Walker HS Newsletter Jan_8
Walker Newsletter
Posted on 01/08/2021

Walker Wolves

Weekly Newsletter | January 8


Important Dates

January 28 - last day of 1st semester

January 29 - first day of 2nd semester

February 2 - Hybrid opening at Walker



In this issue:

Principal’s Message

Special Announcement

Mindset Matters

From the Counselor

From Mrs. Buffelen


Principal’s Message

Well, I hope you had a wonderful winter break and feel refreshed and ready to get back to work and finish this semester strong. Over the course of this week, it has been awesome to see how many students and teachers met together to work on missing assignments, reassessment, and general academic support. Its powerful to see when people collaborate and work to accomplish a common goal.  

It is my hope that students that are failing one or more classes take advantage of our intervention time Tuesday – Thursday from 12:45pm – 2:45pm. Its important to note that many teachers have days that they work offsite so if you need help in a specific class you need to reach out to that teacher and schedule an appointment. Many teachers, if not all, have already begun to initiate meetings with students to schedule those appointments.

You can do this! No matter how low your grade is, it is possible to raise it this semester if you are willing to put in the time. Don’t give in, don’t give up, together we can accomplish anything. Let’s do this Walker!!

Michael Sanchez


Walker High School


Special Announcement

Reopening Schools: 

January 12 marks an important step in our reopening plans as a school district.  Next Tuesday, Kindergarten and First grade students will return to their campus in the Hybrid A/B model.  We are eager to have these young learners back on campus and are prepared to do that safely as the number of students and staff increase across the district. 

The newly issued Department of Health guidance called Toolkit to Prepare for In-Person Learning provides new COVID-19 safety protocols for schools with revised metrics and checklists that will allow us to continue to plan for a successful return of students.  As such, it is with GREAT excitement that we announce that Walker High School is planning to return to school in a Hybrid A/B model on Tuesday February 2nd, 2021.  Our staff is working diligently to prepare for the return of students. As we get closer to this date, we will roll out more information to parents and students.

Please remember that opening on this day is dependent on successful implementation at the elementary level, which means we have limited outbreaks in the school environment and minimal impacts to staff availability that would require us to pause our implementation plans. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 case rates, hospitalizations, and positivity rates in the county.

Everyone has a shared responsibility in mitigating COVID-19 transmission in schools.  The updated PSD Reopening Playbook outlines health and safety requirements and expectations as we reopen schools.  

Please refer any comments or concerns directly to Mr. Sanchez at  sanchma@puyallup.k12.wa.us


Mindset Matters

The Power of Confidence and Self-Talk Video
How do you train yourself to be confident?  Your belief in your abilities to perform a certain task is directly linked to confidence, but where does this come from?  Research shows that self-talk is the number one source that influences confidence.  The most important conversation that you have each day is with yourself. 

In this mindset training video, learn how to master your self-talk through affirmations.  This will, in turn, influence your mindset.

Watch video now!


From the Counselor

Students and families! It is all too easy to get stuck in the low spot of feeling isolated. Push yourself outside the comfort zone and connect with others. Take time to leave the house – bundle up, go for a walk and get fresh air. Take a shower. Turn on those cameras during classes, FaceTime with friends, connect with staff. You are NOT ALONE!

“You are not alone, I am here with you, though we’re far apart, you’re always in my heart” Who can tell me what song those lyrics belong to!?


From Mrs. Buffelen

Making communities healthier for kids

Our communities are where we come together to find belonging and a safe and healthy environment. Whether we are a parent or other caregiver, teacher, student, coach, policy maker, business owner or health professional, we each have strengths, talents and resources.  

When we work together we can make our communities a healthy place for kids to grow and succeed.  As Helen Keller said, “Alone we can do little; together we can do much.”

On this site, you can:

Learn how to become more active in your community.

Access existing education materials to teach parents and teens about alcohol and marijuana prevention.

Search data about your community or learn how policy change can protect youth.

Read articles written by prevention specialists, teens and parents that empower us to make a difference.

Get the facts about the alcohol and marijuana laws in Washington State.

Explore local and national resources for youth alcohol and marijuana prevention.

Are you a parent looking for information to help you with your teen? Check out the parent’s section for tools and resources.

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DON’T FORGET!!!! You have Success skills on Monday January 11th at 10:00am. Look for the link in your Success skills course in Schoology. Have a great weekend.


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Puyallup School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.

The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:
Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator: Char Krause, krauseca@puyallup.k12.wa.us, (253) 435-6295;
504/ADA Coordinator: Char Krause, krauseca@puyallup.k12.wa.us, (253) 435-6295;
Title IX Coordinator Staff: Amie Brandmire, brandmah@puyallup.k12.wa.us, (253) 841-8666;
Title IX Coordinator Students: Char Krause, krauseca@puyallup.k12.wa.us, (253) 435-6295

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