Tolt Middle School
3740 Tolt Ave
Carnation, WA 98014

February 2019



Important Phone Numbers

Main Office:


Attendance Office:   


Counseling Office:  



Office Hours

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





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Check grades weekly with your student at:






Mon./Wed./Thur. bus leaves Tolt @ 5:00

1st stop: Stillwater Church

2nd stop: CHS

3rd stop: 2nd & Stevens  



Tues. bus leaves Tolt @ 4:30

Bus #1: Duvall

1st stop: Stillwater Church

2nd stop: CHS

3rd stop: 2nd & Stevens 


TMS is collecting GM Boxtops and Campbells Soup Labels. 

Help our school earn extra $$$$

Turn them into your 6th period teacher.

A Letter from our Principal

Dear Thunderbird Families,

It's hard to believe we're halfway through the school year. It continues to be a joy to help our students to maximize their academic and personal growth. As we head into third quarter, we will continue to increase our expectations of students by asking them to think at higher levels, consider deeper ideas, and work on more rigorous assignments. At the same time, know we will support our students to do so and encourage them along the way.

Registration for next year is just around the corner. Cedarcrest High School will be hosting its 8th grade parent night on Tuesday, February 12th from 6:30-8 pm in the CHS theater. Cedarcrest counselors will discuss registration in our 8th grade science classes on February 13th and 14th. Tolt counselors will distribute registration materials in our 6th and 7th grade science classes on February 20th and 21st. Registrations forms will require a parent/guardian signature and are due the following week when Tolt counselors will return to classes to help students enter their selected electives into Skyward. Also, placement letters for next year's language arts and math classes at Tolt will be mailed after mid-winter break, which is earlier than in previous years.

Thanks to several organizations, we have increased the number of AEDs on our campus from one to four. In addition to the AED in our main office, we now have AEDs in our LRC (donated by the Duvall Police Department), by our track (donated by Eastside Fire & Rescue) and in our gym (purchased by our ASB). We are grateful we are now better equipped should we have a life-threatening emergency on our campus.

There are so many wonderful things happening at Tolt. Thank you for sharing your children with us and allowing us to teach, influence, challenge, and inspire them as they grow into young adults with the passion and skills to make a positive difference in our community.

Partnering with you,

Amie Karkainen, Principal




Riverview CEE Survey

Dear Parents and Guardians:

I want to thank you for all you do to support our students. I appreciate the support and volunteer time you commit towards making Riverview great!

Every two years, we work with the Center for Educational Effectiveness ("CEE") to survey parents/guardians, students and staff about our schools, departments, and district. The information assists us in improvement efforts, grant funding, and the planning of professional learning at all levels.

We are asking that you take a few minutes to provide us information by completing this very important survey. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete and will close on February 15.

The Riverview School District thanks you in advance for participation in this year's survey. Your insights and perspectives help us celebrate our successes, as well as guide improvement efforts in our district.


Dr. Anthony L. Smith
Riverview School District



8th Grade Parent Night at CHS


TUESDAY, February 12

6:30-8:00 PM CHS THEATER


Parents of current 8th grade students are invited to join Cedarcrest administrators and staff representatives on Tuesday, February 12th to hear information about the Cedarcrest High School experience.  Information including graduation requirements, support services, extra-curricular opportunities and participation/eligiblity requirements for athletics will be presented. All parents are encouraged to attend this important meeting.

Reminder:  The 8th grade parent night meeting is for parents/guardians only.

Cedarcrest High School Counselors will be at Tolt Middle School on Wednesday and Thursday, February 13th and February 14th to work with 8th grade students on their schedule requests.

Have you had a recent address change?

Please contact CHS registrar Mrs. Frost @ 425-844-4808 with any changes.



Cedarcrest Honors Class Information for 8th Graders


2019-2020 CHS HONORS 


The opportunity for current 8th grade students to apply for high school honors classes will be available on-line on the CHS Website starting Friday, February 8th.  Applications are due on or before Monday, February 25th.


8th Grade Dance.... Save the Date 

Save the date for the 8th Grade Dance!!!

