May 5, 2023
Dear LISD Families,
Next week, we will be celebrating our LISD staff for staff appreciation week. You may see in places that next week is teacher appreciation week, but we include all staff because we all work closely together to provide the best school experience for each and every student. This year, we have a few treats lined up for the staff. We are also thankful that our LIPTSA will be providing lunch for our staff on Tuesday.
If you have a moment, please send a message to staff members to let them know how much you appreciate them.
All our best to you and your family,
Mary and Martha
We have just six more weeks left of school and our schedule is full of fun and exciting events and activities. Mark your calendars for the following events:
May 15-18: 5th Grade Trip to Islandwood Camp
June 2: Elementary Field Day
June 6: K - 2nd Field Trip to Fidalgo Park & Storvik Park
June 8: 3rd - 5th Field Trip to Fidalgo Park & Storvik Park
June 8: Preschool Visit to Kindergarten for incoming Kindergartners
June 9: Field Day Make-Up Day
June 12: Science on Wheels
June 13: Elementary Beach Potluck at Odline Park
June 15: Kindergarten Graduation
June 16: End of Year Assembly
May 20: High School Prom
May 22-24: 7th Grade Camp Moran trip
June 6: Term 4 and End-of-Year Academic Awards, 10:10-10:55 am
June 7: High School athletics banquet, 5:00 pm
June 10: High School Graduation
June 12-14: 8th Grade Camp Moran trip
June 15: 8th Grade Graduation
June 16: Last Day of School!
Important Transportation Update
Due to a shortage of drivers - The AFTERNOON routes will be on a three bus schedule for the remainder of the year.
Teri and Leanne's routes will be combined for the afternoon only. Leanne's students will arrive home at approximately the same time, but Teri's students can expect to arrive about 20-30 minutes later than normal.
There are No changes to Kenny and Diano's routes.
If you have any questions please contact Teri at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lunch - May 8-12
Youth Conservation Corps Meet and Greet, Saturday 12-1:30 at Lopez Library
De-Escalation and UDL Workshop
We have limited slots but want to make sure that youth who dig music and/or carving have an invitation. It’s THIS Saturday.
Registration is here: https://forms.gle/1uknjck8hmWs1feZ7
Adults can accompany younger kids if they need help.
Susannah Dunlap (she/her/hers)
Youth Enrichment Programs Director
Lopez Island Family Resource Center - Summer Fun
Join the LIFRC for summer fun and save the dates!
- British Challenger Soccer Camps. June 26-30. Open registration with a fee. Registration opens is open.
- Specialty Camps for Tots: Dates TBD in July/August. Open registration with a fee. Registration opens in May.
- Six weeks of full-day Summer Camp Huckleberry (going into 1st-5th grade) and Summer Camp No Name (6-8th grade): July 10-August 18, Mon-Fri 9 am-4 pm
Free of cost to full-time Lopez resident families – funded by a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant. Note that priority will be given to campers who are enrolled in the current After-School Program and attend regularly. For more information and to apply for a spot in the After-School program, visit the LIFRC Website.
Only looking to join Summer Camp? We have a waitlist.
LIFE Garden Sale in May - Need Plants!
The Lopez Island Farm Education (LIFE) program is partnering with the Lopez Garden Club again this year to offer a plant sale on Saturday, May 13. We are seeking plant donations! If you can start a tray of garden vegetables or flowers to donate in May, it would be most appreciated. We are accepting all plant starts except tomatoes. This is a very popular event and we could use more plants to ensure we have a great selection for our community.
Additionally, we are in need of plant pots and trays. If you have any extras please consider donating. 4 inch pots are ideal but will take any size. For more information, please contact Sara Jones, email@example.com.
Nick Jones gave SAP students an introduction to farm tractors.
Japanese Connections Presentation
Lopez students traveled to Japan in April with the Japanese Connections program. Students will show pictures and talk about their experience on Monday, May 15th from 6:00 - 7:00 PM in room 17 (science room). Open to the community.
Sports Awards Banquet
Library Intern Opportunity
Washington students take state and federal tests regularly to assess their learning growth
as well as the progress of the educational system as a whole. State tests include the
Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA): English language arts (ELA) and math
tests in grades 3–8 and 10 are required for federal and state accountability. The
high school ELA and math assessments can also be used to meet a student's
graduation pathway requirement.
There are two parts to each assessment:
- ELA Computer Adaptive Test (CAT)
- ELA Performance Task (PT)
- Math Computer Adaptive Test (CAT)
- Math Performance Task (PT)
Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS): Science tests for
grades 5, 8, and 11 are required for federal and state accountability.
Dates for Smarter Balanced Assessments at Lopez Island School District. Most students
have completed the ELA tests. We are proud of the students’ hard work this week.
Elementary: Grades 3, 4, 5
- Math CAT Tuesday, May 2; make up Wednesday, May 3
- Math PT Thursday, May 4; make up Friday, May 5
- Secondary: (ELA and Math Grades 6, 7, 8, 10, and some 11/12)
- WCAS (Science) Grades 8 and 11 Monday, May 8
- Math CAT Thursday May 11
- Math PT Friday May 12
Make up testing will continue until all students have completed the testing.
For more information or questions, please contact Kathy Booth, District
Assessment Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please be sure that students have their computers charged and ready for the
assessments which will be held in mornings from 8:35-11:00 am.
Women in Trades Fair
Interested secondary students attended the Women in Trades Fair (open to all genders) in Seattle today.
