Small Thunderbird

Tolt Middle School  

3740 Tolt Avenue

Carnation, WA 98014 


April 2019   






Important Phone Numbers

Main Office:


Attendance Office:   425-844-4606

Counseling Office:  


Office Hours

7:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.




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Mon.,Wed. & Thus.

 bus leaves @ 5:00

Tues. bus leaves @ 4:30


1st stop: Stillwater Church

2nd stop: CHS

3rd stop: 2nd & Stevens


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A Letter from the Principal


Dear Thunderbird Families,


Welcome to our incoming 5th grade families! To help families transition into Tolt, we begin sending our monthly newsletter to them after our 5th Grade Parent Night in March. It was great to meet so many of our new families and share how we help students to have positive middle school years.


We had many successful events throughout March, including our final academic WEB follow-up on cooperation, an after-school WEB social making friendship bracelets, a packed concert featuring our middle school and elementary band students, a professional recording by our choir students, a fun PTSA game night, an assembly helping students to prevent cyberbullying and harassment, a solid performance by our Math Team at the state competition, and strong season finishes for our boys' basketball and girls' soccer teams. We are thankful for your ongoing support so we can provide these opportunities to our students.


Families of current 5th, 6th and 7th grade students should have received a letter in the mail with your student's math and language arts placement for the 2019/2020 school year. These letters were mailed earlier than in previous years so our pre-honors appeals process could be completed before summer.  Next year's placement criteria is very similar to what has been used in the past. Note that this spring's SBA (Smarter Balanced Assessment) scores will be considered in pre-honors appeals decisions.


Our testing season is fast approaching. Please mark your calendars to make sure your student is at school and ready to do their best on testing days. 8th grade science testing will take place the week of May 13th through May 17th. All students will take the SBA Math exam on May 21st and 22nd. All students will take the SBA Language Arts exams on May 29th and 30th.


It is always important for your student to consistently be at school. Simply put, we can't help your student learn when they aren't here. While assignments can be made up, classroom experiences cannot be replicated. Your efforts to schedule appointments outside of school hours, when possible, and to plan family vacations during our breaks help your student maximize their learning. Of course, please do keep your student home when they are sick. Thank you to our families who prioritize good attendance.


Have a wonderful spring break!


In partnership with you,


Amie Karkainen, Principal




Online Grade Checks

Skyward Online provides parents with valuable information:  

  • Grades
  • Attendance Record
  • Student Info 
  • Food Service account information 
  • Fee Management
  • Health Information


Forgot your password or need help logging on?  

Please contact:  Mardi Rezoski, Tolt Registrar,  425-844-4607 or




Ear Buds

Ear buds are a required school supply that each student needs to have in their backpack at all times. Ear buds are required for daily class projects as well as State testing in the Spring. 


ALL students will need a pair of ear buds (wired headphones). Please note that Airpods and other wireless headphones are not able to be used during State Testing.   


Please check with your child to see if they have ear buds in their backpack. Please be aware that ear buds are sold by the PTSA at the student store on campus. 


Thank you for continuing to guide your child toward success! 




Save the Dates: State Assessments

In May, Tolt students will participate in the annual required state testing assessments.


Our main priority regarding the rules of testing is that once a student begins testing on a certain day, that student must finish testing that same day. It is important that students attend school on time on testing days. We have limited make-up days scheduled for those who are absent for reasons outside of their control. However, please note that students perform better when they test with their peers on the regular testing schedule rather than being pulled from classes to make up a testing session. Plan to schedule any medical, dental, etc., appointments for your child outside of the testing window, or if unavoidable, in the afternoon on testing days. We appreciate your help with this!


Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS) - 8th Graders Only

The 8th grade Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS)will be administered to Tolt 8th graders. The testing will take place during the week of

May 13th through May 17th in the students' respective science class. The WCAS is an untimed test taken on a computer; it usually takes students 90-120 minutes to complete.

Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) - 6th, 7th, and 8th Graders

We continue our testing cycle with the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) in math and English/Language Arts for all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Testing sessions will take place in the morning. Tuesday, May 21st and Wednesday, May 22nd, students will take the two math portions of the test. The following week, students will test on Wednesday, May 29th and Thursday, May 30th, completing the two English/Language Arts portions of the test.  Each test will be provided a 120-minute window. All SBA testing is done on the computer.


If you have questions regarding the state assessments, please call 425-844-4600 to speak with Assistant Principal Tom Oldenburg. Parents may opt their children out the tests but must come in person to Tolt's Counseling Center to complete a Riverview School District assessment refusal form which we are required to keep on file. This form is available at the desk of our registrar, Mardi Rezoski, in the Counseling Center. All refusal forms must be submitted by 1PM on Friday, April 26th.


