Main navigation

Letter to Families – August 12, 2022

Letter to Families – August 12, 2022

Dear Peace Crane Families,

I am thrilled to welcome you to the 22/23 school year.  My name is Caine Lowery and I am the very proud principal of Aki Kurose Middle School.  Let me start by saying how proud I am to serve this community and how grateful I feel to have the opportunity to work with each of your families.  This year past year has been marked with many challenges from a relentless health pandemic to systemic racial violence against our BIPOC communities, particularly our Black and Brown communities, to trying to navigate an educational that has looked very different.  With all of this, we all continue to persevere.

The Aki Kurose community has significantly impacted my life, my vision for myself as an educator, and my beliefs about students and our obligation to them. I have been a part of the Aki community since 2008 and during my time at Aki, I have come to not only believe, but know, that our students’ potential is limitless and that it is our fundamental responsibility to create a culture and systems that support their potential. I have seen Aki students grow up and realize their goals in college and in careers and I know the role and significance of the roles members of our Aki community had in their stories. 

The 2022/23 school year is full of possibilities, as we all continue to grow and learn together. It’s important that we take steps to take care of our physical, social and emotional health, refocus and renew to elevate our learners, families and community. 

At Aki Kurose Middle School, we envision a school community that makes no excuses and exhausts every opportunity we can to engage students and provide the resources they need to succeed.  We want to continue the hard work that has been done to increase the positive connections between students, school staff, and the community and then leverage these positive relationships to create relevant learning experiences that connect student expertise to their academic learning and future educational pathways.  We want to transform the model of middle school from a one size fits all approach to a model that provides equitable, rigorous learning experiences that build upon student currencies. Our goal is to increase the value that our learners find in their education through providing cognitively demanding educational experiences where students can apply academic content and build on their interests and strengths simultaneously. By giving students more voice in their educational pathway while they are in middle school, students can build their self-image as scholars and increase their feelings of educational belonging at a time when learners are more likely to disengage.

Our theory of action is If students are exposed to multiple pathways towards success, students will experience more choice and become not just the consumers of education, but active participants of a learning pathway based on their individual student currencies. If students can build their social capital through positive connections to school staff, representative role models in their community and peer mentorship, students will have credible examples of how to navigate diverse educational pathways and the necessary guidance and support to be successful. If students experience success in school, they will become more personally invested in the process of learning and will become empowered, lifelong learners.  

I am overjoyed to begin this journey together and am looking forward to building relationships and working in community for the success of our children. 

Below you will find several pieces of information that will assist you in getting ready for a positive and productive 2022/2023 school year. We also use our website, robocalls, Talking Points text messaging and email regularly to communicate with you so please stay connected and reach out for any reason. This letter is also being posted to our website where translated versions are available.  

Upcoming Important dates:

  • Tuesday, August 30th, 2022; – 6th Grade Family Night 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (Back Field)
  • Wednesday, August 31st, 2022; – 7th Grade Family Night 4:30p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (Back Field)
  • Thursday, September 1st, 2022; – 8th Grade Family Night 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (Back Field)
  • Wednesday, September 7th , 2022; – First Day of School for All Students. (8:55 a.m.)

Required School Forms

All required school forms will be posted to our website. We will also be providing paper copies of these forms to students during advisory the first week of school. Please make sure to return the following forms as quickly as possible:

  • Free Reduced Lunch Form
  • Emergency Contact Information
  • FERPA form
  • 504-2 form (to identify differently abled students)
  • Title VII Indian Education form (for new students only)
  • Housing Questionnaire (return only if applicable)

2022/2023 School Lunch

For the 2022/2023 school year, school lunch will be available for every student at no cost. Completing the FRL form is still necessary to receive other benefits such as reduced/waived fees and other financial assistance.

Student Schedules and Course Change Requests

All student schedules will be available on The Source beginning September 1th, 2022.
We will also be providing paper schedules on the first day of school.

If your scholar is missing a class or has been placed in an incorrect class, our counselors will work with you to make necessary changes. Scholars seeking a schedule change need to email their counselor and they will work to accommodate those requests during the first week of school. We may be able to accommodate requests to change elective courses on a space availability basis.

There will be no further Schedule adjustment requests honored after the first full week of school.

We thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation.  A building schedule for a school our size can be very difficult to manage, and everyone will not be able to get all their first choices.

Period6th Grade7th Grade8th Grade
Grade level:6th Grade7th Grade8th Grade
Adv.8:55-9:25 = 30 min8:55-9:25 = 30 min8:55-9:25 = 30 min
1st9:28-10:08 = 40 min9:28-10:08 = 40 min9:28-10:08 = 40 min
2nd10:11-10:51 = 40 min10:11-10:51 = 40 min10:11-10:51 = 40 min
3rd10:54-11:34 = 40 min10:54-11:34 = 40 min10:54-11:34 = 40 min
4thLunch = 11:34-12:0411:37-12:04 = 27 min11:37-12:34 = 57 min
4th N/ALunch = 12:04-12:34 N/A
4th12:07-1:04 = 57 min12:37-1:04 = 27 minLunch = 12:34-1:04
5th1:07-1:47 = 40 min1:07-1:47 = 40 min1:07-1:47 = 40 min
6th1:51-2:31 = 40 min1:51-2:31 = 40 min1:51-2:31 = 40 min
7tj2:34-3:14 = 40 min2:34-3:14 = 40 min2:34-3:14 = 40 min
Adv.3:17-3:45 = 28 min3:17-3:45 = 28 min3:17-3:45 = 28 min

We are looking forward to being back in community together. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at 206-252-7700.

Aki Kurose Kurose Middle School Admin Team