SHAHALA MIDDLE SCHOOL 601 SE 192nd Avenue Vancouver, WA 98683 (360) 604-3800 http://www.evergreenps.org December/January 2016-2017 Third Edition To the Shahala community: I write to you this month to request assistance. Shahala strives to be a tolerant, respectful and gracious campus. We emphasize civility, cooperation and empathy as we guide students through their socialemotional development during this volatile phase of adolescence. As well, we acknowledge that students will make mistakes, relent to impulsive behavior and deviate from the ideals that we hold valuable. Though these ideals are difficult to attain, we are resolute in our belief that they are worthy of pursuit. We have, however, seen an uptick in discourteous and uncivil behavior in the weeks following the presidential election. Though the intensity of the moment has faded, we sense that a rise in similar behavior could correspond with the inauguration. In response, Shahala teachers, counselors and administrators have been conducting classroom conversations to address concerns, offer support and reinforce the ideals listed above. With this in mind, Shahala needs your help. Please note that this request is not reflective of partisanship or political affiliation. Rather, it is a call to action to ensure that the ideals we emphasize within our building are reflected in the actions of our students. We would truly appreciate families taking some time over the next couple of weeks to discuss the following themes: Shahala is a diverse campus and we do our best to protect the physical and emotional well-being of each student. It is important for students to take appropriate action when witnessing behaviors that jeopardize a classmate’s well-being. Immediately reporting such activities to adults will help us intervene in a swift and appropriate manner. Acknowledge that cultural influences (pop culture, presidential election, etc.) demonstrate behaviors that can erode the ideals we strive for on campus. Simply, it is not acceptable to model these types of behaviors in school or within our own community. Civility is essential to our society. We can disagree without being disrespectful or dismissive. We can have fierce debate without being mean-spirited or demeaning. As a school, we are committed to not allow the divisiveness intensified by the election cycle to become part of our campus culture. Thank you for your support and have a fantastic holiday season. Respectfully, Gregg Brown Principal
All Ages are Welcome at the FAMILY HOLIDAY NIGHT & BOOK SALE at Shahala Middle School on Thursday Dec. 8th from 5:30 to 9 PM!
Hundreds of Books, Posters, Gifts, & Stocking Stuffers are on SALE! Plus many CRAFTS, PRIZES, & ACTIVITIES! And special characters to meet and get a photo with, like CLIFFORD the Big Red Dog! See displays created by students to promote the holidays and this season of giving, caring, cultural celebrations, and goodwill toward one another. VOTE on the best displays!From 5:30 to 7:00 enjoy fun in the Library, then the amazing Shahala Band will perform a Winter Concert you can attend if you wish, but the fair will also remain open all the way to 9pm for those who want to shop or participate in activities.