Grizzly Gazette

April 17th, 2022

Principal's Message

Happy Easter to you all. I hope spring break was refreshing. Kathy and I had the opportunity to see all of our daughters and son in-laws, which was great. We also had the pleasure of taking care of our granddaughter during the week as well. What a blast!

Now, we hit the home stretch of the school year. In the next Grizzly Gazette, I will communicate Smarter Balanced Assessment dates. This is an assessment for grades 3-5. All students will be taking the MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) beginning in May. The MAP is an assessment our district has been using for a number of years to guide our instruction. We administer the MAP in the fall, winter and spring and use the results to adjust our instruction in math or reading.

The SBA gives us summary data from our work over the course of the school year. Both assessments are computer-based and are not used for grading purposes. Both assessments are correlated to the Common Core Standards as well.

Again, I will be sending the dates we will be administering these assessments in the April 25 Grizzly Gazette. Take care.

Jeff

Dr. Rumbaugh's 4-15-22 Family Communication

Hello Families,

Welcome back from Spring Break! I hope everyone had the opportunity to relax and rejuvenate.

When school opened last fall, I was optimistic that we would continue to have in-person instruction and committed to providing students with the necessary instruction to help close learning gaps due to COVID-19. My optimism and commitment remain steadfast. I look forward to a continued focus on the essential learning standards for students at their current grade level, while including any missed learning students need along the way. Referred to as accelerated learning, this is a departure from what was typically done, which was remediation. With renewed enthusiasm, I am hopeful that our continued efforts to create an academic environment that reduces learning loss will provide an opportunity for all students to achieve success.

Replacement Levy - remember to vote by April 26
Schools in Washington State receive funding primarily in three ways: state funds based on student enrollment, federal funds for special programs, and levies/bonds. The $10.3 million in revenues from our proposed Replacement Capital Projects and Technology Levy would fund technology updates, upgrades, and maintenance for our students and staff. The levy will also ensure we maintain our schools’ roofs, fire safety systems, playground equipment, and boilers.

Please click HERE to watch the video on our YouTube channel to learn more about how this levy impacts the education of our students at every level and maintains our facilities to serve them and our community. Please return your ballot by mail postage-free or use the convenient drop boxes near the Stanwood Library, at 9701 271st St NW for Snohomish County voters, and the Island County Administration Building at 121 N East Camano Drive on Camano Island for Island County voters. For complete information about the levy, visit www.stanwood.wednet.edu/levy.

The last day of school is now June 20, 2022
The school calendar has been updated to reflect that the last day of school is now June 20, 2022. This date includes the three make-up days due to inclement weather this past fall and winter. The last school day will be an early release at 9:40 a.m. for grades 6-12 and 11:00 a.m. for grades K-5.

School Board regular meeting on April 19
The School Board will hold its regular meeting on Tuesday, April 19 at 6 p.m. in the Board Room at the District office, 26920 Pioneer Highway in Stanwood with an option to view the livestream. The agenda and link to the livestream are posted HERE before the meeting. For summaries of past meetings, Board Briefing is available HERE.

Respectfully,
Deborah Rumbaugh, Ed.D.
Superintendent

Mrs. Bregar's Counselor's Corner

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Counselor Corner

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Important Dates

Late Start Wednesdays for April and May:

4-20-22

4-27-22

5-4-22

5-11-22

5-18-22

5-25-22

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