Lower & Middle School | Parent Student Handbook

Welcome & Overview

List of 8 items.

  • 1.1 AWS Missions Statement & Key Characteristics

    Mission Statement | Annie Wright’s strong community cultivates individual learners to become well-educated, creative, and responsible citizens for a global society.

    Key Characteristics | At Annie Wright Schools, we:
    • embrace our student-centered mission.
    • challenge our students to be the best they can be.
    • know our students and value their individuality.
    • connect our students to the wider community and the world.
    • honor our pioneering traditions while looking to the future.
  • 1.2 IB Mission Statement & Learner Profile

    IB Mission Statement | The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

    To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

    These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people with their differences can also be right.

    IB Learner Profile | The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. As IB learners we strive to be:
    • Inquirers 
    • Knowledgeable 
    • Thinkers 
    • Communicators 
    • Principled 
    • Open-Minded 
    • Caring 
    • Risk-Takers 
    • Balanced 
    • Reflective
  • 1.3 Non-Discrimination Statement

    Annie Wright Schools are firmly committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all student applicants. AWS shall recruit, admit, and teach students without regard to race, color, creed, sex, religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation, political ideology, or any other basis prohibited by law. 
  • 1.4 Accreditations & Affiliations

    Our accreditations and affiliations are listed on our website here.
  • 1.5 NAIS Principles of Good Practice

    A positive and constructive working relationship between the school and a student’s family is essential for the accomplishment of the school’s mission. Annie Wright Schools is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools. This organization has developed standards of practice for their 1,100 member schools. The following are Principles of good practice for families and schools working together on behalf of our students.

    Families Working with Schools:
    • Families recognize that effective partnerships are characterized by clearly defined responsibilities, a shared commitment to collaboration, open lines of communication, mutual respect, and a common vision of the goals to be reached.
    • In selecting an independent school, families seek an optimal match for the needs of the student, their own expectations, and the philosophy and program of the school.
    • Families are familiar with and support the school’s policies and procedures.
    • Families provide a home environment that supports the development of positive learning attitudes and habits.
    • Families involve themselves in the life of the school.
    • Families seek and value the school’s perspective on the student.
    • When concerns arise, families seek information directly from the school, consulting with those best able to address the concerns.
    • Families share with the school any religious, cultural, medical, or personal information that the school may need to serve the student best.

    Schools Working with Families:
    • The school recognizes that effective partnerships are characterized by clearly defined responsibilities, a shared commitment to collaboration, open lines of communication, mutual respect, and a common vision of the goals to be reached.
    • The school clearly and fully presents its philosophy, program, and practices to families during the admission process and encourages dialogue that clarifies family expectations and aspirations for the student.
    • The school seeks and values the families’ perspective on the student.
    • Teachers and administrators are accessible to families and model candid and open dialogue.
    • The school keeps families well informed through systematic reports, conferences, publications, and informal conversations.
    • The school defines clearly how it involves families when considering major decisions that affect the school community.
    • The school offers and supports a variety of family educational opportunities.
    • The school suggests effective ways for families to support the educational process.
    • The school actively seeks the knowledge it needs to work effectively with a diverse school community.
  • 1.6 Annie Wright Schools Traditions

    Information about AWS Traditions can be found here.
  • 1.7 Annie Wright Schools Parents' Association

    The Annie Wright Schools Parents' Association (AWSPA) is an organization comprised and governed by an annually elected executive council of parent volunteers. All AWS parents are members of the AWSPA.

    AWSPA works to build a strong community of parents to support the spirit, educational programs, and financial foundations of Annie Wright Schools. AWSPA sponsors programs and activities for AWS families, encourages communication among parents, students, faculty and administration, and develops financial support for specific projects and activities. Most importantly, parents come to have fun and support the school community at events such as the Back-to-School Picnic, AWS Auction, Lunch with the Head of Schools, Bingo Night, Faculty and Staff Appreciation Luncheon, and many more.

    The AWSPA holds monthly meetings during the school year. The meetings are generally held on the third Friday of each month in the Great Hall. Occasionally changes are made. Please check the AWSPA Resource Board on myAW for a current schedule and meeting locale. All parents, guardians, and AWS faculty are invited to attend.

    Involvement with the Parents’ Association is a wonderful way to become acquainted with the school and to effectively connect with other parents and the AWS educational staff. Its effectiveness is a direct result of the diverse contributions of parent members.

    AWSPA Mission Statement
    To build a community of parents working together to support the spirit, educational programs, and financial foundations of the School.

    AWSPA Vision Statement
    Parents Making a Difference

    AWSPA Guiding Principles
    • Provide support and leadership to the School as a whole.
    • Build improved communications between parents, teachers, administration, and the Board.
    • Support new students and families.
    • Organize fun and educational activities that enhance the sense of community.
    • Develop and build financial support that strengthens the education and growth of AWS.
    Volunteer Opportunities
    The AWSPA executive council will identify parent volunteer opportunities throughout the year. Parents are encouraged to contribute in a variety of ways to suit individual interests and schedules, such as:
    • Attending and providing input at regular meetings
    • Offering new ideas and visions for our AWSPA community
    • Volunteering to sponsor and/or staff special family or faculty appreciation events
    • Volunteering to sponsor and/or staff fundraising events
    • Serving on a special AWSPA committee
    Questions abou the AWSPA? Contact the 17-18 AWSPA President, Ellen Palmer, at 
  • 1.8 Directory

    AWS Faculty & Staff directory can be found on myAW. 

    A list of useful numbers can also be found here.


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  • 2.1 Daily Schedule

    MS section updated October 19, 2020
    The Lower School operates on a Monday-Friday daily schedule and is grade level specific and can be obtained from your child’s classroom teacher. All students have Spanish, PE, Swim, Science Lab, Library, and Music as well as two or three recesses each day. Students in Kindergarten through Grade 5 also attend special subject classes in Art, ICT (Technology), and Grades 1-5 also receive tennis and rock wall instruction as rotations in the physical education program.


    Start time
    End time
    8:00 AM
    8:05 AM
    Morning Advisory
    8:10 AM
    9:00 AM
    Period 1
    9:05 AM
    9:55 AM
    Period 2
    9:55 AM
    10:10 AM
    10:15 AM
    11:05 AM
    Period 3
    11:10 AM
    12:00 PM
    Period 4
    12:00 PM
    12:35 PM
    12:35 PM
    1:25 PM
    Period 5
    1:30 PM
    2:20 PM
    Period 6
    2:20 PM
    3:10 PM
    Afternoon Activity*
    *Afternoon Activities include: Chapel; Study Hall; Athletics; Character Strong.

    Two-Hour Delayed Start
    Start time
    End time
    10:00 AM
    10:10 AM
    10:15 AM
    10:55 AM
    Period 1
    11:00 AM
    11:40 AM
    Period 2
    11:40 AM
    12:15 PM
    12:15 PM
    12:55 PM
    Period 3
    1:00 PM
    1:40 PM
    Period 4
    1:45 PM
    2:25 PM
    Period 5
    2:30 PM
    3:10 PM
    Period 6

    2020-2021 ONLINE 
    Start time
    End time
    8:00 AM
    8:05 AM
    Morning Advisory
    8:10 AM
    8:55 AM
    Period 1
    9:00 AM
    9:45 AM
    Period 2
    9:45 AM
    10:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    10:45 AM
    Period 3
    10:50 AM
    11:35 AM
    Period 4
    11:40 AM
    12:25 PM
    Period 5
    1:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    Office Hours
    2:00 PM
    2:15 PM
    Afternoon Advisory
    2:20 PM
    3:00 PM
    Afternoon Activity*
    *Afternoon Activities include: Chapel; Toolbox Class (6); Make it Monday (7); Community Project (8); Athletics; Affinity Groups.
  • 2.2 Arrival/Departure Times & Locations

    Updated October 19, 2020
    Level               Arrival Time            Location
    LS                   7:00 to 7:30 am     Library
    LS PS-K         7:30 to 7:45 am     Library
    LS 1-5            7:30 to 7:45 am     Outside playground or small gym
    LS                   7:45 to 8:00 am     Classrooms
    MS                  7:00 to 8:00 am    Library or MS Lounge (no supervision in the Lounge until 7:30 am)

    All levels dismiss at 3:10 PM
    2020-2021 IN PERSON: 
    Grade        Arrival Time Window        Start Time 
    PS - 1        8:00 to 8:15 am                8:15 am
    2 - 8         7:45 to 8:00 am                 8:00 am
    9 - 12        7:45 to 9:15 am                 9:15 am

    *A family with a student in Preschool-Grade 1 and a student in Grades 2-8 can drop-off both students between 7:45am-8:00 am. 
    **We encourage Upper School families to arrive closer to class start time.
    ***LS and MS students of AWS faculty should remain with their parent until 7:45 am and then be escorted to their classroom. US students of faculty may join one of the US overflow spaces until 9:00 am.

  • 2.3 Auxiliary Programs

    The Extended Day (ED) Program is offered the days school is in session, Monday-Friday, 3:10-6:00 pm. Study Hall is offered to Middle School Students at no additional cost from 3:15-4:00 pm. There is a fee for participation in ED activities after 4:00 pm. Clubs and plans are offered online at For more information, contact Alicia Mathurin at alicia_mathurin@aw.org or 253.284.8634.

    Discount, if any
    Drop In
    This plan is optimal for families who expect to use ED once a week or less, on a drop-in basis.
    Part Time
    An average of 5 hours per week, a total of 20 hours per month. Hours do not roll-over to the next week nor the next month. This plan is optimal for families who expect to use ED two or three times a week or as a supplement with clubs or athletics. 
    (payment plan available)
    Almost 50% discount vs Drop In Plan, if on average you use 5 hours per week
    This plan is optimal for families who expect to use ED every week for the entire school year.
    (payment plan available)
    About a 60% discount vs Drop In Plan, if on average you use 10-15 hours a week

    Annie Wright offers a series of summer programs, including day camp and specialty camps. For more information, visit http://www.aw.org/Page/Summer.

    School supplies, used books, and a limited supply of uniforms are available through the Bookstore, “Gator Alley,” located across from the Library. Students and families can order new school uniforms from the Dennis Uniform Company through the Bookstore. After the registration period at the beginning of the school year, the Bookstore will be open for supply and uniform purchases Monday through Friday from 3:15 to 4:00 pm. The Bookstore operates on a charge account basis. Lower School students may purchase food items from the bookstore only after school with a parent, or non-food items during the school day with a note from a parent. Middle School students may purchase food items from the bookstore between 4:00-4:15 pm.

    Healthful snacks are served mid-morning every school day. Afternoon snacks are served to students in PS-K. After school snack is available at no additional fee to students in Grades 1-8 participating in Extended Day activities or after school programs. Since many students prefer their snacks from home and know the amount of food they need to best refuel, please consider packing your child a snack or two that they know they will eat each day.

    Students in Preschool and Kindergarten eat lunch daily in their classrooms. They may bring lunch from home and also have the option of ordering a school lunch that is delivered to their classroom. A monthly menu is available through the Resource Board, and parents request this lunch by emailing the classroom teacher that morning. Students in Grades 1-8 may bring lunch from home or participate in the Flik dining program and purchase lunch in the Dining Room. Daily choices for students in grades 1 and 2 include a hot entree or sandwich, a smaller salad bar and white milk or water. Once students enter grade 3, daily choices include a hot entrée, salad bar, dessert, soup, and beverage selection. Information regarding item pricing is available from the dining room manager. The salad bar is free for students in Grades 3-8. All food must be consumed in the Dining Room, Patio, or other areas designated by teachers, and dining items such as trays, plates, cups, and utensils must be returned to the dishwashing station. All food waste and compostable items must be disposed in designated Compost bins.

    Dining Program charges are billed monthly and an invoice sent to parents. Families are encouraged to watch items their child is purchasing and guide them accordingly. For more information about the daily menu, visit the Flik menu on myAW. Food is not to be eaten in the Student Lounge during the school day.

