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Principal's Message

Welcome to Tumwater Middle School! We are very happy to have you join our school community!

Our mission is that TMS students acquire the knowledge and skills that empower them to change the world.  Our motto is We Share, We Care, We Dare. Through this lens our staff, students, and families are working together to build an inclusive community where all feel welcome.

  • We share our ideas, our voices, our stories, and our perspectives.

  • We care for ourselves and each other, for our communities, about our future, and about multiple perspectives.

  • We dare to innovate, to create, to uplift others, to challenge ourselves, to be open to changing our minds, and to change the world.

This mission and motto guide everything we do at Tumwater. We strive to be a welcoming and inclusive community that builds on the experiences, strengths, and goals of every student. Although students' learning needs are served in a variety of programs, together we are one school.

Currently TMS is an International Baccalaureate (IB) Candidate School as we seek authorization as an IB World School offering the Middle Years Program (MYP).  The MYP offers a holistic approach while emphasizing intellectual challenge. Instruction is driven by real-world problem solving, international-mindedness, interdisciplinary connections, and service to others. Students and teachers use rubrics to set goals and track academic progress. Our attendance area completely aligns with Sunset High School is an IB World School with the Diploma Program. Aligning our curriculum and approaches to learning through the IB will help prepare our students for success in high school. In addition, it will help support our students grow into more creative, critical and reflective thinkers.

Involvement of parents, guardians, and caregivers is a key component of student success. There are many ways for families to support their children at middle school. 

 

  • Ensure your child attends school as much as possible. Research has shown that one of the primary indicators of high school success is middle school attendance. To the extent possible, please avoid scheduling appointments and out-of-town travel during the school day. 
  • Talk to your child about their learning and school experience. Asking open-ended questions can help get the conversations started:

    • What was the best (funniest, most surprising) thing that happened at school today?
    • What was the most interesting thing you learned today?

    • How does your homework schedule look tonight (this week)?

    • What part of your essay/presentation/project do you think was best? 

  • Stay informed about school events by reading the school newsletter published every other week during the school year. It is sent to families and students through ParentSquare. Another great way to see student experience is by following us on social media. 

  • Track assignments and teacher feedback in Canvas, the platform where teachers post assignments, resources, and feedback during the learning process.

  • Track attendance and grades in ParentVue.

  • Communicate with your child's teachers if you have questions about their progress. Links to teacher emails can be found in Canvas and ParentVue.

  • Volunteer at school and join the Tumwater PTO. Students and staff appreciate the many ways that families share their time and talents with us!

On behalf of Tumwater Middle School, we are looking forward to another year of learning together! welcome Rapids!.

Principal Jill O'Neill