Volume 2 / October 2021
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FEBXX29 - 8th grade boys basketball vs Chase @ 4:15 p.m.

xxxxxxx- 8th grade girls basketball @ Chase @ 4:15 p.m. (JV first) 


MAR ..04 - LATE START @ 10:00 a.m.

xxxxxxxx- Wrestling Meet at Peperzak @ 4:30 p.m.

MAR ..05 - 8th grade boys basketball @ Salk @ 4:15 p.m.

xxxxxxx- 8th grade girls basketball vs Salk @ 4:15 p.m.

MAR ..06 - Wrestling Meet at Salk @ 4:30 p.m.

MAR ..07 - 8th grade boys basketball vs Garry @ 4:15 p.m.

xxxxxxx- 8th grade girls basketball @ Garry @ 4:15 p.m.

MAR .011- LATE START @ 10:00 a.m.

xxxxxxxx- Wrestling Meet at Sacajawea @ 4:30 p.m.

MAR ..12 - ELA MAP TESTING (testing first 2 hours of school day in Home Base)

XXXXXXXX-8th grade boys basketball vs Shaw @ 4:15 p.m.

xxxxxxx- 8th grade girls (Varsity only) basketball @ Shaw @ 4:15 p.m.

MAR .013 - ELA MAP TESTING (testing first 2 hours of school day in Home Base)

XXXXXXXX-8th grade boys (JV only) basketball @ Chase @ 4:15 p.m.

XXXXXXX - Wrestling Meet at Yasuhara @ 4:30 p.m.

MAR ..14 - SCIENCE MAP TESTING (testing first 2 hours of school day in Home Base)

XXXXXXXX- 8th grade boys basketball vs Flett @ 4:15 p.m.

xxxxxxx- 8th grade girls (Varsity only) basketball @ Flett @ 4:15 p.m.


MAR ..18 - LATE START @ 10:00 a.m.

XXXXXXX - MATH MAP TESTING BEGINS (testing during Math classes)

xxxxxxxx- 8th grade boys basketball @ Glover @ 4:15 p.m.

MAR .011 - Wrestling Meet at Yasuhara @ 4:30 p.m.

MAR ..19 - 8th grade girls basketball vs Glover @ 4:15 p.m.

MAR 020 - Wrestling Meet at Glover @ 4:30 p.m.

MAR ..21 - PTG Meeting 12 noon.

xxxxxxxx-8th grade boys basketball @ Yasuhara @ 4:15 p.m.

xxxxxxx- 8th grade girls basketball vs Yasuhara @ 4:15 p.m.

MAR 023 - SPOK-A-LOO Wrestling Tournament at Peperzak @ 9:00 a.m.

MAR 25 - LATE START @ 10:00 a.m.

MAR ..26 - 8th grade boys basketball @ Chase @ 4:15 p.m.

xxxxxxx- 8th grade girls basketball vs Chase @ 4:15 p.m.

MAR ..28 - 8th grade boys basketball vs Salk @ 4:15 p.m.

xxxxxxx- 8th grade girls basketball @ Salk @ 4:15 p.m.


Message from the Principal

Second semester is well underway. Just last week we awarded hundreds of Honor Roll certificates and donuts to our hardworking Thunderbirds!

We are embarking upon some of the busiest months of the year. Last week Mrs. Steele and I were in classrooms reteaching expectations as part of our PBIS plan. We have also been registering students for next year's classes and visiting elementary schools to meet with our rising 6th graders.

In the coming weeks we have a lot to look forward to - Spirit Week is happening next week and we have a RAD (Reward Activity Day) for all students who have achieved Gold status on their Middle School Matters Rubric on March 29th. Please continue to check power school and encourage your child to attend SAT (Student Access Time) with their teachers if they need additional support or help.

Tracey Leyde

IMPORTANT - Upcoming....


We have had a very busy and successful registration season! It was wonderful to see so many future 6th and 7th Grade Thunderbird families here for our Curriculum Fair. We have also had Lewis and Clark and Ferris High School counselors visit Sac to register rising 9th graders, Sacajawea counselors visit every 6th and 7th grade Social Studies class to register our rising 7th and 8th graders, and just last week Mrs. Leyde and Mr. Smith went on the 5th Grade “Road Show” to register our rising 6th graders! 

If your student missed their registration date, please contact your grade level counselor – they will be working with students who have not yet registered. Additionally, you can find registration information on our website: www.sacthunderbirds.com and click the 2024-25 Registration button – presentations and resources from our Curriculum Fair as well as registration forms and course catalog are all found here!

SAC February/March Penny Drive



  • Joya is a non-profit that provides an exceptional early-intervention program for infants and toddlers impacted by developmental disabilities and delays. We serve families based on what their child needs, not on what they can afford to pay.
  • The need for Joya’s early intervention services has increased by 73% in Spokane County since 2014 and Joya continues to serve more children every year.
  • Developmental delays introduce expense, complication, and stress into the lives of new parents. Many families face mounting medical bills and gaps in insurance coverage. As families work to get back on their feet in the aftermath of layoffs and reduced hours tied to the COVID-19 crisis, we expect that more families will be unable to pay toward unfunded care.