    Each classroom celebrates birthdays differently, so we recommend parents reach out to the classroom teacher or advisor in advance if they would like to honor their child’s birthday. If food is to be used to celebrate a birthday, we encourage healthy snacks such as fruit, granola bars, trail mix or juice boxes and compostable disposable items such as plates, containers, and napkins. For parties held off campus, we request that invitations not be distributed at school.
  • 2.4 Transportation

    Students who ride in private cars may be dropped off or picked up in the 10th Street semi-circle or at the front entrance on N. Tacoma Avenue. Students should only exit or enter cars in designated drop-off/pick-up lines, never from the driving lane of the street. Students should only cross N. Tacoma Ave, 10th Street, and the 10th Street Circle at the designated crosswalks. Between 7:30-8:30 am and 2:50-3:30 pm, drivers entering the 10th Street Circle must pull as far ahead as possible before stopping. Middle School families are asked not to enter the 10th Street Circle carline until 3:20 pm, to reduce congestion and ensure your child is ready to be collected. If the carline traffic is backed up to Tacoma Avenue, please circle the block until the line moves forward so that traffic on Tacoma Avenue is not blocked.

    Please note the following guidelines for traffic and parking:

    • Parking is available along N. Tacoma Ave and some local side streets. Limited visitors spaces are available in our parking lot. Please be mindful of spaces designated for handicapped parking. 
    • No parking on 10th Street between 7:30-8:30 am and between 2:30-3:30 pm.
    • No parking in the 10th Street Circle (these spaces are reserved for Faculty & Staff) between 7:00 am-4:00 pm.
    • Parking is not permitted at any time in the permit-only zoned areas on the west side of 10th Street.

    School Crossing Guards will be on duty in front of the building on Tacoma Avenue from 7:35 to 8:05 am, and from 3:10 to 3:30 pm.

    At the end of each school day, there is supervision of students at the 10th Street entrance and in front of the School on North Tacoma Avenue. Parents should not plan to meet their children at any other location.

    Bus transportation to and from Annie Wright is available for all students, at an added cost. Buses will drop off in the 10th Street Circle between 7:30-8:00 am and pick up in front of the school on N. Tacoma Avenue at 3:20pm. PS-Grade 2 students will be escorted to and from the buses. Middle School students are responsible for arriving at the appropriate buses on time.

    Rules for riding the bus safely include:
    • Taking your seat promptly and sit facing forward at all times.
    • Place bags & parcels on the floor in front of you or in your lap.
    • Wear your seatbelt at all times.
    • Keep the aisle of the bus clear at all times.
    • Always keep your head and arms inside the bus.
    • Talk quietly so the driver can concentrate on driving.
    • Food, including gum, is not allowed to be eaten while the bus is moving, and to protect choking and students with allergies.
    • Windows should be lowered no more than 2 clicks down.
    • Remain seated until the bus comes to a complete stop and it is safe to exit.
    • Be respectful of other students and the bus driver.

    Bike racks are available adjacent to the 10th Street Entrance for students to use. Bicyclists must provide their own locks for securing bikes to the racks. 

Lower School Program

List of 4 items.

  • 3.1 Academics

    The Lower School is authorized to deliver the IB Primary Years Programme for Preschool to Grade 5. In addition to four PYP units of inquiry, Preschool provides the building blocks for learning core academic skills in reading, writing and math. Children learn through imaginative, creative play that develops out of and expands each child’s natural curiosity. In Kindergarten–Grade 5 students explore all six of the PYP transdisciplinary themes in addition to direct instruction in the core subjects. Understanding that students learn in a variety of ways, teachers offer each child many avenues to build conceptual understanding and experience success. In addition to the Units of Inquiry in the PYP and lessons in core subjects, students also experience instruction in specialist subjects: Spanish, lab science, swimming, PE, ICT, Library, Music, and Art.
  • 3.2 Conferences

    Conferences among teachers, parents and students occur formally twice during the school year and are encouraged at any time there are questions, concerns or points of considerable development. The Fall conference of the year is for Goal Setting. Before the conference, teachers (working with students in grades 1-5) set individual goals that are established using the online Portfolios in Managebac. These goals will highlight areas of student strength and identify areas requiring additional student focus. At the Fall conference, parents and teachers discuss the student’s progress and confirm the goals. In grades 1-5, the student joins the conference as well.  Progress on these goals is addressed in the first narrative report made in January. 

    In grades 1-5, the Spring conference is Student-led and celebrates what the student knows, understands and is able to do through portfolios and learning samples. While students share evidence of their learning through the year, it is also a time for the student, parents and teacher to identify areas that continue to need focus or support, and set any year-end goals. In grades PS-K, parents and teachers do the same celebration of work accomplished in the year, as well as identifying any areas needing continued focus for the remainder of the year. 

    Written Progress Reports are provided for parents twice in the school year. The written report includes a narrative that describes student progress through assessment evidence and examples of student learning. The report updates progress on student goals and provides strategies for student development. The written report also includes a checklist on skills that are subject specific as well as comments about the students’ practice of Learner Profile attributes. Progress Reports can be accessed via Managebac, and are also saved as PDF documents in the students profile in myaw. 

    The scales for academic stages of development used in the LS report cards are as follows:

    Academic Stages of Development Preschool-Kindergarten
    • Emerging: Beginning understanding of concepts and application of skills
    • Developing: Some understanding of concepts and application of skills in familiar contexts
    • Consistent: Solid understanding and consistent application of skill          
    Academic Stages of Development Grades 1-5
    • Emerging: Limited understanding of concepts and application of skill
    • Developing: Some understanding of concepts and application of skills in familiar contexts
    • Consistent: Solid understanding and consistent application of skills in familiar contexts;  Some understanding and application in unfamiliar contexts
    • Extending: Thorough understanding of concepts and application of skills in familiar and unfamiliar contexts
    For further information about assessment practices in the Lower School, parents are encouraged to consult the PYP Information Resource Board for parents on myAW. 
  • 3.3 Homework

    We want home to be a place where students are spending time with family, getting good rest, playing and doing what they love. Opportunities at home to make connections to the Unit of Inquiry they are studying at school is a great way to build competency. For our youngest students, exploring books, reading aloud, and playing games and activities that build early number sense is both fun and important. Homework in the older grades is meant to foster positive habits, facilitate the practice of skills, and encourage work on long term Inquiry projects. Homework is to be the product of the student, not the family. Assignments preview, practice, reinforce, enhance, extend, or amplify specific topics as described by the teacher. Homework is not meant to become a battle at home, so please reach out to your child’s teacher if that happens.

    For all grades, nightly reading (either independent or read aloud together) is assigned. Information about practice to be maintained over the summer will be available in June as as to prevent the infamous “summer slide.”
  • 3.4 Building Community & Fostering Social Skills: Responsive Classroom

    Responsive Classroom is an approach that creates a safe, challenging and joyful and schoolwide climate for all children. Teachers create an environment in which all of children’s needs- academic, social, emotional and physical- are met. Specific social skills that are focused on, particularly in the first weeks of school, include cooperation, assertiveness, empathy, responsibility and self-control.  Some of the key components of the Responsive Classroom approach that you may see or hear about in the classroom include
    • Daily Morning Meetings that set a positive tone for the day and builds a sense of belonging while giving students practice in key academic and social skills.   
    • Teaching children the specific skills they need to participate successfully, including responding to signals for quiet or how to respectfully disagree with a classmate.
    • Treating mistakes in a positive way, both academically and socially, as an important aspect of the learning process. Teachers support, reteach and intervene as necessary to help students in the learning process.
    • Positive language, including words and tone of voice, that encourages students to work hard and enjoy learning.
    • Teaching practices that build excitement in the learning, including student choice, active and interactive lessons.
    • Opportunities for reflection, both individually and as a group.
    • Connection with parents, as a partner in the student’s education. 

Middle School Program

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  • 4.1 Academic Program

    Updated October 19, 2020
    The education of Annie Wright students takes place in the context of our strong community and rich history. The acceptance of a student into our school community brings with it our responsibility to honor the individual journey of that student. Our teachers notice, nurture, and celebrate the unique gifts of every student. We recognize that students learn in a variety of ways – verbally, visually, and kinesthetically and have individual needs at several stages of their development. Therefore, our teaching offers each student many avenues to understand concepts and experience success. Well-educated students at Annie Wright have had the opportunity to understand their own cognitive, social and emotional strengths and know how to use this learning to promote their own growth throughout their lives. Our students develop skills to participate thoughtfully as members of the Annie Wright Schools community and to fulfill their role as citizens of the local and global community.

    Middle School Students study in eight core subject areas each year, and, over the course of each year, students experience interdisciplinary units that align multiple subject areas. Successful completion of one full year in each of the eight core subject areas is required. (Note: some students may qualify for a waiver from Language Acquisition because of documented learning needs or other circumstances. To attain a waiver, parents must submit a request in writing to the Director of Middle School and provide relevant documentation.)

    Subject Areas:

    • Arts (General Music; Theatre; Strings; Visual Arts)
    • Athletics
    • Design
    • Individuals & Societies
    • Language Acquisition (Spanish)
    • Language & Literature
    • Math
    • Physical & Health Education
    • Science

    Purpose and Principles of Assessment at Annie Wright Middle School
    Within the Annie Wright Schools community, assessment purposefully supports and responds to student learning and measures what as well as how students learn.

    • present different learning styles, cultural backgrounds, expectations and needs.
    • come to understand themselves as learners.
    • accept and use constructive feedback that is honest and targeted to guide their development.
    • see equivalent and real world value in teacher, peer and self assessment.
    • offer a variety of formative and summative assessment opportunities.
    • use relevant and authentic assessments to guide students to a better understanding of themselves as learners and individuals, both academically and socially.
    • provide students, parents and as appropriate and other institutions with a clear picture of the academic and social progress of each student.
    • focus on criterion or rubric referenced assessments.
    • challenge students to take what they know and apply it to increasingly complex and real world contexts.
    • understand that assessments measure the unique progress and development of each individual child.
    • appreciate that assessments include academic, social, emotional and physical elements.
    • participate in the assessment process by providing information and consulting with the Schools.

    Purpose and Principles of Assessment at Annie Wright Middle School
    Within the Annie Wright Schools community, assessment purposefully supports and measures student learning.

    Assessment Practices in the Middle School
    Assessment in the Middle School at Annie Wright Schools improves instruction, supports student development through feedback, and informs the community of student progress. Assessment is integral to all teaching and learning and is central to the Middle Years Program goal of intentionally and effectively guiding children through the five essential elements of learning: the understanding of concepts, the acquisition of knowledge, the mastering of skills, the development of attitudes, and the decision to take responsible action.

    The MYP curriculum framework comprises eight subject groups. Teachers use a variety of assessment types to gather, analyze, and convey information about student learning; to inform and plan their instruction; and to evaluate the success of the learning program. To build assessments, teachers review a variety of resources, including MYP documents, Common Core standards, NWAIS expectations, and peer school curriculum. 

    As an independent school, Annie Wright Middle School is not required to follow local, state, or national requirements. The school is accredited by the Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS) and fully meets the association’s rigorous standards.

    Types of Student Assessments Used in the Middle School
      • Responsibility Assessments recognize and encourage habits that help students to be successful learners. These assessments are entered into the gradebook as percentages and are cumulative. The assessments may be linked to specific Approaches to Learning skills or may include tasks like the following:
        • Completion and ontime submission of work 
        • Maintaining an up-to-date planner 
        • Active participation in class

      • Formative Assessments are frequently given during the course of a unit to help ensure that instruction is supporting student learning and to inform teachers’ future planning. Formative assessments are interwoven within daily learning and instruction, should measure student performance on a specified performance expectation or skill, and may be either formal or informal.

