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    July 2018


    Dear Swope Panthers and Parents


    Swope Middle School would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the 2018-2019 school year. We hope that your summer has been restful and enjoyable. We look forward to seeing our current students return and welcoming our incoming students. Our teachers are enthusiastic about starting this new year and focusing on what it means to be a Panther on the Prowl. Mark your calendars for August 6th, the first day of school for all students.


    Please note that our Safe Drop-off Zone is along Sherwood Drive and all students enter the building from the west entrances. The first bell rings at 7:23 AM and Advisory class begins at 7:30 AM (dismissal is at 2:00 PM). Students begin the first day of school with an extended Advisory class. This time will be used for orientation and introduction to PROWL our Positive Behavior Support System. It will also be used to cover the student handbook, Panther Plan, tour the school, and practice with lockers.


    For the 2018-2019 school year, school breakfast will cost $1.85 and hot lunch will cost $3.05 (subject to change); a la carte items vary in price. Students who attended a Washoe County school at the end of last year, and qualified for the free or reduced lunch program will remain on the free/reduced lunch list for approximately one month.   If you are interested in continued participation in the program, you are advised to reapply as soon as possible. Applications are available in the main office and online through the school district’s website under the nutrition department. The online application process is the fastest and easiest way to continue meal services.



    We are looking for PANTHER PROWL corporate and/or family sponsors to help us make this event a success.  The enclosed form outlines the benefits that each level of corporate/family sponsorship brings.  Corporate and/or family sponsorship go directly to covering the costs of putting on the PANTHER PROWL.  In order to be on the back of the t-shirt, Corporate and Family Sponsors are due no later than September 14, 2018.

     Panther Prowl Letter and Sponsorship & Donation Form


    Attention parents and students! The after school tutoring and homework program will begin on Tuesday September 11th. This is from 2 to 4 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. There are busses available to take students to their zoned elementary school if transportation is needed. Registration forms are required, and are available on the bulletin board outside of the SAC. If you are interested in participating starting on the 11th, and need to ride the bus that day, your form must be turned in by Wednesday August 29th.  Students may signup throughout the year, but forms must be submitted at least 1 week prior to attending if busing is needed. After School Tutoring form can be found by following this link.  


    Bus schedules will be posted approximately one week before school starts on the Washoe County School District web page http://buses.washoeschools.net/search.aspx.

    As we look forward to the 2018-2019 school year, we encourage parents to take an active role in our school and your students’ academic progress. At Swope we are Panthers on the Prowl striving for improvement and growth. We look forward to seeing you soon.


    Mrs. Desiree Mandeville, Principal

    Mrs. Amy Callahan, Assistant Principal

    Mr. Eian Gilbert, Dean of Students







     PROWL = Perseverance * Respect * Organization * Work Ethic * Leadership
    The Swope Middle School staff, parents, and community resources provide a positive learning environment through varied programs to meet the unique needs of pre and early adolescents. We build on skills previously acquired, guide students to be self-directed, responsible, and educationally competent individuals, so they are prepared for high school and future endeavors.
    The mission of Darrel C. Swope Middle School is to prepare our students for success in high school and to build the opportunity for all students to be college or career ready upon graduation, resulting in a community of informed and educated citizens. A function of our mission is a commitment to continuous improvement and to developing organizational structures and processes that will ensure academic excellence, be responsive to the unique developmental needs of our students, and be socially equitable. Each student will be provided a safe and nurturing community of learners where diversity is celebrated, mutual respect among adults and children is evident, and families are seen as valued partners in laying the foundation of life-long learning.
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