2023-2024 parent/guardian FAQs

Welcome back Valley View Mioddle School (VVMS) Viking families! We are so excited to be able to return to a new school year with our Viking students! We want to share some answers to frequently asked questions for a safe, civil and respectful return to VVMS in 2023-2024. Our theme for this year: BE KIND!

Can my child have a cell phone at school?
Yes, they are able to have phones at school, but they are expected to be in their lockers. Cell phones are not to be in or used in classrooms. We are responsible for teaching digital citizenship and classroom time is for learning. Cell phones are able to be used before and after school and during lunch. No unauthorized recording of staff or students in any way is permissible in any part of the busses, buildings, or classrooms. Cell phones are not to be used in bathrooms or locker rooms under any circumstances.

Can my child have a backpack or cinch sack at VVMS?
They may use a synch-sack to carry materials from class to class. Our school is full of students and there are stairs which results in limited space in hallways between classes. Students should not carry backpacks in our hallways. Student lockers are used to house backpacks. Students will be issued lockers on Thursday, September 7, during sixth period.

Can my child chew gum at VVMS?
We take great pride in our beautiful facility and as a result this is a gum-free school.

Is there a dress code at VVMS?
Yes. The Snohomish School District has a student dress policy that we expect all students and staff to follow on a daily basis. We do not want to be the fashion police at school, so please help your child understand this is a place where we are preparing young people for a future of school or work.

Policy 3224 can be found on our website under the Board policies and procedures. Prohibited dress includes: offensive images or language, including profanity, hate speech and pornography.

  • Images or language depicting or advocating violence or the use of tobacco, vaping,
    alcohol, or drugs.
  • Attire that intentionally shows private parts.
  • Apparel identified by local law enforcement as belonging to or identifying with of any
    gang, violent or criminal group.
  • Clothing should include both a shirt with pants or skirt, or the equivalent and shoes.
  • Shirts and dresses must have fabric that covers the front, back, mid-drift and sides.
  • Clothing must cover undergarments.
  • Fabric covering all private parts must not be see through.
  • Clothing must be suitable for all scheduled classroom activities including physical
    education, science labs, wood shop, and other activities where unique hazards exist.
  • Courses that include attire as part of the curriculum (for example, professionalism, public speaking and job readiness) may include assignment-specific clothing.

When are schedules going to be released?
Schedules will be released through Skyward at 6 p.m. on August 31. At that time, students will know their classes, lunch and teachers. Any course change requests would need to be made through counseling. We are at student capacity and do not have the flexibility we would like to have to move classes. Please realize we are going to be unable to make many changes this year due to our capacity issues.

Is there a school supply list?
Please click here for the school supply list.

What is VVMS doing to help develop confidence and social skills with my child?
Great question. We are implementing a school wide social-emotional curriculum named Character Strong. This research-based approach is designed to develop character traits that include: courage, perseverance, honesty, respect, gratitude, kindness, responsibility, and cooperation.

Is attendance important in middle school?
Valley View Middle School wants your student to be successful. Encouraging your student to attend school regularly and to be on time for class each day is very important. It leads to a positive learning environment for everyone.

When will bus routes be shared?
Bus routes will be available on the district’s transportation link on August 28. These are subject to change, so please check back prior to the first day of school.