        • Formal formative assessments are entered into the gradebook for documentation to communicate progress and mastery prior to a student completing the unit summative assessment. Work can be resubmitted and regraded throughout the course of a unit. Formal formative assessment grades are cumulative and are recorded as a percentage, they are not reported on a transcript. These are tasks that measure attainment of a specified performance expectation or skill. These may include tasks like: 
          • Quizzes
          • Classwork activities 
          • Homework assignments

        • Informal formative assessments are ways for teachers to frequently check student level of understanding without assigning a grade in a gradebook. Informal formative assessments may include tasks like:
          • Exit tickets
          • Short quizzes
          • Small or whole class discussions
          • Reflection journals

      • Summative Assessments are end-of-unit tasks that align to MYP criterion for each subject. They are structured so that students can demonstrate their acquired knowledge, understanding of concepts, acquisition of skills, and Learner Profile attributes and Approaches to Learning skills. Summative assessments might address a variety of learning styles and can be project or performance based, or they could be more standard formal assessments such as a chapter or unit test. Each MYP criterion for every subject is assessed at least twice a year. Summative assessments are not cumulative and are graded 0-8.

    • Standardized Assessments These assessments match Annie Wright Middle School’s belief that standardized testing should provide evidence of student growth and that it should inform teachers’ instruction. The tests are nationally normed assessments that provide information for teachers and parents about a student’s performance and indicate if a student is below, on, or above grade level in reading comprehension and math skills.

      • A Reading Assessment called the Reading Inventory (RI) is administered at least twice a year to students in 6th through 8th grade. The RI measures and nationally norms students’ reading comprehension and provides students, teachers, and parents with a Lexile number that can be used as a guide for choosing reading material. The assessment helps teachers and parents support a child’s growth and development in reading. 

      • A Math Assessment called the Math Inventory (MI) is given at least four times a year to students in Sixth through Eighth Grade. This assessment assists teachers in planning math instruction for their students, ensuring students who need enrichment or who need remediation are readily identified. The test also helps measure student skills growth and targets skills that students are ready to learn. The initial assessment at the start of the year is used to inform instruction and support sectioning decisions in grades 7 and 8. 

    Types of Assessment Tools Used in the Middle School - What do we use to assess?
    • Rubrics define a set of criteria or standards to assess a student’s performance or product. Rubrics are based around the MYP Criteria for each subject and use a standardised format that is the same across the middle school. They may be used for formative work, but all summative assessments require a rubric.  

    • Checklists provide students with guidelines for the successful completion of a task or assignment. They support students through scaffolding and encourage students to systematically pursue completion.

    • Exemplars are typical examples of a product or performance from assignments or tasks that can help students set targets and goals for their own work. Teachers often use students’ learning samples from previous years to help students identify quality elements and then apply them to their own work.

    Standardization of Assessment - How do we ensure continuity?
    Standardization of assessment is encouraged to occur once per month during subject team meetings, where teachers should norm assessments by picking 3-4 student work samples from multiple levels of achievement, independently grade them, and then discuss where teacher grades aligned, to ensure that grading is consistent across grade levels and courses. Additionally, teachers collaborate to design summative assessments and assessment options. This process of standardization of assessment tools and scoring is ongoing among MYP teachers, and is revisited by MYP Coordinator, Division Director, and an Assessment Committee at least once per year.

    Progress Reporting - How do we choose to communicate information about assessment? 
    The clear and consistent communication of assessment results should celebrate students’ successes as well as identify areas for growth. Effective reporting establishes parents, students, and teachers as partners; reflects community values and the School’s mission; and is comprehensive, fair, and reliable.

    • Open Gradebooks in each subject can be accessed online by students and parents, throughout the year. The open gradebook provides up-to-date information about students’ progress, promotes the accountability of both students and teachers, and, most importantly, provides transparency in the process of learning. 

    • Rubrics that occur at the end of each unit and reflect a student’s progress on a summative assessment are scored and sent home to parents to be signed and returned. This allows parents to see the detailed description of their student’s MYP grade that will also be published in the gradebook as a 0-8 mark. These rubrics form the basis of a student’s portfolio, which gathers evidence of progression and growth.

    • Student-Led Conferences among students, parents, and advisors occur twice during the school year, once in each semester. Conferences provide students the opportunity to reflect on their progress, articulate goals, and identify successes and needs for support using evidence collected in their portfolios. Effective conferences cultivate students’ ownership of their learning, develop students’ capacity for metacognition, and promote holistic assessment of learning and growth.

    • Progress Reports are published on our online portal twice a year. Each includes:
      • course summaries
      • reflections by subject teachers and/or advisors providing an update on progress, goals, and strategies for student development within each subject
      • responsibility average assessment grades as a percentage and a letter grade
      • MYP Criterion grade (0-8) for each criterion in each subject (based on the best-fit judgement of the teacher and not cumulative), or at the end of the year, the final MYP grade per subject (1-7) and descriptor

    • Grade Boundaries  
      • Responsibility and Formative Grade Boundaries
    59 and below
    Letter Grade 

      • Final MYP Grade Descriptors 
    Produces work of very limited quality. Conveys many significant misunderstandings or lacks understanding of most concepts and contexts. Very rarely demonstrates critical or creative thinking. Very inflexible, rarely using knowledge or skills.
    Produces work of limited quality. Expresses misunderstandings or significant gaps in understanding for many concepts and contexts. Infrequently demonstrates critical or creative thinking. Generally inflexible in the use of knowledge and skills, infrequently applying knowledge and skills.
    Produces work of an acceptable quality. Communicates basic understanding of many concepts and contexts, with occasionally significant misunderstandings or gaps. Begins to demonstrate some basic critical and creative thinking. Is often inflexible in the use of knowledge and skills, requiring support even in familiar classroom situations.
    Produces good-quality work. Communicates basic understanding of most concepts and contexts with few misunderstandings and minor gaps. Often demonstrates basic critical and creative thinking. Uses knowledge and skills with some flexibility in familiar classroom situations, but requires support in unfamiliar situations.
    Produces generally high-quality work. Communicates secure understanding of concepts and contexts. Demonstrates critical and creative thinking, sometimes with sophistication. Uses knowledge and skills in familiar classroom and real-world situations and, with support, some unfamiliar real-world situations.
    Produces high-quality, occasionally innovative work. Communicates extensive understanding of concepts and contexts. Demonstrates critical and creative thinking, frequently with sophistication. Uses knowledge and skills in familiar and unfamiliar classroom and real- world situations, often with independence.
    Produces high-quality, frequently innovative work. Communicates comprehensive, nuanced understanding of concepts and contexts. Consistently demonstrates sophisticated critical and creative thinking. Frequently transfers knowledge and skills with independence and expertise in a variety of complex classroom and real-world situations.

    Parents of Lower & Middle School students may request transcripts from the All School Registrar.

    Requests for documentation in support of an application to an academic institution, including requests for faculty recommendations, official transcripts, and other supplemental materials, must be submitted directly to the Division Director. Completed application materials will be mailed directly to the designated school(s).

    The recommended limit for homework is 30 minutes per subject per academic day. The recommended limit for the total amount of time for homework on a given day is 2 hours. Independent engagement of challenging material, content, exercises, and concepts is part of the learning process, but should students consistently struggle to complete work within the recommended time limit or struggle to understand concepts, content, or other material introduced in class, please contact the teacher or Director of Middle School directly. 

    The homework in Grade 6 is reduced to just three subjects for the First Quarter. Language Acquisition, Language and Literature, and Math will always assign homework. A review of student progress in Grade 6 at the end of this time period will determine if additional homework is added for the rest of the year.
  • 4.2 Co-Curricular Program

    Updated October 19, 2020
    Throughout the year, each student is part of an advisory group, supervised by a faculty advisor. Advisors develop a sense of community within the advisory group and the grade level; cultivate organizational and study skills; review and support academic progress and social-emotional growth; support student activities; and serve as a point of communication between the school, the student, and the student’s family.

    Throughout the year, students participate in a variety of experiential education experiences to complement and enhance classroom learning, including the Middle School Orientation Trip, Experience Days, Service Learning Days, Spring Journeys, and other occasional field trips. For off-campus experiential education:
    • Students may fully participate in Experiential Education if they are in good academic and disciplinary standing. Students who are not in good academic or disciplinary standing may be subject to special conditions for participation, to be articulated by the Director of Middle School.
    • All students must stay with their group for the entire trip and return to school with the group.
    • All students will be transported by the school. Students may not be privately transported to or from field trip locations.
    • Some experiential education includes physically and emotionally taxing activities. While faculty chaperones provide supervision to ensure students’ safety and emotional support as needed, students who have significant physical, psychological, or social-emotional conditions must have written clearance from a medical or psychological professional indicating readiness for the experience.
    • Failure to maintain community expectations and any other standards communicated by faculty for the experience itself will result in disciplinary consequences, possibly including immediate departure from the experience or restriction from future experiential education.
    2020-21 CHANGES
    All off campus field trips and such activities have been temporarily suspended to maintain the health and safety of our all our community during the pandemic. 

    In order to fulfill the Physical & Health Education requirements of the program, Middle School students are expected to participate in the Annie Wright Middle School Athletics program when this falls within the school day 8:00 am - 3:10 pm. In addition to team sports, students may opt to participate in other health and wellness offerings. Students will indicate their preferences for the academic year during Middle School Orientation. In order to support all our students and their extracurricular activities, study halls occur during the school day to ensure all our students get a supported start on their homework and have the time to commit to our Athletic program.

Uniform Policy

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  • 5.1 Uniform Guidelines & Dress Code Expectations

    Annie Wright Schools holds high expectations for its students and faculty; we believe that each member of this Schools’ inclusive community should strive for excellence in every endeavor and for individuality of expression of that excellence. The Schools’ requirements for uniform and appearance emphasize our commitment to and belief in individual growth and development:
    The AWS Schools’ uniform and expectations for student appearance:
    • help our students to identify with Annie Wright Schools and our mission.
    • reinforce pride in belonging to this community, and give a sense of belonging and of being an integral part of the community.
    • stress that individuality and self-expression are not determined by the latest fashion fad. Our Schools’ program celebrates individual thought and action (internal and enduring character traits), rather than the superficial, external and temporary expressions of self often associated with fashion trends.
    • reinforce the Schools’ commitment to an ethos of respect and responsibility, in appearance just as we expect in behavior, action and work ethic.
    • are practical and cost-effective.

    • All items should be appropriate, fit comfortably, and provide a neat appearance. All clothing should be neither too tight nor too big, and there should be no visible underwear. 
    • Pants, slacks and skirts should be neatly hemmed, not rolled-up.
    • Shorts may be worn on Daily Uniform or Civvies Days throughout the year. 
    • Shirts worn underneath uniform polo shirts must be solid white and short-sleeved.
    • Boots and athletic cleats may not be worn in the school building.
    • Shoes must be closed-toed and have a closed heel.
    • For swim-related activities, including Swim Class, the Orientation Trip, Journeys, and Milk Boats, appropriate athletic swimwear is required. Swim shirts/rash guards are strongly encouraged for outdoor water-related activities and Journeys. Casual or fashionable beachwear may not be appropriate. 
    • Middle School volleyball shorts should only be worn during volleyball. The appropriate bottoms for Athletics should be specific to the athletic sport. 
    • Accessories like scarves, bandanas, or hats may not be worn as part of the Dress and Daily School Uniform.
    • Any use of jewelry or other accessories should be functional and appropriate for an active day at school. 
    • Hairstyles and makeup should be suitable for an academic environment. Unnatural hair color or graphic patterns of hair dye are not in keeping with the school’s uniform philosophy and policy.
    • The following items are not permitted on Civvies Days, Spirit Days, or on Special Occasions:
      • Pajama-type clothing
      • Tank tops or strapless dresses 
      • Clothing with holes, fraying, or tears
      • Shoes without closed heel
      • Apparel depicting or referring to alcohol, tobacco, drugs, political messaging, inappropriate language, or sexually suggestive behavior 
      • Short shorts/skirts 
      • Low-cut or midriff-showing shirts
      • For special occasions, students may be encouraged to wear Spirit Dress, in which students may enhance their daily uniform with school-branded items from the bookstore or online spirit store. Those wishing not to participate in Spirit Dress are expected to be in Daily Uniform.
  • 5.2 Lower School Uniform Requirements

    The Lower School Uniform list can be found here.
  • 5.3 Middle School Uniform Requirements

    Updated October 19, 2020
    The Middle School uniform list can be found here. There are five variations on the Middle School Dress Code:
    • Daily Uniform: See Uniform List.
    • Dress Uniform: See Uniform List.
    • Spirit Dress: Spirit Days are designated for special occasions to promote school spirit and build community. Spirit Dress might include a variation on the Daily Uniform and permit clothing with the School’s brand or colors; alternately, Spirit Dress might include a festive costume or theme. Students participating in Spirit Dress must adhere to the expectations detailed below and any special instructions communicated by the Director or Assistant Director of Middle School. Students who do not participate in Spirit Dress are expected to be in Daily Uniform.
    • Civvies Days: All School Civvies Days are designated approximately once a month, and Divisions may designate a Civvies Day for a special event or experience. Students may wear free dress and must adhere to the dress code expectations articulated below.
    • Special Occasions: Throughout the year, students may be instructed to dress appropriately for special occasions such as Field Trips, Dances, or School Traditions. If free dress is allowed, students are expected to adhere to the expectations detailed below and to the spirit and formality of the occasion. 
    2020-2021 CHANGES
    Dress uniform has been suspended for the 2020-2021 school year.

