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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.

11/30/18 6 p.m.

Hello Standley Families,
This is Principal Bill Pearson with your weekly update.  Today is the end of the second grading period and all students will receive progress reports next Friday.  The Here Now Project has been presenting to our 7th grade students using the Signs of Suicide Prevention Program and they will be presenting to 8th grade next week.  This focuses on preventing suicide by educating youth on the risk factors of suicide and reducing the stigma around seeking help for themselves or others. In addition, the HERE Now program is identifying and working with individual and groups of students who may be struggling emotionally and/or engaging in self-destructive or otherwise risky behaviors.  Finally, join me for Coffee with the Principal on Thursday, Dec. 6th at 8:15 a.m. for coffee and pastries.  This will be your opportunity for an informal Q&A about past, present, and future of Standley Middle School.  I look forward to seeing you there.  

11/16/2018

 

Hello Standley Families,

 

This is Principal Bill Pearson calling to remind you that next week is Thanksgiving Break.  Students should return on Monday, November 26th to regularly scheduled classes.  I want to take this opportunity to share a few things I am thankful for.   I am thankful for our students who come to school every day ready to learn – you give us all a daily reminder of what is important and why we are here.  I am thankful for the support of the parents in creating the fantastic partnerships for our students.  I am thankful for the teachers, support staff, and administrators who really care about our students academically, physically, socially and have the best interests of our students at heart.  I am also thankful for our volunteers who enthusiastically contribute so much to our school.  Please be sure your students take the time to rest and reflect on what they are thankful for so they can be ready to give their best when they return.

 

For all of you early shoppers out there I want to remind you that you can order your official Standley Seahawks attire for youth and adults online.  Just go to our Standley Webpage and click on the link provided in the slide show.

 

https://apparelnow.com/standley-middle-school-spirit-shop-apparel

 

Spirit gear is the perfect gift for the holidays!

11/9/18 6 p.m.

Hello Standley Families,

This is Principal Bill Pearson calling with your weekly update.  I want to remind you that Monday, November 12th is Veteran’s day and school will NOT be in session.  School will resume on Tuesday with a normal schedule.

In observance of Veteran’s day please thank those in your life who delayed plans for college, marriage, and other opportunities by choosing to serve.  Thank them for braving the hardship and atrocities of war and thank them for serving as a heroic example of who we are and what we can dream to be.  The Standley AVID program is trying to serve others through a canned food drive ending next Thursday.  Students can drop off canned goods in the office or the classroom to support this great cause.  Last but not least, the Green Team will be hosting a recycling fair on Friday to promote campus awareness of this important topic and just another way our students are giving back to the world around them.

11/2/18 6 p.m.

Hello Standley Families,

This is Principal Bill Pearson calling with your weekly update.  Remember to set your clocks back this weekend due to the end of Daylight Savings time.  Turn them back 1 hour before you go to bed Saturday night or when you get up Sunday morning .  Our last school tour for those interested in CHOICE enrollment is scheduled for Tuesday the 6th  at 2:00 and the deadline for CHOICE enrollment is November 13th.  We would like to thank Torrey Pines Church for helping beautify our campus through a service project where they installed a beautiful Mural on the library building and renewed our chalk boards around campus.  We are very appreciative our active and involved community.   Finally, don’t forget that Veteran’s Day is coming up on November 12th and school will not be in session.

10/26/18 6 p.m.

Hello Standley Families,

This is Principal Bill Pearson with your weekly update.  All 8th grade students in attendance today attended a presentation by MADD, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, as a conclusion to our Red Ribbon Week supporting anti-drug awareness.  We encourage you to talk your child about making good choices when it comes to drugs and alcohol.  Our counselors are available should you need support in any difficulties that arise.  Next week is Halloween and our annual Fright Night event.  We understand many students may be participating in Halloween activities after school and may bring their costumes with them in a bag or back pack however, students are not allowed to wear costumes or masks at school.  Please do not bring any weapon related accessories to school.  They may show their spirit with Halloween themed shirts, hats, or colors.  We are almost sold out for Fright Night scheduled next Friday so get your tickets at the financial office soon.  Thank you for your support.

