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Hidden River Middle School


Brett WilleApril 28, 2016

Principal's Message

Greetings Hidden River Families!

I hope this newsletter finds you doing well. Lots of great things to report on here at Hidden River this week. To start, a special thanks to everyone that donated items for our annual PTO Goodwill Fundraiser. I haven't heard how much money we raised with all of the donated items, but despite the rain we filled up a couple of trucks and got a great start on a third. Thanks to Jon Langston for heading up the event, organizing with the Goodwill folks, and for renting the large highway-style sign in front of the school that advertised for the fundraiser. As always, our PTO has been super supportive of our kids and staff this year and all of the money raised goes directly back to support-ing the great things happening here at school. Thank you PTO!

Last week we also got some great news from the state. Each year every school in the state is rated using an "Achievement Index", rating our proficiency on all of the state assessments as well as rating how much our kids grew from the previous year. It's a very complicated formula as it actually breaks our scores out by different subgroups of students (which helpful in terms of finding areas we need to improve upon). But the short version is that our rating from the 2014-15 school year, for both our overall score and for our student growth, was the highest that it's been in the last 5 years! We certainly have a long way to go, but we are extremely proud that all of the hard work by both our staff and students is indicating that we are making progress in the right direction in fulfilling our purpose as a school. The index currently rates us as a "good" school, which of course we are proud of. But I know our staff isn't satisfied with being good … we want to move through the "very good" column and into the "Exemplary" column, which would put us in the top tier across the entire state. For the sake of the kids that we serve, we know we will get there and it's great to cele-brate one healthy step in the right direction.

Finally, a quick shout out to our Math team. Mrs. Clem, Mrs. Twedt, Mrs. Erickson, and Mr. Larson put on a "March Madness" competition last month, challenging all of our Math students to complete every homework assignment for the month. The prize for the winners was a giant pizza party to celebrate. I'm not sure the Math team realized how much pizza they were going to need to buy because over half of the students rose to the challenge and turned in all of their assignments during the month of March! After the Math team choked on how big the bill was, we had a great celebration, honoring a huge group of students that we were extremely proud of. Kudos to the kids and to our Math teachers for thinking outside the box and coming up with creative ways to help our students learn, set goals, and get excited about it at the same time. GO HAWKS!

Brett Wille

Attendance Hotline: 360-804-4101

Hidden River Middle School
9224 Paradise Lake Road
Snohomish, WA 98296-7145

Phone: 360-804-4100
Toll Free: 1-800-282-7818
Fax: 360-804-4199

School Hours: 7:50 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.

Attendance Hotline: 360-804-4101

Brett Wille, Principal
Joe Delp, Assistant Principal
Liz Holton, Office Manager
Deborah Schelfhout, Attendance Secretary
Kathi Yingling, ASB, Counseling Secretary
Judy Aaby, Athletic Secretary
Michelle Simeoni, Counselor

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November: 11-05-15, 11-19-15

December: 12-03-15, 12-17-15

January: 01-14-16, 01-28-16

February: 02-11-16, 02-25-26

March: 03-10-16, 03-24-16

April: 04-07-16, 04-28-16



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2015-2016 Officers are:

  • President:
    • Jon Langston
  • Vice President:
    • Tracey Nordby
  • Co-Secretary:
    • Jana Meyers
    • Tracie Kelly
  • Co-Treasurer:
    • Corinne Barinaga
    • Erika Frederick


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Staff Telephone Directory

Aaby, Judy Athletic Secretary  
Aal (Pape), Ciara Paraeducator  
Bean, Katie Art  
Bell, Jill Food Services  
Bennett, Tara 6th Grade Humanities /ELL
Bircher, Mark PE  
Brady, Brena HR Assistant  

Bustamante, Sherah

Chartrand, Isabelle Food Services  
Chickering, Suzanne Band
Christian, Mary Paraeducator  
Clem, Jennifer 7th/8th Math / Digitools  
Cloute, Heather 8th Grade Humanities, Health
Delp, Joe Assistant Principal / Athletic Director  
Depner, Stan Custodian  
Erickson, Kerry 6th Math  
Eshelman, Jennifer (Katie) Paraeducator  
Fordham, Jennifer 6th Grade Humanities, 7th Grade Science
Gnojewski, Carol 7th Grade Humanities, Digitools
Haberlack, Tamara 6th & 7th Grade Science
Hannan, Steve PE/Health / Social Studies
Hermes, DeAnn Librarian  
Holton, Liz Office Manager  
Kirk, Christina 7th Grade Humanities, Digitools
Koon, Alison 6th & 8th Grade Science
Lampers, Cynthia 7th Grade Humanities / 8th Read Int / Leadership  
LaPine, Kelly Paraeducator  
Larson, Joe 6th & 8th Grade Math, Algebra  
Lendy, Curtis Learning Specialist
Montgomery, Alyssa Psychologist  
Myers, Carena Paraeducator  
Ness, Janet 1 on 1  
Norris, Chance Physical Therapist  
Oestreich, Robin 8th Grade Humanities
Robertson, Sam 6th/8th Science  
Schelfhout, Deborah Assistant Secretary  
Simeoni, Michelle Counselor
Solo, Kristine Spanish  
Spivey, Michelle 8th Grade Humanities
Strom-Galloway, Sharyn Custodian  
Svee, Traci Learning Specialist  
Tellez, Maria Custodian  
Turner, Stephanie Speech & Language  
Twedt, Anna 75h/8th Math / Robotics  
Urbanowski, Nicole Occupational Therapist  
Valluzzi, Holly 6th Grade Humanities / 7th Read Int.
Wille, Brett Principal  
Witruk, Tanya Learning Specialist  
Yingling, Kathi Assistant Secretary  


Our Purpose at Hidden River is to to create an environment that ensures ALL students learn the necessary skills , from academic to citizenship, to be successful in middle school and beyond.

   Have a Positive Attitude
   Act with Integrity
   Wholehearted Respect       
   Keep our Commitments
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