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December 15, 2016

I want to begin by sending my best wishes to you and your family to have a wonderful holiday season! I know with all the expectations that fall upon parents during the holidays it is easy to get lost in all that you have to do to prepare. I hope that you are able to put your “To Do Lists” aside and make time to enjoy your children and family and reflect upon all that you have to be thankful for!

In that spirit, I would like to briefly recognize our entire staff at Park Place. This year has been exciting seeing our new building being built, but the construction project has also presented challenges and stress for our students and our staff as they have worked to provide the best possible educational experience for every child that walks into our building. There are so many stories I could share about how our teachers and staff have gone above and beyond to make sure our students are learning and enjoying coming to school, but it is impossible to pick just one story. However, I want to recognize and thank the entire Park Place staff for all they have done and continue to do to make our students’ learning their priority!

This past week many of our students participated in the band concert on Monday, and the choir concert on Wednesday. Mrs. Carruthers, Mr. Duemchen and their students did an amazing job at the concerts! I am constantly impressed with the talent and confidence our students display at their performances. I want to personally thank all of the parents and family members who were able to attend the concerts and watch your children perform. I am sure the students were happy to see so many people sitting in the audience watching and cheering for them as they performed! I want to thank Mrs. Carruthers and Mr. Duemchen for all they have done to create a strong music program for our students.

Finally, the construction project is progressing as planned. As you can see from Main Street, the new academic wing is taking shape. The contractors are completing the flooring on the second story and they are beginning to install the roof. What you might not be able to see is the work occurring on the south side of our campus. The work on the exterior of our new auxiliary gym has been completed and they are currently focusing on the interior of the gym. It appears the contractors will be turning over the auxiliary gym to us in February! Most of the preparation work has been completed on the fields. At this point the final phase of work on the fields is on hold until the weather improves this spring. By September of 2017 we will have a football, softball and baseball fields that will be lighted and our students and community will be able to use them in all weather conditions. To help you visualize the progress the contractor is making on our new building, I have included an aerial picture of Park Place that was taken on December 1st. I want to personally thank you and all of the voters in Monroe for approving this amazing project for our students and staff!

I want to close by thanking you for all you do to support your children and our staff. Best wishes to you and your family to have a wonderful holiday and the happiest of New Years!

Terry Cheshire

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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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

Akers, Curtis Custodian
Allen, Heidi Chartwells Kitchen
Alice, Paula Nurse
Avalos, Ruby Athletic/Attendance Secretary
Beazley, Irene Title Reading
Berg, Vicki 8th Grade Humanities
Bernhardt, Kathy Family Liaison
Berry, Dan Science
Blanton, Steve Custodian
Boyle, Tonia 8th Grade Humanities
Brainard, Dianne Registrar/Counseling Secretary
Bruton, Shaerie Art
Carruthers, Katie Choir
Castillo, Ashley Learning Specialist
Cheshire, Terry Principal
Clarke, Caitlin Learning Specialist
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
Eriks, Trina Paraeducator
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
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
Ingersoll, Keith Paraeducator
Ingham, Bret Librarian
Johnson, Lisa Office Manager
Jordan, Amy Paraeducator
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 Grade Humanities
Pamannian, Tinna Paraeducator
Prince, Bill PE
Prince, Cindy Paraeducator
Rowe, Kathy 6th Grade Humanities
Schroeder, Dorothy 6th Grade Humanities
Shaw, Kayleigh 8th Grade Humanities
Simoni, Dottie 8th Grade Humanities
Squire, Dawn Paraeducator
Stalter, Jodi Math
Steenmeyer, Geoffie Learning Specialist
Svee, Traci OT
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 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.