10/19/18 6 p.m.

This is Principal Bill Pearson calling with your weekly update.  All students in attendance today should have received a progress report in their last class.  Please review the report with your child and praise or encourage accordingly.  If you would like more information about the grade log on to PowerSchool, your student knows the login and password, and click on each overall grade to see a list of assignments for that class.  Yesterday, Standley participated in The Great Shakeout earthquake preparedness drill.  All students practiced duck and cover in the classrooms followed by an evacuation.  Drills help us be prepared in case of a real emergency and we would like you to help us make that happen.  If you know your contact information for parent/guardians or emergency contacts has changed, please let us know.  If you are not sure, give us a call and we can verify that for you.  We want to make sure nothing stands in the way of reuniting you and your child in case of a real emergency.  Finally, next week is Red Ribbon Week and each day is a special theme to support drug awareness.  Your child can start on Monday by wearing Hawaiian leis or clothing to support “Lay off drugs” day.

10/12/18 6 p.m.

This is Principal Bill Pearson with your weekly update.  Today was the end of the first grading period and all students will be getting a progress report next Friday.  The Scholastic Book Fair is back all next week thanks to the support of the PTSA and community volunteers.  Students will be coming in with one of their classes and it will be open during school hours.  If you have an hour or more to give next week in support of Standley and the PTSA please visit the PTSA website at www.standleyptsa.org  and click on the Volunteer Link.  We truly appreciate your support.  Our first big student event, Fright Night, is scheduled Friday, November 2nd and tickets are on sale now for $5 in the financial office.  This event sells out every year so don’t delay. Finally, don’t forget to join us at the UC Educate Octoberfest tomorrow at Standley Park and the next UC Cluster meeting is Monday, 4:30 at UC High.

 

10/5/18 6 p.m.

This is Principal Bill Pearson with your weekly update.  Thank you to all the parents who made it to the PTSA Parent Mixer yesterday.  I enjoyed the opportunity to meet you and see the community together.  Remember, its never to late to join the PTSA so head over to our website and click the link for the PTSA.  Tutoring began this week and the media center was packed with students getting homework done and asking questions.  If your child would like to attend have them sign up in the office at lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Finally, you may remember that K-9 Office Blitz gave presentations last week to 6th graders and will be visiting several times this year.  Pursuant to Administrative Procedures here is something you must know.  In an ongoing effort to eliminate drugs  from all Middle School and High School campuses, the San Diego Unified School District will utilize a Certified Narcotics Detection Dog and Certified Police Dog Handler from the SDUSD Police Department.  Use of the Drug Detection Dog within SDUSD Schools is in compliance with Federal, State and City codes.  Use of the Narcotics Detection Dog will begin immediately and there is no foreseen end date.  All Narcotics, Weapons, Contraband and other illegal items recovered will be dealt with in accordance with Federal, State, City, and SDUSD Law(s).  Person(s) are not sniffed by Canine.

9/28/18 6 p.m.

Hello Standley Families!

This is Principal Bill Pearson with your weekly update.  A big thanks to all the families who showed up to support their child and the school at Back to School night on Wednesday.  It was a fantastic turnout and we appreciate your partnership in the education of your child.  The end of the grading period is October 12th and we are encouraging students to take ownership by knowing their grades now and taking action.  Next week, on Tuesday and Thursday, Homework Club and the UC Educate Math Academy, now combined as the Homework Academy, will be open for students in the Media Center after school from 3-4.  A late bus will be provided for students who normally ride the bus.  We appreciate the support of the UC Educate foundation helping us fund and staff this program.  We will have teachers, community members, and high school students available to support students in Math and all other subjects.  Your child must sign up in the office each Tuesday and Thursday during lunch to attend.  Finally, all sixth grade students in attendance today saw a presentation by our K9 Narcotics Officer Blitz.  Officer Blitz will be visiting the school several times over the course of the year to ensure our campus is safe and free of illegal drugs.

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.