September 18, 2022

Good Afternoon Stadium Students and Families,

This is Principal Shannon Marshall with some important updates.

Daily Schedule

Stadium will have Back to School Night for parents/guardians on Tuesday, September 20 from 6:00-7:40 PM.

Wednesday, September 21 is a Late Start day. Buses will run one hour later, and school will start at 8:35 AM. You can find Stadium’s Bell Schedules on our website.

For your advanced planning, September 26-30 is Homecoming Spirit Week. The 2022 Homecoming theme is “There’s No Place Like Homecoming.” Monday is Kansas Day (wear black and white). Tuesday is Anything but a Backpack Day (picture Toto in a basket). Wednesday is Somewhere Over the Rainbow Day (wear rainbow colors). Thursday is Lions, Tigers, and Bears Day (wear animal print). Friday is Color Wars (freshmen wear red, sophomores wear green, juniors wear blue, and seniors wear white and gold).

The “There’s No Place Like Homecoming” Dance will be Saturday, October 1 from 7:00-9:00 PM. More information will be released to students this week.

Also, for your advanced planning, Seniors will take the SAT and juniors will take the PSAT during school on Wednesday, October 12. The freshmen and sophomores will have shorted classes on this Late Arrival Day and will watch two one-hour live webinars for Discover U Week, a week of college and career exploration.

Stadium will host conferences for students and their parents/guardians on Thursday, October 13 from 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM and from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Students will be released at 10:50 AM on both Thursday, October 13 and Friday, October 14.

Back to School Night

Back to School Night is this Tuesday, September 20 at 6:00 PM. Parents and Guardians, we will meet in the main gym. If you would like a printed schedule with room numbers for your student’s classes, please arrive between 5:30-5:45 PM. We will do brief introductions in the gym at 6:00 PM, and then parents/guardians will be released to attend their student’s six classes for 10 minutes each. The evening will conclude at 7:40 PM.

Student Drop Off/Pick Up

Now that we are truly underway with our normal school routines, please remember the following:

  • Stadium Way is for buses only – do not park or drop off/pick up in this location.
  • Student drop off/pick up is only in the turnaround at the end of 2nd Street.
  • Do not park or stop your vehicle in the red zones – they are fire lanes for emergency vehicles.
  • Do not leave your car unattended in the turnaround.
  • Please turn right onto Tacoma Ave after leaving the turnaround to keep traffic moving.
  • If you are coming to Stadium while there is an event in the Bowl, please remember that Stadium Bowl is district-operated, so please follow the directions of Bowl staff.

TPS Monthly Equity Question

Equity is just and fair inclusion where all can participate and prosper. At Stadium and throughout Tacoma Public Schools, it is our goal for all to reach their full potential, paving a path toward meaningful change. This school year, TPS is proposing monthly equity questions. All staff will be engaging in this work. Our teachers are engaging in discussion with students, and to build partnership, I will be providing the equity question to families monthly for discussions at home.

The equity topic for September is: Listening - Work to fully understand problems before seeking resolution. Listening is a conscious action and a critical form of communication before decisions are made. Listening does not guarantee agreement, but it does offer the possibility of understanding the experiences of those around us. When we acknowledge the right to be heard and approach every interaction with compassionate listening, then we are able to hear what we cannot see or what we don't know. 

The equity questions for September are:

  • How do we listen in a meaningful way that demonstrates the full intent to truly understand a different perspective, journey, or experience?  
  • Does listening always require a response or action? Why? 

The equity challenge for September is: For one day, take someone else’s idea, response, or feedback and lay it in front of you and let it exist without judgement or criticism.  

This Week in the Career Center

Seniors: Starting Monday, September 19, Mikaela Mattes with the College Success Foundation will be hosting “Motivation Mondays” after school every week in the Career Center (Room 117) from 2:10-3:30 PM. Seniors will have support working on college applications, scholarships, essays and financial aid. Bring your laptop and be prepared to work! Mikaela will also be hosting an afterschool workshop on Wednesday, September 21 about how to apply for college and scholarship opportunities.

On Wednesday, September 21 in the Career Center during lunches, Mrs. Junderson will host representatives from the University of Utah (first lunch only) and Western Oregon University (both lunches).

College Fair at TCC

I wanted to let you know about a great opportunity for our juniors and seniors. Tacoma Community College is hosting a free college fair with representatives from more than 50 colleges and universities. It’s a chance for students to learn more about college, their admission processes and areas of study.

  • Where: Tacoma College Community, 6501 S 19th St., Tacoma (in the gym, building 20)
  • When: Wednesday, September 28, from 5:30-7:30 PM
  • Prepare: Register at https://app.strivescan.com/students

Pandemic EBT Information

Many Tacoma Public Schools families have recently received or will receive a summer pandemic EBT card in the mail. P-EBT benefits can be used like a debit card to buy food in most grocery stores. Eligible families get their benefits on a P-EBT card in the mail automatically, or their benefits are automatically added to their existing card.

If you have questions about EBT cards, visit www.dshs.wa.gov/pebt or call the P-EBT Contact Center at 1-833-518-0282 with questions. 

Reminders from last week…

Tacoma Flex

Starting this year, we’re offering Tacoma Flex to support each student’s individual circumstance. Through Tacoma Flex, students can take two classes online, in addition to completing the rest of their classes at Stadium. Students may not be on campus at Stadium during their “Flex” time.

Students can work with their school counselors to enroll in Tacoma Flex. The deadline to make class schedule changes is September 21. Get more information on Tacoma Flex.

TPS Expectations for Stadium Bowl, Lincoln Bowl, and Mt. Tahoma Stadium

If you’re planning to attend an event at Stadium Bowl, Lincoln Bowl or Mount Tahoma Stadium, please note we have some new regulations in place this year. Please review this updated event checklist.

Have a wonderful week, Tigers!

Shannon Marshall, Principal
Stadium High School