    Students are expected to wear their Daily Uniform. 

  • 5.4 Middle School Athletics & PHE Uniforms

    Updated October 19, 2020
    All students must wear the school’s PHE Uniform, available for purchase in the school store. Students are expected to arrive to PHE in uniform of the gray school t-shirt and navy shorts, unless specifically instructed otherwise by PHE faculty.

    Members of athletic teams will be issued team uniforms. Students are responsible for those uniforms for the entire season. Uniforms must be laundered after each game and returned to the Director of Athletics on the last day of the season. Families will be charged a replacement fee for uniforms that are lost or not returned at the end of the team’s season.

    Students who are not part of athletic teams but who participate in other wellness options such as yoga or strength & conditioning must wear their PHE Uniforms.

    Repeated ignorance or abuse of the Schools’ uniform policy and guidelines will be treated as a violation of community expectations. If, after repeated warnings, a student still does not comply with the uniform regulations, Annie Wright Schools reserves the right to purchase the necessary clothing items via the school store; these charges will appear on the family’s monthly bookstore bill.

    2020-2021 CHANGES
    Students will not be required to change clothes for Athletics or PHE, only athletic sneakers will be required. 

Student Support

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  • 6.1 Tutoring

    When students need additional assistance, students or teachers can arrange a specific time to provide support. If a student’s academic needs require extensive tutoring over a prolonged period of time, the parents may be asked to hire a private tutor. Middle School students are also eligible to work with volunteer Upper School Student tutors. To prevent conflicts of interest, AWS faculty members may not be hired during the academic year as private tutors.
  • 6.2 Learning Support Specialists

    Annie Wright faculty and staff recognize and value the academic potential of students of diverse learning abilities. Although our program is not geared specifically to students with learning disabilities or attention problems, or to those that are gifted or excel in some areas, these students can experience success at AWS when supported by an honest, open and cooperative teacher-student-parent relationship. Parents are expected to inform the School if their child has a previously diagnosed learning or attention issue, or a health problem related to learning and attention including all medications prescribed. If a student is having serious academic or behavior difficulty, the Division Directors or the Learning Support Specialists may request that he or she be evaluated by an independent professional diagnostician who can hopefully clarify the nature and source of the difficulty. Such an evaluation may be a prerequisite for the student’s continued enrollment at AWS. The results of such an evaluation will be used to develop strategies to help the student. The School may also conclude that the student’s needs will be served better in a learning environment different from the one Annie Wright Schools can offer.

    Learning Support Specialists in each Division work with teachers and with individual students to provide targeted support and promote optimal learning strategies for students and support for teachers. They maintain updated information relating to IAPs, documentation of relevant diagnoses, and communication with families regarding progress.
  • 6.3 Math Specialist

    The Lower & Middle School Math Specialist provides additional, targeted support for progress in mathematics. This role oversees the implementation and interpretation of standardized math assessments, provides support and coaching to math teachers, and provides additional support or interventions for individual students.
  • 6.4 Lower & Middle School Counselors

    The Counseling Program at Annie Wright Schools is designed to support the student’s social and emotional development, as well as to provide a variety of in-house and referral services. Support from the counselor includes confidential access to one-on-one counseling, curriculum development, staff development, parent education, crisis intervention, and community referral. The Counseling Program strives to provide the AWS community with strong support systems of information, intellectual challenge, nurturing and sensitivity leading toward personal growth and understanding. Depending on the age of the student, information and conversations shared with the School Counselor within the Counseling Office, on the telephone or other counseling environments will be considered and maintained as confidential unless the counseling client provides specific consent to share information or in the cases of consideration of suicide, intention to harm oneself or others, and in the cases of child abuse (physical, mental, emotional or neglect) as is required by Washington State law. Students may make one-time or regular appointments with the Lower & Middle School Counselor or drop in as needed. Parents may also make an appointment with the Counselor for issues pertaining to the social and emotional needs of their child.  

Health & Wellness

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  • 7.1 Forms & Documentation

    Annie Wright Schools provides the services of a School Nurse. The Health Center is open each weekday from 7:30 am to 3:45 pm. The School Nurse is available for first aid, accidents, minor health problems, and for sick students.

    Prior to admission (for students new to AWS) and prior to the first day of school (for all students), students are required to have the following documentation on file with the School Nurse:
    • Physical Examination by their Health Care Provider: New students, and all returning students whose physical will expire in the upcoming school year, must provide a physical form before starting the school year. Physical forms last 2 years. AWS physical forms are available in your student(s) forms for download.
    • Certificate of Immunization Status: students who are exempt any vaccinations need to provide this form. It is available from the doctor. Or you can have the form transferred from a previous school. Personal exemptions to the MMR vaccination are no longer allowed. Religious and medical exemptions still apply.
    • Certificate of immunization Exemption: students who are exempt any vaccinations need to provide this form. It is available from the doctor. Or you can have the form transferred from a previous school.
    • Health Information Form and Consent to Treatment of Minor Form: (found in your Student’s forms). To inform the school about any recent injuries, changes in medication, or such chronic conditions as asthma, allergies, or diabetes. It is the responsibility of the family to notify the School Nurse about any changes in the child’s health status during the school year.
    • Concussion Form (MS)
  • 7.2 Dispensing of Medication

    It is necessary for the Health Center to supervise the dispensing of all medication at school. Therefore, student medicine will be stored and locked in the Health Center. If a student requires continued medication, the school must have on file written authorization from the prescribing physician and the family. This form can be found in your student(s) forms or on the School Nurse resource board. Students are not allowed to carry prescription medications or over the counter medications in their backpacks. If your student requires temporary medication while at school please see the school nurse for dispensing.

    • Epi-Pens:  Students who require an epi-pen must have an anaphylaxis plan from their Physician. The plan, and Epi-pen(s) should be submitted to the School Nurse before the student begins school. A new plan is required every school year. The school requires just 1 epi-pen, that will be kept with the School Nurse. If 2 are provided then one will be kept in the classroom and one with the School Nurse.
    • Middle school students do have the option of carrying their own Epi-Pen. This must be discussed with the School Nurse beforehand.
    • Inhalers: If your student requires an inhaler to be kept with the school nurse for use at school, please provide a health care provider medication/asthma treatment plan available from the Student’s provider. A new plan is required every school year
    • Middle school students may carry their own inhalers. Treatment plan is still required.
  • 7.3 Wellness Policy

    In case of serious injury or illness, parents will be notified immediately. Students who become ill during the school day will be seen initially by the Nurse and will return to class if they are able to do so. Students who are not able to return to class will be asked to rest in the nurse office until their parents are notified and arrangements are made to take them home. 

    Resident students will be accessed by the nurse and appropriate measures taken pertaining to their illness or injury. If a student is excused from classes or needs to see a doctor, parents will be informed via official note, email or telephone.

    Students with suspected COVID-19 symptoms will be separated from the community until they can be tested or evaluated by a medical professional.

    For the health and wellbeing of your student and those around them, please refer to the detailed wellness policy guidelines, below, and the Gator Pledge. Note that these guidelines have been updated to include considerations for COVID-19.

    In this time of heightened virus activity our school asks that students with any illness stay home until fully recovered. If your student is sick even with a common cold, please keep them home until they are symptom free. Parental cooperation in adhering to this policy is appreciated. 

    Wellness Policy Guidelines
    Students will not be allowed on campus if they show symptoms of COVID-19.

    Take your student’s temperature each day before school and go through the screening questionnaire provided by AWS. You will be asked to answer the following questions in reference to your student:

    • Does your student have any of the following COVID-19 symptoms, not related to any other illness or condition? 
      • Fever, AW asks that you keep your student home if fever is 100 F or above
      • Cough
      • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
      • New loss of taste or smell 
      • Sore throat
      • Diarrhea
      • Nausea and/or vomiting
      • Muscle or body aches 
      • Chills
      • Be suspicious of any unusual fatigue, headache, red eyes, runny nose or congestion if not related to another illness or allergies. Especially if these symptoms worsen or other symptoms develop 
    • Does anyone in your household have the above symptoms? 
    • Have you been in close contact with someone who has confirmed or suspected COVID-19 in the last 2 weeks?

    If the answer is yes to any of the above questions please keep your student, and any siblings home, inform the school, and follow return to school guidelines. The CDC continues to update symptoms as more information is learned about COVID-19.  

    Returning to school after having suspected signs or confirmed case of COVID-19

    Please follow the guidelines in these flow charts:
    1. What to do if you get a confirmed case of COVID-19
    2. What to do if you have COVID-19 symptoms but haven’t been around anyone with COVID-19
    3. What to do if you are exposed to COVID-19 but you are not sick

    Inform the school of any illness, confirmed case or suspected exposure to COVID-19, by contacting:

