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Weekly Principal Calls to Families and Staff

As the Principal of Standley, I believe that communication between the school and families and staff is of utmost importance.  Thus, I strive to send a phone call to our Standley families as necessary, usually at 6:00 p.m.  I hope you appreciate the phone calls and the information they provide.

9/21/18 6 p.m.

Hello Standley Families,

This is Principal Bill Pearson with your weekly update.  We would like to invite you to Standley’s Back to School Night on Wednesday, September 26th.   We will have Title I, ELAC, GATE, and Special Education meetings from 5-6, a band performance at 5:30 and classroom visits from 6-7:40.  Students will be given an agenda to take home on Tuesday but you can visit our website for more information if you wish.  We are halfway through the first grading period so we hope you are checking your student’s planner, reviewing school work, and using Powerschool to check grades.  Stay involved and help keep them on track for a successful year.  Thank you for partnering with us in your child’s education.

9/14/18 6 p.m.

Hello Standley Families,

This is Principal Bill Pearson with your weekly update.  If you have not done so already, please be sure to return the pink enrollment verification forms completed and signed on Monday.  We thank you for ensuring all information is accurate.  Monday is make-up picture day for all students that have not had their picture taken this year.  If you attended the PTSA prep day your child had their photo taken but for all others they will be photographed on Monday during their PE class.   Don’t forget there are many opportunities to be involved at Standley Middle School.  You can attend PTSA meetings, go to the UC Cluster meetings of which our first is Monday beginning at 4:30 at Curie Elementary, or join us as a member of the School Site Council or Site Governance Team.  We are looking to fill a few vacancies in both so if you can spare one hour per month then you have time to join us.  If interested, just send an email to the principal and you will be on the nomination ballot.  Thank you again for partnering with us to ensure a great year.

9/11/18 10:00 a.m.

Hello Standley Families,

San Diego Police have confirmed that the suspect involved in the exposure incidents in University City was arrested and booked on Friday.  Thank you to all of our families for your awareness and cooperation to keep our community and school safe.

9/6/18 5:30 p.m.

Hello Standley Families,

This is Principal Bill Pearson with another safety message for all of our families.  We received a report after school today of another exposure incident.  One of our students walking home passed a 4 door silver sedan with a white man, dark hair, in early 20’s exposing himself at the intersection of Cousins and Pavlov.  Thanks to the awareness of our community this student ran straight home and reported the incident.  The incident has been reported to SDPD and we have updated School Police.  If you have any further information please call the SDPD non-emergency line at 619-531-2000.  If you have not spoken to your child already please advise the following:

• Never get into a stranger’s car, take anything from them, or interact with them.

• Make sure you tell your parents where you are at all times if you walk home alone after school.

• If someone scares you, or makes you feel uncomfortable go somewhere safe and tell someone what has happened right away.

Thank you for helping to keep our community safe.

9/4/18 11 a.m.

This is Principal Bill Pearson with a safety message for all of our families.  It has come to our attention that a white man in a silver/blue Subaru Forester pulled up next to one of our Standley Middle School students walking home and asked her to come to his car while exposing himself.  This happened on Erlanger Street.  Police were immediately notified. Instances like this provide a reminder to us all about important safety practices regarding going to and from school. Please discuss the following with your child:

• Never get into a stranger’s car, take anything from them, or interact with them.

• Make sure you tell your parents where you are at all times if you walk home alone after school.

• If someone scares you, or makes you feel uncomfortable go somewhere safe and tell someone what has happened right away.

While we know Standley is located in a very safe community, we want to ensure we empower our children to be aware and alert at all times. Thank you for helping to keep our community safe.

8/31/18 6 p.m.

Hello Standley Families,

This is Principal Bill Pearson calling to say thank you for a wonderful start to the school year.  We are so grateful to have such a fantastic student body with very active and involved family support.  We have strived as a staff to make the first days of school a positive experience and hope that we were successful in this endeavor.  If you have concerns about something please be sure to contact the teacher, counselor, or administrative staff early to work with you to resolve the issue.  Visit our website under the Staff link to find the appropriate email addresses for all of our staff.

Don’t forget that Monday is Labor Day and school will not be in session.  As we resume a normal schedule on Tuesday we ask that you help us keep our students safe by obeying all traffic laws.  The drop off zone on Radcliffe is 3 minutes max, do not stop in fire lanes, and require your child to use crosswalks.  Jay walking is illegal and can be deadly.  We remind you there should be no student drop-offs or pick-ups in the staff parking lots.   