Watch Sac's ASB video explaining the penny drive and our upcoming Spirit WeekSac Video

More information about Joya can be found here: Joya Video

Link to Donate: Joya Foundation


Every cent that is donated to Joya today ensures infants and toddlers with special needs will continue to thrive tomorrow.

Pesticide Application Alert!

This is to inform you that our annual dormant oil spray will be applied to the trees and shrubs at our school on Monday, March 18th. This spray application consists of one gallon of mineral oil mixed in 80 gallons of water to cover and kill dormant insect eggs that overwinter in our area. Our school has taken steps to keep school children away from these areas for 24 hours following the application of spray. We would like to ask that you and your children refrain from brushing up against or playing around the trees and shrubs at our school. A variation from this schedule may occur as a result of inclement weather. Thank you!  



LOST & FOUND: Please consider putting your child's name on all personal items brought to school. This includes coats, jackets, gloves, backpacks, water bottles, etc. Basically, anything you would like to come home with them. We have a extra-large number of items that are not claimed and are donated every month or two to a local charity. If your child's name is on an item it will help us get it back to them instead. Our lost and found is located at the back of the cafeteria commons.


IF your student will be absent or late, for any reason, please call our 24hr Attendance Hotline at 509-354-5515 by 9:00 a.m. Leave us a message with your student’s name, clearly spelling out their last name, how long your student will be out, and the reason for their absence.

If your student has an appointment-please call the day before or send in a note so we can plan ahead with a dismissal pass to avoid disrupting the classroom. Students who have a pre-authorized pass will be released from class to meet you outside at the time you indicate. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

The earlier you can notify when your student will be absent or needs an early dismissal, the less disruptive it is for teachers and students.


With more and more information being communicated via email and phone calls, please be sure to contact the Sacajawea Office (509-354-5500) and update your information!

Order your yearbook now BEFORE they sell out!!



Have you ever thought about traveling through Europe on a student trip? Seeing the London Bridge and Wembley Stadium? The Eiffel Tower in Paris? The duomo in Florence, Tuscany, the ruins of Pompeii, the Colosseum in Rome, and Vatican City? Well, here is an opportunity for you to join other adults and students!

Summer of 2025, Mrs. Pavey will lead her last group on this tour! The trip is through Explorica/World Tours from June23-July 4, 2025. For more information visit Mrs. Pavey's site or attend an informational meeting on Monday, March 11 at 5:30 in room 231 (Art room).  

Hope to see you there!


We are happy to have a robust array of extracurricular opportunities for all students at all three grade levels. Studies show that students who regularly participate in extracurricular activities surpass their peers in academic performance and learn valuable skills such as time management, setting goals, teamwork, and contribution/connection to community. We hope that each one of our Thunderbirds finds something of interest to participate in. This list showcases all of our current Athletic and Club offerings this year. New additions/edits since this was last communicated to students and families are highlighted in yellow. A few current highlights:

  •   7th and 8th Grade boys and girls Wrestling season is in full swing. Our first meet will be March 4th at Peperzak and our only Home meet is scheduled for March 11th. Meets begin at 4:30pm.
  •   8th Grade boys and girls basketball season is underway. Our first home game will be Thursday, February 29th where our Boys will take on Chase at 4:30pm. The girls first home game is March 5th vs. Salk.
  •  Our final session of 6th Grade Intramurals begins on March 11th. This session will be a mix of outdoor field sports as weather and space permits as well as gym sports after the basketball season wraps up. Intramural Session 3 will meet Mondays and Wednesdays 3:30-5:20pm. Sign up on Final Forms. 
  • Spring Athletics Season begins April 8th (right after Spring Break). 
  • 7th and 8th Grade boys and girls Track & Field: Sign up on Final Forms. Students must have a current physical to participate.
  •  7th and 8th grade Baseball: Sign up on Final Forms. Students must have a current physical to participate.
  •   Unified Badminton begins the week of April 15th and will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays for 6 weeks. All 6th, 7th, and 8th graders can participate. Sign up on Final Forms
  • Spirit Club is starting up again at our first home 8th Grade basketball game on February 29th where boys play Chase. This club provides a place for students to gather from the time school gets out to the time the game begins and then the club attends the game together to cheer on their peers. This club meets on the dates of every home game.
  •  Cooking Club is full at this time. They will meet for the second time on Monday, March 4th and then every other Monday through May. 
  • Strategy Game Club and Writing Society are still underway and meet Wednesdays through June.
  • Sac Alliance club just finished their ASB charter and approval process and will meet Wednesdays starting February 28thSign up on Final Forms. 
  • Photography club will begin in March. Sign up on Final Forms

ALL CLUBS have busses available for regular Zum Riders and sign up is available for clubs with open spots on Final Forms.