    Other illnesses and considerations
    • Students should not be given medications to reduce a fever, such as Tylenol/Ibuprofen before coming to school
    • Illnesses other than symptoms of COVID-19: Ensure your student has fully recovered before returning to school. 
    • Have antibiotics been prescribed? Oral, topical,eye drops, ear drops? Students should be on antibiotics for a full 24 hours before returning to school.
    • Is there a post viral cough? Occasionally an irritating cough can occur after an illness has resolved. Or a cough can occur with an allergy reaction. Is it controllable and does your student understand how to wear a mask and cough into the elbow? It is advisable to have your student stay home until the cough is controlled. 
    • Is there a new rash? A rash is a change of the skin which affects color, appearance or texture. It may be on one part of the body or affect all of the skin. A rash can have many different causes. It can be a sign of illness. Use caution when sending your student to school with a rash. It would be ideal to get the rash looked at by a healthcare provider, or keep your student home for a day or so to see if the rash worsens or gets better. If your student presents to the nurse with an unexplained rash he or she will be sent home.
    • Is there pink or red eyes unexplained by allergies? Please keep your student home until symptoms resolve 
    • Is there a runny nose or congestion associated with a common cold? Ensure your student stays home if they have cold symptoms. It is difficult to manage a runny or congested nose at school when wearing a face mask. Ensure your student has recovered, or can easily self care and manage their symptoms before coming back to school.
    • Is your student listless or fatigued? It requires a good deal of energy and concentration to navigate a day of school. Also, the more rundown a student becomes, the more difficult it can become for the immune system to combat illness. Consider your student’s ability to manage the day and his/her overall stamina and well-being. Would a day at home provide the rest necessary to beat or prevent illness? 
    • Infectious Health Conditions: Please inform the School Nurse if your student gets medically diagnosed with an infectious condition. This would include, but not limited to: Influenza, COVID-19, Strep Throat, Varicella, Measles, Meningitis, Whooping Cough, Pink Eye. Skin Conditions such as MRSA, Impetigo, Ringworm, Scabies. Molluscum Contagiosum.
    • Head Lice: We ask that you inform the School Nurse if you find that your student has head lice. This helps us be proactive in preventing the spread of lice to others.If live lice are found on a student, we will ask that you pick up your student and get them treatment. Students can come to school after 1 lice treatment. Please bring your student to the School Nurse to get checked after treatment and before starting class. It is parental responsibility to ensure treatment and eradication of lice.
    • Flu (Influenza): Inform the School Nurse if your student gets a medical diagnosis of Influenza. Common cold symptoms are similar, as are some COVID-19 symptoms. Stomach flu is not Influenza. Please provide a note from the doctor stating the diagnosis and return to school date. Most cases of flu require a 7 - 10 day absence from school. AWS requires your student to be no longer contagious (10 days minimum if no doctor’s note to say otherwise, after the start of flu symptoms) and well enough to manage a school day.
    • Molluscum Contagiosum: Student to wear uniform clothing that covers all visible bumps while in school. Band Aids or other dressings can be used to cover weeping bumps (except on the face). During swim: students must wear swimwear that covers bumps or cover the bumps with waterproof bandages. Students with open weeping bumps that cannot be covered by a waterproof bandage will not be allowed in the pool on that given day.
    • Upon returning to school following an absence due to any illness or isolation: Students must be checked at the nurse’s office immediately on arrival at school before going to class. Students who arrive with a fever, or have taken medication to reduce a fever will not be given access to classrooms and will be sent home. Parents will be notified to pick up their student immediately.
    • Is it allergies or COVID-19 symptoms? Allergy symptoms can be similar to some COVID-19 symptoms. Click here to learn the difference between allergies and COVID-19.
    Please note that in homes where both parents/guardians work, it is important to make arrangements in advance with neighbors, friends or relatives to provide care for your student if he or she must leave school. Please be sure to update the emergency contact section on myAW with this information. 

    In this heightened time of virus activity we ask that parents/guardians pick up their student within 40 minutes of being called by the nurse or someone from the school. 

    School nurse contact information:
    Paula Coumou


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  • 8.1 School Communications

    Updated October 19, 2020
    The School provides a variety of modes of communication to disseminate important information, provide updates on the calendar and events, and to promote the building of community.
    • myAW: Annie Wright Schools’  website for current families can be reached at www.my.aw.org. The website is an essential resource for finding up-to-date information about a particular division, admissions, athletics, parents’ association, school events, news articles, development, and more. Check the website weekly to stay apprised of news and events on campus. 
    • Friday Flash: The Friday Flash is a weekly divisional e-newsletter for the AWS community that highlights the current week’s events and headlines, as well as important reminders for the coming week. This is a valuable resource for all parents. 
    • Grade Level Pages: Grade levels in each division put information onto pages in myAW that can be accessed anytime. Lower School updates  are made weekly and are your first point of reference for classroom specific information, whereas in the Middle and Upper schools they are posted on a monthly basis. 
    • Strength Magazine: Parents receive the school magazine three times during the school year featuring student, alumni and campus news. The magazine includes articles about curriculum, athletics, alumni and student achievement, class notes and more. Information from parents is always welcome. Email news to the editor at news@aw.org
    • Back-to-School Guide: The Back-to-School Guide is published online in July, and includes important information to help families prepare for the start of school, including details on upcoming events.
  • 8.2 Communicating with Teachers

    Email is the most direct and efficient way to communicate with teachers or to establish a time to connect by telephone or in person. Teachers will strive to respond to email messages within 24 hours. Please respect teachers’ teaching time and professional hours, and do not expect immediate responses after 4:00 pm on school days or on weekends. 
  • 8.3 Communicating with Students During the School Day

    Families may call the 10th Street Office to leave a message for their child, which will be delivered to the student’s classroom or locker. Lower School Families may email teachers and the Lower & Middle School Registrar with a message for their children. Families are strongly discouraged from calling or texting their students during the school day as they will not have access to these devices once on campus.
  • 8.4 Printed Materials, Press Relations & Photography

    As an institution dedicated to the education of young boys and girls-academically, socially, and athletically-Annie Wright Schools understands the importance of having boys’ and girls’ achievements recognized and publicized. We support their endeavors in all aspects of life, and encourage them to behave as role models for other young boys and girls. By enrolling a student at Annie Wright Schools and submitting a signed contract, a parent or guardian acknowledges that the student’s name, photo, or comments may be used for publicity purposes either in print or on the Schools’ web page or Friday Flash. All boys or girls who play on a sports team must have press permission to allow release of team scores and photos. If a parent or guardian wishes to withhold this permission, he/she must notify the Communications department at communications@aw.org.
  • 8.5 Guidelines for Addressing Concerns

    Open and honest communication is key to any organization in order for it to run smoothly and meet the needs of its various constituents. The same applies to the Annie Wright Schools community. Through positive, informal and caring communication among parents, faculty, administration, staff, and students, problems may be prevented and concerns addressed to resolve issues constructively. AWS and the AWS Parent Association (AWSPA) advocate a communication philosophy of open, ongoing dialogue between parties. A positive, professional approach to issues helps to support our common goal of excellence of education for our students in a safe and nurturing environment.

    When school-related issues arise in which one feels a need for a more formal approach, the following communication guidelines serve as a “road map” listing suggested steps parents may take and the appropriate School resources. The Annie Wright Schools Parent Association (AWSPA) developed these guidelines in response to parent requests for communication protocols within the School, and based on input received from both parents and AWS school faculty. Please view these communication steps as recommendations. In some instances, situations may arise requiring different routes than those listed here. We encourage good judgment and common sense.

    As both parents and the AWS faculty/staff use this communication process, each has a responsibility to listen actively to one another and agree on steps to be taken. Each has a responsibility to honor the agreement, sincerely work toward a timely resolution, and treat one another with respect and confidentiality throughout the process.

    General Guidelines for Addressing Concerns

    • Go to “the source” of the problem/concern.
    • Make a mutually acceptable appointment to discuss your issue in person or by phone.
    • Be prepared not only with your concerns but ideas for resolution.
    • Be specific, using facts and examples where appropriate.
    • Address the problem or issue, not the person.
    • Work towards a win-win solution whenever possible.
    • Contact the next level only when you feel additional recourse is required.
    • Document your questions/concerns in writing when appropriate.
    • Get involved. Suggest or join an established committee or task force.

    Communication Sources

    • Lower School Teacher: Class, homework, student performance, student-peer relations, teacher-related issues.
    • Middle School Teacher: Class, homework, student performance, teacher related issues.
    • Middle School Advisor: Student-peer relations, teacher-related issues
    • Lower & Middle School Counselor: social, relationship, behavioral issues.
    • Learning Specialist: individual learning differences or plans, need for tutoring, learning and organizational strategies.
    • Division Director: Issues not resolved via Parent-Teacher communication, broad policy or school procedural issues.
    • Head of Schools: Issues not resolved via communication with “front-line” sources (listed above). Outline steps you’ve taken previously and why you feel the issue(s) need additional consideration. In determining a resolution, the Head of Schools will consider the parent’s requested solution in conjunction with school policy, legal and/or statutory requirements, and other relevant information as appropriate. The final response to the parent’s request rests with the Head of Schools. The parents are asked to recognize the Head of Schools’ decision as Annie Wright Schools’ final response.
    Statement of Parental Support
    Parents who have chosen to send their children to Annie Wright have made an informed decision; therefore, we assume parental support of our philosophy of education and its expression in day-to-day school and classroom programs. The education of your child is a joint venture of family and school. Your support of our policies and decisions and your willingness to communicate with us directly whenever concerns or questions arise is of utmost importance. This crucial partnership must be based on trust and mutual respect. The underlying foundation of the teacher/student relationship is also based on respect.

    At Annie Wright we expect our students to show respect, courtesy, kindness, and consideration towards others. We expect our parents, faculty and staff to model the same high standards of respectful, professional behavior in their communications with others at the school.

    Parents are encouraged to assist in the education of their child by taking an active interest in their student’s work and life at school. You can support your child’s education by getting to know classmates, teachers and other parents through volunteer activities, attending Back to School Night and by being involved in class events, fundraising, and field trips throughout the year. If, during the course of the school year, your child is having difficulties or if any concerns arise, please notify your child’s teacher or advisor immediately.

    The role of the core teacher in the Lower School and Advisor in the Middle and Upper Schools is to serve as the primary contact person for parents. The advisor oversees the academic/social development of his/her advisee.

    While the school encourages proper communication and will steadfastly attempt to address your concerns, parents and guardians must bear in mind that persons who engage in insulting or abusive behavior or who demonstrate a conspicuously uncooperative or destructive attitude toward any teacher or staff member will not be tolerated. Their actions may lead to the cancellation of their child’s contract through non-renewal or involuntary withdrawal.
  • 8.6 Updating Emergency Contact Information

    Families are responsible for updating emergency information annually or whenever there is a change. Contact the Lower & Middle School Registrar for assistance in doing this.
  • 8.7 Online Enrollment & Forms

    Annually parents will be asked to complete the registration process online. Please carefully follow the Lower & Middle School Registrar’s instructions for this process.

School Policies

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  • 9.1 Middle School Academic Honesty Policy

    In the Middle School, we aim to be lifelong learners - caring, reflective, knowledgeable, principled individuals who are comfortable taking risks, who are actively inquiring about the world around us, and who are well-versed at communicating in a wide variety of environments. The following policy clarifies for all Middle School stakeholders what academic honesty means to us. The policy further outlines student, parent and teacher responsibilities in regards to academic honesty and reviews the consequences of academic misconduct. All members of the school community - students, faculty and staff - are expected to exhibit academic honesty at all times.
    Academic honesty means that we:

    • Conduct ourselves with integrity.
    • Do our own work, without inappropriate aid.
    • Acknowledge by properly referencing the author and/or source of any ideas, language or creations that are not our own.

    What is academic misconduct? Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to:

    Plagiarism: Presenting as your own, purposely or accidentally, the ideas, words or work of another person without clear acknowledgment (through the use of MLA citation). Plagiarism includes:
      • Copying and pasting sentences, passages, or entire essays directly from any online source.
      • Submitting another student’s work as your own (with or without that student’s permission).
      • Copying another student’s answers on an assessment.
      • Collusion: Allowing your work to be copied or submitted by another person or helping another person during an examination or other assessment.
      • Use of unauthorized materials and tools: Using notes, language translation applications, devices, or other course materials during an assessment when they are not allowed.
      • Premature disclosure of information: Sharing the contents of an assessment with classmates who will experience that assessment at a later time.

    Student Responsibilities

    • Students do their own work.
    • Students ask for assistance from their instructors to clarify understanding.
    • Students demonstrate understanding of the difference between collaboration and collusion. When given an assignment to complete as an individual, ethical collaboration can include (with teacher permission) discussing course concepts or texts with classmates, but individual students must still submit work in their own words. It is not okay for two or more students to submit the exact same responses, nor is it okay to work with other students on an assignment if a teacher has expressly instructed students not to do so.
    • Students report incidents of academic misconduct to their instructors if they learn of fellow students not adhering to our Academic Honesty Policy.

    Parent Responsibilities

    • Parents support the academic honesty policy in the Middle School.
    • Parents support student learning by allowing students to submit work that accurately represents their skill level; teachers are only able to accurately assess students’ progress if the work they submit is 100% their own.
    • Parents can also help by emphasizing the importance of the process of learning.

    Teacher Responsibilities
    • Teachers create assignments that discourage academic dishonesty by ensuring work requires inquiry, creativity, and thoughtful engagement in course material.
    • Teachers directly teach methods of research and inquiry that help students demonstrate academic honesty.
    • Teachers actively work to develop close relationships with students so that they feel comfortable asking for assistance.
    • Teachers, advisors and counselors work with students to help them develop the comfort level and skill needed to say ‘no’ to another student (even a close friend) who asks them to share their work.