Finally, don’t forget to return all the forms that were sent home for your signature this week.  We hope that you enjoy your long weekend and look forward to seeing all of our students next week.

8/27/18 6 p.m.

Hello Standley Families,
This is principal Bill Pearson calling to say thank you.  Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers helping to get our school off to a great start with PTSA Prep Day and passing out schedules.  Thank you to the staff for their time and effort preparing to give your kids the best first day ever.  Thank you to the students for a positive attitude and an awesome day!  We would like to remind you that students will be getting their textbooks this week from the library through their math classes.  8th grade will get books tomorrow, 7th grade on Thursday, and 6th grade on Friday.  Please make sure your child has something to carry the books in and a way to get them home.  If you have not done so already, you may pick up PE clothes in the finance office or just send a check or cash with your student and they can pick them up before school, during PE, or lunch.  We are excited to be partnered with you and look forward the rest of the school year.
Thanks for listening and have a great evening!

6/7/18 2 p.m.

Hello Standley Families,

This is Principal Bill Pearson with a special message.  Tomorrow we will hosting two special events at Standley.  First, we are having our annual Western BBQ during both lunches tomorrow.  The BBQ will include a hamburger, veggie burger or hotdog with all the fixings, watermelon and milk.  All 8th grade students, in honor of promotion, will receive a ticket to attend the BBQ for free.  All 6th and 7th grade students may purchase a ticket before school at the lunch arbor for $2.75 cash or with their lunch account ID.  This will be the only food available for sale so pack a lunch if you are not interested.  All 8th grade students that qualified will be participating in the Day of the 8th Grader.  They will be enjoying activities on the field and hanging out with friends.  It may be warm and sunny tomorrow so a hat and sunblock would be a good idea.  Water and sunblock will be available all day. 

Thanks for listening and have a great evening.

6/2/18 6 p.m.

Good Evening Standley Parents,

This is Ms. Meredith with an announcement.  Please join us on Tuesday, June 5 from 6:00pm-7:15pm in Standley’s library to hear a presentation on Preventing the Summer Slide.  Students can lose up to two months of learning during the summer months.  Discover fun and educational family activities to enjoy during the summer.

You can RSVP at the following address: RSVP@TINYURL.COM/SDUSDFACERSVP.

6/1/18 6 p.m.

Hello Standley Families,

This is Principal Bill Pearson calling with your weekly update.  Thank you to our wonderful PTSA and community for the amazing staff appreciation celebration provided last week.  The entire staff felt loved and we are so grateful to be a part of the UC Cluster.  The end of the year is approaching quickly.  Next week we will host our annual Awards Ceremonies for all grade levels and you should have received a phone call if your child qualified.  If you are unsure you may contact the counseling office to verify and visit our website for dates and times.  If your student purchased a yearbook and turned in all textbooks they will be distributed next week.  Day of the 8th Grader is on Friday and a Western BBQ will be provided for all 8th grade students.  All other students may purchase a ticket for the BBQ on Friday morning for $2.75 or use their Lunch PIN #.  Finally, we are looking for parent volunteers to help with promotion this year.  There are jobs big and small and we really need parents of future 8th graders to learn the ropes so your child’s promotion is just as amazing.  You can easily find a volunteer link on the left side of our Standley website.  We truly hope to see you there.

5/30/18 6 p.m.

Hello Standley Families,

This is Principal Bill Pearson with a special message.  The Principal of UC High sent this message to its families prior to the weekend.

School Notice of Concern (05-25-2018)

Just a heads up to our UCHS families: today, one of our families received a phone call (scam) saying that their student had been kidnapped from UCHS.  The student, however, was safe and sound in their second period class. The phone call was disturbing and alarming.  The caller said that they had the student’s and parent’s cell phone numbers and knew where they lived.  The caller was yelling, using profanities, and sharing personal information about the student. Needless to say, this phone call was unsettling to the family and we agreed that other UCHS families should be made aware of this scam.  At this point, we know of no other scam instances involving our families.  Should a family receive a similar phone message, we encourage you to contact the San Diego Police Department and let us know as well.

