North Beach Upwellings
For North Beach School District Families & Friends
July, 2021: Looking Back and Looking Forward
In the life of a school superintendent, the beginning of July is pretty much just like New Years Eve. We celebrate and reflect on the year just past. We consider the challenges we faced, and how we met them. What worked? What didn’t?
In celebrating and reflecting on 2020-21, I can say with all honesty that it was one of the toughest years in my lifetime. I know, too, that it was difficult for each of you; our kids, our teachers, our parents and families…in different ways. I’m thankful today that we hung in there.
This past year, we found new ways to connect, to teach, to engage, to learn, and perhaps most importantly, to stay connected. What else worked?
- North Beach educators (teachers and classified) worked tirelessly to adapt to distance learning, hybrid learning, and the move back to in-person learning, with the sole goal of ensuring the health and well-being of our students and providing the best education possible under very imperfect conditions.
- Our Nutrition Services and Transportation teams partnered to prepare and deliver meals to students at their homes throughouth this global pandemic, often flexing to provide whatever delivery/nutrition services were needed.
- The district’s health services department stepped up to offer essential information and guidance as well as clinics and other services during the past year. You can read more further along in the newsletter.
We also developed two community partnerships to better serve our youngest students and their parents:
- With Tugboat Granny’s child care, we've created a birth-3 child care facility on Ocean Shores Elementary School’s campus. This facility fills a void in our community to support the child care needs of our educators and the community at large.
- Pacific Beach Elementary was selected by the Bezos Foundation to host a new Bezos Day 1 Academy Preschool. This Montessori-influenced preschool will provide full day, year around preschool for Pacific Beach 3 and 4-year olds. This also benefits the Ocean Shores community by allowing us to shift ECEAP slots to OSE, effectively doubling the number of ECEAP slots they can fill.
Despite the global pandemic, student enrollment continued to grow in North Beach. This growth has allowed us to continue to add vital staff and grow programs and opportunities for our scholars and families.
As superintendent, I’m proud of our communities’ collective grit and determination to stick together, support one another, and persevere!
The beginning of July also signifies an opportunity to begin to dream and imagine what can happen in the future, in the year to come. Looking forward to the 2021-22 school year, I almost can’t wait!
Our building leaders are working diligently to ensure that everything is ready to go to welcome our students back for in-person learning in September!
What did we learn that can help us grow in the coming year? We know that enhancing our social and emotional supports district wide will be necessary.
As we filled key staffing vacancies, we put an emphasis on providing counseling support. We’ve been able to add a second, fulltime counselor to our elementary schools. This means that both elementary schools will have fulltime counseling services and support every day.
We’re also adding a fulltime vocal music teacher who will be offering choir to our 3rd and 4th graders each day in our elementary schools.
Our team is planning and hopeful for the future, but there will be challenges to overcome. COVID isn’t going to suddenly disappear in the Fall. It’s imperative that we continue to work, as a district and community, to get as many vaccinated as possible.
The state's rules for in-person instruction aren’t 100% clear yet. For now, it looks like we’ll still be wearing masks when inside, in classrooms and common areas, with flexibility for outside/recess.
Read more about positive changes coming in the 2021-2022, detailed below in the newsletter.
As your superintendent, my goals for 2021-2022 are clear. In 2021, I was able to celebrate the graduation of one of my sons, Ezekiel, from North Beach High School. In 2022 I’ll get to celebrate another son (Josiah) and bonus daughter (Monique) as they graduate from North Beach, and also to cheer for Hector as he enters 7th grade and continues to grow and thrive.
Professionally, I’m going to do my very best to lead our district towards the dream that I had when I came to North Beach four years ago. I want, our kids deserve, and I believe that we can make North Beach one of the highest performing school districts in the state of Washington.
Working together and focusing on continual improvement of the adult culture, structures and strategies within the district, I’m confident that 2021-22 will be a year of tremendous growth and success.
As we move into the new year, know that I always strive to be accessible to YOU. You can always reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or on my personal cell phone at (360) 870-3321.
Andrew E. Kelly (Andy)
Summer School Starts - Now!
At Pacific Beach and Ocean Shores Elementary, hours will be 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. At North Beach Middle/High School, hours will be from 8 - 11 a.m.
It's not too late to participate! Call your child's school right away to get your child on board.
Expanding Students' Horizons
North Beach Middle and High School Academic Opportunities Expanding
There will be more course choices for students at the middle school and high school this coming year than at any other time in recent history. Students will be encouraged to explore their passions through additional electives and CTE (career technical education) choices.
Our middle school team will continue to work as a single, cohesive unit, ensuring the transition from elementary to middle school is a smooth, successful one and to also make sure that our 6-8th graders have fabulous core instruction.
There is much work to do around assessments and to understand where each of our scholars are, academically. The pandemic meant that there were no grade level assessments in 2019-20 or 2020-21. While this was a relief during the pandemic, it also leaves us in the dark about how our kids compare with kids in their same grade across Washington and the nation.
