Thank you for your generous support of our school construction bond, which passed with a 62.26 percent yes vote! I am honored by your trust and continued support of our school district, and am extremely excited about these projects and what they mean for our students. I especially want to thank the community members, parents, students and staff volunteers who worked tirelessly to share information about the bond projects. Updates about the construction projects will be shared in our print and electronic publications and on this website.
Your school board and I are keeping a close eye on this year’s legislative session. At the end of January, we attended the annual Legislative Conference, hosted by the Washington State School Director’s Association, where we received updates from Gov. Inslee’s office, Superintendent Dorn and state budget analysts. We have also been in contact with our local legislators to urge them to continue to support K-12 education through full funding, and to explain how proposed legislation would impact our district and students.
Later this spring, students will once again take the Smarter Balanced Assessment to gauge their progress and plan how to support their continued learning as they advance towards being career and college ready upon graduation. Students in grades three through eight and in grade 11 will take the Smarter Balanced Assessment in English/Language Arts (reading and writing) and in math. Additionally, students in grades five and eight will continue to take the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) in science. High school students also take End of Course Exams in math and biology. These assessments are one important tool to measure academic success. However, we know that student achievement means much more than the score on a state assessment. As a district we are committed to continuing to provide high quality instruction that meets the needs of all students.
Spring is an exciting time in our schools filled with many events and activities. If you haven’t visited lately, I invite you to attend an upcoming vocal or instrumental concert, the high school play or a school board meeting. Our Community Education Program also has numerous spring and summer classes and camps for both students and adults. There are many ways to get involved.
Next fall, all six of our elementary schools—and all elementary schools in the state—will offer state-funded full-day kindergarten. We will no longer offer half-day kindergarten in our schools. We will use the Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS)—a transition process that helps to ensure a successful start to the K-12 experience and connect the key adults in a child’s life. In early March, our elementary schools hosted a Kindergarten Parent Information Night. Kindergarten enrollment for the 2016-17 school year is open. To learn more, visit our district website or call your local elementary school. We look forward to welcoming the class of 2029!
As always, I welcome and encourage any questions you have about our schools.