One of our own Standley families was impacted by this event and afterward was given these suggestions to keep students more safe:

1. Students cell phone voicemail greeting should ONLY be the generic greeting and not the child's voice.

**The scammers have some technology that records the outgoing greeting and then it can recreate almost any word that sounds like the child.

2. Any student with a Facebook page or any other social media presence should have the privacy set so that only “friends” or their “followers” to have access to the content.

** The scammers gain a lot of personal details from Facebook that they then use to make it appear as if they really know all about the student.

3. Parents and their kids should have some sort of secret safe word that they can use to verify identity.

** A parent could ask their child to tell them “the word” if they get one of these scam phone calls. The kid would say the secret word that would not make sense in any other context.

Regards,

Mr. Pearson

Principal

Standley Middle School

5/25/18 6 p.m.

Hello Standley Families,

This is Principal Bill Pearson with your weekly update.  Due to the Memorial Day weekend there is no school on Monday.  Let us embrace this weekend's unofficial start of summer, while simultaneously remembering the brave men and women who defended our great nation. Next Friday we will begin textbook returns starting with 8th grade, then 7th grade on the 4th, and 6th grade on the 5th.  Start gathering them up and making sure all marks are removed to avoid any fines. 

We are looking for parent volunteers to help with promotion this year.  There are jobs big and small and we would love for parents of future 8th graders to learn the ropes so your child’s promotion is just as amazing.  You can find a volunteer link on the left side of our Standley website under PTSA. 

Thanks for listening and have a great evening!

5/18/18 6 p.m.

This is Principal Bill Pearson calling with your weekly update.  We are almost done with testing!  Thank you for helping your students to be here and do their best this month. Next week, students will be finishing up in Math and completing make-ups as needed.  Don’t forget, school is closed Monday, May 28th in observance of Memorial Day.  In addition, we would like to remind you that June is a busy month as we end the year.  Awards assemblies are scheduled as follows; 6th graders on the 4th,  7th graders on the 5th, and 8th graders on the 7th with the last day of school on June 13th.  A complete calendar can be found on our website. 

Thanks for listening and have a great evening.

5/16/18 6 p.m.

Hello Standley Families,

Thank you for your partnerships with our school.  Last week we asked you complete a Parent survey to allow us to understand and identify strengths and areas of growth concerning our family and community engagement.  This is a short survey that is completely anonymous and will help us make decisions for our school and your students.  Please click on the link provided in the attached email or contact the counseling office to request a paper version.  The deadline is this Friday.  Thank you for your help and have a great evening!

You can access the survey at https://surveys.wested.org/csps/KA622AF

5/11/18 6 p.m.

Good evening Standley parents,

This is Ms. Meredith one of the school counselors at Standley Middle School.  The San Diego Unified School District’s F.A.C.E. department is offering a parent class on Internet Safety. Please join us on Tuesday, May 15 for this important topic on Internet Safety.  The class will take place at 6:00pm in the Standley Middle school library.

Once again, please join us for the Internet Safety class next week Tuesday, May 15 in the Standley Middle School library at 6:00pm.

5/9/18 6 p.m.

The San Diego Unified School District is in the second year of conducting the California Healthy School Parent Survey This will be a yearly District-wide initiative that will allow us to understand and identify strengths and areas of growth concerning our family and community engagement.

 You can access the survey at https://surveys.wested.org/csps/KA622AF

If you do not have access to the internet, we have hard copies available in the Counseling Center.  For your convenience, this year's parent survey will be available in the following languages: English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese and Somalian. 

The deadline to complete your parent survey and return it to the school is on May 18th, 2018.  The survey is completely anonymous.

If you have any questions, please contact me by email bwilson@sandi.net.  You may also contact the Counseling and Guidance Department at (619) 725-7330.

We thank you in advance for your support!

Sincerely yours,

Brenda Wilson

5/4/18 6 p.m.

Hello Standley Families,

This is Principal Bill Pearson calling with your weekly update.  Every student in attendance today should have received a progress report in last period.  Please be sure to review the progress report with your child and celebrate their accomplishments and encourage improvements.  Remember, we have tutoring and Homework Club on Tuesdays and Thursdays every week.  If your child needs support this is a great opportunity to get help from multiple teachers, peers, and high school student tutors.  The last day for tutoring will be May 24th and the last day of school for students is June 13th.

Please remember, we will continue with SBAC testing in Science next week. 

