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 – September 22, 2017




Friday, Sept. 29th – Nerd Day

Tuesday, Oct. 3rd – Taco Tuesday

Wednesday, Oct. 18th – Picture Retake Day

Saturday, Nov. 18th – Dodge Ball Tournament


Dear Parents,

First off, a huge thanks to all of you who came out to open house on the 8th!  As I mentioned earlier, there were just short of 179 in the stands aside from school employees!  I love seeing the support Timberwolf parents give their kids. 

Our first responsibility as a school is to keep kids safe, and that takes a variety of forms.  We have already had two drills and one other safety response this year.  We value input, and I regularly encourage our students to ask questions of their classroom teacher after a drill.  Teachers often forward those questions to me.  As a parent, please encourage your student to take all drills seriously and to listen at all times to adult instruction.  A new item that is worth looking at on our website is the “school safety” tab.  On that tab you will find information on how parents can help schools in the event of a school based emergency.  We will also be sending the information home in a slightly different format as a brochure.  Please look over it.


Football and Volleyball are underway!  That means it must be fall!  If you want to see a GMS Timberwolf game, log onto,73-1-87, to get both schedules.  This is not a “hot” link; you will need to paste it into your browser and bookmark it.

We look forward to our first celebration of student success next Friday at our first awards assembly. Thanks for all you do to keep your student(s) successful!




GMS CROSS COUNTRY                                         Departure time

Saturday, Sept. 23rd

Goldendale vs multiple schools at Connell HS Cross Country Course

8:00 a.m.

Thursday, Sept. 28th

Goldendale vs multiple schools at Royal HS Royal City Golf Course

11:30 a.m.

Saturday, Sept. 30th

Goldendale vs Eisenhower at Franklin Park

7:00 a.m.

Thursday, Oct. 5th

Goldendale vs multiple schools at Zillah

1:45 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 12th

Multiple schools at Goldendale HS


Thursday, Oct. 19th

Goldendale vs multiple schools at Naches

12:45 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 26th District

Goldendale vs multiple schools at Apple Ridge Cross Country Course


Saturday, Nov. 4th  State






GMS FOOTBALL                                                 Departure time

Thursday, Sept. 28th

Goldendale vs Mt. Adams Middle (White Swan)

1:45 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 5th

Naches Valley at Goldendale


Thursday, Oct. 12th

Goldendale vs Union Gap

1:45 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 19th

Highland at Goldendale


Thursday, Oct. 26th

Walter Strom at Goldendale




GMS VOLLEYBALL                                               Departure time

Monday, Sept. 25th

Goldendale vs Mt. Adams Middle

1:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 27th

Sunnyside Christian Middle at Goldendale


Monday, Oct. 2nd

Union Gap at Goldendale


Tuesday, Oct. 3rd

Goldendale vs Marquette

1:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 4th

Riverside Christian Middle at Goldendale


Monday, Oct. 9th

Goldendale vs Christ the Teacher Catholic School

1:45 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 16th

Mabton at Goldendale


Wednesday, Oct. 18th

Kittitas as Goldendale


Monday, Oct. 23rd

Goldendale vs Highland

1:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 25th

Goldendale vs Cle Elum-Roslyn






Parents are invited to have lunch with their students any day, especially on Taco Tuesday!  Adult lunch costs $4.35. 


NERD DAY….Friday, September 29th is NERD DAY.  The GMS dress code applies – hats are ok if they go with your outfit.


BOX TOPS…..GMS PTO is again collecting Box Tops.  Each classroom has a container for the box tops.  Thank you for your participation!!


BUCKET FOR CHANGE - At the fall assemblies a bucket will be passed through the crowd.  We need your help to fill these buckets with your spare change to help fund the upkeep/maintenance of the traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall.   Thank you Timberwolves for your support!!!


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. 


The GMS PTO had its first meeting on Tuesday, September 12th and discussed events for the year and started planning the annual Dodgeball fundraiser. The event will be held on Saturday, November 18th in the Goldendale High School Gym. Sign-up packets will be available in all of the schools at the beginning of November. We are always looking for volunteers for small slots of time, so let us know if you're interested in helping. We have sign-ups in the front office, you can email us as, or visit our Goldendale Middle School PTO Facebook Page!


FROM GMS KITCHEN AND COOKS:  Yeah :) Our salad bar has arrived. 

This year we are incorporating a salad bar into our hot lunch program. Your student(s) will be able to enjoy the salad bar while still being able to enjoy the main entree' as well.


We would like to remind all students and parents that the salad bar will be counted as part of the standard nutritional requirement that we must meet according to the federal regulations for the lunch program.

I know many students are excited for this new change and I personally want to thank the student that worked hard to help make the salad bar possible. – Ruth Falcouner



ATTENTION ALL 6TH GRADE READING STUDENTS (AND PARENTS) IN MRS. HUWE'S READING CLASSES!!  Be sure you are recording books you have completed reading on your orange Great Book Challenge book sheets AND getting parent initials on all books you have finished reading.  Every quarter you will be turning in the book charts to be checked and then returned.  All the pages you read will be worth one cent in our June reading auction.  The 40 Book Challenge consists of:  5 poetry, 5 traditional literature, 5 realistic fiction, 2 historical fiction, 4 fantasy, 2 science fiction, 2 mystery, 4 informational, 2 biographies, and 9 chapter books (of any genre).



DRAMA CLUB will be starting after volleyball and football seasons are over. We will meet in the middle school cafeteria and chorus room from 3:15pm -5:00pm Monday through Thursday. We will be performing "Dorothy in Wonderland" later this fall. There are lots of parts and the cast is open to all 5-8 graders. More information will come as the time gets closer.


THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT has started a Facebook page to keep everyone in the loop with reminders and about upcoming events. This will be for all of the musical ensembles in the district. Ms. Blomquist and Mr. Schneider both invite all students and their families to join GOLDENDALE MUSIC on Facebook to stay informed!


STUDENT OF THE MONTH…..The focus for September is Responsibility (duty, accountability, pursuit of excellence, and self-restraint).  These are our most responsible students:

5th:  Ellie Bowen, Kevin Burgess, Derean Tingook, Brylee Mulrony, Nathan Bartkowski, Angelina Owen

6th:  Zane Gilmore, Jenessa Hernandez, Jerome Allen, Brook Blain, Addi Bomberger, Noah Starr

7th:  Logan Speer, Gracie Schilling, Audrey Hill, Matt Coleman, Keegan Gilk, Ethan Mell, Angeleena Fizia, Dema Thayer

8th:  Reece Holycross, Leyla Vargas

Employee of the month:  Mr. Barta & Mr. Schneider



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.  For your convenience the Honor Roll Off-Campus permission has been included in this e-mail.


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.