More information regarding state assessments at Tolt will be shared with you in the coming weeks.




Tolt Sports

Track season begins today, Monday April 1, 2019 (no practices during spring break) and all grade levels are eligible to participate.  

  • Uniforms are loaned to students and are expected to be returned clean and in good shape.  
  • Students will be issued a sports locker if needed.  
  • Practices are Monday-Thursday from 3:15-4:45pm.  
  • The Activity Bus will run Monday, Wednesday & Thursdays throughout the season. Students need to arrange a ride home on Tuesdays.



The Tolt Middle School Golf Experience will take place on Tuesdays 3:00-4:30 p.m.  There is no registration paperwork or physical required and the only fees are to use the driving range or play the course.

  • Starting Tuesday, April 16thd and running until Tuesday, May 21st.  
  • Blue Heron golf course in Carnation. 
  • Students need to provide their own transportation and clubs.  
  • Cost is $5.00 a day to use the driving range and $10 to play the course.  
  • Please see Mr. LaBrie in K-803 to sign up and get more information.



Nurse's Notes 


A Healthy Spring Has Sprung! 

  • Stop the spread of germs. 
    • Here are some actions you can take to stop the spread of germs this spring:
      • Frequently wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub.
      • Try to avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth since germs tend to spread in this way.
      • When coughing and/or sneezing try to cover    your nose and mouth with the crook of you arm or a tissue. Then throw the tissue away.
      • Disinfect surfaces and objects that may conatin germs.
  •  AAAaaachoooo!!!! 
    • With the arrival of spring also comes allergy season and with how swiftly our season changed the allergies sprang with a bang! If your student has allergies, please make sure they start on medication now rather than waiting until allergy symptoms are extreme. Prevention is best! If your student needs allergy medicine at school, talk to Nurse Rachel for information on what the process is.
  •  Additional vaccination recommendation for middle school students.It is recommended that students at 11-12 years of age receive the meningococcal vaccination. This vaccine is recommended but not required for school. Please talk with your health care provider regarding this vaccination. See the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Website for more information.
  •  Healthy Eating. It is important for adolescents to follow a healthy eating pattern that involves a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, dairy products, a variety of protein foods, and oils. Eating a diet rich in these things is important for proper growth and development. Eating a healthy diet also helps to prevent various health conditions.
  •  Drink plenty of water. Drinking adequate amounts of water during the day helps increase energy levels and relieves fatigue. It keeps you hydrated and helps to flush toxins out of your body.  
  •  Our Youth Success! Mentoring Program starts next school year. If you're interested in becoming a mentor please talk with Nurse Rachel. We'd love to have you join the program!

Preventive Care Video Contest for Adolescents!


The Washington State Department of Health has teamed up with health care providers to sponsor a contest that seeks creative approaches to remind young people to take control of their health and get their annual checkup.


The most popular video in each age category will win $200, and the chance to work with the Department of Health on a public service campaign that can make a difference in working towards a healthier Washington.


You don't have to be a health nut or future brain surgeon, we just want ideas that will really work at getting attention and sticking in someone's mind until they have to pay attention.


The contest is open to Washington state residents ages 13 to 20. The contest runs March 1 to April 14, 2019. Find out more at, or if you're ready to upload your visit go to the contest web page.


If you have questions about the contest, please talk with Nurse Rachel at or 425-844-4662.


Why Well-Care Visits Matter

Even if you're feeling healthy, well-care visits provide a valuable opportunity to touch base with a health care professional.

  • They are a chance to keep up with immunizations and get an annual flu vaccination.
  • Providers can screen for depression when the patient comes in for a checkup, offering an opportunity for the patient to receive care and evaluations that they may not receive otherwise.
  • Checkups are a chance to get advice and medical care throughout puberty and guidance to make healthy choices.

Under the Affordable Care Act, insurance plans must cover well-care visits. Depending on your insurance, teens may be able to get well-care checkups at no cost. Check with your insurance company to learn more.

  •  Use a quick tool from to see which preventive services you or a family member may need based on age. And check its resources on the different types of doctor visits.
  • Ready to take action for your own health? If you don't already have a provider, visit the state health benefit exchange for information.




Library Connections  

April is National Poetry Month!

It's that time of the year when we celebrate all things poetry. Poetry comes in many forms - spoken word poetry, visual poetry, novels in verse, traditional poetry. If you need help finding new poems, try The Poetry Foundation at where you can sort poems by age group such as poems for children or teens, or The Academy of American Poets website (they started National Poetry Month) at where you can even sign up to receive a poem a day for the month. April 18th is Poem in Your Pocket Day, so don't forget to find a favorite poem and keep it on hand to share with others spreading the joy of poetry.