Student Fire/EMS Program Applications Due Monday, May 15
Megan Crandell and Justin Hagge, Lopez EMTs, came to LISD on Tuesday to talk to students about fire and EMS programs. Application information is available in the secondary office.
Interview with Graduating Senior, Olivia Kramer
What’s your earliest memory at LISD? The thing I remember most from kindergarten is there was a classroom in elementary that had a lot of animals….a tarantula, a corn snake. Also, in our kindergarten classroom, we had a little play kitchen set and I went over there whenever we had breaks. That was my favorite thing….and I cook a lot now, so that makes sense. Tonight, I’m making ribs, mashed potatoes, and some veggies.
What clubs/athletics/extracurriculars have you been involved in? I played volleyball in middle school. Also tried basketball but didn’t really like it. I was also a cheerleader in middle school. In high school, I was in GSA for a while with a friend. This year, I went to Japan with the Japanese Connections group from Lopez and Orcas.
What is one positive memory from your time here that you’ll carry with you forever? Lark is my childhood best friend and we’ve always been there for each other.
What is the best piece of advice you have received from a teacher? I get a lot of good advice from Jeanna. She has helped me the most with growing up and being independent.
Finish this sentence: “I cannot live without…….” The people who truly support me.
What is the most creative excuse you have ever used to get out of school work? I usually say that I’m sad or don’t have the energy or motivation, which isn’t really an excuse if it’s true. I’ve never made up a weird reason for not doing work.
What is one piece of advice you have for incoming high school students? Be yourself. People should respect you because you are a human being, not because you are beautiful, super smart, or some other specific reason.
What’s the most important quality in a friendship? Why? Trust and communication. You need to trust someone in order to give them full information. You have to trust that they can handle what you have to say and respect your truth. What happens between us is our thing, and doesn’t need to be presented to the whole world. Communication is a key foundation and it clears up problems. This is true for any social human being.
In 10 years, I will be… Trying my best…though I can’t say exactly what will happen in the future. I’d like to have a family, feel loved, and be financially stable enough to provide for my family. People need something to work towards.
Who/what do you find inspiring? My mother. She has always been my role model. She is this strong woman who will protect anything she can, even though she holds in a lot of sorrow and has to deal with her own problems.
What are your plans after high school? I’m going to continue working until I can replenish my savings and get ready to leave the island. I’ll keep working and saving money until I figure out what I want to do next.
What is one important life lesson you learned in kindergarten? Play whenever you are able to play and stay a kid as long as you can. After that, you have nothing but work.
Is there a book or movie that has changed your life? I can’t think of any, but life itself is the greatest book or movie you’ll ever have. You’re the writer of your own book and the director of your own movie.
Is there anything else you want people to know about you? I’m trying as hard as I can, and I’m learning how to deal with things day by day. Thoughts influence emotions and behavior more than people think.
Calendar Committee News
Lopez Island School District (LISD) is grateful to select staff and community members who have agreed to serve on a Calendar Committee to consider traditional and alternative calendar possibilities. We expect the 2023-2024 calendar to follow a traditional model, as it has in years past. The committee is dedicated to taking the time needed over the next five months to explore proposals for future years that consider the needs of our entire community, including students, staff, families, farms, community partners, and local businesses.
Right now, the committee is in an initial data-gathering phase. Over the spring, they will be seeking community input. Please stay tuned for opportunities to share your thoughts--and thanks!
MPPACT Performance at Tour de Lopez Last Weekend
Become a Lopez Island School Employee!!!
Many of these positions qualify for Medical, Dental, Vision, & Retirement benefits, plus paid leave time!
· HR Specialist - If you are fairly organized and like to help people; this could be an awesome job for you! 4 hours a day, 4 days a week, 200 days a year... with benefits and a flexible schedule!
· Paraeducator - Are you fluent in both Spanish and English? We would love to have you work with our secondary students in their classrooms as a Bilingual Paraeducator! This is a daily position starting ASAP.
· Elementary Custodian - perfect for you if you like to work independently! This position helps to clean and maintain the Lopez Island school buildings. This is a 7 hours daily position starting ASAP.
· Paraeducators - Interested in working with students individually, in small groups, and/or in general classrooms and helping assist teachers in modifying student behavior? Then Paraeducator is your dream job, and we have positions available!
· Special Needs Behavior Technician- If you have been thinking about being a Special Needs Behavior Technician for Lopez Island School District...well you are in luck!!!! We are looking for a Special Needs Behavior Technician to hire for this school year!! Behavior technicians are responsible for assisting behavior specialists and the Special Education department to implement behavior reduction and skill acquisition treatment plans. The candidate will assist students with day to day activities, monitor their behavior, record and collect data on students’ progress, and communicate with the team.
· Van Driver - Want to get out and see the island? This transportation position drives a wheelchair van (or another vehicle) to transport student(s) with special needs to and from school. This 3.5 hour per day, Monday through Friday.
· HI CAP - providing leadership of the Special Service Program for Highly Capable (HC) students, grades K-12, in the Lopez Island School District.
· Certificated Teachers
· Bus Drivers
You can see full postings on our website! Just go to District Info and then to HR and Employment for more details.
We look forward to working with you!!!
(She, Her, Hers)
Office Hours: Monday - Thursday 11am - 4pm
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 – email@example.com; Title IX Coordinator, HR Specialist, Summer Hagge – firstname.lastname@example.org; Section 504, Mary Fordham – email@example.com; OR contact by phone, 360-468-2202, OR mail to 86 School Rd, Lopez Island, WA 98261.