The General Gist

This Week’s Events:

Oct. 14: Columbus Day (NO SCHOOL)

Oct. 15-18: Fall School Spirit Week

Oct. 15: EMS Team Meeting, Library, 7:15 am

*Oct. 15: Futures Track and Field Meet, North Mason HS, 3:00 pm

Oct. 15: Baseball @ Hawkins, 3:30 pm

Oct. 15: Fastpitch vs. Cedar Heights, 3:30 pm

Oct. 15: IM Bowling Game 5 @ Hi-Joy Bowl

Oct. 15: PTSA Board Meeting, Library, 6-7 pm

Oct. 16: End of 1st Six Weeks Grading Period

*Oct. 16: Sub-Districts Track and Field Meet, SKHS, 3:00 pm

Oct. 16: Baseball vs. Cedar Heights, 3:30 pm

Oct. 16: Fastpitch vs. Curtis, 3:30 pm

Oct. 17: Great Washington Shakeout Earthquake Drill, Start of 3rd Period (Evacuation weather-dependent)

Oct. 17: JV Baseball vs. Marcus Whitman, 3:30 pm

Oct. 17: IM Bowling Game 6 @ Hi-Joy Bowl

Oct. 18: Winter 1 Coaches Meeting, Counseling Office Conference Room, 7:15 am

Oct. 18: Spirit Assembly, Gym, PM Assembly Schedule



Events on the Horizon (Tentative):

Oct. 22: National Mix It Up at Lunch Day, All 3 Lunches

Oct. 22: 1st Six Weeks No Tardy Party, Homeroom Periods

Oct. 22: HIV/AIDS Parent Curriculum Review Night, SKSD Office, 5:45-7:00 pm

*Oct. 23: League Championship Track and Field Meet, Integrity Stadium (CKHS), 3:00 pm

Oct. 24: SKEA/Nuts & Bolts (PSAT Proctor Training), Library, 7:15 am

Oct. 24: Student HIB Training, Periods 1 (7th), 3 (6th), 5 (8th)

Oct. 25: Fall Harvest Dance, Commons and Gym, 3-5 pm

*Oct. 28: Student Picture Re-Takes, Gym, All 3 Lunches

Oct. 28: Academic Awards Assembly, Gym, PM Assembly Schedule

*Oct. 28: Winter 1 Sports Turnouts Begin

Oct. 29-Nov. 1: Middle School Parent Conference Week

Oct. 30: No Late Start, Early Release

*Nov. 5: Guiding Coalition, Library, 3:15-5 pm

Nov. 7: Vision & Hearing Screening, Library, 8:20 am

*Nov. 8: Veterans Day Assembly, Gym, AM Assembly Schedule

Nov. 12: AVID Site Team Meeting, Upstairs Conference Room, 7:15-7:55 am

*Nov. 12: PSAT 8/9 Pre-Administration (7th and 8th grade), Homeroom Schedule

Nov. 14: Unity Council Meeting, Library, 7 am

*Nov. 14: PSAT (Rooms and proctors to be Assigned)

Nov. 14: Staff Appreciation Lunch Provided by Costco (Pizza and Cookie), Staff Lounge, All 3 Lunches

*Nov. 14: AVID Family Night, Commons, Time TBA

*Nov. 19: EMS Team Meeting, Library, 7:15 am

*Nov. 21: SKEA/Nuts & Bolts, Library, 7:15 am

*Nov. 27 No Late Start, Early Release

*Dec. 2: End of 2nd Six Weeks

*Dec. 2-6: Holiday Wishes Kickoff

*Dec. 3: Guiding Coalition, Library, 3:15-5 pm

*Dec. 5: Staff Training, Library, 7:15 am

*Dec. 10: EMS Team Meeting, Library, 7:15 am

*Dec. 10: 6th-8th Grade Band Concert

*Dec. 11: 6th-8th Grade Choir & Orchestra Concert

*Dec. 16-20: Holiday Spirit Week

*Dec. 19: SKEA/Nuts & Bolts, Library, 7:15 am

*Dec. 20: Holiday Extravaganza (Early Release, Special Schedule)

*Dec. 23-Jan. 3: Winter Break (NO SCHOOL)


*New events added to the General Gist this week




Day of Week





Starts on…

Anime Club



Portable 3



Oct. 21

Art Club






Sept. 24

Diversity Club






Sept. 23

Jazz Band







Literature Club








Tues & Thur



Shappler & Vickers



Photography Club*

Friday (7:15)


Portable 4



Oct. 4


Wed & Thur



Tetz & Lantz


Oct. 2

Yearbook Club

Tues & Thur





Sept. 9

*Photography Club will meet at 7:15 am on Fridays until Nov. 1 when it will start meeting from 3-4 pm.




Happy Monday!


The sights and smells of fall bring back lots of memories.  Postseason major league baseball is one of them, and last Wednesday’s Game 5 of the National League Divisional Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals was a doozy!


If you didn’t catch the game, the Dodgers were hosting the Nationals in the deciding game of the NLDS, knotted at two games apiece.  The heavy favorite Dodgers were up 3-1 on masterful pitching heading into the 8th inning.  They were only six outs away from securing the Game 5 victory and a spot in the National League Championship Series.  Being a resilient bunch, the Nationals battled back to tie the game 3-3 in the 8th inning which is where things stood when the Nationals loaded the bases in the 10th inning.  Stepping into the batter’s box for the Nationals was utility man Howie Kendrick, a veteran ballplayer with 13 years of experience.  Up to that point, Kendrick had been the goat of the series, committing three fielding errors and a bad baserunning mistake.  Needing only a sacrifice fly to score the go-ahead run, Kendrick over-delivered, smashing a grand slam home run over the centerfield wall, giving the Nationals an insurmountable 7-3 lead and eventual victory in the series.


