Tonasket School District

Weekly Update ~ 12/10/2021

"Focused on Learning and Linking Learning to Life"

Be Positive

Be Grateful

Be Involved


Airsoft Gun Incident

We recently had a student bring an airsoft gun to campus. Staff was notified by another student and the situation was dealt with in cooperation with parents and law enforcement. At no time was there any danger to staff or students.

We are getting inquiries about this incident, and I want to make sure that the accurate information is out in the community.

Capital Project Update

  • The modular building should be arriving on the 14th or 15th of next week.

  • They should also be pouring more cement for the shop addition next week.

Powerful Teaching and Learning

Please remember to allow for frequent outdoor mask breaks for your students. Research is clear on the importance of classroom-based physical activity breaks. They improve student behavior and help students stay on task, so you might want to consider combining the two activities.


Starting in January, I will be meeting with all employee groups to explain our upcoming Replacement Educational Programs & Operations (EP&O) Levy. The levy election is February 8, with ballots coming out around January 21.

District Culture and Climate

I really enjoyed the great conversations I was able to have with staff at this week’s Supt’s On. Thank you to those who joined and for your willingness to share your thoughts and feelings. One point that was consistently highlighted was the need for us to actively and intentionally build and maintain positive relationships with our students. It has always been important but is even more important given the increased mental health struggles we are seeing in our students at many grade levels.

Creative and Innovative

We applied for several grants in the past couple of weeks. We are seeking funding to continue with Phase 3 of our HVAC upgrade, to repair and upgrade the elevator in the HS/MS, install playground equipment for the middle school, and rebuild the outdoor HS basketball court that was removed to make room for the CTE shop. We are also seeking funding for professional development for trauma-informed teaching training.

TEA and PSE Updates

Karoline Martin, our PSE Field Representative, is moving to the west side and our new PSE Field Rep. is Isaiah Holloway. Isaiah is a Tonasket graduate, and I am looking forward to working with him in his new role.


Board Policy and Procedure Updates:
    1. 3411 BP Accommodating Students with Seizure Disorders or Epilepsy

    2. 5281 BP Disciplinary Action and Discharge

    3. 6605 P Student Safety Walking to School and Riding Buses

What Every Employee Needs to Know Reminders

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