Mustang News: Conferences and more

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Thurgood Marshall Middle School

(updated: October 11, 2020)



Dear Families,


I hope this message finds you well. Our students are really diving into content now, and we have been very impressed with their focus and dedication during the past several weeks. It's challenging, but we are adjusting. I have some important information for you about Curriculum Night, our Counselor, and Conference Week.


Curriculum Night

This year our staff is preparing a virtual Curriculum Night video/slideshow which you will be able to watch at your convenience. The video will be shared with you and posted to our website sometime next week, and you will be able to learn more about each of your student's teachers and classes. You will need a computer or Chromebook to access all of the technical features of the virtual Curriculum Night. 



Our long-time counselor Todd Fulton resigned this past August. Mr. Fulton was a huge asset to the students and families at Marshall, and he will be missed by many. I am happy to announce that we have hired a new counselor, Angela McBride. Mrs. McBride is excited to get to know all of our students and families and is ready to help where and when needed. Her email address is, and her phone number is 360-596-7604.

Welcome Mrs. McBride!


Conference Week

Conferences will be held through Zoom on October 27, 28 and 29 between 11:30 am and 3:15 pm and October 28 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. October 27-29 are half days, and the bell schedule for that week is attached to this message. We will also post it to our website. Families can schedule conferences through Family Access. Please read all details below to decide whether or not you need to attend conferences, who to schedule conferences with, and how to schedule conferences.


Do I have to attend conferences?

We recognize that many of our families have been "present" while their student has been in class and therefore don't see the need for conferencing this year. Primarily for that reason, conferencing with your student's teachers is not required. However, we highly encourage families to connect with at least one content-area teacher in order to share and receive pertinent information. The school-family connection is more important than ever!


How do I attend conferences? Does my student come with me?

You will attend conferences the same way that your student attends class Each of our teachers will post a Zoom conference link to their Schoology page AND to our web-site. When it is your scheduled turn to conference (see how to sign up below), you will need to have your student sign in to Zoom. You must enter Zoom with your student through your student's account.  Once in, you will enter the Waiting Room until it is your turn. If you have more than one family member who would like to attend, that is fine as long as ONE PERSON IS LOGGED IN THROUGH THE STUDENT'S ACCOUNT. Logging in through the student's account is the only way for teachers to know who is entering each Zoom session. Once in, the student can verify that it is allowable to let others into the meeting. 


Do I schedule conferences with all six teachers?

No. Unfortunately, all of our teachers have more students than they have conference slots, so while they would love to meet with EVERY family, they don't have enough time for that. Because of our time constraints, we will open conference scheduling TWICE. The first scheduling window will open today, October 8, and will close on Friday, October 16. During this first window, families are encouraged to sign up with ONE content area teacher (ELA, Social Studies, Math or Science) and ONE Elective teacher (PE/Health, Music, or Elective). This will ensure that every family can see at least one content-area teacher. Starting on October 17, families can sign up to see as many additional teachers as are available.


How do I sign up for conferences?

You will need a parent login and password for Skyward Family Access. If you don't have one, please see the MMS website, click on Skyward, and scroll down to read how to apply under "Skyward Family Access." You must have an email address on file with us in order to register for Skyward Family Access. If you don't, please call us, and we will add one.

  1. Schedule your conference by logging into Skyward Family Access through OSD's website. (Remember, your student's login and password won't work).

  2. Click on Teacher Conferences in the menu on the left-hand side.

  3. Choose All Conferences next to the student's name. 

  4. Choose Select a Time next to the teacher you would like to conference with. 

  5. Find the date and timeslot you would like to schedule, and click Select.

  6. Confirm your time choices by reviewing the information and click Save

  7. Please select up to TWO teachers to conference with during Round 1 of Sign-ups (Oct. 8-Oct 16), one content-area teacher and one elective teacher. You may be able to sign up to see more teachers during Round 2 (Oct. 17-Oct. 26).

  8. Your conference times have now been scheduled. 

  9. To change your conference times, click View Scheduled Times and Un-schedule and Save.

  10. You can print out your scheduled times by clicking on the Print All Scheduled Conferences button.

  11. If you have more students, select your next student from the drop down box at the top of the screen and start again at step 3. 

If you experience difficulty signing up for conferences, please call our front office at 360-596-7600, and we will schedule conferences for you. 


Click HERE for a copy of the Conference Week Schedule

Conference Week Schedule


October Schedules

Finally, we have had many people ask about the schedule for tomorrow, October 9, and Monday, October 12. Students do not have school tomorrow, October 9, in order for teachers to complete critical professional development. We do have school on Monday, October 12. The only other altered days of school this month are due to conference week, and that schedule is attached here: Conference Week Schedule and will also be posted to our website. 

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and we look forward to seeing our students again on Monday!



Condee Wood, Principal


The Olympia School District will provide equal educational opportunity and treatment for all students in all aspects of the academic and activities program without discrimination based on race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, honorably-discharged veteran or military status, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, marital status, 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. The district will provide equal access to school facilities to the Boy Scouts of America and all other designated youth groups listed in Title 36 of the United States Code as a patriotic society. District programs will be free from sexual harassment. Auxiliary aids and services will be provided upon request to individuals with disabilities.

The Olympia School District offers many Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs/courses in the following areas: Skilled and Technical Sciences/STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics); Agriculture/Natural Resources; Business Marketing; Family and Consumer Sciences; and Health Sciences. For more information about CTE course offerings and admissions criteria, contact Pat Cusack, Director of College and Career Readiness, 111 Bethel St. N.E., Olympia, WA 98506, (360) 596-6102. Lack of English language proficiency will not be a barrier to admission and participation in CTE programs.

The following people have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies, reports of alleged sexual harassment, concerns about compliance, and/or grievance procedures: Michael Hart, Title IX Officer, (360) 596-8545; Autumn Lara, Executive Director of Elementary Education, (360) 596-8534; Ken Turcotte, Section 504 and ADA Coordinator (Students), (360) 596-7530; Starla Hoff, ADA Coordinator (Staff), (360) 596-6185; Scott Niemann, Affirmative Action Officer and Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator, (360) 596-6185; and Pat Cusack, Director of College and Career Readiness, (360) 596-6102. All individuals may also be contacted at 111 Bethel St. S.E., Olympia, WA, 98506.



If your plans have changed and you are NOT attending MMS in September, please contact our front office at (360)596-7600.

Please provide the student’s name and school that they will attend for the 2020-2021 school year.