MSP Testing Begins

MSP (Measurement of Student Progress) testing begins April 29. Please make sure students are present that day and have had breakfast. The schedule is below:
Math: Tuesday, April 29 for 6th/7th/8th grades
Science: Wednesday, April 30 for 8th grade
Reading: Tuesday, May 6 for 6th/7th/8th grades
Writing 1: Wednesday, May 7 for 7th grade
Writing 2: Thursday, May 8 for 7th grade

Make up tests: May 1, May 9, May 12 – 14

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There will be no school on Friday, May 2 for Teacher Data Day.

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Adjustments to the Student Grading Policy

The district has published a letter about adjustments to the Student Grading Policy. This letter can be found on the district website. There is also a link to it HERE.

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AVID Demonstration School & MYPIB Certification!

AVIDIB World School Logo

Totem Middle School is proud to be the ONLY school in Washington State that is BOTH an AVID Demonstration School and also certified as a Middle Years Programme International Baccalaureate School! We have been an AVID Demonstration School for five years. This means that other schools that are exploring becoming an AVID school, or who want to observe best practices for AVID will come to Totem to see what we do in AVID throughout all our classrooms. To find out more about AVID or MYPIB, please click on the links on the homepage.

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StudentVUE – New Gradebook and Student Information System

Thanks to the Technology Levy of 2010, a new gradebook and student information system will be implemented this coming fall. A student and parent portal will be part of this new system, called Synergy, and will allow access to grades, attendance, information about assignments and classes, and much more.

Please click HERE to see the district letter about the new Synergy system.

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Application for Advanced Middle Years Program International Baccalaureate

Totem is a candidate school for MYPIB (Middle Years Program International Baccalaureate) and will our certification visit in May.

The Middle Years Program International Baccalaureate (MYPIB) provides a framework of academic challenge that encourages students to embrace and understand the connections between traditional subjects and the real world, to become critical and reflective thinkers. MYPIB prepares students to be successful in advanced course work at the high school level.
While all students at Totem experience MYPIB, we are offering an additional advanced route of MYPIB for a select group of our incoming 6th grade gifted students (2013-2014). The Advanced MYPIB is specifically designed to prepare students to enter, and successfully complete the requirements for our most advanced and gifted programs in high school, for example the IB (International Baccalaureate) Diploma Program at Thomas Jefferson, or Cambridge at Federal Way.

If you are interested in applying to the sixth grade Advanced MYPIB for next year please click the links below to print out the application.

Advanced MYPIB Application – PDF

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