August 20, 2014 Important Links and Dates

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Dear Parents and Students,


Welcome to the 2014-15 school year at LaVenture Middle School. Our staff is committed to providing a positive middle school experience so that students can develop intellectually and emotionally in a supportive, caring environment. As the school year gets closer, you likely have questions about classes and schedules, meals, pictures, and many other details. This letter will answer at least some of those questions.



Wednesday, August 27th
6th Grade Orientation -- 8:00AM-12:00
7th Grade Orientation – 1:00PM-5:00 

We have never had to provide orientation for two entire classes (two thirds of our school), so we decided to invite them by grade level.  Orientation is optional, but we highly encourage your student to attend, because it will help create a smooth transition from elementary school to middle school and it will give them a chance to get to know their fellow classmates and make connections with helpful 8th graders.  Unfortunately, we cannot provide bus transportation for this event. 



• All students will start their school year on Wednesday, September 3rd. 
• The school day runs from 7:25 a.m. (warning bell) to 2:00 p.m.
• School busses will follow their regular routes beginning on the 3rd.
• School bus route information is not available at this time. Further questions about school transportation should be directed to Transportation Services at 428-6147.


Each student is required to have a completed emergency form on file in the school office. An emergency form for your child is enclosed in this letter. Please update any information on the emergency form that has changed by writing in any corrections and signing at the bottom. It is very important that the school office have accurate information in the event of any emergency. In addition, your student will be sent home with a packet with additional forms to be completed. Please make sure to read and sign all relevant forms. Please return all forms to the school office during the first week of school.


We encourage all families to join us for the LaVenture Curriculum Night/Open House on Tuesday, September 16th at 6:00 p.m. All parents, guardians and their children are invited to participate in this opportunity to visit classrooms, meet teachers, and learn about the curriculum (see below) and programs at LaVenture.


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New Policy for Personal Electronic Devices


Beginning in the fall of school year 2014-2015, personal electronic devices (phones, laptops, tablets, headphones, iPods, MP3’s, etc…) may not be used during school hours (7am-2pm) or they will be collected by an adult and placed in the office until after school. Please power off all devices during the school day and place them in your backpacks or purses. Parents who need to contact their child during the school day should call the office at 428-6116.


First offense:  student may pick up from the office at the end of the day
Second offense:  parent will need to pick up from the office
Third offense: parent will need to pick up from an administrator


Aparatos Electrónicos Personales


Comenzando con el otoño del año escolar 2014-2015, no se puede utilizar los aparatos electrónicos personales (los teléfonos, ordenadores portátiles, audífonos, iPod, MP3, etc…) durante el horario del día escolar (7am-2pm). Al contrario, el aparato estará recogido por un adulto y guardado en la oficina hasta el fin del día escolar. Por favor, apague todos los aparatos durante el día escolar y colóquelos en su bolso o mochila. Padres que necesitan contactar a su estudiante durante el día deben llamar a la oficina de la escuela al 428-6116.


Primera infracción: el estudiante puede recoger el aparato al fin del día escolar
Segunda infracción: un padre debe recoger el aparato en la oficina
Tercera infracción: un padre debe recoger el aparato de un administrador




Late Arrival and Attendance Policy:


Students must check-in at the student window when they arrive. To excuse the late arrival, students must have a written note with parent signature or a parent must accompany the student to the student window. If no form of excuse is received when the student arrives that morning, the student will be assigned an automatic 15 minute detention the following school day.


Regular attendance is critical to academic success! The responsibility to ensure good attendance is shared by the student, the parent and the school. If your child is ill, please remember to call in, as early as possible for each day your student is absent. For more on the Attendance Policy, please refer to your Student Handbook found in the Student Planner.





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As a convenience to parents, Mount Vernon School District now provides parents an easy way to add money to their student’s food service account and pay fees and fines. Online payments can be made into student accounts through the Skyward Family Access parent portal they currently use. We have contracted with RevTrak, a national credit card payment processor, to provide a secure site for making payments.


Click on the link above to go directly to Family Access, or click on the link below for instuction on how to use Family Access.


Instructions for Family Accees - English


Instructions for Family Access - Spanish


Instructions for Family Access - Russian







Hazardous weather, floods, or emergencies may force changes in bus transportation schedules and pick-up/drop-off points for Mount Vernon students.  In the event of such emergencies, please do not tie up telephone lines to the school or radio stations.  The following radio stations begin broadcasting emergency schedules or school closure information at 5:00am.  They are your most current and accurate source of information.


KAPS      660 AM
KBRC     1430 AM
KIRO       710 AM
KOMO    1000 AM
KAFE      104.3 FM
KMPS      94.3 FM

Announcements will say:


School closed for one day only. All activities cancelled.

Schools open __ hour(s) late. Dismissed at regular time unless announced otherwise. Listen for further announcements.

School open. Buses on limited routes.

Buses begin on schedule. Be prepared for possible delays.









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