Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year!
Message from Principal Joanna Tobin
Welcome back to school! It's an honor to join the community. I have to say, I've been nothing but impressed and I'm very happy to be here. As we prepare for the year we have some exciting developments to share.
This year we have a particularly large 7th grade class. This presented a great opportunity to review the teaching schedule school-wide to allow for three groupings of 7th grade. We now have all K-8th grade students on the same bell schedule with six fifty minute periods and one thirty minute Middle School Extension at the end of the day. This presents unique opportunities for different grade levels to connect, collaborate and partner together. This structure brings the 6th grade into a 6-8th structure at the end of the day and also incorporates more time for Health/PE and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
We also have Art coming on board the second half of the year. The first half of the year students will access more library time. We have added a second Library Assistant to make this happen. This means we are creating a second literacy space in the primary area to provide flexibility for library and literacy teaching and learning.
Please look for more details throughout the newsletter. I look forward to an outstanding year as we connect, grow and learn together!
8/26 Back to School Night
Back to School Night Schedule
5:30-6:00 Principal Welcome for New Families (courtyard)
5:30-6:20 Tours through the Building (leaving in small groups)
6:00-7:30 Welcome Fair Outside and in the Undercover Area - Teachers, PTO, Spike (the Bulldog Mascot) and Selfie Station, Athletics, Whiskey Hill Kids Soccer, School Info, Music and POPSICLES
8/30 First Day of School!
Kindergarten Appointments - Please call Cheryl Beyer with questions.
8/31 Kindergarten Last Names A-L
9/1 Kindergarten Last Names M-Z - Late Start
9/2 First Day for All Kindergarten Attending
9/3 No School
9/6 Labor Day
9/8 Late Start 10:00am All Students
Welcome New Staff and Staff New Placements
Marie Abell, Building Engineer
Maya Belsher-Howe - 7/8th Social Studies
Melissa Halton, Instructional Assistant
Rachel Hawkins, Art (2nd Half of the Year)
Lilly Hillyer, Library Assistant
Andrew Olney, Technology Assistant
Heather Parkki, Secretary 4
Brock Piert, SOAR Instructional Assistant
Erin Sargent, 1st grade (while Alyssa Robeck is out)
Kendyl Welker, Instructional Assistant
Staci Wilson, SOAR Teacher
Kindergarten: Mrs. Kirchhofer & Ms. Love
1st Grade: Mrs. Ensrud & Ms. Sargent (while Mrs. Robeck is out)
2nd Grade: Mrs. Hall, Mrs. Salisbury, & Ms. Snow
3rd Grade: Mrs. Vondrachek & Mrs. Hornseth
4th Grade: Ms. Lauren & Mrs. Perrin
5th Grade: Mr. Gingerich, Ms. Scott, & Mrs. Stenhjem
6th Grade: Ms. Hofer & Mrs. Kahut
7th/8th: Ms. Belsher-Howe, Mrs. Digby, Mr. Hornseth, & Mrs. Robert
Speech/Language: Mrs. Steinberg School Psychologist: Mrs. Walk
K-3rd Intervention/Reading Intervention: Mrs. Read
Instructional Specialist: Mr. Pauls Counselor: Mr. Scheer
Special Education K-5th: Mrs. Collett 6th-8th: Mrs. Nielsen (Mr. Thompson filling in)
English Language Development: Mrs. Wilson Bilingual Assistant: Mrs. Perez-Gramajo
PE/Health: Mrs. Sommer & Mrs. Swanson
Music: Mr. Ramirez Art: Rachel Hawkins
SOAR Teacher: Ms. Wilson & SOAR Instructional Assistant: Brock Piert
Behavior Specialist: Mr. Duris
Office Staff: Mrs. Beyer & Mrs. Parkki Records IA: Mrs. Bedortha
Health Assistant: TBD
Library: Mrs. Tamimi & Ms. Hillyer Technology: Mr. Olney
Instructional Assistants: Mrs. Halston, Ms. Pefferle & Ms. Welker
Custodians: Ms. Abell, Mr. Dickey, & Mr. Von Lam
Cafeteria: Ms. Hutchinson, Ms. Sanada, and - TBD
We're hiring! 91 Open Positions - Please spread the word!
Health Assistant - 6.5 Hours
MS Teacher - .5 FTE
Class Placement Information (Mailed Home Monday)
Class Placement Information Mailed Home Monday
We've carefully considered many factors when placing students in learning groups and with teachers. Classes are balanced by students' needs in order to create thoughtful classroom environments that serve students as best as possible. We are continuing to place students due to new enrollments. If a change is needed that would impact your student, we will be in touch with you. For middle school students, we've included their first period only as we continue to make adjustments to our new schedule.
School Hours and Drop-Off and Pick-Up
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday:
Doors Open 8:45 and School Starts at 9:00
School Ends at 3:35
Doors Open at 9:45 and School Starts at 10:00
School Ends at 3:35
For the time being we will maintain the systems put in place last spring. We ask for students to please enter in three separate locations. Look for signs in the following areas.
K-3rd: Please enter through the doors closest to the Kindergarten classrooms.
4-5th: Please enter through the front doors by the office.
6-8th: Please enter through the doors to the 7th/8th hallway (up the ramp).
Breakfast will be provided in the cafeteria.
We will maintain the parent pick-up routine (for students not riding the bus) from last spring. We may adjust this routine as needed in the future.
Parking Lot Pick-up:
K-2nd: We ask families who also have 3-8th grade students to please arrive promptly at 3:30 to pick-up and then pull forward to the upper gravel parking lot to pick-up 3rd-8th grade students.
K-2nd: Families with K-2nd students only, please arrive closer to 3:35 to help accomplish the above.
3-8th: Please pick-up students at 3:35 in the upper lot (to the right past the front of the school).