Sunset Middle School

245 Cammann / P.O. Box 509
Coos Bay, Oregon 97420
Phone (after Aug 10): (541) 888-1242

District Office: (541) 267-3104
Transportation: (541) 888-9131
Food Services: (541) 267-1479


Principal’s message:

This is an extremely exciting time as I embark on my second year as the principal at Sunset Middle School. Our school is led by an experienced and extremely energetic staff. They are a group who cares about students and works closely with them during this time of change, both physically and academically.


Welcome to the Sunset Middle School web page. Sunset Middle School is dedicated to the mission of " EDUCATION FOR ALL -WHATEVER IT TAKES!” The idea of achievement is not limited to academics alone, but encompasses all aspects of a student's school life.

There are four major concepts that define a middle school; interdisciplinary teams, varied teaching strategies, exploratory classes for all students and an advisory philosophy, which stresses a caring adult relationship for each student. Sunset Middle School is organized with 4 “core” teachers concentrating on the needs of a particular cohort of approximately 125 students. This concept allows the teachers to teach their specialties while developing genuine relationships with a smaller number of students. The faculty and administration is dedicated to working closely with the parents to prepare all students for high school and adult life.

 Sunset Middle School Philosophy:

 Sunset Middle School provides all students, grades seven and eight, with a developmentally appropriate middle school program that is specifically designed to guide adolescents through the sometimes-difficult transition from elementary school to high school.  Our philosophy is student-centered, teaches skills for life-long learning, and promotes responsibility, independence, self-esteem and self-confidence.

Sunset Middle School Staff believes in:

-A developmentally appropriate curriculum that is taught in a nurturing, caring and structured setting.

-Providing instruction that actively engages adolescents in the learning process.

-Teaching skills and content in a manner that is relevant to middle school students.  Instruction focuses on the development of skills in the following areas:  study habits, communication, research, technology, problem solving, critical thinking, and social interaction.

-An interdisciplinary curriculum that challenges students to explore ideas, identifies problems, generate solutions and evaluate their work.

-Activities that encourage students to think critically and independently, act responsibly, develop self-confidence and enjoy learning.

-A warm and supportive environment in which students and adults treat each other with dignity and respect at all times. 

-Developmental guidance programs that provide students with social, emotional and academic support.

-An active working relationship between parents and teachers to help all our students reach their potential.

-Curricular and co-curricular activities that promote group unity, social interaction, physical and mental health (i.e., sports events, field trips, social events, interdisciplinary units of study).

Travis Howard
Sunset Middle School


School Description:

Sunset Middle School will have a student population of approximately 550 students in grades seven and eight.  Our day will begin at 8:30am and end at 3:00pm.  There will be a total of 37 certified and classified staff members.  Beginning with the 2005/2006 school year, Sunset will have a half time safe school coordinator.  Administratively there is a full time dean of students, Bryan Trendell and principal, Travis Howard.

There will be elective classes offered during the seven period day.  For example, there will be, health, art, band/choir, technology class and advisory.  Also, there will be extracurricular activities at both grade levels.  These activities include: cross country, football, volleyball, boys and girls basketball, knowledge bowl, wrestling, track.  

District FAQ’s:

When is registration?

Blossom Gulch, Bunker Hill, and Madison Elementary Schools

     Wednesday, August 24              9:00 am-3:00 pm

     Thursday, August 25             9:00 am-7:00 pm

     Friday, August 26                     9:00am-3:00 pm


Millicoma Intermediate School

      Wednesday, August 24               9:00 am-7:00 pm

     Thursday, August 25                 9:00 am-7:00 pm

     Friday, August 26                     9:00am-3:00 pm


Sunset Middle School

     Wednesday, August 24              9:00 am-3:00 pm

     Thursday, August 25                 9:00 am-7:00 pm

     Friday, August 26                     9:00am-3:00 pm


Marshfield High School

     Click on the following link to connect to info about the schedule  Marshfield (PDF)


Destinations & Resource Link


Returning Students

Tuesday, August 23               11:00 am-6:00pm

Wednesday, August, 24          11:00 am-6:00 pm

New Students

Thursday, August 25              11:00 am-6:00pm


What are normal school hours?

  • Kindergarten 8:15am – 11:00am and 11:45am – 2:30pm  
  • 1-4:    8:15am – 2:30pm
  • 5-6:    8:15am – 2:45pm
  • 7-8:    8:30am – 3:00pm
  • 9-12:  8:20am – 3:10pm 


All schools are on a trimester calendar and grading system.

Can I get a copy of the 2005-2006 School Calendar?

  • You can find next year’s calendar on our web page.  Click on “Calendar”.

Is there a revised Student Parent Handbook?

  • You can find the Student/parent handbook on our web page. Handbook

How do I find out where my child will get on/off the bus?

  • The2005-2006 bus schedule will be available in August. Schools will have bus schedules at registration. 

How do I contact someone for help with school supplies?

  • A number of caring individuals and local businesses donate to our Operation Back Pack program.  These supplies are distributed to the schools in time for registration.  If you are financially unable to purchase all of your child’s needed supplies, let the secretaries at the schools know.  The nurses also have some hygiene supplies for our children.

How do I find out more about the $5 non-refundable materials fee at the elementary schools?

  • This $5 materials fee is used to purchase supplies for craft/gift projects made in K-6 classrooms.  The students take these home – often as a gift for a family member.  There are no school funds available for these projects.  The school principals/secretaries can tell you more about this.  If you  have several K-6 students in your family and feel this strains you financially, check with school principal or secretaries.


Sunset FAQ’s:

When is the first day of practice for fall sports (date, time, and place)?

Students who participate in sports will pay a $40.00 user fee for each sport, which must be paid prior to the participation of any sporting event (this includes practices). In order to participate in athletics, students must have a sports physical examination done by a physician with ALL the proper paper work completed every TWO years from date of your last sports physical examination. If your student needs a physical exam, please contact your physician as soon as possible. Students need proof of insurance and must read and sign our Athletic Code Form and Assumption of Risk. 

'05-06 Volleyball practice starts August 29
    8th Grade 3:00 – 4:30

    7th Grade 4:30 – 6:00

'05-06 Football practice starts the first day of school, September 6, 2005, from 3:05-4:45 for both seventh and eighth grade teams.

'05-06 Cross Country practice starts August 15, 2005, from 3:00 - 4:30 -- meet at Sunset Track.

How do I obtain student records?  Call the main office at 888-1240.

How do I get my book deposit back?  Call the main office at 888-1240.

How do I get attendance records as required for permits or license?  Call the main office at 888-1240.

What school supplies are required at Sunset for school year 2005-2006?

The 05-06 Sunset School Supply list is available here in PDF format.