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FAQs from 6th Grade Bridge Night

Thank you for attending 6th Grade Bridge Night! We are looking forward to you joining the Washington Middle School family. Below are some questions families had that we thought might be helpful for you as well.

Q: How can I ensure that my kid’s teachers get their pronouns right?

A: Many teachers here at WAMS during the first days of school will ask students about their pronouns in order to build a welcoming and safe environment for every student to learn. We even have some teachers who use different pronouns. We welcome everyone.

Also, taken from Superintendent Procedure 3210SP.C:

Students have the right to be addressed by a name and pronoun corresponding to the gender identity they consistently assert at school. The District uses the term “preferred name” to reference names corresponding to gender identity that are different from a student’s legal name on their educational record. A Student or their parent/guardian are not required to change their gender, and a parent/guardian is not required to legally change their student’s name, as a prerequisite for the student to be addressed by the name and pronoun that corresponds to their gender identity.

The District acknowledges that initially, inadvertent slips or honest mistakes in the use of the preferred names or pronouns might occur but will not condone an intentional and persistent refusal to respect a student’s gender identity. The student’s preferred name will be included in the electronic student record system along with the student’s legal name to inform teachers of the name and pronoun to use when addressing the student.

Q: My student has a 504 Plan. How does that transfer to middle schools?

A: All 504s transfer to a student’s next school. They will be reassessed during the year as well to ensure that everything is working as it should be. You can contact our 504 Coordinator, Brianne Pan, blpan@seattleschools.org for more information.

Q: Will students stay in the same house all three years?

A: No, as we do not know our budget allocations from year to year.

Q: Can the houses get rad names instead of 1, 2, and 3?

A: Sure! That’s a cool idea. Names will be decided next year.

Q: Any differences in schedules if a student is in Highly Capable Cohort?

A: Desegregating our classes to ensure that our anti-racist classrooms look like life after high school is of the utmost importance. Differentiation is a hallmark of project-based learning, a key feature of WAMS. The teacher facilitates learning rather than being the know-it-all. Serving as the facilitator of learning allows all students to reach their potential through differentiated instruction and puts students back in charge of their education.

Teachers plan and facilitate lessons using a grade-level curriculum. Analysis of preassessment and formative assessment data is critical. This data will guide a teacher’s instructional plan for all students, including those designated as Highly Capable or Advanced Learners by the District.

Per district guidance and across Seattle Public Schools, students in middle school are enrolled in their next math course in sequence as opposed to teacher recommendations, test scores, academic program status (like HC), or other factors. 

For more information, please visit our academics page.