In an on-field, postgame interview, Kendrick was asked how satisfying it must have felt to hit that grand slam considering some of the errors he made in the series (ouch!).  Kendrick’s reply was better than his hit: “There is no success without effort or error,” Kendrick said.  He then went on to mention how he had the support of teammates and coaches who believed in him.  As an example, 3rd baseman Anthony Rendon had this to say about his teammate: “Oh man, Howie’s been doing this all year, so personally it was no surprise.  He’s the epitome of a professional hitter.  He’s what, he’s like 45 years old and still doing this.  But, man, I mean we’re all going to make mistakes, we’re all going to make errors, we’re human, we’re not perfect people, that’s a part of the game.  He’s not going to give up, he’s just going to continue to keep on trucking, and that man can hit.  So, he did what he needed to do.”


Because Kendrick had the love and support of his teammates, he felt safe to make mistakes.  Because he felt safe to mistakes, he was able to overcome adversity and demonstrate resiliency in a big moment.  Like Kendrick, our kids need to know that we believe in them.  As Rita Pierson said, “Every child deserves a champion.”



Giving Drive:

As of Friday, we were up to $1,900 in donations…a great total but still a ways from our goal of $15,000!  Our fundraiser concludes this Friday, Oct. 18.  To donate CLICK HERE.



Fall School Spirit Week:

This week (Oct. 15-18) is Fall School Spirit Week!  As usual, we will have dress up days, music and activities at lunch, and a spirit assembly on Friday.  Friday's Spirit Assembly Schedule.  There is a twist…this will be a Staff vs. Students Spirit Week, so get ready for lunch competitions and start preparing your wardrobes now!


  • Monday: NO SCHOOL
  • Tuesday: Tacky Tourist Day
  • Wednesday: Western Day
  • Thursday: Favorite Jersey Day
  • Friday: Class Colors



The Great ShakeOut:

This Thursday, Oct. 17 at the start of 3rd period, we will conduct our yearly “Great ShakeOut” Earthquake Drill.  Directions will be provided over the intercom, and we will evacuate if the weather cooperates, so dress warm!



HIB Grade Level Trainings:

Admin will be conducting our yearly HIB Grade Level Trainings on October 24 during Period 1 (7th grade), Period 3 (6th grade), and Period 5 (8th grade).  These will take place in our gym.  1st, 3rd, and 5th period



Parent Conferences:

Here’s the schedule for Fall Conferences:



Full Day

Periods 1-6


No Conferences



Half Day

11:25 Release

Periods 1, 3, 5


12:15-3 General Conferences

3-4 Dinner

4-7 General Conferences



Half Day

(No Late Start)

11:25 Release

Periods 2, 4, 6


12:15-3 Priority Conferences

3-4 Dinner

4-7 General Conferences



Half Day

11:25 Release

Periods 1, 3, 5






Half Day

11:25 Release

Periods 2, 4, 6







Conference sign-up window opens Oct. 16-Oct. 28 in Skyward Family Access.  See attached letter for directions on how to sign-up.  Fall Conferences Parent Letter 



PSAT 8/9:

As part of our AVID initiative, we will be administering the PSAT 8/9 digitally to all 8th graders on Nov. 14.  We will also administer a paper and pencil practice PSAT 8/9 to all 7th graders on the same day.  Pre-administration will occur on Nov. 12 in Homeroom on a special Homeroom Schedule.  Both exams are free to our students, and they will help prepare our students for college and career readiness.  For more information, click here.




Progress towards becoming an AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction:


Process Metrics

  • Percentage of Teachers AVID Trained – 60% required SO CLOSE…as of today, we are at 47%!
  • Percentage of Teachers Routinely Using WICOR Strategies – 70% minimum MET
  • Percentage of School Leadership Team on the AVID Site Team – 50% minimum MET


Impact Metrics

  • Percentage of all 8th Grade Students Enrolled in or Having Taken at Least one Course of Rigor – 60% minimum MET
  • Percentage of all 7th and 8th Grade Students Taking a Pre-Collegiate Exam – 70% Minimum POTENTIALLY MET




We have some incredible things happening in the world of STEAM at Sedgwick!  On Monday, our 7th grade Marine Science students took a field trip to the SEA Discovery Center in Poulsbo.  Our teachers are also out in the field, acquiring knowledge and sharpening their skills.  Check out 6th Grade Math/Science teacher, Katie Million, shown in this NASA publication highlighting a training that took place at UW.  This is just one example of Sedgwick learning, partnering, and leading the way when it comes to STEAM!






PTSA News & Notes:

Our next PTSA meeting is this Tuesday from 6-7 pm in our library…we hope you can join us!



Celebrations and Thanks:

  • Thank you to Bridgett DeHoff, Alanna Speidel, and Tiffany Wilhelm for planning and organizing our “BEE a Part of Something Great” Giving Drive.  They are wicked-talented!
  • Thank you to Courtney Willson and our ASB officers for lending their talents to our Giving Drive fundraiser video.
  • Thank you to John Scott for hanging our new weight room record boards!
  • Thank you to Scott Camacho for motivating our students through a Coin Challenge.
  • Thank you to Jerry Moses, John Scott, and Scott Camacho for their combined artistic talents on our new Giving Tree wall mural in the commons!



Quote of the Week:

“Teaching and learning should bring joy.  How powerful would our world be if we had kids who were not afraid to take risks, who were not afraid to think, and who had a champion?  Every child deserves a champion, an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.” – Rita Pierson



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