Superintendent's Update

October 2019

Note From the Superintendent

Dear ESD parents, guardians and staff,


I love fall semester, and there are many great things happening in ESD. I had an opportunity to visit the professional learning communities at Morgan Middle School this week. I am excited about how teachers at Morgan are using the adaptive software "Imagine Learning" to differentiate their instruction and use the data from this program to personalize the learning for students.


I also attended the statewide conference for "Highly Capable" students and look forward to having ongoing conversations with our teachers and parents on how to best serve this student group, as well as, provide project based lessons and other authentic learning experiences for all students. Below is a great video about the benefits of project based learning. Many teachers in our district are already offering these types of experiences for students. Our future work together, to accomplish the Board Ends, will include embedding this type of approach into the existing curriculum.

Project Based Learning

Celebrations

Please join us in congratulating Levi Teasly for being selected as High School Physical Education Teacher of the year for the 2019-2020 school year by SHAPE Washington. Mr. Teasly is a true example of leadership and excellence in Ellensburg School District.

ESD Board Ends/ Outcomes for Students

During the 2019-2020 school year, we will be focusing on empowering every student to achieve our district-wide outcomes which are also called our Board Ends. We call these outcomes the Board Ends because our Board of Education will be supporting these outcomes with both policies and allocation of resources.

Additionally, this year we will be identifying ways to measure our progress in meeting these Board Ends, as well as, developing strategies to support our students in achieving these outcomes.

Our Board Ends are:

Freshman Success Initiative at EHS

EHS is partnering with the national organization STAND for Children this year in their efforts to ensure a successful academic year for all freshmen. EHS also just received a $20,000 dollar grant from this organization to support them with this work for the next three years. Some of EHS' actions this year include implementing a Freshmen Success Team that meets regularly to monitor the progress of all freshmen and to put special interventions in place for freshmen that are struggling. This collaborative approach will create an effective safety net for our students. Research done and collected by STAND demonstrates that if students have a successful freshmen year, they are much more likely to graduate.

STAND for Children: Freshmen Success


Bond Construction Update

Mount Stuart Elementary

We are pleased to share that Mt. Stuart will be the first new building to be constructed, just north of the existing Mt. Stuart. Our hope is to start construction of the new Mt. Stuart in April. The Mt. Stuart staff will move directly into their new building after it is constructed. Please join us in celebrating the plans for the new Mt. Stuart on October 30th from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm in the Mt. Stuart library. Refreshments will be served, and our architects will be available to answer any questions you may have.

Although the existing Mt. Stuart Elementary is in need of replacement, the gym is still a beneficial asset and will be saved. This structure will remain as a separate building and will continue to serve as a valuable space for physical education and recreation, for both our students and our community, respectively. Additionally, we will also be renovating the Annex building located west of the existing Mt. Stuart to serve as a forever home for our developmental preschool program. Currently, this program resides at CWU, and we are eager to bring our students onto the Mt. Stuart campus.

One of many things I appreciate about the Ellensburg community is their willingness to be involved in sharing their feedback concerning district projects and supporting our efforts. I am thankful for the privilege of serving the amazing students here in Ellensburg.


Sincerely,


Jinger Haberer, Superintendent