Once we again have this data, we’ll be able to prioritize action steps to ensure our kids are growing and performing at or above grade level.
Looking Ahead to Facility and Operations Needs
This coming year marks an important step in the process of ensuring the district’s capacity for housing students in healthy buildings that are conducive to learning.
We’ll be continuing our Long-Range Facilities Committee conversations in anticipation of a construction bond in February of 2022. Passage of the bond will:
- Add classrooms and a vertical evacuation tower to Ocean Shores Elementary School.
- At North Beach Middle/High School, it will add an auxiliary gym and performing arts center, revitalize the softball/baseball fields, and replace the roof/HVAC systems at North Beach Middle/High School.
- The bond measure will also build a brand-new Pacific Beach Elementary School.
We will also run a replacement Maintenance and Operations levy, which we must renew every two years to ensure funding for a wide variety supplemental services and activities that our students deserve and the community expects.
Our dream of creating facilities on North Beach campuses that are also used/shared every day by our community is central to this vision. We know that the very best communities have excellent schools and are excited to continue to work together to this end.
Pandemic Inspires Heightened Level of Health Services
District Health Nurse Ann Allen -- RN ARNP, FNP-C – joined us early this year, mid-pandemic, and immediately dove in to ensure the district could keep staff and students healthy as school returns to normal.
Ann’s medical background, collaborative nature, and heart for kids have allowed us to manage the COVID-19 threat, keeping our kids and staff safe.
With Ann’s expertise, the district implemented rapid COVID-19 testing at our schools for our staff, kids and the community – essential for making good decisions regarding who might need to quarantine following exposure to COVID, and keeping students in school as much as possible.
After vaccines were approved, the district organized vaccine clinics in partnership with Grays Harbor Health Department for students, staff and the community. We’re currently offering the clinics at North Beach Middle/High School every four weeks, in an effort to reduce the incidence of the virus in our community.
Increasing the percentage of fully vaccinated people in our community should help us return to fulltime in-person instruction more safely in 2021-22. All students 12 years of age or older are welcome to get vaccinated. The Pfizer -BioNTech vaccine is being provided. Parents and community members are also welcome to get the shot, too.
Upcoming vaccine clinic dates include July 14th, August 4th, and August 28th, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
For more information, go to https://www.northbeachschools.org/Page/4739
Thank you, Nurse Ann Allen for leading the charge to help get our kids and community vaccinated!
Register for the 2021-2022 School Year ASAP!
Use the online system to register your child beginning July 9
Have you ever tried to plan a party without knowing how many people would be there? This year is a little like that due to the disruptions caused by the pandemic last year. So that we can be sure we have everything ready for a great start to the school year, we need to know who will be attending!
So, we are asking parents to register their student for the upcoming year as early as possible. You can do so through the Skyward system beginning July 9. Go to our webpage for specifics.
Both of our district's elementary schools have excellent early education programs for students as young as three. Parents of these youngest students can enroll through the website, or are welcome to call the school for and registration help.
A note about the Bezos Day 1 Academy
Parents planning to enroll their children in the new Bezos Day 1 Academy need to register their child with the district AND complete the Bezos Foundation's registration process.
Go to our webpage beginning July 9 to enroll your child in the district; and use the link here to apply for the Bezos academy. There's one more virtual Q&A session scheduled on July 13 for prospective parents. Be aware that families must live in the Pacific Beach service area and qualify under the program's financial guidelines.
If you have any trouble with the registration process or have any questions, please contact your child's school's office.
Stay in Touch with Our Team
Andrew Kelly, Superintendent
North Beach School District
(360) 870-3321 (Cellular) email@example.com
Ocean Shores Elementary School, 360-289-2147
Darby Carroll, Co-Principal, firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephanie Evans, Co-Principal, email@example.com
Pacific Beach Elementary School 360-276-4512
Marlene Perez, Principal, firstname.lastname@example.org
North Beach Middle/Senior High School - 360-289-3888
Dr. Russell Evans, Principal, email@example.com
Wendy McCoy, Assistant Principal, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Angela Lyte-Crowther, District Special Education Director, housed at North Beach MS/HS; email@example.com
The North Beach School Board holds its regular business meeting at 6 p.m. on every third Tuesday of the month, rotating between the three schools. For specific dates and locations, click on this button.
NBSD Board of Directors
(Left to right)
Dr. Robert J. Schneider, District 1
Jane Harnagy, District 3 - Vice-President
Jessica Iliff, District 4 - President
Cathey Peterson, District 5 - Legislative Representative
Steve Rockey, District 2 - WIAA Representative
and Superintendent Andrew Kelly
To learn more about the role of the board of directors and the individuals who have volunteered to step up and fill these roles, go to our webpage.
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North Beach School District
The North Beach School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employee(s) has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights, Title IX, and Section 504 Coordinator: Andrew E. Kelly, firstname.lastname@example.org, 336 St. Rt. 115, Ocean Shores, WA 98569, 360-289-2447.