    Consequences of Academic Misconduct
    First and foremost, when students choose to submit others’ work as their own, they are missing out on the opportunity to learn important concepts and skills. Academic misconduct also makes it impossible for teachers to accurately assess and support students' understanding and application of material. If a student chooses to engage in academic misconduct, the following steps will be taken in order to encourage academic and personal growth:

    1st Offense:
    1. Teacher will discuss issue with student in person.
    2. Teacher will notify parents of the issue and will request that parents also discuss the issue with student.
    3. Grade for the assignment in question will reflect no credit or an appropriate penalty determined by the teacher in consultation with the Director of Middle School.   Depending on the assignment, the student may be required to redo it without earning credit in order to demonstrate his/her learning.
    4. Director of Middle School and/or Assistant Director will be notified of and will appropriately document the incident.

    2nd and Subsequent Offenses:
    1. Teacher will discuss issue with student in person with the Director and/or Assistant Director of Middle School.
    2. Director and/or Assistant Director of Middle School will notify parents of the issue and request a meeting.
    3. Student will receive no credit on the assignment in question.
    4. If the issue is an egregious example of academic misconduct or reflects a pattern of misconduct, the student may face more severe consequences determined by the Director of Middle School and the Head of School, such as suspension or expulsion.

    Being a good student does NOT mean having all the answers all the time. On the contrary, admitting a need for help  shows maturity. Teachers, administrators and advisors are all here to assist students in any way they can. Because of our commitment to being principled, each of us is expected to “act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. [We] take responsibility for [our] own actions and the consequences that accompany them” (“The IB Learner Profile”). By working together, we can support each other in our commitment to academic honesty - an integral part of becomingwell-educated, responsible citizens for a global society. 
  • 9.2 Middle School PSA Policy

    At school, students can only use their laptops with express permission and supervision from a teacher and for educational experiences only, known as our PSA Policy (Permission, Supervision, Academic). This policy is in effect while a student is on campus.
  • 9.3 Lower School Sectioning

    Our primary goal in sectioning students at each grade level is to create two groups of students that are well balanced in regards to their academic profile, learning style, social and emotional needs, and learner profile strengths and challenges.  It is a very thorough and collaborative process involving the Director of the Lower School, current grade level teachers, learning specialists, counselor and PYP Curriculum Coordinator. Families are asked not to request a specific teacher for their children. It would simply be impossible to honor such requests and maintain a proper balance in each class. If a student has specific learning needs or talents that the family feels should be considered in the sectioning of their child, they are invited to share that information with the Director of Lower School, who makes the final decisions regarding the sections at each grade level. No guarantees or assurances can be given to any family who requests a specific teacher for any reason. All students are notified of whom their teachers are for the upcoming year a few weeks before the start of the school year.
  • 9.4 Middle School Sectioning

    Updated October 19, 2020
    Middle School class sections and Advisory groups are designed to promote optimal learning environments for students and to build community. Families are asked not to request specific teachers or Advisors for their children. If a student has specific learning needs or talents that the family feels should be considered in the sectioning of their child, they are invited to share that information with the Director of Middle School, who makes the final decisions regarding the sections at each grade level. No guarantees or assurances can be given to any family who requests a specific teacher for any reason. Students receive their schedules and information about Advisory during Orientation Week; class lists are not available before that time.

    2020-2021 CHANGES
    While the Middle School is online, each grade will be grouped into two sections: Blue and Gold. When Middle School returns to campus, each grade will be grouped into three sections: A, B, and C. Advisory groups will remain the same. 
  • 9.5 Attendance Policy

    To ensure adequate and continuous academic progress, attendance at school is expected on school days unless a child is ill, has an appointment, or a family emergency. Absences of more than three days should be explained in a note to the teacher, Advisor, or Division Director. Students missing more than 18 days in the course of a school year risk not advancing to the next grade level, and the decision for advancement will be made at the Division Directors’ discretion. Parents/Guardians must notify the Lower & Middle School Registrar before 8:15am for an unanticipated absence or late arrival due to illness or other circumstances.

    Unanticipated Absences:
    If absent due to illness, please confirm that your child is well and has been free of fever for 24 hours before his or her return to school. Students are responsible for submitting work or completing other assessments on the day they return to school.

    Medical Appointments:
    Doctor, dentist, and psychological appointments should be scheduled after school hours. If a student must leave school during the day, communication indicating the anticipated departure and return times must be delivered no later than 8:00am the day that the student will be out of school. Communications about LS students should go to both the Lower & Middle School Registrar and the classroom teacher; communications about MS students should go to the Lower & Middle School Registrar.

    Anticipated Absences:
    An anticipated absence for a trip, religious observance, or other special event must be communicated at least ten days before the absence. Middle School students who will be absent for a family trip must submit an Anticipated Absence Request form, available at the 10th Street Office. 

    Lower School Families should communicate directly with the classroom teacher and LS/MS Registrar to make arrangements ahead of an anticipated absence. Upon a student’s return, the student will work with the classroom teacher to make up what was missed, though much of the work that happens within the Units of Inquiry is difficult to replicate after the fact.

    For a Middle School Student, all of her/his teachers and the Division Director must sign this form. Students are responsible for submitting work or completing other assessments before or immediately after the anticipated absence, or within an appropriate timeframe as arranged by the teacher and student. Middle School students should communicate directly with teachers in advance of the absence to make arrangements and may face grade penalties if no notice is given and if work or assessments are not completed according to the syllabus and class schedule. If not properly notified of an anticipated absence, teachers are not required to help students make up the work they missed.

    Excessive tardiness and absenteeism is strongly discouraged. After 15 tardies or 10 absences are recorded, families will receive special notification of the high number from the Lower & Middle School Directors.
  • 9.6 Emergency Closings, Late Starts & Early Dismissals

    On occasion Annie Wright Schools will close due to inclement weather or other conditions. For closures, late starts and early dismissals due to weather conditions, AWS generally, but not always, follows the decisions made by Tacoma Public School District #10. All decisions regarding closures, late starts and early dismissals will be communicated as early as possible via the school website, text message, email, and a recorded voice message by phone. It is therefore essential that all parents keep their emergency contact information updated in myAW.
  • 9.7 Data Sharing & Privacy

    For the purpose of providing an excellent education and in compliance with data privacy guidelines, potentially identifying information is disclosed to 3rd parties who perform an educational function for Annie Wright Schools. The information disclosed may include, but is not limited to, a student’s name, grade, date of birth, and academic performance. The 3rd parties include organizations such as, but not limited to, Google, Microsoft, Blackbaud, Clever, SCOIR, and ManageBac. AWS policy provides that the use, storage and maintenance of these records is to be controlled by AWS via an agreement with the vendor. AWS policy is that such agreements include appropriate provisions to ensure the 3rd party’s compliance with applicable data privacy requirements. AWS shares this information solely for the purpose of providing the tools necessary to provide an Annie Wright education and AWS does not permit a vendor to use this data for any marketing purpose.

    As part of our online education continuity plan, we are using Microsoft Teams to perform virtual check-ins, videoconference classes, live-streaming and related services.  Although Annie Wright is not the operator of that on line platform, we wanted to provide you with information about the data that may be collected to access this platform and the required consent for your student to participate in this process. In the Microsoft Teams on-line platform, the site operator may receive personal information about you and your student including on-line contact information, names, email and ISP addresses or other student information associated with on-line classes. This information is collected solely as part of and for the purpose of providing access to the on-line education platform. The site operator has assured us that it does not and will not use this information for any other purpose. Nevertheless, through the acknowledgement of this handbook, we ask for your consent for your student to access and use this on line platform and thereby share personal and/or on line contact information. 

Community Policies

List of 12 items.

  • 10.1 Behavior & Discipline

    Rules and regulations are deliberately kept to a minimum so that actions may spring from general principles of positive behavior. There are, however, certain areas in which we specify and outline certain expectations for behavior in and out of the classroom. Every effort is made to support children in positive choices through modeling, previewing expectations, and reminding.

    Consequences for misbehavior include:
    • Exclusion from class, recess, field trip or event
    • Individualized behavior plan
    • Repeated disregard for community expectations results in referral to the Division Director, and ultimately suspension or, at the Head of Schools’ discretion expulsion

    Self-discipline is a distinguishing characteristic of Annie Wright students, enabling them to follow guidelines. The school expects that students conduct themselves in ways that are conducive to maintaining high moral standards and academic, athletic, and social achievement. The foundation of the system is respect: respect for learning, respect for others, and respect for the place in which one learns. Self-discipline and the ability to distinguish right from wrong are challenges that each student will meet during his/her life as a citizen. Annie Wright Schools does not tolerate behavior that is disruptive, destructive, or illegal, and works with children and their families to promote positive social interactions and appropriate behaviors.

    The classroom teacher deals with classroom behavior. Generally, a word of warning and a word of encouragement are all that are needed. In the event that a discipline infraction goes beyond the scope of the classroom teacher (e.g. repeated violations, threats, or a violation of a major school rule) the student will be directed to the Division Director. Violation of a major school rule may result in consequences such as recess detention, lunch time job, after school detention, or suspension. In cases of serious misconduct, the student may be removed from school.

    Discipline has a place in learning within a community. We will take steps necessary to ensure academic fairness as well as the emotional and physical safety of each student. Our practice is to teach students through their mistakes to help them make more positive choices in the future. The first part of the process is that the student is truthful in response and accepts responsibility for their actions and also accepts the consequence related to the offense. The consequence is determined on an individual basis and is meant to cause the student to realize the importance the community places on the behavior or principle involved. The student then begins to earn back the trust and regard they deserve. The objective is to learn from the mistake and completely reintegrate into the community without negative stigma.
  • 10.2 Lower School Values

    • Accept responsibility for our actions.
    • Treat ourselves and others with dignity and respect.
    • Be honest and trustworthy.
    • Give our best effort at work and play.
    • Support each other in our immediate and extended community.
    • Be curious and open to ideas and experiences.
    • Be inclusive and tolerant.
    • Be kind and demonstrate a generous spirit.
    • Maintain our sense of humor and enjoy learning.
    • Resolve conflicts through discussion and collaboration.
  • 10.3 Middle School Values & Community Expectations

    Updated October 19, 2020
    The Middle School has condensed down this handbook into the Ten Essentials of Middle School. Advisors, subject teachers, and staff, will use these essentials to help guide the Middle School into being safe, happy, and successful.

    We only build each other up and are kind to each other.
    • We respect ourselves, others, and their belongings.
    • We believe everyone can improve.
    • We are caretakers of our school.
    • We adhere to the Academic Honesty Policy.
    • We are followers of PSA.
    • We arrive on time and are prepared.
    • We adhere to the AW Uniform Policy.
    • When we make a mistake, we recognize it, try to repair the wrong, learn from it, and move forward.
    • We strive to bring our best selves to help strengthen our community.
    2020-2021 CHANGES
    The Middle School has also adopted the Ten Essentials of Virtual Middle School for when classes are held online.
    • Only build each other up and be kind to one another.
    • Take virtual school seriously, both in our asynchronous work and our time together online.
      • We arrive on time to class and are prepared with all needed materials.
      • We complete our work to the best of our ability
      • We engage positively with our teachers and classmates
      • We seek out help during Office Hours if we need clarification about something
    • Respect ourselves and others while online.
      • No spamming in chat
      • No muting each other
    • Fully engage during our online classes.
      • We avoid multi-tasking
      • We have our phones turned off or away from our work spaces
      • We keep our cameras on (backgrounds can be blurred or altered as long as school appropriate)
      • We participate in class discussions (both large group and small group breakout rooms)
    • Believe everyone can improve.
    • Adhere to the AW Uniform Policy.
    • Adhere to the Academic Honesty Policy.
    • Recognize our mistakes, learn from them, try to repair the wrongs, and move forward.
    • Strive to bring our best selves to help strengthen our community.
    • Make the effort to stay connected to our peers in positive ways.

