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Chinook Middle School
18650 42nd Avenue South SeaTac, WA 98188


Chinook Middle School Family Letter 9.14.2020

Chinook Middle School Family Letter 9.14.2020

September 14, 2020 Updates: 


Back to School Webinar

Chinook hosted two live webinars this past week. If you weren’t able to join don’t worry! Check out a recording of it HERE


Dear Students and families -  


It has been such a pleasure meeting you and your middle school students over the last several weeks and during these first three days.  Family meetings were a great way to start the year and make connections.   Attendance to classes has been so strong already!  Thank you for your support and planning to ensure your child is ready and able participate every day. 


Using technology during distance learning is new for everyone.  We anticipated and expected challenges this first week.   Many of you were able to contact our office to get help with technology needs and, for most, we were able to  quickly resolve problems.  


At the end of September or early October, we will provide all 6th graders with a new Chromebook. This will help update any outdated devices.  More details regarding distribution and exchanging devices will be shared soon. The addition of new Chromebooks will also help 7th and 8th graders receive newer devices as needed.  


While technology is such an important tool for the 21st century  it also comes with challenges. Several of our classes have had the unfortunate experience of “ Zoom Bombing.”   Zoom Bombing is the term for when individuals enter a Zoom meeting uninvited and often cause disruptions.  We are tightening security with Zoom links to class to prevent any uninvited “Zoom Bombing”  as a result.  


Students will receive updated instructions on Monday in Advisory for how to connect to their Zoom classrooms.  


IMPORTANT:   Moving forward, all students will be required to enter their Zoom class with their full name - First and Last.  Students will start  class in the “waiting room” and be admitted only if their first and last name is shown.  We encourage students to add a recent picture to their profile as another form of security and identification.  Teachers will share passwords to each class. Students should post these in a place near their computer for quick and easy reference. 


Thank you in advance for your help with these requirements.  Safety during learning is a top priority! If you have questions please contact Chinook Staff at 206.631.5700. 



Karin Jones  


Chinook Middle School 
Home of the Thunderbirds!
Welcome to the 2020 - 2021 School Year!

Dear Chinook Students and Families, 

Welcome to Chinook Middle School! This year will definitely be a year like no other.  We want you to know -  we are prepared and ready to meet you, welcome you, and provide you with the very best care and education.  We are starting the year in a distance, or remote, learning model and are ready to return to teaching in the school building as soon as we know it is safe. We are prepared to follow state and district guidelines to do this well.

To help you prepare for a strong start we have added detailed information in our recorded webinar (see attached link.)  Please take time to check it out!             

Meet your Principals

Karin Jones

Mrs. Jones Welcome Video

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Mr. Depue Welcome Video      


Chromebook Distribution and Technology Help  


Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 1-3 PM. The other option is to visit us during  normal business hours (8:00-3:00). Please call 206.631.5700 when you arrive. We will bring out paperwork for you to sign, the Electronic Use Permission Form. Please read over the policy and procedures agreement.

Students - Parents - Community Members -  Please join our School Equity Team

Chinook Middle School is committed to building an  anti-racist school culture. To do this important work, we want family, community members and student voices at the table. If this is a committee you would like to join please let us know by filling out this GOOGLE FORM.  

Back to School Webinar

Chinook hosted two live webinars this past week. If you weren’t able to join don’t worry, you can watch the replay!

Recorded Webinar

Slides from the Webinar




The sign-in for your Chromebook has changed. If you are having trouble, please have your student contact their advisory teacher. The Advisory teacher will be able to share password log-in information.

We look forward to meeting you very soon,

Karin Jones, Principal

Tim Depue, Assistant Principal

Contact us at  - 206.631.5700