MIDDLE SCHOOL2019-11-22T13:34:26+00:00

Muckleshoot Tribal School – Middle School

The middle school years at Muckleshoot are a time when the brain reorganizes and prepares the child for young adulthood.   This transition is an exciting, fun, and sometimes challenging period for youth!  Many emotional, social, and intellectual changes occur and additional support and guidance are needed to assure success.

Our curriculum includes Art, Culture, Language Arts, Library Education, Life Skills, Math, Native Language, Physical Education, Reading, Science, Social Studies, and Wood Shop.  Counseling, resource education, and other special services are available for students who qualify for these additional services.   Interscholastic athletics are offered for boys and girls interested in baseball, basketball, track, and volleyball.  The school also provides a free and nutritional breakfast and lunch program for growth and development.

We welcome parent and community involvement at middle school and ask that you consider volunteering at our school.  Students are frequently sent out into the tribal and global communities for project-based and service learning.  Please contact us if you have an idea or opportunity you would like us to share with our sixth, seventh, or eighth grade students.  You are always welcome and valued in our learning community.

History / Native American Studies / STEM Christie Kolbe
Language Arts 6 & 7 Paula Scott
Special Ed Resource Room Peg Luebbers
Special Ed EBD Room Maggie Monaghan
Language Arts 8th Dave Daley
History / 8th Grade Leadership Matthew Baroch
Science / Forestry Aaron Merritt
Math Sheila Massingale
Middle School Leadership Leah Simeon
Media Randy Kemman
Whultshootseed Elizabeth Ocampo / Morgan Sohappy

My name is Cameron McGinnis. I am very excited to be working with the Muckleshoot tribal school.  Most of my life was spent in the Midwest. My bachelor’s degree is from Wright State University (RAIDER UP!) I received my master’s degree from Indiana State University (GO SYCAMORES!)

As the middle school counselor I address the developmental needs of all students through a comprehensive school counseling program in the areas of academic, career and personal/social development through classroom guidance, individual student planning, responsive services, and system support – working with students through school-wide events, in the classrooms, in small groups and individually.

I am here to help students be successful. I look forward to working with your children and getting to know them throughout the school year. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me via email (Cameron.mcginnis@muckleshoottribalschool.org ) or by phone (253-931-6709*3813) I am always available to help your children. I am looking forward to a wonderful year.

After School Club Experience (ACE) club combines community service, academic support, outdoor experience, life skills, and STREAM into biweekly meetings/weekend field trips that is student focused and driven.  The club is a reorganization of previous middle school groups that allow students to participate in different activities of their choosing with adult guidance. During the after school meetings, students prepare for monthly field trips, work on homework and/or missing assignments, complete a free reading session, and work on cultural projects. ACE Club is for 6th – 9th graders and is funded through the 21st Century Afterschool Program grant.

For more information, please contact Christie Kolbe, Christie.Kolbe@muckleshoottribalschool.org

Students learn the fundamentals of nutrition and wellness. Classroom activities center around basic cooking skills and the ability to read a recipe. As part of the nutrition and cooking fundamentals, students explore why traditional foods are healthier for them than processed fast foods and meals. Students are also able to use math in a real life setting while working with their recipes.
The 7th and 8th grade middle school world history class is currently working on units in the areas of Asia and Africa with a emphasis on medieval history and culture. The students will continue their studies with medieval Europe up to the Renaissance. The 7th grade class will finish out the year with the ancient Native American civilizations in Central and South America including the groups of the Aztec, Maya, Olmec and Inca. The 8th grade class will complete a Describe a Tribe project with a focus on Native American tribes in North America.
Middle school language arts class is designed to bring students up to grade level in reading, writing, and speaking so that they move seamlessly from one year to the next in all classes that require these elements of English. Preparation for the MSP reading and writing tests is also addressed in the class, with the goal of improving assessment scores each year leading up to the HSPE tests in the tenth grade which must be passed in order to graduate. A variety of motivational techniques are used to get the students to attempt all work assigned.

The students in the Whulshootseed Language classes at MTS learn to read, write, speak, and spell in their native tongue. This is an exciting time to be working with language and culture and to see the students’ enthusiasm and understanding of the need for language revitalization. We have been working from the beginning with the Whulshootseed alphabet and “basic conversation phrases” such as; introductions, emotions, body parts, family members, etc… and progressing the difficulty levels from there. MTS and the administrative team are a strong support to the Language and Culture programs which contributes to the students’ success.

News from Middle School

ACE Club Goes to the Zoo

In October, ACE Club students went to the Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma as part of their animal study. Students were tasked with writing a report about one of the zoo animals. They got first-hand experience observing their animal and taking original pictures to include in their presentations. They also shared a lunch with their club mentors & peers in Tacoma.

Science on the weekend!

Outdoor Learning Experience

The middle school outdoor learning experience wrapped up their field experiences this week.  The students hiked to high altitude lakes, worked in Rivers, fished, and wrote about and studied the great outdoors.


Summer School and Field Experience