    Each member of the Annie Wright community is expected to show consideration for other people and enhance an open atmosphere of trust and caring. Learning requires a willingness to be open and to take risks. An enjoyable environment and a trusting atmosphere are essential for both personal and academic growth. Such an atmosphere is created and maintained through individual and group acts each day. Just as a small incidence of academic or personal dishonesty erodes the conditions that promote learning, every action that affirms consideration and integrity builds our community.

    • When a student violates community expectations, Faculty and Staff respond directly, determine proportional consequences, and notify the Assistant Director of Middle School and Advisor.
    • In the case of particularly egregious violations or patterns of misbehavior, the student is referred to the Assistant Director of Middle School, who assesses the degree of violation and determines consequences in consultation with the Director of Middle School and the student’s Advisor.
    • In the case of repeated violations or patterns of misbehavior, s/he may be directly referred to the Director of Middle School, and continued misbehavior will result in referral to the Head of Schools.
    Consequences for misbehavior include:
    • Completing an Incident-Self Reflection form. This form is used for the student to evaluate their actions. This form is only shared with the Middle School Director, Assistant Middle School Director, and Advisor. It does not go on the student’s permanent record but is used to track behavior through the school year.
    • Service to the Community. These activities are designed to allow students the opportunity to regain their status in the community by helping clean up or fix community property.
    • Restrictions on unscheduled time and participation in class activities, field trips, or school events.
    • Individualized behavior plan.
    • Repeated misbehavior and violation of community expectations may result in suspension or expulsion at the discretion of the Head of Schools.
  • 10.4 Lower School Acceptable Use Policy

    Students will follow these rules when using the school’s technology and network. If there are any problems, the school might notify parents, take away technology time or give some other consequence agreed upon with students.

    Rules to Be Respectful, Safe and Responsible When Using Technology
    • I will use any technology device only if a teacher gives me permission.
    • I will not make changes to anyone else’s work.
    • I will treat all technology equipment respectfully and appropriately.
    • I will not delete or modify any of the applications on any of the technology devices.
    • I understand all technology devices are shared and I will be respectful of others’ use and work.
    • I will collaborate in a kind and respectful manner when I use technology.
    • I will not use technology to be unkind or disrespectful towards others.  
    • I will be safe and responsible and not post my own or anyone else’s personal information, details, or photos of myself or others.
    • I will report to a teacher or parent if I encounter someone or something that is inappropriate or makes me feel uncomfortable, while using any technology.
    • I understand that my password is private and should only be shared with a teacher or parent.
    • I will access the Internet only with permission from a teacher and only websites approved by a teacher.
    • I will give credit to my sources, and I will not use copyrighted material.
    • I understand that personal technology devices (cell phones, iPads, iPods, computers, etc.) are not necessary at school, and are at risk for being lost or misplaced.  If my parents and I decide I need a device for safety, it is to be kept in my backpack during school hours, which includes Extended Day.

    If I break any of these rules I understand the following may happen:
    • I will have a conference with my teacher about the rules.
    • My parents will be notified that I have broken the rules.
    • I may lose Internet and technology use privileges.
    • If I continue to break the rules, there may be further consequences.
  • 10.5 Middle School Technology Policy

    Using Technology at School
    In Grades 6-8, we use technology to enhance, enrich, and facilitate learning and communication. Technology is used as a productivity tool for school related purposes, curriculum enhancement and communications. It helps our students obtain skills necessary for the 21st century: digital literacy, inventive thinking, effective communication and high productivity. Students are responsible for bringing their laptop to all classes, unless specifically advised not to do so by their teacher.

    Technology places enormous power at the fingertips of students. With great power comes great responsibility. While this section of the handbook identifies specific rules regarding the ethical use of Annie Wright Schools’ technology resources, it is important to remember that integrity, honesty, respect, and consideration are as important in the digital realm as in all other aspects of social and academic life. These guiding ideals, aligned with the schools’ mission, key characteristics, and the Middle School Academic Honesty Policy, provide a sound basis for good decision-making with regard to the use of technology at Annie Wright.

    Annie Wright Schools’ rules and standards apply to users of all the schools' technology resources. Adherence to these rules is required for access to the schools’ technology resources. At times, policies may be implemented that restrict some individual customization and/or personal preferences, but always with the goal of ensuring an effective set of technological tools for everyone.

    Network and Internet Access
    • Only school-sanctioned devices will be connected to the internal Annie Wright network via a cable and/or via the wireless network name AWS. Any attempt to attach a personal device to the internal network will result in consequences for the student.
    • Students’ personal devices are not permitted on the school’s network(s). As needed, exceptions can be made to accommodate individual learning plans or needs at the discretion of the Director of Middle School; appropriate use of that device will be governed by this agreement and any further stipulations articulated between the student, parents, and the Director of Middle School.
    • Middle School students’ internet access is tracked and filtered, and is limited to the hours of 7:00 am and 6:00 pm. Any attempt at circumventing these restrictions will result in consequences for the student.
      • Filtering and time restrictions are subject to change at any time at the discretion of the Director of Middle School or the Head of Schools.
      • At the request of a student’s teacher or an administrator, a report of the student’s internet activity can be run.

    Taking Care of Your Laptop
    General Precautions:
    • Food and drink will damage your computer so it is advised that you not eat or drink while using your laptop.
    • Cords, cables, and removable storage devices must be inserted carefully in the laptop.
    • Objects such as books, sports equipment, or musical instruments should not be placed on top of your laptop.
    • Laptops must never be left in a car or any unsupervised area.
    • Exposure to extreme temperature or direct sunlight for extended periods of time can cause damage to laptops due to the extreme heat or cold. Laptops work best stored between 35-90 degrees.
    • Always bring your laptop to room temperature prior to turning it on.
    • Keep all magnetic devices away from your laptop.
    Laptop Care
    We recommend purchasing a protective case for your laptop, one with sufficient padding to protect the laptop from normal treatment and provide a suitable means for carrying the computer within the school.

    The guidelines below should be followed:
    • Laptops should never be carried while open and running.
    • Other items should not be stored in the carrying case to avoid placing too much pressure and weight on the laptop.
    • Always place the laptop bag down gently. Do not drop the bag from your shoulder or toss it on the floor.

    Screen Care
    The laptop screen can be damaged if subjected to rough treatment. The screen is particularly sensitive to damage if excessive pressure is placed on it.
    • Do not lean on the top of the laptop nor place objects on top of it when it is closed.
    • Avoid applying pressure to the screen.
    • Do not place anything in the carrying case that will press against the cover.
    • Do not poke the screen.
    • Do not carry the computer by the screen.
    • Do not place anything on the keyboard before closing the lid (e.g. pens, pencils, or disks).
    • Clean the screen with a soft, dry anti-static, or micro-fiber cloth. Please do not use any type of liquid or water on the laptop.
    Power Cord
    • Only use the supplied charger or a genuine Apple charger.
    • Do not step on your power cord or place heavy objects on top of it.
    • When unplugging the cord, pull on the plug, rather than the cord.
    • Do not wrap your cord too tightly around the adapter box or computer.
    • Lost power cords are approximately $89.00 plus tax to replace.
    Charging Your Laptop Battery
    • Laptops must be brought to school each day in a fully charged condition. Students need to charge their laptops each evening.
    • Students should bring the charger to school each day as well.
    • Sound must be muted at all times unless permission is obtained from the teacher for instructional purposes.
    • It is recommended that students bring headphones to use when appropriate and approved by teacher.
    • Students may use the School printers pre-installed on their laptops. However, printing will be limited to only those items needed directly for instruction.
    • To use the school printers, students will be required to know their student ID number.
    • Use of school printers is tracked, and any excessive use may result in consequences.
    • It is a good idea to do most printing at home to ensure that work is turned in on time.
    • Most home printers will work with School laptops. However, some printer drivers require an administrator to be signed in to complete the installation.

    Managing Your Files and Saving Your Work
    Saving Your Work
    • Students are responsible for saving and backing up all of their work. The Technology staff is not responsible for lost or corrupted files.
    • Secure, individual storage is provided for students on their Google Drive accounts. It is highly recommended that students save all their files to this space.
    • Students should save all of their work daily using their Google drive. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that work is not lost due to mechanical failure or accidental deletion. Computer malfunctions are not an acceptable excuse for not submitting work.
    • SAVE OFTEN and be sure to save to GOOGLE DRIVE and not anywhere else locally on the computer.

    Google Drive
    All Middle School students will be given a Google Account with Drive enabled.
    • Google Drive is a great tool for storing everyday files as much as it is a tool for collaboration. Saving all of your work to your Google Drive is a great way to make sure your loss in the event of laptop failure or damage is minimal.
    • Backup and Sync by Google (Google Drive sync tool) is installed on all laptops AWS deploys. Students will be shown where to save files to assure they are safely synchronized to Google Drive.
    • Students should seek assistance from the Helpdesk in the event the Google Drive sync tool reports that it cannot synchronize files.
    • Students should be mindful that the Annie Wright sponsored Google Drive storage is not private. Any information stored is considered property of Annie Wright Schools. Any information uploaded to Google Drive is accessible at the request of and under circumstances deemed necessary by the Director of Middle School and/or the Head of Schools.
    • Upon request, a copy of a students’ data in Google Drive can be supplied to a departing student if deemed appropriate the the administration.

    Administrative Rights
    Administrative rights may be given to students at the request of their parents. Administrative rights will ONLY be given to students with signed parental consent. The Schools reserve to revoke administrative rights at any time. Parents may request, in writing, to the Technology Department or the Director of the Middle School, to have their student’s administrative rights revoked.

    Students found to have administrative rights without the knowledge of the technology department will be subject to disciplinary actions.

    The Technology Department has an Administrator account on the laptop; DO NOT remove this account or change its password.

    Computer Hardware

    AppleCare+ Warranty
    Every AWS issued computer comes with a three - year limited warranty (AppleCare+) and includes up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage, each subject to a service fee of $99 for screen damage or external enclosure damage, or $299 for other damage, plus applicable tax.

    In the event of damage not covered under AppleCare, our Technology team will help to facilitate repairs or recommend a replacement plan in the event of catastrophic damage. Students should visit the Technology Helpdesk with any non-working laptop, regardless of damage or defect.

    Laptops Undergoing Repair
    • All laptops requiring repair or maintenance should be delivered to the Technology Help Desk immediately.
    • Loaner laptops may be issued to students when they leave their laptops for repair with the Technology HelpDesk.
    • Students will be expected to return the loaner laptop within 24 hours after receiving notice that their laptop repair has been completed. Students will be notified through their Annie Wright email. Students are expected to check email accounts daily.
    • Make sure you have backed up all documents and personal data before releasing your laptop to the Technology HelpDesk. AWS HelpDesk is not responsible for lost documents or data.

    Included Software

    Originally Installed Software
    • The software originally installed by the Annie Wright must remain on the laptop in usable condition and be easily accessible at all times.
    • It is the responsibility of the Technology Department to install additional curricular software programs and files.
    • When a computer leaves the Annie Wright systems on a permanent basis; such as when a newer computer is purchased or at the time of disenrollment (graduates, transfers, withdrawals, or chooses not to re-enroll) all School owned software will be removed. Remaining software for MacBooks will include:
      • The original Operating System (OSX)
      • Pages, Numbers, Keynote, GarageBand, iMovie, and Photos
    Additional School Provided Software
    • From time to time, the School may add software applications for use in a particular course. The licenses for this software require that the software be deleted from laptops at the completion of the course. Periodic checks of laptops may be made to ensure that students have deleted software that is no longer required in class, and that the school has not exceeded its licenses.
    • At the time a student is disenrolled, School-owned software, such as those listed below, will be removed:
      • Adobe Creative Cloud
      • Chrome
      • Comic Life
      • Firefox
      • Flash Player
      • Google Earth
      • Inspiration 9
      • Logger Pro
      • Microsoft Office Suite
      • Paintbrush
      • Scratch
      • Google SketchUp
      • TuxPaint
      • Silhouette

    Safety and Security
    Laptop Identification
    • Student laptops will be labeled in the manner specified by the school. Under no circumstances are students to modify, remove, or destroy these labels.
    • The name given to the computer in System Preferences can not be changed.
    • Students (with parental consent) may decorate and/or label the exterior of their computer in a school-appropriate manner to help make their computer identifiable as theirs.
    Password Protection
    • Computers and a number of other resources provided by the school are password-protected.
    • Students are not to share their passwords with anyone (with the exception of their parents). If a member of the Technology department requires the use of your account, they will reset your password, and you will be required to set a new password once work is complete.
    • Students are not to obtain and/or use, directly or indirectly, another individual’s password for any reason.