Friday, June 7, 2019

To volunteer for the committee (8th grade parents) or as a chaperone (great for 6th or 7th grade parents), contact Denise Beck


Multi-Age Applications

Tolt Middle School Academic Program & 

Multi-Age Program  Application Process

Parent Information Meeting:

Monday, March 7th, 2019, 7:30PM in Room E-505

When to apply:

Applications are accepted from January 28th through March 18th, 2019.

Applications can be turned in to Tolt Middle School office, or to Jeff Cornish (

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered for placement.

When will I learn if my child has been chosen for the Multi-Age Program?

All parents who apply are informed by direct mail by the end of May. Parents of children who are not chosen will also receive a letter at the same time.

How does the Waiting List work?

All applicants, who have met the deadline, are automatically placed on it. In the event that a child leaves the Multi-Age Program before the beginning of the new year, a name will be pulled lottery-style from the qualifying names on the list of that year's applicants. To keep our balance, we strive to replace students with similar students. For example, if a seventh grade boy moves away from our district, then a seventh grade boy would be selected from the waiting list. If more than one qualifying applicant is on the list, in this case a 7th grade boy, then the lottery system will be used.

We only use the Waiting List during the summer and through the first week of the present new school year. It is school procedure not to take kids out of their classes after the first week of school. After the first week of school that Waiting List is eliminated.


Students of the Month

Congratulations to our 

January Students of the Month!!

Gabe Arroyo
Annabelle Brady
Jamison Briggs
Aiden Bymaster
Lauren Davidson
Nikolai Decneut
Eshan Fawzan
Eva Gill
Enzo Giovengo
Xitlaly Gonzalez
Eva Green
London Haley
Brodie Hamlin
Monserrat Jimenez Mata
Tyler Kautz
Daniel Kreymer
Anne Krueger
Olivia Larson
Oliver MacCubbin
Dylan Martin
Emma McGee
Elin Orvendal
Thomas Paape
Ella Proffitt
Hallie Puhrmann
Aaron Quinones-Orozco
Bryant Reid
Laurel Robinson
Chiara Scheumann
Julia Taylor
Riley Thompson
Jacob Young
Avery Zlateff


National Junior Honor Society 

Applications for membership into next year's National Junior Honor Society are being accepted from February 1 through March 1, 2019. 

Students in 6th & 7th grade may apply. Students are required to have a cumulative gpa of 3.4 and exhibit strong character and leadership at Tolt. Service hours are also required for membership. 

Details can be found on the two page application, which can be picked up in the office, through Mrs. Switaj or Mrs. Pellham, the advisers, or accessed on the Tolt Middle School website


Nurse's Notes 


Stop Germs in February!

Flu/Respiratory Virus/Stomach Virus and more season is here. Please make sure to wash your hands, cough into your elbow, do not share beverage containers, and stay home/keep your student home if you/they are sick.

Measles outbreak in multiple Washington counties

OLYMPIA - The Washington State Department of Health announced today (January 24) that a King County resident with measles and several Clark County cases may have been exposed to the virus in a public location where all were present the same day and time period during their likely exposure period.

The department is supporting local public health agencies with disease investigation, laboratory testing and other efforts to protect their communities. A current statewide case count for the measles outbreak is available on the department's website and will be updated daily.

Additional details on exposure sites can be found on the Public Health - Seattle & King County and Clark County Public Health websites.

Measles is highly contagious (page 86), and can be serious, especially for young children. Measles is easily spread when an infected person breathes, coughs, or sneezes. Almost everyone who has not had the vaccine will get measles if they are exposed to the measles virus.

Our school district nurses are aware of this outbreak and remaining diligent for any possible cases. At this point in time, there is NOT cause for significant concern of large exposure in our district; however, please be diligent in following our school policies for illness and keeping students at home and follow very diligent handwashing and germ spread tips below! If you have any questions please talk to Nurse Rachel at 425-844-4662.

Additional resources:

Stop the spread of germs. Here are some actions you can take to stop the spread of germs.

