Eatonville School District

Teaching & Learning

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2/4/2022

The second half of the school year is upon us. I get so excited about the great lessons and learning experiences that the students are engaged in. In a time where we can control very little and it is easy to focus on what is wrong or NOT HAPPENING, I encourage you all to look at what is going well and what IS HAPPENING that is great. We have had salmon tossing, a science class that is doing criminal investigations, students learning CPR, music classes, sports turn out, and so much more. I know many of you have been covering classes and using extra time to be sure that our students are successful. I’d like to say thank you to all the Certificated and Classified staff for going above and beyond to keep kids engaged.


I know that some rooms have been put into remote situations. I created this document for a few individuals that reached out to me. I would like to share it with all of you.

Remote learning Assistance

It is not “perfect” but it may have some ideas to help you. These are all tools that have been in previous PD’s, however it never hurts for a refresher.


Other developments have taken place in regards to the implementation of UDL, library and IT initiatives. I will be meeting with the UDL studio teachers to begin creating a bank of materials and examples of UDL in practice for next year. I am very excited for this! To have materials created by your peers is a powerful learning tool. Be patient with each other! To be first out of the gate and put yourself into a situation of leadership, or to be a “model” is stressful!


We are currently putting together a library order for new books! Yes, books still exist in this remote world! The library assistance and I are working on a reading incentive program. This may be taking the shape of a BATTLE OF THE BOOKS BOOK TRAILER based on grade level and with a rewards or mini Oscar ceremony. I would love every teacher to encourage the idea of a book in every hand. We have had a lot of screen time, it is time for imagination.


IT has gathered bids for sound systems, chromebooks for next year to replace the oldest student ones, and other important pieces of equipment. I encourage you to reach out to me if you have any questions about what we are in the process of and what projects we are engaged in.


If you missed it, here is the TV and casting troubleshooting guide. Casting should work at this point but may still have some issues. We are working on getting a more stable platform. I am also aware that at this point in the year sometimes we need other support. Here is the device troubleshooting guide for hdmi cables, doc cameras and more.

In short, we are all busy. We are all working hard to do the best we can. Be good to each other and to yourself. Our kids deserve our best!


Cheers,

Travis Rush