4/27/18 6 p.m.

Hello Standley Families,

This is Principal Bill Pearson with your weekly update.  Today is the end of the grading period and these grades will be used to determine awards and eligibility for 8th grade promotion activities.  That does not mean grades are finished.  Grades will continue to accumulate to the end of the school year on June 13th so keep working and make the most of these final weeks.  SBAC testing is upon us and all grades will be testing during the month of May.  The English test will be through English classes the first week, science during science the second week, and math through math classes the third.  Make-ups will be happening during the fourth week.  Please, make arrangements for appointments or early release times so they do not interfere with your child’s testing.  Please make every effort to have your student in class, on time, well rested, and well fed so they feel confident to do their best!

4/20/18 6 p.m.

Hello Standley Families,

This is Principal Bill Pearson with your weekly update.  All students in attendance today should have received an informational flyer for Prime Time Summer Programs.  Standley, along with other schools will be hosting and you can visit the website provided to apply.  We would like to remind you that the end of the next grading period is officially April 27th.  Because the final grades are determined after awards and promotion, the grades from April 27th will determine eligibility for both.  Encourage your student to stay on course or make corrections prior to the April 27th date.  Monday, all 7th grade students will be attending a performance at Standley called “Someone Like Me” presented by Kaiser Permanente.  The play addresses the relevant middle school topics of bullying, sexual health, and depression.  A letter went home today with a link to the performance and if you do NOT want your child to participate after review just sign and return to the counseling office Monday morning.  Finally, don’t forget to purchase flowers for an 8th grader and the promotion ceremony.  They make the ceremony a beautiful event and then you get to take them home after.  The order form is attached to this message or you can pay in the finance office.  Each plant is only $10. 

Flower Flyer for 8th Grade Promotion 2018.pdf

4/14/18 6 p.m.

Good evening Parents,

Standley Students took or will be taking the Thrively Personality Test. This tool gives students lots of information regarding careers of interest, requirements, salary and college information. 
 
A Thrively Representative will be at our
Career Fair to show you how to explore possible Career options.  It’s
never too early to start planning for the future. 
 
Please remember our Career Fair/ Open House
is coming to Standley on Wednesday, April 18th from 4:30 PM to 7 PM.
 Remember our District’s Thrively Representative will be here to guide you
through all the interesting information available for you.

4/13/18 6 p.m.

This is Principal Bill Pearson with your weekly update.  You have heard from us many times this week about all the upcoming events like Career Fair, Open House, Book Fair, and Coffee with the Cops.  In addition to these, next Monday is the UC Cluster Meeting held at the Standley Middle School library from 4:30 – 6.  Please join us to hear the latest happenings in the UC Cluster and be part of the decisions made for our students.   Did you know that 8th graders can take the PSAT?  The Family and Community Engagement Department is offering a free PSAT/SAT/ACT workshop for parents on Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. at Standley Middle School.  We hope you can join us for one or all of these opportunities.

4/12/18 6 p.m.

The Family and Community Engagement Team in partnership with the San Diego Unified Police Services Department are bringing “Coffee with the Cops” to our neighborhood cluster.  Please join them at Curie Elementary School located at 4080 Governor Dr. San Diego, CA 92122on Thursday, April 19, 2018 from 9:00AM-9:45AM.  Come learn how the SDUSD police officers keep our school climates safe and worthy of our students.  Childcare, translation, and light refreshments will be provided.  Please RSVP at tinyurl.com/SDUSDFACERSVP  For more information, please contact Katherine Aud @ (619) 725-7329.  Please join us!

CWC-Curie.pdf

CWC-Curie Spanish.pdf 

4/11/18 6 p.m.

This is Principal Bill Pearson calling to remind you of our Career Fair and Open House next Wednesday, April 18th.  Our third annual Career Fair runs from 4:30 to 6:00 along with the Spring Open House from 5:30 – 6:30.  We are hosting 30+ representatives available to speak to our students about many career pathways including entertainment and community businesses.  There will be prizes to win, wheels to spin, things to build, and more.  Classrooms will be open giving you a chance to see what students have been working on this year.  The Scholastic Book Fair is also happening next week during the school day and will be open during the Career Fair.  This is run completely by parent volunteers and we are looking for a few to help out any day next week.  It is super easy, just visit the PTSA Volunteer link on our Standley website at https://www.sandiegounified.org/schools/standleyWe look forward to seeing you there!