LCHS cheer is hosting a free skills clinic where your athletes will learn the basics of cheerleading-jumps, kicks, a cheer, and basic cheer motions. 8th graders who are planning to attend LC next year and are interested in cheerleading can attend one or both days. The clinics are being held at Lewis and Clark High School commons on March 5th from 4-5:30 and March 11th from 6-7:30. 

Questions? Contact Alicia Dotinga, aliciado@spokaneschols.org, Head Cheer Coach at Lewis and Clark High School. 




To our January Sac

Way/PBIS drawing winners!

6th Grade

  • Tegan Chandler won a prize of her choice from the Amazon Catalog, ticket given by Ms. James
  • Lulu McBurns won a Sacajawea Beanie and Candy, ticket given by Mrs. Hawkinson

 7th Grade

  • Ari Eatmon won a prize of her choice from the Amazon Catalog, ticket given by Mrs. Murrell
  • Lucy Ceniceros won a Sacajawea Beanie and Candy, ticket given by Mr. Ulmen

8th Grade

  • Paul Lortie won a prize of his choice from the Amazon Catalog, ticket given by Mrs. Droter
  • Lavelle Sutphin won a Sacajawea Beanie and Candy, ticket given by Mrs. Murrell

Students can turn in Sac Cards that they earn from staff members for our monthly drawings in the student office or save up tickets to “buy” other prizes in the Business Office. To find out more about how you or your business can support our Sac Way/PBIS program, please contact Laura Treece at 509-354-5444 or LauraT@SpokaneSchools.org.

Congratulations: Share your good news with us! We love to feature the incredible things our students are doing inside and outside of school. If you have good news to share, please send it to Tracey Leyde (traceyl@spokaneschools.org) to be included in the SacNYCU


If you haven't already done so, please sign up here to receive PTG-specific news: https://forms.gle/ta2wsJmJKyj398aC9. It is a different email system than those sent from the school, and it will only take a couple of minutes to provide your information. Thank you!

As we near the end of the year, please let us know if you might be interested in stepping into the two open executive board positions: Volunteer Coordinator and Member at Large. Both are not time-intensive and give parents a chance to have a voice in how money and time is spent on our kids. Reach out if you are interested! The CAC (Citizens Advisory Committee) position will also be vacant, but it is not a board position. Additionally, shadowing opportunities lie within the role of President, Treasurer and Secretary for the 24-25 school year. 

Flower baskets will be available to order starting💐 in March and will be delivered before Mother's Day. Be on the lookout for an email with more details, including pricing and how to order. These make great gifts!

Nearly 450 students made Q2 honor roll. A huge thank you goes to Alliant Insurance for sponsoring donuts for the celebrations throughout the year! 

Our next PTG meeting is Wednesday, March 20 @ 12:00 PM. Please join us either in-person in room 107, or virtually via Teams. The link can be found on our website at www.sacthunderbirds.com under the About tab and then click on Parent Group. We understand that noon on a weekday is a hard time for many, so be sure to sign up to receive emails to stay in the know about PTG happenings!

Community Partners

About our Community Partner's Program..... We would appreciate you partnering with us in supporting the PBIS program at Sacajawea. There are 2 ways to participate and help the Sacajawea community.

  1. We ask that businesses pick one month of the school year to sponsor our PBIS program, with a suggested donation of $100.  When your business sponsors a month of PBIS, it will be recognized in Sacajawea “News You Can Use” email with a link to your businesses’ website. This email gives your business exposure to the families of the 800+ students enrolled at Sacajawea. We will also advertise your business for an entire month on our brand new Sacajawea Middle School electronic reader board.
  2. Other businesses provide us with rewards and tangible goods for students and staff.

If you are a business owner and would like to partner with us by contributing to our Sacajawea family with donations of time or resources please email Laura Treece at laurat@spokaneschools.org

Spokane Public Schools complies with all federal and state rules and regulations and does not discriminate in the admission, treatment, employment, or access to its programs or activities on the basis of age, sex, marital status, race, color, creed, national origin, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, sexual orientation including gender expression or gender identity, or honorably discharged veteran or military status. This holds true for all students who are interested in participating in educational programs and/or extracurricular school activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the school district's Title IX/Staff Civil Rights Officer, ADA Officer, Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB)/Student Civil Rights Officer and/or 504 Compliance Officer. Officers: *Title IX/Staff Civil Rights Officer, Jodi Harmon, (509) 354-7344 *Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB)/Student Civil Rights Officer, Jodi Harmon, (509) 354-7344 *504 Compliance Officer, Jodi Harmon, (509) 354-7344 * ADA Officer, Stephanie Busch, (509) 354-5993 * Affirmative Action Officer, Nancy Lopez-Williams, (509) 354-5651 * Equal Opportunity Officer, Nancy Lopez-Williams, (509) 354-5651 *200 N. Bernard Street, Spokane, WA 99201-0206 View EEO Information



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