Tonasket School District
Weekly Update ~ 11/5/2021
"Focused on Learning and Linking Learning to Life"
SCHOOL DISTRICT GOALS:
Capital Project Update
Work on the CTE shop has begun. Mike and Ken removed the basketball hoops last week, and the excavation work started on Tuesday.
Work on the grounds for the Elementary School modular will be starting as soon as the excavation for the shop is completed. The same company is doing the excavation work. Thank you for your patience on this one!!
Powerful Teaching and Learning
- We have installed VAPE sensors in the upstairs HS bathrooms. They are online and working. Sensors will be installed in MS and downstairs bathrooms next.
- Using funds from our FEMA grant, we have purchased and are in the process of delivering air purifiers to all offices and classrooms. These will help provide cleaner air during COVID and help us when we have poor air quality because of regional forest fires. Maintenance/Custodial staff will deliver new filters to your classrooms periodically, but you will need to change the filters on your own.
District Culture and Climate
Parent and Community Engagement
- On Wednesday and Thursday of this week, I held our monthly Supt’s On sessions. We discussed COVID management and decision-making processes, some current news included in this report, and the process for contacting the school to solve problems or get information. Again, we had a strong turnout, with over 20 people for each session.
- From November 1 through 10 the elementary is holding its annual food drive that will help support families in need in our community. If you are interested in contributing, contact Cayla Monroe-Sellers in the elementary.
Creative and Innovative
- We missed a couple of grant awards in last week’s Weekly Update: Getting the NCEF $300 Teacher Classroom Grant are April Cole, Jim Caddy, Amanda Jenkins, and Brian Ellis for a “Phenomenon for Families” project, Patricia Dagnon for a “Butterfly Mosaic” project, Whitney Massart for a “Locomotor Active” project, Evelia Zabreznik for a “Life Cycle of Butterflies Unit” project, Nadine Olma, Cheri Wahl and Kari Alexander for a “Words that Stick” project, Chelsea Freeman for a “Change for the Better” project, Scott Olson for “Gyotaku Salmon Prints” project, and Jan Farnsworth for a “Tiger Cub Bucket Club” project.
Wow! I can’t wait to see the results of these projects!
- Last week, at the Rural Alliance Superintendent meeting, we discussed several grant opportunities, including a planning grant for project-based learning and a planning grant for early childhood initiatives.
TEA and PSE Updates
- Good luck to our Cross Country and Girls Soccer competitors and coaches headed into State Tournaments!
- Paul Harrison from NCESD completed the safety incentive program report for the district. He and Mike did an audit last week. The report for our district was excellent! Our staff continues to take safety precautions in regard to slips, trips, and falls. Thanks to everyone for your conscientious efforts in helping to avoid some preventable injuries.
- We’ve received a grant for $4,589 through OSPI’s Safe School Meals Grant to increase social distancing for students eating meals. We are purchasing four metal picnic tables for students to eat outside.
- Enrollment for November is 1,089.70. It continues to hold consistent.
- Board Policy and Procedure Updates (Link Below):
1822 BP Training and Development for Board Members
2020 P Curriculum Development and Adoption of Instructional Materials
2024 P Online Learning
2108 BP Remediation Programs
2145 P Suicide Prevention
2195 P Academic Acceleration
2418 BP Waiver of High School Graduation Credits
2420 BP Grading and Progress Reports
3116 P Students in Foster Care
3122 P Excused and Unexcused Absences
3231 BP/P Student Records
3241 BP Student Discipline
3520 BP Student Fees, Fines, Charges
5004 Infection Control Program
5011 BP/P Sexual Harassment
5515 BP Workforce Secondary Traumatic Stress
5520 BP Staff Development