October 15, 2023

Good afternoon, Stadium Students and Families,

This is Principal Shannon Marshall with some important updates.

Seniors and Families – you will receive an email after this one with information specific to the Class of 2024.

Daily Schedule

On Tuesdays, Stadium staff show pride for their favorite post-high school institutions. Students, we would love for you to showcase your college wear, too.

Wednesday, October 18 is a Late Start Day. School will start promptly at 8:35 AM and buses will run one hour later.

Juniors will take the PSAT on Wednesday, October 18. Juniors will report to the main gym by 8:30 AM.

Stadium will have early release on Thursday, October 19 and Friday, October 20. We will host conferences for students and families on Thursday, October 19 from 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM and from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

PSAT at Stadium

Juniors will take the Digital PSAT/NMSQT at Stadium on Wednesday, October 18. This is a late start day, and test takers must report to the gym by 8:30 AM. Students arriving late will not be able to test.

The PSAT/NMSQT has transitioned to a digital/online test so all test takers must bring their fully charged school laptop and power cord (you cannot use your own laptop/device) with them.

Juniors will also need to bring the following on test day:

  • Photo ID
  • A pen or pencil (you will be given scratch paper to use during the test)
  • The digital exam includes an embedded calculator, but you are allowed to bring your own calculator if you choose to (College Board’s Calculator Policy)
  • Water and snacks (for your break)

It is very important that student laptops are fully charged, as there will be limited power outlets to charge laptops during the exam. It is also recommended to run a Windows update the night before the exam to reduce the risk of test interruptions. For more information, please review the PSAT Student Guide. You may also visit the College Board website on Preparing for the PSAT/NMSQT for more information.

If you have any questions about assessments at Stadium, please contact our Assessment Coordinator, Yvonne McCarty, at ymccart1@tacoma.k12.wa.us.

Fall Conferences

Stadium will host conferences for students and their parents/guardians on Thursday, October 19 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 19 and Friday, October 20. Please note that our teachers will have a dinner break from 2:30-4:00 PM.

Teachers will be available in their classrooms, so please drop in at your convenience. If you feel you need a scheduled or longer meeting with a teacher, please contact the teacher directly to schedule a time outside of our conference times. Our goal is to meet with as many families as possible in our allotted six hours.

Presentation for Freshman Families

During conferences, freshman families will have the opportunity to attend a presentation about the High School and Beyond Plan and graduation requirements. Our in-person session will be hosted in the Career Center (room 117) on the first floor. Families may also join online via this Teams link.

The sessions will be no more than 30 minutes and will occur at 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, 4:00 PM, 5:00 PM, and 6:00 PM. We are looking forward to providing you with this information!


Stadium High School’s Homecoming is next week! The 2023 Homecoming Spirit Week will have a pop culture theme.

  • Monday, October 23 is dress like Adam Sandler or another movie star.
  • Tuesday, October 24 is jersey day.
  • Wednesday, October 25 is pink out for breast cancer awareness.
  • Thursday, October 26 is dress like your favorite music artist.
  • Friday, October 27 is color wars and we will have a pep assembly at the end of the day, so we will have an alternate bell schedule.
    • Senior wear white and gold
    • Juniors wear blue
    • Sophomores wear green
    • Freshmen wear orange
  • Friday, October 27 is also the Homecoming Football Game at 7:00 PM against Evergreen High School, where the Homecoming Court will be presented at halftime.
  • The Homecoming Dance will be Saturday, October 28 from 7:00-9:00 PM. Tickets will be sold before school, during lunch and after school from October 16-27. Tickets are $15 for Stadium students with ASB, $18 for Stadium students without ASB, and $20 for all guests.

Homecoming Dance

The 2023 Homecoming Dance theme is “Under the Sea,” and it will be Saturday, October 28 from 7:00-9:00 PM. The attire is semi-formal, so dress accordingly.

