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Transition Events 5th-6th Grade

Dear Families,

We are excited about our incoming sixth graders starting school with us next fall. We hope you are equally excited to begin the move to middle school. While transitions can be unsettling for some, rest assured that we have planned events and activities to prepare you and your student for a successful and smooth transition into this new and exciting chapter.

Transition Events

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WEB: WEB stands for Where Everyone Belongs and is a brand new Peer-to-Peer mentor program that is being implemented at all middle schools. This spring, 7th graders were selected based on staff recommendation and their own interest to participate in WEB. In the fall, these students will help school staff welcome our 6th graders at our 6th-grade orientation. Once school starts, they will serve as positive role-models and meet periodically throughout the year with their mentees.

Congratulations on this next step in your child’s education! We are looking forward to getting to know and serve your student.

It’s time to apply for the College Bound Scholarship

In 2007 the Washington State Legislature established the College Bound Scholarship. This program was created to provide state financial aid to low-income students who may not consider college a possibility due to the cost. The scholarship covers tuition (at comparable public college rates), some fees, and a small book allowance.

Eligibility for the scholarship is a two-part process. Students in 7th or 8th grade whose family meets the income requirements must submit and complete an application by June 30 of the student’s 8th grade year. Then students must meet the College Bound Pledge requirements and income-eligibility as determined by the student’s financial aid application (FAFSA or WASFA) in their senior year of high school.

Click HERE to apply.

2018-19 Placement Challenge Applications Available March 12

Counselors are not involved in this process.

Applications for students wishing to challenge class placement for the 2018-19 academic year are available March 12 in the main office. Deadline to turn in these applications will be Friday, April 27. Applications are available for the following:

  • 7th grade students wishing to challenge into a higher math placement
  • 7th grade students wishing to challenge into Pre-AP LA
  • 6th grade students wishing to challenge into a higher math placement

The challenge window for 6th grade students wishing to test for Hi Cap LA has been completed for the year. This process is run through the district office. The nomination window was open in November 2017 and closed in December. Math challenges will only be considered to bypass one level of math. Students currently in compact 7/8 do not need apply. Students will not be allowed to bypass Algebra I.

College Bound Scholarship

Your child may be eligible to sign up for the College Bound Scholarship! This early promise of financial aid is funded by the state of Washington to encourage students to dream big and continue their education after high school.

What does the scholarship pay for?

College Bound combines with other state financial aid to cover the average tuition (at comparable public colleges), some fees, and a small book allowance. It is not a “full-ride” scholarship. Other college costs–such as room and board, transportation, and personal expenses–will be the student and family’s responsibility. These could be covered by a combination of the family’s funds and federal grants, loans, scholarships, and work-study.

Who is eligible to apply?

Any 7th or 8th grade student who meets one or more of the following requirements is eligible to apply:

  • Their family meets the income requirements as listed in the brochure or on collegebound.wa.gov.
  • They are a foster youth or a dependent of the
  • Their family receives basic food or TANF

How can my child sign up?

Apply Online (available in English and Spanish).

Remember, the deadline to apply for College Bound is June 30 at the end of a student’s 8th grade year. Students only have to apply once even if they move or change schools in Washington.

To learn more, visit www.collegebound.wa.gov, call 888-535-0747 (Option 1), or email collegebound@wsac.wa.gov.

Free Class: Guiding Good Choices-Empowered parents, healthy kids

Every parent/guardian knows communicating with your child can be a challenge. Guiding Good Choices is a FREE workshop that aims to equip parents with tools to keep connected with their preteens as they are encountering new challenges. Guiding Good Choices is a five session program for parents of children in grades 4-8.

Childcare and a meal is provided!
Unite! Washougal Coalition is offering Guiding Good Choices beginning October 16th, 6:00-8:00 pm.

Register by contacting deborahconnors@unitewashougal.org or call 360-713-1232.