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November 17, 2016

Welcome to Term 2 Pumas!

Hard to believe this school year is ¼ of the way finished. Classes rotated for 6th graders in the Exploratory Wheel; and for all it is an opportunity to start ‘fresh’ with grades. Students will be bringing home report cards Friday, November 18th (reflecting Term 1 final grades). The start of a new term is often a great time for students to clean out backpacks and reestablish or revisit habits of organization. Term 2 includes the holidays which can bring added stress for our students (and adults), which can make focusing on school even more challenging.

Even with the time change, please keep in mind that students walk to school in relative darkness. We’ve had several phone calls regarding students wearing dark clothing and not using crosswalks. Student safety is our number 1 priority! If your daughter or son walks to/from school, please remind them to always use the crosswalks and pay close attention to drivers around them!

Pumas are also starting the second sports season. Boys basketball and girls volleyball games began this week and all contests are held in the Sky Valley Education Center’s Gym (formerly Monroe Middle School), starting at 4 p.m. Something else to add to the calendar is Watch Dog Pizza Night on Tuesday, November 29th. All dads, uncles, granddads, or any father figures are welcome to join us that evening from 6-7 pm. Please let us know here at PPMS if you can attend (you should have seen a yellow piece of paper come home last week asking for the bottom portion to be returned).

Finally, last week I had the opportunity to walk with two 6th grade classes (under the leadership of Mrs. Schroeder and Mrs. Hesselgrave) on a field trip to the Sky Valley Food Bank (located here in Monroe). This field trip is a wonderful experience for students to learn how the food bank helps in our community and how students can help as well. Students are then charged to write an article about the food bank – see inside for student samples.

AND Pumas can help support the Sky Valley Food Bank during December. PPMS Leadership/ASB will be conducting a food/toy drive here at school – further information to follow!

As always – thank you for your continued support –,

Kristie Hilson, Asst Principal

Park Place Middle School
1408 West Main St.
Monroe, WA 98272-2099

Park Place Middle SchoolPhone: 360-804-4300
Counseling: 360-804-4303
Toll Free: 1-800-282-7818
Fax: 360-804-4399

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

Attendance Hotline: 360-804-4301

Terry Cheshire, Principal
Joel Garrison, Assistant Principal
Kristin Hilson, Assistant Principal
Lisa Johnson, Office Manager
Tara Weyrick, ASB Secretary
Ruby Avalos, Attendance Secretary
Dianne Brainard, Counseling Secretary
Elsa Leal, Counselor
Jennifer Garcia, Counselor

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Important Notice About Internet Safety

The best way to protect children from online harm is to keep computers in a family area of the home. Visibility allows parents to look over the students' shoulders without being too oppressive. Young children should have a parental chaperone whenever they are on the Internet. Two sites that discuss these issues and offer advice can be found at www.safekids.com and www.safeteens.com.

Hyperlinks to staff web sites (located on the Staff page) are provided for student and parent convenience, and all staff web sites are hosted by external Internet service providers. Monroe Public Schools assumes no liability for content contained on external service provider sites. Filtering software from one of the providers listed below is recommended to prevent unauthorized access to sites beyond the District's control.

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Voicemail: 360.804.2998 ext 4395

2016-2017 Officers are:

  • Co-President
    • Sandie Packham
    • Lori White
  • Co-Vice President
    • Emily Adams
    • Kathryn Bernhardt
  • Secretary
    • Gena Weeks
  • Treasurer
    • Jerry Martin
  • Membership Chair
    • Michelle Gallik
  • Fundraising Chair
    • Heather Owens

Parents can use our PTSA email:  pumaprideparents@gmail.com


Dialing 360-804-2998 accesses staff voice mailboxes.

The search option lets families use their telephone keypad to enter the teacher's name to be connected to the voicemail system to leave a message.

Staff Telephone Directory

Alice, Paula Nurse
Avalos, Ruby Athletic/Attendance Secretary
Beazley, Irene Learning Specialist
Berg, Vicki Learning Specialist
Bernhardt, Kathy Family Liaison
Blanton, Steve Custodian
Boyle, Tonia 8th Grade Humanities
Brainard, Dianne Registrar/Counseling Secretary
Bruton, Shaerie Art
Burns, Mary Paraeducator
Carruthers, Katie Choir
Castillo, Ashley Learning Specialist
Cheshire, Terry Principal
Clarke, Caitlin Learning Specialist
Cole, Barb Paraeducator
Crump, Denise Paraeducator
Darlington, Paul 7th Grade Humanities
Davis, Meagan 6th/7th Grade Humanities
Day, Craig Science
Denton, Mandy Paraeducator
Donohue, Chad 7th Grade Humanities
Dow, Katie Health & PE
Duemchen, Ansgar Band
Edelsward, Courtney Learning Specialist
Elles, Carlos Spanish Speaking Liaison
Everitt, Shelby Math
Frye, Jeremy Speech & Language Specialist
Gale, Yarina Spanish
Garbutt, Monica Health & Humanities
Garcia, Jennifer Counselor
Garrison, Joel Assistant Principal
Goguen, Ada Paraeducator
Grgurich, Joseph Custodian
Gunter, Samantha Paraeducator
Hall, Jeannine Paraeducator
Hartman, Jim Science
Hartway, Maura Science
Harvey, Jayne PE
Hawken, Lynette Paraeducator
Heidner, Catherine Learning Specialist
Hesselgrave, Elke 6th Grade Humanities
Hilson, Kristin Assistant Principal
Hohmann, Cathy Paraeducator
Holland, Scott Science
Holt, Sabrina Paraeducator
Ingersoll, Keith Librarian
Ingham, Bret Librarian
Johnson, Lisa Office Manager
Jury, Chris Intervention Specialist
Kinney, Cletus Math
Krogh, Duane Math
Leal, Elsa Counselor
Loreen, Tim Custodian
McCutchan, Rich Tech Ed
McDaniel, Marsha Chartwells Kitchen Manager
Olsen, Linda Learning Specialist
O'Neill, Heather 7th Block
Prince, Bill PE
Prince, Cindy Paraeducator
Rowe, Kathy 6th Grade Humanities
Schroeder, Dorothy 6th Grade Humanities
Shaw, Kayleigh 8th Block
Simoni, Dottie 8th Grade Humanities
Squire, Dawn Paraeducator
Stalter, Jodi Math
Steenmeyer, Geoffie Learning Specialist
Swanigan, Suzy Learning Specialist
Thomason, Heather FACS
Tjaarda, Joyce Paraeducator
Vandeventer, Shellee Paraeducator
Vick, Dori Paraeducator
Wagner, Aric Math
Weber, Ken Math
Weyrick, Tara ASB/Attendance Secretary
Williams, Lucy Psychologist
Williams, Theresa Science
Winslow, Natalie Math


Park Place Middle School will provide a safe and nurturing learning environment in which staff members will guide students to succeed academically, socially and emotionally.