab is open every morning from 7:45 to 8:05 for students who need to work on Math or Language skills. 

SKYWARD MESSAGE CENTER…The middle school will communicate events through the Skyward Message Center as much as possible.  Please be sure your email address is entered in that area of Family Access.  If you need your Family Access login and password please email Renee Wilde at

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. 


DRIVING SAFETY…. Please remember to use extra caution when driving on Collins in the morning and afternoon.  We have children and crosswalk attendants all using the crosswalks.  Thank you for being a considerate driver.


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.