Tonasket School District

Weekly Update ~ 4/19/2019

"Focused on Learning and Linking Learning to Life"

One School

One Team

One Purpose - Student Success


Capital Project Update

The next meeting with our ESCO (Energy Services Company) is on April 23rd. We will be learning about the scope and potential costs of their energy solutions proposal at this meeting.


  • I attended the monthly Superintendent Advisory Committee (SAC) meeting at the ESD on Thursday. Scott Seaman, Executive Director from the Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP), shared his vision and regional partnership plans for AWSP. I also had the privilege to work with Tom Venable (Methow Valley School Dist. Supt.) in leading the work on NCESD’s (Regional Educational Service District) strategic plan toward their goal of ensuring the ESD meets the needs of districts in our region today and in the future.

  • I attended the yearly WASA (WA Association of School Administrators) state leadership meeting on Tuesday. The highlight of the meeting was being able to meet with leaders of state organizations ranging from Chris Reykdal, OSPI Superintendent, to the Executive Director of the Professional Education Standards Board, Alexandra Manuel.

District Culture and Climate

Our Transportation Department wants to encourage more students to ride the bus. Jack has started a good behavior rewards system for our students riding the buses. This is how it works: Bus drivers submit names for a drawing every month. At the end of the month, they draw several names. The rewards range from Ice Cream Cones, Subway Sandwiches, and Pizza. At the end of the year, they will put all of the submitted names for the year in a drawing for a larger reward.

College, Career, Life Readiness

Our FBLA team had an exceptional experience at State in Bellevue. Both Emma Alexander and Cheyenne Stirek accomplished their goals of becoming State Officers. Emma, North Central Region Vice President and Cheyenne, WA State Parliamentarian. FBLA placed 1st and 2nd in Parli Pro, 4th in Client Service, and 3rd in Future Business Leader. They will be headed to Nationals in Texas. Congratulations!

Parent and Community Engagement

  • The second to last Spanish monthly meetings of the year was held on Wednesday. The focus was on high school graduation, My School Data, volunteer requirements and credit retrieval options. One of our PAC parents grilled carne asada for dinner.

  • Sara McVay and Daniel Klayton from our local library met with me on Wednesday to discuss summer library activities and the resources they can provide our staff and students. They will be meeting with our administrative team on Tuesday, April 23rd to make plans.

Creative and Innovative

Janet G., Jordon W., Mike L. and I met today to start work on a grant to provide funding for safety and security upgrades. Some possible projects include a new key card system for our exterior doors, an improved PA system, emergency notification systems (panic buttons), and key card system for our interior doors.

TEA and PSE Updates

The PSE labor management meeting was held on Wednesday. The topics we covered were: reimbursement for emergency sub fees, new proposed board policies, labor management general information communication, busing concerns, and bargaining schedule. The next meeting is scheduled for May 8. Dates to begin bargaining have not yet been set.


  • Don’t forget the booster club auction and dinner at the Kuhler starting at 5:30 this Friday, April 19th.

  • Board Procedure Update: Procedure 2320 Field Trips, Excursions, and Outdoor Education. You can click the active link below to view the procedure update.

What Every Employee Needs to Know - Reminders

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