May 15 Middle & High School Newsletter

Upcoming Dates

  • May 27-May 30 – No School, Memorial Day Holiday

  • June 8 – Last day for Seniors to work in Edgenuity

  • June 10 – Senior breakfast and check-out at PDC

  • June 14 – TOL High School Graduation at Tacoma Dome

  • June 20 – No School, Juneteenth Holiday

  • June 21 – Last day to work in Edgenuity for grades 6-11

View the full Tacoma Online Calendar View the full Tacoma Public Schools Calendar


News & Updates

Finishing Strong at TOL

We are nearing the end of the school year and we’re excited for TOL students to finish strong! There are 24school days and 39calendar days (Edgenuity is always on) for your student to complete all their classes to 100%. Seniors have a bit shorter timeline each year and their final day to do work in Edgenuity is June 8.

Tips for finishing strong:

  • Check your TPS emails daily and communicate with your teachers
  • Attend your weekly PACE meeting
  • Attend help sessions for your classes.
  • Teachers will work with you!
  • Make a plan to pass each of your classes

Tacoma Online Family and Staff Night at the Tacoma Rainiers

Join us on Thursday, May 26 at Cheney Stadium for the Rainiers Game! This features a student parade on the field half an hour before first pitch.

Purchase tickets online

May 20 is tie-dye spirit day

Let’s have some fun and show how creative we are by dressing up for tie-dye spirit day! I encourage students and staff to wear anything tie-dye on Friday, May 20.

See Something, Say Something

We’re almost to the end of the school year, but it’s as important as ever to remember that we can all serve as the eyes and ears for the safety of our school. More than two years ago Tacoma Public Schools launched a joint campaign with law enforcement called, "See Something, Say Something."

Any time you see or hear of a threat made against one of our schools, the Tacoma Police Department asks that you report it to 9-1-1. The Police Department has committed to following up on threats made against our schools. It’s important to note that a threat against our schools is a crime.

It’s a good time for me to remind you that items such as cap guns, toy guns, pocket knives, and any sort of weapon—toy or real—is prohibited at school. We encourage everyone in our community who sees or hears a threat at any of our schools to immediately call 911.

TCC Titan Day for seniors

I encourage any seniors considering Tacoma Community College to attend Future Titan Day at TCC on May 19. ALLof our seniors who apply to TCC will be accepted.At Titan Day, TCC team members will help students and their parents or guardians navigate the admissions process, including applications, financial aid and enrolling for classes. By the end of the event, your senior can be enrolled for fall quarter.Future Titan Day is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 19 at Building 11 on the Tacoma campus.

RSVP to Riabelle Vivas, TCC Outreach Specialist at rvivas@tacomacc.edu.

Pierce County Parks wants to help you pay for summer programs

Pierce County Parks offers scholarships for school-aged youth (ages 4-21) to participate in outdoor camps, sports, and programs to those who might not otherwise be able to participate because of income. 

Learn more & apply

Summer Learning

TOL will be operating two Summer Learning Programs this year! We will be operating a Summer Learning Program for Middle School students and we’ll have details about that in next week’s newsletter.

For High School students, we will be operating an Edgenuity-based credit retrieval program for students who have not earned credit in a class somewhere along their high school career. This is the fastest and best way to make up missing credits. The program will run Mondays-Thursdays from June 28 – July 27 with July 4th off for Independence Day.TOL Teachers will be available from 9AM –1PM on school days to help students.

Counselors will be contacting students who need credit retrieval, but you can also sign yourself up now by going to the High School Summer Learning page and clicking on Credit Retrieval. 

Lead Your Way –Free One-Day Leadership Event

Lead your way is a program for rising sophomores and juniors in Tacoma who are interested in learning about the challenges and opportunities of leadership, reflecting on their own leadership skills and development, and understanding the role they play in improving their communities. Admission to the program will prioritize students with significant lived experience as leaders, and fewer opportunities for formal leadership programs. Speakers will represent women who lead across a variety of sectors and will highlight women’s leadership development, successes, and challenges.

This one-day event takes place at the Tacoma Museum of Glass and the UW Tacoma Campus on Friday, August 5th.

Find out more on their website

Summer 2023 TOL Trip to Washington DC and Virginia

TOL Families, I am sending this on behalf of Liza Brobbey, TOL Social Studies teacher. She has organized this non-school-sponsored trip with the WorldStrides organization.

We had an amazing meeting the night of 5/12/22 about our Washington D.C. and Williamsburg Trip. We’re including the PowerPoint Presentation, the detailed trip link, and the registration letter here for your review.

We wanted to send along some important information:

  • The deadline to sign up for the trip is 5/19/2022
  • Trip dates are June 26th –June 30th,2023
  • It’s only a small initial $49 deposit to sign up.
  • The remaining amount is spread out over the months leading up to the trip.
  • UseTrip ID203148 to sign up online at worldstrides.com/signup,or by phone at 800-468-5899

WorldStrides provides many helpful options to help you pay for your trip. Check these out:

  • FLAG financial assistance where over $2.5 million in assistance is given out each year to qualifying families. Call WorldStrides Customer Service to learn more at (800) 468-5899
  • Gift of Education Fundraising program which includes E-Cards and shareable Facebook Links
  • Fing additional fundraising information on the World Strides website
  • Additional payment plans are available Call WorldStrides Customer Service to learn more at (800) 468-5899. Ask about the advantage payment plan!

Paul Eliot

Assistant Principal - Secondary

Tacoma Online is a K-12 school that provides students an anywhere/anytime online school experience. Students engage in academic learning led by teachers, and in grades 3-12 through a platform called Edgenuity. While students generally participate in learning activities independently, they are provided multiple forms of support.

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