Auditions for WMS Music

Information from Washington Middle School regarding music auditions for students entering 6th grade in fall 2020.

Welcome to the music program at Washington Middle School! We’re all very excited to welcome our incoming 6th grade class and we look forward to working with you for the next 3 years! Below, you’ll find information for auditions in the WMS music program. You are not required to audition if you are planning to enroll in Debut Choir, Beginning Band, or Beginning Orchestra since these classes are for “first-timers” or kids that want a fresh start on their instrument. If you will be enrolling in one of those 3 classes, you don’t have to read any further and we look forward to seeing you next year! If you would like to audition for a more challenging ensemble, please follow this link for details and links to the audition music for each instrument.

Questions? You can email Mr. Sundt (Band) at or Mr. Kolk (Orchestra) at

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Condolences to Ms. Howard-Powell and Mr. Bryant

Dear Thurgood Marshall Families,

As you may know, two of our staff members recently lost a relative, Cora Jean Howard, to COVID-19.  Shari Howard-Powell lost her beloved mother and Deron Bryant lost his beloved grandmother.  To honor the matriarch of their family, Cora Jean Howard, a retired educator from Emerson Elementary, the family has created “The Howard Family Memorial Fund” through The Alliance for Education.  Please consider donating to this fund to honor the memory of Cora Jean Howard.

You can donate directly via The Alliance for Education by clicking on this link.  When donating please scroll down and select “The Howard Family Memorial Fund.”

The Seattle Times published an article on Cora Jean Howard’s life, and if you would like to leave a memory or condolence for the family please visit the Dignity Memorial page.


Donna Dugan on behalf of the Thurgood Marshall Social Committee

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Spring Enrichment Registrations Postponed

Registrations for Spring Enrichment are postponed until further notice due to the recently announced school closures.  We will update everyone as we get more information.

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Materials from Parent Education Event: Digital Citizenship and your Child

On January 21, 2020 the PTA hosted a presentation and discussion on digital citizenship for parents and other caregivers, with librarian Mr. Michael Zetterberg.  Meeting materials are available here.  

In addition, parents discussed other tips and tricks for managing kids’ devices and screentime at home.   This “How to” guide may be helpful to families, along with other topics and materials on the Common Sense Media website.

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