    • 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 your arm or a tissue. Then throw the tissue away!
    • Disinfect surfaces and objects that may contain germs.

AED's for Tolt!!

Thanks to the support of the Duvall Police & Fire Department, Eastside Fire & Rescue, and the Tolt ASB our school now has FOUR AED's to serve our staff, students, and community!! I am absolutely ecstatic about this and so grateful for the support of these organizations in making this possible. We now have an AED in the LRC, lobby of the gym, and the PE equipment storage room by the track. We also still have our main office AED. These devices are all clearly marked and ready for use if needed. If you would like to know how to use an AED or be trained for AED/CPR please find a class happening near you - American Heart Association Class Offerings. One person dies every two minutes from Sudden Cardiac Arrhythmia - please be sure you are trained in how to use these life saving devices!

Rachel Tomczek, RN

Thank you for helping us keep everyone at school healthy!


Tolt PTSA!

Mark your calendars!! 

General Meeting and BINGO Night: RESCHEDULED...New date is March 15th

Please join us for our next PTSA General Membership Meeting just prior to the Family Game Night on Friday, March 15th. The meeting will start at 6pm, and the game night will start at 6:30 pm. We need at least 10 members present to meet our quorum for voting on business and initiatives.  

BINGO Night -

$5 for a packet of bingo cards and $1 blackout cards. Many great prizes and Concessions will be available for purchase. We hope to see you there!

New Board Members Needed for 2019-2020! 

If you are interested in finding out more about a position or interested in joining the board please contact Leigh-Ann Gutmann -

TOLT Student Store  

  • The Tolt Student Store will offer another Gift Gram on Thursday, February 14th. 
  • What is a Gift Gram?  It's a special sweet treat that kids can get ONLY through Gift Gram.  The treats are available by PRE-ORDER ONLY.  THEY CANNOT BE PURCHASED THE DAY OF.  
  • When kids pre-order a Gift Gram at $1 each, they will receive a paper with instructions on how to redeem their treat.  
  • Gift Grams can be purchased with cash or punch cards.  Kids can only purchase 1 Gift Gram for themselves but can purchase more to give to their friends.  
  • Gift Grams can be pre-ordered on 2/11, 2/12, and 2/13.  They can be redeemed on 2/14 ONLY.

Want to volunteer at the Student Store?  Please contact Kristen Federico at  We'd love to have you!


Tolt PTSA has received the WA State PTA Gold Membership Growth Award! Thank you to all of our members. We are currently on our way to our goal of 300 members this year, but we need your help! Joining PTSA does not require volunteering or attending meetings. It simply shows your support for programs that impact our students, from our student store to teacher grants and weekend power packs. Please join today at


Congrats to the following Thunderbirds who advanced to the WA State PTA level of the competition: 

Jayden Tierney - Literature 

Julianna White - Dance 

Tyler Ingram - Visual Arts

Eloise Hart - Visual Arts

Samantha Benisch - Visual Arts


Choice Transfer Applications 




Calendar of Events

2/1               No School

2/4               1st Day of 2nd Semester

2/8               Early Release @ 1:27 pm

2/12             8th Grade Parent Night at 6:30 @ CHS

2/15-2/19     No School - Mid-Winter Break

2/22             Full Day Friday

2/28             Student of the Month Ceremony

3/1               Early Release @ 1:27 pm



 State Law (RCW 28A-600.420 and School District Policy 3200 prohibit the possession of firearms and weapons at school.  This law pertains to guns, knives, clubs, firecrackers, and explosives.  Dangerous weapons also include toy or "dummy" or look-alike objects.  The full text of the law and the definitions of dangerous weapons, as provided RCW9.41.250 and RCW 9.41.280, are on file in the school office.  Possession of firearms on school property will result in a one year mandatory expulsion, subject to appeal with notification to parents and law enforcement.  Any violations of these guidelines by students constitutes grounds for expulsion from the Riverview School District and the public schools of the State of Washington, in accordance with the due process provisions of Washington State Law and Board Policy



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 (Molly Lutz, 425-844-4500) at 15510 1st Ave. NE, Duvall, WA 98019.