4/6/18 6 p.m.

Hello Standley Families,

This is Principal Bill Pearson with your weekly update.  We want to remind you that the end of the next grading period is April 27th and these are the grades used to determine awards and promotion eligibility.  Please encourage your child to make sure their grades are right where they want them to be.  We would like to invite you to attend "College: Making It Happen" at Standley Middle School on Wednesday April 11th at 5:30 p.m. in our auditorium.  It is intended primarily for 6th through 9th grade students and their families, and provides practical and easy-to-understand information on how to prepare academically and financially for college. It is never too early to plan for college!

Cal-Soap is sponsoring this event so please come with questions about scholarships and how to apply for financial aid. They will also go over A-G requirements in high school. We hope to see you there!

4/3/18 6 p.m.

Hello Standley Families,

This is Principal Bill Pearson with a special invitation for you.  The end of the year is fast approaching and before you know it 8th grade promotion will be here.  Standley hosts one of the best promotion ceremonies in the district and that is due to the efforts of our volunteers each and every year.  There are many opportunities to help both big and small no matter what grade your child is in.  We love volunteers of current 6th and 7th grade students who can learn the ropes for future ceremonies.  We will have an informational meeting this Friday at 8:05 a.m. in the main office to find out more.  If you can’t make it but would like to help just email me and I will get you connected. 

3/23/18 6 p.m.

Hello Standley Families,

This is Principal Bill Pearson calling to remind you that Spring Break is here!  There will be no school next week and we look forward to seeing all students back on campus Monday, April 2nd for regularly scheduled classes.  We hope that all students use the time to rest, relax, enjoy, or get caught up.  Please challenge your child to disconnect from electronics and social media over the break to interact personally with friends or family and get active.    Every student in attendance today should have received a progress report in last period.  Please be sure to review the progress report with your child and celebrate their accomplishments and encourage improvements. Finally, see the attached flyer to support Standley Middle School PTSA while going to see Ready Player One in theaters.  It is just that easy.

3/19/18 6 p.m.

Hello Standley Families,

This is Principal Bill Pearson with your weekly update.  Today was the end of the 3rd grading period and students will be receiving progress reports next Friday.  Of course, you can always log on to PowerSchool to check your child’s grades and see what has been turned in for every class.  If you need assistance logging on just contact our office and we can support you.  Monday, March 19th is the next UC Cluster Meeting to be held at 4:30 in the UC High media center.  Join us to hear the latest for our cluster and get involved if you wish.  Finally, don’t let Spring Break sneak up on you.  There will be no school March 26th -30th so make sure you have arrangements if necessary.

3/14/18 12:30 p.m.

Hello Standley Families,

This is Principal Bill Pearson with an important message.  Today, some of our students participated in a peaceful student led protest on campus in response to the recent shooting in Florida.  These students walked out of 3rd period and met on the front lawn to hear student speeches and show support for victims of the Florida shooting.  When the bell rang for 4th period students peacefully went to the next class, as agreed, to continue learning.  For attendance purposes, all students that were not in class during 3rd period were marked absent today but there will not be any consequence connected to the absence.  You may receive an automated call notifying you of the absence.  At Standley Middle School, we understand that our students may be feeling lots of anxiety, fear and even anger about gun violence.  We respect the right of our students to advocate for causes that are important to them and support their efforts to do so in an authorized and orderly manner while at school.  We thank our students for the way they conducted themselves today while allowing their civic voices to be heard.  Thank you for your continued support of Standley Middle School. 

3/14/18 8:30 a.m.

This is a reminder of a special presentation immediately following the PTSA meeting this evening.  The PTSA meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the media center followed by a presentation from the representatives from the Here Now Project.  This focuses on preventing suicide by educating youth and their families on the risk factors of suicide and reduce the stigma around seeking help for themselves or others. In addition, the HERE Now program is working to support the school culture and environment to be preventive and proactive in educating all members of the school community (teachers, students, parents) regarding suicide prevention as well as identifying and working with individual and groups of students who may be struggling emotionally and/or engaging in self-destructive or otherwise risky behaviors.  The Here Now Project will be presenting to our students in April using the Signs of Suicide Prevention Program and this is your opportunity to see it first.

3/10/18 6 p.m.