Community Letter

October 8, 2021

Hello LISD Families,

We had our first Covid-19 case at school last week. This was our first opportunity to follow our school's Covid response protocols. Karen Hattman, our school nurse, worked with our elementary team to identify exposed students and staff, test each individual, and collaborate with the county health department on next steps. We are are happy to report that, after two rounds of testing, all results that have come back so far are negative. This is encouraging news because it means that the Covid prevention protocols we have in place are working. We have debriefed this incident...what went well and what should be we can have an even more efficient and effective response IF it should happen again. Thanks to all the families involved for your flexibility, and understanding.

As we said last week, we are focusing on the character habit of ownership this month. As influential adults in the lives of children, adolescents, and young adults, we can encourage a sense of ownership and spark a love of learning by:

  • Encouraging curiosity and questioning
  • Finding materials, opportunities, or experiences that are interesting to your student
  • Letting them follow their own interests outside of school.....Do they like reading, cooking, collecting, building?

Thanks for your partnership in empowering young people to be leaders of their own learning.

All our best,

Mary and Martha

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There is NO SCHOOL on Friday, October 15. This is a staff development day.

Thank you for supporting funding for childcare!

The LIFRC, LISD and Lopez Library would like to extend a huge expression of gratitude to everyone who sent emails urging our county officials to support childcare funding on Lopez Island. The email campaign worked, and it was because of a massive collective effort, so THANK YOU for lending your voice!

New Afterschool Elementary Program

The Lopez Island School has partnered with the Lopez Island Family Resource Center and the Lopez Island Library to offer an afterschool learning enrichment program for Lopez elementary students, Monday - Friday at the School. More details about program content and registration will be shared soon. Enrollment for this program will open on October 18th.

The afterschool program described above is hiring!

The Afterschool Program is hiring three staff positions to facilitate and support the program for Lopez elementary students throughout the 2021/22 school year. For position descriptions and application details, please go to

Next Week's Menu

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Secondary Mid-Term Grades

Mid-quarter grades are available in Qmlativ family access.

  • Log into Qmlativ from our school district website.
  • Click on the grading tile. There you will see the letter grade for each class under the MT1 heading.
  • Only mid-term and final grades are entered into Qmlativ. Assignment and assessment grades can be found in Canvas.
  • If you are curious (and I hope you are) about the breakdown of that mid-term grade, please go to your Canvas parent login. Our Technology Director, Jesse Hammond, emailed specific instructions on Friday, September 17 on how to login to Canvas as a parent. See screenshots below for a visual!
  • Reach out to the teacher if you have questions about what you see in Canvas.

Students must maintain an average of C- or higher in each class in order to participate in sports competition and other extracurricular activities. I will be checking grades next week on the day of competition for all students who have a D+, D or F as a mid-term grade (Monday for middle school volleyball, Tuesday for high school volleyball and soccer, Wednesday for middle school soccer.) Students will not be eligible to play if they still have a D or F.

In my experience, a D or F is often the result of missing work. I encourage all students to complete work and turn it into their teachers in plenty of time to be graded...not the day of competition.

Dr. Martin

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LISD Garden Bounty

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Smarter Balanced Assessment

The Washington State Smarter Balanced (SBAC) testing for all 4th-9th graders, 11th graders, and 12th graders will take place in October. On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, we gave the ELA test to students who were here at school. Students who were absent will take the test on a different day this month. For the math SBAC, elementary students will take it on Tuesday, October 12, and secondary students will take it on Wednesday, October 13.

Fall SBAC tests take the place of last year's spring test, which was postponed by the state due to the COVID 19 pandemic. The Fall assessments will be shorter and not take as many days as previous tests. Testing will take place during the first 2 hours each day. LISD students will also take the SBAC in the spring of 2022

Homecoming Dance!

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Culinary Students Turning Apples into Pie

Home Games Next Week

There are so many opportunities to come out to support our LOBOS next week!

Monday, October 11

  • Middle School Volleyball, 2:15

Tuesday, October 12

  • High School Soccer, 4:30

  • High School Volleyball, 2:00

Wednesday, October 13

  • Middle School Soccer, 2:15

Thursday, October 14

  • High School Volleyball, 2:30

Friday, October 15

  • High School Soccer, 2:15
  • High School Volleyball, 2:15

Go Lobos!

Middle School Boys' Basketball

Middle school boys' basketball, coached by Isaac Berg, will begin on Monday, October 25. Students that participated in fall sports only need to complete the Risk Management Basketball form (#5 below).

All forms are available in the secondary office or may be downloaded from the school website (Athletics, Athletic Forms and Information, Forms and Risk Management Forms).

Athletic Forms: Checklist Athletic Requirements.pdf

1. Current SPORTS PHYSICAL (remains active for two years). Please check the date and make an appointment if yours has or will expire. If unsure of expiration date, please contact Ronda Berg




5. RISK MANAGEMENT form, completed for each sport

Lopez Island School District

Ed Murray, Superintendent

Martha Martin, Secondary Principal

Mary Fordham, Elementary Principal

The Lopez Island 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 or 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 Compliance Coordinator, Ed Murray –; Title IX Coordinator, HR Specialist, Renee Koplan –; Section 504, Mary Fordham –; OR contact by phone, 360-468-2202, OR mail to 86 School Rd, Lopez Island, WA 98261.