    Adherence to Community Standards
    In addition to any standard or rules established by the school, the following behaviors are specifically prohibited as they violate community expectations, as articulated in this handbook and Annie Wright standards of integrity and civility.
    • Cheating
    • Plagiarizing
    • Falsifying Information
    • Violating Copyright Laws
    • Directly or indirectly, circumventing security (commonly known as hacking) on or from your computer, regardless of intent. This includes, but is not limited to attempts to circumvent network usage restrictions, such as internet filters in place for the student’s protection, as well as attempting to access network resources not available or intended for student consumption.
    • Using other people’s passwords or accessing private and secure accounts with or without permission.
    Privacy and Safety
    Privacy and safety of all students is our top concern. Please review the tips below:
    • Do not open, use or change computer files belonging to others.
    • Never reveal information about yourself or others to people on the internet, such as: your full name, phone number, home address, social security number, credit card numbers, or passwords.
    • Remember that any school-sponsored storage is not guaranteed to be private or confidential.
    • The school will provide some Internet security through Internet content filtering while at school; however, there is no substitute for parental supervision when using the computer.
    • Parents are responsible for monitoring student use of the laptop and Internet at home. It is best when guidelines and rules are set right from the beginning.
    Legal Propriety
    • Comply with trademark and copyright laws and all license agreements. Ignorance is not immunity from the law. If you are unsure, ask a teacher or parent.
    • Plagiarism is a violation of the Annie Wright Schools Academic Honesty Policy. Give credit to all sources used, whether quoted or summarized. This includes all forms of media on the Internet, such as graphics, movies, music, and text.
    • Use or possession of hacking software is strictly prohibited and violators will be subject to disciplinary action.
    Email (Communication)
    Students will all have Annie Wright Schools email accounts. Students are expected to check their email daily. Please note that all school email content is not private and may be inspected at any time by request of the Director of Middle School or the Head of Schools. The following rules will apply when using an email account, as well as any communication through technology:
    • Always use appropriate language
    • Do not transmit language/material that is profane, obscene, abusive or offensive to others
    • Do not send mass emails, chain letters, or spam
    • Students may use the mailing list for their grade level to communicate with their classmates. However, they may not email other grades and/or entire divisions without explicit permission from the Division Director.
    • Students should maintain high integrity with regard to any content
    • No private chatting during class without permission
    • Electronic mail, network usage and all stored files shall not be considered confidential, may be monitored at anytime by designated Annie Wright staff to ensure appropriate use, and is considered to be the property of Annie Wright Schools.
    • Upon request, a copy of a students’ emails can be supplied to a departing student if deemed appropriate the the administration.

    Parent Expectations
    • Share your child’s excitement about using this instructional tool to enhance their learning, and learn along with them.
    • Parents should make sure that their child adheres to the guidelines set forth in this document.
    • Parents are responsible for reviewing Annie Wright School’s Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) and the Middle School Laptop with their child.
    • Parents are responsible for ensuring that the laptop is brought in when the student becomes disenrolled from the school to remove all software owned by the school.

    Ethical and Appropriate Use
    • Students are expected to use technology ethically and appropriately at all times, as articulated in this document and in adherence with all local, state and federal laws whenever using the laptop.
    • At school, students can only use their laptop with express permission and supervision from a teacher and for educational experiences only, known as our PSA Policy (Permission, Supervision, Academic). This policy is in effect while a student is on campus.
  • 10.6 Middle School Athletics Commitment Policy

    In order to fulfill the Physical & Health Education requirements of the program, Middle School Students are expected to participate in Annie Wright Middle School Athletics program during the regular school day. In addition to team sports, students may opt to participate in other health and wellness offerings.

    Students will indicate their preferences at the beginning of the academic year. Should a student change her/his mind about participating in a particular team or activity, s/he may petition a change from the Director of Athletics at any time before the second practice of the athletic season. 

    Statement of Commitment
    By participating voluntarily in interscholastic athletics at the Annie Wright Schools, I understand that: 
    1. I will conduct myself in an exemplary manner at all times.
    2. I will be responsible for all athletic equipment issued to me throughout the season, which will return such at the conclusion of the season and will pay the current replacement cost for any of the equipment not accounted for by me at the end of the season.
    3. I will not use or be in possession of tobacco, alcohol, or narcotics. If I do use any of these substances, am in possession of such substances, or am suspended from school for use or possession of these substances, I will be subject to disciplinary actions.
    4. I will attend school the entire day of the day of a contest; if more than half a day missed, I will not be allowed to compete (exception is pre-arranged medical appointment or family matter).

    Participation & attendance policy for Varsity Teams
    Athletes wishing to compete at the Varsity level must attend practices and be available for contests on weeknights. Varsity play time is based on merit, not seniority. Unexcused absences from practice may result in demotion to the Junior Varsity Team, and unexcused absence from more than once contest will result in demotion to the Junior Varsity team. 
  • 10.7 Bullying Statement

    The Annie Wright community is committed to the safety and support of all students. Annie Wright Students are encouraged to report all incidents that they perceive as bullying to an adult, and the AWS community is committed to preventing bullying and to supporting all students and parents confronted with bullying.
    Definition of “bullying”:

    “Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.
    In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:
    • An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power - such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity - to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.
    • Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.
    Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.”

    Source: http://www.stopbullying.gov/what-is-bullying/definition/index.html. For more information on the definition of bullying, visiting www.stopbullying.gov
  • 10.8 Personal Electronic & Communication Devices

    Lower school:It is not recommended that a Lower School student have a cell phone or other smart device, therefore they are not recommended or needed at school. In the case that a Lower School student brings a cell phone or smart device to school, it must remain in their backpack while on campus (including extended day care). Students are to use the office if they need to contact parents. Any device use must be supervised and used with permission by a teacher for a school related task. 

    Middle School: All devices remain in backpacks or lockers while on campus (including extended day care) unless permission is given to the student by a teacher to use their phone for a school related task. Students are to use the office if they need to contact parents. Laptop, cell phone and other smart device use follows the PSA guidelines (Permission, Supervision, Academic) while on campus.

    Families are urged not to call or text their children during school hours. In case of emergency, please contact the 10th Street Office to get a message to your student.

    Devices used without permission and supervision are subject to confiscation by teachers, the Division Director or Assistant Director for the remainder of the school day. Repeated violation of this policy by a student will require that the student’s parent/guardian collect the confiscated device, and this will be considered a violation of community expectations, leading to disciplinary action.
  • 10.9 Fundraising

    Fundraising for student- or parent-generated school events or for outside entities requires the submission of a formal proposal to be reviewed by the Schools’ Administration. All fundraising activities must be approved by the Division Director in consultation with the Senior Leadership Team. 
  • 10.10 Party Invitations

    Invitations for private events may not be distributed in school unless all students in a particular class will receive invitations. Please do not use school as a means to deliver presents before or after a party.
  • 10.11 Peanut Policy

    AWS is not a peanut free environment. Due to student allergies, however, parents should check with teachers before bringing food for classroom parties and other school events. Students can bring anything from home for their personal lunch that they desire, but food containing peanuts or peanut oil cannot be shared with other students. Some individual classes opt not to have nut based snacks to support students who are at high risk for an allergic reaction.
  • 10.12 Recycling, Composting & Printing

    All members of the Annie Wright community are encouraged to be mindful of the use of consumable products. Recyclable items, including paper, cardboard, plastics, and other containers, should be disposed in Recycling bins only. Compostable items, including food waste and compostable containers, should be disposed in Compost bins only. For disposable items brought to campus, including snacks and supplies for special occasions, students and families are encouraged to bring in compostable containers, utensils, and other supplies when possible.

    All members of the Annie Wright community are encouraged to be mindful in the practice of printing as well. Before printing, all students should reduce margins (within the directions of teachers or specific assignments), ensure double-sided printing, and minimize the number of times a document is printed. Unused printed items should be disposed in Recycling bins only. 

Safety Policies

List of 8 items.

  • 11.1 Emergency Preparedness

    Emergency drills occur routinely throughout the year in line with recommended state guidelines. The School’s Emergency Preparedness Officer coordinates education and preparation for drills among Faculty and Staff and in each Division. During active drills, all Students, Faculty, Staff, and Visitors on campus must comply with emergency procedures until the all-clear signal is given by the Head of Schools or the Emergency Preparedness Officer. The dates and times of drills are not publicly announced. Fire drills occur monthly, and various other drills occur at regular intervals throughout the year.
    Types of drills:
    • Fire Drills (including complete evacuation of the building)
    • Earthquake Drills (including immediate safety strategies and evacuation of the building)
    • Lockdown Drills (including immediate safety strategies in all rooms inside the building and the restriction of access to and from the building)
    • Shelter-In-Place Drills (including immediate safety strategies inside the building, evacuation to a secure site on campus, and the restriction of access to and from the building) 
  • 11.2 Visitor Policy

    In order to ensure the safety of all members of the Annie Wright community, all visitors (anyone who is not a student or employee of the School) must register at the Front Desk (Tacoma Ave Entrance) or the 10th Street Office, wear a visitor’s badge, and sign out before leaving campus. 
  • 11.3 Volunteer Policy

    As part of ongoing safety efforts, Annie Wright requires all volunteers to undergo background checks, just as employees do. If you wish to volunteer at school, please contact your division director to ensure that the proper paperwork has been completed. This includes our Board of Trustees and AWSPA.
  • 11.4 Weapons & Replicas of Weapons

    The possession of any weapon, replica of a weapon, or item intended to be used as a weapon on campus or at any school-related event on or off campus (including Halloween) is strictly prohibited and against the law.
  • 11.5 Personal Property

    Lower Schoolstudents should not bring toys, electronics, or valuable items to school without prior direction from or permission from the classroom teacher. Middle School Students may bring appropriate personal property onto campus, and they are solely responsible for care and safety of those items.

    The School is not responsible for theft, damage, or loss of personal property of the students. Valuable items should not be brought to campus unless they are insured by a Homeowner’s or Renter’s Insurance Policy.
  • 11.6 School Lockers

    Each Middle School Student is assigned locker for use throughout the academic year for storage of academic supplies, laptops, and appropriate personal items. Valuable items should not be stored in lockers or at school overnight. Students are responsible for keeping lockers neat and organized and should not share the unique combination to their lockers with any other student. The Director and Assistant Director of Middle School maintain locker combinations and a master key should students require access to their assigned lockers, and they reserve the right to access and search lockers at any time. 
  • 11.7 Skateboards, Skates & Scooters

    The use of skateboards, in-line skates, roller skates, heelies, and motorized scooters is not permitted on campus at any time. 
  • 11.8 Pets

    No pets are allowed on campus without express permission of the classroom teacher or Division Director. 


Annie Wright Schools
827 North Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98403

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Founded in Tacoma, Washington, in 1884, Annie Wright Schools serve students from age three through high school. Annie Wright Lower  and Middle Schools offer coed programs in Preschool through Grade 8, while separate Upper Schools for girls  and boys offer day and boarding options in Grades 9 through 12. Annie Wright is proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School.