  • Students and guests must arrive by 8:00 PM to be admitted.
  • All attendees must present photo ID and their tickets for entry.
  • Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable.
  • Once attendees leave the dance, they may not return.
  • If Stadium students would like to bring a date who does not attend Stadium, they must complete a Guest Request Form and fulfill all requirements.
    • Guest Request Forms are on the counter in the main office.
    • Guest Request Forms must be completed (with ALL signatures, including the appropriate Stadium assistant principal) before guest tickets are purchased.
    • The last day to purchase tickets for guests is Tuesday, October 24.

The Stadium Handbook has more information about school dances.

This Week in the Career Center

This week in the Career Center during lunches, Mrs. Junderson will host representatives from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the University of Portland, and Northern Arizona University.

Mrs. Junderson and Mikaela Mattes with the College Success Foundation will be hosting Motivation Monday on Monday, October 16 after school in the Career Center (Room 117) from 2:10-3:30 PM. Students will be able to receive support working on college applications, scholarships, essays, and applying for financial aid. Bring your laptop and be prepared to work!

Mikaela will also be hosting a Tackle It Tuesday after school in the Career Center on Tuesday, October 17 from 2:10-3:00 PM. Students can stop by and seek support for all things college related!

Please visit Mrs. Junderson’s website for specific dates and times for guests, more information about college and career planning, to connect with our community partners, and for upcoming college visits and scholarship information.

Register to Vote

The General Election is Tuesday, November 7. Seniors, if you will be 18 by election day, you may register and vote in this election.

There are three ways to register to vote: online, by mail, and in person. Find out more about how to register here. The deadline to register online and by mail is Monday, October 30. The deadline to register in person is November 7.

Exciting news! 16 and 17-year-olds can now pre-register to vote. Those under the age of 18 will have their registrations held until they become eligible to vote.

Tacoma Student Government Day

Tacoma Student Government Day is November 28, 2023. This is a great opportunity for our high school students to learn more about city government. Last year students took a walking tour with public works, went to the fire department training facility, visited Urban Waters, had lunch with the mayor and city council members, held a mock city council meeting, and were recognized at the real city council meeting.

Applications are due on November 19, 2023. To apply and/or read more about Student Government Day, please visit Student Government Day - City of Tacoma.

Free Online Tutoring

Tacoma Public Schools students in grades 3-12 have access to a free tutoring service, Tutor.com. It offers tutoring seven days a week. I encourage you and your child to take a look at what the service offers, including access to a live tutor online.

Students access the service through Clever. Watch a demonstration of the service here. 

Flu and COVID-19 Vaccines

Our students and their families can get free flu and COVID-19 vaccinations at an upcoming clinic at Baker Middle School. The event is Thursday, October 19, 1:30-5:30 PM.

Children don't need an appointment or insurance. Adults with insurance need to make an appointment. A limited amount of vaccine will be available for adults without insurance, on a walk-in basis. Parents/guardians must accompany their student during vaccination.

Adults should make their appointment here.

Reminders from last week…

Be On Time

It is important for students to arrive on time every day. For our safety, the exterior doors at Stadium lock at 7:35 AM at the start of 1st period. All students with a 1st period class need to be inside the building before 7:35 AM.

Students who are scheduled for a partial day at Stadium may arrive no more than 10 minutes prior to their first class. Our exterior doors will open during the passing period for students to enter the building.

World Language Competency Exam

The World Language Competency Exam is an opportunity for 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students to earn up to four (4.0) high school credits in a world language. Students may earn the Washington State Seal of Biliteracy when they demonstrate competency in English and a world language.

Students, are you a heritage speaker and fluent in reading, writing, listening, and speaking a language other than English? If so, we encourage you to schedule an exam with our school's World Language Assessment Liaison, Mrs. Kurkova. Please email her at kcarbon@tacoma.k12.wa.us. The registration deadline is November 3. The exam will take place in December and those testing will receive more information.

Have a wonderful week, Tigers!

Shannon Marshall, Principal

Stadium High School

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