March Madness

This year we switched things up and ran two March Madness competitions - one for graphic novels and one for fiction novels. We started with the Sweet Sixteen in each category and the final results are just in.........The winners of March Madness in the Library 2019 are:

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier (graphic novel)

Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper (fiction novel)

Congratulations to the Champion Books!


Spring Break Reads?

Stock up on reading material before you head off for spring break - whether sitting on a beach or in a coffee lounge or in your pjs on your comfy couch with your dog by your side - books are great windows into other worlds. Make sure to spend some quality time with a book over break!




8th Grade Families Save the Dates

June 7th: 8th Grade Dance, 7pm @ ESC

June 21st: 8th Graders to Wild Waves

June 25th: Moving Up Ceremony, 6pm @ CHS




5th Grade Families Save the Date  

June 6th: 5th Grade Transition Event at Tolt 2:30pm - 5:30 pm




Students of the Month

The following students were recognized at our 

March Students of the Month ceremony.  



Yoseima Avalos

Jason Bean

Leah Cammarano

Ava Clark

Nico Cusimano

Lelsy Estrella

Easton Farrell

Ben Floyd

Emelia Foster

Valeria  Guillen-Torres

Henry Hammer

Aine Kelly

Kassie Kliemann

Madison Knowles

Ashton Lappier


Elise Luoto

Mitch Malmin

Casey Mineo

Rachel Morris

Emma Murphy

Samantha Nagy

Elsa Rindal

Adam Sanchez

Sarah Schaefer

Annabelle Senn

Jakob Sikes

Murphy Vliem

Tristen  Yim

Jacob Young

Olivia Zeiler




8th Grade Dance Tickets On Sale Now

Save the Date for the Tolt 8th Grade Dance

Friday, June 7, 2019 at 7 pm 


Buy your ticket now

Tickets are $15 in advance and are available now to purchase online.



We are also looking for 8th grade parent volunteers for food, set-up and clean up and 6th and 7th grade parent only for chaperoning.  If you are interested or would like more information about the dance, please contact Denise Beck at     






Thank you to all who participated in Game Night on March 15th!! They were lots of fabulous prizes for the lucky winners! 


Thank you also for joining us for our General Membership Meeting beforehand. We voted in the Nominating Committee - Jenn Anderson, Kristen Federico and Andrea McKiernan. They will be nominating people for the Board next year. If you are interested in a Tolt PTS Board position, please contact one of the committee members.


Any question regarding the board positions, please feel free to contact me as well.

Leigh-Ann Gutmann

Tolt PTSA President 2018-19


Tolt Student Store

DO YOU NEED EAR BUDS for your Student (Mandatory in many classrooms AND for upcoming Testing in May)? Or maybe your student needs an extra pencil or two for testing? Send them down to the student store where we have those supplies and many more for school! Ear Buds are just $6, and pencils are $.25 (we also have .5 and .7mm lead refills for $2).


Please remember, it is very hard for us to break $20 bills, so sending your child with one or five dollar bills or even a $10 bill for a larger purchase is highly encouraged, so we can make sure we are able to except their money for the purchase.  We also SELL $5 and $10 Punch Cards for your student. Cards are kept at the Store!


If you are interested in volunteering at the Student Store, please contact Kristen Federico at  We'd love to have you!




Calendar of Events


4/1                              First day of Track

4/5                              Early Release at 1:27 p.m.

4/8-4/12                     NO SCHOOL- Spring Break

4/16                            First day of Golf

4/19                            Full Day Friday

4/24                            End of 3rd quarter

4/25                            Student of the Month Ceremony 8:40 am

4/26                            Full Day Friday




5/3                               Full Day Friday

5/10                             Full Day Friday

5/13 - 5/17                   WCAS Testing, 8th Graders only

5/17                             Full Day Friday

5/21,22, 29 & 30         Smarter Balanced Testing ALL grades

5/24                             Early Release at 1:27 p.m.

5/27                             No School: Memorial Day

5/31                             Full Day Friday



6/1                      REF Run

6/6                      5th Grade Transition Event 2:30pm - 5:30pm

6/7                      8th Grade Dance @ ESC

6/7                      Early Release at 1:27 p.m.

6/14                    Early Release at 1:27 p.m.

6/21                    8th Grade to Wild Waves

6/21                    Full Day Friday

6/25                    Last Day of School: Full Day, dismiss @ 2:57pm

6/25                    8th Grade Moving-Up ceremony, 6:00pm @ CHS





The Riverview School District complies with all federal and state statutes and regulations and does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.  This holds true for all district employment and student opportunities.  Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the school district's Title IX/RCW 28A.640 Officer (Janet L. Gavigan, 425-844-4500) and Section 504/ADA Coordinator (Dr. Ken Heikkila, 425-844-4500) at 15510 1st Ave. NE, Duvall, WA 98019.